Alchemical Transformation: 2. Purification (‘Albedo’)

Last week we discussed the transformation of lead into gold in Medieval Alchemy, including the metaphorical transformation of the human heart from its default ‘leaden’ state into Enlightenment or Oneness with God. Commonly this was described as taking place in four steps. The first step is ‘Nigredo’ — darkness. One thing about seasons of darkness,

Alchemical Transformation: 1. Darkness (‘Nigredo’)

Alchemy is an ancient philosophical and proto-scientific tradition historically practiced in China, India, the Muslim world, and Europe. Alchemists attempted to purify, mature, and perfect certain materials. Common aims were the transmutation of “base metals” (e.g., lead) into “noble metals” (like gold); the creation of an elixir of immortality; and the creation of panaceas able

Sir Elfred the Blind plays “The Hermit Knight”

Sir Elfred the Blind plays “The Hermit Knight” on the organ at the Grail Cathedral. This is the first piece in a set I wrote inspired by “The Order of Chivalry” by Ramon Llull (1232-1315), a polymath Christian mystic, in which he equates the various accoutrements of a knight with spiritual virtues. (See The Order