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[Literary] Numen Books: Alchemy, The Sacred And The Profane

Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde

Spanning the world’s artistic, scientific and religious traditions, alchemy has embraced and continues to embrace the complete spectrum of existence. From metallurgy to metaphysics, alchemy engages the technical, fine and hieratic arts in order to provide a living phenomenology of the one, single, elusive process that acts through all things. Ultimately–in its guise as ars transmutationis–alchemy penetrates to the heart of the transfiguring spiritual intensity that underpins the perfection of life, not only from ‘mineral to man’, but from humanity to divinity.

Despite this profoundly all-embracing purview, alchemy continues to be conceived as either proto-chemistry or proto-psychology. The present volume seeks to redress this false dichotomy by exploring alchemy as a quintessentially integral phenomenon. Opening wide the full spectrum of alchemy–from east to west, in history and practice, from antiquity to the avant-garde–our aim is to penetrate as deeply as possible, within the limits of a single volume, into the rich practical and experiential traditions of the alchemical mysterium.

Featuring both well-established scholars and emerging, cutting-edge researchers, this book synthesises a quintessentially high caliber of academic authorities on the vast and baroque heritage of the alchemical world. As a whole, the volume seeks to strike the perfect balance-the golden mean-between strict, historical objectivity and empathic, phenomenological insight. Drawn from international ranks (Europe, the Antipodes, the Americas) and cutting across disciplinary boundaries (Egyptology, Classics, Sinology, Indology, Tibetology, philosophy, religious studies, Renaissance studies, history of science, art history, critical theory, media studies), the contributors to this volume include some of the most gifted investigators into the world’s esoteric lineages.

Featuring Aaron Cheak  Algis Uzdaviny ♦ Rodney Blackhirst ♦ David Gordon White ♦ Kim Lai ♦ Sabrina Dalla Valla  ♦ Christopher A. Plaisance ♦ Hereward Tilton ♦ Angela Voss ♦ Paul Scarpari ♦ Leon Marvell ♦ Mirco Mannucci ♦ Dan Mellamphy

Egyptian alchemy ♦ Greek alchemy ♦ Hellenistic alchemy ♦ Taoist alchemy ♦ Hindu Tantric alchemy ♦ Tibetan Buddhist alchemy ♦ Islamicate alchemy ♦ European alchemy ♦ Surrealist alchemy ♦ Erotic alchemy ♦ Laboratory alchemy ♦ Alchemy of the word ♦ Alchemy of the body ♦ Alchemy of the spirit ♦ and more.

At a massive 684 pages in length, this book offers both quality and quantity to the reader and is surely destined to become a literary classic.

Alchemical Traditions is now available through Amazon and other selected retail outlets.

Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition

Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition is the latest work by award winning author Gwendolyn Taunton. Previously having won the prestigious Ashton Wylie Award for Literary Excellence, Gwendolyn Taunton returns to her roots in the world of spirituality, mythology and religious Tradition to examine one of the world’s oldest and most popular spiritual traditions – that of Ancient Greece.

Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition takes us into the realm of hidden traditions and arcane lore within the religions of Ancient Greece; it takes us on an exploration of fantastic things we never dreamed existed – of powerful magicians who believed they could converse with the Gods and leave their bodies in dreams or conjure ghosts, archaeology, the spell binding allure of beautiful Goddesses such as Aphrodite, the mysteries of Dionysus and the shadowed rites of Eleusis.

We also learn of how Nietzsche transported Greek mythology directly into his philosophical teachings, and can read a reprint of his inaugural address as a professor of Classical Philology.

“The age of Socratic man is past: crown yourselves with ivy, grasp the thyrsus and do not be amazed if tigers and panthers lie down fawning at your feet. Now dare to be tragic men, for you will be redeemed. You shall join the Dionysiac procession from India to Greece! Gird yourselves for a hard battle, but have faith in the miracles of your god!”

Friedrich Nietzsche

There are other fascinating topics here, such as the question of the role of the sacred and the profane in Ancient Greece, foreign deities being incorporated into state worship, the importance of household shrines and the strange history of the obscure Goddess Hecate, and how Her role has changed and shifted over the centuries.The interesting thing about Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition is that it doesn’t confine itself merely to the ancient past – some of these authors are also approaching the topic from a reconstructionist perspective and addressing those people – particularly in Greece – who still practice the old beliefs in the form of the religion called Hellenismos. This makes Kratos unique – it is a book for people who approach mythology as part of a living, breathing religious Tradition that is still very alive, and not just a museum relic.

Numen Books

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