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THE QUANTUM AWAKENING – ISSUE #162 AUGUST 2012 – by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan | Spiritual Transition

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English: Quartzite sculpture of a baboon (c. 1400 BC), depicting the Egyptian god Thoth, in the British Museum (London). britishmuseum.org EA 38 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE QUANTUM AWAKENING – ISSUE #162 AUGUST 2012 – by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan | Spiritual Transition.

 

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Created, Channeled, Written, Published and Copyrighted

 

since 1986 with Love by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

 

 

 

 

 

This newsletter is Spirit Driven and  has been in circulation since 1986.

 

It reaches a core group of millions of dedicated Planetary LightWorkers.

 

One to one, light to Light, it births itself into completion from that point forward

 

 

 

This newsletter is lovingly crafted by Spirit

 

Any imperfections in spelling and grammar only enhance its beauty and uniqueness.

 

 

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

*** Guardians of the last Hope

 

*** Thoth ‘the Atlantean’  

 

*** THE MAGDALENE SPEAKS

 

*** Sometimes ‘Wanting What You Get ‘Is Better That ‘Getting What You Want’

 

*** 13TH GATE Dodecahedron Crystals

 

*** ISIS ORBS

 

*** 6th Annual Gathering of She ‘the Galactic She ‘ Smokey Mts. Tennessee

 

*** Cosmic Classified ADS

 

 

 

 

 

Guardians of the Last Hope

 

As received by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

 

 

 

We all come to an intersection of self and soul, light and dark, gray matter and everything in-between. August has asked us to walk forward into the dark passageways of time using only the light we hold in our heart. It has wrapped its energies around us like a boa squeezing us until we say ‘uncle.’  

 

This month has demanded our undivided attention.  Like glass, we have shattered only to be replaced with a solar mirror reflection of what is possible. We have been asked to expand past any perimeters of lack or limitation into a place of undiluted freedom. This month has sent some button pushing master teachers in the form of anyone and anything we have a charged reaction to. It has asked us to bend over touch our cosmic toes and still balance on the high wire of light, all the while juggling our regular life.

 

The teachings of August have been like a drill sergeant in your face, breaking down all that does not serve one. You cannot run, hide or shield yourself from these learning’s, as they stick to one like a cosmic spider web. August has always been a month of transformation, pushing us into new teachings before the colors change in the autumn. Breathing deeply and continually asking for divine insight and clarity will bring one to edge of their old selves. Like a fledging you can be pushed from the comfy nest or learn to fly on your own. The mechanics of manifestation and creation is being re-defined.  The words ‘want and need’ will no longer describe who you are.  The words “have, create, deserve, receive” will be where you land.  

 

Humanity is the only species that was made in the Creator’s image holding all the credentials for doing great feats. We are the last Hope of a loving God that sees the future of this blue-green sphere and is dependant upon humanity to move past its self-imposed trials and tribulations.  Finally securing its place in the universe. We the people can never stop believing in better days, in the goodness of mankind, and  in universal justice.  We can never stop believing in our dreams, for ourselves and those we love.

 

Darkness feeds on doubt and fear. It wants us to give up and give in to a bleak future with no hope. We are the Guardians of the last Hope fueled by the Creators belief and faith in us it is our mission and duty to hold this Light of Hope high for all to see. Let your light shine on what seems like the darkest of days. For one spark of Hope can ignite an entire world. The very word ‘Hope is a #8 vibration’ connecting us endlessly in an upward spiral to the heavenly realms.

 

 

 

 

 

Thoth ‘the Atlantean’  

 

As received by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

 

 

 

I am He who advances on the waves and the intricacies of wisdom that is held shadowed and hidden from the self that sees not. I am He who unfolds himself in each of the atomic structures of your body. I represent all that is hidden within your thoughts, within the angles of your heart and the perspective of your motives. I am Thoth. The Atlantean.

 

 I come on this day as I see each of you reaching outward to become more, reaching upward to longitudes of knowledge that you once sat upon. You will become sublimated on levels of knowledge drawing the moisture of your wisdom into a place that has been parched and dry of truth. Contracting as a spring that pulses upward and then bounds out to places unknown and unmapped.

 

You shall dwell in the caverns of your own thoughts, of your own ideas of what peace shall be, of what love shall be, of what your future shall be. For as the ancient scrolls that hold your Akashic history, you re-write the story of your existence. You compound what has been stretched and sought by the Light within, condensing it into a structure that is easy to house.

 

Your body and its energy systems represent a microcosm of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Queen’s Chamber, in the center represents the human and divine heart. The King’s Chamber represents the third eye, Eye of Ra. The Invisible capstone, the Apex represents the crown chakra. Think of that divine pyramidal structure and all of its heavenly alignments and chambers of attunement.

 

In upcoming time there will be an initiatory surge of frequency within your own biology as well as the dormant hidden chambers within the Great Pyramid. There will be an opening of your High Heart, your Christed Heart. It will awaken as directed by an atomic cellular clock. As it awakens, the Chamber of the Son/Sun (Christ chamber in-between Kings and Queens chamber) within the Great Pyramid of Giza will also experience a molecular change.

 

The point above your human heart awakens from a timed sleep and begins to know itself again. It is the place that holds the vibration of the ‘Quantum Christ’. It is in this place that a stellar ‘Second Coming’ is activated.  It is a sacred point, an opening, a chamber that houses wisdom.  Wisdom goes beyond truth and you each are guardians of these ‘Chambers of Wisdom’.

 

You of earth are guardians/ keepers of sacred encodings. They will open as a flower that has been in bud too long seeking to know itself as a flower. Your dreams of old have fallen off you like petals on a plucked rose they no longer serve who you are becoming. This new molecular instruction will allow new direction for your light. You will move naturally toward vibrations that instruct you into a different knowledge that serves the new shift in consciousness.

 

I, Thoth, come to awaken you to the cosmic by-pass of the heart. Your heart has gathered too much debris of your own making.  You have scooted to the back of your heart trying hard to keep it all out of your way. As the Quantum Christ Is Awakened within your high heart and the Chamber of the Son/Sun is awakened within the Great Pyramid, you will be lifted above the gathering of earthly conflict, confusion, and debris. It is from this point that you will be able to dissolve the tears and the fears that have followed you in shadow dance.

 

You No longer need sit in the shadow of what could have been, what should have been.  Energies and programming of old try to keep you hostage in a prediction that no longer exists. Step out of time and step in time with what seeks your approval. The pictures of life do not reveal the whole puzzle.  Celebrate the birth of the Quantum Christ within yourself and see from the top of your light what is possible. I am Thoth keeper of what is to come.

