Aaron Cheak

Aaron Cheak, PhD, is a scholar of comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism. Former president of the International Jean Gebser Society (2013–2015), he received his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Queensland in 2011 for his work on French Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz. Outside the academy, Aaron has been trained in the preparation of spagyric elixirs (Paracelsus College; Spagyricus Institute), and is a practitioner within the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism. Founding director of Rubedo Press, his principal publications include Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde (2013), Diaphany: A Journal and Nocturne (2015), and The Leaf of Immortality (2017). He presently lives on the rugged west coast of New Zealand, where he maintains an active interest in tea, wine, poetry, typography and alchemy.

For a more detailed introduction to Dr. Cheak and his work, read: On the Hieratic Arts: An Interview with Dr Aaron Cheak


Current projects

Rubedo Press
Classical and contemporary works animated by the sophianic fire (external website)

Ars Hieratica 
Sacred Arts and Sciences, 
Online Seminars (external website)

From Poetry to Kulturphilosophie
Philosophical biography and critical translations of German integral philosopher, Jean Gebser.

Light Broken through the Prism of Life
Thesis revision focusing on the life, colour theory, and alchemy of French Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz.

Alchemy East and West: History, Theory, Practice
Ten lesson course for the University of Philosophical Research's Master of Arts program.

Consultation, editing, teaching, and design work:
Alchemy of the Word