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THE INNER PATH
“ hnh T m lsa hv be cner e, T e t e p hl ae en osc t e e l ad its dead stones will become alive, impure Metal will be transmuted into fine gold, and Man wilr oeh pi iv ete le vr i r t e s t c s mi a …” (oe Fud“ r tus theologo-pi spi s) R br l :Ta a t d ct h ooh u” l c
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To Georges Bogé de Lagrèze, Faithful depositary of so many initiatory filiations: In memoriam
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T A S A O ’P E A E R N L T RS R F C
I humbly present this work in a spirit of celebration. Robert Ambelain would have approved of the Martinist group at Yahoogroups.com! In his Warning to the Reader he stresses that his reasons for making this information available in print, is to reach out to Martinists who hv ntee e t i tt nh dsr e ( r yt R s Co dOrient?). He adds the ae o r i d h n ii e ec bs s e h oe ri ’ cv e iao i ul e x caution that the vast majority of those who have received the scant teachings and accompanying regime have done nothing with them, but hoard them up as another certificate to covet, and another elegant membership to drop into conversation. Ambelain has never been shy about putting teachings into print, in the belief, shared by I al ea i w e h pb se t f os‘l kB o’o t H r ecO dro t s e R gr e hn e ulhd h a u Ba r d i e m c ok f h e t re f h e m i e Golden Dawn, that it is better to safeguard the rituals and teachings in the hands of the many, than see them lost in the drawer of collectors of initiation who never do anything with them, nor pass them on to the successor, as they swore to do at their initiation. He believes, as do many, that the true import of the secret is not in the words but in their practice. He makes a specific point in this text of the manner in which well-thumbed old manuscripts bear the spiritual imprint of their readers ad users. The Martinist Order now sees much communication between its branches. Indeed, as I write a number of European and American branches are coalescing into a group which, while retaining their specific rituals, initiatory successions and teachings, nevertheless recognize both t vl i adt eu a ne f aho e s h ad y n h qi l c o ec t r traditions, and now allow free visitation rights e it e ve h’ and access to materials between the groups. This can only be for the good, and I only hope this precious harmonizing process continues. I would like to thank Michael Buckley, Ronald Cappello, Mark Jones, Andrew Stephenson and Gordon Stewart for their support and for their guidance and courage in this new millennium. I would especially like to thank Elias Ibrahim, whose guidance and support have been invaluable. I know he very much wanted to translate this important work, but as his commitments prevented him from applying himself to this task I was inspired to take up his mantle and complete the translation. I now offer it to the English speaking community in the hope that it will help them in their search for the Summum Bonum, and the Way of the Heart.
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Elements of the Great Work VI. Philosophical Vitriol V. Vaughan © May 2005 INDEX Tas t ’Pe c r lo s r ae nar f 3 PART ONE Warning to the Reader Introduction Hermetic Diagrams Glossary of Alchemical and Hermetic Terms I. T e h oohr Fr Pae h P i spe ’ i : r r l s e y VII. General Observations on Alchemy II. Postface 86 87 103 4 . Universal Reintegration 48 49 56 65 69 81 PART THREE IX. Spiritual Alchemy III. The Technique of Prayer X.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. The Elixir of Life VIII. Putrefaction 5 6 8 10 11 18 22 32 PART TWO IV.
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it is not achieved easily. 25). a brief oral explanation.ts r tayi ps b t pt n h eu rn io hi fh U ko n ue os iipa i l m os l o u t e a ia r n e i ” cc l ie 1 Papus had also received it. t. o w d e e lt n As for the incomparable Martinists of Saint-Martin. a sr d p h t er a r y i i c d c l oi vs n g tn ie iy s t s r sp . Unfortunately.r have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves. en n ” (Luke: Gospel. IX. a yr f y Wo t yuL w es o e . e t lhr i. but from the Rosicrucian group in Cairo.en e T iii i dal reintegration. and which is. mainly composed of English and Christian Copts. Philippe de Lyons. thirty years earlier. s de Saint-Ma i wt t a o w ri t a s Id i aR cniao” rn i h i f ok go r “ i d l eocii . both towards himself as towards others. XI. su ad a … ib m n o uf z Believing it useless and unjust to see it reserved for so many years to a very restricted nm e o ap at cni r ghw f o t s “ ia s at l osre h d c l of u br f si n . 2 Fo t L t “ rm h an reconciliare”t r s b s. h e m n w d nvu lt n Now. e i . e ae aehs w rs f c p ror w :A d h n ii s h h h hv r i dw hv m d t e od o Sr t e u o n “ n I e iao c e cv e iu wlclt m m pol w i w r nt y ep . in fact. w r a n t a shio n r ocii ” ok l eo r t r w “ cniao 2. alone of the Ordre Martiniste. for in the ABSOLUTE. we are absolutely certain that M. However. in Cairo. Vaughan © May 2005 WARNING TO THE READER “ eo o. T ait ya bfr t t hi e fh “ nr htse er e eh e n u o t i e n s o e c q e n w y. de Saint-Martin and transmitted by him directly to his intimates. Mercy and Justice must be balanced. It is useless to e od n ca t lioee a s ni sagyl t ln l y b go ad hra es n r i ev u. Moreover. was a” cni d o . from another French mystic we suppose to be Sédir. gave us an alchemical diagram. d transmitted to us by a final initiation.n hr e vd w i w s o bl e. and them that were et i i y h drd n r g n e i ee. Epistle to the Romans.os e n o e fh e i tt ” c ay be t i i ine r s di w e n ie ul v e sp t i tt n w i t y ae ee e. It requires constant vigilance of its practitioner.nr. So.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. In fact. it acts on this cardiac path on which we have written extensively. 52) The same Rosicrucian organization which gave birth to Martinez de Pascuallis and his Elus-Cohens which had the aim of working towards the ultimate aspect of the Great Work called “ n e a R i er i ”w s tr u t r ya le b h d et i i e L u -Claude U i r l e t ao . documents sought in vain up till now by historians of Martinism. an occult technique. in this century. The person who had received it in Egypt. the Martinist Order of Elus Cohen came into possession of authentic documents and manuscripts from the Eighteenth Century in 1955. this initiation has no link to classical Martinism1. of e t L-C. which Papus emphasized with so much vigor. We do not believe that it came from M. Philippe knew the method and the corresponding initiation. by a happy coincidence. and not just a banal sensibility. h h e o m pol ad e bl e. who have been regularly received i ot scl i tt yca o t “ nnw S pr r . from which our own initiator had himself received it. h h a nt e vd e c e e o c o ” (Paul. and the initiation which went with the other two items. i a h l l e y ep . can at least. as independent disciples of the Unknown Philosopher. he or she who has not had the opportunity to enter into the domain of initiations. h sn v u o ea i u t s di 6 .
