“Discussions on Alchemy” by Rosanna Balistreri

Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

 

On Saturday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. on the premises of the “Piero Montana” Center for Art and Culture, located at 64 Bernardo Mattarella Street, writer Rosanna Balistreri will hold “Discussions on Alchemy” talking about its mythical origin and its development throughout history, then explaining in esoteric language the symbols of its three phonominal operations: nigredo, albedo, rubedo, which come to constitute the Opus Alchemicum that is its internal procedure.
Balistreri is a qualified expert on alchemy, having already published two important books on this hermetic science. In particular, the first, “Alchemy and Architecture,” is the one that may be of most interest to us Bagheresi, since in it the writer comes to deal with three of our 18th-century villas: Villa Valguarnera, Villa Palagonia and Palazzo Butera. It is in this, her first book, that Balistreri first provides us with a different reading of them, having discovered that the statues, frescoes, and decorative elements of these villas were not to be considered, only from an aesthetic point of view, as tinsel, as ornaments to embellish these magnificent dwellings but rather as symbolic contents that could not fail to escape secular visitors of a knowledge prior to that of modernity, as symbols of a sacred science, an integral part of the knowledge of Tradition. A knowledge that due to a process of sacralization has been deemed fallacious and replaced by that currently provided to us by our natural sciences.
In talking about alchemy, Balistreri will therefore tell us about this long-forgotten sacred knowledge, which nevertheless cannot fail to exercise even in the eyes of the layman not only curiosity but also a certain fascination arising from the fact, that despite the still current process of secularization, it is part of the immutable eternal Sophia.

EVENTS CALENDAR

On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Guttuso Museum, Villa Cattolica is enriched with works, including the “Daneu Thshinke” collection – On view from Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Guttuso Museum, Villa Cattolica is enriched with works, including the “Daneu Thshinke” collection – On view from Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

At the Villa Butera Theater “Desìata” the choral novel by Antonella Marascia – Friday, March 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.

At the Villa Butera Theater “Desìata” the choral novel by Antonella Marascia – Friday, March 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.

Presentation of the book: “Our Father’s Shelter Center” by Fr. Francesco Michele Stabile at the church of the Vincentian Sisters in Palazzo Butera – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

Presentation of the book: “Our Father’s Shelter Center” by Fr. Francesco Michele Stabile at the church of the Vincentian Sisters in Palazzo Butera – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

50th Birth of the Guttuso Museum: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Press conference for the opening of the new exhibit on the second floor – Open to visitors starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

50th Birth of the Guttuso Museum: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Press conference for the opening of the new exhibit on the second floor – Open to visitors starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

CarniLivari Baaria 2024 concludes with “The carnival of Bagheria students” – Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 8:30 a.m.

CarniLivari Baaria 2024 concludes with “The carnival of Bagheria students” – Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 8:30 a.m.

“The Carnival of the Little Ones” continues CarniLivari Baaria 2024 – Monday, February 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.

“The Carnival of the Little Ones” continues CarniLivari Baaria 2024 – Monday, February 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.

The seaside hamlet of Aspra with “Carnival at Sea” – Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The seaside hamlet of Aspra with “Carnival at Sea” – Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day benefit concert at Villa Ramacca –  Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Valentine’s Day benefit concert at Villa Ramacca – Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Carnivarians Baaria 2024: “Carnival in progress.” – Thursday, Feb. 8 demonstration on Corso Umberto I

Carnivarians Baaria 2024: “Carnival in progress.” – Thursday, Feb. 8 demonstration on Corso Umberto I

Carnilivari in Baaria: “U carnalivari du Màu” will be inaugurated on 6 February – Visitable until February 13th at Villa San Cataldo

Carnilivari in Baaria: “U carnalivari du Màu” will be inaugurated on 6 February – Visitable until February 13th at Villa San Cataldo

Presentation of the book, “The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentation of the book, “The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Bagheria prepares for “CarniLivari Baaria 2024” – Kicking off Feb. 4 program of carnival events

Bagheria prepares for “CarniLivari Baaria 2024” – Kicking off Feb. 4 program of carnival events

“Domina Bacharia” the fifth mural of the exhibition opens – Monday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m.

“Domina Bacharia” the fifth mural of the exhibition opens – Monday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Presentation of the book, “I am not a hero” by Roberto Ardizzone at the Anchovy Museum – Friday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentation of the book, “I am not a hero” by Roberto Ardizzone at the Anchovy Museum – Friday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

“Terra d’aMare” solo exhibition of Silvana Lanza at villa San Cataldo – From Feb. 17 until March 03, 2024

“Terra d’aMare” solo exhibition of Silvana Lanza at villa San Cataldo – From Feb. 17 until March 03, 2024

“Discussions on Alchemy” by Rosanna Balistreri – Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

“Discussions on Alchemy” by Rosanna Balistreri – Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Solo exhibition by Salvatore Gumina “Sotir” – From 27 January until 11 February 2024

Solo exhibition by Salvatore Gumina “Sotir” – From 27 January until 11 February 2024

At Putìa di Buttitta seminar: The memory of “Turiddu Carnivali” – Tuesday 23 January 2024

At Putìa di Buttitta seminar: The memory of “Turiddu Carnivali” – Tuesday 23 January 2024

Anniversary of the death of Renato Guttuso – Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Anniversary of the death of Renato Guttuso – Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m.

“Differently autonomous” conference by the association Una Marcia in Più ODV ETS – Friday, January 19, 2024

“Differently autonomous” conference by the association Una Marcia in Più ODV ETS – Friday, January 19, 2024

At the Museo Dell’Acciuga in Aspra the presentation of the book: “Ainda” – Friday, January 12, 2024

At the Museo Dell’Acciuga in Aspra the presentation of the book: “Ainda” – Friday, January 12, 2024

“Photographic visions” collective exhibition at Villa San Cataldo – From 5 to 25 January 2024

“Photographic visions” collective exhibition at Villa San Cataldo – From 5 to 25 January 2024

Concert by Maestro Giovanni Moncada on the piano – Thursday 4 January 2024

Concert by Maestro Giovanni Moncada on the piano – Thursday 4 January 2024