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Fulcanelli: Le Mystere des Cathedrales

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In 1926 the fabled alchemist Fulcanelli left his masterpiece, Le Mystère des Cathédrales with a student, charged him with the responsibility of publishing it, and promptly disappeared.

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The alchemical initiate Fulcanelli, whose real identity is still unknown, claimed that the secret of alchemy was openly displayed on the walls of the Gothic Cathedrals. While this view was not new - Victor Hugo and many others have written of the hermetic symbolism of the cathedrals - Fulcanelli went a step further and produced, in his masterpiece Le Mystere des Cathedrales, a guided tour of the esoteric tradition in the west as displayed on the walls of certain cathedrals and private homes in the Gothic style. In this true tour de force, Fulcanelli demonstrates that he does indeed, as no one else seems to, understand the hidden meaning of alchemy.

The Fulcanelli legend began with the publication of the Morning of the Magicians by Pawles and Bergier in 1960. In this book, which single-handedly started the new age movement, Fulcanelli is presented as a master alchemist who, like the early space brothers, warn of the evils of atomic energy.

Canseliet published his Alchimie in 1964, which provided a few more glimpses of Fulcanelli in the 1920's. In the 1970's, Le Mystere was translated and published in English by Neville-Spearman as Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist - The Mystery of the Cathedrals. In the early 1980's several works dealing with Fulcanelli appeared, including Johnson's Fulcanelli Phenomenon, and Elizabeth Van Buren's Refuge of the Apocalypse.


"The Gothic Cathedrals of Europe have openly displayed the secrets of alchemy for 700 years! These secrets are clearly shown in the porches, facades, cosmic figures and emblems of these great cathedrals and displayed in the included 52 pages of plates.

This remarkable book describes the symbols and process of the Great Work. Explained are the secrets of the Argonauts (employing the spoken cabala) and the transmission of the message by means of the Language of the Birds (the encoding of words)."       ~Brotherhood of Life


"Just as the human soul has its hidden recesses, so the cathedral has its secret passages. They extend underground below the church and, taken all together, they form the crypt (from the Greek KpuTmSi, hidden). In this low, damp, cold place, the observer experiences a strange feeling and one which imposes silence: it is the feeling of power, combined with darkness. We are here in the abode of the dead, as in the basilica of Saint-Denis, burial-place of the famous; as in the Roman catacombs, cemetery of the Christians.

Paving stones, marble mausoleums, tombs, historical debris, fragments of the past abound. A heavy silence fills the vaulted space. The thousand outside noises, vain echoes of the world, do not reach us here. Are we about to issue forth into the caves of the cyclops? Are we on the threshold of a Dantean inferno, or beneath the subterranean galleries, so welcoming, so hospitable to the first martyrs? All is mystery, anguish and fear in this obscure retreat."

Author Fulcanelli
Translator Sworder, Mary
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 186 pp.
Publisher Brotherhood of Life 2000
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