Alchemical Transformations: 2. Albedo (Purification)

Alchemical Transformations: 2. Albedo (Purification) [PIANO] Advent Improvisation 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’…

The Great Schism

It has been observed that the Church has gone through a major upheaval roughly every 500 years. We discussed two of them a few months ago: the Reformation roughly 1500, and Constantine and the Council of Nicaea roughly 300. The last to consider is the “Great Schism” which occurred in 1054. As we have observed,…

Church and State

Chaconne                       D. Buxtehude (1637-1707)   [ORGAN] Order of Chivalry: Courtesy & the Horse’s Bridle                  W. Zeitler It has been observed that The Church has gone through a major upheaval every 500 years or so. The Reformation — around…

Division and Union

Prelude in E                                                  Bach-maninoff [PIANO] (J.S. Bach, arr. by S. Rachmaninoff) Fugue in C                                   …

Erasmus

Secret Courage W. Zeitler [PIANO] Order of Chivalry: Truth W. Zeitler During the Reformation, while both sides where going at it, there were dissenting voices who sought a peaceful resolution. One of the most prominent was Erasmus (1466 – 1536), a Dutch philosopher and Catholic theologian who is considered one of the greatest scholars of…