“Splendor Solis” was one of the illuminated manuscripts I was commissioned to re-interpret by a privately owned alchemical library in Amsterdam. The original drawings are now in a vault along with a collection of Rembrandt etchings and in centuries to come, someone will say, “Who is this artist in the vault with Laurie Lipton??” Or not…

“G” mandala, watercolour 1888 (Anonymous) . These works were all produced by patients at various institutions around europe between the 18th and early 20th century, they show striking similarities and in some cases even identical symbolism to much earlier alchemical drawings of which the patients could have had no knowledge. Phenomena such as this has lent support to Jung’s theory of a collective conscious from where these symbols appear.

#BackToSchoolWitchcraft - Day 7

Write a spell to increase your memory

What you’ll need:

  • Rosemary - to improve memory
  • A fallen leaf or feather - representation of the element of air
  • A crystal charging box - works with this intent too
  • A sharpie - optional

How to do:

1) Make a crystal charger box. You will need both a bottom and a top for this. You may use an old one, as long as it has got the right intent to charge.

2) This part is optional. Use your sharpie and draw a symbol you associate with air - could be a sigil or just the word ‘air’. I chose to draw the alchemical symbol of air. 

3) Place a few pinches of rosemary and your leaf/feather into the box. Whisper or think of your intent - to let the element of air and the rosemary aid your memory to increase. Put the lid on and shake it gently in a clockwise motion, to raise some energy and make the ingredients connect with each other. Leave it to charge overnight.

4) Go to a high place, a hill or even a mountain, or somewhere windy. If you can’t find such place, your backyard is just as fine. Blow or throw the leaf/feather into the air, and then leave the place. 

Note: If you want to, keep the charging box and rosemary to give it a little shake now and then. The ingredients are still connected, so every time you push some energy into the rosemary, the leaf or feather will get it too. 

Fixing the volatile; from the notebook of Nicholas Flamel

Crucified Serpent (Alchemical Cross)

The gruesome symbol of a crucified serpent is an old alchemical drawing representing the “fixing of the volatile,” or, making the elixir of mercury, a legendary curative, by removing the ‘volatile’ or poisonous element. The picture is derived from the biblical story of Moses, who erected a brazen snake as a charm against plague.

Alchemical drawings. From M. Berthelot, ed. Collection des Anciens Alchimistes Grecs. Paris: Georges Steinheil, 1888.Rare QD25 .B53 vol. 1

LSU Libraries Special Collections


I shut off the lights. I shut the vents. I opened the window. I turned off all of the electronics. I lit a candle.

I sat on the floor in the dark with a candle and the wind.

And I was bored as fuck.

So I picked up my spinning and re-spun some thick yarn to a finer size. While I did this I hummed to myself and rocked as my forebearers would’ve done.

And I realized that this was no fucking different than listening to the radio while spinning. Nor was it any different from listening to Pandora while sketching in Photoshop. Why, with PS I can draw that alchemical glyph to the fineness of a child’s hair, don'tchaknow.

The modern world is not here to break your magic.

anonymous asked:

Honest question here, do you know people associate Litten with Satan? It's because of the symbol on its head maybe? But I don't understand

“A symbol for the alchemical element Sulfur, (Brimstone) which is spiritually analogous to the human soul. Alchemical drawings often portray Sulfur as the sun.”

“This glyph is often referred to incorrectly as the “pontifical cross of Satan” by Christian tract writers, due to its adoption as an emblem of Satanism by Anton LaVey in the 1960s. The emblem has no history as a symbol of Satanism outside of LaVey’s usage, and the attribution is most likely a product of anti-Catholic sentiment, as it is often compared in this context to the Catholic Pontifical Cross.”

leave litten alone

anonymous asked:

River is sitting on a counter in the lab, watching everyone work on their computers, a sketchbook she alchemized in her lap, drawing all of them. She's currently working on Nepeta, sticking out her tongue a bit as she tries to capture the constant excitement in the oliveblood's expression.: the-human-archangel

Nepeta is chatting away with Terezi. Both of them have huge grins on their faces. Tavros rolls over and looks over River’s shoulder. “wHAT ARE YOU, UH,,, DRAWING?”


Thank you for purchasing with Mistborn Alchemical Reagents. We know you have many options when it comes to purchasing metals, and we are very glad you have chosen us. Mistborn supplies only the finest, purest ingredients, and every purchase comes with a quality guarantee that you can trust.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I haven’t read this book (or the series at all) in awhile, so the details are a bit fuzzy. I do remember the misty sort of darkness to the book, and I remember very clearly that I was entirely dissatisfied with the series ending. But I suppose it says a lot when I still liked the writing enough to use this title in my Novel Companies project!

Because Mistborn’s magic system is dependent on the “burning” of certain metals, I knew I wanted a metallic element to the branding. I chose a copper-and-navy color scheme because the colors offset each other nicely and the dark blue is reminiscent of nighttime, when the characters are active.

The mark is actually my take on an old alchemical symbol. Many alchemy drawings include some sort of star shape to show transmutations between elements, so I kept that in here–if very simplified.