and which remains susceptible to numerous re-editing. Vaughan © May 2005 them individually in possession of this technique. who wanted to be the sole and rare beneficiaries of this secret techniques. as that it was totally unknown to them. as long need makes itself felt).Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Andrew 7 . All these reasons amply justify the present dissemination. As for the proud. For they had never put them into practice! 30 November. envious or avaricious. they should know well that it was not for their benefit that we now circulate these secrets. 1960 Feast of St. other than by means of a printed text (a text which it is then difficult to alter.
ae hs nm . using material m as i rul i n clot s o i d t t r i i t R yl ro E yto a“ r en r oos d ta t h e ft ia oi n n h oa A t f gp n fs g y ei o s sn g s e . both spiritually and occultly. S iTi t n n y ny t and Unity in Trinity. and associated them t s m s r u ga i so t “ . guided the hands of the Medieval builders. for there where are the Spirit. destroy the World in a few moments. Adept: from the Latin adeptus: who has acquired. there are also Sulfur. And this follows archaic processes. little by little. Vaughan © May 2005 INTRODUCTION “ o s r i iU i. r d cntu s fsa aa t” m ay e ae it r c These same secular rules lead the philosopher who perseveres. Alchemy is not solely and uniquely the search to create of material Gold. to the same results and to the same conclusions as his distant initiators.h e yt i s ur a f h Threshold” t t eo r e eo dn e . and according to a lapse of time conditioned by the Stars. Mercury and Sl a …” t (Bernard Le Trévisan) Integrated into the traditional trilogy expressed in the triple portals of our great metropolitan cathedrals in enigmatic bas-relief. a reflection of that of First Adam. As such. In an age where the progress of imprudent physics and chemistry have placed in the hands of man. it seems to be important to dissociate traditional Alchemy from those caricatures by which people have wanted to make it the distant source of the destructive knowledge mentioned above. it m trw oe a ei m t lkpsc t l ay ost e aitr n. Alchemy demands of the Initiate that he places himself in the School of Nature. symbolic unfolding of The Work. and not learning susceptible to decantation. before finally confiding in him the keys of Adepthood3. he will travel the same roads. those celestial promoters of Metals. in which the most extraordinary simplicity of material means used are bound to one of the most hidden theories. total and absolute sum of what we call the doctrines of Hermes: immutable in their principles (if not always in their application). often denuded of all spirituality or moral. as toys of their own inner anarchy. marked out by the same hopes. and often suffering the same setbacks.o h st i e ec symbolism of the triple entrance to the Cathedrals. but also and above all quite another thing. So it is that these postulants apply themselves materially and experimentally in the secrecy of the laboratory of the Hermeticist.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. To terms whose true meaning which the profane world frequently invert! 8 . evolution and progress. he is slowly led towards his final goal. Alchemy and its sisters. So it is with wisdom that those who. the keys to death with which they could. u b eter . The same immutable. and through his own knowledge. they thus comprise the complete. from the Latin initium: beginning. Soul and Body. Expressed originally by devotees from when it issued form the loins of its sister Mysticism. 3 Initiate. Like them. Astrology and Mysticism are the traditional knowledge portrayed.
the King and the Queen. Vaughan © May 2005 This goal is a strange substance. and.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. as the beginning of The Work. with the Arcana finally conquered.e h To obtain these fine crystals. the better to bar the way to the seeker. etc. appearance. and without any possibility for industrial application. The pilgrimage of St. Yet. divorced from any rational basis. the artisan of the Great Work will have met strange companions along the way: such as the Archons who stand watch over the successive thresholds of the intermediary worlds. each of which poses their particular enigma for him to solve! It is only after having understood the secret meaning these that the pilgrim will finally see rise. since Life will eventually deliver one of its greatest secrets to him. to which the shadows instantly reflect back their mysterious luminescence.. to become and remain forever: the Illuminated One. of the color of ruby. Iago of Compostella. transmits his own spiritual light to those who. which the Chemistry of men ignores. which they have never analyzed. and which they will perhaps ignore forever. It is a substance which university theses do not describe. in his turn. shining in the heart of the metallic shadows. upon the finally decomposed prima materia. also called mérelle (cnti ar s t n o t s PV). the Star of Compostella. will themselves accept the need to die as lead in order to be btreon s o … eer r a gl t b d 4 5 From the Latin persona: mask. the procedure employed nevertheless constitutes a real spiritual enrichment for the Hermeticist. and whose very name makes the profane smile. is one of those enigmatic myths of the quest of the Great Work. the Illuminated One. a crystalline silver star must appear and float upon the surface – fsi i t nhth O e t io t r h pt aitn c i t t pr o s nh i t a … r d ao a e ar eg h 9 . the Initiate finally becomes the Adept. . Now transmuted by this second Revelation. in the plane of his inner spiritual alone. Pilgrims wear a scallop shell as an emblem. And in the a’f d t nli frh – n a ao i middle of the matras. which announces the end of the golden periplus5. the Lion and the Dragon. innumerable and symbolic personalities4: the Crow and the Swan. As the mysterious Stone engenders and multiplies itself in continuous mathematical progression. This substance is the “ Chrysoprase”t Philosophers Stone. he can finally become transformed. intelligent and docile prima materia.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 HERMETIC IDEOGRAMS 3 Q Air Water Earth Fire Mercury Sulfur Salt T e hyor e rP i spe Soe h C rspa o “h oohr t ” s l s n (symbol of Reintegration) T e lMa.r D m e h E r ”prhb m tr a h (e sal ae t i e t 10 . et s edo “ a nd h Od nD a ’H a.
