A blog of occasional articles and notes about hermetics, alchemy, gnosticism and my own work.

Proust and that reality…

“…we have to rediscover, to reapprehend, to make ourselves fully aware of that reality, remote from our daily preoccupations, from which we separate ourselves by an ever greater gulf as the conventional knowledge which we substitute for it grows thicker and more impermeable, that reality which it is very easy for us to die without […] Read more

The Alchemist Protects the Athanor

Fulcanelli (Le Mystere Des Cathedrals, p77) says: This time, the artist watches over the product of his labour. Our knight, clad in armour, with greaves on his legs and his shield on his arm, has taken up his position on what seems to be the rampart of a fortress, judging by the battlements which surround […] Read more

The Artist Puts On His Shoes

Here the artist puts on his shoes. (Photo: Amanda Gruhn.) And here, in a somewhat earlier shot, the artist is unamused […] Read more

Christabel Drying

Here is Christabel, newly made and drying nicely on a warm winter day […] Read more

Jeselmina Takes Shape (Dry Version)

Here is the second form of Jeselmina taking shape. (Her first, wet, form – with Consort – is here.) In this second form she has wings. You can read more about her character […] Read more

Watercolour Photoshoot

Sophisticated studio facilities come into play in this watercolour photoshoot :) […] Read more

Wet Jeselmina with Consort

This is the making of the first, wet, version of Jeselmina with her Consort. This version lasted only for the photo shoot. Here is the final work, Reconception of Ore. (The Consort’s hat was a later addition.) […] Read more

The Hermetic “By Hook & By Crook”

Although there is much scholarship on Hermes and the Hermetic (i.e. Western alchemical) tradition, it’s good to remember that much of the “manifesting” of Hermes is experiential (see the Quotes from “Hermes Guide of Souls, “You manifest, by hook or by crook”) Often it can be an image glanced at, a series of notes overheard, […] Read more