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Hermes - Mercury, God of Alchemy

An Illustrated Lecture with Paul Cowlan

7.15 for 7.30 pm start.

Paul Cowlan, who has worked with spiritual alchemy for over twenty years, will outline the significance of Hermes/Mercury in alchemical thinking, providing an overall view of this central concept. If alchemy has a patron deity it's Hermes, god of riddles, tricks and secrets; or as the Romans called him, Mercury; tutelary wheeler-dealer deity of trade, thieves and market places? The arch illusionist, the ultimate Tricky-Dickie, the fluid that is really a metal but behaves like a liquid. But also the spiritual essence, the divine messenger, the psychopomp, the guide of souls, the only one who can lead you safely through the darkness of psychological dissolution; because he himself will certainly be a part of that dissolution. Now you see him, now you don't. Mercury is all these things, and many more. Paul doesn't promise to tame the mutant spirit of Mercurius, or bring him to you in a bottle, but he will certainly provide you with glimpses which will make Apollo's mischievous brother a little easier to comprehend. This is Paul’s sixth year at Treadwell’s – he returns by popular demand.


Paul Cowlan | talks | www


Date and Time:

9 September 2009 at 7:15 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



Treadwell's Books
33 Store Street
020 7419 8507

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