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The Spiritual Side of Alchemy

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 10.00.52 AMAhhh synchronicity. So while digging for collage footage for a new Occult movie I’m making last week (first one will come out at the end of February), I stumbled on this video about the spiritual component to Alchemy and ended up watching the whole thing when I was supposed to be culling neato video clips.

I’m not going to lie, it’s not the greatest movie in the universe. I mean really, they should have just hired another narrator and it would have been fine. Not everyone is great at voice acting but it does get better as the thing moves on. Despite the lackluster narration though, it is in fact good enough that I still recommend it. What’s funny is that I wasn’t actually going to post this, but then in the next week Disinfo ran two separate stories regarding alchemy, neither one of which mentioned the spiritual component of the practice.… Read the rest

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The Forgotten Discoveries Of Alchemy

alchemyIs alchemy not the sham science we have been led to believe it is? The Smithsonian on how alchemists’ breakthroughs were pillaged by the forefathers of modern science:

In the 1980s, some revisionist scholars began arguing that alchemists actually made significant contributions to the development of science.

Historians of science began deciphering alchemical texts—which wasn’t easy. The alchemists, obsessed with secrecy, deliberately described their experiments in metaphorical terms laden with obscure references to mythology and history. For instance, text that describes a “cold dragon” who “creeps in and out of the caves” was code for saltpeter (potassium nitrate).

Growing evidence that the alchemists seem to have performed legitimate experiments, manipulated and analyzed the material world in interesting ways and reported genuine results. And many of the great names in the canon of modern science took note.

Robert Boyle, one of the 17th-century founders of modern chemistry, “basically pillaged” the work of the German physician and alchemist Daniel Sennert, says Newman.

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Testing the Blue: Ancient Egyptian Alchemy

Pic: Adventures Unlimited Press (C)

Pic: Adventures Unlimited Press (C)

Testing the Blue:  Ancient Egyptian Alchemy

Stephen S. Mehler, M.A.

Assisted by George T. Bayer, Ph.D.

I have often stated in the last few years that the definitive book on alchemy has yet to be written. This is primarily because the actual practices, procedures and true origin of the system have also not been correctly delineated. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines the word alchemy in two ways:  “the medieval chemical science, the great objects of which were to transmute base metals into gold,” and “the power to transform, or act of transforming, something common into something precious.” I consider the first definition to be superfluous, which I will address, but the second definition will be paramount to the meaning of this article as to the true ancient practice.

I have been fortunate to work with, be a student of, Egyptian-born Egyptologist and indigenous wisdom keeper Abd’El Hakim Awyan (see Figure 1)—a collaboration which has resulted in my two books, The Land of Osiris (Adventures Unlimited Press) and From Light Into Darkness (Adventures Unlimited Press).… Read the rest

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Announcing The Hipgnostic Trialogues.

In support of my 3rd book, Hipgnosis and the Dr. Aaron Cheak's book, Alchemical Traditions, we are embarking on an ambitious tour across North America and Europe. We are building this tour through our friends and connections in cyberspace in a kind of social experiment where we make all of our internet friends our real life ones. The tour is called Hipgnostic Trialogues and will feature myself, Dr. Aaron Cheak and David Metcalfe as we discuss Gnosis in the modern context. Since both of our works are collaborative works that feature many Disinfo writers as well as scientists, magicians, television hosts and researchers, we will have a different guest MC for every tour stop.
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Alchemical Traditions: An interview with Dr. Aaron Cheak


I’ve known Dr. Cheak for a while now. I’ve never met anyone with such a broad understanding of alchemy, magic, or religious studies in general. He’s truly a gem of the modern scholarly crowd. His new book is fast establishing him as one of the foremost authorities in the world on alchemy. I had the chance to interview him at my home in Los Angeles over a bottle of wine. Awesome conversation ensued.

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Deltron 3030 Announce Tour With 16-Piece Orchestra

Via Pitchfork.com

The return of Deltron 3030— the alt-rap trio composed of Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and producer Dan the Automator— will include a fall tour. The trio will hit the road in North America starting next month, with accompaniment on many dates by a 16-piece orchestra dubbed the “3030 Orchestra”.

Deltron’s new album, Event II, will be out on October 1, and includes a long list of unlikely contributors: Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, the Lonely Island, Rage Against the Machine’s Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, and Jamie Cullum, plus actors David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and chef David Chang. Watch the trailer for the album after the dates.

The Instupicuous lyrical stylings of Deltron 3030.

Yo, it’s three thousand thirty

I want y’all to meet Deltron Zero, hero, not no small feat

It’s all heat in this day and age

I’ll raid your grave, anything it takes to save the day

Neuromancer, perfect blend of technology and magic

Use my rappin so you all could see the hazards

Plus entertainment where many are brainless

We cultivated a lost art of study and I brought a buddy

Automator harder slayer fascinating combinations

Cyber warlords are aggravating abominations

Arm a nation with hatred we ain’t with that

We high-tech archeologists searching for knicknacks

Composing musical stimpacks that impacts the soul

Crack the mold of what you think you rappin for?

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Sangreal, The Holy Grail: Recovering the Cosmic Science of Antiquity – Part 2.

“Hear ye the history of the most holy vessel that is called the Grail,
in which the precious blood of Jesus was received
on the day that He was put on the Cross.”
Perlesvaus: Anonymous
– Early 13th Century

Last month, in the article Sangreal, The  Holy Grail: Recovering the Cosmic Science of Antiquity – Part 1  I wrote,

“That the Grail has a cosmic dimension of meaning is indicated unequivocally by the texts themselves,” and also “. . . ancient adepts had a highly sophisticated concept of Exobiology and the Grail as a symbol was a repository of this knowledge.”

I also listed some of the varied symbols and meanings that have been associated with the Grail through the centuries.… Read the rest

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Short Film: ‘Premier Automne’

Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their "natures", they never met each other. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other...

Premier Automne (2013) from Carlos De Carvalho on Vimeo.

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Alchemical Alembics and Desert Wines – An Interview with James Maynard Keenan

From David Metcalfe, over at Modern Mythology:

Last year I had the opportunity to speak with James Maynard Keenan for a short Q & A that ran in Alarm Magazine. Keenan’s work with the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer have penetrated deep into the cultural consciousness, but it was another passion of his that provided the impetus for the article. In the heart of the Verde Valley he is currently developing the Arizona Stronghold Wines partnership, which includes development of Merkin Vineyards, and creation of his own winery, Caduceus Cellars.

In researching for the interview I came to realize that there’s far more to what Keenan is doing with his wine craft than I’d first expected. A focus on community growth, desert permaculture, and sustainable, socially integrated business practices demonstrates a different side of Keenan’s genius, which in other applications has allowed him to become one of the most successful artists in the contemporary music industry.

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Pharmakia: Traditional Medicine and Black Magick

An excerpt from Riding the Fine Line, by Gabriel D. Roberts. Purchase it here.  

I was taught as a young person that the Bible spoke out against black magick, or witchcraft. To a Christian, these terms are interchangeable. In college I learned the Koine Greek word for witchcraft was ‘pharmakia’. As it happens, this word is where we get the term pharmacy from and as a blanket statement was a biblical assertion of the condemned use of alchemic means of mixing natural ingredients for one’s own gain. I find it very ironic that this term is used as a proof against recreational use of entheogenic substances and naturally occurring plants. It’s time I brought the truth to light. There’s something very insidious about this modern contextual viewpoint that western society has embraced. You see, while puritanical groups maintain this argument, they take pills from mega-pharmaceuticals for every ailment under the sun.… Read the rest

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