Category Archives: alchemy

Ars Geometrica: Red Rock…

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We are reminded of an ‘old’ Poem:

THE CONVERSION OF ADAM

We call you Red-Rock
Rain-Stone
Mud-Man…

We breathe and you move
Amazed and wondrous
Made ponderous and slow by millennia…

How can you
Adam
When naming beasts of air
River and sea
Field and tree
Adam
Loathe the toil of earth?

And inevitably of the First Matter which comprises three Spirituous Essences…
And suddenly the ‘penny drops’…

There are only three elements because we comprise the fourth,
Or the first: Salt is not of Earth it is of Water,
Fire is Sulphur and Mercury is Air.

…And then the ‘cogs’ begin to turn.

Just like the leaves of an ancient tome…

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Ars Geometrica: Many Tongues…

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Leaves ‘Seven’ and ‘Eight’:

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‘…What is sown ingloriously is raised in glory…’

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‘…What is sown in corruption is raised incorrupt…’

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But no, as it turned out, many were the tongues and many the hands employed in the endeavour though the Mind alone appeared to be one…

The illustrated operations were clearly linked to that first image and to the directions and descriptions of the ‘second’ leaf.

For ‘glory’ read gold, the incorruptible metal…

The symbols were those familiar to any magician as the elements, Water, Air, Fire and Earth.

What deeper meanings did they contain?

What lay behind the reflected image?

We turned the ‘Eighth’ Leaf…
…And found the earlier reflection split.

Leaves ‘Nine’ and ‘Ten’

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‘…The first Adam was made a living soul, the last shall be a quickening spirit…’

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‘…What is sown a natural body will be raised a spiritual body…’

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Is the First and Last Adam even a concept in, ‘The Book’?

Nature and spirit, sowing and being raised…
Souls alive and Spirits quickened?

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Full Circle: Finding the way home?

The Silent Eye

In spite of the rainbow that had greeted our arrival in Cumbria, the skies looked none too promising as we gathered beneath the shelter of the park gate in Penrith. The chill winds of December had brought showers, but at least, for the first afternoon, there would be a little cover. We could only hope that the following day would bring better weather.  Not that rain would stop us. Since the downpour we had encountered in Scotland, we had accepted that rain was a natural benediction… a blessing and a cleansing beyond the gift of Man and, therefore, a perfect way to start a weekend of spiritual exploration.

We had chosen to begin at Penrith Castle, built between 1399 and 1470, probably on the site of a much earlier Roman encampment, as part of the defences against raiders from Scotland. Once thought to have been first built by William Strickland…

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A Seer Speaks…

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“There are three worlds which we can seen while we are still in the body:

the earth-world, the mid-world and the sky-world.

The shining beings belong to the mid-world,

while the opalescent beings belong to the sky-world.

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I cannot decide whether or not the life and state of these beings

is superior to the life and state of maknind.

They themselves are certainly more beautiful,

and their worlds seem to be more beautiful than our own world.

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Among the shining beings there does not appear to be any individualised life.

If one of them raises a hand they all raise their hand.

If one drinks from a fire-fountain, they all do likewise.

They seem to move and have their existence in a being other than themselves

for which they act as a sort of body.

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Theirs is a collective life and so calm

that we might have more varied thoughts

in five hours than they would have in five years,

yet one feels an extraordinary purity and exaltation about their existence.

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Beauty of form has with them never been broken up by the passions

which arise in the developed egotism of human beings.

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Some of the tribes of these shining beings

seem to be little more than one being

manifesting in many beautiful forms.

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Among the opalescent beings in the sky-world,

there is an even closer spiritual unity,

but also a much greater individuality.”

– Seeing the Unseen

 

 

 

 

Seeing the Unseen…

 

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“There is a distinction between images seen in the ‘memory of nature’,

and the vision of actual beings now existent in the inner world.

Just as one may close one’s eyes and see a vivid picture memory

in the mind’s eye, or, one may look and see actual images with the physical eyes.

When seeing these inner beings the physical eyes may be open or shut

but if open these beings are not seen with the physical eyes.

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It is comparatively easy to see while at ancient monuments

because such places are naturally charged with psychical forces

and were for that reason made use of long ago and deemed sacred.

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The inner beings fall into two classes; those which shine,

and those which are opalescent and appear lit from within.

It is very difficult to intelligbly describe either class of being.

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The first time I saw the shining beings I was lying on a hillside.

I was listening to the music of the air and to what seemed to be the sound of bells

and was trying to understand the aerial clashing in which each gust of wind seemed to

break upon another with an ever changing, silvery sound.

Then the space before me grew luminous

and I saw one beautiful shining being after another.

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The first opalescent being I saw, there was initially just a dazzle of light,

and then I realised that this light came from the heart

of a tall figure seemingly made of air.

Throughout the transparent body ran a radiant, electrical fire

of which the heart seemed central.

Around the head and through the waving luminous hair

which was blown about the body like living strands of gold,

there appeared flaming wings like auras.

Light seemed to stream outwards from all directions

and the effect of this vision left an extraordinary lightness, and ecstatic joy, of being.”

– A Seer Speaks