Alchemical Traditions, 13




Rene' Schwaller of Lubicz

Aaron Cheak


pp. 459-64 biography 1887-1935 [p. 459, fn. 2 "A more detailed ... presentation is given in my doctoral dissertation : CHEAK, Light Broken Through the Prism of Life ... (University of Queensland, 2011), 170-263."]

p. 459

"Born in 1887 in Strasbourg (Alsace-Lorraine), Rene' Adolphe Schwaller ... At the age of seven, ... sparked a deeply formative insight into the nature {of} unity and duality ... . ... Schwaller's father was a pharmacist, and at the age of fourteen,

an experiement involving the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl) proved especially formative. The components of this reaction are so photosensitive that diffuse light will make them react, while direct sulight will spark a violent explosion. The

{"When hydrogen and chlorine are mixed and exposed to the direct rays of the sun, they combine with explosion, and produce hydrochloric acid; in the dark there is no combination; and in the diffused light of day the union of the gases takes place slowly, without explosion." (B&T:Ch, p. 43)}

p. 460

remarkable photosensitivity of the reaction crystallised Schwaller's perception ... of ... what Goethe called the 'acts and sufferings of light'." ...

Between 1913 and 1916, Schwaller frequented the French branch of the Theosophical Society and, in a much more clandestine manner, participated in the (then) flourishing Parisian alchemical revival. ... Through this, ... Schwaller ... in the aftermath of the war, grouped together associates and collaborators to form Les Veilleurs (The Watchers, named after the ...

p. 461

egregoroi who bequeathed the arts and sciences to humankind in the Book of Enoch {Seper H.nowk 'book of the initiate'}). ...

On 10 January 1919, the Lithuanian poet Oskar Wladislas de Lubicz Milosz (1877-1939) bequeathed to Rene' Schwaller, then aged thirty-one, the right to bear the noble title and arms of the clan Bozawola ('will of god') ... . Milosz, a noble and diplomat, was one of Schwaller's closest friends; together the two formed the Centre apostolique within the Veilleurs to give expression to an

p. 462

apocalyptic form of mysticism ... . ... In the aftermath of of the First World War, ... Schwaller assisted Milosz in devising the diplomatic strategy that successfully convinced the allied forces to restore the country's former borders, thereby securing the continued political and cultural identity of Lithuania. In a moving ceremonial gesture, Milosz officially adopted Schwaller into the clan of de Lubicz and granted him the imprimatur to use the royal name and arms of his family.

In 1922 Schwaller and his closest associates ... moved to the Suvretta district above the Alpine town of St. Moritz -- '6000 feet beyond man and time' (Nietzsche). ...

p. 463

Over five nights in the winter of 1926, 'from the height of a frozen, flame-red peak', Schwaller received an apocalyptic revelation from a metaphysical presence called

'Aor' (a name that Schwaller would henceforth be known by among his closest associates). {It is not impossible that A.R.Sch. may have intended instead the signification of that verb whence \aor\ is derived, to wit, \aeirein\ 'to lift, raise up' : if so, the name would have been intended to imply effort to raise (to elevate) human consciousness to a higher level.} ...

{\Aor\ is the Homeric neuter word for 'sword hung in a belt' (Od.11.24); because it also hath the meaning of 'the horn of the rhinoceros' (in Opp. C.2.553) -- which is somewhat curved -- it may have originally denoted the curved sword (falchion, scimitar). It is extended in the masculine word \aorter\ 'strap to hang anything to, sword-belt' (Od.11.609) -- including (in Od.13.438) 'knapsack-strap' : this would appear to be cognate with Skt \varatra\ 'strap, thong'.}

Aor is best understood as a tutelary intelligence or Socratic daimon with which Schwaller communed. ...

In 1927, Schwaller married the recently widowed Jeanne Lamy, who would become known as 'Isha'. Both Isha and her former husband (George Lamy) had been close members of Schwaller's circle since the days of the Veilleurs. ...

p. 464

With Isha's inheritance, the Lubiczs secured a villa in the South of France on the Plan-de-Grasse, which [villa] Isha dubbed 'Mas du Coucagno'. ...

In 1934, the Lubiczs ... settled on the Spanish island of Majorca ... ."

B&T:Ch = William Thomas Brande & Alfred Swaine Taylor : Chemistry. Philadelphia : Blanchard & Lea, 1863.



