The translation presented here comes from of a forthcoming release by Rubedo Press featuring the celebrated Bohemian-Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). It is cited alongside other poems by Rilke as part of a detailed monograph by the German cultural philosopher, Jean Gebser (1905–1973), entitled Rilke and Spain.
In Taoist alchemy, the golden elixir (jindan) is the vital force cultivated in the “field of cinnabar” (dantien): the storehouse of essence and energy located at the body’s centre of gravity. Frequently likened to an embryo, the golden elixir represents the nascence of our divine nature: the emergence of the immortal principle at the root of our very being.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview former Blondie bassist and prolific esoteric researcher Gary Lachman on behalf of the Jean Gebser Society. We covered a lot of ground.
MIAMI VICE is an allegorical dramaturgy in which the protagonists, Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, are undercover agents in a Hermetic sting operation. Concealed like alchemical chameleons, their role is distinctly Mercurial: to move fluidly between the higher and lower worlds—the worlds of virtue and vice.
After much time in the fires of editorial purification, I am pleased to announce the release of Diaphany: A Journal and Nocturne.
"Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his blood. Write with blood, and you will find that blood is spirit".
The classic symptoms of Mercury Retrograde may be defined as ‘general fuckery within the domains of travel, communication, and technology’. During this phase of Mercury’s cycle, mishaps, misdirection, and miscommunication mysteriously abound. While Hermes is usually the guide who provides clarity, here he confuses and leads astray.
Astrology has a huge PR problem, and this stems from a grave misunderstanding of what it is. When astrology is mentioned, the horoscope columns that permeate modern media come to mind, followed by critiques of accuracy and quick verdicts about astrology’s veracity.
The word solstice is formed from Latin sol, “sun”, and sistere, “to come to a stop, to stand still”. So the Sun stands still at this time of year, either at the zenith or the nadir of the annual cycle, depending on the hemisphere in which you dwell.
While I’m a scholar by vocation, I have always been, more fundamentally, an artist, and this fact speaks deeply to the heart of the alchemical process. As Andrei Tarkovsky, the great Russian filmmaker, once said: “the work of art lives and develops, like any other natural organism, through the conflict of opposing principles”.
"In conjunction with my (somewhat impromptu) travels through Canada following the Jean Gebser Society conference in New York City, I was kindly invited by the Toronto Hermetic Society to present a talk on my work on Schwaller de Lubicz and the Hermetic Problem of Salt. The details are as follows".
In this presentation I would like to explore some significant overlaps between the work of German poet and integral philosopher, Jean Gebser (1905–1973), and French Egyptologist and Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz (1887–1961).
In Book Six of his Mathesis, the fourth century CE Roman astrologer, Julius Firmicus Maternus, gives the following account of the natal chart of Plato, the fifth century BCE Athenian philosopher: "If the ascendant is in Aquarius, and Mars, Mercury, and Venus are in conjunction in that degree; Jupiter is on the descendant in Leo; the Sun is on the anafora of the ascendant in Pisces; the Moon is in the fifth house in Gemini, in trine to the ascendant; and Saturn is in the ninth house in Libra-this chart produces an interpreter of divine and celestial matters".
The polarity: Cancer–Capricorn may be defined in terms of emotional versus material security; softness versus hardness; ocean versus mountain. Stretched between the crab's delicate centre and Saturn's leaden skeleton, the impulse is to dissolve or coagulate.
From R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, L'Appel du feu, 1926. Translated by Aaron Cheak. "A thing is always triple in its nature: it exists in and of itself by virtue of its appearance, but it is also caused by a complementation of two states of the same nature".