Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist (Anglais) Broché – 1 décembre 1991
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Until of late, an appreciation of Fulcanelli's 'The Mystery of the Cathredals' has been restricted to a few estoric circles. Fulcanellihimself - remains something of an enigma. Born Paris, 1877, Fulcanelli's manum opus was first published in 1926 in a limited edition of 300 copies. It has attracted interest ever since - even though viewed askance by the more orthodox interpreters of Church history/architecture. Basically, Fulcanelli's book celebrates the 'hermetic' or 'masonic' mysteries enshrined in the great European cathedrals, the presence of a truly 'catholic' i.e. universal)and dynamic mystery tradition - at once concealed and revealed -within the very facade of 'stone' orthodoxy.
Fulcanelli devotes much attention to the facade of the Notre Dame de Paris, but what he had to say is true of all great European cathedrals, designed and built by master-masons who had access to the hermetic tradition. This makes 'Dan Brown' stuff look tame and provincial. Look at any genuine Gothic church architecture - carefully, and you will dis-cover what Fulcanelli was hinting at. The dynamic symbolism involved flows
like liquid - through every authentic Gothic edifice.
Taking its 'verticality' into account - more than a few art historians have condemned Gothic as 'artificial' and unnatural- compared to the earthy distribution of weight and horizontality of Graeco-Roman forms. But this is shallow. The secret of Gothic architecture lies in its emergence and unfoldment from a single pointless-point, and its regathering therein. It celebrates a two-way flow, from formlessness into form, and form into formlessness. The 'Gothic' primarily celebrates the mystery of spaceless-space, the space where mind, form and the divine energeia interact. Read this book, digest what it has to say - and you will rediscover the mystery enshrined in every form and the cathedral of life.
Fulcanelli introduces us to the art of reading the secrets of the gothis cathedrals. That the cathedrals themselves were repositories for Hermetic Science, specifically that of alchemy.
The first twelve chapters are relatively short and provide information about the "Green language" and the "Feast of the Fools".
The remaining chapters are much longer and go into extreme detail about specific alchemical engravings at Notre Dame and Amiens. There are photographs of the specific carvings along the way so that you know what Fulcanelli is refering to.
The final chapter is a very brief sketch of the symbolism of the Great Cross at hendaye, and there is some speculation as to whether the chapter was written by Fulcanelli, but it is an enlightening chapter and much more forthright in it's divulgence of secrets.
But be warned. This is not a book for the beginner in the area of alchemy as it dips into some extreme esoterica and at times can be frustratingly difficult to understand, due to the "density" of the text. But that being said, it does yield up some real rewards for those who are willing to make the time and effort.
Like the alchemical process itself, digestion of this book is slow and methodical but can lead to enlightening results.
I rated this book five stars becuase of the rarity of modern Alchemical treatises. The style of writing is very easy to read but sadly, not very informative. All Hermetic authors subscribed to the requirement for secrecy. This is where the term: "Hermetically sealed" comes from. However, Fulcanelli takes this ancient admonition to greater lenghts than did even most of the ancient authors. His use of the Green Language is so abstruse that it took me some time to actually convince myself that he was the real deal and not just a wanna-be pretending to understand the code.
In spite of their propensity for obsfuscation most authors would bend the rules of secrecy in one or two specific areas thus being able to add some insight into the "Great Work" without revealing too much of the whole. A good example of this is in Eudoxus' "Six Keys" where he emphasizes the sequence of events prior to the Rite and the necessity of understanding the Fire symbol. Fulcanelli does this also in two areas. The first is when he mentions that the rule of secrecy is strictly enforced because Alchemists did not wish to disrupt the cause-effect flow of world destiny by revealing too much too soon and thereby negating the prophecies predicted for the end of the age. I have not seen this explanation in any other Hermetic document. The second revelation he makes is in emphasizing that there are two forms of the Rite, a damp method and a dry method. The Damp Method is a voluntary induction into the Lucid Dreaming state to break down the barrier (symbolized by Fire) between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind while the Dry Method was a forced induction that was a short cut that did not require the dedication and long years of study to understand the profound philosophy of the ancients.
