The Harry Potter alchemy Thing has been going in all directions. More later and thanks for yours.

Samten


20th January 2002

SAMTEN ON HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE

We recently went to see 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone'. I thought it was reasonably well done, and as usual the special effects were amazing, but not having read the books I cannot compare the film with its literary form. Certainly the Harry Potter series have enjoyed a phenomenal success in the mass media, and what is of great interest to me, and to others as well, I presume, is the introduction of alchemical ideas. Two children here, Emilio (9 years) and Aurora (13 years) expressed great interest when I told them that Nicolas Flamel was a REAL historical alchemist. So we never know, perhaps a seed has been sown in the mass consciousness of children, which will lead to their eventual interest in Alchemical Symbolism. Certainly, at present there is a different atmosphere since the time, almost 30 years ago to the day, that I read C.G.Jung's 'Psychology and Alchemy'. This at least is a balance to the horrors of mass materialism ruling the day. I think that even in the mass media ideas do get through, even though the chinks in the armour are getting less and less. It was with this in mind, that I read this beautiful piece by Rudolf Allers:

Although ideas never die, they exhaust their vitality after a certain time and under the prevailing circumstances. Then they sink, as it were, under the threshold of the consciousness of an age, not to be destroyed or dissolved, but to return to a dormant state, chrysalis-like, and to re-awaken when the spiral ascent of the human mind has moved on once more to a point where there ideas may resume the same place (or a similar one) as they used to occupy centuries ago. Perhaps, the ideas are never quite asleep; in some corners of civilization they live on, cherished by a small minority of minds - by esoteric circles, admirers of the past, and believers in the greater wisdom of the predecessors - the greater, the dimmer the light of history becomes.

R. Allers Microcosmus. From Anaximandros to Paracelsus, Traditio 1944, 2, pp. 385-86

One can see the Jungian qualities in this quote. But to continue the Nicolas Flamel thread, we have at our disposal, that web of miracles, the Internet - to explore for any further material on Flamel. This I have not done as yet, and you are welcome to do so by using www.google.com and typing in his name. I am sure a good crop will be produced and at least some material at THE ALCHEMY WEBSITE: www.levity.com/alchemy/

While searching for Jade Chinese Dragons, especially in Uroboric form, I stumbled across an Alchemy site which has a wonderful collection of Flamel images.

The Enigmatic Notebook Drawings of Nicolas Flamel

You have to click on each of the entries e.g. Flamel Notebook page 1 and so on to open the pictures. There is also a Biography of Flamel:

http://www.alchemylab.com/flamel.htm

And: THE TESTAMENT OF FLAMEL

The actual Home Page of Alchemy Lab starts with: A WONDERFUL SPINNING CUBE WITH COLOURED ALCHEMICAL PICTURES ON ITS SURFACES:

http://www.alchemylab.com/index.htm

Then there is:

Alchemy Lab Art Gallery

Here are a few hundred thumbnail pictures, alchemical, fractal and modern all mixed up together - but well worth a browse. Click on the little pictures to downlaod a larger version. The Flamel pictures are down at the bottom of the page.

Perhaps you could interest your children, and yourselves, in extending their interest in the Harry Potter-Flamel connection. We will gather together more material on Flamel on the Web - and I hope you can contribute.

Love and Peace,

Samten


January 19, 2002 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: Samten on HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE
You'd love the books. So many times I would have to put them down and wipe my eyes, loving Rowling to the ends of the cosmos. Because she is honest with kids, large and small. She is telling them what they need to know. The whole series is about the stone within. Letting them see it there in their own heart... in all hearts.
Lovely, your review. I think it's dead on.
It's always the heart chakra. Our children will get home.
Deborah Mattingly Conner


The Secrets of Harry Potter
http://www.cgjungpage.org/articles/grynbaumpotter.html

 From a Jungian Perspective, here the Four books reviewed by Gail A. Grynbaum
This article was originally published in the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Volume 19, Number 4, 2001, pp. 17-48. Reprinted here with the permission of the Editor.

Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2002 2:43 PM

Subject: Re: Samten on HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE


Perhaps you can Cc this to your list.
Flamel is NOT an historical alchemist. He is as much a fiction as
was Fulcanelli. This in no wise undermines the value of the stuff
ascribed to him (most of which dates from the 16th. - 18th. cs.),
which is practical alchemy of the highest water. It is my intention in
the not too distant future to translate and publish the entire Flamel
corpus (which will give you some idea of the importance *I* attach
to the stuff). Also the alchemical writings ascribed to the so-called
Hermes Trismegistus.

m

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Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 6:56 PM Subject: Re: The Potters Stone

Hi Samten,

Well, SOMEBODY wrote both of them. Be it one person, be it collective, what does name matter? Mark Twain or Sam Clemens--I know him by the work.

I'm putting my money on Dumbledore to be Nick Flamel. :) And Alex -- my youngest who read Harry when he was in 3rd grade and insisted I read Harry too, was once in my room where I was working, and got very excited when he saw I had a note about--"Nicholas Flamel! You know about Nicholas Flamel? Mom, he's in Harry Potter!"

And he IS.

Dunno. I tend to trust Peter Kingsley on matters of the past. It's always been the magic of the mysterious dark places that heals. And it's always healed and inspired, no matter how often it has been misnamed. It's the business of insisting heart truth is something material that causes all the headaches, seems to me. A relic, a piece of Christ's cross, a magic book called Bible that talks about demons and fiery holes. Such things were always used to give the middleman power. And a mystic doesn't need middlemen.

Which Dickens? I've pulled out my Victorian novel and have been working on it again. But I'm likely going to put it down. I lose heart. I'd sent it to mike and he never really told me what he thought, just vague things that let me know he didn't care for it. Well, everyone is different, but it's the nonspecificity of the not caring. I've have ladies stay home form work to finish it because they couldn't put it down. Who wept over it. Yet -- I only seem to take to heart the doubt. And that is the devil of it.

Bless those who are brave enough to leave part of their very soul behind for others. Like Dickens -- tho people didn't give him any choice.

Well, mike tries to give himself to everyone and in so many places. Wish he could hermit and just have time for mike for a spell.

I'll send alex along. Eat yer raspberries and oranges. Things full of sun.

love

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From: Gillick Marcella To: 'samtendw' Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 5:54 PM Subject: RE: Samten on HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE

Dear Samten,

I too was delighted with the Flamel mention, when I brought my children to see the Philosopher's Stone. There is indeed various pieces of Flamel's on Adam's website, listed at:-

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/flamel.html

and I happily transcribed his Hieroglyphic Figures there, so have a personal interest. I am attaching an image of Flamel's which I am unaware can be found on the Internet. I hope you will find it of particular use when reading the heiroglyphics. It was copied from a very old book so I'm afraid the quality is not good.

love

Marcella

Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 8:23 AM

Subject: Harry Potter


Dearest Samten

HARRY POTTER

Don't settle for the film: you HAVE to READ the 4, so far, Harry Potters.
There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that JK Rowling is a witch of
formidably magic proportions: grounded in the most arcane, ancient and
instinctive understanding of how myth, legend, story, wotever you call it,
on it's GRANDEST SCALE, in dolby stereo, is always about the battle between
good and evil. She borrows shamelessly from Dahl, CS Lewis, Tolkien, Enid
Blyton, Stephen King: you name it, she's nicked it. Kids who read Harry
Potter are receiving a vast wealth of positive messages, far greater than
anything the Bush & Blairs may try and blind them with.

Out of it she's woven the most phenomenal set of stories: the last one,
"Goblet of Fire" is on my list of all-time great reads, and I cannot wait to
see where the next goes now, poised as the narrative is, on the edge of a
struggle between hopeful pacifists, forced to arms, or at least to wands and
an implacably rotten foe.

When you come & stay, you can read 'em all.

Thanks for your latest mailing. I'm about to get kicked off the computer by
the local teenage thug..Lil..ooooohhh, better go/I'll read anon.
lotsalove
Bron

 

Dear Sam

Give Harry a read when you have a moment. It truly is delightful.

Listen, how are you. I can see you've been flying the world as usual, in the little cockpit behind your computer!

Will we be having something warm at Cafe Verdi this winter?

Love, lots of it...

Angela

 

From: Annalisa Pasero To: samtendw Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 6:51 PM Subject: R: Samten on HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE

Thank you for your email. Nadim too was very interested when I told him about Nicholas Flamel really did exist and we did some research for some Italian sites and found something about him.