 

 

 

 

 

THE MAGDALENE SPEAKS

 

As received by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

 

 

 

I am the vibration, the energy and the clarity of the one that is known as the Magdalene.  As Time written unhooks herself, she looks for the ancient tales that she has been dragging behind her for far too long.  I as the vibration of the Magdalene. I have waited for this time, this day, this place to announce in the fullness of Light in front of God, country, man, and religion what it truly means to love so deeply a man that has been become Christed and seen brighter than a sun.  I have waited long to be acknowledged as a partner in Light.  In this acknowledgement of my union with Christ I do not wish to belittle others, nor I do not wish to strong-arm any religion, bending it to my truth.  I do not wish to cause controversy in a world already full of upheavals. 

 

I represent all women. Those that love without cause or justification. Those that cry for all those that refuse to feel or show pain. I represent that which is unfounded and yet eternal of nature. That which does not cease. I am the hidden text within the light exposing that which is deep in the womb of time. I have always been depicted as sketches in time to show what was hidden.  Each day I too would fight my fears and nightmares as I walked in a world that was fast asleep. A world that could not nor cannot see what is right in front of them.

 

All that I have stood for from the beginning of time is a feminine Christed possibility. I represent the Goddess, the mother the feminine within all that is human and female. I but mirror the abilities that those of my teachings need to embrace finally allowing this sacred marriage to be seen in the fullness of time and sacred text. I have acknowledged my own divinity by embracing the Son of God within my own heart and body. His holy presence, which mirrored my own, consumed me. I created from a different angle of light than he, bringing new colors to the rainbow of earth. 

 

It is not that I wish acknowledgement myself for over 2000 years of historical displacement but I want earth to embrace the fact that a Christed bloodline lives physically within the bodies of many, on earth.    So many have focused on the injustice that was done to me as I was swept under the rug of time and cut from the pages of the ancient scrolls but all of that to me is water poured unto a river, it matters not.

 

What I want acknowledged is neither the harshness of my existence nor the secrecy of it.  What I want to bring forth is the holy bloodline. A physical bloodline that hosts a myriad of holy abilities.  Many religions in your world have sequestered the truths away, keeping the masses in torturous devices of falsehoods.  Many religions see Christ the man so holy that for him to have even touched or loved a woman in a desirous way would make him less than, too human, too weak, to every be a god.

 

What this says loud and clear is that love and marriage is not holy, is not divine and is considered unclean by many that wear dim robes of disgust.  Religion looks at the very thought of Jesus actually loving someone, as something that is detrimental to his divine memory, harmful to his Holiness. Marriage is a creation of a divine trinity. It is when two acknowledge a deep binding love and create a divine contract blessed by God. 

 

I came to earth as a Daughter of Light. A daughter of light that lost her way for many years, looking for what she could not see.  A Daughter of Light, that searched through sacred text and traveled many a mile to find what was Holy, what was truth and what was to come.

 

In my humanness I got lost and forgot. Then one day I came eye to eye with my Beloved.  As the darkness of my eyes and the blueness of His came together we were as two galaxies finally touching, and remembering they were once one.  The vastness of that connection created a ripple effect through time. 

 

We have always been a Sacred Couple, married throughout time without question. We sequestered our love deep behind glances, behind touches, behind truths that were passed back and forth.  He knew of what was to come, as did I.  I had dreamt so many times of his death, he would comfort me in the night.  These were part of the demons that he cast out for I had the dreams many years before I ever met him.  He knew that all of those nightmares held me in shackles, and pain.  It was my mortification and then he released me.  As he did a great black veil was lifted from my heart, from my eyes.  I saw my light and destiny with such clarity I never faltered once from that knowing.

 

In his walk upon earth, he was lonely beyond words. We had been in contact since we were children, many times in the same location and just like children, we would tease one another, he was a red head and full of mischief. For in his humanness he was to enjoy life as he searched for the answers to the questions he held deep in his heart. We knew our earthly human forms were destined to meet but that was far in the future through the eyes of a child. We worked together as one light in the ethers and places of dream.  Always we were aware of the sacrifices that were to come and held every minute, every touch, as pearls, precious and single. 

 

I do not come forth to be seen as a victim for never, ever was I a victim of anything or anyone.  Always I have held strong of what I knew to be truth and what I knew to be destiny.  We knew that our time upon earth was miniscule compared to eternity.   I was to stay on the planet and birth a bloodline that would be remembered 2000 years. When the eyes of humanity look upon the Magdalene in any form, a deep memory will be triggered. As that memory wells up in the heart and eyes of earth holiness continues.  Imagine this Christ DNA as a string of Christmas lights, being wrapped around the world.

 

I am the Magdalene – I represent the feminine Christ.  I represent what you are to become in every aspect of your life.  A female that is a prophetess, a female that can see the future, a female that knows that every minute counts, a female that acknowledges her holiness and her ability to interact with all of life and earth.  It is this that I give you as a gift. 

 

 

 

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The Magdalene took the Christed child to the Great Pyramid to receive the full downloading of the Christ seed. The force of the Great Pyramid activated the child broadcasting to all points of light in the stars. A vortex of love was birthed within a vortex of power as three met and became One.  The sacred site moved forward in its own postponed evolution as this unselfish act took place.

 

The child was born prematurely being small and delicate of nature this downloading insured her survival.  The trinity was then filled in deed and destination. The Christ child of the sacred marriage came early due to the stress of the Magdalene and the loss and transmigration of her deepest love. So many tears came but so many tears were held back, her body became toxic with emotion as she held the child of light in her womb.  The child came early and unexpectedly in a place that only destiny knows. The very earth herself on that day moved just as the star had moved during the birth of Christ himself. The most un-holiest of places became holy and to this day and time no one has seen that.

 

 

 

 

 

SOMETIMES ‘WANTING WHAT YOU GET ‘

 

IS BETTER THAT ‘GETTING WHAT YOU WANT’

 

As received by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

 

 

 

A portal of possibilities exists at every turn of ones life. Are you brave enough to enter a place of holiness and risk losing yourself to a higher light? What is it you really want and are you ready to receive it?

 

The very energy of the word ‘WANT’ is a Portal, an Entrance and EXIT.   Want is a #13 vibration, which asks one to go to the edge, jump and learn to fly on the way down. It asks one to walk into the invisible and step without fear. 13 is all about the courage ‘to be, Just BE’.

 

As you sit in the center of all you once were and all that you are destined to become, you come to point of clear knowing. The longing for what you once desired changes forever. In the recognition of completeness there are no needs, there are no desires, there are no wants. All is automatically filled by its corresponding parts of completion.

