SACRED GEOMETRY and ALCHEMY
EVENT OF THE YEAR 2015
April 9th Thursday evening 7-9.30 pm
Wine and Cheese event with Brian Cotnoir.
Alchemy: A Thief’s Guide to the Emerald Tablet.
Emerald Tablet – the book, the translation, the significance. Talk and Book Presentation.
The Emerald Tablet is one of the root texts of alchemy, a brief alchemical work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. This publication is a collection of new translations by Brian Cotnoir of the earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary.
The Emerald Tablet is not only a fresh contribution to alchemical studies it is also an example of book art at its finest. Bound in two limited editions of leather and silk, the book draws on the elements of Islamic and Western sacred geometry in the overall design, typesetting and especially in the two cover emblems.
Copies of the Emerald Tablet will be available along with other work by Brian Cotnoir.
Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. Author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, The Emerald Tablet, and Alchemical Meditations, he is currently writing his next book, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. He has presented seminars and workshops around the world on various aspects of the art.
You can order the Emerald Tablet here: www.KhepriPress.com
April 10th 9.30-5 p.m.
One day workshop:
A Thief’s Guide to the Emerald Tablet.
Talk, Discussion, and Demonstrations with Brian Cotnoir.
The Emerald Tablet, famous for its declaration “as above, so below,” is a cornerstone text of alchemy. A new translation from the oldest known version of the Emerald Tablet will be used as the basis to lay out the fundamentals of alchemy starting with Alexandrian alchemy.
The morning session, after a review of alchemical theory, will discuss and demonstrate some of the Alexandrian alchemical practices as it relates to the Emerald Tablet. Having this grounding we’ll move to Western alchemy.
The afternoon session will deepen the theory of the morning by considering the quintessence or “fifth essence”. The alchemical theory of John of Rupescissa holds that this very subtle substance permeates all creation.
We will examine Rupescissa’s De Quinta Essentia (translations of the relevant sections will be given out), discuss its relation to the Emerald Tablet, and consider ways the quintessence can be extracted from various substances such as wine and gold.
The Golden Work of Hermes Trismegistus
The Emerald Tablet states:
"That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing."
The figure of Hermes Trismegistus, the Thrice Great Hermes, looms large in the Western esoteric traditions and is associated with the alchemical secret of the Philosopher's Stone and its transmutations. It describes the cyclic flow of all creation – the root of all alchemical practice-that creation arises within the play of opposites...
Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. Author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, The Emerald Tablet, and Alchemical Meditations. He is the founder of Khepri Press which has just released a beautifully produced collection of new translations of the earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions of the EMERALD TABLET of HERMES with accompanying essay and commentary, written by Brian
A few words from Brian..
"I create in order to know, and to this end I attempt to engage all ways of knowing and seeing. My work is alchemical in that it comes from my research and actual practice of early alchemy.
Alchemy, whatever else we may think it is – gold-making, enlightenment, medicinal, self-actualization, etc. – is, at its very heart, the study and practice of creation. The Emerald Tablet, a foundational alchemical text, states that all creation, large or small, regardless of the medium or time, follows from the same principles and processes.
The alchemical understanding of being is that there are no hard boundaries; that it is more a spectrum of awareness from ignorance to wisdom. Alchemical practice actively engages both “outer” physical processes and “inner” practices such as meditation, visualization, and dream work. It is not a question of “either/or” but “both/and.
Working with both “inner” and “outer” engenders a process of discovery and invention that informs the work. And the resulting union of inner and outer is manifested in the end result, whatever form it may take, or how ephemeral it may be.
This edition is a collection of new translations of those earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary. It is a distillation of the chapter on the Emerald Tablet in my forthcoming book Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. There I present a more complete discussion, analysis and experimentation. Here I present it as a Hermetic work of art – a talismanic book in form, function and result. The Emerald Tablet is not only a fresh contribution to alchemical studies it is also an example of book art at its finest."
APRIL 9th: Meet & Greet
Meet greet drink wine eat food and listen to Brians amazing journey and life time commitment to the Alchemical Arts. $35. 7-9.30
ONE-DAY WORKSHOP WITHIN A PRACTICAL ALCHEMICAL LAB SET UP
Whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level, developed further in quantum physics, psychology of synchronicity emanating from Carl Jung, the metaphysics of the I Ching, Taoist Medicine and through systems of ‘correspondences’ and associative thinking'.
Learn about the "the quintessence which can be extracted from various substances such as wine and gold".
ABOUT SACRED GEOMETRY
Sacred Geometry is the blueprint of Creation and the genesis of all form. It is an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of Creation organizes itself.
On every scale, every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes.
Mother nature uses geometry everywhere you look, from the spirals of the nautilus shell, galaxies, sunflowers, snowflakes, flower petals, honeycombs and the deepest design of the smallest particles know to humanity!
Sacred Geometry is the modern bridge between Science, Physics and Spirituality.
It is described as the Architect of the Universe, the footprint of God, the design of the infinite.
Sacred geometry is used in the planning and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, and sacred art.
"Sacred Geometry has an intensely practical relevance to the creation of real beauty in the arts, to an architecture which brings harmony and inspiration to people's lives and to the development within the individual of a sense of balance which is, to my mind, the hallmark of a civilised person." -HRH The Prince of Wales
The study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work therein, such as the golden mean ratio.
Sacred Geometry embraces topics such as:
- cosmological geometry,
- resonant vibrations of natural forms,
- unified field,
- fractals, (the part represents the whole),
- music scales,
- ancient calendars,
- near death experiences / successful dying,
- universal languages/alphabet,
- the five Platonic solids,
- extraordinary numbers and shapes,
- magnetic field healing,
- tesla technologies,
- cutting edge quantum physics,
- Fibonacci Series,
- Buckminster Fuller,
- Alchemy and
- the golden spiral.
"Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors." -Plato (c. 427 - 347 B.C.E.)
"It's a shame that children are exposed to numbers merely asquantities instead of qualities and characters with distinctpersonalities relating to each other in various patterns. If only they could see numbers and shapes as the ancients did, assymbols of principles available to teach us about the natural structure and process of the universe and to give us perspective on human nature."-Michael Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe.
Geometry is One and Eternal,
Shining in the Mind of God.
That share in it accorded to men
Is one of the reasons that Man Is the Image of God.