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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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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 Alchemy of Darkness – Nigredo

In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. Nigredo, or blackness, in the … Continue reading

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Alchemy – Prima Materia

Prima materia, first matter, the raw material of nature and people as well, is where the work of alchemy begins. In alchemy prima materia or first matter is the ubiquitous starting material required for the magnum opus  and the creation of the … Continue reading

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