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 that… Continue reading Prima Materia
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 Dance… Continue reading The Dance of Sulfur
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 TO… Continue reading Bellows Breath
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 over… Continue reading Roasting Cinnabar
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 go… Continue reading Calcination
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 the… Continue reading The Age of Horus
The Caduceus is one of the most well-known symbols in the world today. However, the true story and significance of this symbol remains obscured to the vast majority. Most of us will recognize the Caduceus as a symbol belonging to the medical community. If asked, most would likely say that this symbol was adopted by… Continue reading The Caduceus, or “Staff of Hermes”
I’ve been thinking often about the past. That is nothing new. But what is new are the things that are coming up for me. So many long-forgotten memories are coming to the surface. So many feelings and events and versions of me that I have mostly been avoiding. The past is so painful, I’ve just… Continue reading VITRIOL
Known as the "Father of Alchemy," Thoth is the Egyptian God of wisdom, writing, science, magic, art and judgement. Considered "the divine intermediary between spirit and matter," he is also the God of the dead. In the myth of Osiris, it was Thoth who gave Isis the words she used to resurrect him after she… Continue reading Who is Thoth?
Why has the practice of or interest in alchemy endured for so long? Many would say it's because of what is now known as the "perennial philosophy." This term was first used by Leibniz to describe the eternal philosophy underlying all religions, and it was later popularized in the 20th century by Aldous Huxley. It… Continue reading What Makes Alchemy Work?