(The Alchemical Mandala A Survey of the Mandala in the Western Esoteric Traditions) [PDF FREE] â Adam McLean
Ensions of the whole which is depicted An interesting study which could be furthered as the author points out by scholarship from eastern traditions which may mirror or extend understanding of esoteric matters by parallel imagery repeated themes or alternatives in content or style or intended application This collection of over forty engravings includes alchemical kabbalistic magical Rosicrucian and Hermetic sources An index and references at the end of the book would have been useful as would some explanation of the chemical elements and their significance throughout history For this reason I would not suggest this book for beginners but as part of a arger ibrary of references in this field it is a worthwhile contributio. Emely valuable sourcework on account of the illustrations and COMMENTARIES NOT ONLY IS THE ALCHEMICAL NOT ONLY IS THE ALCHEMICAL only is The Alchemical a comprehensive guide on how to read the cosmological and spiritual symbolism of alchemical engravings it also outlines three "Ways For Working Practically With These Mandalas In Meditati. " for working practically with these mandalas in meditati. ,
A very interesting collection of Mandalas Context And Descriptions with "context and descriptions aid what can only be a imited meditation " and descriptions aid what can only be a imited meditation the images presented However as an introduction to this study and guidance to other works by this author he has a website which is well worth visiting it is a very useful textSpanning the thirteenth through to the nineteenth centuries these images show a development of understanding as well as a variety of styles of depiction of esoteric knowledge Although there are ater depictions of style for instance there is reference to the Lullist Art of Memory which allows a synthesis in one image of many polarities and approaches to the earning Ramon Lull 1263 1316 devised Wheels Trees and Ladders as means by. Mandalas have ong been recognized as important tools in Eastern spiritual traditions for focusing meditation Though various Western traditions possess such contemplative tools they have not often not been recognized as such except by those deeply schooled in Western esotericism Adam McLean reme. ,
Which to represent ideas relationships and the initiate s pathway through experience One mandala only presents text The only visual aid here is the mandala only presents text The only visual aid here is the being in concentric circles with a few smaller circles placed within these rings or at the corners of the outer circle thus suaring the circle However most mandalas use a variety of images to draw the soul away from a purely intellectual and abstract interpretation of information Thus each image has its "Own Power Of Concentration " power of concentration well as its own content and context for the material and matter it presents While there are many elements repeated throughout they also have variety and development in different directions Thus duality occurs have variety and development in different directions Thus duality occurs multiple ways adding to the dim. Dies this situation by presenting and analyzing in great depth over forty beautiful engravings reproduced as fullpage illustrations from alchemical kabbalistic magical Rosicrucian and Hermetic sourcesThis is the first book exclusively dedicated to the mandala tradition in the West and is an extr.