Episode 005: Imagining “The Gold-Bug” & the Alchemy of Imagination

This time, I discuss symbolism in general and analyze the alchemical symbolism of a short story by Edgar Allan Poe called “The Gold-Bug.” I discuss the imagination, individuality, personality, hypnagogia, and the golden beetle or gold scarab.


  • Anna (Kristen Bell) sings “Love is an Open Door,” not Elsa.


My Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hermeticgarden

Barfield, Owen. The Rediscovery of Meaning and other Essays.

Barfield, Owen. Worlds Apart.

Churton, Tobias. The Golden Builders.

Clack, Randall A. The Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Frye, Northrop. The Educated Imagination. Free CBC Lecture.

Mavromatis, Andreas. Hypnagogia: The Unique State of Consciousness Between Wakefulness and Sleep.

Rosenheim, Shawn. The Cryptographic Imagination.

Schwenger, Peter. “Writing Hypnagogia.”

Versluis, Arthur. The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance.

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