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GLOSSARY OF ALCHEMICAL AND HERMETIC TERMS
We believe it useful firstly to give fairly general definitions of the terms habitually used by authors who write about Alchemy. As a result, this little glossary will allow readers interested in studying material Alchemy and, in parallel, spiritual Alchemy t dcd osuew rssc a “ Book of Images Without Words” o Mutus ,o eoe bcr ok,uh s The ,r Liber, T e y bl Tete fh P i spe’ S n” yJC B r ue, “ Amphitheater of Eternal “h Sm o c ra s o t h oohr t e b . . a hsn and The i i e l s o c Wisdom”by Henry Khunrath. Also, if he is ready familiar with the general significance of these rather abstruse words, it will be easier for him to read the works of modern alchemists, and above all the greatest of these, JeanJulien-Hubert Champagne, alias Fulcanelli6. n ito ok,The Mystery of the Cathedrals”ad Philosophical I h w w rs“ s ,n “ Dwellings” h t a ec s e o Ace i l uj t B th df ios eg ehr wlb ue l hn , e r t xl i l f l m c sb c . u t e n i w i e es uv y h a es e it n v e i e sf w e l u completed in the practical aspect of which they treat.7
We have an important dossier, resulting from an inquiry patiently pursued around 1935 –1937, by ourselves, on the real identity of Fulcanelli. This dossier includes recollections of those who worked with him from 1907, of those who were his collaborators during the course of his ardent life as an adept, photographs and documents which show, without any possible argument, that Fulcanelli and Jean-Julien-Hubert Champagne were one and the same person! Regarding this identity, we fear no contradiction whatsoever, and moreover we possess a photograph of an essential dedication which make the proof incontestable. 7 Note that the terms are in English alphabetical order – the book they are, of course, in French alphabetical order. in Please note also that I have translated those terms I could find: not all ancient alchemical terms are obvious! I have indicated those I could not translate in red, in the hope that others can help – PV.
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DEFINITIONS One of the four elements of the Ancients. Has no connection with what we breathe. See page 19. Calcination to white or red. Apparatus composed of vessels superposed and linked together, to permit a slow sublimation. Intimate union of several metallic elements into a very homogeneous and malleable whole. Sometimes a symbol of sublimation, or ascension of a volatile principle, as in the da i s fViatorium Spagyricum” r n o“ w g . As a general rule, which one finds oneself in presence of two animals of the same species but of different sexes (such as a lion and lioness, dog and bitch), it signifies Sulfur and Mercury prepared in accordance with The Work, or also the fixed and the volatile. The male represents the fixed, Sulfur; the female represents the volatile, Mercury. United, the animals express the conjunction of the newly-weds, marriage. If they are fighting: fixation of the volatile or volatilization of the fixed. See the drawings of Basil Valentinus8 i “ Twelve n The Keys of Philosophy” A i a m ya osm o z t Ee et E r (o, . n l a l y b le h l n : a h l n m s s i e m s t i bull), Air (eagle), Water (fish, whale), Fire (dragon, salamander). If a terrestrial animal appears in a hermetic image with an aerial animal, they signify respectively the fixed and the volatile. The sun, gold. Refining or alchemical verification of gold and silver by means of slagging lead in a cupel. Reverberating furnace. Equipment which ensures that the vase containing the material to be treated bathes in warmed water. Large, round glass vessel for receiving the products of distillation. Symbol: 1) of the dissolution of gold or silver; 2) of the purification of these two metals. Flying towards the sky: volatilization, ascension, sublimation. Pointing towards the sun: precipitation, condensation. These two images reunited in one figure: distillation. Two birds opposed to two terrestrial animals signify Air, or the Volatile. Also symbolized by the Crow. Image of putrefaction. Heat. Reduction of the body into lime. It can by dry or wet.
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Black Caladity Calcination
B s V l t u:The Twelve Keys of Philosophy” M. . aclt n o t r e i i e o F l nl,a ai a n ns“ l ei . E C nee oe fh a d c l f u aei s i, e r sp s c lh just published an erudite and excellent translation of this essential work, published by Editions de Champe-Elysées, in which he has put all his Alchemical science. 9 Ace y e nt s t epes n B i r ” l m ds o ueh xr i “ a -Ma e. h e so n i
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Glass container with a mouth, which one puts on the neck of a urinal or curcurbite to be able to distil spirits. Head, chappe, chapel, alembic are almost the same thing. Operation by which, using mineral powders called cement, metals may be purified to the point at which only a very pure metallic substance remain. Symbol of unity of Matter, and sometimes the color black (first stage of The Work), and putrefaction. Coating made of thick and oily materials, in order to seal the joints linking various vessels. Clothed in royal vestments, or simply crowned: symbol of the Philosophical Stone, sometimes of the Red Work. The Philosophical Stone, The Great Work achieved. Consists of having the liquids in a sealed container circulate by means of a slow heat. See the Pelican. Unity of Matter, Universal Harmony. Action of placing distilled spirit of metal onto its reside. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. See page 18. Act of heating common slat in a crucible to drive off water. One of the first stages of The Work: putrefaction. S m o o ce i loay o m tl pr co.I “ a ra t Pei a, y bl f hm c ryl , f e lc e et n n L Ma ra r o ” a t ai f i gi cs the six metals are firstly represented as slaves, bareheaded at the feet of the king, Gold. But then, after their transmutation, they are drawn with a crown upon the head. From this, in spiritual alchemy, comes the sentence of L.-C. de SaintMartin: Al a i h o nk g ,htst sy a m nwt nt m t “ lm n s i w i …” t i o a, l e i i h h s n a l h e e ps b i o r un gt t i l t ryl te,nt sit and angelic os it f e ri o h r o “ a s t i h p i i ly t n e s o a” e rual plane. Bowl of fireproof clay, wider towards the top, used to fuse metals and hard materials. Also called coucourde. Vessel in the shape of a gourd, open at the top, which is covered with a capital for the distillation of vegetables and other materials. Or deliquescence. Natural resolution of salts in water by exposing them in a humid place. See Moon. Disaggregation, involution or maturation of matter obtained by exposing the container to the warmth of a bain-marie for a suitable length of time. Operation during which one separates the gaseous parts from the solid or liquid parts, or again the spirit from the matter which holds it. Symbol of Sulfur, and Gold. The dog eaten by a wolf signifies purification of gold by antimony. Dog and bitch when associated, signify the fixed and the volatile. A dragon eating its tail: unity of Matter. A dragon in flames: symbol of Fire. Many dragons fighting: putrefaction. Dragon without wings: the Fixed. Winged dragon: the Volatile. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. See page 18. Symbol of volatilization, and also of the acids used in The Work. An eagle devouring a lion signifies the volatilization of the fixed by the volatile. Two eagles fighting have the same meaning.
