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This meditative emblem first published in 1659 as an illustration for the book Azoth of the Philosophers by the legendary German alchemist Basil Valentine.

Interpretation of Azoth of the Philosophers (by Dennis William Hauck)

This meditative emblem first published in 1659 as an illustration for the book Azoth of the Philosophers by the legendary German alchemist Basil Valentine. The word "Azoth" in the title is one of the more arcane names for the One Thing. The "A" and "Z" in the word relate to the Greek alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all things. The word is meant to embrace the full meaning of the One Thing, which is both the chaotic First Matter at the beginning of the Work and the perfected Stone at its conclusion.

At the center of this striking drawing is the face of a bearded alchemist at the beginning of the Work. Like looking into a mirror, this is where the adept fixes his or her attention to meditate on the mandala. Within the downward-pointing triangle superimposed over the face of the alchemist is the goal of the Work, the divine man in which the forces from Above and Below have come together. Each of the sequentially numbered points on the star emanating from the alchemist stands for an operation in the Emerald Formula (Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, and Coagulation) and contains the cipher for the corresponding metal. To see an explanation of these operations, click on the appropriate point on the star.

The alchemist’s schematized body is the offspring of the marriage between Sol, the archetypal Sun King seated on a lion on a hill to his right, and Luna, the archetypal Moon Queen seated on a great fish to his left. "Its father is the Sun," says the tablet, "its mother the Moon." The laughing, extroverted Sun King holds a scepter and a shield indicating his authority and strength over the rational, visible world, but the fiery dragon of his rejected unconscious waits in a cave beneath him ready to attack should he grow too arrogant. The melancholy, introverted Moon Queen holds the reins to a great fish, symbolizing her control of those same hidden forces that threaten the King, and behind her is a chaff of wheat, which stands for her connection to fertility and growth. The bow and arrow she cradles in her left arm symbolize the wounds of the heart and body she accepts as part of her existence. In simplest terms, the King and Queen represent the raw materials of our experience -- our thoughts and feelings -- with which the alchemist works.

The King symbolizes the power of thought, ultimately the One Mind of the highest spirit. The Queen stands for the influence of feelings and emotions, which are ultimately the chaotic One Thing of the greater soul. The much anticipated Marriage of the King and Queen produces a state of consciousness best described as a feeling intellect, which can be raised and purified to produce a state of perfect intuition, a direct gnosis of reality. "All Obscurity will be clear to you," says the tablet of this state of mind; it is "the Glory of the Whole Universe." The goal of alchemy is to make this golden moment permanent in a state of consciousness called the Philosopher’s Stone, and it all starts with the marriage of opposites within us.

In our drawing, the body of the alchemist is composed of the Four Elements. His feet protrude from behind the central emblem; one is on Earth and the other in Water. In his right hand is a torch of Fire and in his left a feather, symbolizing Air. Between his legs dangles the Cubic Stone labeled with the word Corpus, meaning body. The five stars surrounding it indicate that it also contains the hidden Fifth Element, the invisible Quintessence whose "inherent strength is perfected if it is turned into Earth." Where the head of the alchemist should be, there is a strange winged caricature that is variously interpreted as a heart, a helmet, or even the pineal gland at the center of the brain. The symbol evolved from the Winged Disk of Akhenaten and became the top of the Caduceus, the magical wand of Hermes where opposing energies merge to produce miracles. This knob represents the Ascended Essence, the essence of our souls raised to the highest level in the body, to the brain, where it becomes a mobile center of consciousness able to leave the body and travel to other dimensions.

Touching the wings of the caduceus are a salamander engulfed in flames on the left side of the drawing and a standing bird on the right. Below the salamander is the inscription Anima (Soul); below the bird is the inscription Spiritus (Spirit). The salamander, as a symbol of soul, is attracted to and exposed in the blazing fire of the Sun. Likewise, the bird of spirit is attracted to the coolness of the Moon and is reflected in it. This is a subtle statement of the fundamental bipolar energies that drive the alchemy of transformation. Spiritus, Anima, and Corpus form a large inverted triangle that stands behind the central emblem. Together they symbolize the three archetypal celestial forces that the alchemists termed Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt. Again, these chemicals are not chemicals at all, but our feelings, thoughts, and body.

- from THE EMERALD TABLET (Penguin 1999) by Dennis William Hauck

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Comment by stephen on June 10, 2017 at 10:22am

enjoyed watching stars all the way

Comment by Gary Val Tenuta on June 10, 2017 at 2:09am

Some problems I have with the information in the first video. (1) The word “chrisos” should be spelled with a “y” in place of the “i”. Chrysos is a specific word (Greek meaning "gold") and is not a derivation of "christos" in which the letter "t" has been removed. Christos is a derivation of the Latin “Christus” from the Greek “Christos”, meaning "Christ" or "Annointed One". Chrisos (with no letter "t"), on the other hand, has no etymological background that I can find. It seems to be a word made up for the purpose of constructing an unsupportable argument for claiming an association between “Christ” (or Christ Consciousness) and “gold”. • (2) There is no process in nature by which lead becomes gold. Lead can theoretically be turned into gold but you’d need a powerful high-speed particle accelerator in order to accomplish the task and the cost of the project would likely be in the tens of billions of dollars for what would amount to a very tiny bit of gold. But there is no process in nature by which lead becomes gold. • (3) The word “sol” (Latin for “sun”) has no etymological association with the word “soul”. The word “soul” is derived from the Gothic “saiwala” which may or may not have an etymological association with a similar Gothic word meaning “the sea”. • If any of what I’ve said here is inaccurate, I’m open to correction.

"In the scriptures, Eden translates as the vapor." (1:21 in the 2nd video) I can't find any translation by which "Eden" becomes "vapor". Also curious about the letter "vav" being associated with the word "seed", or even with the concept of "seed". Even if I dig into the mysteries of Sefer Yetzirah, I don't find any such association. I’d like to know from what source that information was derived.

I only mention these things because, over the years, I've learned that colorful pictures and an authoritative voice don't always mean the information is accurate and if some portion of the information is verifiably inaccurate then how much of the rest of the information is inaccurate? I don't know the narrator in this video but I sense that he genuinely believes everything he's saying. My guess is that he's spent years accumulating this information but perhaps has just accepted it all without questioning some of the details. And the details (as the old saying goes) is where the Devil hides. ;-)

Comment by Eterno Crepusculo on December 31, 2016 at 8:49am

Beautiful THANKS!!

Comment by Daniel X on June 24, 2016 at 9:28pm

His name is Mem KEY , YES THAT'S IT

Comment by Daniel X on June 7, 2016 at 12:06pm

The guy in the video is a seeker from here.i can't remember his name

Comment by ☤Tris☤ on January 2, 2015 at 10:48am

You're quite welcome Katrina, and Happy New Year to you and your family/friends - Indeed, the cube of Salt, containing within the deepening of meaning as we unfold it individually and collectively, displaying/evoking the awe and wonder of our Rose unfolding upon our Cross...

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