{Do note the length of the initial vowel of \aor\ : it hath also "trisyll. forms, α^ Od.17.222, al., α_ Il.10.484, al. In Hes.Sc.221, and later Poets, α_ even in ἄορ, which must then be written “ἆορ.”"}

{"ἀείρω has α^, exc. in late poetry, as Opp. C.1.347." "ἀείρω = ἀ-ϝερ-yω".} {This Hellenic verb is ascribed in the AHD (s.v. \aorta\) to IndoEuropean root *"wer-2", alternatively given as \swer-\, meaning "hang on the scale".}{That which is hung on a scale (weighing-balance) may be a counterweight : and this proto-Indo-European signification could, not impossibly, be at least author Aa. Cheak's interest, as he did translate Alain de Benoist's Les Indo-Européens : á la recherche du foyer d'origine.}


AHD = American Heritage Dictionary.

pp. 464-8 biography 1936-1961

p. 464

"In 1936 however, the Lubiczs ... move on ... to Egypt, where they would remain for the next fifteen years. In Egypt, Schwaller had a crucial impression ... in 1936 in the tomb of Ramses IX, where Schwaller beheld on Osirian mural depicting

Ka-Mut-Tef ('the bull of his mother'). ...

{"The god Amun himself was described as the ‘Bull of His Mother’, that is the impregnator of his own mother." (DOM"S4OR")}

p. 465

The temple of man corporifies the divine functions ..., both as a physical edifice created according to divine proportions of gnomic growth, and literally through the embodiment of the divine in man. For Schwaller, human physiology is a physical product of metaphysical principles ... .

p. 466

Overall, Schwaller emphasised how a profound anthropocosmic philosophy was encoded in every physical aspect of the construction of the Egyptian divine temple, and, more than this, that a profoundly intuitive ... intelligence ... lay at the heart of Egyptian civilisation. ...

Schwaller's key associates during this period became known as Le Group de Louxor (not to be confused with the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor). Among others, Le Group de Louxor was comprised of Egyptologist Alexandre Varille, Architect Cle'ment Robison, and official guardian of the Valley of the Kings, Alexandre Stoppela:re. ...

p. 467

The Lubiczs returned to France in the early 1950s, retiring to Mas du Coucagno at Plan-de-Grasse. ... It was at Plan-de-Grasse that Schwaller finally completed and published his three-volume magnum opus, Le Temple d'homme (1957-8), the magisteriall synthesis of his many years of on-site study in the temples of Egypt.

Just after his chef d'oeuvre appeared, a Belgian-American by the name of Andre' VandenBroek encountered Schwaller's work and, over a period of eighteen months, became his last, and perhaps most important, 'disciple'. The account that VandenBroek left of this period (1959-60), published some twenty-seven years later on the centenary of Schwaller's birth (Al-Kemi : Hermetic, Occult, Political, and

p. 468

Private Aspects of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, 1987), remains the single most important memoir of Schwaller de Lubicz to date. ...

In his final years Schwaller made brief trip to his birthplace in Alsace, and, on 7 December 1961, Rene' 'Aor' Schwaller de Lubicz died.

He was survived by his wife by one year."

[fn. 25 "Isha Schwaller de Lubicz was a significant Egyptosophical author in her own right."]

DOM"S4OR" = "Sphinx IV (Oedipus Rex)".;id=13471

{"Hail Min

who fecundates his Mother,

How secret is that

which you have done to her

In the darkness,

O Divine One, Sole One… [CFBD:"DS", quoting :- Alison Roberts : Hathor Rising, The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt, page 84.]

... Min are presenting a clue as to his role as the bull of the heavens.  Min is the virile aspect of the constellation of Orion.  His right arm is raised in the classic striking pose of Orion warriors and his erect phallus a symbol of the three stars in the belt of Orion." (CFBD:"DS")

As an Aigyptologist, Schwaller would, of course, have identified the sword-belt of constellation-hero Oarion as Homeric \aaor\; while he would have aequated the divine title "bull of his mother" with the "dazzling-white bull" (GM 88.c) acquired by Kretan king MINos = MJN of TL-MRJ.}

CFBD:"DS" = "Dark Secrets".