Chaos C e ss l hmi’Ca t y Child Chrysoprase Circulation
Circulatory Circumference Cohobation Cold Crackling, Decrepitation Crow Crown
Crucible Curcurbite Deliquium Diana Digestion Distillation Dog
Nothing in common with common fire. Metallic Sulfur. Silver of the Wise. Sulfur. Alone: symbol of the Fixed. Winged: the Volatile. if it gives access to the Closed Palace of the King. Mercury. Nothing in common with the vulgar body of this name. Also called Oil of Christ. Never to be seen as the ground on which we tread.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. clothed in the color and multiple properties of fire. The result of conjoining Sulfur and Mercury. The lion. Mercury. Energizing agent of an igneous subtlety. Symbol of Fire. mean of union between them. The priest who officiates represents Salt. See man and woman. The Volatile. Water. or Philosophical Mercury. One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. Alteration of matter through trituration. the orange nuance in The Work. It is also the symbol of the Chrysoprase. Used to digest the prepared material. Philosophical Sulfur. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. also called Rebis. See page 18. It is also the symbol of Silver prepared for the final Work. Vegetable or mineral waters with dissolving properties. There are other B i i h a e o o “e a o n h a ” – ns i s s e h aspects of this word. or salamander. Silver of the Wise. See page 18. the Fixed and the Volatile. and also symbolized by the heraldic Lizard. One will find them described notably in the works of Fulcanelli. The lion also represents the mineral (or green vitriol) from which one extracts oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid) which is used by Alchemists. Gold of the Wise. Mercury and Salt. Symbol of tin. Furnace of the Philosophers. The Philosophical Stone. Orifice. Also designates access to Living Gold. Fire. designate impure silver and gold. See page 20. oval or flattened glass vessel with a long neck. See page 19. Corrosive. of reincrudation into a form analogous to that of its primitive substance. Vaughan © May 2005 Earth Epée Faulx Fire Fire of Sand Fixed Flowers Fountain Gold of the Wise Hermaphrodite Hot Jupiter King and Queen Lion One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Generally represent the successive colors which succeed each other during the course of The Work Three fountains generally represent the three Principles. symbolizes the Earth. Interposition of sand between fire and the vase containing the matter to be treated. This is Lioness Liquation Magic Ruby Man and Woman Marmorizer Marriage Mars Matras Menstruum Mercury Moon Mortification Mountain Neptune Opening Palace Parting 14 . Naked. Entrance into the Closed Palace: discovery of Silver capable of effecting the reduction of the Fixed. Their wedding night: conjunction of Sulfur and Mercury. or Philosophical Sulfur. Union of Sulfur and Mercury. Enclosed in a Sepulcher: these two Principles united in the Philosophical Stone. opposed to three other animals. which lives in fire and is made pregnant by it. and designates au contraire Living Silver. or dog of Corascène. Trituration of materials on marble using a pestle. or addition of an active element. which would require to much space to explain. Sulfur and Mercury. Round. Mercury. if it acts in the entrance of the Closed Palace of the Queen. Operation consisting of separating silver from gold by means of saltpeter. See also à a ( t s pr n r Se l i t B t ? PV). Symbol of Fire. Summit of the Philosophical Egg. Oil of Crystal. One of the four Elements of the Ancients. It is also called porphyrizing. The Volatile.
