The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. Originally published in German in This edition derives from an English trans- lation published in The drawings on this page appeared as illustrations in The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, published by Lectorium Rosicrucianum, a Rosicrucian. You Are Cordially Invited to a Royal Wedding! Today – today – today. is the wedding of the King. If you are born for this,. Chosen by God for joy,. You may.
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The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, often looked upon as the third Rosicrucian manifesto, has an entirely different tone from the other Rosicrucian documents. Unlike the Rosicrucian manifestoes, which address the transformation of society, The Chemical Wedding is concerned with the inner transformation of the soul.
It is a deeply interior work, one which asks th The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, often looked upon as the third Rosicrucian manifesto, has an entirely different tone from the other Rosicrucian documents. It is a rosenkrrutz interior work, one which asks the reader to step into its world of symbols and walk with Christian Rosenkreutz along his path of transformation. Despite its importance as a key text of the Western esoteric traditions, this is the first ever contemporary English translation of The Chemical Wedding, made especially for this edition by Joscelyn Godwin.
Also included in this edition is an introduction and commentary by Adam McLean, which illuminates the transformative symbolism. Paperbackpages. Published October 1st by Phanes Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Apr 30, Mary Overton added it. Alchemical parables and allegories are horror stories with happy endings. They detail the terror and disgust of death … decay, dissolution, suffering … and linger over descriptions of living tissue reduced to foul waste.
Then the alchemist distills any remaining liquid, burns the solid material to ash, recombines this into a paste, stuffs it into a human mold, cooks it some more, and – voila!
The Chemical Wedding is a chemical allegory first published in as the third Rosicruc Alchemical parables and allegories are horror stories with happy endings. The Chemical Wedding is a chemical allegory first published in as the third Rosicrucian manifesto. Supposedly it was a lost manuscript “unearthed” from the tomb of its author, Christian Rosenkreutz, years after his death. Fake manuscripts were all the rage in occult literature. This edition has a marvelous commentary by Adam McLean.
For a taste of its horror, here is the creepiest of 7 creepy conundrums shared during an after-dinner game of riddles: So she was married to another man, honest and upright, who kept her with modesty and affection until she came to childbed, and was so ill that everyone thought she had died.
With great sorrow, they gave her a magnificent burial. Then I thought to myself: So I took my servant with me, and dug her up again by night.
When I opened the coffin and took her in my arms, I felt her heart and discovered that it was still beating a little.
As I warmed her it became stronger and stronger, until I could see that she was indeed still alive. Then I silently took her home with me and, after warming her frozen body with a bath of precious herbs, committed her to the care of my mother until she gave birth to a fine son, whom I cared for as lovingly as I had the mother.
After two days, since she was greatly confused, Roseenkreutz revealed to her all that had occurred, and asked her to live as my wife from now on. But she was chemlcal worried that it might give grief to her husband, who had treated her well and honorably. However, as such things will turn out, she now felt no less obligated to one as to the other. He affirmed it with tears christiann lamentations.
Finally I brought his wife to him, together with her son, told him all that had happened, and asked him to give consent for my intended marriage. After a long argument he could not shake my claim, and so had to leave the wife with me. I gave him back both wife weddiny son!
Now tell me, gentlemen, which was the greater: At this point in my life, I am too ignorant to say anything worthwhile about this book. I believe that reading this, and the commentary that follows it, has brought me some inspiration chemicall insight. I don’t know, however, if it would be of value to anyone else. Humility is a rare thing these days, but sometimes the best thing a person can do chrlstian just shut up and listen. Jul 19, Jim rated it did not like it.
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is a mysterious manifesto of unknown authorship that surfaced in early ‘s Europe. It has its roots in esoteric Xhemical and alchemy, and helped found rosenjreutz Rosicrucian movement. He wrote about some mentally ill chrisian guy who gets invited to a magic castle. While there he gets into a whole bunch of trouble cause he The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is a mysterious manifesto of unknown authorship that surfaced in early ‘s Europe.
While there he gets into a whole bunch of trouble cause he keeps sneaking around and getting into stuff he shouldn’t. Yet, he’s deemed to be more worthy than the other freaks there and takes a boat to a big tower and witnesses some bird getting killed. OK look, I picked up this book because so many reviews talk about its intricate complexity and great worth on a personal level.
Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae
Maybe it is that for some people. But for commoners such as myself it is absolute and utter nonsense. Generally speaking I love a good historical and esoteric spin on life and spirituality.
I wanted to like this book. I love stuff like this. But this didn’t work for me, at all. It was overly metaphorical to the point of gibberish. It was contrived and phony feeling 7 times over. There, I said it. View all 4 comments.
vhristian Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it. Much has been made of the rosenkerutz that Andreae wrote this book when young, as a ‘prank’ or literary ‘hoax’.
This may well be the case although I suspect his admission was more inspired by a desire to protect himself during the turbulent days of counter-reformation warfare in Europe through which he lived. Whatever the books original background may have been, it inspired a surge of spiritual, political and alchemical writing in the seventeenth century, and eventually the rosenkerutz Rosicrucian pseudo- Much has been made of the fact that Andreae wrote this book when young, as a ‘prank’ or literary ‘hoax’.
Whatever the books original background may have been, it inspired a surge of chrisgian, political and alchemical writing in the seventeenth century, and eventually the modern Rosicrucian pseudo-religion. If one disregards its history and legacy, I believe it still stands its ground as a startlingly oddsubtly unsettling and strangely hcemical piece of writing.
It is full of peculiar christia which weaves its way into the subconscious. Even if Andreae intended it to be a pastiche of the Alchemical literature of his day, he produced something which transcends parody and which occasionally shines with genuine poetic value. The version I read has footnotes, which were somewhat helpful in understanding what was going on — although it was interesting how often the translator admitted to not knowing what certain scenes meant.
This reads like a bizarre fairy tale, full of riddles, and set in a Wonderland universe. Weddiing the entire wedding party to get beheaded, for Venus to be sleeping in the castle basement, rosenkrutz a mischievous Cupid to poke his nose in everywhere, and for an old man to be forced to work his way through continuous odd tasks like painting a giant bird blue and then slaughtering it for its royal blood.
Five stars for Theo’s fantastic illustrations alone. Each drawing rewards any extra chritian the viewer pays, with layers of meaning and witty details. The narrator’s character as a man wwdding is simultaneously vain and earnest; simultaneously childish and heroic; simultaneously ridiculous and touching, couldn’t be more exactly or more entertainingly conveyed than by the representations here. The text is a wild ride for someone like me who knew nothing about alchemy or Rosicrucians, but John Crowl Five stars for Theo’s fantastic illustrations alone.
The text is a wild ride for someone like me who knew nothing about alchemy or Rosicrucians, but John Crowley’s notes prove to be an enchanting and reassuring guide through this wacky allegorical tale of blood, ashes, death and resurrection, royal authority, transparent jelly-ish bodies, green souls, and baroque scientific-magical processes.
He struck an appealing balance between scholarly interest and careful artistic interpretation that made the fascinating and modern-relevant components of a potentially obscure story shine through.
It’s hard for me to rate this. As a primary source, a glimpse into the lives and fascinations of the seventeenth century, it’s worth reading. And the author’s humor still works for at least this modern-day reader; I giggled throughout at the protagonist’s mastery of the humblebrag. It’s a shaggy dog story, it’s an allegory, it’s a hoax, it’s a joke, and it’s certainly a swift and fun read–but what it’s not, by modern standards, is a novel. And that’s okay, but it makes it awfully hard to rank i It’s hard for me to rate this.
And that’s okay, but it makes it awfully hard to rank it on the same star rating system as everything else I read. And absurd and self-aware tale that lets the allegory get so plump and shambling that it reveals itself as parody. Presumably the humor was there all along, but Crowley draws it out with style and annotation, and the illustrations nail it down with the subtlety of a political cartoon.
I didn’t know what this was at all until I cracked open the beautiful hardcover book, and started reading Crowley’s introduction. It’s his annotated edition of a little alchemical tale, of a man Christian Rosencreutz invited to a strange royal wedding, and the trials and rewards as he goes through all the tests I don’t know what to make of this at all! Crowley’s annotations were very helpful, to point out the symbolism and context. But even the I didn’t know what this was at all until I cracked open the beautiful hardcover book, and started reading Crowley’s introduction.
But even then, the story is just so strange! It’s easy to see why it puzzles and intrigues people who want to interpret and reinterpret and create very convoluted explanations for everything, and read it all as allegorical. Sometimes it contradicts itself, or goes very odd, and no one knows if there are actual errors or if it was intentional.