Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists

Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists

By: Robin L. Gordon (author)Paperback

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Early scientists, or natural philosophers as they were known, did not seek knowledge in the disconnected way modern academics tend to do. They were interested in how the universe worked, which meant studying everything from astrology and physics to Jewish mysticism and the Christian Bible. They constructed connections that the modern thinker might overlook or even dismiss as preposterous. In this book, Robin L. Gordon explores the lives and alchemical practice of a number of remarkable women. Searching for the Soror Mystica touches upon the history of science, biography, classical Jungian psychology, women's studies, theology, and a dash of the occult sciences. Readers will encounter sixteenth to seventeenth century politics, religion, scientific inquiries, medical discoveries, and even the way love can result in some misguided choices.

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Robin L. Gordon, Ph.D. is professor of education at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles. She began her career as a secondary science teacher in both public and private schools in Southern California. She completed a Ph.D. in education at Claremont Graduate University (1989) and a second Ph.D. in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (2004). Recent publications include Philosophy of Education in Historical Perspective, "Finding the Philosopher's Stone: An Essay on Teaching" in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning, "My Encounter with the Women Alchemists" in Alchemy Journal, and "Making Use of Story to Teach Science and Mathematics" in Ladder.


List of Figures Preface Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction: Who Are the Women Alchemists? 2: Alchemy 101: Connecting an Ancient Tradition to Modern Thinking 3: The Feminine Presence in the Magnum Opus Maria Hebraea: Inventor Hypatia of Alexandria: Her Experience of Mortificatio 4: Alchemy, Daemons, and Lovers Sophie Brahe: Carrier of Sulphur Anna Maria Zieglerin and Her Daemon Susanne Katharina von Klettenberg: Goethe's Teacher and Maggid 5: Healers Extraordinaire: Seventeenth Century Alchemical Sisters and Their Recipe Books Marie Meurdrac: La Chymie Isabella Cortese and Her Secrets Alathea Talbot, Countess of Arundel: Natura Exentera Lady Katherine Jones nee Boyle, Viscountess Ranelagh: A Force of Her Own Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent: Is it Alchemy or Not? Comparing the Women Alchemists' Recipe Books with More Traditional Examples of the Genre: Mappae Clavicula, Giambattista Della Porta, Hannah Wooley, Diana Astry, William Lovell, and Robert Boyle 6: The Natural Philosophers Margaret and Anne Clifford: The Alchemist and the Diarist Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: In the Sidney Circle Anne Conway: Prima Materia and Consciousness Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle: A Genuine Borderlander 7: Alchemy and the Apocalypse Intertwined Dorothy Moore: Seventeenth Century Feminist Katherine Boyle, the Hartlib Circle, and the Royal Society The Millenarian Movement 8: Emerging Themes from the Work of the Women Alchemist Mary Anne Atwood: In Between Closing the Circle: Coniunctio, Mystic Sisters and The Chrysopeia of Mary the Jewess Conclusion: Finis Coronat Opus Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 16/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780761860556
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 238
  • ID: 9780761860556
  • weight: 335
  • ISBN10: 076186055X

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