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Tesposinus
01-02-2009, 05:30 AM
Hi there everyone!

I go by the name of Frater Tesposinus and I'm a 28 year old man from Denmark in Europe, but I currently live here in Iga-shi, Mie Prefecture in Japan - a life long dream of mine. My alchemy studies and practices began back around when I was 18, but it started off as just reading and not much else. There were unfortunately not really any decent books on the actual practice readily available to me at that time so I just read some "outsider" books on the subject - you know, books by non-alchemists that just treat it from a historical perspective.

In 2002 I was on a summer vacation in L.A. and there in a big bookstore I found an occult section (my favorite kind!) where I picked up a few books. One in particular was the famous The Alchemist's Handbook by Frater Albertus and it was from this little text that I finally found out what alchemy was about and the basics of how it works - something that had, obviously, never been made clear in books written by non-alchemists. From there it took off!

Not long after that, I found Flamel College on the internet and here it seemed there was an organization that actually taught alchemy. It didn't take me many minutes to decide that I wanted to become a student and when I received and devoured my first lesson/module, that was when I was really brought into the world of alchemy - in addition to its history (which I had already studied to a certain level), its theory, its philosophy... all in all I learned what alchemy really was.

So you can say that it really began with Frater Albertus' book and then actually took off with the Flamel College alchemy teachings. From there it has expanded significantly. I studied and practiced according to the teachings of the Philosophers of Nature as well, teachings from modern day literature (such as the wonderful books by Robert Allen Bartlett and the classic by Manfred Junius) and the ancient alchemical texts and images that are nowadays readily available.

Well, that was as short as I could make it. I hope I didn't bore you guys too much. Just thought it might be something like this that you would like for new members to put up.

I'm looking forward to socialize with you all here and talk about that which made us all come together on this forum. I will humbly do my best to contribute to this forum and make it a fun and pleasant place to be.

Best regards,

Tesposinus

Awani
01-02-2009, 05:43 AM
I have a dream of living in Japan myself!

I have been a resident of Copenhagen for many years though...

Glad you could make it!

WELCOME!

Aleilius
01-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Hi Tesposinus, welcome to the forum!

I'm quite jealous of you. I would love to live in Japan. It has also been somewhat of a dream of mine, and lately, it's become an obsession.

There's just something magical about Japan. I'm not quite sure what is it though. Oh, and those beautiful sakura trees - they're just icing on the cake! They should be blooming at the end of March/beginning of April.

Awani
01-02-2009, 10:05 PM
We need to get some Japanese Alchemy going in the brand new area we got here called The East (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=56)!

Tesposinus
01-06-2009, 02:58 PM
Thank you both for your kind welcome!

Aleilius, you are quite right. There is truly something magical about this country. It has mysteriously held my heart and soul in its pleasant grasp ever since I was about 6 years old. Why? I have no clue! :) There has just always been something about Japan that spoke to me on a level that no other place in the world could. So I must have been no more then 10-12 years old when I decided that I would one day move to Japan and live here for the rest of my life.

I really hope to get to see the sakura again this year before having to go back to Denmark. I have been offered a great job at the Japanese embassy in Copenhagen so I may move back to Denmark again in March and stay there for a couple of years before finally making my move here permanent.

Yes we should definitely get some Japanese alchemy discussion going, but I have to admit that it is not exactly something there's a lot of over here. In all my studies of alchemy I have never come across anything in particular from Japan. So we might have to limit Japanese alchemy talk to Hagane no Renkinjutsushi. :p Not that it has a whole lot to do with genuine alchemy... but an entertaining manga and anime series nonetheless.

Best wishes,

Tesposinus

P.S. If either of you should happen to swing by the Land of the Rising Sun any time soon, let me know!

Awani
01-11-2009, 04:03 AM
If either of you should happen to swing by the Land of the Rising Sun any time soon, let me know!

It will take a couple of years in my case, I am still studying Japanese...

But I will end up there one of these days!

:D