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Alchemy, the Art of the Philosophers - Seminar
Alchemy, the Art of the Philosophers - Seminar

Wed, 12 Apr


Alchemy, the Art of the Philosophers - Seminar

Dr Sasha Chaitow looks at the history of alchemy, its core ideas and its importance in the long history of Western Esotericism

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Time & Location

12 Apr 2023, 19:00 – 21:30

About The Event

This exciting lecture/ seminar is dedicated to the history of alchemy as part of the Western Esoteric Traditions. Fundementally, alchemy arose from metallurgical practices with a sacerdotal dimension, and as it travelled through the centuries, it came to embody a symbolic perception of nature. Idividual practitioners undertook proto-scientific experimentation which was at the same time a practice of philosophical and spiritual self-development. Visually arresting, it speaks in enigmatic emblems and mysterious symbols . Sasha Chaitow introduces key landmarks in alchemy's history, and touches on where it interacted with other esoteric philosophies. She summarises its key points of significance, its core principles, and its impact on later occultism.  

How it works. Before the seminar date (12 April) you will listen to Dr Sasha Chaitow's pre-recorded lecture and read through some source texts, both of which will be emailed to you in the preceding week. When  you join the online 2.5-hour seminar, you will be discussing in small groups in Zoom 'breakout rooms' and also sharing with the whole group. The discussions are based off the lecture and readings, so please allow time to look at these in the preceding week. Sasha hosts Q&A the start and end.

About the Instructor Dr Sasha Chaitow earned her PhD in Cultural History/Western Esotericism at the University of Essex. She holds an MA in the History of Western Esotericism (University of Exeter, 2008), and an MA in Literature (University of Indianapolis, 2004). She has published two books based on her research, is working on two more, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and has 20 years experience in adult education. She frequently presents her research at conferences and has organised numerous academic symposia. In her parallel career as a visual artist, she has produced 13 solo art exhibitions in the UK, Greece, and Sweden and  participates in curated group exhibitions. Current (2022) research interests include the history of science and its intersection with wider culture between the 18th-21st centuries, and interdisciplinary approaches in the health sciences. Full CV:

Forthcoming Seminars in Western Esotericism

7. · 17th May Kabbalah: Healing the World

8. · 14th Jun Pansophia, Theosophia, and the Philosophia Sacra

9 · 12th Jul The Scientific Revolution and the Counter-Enlightenment

10 · 9th Aug Initiation and Esoteric Fraternities

11 · 13th Sep The Occult Revival and Modernism

12. · 11th Oct 21st Century Occulture


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