The Philosophers’ Stone

21 April 2021
20:30 to 23:00 (GMT+2) Wed
Hosted by P.D. Newman




The Philosophers’ Stone: From Dee to DMT

In the 16th century, Elizabethan alchemists and magicians, Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley, recorded a series of curious communications with non-corporeal entities, described in their journals as “Angels.”

Believing these “Angelic Actions” to have had their source in a mysterious red powder in Kelley’s possession, Dee’s biographer, Elias Ashmole, and fellow Royal Society member, Robert Boyle, instigated a little-known investigation into entheogenic drugs, including hashish, “magic” mushrooms, and DMT — the latter via a psychoactive species of Acacia.

This investigation, it is argued, resulted in 1) the addition of the “sprig of Acacia” symbol to the Master Mason degree by Royal Society member and Masonic Grand Master, John Theophilus Desaguliers, and 2) the unambiguous, entheogenic application of an alchemical extract of Acacia (DMT) by eighteenth-century Masonic alchemists, Pyotr Ivanovich Melissino and Count Alessandro di Cagliostro.

Finally, this tradition is shown to have carried over into the 19th century occult revival and beyond, including both the creation of the Theosophical Society and the so-called “Fulcanelli Affair.”


The author of Alchemically Stoned: The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry, P.D. Newman is an internationally recognized writer and lecturer specializing in the use of entheogenic plants and compounds in magico-religious and ritual settings. His new book, Angels in Vermilion: The Philosophers’ Stone: From Dee to DMT, is due out May 19, 2021.

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