The Orchid Transfigurations, Vol 2: a Birth

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The Orchid Transfigurations, Vol 2: a Birth
Written in Latin

The Orchid Transfigurations, Vol 2: a Birth is a Book.


A sixteenth-century alchemical fever-dream, attributed to Robert Fludd, frequently banned for the disturbing allure of its illustrations. This is in the original Latin.
~ Untranslated description
The second volume of a compilation of quasi-Rosicrucian allegories, supposedly by Robert Fludd. This is a later English translation.
~ Description
Fludd, or pseudo-Fludd, suggests alignments between the alchemical tradition of rubedo and the older Grail traditions, through the Pine-Knight's quest for the Cinnabar Cup.
~ Study start text
'Seek the Cup in the birthing-bed,' the Pine-Knight is told. The Midwife at the birthing-bed, to his amazement, is the Mountain-Mother. In a fit of awe, he both gelds and flays himself. The Vigilant Storm bursts joyfully from the remains.'
~ Study end text



Notes[edit | edit source]

The Pine-Knight may correspond with Sir Percival of the Knights of the Round Table, who was said to have found the Holy Grail, as The Skeleton Songs makes reference to Parsival of the Red Cup.

The destruction of the Pine-Knight is reminiscent of Attis, who castrated himself when the Phrygian goddess Cybele appeared before him. Cybele is often associated with the Red Grail.