p. 470 \femur\

"With unusual precision, Schwaller held that the human femur {Latin for 'upper thigh'} contains an incorruptible nucleus {Latin for 'little nut -- cf. how the first walnut-tree was the transmogrified prophetess (DCM, s.v. "Dion") Karua :

{In thus holding, Schwaller was praesumably intending to confirm "that King Midas of Lydia [ought to read "of Phrygia"] ... had a golden thigh" (ShATh, p. 669).}

now, the walnut-kernel is said to depict the convolutions of the brain : from the brain emergeth (GM 9.d) goddess of counsel, Athene, whose temple at Kretan Gortus containeth statuary of karuatids (RWAG:"SG").}

{As concerning the thigh of goddess Athene : god Hephaistos "ejaculated against her thigh, a little above the knee." (GM 25.b)}

RWAG:"SG" = "Caryatids, Supportive Goddesses".

ShATh = Thomas McEvilley : The Shape of Ancient Thought. Allworth Pr, NY, 2002.

{Schwaller may possibly have been considering an alternative form (mentioned by Priscianus and by Servius : L&Sh:LD, p. 734c) of \femur\, namely \femen\, which is cognate with Skt \dhamani\ 'act of piping' : this activity of the piper's with that wind-instrument could associate the discussed word (Latin \FEMEN\ = Skt \DHAMANi\) with Pauran.ik wind-god PAVANa-vyadhi (whose name is surely cognate with that of Hellenic god Pan, i.e., \Paan\ < *\PAWAN\), namesake of the "panpipe"). As concerning Pan's pipe : (GM 26.f) "Hermes copied a pipe which he {Pan] had let fall, claimed it as his own invention, and sold it to Apollo." So as to display Apollon's unwitting ignorance that he had no rightful claim to this wind-instrument, "A scholium in Lucian tells us that the thigh of Pythagoras was imprinted with the image of Apollo" (L&SAP, n. 215). "In Crotona it is said that a white eagle allowed Pythagoras to stroke it." (I:LP, p. 67) This is somewhat similar to how Upari-cara Vasu (PE, s.v. "Uparicaravasu" 6).") "collected the semen in the leaf of a tree and sent it to the queen through an eagle." Likewise, with how "the river god [Nessos], acknowledged his [Pythagoras's] exceptional status by hailing him in human speech" (BG&RFL&M, p. 135), do compare how (PE, s.v. "Uparicaravasu" 5).") "Uparicaravasu ... kicked the mountain which was split into two and the [river-goddess] S`uktimati flowed out of the gap." Pythagoras told of "the soul of King Midas resident in the body of Myllias" (BG&RFL&M, p. 135) : deduced by relating the reddness of the MULLet to the color of the blossoms in the "celebrated rose gardens" (GM 83.a) of king Midas, a redness manifest in the colloidal suspension of gold in glass.} {[*\SVADHANA\ >] Athene is known to provide "a backstairs admittance to Olympus" (GM 39.g), an expression referring to employment of the cakra SVADHis.t.hANA as means of access for climbing the backbone (by Kun.d.alini) towards the brain.}

L&SAP = Walter Burkert : Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism. Cambridge (MA) : Harvard Univ Pr, 1972.

I:LP = Iamblichus (ed. by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie) : The Life of Pythagoras. Platonist Pr, Alpine (NJ), 1919.

BG&RFL&M = William Hansen : The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales, Legends, and Myths. Princeton Univ Pr, 2017.

p. 506 (cf. fn. 130) MNW

"monuments and memorial stones

{The three stelai ("monuments" : B&M:GB, p. 202, fn. 4) of S^et the son of (B&M:GB, p. 201) Ger->adam ('sojourner red').}


{Cf. \Manu\ who survived the deluge (according to the Puran.a-s etc.) : during the genertion of S^et's son >nos^ "a portion of the earth was flooded." (G:LB, p. 63)}

B&M:GB = Willis Barnstone & Marvin Meyer : The Gnostic Bible. Shambhala, Boston, 2003.

G:LB = Louis Ginzberg : Legends of the Bible. Konecky & Konecky, Old Saybrook (CT).

