Rosarium Philosophorum, Part 2

Rosarium Philosophorum, Part II

Aethyrius Alchemy Texts Archive

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Rosarium Philosophorum

O Luna, by means of my embracing and sweet kisses, Thou art made beautiful, strong and mighty like as I am. O Sol, thou art to be preferred before all light, But yet thou needest me, as the cock does the hen.
 Arisleus in a Vision: Join therefore thy son Gabrick, best beloved of thee among all thy sons, with …

Ancient Egyptian Magic

Ancient Egyptian Magic by Bob Brier

Aethyrius Axiomata (Excerpts), Deep Magic, Mythology & Religion

Ancient Egyptian Magic was the first authoritative modern work on the magic of ancient Egypt, delving into the occult practices and spiritual beliefs across thirty centuries of dynastic rule during the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. Though it was written in 1980, and much has been learned since that time, this authoritative work will appeal to anyone interested in Egyptology, …

Rosarium Philosophorum, Part 1

Rosarium Philosophorum, Part I

Aethyrius Alchemy Texts Archive, Practical Alchemy

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Rosarium Philosophorum

Rosarium Philosophorum, or the Rosary of the Philosophers, was written by the alchemical adept Arnold de Villanova and originally published in 1550 in Frankfurt, Germany as part of a compilation of alchemy texts. This treatise is a testament that prior to 1550 adepts were studiously compiling, for their own benefit, insightful statements from adepts of previous generations about specific processes …

Why Learn Real Alchemy on a Magical Path?

Why Learn Real Alchemy on a Magical Path?

Aethyrius Practical Alchemy, Deep Magic

Real alchemy is the art of making quintessences, truly magical psycho-spiritual sacraments that expand consciousness into transcendent levels of experience. One point of distinction between true alchemical quintessences and entheogens used as sacraments in shamanic traditions, is that our quintessences act on a psycho-spiritual level without having any psychoactive compounds in the source materials. That is one of the proofs …

Sumerian Gods & Goddesses

Sumerian Gods & Goddesses

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

In this post, we are covering the main Sumerian Gods and Goddesses—their myths and roles in ancient Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia as a whole. It is important to note that, as with most ancient mythologies, there are several different versions of stories and their interpretations. We will focus on the most widespread and well established. Sumerian Cosmology Heaven and Earth …

World Tree

The World Tree & Its Function in Myth

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

In exploring the concepts of the World Tree, it is interesting to recall that the mythologist Joseph Campbell, after a lifetime of study devoted to the myths and legends of cultures spanning the planet, identified four functions of myth that were common to all its manifestations. The second of these was “to present an image of the cosmos… that will …

Moon Goddess Compendium

Moon Goddess Compendium

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

The Moon Goddess and her soft glow in the night sky has been equated with power for thousands of years. Her rulership of many aspects of magic and the lunar powers within theurgy (initiatory magic) practices, along with her worship, has been a recurrent theme for as long as history has been recorded; her legends are painted on ancient walls …

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia—Civilizations & Religions

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

The civilization of ancient Mesopotamia is one that had significant influence on the ancient world, and the world at large. It was part of what is called the Cradle of Civilization, where some of the earliest forms of intellectual and social institutions emerged, including cities, writing systems, government and law. In this article, we will cover the period starting from …

Spider Goddess Mythology

Spider Goddess Mythology & Weaving in the Mysteries

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

Because a spider carefully and patiently weaves an intricate web, their use in deified symbolism has been incorporated into ancient creation mythologies the world over. The mythologies in Western history related to spider goddesses and spider-beings as creators of life are numerous and wide-spread. Many can be traced to the common source of the ancient Egyptians which were subsequently adapted …

Magic & Alchemy

Magic & Alchemy: Understanding the Link

Aethyrius Deep Magic, Practical Alchemy

Within the Hermetic Sciences, the foundation of the Western Mystery Tradition, the two main branches are magic and alchemy. Magic as a broad subject is far more widely studied, since reliable alchemical training is hard to find. The same is unfortunately true of magic, but there is so much more of it available in general, that Seekers are forced to …

Private Practical Alchemy Training

Practical Alchemy Training

Aethyrius Practical Alchemy

Practical training in alchemy focuses initially on the process and obtainment of true quintessences from the plant kingdom through the Primum Ens process. The length of time it takes to get through this process is unique to each individual. Private instruction accelerates the process by making sure students are focused solely on what is productive to reach the goal of …

The UnderWorld Initiation

The UnderWorld Initiation by R. J. Stewart

Aethyrius Axiomata (Excerpts), Deep Magic

As the first post in the new ‘Axiomata’ category, I’ve chosen The UnderWorld Initiation by R. J. Stewart. Though it draws extensively from Celtic material, its value can be extracted by Seekers of any tradition as it exceeds its source material on many levels. I have quoted content that applies universally regarding initiatory magic within a deeper context of truly …

Initiation Levels Alchemy & Magic

True Initiatory Levels in Alchemy & Magic

Aethyrius Deep Magic, Practical Alchemy

This post contains excerpts from Chapter X, True Initiatory Levels in Alchemy & Magic, from Practical Alchemy: Path to High Alchemical Arts. Furthermore, viewpoints shared here are based upon universal alchemical levels that reflect and align with the practical work itself, not with reaching a level or attaining a title within any temporal spiritual organization. True initiatory levels in alchemy …

Magic Circle & Evocation

Symbolism & Power of the Magic Circle in Evocation

Aethyrius Deep Magic

Because man is a simulacrum of the universe (made in the image and likeness of God), all archetypal powers that exist in the universe also reside embryonically within man. Deep initiatory magic is about contacting the intelligences of those archetypes on the universal level to mediate that power back to connect, integrate with, and unfold the embryonic levels of the …

Alchemical Allegory Solar Religion

Unveiling Aspects of Alchemical Allegory in Solar Religion

Aethyrius Unveiling Allegory, Mythology & Religion

As the initial post in the new ‘Unveiling Allegory’ category, this is an excerpt from Chapter XX, Unveiling Alchemical Allegory in Religion, from Practical Alchemy: Path to High Alchemical Arts. The crux of spiritual allegory is to use a surface level of meaning to conceal something of much deeper substance, value, and meaning in a way that protects the hidden …