Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Art

Weird and Wonderful Alchemical Illustrations from the 15th to 18th Centuries

Alchemy was the genetic modification of the past. Alchemists were respected scientists before the term existed, with its roots going back more than 2,000 years ago in Egypt, India, Asia and the Islamic world, and finally being introduced to Europe during the 12th century. Since many of the early alchemical texts have been lost to centuries of war and burning, what remains are many of the European texts from the 15th to 18th centuries. In them, alchemists created diagrams of their philosophies and practices that are so strange and surreal that it’s hard to remember that this was a serious scientific practice. Check out some of the weird imagery they used to demonstrate alchemy’s mystic purposes below…

 

via Publicdomainreview.org

 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. adrian campbell

    March 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    It’s actually not weird at all if you understand the symbolism.
    Another thing to keep in mind is that science has it’s own language and like all languages it changes over time. For instance a symbol for an element like Mercury or Gold has multiple meanings depending on the era and context. – My point is that if you are writing about a different culture an anthropologists view point should at least be considered. My suggestion is that the next time you post, do a little research first. With the internet it’s not to hard to find a copy of the Turba Philosophorum which is a good place to start on hermetical mysticism.

  2. Dorian Sahy

    March 3, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Jacques, Quentin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relapse Monolord
Sentient 112217
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Cvlture

“Magnum Opus” or “great work”; this is what ancient esoteric alchemists called the philosopher’s stone – the much sought after material that would cure...

Cvlture

As a non-binary individual who is also interested in the occult, I find the way that various occult practices view gender and sexuality to...

Art

On alchemy, magic and TLC: A few pretty scrapes and witchy words with the high priestess of Mexico City’s tattoo scene   I’ve officially...

Art

Eclipsing violent centuries Like a dark scar over France Enter the nascent Gilles de Rais A warrior and a scholar…[1]  Advertisement. Scroll to continue...