 

You enter a place of pure emptiness. A place where you are hollow and ready to receive. You have completely emptied out of what you once thought you were suppose to do, and supposed to be. in the emptiness of all that you are, there is a complete fullness.  When something is full and complete, the next step is emptying and the learning continues eternally.

 

Light defines itself as light. The light holds the original blueprint of all things that have ever been birthed. Light comes in many shades. Think of the times you tried to match white to white or black to black, in clothing or in paint. There are thousands of shades of white and there are thousands of depths of black.

 

On this planet of duality, you are given the task of dissecting the light and dark and gray matter of life as you look for truth. Humanity tends to stay close to the borders of light edging on darkness, straddling the razor-blade fence.

 

Humanity is now asked to do the cosmic wash and  swim through all the dingy whites and dive deep into the  abyss of the darks, the grays,  and the blacks without coming up any whiter or any darker then one originally entered. In other words, you are to come fully into your experience of life not judging the many shades of white , nor judging the many shades of gray. As you sup upon the  higher light, you will taste the very sweetest to the most bitter.

 

It would be a very bland world if everything were homespun vanilla. The ups and downs of who you know yourself to be, has brought to you the character lines of your heart. Walking the path of poverty and prosperity has given you both the pauper and the prince’s viewpoint and thus has seasoned you well.  stand tall in this knowing that everything is perfect. We are the Council of Light, all shades of light.

 

 

 

 

 

13TH GATE CRYSTALS

 

The ’13th‘ Gate Crystals are rainbow light-filled crystalline dodecahedron. These crystals are Brazilian of birth but the crystal matrix within them is pure light. They have the ability to lead us through the hall of reflections through the solar mirror, home to our true selves.  The ’13th‘ Gate Crystals show us the 12 faces of self, seen from a different point of time at each angle. The prodigal light comes home after a journey that was successful yet long and arduous. New light aspects meet each other as the 13th face (the I AM Christ presence) looks into and upon the 12 crystalline reflections of the 13th Gate Crystal.

 

As you look into at each beautiful face of this crystal geometry you will see one of the 12 reflections of you. The 12 faces help you heal thru the fullness of time. In that fullness, there is a saturation that occurs that is immensely healing. In that saturation the 13th Gate is opened.  You understand that you are complete as is. You come home to the true realization about the vastness of your humanness and your natural ability to be light.

 

Within these special decahedrons live a myriad of rainbows each prismatic reflection is but a beautiful part of you. Rainbows in crystals are especially good as meditation tools for working deep within the subconscious. They work well to lighten the mood for people experiencing sadness, or depression. Just holding a rainbow crystal can lighten your mood. Rainbow crystals are also very good at drawing negativity from a room or a situation. Always cleanse a crystal that has been used to clear negativity by letting it sit in the sunshine for a while.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE DODECAHEDRON SHAPE

 

 

 

The dodecahedron corresponds to the 12 levels of the known UNIVERSE. The Dodecahedron has been a source of metaphysical interest for at least 2000 years. Like a crystal or gem, its facets and symmetries compel your eyes and hearts to observe life more deeply. Some have believed that the Dodecahedron represents a solidified form of Divine thought. To contemplate this geometric symbol was to engage in meditation upon the Divine. Today many people believe there is a lost knowledge residing in the past, slowly being rediscovered via crystals that are newly mined and faceted to allow the information to be released.

 

Historically the dodecahedron has symbolized the concept of a fifth element, Ether (Aether) or Universe. It represents the perfect mediation of the infinite and the finite, the sphere and the cube, the circle and the square. The Dodecahedron has 12 faces and 20 vertices. Each shape can easily be transformed into the other by truncation or stellation. Twelve is the number of what is completed, that which forms a whole, a perfect and harmonious unit. It corresponds to the plenitude, the completion of all that is. Twelve is the number of the disciples accompanying the great Masters of history.

 

 

 

 

 

ISIS ORBS

 

 

 

The vibration of Isis mirrors all women, in the teaching of how to gain control of ones own power. These beautiful selenite orbs are aligned with the Goddess Isis and all she encompasses. Isis, the Egyptian goddess of rebirth is an image of the empowered feminine. The goddess Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, the goddess of the Sky.  The goddess Isis spent time among her people, teaching women how to grind corn and make bread, spin flax and weave cloth, and how to tame men enough to live with them.  Isis taught her people the skills of reading and agriculture and was worshipped as the goddess of medicine and wisdom.  The goddess Isis, a moon goddess, gave birth to Horus, the god of the sun. Together, Isis and Horus created and sustained all life and were the saviors of their people.

 

Isis became the most powerful of the gods and goddesses in the ancient world. Ra, the God of the Sun, originally had the greatest power, but Ra was uncaring, and the people of the world suffered greatly during his reign. The goddess Isis tricked him by mixing some of his saliva with mud to create a poisonous snake that bit him, causing him great suffering which she then offered to cure. He eventually agreed.  Isis informed Ra that, for the cure to work, she would have to speak his secret name (which was the source of his power over life and death). Reluctantly, he whispered it to her. When Isis uttered his secret name while performing her magic, Ra was healed. But the goddess Isis then possessed his powers of life and death, and quickly became the most powerful of the Egyptian gods and goddesses, using her great powers to the benefit of the people.

 

The ancient Egyptian goddess Isis has many gifts to share with modern women. Isis embodies the strengths of the feminine, the capacity to feel deeply about relationships, the act of creation, and the source of sustenance and protection.  At times Isis could be a clever trickster empowered by her feminine wiles rather than her logic or brute strength, but it is also the goddess Isis who shows us how we can use our personal gifts to create the life we desire rather than simply opposing that which we do not like.

 

 

 

Pink Selenite is a pink/to peach hued gorgeous healing stone that has the basic properties of selenite but takes it to a higher level into the heart light. This is a beautiful stone soothing to the touch and to the eye, with wonderful soft calming energies; I am really impressed with the energy of this stone. It is all about heart and healing softly.

 

Selenite is an ancient stone, a calm stone that instills deep peace.   It has an ethereal quality and is said to inhabit the place between light and matter.  Selenite can detach entities from the aura and prevent anything external from influencing the mind. They can be used to see the future or to view what has happened in the past. Selenite shields a person or space from outside influences.  Selenite can evoke protection from the angelic realm and also dispels negative energy.  Selenite clears confusion and is a powerful disperser and stabilizer for erratic emotions.

