Mercurius: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Mercurius The Marriage of Heaven and Earth This highly sought after novel was first published in It has been out of print for many years and until the release of this brand new edition was as rare as hen s teeth with some old copies fetc

  • Title: Mercurius: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth
  • Author: Patrick Harpur
  • ISBN: 9780980286588
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • This highly sought after novel was first published in 1990 It has been out of print for many years and until the release of this brand new edition was as rare as hen s teeth, with some old copies fetching prices of up to USD 600.00 This new edition features a beautiful new cover and has been revised and updated by the author Know this I, Mercurius, have set down a fulThis highly sought after novel was first published in 1990 It has been out of print for many years and until the release of this brand new edition was as rare as hen s teeth, with some old copies fetching prices of up to USD 600.00 This new edition features a beautiful new cover and has been revised and updated by the author Know this I, Mercurius, have set down a full, true and infallible account of the Great Work But I give you fair warning that unless you seek the true philosophical gold and not the gold of the vulgar unless your heart is fixed with unbending intent on the true Stone of the Philosophers, unless you are steadfast in your quest, abiding by God s laws in all faith and humility and eschewing all vanity, conceit, falsehood, intemperance, pride, lust and faintheartedness, read no further lest I prove fatal to you In 1952 a country clergyman called Smith begins his tortuous quest for the Holy Grail of alchemy the Philosophers Stone which transmutes base metal to gold and confers immortality As he pits himself against the bizarre perils of the GreatWork, it becomes clear that his arcane transformations are as much spiritual as chemical Gradually the shadow of alchemy falls over those around him a young girl whose sudden pregnancy is a local scandal Janet, trapped in a barren marriage and Robert who pursues his own quest for the legendary blue glass of Chartres Thirty years later, Eileen comes to live in Smith s vicarage In the medieval cellar she unearths a hidden manuscript and begins to read of secret fire and mysterious prime matter, a green lion and a raven s head, a fatal conjunction of king and queen, a descent into Blackness and putrefaction As she penetrates farther into the alchemical labyrinth, she is haunted both by her own history and by that of her neighbours, the menacing Mrs Zetterberg and the disfigured Pluto and, finally, by the enigma of Smith himself In separate but interwoven accounts, Smith and Eileen strive towards the one thing necessary for the Work s success the great Secret guarded by the paradoxical Mercurius, who leads them to the zero point where Heaven is wedded to Earth and the miraculous Stone appears at the intersection of time and eternity By reconstructing a highly sophisticated but almost forgotten world view, Mercurius restores to us our own spiritual heritage which, rooted in the alchemists dark retorts, will perhaps flower in the light of the future.

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    1. Patrick Harpur is an acclaimed author, best known for his philosophical works, which include The Philosophers Secret Fire A History Of The Imagination and Mercurius The Marriage Of Heaven and Earth, the latter of which, after being out of print for several years and fetching a small fortune on auction sites like eBay has finally been re released in a paperback edition.Other works include Daimonic Reality A Field Guide to the Otherworld and The Serpent s Circle.He currently has a couple of new projects in the pipeline, including The Stormy Petrel, a fictional biography of S ren Kirkegaard, and The Savoy Truffle, a witty, dramatic novel about life in Britain s richest, wildest Surrey suburb in the early 1960s.Patrick Harpur lives near Dorchester in Dorset.

    2. (Probably 4.5 stars, but certainly the best work of fiction about alchemy that I’ve read thus far.)In general I don’t have much patience for novels with complex backstories, their authors refusing to take responsibility for the works created and instead ascribing them to mysterious, equally fictional characters or circumstances. It’s sort of like including an explanation for the meaning of a poem — a real nose-wrinkler. In this case, Patrick Harpur claims to have received the contents of [...]

    3. This is not a novel. Or, this is not just a novel. It is a fictional account of an alchemist and his quest and someone who discovers his writings in the future. But the story of the characters is interlaced with analysis of different aspects of the alchemical works, the Opus, and descriptions of the work itself. This book has to be read in a certain state of mind, and it is no light read. I had to pay a lot of attention to try to grasp the multiple levels of meaning of this book- a task that wil [...]

    4. I would call this book a magnificent failure and yet it has many fine qualities, not least genuine learning and some exceptional novelistic writing. So why is it a failure?Harpur (as perhaps only those who read to the very end, and I mean to the very end but no cheating please or there really is no point in starting the book) has a little bit of the Loki in him.That trickster element is, I think, the thing that redeems the work. He certainly 'seems' (who knows) to want to engage the reader with [...]

    5. A brilliantly written and masterful book dealing with complex and little known Alchemical processes and explaining them beautifully. Some of my letter to the author is below:Hello PatrickIn my 60 years I have never written to an author before. I recently finished (if one could ever finish) Mercurius and I am spell bound by it. Apart from my dabblings with Crowley and the Thoth deck I knew little of Alchemy and I admit to still not having a total grasp on all that you wrote; however your characte [...]

    6. There are few novels like this. This is the second time I've read it, the first being a few years after its 1990 publication date. I was attracted by themes of alchemy, hidden histories and love, but my mind was not quite ready for the more dense psychological and obscure details about the Art. Perhaps I only managed to finish it due to my teenage search for an adult magic. 20 years later it turned up as a Christmas present (thanks mum!) and I was soon enthralled by it. It was an enriching, movi [...]

    7. Absolutely stunning. If you have an interest in alchemy but don't quite get it, this is the book for you. Enlightening, informative, and a fantastically readable novel. How you turn such an esoteric subject into an intelligent page turner I don't know, but that's Patrick Harpur for you.Re-read this in July 2011. Fascinating, mysterious. Again. There's so much in this novel. The material underlying this story is learned and complex, but delivered in a very accessible way. Worth several re-reads. [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this ambiguous tale of alchemy (or personal breakdown) told from 2 perspectives that of a vicar and a young woman who live in the same place separated by thirty years of so. There is a possible twist in the tale on the very last page and the history of western alchemy is worked seamlessly into the narrative. An interesting writer and a great read.

    9. This isn't a flawless book, but it is great. The descriptions of Alchemy are balanced and grounded by the characters and their stories. The stories describe the process and the process describes the stories. Repetition, form, and story provide a way into understanding what cannot be described.

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