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The Alchemy of the Four Elements – Coagulatio – The Alchemy of Earth

Coagulatio constitutes one of the major alchemical operations, and is another of the procedures tied to one of the four classical elements. Just as calcinatio is the operation of the element fire, solutio the water operation, and sublimatio the operation pertaining to air, so coagulatio belongs to the … Continue reading

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The Alchemy of the Four Elements – Solutio – The Alchemy of Water

Solutio constitutes one of the major alchemical operations, each one a center of an elaborate symbol system. The operation of solutio is one of the major procedures in alchemy directly tied to one of the four classical elements. One text says, “Solutio is the … Continue reading

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Citrinitas – The Alchemy of the Sun

Citrinitas, also referred to as xanthosis, is a term given by alchemists to “yellowness.” It is one of the four major stages of the alchemical magnum opus, and literally referred to “transmutation of silver into gold” or “yellowing of the lunar consciousness.” In alchemical philosophy, … Continue reading

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Alchemy of the Four Elements – Calcinatio – The Alchemy of Fire

The classical four elements play a role in alchemy and each of the four elements has its own particular operation. Calcinatio is the fire operation. Solutio is the matching operation for water, coagulatio for earth and sublimatio for air.  As this shows, … Continue reading

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Albedo – The Alchemy of the Moon

In alchemy, albedo is one of the four major stages of the magnum opus, following nigredo, and before citrinitas and rubedo. It is a Latinicized term meaning “whiteness”. Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the … Continue reading

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Alchemy – Moving to Another Stage

Part of the process of the Great work requires movement from one stage to anothers. The many processes that can be applied to any stage are eventually exhausted. What does this mean for psycho-spiritual alchemy? It means that the difficulty … Continue reading

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The Four Elements – The Alchemy of Balance

Empedocles, in his Tetrasomia,  was the first to propose four elements, fire, earth, air, and water, which he called the four “roots” (ῥιζὤματα, rhizōmata), and Plato seems to have been the first to use the term “element (στοιχεῖον, stoicheion)” in reference to … Continue reading

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