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”

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