This site includes Titus Burckhardt’s biography, photos, film clips about him, or Sufism, and ends with an inspired description of “spiritual alchemy”, or the. This is the complete text of “Insight into Alchemy”, an essay by Titus Burckhardt, which appeared in the journal “Studies in Comparative Religion”, THE PENGUIN METAPHYSICAL LffiRARY General Editor: Jacob Needleman. ALCHEMY. The son of the Swiss sculptor Carl Burckhardt, Titus Burckhardt was.

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Here the intellectual principles and the spiritual role of artistic creativity in its Islamic forms are richly and generously displayed before us. With this noble volume, the unique Burckhardtian literary corpus comes to its end.

Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul by Titus Burckhardt

Dana Jalobeanu rated it it was ok Dec 28, From its roots in India through its passages into Persia and into Europe the chess-board is both a military stratagem and a symbol of space and the universe, as well as a symbol of the nature of the soul and the relationship between will and fate.

Andrew Cox rated it liked it Sep 07, Burckhardt himself contributed three books in the series: Much later—in a series of articles published in both French and German in —he covered the cosmological ground very fully indeed, and also made many detailed references to the main branches of modern science. Olten Switzerland and Freiburg-im-Breisgau Germany: Ismar Hacam rated it it was amazing May 16, Burckhardt’s last major work was his widely acclaimed and impressive monograph Art of Islam.


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Don’t have a World Wisdom ID? This wonderfully insightful volume introduces some of the metaphors useful for establishing attitudes required for the soul’s advancement: See The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci I was surprised to alcnemy Chinese influences in alchemical illustrations until I recognized that the huge import of Chinese porcelains would have been accompanied by such “cloud hung” landscapes.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The tree has two further branches, which are weaker and softe rthan th efirst four. Apparently these seven sciences, which do not of course fit the term of science as used burckhardr, are represented by the seven planets.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Spiritual attainment has frequently been described as a transformation whereby a burrckhardt leaden, dull nature is returned to its golden state. All of these articles are included in the present book, in the section entitled “Traditional and Modern Science”. Perennialist author Titus Burkhardt in later life.

Snafu Warrior rated it really liked it May 02, Here is a review of Alchemy: Indeed Burckhardt’s principal work in the field of cosmology was his full-length book Alchemy: Other correlations related to these sciences include their relation to numbers, as well as their representation on the door of Chartres Cathedral. Burckhardt comments on the symbolic importance of the image of the Heavenly Jerusalem, which first appeared in a aalchemy manuscript.

Notify me burckhardg new posts via email. I love thinking like Burckhardt is a great author. This brief exposition of notes on Titus Burckhardt’s life and work contains some good insights into his work on traditional science and art.


Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul – Ars, Arte et Labore

Jeffrey Snodgrass rated it really liked it Oct 03, Islamic Texts Society, Burckahrdt Photographs Slideshows Online Resources. Not unconnected with his interest in cosmology, Burckhardt had a particular affinity with traditional wlchemy and craftsmanship and was skilled in the evaluation of traditional architecture, iconography, and other arts and crafts.

Titus Burckhardt with Frithjof Schuon in Switzerland in the s. There is something in the soul which is uncreated and uncreatable; if the whole soul were such, it would be uncreated and uncreatable; and this is the Intellect.

Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

Cover design and six illustrations by Titus Burckhardt. The psychologists, beginning with C. Titus Burckhardt was Frithjof Schuon’s junior by one year, and they spent their early schooldays together in Basle around the time of the First World War. In this as well as many other passages the author has expounded not only the principles of alchemy but also of all traditional cosmology, and even alcuemy art which is closely connected with it.