{The Great S^et (perhaps identical with S^et's son >nos^) is author of a 2nd Treatise [Is the 1st Treatise taken to be the three stelai of his father S^et ?] declaring that S^iymown (Strong's 8081 \s^emen\ 'oil') "is enlisted" (B&M:GB, p. 465). Said "oil" would refer to that employed by Ya<qob for anointing (B-Re>s^iyt 28:18) his stone pillow, which may be treated as a later manifestion of one of the 3 stelai. The anointed stone pillow is personified in such expressions as "My god is a Rock", and "Rock-of-Ages".}

B-Re>s^iyt 28:18

\>liy-s.uwr\ 'my god is a rock' or Strong's 468"God of (the) rock" (But this is an inaccurate translation, omitting to translate \-iy\ 'my'.)

p. 507 [Various inaccurate and false alleged etymologies of the word \femur\ : there is no possible way that *\dhe-\ ('to place, to put'), having an obligatory (non-apophonic) long vowel indicative of a larygeal, could be cognate with \femur\ (having only short vowels). [Onians's proposal is likewise absurd : all the Latin words which he claimed relate to \femur\ have a long vowel (\fe-\). Neither Cheak nor Onians understood the basic elements of etymology.] "As Richard Broxton Onians remarks in his magisterial Origins of European Thought ... ." {Our general comment :- Onians's very wild cojectures are not "magisterial", but, rather, grossly fallacious as to etymologies; and his book is rather absurd throughout. The various Hellenic expressions which Onians assumed to be grossly inaccurate descriptions of material-body anatomy, are all more likely to be reasonably accurate descriptions of subtle-body anatomy.

Our proposals to correct (amend) some of these unfitting/inappropriate mismatches attempted by Cheak :-

Hellenic \thairo-\ 'pivot of door' is more likely to be cognate with Skt \dhira\ 'intelligent, wise, clever' (which are its meanings already in the R.c Veda, many centuries older than its meanings 'resolute, brave, courageous', which do not occur until the Hari Vams`a); the original Skt meaning could be 'of, or affording, versatile/pivotal counsel', whence the Homeric meaning of 'pivot' could be facilely derived. If instead of Hell. \thairo-\ 'pivot of door', we use Hell. \thairaio-\ 'for axles' : its evident cognate is Skt \dhura\ 'peg of the axle, lynchpin'. [Whereas, Skt \dwara\ (alternatively \dwaraka\) 'door' is evidently cognate with (in WNUUD) obsolete English \twire\ 'to twirl or twist' (also meaning 'to chirp; to look shyly askance' : these meanings perhaps derive from, or relate to, incidents in the Mahabharata, and/or in the Puran.a-s, as concerning the history of the country Dwaraka).]

Latin \firmo-\ 'firm' can (as a substantive) be construed (as commonly in modern English) 'corporation, company', and thus as an adjective 'pertaining to a corporation/company' (including 'relating to corporate law') : Skt \dharma\ 'law' is its etymological cognate.}


p. 508 "thalamais mero" (Euripides : Bakkhai)

Cheak's translation of Hell. \thalamais mero\ {sic! read the latter word \mero\ (with eta instead of with e-psilon)} as "cavity of the thigh" is inaccurate and misleading.

{The substantive \thalamais\ is the plural (here used for dual) feminine dative (here used for locative) of \thalame\ 'cavity of the body'; while the substantive \mera\ or \meria\ is 'thigh-bones' ("wrapped in fat" to be immolated). This would refer to how Prometheus arranged that these thigh-bones consecrated to Zeus be "hidden beneath a rich layer of fat" (GM 39.f). Therefore, with both the cavities and the thighs being mentioned only in the plural (substituted for the Homeric dual), it is clear that the [evidently an immaterial subtle] body of embryonic Dio-nusos (the resurrected boy-god Zagreus : DCM, q.v.) was divided into two moieties (left and right) in order to be inserted into the thigh-bones (left and right, each of which must have been hollow) of Zeus; and that when these two body-halves eventually emerged separately, they must somehow joined together miraculously. Now, all birds have various hollow bones (wherein "the hollow cavities contain extensions of the air sacs from the lungs" : PB"A--HB"), indicating that at this epoch (at least), Zeus must have had the body of a bird, praesumably the \thornax\ 'cuckoo', as per GM 12.a -- citing (12, n. 1) the hymn-composer (for cult at Delos : HM&H) Olen (from Lukia according to Hero-dotos 4:35), by way of Pausanias 2:13:3. Cuckoo is also supreme god in the Bon religion, formerly in Tajikistan until its being transplanted into mNa->ris district in upper Sindhu river-valley : even now the occupants of there (Sogdiana/Tajikistan) claim to be descendants of the army of Alexandros ho Megalos.}



PB"A--HB" = "Adaptations : Hollow Bones".

