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Paracelsus: Medicine, Magic and Mission at the End of Time

Over half a century ago, Walter Pagel introduced the scholarly community to the intellectual thought of Theophrastus von Hohenheim, more commonly known as Paracelsus (1493-1541), in his seminal study, Paracelsus: An Introduction t...

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What the History of Alchemy Can Teach Us About Curiosity and Spiritual Transformation

Alchemy is an ancient practice, ridden with mystery and secrecy…until now. While popularized by the medieval scientific quest to turn lead into gold, its practices and customs stretch far beyond these parameters. Alchemy’s focus, as a...

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The Western Diet: Fast Food, Snack Food, American Food

Americans have a love-love relationship with food—we love making it, eating it, and taking pictures of it. But America’s cozy relationship with food is complicated—nearly 72% of the population struggles with being overweight, the aver...

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The Witch’s Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

Rarely does a book about pagan history rise to the level of a scholarly work that is simultaneously readable and meticulously researched. The Witch’s Ointment is both.

Packed with rich details on the history of the elusive, mys...

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How Alchemy, the Forbidden Science, Changed World History

lchemy is generally seen as an archaic proto-science based on superstition that is of little interest to the modern chemist. In truth, chemistry owes much to alchemy, which covers philosophical traditions and chemical history spanning...

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The Alchemy and Artistry of Fayum Portrets

Her rapt, black eyes gaze out, as though she is waiting for one to ask her a question. Her necklace --a braid twirled and tucked in the crown of her head--hints in a noble position, as does her purple tunic, dangling earrings, and pil...

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The Surreal Art of Alchemical Diagrams

Derived from the Arabic root “kimia”, from the Coptic “khem” (referring to the fertile black soil of the Nile delta), the word “alchemy” alludes to the dark mystery of the primordial or First Matter (the Khem). The discovery of this e...

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