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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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Caturday Thoughts – Feng Shui of the Bathroom and Other Complications

Bathrooms are problematic in Feng Shui. It’s all those drains, you see, synbolizing draining away not just water and toilet waste but the enegy of whatever life area the bathroom falls in. This was not so much a problem when … 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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Feng Shui for an Old House

I am so looking forward to banishing the peeling paint in every room and the dead, dirty off white walls that are the standard rental shade. You can do that in your own house, have color. Cat color vision is … 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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Caturday Thoughts – Beltane

The first of May is a holiday with both ancient roots and a completely modern aspect. As a person fond of traditional festivities I celebrate it as Beltane, as the Gaelic first day of summer was known. One practice I love … Continue reading

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Humors – Cornerstones of World View

Most people have had some exposure to the  Greek classical elements theory of earth, air, fire and water. These were considered the building blocks of all matter and the basis of medieval understanding of how matter works and interacts. Aristotle gave characteristics … Continue reading

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