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The Hermetic Museum: Containing Twenty-Two Most Celebrated Chemical Tracts
This work represents a distinctive school of alchemy -- it belonged to a period that had inherited a bitter experience of the failures, impostures, and misery surrounding the "Magnum Opus" and its mystical quest. The treatises contained in this volume are by the authors of historical legend: John de Mehung, Nicholas Flamel, Basil Valentine, Eirenaeus Philalethes, Helvetius ...more
Published January 15th 1999 by Red Wheel
(first published 1893)
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This is not light reading in any way. It has taken me three years on and off to get through it, and that does not mean much of it stuck. It is very heavy in alchemical teachings and secret tales thereof, rich text that really gets you going with ideas and concepts. I enjoyed the challenge's of learning from this book.
Arthur Edward Waite was a scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer, R.A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism - viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the ...moreMore about Arthur Edward Waite...