Considered the world’s top authority on Esoteric Symbolism and Alchemical & Hermetic Knowledge, Aaron Cheak, PhD, is a scholar of comparative religion, philosophy, and esotericism.
Former president of the International Jean Gebser Society (2013–2015), he received his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Queensland in 2011 for his work on French Hermetic philosopher, René Schwaller de Lubicz.
Outside the academy, Aaron has been trained in the preparation of spagyric elixirs (Paracelsus College; Spagyricus Institute), and is a practitioner within the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Founding director of Rubedo Press, his principal publications include Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde (2013), Diaphany: A Journal and Nocturne (2015), and The Leaf of Immortality (2017).
He presently lives on the rugged west coast of New Zealand, where he maintains an active interest in tea, wine, poetry, typography and alchemy.