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Rubedo Press was officially established in 2014 by Dr Aaron Cheak and Dr Jennifer Zahrt as the Sun rose in Sagittarius, illuminating a potent harmony between Jupiter and Venus.

AARON CHEAK, PhD
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Dr. Cheak is a scholar of comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism. He teaches the history of Eastern and Western alchemies at the University of Philosophical Research, and is the current president of the International Jean Gebser Society. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Queensland in 2011 for his work on French Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz. Outside the academy, Aaron has been trained in the preparation of spagyric elixirs at the Paracelsus College, and is a practitioner within the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism. He maintains an active interest in tea, wine, poetry, typography and alchemy. Dr Cheak is the author and editor of Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde (2013).

High-octane Germanistin par excellence, Dr Zahrt delivered a veritable Blitzkrieg upon the academic world with her resounding 2012 doctoral debut, The Astrological Imaginary in Early Twentieth Century Germany (University of California, Berkeley). Zahrt takes you on a heart-rending ride through the sinister cinematic and literary worlds of Weimar, Germany. She honed her razor sharp editorial skills on the relentless interdisciplinary journal, Representations (2007–2010), the cutthroat literary arts quarterly, Threepenny Review (2011–2013), and an onslaught of seminal releases from the Sophia Centre Press. Audacious Deputy Editor of Culture and Cosmos, sultry Series Editor for Sophia Centre Master Monographs, and emerging Board Member for Kepler College—Zahrt wields her arsenal of professional superpowers with consummate sophistication. Dr Zahrt presently resides in Seattle, where she is affectionately known as the “Imperial Editrix” to the esoteric publishing world. Her areas of academic speciality include: Germanics; cultural history of astrology; hermeneutics; intellectual history; literature, cinema, and narratology; and the cultural history of science, especially in relation to literature and film.

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JENNIFER ZAHRT, PhD
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For explicitly scholarly projects, Rubedo Press offers a strict double-blind peer-review process, drawing on an international panel of interdisciplinary authorities.

Kyle Fraser, PhD, Dr. Kyle Fraser (PhD University of Cambridge) is a scholar of ancient philosophy, religion and esotericism. He has published on Zosimos of Panopolis (“Zosimos of Panopolis and the Book of Enoch,” Aries 4.2., 2004; “Baptised in Gnosis: The Spiritual Alchemy of Zosimos of Panopolis,” Dionysius 25, 2007) and, most recently, on Roman Imperial magic, as a contributor to The Cambridge History of Magic and Witchcraft in the West (2015). Dr. Fraser is an Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of King’s College (Halifax, N.S.), where he teaches courses on the history of magic and alchemy, from antiquity to postmodernity.

Dr. Kyle Fraser  (PhD University of Cambridge) is a scholar of ancient philosophy, religion and esotericism. He has published on Zosimos of Panopolis (“Zosimos of Panopolis and the Book of Enoch,” Aries 4.2., 2004; “Baptised in Gnosis: The Spiritual Alchemy of Zosimos of Panopolis,” Dionysius 25, 2007) and, most recently, on Roman Imperial magic, as a contributor to The Cambridge History of Magic and Witchcraft in the West (2015). Dr. Fraser is an Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of King’s College (Halifax, N.S.), where he teaches courses on the history of magic and alchemy, from antiquity to postmodernity.

Leon Marvell, PhD

Dr. Leon Marvell is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia. He is the author of Transfigured Light: Science, Philosophy and the Hermetic Imaginary. Recently he has written on Surrealism and alchemy for the volume Alchemical Traditions edited by Aaron Cheak; on André Masson and George Bataille’s image of the acephalic monster and the occult tradition for Leonardo Electronic Almanac: Interference; on Murnau’s Nosferatu and Barker’s Hellraiser for Abraxas Special Edition: Luminous Screen, edited by Jack Sargeant. He has also recently co-edited a collection of essays for the American Film Institute, Endangering Science Fiction Film. Dr. Marvell has been a researcher in the fields of European and Eastern esotericism and the history of science for the past thirty years. Simultaneously he has pursued research interests in art history and the history of the cinema. He has lived and lectured in China, Cyprus and Australia. In addition to his academic career he has produced creative work in film, radio and the theatre.

