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The Soror Mystica: an exploration with Brian Cotnoir

In Alchemy the soror mystica - the mystic sister - implies a deep and profound partnership in the making of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Brian Cotnoir's talk will explore this relationship by reading the alchemical work of some of the more famous couples in alchemy, such as Zosimos and Theosebia, Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, and Thomas and Rebecca Vaughan. We will also consider artistic partnerships in the visual arts and music for possible insights into this special relationship. Even though these examples suggest a male female partnership, it can in fact be any partnership regardless of gender.

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