Fludd from Friday
Robert Fludd (1574-1637): #Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin’s study of “Robert Fludd: Hermetic #philosopher and surveyor of two worlds” (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). A Colour Wheel
‘Neither cold, nor heat, nor colour, nor taste, nor odour are (as the old Philosophers thought) accidents; but essences placed primordially in creatures by the #Creator’ (p. 147). Colour derives from the elements: fire is naturally orange or red, air yellow, water white, earth black. The colours of things are a factor of their elemental constitution, and of the degree of primordial light and darkness within them. On the colour wheel are seven colours: red (‘rubeus’), orange (‘croceus’), yellow (‘flavus’), white (‘albus’), black (‘niger’), blue (‘ceruleus’) and green (‘viridis’). Black and white are extremes of darkness and light, and red is the mean between them. Orange and yellow are stages between red and white; green and blue between red and black. ‘But the ultimate cause of colour is the natural or radical sulphur, which is present in all things and causes rotation of the #elements and mutation of forms. The radical sulphur has its root and origin in the Light which first differentiated itself out of the primal mass. Fire is the closest element to it, and most nearly approaches its colour’ (p. 149).
The theory of #colours as consisting of varying degrees of light and shade was carried much further by Goethe and his follower Rudolf Steiner. Goethe’s ‘colour wheel’ differs from Fludd’s only in his placing of green between blue and yellow.
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