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The Tree of Good and Evil Knowledge, from Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, by J. D. U. Eckhardt, 1788

The Intelligencers and the Fifth Moon of Jupiter: Alchemy in the American Colonies

The symbol invented by John Dee, Queen Elizabeth’s court astrologer, to represent the reformation of the world, an inspiration to the Rosicrucians, often seen in their books, was the emblem painted on the boxes of alchemical supplies imported by the son of the founder of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Monas Hieroglyphica

The Intelligencers and the Fifth Moon of Jupiter: Alchemy in the American Colonies

The 1697 Teakle’s estate inventory included all the Anglican and Puritan writers a well-educated Englishman would be expected to know. His library included many books on personal piety. But the occult section was also extensive, especially well stocked with Rosicrucian books, including John Heydon’s The Rosi Crucian Infallible Axiomata; or General Rules to Know All Things Past, Present, and to Come (1660).

➰ Alchemy is most commonly described in chemical terms, and alchemists were also frequently chemists. The common concept of turning lead into gold is about refining the coarse and common into the rare and the perfect (art via tracciamenti) Sacred Geometry <3