Hermetic Enigmas of the Esoteric Tradition
Teacher: William Kiesel
Length: 2 hrs each lecture, 6 hrs total
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The Hermetic Tradition is rich in symbolism and the mysteries of magic are often enciphered under the veil of alchemical enigmas. In this highly visual series William Kiesel will present an overview of the alchemical world view and discuss the principal symbols and their meaning in the context of Qabalistic Magic. Alchemical maxims which often accompany the emblems of the Royal Art will also be explained. The series will equip the student with ample material to approach the potentials of magical consciousness through the mysteries of alchemy as well as supply specific techniques for meditative and ceremonial use. Basic qabalistic knowledge and proficiency with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram are recommended for students taking this series.
First Session: Introduction to Alchemical Symbolism
Overview of the Alchemical world View
Definition of Alchemy – spiritual and material – also wet path and dry path
Three Worlds of Alchemy – mineral, vegetable and animal
Color symbolism in Alchemy – Black, White, Red
Second Session: The Royal Art
The Chymical Wedding
Third Session: Elemental Permutations
Elements in alchemy and ceremonial magic
Permutation as a principle
The Rotation of the Elements
Qabalistic approach to Elemental Permutation
William Kiesel has been a practitioner of Hermetic Qabalah for over 30 years, a study he developed from his life-long interest in symbol systems. He is the publisher at Ouroboros Press and the proprietor at Seattle’s esoteric emporium Mortlake and Company. http://www.bookarts.org