Alchemical Speculative Placemaking



  • Top image: Maier, Michael. “Emblema XXI. Fac Ex Mare & Fœmina Circulum, Inde Quadrangulum, Hinc Triangulum, Fac Circulum & Habebis Lap. Philosophorum.” In Atalanta Fugiens. Oppenheim, Germany: Johann-Theodor de Bry, 1618.
  • History of alchemy and stages: Edinger, Edward F. Introduction. Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy, by Edinger, Open Court, 1994, pp. 1-16.
  • The Emerald Tablet image: Hauck, Dennis William. “Materia Prima: The Nature of the First Matter in the Esoteric and Scientific Traditions,” Hidden in Plain Sight Conference, 23 July 2010, Rosicrucian Order AMORC, San Jose, CA, pp. 5.
  • Calcinatio image: Edinger, pp. 31.
  • Jung quote: Jung, C. G. The Red Book: Liber Novus, ed. Sonu Shamdasani, trans. Mark Kyburz, et al. W.W. Norton & Company, pp. 311.
  • Audio track: Amir Sulaiman. “Secret Art.” The Medinan Openings, True + Living, 2012.

Prima Materia

  • Golden Tract quote: Edinger, pp. 26.
  • Hauck quote: Hauck, pp. 7.
  • brown quote: brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategies, AK Press, 2017, pp. 49.
  • Cloud of Chaos: Marolles, Michel de. Tableaux du temple des Muses. 1655, from Franz, Marie-Louise von. Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology, Inner City Books, 1980, pp. 206.




  • Top image: Maier, Michael. “Emblema II. Nutrix Ejus Terra Est.” In Atalanta Fugiens. Oppenheim, Germany: Johann-Theodor de Bry, 1618.
  • Upanishads quote: Edinger, pp. 99.
  • “Halfway midst…” line borrowed in altered form from Jack Kornfield.
  • brown quote: Selected passages from brown, pp. 18-19.
  • Tree of Life: Jung, pp. 125.


  • Top image: “Sublimatio.” Sapientia Veterum. 18th century, from Edinger, pp. 135.
  • Sublimatio quote: Salmon, William. Medicina practica, London, 1692. Quoted in Edinger, pp. 132.
  • Zosimos image: El Khadem, H. S. “A Translation of a Zosimos’ Text in an Arabic Alchemy Book.” Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 84, no. 3, 1996, pp. 168-178.
  • Atalanta Fugiens image: Maier, Michael. “Emblema XVII. Orbita Quadruplex Hoc Regit Ignis Opus.” In Atalanta Fugiens. Oppenheim, Germany: Johann-Theodor de Bry, 1618.
  • Earthseed quote: Butler, pp. 270.
  • Fugue score: Maier, Michael. “Fuga III.” In Atalanta Fugiens. Oppenheim, Germany: Johann-Theodor de Bry, 1618.
  • Fugue performance: Burt Griswold. “Fugue no. 3.” Atalanta Fugiens, 2014. YouTube,





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