 

Selenite helps with stress and pain. Can be used to heal the connections to people and past events. Used in relationships to heal a rift, and allow a more peaceable end., Selenite is powerful enough to clear and reprogram quartz and other sacred objects. Place by your front door to invite angels into your home. Use Selenite for sweeping your aura clearing negative energy or entities that have attached themselves. , Selenite is named after Selene, an ancient goddess. Selenite is the crystal of sacred partnerships, in love and relationships.  Selenite is a powerful crystal of psychic communication. It aids connection with the ancestors, angels and spirit guides guardians. It also promotes the recall of dreams as well as future / past lives.

 

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The Art of Scrying | in5d.com | Esoteric, Spiritual and Metaphysical Database

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The Art of Scrying | in5d.com | Esoteric, Spiritual and Metaphysical Database.

Scrying can be an auto-deepening trance process that progresses in stages using tools such as a crystal ball, or other medium. Initially, the medium serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this is achieved, the scryer begins a free association with the perceived images suggested, for instance in a crystal ball, by the tiny inclusions, web-like faults and/or the cloudy glow within the ball under low light (i.e. candlelight).

The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is done with the intent of deepening the trance state, wherein the scryer hears their own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement of a final and desired end stage in which visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the mind’s eye of the scryer, like an inner movie. This overall process reputedly allows the scryer to “see” relevant events or images within the chosen medium.

 

Scrying has been used for thousands of years by different cultures. Ancient Egypt used scrying in their Initiations. This included water scrying, dream scrying, oil scrying, and mirror scrying. One legend states that the goddess Hathor carried a shield that could reflect back all things in their true light. From this shield she allegedly fashioned the first magic mirror to “see.”

 

Ancient Persia — the Shahnama, a semi-historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of the esoteric sciences for observing all the seven layers of the universe.

 

The Art of ScryingAncient Greeks and Celts practiced scrying using beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies. Nostradamus is believed to have employed a small bowl of water as a scrying tool into which he gazed and received images of future events. Alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee employed a form of scrying using a small crystal ball or shewstone – a piece of polished obsidion. The crystal ball and wax tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in London.

Scrying is the occult practice of using a medium, most commonly a reflective surface or translucent body, to aid perceived psychic abilities such as clairvoyance. The media often used to “see” are water, polished precious stones, crystal balls, or mirrors. Scrying, in this context, uses a “visual” process. There are some who believe the art of scrying is not limited to the use of “reflective” or “translucent” bodies only, but includes other media. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of seeing the past, present, or future; in this sense scrying constitutes a form of divination.

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3rd Eye Mirror Meditation – What Faces Will You See?

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“Gathering the Light” from the Taoist book The Secret of the Golden Flower, translated by C. G. Jung and Richard Wilhelm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let me begin by thanking my readers for their continued support.  You have inspired me on my Journey; as well as the MANY bloggers I repost article from.  You mean the world to me.  NOW down to business 🙂

Here is another helpful article from our friends at IN5D.  This meditation should be done after protecting yourself; there is an amazing article link at the end of IN5D’s article on exactly HOW to do this.  Share your experiences, either here or in writing, I always find this helps me expand my Spiritual connection.  As it does when sleeping with a Tarot card under One’s pillow, the journal helps open our Universal Connection.  Enjoy the read, and I look forward to hearing from you.

LOVE and Light on Your Journey . . . .

 

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The Emerald Tablets of Thoth

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The individual chapters in The Emerald Tablet can be found at the link below:

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth | in5d.com | Esoteric, Spiritual and Metaphysical Database.

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العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf einem Bild. English: All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many forms of religion and spiritual practices begin with The Emerald Tablet of Thoth.  Many Alchemist’s suggest that we take the first plate and after pondering its meaning for ourselves, we rewrite the cover of the tablet in a way which vibrate to us as an individual.  Since our world is changing quickly these days, I feel it is important to understand HOW and WHY everything REALLY manifests into being; and how WE the Beings of Light play an important part in the transformation of the Universe and planet Earth.  Enjoy the Read, and MUCH LOVE and Light on your Journey . . . .

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By the Graciousness of the Veil

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By the Graciousness of the Veil.

For ALL my fellow Alchemists, let me direct you to a post by another member of The Alchemy Guild .  A well written and insightful article from Salamander and Sons Articles posted by the Fire Lizard.  Enjoy the read, and I AM open to any and ALL discussions you need on the subject.

 

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International Alchemy Conference

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ARCANUM EXPERIMENT WORKSHOP

Don’t miss this rare opportunity for deeper initiation into the mysteries of alchemy in a powerful union of practical and spiritual techniques.

The ancient Egyptian Arcanum Experiment will be performed publicly for the first time in modern history at the International Alchemy Conference on September 16, 2011. The highly symbolic chemical experiment demonstrates all the basic principles of alchemy and imparts a metaphysical understanding of its operations to those who witness it. The experiment was part of the Alexandrian initiation process, and its secrets were encoded into alchemical engravings, the Emerald Tablet, the Tarot, and other Hermetic traditions.

In ancient Alexandria, alchemists performed chemical demonstrations to develop early alchemistic philosophy and discover the underlying principles in the creation of the universe, which they believed had to be the basic pattern for all transformations. Many ingenious experiments were performed to determine the nature of the First Matter and the proper order of the appearance of the Elements, but the most important and impressive experiment was the Arcanum Experiment.

The Arcanum Experiment used seven secret ingredients called the Arcana: Vitriol (sulfuric acid and iron), Natron (sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate), Red Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-mercury compound), Black Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-antimony compound), and Liquor Hepatis (a sulfur-ammonia solution). The dramatic unfolding of the Arcanum Experiment – from the initial heavy purple cloud to a flash of light and the final manifestation of a precipitate – replayed the creation of the universe in a glass retort and was instrumental in developing alchemical theory. Because of the toxic fumes generated in the live demonstration, a video recording of the complete experiment will be featured. Samples of the actual ingredients will be available to participants.

During this intensive 3-hour workshop, the chemical mythology of the ancients will be reviewed, and ancient initiatory techniques will reveal a powerful spiritual technology that is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. By connecting at the archetypal level with the Arcana through guided visualizations and meditations on the experimental evidence as well as relevant alchemical drawings, participants will be given the opportunity to experience these universal truths firsthand.

All participants receive a sample jar of purified sulfur, the basic ingredient in the experiment. Also included is a free 70-minute DVD on the operations of alchemy revealed in the Arcanum Experiment and how they were encoded in the Tarot, the Kabbalah, Taoist alchemy, and other Hermetic disciplines. A Certificate of Completion will be issued (2 credits in the Alchemy Study Program – www.AlchemyStudy.com).

