Greetings Down the Rabbit Holers,
I would like to thank everybody who subscribed to my website and subsequently took part in The Riddle of Alchemy competition. The four winners all correctly identified the alchemical treatise Atalanta fugiens and its author Michael Maier as the origin for the torso of the woman used for the butterfly goddess on the cover of the e-book (pictured above).
The winners are:
1. Cynthia Boldt Omar who won the win the Chemical Wedding Necklace by Alchemy Gothic jewellers, a beautiful pewter piece which portrays the symbolic metaphysical union of the red masculine Sulphur and the white feminine Mercury principles.
2. Shirley Kathleen Lincoln who won the Dragon’s Lure Earring, a unique earring in the form of a winged dragon designed to fit snuggly from the top of one’s ear to their earhole, also by Alchemy Gothic.
3. John Irving who won a brand new copy of The Herbal Alchemist's Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use by Karen Harrison.
4. Max Iom who won a brand new copy of Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs by Manfred M. Junius.
I hope you will all continue to explore alchemy, a chemico-operative and psychospiritual discipline that occupies a central place in the occult tradition and partakes of an esoteric cosmology that has been under rug swept. We will be looking at alchemy in the context of psychotherapy and practical alchemy towards the end of the year. For those of you who missed out on the competition, there are various others on the horizon so keep your eyes wide open.
Dr. Paul Kiritsis