Also the color black of The Work. Often created over a very strong fire. double matter. It is not other than the union off Sulfur and Mercury in the metals. or albification. Action of submitting a mineral in fusion to the action of a detergent or transmuting powder. The rose is sometimes an emblem of the entire Hermetic Art. First matter of the Hermetic Work. Symbol of the Philosophical Egg. terre-damnée. Synonymous with the Crow. the aurifying principle dissimulated within the mineral.e e l ss o e sn r agal T e fr I ae sd h e salt’ s c ay h r tc y e e r t ogoth bo w e e h ue ‘ o ‘ . Designates the color red. Exaltation of internal energy of the metallic spirit by the action of a violent fire upon the matter containing this spirit. l . Vaughan © May 2005 Pelican Phoenix Priest Prima material Projection Rain Rébis Recipient Rectification Rectification (or alcohol) Red Refining refinement. Final distillation to obtain an extremely pure metallic spirit. in the course of its realization. Consists of separating the water contained in the body (or phlegm) by evaporation or distillation. when the King and Queen are enclosed in it (Sulfur and Mercury). Scel’s l Fec frsel’ ra. Closed curcubite containing two hollow handles connected to the top of the abdomen. the reciprocal activity of spirit and soul. hr oe hv ue t t m‘ a fr r n . of Sulfur and Mercury. Synonymous with feces. the use of arsenic r e h o i is academic! – PV. Marrying a man and a woman. Sometimes: complete desiccation. constitutes t bd o hm nbi s Sl cna ob cm a dt t “u ”o t h oy f u a e g. united and conjoined in the last term of The Work. See also Magic Ruby. one of the three mysterious Principles composing the body. Universal spirit enclosed in the heart of metallic darkness. spark of life enclosed in all that is in its natural primitive state. It has nothing whatsoever in common with common salt. or a king and queen. S m o o t r cl i T eWok T eP on ’ egi t P i spi l y bl fh e o rn h e d o r. It is particularly practiced on gold and silver. The Phoenix is also Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. a a l e o pr o h sm f h e n t s e e e addition of two factors10. serving to distil materials in the course of The Work. See page 20. Final stage of the Great Work. Here designates a glass balloon. It is also the image of condensation. or soul and the psychic double. 15 . with a mouth curved towards the base. Also symbolizes Fire. Also called circulatory by reason of its function. final stage of The Work. Also called Arsenic. Action of destroying combustible Sulfur and exteriorizing incombustible Sulfur. having received form Nature and Art a double occult property which is exactly equilibrated. both wet and dry. Symbol of Fire. Symbol of the color white in The Work. h hei s g s h h ooh a x e l c Egg.. or lead (galena). i m e iot i e a t w w rssel’ n ‘ i t ok ‘ a e tp y e e io r h o ‘ o sl Wh e d n t l h c i so s ‘ e lm t ueScel’o a ei h r l ue btt m i e hneb . Besides. It sometimes signifies the color red.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. What remains at the bottom of a vase after distillation. deaths head. Result of the amalgamation of Gold of the Wise and Mercury of the Wise. it symbolizes the Salt Principle. Generally pyrites of fire. or even the color white which precedes it. Operations by which all that is foreign to a metal is separated from it. Designates lead. A red and a white rose: union of the Fixed and the Volatile. from which it results. at the stage of putrefaction. final stage of The Work. Round glass vessel.sh ia ok n h uhut ok ht r e ssscel’ rsel’ As a t ss bo o Spiritual Alchemy. grave dust. Residue Retort Reverberation Room Rose Rubification Salamander Salt Saturn Secret Fire 10 A bln f nn rl sh to od ‘ ad scel’n h bo.
prepared for the final Work. The matter is put in a closed vase with a long neck. Sulfur. the red stone. Separation of volatile elements fixed elements. but a little longer. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. This latter does not figure in the classical ternary of the Great Work: black. It is also the symbol of Gold.. White Stone. it is the Great Work. Synonymous with the Crow. red. it is treating of the prima materia form which the metals are born. See page 20. The Work at the stage of the color black. the white stone. of different materials placed over a violet fire. so that the subtle (or pure) parts are separated from the gross (or impure) parts. Designates copper. prepared for The Work. See Marriage. Slow is the best. Mercury. slow and gentle fire. First phase of the Second Work. See page 18. Violent or slow. Symbol of ordinary fire. moon and five stars. over a slow heat. Vase similar to a curcurbite. Superposition by alternate planes.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. A tree bearing moons signifies the Little Work. Without wings: the Fixed. See page 19. Putrefaction. Two serpents on the Caduceus: Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. The mix works. If it bears the symbols of the seven metals. Dryness. second stage after putrefaction and irisation. Winged serpent: the Volatile. Sulfur. in rising from the base of the vase to the top. Designates unity of Matter. then. the still imperfect stone. One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Crucified serpent: designates the fixation of the Volatile. white. Mercury. Sometimes ordinary gold. That which can be separated from the fixed elements. Symbol of the three mysterious constitutive Principles of metals: Salt. sometimes designates Sulfur of the Sages. by fusion. Symbol of Antimony. Three serpents designate the three Principles: Salt. Nothing in common with the common element of this name. or the signs of the sun. Sublimation Sulfur Sun Swan Trees Triangle Urinal Venus Volatile Volatilization Vulcan Water Wedding Night Wet Wheel of Fire White Wolf 16 . Nothing in common with common water. Image of Mercury. Serves the same purposes. Same significance as for the Dragon. Action of transforming a solid body into a gas by heat. but superposition is not left to chance. Philosophical Mercury. as it must be rational and scientific. If it bears suns. Vaughan © May 2005 Sepulcher Serpent Siccity Silver of the Wise Skeleton Sphere Square Stratification Philosophical Egg. Symbol of the four Elements. in which all the potential for transmutation has not yet been developed and obtained. Symbol of The Work at the white.
i s ai e es When it was worth the effort. Ncl V l s“i B os. we had recourse t F l nl’ tow rs “ h Myt yo t C t da ”ad o u aei w ok: T e s r fh a er s n c ls e e h l “h ooh aD ei s.n i ok T e tl A t fh ni t . In particular. a ut .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.n y h e i see en vr . l c lg o o s o ’ e c 17 . in his book “ Theories and Symbols”adb t trd e ekr Ja Maé ci h bo “ h Me lc ro t A c n ” . we have followed the significations given by the late lamented Albert Poisson.t P i spi l w ln ”t i a a i Fv ok”e …. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * Here we have summarized some of the terms scattered through a certain number of works treating of Alchemy.
It is indispensable to define what one understands by essential words which are the names of the constitutive elements of Primary Matter. 18 . –Hot. symbol of perfection at the heart of the metallic life. unstable. enthusiasm. supple. is translated as a vibration of nature which is attractive. dilating. rarifying. Its activity is retractive. skepticism. –Dry. crystallizing. by destroying the principle of expansion which can be found in Hot (preservation). opposition. and of its evolution towards the ultimate state: Gold. – Dry: expansion. and thereby provokes the involution of Matter. or its disaggregation. is manifested by a vibration of retentive. the origin of fixation. A) The Four Elementary Qualities – Cold. assimilation. action. whose effect is to coagulate or crystallize Matter. origin of reaction. dynamic. –Wet. ennerving. the principle of concentration and reception. – Wet: passivity. is translated by a vibration of expansive nature. origin of femininity. these four Qualities give: – Cold: impassibility. Its action is thus astringent. active desire of persuasion. and thus. Its action is vitalizing. dispersing. Its activity is temperate. supple.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. retention. which provokes the evolution of atoms. passive desire of submission. – Hot: reaction. emollient. is manifested by a complete or partial absence of vibration. divides homogeneity and units heterogeneity. egotism. mutable. penetrating atoms. passive desire of submission. slowing. softening. passive desire of domination. in opposing its total fixation. B) The Four Elements –Earth: the reactive action of Salt on Cold divides it. variation. relaxing which. erethic and irritating nature. In Man. origin of masculinity. transforms it into the element Earth. fixing. which contradicts and retains the given impulse. stimulating. Vaughan © May 2005 I GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON ALCHEMY Hermetic terminology uses words and expressions which do not have direct correspondence with their equivalents in the profane language.
