RUBEDO, ‘red, reddening’, is the ultimate stage of the alchemical process; the culminating chromatic shift that marks the visible realisation of primordial flawlessness. Just as traditional texts, from ancient Egyptian papyri to Latin manuscripts, employed rubrics (red lettering) to signify important transitions, so too does rubedo mark the point of critical transformation in which the eternal is made tangible. Rubedo Press is consecrated to works that unfold in this spirit; works that crystallise the invisible into vivid realities; works that act as a leaven—raising the black depths of the earth into living fruits; embracing danger and dissolution as paths of apotheosis; distilling the eternal from the transient to evoke the fleeting perfection of life like a scarlet flower.
RUBEDO PRESS is consecrated to classical and contemporary works animated by the sophianic fire. Our purview encompasses scholarly monographs and philosophical treatises alongside poetic apperceptions, artistic creations, and esoteric exegeses. One of our principal aims is to cultivate critical academic translations of source texts previously unavailable in English, alongside uniquely emergent works. Working closely with an international peer-review panel, leading and emerging scholars of multiple disciplines, and the highest quality translators of ancient and modern languages, we seek to bring neglected veins of knowledge glistening to light.
RILKE AND SPAIN | Jean Gebser Translated by Aaron Cheak, PhD
Apart from his magisterial opus on the phenomenology of consciousness (The Ever-Present Origin, 1949/1953), the full breadth of Gebser’s œuvre remains largely neglected in the Anglophone world. This release seeks to redress this problem by returning to the poetic roots of Gebserian philosophy. Presented in English for the first time, Gebser’s first book, Rilke and Spain, is a short monograph on the celebrated Bohemian-Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 -1929). The work is characterised by Gebser’s deep, scholarly rigour, his sensitivity to the finest, most detailed textures, and his ability to open these up to their broadest philosophical implications. From his very first work, therefore, we see the incipient signs of the overwhelming gravity and intensity that would distinguish his later works; a gravity that has the effect of breaking through to a liberating spiritual lucidity. This lucidity is what he sought in Rilke; it would also come to characterise Gebser’s perception of what he later called the integral consciousness.
RE-ENCHANTING THE ACADEMY Edited by Angela Voss, PhD, and Simon Wilson, PhD
In this book, sixteen authors encourage the modern academy to remember that portals to enchantment can be found in its hallowed halls, and indeed must be found, if education is to nourish and inspire both heart and mind, if it is to lead future generations of students out of the cave of policy-led bureaucratisation and financially-led consumerism into the creative freedom of their own souls. Our authors offer resistance to the domination of education ‘by belief in the facts revealed solely by mandated standards and standardized testing’ through an appeal to the imagination as primary and foundational, the source of connection to self, others, and world. Enchantment catches us when we least expect it, not only through our thoughts, but through feelings, sensations, intuitions and instincts—and as Peter Abbs reminded us nearly forty years ago, if we want to promote ‘wholeness of being’ as an educational ideal then our schools and academies must embrace the full spectrum of human ways of knowing, in order to bring new, integrated perspectives to our conflicted world.
CAN ASSASSINATIONS BE PREVENTED? | Elsbeth Ebertin Translated by Jennifer Zahrt, PhD
The Weimar period in Germany proved to be a major hotbed of astrological innovation in the twentieth century, yet many of the source texts remain untranslated and, therefore, inaccessible to anyone who cannot understand German. During that time, Elsbeth Ebertin built a publishing empire promoting ‘scientific’ astrology to the masses, yet she remains famous in the astrological community for being the mother of the prominent astrologer, Reinhold Ebertin. What is less commonly know is that, in the span of two decades, she produced over forty astrological works, and only one of those, a book on synastry, has appeared in English. The first translation in this series is the 1922 text, Can Assassinations be Prevented and What Will Happen in the Near Future? In response to the extremely violent political turmoil taking place during the early years of the Weimar Republic, Ebertin introduces the core concepts of mundane astrology as she understood them, and how to apply those techniques to help orient oneself in an increasingly turbulent world.