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Fludd from Friday Robert Fludd (1574-1637): #Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin’s study of “Robert Fludd: Hermetic #philosopher and surveyor of two worlds” (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). The Weather-glass as Medical Symbol Beginning from the left, we read that there are two hemispheres: te cold wintry one and the hot summery one. The North is cold and d

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Exhibition Highlight ‘Beauty as imprint of the Cosmos 2013-2014’ (33) 'Holzschnitte 1918' | by Aloys Ludwig Wach, printed from the original, n.p. Verlag der Arche (1918/1919) Series of woodcuts dedicated to #Goethe and #Steiner and showing Wach's illustrations to brief sayings of the two. Wach (1892 - 1940) was primarily an #expressionist #artist. He contributed to various expressionist periodica

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Have you visited us? If you have, we would be really grateful if you wrote a review about us on @tripadvisor. How was the experience for you? Would you recommend visiting us to others? Our goal is to be 'Hermetically Open', and to share all the knowledge we have with anyone, anywhere in the world. Will you help up by spreading the word? Leave your review on: https://goo.gl/M3vtuz embassyofthef

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BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR WITH US Elena Fulceri from @florencewithflair came yesterday to have a private guided tour from our curator José Bouman. The tour is made in accordance with your personal interests and our available books. Price: €25 per person. Interested too? Send an email to info@embassyofthefreemind.com Elena's reaction after visiting the Embassy of the Free Mind: #AMSTERDAM 2017

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Hermetic Holidays Knights Templars! – where better to find them than in #France, the order’s native country as it were. Your #Hermetic Holidays Trip Advisors recently motored through the village of Molay in Burgundy, ‘worth a detour’ because it was the birthplace of Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights #Templars, that enigmatic – and immensely rich – order that was dissolved by

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Hermetic Reads In 1987 John Crowley wrote the first of his Egypt sequence of novels: The Solitudes. The protagonist is Pierce Moffet, who #prepares a #manuscript for publication left behind by another author, Fellowes Kraft, featuring episodes from the lives of Giordano #Bruno, John #Dee and Edward #Kelly. The title of the second novel, Love & Sleep, is an allusion to the famous #Renaissance work

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"Excellent collection, great initiative. Now let's work on this inner eye" "Thank you for the library" Just a few Guest Book remarks from yesterday. We are incredibly happy to be open again and receive you all in our Embassy of the Free Mind! We are open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Daily guided tour at 3pm. For more information see embassyofthefreemind.com/tickets When will you vis

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Events Calendar [This event will be in Dutch] Comenius in de lage landen: Intellectuele netwerken - Comenius Museum Maandag 20 november 2017 - Vrije Universiteit #Amsterdam De tijd waarin Comenius leefde, werd in hoge mate bepaald door godsdienstoorlogen en conflicten tussen de opkomende nationale staten. Opgeleid als protestants #theoloog ontwikkelde hij zich tot een #pedagoog en politiek denke

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Art & Imagination Lilith by John Collier, 1892 Raphael Patai writes in "The #Hebrew Goddess": ‘No she-demon has ever achieved as fantastic career as Lilith who started out from the lowliest origins, was a failure as Adam's intended wife, became the paramour of lascivious spirits, rose to be the bride of Samael the demon #king, ruled as the queen of Zemargad and Sheba, and finally ended up as the

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Hermetic music Introducing music inspired by #hermetic ideas For Dan #Brown, hearing a performance of Gregory Brown’s ‘Missa Charles Darwin’ in 2011, provided the initial spark of inspiration for his novel ‘Origin’. As he says: ‘I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay between science and religion; “Missa Charles #Darwin” is an ingenious fusion of the two, and it immediately captivated me. “

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Come visit us? Since 1 November we are open for visits again, as The Ritman Library found its new home in the Embassy of the Free Mind - Ambassade van de Vrije Geest. You can find around 2.000 books from The Ritman Library collection in the Embassy of the Free Mind, besides 200 framed reproductions of images from The Ritman Library books, various themed showcases and unique artworks. We still hav

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The Quest for the Grail The symbol of the Grail has occupied a place in the imagination since awareness of it first dawned in the European Middle Ages, and it continues to exert a fascination upon all who come within its sphere of influence. As a sacred vessel, the #grail has strong links with Celtic myth, with the hermetic vessel and the Philosophers’ Stone of #alchemy. Cup stone or jewel, howev

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Pearls of Wisdom "How that one spark of self-renouncing love teaches more than all outward exercises" Johannes Tauler – 'Life & Sermons' http://embassyofthefreemind.com/ #Tauler #love #pearlsofwisdom Download the guide of The Ritman Library for free! http://bit.ly/HermeticallyOpen

