The philosopher's stone is created by the alchemical method known as The Magnum Opus or The Great Work. Often expressed as a series of color changes or chemical processes, the instructions for creating the philosopher's stone are varied. When expressed in colors, the work may pass through phases of nigredo, albedo, citrinitas, and rubedo. When expressed as a series of chemical processes it often includes seven or twelve stages concluding in multiplication, and projection.
In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone, all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter.
In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor 'for the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within'
In alchemy, albedo is one of the four major stages of the magnum opus; along with nigredo, citrinitas and rubedo. It is a Latinicized term meaning "whiteness". Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the washing away of impurities.
Psychologist Carl Jung equated the albedo with unconscious contrasexual soul images; the anima in men and animus in women. It is a phase where insight into shadow projections are realized, and inflated ego and unneeded conceptualizations are removed from the psyche.
Citrinitas, sometimes referred to as xanthosis, is a term given by alchemists to "yellowness." It is one of the four major stages of the alchemical magnum opus, and literally referred to "transmutation of silver into gold" or "yellowing of the lunar consciousness.
In alchemical philosophy, citrinitas stood for the dawning of the "solar light" inherent in one's being, and that the reflective "lunar or soul light" was no longer necessary.
Rubedo, meaning "redness" that was adopted by alchemists to define the fourth and final major stage in their magnum opus. Both gold and the philosopher's stonewere associated with the color red, as rubedo signalled alchemical success, and the end of the great work.
Sagittarians are known for their broad vision, tolerant attitude, freedom-loving philosophical air, and generally jovial spirits. These recognisable traits all stem from the influence of their planetary ruler: the expansive and magnanimous Jupiter; source of hope, optimism, confidence and generosity.
The reality is that the centaur race is marked in myth as particularly war like and fierce. The Mesopotamians, who introduced the constellation Sagittarius and defined it as a centaur, represented it as twin headed with a human head facing forward and an animal head facing back, imagery which later adapted into the presence of a cloak flying behind the head of the constellation figure.
The shadowing animal face reminds us that whilst the Sagittarian might strive towards humane development, an underlying bestial energy exists, capable of spontaneous brutality when the bounds of reason are not consciously applied. Cuneiform inscriptions refer to Sagittarius as 'The Strong One', the 'Giant King of War' and mention it as under the guardianship of Nergal, whom the Mesopotamians identified with Mars.
Well proportioned body and face, inclines towards being tall and large. The complexion is often ruddy, dark or tanned. The hair is often light-chestnut in colour. This sign is known for having a strong and able body.
Direction: All fire signs relate to the east. Sagittarius signifies east tending towards the south.
Countries & cities: Include Spain (especially Toledo), Hungary (especially Budapest), Slavonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Narbonne and Cologne in France.
Planets Dignifed in Sagittarius:
Jupiter as sign and night-time triplicity ruler
Sun as day-time triplicity ruler.
Planets Debilitated in Sagittarius:
Mercury by detriment
Zarathustra, also spelledZarathushtra, Greek Zoroaster, (born traditionally c. 628 BCE, possibly Rhages, Iran—died c. 551 BCE), Iranian religious reformer and prophet, traditionally regarded as the founder of Zoroastrianism.
According to the sources, Zarathustra probably was a priest. Having received a vision from Ahura Mazdā, who appointed him to preach the truth, Zarathustra apparently was opposed in his teachings by the civil and religious authorities in the area in which he preached. Confident in the truth revealed to him by Ahura Mazdā, Zarathustra apparently did not try to overthrow belief in the older Iranian religion, which was polytheistic. .
Choosing Between Good And Evil
Zarathustra’s teaching about Ahura Mazdā is apparently disturbed by a pronounced dualism: the Wise Lord has an opponent, Angra Mainyu, or Ahriman (the Destructive Spirit), who embodies the principle of evil; his followers, having freely chosen him, also are evil. This ethical dualism is rooted in the Zoroastrian cosmology.
At the beginning of time, the world was divided into the dominions of the good and of the evil. Between these, each individual is bound to decide. The same is true of the spiritual beings, who are good or bad according to their choices. From their freedom of decision it follows that human beings are finally responsible for their fates.
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The number 7 is very symbolic of the stages of the Work, including 7 planets, 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 circulations, and 7 systemic periods. The spiritual energy of Nature courses through the Mystical Substance using the 7-spoked wheel of the planets. The mystical Earth is readied by the 7-day work, a symbolical months-time, and then 7 weeks makes a systemic period. The 7 circulations, occuring in both the magical and natural rhythms, bring the Work all the way throught to the white Tincture.
The Sun represents the Child emanating from Saturn, or Jupiters Stone, or the Gold of the Philosophers still half-shrouded in darkness, whose internal heat draws in and devours the magnetic whiteness of the Mercury-Water of his sister the radical humidity. .
The Moon represents this Mercury-Water, the mystical Silver. When Sun and Moon are equally mixed they accomplish the true Wedding of the red Servant with his good smelling white sister.
