The Creation of Elixirs
In the beginning of the Alchemical journey, we have what is known as the Lesser Work, in which we can begin working with Plant Alchemy and the area of spiritual and physical medicines called Spagyrics. These are the beginning stages of the physical work that is performed on the physical plane, as experiments.
As in quantum physics where we are increasingly seeing the role that the observer plays in scientific experiments, so we have in Alchemy, where the alchemist themselves are seen with great importance to their experiments. In fact, this is what separates the creation of an Elixir, from that of merely a tincture which can be found in many health food stores. It is the interaction with the subtle energies of the alchemist, which greatly adds to an Elixers spiritual and medicinal benefit.
Remember the motto Solve Et Coagula, this is put into physical practice here. The plant or herb used contains a dual nature, its soul or essence, and its body or matter. You will add and use Sprit or in this case Alcohol to separate them for purification and later to hold them together when coagulated. In the creation of a true and basic Elixir in plant Alchemy, you will do the following, but first, you will need some materials to get started:
When you are ready to begin, read through the following steps several times and familiarize yourself with them. This is also done to enter a certain mind state, for the metaphysical operations you are about to undertake.
Let’s say you were creating and Elixir with Solar properties:
You now have a solution of the plant’s soul suspended in spirit, and it is time to perform Calcination. This is done in order to purify the salt or body, so it can be rejoined with its soul. Through-out this process, you have been closely observing the stages that spirit, soul, and body have been working with the plant.
Through resonance, you are attuning to these stages yourself with you subtle energy. At the same work being performed below, it is being done above as well. Remember you are in Nigredo, and beginning to look at the constituent parts of the whole individually.
To begin on the next stage, it is good to have adequate ventilation, or even better, perform the task outdoors as smoke will be created.
If you are ready to complete the process and begin taking your elixir, begin on the ruling day and hour for the herb used in the elixir, and place a pinch of the salts in a spoon. Use the dropper to soak the salts with the soul or essence of the herb, and the spirit will coagulate the soul and body to recombine completely purified. Meditate for a moment concerning the completion of this process being done. You have brought it from the beginning to this point over the past couple weeks, and have captured the process into a consumable talisman to take in its subtle energies. You can now take the elixir.
In all likelihood you will not feel any effects of the talisman at first, alchemical or spagyric tinctures are very subtle. You will see the benefits quickly of anything relating to the physical properties of the herb being used, however the more spiritual properties may begin to manifest in other areas such as meditation or dream states first. The important thing to note is that you have fully begun the appropriate processes for initiation, and started to awaken your subtle faculties.
To help you develop in a balanced way, it is suggested to create an appropriate tincture for each of the seven days prior to beginning to taking them. This is most easily done by having all of your supplies together and creating them one per day, each day, beginning with Sunday.
As stated previously, you should have a working knowledge of the herbs you plan to use in your elixir. If you would like to get started with the ones shown here, which are safe unless you are pregnant or nursing, their name are as follows.
• Sunday / Eyebright (Euphrasia), a memory aid and anti-inflammatory
• Monday / Watercress (Nasturtium officinale), an antioxidant, an expectorant, and digestive aid. Watercress also has antiangiogenic cancer-suppressing properties
• Tuesday / Basil (Ocimum basilicum), an antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial. Basil also reduces platelet aggregation
• Wednesday / Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), a gastro-intestinal tonic and anti- flatulent
• Thursday / Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), an antibacterial and antiviral
• Friday / Passionflower (Passiflora), a sedative and analgesic
• Saturday / Horsetail (Equisetum), an anti-oxidant
As you can see, aside from the subtle and etheric effects on your consciousness, you have something quite amazing in the physical properties of these herbs. One can clearly see the benefits of this particular selection and how the ruling planets balance out the effects and create a truly synergistic medicinal framework.
For a more complete list of some useful herbs for Spagyrics, you can also refer to:
It is recommended to go ahead and begin the creation of tinctures when you start the process spoke of earlier. When you are working with laboratory alchemy, such as in the creation of tinctures and elixirs, it is very important to bring into conscious focus the spiritual work being done. At the same time, when you are working on inner development, try to also focus on the work needing to be done on the material plane. The inner and the outer work are to coincide with each other, keeping this aspect in mind will aid the ability to experience mystical union. As Above, So Below – this correlation will never falter.