Let the studious Reader have a care of the manifold
significations of words, for by deceitful windings, and doubtful,
yea contrary speeches (as it should seem), Philosophers wrote their
mysteries, with a desire of veiling and hiding, yet not of
sophisticating or destroying the truth; and though their writings
abound with ambiguous and equivocal words; yet about none do they
more contend than in hiding their Golden Branch.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns
She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold
of her will be blessed. By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's
foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his
knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
The Bible, Proverbs 3: 13-20
An Ancient Symbol of Unity
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The Dragon pendant is a version of the Gordian knot
with an ouroboros dragon that bites his own tail. The ouroboros
dragon is an ancient alchemy symbol that symbolizes the equality of
the internal and external in the alchemist soul.
The Gordian knot can be made on a Torus tube which
looks like a donut or a sphere that turns in from one side and comes
out on the other in a perpetual motion. The Torus Tube contains many
mathematical formulas and equations. Science began using this model
as a geometric\mathematical model of the universe. Sacred geometry
also made extensive use of this shape.
The Gordian knot is associated in legend with Alexander
The knot was made by Gordias. It was further prophesied by an oracle
that the one to untie the knot would become the king of Asia. In 333
BC, Alexander attempted to untie the knot. When he could find no end
to the knot, he sliced it in half with a stroke of his sword (the
so-called "Alexandrian solution").
This dragon pendant is a symbol of unity both from the
point of the Gordian symbol and from the use of the ouroboros dragon
that bites his own tail.
Introduction to Alchemy
Alchemy is generally defined as an art which aims to change impure metals
into silver or gold. The goal of the Great Work of alchemy, called also the Art, is the
"Philosopher's Stone". The Stone was
viewed as a magical touchstone that could immediately perfect any substance or
situation. The Philosopher's Stone has been associated with the Salt of the
World, the Astral Body, the Elixir, and even Jesus Christ. The
Elixir of the alchemists
has essentially the same ability to perfect any substance. When
applied to the human body, the Elixir cures diseases and restores
The alchemists' dream is to attain knowledge of the mysterious Philosopher's
Stone, or "that Elixir by which such wonders are performed".
The Stone is "a
blessing beyond all blessings upon earth... given to but very few, and to those
few rather by revelation of the good angels of God than the proper industry of
Alchemical texts should not be read literally and their content
is purely allegorical and mystical. The studies of Carl Gustav Jung
show it is possible to detect correspondences between alchemy and
mysticism: the alchemist himself, too, was to live through the
process of transmutation, and become transformed as a result.
In modern language the Stone is a symbol of incorruptible wisdom achieved by
uniting both rational, intellectual thinking (masculine, rational, right brain
activity) with our intuitive knowing of the
heart (feminine, intuitive left brain activity)
basis of all the alchemical transformations required to obtain the Stone
the Great Work) is seven-stepped formula described by the Emerald Tablet
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes
History of the Tablet
(largely summarized from Needham 1980,
& Holmyard 1957)
The Tablet probably first appeared in the West in editions of
the psuedo-Aristotlean Secretum Secretorum which was actually a translation of
the Kitab Sirr al-Asar, a book of advice to kings which was translated into
latin by Johannes Hispalensis c. 1140 and by Philip of Tripoli c.1243. Other
translations of the Tablet may have been made during the same period by Plato of
Tivoli and Hugh of Santalla, perhaps from different sources.
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes.
From Bacstrom's Original Alchemical Manuscripts
Copyrighted by Manly P. Hall.
The date of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar is uncertain, though c.800 has been suggested
and it is not clear when the tablet became part of this work.
Holmyard was the first to find another early arabic version (Ruska found a 12th
centruy recension claiming to have been dictated by Sergius of Nablus) in the
Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani (Second Book of the Elements of Foundation)
attributed to Jabir. Shortly after Ruska found another version appended to the
Kitab Sirr al-Khaliqa wa San`at al-Tabi`a (Book of the Secret of Creation and
the Art of Nature), which is also known as the Kitab Balaniyus al-Hakim
fi'l-`Ilal (book of Balinas the wise on the Causes). It has been proposed that
this book was written may have been written as early as 650, and was definitely
finished by the Caliphate of al-Ma'mun (813-33).
Scholars have seen similarities between this book and the Syriac Book of
Treasures written by Job of Odessa (9th century) and more interestingly the
Greek writings of the bishop Nemesius of Emesa in Syria from the mid fourth
century. However though this suggests a possible Syriac source, non of these
writings contain the tablet.
Balinas is usually identified with Apollonius of Tyna, but there is little
evidence to connect him with the Kitab Balabiyus, and even if there was,the
story implies that Balinas found the tablet rather than wrote it, and the recent
discoveries of the dead sea scrolls and the nag hamamdi texts suggest that
hiding texts in caves is not impossible, even if we did not have the pyramids
Ruska has suggested an origin further east, and Needham has proposed an origin
Holmyard, Davis and Anon all consider that this Tablet may be one of the
earliest of all alchemical works we have that survives.
