“You are really in search of yourself, without knowing it. You are love-longing for the love-worthy, the perfect lovable. Due to ignorance you are looking for it in the world of opposites and contradictions. When you find it within, your search will be over.”
— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The two angels in the apocalyptic (apocalypse etymology - Greek for “revelation” or “an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling”) setting symbolize the hermetic fundamental forces of dissolution (solve: mercury) and binding (coagula: sulphur). Bohme referred to them as “the yes and no in all things”.
(Engraving, 1675, in: Jacob Bohme und Gorlitz, Ein Bildwerk, Gorlitz, 1924)
FROM THE MANLY PALMER HALL COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL MANUSCRIPTS, 1500-1825
"Cabala" ca. 1700
Anonymous. 34.5 x 26.5 cm. 9 leaves.
No text. Illustrations, watercolor.
Manley Hall was born in 1901,in Peterborough, Canada, to William S. and Louise Palmer Hall. The Hall family moved to the United States in 1904 and lived for a time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Manly Hall settled in Los Angeles in 1919.
As a young man he became interested in occult matters. He subsequently joined a number of societies, among them the Theosophical Society, the Freemasons, the Societas Rosecruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, and the American Federation of Astrologers.
In 1922 Manly Hall wrote his first book on philosophy/religion, Initiates of the Flame. According to Hall, he began collecting works on mysticism and the esoteric sciences: “late in the fall of 1922, the plan for a comprehensive work on the symbolism of western mystical societies began to take shape in my mind. It soon became apparent that research facilities for such a project were not available in Southern California… The only answer was to contact antiquarian book dealers and elict their cooperation in the search for the items desired.” The collection of books and manuscripts which Hall purchased, primarily in the 1920s and 1930s, became the basis for his own research and the cornerstone of the Philosophical Research Society’s holdings.
A 17th century depiction of the Rosicrucian concept of the Tree of Pansophia
"Three Stages of Awareness
A depiction of Hermes Trismegistus showing three levels of human consciousness which corresponds to the Trigunas or Modes of Material Nature of East Indian philosophy(described in the Bhagavad Gita- Chapt.14) and which are also the three Philosophical Principles of Alchemy.
SALT or TAMAS- ignorance and inertia: man asleep:
SULFUR or RAJAS- passion and movement: man in action:
MERCURY or SATTVA-goodness, wisdom and rhythm: man harmonious:”
-Dr. Bruce S. Fisher (Connecting)
“As above, so below” - Hermes Trismegistus