WORKSHOP: Secret Chemical Formula in the Emerald Tablet
In ancient Alexandria, alchemists performed chemical demonstrations to develop early alchemistic philosophy and discover the underlying principles in the creation of the universe, which they believed had to be the basic pattern for all transformations. Many experiments were performed to determine the nature of the First Matter and the proper order of the appearance of the Elements, but the most important and impressive experiment was known as the Arcanum Experiment.
The experiment used seven highly symbolic ingredients called the Arcana: Vitriol (sulfuric acid and iron), Natron (sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate), Red Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-mercury compound), Black Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-antimony compound), and Liquor Hepatis (a sulfur-ammonia solution). The dramatic unfolding of the Arcanum Experiment - from the initial heavy purple cloud to the final manifestation of a precipitate - replayed the creation of the universe in a glass retort and was instrumental in developing alchemical theory. Several scholars have suggested this experiment was the inspiration for the universal formula of transformation encoded in the Emerald Tablet.
In this workshop we will revisit the chemical mythology of the ancients to reveal a powerful spiritual technology that is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. By connecting at the archetypal level of the arcana through guided visualizations and meditations on the original drawings of the alchemists, participants will be given the opportunity to experience these universal operations firsthand. A videotape of the complete experiment will be featured.
Certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the workshop. All participants receive a jar of flowers of sulfur plus a free 70-minute DVD on the operations of alchemy.
Friday September 16, 2011. 2:30-6:00 PM. Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. $55 ($28 - 50% discount to July 31 for Guild members - enter code "C1ZQUAPA56"). Register at www.AlchemyConference.com/?amigosid=5.
LECTURE: Philosophic Alchemy: Consciousness in Alchemy and Modern Science
In this thought-provoking presentation, practicing alchemist and author Dennis William Hauck shows how the universal principles of alchemy are being recognized in the modern world. We now realize that the most powerful tool in the alchemists' laboratories was their our own consciousness, which they viewed as a force of nature that could be purified and focused in their work.
Modern science has confirmed the power of consciousness to shape physical reality in amazing experiments in quantum physics and parapsychology. This level of work by true alchemists, such as alchemist-mathematicians John Dee and Isaac Newton, went far beyond the foolish efforts of medieval charlatans who tried to change lead into gold by purely physical means.
The stages of development of an alchemic consciousness are revealed in the deep symbolism of the alchemists' drawings, and their philosophical concepts come alive in stories and anecdotes from the author's diverse training as a mathematician at the University of Vienna and his apprenticeship in alchemy in nearby Prague.
Sunday September 18, 2011. 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. $65 ($33 -50% discount to July 31 for Guild members - enter code "C1ZQUAPA56"). Register at www.AlchemyConference.com/?amigosid=5