Studia Hermetica Journal (SHJ) is an academic project devoted to the publication of monographic issues, therefore we use to work aimed with the single purpose of highlighting certain aspects related to the History of Hermetism and some other murky regions inscribed either in the History of Science or Philosophy. Naturally, the showed scheduled dates would be changed at certain level by delaying or reducing our reserching procedures, but we will try hard to compel ourselves to obey our established deadlines. Although you may remember that SHJ is an independent undertaking not directly supported in economic terms by any public or private institution, thus we firstly have to evaluate our real possibilities of achievement before to release a new issue according to a high-leveled academic standard.
If you are an independent researcher or a scholar able to say something new in regard to the topics that we are describing below and you are willing to share your inquiries with us, just let us know and we will appraise your future participation and proposals. If you are finally included as one of the active members in the process for undertaking any of these projects, consider that all your original ideas and contributions will always belong to you. In SHJ we respect and endorse creators and we have always followed the ethics inherent to any fair research activity.
Project name: “The Egyptian Hermes (1st-5th centuries AD)”.
Scheduled publication: 2009-
Involved researchers: Dr. Francisco García Bazán, Dr. Ronaldo G. Gurgel Pereira, Iván Elvira.
Description: Hermetism is an extremely complex matter that has been treated in depth during the last three decades by a few number of researchers, with special reference to those involved in the project Hermes Latinus, which in our opinion has obtained the highest standard in the study of Hermetism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, according to their laudable attempt to edit critically a large amount of hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Aimed by the very same inspiration for highlighting the roots of the Roman-Egyptian Hermetism upon the critical edition, specialists like Jean-Pierre Mahé, Garth Fowden, Samaranch Kirner, Iversen, García Bazán, Alberto Camplani, Ilaria Parri, or more recently, Van Den Kerchove, Gregory Shaw and Iván Elvira, have tried to elucidate some aspects regarding the Trismegistus’ doctrines during the first centuries of our era, and above all, those ones related to the gnostic and ceremonial sides thereof. In our opinion, the question is beyond to be merely a speculation based on the texts themselves, but on the contrary we firmly maintain that we must follow the path opened by Fowden, in the sense of trying to analyze in detail the geographical milieu where the hermetists grew up, in base of the archeological foundations from Roman period that we’re finding out nowadays. Hermetism in Late Antiquity is, perhaps, a “local” unresolved question that requires a more evolved and deepen perspectives.
Objectives: the elaboration of a new critical edition of the Late Antiquity Hermetica in Spanish, a new clarification of the philosophical terms and concepts contained in them, the projection of a way for collaborating with archaeological groups on the ground, the expansion of our current depiction of Hermetism during that period by integrating new perspectives and sources.
–Dissertation: The Hermetic λóγος: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum as a Reflection of Graeco-Egyptian Mentality (Universität Basel, 2010), by Ronaldo Guilherme Gurgel Pereira, PhD (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).
Projects name: “Paracelsus Hispanicus”
Description: What historians call Paracelsianism today was largely absent in early modern Spain. This likely owed, as argued here, to a deep knowledge in Spain of the alchemical texts of Arnold of Villanova, (pseudo) Ramón Llull, and Johannes de Rupescissa, to the pharmacological orientation of alchemy there dating from the Middle Ages, to a long Spanish tradition of distillation, and to the gradual introduction of metals and minerals into the Spanish pharmacopeia. For all of these reasons, Paracelsian thought failed to be construed as radical in early modern Spain. There was thus no impetus in Spain for the formation of a Paracelsian movement.
Scheduled publication: 2013-
Involved researchers: Dr. Miguel López Pérez, Dra. Mar Rey Bueno.
Objectives: the expansion of our current depiction of Paracelsianism within Spanish Empire from the 15th to the 18th centuries, by integrating new perspectives and sources, the recovering of the memory of those opuses and personalities unfairly forgotten.
-Paper: “Paracelso en España” (SHJ VI, 2).
-Paper: “El humanista Bernardino Gómez Miedes (ca. 1515-1589) y la alquimia” (SHJ VI, 2).
-Paper: “Los hijos de Paracelso” (SHJ VI, 2).
-Paper: “Angelo D’Ainot. El falsario alquimista que quiso trabajar para Felipe II” (SHJ VI, 2).
Projects names: “Comadres” / “Midwives”
Scheduled publication: 2016-
Involved researchers: Mar Rey Bueno, Gloria F. Orenstein, María José González Madrid, M. E. Warlick, Juncal Caballero Guiral, Julia Salmerón, Eleonora Vergara.
