Lecture: The Four Elements – Learning the alphabet in the book of Nature
How do we know what we know about the healing properties of plants?
How can we glimpse the Arcanum, the innermost healing nature and essence, of a plant?
Hermeticism positions the Five Elements as central forces of creation. All that exists is composed of these principles, and if we learn to understand their essence, we hold the keys to the Kingdoms of the Nature. In this lecture we will journey from classical and renaissance references to modern day use of elemental assignations in practical herbology and alchemy/ Spagyrics.
As we open our minds and senses, we can begin to experience the primordial power of elemental forces in Harmony and Healing. The presentation will encompass a power point presentation and an empirical account of Ms. Di Giacomo’s work with Trees, illustrating the epistemological value of the Hermetic Elemental System
Karin Di Giacomo has studied the Plant Kingdom, Alchemy, Astrology, Gnosis and Hermeticism for more than 50 years. Part of the Founding Group of the Philosophers of Nature she was involved in disseminating and promoting knowledge of Spagyrics in North America. Her translation of a book on Standardization Methodology in the preparation of Spagyric Essences has added to this process. Her main focus in working with the Plant kingdom is the comprehensive Paracelsian approach, with emphasis on ‘Reading the Book of Nature” directly and understanding not only the healing properties but the true Arcanum of the Plant Being. Her work with Trees spans five decades and found expression in the Druid Project and many workshops in the USA and Europe introducing gnostic awareness and spiritual science approaches in compiling a new Pharmacopeia of trees. Her background includes Master’s Degrees in Economics and Psychology and she is a state licensed German Heilpraktiker (Naturopath). Studying Gnosis, Mysticism and Magic, i.e. Hermeticism, she also has been involved in creating powerful Hermetic Seals and Talismans, some of which will be for sale at the Viridis Genii Symposium.