The workshop will be conducted by author and practicing alchemist Dennis William Hauck. The experiment was performed at his laboratory in Sacramento, California. Hauck was initiated into alchemy while in graduate school in Vienna and has since translated a number of important manuscripts and published seven books on the subject. His bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy (Penguin Alpha 2008) is considered the best introduction to alchemy available today, and his "" The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation (Penguin 1999) presents his original research about the mysterious artifact that inspired alchemists for centuries.  His other books include Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy, Alchemical Guide to Food and Herbs, Secret of the Emerald Tablet:  The Arcanum Experiment. His website is www.DWHauck.com.

The Arcanum Experiment Workshop is Friday, September 16, 2011, from 2:30-6:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.  Space is limited, so register early. $55. Reserve your spot at www.AlchemyConference.com

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A Thought On This LIfe~ReBlogged

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There is so much debate on God v. Terrestrial Beings.  This is the way in which I have chosen to view this subject . . . I would much rather believe that there are those taken over by Reptilian EXTRA-dimensional beings; those which care NOTHING for Humanity and ALL their wonder.  Beings that feel they are superior to WE the People, and feel they are above our Humanity.  I CHOOSE to believe HUMANITY is a light born being, incapable of such treacheries on ONE another; without interference of a soulless being.  This applies to politicians, musicians, or anyone else buying into the NEW World Order.  It is time that WE the People of the HUMAN race join forces against the FEAR that has been instilled into us from our earliest years; and move in LOVING Harmony toward the common, and LONG overdue goal of personal Enlightenment and the Peace that comes from within ONE’s Self.

It has taken me many years of personal Transmutation of OLD ideologies to come to this conclusion; and as ALL is continuously changing moment to moment, these IDEAS will grow to meet the changing demands of this continuously changing reality.  This being said, I feel it is possible to reGAIN our Humanity; even after past transgressions on the Collective Unconsciousness; ONLY through complete and UNSELFISH LOVE of ONE another!

Some might argue, that we NEED someone telling us HOW to behave.  I feel this is UNtrue to the Core of our Being.  We know right from wrong, we know HOW to LOVE, and we continue to make excuses for Our BAD behavior as a collective.  We label everyONE and Everything; without much attention to our own shortcomings.  We hide behind our BLIND Faith in those in charge and we are killing ONE another with this BLIND Obedience; whether to our religious “leaders” or the politicians WE elect.

The Pope is NO Voice of God in this material realm; as the GOD most religions boast about, ONE I would choose to follow . . . would be that in which St. Issa spoke of in the missing years.  The SOUL searching years the Bible has omitted.  Yes, the Bible has its stories to tell us; YET MOST of us are unaware that the Bible we read today was AGREED upon by those who think we cannot handle the complete unadulterated TRUTH of the omitted text.  We should ask questions, OPEN our eyes, and find LOVE for those we fear the most, as I AM sure those we FEAR the Most are just as FEARful in their realities.  An OPEN Mind and heart is the way to begin.  Change IS on the horizon . . . and I for ONE have seen the Light, it is my HOPE that many more follow, as it is the ONLY way we will ever TRUly be FREE to live in Harmony in the ALL we call Life.

LOVE and Light to ALL my HUMAN brethren . . . Don NOT let the Fear and Darkness enter into your Hearts and LOVE will lift us to the ONE and the Light.

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History of Alchemy

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Alchemy is the ancient art of transformation, the science of making something better, whether it is changing lead into gold, perfecting our personality, or creating a spiritual presence within. The big difference between alchemists and modern scientists is that the alchemists believed true change could not take place unless it occurred on all three levels of reality: the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. The alchemists believed consciousness was a force in nature, and if you could purify and perfect your own consciousness, you could project that power into the world around you. In that way, they developed a spiritual technology, a science with soul. However, to hide the true nature of their work from dogmatic churchmen and other authorities, the alchemists spoke in terms of retorts, beakers, and chemicals–but what they were really talking about were changes taking place in their own bodies, minds, and souls.

The Roots of Alchemy

Alchemy dates back to a time when our two cultures of science and religion were part of one true philosophy, and the roots of alchemical theory can be traced back to a single document known throughout history as the Emerald Tablet. According to legend, the tablet was brought by mysterious visitors to Egypt over 12,000 years ago, a time the ancient texts refer to as Zep Tepi, when godlike beings roamed the earth. The author of the Emerald Tablet was a member of what the ancient Egyptians called the Group of Nine. His name was Thoth, and he was responsible for teaching humans how to interpret nature and write down their thoughts. He is credited with being the inventor of writing, mathematics, music, astronomy, architecture, and medicine. He recorded the visitors’ teachings in hundreds of books and succinctly summarized it in the Emerald Tablet.

According to the Ebers Papyrus, a 68-foot-long scroll on alchemy that is the oldest book in the world: “Man’s guide is Thoth, who bestows on him the gifts of his speech, who makes the books, and illumines those who are learned therein, and the physicians who follow him, that they may work cures.” Called the “Revealer of the Hidden” and “Lord of Rebirth,” Thoth is the guide to higher states of consciousness and initiator of human enlightenment. One of Thoth’s scrolls, The Book of Breathings, supposedly taught humans how to become gods through breath control and focusing of consciousness. Thoth, as inventor of both mathematics and music, embodied the rational powers of the masculine mind, as well as the intuitive, sensory characteristics of the feminine mind. Usually depicted as a man with the head of an ibis (a wading bird with a long curved beak symbolic of the heart and lunar energies), Thoth was a personification of the united powers of the One Mind of the whole universe. He presided over the “Weighing of the Heart” ceremony, which determines who is admitted into the afterlife. Thoth was the final judge in this process, who weighed an individual’s “true words,” the heartfelt and innermost intent in all of our thoughts and actions.

Just before the Great Flood, Thoth preserved the ancient wisdom by inscribing two great pillars and sealing sacred objects and scrolls inside them. Egyptian holy books refer to these sacred pillars, one discovered in Heliopolis and the other in Thebes, as the “Pillars of the Gods of the Dawning Light.” They were moved to a third temple where they later became known as the two “Pillars of Hermes.” These splendorous columns are mentioned by numerous credible sources down through history. The Greek legislator, Solon, saw them and noted that they memorialized the destruction of Atlantis. The pillars were what the historian Herodotus described in the temple of an unidentified Egyptian god he visited around 450 BC. “One pillar was of pure gold,” he wrote, “and the other was as of emerald, which glowed at night with great brilliancy.” In Iamblichus: On the Mysteries, Thomas Taylor quotes an ancient author who says the Pillars of Hermes dated to before the Great Flood. The mysterious pillars are also described by Achilles Tatius, Dio Chrysostom, Laertius, and other Roman and Greek historians. When Thoth’s pillars were opened, they were found to contain many manuscripts, as well as the green crystalline tablet. This was the fabled Emerald Tablet, whose philosophy and secret formula of transformation we will investigate in a later section of this module.

