Later this month, I will be presenting a lecture at the International Alchemy Conference in Los Angeles, October 23-25. The title is “Body, Spirit, and Soul: an Alchemical Philosophy of Nature”, and we will be discussing the three levels of being in Alchemical and Spagyric philosophy as well as our own work.
Modern science and philosophy draws a line through Nature’s creation: on one side is the human realm of spirited and ensouled beings, while across the divide lives everything else in a state of purely physical existence.
But this was not always the way we looked at the world, and it doesn’t have to be our worldview now, especially as we begin to realize the price that our environment pays for a philosophy that holds most of the world to be inert and unintelligent.
Alchemical and Spagyric philosophy is rooted in a time when all of Nature was understood to contain body, spirit, and soul just as we do, from the active world of animals down through plants and even to the quieter mineral kingdom. All that Nature created was seen as ensouled, alive, aware, and intelligent; in the plant realm, this intelligence was understood as the true source of healing.
In this talk, I will discuss the three levels of being in plants from both an historical and personal perspective, drawing on my studies of Hermetic and alchemical philosophy and my own work as a gardener, herbalist, and Spagyric practitioner. Alchemy and Spagyrics offer powerful ways of connecting with our forgotten Western lineage of vitalist and magical connection to nature, as well as giving us ways of moving that lineage forward into a re-enchantment of matter itself.
This lecture will also be a great opportunity to experience the type of material we will be teaching in our Alchemical School, as well as getting to know us as teachers, so if you are considering the School, we hope you’ll come to the conference and my talk.
For more information about the International Alchemy Conference, click here.