Terence McKenna Channels John Dee

Good morn, good readers.

I woke early to a cloudy Sunday in the Old South, however, this dark little gem has polished my resolve. Wrap yourself in melancholy and join Terence McKenna for this trip through the history of The Great Work.

Terence McKenna’s The Alchemical Dream: Rebirth of the Great Work is a 2008 film produced by the good people at Sacred Mysteries.

Here’s the propaganda from the website:

In the mid-1990′s Terence McKenna and Mystic Fire’s Sheldon Rocklin teamed up to make this rich and exciting film. Little did they know that this would be their last film. Originally titled Coincidencia Oppositorum: The Unity of Opposites and filmed in Prague with Terence portraying his usual erudite rendition of the Irish Bard, this filmed classic takes us on a journey into the alchemical renaissance of King Frederick V and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia. Playing the role of John Dee, court magician for Queen Elizabeth of England, Terence McKenna shows us how the promise of a return to the tradition of alchemy was almost instituted in Europe. He also shows us that this early attempt at the creation of an alchemical kingdom actually lead to the European Renaissance and the institution of Cartesian science and the beginnings of rationalism within the western mindset. This incredible film is not only beautifully filmed but is Terence McKenna’s finest performance and a worthy eulogy to his genius.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Sleepless Film Festival presents The Alchemical Dream

The story of alchemy is a fairy tale – maybe more of an angel tale? – of sorts and, like any great fairy tale, this one comes with pictures:

Find a gallery of alchemical engravings at Joe Nolan’s Insomnia.

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  • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

    It’s such a pleasure to listen to Terence and enjoy his company again. The counterculture has had a terrible dearth of heroes since his passing. Enjoy this movie and click through to check out the alchemical imagery on my page. Enjoy!

    • G Wheeler

      You are so right.  I have NEVER listened to a more entrancing narrator of any kind in my life.  Like many others so fortunate to sit with him in a small group, I found myself coming away not “knowing” anything new but thinking differently, with strange new words floating around in your head that reorganize “reality.” 

      Just wondering, how did we get to this situation today?  Is the prototype paranoid personality “Michelle Bachman” an anachronism or a reactionary in the long journey of conscious co-evolution? 

  • Joenolan

    It’s such a pleasure to listen to Terence and enjoy his company again. The counterculture has had a terrible dearth of heroes since his passing. Enjoy this movie and click through to check out the alchemical imagery on my page. Enjoy!

  • G Wheeler

    You are so right.  I have NEVER listened to a more entrancing narrator of any kind in my life.  Like many others so fortunate to sit with him in a small group, I found myself coming away not “knowing” anything new but thinking differently, with strange new words floating around in your head that reorganize “reality.” 

    Just wondering, how did we get to this situation today?  Is the prototype paranoid personality “Michelle Bachman” an anachronism or a reactionary in the long journey of conscious co-evolution?