Description: Comadres is a personal project. A project written in feminine, destined for recovering the muted voices of so many women throughout the centuries. Inventive women. Artistic women. Women who turn out their lives into a wide inner exile, urged by a society that refused to acknowledged them. Women whose stories are intertwined, one by one, composing a big, huge thread which fades itself into the night of memento. A thread which has to be rescued. A thread urged to be brought to the light, in order to legitimize so many stories which should have never been lost.
Comadres emerged from my meeting with Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, both artists, Spanish and British, traditionally associated with Surrealist movement. Two women who set among them a very special climate, a creative bond capable of providing so many extraordinary tokens throughout two decades. Remedios and Leonora. Leonora and Remedios. Both bewitched witches (hechiceras hechizadas), in Octavio Paz’s own words. Both masters in magic and alchemy who suddenly reminded me to Rodrigo de Reinosa’s comadres. 15th century midwives, witches and gossipers who are the archetype of the wise woman hunted down by the establishment. Victims of a male system determined to silence female, impeding her access to the culture and knowledge.
Descripción: Comadres es un proyecto personal. Un proyecto escrito en femenino, destinado a recuperar las voces silenciadas de tantas y tantas mujeres a través de los siglos. Mujeres creadoras. Mujeres artistas. Mujeres que convirtieron sus vidas en un largo exilio interior, acuciadas por una sociedad que no quería entenderlas. Mujeres cuyas historias pueden enlazarse, una tras otra, formando un largo, larguísimo, hilo que se pierde en la noche de la memoria. Un hilo que debe ser rescatado. Un hilo que urge sacar a la luz, para legitimar tantas y tantas historias que nunca debieron perderse.
Comadres surgió de mi encuentro con Remedios Varo y Leonora Carrington, las dos artistas, española y británica, vinculadas tradicionalmente al movimiento surrealista. Dos mujeres que establecieron, entre ellas, un clima muy especial, un vínculo creativo que ofrecería tantas y tan extraordinarias muestras a lo largo de dos décadas. Remedios y Leonora. Leonora y Remedios. Las dos hechiceras hechizadas, en palabras de Octavio Paz. Las dos expertas en magia y alquimia que me recordaron, de inmediato, a las comadres de Rodrigo de Reinosa. Comadres del siglo XV, brujas y alcahuetas que son el estereotipo de mujer sabia perseguida por saber y por ser mujer. Iconos de resistencia, de lucha ante el poder establecido. Víctimas de un sistema masculino empeñado en silenciar a la mujer, impidiendo su acceso a la cultura y al conocimiento.
Objectives: the recovering of the memory of so many female authors unfairly forgotten, the publication of artistic and academic essays regarding female artists, writers and scientist.
-Essay: “Leonora Carrington’s Feminist Alchemical Vision and Extrasensory Perception: My Magical Journey of Friendship with Leonora Carrington (1971–2011)”.
-Essay: “Leonora Carrington. Una mirada hecha de alma”, by Juncal Caballero Guiral.
-Essay: “Leonora Carrington’s Esoteric Symbols and their Sources”, by M. E. Warlick.
-Essay: “El sortilegio de la repetición o cómo invocar la revolución a través de las palabras”, by Julia Salmerón Cabañas.
-Essay: “Leonora Carrington y Remedios Varo: alquimia, pintura y amistad, creativa”, by María José González Madrid.
-Essay: “Con tus propios ojos, Leonora. Realidades mentales y mundos exquisitos”, by Eleonora Vergara.
-Essay: ““Armada de locura”: mi viaje a Leonora Carrington”, by María del Mar Rey Bueno.
Projects names: “The Occultist Database (1800-1950)” / “The secret history of Psychology (19th-20th centuries)”
Scheduled publication: 2013-
Involved researchers: David de los Santos Juanes, Dr. Andreas Sommer, Iván Elvira.
Description: The Occultist Database is an academic initiative proposed by the scientific committee of Studia Hermetica Journal, whose main objective is to recover the memory of those authors related in one way or another with the occult currents developed between 1800 to 1950. As historians of thought, we would like to see revalued an entire episode of Western History which has been unjustly relegated to the depths of many libraries.
The historical-critical methods and the artistic expression constitute our ways to face the tons of sources, manuscripts and graphic material waiting to be rescued for the future generations. We know how to do it and we hope to acquire the resources to accomplish this daunting task.
Objectives: the critical edition of unpublished manuscripts, the making of a taxonomy which meets the doctrines and theories related to the field, the recovering of the memory of those opuses and personalities unfairly forgotten.