BORN IN PISA on 16 February 1915 at 9.45 a.m. of the N. H. Carlo Palamidessi, Senior Officer of the Army and of the poet Luigia Tagliata, baptised on 7 March, Tommaso Palamidessi studies on the works of Hermes Trismegistus, Plotinus, Origen and Vladimir Sergheevic Soloviev. A deliberately self-taught man, he was attracted since he was an adolescent by practical astronomy, astrology, medicine, pharmaceutical botany and by religion. These disciplines were for the writer moments full of enthusiasm in Catania and in Tripoli (Libya) in 1928, then in Syracuse and in Turin between 1932 and 1940.
He develops important astrological studies on medicine, cancer, historical facts, psychology and parapsychology (The Course of the Stars and Man’s Diseases, Bocca, Milan, 1940; Medicine and Sidereal Influences, Bocca, Milan, 1940; World Astrology, Turin, 1941; The Stars in the Diagnosis and the Cure of Cancer, Turin, 1943 – Turin, 1949; Earthquakes, Eruptions and Cosmic Influences, Turin, 1943). As for his study of astronomy and astral influences he examines the works of Kepler, Lalande, Cassini, Flammarion, Argoli, Junctitius, Cardan, Magini.
Attracted by Christianity on one hand and by Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, the ascetic techniques of initiatic awakening (Yoga, Tantrism, Taoism) on the other, he carries out intense researches, studies and extrasensory experiences (1945 – 1948) and performs out-of-body experiences, bilocations, some remembrances of past lives and writes different works (The Occult Powers of Man and the Indo-Tibetan Tantric Yoga, Ed. Giovene, Milano 1945).
In 1943 he had already applied at the Egyptian Museum of Turin to Egyptology and to the study of hieroglyphs that awakened in Palamidessi interesting parapsychological phenomena and remembrances of his past lives in the ancient Egypt as an astronomer and alchemist. He prepares a long commentary on the Egyptian theurgy and The Book of the Dead, but he never sends it to the press.
In 1947 he gets married on 15 September in Turin with Rosa Francesca Bordino (b. 15/6/1916, d. 27/12/1999) a disciple of his and a collaborator and he’s got a daughter (Silvestra) in 1948, who became an architect (d. 13/12/1996).
Then he sends to the press his Sexual Technique of Tantric Yoga, EGO Turin 1948; The Erotic Power of Kundalini Yoga, Turin 1948; Yoga not to Die, Turin 1949. He investigates the different peoples’ symbolism, the Hermetic tradition and the Greek, Chinese and European Alchemy; he travels looking for rare books, manuscripts, personages of esoterism to France, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland. He travels to consult foreign libraries, his wife being always with him. 1949: Alchemy as a Way to the Spirit.
In some of his journeys he is given special secret initiations.
Tommaso Palamidessi moves to Rome (1953) and avails himself of the contribution to La Tribuna Illustrata to diffuse esoterism through the masses. He visits Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece (1957), he spends time in the monasteries of Mt. Athos and of Kalambaka in Thessaly (23 July 1957) to deepen his knowledge of the hesychastic theology and spiritualising methods. He studies some rare works in those libraries where he learns precious information about the Psychic Centre. He visits the Soviet Union, Poland (1962). He travels to USA, Hawaii, Canada (1964). He undertakes an intense politic activity, but a deep spiritual crisis, a radical philosophic change of mind lead him to Christ. He suspends his yoga publications and his politic life to go over the roads of ancient Christianity, that of the first centuries. He visits Palestine: Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Ethiopia (1966). In Jerusalem has revelations on the Golgotha and in Gethsemane on 7 and 8 April of that Easter of Resurrection 1966. Important astrological and esoteric Essene manuscripts by the prophet Daniel inspired him.
In Alexandria of Egypt Palamidessi rediscovers archaeological sites that he had already known in his paranormal experiences concerning the remembrance of past lives: the stone remains of the library of Didaskaleyon.He investigates the doctrinal and practical aspects of Islamic Sufism, but he doesn’t let himself be involved in it, Patristics has by now opened him to the true esoteric Christianity.
In his journeys of 1964, sailing the North seas (Svalbard, Bay of the Magdalene and of the King, Ireland, Greenland, Norway) Palamidessi makes in the regions of the northern pole astrgeophysical observations of the Galaxy that he will then use in his improvement of Initiatic Astrology. Studying already Homeopathy and the correlation between the star influences and medicaments and acupuncture, he sets out on an interesting study journey to Japan, Hong-Kong, Thailand, Bangkok (1972).
Before this journey, having brought to maturity the new doctrinal synthesis that he defines “Archeosophy”, Tommaso Palamidessi founds on 29 September 1968 an esoteric school, legalised as “Archeosophical Society” with its headquarters in Rome, viale Regina Margherita 244, int. 7, developing numerous courses on Christian esoterism and ascetic techniques of spiritual awakening: a free, autocephalic school, bound up with no institution, in compliance with the spirit of independence characterising the temperament of Palamidessi.
The need to deepen the Neo-Christian and Byzantine iconographic art turns into a sacral pictorial experience of the symbolism of colours. That’s how an important work of his will be published just on the pictorial ascesis, but this labour takes him to travel again and visit museums and libraries in Romany and Czechoslovakia (1974). May 1974 is a moment charged with interior life, with intuitions and ultraphanic communications: it’s a period of poetic inspiration and of study, hence the treatise The Basis of Sophianic Theology.
His journey goes on for himself and to give to the others, in 1975 he enriches Archeosophy by new keys for the mystic and initiatic self-realisation. It’s time for new experiences, but of musical nature on the most celestial of all instruments: the organ. They include discoveries, but also fragments of a very ancient kind of sacred music tradition that serves catharsis and the awakening of the spiritual centres in the regenerated Man.
This year demands cultural contacts with Austria and Germany, hence new travels. Then his setting-up of astrology for the interior awakening and the diffusion of Archeosophy abroad, leads Tommaso Palamidessi to new and special encounters in India, Kashmir, Nepal where he arrives in 3 August 1975, to finally go back to his seat in Rome in that same year. In the autumn 1975 he publishes his treatise Techniques of Initiatic Awakening, Ed. Mediterranee (re-printed in 1983). In the summer of 1976 he travels to Southern America, to Equador, Peru, he arrives in Lima on 18 August, then he moves to Paraguay and to Brazil to look for books about medicinal plants, about astrology and about esoterism.
After going back to Italy, he leaves again in June 1977 to the Popular China visiting, with his wife and his daughter, Kweilin, Wuhan, Shanghai, Canton, Peking in order to investigate furthermore pedagogy and the didactics for children, the electro-acupuncturistic and herbal therapy. Hence he goes back to his Motherland to resume his normal activity as a spiritual instructor. In the following years until 1983, Tommaso Palamidessi‘s life goes on organising his School of Archeosophy, by nourishing it with numerous publications, and by undertaking cultural journeys to Mexico, Guatemala, China, South America, Soviet Union to Siberia.Here he could kneel to the tomb of Soloviev in the Monastery of the Virgins in Moscow and walk on the soil Pavel Florenskij had trod, along the lake Bikal, while marching on his painful deportation path to Siberia. He further works on new treatises, such as those on Symbology, Archeosophical Medicine and Spagyric Therapy.On 29 April 1983 Tommaso Palamidessi takes his leave of his earthly life.
Some of his writings are published posthumous by his wife and his daughter (1985: World Astrology, The Christian Book of the Dead; 1986: Icon, colours and artistic ascesis, The Basis of Sophianic Theology)