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John Dee and the Philosopher’s Stone – and Brexit

I can’t help noticing some amazing synchronicities with modern political times as I write about the Elizabethan alchemist John Dee and his purported discovery of the recipe for the Philosopher’s Stone in Glastonbury, for my new book, “Stories in the Land.”

John Dee spent more than three years, during the late 16th century, being feted by the minor princes of Europe just as the continent was beginning to bubble up into the Thirty Years War. It was a patchwork quilt then of tiny principalities that were just starting to wriggle out from under the iron grip of the Holy Roman Empire after Martin Luther had nailed his notice to the church door in Wittenberg which called out the corruption of the indulgence-taking popes and priests.

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The Great Work, the Crucifixion and the Marriage at Cana

The alchemy practised by Plato has recently become a subject of great interest since the Royal Wedding, when they rolled back the carpet in front of the high altar at Westminster Abbey to reveal the Cosmati pavement bearing the ancient Greek natural philosopher’s splendid alchemical vision of the creation of the universe. Continue reading