On The Animation of Statues - Zine by Alchemist Brian Cotnoir

On The Animation of Statues - Zine by Alchemist Brian Cotnoir

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On the Animation of Statues

Is a collection of quotes, primary sources, notes and comments on the late-antiquity practice of “ensouling” statues in order to commune with the gods. Drawing from Iamblichus, Proclus, Greek Magical PapyriCorpus Hermeticum, hymns, poetry and music, although the practice is never explicitly described, a hazy outline emerges. One thing, the composition of statues and talismans is, like alchemy, a hieratic art.

Included Michal Psellos’ Epistle 187 a text on the animation of statues. 

Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist, and award-winning filmmaker. He was the “alchemist in residence” at Morbid Anatomy Museum. He occasionally gives talks and has presented workshops and seminars around the world on various aspects of alchemical theory and practice based on his research. His Emerald Tablet was part of the Language of the Birds: Occult and Art show in 2016 in New York City.

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