It was presumably written about twelve years prior to its publication--or when the author was fifteen or sixteen years old. The fact is almost incredible that one so young could produce a volume containing the wealth of symbolic thought and philosophy hidden between the lines of The Chemical Marriage. This book makes the earliest known reference to Christian Rosencreutz, and is generally regarded as the third of the series of original Rosicrucian manifestoes. The story of The Chemical Marriage relates in detail a series of incidents occurring to an aged man, presumably the Father C. If Father C. Many figures found in the various books on symbolism published in the early part of the seventeenth century bear a striking resemblance to the characters and episodes in The Chemical Marriage.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Joscelyn Godwin Translator. Adam McLean Contributor. The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, often looked upon as the third Rosicrucian manifesto, has an entirely different tone from the other Rosicrucian documents.
Unlike the Rosicrucian manifestoes, which address the transformation of society, The Chemical Wedding is concerned with the inner transformation of the soul. It is a deeply interior work, one which asks th The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, often looked upon as the third Rosicrucian manifesto, has an entirely different tone from the other Rosicrucian documents.
It is a deeply interior work, one which asks the reader to step into its world of symbols and walk with Christian Rosenkreutz along his path of transformation. Despite its importance as a key text of the Western esoteric traditions, this is the first ever contemporary English translation of The Chemical Wedding, made especially for this edition by Joscelyn Godwin.
Also included in this edition is an introduction and commentary by Adam McLean, which illuminates the transformative symbolism. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 30, Mary Overton added it. Alchemical parables and allegories are horror stories with happy endings. They detail the terror and disgust of death … decay, dissolution, suffering … and linger over descriptions of living tissue reduced to foul waste. Then the alchemist distills any remaining liquid, burns the solid material to ash, recombines this into a paste, stuffs it into a human mold, cooks it some more, and - voila!
The Chemical Wedding is a chemical allegory first published in as the third Rosicruc Alchemical parables and allegories are horror stories with happy endings.
The Chemical Wedding is a chemical allegory first published in as the third Rosicrucian manifesto. Supposedly it was a lost manuscript "unearthed" from the tomb of its author, Christian Rosenkreutz, years after his death. Fake manuscripts were all the rage in occult literature. This edition has a marvelous commentary by Adam McLean. So she was married to another man, honest and upright, who kept her with modesty and affection until she came to childbed, and was so ill that everyone thought she had died.
With great sorrow, they gave her a magnificent burial. So I took my servant with me, and dug her up again by night. When I opened the coffin and took her in my arms, I felt her heart and discovered that it was still beating a little.
As I warmed her it became stronger and stronger, until I could see that she was indeed still alive. Then I silently took her home with me and, after warming her frozen body with a bath of precious herbs, committed her to the care of my mother until she gave birth to a fine son, whom I cared for as lovingly as I had the mother.
After two days, since she was greatly confused, I revealed to her all that had occurred, and asked her to live as my wife from now on. But she was greatly worried that it might give grief to her husband, who had treated her well and honorably. However, as such things will turn out, she now felt no less obligated to one as to the other. He affirmed it with tears and lamentations. Finally I brought his wife to him, together with her son, told him all that had happened, and asked him to give consent for my intended marriage.
After a long argument he could not shake my claim, and so had to leave the wife with me. At this point in my life, I am too ignorant to say anything worthwhile about this book. I believe that reading this, and the commentary that follows it, has brought me some inspiration and insight. I don't know, however, if it would be of value to anyone else. Humility is a rare thing these days, but sometimes the best thing a person can do is just shut up and listen.
Jul 19, Jim rated it did not like it. The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is a mysterious manifesto of unknown authorship that surfaced in early 's Europe.
It has its roots in esoteric Christianity and alchemy, and helped found the Rosicrucian movement. My review is Let me summarize: some 17th century author tripping on hallucinogens got philosophical one night and wrote a book. He wrote about some mentally ill old guy who gets invited to a magic castle. While there he gets into a whole bunch of trouble cause he The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is a mysterious manifesto of unknown authorship that surfaced in early 's Europe.