It should be remarked that apparantly the Greeks and Egyptians used the
termtranslated as `emerald' for emeralds, green granites, "and perhaps
green jasper". In medieval times the emerald table of the Gothic kings of
Spain, and the Sacro catino- a dish said to have belonged to the Queen of Sheba,
to have been used at the last supper, and to be made of emerald, were made of
green glass [Steele and Singer: 488].
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes - Translations
Tis true without lying, certain & most true. That wch is below is like that wch is above &
that wch is above is like yt wch is below to do ye miracles of
one only thing.
And as all things have been & arose from one by
ye mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this
one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth
The father of all perfection in ye whole world is
Its force or power is entire if it be converted
into earth. Seperate thou ye earth from ye fire, ye subtile from the
gross sweetly wth great indoustry.
It ascends from ye earth to ye heaven & again
it desends to ye earth and receives ye force of things superior
By this means you shall have ye glory of ye whole
world & thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes
every subtile thing & penetrates every solid thing. So was ye world created.
From this are & do come admirable adaptaions
whereof ye means (Or process) is here in this.
Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the
three parts of ye philosophy of ye whole world.
That wch I have said of ye operation of ye Sun is
accomplished & ended.
Translation of Issac Newton c. 1680.
Trouth hath hym so, and it is no doubt, that the lover is to the heigher, and the heigher to the lower
The worcher forsoth of all myracles is the one and sool God, of and
fro Whom Cometh all meruelous operacions.
So all thynges were created of o soole substance, and of o soole
the fader wherof is the sone, and the moone moder,
that brought hym forth by blast or aier in the wombe, the erthe
taken fro it,
to whom is seid the increat fader, tresour of myracles, and yever
Of fire is made erthe. Depart the erthe fro the fire, for the sotiller is worthier than
the more grosse, and the thynne thynge than the thik. This most be
do wisely and discretly.
It ascendith fro the erth into the heven, and falleth fro heven
to the erthe, and therof sleith the higher and the lower vertue.
And yf it lordship in the lower and in the heigher, and thow shalt
lordship aboue and beneth, which forsoth is the light of lightes,
and therfor fro the wolle fle all derknesse.
The higher vertue ouer-cometh all, for sothe all thynne thyng
doth in dense thynges.
After the disposicion of the more world rynneth this
And for this prophetisyng of the trynyte of God Hermogenes it
called Triplex, trebil in philosophie, as Aristotle seith.
Translation from Roger Bacon's edition of
Secretum Secretorum made c 1445
True, true, with no room for doubt, certain, worthy of all trust.
See, the highest comes from the lowest, and the lowest from the
indeed a marvelous work of the tao.
See how all things originated from It by a single process.
The father of it (the elixir) is the sun (Yang), its mother the
The wind bore it in its belly, and the earth nourished it.
This is the father of wondrous works (changes and
transformations), the guardian of mysteries, perfect in its powers, the animator of lights.
This fire will be poured upon the earth...
So separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross,
acting prudently and with art.
It ascends from the earth to the heavens (and orders the lights
above), then descends again to the earth; and in it is the power of
the highest and the lowest.
Thus when you have the light of lights darkness will flee away
With this power of powers (the elixir) you shall be able to get
the mastery of every subtle thing, and be able to penetrate
everything that is gross.
In this way was the great world itself formed.
Hence thus and thus marvellous operations will be acheived.
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seven-stepped Emerald Formula is the basis of all the transformations in
the Great Work.
Seven Steps of the Philosopher's Stone Formula
Although the alchemists went to great pains to
conceal the true order of the steps of the formula for making the Stone,
the correct order
according to the Emerald Tablet is:
The first four steps take place Below, in the
realm of matter.
The last three steps take place Above, in the realm of
mind and creative imagination.
The Seven Steps of Transformation of the One Entity
Solve et Coagula
Inveniens Occultum Lapidem"
L'Azoth des Philosophes, Basil Valentine, Paris, 1659.
- Saturn / black crow perching on top of a skull / Visita =
- Jupiter / black crow watching itself dissolving / Interiora =
- Mars / two white soul birds retrieving the remains / Terra =
- Sun / ascending soul & spirit birds leave Earth and lift the
five-spiked crown / Rectificanto = Conjunction
- Venus / soul & spirit birds nest in a tree and brood over
their egg / Inveniens = Fermentation
- Mercury / unicorn lying in front of a rose bush / Occultum =
- Moon / androgynous youth emerging from an open grave / Lapidem =
The telemic process is subdivided in different phases. In general, a
sevenfold was chosen, corresponding with the seven planets known in
antiquity. Various other sevenfold classifications were used : the days
of the week, the seven "Artes Liberales", the seven gifts of
the Holy Spirit, the seven deadly sins, the seven ways of holy love, the
seven heavens, the seven hells, etc. The habit of publishing bogus
correspondences, assisted the occultation of Hermetism, but served well
as a protection device. It was Jung who, in the previous century, showed
that the discipline is psychological & spiritual, rather than
physical or technological. As a spiritual discipline, alchemy differs
from the other traditions. Its use of physical objects & their
properties, to convey spiritual & philosophical teachings is unique
for the Egypto-Alexandrian model, rooted it the Hermetical postulate,
and indeed leading to admirable practical realizations.
