register blueExplore the interconnections between astrology, alchemy, and magic in the Hellenistic world.

Join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016

TIME: 1:00-2:30 pm PST/ 4:00-5:30 pm EST


Our starting point will be the culture of the Egyptian temple in Graeco-Roman Egypt, in which the arts of astrology, alchemy, and magic (theurgy) enjoyed an integral unity. As the temple infrastructures declined, however, sciences that were once closely interwoven became increasingly separated. Temple “priests” became “magicians”; astrology emerged as a “separate” discipline; and the alchemical bonds between above and below became inexorably corrupted.

To recover the thread of unity that binds these arts together, this seminar focuses on the nature of theurgy—the sacred science that was concerned precisely with the spiritual workings of the planetary divinities through the material world, the magic of talismans, and the liberation of the soul from its planetary bindings. In doing this, we hope to provide important insights into how the three sister sciences may have functioned hand in hand in their original, sacred contexts. 

Cheak Aaron100Bio:
Aaron Cheak, PhD, is a scholar of comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism. He received his doctorate in religious studies from the University of Queensland in 2011 for his work on French Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz. He is the author and editor of Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde (Numen Books, 2013), founding director of Rubedo Press, and lecturer on the history and hermeneutics of the hieratic arts at Ars Hieratica.