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AURORA. That is, The Day-Spring. Or Dawning of the Day in the Orient or Morning-Rednesse in the Risi (Used)
by Boehme, Jacob.
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 10732, 10732
cloth & dj, 560pp, jacket worn at edges, book fine. Boehme began life as a shepherd, then as a shoemaker. Aurora was Boehme’s first book, written after 12 years of mystical experiences and “divine illumination”. It is often considered to be Boehme's most understandable book, and many of his later themes can be traced back to the Aurora. “It is his first and most famous work,…. these conceptions are later de-emphasized, altered, or renamed; they are rendered more sophisticated, but less colorful. Its center is the paradox of the entire divinity contained in even the smallest circumference of reality…” (Andrew Weeks, - Boehme (1991), in his chapter devoted to Aurora). The publication of Aurora “…aroused the opposition of the Lutheran Pastor Gregorius Richter, who forced the municipal authorities to intervene and Boehme was ordered to cease writing. “Jacob Boehme has exercised a far-reaching influence, especially in Germany and England” (Oxford Dict of the Christian Church). Among his many disciples are Blake, Schelling, Franz von Baader, Peter Sterry (the Cambridge Platonist), William Law, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Heidegger, Fichte, Novalis, Berdyaev, C. G. Jung, and W. B. Yeats. Newton struggled with his books for a brief time. The question of Boehme’s alchemy is controversial. Ferguson wrote that “he was not an alchemist but one who used alchemical imagery and language”, but Weeks speculates that Boehme did actually experiment with alchemy, perhaps with one of his wealthy friends (Weeks p.57). Brinton, in The Mystic Will (p.81) offers that “Boehme did more than borrow a large part of his vocabulary from alchemy, he took over the whole alchemistic world-view, which he developed into a philosophical system”. After comparing all the alchemists Mary Anne Atwood, in her Suggestive Inquiry Into Alchemy, calls Boehme “the plainest, simplest, and most confidential..” According to Jung (Psychology & Alchemy, 1st ed, p.158), “Boehme’s mysticism is influenced by alchemy in the highest degree”. And Waite says in his The Secret Tradition in Alchemy, (p.5), "Boehme himself both denies and proclaims his alchemical experience in the Aurora, often in the same passage".
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