While there he gets into a whole bunch of trouble cause he keeps sneaking around and getting into stuff he shouldn't. Yet, he's deemed to be more worthy than the other freaks there and takes a boat to a big tower and witnesses some bird getting killed. The end. OK look, I picked up this book because so many reviews talk about its intricate complexity and great worth on a personal level.
Maybe it is that for some people. Good for them. But for commoners such as myself it is absolute and utter nonsense. Generally speaking I love a good historical and esoteric spin on life and spirituality. I wanted to like this book.
I love stuff like this. But this didn't work for me, at all. It was overly metaphorical to the point of gibberish. It was contrived and phony feeling 7 times over. There, I said it. View all 4 comments. Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it. Much has been made of the fact that Andreae wrote this book when young, as a 'prank' or literary 'hoax'. This may well be the case although I suspect his admission was more inspired by a desire to protect himself during the turbulent days of counter-reformation warfare in Europe through which he lived.
Whatever the books original background may have been, it inspired a surge of spiritual, political and alchemical writing in the seventeenth century, and eventually the modern Rosicrucian pseudo- Much has been made of the fact that Andreae wrote this book when young, as a 'prank' or literary 'hoax'. Whatever the books original background may have been, it inspired a surge of spiritual, political and alchemical writing in the seventeenth century, and eventually the modern Rosicrucian pseudo-religion.
If one disregards its history and legacy, I believe it still stands its ground as a startlingly odd , subtly unsettling and strangely inspiring piece of writing. It is full of peculiar imagery which weaves its way into the subconscious. Even if Andreae intended it to be a pastiche of the Alchemical literature of his day, he produced something which transcends parody and which occasionally shines with genuine poetic value.
View 2 comments. The version I read has footnotes, which were somewhat helpful in understanding what was going on — although it was interesting how often the translator admitted to not knowing what certain scenes meant.
This reads like a bizarre fairy tale, full of riddles, and set in a Wonderland universe. Expect the entire wedding party to get beheaded, for Venus to be sleeping in the castle basement, for a mischievous Cupid to poke his nose in everywhere, and for an old man to be forced to work his way through continuous odd tasks like painting a giant bird blue and then slaughtering it for its royal blood.
And absurd and self-aware tale that lets the allegory get so plump and shambling that it reveals itself as parody. Presumably the humor was there all along, but Crowley draws it out with style and annotation, and the illustrations nail it down with the subtlety of a political cartoon. For some reason I find myself tempted to review this with nothing more than "So I hear you're a Rosicrucian now, Father". Which would probably make about as much sense as any other approach.
Much lke Gawain and the Green Knight, it's impossible to read this keystone of 17th century oddness without suspecting one is missing the key to a code, but more so than Gawain, here many suggestions have been made, and defended as doggedly as only academics, conspiracy theorists and occultists can defend th For some reason I find myself tempted to review this with nothing more than "So I hear you're a Rosicrucian now, Father".
Much lke Gawain and the Green Knight, it's impossible to read this keystone of 17th century oddness without suspecting one is missing the key to a code, but more so than Gawain, here many suggestions have been made, and defended as doggedly as only academics, conspiracy theorists and occultists can defend the unprovable.
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz
Its anonymous authorship is attributed to Johann Valentin Andreae. The Chymical Wedding is often described as the third of the original manifestos of the mysterious "Fraternity of the Rose Cross" Rosicrucians , although it is markedly different from the Fama Fraternitatis and Confessio Fraternitatis in style and in subject matter. It is an allegoric romance story divided into Seven Days, or Seven Journeys, like Genesis , and recounts how Christian Rosenkreuz was invited to go to a wonderful castle full of miracles, in order to assist the Chymical Wedding of the king and the queen, that is, the husband and the bride. This manifesto has been a source of inspiration for poets, alchemists the word "chymical" is an old form of "chemical" and refers to alchemy—for which the 'Sacred Marriage' was the goal  and dreamers, through the force of its initiation ritual with processions of tests, purifications, death, resurrection, and ascension and also by its symbolism found since the beginning with the invitation to Rosenkreutz to assist this Royal Wedding. The invitation to the royal wedding includes the Monas Hieroglyphica symbol associated with John Dee. There is some resemblance between this alchemical romance and passages in the Bible such as:.
The Chemical Marriage
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