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Divination and Spagyric Alchemy

Ave Fraters et Sorors,
I have found Divination to be an absolutely indispensable tool, as it allows me to certify results, and to view the active forces at work upon the Elixir at the time of it's creation. Beginning with a Sidereal astrological chart is ideal; testing with the Tarot both during and after the process adds a great deal of insight into what is going on, and provides a method for checking without having to ceremonially evoke an elemental from the Elixir.
In LVX, Fra. A.I.T.

Leaching-Purification by Water

Ave, Fraters and Sorors,

Just wanted to bring something to your attention. Frater S.R. has been kind and shared his wisdom of alchemy with us-read his comments on the first post of the blog, as the technique of leaching is very, very useful and a wonderful addition to the alchemist's repertoire.

Moon Tincture, Moon Stone

Ave, Fraters et Sorors....
This has been an educational period. The moon tincture I made worked very well-I felt an immediate energetic effect, and then experienced certain changes in awareness and physical side effects that were consistent with the Luna's correspondences. I am trying to keep my spagyric work consistent with the work I am currently undertaking as part of my gradework within the Order. As I am currently a Theoricus, I am focusing on the Air element, Air Triplicity, and the Planetary power of Luna.
As most of the Spagyric literature is focused primarily on the planets, I think it is worth noting that the elements and the astrological forces are completely accesible via spagyrics. Work with plants can introduce these energies gently, preparing you for the stronger influx generated by the rites of ceremonial magic-which is a wondrous thing, as the effects of these energies upon one's outer and inner life can be overwhelming, depending on the balance and strength of…

Saturnian Elixir

Ave, Fraters et Sorors,
Last week on Saturday I began the preparation neccessary to create an Elixir infused with the energies of Saturn.  I have grown a garden with the herbs and plants necessary to invoke the various planetary and elemental forces. I chose Sage for this work, as it's spirit is of Saturn and Earth in the correspondences.  (In order to check the correspondences for accuraracy, I conduct a divination....my method of choice is the Tarott-use the method you are most comfortable with). I plucked the sage, gave a short prayer of intent, and placed it within the sealed mason jar. I set it out in the Sun to begin the energetic circulation. Yesterday, after the tincture was complete, I seperated the tincture from the Salt (the soaked leaves of Sage) and set the leaves out in the Sun to dry. I placed the tincture in it's own sealed vial, and set it aside. After the leaves were completely dried, I placed them within my Crucible and set them alight, in order to refine thi…

GIRP Air performance

Today I performed the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram Air, for the purpose of forging a deeper connection with those energies. It went very well-the Air energies had their distinctive wild, vibrant, almost manic feeling. I had no visions, as I did not project to the plane.
Experienced a small measure of personal turmoil later in the day...nothing earth shattering. There has been a general improvement in the family life. The work with Nepthys later should shine some more light in that direction.

Effects of Tincture, work in Ceremonial Magick

The tincture I've created has resulted in extremely vivid dreams, if consumed before sleep. I am unsure if this is purely an energetic phenomenon. The phrase Solve et Coagula has floated about in my consciousness of late. It means "seperate and combine"-and sums up the processes of Alchemy quite nicely. With the next tincture I make, I'm going to solve et coagula 7 times (one for each day of the week, and each major Planetary force) , and then consecrate the evolved tincture using the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram Earth, for the purpose of obtaining a Vision of the Goddess Nepthys and the Realm of Earth. I think it would be good to increase my personal understanding of the Godforms used in the Invoking rituals, and hope to use the tincure as a consumable talisman, creating a link physically and spiritually between myself and the Godform in question.
I am currently working the Earth and Air forces in my grade work, and so will begin with Nepthys and Djehuti.

Analysis and Results of Tincture #1

This was interesting. First thing to note is that the final distillation had a massive effect on my energetic body. I immediately felt an intense throbbing in my Da'ath and Kether centers, and felt heated energies racing up my back. The element involved was Fire-I knew this almost immediatley. The Energy first raced up into my head, and then descended first into my kidneys-producing a warm throbbing sensatio. It then continued down into my testes, where it seemed to remaine.
As a blind, I offered my roommate (who is not a practicioner of the Metaphysical arts) the tincture, prepared in a glass of distilled water. He had a borderline out of body experience(!)

This tincture will do well.

Results: Spagyric Tincture using an unknown flower

I've created and refined my first spagryic tincture, and gotten results from it's use!

For those not in the know, a spagyric tincture is an alchemical product made using a plant. The Process is deceptively simple; the results immediate and powerful.

To create spagryic tinctures, the following equipment is required:

1 Mason Jar
1 Mortar and Pestle
1 Knife, blessed in Ritual Spagyric Supplies
1 Plant, that will be evolved by our Alchemy
1 Container containing a pure Alcohol
1 Retort
1 Butane Burner w/Fuel
1 Tripod/stand for the Retort
Filtering Paper-lab grade is nice, but a couple of coffee filters will do just fine.
1 ceramic container for heating
1 Receiving Flask
You will need some plastic wrap-to cover the lid of the Mason Jar, to prevent the metal from contacting the tincture.

First Method

Pick the plant during either the Planetary hour of the power being worke…

Hermetic Magick and Alchemy

Hello, and thank you for giving us a look. I am Frater Aetherius Intra Terra of the Continental Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. There are many blogs now written by other initiates, who discuss matters of importance regarding the Great Work; however, I have not seen many that detail the actual regular metaphysical work and the results of occult operations. It would be good to have that sort of information available-in the physical sciences one subjects one's works for peer review, and reading the results greatly increases the general knowledge of the greater scientific community. Why not give our fellow Fraters and Sorors information, that could result in inspiration and a refinement of the skills and experience of the entire Rosicrucian community?

I am going to use this blog as my Journal, and record the results of my work here. Anyone with questions about the work may ask, and I will happily share. As a working Theurgist in the Western Mystery Tradition, my metaphysical wo…