Thoth, god of thought and messenger of the gods, was such powerful force in human history that he became associated with a number of different personages down through the ages. So pervasive is his presence that it has even been suggested that he reincarnated or reappeared in his original form in various cultures. Around 3400 BC, he surfaced in Sumeria in the form of Athothis, a deified being of great learning and healing abilities. In 2650 BC, he was Imhotep, the designer and builder of the first pyramid and scribe at Heliopolis, who was known as “Great of Magic” and a highly regarded philosopher, astronomer, and healer. According to the secret dogma of Freemasonry, the sacred name “Hiram Ibif” refers to the first Hermes (“Hermes Ibis,” or the ibisheaded Thoth), who, according to the Masonic tradition, arrived “in the year of the world 2670.” Thoth is also associated with the Persian philosopher Zoraster around 650 BC and even with Quatzequatyl, the mercurial bird-god of the Incans and Mayans.

Thoth also has profound connections with all three Abrahamic religions. According to legend, he was a son of Adam who wrote the Emerald Tablet to show mankind how to redeem itself from his father’s sins in the Garden of Eden. Jewish mystics identify Thoth with Seth, who was the second son of Adam. They credit him with writing the tablet, which was taken aboard the ark by Noah. After the Flood, Noah supposedly hid the tablet in a cave near Hebron, where Sarah, wife of Abraham, later discovered it. Another version describes Hermes/Thoth giving the tablet to Miriam, daughter of Moses, for safekeeping. She allegedly put it in the Ark of the Covenant, along with the most sacred relics of Judaism. Some have even suggested that Moses was really Thutmoses III (Thothmoses?) and represented yet another incarnation of Thoth. Of the two tablets Moses presented to the Hebrews, only one is said to have contained the Ten Commandments (the exoteric teachings for the general public to promote social order). The other was the Emerald Tablet, which set forth the esoteric teachings designated for initiates in private.

In the Islamic tradition, Thoth is said to be Idris, the wise man described in the Koran whom God took bodily into heaven. Idris also lived before the Great Flood and wrote books that revealed the divine laws to mankind. Furthermore, some Muslims identify Idris with Enoch, who is also portrayed in Genesis as a man who was bodily assimilated into heaven. The apocryphal Book of Enoch describes his travels to different worlds and conversations with angelic beings. In the Jewish Cabala, Enoch is the Metraton, ruler of the transmutation of metals and intermediary between heaven and earth.

Thoth became known as “Hermes” to the Greeks and “Mercury” to the Romans, and some of the characteristics attributed to these versions are of special interest in alchemy. Occasionally he is pictured as a newborn babe, and was sometimes regarded as the god of fertility and rebirth. Just as Thoth was associated with the sacred number eight, the sacred number four was assigned to Hermes, suggesting he was perhaps a more physical incarnation. Nonetheless, as the messenger of the gods, Hermes is endowed with extreme mobility. He wears winged boots and carries a caduceus, which is a winged wand entwined by two serpents. The drawing at the left shows Hermes carrying the caduceus. It is from a wall painting in an Egyptian temple built in 250 BC. More ancient drawings, on the temples of Seti I (dating around 1300 BC), for instance, show the caduceus in the hands of Thoth. The caduceus became a familiar emblem in alchemical transformation and is today the symbol we associate with the healing arts and medicine. The caduceus contains considerable esoteric significance, which we will explore in a later module in this series.

Other legends connect Thoth/Hermes to Eastern religions. One describes Hermes as a philosopher traveling in Ceylon in the fifth century BC. He carried with him an Emerald Tablet that taught people how to “travel in both heaven and earth.” This Hermes spent the rest of his life wandering throughout Asia and the Middle East teaching and healing. Even more amazing, the Hindu sacred book Mahanirvanatantra states that Hermes was the same person as Buddha, and each is referred to as the “Son of the Moon” in other Hindu religious texts. In most of these incarnations, he was known as Hermes Trismegistus or Hermes “the Thrice-Greatest.”

Obviously, Thoth has become a powerful, mythic archetype in human civilization. As the supreme alchemist, Thoth really represents the ultimate archetype of the Word of God (the One Mind) creating the universe. In the ancient papyri, Thoth is called the “Source of the Word,” the one god without parents who precedes all others. He is the “Soul of Becoming” whose creative willpower fashions reality. “What emanates from the opening of his mouth,” says an ancient Egyptian text, “that comes to pass; he speaks and it is his command.” As the “Reckoner of the Universe,” Thoth is the source of all natural law; as the original “Shepherd of Men,” he is the higher mind in man that provides inspiration and inner knowledge.

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The Teachings of Thoth

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Thoth’s teachings and sometimes exact phrases from the Emerald Tablet, including references to the One Mind, the One Thing, and the correspondences between the Above and the Below, are contained in many Egyptian papyri, such as the Berlin Papyrus (2000 BC), the Papyrus of Ani (1500 BC), the Book of the Dead (1450 BC), and other scrolls dating between 1000 and 300 BC. The wisdom of Thoth, however, was not shared with the common people until the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV rediscovered the Emerald Tablet at the beginning of his reign in 1364 BC. It is stated on several Egyptian stele, dating from around 1500 BC, that without the writings of Thoth, the larger pyramids could not be built, so a great search throughout Egypt was conducted until his writings were found, and it is believed that it was Amenhotep who found them. Shortly afterwards the discovery, the pharaoh suddenly changed his name from Amenhotep (meaning “Amen is Satisfied”) to Akhenaten (meaning “He Who Serves the Aten”). His name change signaled his break with the powerful priests of Amen, a patriarchal god of war and wealth. Akhenaten set up a new monotheistic religion based on the rediscovered writings of Thoth. The new faith recognized the sun as the One Thing, the source of all creative energy. The new Egyptian supreme god, called the Aten or simply “the Disk,” was thought of as an abstract, intelligent energy. Pictures of the Aten show a shining disk with rays coming down from it and terminating on earth in hundreds of tiny hands.

“The Aten is Radiant Energy personified,” wrote Sati Devi in summarizing the views of other modern Egyptologists, “that is to say, an all-pervading reality of an immanent character. Akhenaten deliberately brushed aside the distinction between the god, maker of the solar Disk, and the solar Disk itself, the distinction between creative energy and created matter. The Disk was, like all matter that falls under our senses, but a visible manifestation of something subtler, intangible, everlasting  its essence. And the heat and light, the energy of the sun, was the manifestation of that One Thing of which the visible flaming Disk was yet another manifestation.”