g g ng ng Kin Kin Ki Ki the the the the of of of of COLD DRY 19 . and the Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle generate Philosophical Gold. or Silver of the Wise. Earth and Air generate the Mercury Principle. that Cold and West generate Water. 1 You see by means of this diagram (which has been confirmed to be perfectly exact by J.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Boucher. or Gold of the Wise. who received an identical one from his master Fulcanelli). The copulation of the two then gives the Chrysoprase. Vaughan © May 2005 of the Qu e en e e ce ce lac lac ala ala Pa Pa gP gP ong ong on on St r St r Str Str Str on gP a la ce D + D + white black AZΩ AZΩTH ALKAHEST red 4 6 7 5 COLD WET HOT Fig. In their turn. and Dry and Cold generate Earth. Hot and Dry generate Fire. Wet and Hot generate Air. At the second stage of The Work. Air and Fire generate the Sulfur Principle. the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle generate Philosophical Silver. and Fire and Earth generate the Salt Principle.
as well as the result of their union. submission. ingenious. transforming it into Air. impetuosity. Mercury Principle: Wet. coagulating. suspicion. inconsistency. reserve. generosity.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. called Sulfur. dulls. studious. Salt Principle: Dry. contained in Fire and Earth. these four Elements give: – Earth: Disquiet. the principle of molecular attraction. nonchalance. presumption. reflective. It is the Male principle of all seed. engenders a principle of dry. D) The Two Metals of the Wise Silver of the Wise: Also called Mercury of the Wise as opposed to Philosophical Mercury which precedes it in the previous stage. engenders a principle of hot. C) The Three Philosophical Principles Sulfur Principle: Hot. erethic and irritant action of Dry on Hot. and the fundamental color blue. fervor. dilating and rarefying action of Hot on Wet. atonic and fixative action of Cold on Wet thickens. assimilation. vanity. and the fundamental color yellow. unconsciousness. and transforms it into Water. repressed tenderness or egotism. From it are born form and weight. engenders a principle of vaporous. called Mercury. contained in Fire and Air. – Water: Passivity. reserved spirit or pretentiousness. transforming it into Fire. versatility. or Mercury of the Mad. subtle. –Fire: Violence. It is the Female principle of all seed. and the fundamental color red. incertitude. prodigality. These are the three constitutive principles which are. In Man it corresponds to Spirit. cleverness. cohesive. ardor. It is the principle of the unification of Male and Female. prudence. authority. retentive. courage. the principle of circulation. in the vocabulary of traditional Alchemy. coagulating nature. –Air: Affability. aversion. Vaughan © May 2005 – Water: The refrigerant. also Philosophical Silver. initiative. promptness. the principle of violent and active dynamism. subtlety. irascibility. called Salt. In Man. fertile and fermentative nature. which is common quicksilver). and from it is born taste. In Man. fear. solitary. pride. passion. courtesy. mutable and generating nature. the closest Substance to beings and things. contained in Air and Water. enthusiasm. ingeniousness. ambition. indolence. It results from the absorption of a certain quantity of the 20 . laziness. timidity. –Air: The expansive. obligingness. it corresponds to Body. harmony. lassitude. taciturnity. In Man it corresponds to Soul. –Fire: The reactive. and from it is born smell.
or. by the absorption of a proportional quantity of common Gold by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. by the absorption of a proportional quantity of common Silver by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. of the mixture and co-destruction of Gold of the Wise and Silver of the Wise. In a word. which precedes it in the previous stage. it does not have to have been recast or alloyed with itself. It is not necessary for this Gold to have previously been subjected to exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. or Sulfur of the Mad.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. These two Operations result from a series of successive cookings (multiplication). E) The Chrysoprase or Stone of the Philosophers Chrysoprase: This is obtained by the slow cooking in the Philosophical Egg (matras). placed in a sand bath. which is common sulfur). It is not necessary for this Silver to have previously been subjected to exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. within the Athanor (furnace). 21 . even more easily. it does not have to have been recast or alloyed with itself. or. Gold of the Wise: Also called Sulfur of the Wise (as opposed to Philosophical Sulfur. even more easily. also Philosophical Gold. It must be virgin. It must be virgin. Vaughan © May 2005 Sulfur Principle by a determined quantity of the Mercury Principle. It results from the absorption of a certain quantity of the Salt Principle by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. In a word.
