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The Footsteps of Vishnu: A Historical Introduction to Hinduism

Ariel Glucklich

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195314052
eISBN:
9780199871766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Strides of Vishnu explores a wide range of topics in Hindu culture and history. Hinduism has often set out to mediate between the practical needs of its many communities and a ... More


Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Nevill Drury

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Twentieth-century Western magic has been shaped by many diverse influences, including Gnosticism and the Hermetica, the medieval Kabbalah, Tarot, and Alchemy, and more recently, Rosicrucianism and ... More


Medieval Precursors

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter gives an exploration of the most significant elements that have shaped modern Western magic: the medieval Kabbalah, the Hermetic tradition, Alchemy, and the Tarot. The Kabbalah provided ... More


Affective Alchemy: W. B. Yeats and the Transformative Heresy of Joy

Wendy J. Truran

in The Edinburgh Companion to Irish Modernism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781474456692
eISBN:
9781399502061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456692.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Yeats’s project was to transform sorrow into joy, an affective alchemy that produces vitalizing effects on the body and the mind. This chapter uses his poem “Vacillation” to demonstrate the ... More


Undisturbed by Reality: Victor Frankenstein’s Technoscientific Dream of Reason

Alfred Nordmann

in Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262533287
eISBN:
9780262340267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262533287.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is not a tale of modern science. Instead, the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature shows that the premodern, alchemical dream of animating lifeless things returns ... More


Magic, Astrology, and Alchymy

Edward William Lane and Jason Thompson

in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789774165603
eISBN:
9781617975516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter opens with an explanation of the distinction held by learned Muslims between “spiritual” magic, effected by angels and jinn, and “natural” or “deceptive magic,” induced by drugs or ... More


Jacob Boehme’s Spiritual Alchemy of Rebirth

Mike A. Zuber

in Spiritual Alchemy: From Jacob Boehme to Mary Anne Atwood

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780190073046
eISBN:
9780190073077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190073046.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents the first fully developed spiritual alchemy as encountered in the later works of Jacob Boehme, including his Signatura rerum of 1622. In his earliest work of 1612, Aurora, ... More


Abraham von Franckenberg and the Ancient Wisdom of Rebirth

Mike A. Zuber

in Spiritual Alchemy: From Jacob Boehme to Mary Anne Atwood

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780190073046
eISBN:
9780190073077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190073046.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter shows how the Silesian nobleman Abraham von Franckenberg linked Jacob Boehme’s spiritual alchemy to the idea of ancient wisdom, as exemplified by the gnostic church father Valentinus. ... More


Alchemy and the Art-Nature Debate

in Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577128
eISBN:
9780226577135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577135.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines alchemy and the art–nature debate. The topic of equaling nature by fooling the eye or of outdoing nature's power by producing an object more aesthetically appealing than any in ... More


‘There are no demons’: faith and metaphysical desire

Alex Wylie

in Geoffrey Hill's Later Work: Radiance of Apprehension

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781526124944
eISBN:
9781526150356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526124951.00008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the relationship between belief and “metaphysical fantasy” as Hill conceives it in his later work. The chapter argues that such fantasy, or metaphysical desire as it is termed ... More


Spirituality and Religious Traditions in Beat Literature

David Stephen Calonne

in The Beats: A Teaching Companion

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781949979954
eISBN:
9781800852129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979954.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This essay explicates a Beat fascination with esoteric religious traditions, including astrology, alchemy, and Gnosticism, illuminating heterodoxies characterizing countercultural minorities from ... More


Saving Perfection from the Alchemists: Shakespeare’s Use of Alchemy

Margaret Jones-Davies

in Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474427814
eISBN:
9781474438735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427814.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In this chapter devoted to the “abstract riddles” of alchemy (Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, 2.1.104), Margaret Jones-Davies argues that Shakespeare uses the poetics of alchemy at a time when it begins ... More


From New Alchemy to Living Machines: John Todd’s Dreams of Ecological Engineering

Michael R. Dietrich and Laura L. Lovett

in Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226569871
eISBN:
9780226570075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226570075.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

When John Todd, Nancy Todd, and William McLarney set up the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod in the late 1960s, they wanted to scientifically rethink how we live, produce food, build shelters, ... More


A Quest for Permanence: The Ecological Visioneering of John Todd and the New Alchemy Institute

Henry Trim

in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226372884
eISBN:
9780226373072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the visioneering of John Todd and the New Alchemy Institute. In the 1970s this group of counterculture scientists and back to the land advocates founded their own scientific ... More


Promoting the Revival

Kenneth Garden

in The First Islamic Reviver: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199989621
eISBN:
9780199395590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989621.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Al-Ghazali’s letters reveal that the decade he spent in his native Khurasan between teaching in Baghdad and Nishapur were not years of solitary retreat. Rather, he spent this time actively promoting ... More


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