Akhenaten tried to apply the principles in the Emerald Tablet throughout his reign. Known as the heretic pharaoh, he espoused the revolutionary concept of “living in truth” and acting in natural accord with cosmic principles that the tablet called the “Operation of the Sun.” He referred to this universal ideal as Maat, which meant the “real thing” or absolute truth, the original will of the One Mind. The agent of Maat was the One Thing, of which the physical sun, or the solar Disk, was the physical expression. The principle of “living in truth” permeated every level of Egyptian society under Akhenaten. Most noticeable was the sudden change in the stiff and lifeless style that dominated Egyptian art. For the first time, Egyptian reliefs and paintings portrayed natural subjects such as plants and animals in exacting detail. In another striking break with tradition, Akhenaten ordered the abandonment of the old capitol of Thebes and built a new capitol city, Akhetaten (“Horizon of the Aten”). Scandalously, villas in the 60,000-population city were constructed without separate quarters for men and women, and women in particular were treated with more respect there.

After just seventeen years of rule, however, Akhenaten and his beautiful wife Nefertiti disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and it seems likely that the former priests of Amen did away with them. The heretic pharaoh was eventually replaced by his ten-year-old nephew. The boy’s given name, Tutankaten (“Servant of the Aten”), was changed to Tutankamen (“Servant of Amen”) after Akhenaten’s murder. The child pharaoh was tightly controlled by fundamentalist priests, who restored the capitol to Thebes, destroyed the city of Akhetaten, and erased all traces of Akhenaten’s monotheistic philosophy from Egypt. Moses, a prince in Akhenaten’s court exiled with the pharaoh, carried the new monotheistic idea with him to form the basis of Judaism.

Unlike the magnificent golden mummy of King Tut, the bodies of Akhenaten and Nefertiti were never found. Archeologist Sir Alan Gardner surmised that Akhenaten’s body had been “torn to pieces and thrown to the dogs.” The only written references to the Aten after the Akhenaten’s death were enigmatic allusions that associated the Disk with the great Sphinx on the Giza Plain.

The ancient wisdom remained hidden from the people until Alexander the Great was made pharaoh of Egypt in 332 BC. After learning the location of Hermes’ tomb, where the Thothian writings were stored, Alexander immediately headed across the Libyan Desert to an ancient temple at Siwa near where the tomb was located. According to Albertus Magnus and others, that is where Alexander found the Emerald Tablet. Alexander took the tablet and scrolls to Heliopolis, where he placed the scrolls in the sacred archives there. He then personally laid out the boundaries of the city of Alexandria, where a library would be built to house and study the Hermetic texts. Then, he assembled a diverse panel of priests, alchemists, and other scholars to prepare Greek translations. Copies of the tablet became primary documents at Alexandria, and revised Greek translations were issued in 290 BC, 270 BC, and 50 BC.

Alexander actually put the Emerald Tablet on public display in 330 BC, and the mysterious artifact caused quite a stir. One traveler, who had seen it at Heliopolis, wrote: “It is a precious stone, like an emerald, whereon these characters are represented in bas-relief, not engraved. It is esteemed above 2,000 years old. The matter of this emerald had once been in a fluid state like melted glass, and had been cast in a mold, and to this flux the artist had given the hardness of the natural and genuine emerald, by his art.”

After Alexander died from a fever on his return from India, his body was interred in a tomb somewhere in the Egyptian desert, although to this day, no one knows where. The exact whereabouts of the original Emerald Tablet was also unknown after Alexander’s death, although there is some evidence that it was hidden, along with other treasures from Hermes’ tomb, in an underground cavern near Tyana in Cappadocia. Three hundred years later, it was discovered by a Syrian youth named Balinas, who absorbed the tablet’s teachings and once again brought them to light in the Western world. The youth became known as Apollonius of Tyana (after Apollo, Greek god of enlightenment and brother of Hermes). Respected for his great wisdom and magical powers, Apollonius traveled throughout the world and eventually settled in Alexandria to write scores of books on the meaning of the ancient teachings.

Unfortunately, Apollonius was a contemporary of Christ, and early Christians felt he was much too like their own Son of God. By 400 AD, every one of the books Apollonius wrote in Alexandria and nearly 700,000 other scrolls were destroyed in successive burnings of the Alexandrian libraries by the Romans, Christians, and Muslims. Fortunately, the original Emerald Tablet is said to have been moved to somewhere on the Giza plateau for safekeeping, although its exact location is a secret that is lost to the ages.

The earliest surviving translation of the Emerald Tablet is in an Arabic book known as the Book of Balinas the Wise on Causes, written around 650 AD and based on Apollonius’ Alexandrian writings. It also appears in the eighth century Kitab Sirr al Asar, an Arabian book of advice to kings. Another Arabic text, written by alchemist Jabir Hayyan around 800 AD, contains a copy of the Emerald Tablet and also gives Apollonius as the source. It is through these Arabic translations that knowledge of the Emerald Tablet made it to Europe with the Moorish invasion of Spain in 711 AD.

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Introduction to Alchemical Meditation

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Meditation is an age-old human activity that is designed specifically to get beyond the illusions of social falsity and personal ego and contact the essence of Self. It is the art of focusing consciousness by directing your attention inward, without regard to the demands of the external world, in order to move beyond ego and achieve union with your spiritual core. In the Hermetic view, the creation of the universe took place through meditation – the focusing of the mind of God. “All things have come from this One Thing,” says the Emerald Tablet, “through the meditation of One Mind.” The source of that One Mind is the same for everyone, and it can be found in meditation. That is a profound idea. In fact, just saying that people could make contact with the divine through meditation and private prayer was enough for the medieval Church to burn several famous alchemists at the stake.

It should also be noted that alchemistic meditation is different from other forms, because it is often an active instead of a passive discipline. The alchemist’s meditation seeks to actually work with the transcendental powers beyond our everyday world to create something truly new. The object is not always to still the mind; sometimes alchemistic meditation requires us to fill our minds with chaotic and energies images and follow them back to their divine source. Each group of alchemical meditations has specific goals in mind, much the same as the desired results from the corresponding operation in laboratory work.

There are three basic types of alchemistic meditations that correspond to the three magisteriums (or accomplishments) in alchemy. As we learned in Module 1, these are the Lunar, Solar, and Stellar levels. They are the three accomplishments that made Hermes “Thrice Greatest” and correspond to the three levels of reality – the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.