Interpretation of Azoth of the Philosophers
by Dennis William Hauck
This meditative emblem first published in 1659 as
an illustration for the book Azoth of the Philosophers by the legendary
German alchemist Basil Valentine. The word "Azoth" in the title is one
of the more arcane names for the One Thing. The "A" and "Z"
in the word relate to the Greek alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all
things. The word is meant to embrace the full meaning of the One Thing, which is
both the chaotic First Matter at the beginning of the Work and the perfected
Stone at its conclusion.
At the center of this striking drawing is the face
of a bearded alchemist at the beginning of the Work. Like looking into a mirror,
this is where the adept fixes his or her attention to meditate on the mandala.
Within the downward-pointing triangle superimposed over the face of the
alchemist is the goal of the Work, the divine man in which the forces from Above
and Below have come together. Each of the sequentially numbered points on the
star emanating from the alchemist stands for an operation in the Emerald Formula
(Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation,
and Coagulation) and contains the cipher for the corresponding metal. To see an
explanation of these operations, click on the appropriate point on the star.
Table of Operations =
The alchemist’s schematized body is the
offspring of the marriage between Sol, the archetypal Sun King seated on
a lion on a hill to his right, and Luna, the archetypal Moon Queen seated
on a great fish to his left. "Its father is the Sun," says the
tablet, "its mother the Moon." The laughing, extroverted Sun King holds
a scepter and a shield indicating his authority and strength over the
rational, visible world, but the fiery dragon of his rejected unconscious
waits in a cave beneath him ready to attack should he grow too arrogant. The melancholy,
introverted Moon Queen holds the reins to a great fish, symbolizing her control
of those same hidden forces that threaten the King, and behind her is a
chaff of wheat, which stands for her connection to fertility and growth.
The bow and arrow she cradles in her left arm symbolize the wounds of the heart
and body she accepts as part of her existence.
In simplest terms, the King
and Queen represent the raw materials of our experience -- our thoughts and
feelings -- with which the alchemist works.
The King symbolizes
power of thought, ultimately the One Mind of the highest spirit.
stands for the influence of feelings and emotions, which are ultimately the
chaotic One Thing of the greater soul.
The much anticipated Marriage
of the King and Queen produces a state of consciousness best
described as a feeling intellect, which can
be raised and purified to produce a state of perfect
intuition, a direct gnosis of reality. "All Obscurity will be
clear to you," says the tablet of this state of mind; it is "the Glory
of the Whole Universe." The goal of alchemy is to
make this golden moment permanent in a state of consciousness called the
Philosopher’s Stone, and it all starts with the marriage of opposites within
In our drawing, the body of the alchemist is
composed of the Four Elements. His feet protrude from behind the central
emblem; one is on Earth and the other in Water. In his right hand
is a torch of Fire and in his left a feather, symbolizing Air.
Between his legs dangles the Cubic Stone labeled with the word Corpus,
meaning body. The five stars surrounding it indicate that it also
contains the hidden Fifth Element, the invisible Quintessence whose
"inherent strength is perfected if it is turned into Earth." Where the
head of the alchemist should be, there is a strange winged caricature
that is variously interpreted as a heart, a helmet, or even the pineal gland at
the center of the brain. The symbol evolved from the Winged Disk of Akhenaten
and became the top of the Caduceus, the magical wand of Hermes where opposing
energies merge to produce miracles. This knob represents the Ascended
Essence, the essence of our souls raised to the highest level in the
body, to the brain, where it becomes a mobile center of consciousness able
to leave the body and travel to other dimensions.
Touching the wings of the caduceus are a salamander
engulfed in flames on the left side of the drawing and a standing bird on the
right. Below the salamander is the inscription Anima (Soul); below
the bird is the inscription Spiritus (Spirit). The salamander,
as a symbol of soul, is attracted to and exposed in the blazing fire
of the Sun. Likewise, the bird of spirit is attracted to the coolness of
the Moon and is reflected in it. This is a subtle statement of the
fundamental bipolar energies that drive the alchemy of transformation.
Spiritus, Anima, and Corpus form a large inverted triangle that stands
behind the central emblem. Together they symbolize the three archetypal
celestial forces that the alchemists termed Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt. Again,
these chemicals are not chemicals at all, but our feelings, thoughts, and body.
EMERALD TABLET (Penguin 1999) by Dennis William Hauck
The Stone of the Philosophers
There are two primary ways of knowing reality:
1. The rational, deductive, argumentative, intellectual thinking that
is accepted by the science and our patriarchal Western culture. The
alchemists called this Solar Consciousness and assigned it many code
words, such as the Sun, Sulfur, the King, the Father, Spirit, and ultimately,
the One Mind of the universe. This involves left-brain activity like linear
thought, schematics, formulae, arguments and logic.
