Call for Papers n.1-2 (2019): Non Omnis Moriar: Modelli alchemici nell’Esoterismo Occidentale/Non Omnis Moriar: Alchemical Patterns in Western Esotericism

Since the 1990s, with the publication of the proceedings of the Utrecht conference (University of Groningen)[1] and the Paris symposium (Collège de France, 1991),[2] the sources, themes, and symbolism of alchemy have received a special attention in the European academic environment. In particular, the recent re-edition of The Hermetic Museum – Alchemy & Mysticism[3], coupled with the collection of essays Lux in Tenebris[4] - whose content focuses on the more visual aspect of alchemy – have evidenced a multidisciplinary character both of the field of research, and of specific authors, texts, or particular hermetic translations. It has thus been proven how certain themes and models of alchemy have pervaded the domains of music,[5] literature and science.[6]  Nevertheless, the influence of alchemical symbology and the aspects related to it has not been limited to a mere historical dimension. Dynamics of ritual nature, ceremonial and initiatic, have been analysed – among the various and multifaceted cases of religious traditions and individual initiatic groups – in the studies of David Gordon White,[7] Hugh B. Urban,[8] and those of Hans Thomas Hakl and many others.[9]        

For the upcoming monographic issue of the journal La Rosa di Paracelso, we accept proposals for articles in the most common languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish) on the following themes and others you might propose:

  • History of Alchemy and/or relative themes and authors.
  • Symbols, representations, alchemical models in the media environment (artistic, literary, musical, cinematic).
  • Alchemical processes and dynamics within religious, initiatic or magico-ritual groups (from processes of change related to the Daoist cult of Lu Dogbin, to the practices of operative alchemy within the O.T.O.; to the School of Alchemy of the Damanhur community)
  • Alchemy and Mysticism: Processes, symbols and models of change and inner ecstasy in texts and individual characters, be they Easter or Western.
  • Between Science and Religion: individual cases relating to History of Science or History of Religions referring to themes with a hermetic and/or alchemical character.


Proposals for articles are welcome in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. Deadline for abstracts: 20 FEBRUARY 2020 Abstract length: 500 words max. CV length: 300 words max. Both Abstract and CV must be in the language chosen for the article AND in English Deadline for the articles: 30 APRIL Online Publication: 20 JUNE Please indicate the language used for the article All abstracts should be sent to the editorial board. Editorial board: Christian Giudice, Michele Olzi, Roberto Revello,


[1] Zweder R.W.M. von Martels (a cura di), Alchemy Revisited - Proceedings of the International Conference on the History of Alchemy at the University of Groningen 17-19 April 1989 (Leida: Brill, 1990).

[2] Didier Kahn, Sylvain Matton, Alchimie - art, histoire et mythes. Actes du Ier colloque international de la Société d'Étude de l'Histoire de l'Alchimie: Paris, Collège de France, 14-15-16 mars 1991 (Parigi : S.E.H.A ; Milano : Arché, 1995).

[3] Alexander Roob, The Hermetic Museum – Alchemy & Mysticism (Colonia: Taschen, 2020).

[4] Peter J. Forshaw (a cura di), Lux in Tenebris - The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism (Leida: Brill, 2016).

[5] Vedi Laurence Wuidar (a cura di), Music and Esotericism (Leid; Boston: Brill, 2010).

[6] Vedi Mark S. Morrisson, Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). 

[7] David Gordon White, The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

[8] Hugh Urban, Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism (California; Londra: University of California, 2006). 

[9] Vedi Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Jeffrey J. Kripal (a cura di), Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism (Leida: Brill, 2008).