All in all it is a valuable book but i would rather recommend Mary Atwood's "Suggestive Inquiry" which is a more difficult read but emminantly more informative and promises far more insight if seriously studied.
For example there's the idea that throughout history spiritually advanced people were initiated into great mysteries and then sent out to serve and enlighten mankind. Often they were misunderstood and persecuted. Nobody exemplifies this idea better than Jesus Christ who I believe was initiated into the Egyptian mysteries.
According to the legends alchemy was one of these great secrets.
There's also the legend that people in ancient Egypt and on Atlantis could prolong their physical lives indefinitely and live forever.
I bring all of this up because Fulcanelli appears to have been one of these mysterious people.
Fulcanelli left the material for this book with a student and then disappeared. But the student claims he saw Fulcanelli 30 years later and he looked younger than when he disappeared.
That's all part of the legend about the Philosophers' Stone:
"It is an absolute metallic synthesis and assures for the fortunate owner of this treasure the triple endowment of knowledge, fortune, and health."
As this book points out the term 'alchemy' is today usually associated with the idea of transforming lead or other metals into gold. But this is only one aspect of alchemy which also involves a spiritual transformation.
Gold is a mysterious substance in any case and is the only metal which never rusts.
This book demonstrates Fulcanelli's knowledge about many subjects such as history, the sciences, philosophy, and architecture, not to mention other more mysterious and arcane areas.
He felt alchemy is a purer form of science than what we associate with science today.
The book is very eloquently written as Fulcanelli explains how the spooky carved images in the Gothic cathedrals reveal the secrets of alchemy for those who can interpret them. He said between the 13th and 17th centuries there were thousands of real alchemists who knew the secret. Maybe there still are who knows.
Fulcanelli believed in and understood the deep and mystical relationships between mythology, Christianity, and the bible. Not only did he believe that the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Virgin Mary are the same person, he also says this goddess is the mother of Zeus and the other mythological gods.
He talks about the 'language of the birds' which is I believe a sort of radiation that the plants and animals can understand. Human beings understood this language at one time but lost this ability as is indicated by the Tower Of Babel event in the bible.
It could just be my imagination but as I sat in a quiet place reviewing what I had highlighted in this book I started to feel that the book was giving off some sort of energy, almost as if the book itself is alive in some way.
For Fulcanelli all matter is alive. He felt God is an alchemist who created matter from energy. Then I guess the sun converts matter back into energy, a nuclear reaction being an alchemical process.
There's an interesting unraveling of a strange word puzzle written on a chapel. A series of letters appears three times together with the trident which symbolizes the sea god Neptune who is always associated with the number 3.
The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter
Egyptian Heritage: Based on the Edgar Cayce Readings
The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)
The Giza Death Star Destroyed: The Ancient War For Future Science (Giza Death Star Trilogy)
The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls: Unlocking the Secrets of the Past, Present, and Future
Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization
The Giza Power Plant : Technologies of Ancient Egypt
Initiation in the Great Pyramid (Astara's Library of Mystical Classics)
Edgar Cayce's Atlantis and Lemuria: The Lost Civilizations in the Light of Modern Discoveries
In the early 1920s, Fulcanelli embarked a task upon his only disciple, Eugene Canseliet, to publish his three works, "Le Mystere des Cathedrales," The Dwellings of the Philosophers, and "Finis Gloria Mundi." However, "Finis Gloria Mundi" was later withdrawn by the Master due to its untimely nature and millennialic content.
If one wishes to seek the true identity of Fulcanelli himself, one would only seek out the ground-breaking work by Patrick Riviere, who was the student of Eugene Canseliet, who was a mentioned disciple of Fulcanelli himself. Riviere holds a strong credence to his work, which is Fulcanelli - His True Identity Revealed.
Finally, it would be my honor to recommend "Le Mystere des Cathedrales" to those who heed the calling and to those who are seeking the hidden meanings, either in mystery or alchemy, that lie within the ancient stones of the cathedrals. Even to those who are just simply curious about the gothic works. There is more to this book than meets the eye.
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