The Hermetic Marriage of Art and Alchemy: Imagination, Creativity, and the Great Work


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Inner Traditions International
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7.0 X 10.1 X 1.3 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

Marlene Seven Bremner is a self-taught oil painter, writer, and teacher who has spent more than 20 years exploring esoteric and spiritual traditions, including Hermeticism, alchemy, surrealism, symbolism, tarot, psychology, magic, astrology, shamanism, and mythology. The author of Hermetic Philosophy and Creative Alchemy, she developed her career as an artist in the Pacific Northwest and now spends her time painting and writing in the New Mexico desert.


"Marlene Bremner's The Hermetic Marriage of Art and Alchemy is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the fascinating intersection of art and the occult. Marlene's knowledge and passion will captivate any reader, making this book an indispensable companion for those seeking to unlock the mysteries of the unseen."-- "JASON LOUV, author of John Dee and the Empire of Angels and teacher at"
"A book rich in colorful illustrations, poignant imagery, and penetrating analysis. Written in a clear and easy-to-understand language that will appeal both to the specialist and the curious alike. This scholarly work is certain to please connoisseurs of the Royal Art with a useful aid to reference, time and again, on decoding the mysteries of life."-- "DAVID PANTANO, translator of The Hermetic Physician"
"Capably researched, vividly illustrated, and trenchantly argued, this is a treat for those who know their way around the realm of the magical imagination and a revelation for those who are just setting foot on that potent and life-affirming path."-- "JOHN MICHAEL GREER, author of The Twilight of Pluto"
"This new volume makes me all excited again! I would not call it a sequel but a way of going deeper into that magical realm, where alchemical thinking and practice meet the art world. . . . Another gem from Marlene Seven Bremner, including the wonderful paintings that accompany the book."-- "RUDOLF BERGER, performing arts professionaland creator of the Thoth Hermes Podcast"
"A remarkable work in scope and depth that explores art as alchemy, Bremner provides the ground for a much-needed discussion on the esoteric currents that have surfaced throughout various art movements such as Symbolism, Dada, and Surrealism. And in doing so, she articulates the basic premise of alchemy--that all creations arise from the same principles. Then, using these alchemical principles and processes, Bremner shows how to incorporate them into your work with clear, insightful descriptions of exercises for the artist/alchemist. The Hermetic Marriage of Art and Alchemy is a 'must-have' for anyone seriously working in or investigating the intersection of art and alchemy."-- "Brian Cotnoir, author of Practical Alchemy, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter, and On Alchemy"
"Bremner envisions the integration of the modern-day practice of creative alchemy with a deep understanding of its representations in the visual and poetic arts. By locating imagination at the center, Bremner makes evident the hidden connections between alchemy and artists whose gaze initiates psychological change and spiritual evolution. This book is both an esoteric meditation and a feminist call to reclaim personal authority over consciousness and reject hierarchical ideologies in favor of personal exploration. This book is a must-read for historians of ideas, the arts, and practitioners of the esoteric."-- "Leslie Korn, Ph.D., M.P.H., author of Rhythms of Recovery"
Imaginatio Vera

Alchemy and Imagination
Romanticism: Irrational Freedom
2 Symbolism: Dark Dreams and Ideals of the Other World
3 Dada: Cutting to the Chance
4 Surrealism: The Automatic Solution

The Magnum Opus

5 Creative Alchemy: Essentials of the Great Work
6 Nigredo: Putrefaction and the Generation of the Idea
7 Albedo: Purification and the Lunar Stone
8 Citrinitas: Solar Inspiration and Integration
9 Rubedo: The Royal Marriage and the Philosopher's Stone

Creatio Continua

Chakra Correspondence Charts

Planetary Correspondences

Elemental Meditation



"The Hermetic Marriage of Art and Alchemy is an unprecedented work in decoding the opacity of alchemical allegory and charting the pervasive cultural influence of esotericism. Its rich imagery discloses the intimate mechanisms of modernism within a panoramic assimilation of occult philosophy. Bremner evokes a textured interpretation of ancient arcana through informed and embodied knowledge of their processes, imparting effectual praxis for sacred operations that impel the reader toward spiritual and creative actualization."-- "Micki Pellerano, artist, astrologer, and host of Time Lord TV"