Hans W. Nintzel (1932 - 2000).
on April 1st, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY. Hans Nintzel was one of the
most significant of the late twentieth century's alchemical enthusiasts;
a highly unique and charismatic man, he was well known in the Dallas
Metroplex among those who choose to study alternative subjects.
Hans was very well read and was influenced by the late Dion Fortune
(1890-1946) and other famous figures in the
metaphysical arenas. From the 1970's he worked tirelessly to promote
interest in alchemy, the subject he dearly loved. He was among Frater
Albertus' , Dr. Albert Riedel (1911-84), earliest
pupils having been encouraged to attend by Irael Regardie. Intensely
inspired by Frater's practical approach to alchemy Hans spent seven
years studying with him sharing the class with fellow students:
Russ House, Art Kunkin (founder of the L.A. Free
inheritor of Regardie's library), Dave Hamm, or Paul Clark.
In M. Nicolas' Memorium to Hans he indicated, under Frater Albertus'
direction he studied and discovered the Mercury of the Philosophers,
(the true key of the hermetic sanctuary),
which certifies him as an Adept of the Alchemical Science.
In 1977, at
the age of 45, Hans purchased 733 Melrose Drive, Richardson, Texas.
with his wife, Jody, and converted the garage into a lab with the
installation of a gasline. This address was central to the establishment
of his best known work - the R.A.M.S. publications - the Restoration
of Alchemical Manuscripts Society and the primary location for his
classes that he held two - three times a year.
Through a close knit groups of friends he struggled to make rare
Alchemical manuscripts available to the English speaking audience
until the 1990's. The publications were produced to order. The material
supplied by Hans were simple looseleaf photocopies of carefully
researched, typed, and often translated manuscripts. Hans was very
particular about which Alchemical materials he included in the R.A.M.S.
collection, rejecting as worthless most of the modern books commonly
available in University libraries.
R.A.M.S. published a truly unique collection of Alchemical knowledge
which is sought out by all serious students of alchemy.
lectured on Qabala and alchemy, and organised a number of workshops
on practical alchemy to pass on his extensive knowledge, demonstrating
alchemical procedures and perform practical work (oil of egg and
oil of gold that he had extracted as a tincture).
He attended a Solazaref encampment in France in 1986. In 1995 the
workshops where only two to three times a year on an 'as needed'
basis. His massive class hand-outs of over 150 pages contained information
on Alchemy, Qabbalah, Astrology, Enochian, and Ceremonial Magick.
Extremely generous with his time and shared his enthusiasm liberally
with others, he took on a number of pupils and was always willing
to make time for people, or to share his contacts. He routinely
made various oils used mostly for healing.
Hans invited and organised workshops for overseas practitioners,
such as the event of Manfred Junius's first American Alchemical
class at his Texas home in July of 1990.
Hans had a remarkable
book library and collection of unusual information in several file
cabinets, gathered and studied over many years. His alchemical lab
consisted of a small area carved out of a very packed garage, but
it worked and was used to instruct his students in the nuances of
alchemy. He said a drop of the oil of gold could be placed on the
tongue of a person having a heart attack and it would stabilize
them within minutes. The gold he extracted the oil from was quite
peculiar, dull and somewhat brittle for gold since the oil its the
'life' of matter had be removed.
Hans was instrumental
in the publication of the English translation of Manfred M. Junius'
Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy'. Adam McLean utilised the R.A.M.S.
mailing list to publicize the Hermetic Journal (1978-92)
which brought an immediate base of subscribers. Time-Life consulted
Hans about alchemy for "The Secret of the Alchemist",
1990, a 144p book in the "Mysteries of the Unknown" series.
He was a member
of the Celtic Christian Church, Texas that he had helped to found.
Carr Collins Jr., Hans and others had arranged an English Adept
of the SIL Lineage, Alan Adams, to establish the group. The "Star
and Cross", "Dallas Group" or "Celtic Christian
Church", (one and the same) was an branch of an esoteric order
called the London Group. The London Group was founded by Alan Adams
(aka the author Charles Fielding) in London in the early 1970s.
Adams had trained and been a senior member of Dion Fortune's Society
of the Inner Light prior to setting up the London Group.
In the late
80's he began to have health problems including diabetes and this
became more severe in the closing few years of the twentieth century
when he became limited in what he could do by his health and suffered
a stroke after Jodie passed away. Nevertheless he kept up a considerable
correspondence with his colleagues and friends in the work and continued
to be a focus of inspiration.
Hans died on
December 3rd, 2000. A Service was held at the Unity Church, 6525
Forest Lane, Dallas, TX on December 14th, 2000 at 7PM.
as a counselor with troubled teenagers while Hans, a graduate civil
engineer with an MBA, worked in the real world as a member of corporate
management in information systems; they had three sons: Peter, Jeff
if there was a trigger or point of encouragement to start R.A.M.S.
then it may have been the work of Alan Leo and his Para Publishing
through the Paracelesus Research Society (1960-84)
that predates this project. When Para closed it may have reinforced
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Interview with Hans Nintzel conducted in August of 1996 and
January of 1997 by Joseph Caezza.
Weekend With Hans: Alchemy the Old Fashioned Way by Mark Stavish,
- Hans Nintzel. Essentia. Volume 3 Winter 1982.
Example of Class
Thelema Lodge (Ordo Templi Orientis, P.O.Box 2303, Berkeley, CA
Calendar for August 1989 e.v.:
A WEEKEND OF ALCHEMY WITH HANS NINTZEL. Saturday,
August 26, 1989, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, August 27, 1989, 10 AM
At 3624 Wade St., Los Angeles, CA 90066. $100 preregistered and
$125 at the door. Contact Laura Jenning (213) 390-2388. Make checks
payable AIO, P.O.Box 5461, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Course on Practical Alchemy - Dedication:
"A deep heartfelt thanks goes out to Hans W. Nintzel,
who put up with incessant phone calls from me when I first got started
Rosicrucian, masonic & alchemical script" [Edited by Hans
Nintzel]. Translated from French and German by Leone Muller. 1985.
by Hans Nintzel:
V: Number 2 Spring 1977. p.434
The Hermetic Bookshelf
In Pursuit Of Gold by Lapidus
A Review by Hans W. Nintzel
and the Western tradition," by Hans Nintzel. Parachemy
5, no. 4 (Fall 1977)
and Alchemy," by Hans W. Nintzel. TAT Journal,Volume 1
Number 2. Winter 1978
Magick : Part One" - Hans Nintzel. Hermetic Journal, no.7 (Spring,
Magick : Part Two" - Hans Nintzel. Hermetic Journal, no.8 (Summer,
and Qabalah" - Hans Nintzel. Hermetic Journal. 1981.
Jean Beguinus's, "TYROCINIUM CHYMICUM: Chemical Essays Acquired
from Nature & Manual Experience." Gillette, NJ: Heptangle
Alchemical Romance and Adventure" by Hans Nintzel. 1986.
is Alive and Well" by Hans Nintzel, GNOSIS, No. 8, Summer
of the World Today" by Hans W. Nintzel. Fate
January 1991, Vol. 44, No. 1. Kraig, Donald Michael (ed.). Periodical
by Hans Nintzel. The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic'. Volume
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVINATION. p.52. (1995, Falcon Press)