Alchemy and Astral Projection

"Ken Henson is perceptive and creative, industrious and conscientious. LLM deserves congratulations for having sponsored and publicized Henson's latest project."
-Ronald Decker, author of A History of the Occult Tarot, and The Esoteric Tarot

Exploring history, technique, and new ways of interpreting traditional symbols, Alchemy and Astral Projection establishes alchemy as a process for achieving the out of body experience. Funded by a Curtis G. Lloyd Fellowship from the Lloyd Library and Museum, this book is 100 pages, and includes 22 new, full-color illustrations. 

BOOK I, of my treatise, Alchemy and Astral Projection, investigates how Renaissance alchemists and magicians wrote about astral projection. Examining passages by Trithemius, Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Heydon, I make the case that alchemy was in large part a system for inducing astral travel. I also look at how their philosophical predecessors from ancient Greece plainly discussed astral projection and related experiences. Of special interest is my new treatment of the Microcosm/Macrocosm concept in relationship to astral projection.

BOOK II, The Seven Gates, explores how the seven stages of alchemical transmutation and their corresponding symbols are used by mystical alchemists to gain access to the Macrocosm (the Astral Plane). I bring new interpretations to the old symbolism.

BOOK III, Occult Pneumatology, is a short catalogue of entities that exist on the Astral and Elemental Planes according to the writings of Paracelsus and Theosophists such as Charles Leadbeater.

I delivered a presentation on these topics at the 2nd International Left Hand Path Conference, July 26th, 2014, and at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, WA, September 6-7, 2014.

An mp3 of Justin Moore's interview with me about this and other projects on his radio program On the Way to the Peak of Normal can be found here. In the second half of the program, we are joined by Pam Grossman, who runs the beautiful arts blog Phantasmaphile.

Occult Pneumatology

Below are images of my notebook and a few of my sources.

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