The Book of Life: Twelve Houses


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“The Book of Life” by Dr. Alesha Sivartha is a remarkable work that stands at the crossroads of science, mysticism, and spirituality, a blend that defined the turn of the 20th century’s quest for understanding the human condition. Published in 1898, it embodies Sivartha’s vision of human evolution from the rule of the lower brain organs to the higher faculties, a concept deeply rooted in theosophical thought. His diagrams, each meticulously partitioned into twelve sections, showcase an obsession with the number twelve, believed to hold magical properties. These ‘brain maps’ and other illustrations of the body, such as hands and the nervous system, are not just drawings but visual essays that articulate the intersection of physical and spiritual well-being. While Sivartha’s personal history remains somewhat obscure, it is speculated that he was the pen-name of Arthur E. Merton, a Kansas doctor with possible ties to the Indian scholar Raja Ram Mohan Roy. His work, which intrigued Mark Twain among others, stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of universal growth and enlightenment.

Our selection offers museum-quality giclée prints of these historic diagrams, available in four distinct sizes to adorn any space. Whether for a living room, a game room, an entryway, or an office, these posters are designed to transform a simple wall into a focal point of profound conversation and artistic expression. Each piece, from “Brain Currents” to “Twelve Houses,” not only embellishes your space but also invites onlookers into a dialogue, marrying the beauty of art with the depth of historical and scientific exploration.

  • premium museum-quality print
  • paper weight: 200 gsm / 80 lb
  • every print ships ready to frame

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8×12 inch / 21×30 cm, 12×18 inch / 30×45 cm, 16×24 inch / 40×60 cm, 24×36 inch / 60×90 cm


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