The Hermes Paradigm, Book One:
First Principles
, Rubaphilos Salfluěre


'The Father and the Son have linked their hands with those of the Guide: Know that the three are Body, Soul and Spirit' in Figure XI of Lambsprinck’s 1625 De lapide philosophico. Engraving taken from Lambsprinck's work and hand-coloured by Adam McLean.

" You hold in your hands a rare volume; a voice of clarity amid the ceaseless din of confusion and falsehood which passes for 21st century occultism ... Whether you approach alchemy from an outer (i.e. laboratory) or inner (i.e. psychospiritual) perspective, are experienced or new to the tradition, I can say with the utmost confidence that you will not find a better presentation of the Hermetic philosophy in these times, nor will you find a more valuable resource in the volumes to follow. The time has come to restore a proper understanding of the Western mystery tradition."

- Allerion

About the book:

Drawing upon many years of rigorous research conducted by dozens of trained individuals, using verifiable methods of investigation and providing reliable and replicable results, and publically introduced here for the first time by Rubaphilos Salfluěre, this first volume in The Hermes Paradigm series offers a detailed consideration of the core concepts that afford a glimpse at the nature of the philosophy, and its first principles, that lie at the heart of Hermetic science - the source and backbone, yet least understood aspect, of the Western mystery tradition. Beginning with an examination of the history of Hermetism over the past two millennia, a clear historical and conceptual distinction is made between the body of pure Hermetic knowledge - the secret tradition - and the popular outer tradition, the latter of which is so often mistaken for the former. The much-neglected and misunderstood heart of Hermetic philosophy and its practical expression - the science of Hermetic initiation - is the subject of detailed discussion, as is the central role that alchemy plays in the theory and practical dynamic of Hermetism. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus is dissected in order to provide the reader with an introduction to how natural law provides the blueprint for both the alchemical laboratory tradition and the inner alchemical journey of initiation. For those interested in developing a higher cognitive faculty capable of grasping deeper truths about the true nature of existence, The Hermes Paradigm, Book One: First Principles is essential reading.

About the author:

Rubaphilos Salfluěre began his nine year alchemical apprenticeship in 1988, under the private instruction of Frater Albertus Spagyricus' last active New Zealand graduate. By 1990, he had founded a small alchemical study group whose aim is the preservation and further development of the knowledge that he inherited from his teacher. Today that group continues to serve as a vehicle for private tuition and collaborative research. During the past 20 years, Rubaphilos has been a member of a number of respected esoteric organisations including the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis, the Builders of the Adytum, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Philosophers of Nature, and Freemasonry, holding prominent offices and ranks in some of these institutions. Originally trained as a neo-Jungian therapist, and running a private practice during the mid-1990s, his skill in the field of human psychology has allowed him to open doors into little understood avenues of the inner alchemical work. Rubaphilos began to study oenology through Charles Sturt University in 2003, for the purpose of augmenting his traditional training in laboratory alchemy with a modern depth of understanding. Today he lives in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, focusing upon his writing, ongoing teaching and research commitments.

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