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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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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 – Stages versus Processes

Refer to any website or book and you will find listings of the “stages of alchemy”. These differ markedly. In my experience this is often due to a misunderstanding in the popular literature. People are not differentiating between stages and … Continue reading

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