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Dr. Rod Blackhirst (La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia) has over fifteen years experience as a tutor, lecturer and supervisor across the Humanities. The focus of his teaching is in philosophy and religious studies, with deep interests in traditions having their geographical locus in the ancient Levant and Mesopotamia. His doctoral dissertation, Myth in the Timaeus: the Mythological Underpinnings of Plato’s Cosmology, explores the roots of Plato’s cosmology and natural science in Greek mythology and in the religious cults of ancient Athens. His wider research interests encompass the monotheist religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (with an especial emphasis on Islamic mysticism and metaphysics); Islamic/West relations; the Gospel of Barnabas; Early Christianity and Biblical texts; Religious art, architecture and iconography; Plato, Platonism, Pythagoreanism and the Timaeus; Ancient Egypt, Hermeticism; the premodern sciences; and the perennialist perspectives in religious studies and comparative religion (Guénon, Coomaraswamy, Schuon, Burckhardt, Nasr et al.) with particular attention to traditional cosmology. His personal interests include organic gardening, old world roses, doves, Mevlevi Sufism and the spirituality, music and culture of Islam. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr Blackhirst is the author of Primordial Alchemy and Traditional Religion (Sophia Perennis, 2008).

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Dr. Thom Cavalli has dedicated his life’s work to revising ancient alchemy and applying its wisdom to inform modern science and deepen global consciousness. Whether as healer, writer or keynote speaker, he distills the hidden insights of history, art, and mythology to restore a lost, enchanted age of wonder. For three decades he has been a practicing Jungian psychologist using his consulting room to help transform misery into miracles. As a writer, he has authored two major works, Alchemical Psychology, Old Recipes for Living in a New World (Putnam 2002) and Embodying Osiris (Quest Books 2010). Writing from an alchemical perspective, he’s contributed scholarly articles, book and film reviews to print and online journals, including the Jung Journal, Reality Sandwich, and the Jungian Society of Scholarly Studies. His speaking engagements are alchemical, combining ideas from contemporary science with a treasure-trove of insights gleaned from ancient history. He has presented numerous seminars and workshops at prestigious organizations including Esalen Institute, the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, the Joseph Campbell Roundtable, the Vancouver Jungian Society, and most recently, the Jung-Lacan conference at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, UK. His workshops are a delightful mix of scholarship and performance art, including symbolic ritual mummification and culinary offeringsfrom recipes created by victims of the holocaust that demonstrate obscure alchemical principles, operations and procedures. One can never be sure what to expect from this wily modern-day trickster, but rest assured that a higher order always emerges from his special brand of alchemy.

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Rubedo Press is committed to bringing a high aesthetic standard to our publications and collaborates with cutting edge artists, typographers, and designers.

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Joseph Uccello — A deep regard for the patterns of nature and how they are expressed by human beings informs the art of Joseph Uccello. He obtained a BA in English literature from San Francisco State University before taking off on a bicycle to teach in various locations, eventually gaining inspiration from daily life in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Self taught through countless hours of rapidograph pen drawings, he has transitioned into brush and ink, and now uses photography as a way to dive into and explore the chaotic world of texture and pattern, form and destruction of form. He studied graphic design and printing at Seattle Central Creative Academy, founding the Viatorium Press in 2009 to evolve techniques in printing with polymer plates, combining type and image in novel ways. His work has been published by Ouroboros Press, Fulgur Limited, and Three Hands Press, among others. He is working on Occlith, a projected seven volume series of books on the arcane arts, the first volume of which, Omniform, was published by Three Hands Press in 2013, with a new volume to be released in 2016. In 2015 he released a new magazine of the weird and hermetic, inspired by the Mayan god of the number zero, entitled The God Zero: Codex of Uncertain Arts. He currently works as a freelance book designer and illustrator.

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