was already proposing in principle this magisterial unity: “ lt ns o ermt oe ed t y ae lbe b t d nh beginning by the Alh g cm f h n se. is showing us that the ancient adage is right when it states: “ m i a uoei uu o n …” O n b n. prisoners of a gross World. from the ONE-ORIGINAL. that postulate from the earliest days of the Hermeticists of former times. Who is God. in the spiritual plane. e os H l A gl a cm f m t oeS uc… A dMa T e ol f n D m n. l o e r h n or y s l o e e n n contains within himself the part of the Exterior World that the Demon also contains within h sl btn d f etom i e . may yet claim their former estate again. The consequence of this doctrine: all that are thus of divine origin and that find themselves here below. by means of successive emissions of Secondary Causes to the Primary Causes. and which has been mocked so much over time. affirming that spiritual Creatures had been emanated by a Unique Source: God-Abyss. e ga“ w i m ast npsd. from his Benedictine Abbey. Vaughan © May 2005 II SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY Unity of Matter. is now being proved a fortiori by modern nuclear physics! Chemistry as well.. Basil Valentinus. 22 . the transmutation of imperfect metals into pure gold.tn nm m i a a that is to say that one is in all. o ne .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Tertiary Causes to the Secondary Causes. f t ss m s i . d ae lr it ‘rpsd c r e i pn a te – PV. and this work of regeneration is called Reintegration. 12 Out of nothing – PV.h hv a en ih i t i o e e l re e sm Mo e ae tr h …” (aiV l t u: T e r m hl hr tf n m n” B s a n ns“ h Ti paC ai oA t oy) l ei u o i And. traditional Gnosis had already proposed11 this concept in its affirmation of the doctrine of Emanation. in discovering materials and products hitherto completely unknown. and all is in one. degenerate and lessened in their spiritual potential.uia ie n fr …” m f fr Jcb oh e“ fh Eet n f rc” ao B em : O t l i oG ae) e co Long before these philosophers. etc. Jacob Boehme also affirms: “ h S u o Ma. and absolutely not created ex nihilo12. 11 I t oi nl transposait” h h en ‘asoe’ Ielh ia i r t n hv ae d to pooe’ nh r i . Alchemy consequently divides itself into three probatory stages: a) The Work.
our physical rebirth. of all spiritual Creatures. e’ PV. idea is more like ‘uf s . The Alchemists preserved and demonstrated the sound basis of Hermeticism and Alchemy. even immortality. all must return to it in the h oohr t e l s o sm m ne a e anr …” ( cb oh e“ e i a r R rm ) J o B em : D S nt a eu ” a g u Concerning the mysterious Elixir of Life13. have been regenerated in spirit and will. working without the least hesitation on the strangest substances. that of our heart and will. that is to say the regeneration of the entire Cosmos. Everything having issued forth from Unity. – 23 . a type of universal medicine. Many pious men. 13 ‘ofer . secondly. we can find an echo in these words of Eckhartshausen: “h r T e e-birth is threefold: firstly.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. c) Universal Reintegration. But they invented Chemistry. h ‘ T ehuffers and puffers’ ignored them. literally ‘ Su l s fu ’ reciters’but a ‘ uf ra o en ‘ bet ’ rt pf. 14 ‘ Empiriques au premier chef’ PV. thirdly. Jacob Boehme effectively tells us this. Reintegration. philosophers in possession of an ancient doctrine (Gnosis) have specific theories which do not allow them to stray from certain limits in their research. element of the individual Reintegration of the Adept. One should probably only take this affirmation to be in the spiritual sense. the ultimate goal of true Alchemy. the rebirth of our reason. it is convenient to distinguish between Alchemists and ’u es n pfr . who seek God. and the discovery of T e s o e d f ec bt e e a fr w the P i spe’ S n. There is no doubt that they were all good Chrisitans! But surely this is because they understood that Knowledge and Wisdom must work in tandem: that Knowledge without Wisdom is worse than Ignorance alone. on the contrary. Vaughan © May 2005 b) The Elixir of Life. Their field of experimentation is the metallic world. hfrad u es f f ’ The former. empiricism being their chief guide14. and also on the most repugnant natural residues. is proven without contest if one reads the ancient authors. to defile the most heteroclite products of the three kingdoms. and assuring considerable longevity. with regard to this final aspect of the Great work: “ hr in r l ie ne e enEternal Birth. are people unaware of esoteric knowledge and learning. bte hv ko n opr leih u f ae nw croe r r …” w a bt (Eckhartshausen: “ h Cod pn h Snt r” T e l U o T e ac ay) u u Still. ss fe l m ast r h o ‘ uf the o l’ s o ae o ’ hf r e ad uf s which I used instead – n pf r . * * * The existence of a Spiritual Alchemy. capable of healing almost any ailment or infirmity. happy. The latter. in their pride.
and with metallic Pyrites. successively associated with this transmutation.hr T u iTi t n n yad n y n r i . Man is thus the philosophical athanor in which the preparation of the Virtues is accomplished. you will also have it with you always. r r ad a…” s e f c t And Albert Poisson concludes that: “ s r u . according to the mystics. i ota w r “ nd va n s r . to help and relieve those who are in m s r n…” iot e f u (aiV l t u: T e R b ’ ot T e e es) B s a n ns“ h ‘éi16 fh w l K y” l ei s e v Indeed. e i oti ad e ee n iu. o as 16 Even a thouhsn pg d t nr dent aeh w r! PV. so that. According to the second aim. n pr vr i Vr e Ma I r fiyu i o r t u So . the contemplation of Divinity in His Splendor. and it is in this sense. and that. and this is a curious fact. to turn them into Gold.n U i i Ti t fr hr S it oln B d a .f o ws t c a or t e b wt u s . e e a o rS l rMe uy n Sl l a u u. these elements are identical in number. in consequence. and. y n e h ee n h n s e t your spirit be illuminated by Light and Truth. all that the vulgar and ignorant person thinks to be dead. the essential elements. in the Divine World. nw O e ts uniquely a true Spirit.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. be led to a incomprehensible life. when you find it in yourself. that Life is O h e ae . After acquiring the Divine gift you desire. Vaughan © May 2005 T u B ra L Téi ni h m sr e ok The Abandoned Word15”tlu t s: hs e r e r s . Let us now analyze the two aspects of The Work. my passionate friend of the Chemical Art. l sh es i “ hss r i i U i . that one should listen to these words: “ The Work is with you and within you. e r t r has a triple aim in the Material World: the Transmutation of A a e l t G e Wok s th a Metals. * * * e15 “ a a lD ls e – L Pr e é i é” PV. in that. in the Microcosm.o w e p i S u ad oy r t e ny t t ny e r. in return. the perfecting of Moral Man. must b pee e…: er r d sv (Basil V l t u: T e w l K y o P i spy V Key) a n ns“ h T e e es f h ooh” th ei v l “ bi . be it on land or sa e…Hermes Trismegistus: ‘ Seven Chapters’ The …” (l rP i o: T er s n Sm o o t Ace is) Ab t o sn “ hoi ad y bl fh l ms ” e s e s e h t Let us also quote Basil Valentinus: “ nt s m tr ko . visible and spiritual. to Perfection. wherever you are. where it For continually resides. take a resolution to offer your hand to the bemired poor. classification and `succession. and of carnal Man. ad ae ii a os’hv t s od – co y i 24 . must.
