By Andrew Marszal
Reports last week that researchers could be just six months away from producing the world’s first artificial meat, using thousands of stem cells bred in a laboratory, sent a wave of fascination around the world. Yet there is an even more ghoulish prospect ahead: the idea of eating artificial food made from . . . → Read More: Jelly beans made from human DNA?
The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate. In its permanent exhibition, Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum has a particularly well preserved example on display. Screening this 3,500-year-old flacon with a computer tomograph, scientists at the university detected the desiccated residues of a fluid, which they now want to . . . → Read More: Recreating 3,500-year-old Egyptian Perfume
By Stephen Heuser
A new generation of scholars is taking a closer look at a discipline that captivated some of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. And in a field that modern thinkers had dismissed as a folly driven by superstition and greed, they now see something quite different.
Alchemists, they are finding, can . . . → Read More: What alchemists got right
“Where oak and ash and thorn grow together one is likely to see Fairies.” So goes the old adage, passed down through the generations to impress upon us the value and sanctity of trees. For our ancestors, these three trees and many others were the basic tools of survival.
Through the ages trees have given . . . → Read More: Oak and Ash and Thorn – the herbal and magical uses of trees
Tamarra S. James
It is unthinkable that any serious student of herbal medicine would be unaware of the existence of a diagnostic system called, “The Doctrine of Signatures”. Most people have read of it in passing with little or no explanation. In the historical perspective, it is one of the most important modes . . . → Read More: The Doctrine of Signatures, recognize herbs
Early in the sixteenth century, the famous German artists and engravers, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach, were influenced to some extent by alchemical ideas and symbolism, but they left no pictorial impression of an alchemist or his laboratory. Durer (1471-1528), one of the two greatest artists Germany has ever produced, was particularly skilled in . . . → Read More: “Melencolia” the magic square
by Johannine Grove
Prima Matra is an ancient alchemical term that means prime unviolated first matter, and covers any form of matter that is resonant with the original first matter. According to Tehuti /Thoth, originally this planet was entirely a spiritual creation without a matter counterpart, in other words it was pure energy with Divine . . . → Read More: What is Prima Matra?
by Ivan Day
On their first arrival in England in the late 1400s, distilled cordial waters had been strictly used as alcoholic medicines, prescribed in small doses to invigorate the heart and revitalise the spirits. By 1700, these forerunners of modern liqueurs were being imbibed for their intoxicating effects as well as their medicinal virtues, . . . → Read More: Cordial Waters from the Stillroom
According to ancient and medieval science, Aether (Greek αἰθήρ, aithēr), also spelled ether, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere.
Plato’s Timaeus posits the existence of a fifth element (corresponding to the fifth remaining Platonic solid, the dodecahedron) called quintessence, of which the cosmos and all . . . → Read More: Aether (classical element)
By: Stephanie Rose Bird
Sacred (sā’krĭd) adj. 1. Set apart for worship or veneration. 2. Space devoted entirely to a specific purpose. 3. Regarding religious objects, rites, or spiritual practice.
I am a sacred gardener. Through this activity I have gained pleasure, sensual delight, and metaphysical insights, and witnessed a miracle or two. My garden . . . → Read More: Crafting a Conjurer’s Garden