This Mystical Mercury or quicksilver has a positive and negative aspect. Its negative aspect is being dissolved in the very Mercurial Water it magnetically attracts to itself. Its positive aspect is that it binds this Water and solidifies it.
Like red and white roses grow form ordinary stems, Silver and Gold flowers grow from the stem of mystical Mercury.
Here the Work begins,
gives the power
The elixir of long life.
A duality separated by a moist fire,
Bestowing health and wealth.
That is how to see this Figure.
The Scorpion, as a constellation figure, has a great antiquity in Mesopotamia where it was viewed as a symbol of darkness and resilience. An emblem of autumn, it is found on Babylonian boundary stones dating to the 12th century BC and for later dwellers on the Euphrates it became symbolic of the decline of the Sun's power after the autumnal equinox, then located within its stars.
Scorpio is a large and sprawling constellation, best viewed in early summer - its southerly declination and brief summer evenings impede observation but Antares, the 15th brightest star in the sky, is easily identifiable. The best time to view is around 9:00 pm in July. Scorpio is low to the south - four consecutive stars trace out a scorpion head and Antares is below to the left. The stars then curve around and end in a cluster forming the stinger.
The Sun transits Isidis and Graffias around 23rd and 24th November; Antares around 1st December; Lesath around 16th December; Aculeus around 17th December and Acumens around 20th December.
Antares, a first magnitude fiery red star, is one of the most easily identifiable stars in the sky. The name means 'similar to' or 'rival of' Mars, because both are of a similar colour and luminosity, and also because - Scorpio being ruled by Mars - both were rulers and guardians of this constellation. Centrally located within the figure, it is also known as Cor Scorpii - 'Scorpion's Heart', or the 'Fire Star'
The direction of the luminaries to this star usually indicates great honour and advancement, but always there is a warning not to fall victim to its ruthless energies. Of the Sun directed to this star Lilly writes:
It discerns many honours, if the native be careful, and be not deceived by soldiers. It doth many times produce a burning fever, or some violent act, and prejudice the right eye.
Of the direction of the Moon he writes: .
It assigns unto the native a certain kind of dignity, which carries along with it a kind of fear and enmity.
Androgyny: The Alchemist's Great Work
Androgyny, the man and woman combined, is a symbol of many truths
1.Primordial completion and perfection
2.The absolute state
4.Communion of Spirit and Matter
5.Freedom from the world's duality
6.The reclaiming of Paradise
7.Fusion of activity with receptivity
8.Recombination of the primordial male-female forces
9.Recombination of the primordial male-female forces
10.Reunification of polarities
11.The original oneness of the all-Father and the all-Mother
The Hermetic or Alchemical Androgyne
In alchemy, androgyny is a symbol of immortality, transcendence and totality. It is the triumph over the deceptive duality resulting from the creation of the universe. It also stands for the merging of the selves, the triumph over mind and ego, and the accord between sameness and diversity, particularly duality.
When looking at the alchemical Rebis, we do well to remember that the world we live in is a world of duality and imperfection. Some compassion, sense of humor and wisdom can go a long way in achieving peace and our aspirations in the present moment.
You can also use the black and white taiji-tu or yin-yang symbol instead of the two-headed human symbol if you respond better to simpler shapes and colors while meditating.
It is also helpful to use rhyming phrases to keep your mind from wandering while you meditate. Invent some or use the one below.
May my Two again become One That my Great Work may be done.
The determination of a man's character and frequently of his fate and future from lines and other marks on the palm and fingers was one of the mantic arts which developed in the Near East, apparently, during the Hellenistic period. No early chiromantic sources from this period have been preserved, either in Greek or Latin, although they did exist. Chiromancy spread, in a much fuller form, in medieval Arabic and Byzantine Greek literature, from which it found its way to Latin culture. It would seem that from the very beginning there were two traditions. The first linked chiromancy closely with astrology and so produced a quasi-systematic framework for its references and predictions. The second was not connected with astrology at all, but with intuition, whose methodological principles are not clear.
In the Middle Ages the Christian chiromantics found a scriptural basis for chiromancy in Job 37:7: "He sealeth up the hand of every man, that all men may know his work" which could be interpreted to mean that the hand imprints are made by God for the purpose of chiromancy. This verse is adduced in Jewish tradition only from the 16th century onward.
In Hebrew books on astrological chiromancy, the main lines of the hand are given the following names: (1) Kav ha-Ḥayyim ("the life-line"; Lat. Linea Saturnia); (2) Kav ha-Ḥokhmah ("the line of wisdom"; Linea Sapientiae); (3) Kav ha-Shulḥan ("the table line"; Linea Martialis); (4) Kav ha-Mazzal ("the line of fate") or Kav ha-Beri'ut ("the line of health"; Linea Mercurii).
Zodiac man - medieval astrological medicinal chart
The Sky Goddess Nut body representing the Milky Way arching across the night sky.
