Prima Materia

The Prima Materia, or First Matter, is a difficult concept to define. It has been said that the First Matter is both everything and nothing. According to D. W. Hauck , “It is the primal One Thing that existed before time, as well as the primordial chaos that contains all possibilities.” It is said thatContinue reading “Prima Materia”

The Archetypal in Astrology

According to Richard Tarnas, the archetypal is the spiritual and energetic. It was originally experienced by human people as “Gods” and “Goddesses,” and described in terms of mythologies. The archetypal is about the essences and qualities that transcend the human. These ideas were later expounded upon in Ancient Greece, with the philosophies of Plato andContinue reading “The Archetypal in Astrology”

The Dance of Sulfur

After the Bellows Breath, you may want to follow up with another practice called the Dance of Sulfur. Sulfur is a yellow powder which the alchemists believed symbolized the active masculine principle of fire. It was often used in laboratory alchemy in the form of sulfuric acid (also known to them as vitriol). The DanceContinue reading “The Dance of Sulfur”

Bellows Breath

Bellows Breath is an active meditation that can be used to increase conscious awareness and raise energy in the body. Practitioners of Kundalini Yoga may recognize this as what they call the “Breath of Fire.” It can be used to release stuck energy in the body, oxygenating the blood, and expanding lung capacity. HOW TOContinue reading “Bellows Breath”

Roasting Cinnabar

A good Calcination ritual to start with is known as Roasting Cinnabar. This meditative process is related to the work done by alchemists in the laboratory, working with real chemicals. In this process, alchemists would would roast the mineral known as “Dragon’s Blood,” or Cinnabar, which is a red-colored sulfide of mercury. When roasted overContinue reading “Roasting Cinnabar”

Calcination

There are seven operations in the process of alchemy, the first of which is calcination. This is the process of burning through the dross of the ego we have built up over the course of our lives, so that our true self may be released and expressed. This is not an easy experience to goContinue reading “Calcination”

Richard Tarnas on the Planets in 2021

Last week I had the privilege of attending an online talk led by Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche, on the astrology of 2021. It truly an honor to be in the presence of a man who is widely recognized as one of the great minds of our time. During his presentation, Tarnas choseContinue reading “Richard Tarnas on the Planets in 2021”

The Age of Horus

On December 21, 2020, a Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn occurred at 0 degrees of Aquarius. For some, this marked the official beginning of the Age of Aquarius. However, others debate this and assert other dates as being the true beginning of the age and the resetting of the cosmic clock. Regardless of theContinue reading “The Age of Horus”

Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

Today there was a Total Solar Eclipse earlier around 8am this morning. Eclipses usually signal a powerful and even disruptive beginning or end. It’s effects can often be felt for the next 6 months, until the beginning of the next cycle. This eclipse is conjunct the South Node in Sagittarius. The South Node signifies whatContinue reading “Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius”

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