In this newly discovered text, famed occultist Israel Regardie sheds light on the psychological and spiritual meaning behind the symbols and metaphors of alchemy. Locked away for years before it was made available, and now fully annotated by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Gold is the first new book by Regardie published in decades.
Analyzing important seventeenth-century alchemical treatises, such as “The True Book of the Learned Synesius,” Regardie uses the language of Jungian psychology, magnetism, and hypnosis while citing his own unique experiences as a therapist and healer. Learn about spiritual alchemy and the connection between ancient magic and modern-day psychology. Explore the similarities between alchemical theory, Taoist philosophy, yoga, Zen Buddhism, and experiments with the human aura. With illustrations and appendices, including Regardie’s original text “The Art of True Healing,” Gold is a definitive work by a true master.
"A recently released work by renowned hermeticist and Golden Dawn member Israel Regardie, explores the many facets of the alchemist’s Philosopher’s Stone. The manuscript had made its way to the Llewellyn publishing company years ago, and has at last, been recently published. This work of Regardie’s had been untouched and features annotation by Chic and Tabatha Cicero.
Gold: Israel Regardie’s Lost Book of Alchemy introduces an analysis of an old treatise known as The True Book written by the Greek philosopher Synesius. This treatise is one of the oldest resources on alchemical knowledge and was first introduced in the late 1600’s in Basil Valentine’s The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony. Regardie, like most hermeticisits of his time, found much psycho-spiritual correlation with alchemical philosophy and practice and begins the book drawing out these connections and relating a Western perspective of alchemy with Eastern philosophy and symbolism such as Zen Buddhism.
This unique element is represented in the third chapter entitled “The Mystical Experience”. The philosophical and spiritual principles of Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt are also addressed as well as the symbolism in correlation with these basic components.
Although this is not a laboratory guide to alchemy, Regardie emphasizes the importance of the metaphysical and healing components of The Great Work, and also presents a ritualistic perspective for the reader who wishes to consider these alchemical correspondences while working magick in their temple spaces. Provided is a “Golden Dawn-esque” table of correspondences correlating the Hermetic schools and their relationships to one another alchemically. There is a detailed glossary which gives the reader insight into the common alchemical and Hermetic terms and key historical points.
This work is written as most books by Regardie, providing a rich and broken down analysis of material which is useful for providing an explanation for the typical alchemical allegories that are common in elder alchemical works."
-Kyle Ford, Magus Managerial Minon