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The Ritman Library or Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) is the largest library in the world in the fields of Hermeticism, Alchemy, Mysticism, Rosicrucians, Gnosis & Western Esotericism and Comparative Religion studies.
The Ritman Library or Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) is the largest library in the world in the fields of Hermeticism, Alchemy, Mysticism, Rosicrucians, Gnosis & Western Esotericism and Comparative Religion studies.

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The Ritman Library on the Move

The official moving day is approaching and our curators and kind volunteers are buzzing like bees to start packing the books. So don't be fooled by thinking librarians sit on their chair all day! ;-)

We have approximately 25.000 books to pack. How many boxes do you think we will fill?

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#alchemy #moving #amsterdam
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Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge.

The Jesuit Athanasius Kircher (1602-80) was a man of many parts: archaeologist, phenomenal linguist, and avid collector of scientific experiments and geographical exploration. Egyptian mystery wisdom, Greek, kabbalistic and Christian philosophy met on common ground in Kircher’s work. He probed the secrets of the subterranean world, deciphered archaic languages, experimented with alchemy and music therapy, optics and magnetism. Scientific research in Kircher’s day still had something half-magical about it, and its purpose was nothing less than to penetrate the workings of the divine mind.

The images and texts are taken from or based on Joscelyn Godwin’s
“Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge”, London: Thames & Hudson, 1979

Frontispiece to Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Vol I (Rome, 1652), by J.A. Caninius, engraved by Oedipus-Kircher, with all the weight of ancient learning on his side. His two methods, ‘Sense and Experience’ and ‘Reason’ (with closed eyes), preside over the book of his multilingual authorities. The riddle of the Egyptian hieroglyphs was actually to remain unsolved until the nineteenth century.

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#Oedipus #Sphinx #Hieroglyphs
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Art & Imagination

Nicholas Roerich (1874 - 1947), 'The Mother of the World' (1937).

Throughout his artistic career Nicholas Roerich was drawn repeatedly to depict female imagery, a theme he referred to as 'The Mother of the World'. During his numerous trips to India, China, Tibet and Mongolia, Roerich completed a series of works in which he created a 'synthesis of the iconographic representations' of the Virgin, in particular such paintings as Queen of Heaven (1931), Madonna Laboris (1931, 1934, 1936), Madonna Oriflamma (1932), a triptych dedicated to Joan of Arc (1931), Madonna the Protector (1933), and She who Holds the World (1937).

Helena Roerich, his wife, described 'The Mother of the World' as 'the great spirit of the feminine principle'. For Nicholas Roerich, the Mother of the World was the highest symbol of world unity, the most universal of all the great teachers. The obvious need for a unifying symbol for the new Theosophical system led Roerich to paint the 'Mother of the World'.

Source: Mark L. Prophet, The Masters and Their Retreats, Summit University Press 2003, p. 236.

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#Roerich #MotheroftheWorld #Madonna

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