‘…As all things are discovered by one,
alone through contemplation,
so all things are born from this one,
alone by permutation…
… Its father is the Sun,
its mother is the Moon,
the Wind bears it in its belly,
the Earth nurtures it in its heart…’
The Emerald Tablet
‘Yellow represents the Circle of the Spirit’…
‘In truth, it is certain and without doubt,
that whatever is above tends toward that which is below…
… And whatever is below tends toward that which is above,
for the accomplishment of the One Perfected Thing…’
The Emerald Tablet
‘Grey represents Spirit mediating between Soul and Body’…
Circle – Sun – Spirit
… After satisfactorily explaining
the nature of the Earthly Realm,
The Alchemists turned their attentions to the stars…
Crescent – Moon – Soul
To those heavenly bodies
which seemingly ‘wandered’ across the fixed backdrop of the constellations,
they gave the generic name planets,
and held them in especial reverence.
Cross – Earth – Body-Matter
The symbolic system they developed
to designate the planetary beings
also linked them to the human psyche.
‘Orange represents Expansion through Wisdom’…
… Not content with speculations
on the nature of the physical world,
their deductions led the Alchemists to contemplations
of a metaphysical nature…
If Magical Elements could be transmuted
each into the other
then they must ultimately be equivalent.
They posited a fifth element
which possessed all the properties of the other four,
and called it the Quintessence…
‘White represents the Crescent of the Soul’…
…These observations led the Alchemists to conceive
a set of qualities for the Magical Elements
which would explain their transmutation from one to the other.
Earth is Cold and Dry
Water is Cold and Moist
Air is Moist and Hot
Fire is Hot and Dry
Make Earth Hot to get Fire
Make Earth Moist to get Water.
It can be seen that Earth cannot become Air
without first becoming Fire or Water and vice versa.
Similarly, Fire cannot become Water
without first becoming Earth or Air and vice versa.
All of which… is a very subtle conception for ‘primitives’.
‘Red represents Matter over Spirit’…