HM&H = Timothy P. Bridgman : Hyperboreans: Myth and History in Celtic-Hellenic Contacts. Routledge : Abingdon (Oxon), 2005.

{Certain deinosaur species had hollow pneumatic (for breathing withal) "cervical vertebrae." ("OPSPD") This is known in the Taoist microcosmology as the 12-storey Pagoda ("DE--MO":"J. The Twelve Storeyed Pagoda of the Throat"). The levin-smitten Tower of Kronos could be the Hellenic aequivalent. The DD (surely pronounced \D.D\, with sonant retroflex as its initial consonant) spinal-column hieroglyph emblemizing Osiris: this word \D.D\ is, of course, the root of the ethnonym \D.awiD\ (incorrectly Samskr.tized as \Dravida\; and the etymon of the various tribal names \Tamil\,\Telu-gu\, et al.). The layouts of the temple in Daks.ina-patha (the 'south', scil. of Bharata) may in some degree be based (with successive concentric squares repraesenting successive nerve-plexi outside of, but communicating with, the spinal nerve) on the functional anatomy of the human body's neural system together with bodily organs innervated. Because the D.awiD were to some extent familiar -- through their as-of-then central city Punya 'merit' (Pune in Maharas.t.ra), called PWN-t in New-Kingdom records -- to the government of TL-MRJ, it would not have been impossible for there to have been some cultural interchange in temple-design along the lines suggested by Schwaller.}

"OPSPD" = "Origin Of Postcranial Skeletal Pneumaticity In Dinosaurs".

"DE--MO" = "The Doctrine of the Elixir -- Microcosmic Orbit".

p. 508 E`ze-sur-Mer

"For Schwaller, the femur as fulcrum of ... palingenesis was specifically crystallised in the heraldic arms of E`ze-sur-Mer, a small but majestic fortified village overlooking France's spectacular Azure Coast. ["EMVFR"; "VMVEF"] The arms of E`ze (or Isia) depict a human femur surmounted by a phoenix ..., and the image is underscored by a Latin dictum : 'In dying I am reborn' (moriendo enascor)."

{"An Egyptian cross inside the church suggests the village's ancient roots, when the Phoenicians erected a temple there to honour the goddess Isis." (W:"E`ze") Not unlikely, however, \E`ze\ or \Isia\ is primarily an abbreviation for \Essylt\ or \Iseult\ (DCeM, q.v.; ECM&F, q.v.), the Cornish/Breton name of the heroine betrothed to, and/or eloped with, the hero Tristan. Its use with this sort of heraldic emblem could indicate a variant of the legend wherein Tristan's 2nd wife (titled "of the White Hands") is a resurrected or redincarnated form of his 1st wife of the same name. [Usually (in written litterature, i.e., in what the Church permitted to be written) they are regarded as separate persons, but that may be, very strictly, only because the Roman Catholic Church (forced to do so by the Norman-and-Thuringian derived government of so-called "England" or so-called "Great Britain" -- though there really is nothing English nor British about such government, being pure Scandinavian-and-German, i.e., renegade Vikings and similar marauders, in all ancestries of the noble families now dominant) was forbidding Cornish and Breton parishioners to continue to proclaim openly-and-publicly the antient Keltic doctrine (similar to that of Orphics, of Pythagoreans, and of Platonists) of redincarnation of souls. Books written by Kelts not subjected to censorship by the Church do indeed proclaim the doctrine of redincarnation, as, e.g., in the case of the book Barddas.]}

"EMVFR" = "Eze — A Must Visit When in the French Riviera".

"VMVEF" = "Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France".

W:"E`ze -- History" = Wikipedia article "E`ze -- History".

DCeM = James MacKillop : Dictionary of Celtic Mythology.

ECM&F = Patricia Monaghan : Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore.

Barddas = J. Williams Ab Ithel (ed.) : The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg. 2 voll. : 1862 & 1874. and also


Aaron Cheak (ed.) : Alchemical Traditions from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde. Nume Bks MMXIII, Melbourne (Victoria), 2013.