The Elixir & the Stone: The Tradition of Magic & Alchemy

The Elixir the Stone The Tradition of Magic Alchemy Since the seventeenth century science has been contending with philosophy organized religion and the arts for domination over Western civilization and society By the middle of the twentieth century

  • Title: The Elixir & the Stone: The Tradition of Magic & Alchemy
  • Author: Michael Baigent Richard Leigh
  • ISBN: 9780099490029
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since the seventeenth century, science has been contending with philosophy, organized religion and the arts for domination over Western civilization and society By the middle of the twentieth century, the battle appeared to be won scientific rationalism and skepticism were triumphant Yet in the last few decades a strong and potent counter current has emerged One manifeSince the seventeenth century, science has been contending with philosophy, organized religion and the arts for domination over Western civilization and society By the middle of the twentieth century, the battle appeared to be won scientific rationalism and skepticism were triumphant Yet in the last few decades a strong and potent counter current has emerged One manifestation of this has been the so called occult revival.In The Elixir and the Stone, Baigent and Leigh argue that this occult revival and indeed the entire revolution in attitudes which has taken place recently owes a profound debt to Hermeticism, a body of esoteric teaching which flourished in Alexandria two thousand years ago and which then went underground The authors trace the history of this intriguing and all encompassing philosophy which has much in common with contemporary holistic thought charting it s origin in the Egyptian mysteries, and demonstrating how it continued to exercise enormous influence through the magicians and magi of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.Many remarkable characters feature in the narrative, including the Franciscan friar Roger Bacon and the Elizabethan magus John Dee prototype of Shakespeare s Prospero in The Tempest, but the central figure that emerges is that of Faust himself one of the defining myths of Western civilization.The Elixir and the Stone is a remarkably rich and ambitious book that adds up to a little short of an alternative history of the intellectual world Perhaps for the first time it puts into their true context those shadowy alchemists and magicians who have haunted the imaginations of people for centuries Moreover it offers a way of looking at the world that is in one sense alternative , but in another, deeply historical.

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    About “Michael Baigent Richard Leigh”

    1. Michael Baigent Richard Leigh

      Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948 He graduated with a bachelor s degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master s degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England He has also been an editor of Freemasonry Today since 1991 As an author and speculative historian, he has been published in 35 languages he is the author of From the Omens of Babylon, Ancient Traces, and the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Papers he is the coauthor of the international bestsellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh and the coauthor of The Temples and the Lodge, The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, Secret Germany, The Elixir and the Stone, and The Inquisition with Richard Leigh.

    641 thoughts on “The Elixir & the Stone: The Tradition of Magic & Alchemy”

    1. A very enjoyable and fascinating read. It discusses the alternate way of how the early religions and early Christianity look at the world which opens a new aspect of our intellectual history.


    2. This is a half-historical, half-philosophical look at Hermeticism, Magic, and Alchemy and the way humanity has interected with these concepts throughout history up until the present (the present being the 1990s, when this book was written). I found it incredibly fascinating, especially when they explored the different artists, writers, philosophers and various visionaries and how they approached the concept of magic. Magic being a metaphysical state of mind and conscious alteration of your world [...]


    3. It's the usual Baigent and Leigh book - quite interesting, however, it's more of a timeline/history of alchemy and hermetic though rather than an exploration of hermetic philosophy and what it all means. The latter part of the book changes into a critique of modern 20th century society - which was interesting also but not really what I was wanting to learn about. As with most of the books in this genre, it's all the little facts you learn about that make these books interesting - they are a veri [...]


    4. This might partially or more answer the question of what knowledge was taken from Egypt in Judaic tradition. Hermeticism, Roger Bacon, occult, being keywords here, perhaps the knowledge had gone underground for a good reason and any inquiry into it was - is, too - met with diverting attention and query, disrupting dialogue, hostility, attempt to provoke a general furor against anyone who questions into this, direct insults, and more.


    5. This was an interesting book. I wish I had done more research on the subject matter before hand. This is an alternate history of hermetic thought. Who and how the ideas passed through history. It does not talk about the theory of hermeticism or alchemy. I recommend that anyone who is interested in this book have a firm grasp on the teachings before hand.


    6. So I have a read a lot of books by Baigent and Leigh and I have to tell you, this one was not good. I had a hard time getting past the poor writing and the giant leaps of logic. While there may be some good stuff in here somewhere I gave up before I really got to it.


    7. A combination of historical, philosophical look at Hermeticism, Magic, and Alchemy and the way humanity has interected with these concepts throughout history up until the mid 1990.s.


    8. where does mysthicism come from? What is fact, what is mystics? A very good history of science through the centuries!


    9. Couldn't get into this one but I'm sure it's very interesting for those into the history of religious thought and ideas.



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