Lux in Tenebris

The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism

Peter J. Forshaw (ed.), Leyde, Brill, 2016, 494 p.


The eighteen original interdisciplinary essays in Lux in Tenebris explore the alchemical, magical, kabbalistic, rosicrucian and theosophical verbal and visual symbolism in the history of Western Esotericism, from the middle ages to the present day.

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Table of contents

Preliminary Material

Introduction: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism

Visual and Acoustic Symbols in Gikatilla, Neoplatonic and Pythagorean Thought

Transfiguration and the Fire within: Marsilio Ficino on the Metaphysics and Psychology of Light

The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo: Alchemy, Rhetoric, and Deification in the Renaissance

Agrippa’s Cosmic Ladder: Building a World with Words in the De Occulta Philosophia

Imagining the Image of God: Corporeal Envisioning in the Theosophy of Jacob Böhme

Dreams and Symbols in The Chemical Wedding

The Mind’s Eye: Images of Creation and Revelation in Mystical Theology and Theosophy

Where Geometry Meets Kabbalah: Paul Yvon’s Esoteric Engravings

De Sapientia Salomonis: Emanuel Swedenborg and the Kabbalah

The Arcanes of the World. Symbols and Mystical-Allegorical Exegesis in Emanuel Swedenborg’s De Cultu et Amore Dei

Signs in the Sky: The Tobol’sk Chronicle and Celestial Divination in Russia, 1695–1734

Myth and Magic: Victorian Enoch and Historical Contexts

The Juncture of Transcendence and Concretion: Symbolique in René Schwaller de Lubicz

The Symbology of Hermeticism in the Work of Julius Evola

The Iconography of Coniunctio Oppositorum: Visual and Verbal Dialogues in Ithell Colquhoun’s Oeuvre

Modern Angels, Avant-Gardes and the Esoteric Archive

The Death of the Author and the Birth of the Luciferian Reader: Ur-images, Postmodernity and Semiotic Self-Apotheosis

Esoteric Theories of Color

Index of Names

Index of Subjects


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