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Dream: Alchemy and Art with Brian Cotnoir

Dream has played an integral role throughout alchemy. Looking at recorded dreams from Alexandrian alchemists and others, we will examine the use of dreams and visions in alchemical work. After an overview of dream and dream interpretation from Hippocrates to Freud and Jung, we will discuss various methods and techniques of dream work and visualization found in early alchemy texts and discover their application in any creative practice. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion as this is where things get interesting.

Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist, and award-winning filmmaker. A contributor to Frater Albertus’ Parachemy, he is also the author of a series of Alchemy Zines. His books include The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, Alchemical Meditations, On the Quintessence of Wine, and the recently published Emerald Tablet, his translations of and commentary on the earliest Arabic and Latin versions of this seminal text. His Emerald Tablet was part of the Language of the Birds: Occult and Art show in 2016 in New York City.

He occasionally gives talks and has presented workshops and seminars around the world on various aspects of alchemical theory and practice based on his research. His film work has been screened at Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, HBO, PBS and other international venues. Khepri Press, - launched in 2014 with the publication of the Emerald Tablet, - is the vehicle and portal for his alchemical work.