List of Concepts

  • Distillation

    Next time you enjoy that cocktail or drink at a bar, tip your imaginary hat to the alchemists of yore. This episode is the extended version of the History of Alchemy’s segment of the History Podcasters’ Network collage on alcohol.
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  • Phlogiston Theory of Combustion

    Johann Joachim Becher formulated the Phlogiston theory of combustion, and it lasted over a century. He also transmuted gold out of the mud of the Danube.
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  • Homunculus

    Philosopher’s Stone, Elixir of Life, but also: Homunculus. Some alchemists were more after this than gold, and in some theories a homunculus can be used as a philosopher’s stone. A homunculus is basically an artificial man. Hear to learn more:
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  • Rosicrucianism

    German secret society with alchemical undertones. There’s a lot more good stuff to come to this page, please be patient!
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  • Theory of the Elements

    The Greek classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether. These were considered the building blocks of all matter. It’s also the bases of much of medieval understanding of how matter works and interacts. Add onto that hot, dry, wet, and cold. Aristotle put it like this: Air is primarily wet and secondarily hot. Fire is […]
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  • Thaumaturgy, Theurgy, and Theosophy

    God’s miracles seen as a sort of magic. We discuss some of the debates alchemists had and break down some ways they may have gotten supernatural help. For instance using the bible as a base for magic. In this system biblical miracles are seen as a form of magic. Theurgy and Thaumaturgy We’ve been holding off […]
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  • Neo-Platonism

    My podcast on Neoplatonism:   The podcast is an interview with Peter Adamson from the History of Philosophy without any Gaps Podcast Not to be confused with Platonism.. plato lived from around 424BC – 348 BC Neoplatonists lived some 600 years later Basically take platonism and mix some mysticism with a Hermetic core. Later Neoplatonists embraced theurgy So […]
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  • Kabbalah

    Cabala (Kabbalah, or Qabbala, etc.) can be broken down into it’s main component of an esoteric philosophy within Judaism (though not part of Judaism itself) and Christian Kabbalah and Hermetic Cabala. I tend to lump all of these along with Pythagorean (and others’) theories together into ‘numerology’ but that’s an oversimplification. Cabala is basically a system of […]
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  • Hermeticism

    My Podcast on the topic:  Based on the writings of the legendary Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes was the greek God of knowledge and Hermeticism is the foundation of much esoteric tradition. It has had a great influence on Astrology and Neoplatonism, though don’t necessarily pre-date them. It emerged at the same time as those as well as Gnosticism and early […]
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  • Dignities of God

    To get Muslims, Jews and Christians to believe in a common baseline Llull describes the seven dignities of God that all three could agree on: Bonitos-Good, Magnitudo-Greatness, Eternitas-Eternity, Potestas-Power, Sapentia-Wisdom, Voluntas-Will, Virtus-Vitrue or Strength, Veritas-Truth, Gloria-Glory (see Kabbalah). These in turn, become the art of the nine letters: BCDEFGHIK, A being the absolute. Arranged on a […]
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  • Astrology

    Astrology is a very broad term for a whole range of beliefs based on watching the heavens; in particular stars and constellations, planets, comets (and other more temporary phenomena) and the moon in the night sky. In a basic sense it’s “star divination”. Think of the of the Hermetic “As above, so below” or “As […]
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  • Alchemy

    Theurgy For the curious: Mercury Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Theosophy
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