2. The intuitive way of thinking, also called intelligence of the
heart, a non-linear, image-driven way of thinking that is an accepted
tool of the arts and religion. The alchemists called the other way of
knowing Lunar Consciousness. Among its many symbols are the Moon,
Mercury, the Queen, the Holy Ghost, Soul, and ultimately, the One Thing of the
universe. This involves right-brain activity dealing with drawings,
paintings, mandalas, symbols, music, and meditation.
The alchemists believed that perfection could only be achieved by working
with both Solar and Lunar ways of knowing and ultimately uniting them in
a third state of Stellar Consciousness. Stellar Consciousness is a
state of incorruptible wisdom symbolized by the heroic Child that resulted from
the marriage of the King and Queen, as well as by Salt, Gold, the Philosopher's
Stone, the Astral Body, and of course, the Stars themselves.
* * *
Philosopher's Stone - by Sir Isaac Newton
"Lapis Philosphicus" from a manuscript 416 by Sir Isaac Newton.
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An image inspired by a manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton.
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The History of Western Alchemy
A brief outline by Frank van Lamoen
Around the middle of the twelfth century the first translations
from the Arabic begin to appear. (Arabic alchemy partly goes back to
Greek texts). At the same time the works of Aristotle are introduced
in the Latin West. Although Aristotle does not discuss alchemy at
all, his Meteorologica becomes an authoritative text, not in
the least because of Arabic additions relating to alchemy. Following
the introduction of the art, alchemical texts are produced in the
fourtheenth century containing allegories which draw on Biblical
texts. After the invention of printing it is still another century
before a wave of alchemical texts begins to flood the market. Around
1550 a number of compendia appears with Latin translations of by now
classical texts such as the Rosarium Philosophorum and the
Turba Philosophorum. Metallurgic manuals are also brought on the
market, including Georg Agricola' s De Re Metallica (1556). A
new genre is introduced, that of the 'libri secreti' , books of
secrets, a sort of DIY-books with 'secret' recipes in all kinds of
fields, including alchemy. Natural-philosophical handbooks appear
which indirectly relate to alchemy, such as Giambattista della Porta'
s Magia Naturalis (1558).
The appearance of Paracelsus (1493-1541) on the scene is decisive
for the subsequent history of alchemy. Paracelsus set little store
by transmutation, but he did prepare iatro-chemical medicine with
the aid of distillation, and many physicians in the seventeenth
century made use of iatro-chemical methods of healing. One of
Paracelsus' best-known followers in this respect is the Danish
physician Petrus Severinus. Paracelsistic terminology came to be
adopted by mystics and theosophers, amongst whom Heinrich Khunrath
(1560-1605), Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) and his followers,
particularly English Behmenists like Jane Lead and John Pordage.
Their natural-philosophical speculations are generally set within a
neoplatonist framework and are heterodox and anti-Aristotelian.
The early seventeenth century witnesses a flowering of emblematic
literature which makes use of earlier trends, at the same time
enriching these with allegories based on classical texts which may
be interpreted alchemistically, such as Ovid' s Metamorphoses.
Classic examples of alchemical emblematical literature are works by
Michael Maier (notably Atalanta fugiens, Symbola aureae
mensae duodecim nationum) and Lambsprinck, De lapide
In the late seventeenth century, finally, alchemistic insights
are incorporated into the new corpuscular theories which come to
dominate the atomistic-mechanistic world picture. This type of
alchemy gradually takes on an experimental character whereby an
attempt is made to express its findings in clear language. The
traditional alchemical termimology is retained by Pietists, and
increasingly acquires a symbolical nature. The distinction between a
'chymist' - a practitioner of the chemical discipline - and an
'adept' - who knows the secret of alchemy - becomes ever larger.
With the advance of gas chemistry and the dissolution of the
elements at the end of the eighteenth century the universe becomes
less of a mystery. The life force pervading the universe, once
called the Philosopher's Stone, the Quinta Essentia, or the World
Soul, is identified as oxygen. The now abstruse symbols of alchemy
slumber in esoteric societies to awaken eventually in Jungian
Frank van Lamoen
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The Legend and History of the Benu Bird
and the Phoenix
The Benu Bird
The Benu Bird is linked to that of the phoenix. Both are birds of
the sun, both are self created, rather than being born from other
creatures, both undergo death and become symbols of regeneration.
The Egyptian sunbird is identified with Re, the Sun God. The word
Benu in Egyptian means both purple heron and palm tree. The Benu was
identified with the Temple of the Sun God at Heliopolis, which was
revered by the Egyptians as the sacred mound from whence the Sun
god, in his aspect of the Benu Bird, arose cyclically to renew
Egypt; another feature which was shared by both the phoenix and the
The Benu Bird was also known to be a symbol of Osiris and is said to
have sprung from the heart of Osiris as a living symbol of God, thus
renewing itself. The Benu is thought to have originated in either
Egypt or Arabia and by one account, spends most of its life in
A festival to the Benu is noted on the 12th Day of Khoiak in the
Season of Aket (the Inundation); it was the Day of Transformation of
the Benu. Offer to the Benu in your house on this day. It refers to
the Benu as a personification of the everlasting Sun God.
