Tantric Alchemist

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Tantric Alchemist

The Tantric Alchemist
Thomas Vaughan and the Indian Tantric Tradition
By Peter Levenda

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• Explores the psycho-sexual technique that is at the root of both Tantra and Alchemy
• Sheds light on nineteenth and twentieth century occult movements lead by P.B. Randolph, Theodore Reuss, Helena Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley
• Demonstrates that the language of alchemy describes a process fundamental to psychology, sexuality, and chemistry
• Decodes the language of the alchemists who spoke of a process of creation at the root of all phenomena

In the seventeenth century the Welsh alchemist Thomas Vaughan, and his wife and alchemical partner Rebecca, died under mysterious circumstances. What they were doing and how it might have led to their deaths has remained a secret … even though the true nature of their experiments is described in code in Vaughan's published works.

Readers will find that the many disparate threads of an authentic spiritual tradition are woven together here in a startling tapestry that reveals — without pretense or euphemism — the psycho-sexual technique that is at the root of both Tantra and Alchemy: that is to say, of both Asian and European forms of esoteric praxis.

Using the works of Vaughan as his text, Levenda applies the “twilight language” of Tantra to the surreal prose of the alchemist and in the process lays bare the lineaments of the arcane tradition that gave rise to the legend of Christian Rosenkreutz, the reputed founder of Rosicrucianism who learned his art in the East; and to the nineteenth and twentieth century occult movements lead by such luminaries as P.B. Randolph, Theodore Reuss, Helena Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley who also sought (and discovered) this technology in the religions and cultures of Asia.

The Tantric Alchemist is a work on Alchemy as decoded by Tantra … and a work on Tantra as understood by Alchemists. It uncovers works by Thomas Vaughan and suggests how he and his wife — a couple unique in the history of western Alchemy — met their fate when dealing with forces they knew only too well, but which were stronger than their ability to control them.

About the Author
Peter Levenda is an author of esoterica and historical investigation. His esoteric titles include such works as The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic; Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java; and Stairway to Heaven: Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists and the Art of Spiritual Transformation. Levenda has appeared numerous times on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and TNT, in shows ranging from Brad Meltzer’s Decoded to The Nostradamus Effect.

August 2015
Ibis Press
Alchemy/Magic/Sexuality
$35.00
ISBN: 978-0-89254-213-0
Ebook: 978-0-89254- 629-9
Hardcover
6 x 9 • 320 pages
Rights: Nicholas Hays, Inc.
Market: World

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