The era known as The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, which encompassed the latter part of the Sixteenth Century and the early Seventeenth Century, was a time filled with a deep interest in alchemy and other esoteric matters. Known as ‘the more powerful philosophy,’ this esoteric worldview was widespread in Central Europe, especially in Bohemia and the Palatinate. Many famous alchemists such as John Dee, magus at the court of Queen Elizabeth I; Michael Maier, physician to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II; and Heinrich Khunrath, author of the Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom, were a vital part of the final epoch in which magic and science co-existed before the rise of the mechanistic worldview. Alchemy was a profound
This evening, Ralph White, NY Open Center co-founder and director of a 21 year series of international conferences on the Western Esoteric Tradition, will bring this epoch alive, describe the historical and cultural background from which Renaissance alchemy emerged, and offer a pictorial presentation of alchemical emblems and figures.
Tonight will be of interest to anyone interested in contemporary alchemical research and its fascinating and mysterious precursors in Renaissance Europe, and in the half-forgotten spiritual history of the West.
$25 at the door