from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificer.


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  • The artifex is the alchemist attempting to bring together opposites black/white, male/female, animus/anima, and so on as part of the major opus.

    Listening to Raven: The Shadow’s Role as Guide

  • It is an old insight — think of the Renaissance conception of G-d as the optimus artifex — and it is a good one.


  • Rather, the creation of new myths is associated with the work of creation, linking the work of God as artifex with that of the composer of allegory.

    Literary Forms of Medieval Philosophy

  • Uxorem bonam aut invenisti, aut sic fecisti; si inveneris, aliam habere te posse ex hoc intelligamus: si feceris, bene speres, salvus est artifex.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Solers quilibet artifex instrumenta sua diligentissime curat, penicellos pictor; malleos incudesque faber ferrarius; miles equos, arma venator, auceps aves, et canes, Cytharam Cytharaedus,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Philippus ridendi artifex, Philip, a jester, was brought to make sport.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Having achieved the task of completing the work of the artifex, acting as the shadow to bring the necessary elements into consciousness, the raven is purified and becomes white.

    Listening to Raven: The Shadow’s Role as Guide

  • In discussing an alchemical work by Senior De chemia, Jung suggested that ravens represent the helpful spirits or familiars who complete the work when the skill of the artifex has failed him.

    Listening to Raven: The Shadow’s Role as Guide

  • Then Pendergast answered dryly, "Qualis artifex pereo."

    Dance Of Death

  • "It was part of the learning process, that the artifex might be aligned with the product in his alembic."

    A Darker Place


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