In some age of mankind, the world has destroyed itself. Civilization is a false veneer; at its core it has become corrupt and hollow. But even in the gloom of mankind's darkest hour, a light shines, burning with the intensity of an exploding comet. Is this truly the end of the world, or are these calamities merely the birth-pangs of a new world-age? Can the world yet find some means of saving itself from itself? And finally, could the great rebirth foretold in prophecies and spoken of in legends finally come to be? Has the time truly come for the Golden Age Restored?
This rate book is brought back into print because it tells the story of alchemy in such simple terms that most all can understand. The cryptic language and symbolism commonly found in alchemy is laid bare so we can comprehend exactly what was meant and what was happening during the pursuit of the alchemical elixir. The premise of the book is to show that the science of alchemy reveals the one law operating within the human spirit and in our quest for immortality. Cockren insists that there is a Divine Plan, and by exploring and experimenting with alchemy, we will find ourselves on the path that will lead us to it. This book must be read in full, so the "complete picture" is shown, and the reader will then see how it all connects. Different parts of the world are covered, as well as different periods of history. There is also a physical alchemy, relating to medicine, that is covered besides the spiritual. Excellent material exists in this small book on the great men of alchemy like St. Germain, Nicholas Flamel, Basil Valentine, and Paracelsus. The book concludes by reprinting two of the world's most important Hermetic alchemical texts -- The Golden Tracate of Hermes and The Book of the Revelation of Hermes.
William Stukeley's 1740 study of Stonehenge stands out among the huge number of books on the subject. Stukeley was a pioneer preservationist. He lamented the callous treatment of the majestic ruins both by tourists and landholders. He coined the term 'trilithon' for the doorway-like arrangement of three stones, now common in the literature about megalithic architecture. Stukeley was one of the first to make accurate drawings of the site. The drawings are included in the text but also as seperate prints at the rear of the book to make research easisr The three dozen illustrations to this book, which show Stonehenge from every angle and document its context in the 18th century landscape, are still used today by scholars. He also did some rudimentary archeology, and describes opening the grave of a warrior princess.