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Where have YOU spotted Hermes? When J.K. #Rowling finished her last book, she left a memento in the hotel she was staying in: "JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this hotel room (552) on 11th Jan 2007". Notable fact: she scrawled her message on a bust of the #Greek #God #Hermes! So... where have you seen the Thrice Greatest? Any hotel room, park, or building where

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Hermetic Reads We almost can't believe this series from the J.K. Rowling wasn't on our #Hermetic Reads list yet! As we read on 'Harry Potter for Seekers': "Harry Potter is full of rich alchemical symbolism. For example the stone mentioned in the title of Part 1, The Philosopher's Stone is a very ancient alchemical symbol. Nicholas #Flamel was a real person living in #France in the 14th century, a

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Art & Imagination BLOG: Spaces of Silence by Winnie Teschmacher Winnie #Teschmacher is a refined and crafted artist with an artistic career spanning more than 30 years. Her creative ideas find form in delicate glass sculptures in a constant practice of concentration on the needs and wants of #aesthetics, functionalism and representation. Inspired by the ever-changing and moving #universe as well

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Hermetic music Introducing music inspired by hermetic ideas The ‘Missa Charles Darwin’ is a composition for unaccompanied male vocal quartet by Gregory W. #Brown, brother of the #novelist Dan Brown. It is based on the classical standard five-movement structure of the #Mass, and uses the compositional and harmonic conventions of its musical antecedents, but instead of the original sacred texts it

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Pearls of Wisdom “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” ‘Auguries of Innocence’ – William Blake http://embassyofthefreemind.com/ #AuguriesofInnocence #Blake #pearlsofwisdom Download the guide of The Ritman Library for free! http://bit.ly/HermeticallyOpen

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Last Friday Lorenzo Ritman, 11 years old, came to visit The Ritman Library in the Embassy of the Free Mind - Ambassade van de Vrije Geest. He spontaneously visited to read further in a book on the #Gnosis, which he had discovered the day before. In his new The Ritman Library Jacob Böhme notebook (for sale in our webshop!) he wrote down some highlights of the second chapter. His last words sum it a

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Hermetic Gallery The Hermetic Gallery presents images from printed books and manuscripts that are part of or related to the library's collections. The images and their brief explanatory notes are taken from 'The #Hermetic Museum - #Alchemy & #Mysticism' by Alexander Roob, published by #Taschen Verlag in 1996. Opus Magnum: Animal riddles “”The fire gives form and makes everything perfect, as is w

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New series! Prints from Blake’s There is no Natural Religion The illustrated propositions in William #Blake’s (1757-1827) ‘There is no Natural #Religion’ (series a) state ‘Blake’s belief in the spiritual and mystical nature of man. In this first series he reiterated the inadequacy of regarding man as a creature limited in his perceptions by his natural #organs. The idea of a ‘natural’ religion is

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Fludd from Friday Robert Fludd (1574-1637): Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin’s study of “Robert #Fludd: #Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds” (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). Advertisement for a Weather-glass This is not from one of Fludd’s #books: it is a printed broadside dated the same year as his treatise on the weather-glass. It is inter

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Secret Signs of Hermes @innocvntcatholicscoolboi spotted this beautiful #secretsignsofhermes in Asheville, North Carolina, in the United States. Very nice, thanks for spotting this one Dustin! Have you met Hermes on your way, too? Tell us where and send us your photo!

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Jan Amos Comenius - ‘Via Lucis’ (LINK IN BIO) Dutch, € 15,- ‘Het #licht vreest de schaduw en de duisternis niet, en ontvlucht ze evenmin; de duisternis echter vreest en ontvlucht het licht wel. Evenzo bekommert de heldere notie en zekerheid omtrent een ding zich niet om andermans onwetendheid, noch om de dwalingen omtrent enige zaak. Onwetenden echter en dwalenden, omdat ze niet zeker genoeg van

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Interesting Links - Free Online Course Introduction to Kabbalah - by #edX Learn about the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural setting - course starts 28 November For hundreds of years, Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the #divine world, and human interaction with it. This course will in

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‘Hermetische Geschriften’ Authors: G. Quispel en R. van den Broek E-book: € 25,- Hardcover: € 55,- Language: Dutch ‘Alles is zichtbaar voor wie geest heeft. Wie met zijn geest over zichzelf nadenkt, kent zichzelf, en wie zichzelf kent, kent het Al: het Al is in de mens.’ Uit: De definities van #Hermes Trismegistus voor #Asclepius This edition incorporates in a #Dutch translation virtually all w

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The Quest for the Grail The symbol of the Grail has occupied a place in the imagination since awareness of it first dawned in the European Middle Ages, and it continues to exert a fascination upon all who come within its sphere of influence. As a sacred vessel, the #grail has strong links with Celtic myth, with the hermetic vessel and the Philosophers’ Stone of #alchemy. #Cup stone or jewel, howe

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Hermetic music Introducing #music inspired by #hermetic ideas An important figure in Claude Debussy’s life was the composer and #occultist Edmond Bailly, who owned a small bookshop called L’Art Independent at 11 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin in Paris. This #bookshop was a meeting place of #poets, illustrators and #musicians, who met there every day towards the end of the afternoon to discuss art.