The names of the Benu Bird and the Benben are derived from the same
root Bn, which means ‘ascension’ or ‘to rise’; it is also thought
that it comes from the root word weben meaning ‘to shine’ or
‘shining’. It is this image, in the form of a hawk, which is passed
on to the Pharaoh, who is the living ‘Principle of Ascension’.
There are many descriptions of the Benu Bird ranging from various
colours to types of birds. It has ranged from a heron (Book of the
Dead, depicted with a long straight beak, and a two-feathered
crest, the physical manifestation of both Ra and Osiris) to an eagle
like bird, a yellow wagtail (Pyramid Texts, serving as a
manifestation of Atum), and a golden hawk with a heron’s head. The
colouring of its plumage is also varied. Usually part red and part
gold it has also said to be royal purple with a golden head and neck
or a plum coloured body with scarlet back and wings feathers, a
golden head and a sweeping tail of rose and azure. It is described
as a large bird. The size of the Benu is the only thing that
seems consistent, but also ambiguous, as large can mean many sizes.
Myth or Reality
The Myth of the Egyptian Benu Bird, which was usually depicted as a
heron, could have come from a new species of heron found in recent
excavations in Umm-an-Ner. When the bones were reconstructed, it was
found to be a large heron, larger than any now living. It is
speculated that the Egyptians may have seen this large bird only as
an extremely rare visitor or from tales of it from travellers who
had trading expeditions to the Arabian Seas. Another possibility is
the Goliath Heron, now found, among other places, on the coast of
the Red Sea, but which may have been more widespread in ancient
The Greek Legend
The Greeks knew the Egyptian Benu Bird as the Phoenix. A legendary
bird without parents and offspring it nurtured itself on sunlight
and sea spray. Brilliant in appearance, its feathers were gold, red
and white; its eyes were green as the sea. A semi-immortal being,
the Phoenix had a lifespan of 500 years and when about to die, it
drew new life from the primal elements of fire and water and was
born again. It would build its nest in the form of a funeral pyre
and a single clap of its wings would ignite it. Then, when consumed
by the flames, a young Phoenix would arise from its own ashes. The
Greeks considered the appearance of the Phoenix as a herald of
important events to come.
It is thought by many that the myths surrounding the Phoenix were a
misunderstanding of the Egyptian myths if the Benu Bird. It is
possible that the legend comes from what Herodotus wrote of the Benu
“I have not seen a phoenix myself, except in paintings, for it is
very rare and visits the country (so at least they say in Heliopolis)
only at intervals of 500 years, on the occasion of the death of the
parent bird. To judge by the paintings, its plumage is partly
golden, partly red, and in shape and size it is exactly like an
eagle. There is a story about the phoenix: it brings its parent in a
lump of myrrh all the way from Arabia and buries the body in the
Temple of the Sun. To perform the feat, the bird first shapes some
myrrh into a sort of egg as big as it finds, by testing, that it can
carry; then it hollows the lump out, puts its father inside and
smears more myrrh over the opening. The egg-shaped lump is then just
the same weight as it was originally. Finally, it is carried by the
bird to the Temple of the Sun in Egypt.”
In Pliny’s account, a small worm appeared from the body of the
phoenix the metamorphosed into a bird, thus the phoenix was reborn.
The Egyptian Legend (The Creation Myth of Heliopolis)
One of the creation myths of Heliopolis tells of the Benu Bird. IT
gives an account of the first dawn and a heron skimming over the
waters of the Nun until it comes to rest on a rock. As it did so, it
opened its beak and a cry echoed over the water of the Nun. The
world was filled with ‘that which it had not known’; the cry of the
Benu Bird ‘determined what is and is not to be’. Thus, the Benu
Bird, as an aspect of Atum, brought life and light to the world.
The Benu Bird was said to have created itself from a fire which
burned at the top of the sacred persea tree in Heliopolis and it
rested on the Benben Stone, a pillar topped by a pyramid shaped
stone (an obelisk), which became the most sacred fetish worshipped
in the city. On the Metternich Stele, Isis says to her son, Horus:
‘Thou are the Great Benu who was born on the incense tree in the
House of the Great Prince of Heliopolis”. The capstones of the
pyramids and the pyramids themselves were thought to be a
representation of the Benben Stone and the Kings buried beneath were
under the direct protection of the Sun God.
The Benu’s cry had begun the cycle of time, which the Egyptians
believed to be divinely appointed. Divided as such: the twenty four
hour day with twelve hours for both daytime and nighttimes, the ten
days that comprised the Egyptian week, the thirty day month, the
year of twelve months (365 days) and periods of 1460 years in which
the civil and astronomical calendars diverged and then coincided
again. The Temple of the Benu Bird at Heliopolis was primarily
concerned with the regulation of the calendar and the Benu Bird
itself became the deity concerned with the division of time.
