The Black Toad: Alchemy of Body, Spirit, and Stone
The Peacock’s Egg: Alchemy of Light and Shadow (New Edition)
The Peacock’s Egg, Mandrake of Oxford (Oxon: 2013).
The Peacock’s Egg describes a transformation of the psyche. This is based
in the alchemy in which an alchemical dream process is set into motion,
acquiring highly resolute manifestation through phases of the opus. An intensive
and lengthy occult praxis is entered in which dreams and dreaming practices are
developed. Advanced levels of occult experience are attained in which ethereal
energy becomes mastered through a purification. These attainments adhere to beliefs regarding this type paranormal experience, and involves the author’s interest in the work of Carlos Castaneda. The intricacies of a crucial alchemical image are
described—a Vision of the Peacock’s Egg, an accessible metaphysical anatomy.
The spatiality of the rose garden, the alchemical death, and attainment of the lapis
are then brought into a practice.
Anatomy of Light describes an alchemical process in which the psyche is
transformed through a transcendence of the human shadow. A Jungian dream cycle
is set into motion, acquiring highly resolute manifestation through phases of
the Opus.Through an alchemical reading of Nietzsche this process is understood
as based in a metaphysical anatomy called the Peacock’s Egg; something
associated with deep realisation in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This anatomy is
then analysed in terms of light and the image. It is also interpreted through
the early Greek phusis and through the tragic, and defined through its pathos
and an ethos, placing it as the abode or vessel of one’s being. The alchemical
opus is then understood through an ontology of light, as eternal recurrence and
the will to power are defined through this ethereal anatomy. The light of this
peacock’s egg, and Nietzsche’s perspectivism and thoughts on perception, and the
light of his cosmology are then brought into these contexts, and into a
clarification through Heidegger’s analysis of phusis and its light.
Dionysian Aesthetics presents six essays that analyse abstraction and
transcendence in fine art, associated with Nietzsche and Metaphysical Art, or