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Tomorrow 1 November we are opening our doors to you in the @embassyofthefreemind ! See you then? The Embassy of the Free Mind will from now on be open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm. We can't wait to meet you all! 🙌🏼 Book your tickets and guided tour here: www.embassyofthefreemind.com

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Pearls of Wisdom "He who has dived into the sea's depths does not long for a shore and he who has ascended to the summit of perfection is not scared of a descent" Al – Shahrastãnī Reason and Inspiration in Islam edited by Todd Lawson http://embassyofthefreemind.com/ #Islam #Shahrastãnī #pearlsofwisdom Download the guide of The Ritman Library for free! http://bit.ly/HermeticallyOpen

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Events Calendar September 29 - December 1, 2017; January 26 - March 16, 2018; April 5 - June 16, 2018 This exhibition celebrates Michael #Mazur’s ambitous portfolio L’inferno di Dante (1994-2000) – a collection of forty-one captivating etchings that depict a harrowing vision. De Saisset #Museum Responding to #Dante Aligheri's Inferno (from The Divine Comedy, 1320), and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert

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Hermetic Gallery The Hermetic Gallery presents images from printed books and #manuscripts that are part of or related to the library's collections. The images and their brief explanatory notes are taken from 'The #Hermetic Museum - #Alchemy & #Mysticism' by Alexander Roob, published by Taschen Verlag in 1996. Opus Magnum - Fortress #Solomon had two large copper pillars built in front of his tem

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Jan Amos Comenius - ‘Via Lucis’ (LINK IN BIO!) Dutch, € 15,- ‘Hoe groter het licht is en hoe ondoorschijnender het er tegenover gestelde lichaam, des te dieper is de schaduw. Evenzo, hoe helderder het licht der #Waarheid iemand toeschittert en hoe hardnekkiger hij zich ertegenover opstelt, in een des te grotere verblindheid hult hij zichzelf.’ Jan Amos Comenius, ’Via Lucis’ De hele wereld, zo beg

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Exhibition Highlight ‘Beauty as the imprint of the Cosmos 2013-2014’ (32a-d) Seals for the mystery plays after designs by Rudolf #Steiner and Bertha Meyer-Jacobs made in the 'Schule fur Kleinodienkunst', Dornach, ca. 1930-1935. These #seals were supposed to reflect the mood and the dynamics of the plays in form and color. Steiner's designs date from the same period as the plays; they were reprodu

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Events Calendar [This event will be in Dutch] Spinozadag 2017 SPINOZA EN DE ONEINDIGHEID Zondag 26 november 2017 in #Paradiso #Amsterdam Op zondag 26 november viert de Amsterdamse Spinoza Kring voor de 10e keer in samenwerking met Paradiso de geboortedag van Benedictus de #Spinoza. Maar wat is tien jaar in het licht der #eeuwigheid, of, zoals Spinoza het zou zeggen sub specie #aeternitatis? Van

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Fludd on Friday Robert Fludd (1574-1637): #Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin’s study of “Robert Fludd: Hermetic #philosopher and surveyor of two worlds” (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). Fludd’s Own Weather-glass ‘You see it depicted here just as you would find it in my house’ (p. 8). The weather-glass, a combination of thermometer and #barometer, is made

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DAN BROWN OPENS EMBASSY OF THE FREE MIND IN AMSTERDAM A NEW PLATFORM FOR BOOKS, ART, KNOWLEDGE, ENCOUNTER AND EDUCATION IN THE HOUSE WITH THE HEADS ON KEIZERSGRACHT Bestseller @authordanbrown was in Amsterdam on 21 October to open the @embassyofthefreemind . The Embassy is a new international #platform that harnesses #spirituality, #science, #art, #culture, #music and #storytelling to promote an

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Secret Signs of Hermes Marjolein Keijser spotted this Hermes above the door of the #Tropenmuseum in #Amsterdam. Nice one, and in our home city, too! The god #Hermes - called #Mercury by the Romans - is usually represented as a young man with two attributes: the caduceus and a winged helmet. Image via: https://mainzerbeobachter.com/2016/09/21/hermes-in-amsterdam Where have you spotted Hermes? T

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Hermetic reads W. Somerset Maugham - ‘The #Magician’ ‘The Magician’ is a novel by #British author W. Somerset Maugham, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Maugham wrote ‘The Magician’ after he had spent some time living in #Paris, where he met Aleister #Crowley. Maugham loosely based the character of Oli

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