Episode 006: Hermetic Gardens and Fantastic Beasts

This episode starts with a familiar symbol, and one especially relevant to this podcast, and analyzes it in biblical and alchemical thought and literature. That symbol is the garden, as in the title of the podcast, Hermetic Garden. I discuss a few poems, Fantastic Beasts, and Harry Potter primarily, and I analyze mandrakes, magical beasts, and what they are and mean.





Abraham, Lyndy. Marvell & Alchemy.

Andrea, Hans. Harry Potter for Seekers. Website.

Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. Internet Archive.

Chevalier, Jean. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols.

Churton, Tobias. The Golden Builders.

Granger, John. “Is Vladimir Nabokov Credence’s Father?” Blog.

Hillman, James. A Blue Fire.

Jonson, Ben. The Alchemist. Play (Gutenberg Link).

Marvell, Andrew. “Upon Appleton House.” Poem.

Paracelsus. “The Economy of Minerals.”

Rowling, JK. The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Rowling, JK. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Rowling, JK. Harry Potter Series.

Scott, Walter. Hermetica.

Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra.

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth.

Simpson, Anne. “Face to Face with J K Rowling: Casting a spell over young minds.” Website.

Stolcius, Daniel. The Ninth Step is the Fermentation. Website.

Unknown. The Emerald Tablet. Website.

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