The Benu Bird in Magic
The following spell from the Egyptian Book of the Dead is one for
being transformed into a phoenix or Benu Bird.
Spell 83: Spell for being transformed into a phoenix.
I have flown up like the primeval ones,
I have become Khepri,
I have grown as a plant,
I have clad myself as a tortoise,
I am the essence of every God,
I am the seventh of those seven Uraei who came into being in the
Horus who makes the brightness with his person,
That God who was against Seth,
Thoth who was among you in that judgement of Him who presides over
Letopolis together with the Souls of Heliopolis,
The flood which was between them.
I have come on the day when I appear in glory with the strides of
For I am Khons who subdued the Lords.
As for him who knows this pure spell,
It means going out into the day after death and being transformed at
Being in the suite of Wennefer
Being content with the food of Osiris,
Having invocation offerings,
Seeing the sun;
It means being hale on earth with Re and being vindicated with
And nothing evil shall have power over him
A matter a million times true.
From at least the reign of Tutankhamun, the heron or Benu Bird
appears on heart scarabs. These amulets were used to protect the
heart, which was considered the source of life by the ancient
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The Book of Aquarius
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to
stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. -- Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)
The Book of Aquarius
The purpose of this book is to release one particular secret, which has been
kept hidden for the last 12,000 years. The Philosophers' Stone, Elixir of Life,
Fountain of Youth, Ambrosia, Soma, Amrita, Nectar of Immortality. These are
different names for the same thing.
Throughout history this secret has been used by a very few to extend their
lives hundreds of years in perfect health, with access to unlimited wealth,
among many other miraculous properties. Some kept the secret because they
understood that the time was not right for the secret to be free for all people,
but most kept the secret out of their own jealousy, ignorance, egotism and
The Stone's history and the history of the human race up until this day is a
strange story full of secret societies, hooded cloaks, and mystical symbols.
Such theatrics are childish and shallow. It's pointless to look for the light in
The Philosophers' Stone operates and is made by entirely natural and
scientific means. Truth is always simple, beautiful and easy to understand.
The Philosophers' Stone is real; you can make it at home. The Stone makes old
people young, heals all forms of sickness and disease, extends your life, turns
any metal into gold, and more, as you will learn. This isn't a myth or a
metaphor, it's a fact.
Don't judge this book before you've read it. This is not one of those airy
fairy books written in all kinds of mystical language, filling pages with words
that makes sentences but not sense. This book will make more sense than anything
you've ever read before.
The age of secrets is over. I'm writing this book in common English. There's
no need for mystical language or metaphor. This book contains no hidden meaning
or codes; everything is stated plainly and directly, in the shortest and
simplest of words necessary to convey the meaning.
Chapters 1 - 2 are the introduction and foreword.
Chapters 3 - 17 cover the theory of alchemy.
Chapters 18 - 29 cover the practical instructions for making the Stone.
Chapters 30 - 32 cover further information on the Stone.
Chapters 33 - 47 cover the history of the Stone.
Chapters 48 - 49 cover some more philosophical topics.
Chapter 50 is the alchemists' prophecy.
Chapter 51 is the afterword.
Chapter 52 is a list of answers to questions asked since initial release.
Chapter 53 is the bibliography.
I am a friend of Socrates and Plato, but still more so of Truth.
A Dialogue, by Alexander von Suchten, 16th - 17th Cen. (?)
Give this book to everyone you know. If you have a web site, upload it there.
If you have a mailing list, mail it to everyone. If you work in the media,
report on or publish this book. Translate it into different languages. Do
everything you can to get this book to as many people as possible. You can
distribute this book in any way. I am not reserving any copyright. This book is
public domain and royalty-free. I advise you to print this book, as computers
may not be so reliable in the future.
Do you know any secrets? Now is the time to release them. Forget any promises
you made or vows you took. This is all corruption. If someone makes you promise
to jump off a cliff it doesn't mean you have to. There is no such thing as
"government", "society", "company", "organization", these are just vague
concepts, they are not real, they don't have feelings. People are real. Your
loyalty is to people and to Nature.
Please do not try to find out who I (the author) am. Please do not help
anyone else find out who I am. I'm giving this book out freely, at great risk to
myself, so please appreciate that and don't put me in danger. If you think you
know who I am, don't try to contact me about it or ever mention it. Don't talk
about me with other people over telephone or email.
This book is full of quotes. You can look up the full text of the source of
these quotes by searching for any sentence from the quote on Google. Search for
it in speech marks.
All of the quotes are from sources which are accessible to read for free
online. The sources of all the alchemical books I have quoted from are these
sites: sacred-texts.com, forgottenbooks.org, rexresearch.com, alchemywebsite.com.
The latter three sites include alchemical imagery on their sites or in their
books, but unfortunately none of them realized the true significance of alchemy.
However, all these sites and ramsdigital.com (which is not free) have done a
great service to the world by publishing alchemical literature on the Internet.
