The Signature of All Things: Signatura Rerum (Forgotten Books)

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If Signatura Rerum by the German mystic Jacob Boehme looks like a book you'd find in the library at a certain school of wizardry, you're not too far off. Boehme discourses at length here on one of the fundamental laws of Magic: the law of signatures, the concept that every object in the real world has some hidden meaning, and particularly how these signatures interact.

At the core of Boehme's philosophy is a mystical Christianity. However, his beliefs were far from that of the Lutheran establishment, and he was persecuted his entire life. Boehme's view of a universe where a creative and destructive principle are in conflict was later repurposed by Hegel as the dialectic. Newton, Nietzsche, the Quaker George Fox, and even Phillip K. Dick have all been cited as being influenced by Boehme. (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

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Jacob Boehme (1575 - 1624)
Bohme was born in eastern Germany, near Gorlitz. He grew up as a Lutheran, and worked as a shoemaker in Gorlitz.

Bohme had mystical experiences throughout his youth, culminating in a vision in 1600 that he received through observing the exquisite beauty of a beam of sunlight reflected in a pewter dish. He believed this vision revealed to him the spiritual structure of the world, as well as the relationship between God and man, and good and evil. At the time he chose not to speak of this experience openly, preferring instead to continue his work and raise a family. (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.
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How does the individual relate to the world, to the universe, to the soul? The question is fundamental to both modern theology and modern psychology, and much of the contemporary thinking on the matter grew out of this numinous treatise by German mystic JACOB BOEHME (1575-1624), one of the most confounding of the Reformation-era Christian theologians.

Also known as the Signatura Rerum and first published in 1621, this is one of Boehme's major works; in it, he expounds upon:

* the "great Mystery of all Beings" * "Sulphurean Death" * the "inward and outward Cure of Man" * the "Emnity of the Spirit and Body" * the "Generation of Good and Evil" * and more.

Radical and controversial in his day--he was constantly drawing the ire of the Church--Boehme was a profound influence on subsequent Europe thinkers including Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Jung, and this challenging work will intrigue anyone interested in the esoteric roots of current philosophy and theology.

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Jakob Böhme was a German Christian mystic and theologian. Twelve years after a vision in 1600, Böhme began to write his first book, Die Morgenroete im Aufgang (The rising of Dawn). The book was given the name Aurora by a friend; however, Böhme originally wrote the book for himself and it was never completed. The chief concern of Böhme's writing was the nature of sin, evil and redemption. Consistent with Lutheran theology, Böhme preached that humanity had fallen from a state of divine grace to a state of sin and suffering, that the forces of evil included fallen angels who had rebelled against God, and that God's goal was to restore the world to a state of grace.

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