Lunar Meditation is cultivating the stillness and the darkness within to discover the deeper essence we all possess. It is an introverted journey to the underworld of matter and body to seek out the light trapped there that is our essence. During lunar mediations, we plumb the depths of soul in a deeply relaxed state that seeks connection with unconscious or dormant powers. The ultimate goal is to retrieve those sparks of light buried in matter and bring them together in a holistic entity that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Solar Meditation is a more extroverted journey into the realm of light and consciousness. It is soaring with spirit towards the light Above. During solar meditation, we attempt to break the shackles of ego and cultural controls to seek higher consciousness. By exposing the self-deception in our thoughts and using mantras and other “gimmicks” to lull our everyday ego mind into submission, we purify and increase our personal consciousness

Stellar Meditation requires the merging of Lunar and Solar consciousness in the most powerful of all the alchemists’ tools. By retrieving the sparks of light trapped in our bodies and uniting them with the light of consciousness freed from egotistical or societal control, we create a brilliant beacon to the universe. Through stellar meditation, we connect with the source of all spiritual power, far beyond our primitive, anthropomorphic ideas of heaven or hell. During this kind of meditation, we attempt to merge with the One Mind of the universe to take on its Greater Identity. This state requires a truly free and purified consciousness, free of psychological, genetic, and social restraints to our being. The void created by this “death” of our worldly personality is automatically filled by a higher presence that becomes our true guide in alchemical transformation. It is at this level of mind that Hermes speaks directly to us.

The Dragons of Alchemy

The focus of most the alchemists’ meditations, whether they were seeking purification, insight, or spiritual power, all had to do with dragons. Alchemists both East and West believed in dragons, if not in the real sense then certainly as archetypal energies that are part of the very fabric of the universe. In fact, if you do not understand the nature of the Dragon, much of the advanced alchemical wisdom will be beyond your grasp.

In the Grail legends, Merlin takes a young King Arthur into the  dark woods to instruct him in natural magic. But the young man is terrified by the wild sounds, threatening growls, and glowing eyes that hide in the forest. “What are you afraid of?” Merlin says. “Shall I tell you what’s really out there? The Dragon – a beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and all complete in a single glance, it would burn you to cinders. Where is it? It is everywhere; it is everything! Its scales are in the bark of trees. Its roar is heard in the wind. And its forked tongue strikes like lightning. And there is only one thing you can do to survive the Dragon. Be still. Rest in the arms of the Dragon.”

The Dragon is a composite of the features of many animals and represents the chaotic matrix of creation of which the life force is part. Dragons derive their power from the primordial Black Hole from which all things sprung, the One Thing, the formless Tao, the unrelenting chaos of the First Matter. In modern physics, the Dragon is the unknowable quantum foam from which atomic particles are created, the underlying strings of pure, wild energy that become physical reality.

There are three steps in dealing with the dragons of alchemy, and the steps correspond to the Three Phases of alchemy. The first is called “Facing the Dragon,” and it occurs during the Black Phase (Nigredo) of alchemy. This difficult stage is the beginning of true transformation. An old alchemical saying states: Opponere Draconem est prehendere Vitam (“To face the Dragon is to seize life itself.”) Why is it so hard to face the dragon? Because we are afraid to. We want to live in the illusory but comfortable world of personal ego and civilization. The Dragon is the underlying chaos in our bodies, our lives, our culture, and the whole universe. Humans are afraid to face that fact. Individually, the most important step in facing the dragon is to acknowledge the darker side of reality, all the suffering and stupidity that is around us. Our great spiritual leaders, from simple shamans to Buddha and Christ, all began their spiritual journey by realizing how much chaos and suffering there is in the world.

Once you do face the Dragon, there is nothing to do but accept it and try to understand it. In dealing with the Dragon, you must not challenge it directly or it will ruthlessly destroy you. To gain control of the Dragon, you must go to its primal level to surrender yourself, while bringing with you a higher state of consciousness or awareness. So the second step in dealing with the dragons of alchemy is called “Surrendering to the Dragon.” That challenge begins during the White Phase (Albedo). During this stage of purification, we have to not only acknowledge the chaos in the world but also the chaos within ourselves. The Dragon is never all good or all bad; it is just all things in all ways. That means the darkest parts of you, all the habits of thought and body in which you are trapped, are part of the Dragon. And all the best parts too. You have to give into this process in which good and bad, positive and negative, health and sickness, life and death, heaven and earth, are poles of existence. The universe is not just about you or your comfort. There is a greater pattern, and the Dragon is what fulfills it. This idea is often expressed in the symbol of the Ouroborus, the Dragon (or Serpent) eating its own tail. It is also sometimes depicted as two dragons, a lighter colored one on top with wings and a darker colored one on the bottom with feet.

The last step in handling Dragons is the most difficult and dangerous. It is the act of “Unleashing the Dragon” and marks the Red Phase (Rubedo) of alchemy. If you are not pure of spirit and free of ego-fused thoughts and emotions (like greed and ambition or guilt and shame), you will be destroyed by the Dragon and all will be lost. But if you are free of falsity and devoid of ego, there is a chance the Dragon will allow you to transform into something completely new. Oddly, the real trick to unleashing the Dragon is not to confront it but to disappear before it notices you. The idea is not to hide from it, but to become transparent to it, like a completely empty cup waiting to be filled with this tremendous energy, which normally would wipe out any content or “Salt”.

This unleashing of the Dragon into our bodies and the world is the final goal of Great Work. The alchemists wanted to be masters of the life force, and they knew that the life force was carried and protected by dragons. In Taoist alchemy, advanced techniques of Unleashing the Dragon center on the microcosm of the body. Disciplines like Tai Chi and Chi Kung seek to allow the Dragon to live and circulate within us without our interference. To do this, we have to become transparent to the life force, so it moves without resistance or  control. This feeling of energetic “flow” is often experienced by athletes. The same experience occurs on mental and spiritual levels too and is felt as boundless creativity.

Visit The Alchemy Guild, for guided lessons with Master Alchemists where they will elaborate on how the Dragon is the real focus of all the operations of alchemy. They will show how the Dragon reacts to our presence and efforts at each stage, and how to avoid the pitfalls of ego and falsity that bring the fiery Dragon’s breath that will destroy us. No alchemist will ever achieve his or her goals by confronting the Dragon, by trying to slay it or chain it up. The only way is to face the Dragon, surrender to it, and unleashing its power by becoming part of it. If you become invisible to yourself, if you become the purest life force possible, the Dragon will embrace you, for the Dragon is attracted to and protects the pristine energy of the life force and destroys all salted imperfections, including your own ego. As Merlin advised: “Be still. Rest in the arms of the Dragon.”

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