Dr Hereward Tilton - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Dr Hereward Tilton

Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Hereward Tilton is a renowned expert in the field of Rosicrucian history, completing his PhD at the University of Queensland with the thesis, ‘The Quest for the Phoenix: Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622)’. Hereward has held teaching roles in the University of Exeter’s Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism (EXESESO), the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the University of Queensland. In addition to his teaching and research pursuits, Hereward has also supervised several PhD and MA students in areas of European esoteric history. Hereward is currently finalising his second book, ‘The Chaos Serpent, Vol. 1: The Neuroscience of Gnosis’.


Phd Qld; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Qld; Bachelor of Arts Qld.  

Teaching areas
  • Renaissance Kabbalah
  • Rosicrucianism
  • Freemasonry
  • Medieval and early modern history
  • Western Esotericism
  • Mysticism
  • Psychology of Religion
Research areas
  • Rosicrucian history
  • Esoteric gnosis
  • Early modern alchemy
  • Modern psychodynamic psychology
  • History and neuropsychology of psychedelics
Key Research Publications

Tilton, H 2003, The Quest for the Phoenix: Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622), Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Tilton, H 2018, 'Gnosis of the Eternal Æon: Jung, G. R. S. Mead and the Serpentine Path of the Soul', in D Boccassini & C Testa (eds) Prima Philosophia: Iniziazione Perfezione Ritorno/Initiation Perfection Return, Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei, vol.10, pp. 243-261.

Tilton, H “The Urim and Thummim and the Origins of the Gold- und Rosenkreuz”, in Hakl, Hans Thomas (ed.), Octagon: Die Suche nach Vollkommenheit im Spiegel einer religionswissenschaftlichen, philosophischen und im besonderen Masse esoterischen Bibliothek, Vol. 2 (Gaggenau: H. Frietsch Verlag, 2016), pp. 35-70.

Tilton, H 2015, 'The Rosicrucian Manifestos and Early Rosicrucianism', in C Partridge (ed), The Occult World, Routledge, Oxford.

Tilton, H 2015, 'Bells and Spells: Rosicrucianism and the Invocation of Planetary Spirits in Early Modern Germany', Culture and Cosmos, vol.19, no.1, pp. 167-188.

Tilton, H, Lenke, N & Roudet, N 2014, 'Nine Newly Discovered Letters of Michael Maier', Ambix: Journal for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 1-47.

Tilton, H 2013, 'Of Ether, Entheogens and Colloidal Gold: Heinrich Khunrath and the Making of a Philosophers’ Stone', in A Cheak (ed) Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde, Numen Books, Melbourne.

Tilton, H 2012 'Alchymia Archetypica: Theurgy, Inner Transformation and the Historiography of Alchemy', in D Boccassini & C Testa (eds) Transmutatio: La via ermetica alla felicità/The Hermetic Way to Happiness, Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei, vol. 5, pp. 179-215.

Tilton, H 2006, 'Of Electrum and the Armour of Achilles: Myth and Magic in a Manuscript of Heinrich Khunrath (1560-1605)', Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism, vol.6, no.2, pp.117-157.

Tilton, H 2003, 'The Egyptian Theosophy of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622)', Theosophical History, vol. 9, no. 2, pp.9-29.

Contact Dr Hereward Tilton via email htilton@usc.edu.au.