Sunday, December 25, 2011

Book Review: Opening the Book of Lambspring

Greetings Interblag!

Today, on this most festive of festivities, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and Blessed Holidays. The actual Yule/Christmas post will come later. For now I want to do something important: Urge you to buy "Opening the Book of Lambspring". Well.. if you have any interest in Alchemy.

I know I am late to the Review Jamboree that happened weeks ago, but honestly I can't say enough good about this book, especially if you are, or want to be, an Alchemist in the Hermetic tradition.

Our dear Brother, AIT, goes emblem by emblem and makes them make sense. Honestly, that isn't the best part. The best part, to me, is witnessing him explain the emblems in detail slowly, ever so slowly, shows you what reading the Book of Nature, and understanding the Language of Birds is all about. Alchemists think sideways. Reading real Alchemical texts are a lot like speaking to someone very interesting, who doesn't speak a word of any language you do. Even the words you may have in common have different meanings. It is less reading, and more having a conversation.

AIT does a wonderful job of being a translator of some of the things the Emblems have to say. That's the thing, the same emblems, the same texts can have quite a few equally valid interpretations. In this work, AIT really shows you the process through example. No one can teach you the Language of Birds, you simply must start learning to understand it. Reading AIT trace Meaning through the Emblems is the closest I have ever seen to someone actually teaching the Language. You witness his conversation with the Emblems, and honestly, it's beautiful.

Also, its a great work on the sexual aspects of internal Alchemy.

For you ease of purchase, you can pick it up here.

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