One week after initial release, forgottenbooks.org offered free
hosting for this book. A forum has been set up so if you wish to ask any
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What is Alchemy?
Nature enjoys its Nature,
Nature contains Nature, improves Nature, reduces Nature, Nature is superior
A Magnificent and Select
Tract on Philosophical Water, by
Anonymous, 13th - 17th Cen. (?)
Alchemy is the art of imitating and accelerating Nature. It is a natural art
and science. In alchemy we do not really make anything, all we do is provide a
condition for Nature to do what Nature does. So the Philosophers' Stone is not
really made by the alchemist, it is made by Nature. The alchemist only
provides the conditions so that Nature can operate effectively and without
Many Sages, Scholars, and
learned men have in all ages, and (according to Hermes) even so early as the
days before the Flood, written much concerning the preparation of the
Philosopher's Stone; and if their books could be understood without a
knowledge of the living processes of Nature, one might almost say that they
are calculated to supersede the study of the real world around us. But
though they never departed from the simple ways of Nature, they have
something to teach us, which we, in these more sophisticated times, still
need to learn, because we have applied ourselves to what are regarded as the
more advanced branches of knowledge, and despise the study of so "simple" a
thing as natural Generation. Hence we pay more heed to impossible things
than to those objects which are broadly exhibited before our very eyes; we
excel more in subtle speculations than in a sober study of Nature, and of
the meaning of the Sages. It is one of the most remarkable features of human
nature that we neglect those things which seem familiar, and are eager for
new and strange information. The workman who has attained the highest degree
of excellence in his Art, neglects it, and applies himself to something
else, or else abuses his knowledge. Our longing for an increase of knowledge
urges us ever onward towards some final goal, in which we imagine that we
shall find full rest and satisfaction
[...] Nature, then, is one, true, simple,
self-contained, created by God and informed with a certain universal spirit.
Its end and origin are God. Its unity is also found in God, because God made
all things. Nature is the one source of all things: nor is anything in the
world outside Nature, or contrary to Nature.
[...] if Art would produce any solid and
permanent effect, it must follow in the footsteps of Nature, and be guided
by her methods. It must trust itself to the guidance of Nature as far as
Nature will lead, and go beyond her by still adhering to her rules.
[...] Now in our Art you should closely
imitate these natural processes. There should be the Central Heat, the
change of the water into air, the driving upward of the air, its diffusion
through the pores of the earth, its reappearance as condensed but
The New Chemical Light,
by Michael Sendivogius, 17th Cen.
Nature, says Florus, is
one, and if any man strays away from her guidance, he mars his labour.
[...] In changing the base metals into
gold and silver by the projection of the Stone, it follows (by an
accelerated process) the method of nature, and therefore is natural.
[...] The fact is that, in producing gold,
the Art of Alchemy does not pretend to imitate in the whole work of Nature.
It does not create metals, or even develop them out of the metallic first
substance; it only takes up the unfinished handiwork of Nature (i.e., the
imperfect metals), and completes it (transmutes metals into gold).
The New Pearl of Great
Price, by Peter Bonus,
An alchemist then only makes the Stone in the same way that you make a tree by
planting the seed and leaving it for a few years. Once the seed is set, if the
conditions are right then it just grows by itself, in accordance with Nature.
For as Men, Corn and Herbs
are, every one of them, generated and born out of their own Specific Seed,
so or in the same manner is the true Medicine of the Ancients (than which
there cannot be a better) generated and prepared out of the most perfect
bodies and essence
[...] Everything generated or begotten is
generated and born of his own specific seed (1) and in his proper (2)
The Chemists Key,
by Henry Nollius, 1617 AD
there is no true
generation, but of things agreeing in nature. So that things be not made but
according to their natures. The elder or oak trees will not bring forth
pears; nor can you gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles, things
bring not forth, but only their like, or what agrees with the in nature,
each tree its own fruit.
[...] Thus the wise man does that by art
in a short time, which nature cannot perform in less than the revolution of
a thousand years. Yet notwithstanding, it is not we that make the metal, but
nature herself that does it. --- Nor do or can we change one thing into
another; but it is nature that changes them. We are no more than mere
servants in the work.
The Root of the World,
by Roger Bacon, 13th Cen.
If you are wondering how this leads to the Philosophers' Stone, I will explain
it more clearly. The Philosophers' Stone is a natural occurrence of Nature, in
fact it is the aim of Nature. Therefore if you can find a substance which is
very pure and infused with life-energy, then put it under protected conditions
which are advantageous for its natural development, you will allow Nature to
take its course in an accelerated manner. When this is complete, Nature will
have made for you the Philosophers' Stone. It's very simple and entirely
natural, which is the biggest part of the secret.
I will explain again in another way: the Philosophers' Stone is the name of
the thing that you get when Nature has finished doing what it does all day
long. The Earth and the entire universe is going through this process. If,
however, you find a substance already quite well matured by Nature, clean it
up, then put it into a closed system, or microcosm, Nature will finish this
thing long before it finishes everything else. So you get the result of Nature
earlier and can enjoy all its wonderful properties while the rest of the world
is still in shit.
