This just in from the indefatigable Mark Stavish: A daylong program next month at the Institute for Hermetic Studies in Pennsylvania on the practical side of Alchemy, and other topics.
From the publicity:
This class will examine, in a very concentrated form, the theory and practice of psychic and physical healing, longevity, and rejuvenation in Alchemy, magic, and Rosicrucianism. Practical methods will be given as they have been passed down in both written and oral forms. This class is concerned with operative methods and the theories behind them.
Topics will include:
Spagyrics: Theory of the Ens and Why Even Simple Plant Work Matters
The Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir or Life: Do They Exist?
Psychic Centers: The Physical Body as Alchemical Laboratory
The Red and White Mercuries as They Relate to Energies of the Physical Body
Is 80 the New 40? The Energetic Body and Turning Back the Clock
Angelic Invocations, Ritual Offerings and the Energies of Renewal
The Importance of Retreat: Why Retreat and Renewal Are Important
This class will examine the importance of The One Year Manual by Israel Regardie and what it means to both beginning and intermediate students of magic. The methods presented in this classic text on spiritual discipline, training, and development can provide a powerful foundation for any practice regardless of tradition. When combined with the methods of meditation and ritual presented in The Middle Pillar, any student can find a complete and self-sufficient system for personal unfoldment for either solitary or group practice.
References to The Tree of Life – A Study in Magic and Ceremonial Magic by Israel Regardie also will be made, with what is commonly referred to as “The Oath of the Neophyte,” and “The Oath of the Adeptus Exemptus,” and their role in the Path of Return.
Topics will include:
Is it Really Meant to be Done in a Year? How to Proceed at Your Own Pace.
Distilling the Essence – The Art of the Magical Diary and Being Your Own Teacher
The Middle Pillar: Psychic Centers and the Universe Within You
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram: How to Use It, and Not Abuse It
Year Two: Where To From Here? Solitary Practitioner or Group Member?
Why These Few Books Are All You Will Ever Need
To register and payment information contact: esoteric777(at)aol.com
To ensure a successful program preregistration and payment on your part is encouraged as we reserve the right to cancel without notice.
Mark Stavish, M.A., has more than thirty years of experience in traditional spirituality and is an internationally respected authority in the study and practical application of Alchemy, Qabala, and Astrology. Stavish is the author of four best-selling books on traditional Western esotericism: The Path of Alchemy – Energetic Healing and the World of Natural Magic, Kabbalah for Health and Wellness, Freemasonry – Rituals, Symbols, and History of the Secret Society, and Between the Gates – Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection and the Body of Light in Western Esotericism.
Stavish’s education includes BA degrees in Theology, and Mass Communications, with a Master’s in Counseling. He comes from a family tradition of German folk magic, and in addition, has been an officer of several organizations focusing on Rosicrucianism, Martinism, and regular Freemasonry, and studied and collaborated extensively with several leading figures in modern esotericism, including Jean Dubuis, Dr. Joseph Lisiewski, Dr. Peter Roche de Coppens, and others.