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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Fri Jan 10th, 2014 03:43 am
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This short but quite interesting article in French:

http://www.la-ruche-sauvage.com/ruches/rucsymb.php

tells us about bee-hive symbolism:

- in Michael Maier's Examen Fucorum (see illustration)

http://books.google.com.br/books/about/Examen_fucorum_pseudo_chymicorum_detecto.html?hl=pt-BR&id=0CxlAuaBkAUC

where it is alleged to represent "the alliance of the earthy and the airy" [??]

- at the Château de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, discussed by Fulcanelli :?
http://hermetism.free.fr/Dampierre%20sur%20boutonne%2001.htm

- and at the Hôtel Lallemant de Bourges, ditto
http://hermetism.free.fr/Hotel_Lallemant_caisson_09.htm

Any other alchemical sightings, and what does it signify?

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 Posted: Fri Jan 10th, 2014 04:47 am
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The beehive symbol is quite rare in alchemical illustrations, though it is found in many emblem books.

A good example from an alchemical work is the frontispiece from Geheimnisse einiger Philosophen und Adepten, 1780, here in my coloured version.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 10th, 2014 04:51 am
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Fludd, of course, with a Rosicrucian reference, uses the beehive and the idea of bees collecting honey in his Summum bonum, Frankfurt 1629.

The imagery of this engraving was copied from an earlier emblem book from a few years earlier.

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Tom Willard
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 Posted: Sat Jan 11th, 2014 12:10 am
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This may be in the article (pardon me for not having checked) but it is interesting that Alciat has Cupid attending the hive of bees that fertilize the golden apples (lemons) of Venus:

http://www.mun.ca/alciato/e207.html

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 Posted: Sat Jan 11th, 2014 12:13 pm
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adammclean wrote:
Fludd, of course, with a Rosicrucian reference, uses the beehive and the idea of bees collecting honey in his Summum bonum, Frankfurt 1629.

The imagery of this engraving was copied from an earlier emblem book from a few years earlier.


Interesting commentary on this image here:
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Eberly/CommentaryDR.htm

Bernard Fortin has kindly drawn my attention to the play on words
:
DAT ROSA MEL APIBUS
The rose gives honey to the bees
DAT ROS A ME LAPIBUS
Thanks to me the dew gives to the Stones [?]

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 Posted: Sat Jan 11th, 2014 01:08 pm
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See my article on the website

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/fludd_rose.html

for the source for the Fludd image.


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