What if we could combine age old wisdom with groundbreaking science, to find processes and ways of living that bring greater joy, clarity and personal power?Alchemists have always had an innate understanding of the process of transformation. They understood that everything is flexible, fluid and comes from a source greater than what is first reflected.
Prima MateriaPrima materia - first matter, is the ubiquitous starting material required for the creation of the philosophers’ stone.
The Philosopher's Stone
“The Philosophers’ Stone lapis philosophorum is a legendary holy grail of alchemy, said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead, into gold. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life...possibly for achieving immortality. It stands at the centre of alchemical symbolism and represents perfection, attainment, enlightenment, complete understanding gnosis. For many centuries, is was the most sought after goal in alchemy. Efforts to discover the Philosophers’ Stone were known as the Magnum Opus Great Work.”
The first of the four classical elements. The fire element is said to be born during the creation of the universe.
Its glyph is represented by an upward pointing triangle, a symbol of transformation.
The fire element qualities are expansive, radiant and electric. Fire is a masculine energy that can both create and destroy. The human characteristics are passionate, willful and active.
Fire is said to be hot and dry in nature. Its alchemical principle is sulfur (expansion).
The second element born from the act of creation is Water.
Its glyph is represented by a downward-pointing triangle, a symbol of the womb.
The Water element qualities are contracting, cold, wet and magnetic.
Water is a feminine energy, associated with intuition, emotion and receptivity.
Alchemically, water was used for healing, cleansing and purification.
Air is born by the commingling of the Fire and Water elements.
Its glyph is represented by an upward-pointing triangle, with a horizontal line.
The Air element qualities are heat and moisture.
Air is associated with spirit and the divine” Greek pneuman, “spirit”...latin spiritus, “breath” ‘the breath of life.”’
Air manifests as intellect, abstract and idealistic...powers of the mind.
Its alchemical principle is Mercury (integration).
With the birth of the earth element, space, measurement, weight and time have been born.
Its glyph is represented by a downward-pointing triangle with a horizontal line.
The Earth element is made up of the dominant qualities of dryness and coldness, taken from the two primordial elements.
Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element, connected to nurturing, fertility, birth, life, death and re-birth. The human characteristics are practical, physical and material.
Alchemically, this element is typified by salt (contraction).