In the mid-1930s, Israel Regardie had an insight into understanding alchemical writings. The result was The Philosopher's Stone, where he analyzed three 17th-century alchemical works symbolically, psychologically, and via magickal energy.
Now, famed occultists Chic and Tabatha Cicero bring this book into the 21st century. The original is completely reproduced here. The Hebrew transliterations have been updated with modern styles and the text is fully annotated and explained. Added are these new features:
Plus, six new original articles
"The Spiritual Alchemy of the Golden Dawn," by Chic Cicero
"Intro to Alchemy: A Golden Dawn Perspective," by Mark Stavish
"Basic Alchemy for the Golden Dawn" and "Golden Dawn Ritual Method and Alchemy," by Samuel Scarborough
"The Elixir of the Sun," by Steven Marshall
"Solve Et Coagula: The Wedding of Sol and Luna," by the Ciceros
Of the many esoteric subjects studied by ceremonial magicians, alchemy is often considered one of the hardest and most arcane, while the tarot is thought to be one of the most accessible and “hands-on.” Historically the language of alchemy with its inscrutable riddles and metaphors have baffled many students, while the images of the tarot are more direct and often need little explanation. Some may prefer one over the other, but like other elements of the Western Esoteric Tradition, the best way to learn alchemy and tarot is to study these topics together. Golden Dawn Adepts Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero here provide the illuminating Philosopher's Stone Tarot Spread.
Alchemy is considered one of the principle branches of the Western Esoteric Tradition. But while many students are familiar with astrology and the Qabalah, far fewer are acquainted with the basics of alchemy (which is often misrepresented and well-hidden). Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero discuss Israel Regardie's The Philosopher's Stone and the powerful message it brings to alchemical seekers.
The Great Occult Schism
Have you ever noticed there is a distinct separation between modern Western occultism (i.e. Wicca, Thelema, Golden Dawn, Theosophy, the New Age, etc.) and the indigenous occultism practiced by the rest of the world? Our techniques are different in fundamental ways, and (historically) both sides have suffered from various... read this article