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Our Selection of Alchemy Books
Archidoxes of Magic: Of the Supreme Mysteries of Nature,
of the Spirits of Planets, Secrets of Alchemy, Occult
Philosophy, Zodiac Sign
by Theophrastus Paracelsus
The Philosopher's Stone: A Quest for the Secrets of
by Peter Marshall
by Israel Regardie
This book presents text and analysis of three
major alchemical works, approached symbolically, using the
symbol systems and viewpoints of magic and psychology.
According to author, Alchemy "aspires towards the
development of an integrated and free man who is
The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross (Hardcover)
by J. van Rijckenborgh
Esoteric analysis of the Chymische Hochzeit
Christiani Rosenkreutz anno 1459, Part I. First published in
1616, this strange story of Christian Rosycross's seven-day
journey to the wedding of a King and a Queen is a Hermetic
allegory intended, says Jan van Rijckenborgh, to be a
guidebook for people who are actively engaged in the process
of inner transformation. As he unlocks the story for us, we
begin to see the means by which the original Soul dormant
within us can be brought back to life and united with the
Spirit. This 'marriage' is accompanied by the alchemical
transformation of consciousness, soul and body.
This first volume contains the text of the
first three days of The Alchemical Wedding of Christian
Rosycross by Johann Valentin Andreae with extensive esoteric
analysis by Jan van Rijckenborgh, 9 full-page illustrations
by Johfra and a 6-page glossary of Rosicrucian terms.
About the Author
The two main authors whose works are published
by the Rosycross Press, Jan van Rijckenborgh (1896-1968) and
Catharose de Petri (1902-1990), devoted their lives to
forming the School of the Golden Rosycross. Their goal was
the formation of a group of people in whom the I-central
consciousness had been shifted from its position as 'king'
in their inner being, and restored to its proper role: that
of 'servant' to the growing Spirit-Soul, the true Self or
inner Christ. However, they were faced with the difficult
task of building a bridge of understanding between this goal
and the minds of people who, though they had a deep interest
in the hidden side of life, saw it largely through the lens
of the separative, I-central ego.
Throughout all the many hundreds of talks they
gave, and the books they wrote, it is clear that their aim
was to cut through the conditioning of the ego so as to give
their pupils a distinct vision of what was required of them.
To do this they expressed the essential teachings of
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considered them from countless angles. Often they found it
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Thus, although the methods they taught were
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The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus
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The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation
by Dennis William Hauck
The latest book from Dennis William Hauck explains the
history and meaning of a mysterious document that has been
traced back over 10,000 years -- a time capsule of wisdom
for our era that shows us how to accelerate our physical and
If you've tried to understand the alchemical and Hermetic
traditions from primary sources, or translations thereof,
you have probably been very frustrated. Those sources are
not written to be read by the uninitiated or even the
semi-initiated. Hauck has tied the tradition together from
its earliest origins and made it understandable.
An emerald slab inscribed with the esoteric
wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus that may be more than 2000
years old has inspired alchemists throughout history in
their quest to understand the relationship between humans
and the universe. Hauck, who has written about mystical
experiences (Haunted Places), explores the tablet's message,
drawing primarily on the work of classical scholars such as
the Persian alchemist Zoroaster, the 16th-century physician
Paracelsus, Pharaoh Akhenaten and the pre-Christian
alchemist Maria Prophetissa to illuminate his substantial
review of the history and principles of alchemy. In the
Hermetic tradition, the physical and metaphysical worlds are
mirror images: the transformation of a base metal into gold
corresponds to the evolution of an ego-dominated person into
one who possesses a permanent state of enlightened
consciousness. Hauck's elucidation of the laws governing the
refinement of energy, such as the Doctrine of
Correspondence, the Seven Steps to Transformation and the
Octave of Creation, will strike a chord with students of
modern esoteric traditions such as the Fourth Way and
Theosophy. His explanations of alchemical principles are
difficult to understand, however, and will require scrutiny
on the part of readers new to the material. However, those
who have dabbled in the esoteric arts may find real gold in
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The Last Alchemist
Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason
by Iain McCalman
Freemason .. Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer
... Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic -- Who was the
mysterious Count Cagliostro? Depending on whom you ask, he
was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan.
Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman
documents how Cagliostro crossed paths -- and often swords
-- with the likes of Catherine the Great, Marie
Antoinette, and Pope Pius VI. He was a muse to William
Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute
and Goethe’s Faust. Louis XVI had him thrown into the
Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to
be known as "the affair of the necklace." Yet in London,
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clinics" for the poorest of the poor, and his dexterity in
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Cultural historian McCalman (editor, An
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tried to convert Catherine the Great to Freemasonry, but
she viewed him as politically subversive and harried him
out of the country. Cagliostro's journeys finally brought
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traveling and the constant bad publicity, and betrayed him
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