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  1. This keeps haunting me...

    These coincidences always happen, so I'm pretty good at just rolling with it, but this is getting ridiculous. This first image came up as a Instagram post from CuriousityStream. It has nothing to do with Alchemy... its an ad from an upcoming documentary on Woodstock:




    This one is from a few days before that.. I know what I was doing at the time, I was looking for a Donum Dei manuscript, Arsenal Ms. 975. I have no idea ...
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  2. Conjunction Junction

    I can remember, before I had read up on alchemy in any meaningful way, coming across references to alchemy that almost always mentioned the 'conjugal' (or even 'pornographic') imagery associated with it. Prime examples would be the Rosarium Philosophorum and Donum Dei. I'm sure most people reading this will be familiar with some version of the typical "Conjunction" (siue coitus) imagery:




    This conjunction of the ...
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  3. More Battle of Scorpius and Orion...



    I did mention in the last post how many different versions of the story of the Battle of Scorpius and Orion there are.. While trying to stay under the character limit on my last post, I inadvertently deleted the story I liked the best, compared to the imagery from the manuscript of Virgil's Aeneid. You'll see at the beginning it's mentioning Jupiter, Neptune, and Mercury, who are the subjects of some of the nicest pictures:

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  4. Jupiter (Zeus) vs. Sol.

    I think it was in a post/reply discussing the Decans that I brought up that to the Greeks/Romans it was Jupiter that was Ruler/King of the Sky/Heavens. I don't know if anyone noticed in the miniatures that I had posted before, but that's what it is showing.. There's a few images of Jupiter in the image sequence:








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    Updated 03-17-2019 at 01:05 PM by Andro

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  5. The Keys of Mercy and the Secrets of Wisdom

    This is a manuscript from the World Digital Library, which has the following description:

    "This manuscript is an invaluable source for understanding alchemical doctrines and practices in the Islamic world during the Middle Ages. Its author, the polymath Mu‛ayyad al-Dīn al-Tuġrā’ī, was born in 1062 AD in Persia (present-day Iran) and worked as a secretary in the Seljuk court. He later was appointed vizier in Mosul (present-day Iraq), but his career came
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