Regulus – Watcher of the North
Regulus is perhaps the best-known of the Watchers. He is of the nature of Mars and Jupiter and is Guardian of the North. Regulus provides success if revenge is avoided. The success must be pure. maintaining power without ever resorting to revenge is, of course, a great challenge. Still, there is a gentleness in this powerful lion and it comes as no surprise that the healing angel finds his place, here in the North. Jupiter and Mars can be read as Mercy and Severity, the essential symbols of the Pharaohs as rulers was the crook (heka) and the flail or flabellum (nekhakha). A good King needs to know when to use one or the other for the sake of the Kingdom. “Who can doubt the nature of the monstrous Lion, and the pursuits he prescribes for those born beneath his sign? The lion ever devises fresh fights and fresh warfare on animals and lives on spoil and pillaging of flocks. The sons of the Lion are filled with the urge to adorn their proud portals with pelts and to hang up on their walls the captured prey, to bring the peace of terror to the woods, and to live upon plunder. There are those whose like bent is not checked by the city-gates, but they swagger about in the heart of the capital with droves of beasts; they display mangled limbs at the shop-front, slaughter to meet the demands of luxury, and count it gain to kill. Their temper is equally prone to fitful wrath and ready withdrawal, and guileless are the sentiments of their honest hearts” [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.237.] The real and imagined qualities of lions led to associations with kingship, in concert with the Sun, from earliest times and this was the case in parts of the world that had no actual lions. The leonine reputation as the king of the jungle combined with a mane evocative of the Sun produced an archetypal image adopted by Kings and Emperors to adopt leonine titles and iconography.
Picture no. 1 - Ancient Persian Talisman – Lion and Sun
Picture no. 2 - The Sun (ruler), Leo and lunar mansions – Persia 17th c.
Picture no. 3 - Venant – Raphael The Healing Archangel (Regulus) Watcher of the North.
Picture no. 4 - Leo constellation and star regulus
John Dee (1527 – 1608) was a British alchemist, geographer, mathematician, navigator, astrologer and a double-agent for Queen Elizabeth I .
He was a precocious child, educated in mathematics, philosophy and the occult. He also enjoyed the patronage of Sir Philip Sydney and Lord Dudley.
He studied at Cambridge and on the European mainland, where he traveled widely. He brought back many astrological instruments and gained the reputation of a sorcerer. Dee studied astrology with the celebrated Jerome Cardan from 1552. His combined skills allowed him to give sound advice to those seeking routes to the New World and the Far East.
He helped write the first English edition of Euclid. He was student of the Neo Platonic philosophy of Marsilio Ficino and drew no distinction between mathematics, geometry and his investigations of the Hermetic Philosophy and Angel Magick.
He spent almost half his life attempting to commune with angels, to learn the universal language of creation, in the hope that he might bring about the pre-apocalyptic unity of humanity. He amassed one of the largest libraries in England. His occult work, mostly published, has had an enormous influence on the Western Magical Tradition.
Dee married three times and was the father of eight children. He is best know today as the astrologer and long-term advisor to Elizabeth I about almost anything to do with statecraft. Dee died in late 1608 or early 1609, Mortlake, England.
Leo is of hot and dry nature (igneous)
Its angel is generous (karim); he holds the keys of the creation of the future world.
Ibn Arabi - Mystical Astrology
The history of the star: Fomalhaut
Alpha (α) Piscis Austrinus, Fomalhaut, is a reddish star in the mouth of the Southern Fish, Piscis Austrinus (not to be confused with the constellation Pisces)
Fomalhaut, from the Arabic Fum al Hut, the Fish's Mouth, has long been the common name for this star, the English astronomer Smyth (1788-1865) saying that Fom Alhout Al-genubi appears, with its translation Os Piscis Meridiani, in a still existing manuscript almanac of 1340.
The astrological influences of the constellation Piscis Austrinus
Legend: This constellation is said to commemorate the transformation of Venus into the shape of a fish on one occasion when bathing.
The astrological influences of the star Fomalhaut
If rising or culminating: Great and lasting honors.
With Sun: Dissipated, easily influenced by low companions, gain through inheritance but unproductive of good, may suffer for some crime committed, danger of bites from venomous creatures.
With Moon: Secret business causing much trouble and enmity, but eventual gain after many difficulties. The separation is more benefic than the application.
With Mercury: Many losses and disappointments, unlucky in business, better servant than master, writes or receives secret letters, worry through slander, imprisonment or damaged reputation, domestic difficulties, sickness of a Saturnian nature.
With Venus: Secret and passionate love affairs, some restriction in the life, disappointments, easily led astray.
With Mars: Malevolent, passionate, revengeful, many secret enemies, liable to disgrace and ruin, danger of bites from venomous creatures.
With Jupiter: Sympathetic, charitable, honors in the Church, Freemasonry or secret societies, many voyages.
With Saturn: Accidents, ailments affecting the lungs, throat and feet, loss through enemies, friends, Mercurial affairs, bands and companies, wrongfully accused, affairs involved at end of life, sudden death and family cheated out of their rights.