Why don't you come over to dinner with Francesca sometime? Weekends are best especially because of Aurora and Nadim.

Take care. Annalisa

 

20th January 2002

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE

We recently went to see 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone'. I thought it was reasonably well done, and as usual the special effects were amazing, but not having read the books I cannot compare the film with its literary form. Certainly the Harry Potter series have enjoyed a phenomenal success in the mass media, and what is of great interest to me, and to others as well, I presume, is the introduction of alchemical ideas. Two children here, Emilio (9 years) and Aurora (13 years) expressed great interest when I told them that Nicolas Flamel was a REAL historical alchemist. So we never know, perhaps a seed has been sown in the mass consciousness of children, which will lead to their eventual interest in Alchemical Symbolism. Certainly, at present there is a different atmosphere since the time, almost 30 years ago to the day, that I read C.G.Jung's 'Psychology and Alchemy'. This at least is a balance to the horrors of mass materialism ruling the day. I think that even in the mass media ideas do get through, even though the chinks in the armour are getting less and less. It was with this in mind, that I read this beautiful piece by Rudolf Allers:

Although ideas never die, they exhaust their vitality after a certain time and under the prevailing circumstances. Then they sink, as it were, under the threshold of the consciousness of an age, not to be destroyed or dissolved, but to return to a dormant state, chrysalis-like, and to re-awaken when the spiral ascent of the human mind has moved on once more to a point where there ideas may resume the same place (or a similar one) as they used to occupy centuries ago. Perhaps, the ideas are never quite asleep; in some corners of civilization they live on, cherished by a small minority of minds - by esoteric circles, admirers of the past, and believers in the greater wisdom of the predecessors - the greater, the dimmer the light of history becomes.

R. Allers Microcosmus. From Anaximandros to Paracelsus, Traditio 1944, 2, pp. 385-86

One can see the Jungian qualities in this quote. But to continue the Nicolas Flamel thread, we have at our disposal, that web of miracles, the Internet - to explore for any further material on Flamel. This I have not done as yet, and you are welcome to do so by using www.google.com and typing in his name. I am sure a good crop will be produced and at least some material at THE ALCHEMY WEBSITE: www.levity.com/alchemy/

While searching for Jade Chinese Dragons, especially in Uroboric form, I stumbled across an Alchemy site which has a wonderful collection of Flamel images.

The Enigmatic Notebook Drawings of Nicolas Flamel

http://www.alchemylab.com/flameldwgs.htm

You have to click on each of the entries e.g. Flamel Notebook page 1 and so on to open the pictures. There is also a Biography of Flamel:

http://www.alchemylab.com/flamel.htm

And: Testament of Flamel

http://www.alchemylab.com/flameltestament.htm

The actual Home Page of Alchemy Lab starts with: A WONDERFUL SPINNING CUBE WITH COLOURED ALCHEMICAL PICTURES ON ITS SURFACES:

http://www.alchemylab.com/index.htm

Then there is:

Alchemy Lab Art Gallery

http://www.alchemylab.com/art_gallery.htm

Here are a few hundred thumnail pictures, alchemical, fractal and modern all mixed up together - but well worth a browse. Click on the little pictures to downlaod a larger version. The Flamel pictures are down at the bottom of the page.

Perhaps you could interest your children, and yourselves, in extending their interest in the Harry Potter-Flamel connection. We will gather together more material on Flamel on the Web - and I hope you can contribute.

Love and Peace,

Samten de Wet
email:
samtendw@libero.it
Strada S. Margherita 158
10131 Torino, Italy.
"Our highest duty as human beings is to search out a means whereby beings may be freed from all kinds of unsatisfactory experience and suffering."
H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

 

 21st January 2002

Dear Samten,

I too was delighted with the Flamel mention, when I brought my children to see the Philosopher's Stone. There is indeed various pieces of Flamel's on Adam's website, listed at:-

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/flamel.html

and I happily transcribed his Hieroglyphic Figures there, so have a personal interest. I am attaching an image of Flamel's which I am unaware can be found on the Internet. I hope you will find it of particular use when reading the heiroglyphics. It was copied from a very old book so I'm afraid the quality is not good.

love

Marcella