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Gerhard Dorn

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Date of Birth: 1530

Age: 54

Citizenship: Belgium

The art of alchemy

Information about the early life of Gerhard Dorn, and other 16th-century historical figures is very scarce, and probably forever lost to researchers. It is known that he was born around 1530 in the town of Mechelen (Mechelen), which today is part of the Belgian province of Antwerp (Antwerp Province). Dorn studied under Adam von Bodenstein (Adam von Bodenstein), a Swiss physician and alchemist, who devoted his first book, and began to publish their books around 1565. On the title page of his work `Chymisticum artificium` Dorn used the` Monas Hieroglyphica`, personal glyph another famous occultist and astrologer, the British mathematician John Dee (John Dee), a personal adviser to Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth I).

Along with von Bodenstein, a follower of the legendary Paracelsus (Paracelsus), Dorn took part in the rescue of many Paracelsus manuscripts and published them in the first time. He also translated many of the works in Latin for Pietro Perna (Pietro Perna), publisher of Basel (Basel), since he lived in Basel in 1570-ies. In the early 1580s, Gerhard Dorn moved to Frankfurt (Frankfurt), where he died in 1584, when he was a little over fifty.

Dorn was one of the main supporters of Paracelsus, claiming that he had found in his works the best philosophy and the most Christian way of thinking. He attached much less importance to the practical work in the laboratory, rather than the theoretical study of the human mind, and thought too scholastic usual for that time education. Like many other alchemists, Dorn was hostile to filosofiiAristotelya (Aristotle), with its focus on the material world, stating that `if someone wants to learn the art of alchemy, it is necessary to study not Aristotelian philosophy, but that teaches istine`.

Dorn argued that education reforms are needed, as it was against religion during the Reformation and medicine after the appearance of the works of Paracelsus. According to him, universities are experiencing an acute need for the mystical and spiritual `nauke` that Dorn called the philosophy of love, and that was a radical theological theory asserts that God, not man, in need of atonement. He defined the alchemical opus as labor, which led to redemption, not man, but God. In the eyes of the Christian Orthodox innovative proposals Gerhard Dorn were dangerously close to heresy - VTE times of the Inquisition ruthlessly punished for less. Major works by Gerhard Dorn entered the first volume `Theatrum Chemicum`.

As summarized in his book, `Pregnant Darkness` Dr. Monica Uikmen (Monika Wikman), `alchemists such as Gerhard Dorn in his work` Speculative philosophy `(The Speculative Philosophy), referred to the next alchemical stage of inner healing, known as the Unus Mundus, One World, where the schisms and duality disappears, and the individual, or vir unus, merges with the world dushoy`.

Dorn works of great interest for the psychologist Carl Jung (Carl Jung), at least big enough to take with major works Dorn during a trip to India (India) in 1928. Jung often quoted by other Dorn works on alchemy.