Book of the Treasure of Alexander – Hermetic Astrology, Alchemy & Magic

January 6, 2011 § 6 Comments

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As Erika pointed out Synchronicity, Serendipity and Synergy mark the Path.

This morning while taking a look at Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold’s blog Speculum Celestae I saw that he had edited a new edition of an Arabic Hermetic text attributed to Alexander the Great. Not only did this answer some of my questions regarding the Library of Alexandria and it’s possible connections to Hermeticism, but it opened up a whole new line of study.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the book’s webpage:

The Book of the Treasure of Alexander

The Book of the Treasure of Alexander, attributed to Alexander the Great and his tutor, the philosopher Aristotle, is a medieval Hermetic text of alchemy, astrology and astrological magic. This is the first complete English translation of this key text, originally written in Arabic, which explains a wide variety of practical applications of occult virtue and the hidden powers of Nature.

The Book of the Treasure of Alexander contains a fascinating look at Arabic alchemy with instructions for preparing the Great Elixir or Philosopher’s Stone. It contains a dozen poisons, including the “Royal Water”, the “cold poison” and the “poison that kills through laughter” as well as the antidotes to these poisons many of which have their powers enhanced through their creation according to astrological timing.

Translated from the Portuguese critical edition by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold and edited by Christopher Warnock, the Book of the Treasure of Alexander is an invaluable addition to the library of scholars and practitioners of authentic Hermetic astrology, alchemy and magic.

Added to that is the fact that Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold’s work was unknown to me prior to today. This morning I got an email from Scarlet Imprint about his upcoming book, Palo Mayombe – The Garden of Blood and Bones on the Palo tradition, and decided to follow the thread and see what else he was working on.

The cosmos speaks to those who listen! Follow the threads woven and Wyrd and see what you find.


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§ 6 Responses to Book of the Treasure of Alexander – Hermetic Astrology, Alchemy & Magic

  • Willi Paul says:

    Guess I will continue with my opening theme…

    There is a ton of jargon and scary foreign words floating around this group!

    “Arabic Hermetic text”?

    Can we adopt a lexicon? Online perhaps?


  • David says:

    At the moment I think the lexicon is the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy, where Hermes is mentioned at the very start of Section 1.

    Chapter 2 includes the Legend of Thoth/Hermes.

  • Willi Paul says:

    Nicely re-directed, David!

    My concern is best remedied thru Hauck’s Glossary! See page. 295.

    Are they other online dictionaries that you can recommend?


  • Erika Harris says:

    @Willi – Thanks for keeping our feet firmly on earth.

    @David – Awesome job on the fat compilation of resources! Currently lovin’ the company of Musica Universalis, and savoring expanded horizons undisturbed by their gentle pulsing.

  • David says:

    Glad you’re enjoying Thomas'(aka Eve Ryman) music Erika. He’s been working on a very in depth project with Musica Universalis which will hopefully come to full fruition this year.

    The other night I was thinking…what can I listen to for the proper alchemical reverie and suddenly I remembered…”ah yes…Musica Universalis!”

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