Apocalypse: The Transformation of Earth

An Esoteric Mineralogy

Friedrich Benesch; Foreword by Robert Sardello; Translated by Joseph Bailey

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  • A thorough examination of the minerals of the Apocalypse
  • Brings alchemical and astrological traditions together with scientific research

An esoteric discussion of the twelve minerals described as building the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation.

234 x 156 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Religion & Spirituality; Philosophy of the Natural World
48 colour illustrations
474 pages
Publication date:
14 Aug 2015


The Book of Revelation in the New Testament -- the Apocalypse -- tells of the building of the New Jerusalem. It describes the foundations as being adorned with twelve stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth and amethyst.

This thorough book examines in depth the minerals of the Apocalypse, including descriptions from a Goethean approach which offers great insight into the world of minerals. Benesch goes on to explore the changing relationship of human beings to the mineral world through the ages, so that the building of a New Jerusalem can be understood as a real transformation.

This book brings alchemical and astrological traditions together with scientific research to form the beginnings of a new esoteric mineralogy.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Mineral World as a Spiritual Path by Robert Sardello
Part 1: The Apocalypse and Its Images
The Question
Its Fundamental Structure
The Series of the Source Images
The Seven Images of God the Son
The Cosmic Source Images
The Mediator Entities Transit Images
The Series of Estuary (Mouth) Images
The Final Image of the Revelation
Part 2: Spirit in the Mineral Realm
Mineral and the Father-God
Mineral Manifestations as Soul Experience
The Esoteric Tradition
The Mineral and Natural Science
The Mineral as Entity
Origin of the Mineral Realm
Future of the Mineral Realm
Minerals and the Fixed Stars
Part 3: Heavenly Jerusalem and the Mineral World
Formulating the Question
Mineral Epoch and Humanity
Inner Life and Earth’s Future
Minerals and Human Corporeality
Cultic Action
Four Questions from One
The Human Being
The Mineral
Earth and Macrocosm
Evil and the Mineral World
Part 4: Building Elements of Heavenly Jerusalem
The Jasper Problem
The Jasper Experience
The Twelve Precious Stones
Retrospect and Outlook


Friedrich Benesch (1907-1991) studied science, anthropology and theology at Marburg, Halle and Klausenburg (now Cluj in Romania). From 1929 to 1932 he worked at the zoological institute of Cluj, and from 1934 to 1944 he was a Lutheran minister in Transylvania. In 1947 he was ordained in The Christian Community, where from 1957 until his death in 1991 he was director of the priest seminary in Stuttgart.

Dr Robert Sardello has been a practicising psychotherapist for over twenty years, working in existential, Jungian and archetypal psychologies. He is the author of Love and the World, Facing the World with Soul, and Acts of the Heart.


This book is available in the US from Steiner Books.

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