Michael Maier

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Michael Maier aka Imperial Count Palatine Maier (1609)


Germany 1568 – 1620 or 1622


Comments: Major Alchemist ; Rosicrucian; Alchemy; medical doctor; introduce Rosicrucianism into England; knew Michael Sendivogius personally, 1608 and describes him in Symbola Aureae Mensae;


Teachers:Elias Ashmole; William Backhouse; Dr. Robert Fludd; influenced by Johannes Valentinus Andreae AKA Christian Rosenkreutz; Athanasius Kircher; Michael Sendivogius; Matthias Carnarius; John Cremer, Abbot of Westminster; Thomas Norton; Basil Valentine; "Benedict Hilarion"; Dr. Nicholas Barnaud Delphinas aka Nicolas Barnaud, author of the Book of Lambspring, (1538–1604);


Students: Daniel Stolz von Stolzenberg AKA Daniel Stolcius; influenced Sir Isaac Newton; Theodore de Bry, his engraver; Thomas Henshaw; Nathaniel Henshaw, MD; Allen George Debus; Roman Bugaj; John Michael Greer; W.J. Songhurst ; Adam Forrest; Darcy Kuntz; James Hume ; James Brown Craven; Johann Gottlieb Buhle (1763-1821); Langlet du Fresnoy; Sigmund Richter AKA Sincerus Renatus; John Allin (1623-1683); Donna Bilak; H. M. E. De Jong; Jacob Toll; B. T. Moran, author of "Privilege, Communication and Chemistry. The Hermetic-Alchemical circle of Moritz of Hessen-Kassel"; John Michell, author of Michael Maier's Alchemical Quadrature of the Circle; H. M. E. De Jong; Lapidus aka David Curwen; Ross Mack; Fiona Oliver; Voicu Ion Cristi; Adam McLean; H. M. E. De Jong aka Helena Maria Elisabeth De Jong; Mike Dickman; P. G. Maxwell-Stuart; Alexander Roob; ; Hereward Tilton, author of The Quest for the Phoenix: Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622); Darius Klein; Robert Allen Bartlett, author of ). Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy; Dennis William Hauck; Brian Cotnoir; C. A. Burland aka Cottie Arthur Burland; Andrea De Pascalis; Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, author of The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century;; Allen G. Debus; Johannes Fabricius; Fred Gettings; Cherry Gilchrist; David Goddard; Dennis William Hauck; Heliophilus, 2015;


Friends: Rudolf II of Habsburg; Moritz of Hessen-Kassel;his brother-in-law, Count Ernst III of Holstein-Schauenburg; Christoph Reinhard; King James I of England (1611-1616); Sir Thomas Smith; Cary Dillon;


Enemies - disagreed with Johann Grassaeus, author of Arca aperta, 1617; John Hall of Durham; Moritz von Hessen, potential patron;

Enemies: Francois Garasse, Jesuit;disagreed with Johann Grassaeus, author of Arca aperta, 1617;


Organizations: Rosicrucians; Gold Rose and Cross, 1570;

 

 


Author:commentary on Hermes Trismegistus; Atalanta fugiens, (alchemical emblem book, 1617);Themis Aurea: The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross (Golden Themis) 1618; Septimana Philosophica: Qua Aenigmata Aureola de omni Naturae genere a Solomone Israelitarum Sapientissimo Rege, et Arabiae Regina Saba, nec non Hyramo, Tyri Principe, sibi invicem in modum Colloquii proponuntur et enodatur -Francfurti Typis Hartmanni Palthenii 1620; Lusus Serius: or, Serious Passtime. A Philosophical Discourse ...wherein Hermes or Mercury is declared King of all Worldly things ; De Medicina Regina. 1609.; A Subtle Allegory concerning the Secrets of Alchemy very useful to possess and pleasant to read, see it (http://www.levity.com/alchemy/maier.html); Silentium post clamores (Silence after the Noise) 1617; Symbola aureae menseae duodecim nationum (Symbols of the Golden Table of 12 Nations), 1617 - teachings of twelve greatest alchemical adepts from Hermes Trismegistus to Michael Sendivogius as "Sarmata Anonymus" ; Arcana arcanissimai (the most profound secret), 1614; Symbola Aureae Mensae, 1617; the Hieroglyphicis Aegypto Graecis; De epilepsia, 1596: { De Medicina Regia} et vere Heroica; Coelidonia ; much of the "Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" 1785-88 seems drawn from his earlier work; Tripus aureus, hoc est, Tres tractatus chymici selectissimi: nempe I. Basilii Valentini, Benedictini ordinis monachi; Michaelis Majeri Viatorium, hoc est, De montibus planetarum septem seu metallorum ; Arcana arcanissima, hoc est, Hieroglyphica Ægyptio-Græca ; Michaelis Majeri Viatorium, hoc est, De Montibus Planetarum septum seu metallorum : tractatus tam utilis, quàm perspicuus, quo, ut indice mercuriali in trivijs, vel Ariadnêo filo in Labyrintho, seu cynosurâ in oceano chymicroum errorum immenso, quilibet rationalis, veritatis amans, ad illum, qui in montibus sese abdidit De rubeapetra Alexicacum, omnibus medicis desideratum investigandum, uti poterit; Arcana arcanissima, hoc est, Hieroglyphica Ægyptio-Græca aka Arcana Arcanissima, 1614, Lusus Serius Passetime, 1654, owned by SirIsaac Newton; Jocus Severus, A Serious Joke - A Serious Joke, that is, The Equitable Tribunal by which the Owl is pronounced Queen of Birds by the Phoenix acting as judge, after various disquisitions and complaints made by birds attacking her; and in which she is recognized as consecrated to Pallas Athena because of her serious wisdom (Translated by Darius Klein); Arcana arcanissima, hoc est, Hieroglyphica aegyptio-graeca - vulgo necdum cognita, ad demonstrandam falsorum apud antiquos deorum, dearum, heroum, animantium, & institutorum pro sacris receptorum, originem, ex vno Aegyptiorum artificio, quod aureu animi et corporis medicamentum peregit, deductam, vnde tot poëtarum allegoriae, scriptorum narrationes fabulosae et per totam encyclopaediam errores sparsi clarissima veritatis luce manifestantur, suaeq[ue] tribui singula restituuntur, sex libris exposita, 1614;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Maier; http://www.levity.com/alchemy/atalanta.html ; read a recent translation here - http://worldtracker.org/media/library/Occult/Secret%20Societies/Rosicrucian/Darcy%20Kuntz%20-%20Ancient%20Texts%20of%20the%20Golden%20Rosicrucians%20Vol%201.pdf ; http://www.sacred-texts.com/sro/rhr/rhr20.htm ; http://www.rosicrucianis.org/html/en/bibliothek/historical-writings-on-alchemy/book-of-lambspring.html; http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/franklin/record.html?filter.subject_facet.val=Alchemy%20Early%20works%20to%201800&q=alchemy&id=FRANKLIN_3947616& ; https://archive.org/details/arcanaarcanissim00maie;