The Work may hope to pass from Black to White. * * * This material and experimental way is reflected in a spiritual and transcendental way. drew the three terms of this second plane.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 17 T e r c frNt gn i‘zt – word of import (Azoth) to most students of the esoteric! – h Fe h o ‘ ioe’sao ’ a n r e PV. being: Water + Air Mercury Principle Air + Fire Sulfur Principle Fire + Earth Salt Principle There. Vaughan © May 2005 These are the four natural Elements of the Ancients: Water (Hydrogen) Air (Nitrogen17) Fire (Oxygen) Earth (Carbon) corresponding to the four Qualities: Humid and the four Temperaments: Sanguine Bilious Nervous Lymphatic Hot Dry Cold At the higher period of these four modes of manifestation of Life in Matter. as it leads to the Red Bridegroom (Sulfur). through copulation. because it leads to the White Bride (Mercury). and the Way of Salt is te Palace of the King. or Mercury of the Wise. or Sulfur of the Wise: Mercury Principle + Sulfur Principle = Philosophical Silver (Mercury of the Wise) Sulfur Principle + Salt Principle = Philosophical Godl (Sulfur of the Wise) Finally. through the copulation of Mercury of the Wise and Sulfur of the Wise. they obtain Philosophical Gold. as by the copulation of the Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle. the Alchemists. that is to say. The Way of Mercury is also called the Palace of the Queen. the Adept obtains Philosophical Silver. The Adept obtains the Chrysoprase. 1). 25 . the three essential principles coming out of the Word. by the copulation of the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle. In effect. The Work passes from White to Red. the Philosophical Stone (Fig. which they called that of the realization of Azoth.
V. with complete preeminence: “ n G d a tS l o: i e o hv ntse Meo l gi . 11-12 Catholic Bible. 2) “ fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is The Understanding.i e. to perceive the words of Understanding…” To (Proverbs: I. being: Sulphur of the Wise to Wisdom Mercury of the Wise to Understanding These two Sublime Virtues. Protestant Bible18) We also quote: “o t s your Wisdom and your Understanding it s h o t nt n…” F rh is i n h i t fh aos eg e i (Deuteronomy: IV. if they are passed over in silence in classical theology. 26 . and I will give you a heart full of Wisdom and Understanding…” (Kings.” (Proverbs: IX. 10) 18 T iia e l s t nli o t Bb !A A bln s ai a o tt ae m r sneo s ‘i h s vr o er s t n fh i e s m e iim k g pi im ks oe es t ue h ’ s y o a ao e l a n n s translation rather than the usual one – PV. and reduced to the rank of gifts of the Holy Spirit (which would be infinitely better named otherwise). Mercury and Salt) correspond to the two Sublime Virtues. “ know Wisdom and instruction.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 To the four Elements listed above necessarily correspond the four Cardinal Virtues of ancient scholarship. and because you have asked for Understanding and Wisdom to act with justice. correspond to the three Theological Virtues. born from the copulation of the three Principles (Sulfur.o t A d o si o o m n Sn yu ae o akd fro ler hsnrh d o c n f c e death of your enemies. and I Kings 10-12. I will act according to your word. being: Sulfur Principle – Faith to Mercury Principle– Hope to Salt Principle – Charity to The two Philosophical Metals (Silver of the Wise and Gold of the Wise). 6). called: Fire Air Water Earth – Strength to – Justice to – Temperance to – Prudence to The three Principles coming from these four Elements. are signified in the Holy Scriptures.
4). and Wisdom is the use to which it is put. for t y rb ne b t ii oac…” h a l dd yh rg r e e e i e n n (am n L l: V d Meu o Sot ra s o t C e i l r ) R y od u y“ ae cm r hrTete n h hmc At l i e a ” In fact. the decisive factor in Reintegration (Fig. 21) We know that. nor on the degree of heat necessary for success in their works. this athanor (or philosophical furnace). intelligent and comprehensive submission to a Being which it perceives as the dominating power. were careful not to be open about their fire. cook in the middle. * * * The Alchemists. cook at the end. which is May l m s a n r rfrh d h t e r e the key to the Work. for they dissolve and coagulate at the same time. 10) “ e giveth Wisdom unto the wise. penetration and information. cooking alone can change it into the philosophical stone: “only command you to cook. Let us hear Raymond Lully: “ n Ace is r i e o.o t y o not know the disposition of the fire. and the learning of this. they cannot succeed. It thus presupposes that this does not operate but through elimination. So. Vaughan © May 2005 “ that thou incline thine ear unto Wisdom. so reticent about all things concerning the Great Work. intuition. and apply thine heart to Understanding…” So (Proverbs: IX. it is discrimination between Good and Evil. is thus born in the Soul of Man. As such. with the Matter prepared once.h “ e Soe. Understanding is also the absolute Knowledge (Gnosis) of Divine Things. whose Heart is the Sublimator (or Philosophical Egg) –Total Illumination. For partner it has Chokmah (Wisdom). As is born at the appointed time.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Binah (Understanding) is the attribute of that which corresponds to vision. cook at the beginning. And this ultimate term for the Inner Work bears the name of Divine Light. in the superior ternary of the Sephirotic system of the Hebrew Kabbalah. I ad o od ay t rh g n d nt o n o et n…” h i 27 . from the union of Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. Understanding is ultimate knowledge. It is spontaneous.h l ohr g o s t Rd t ” t e n e Chrysoprase. and knowledge to them that know Understanding…” H (Daniel: II. As such. which clearly expresses the idea of choosing the best from among all the gifts accessible to Understanding (Binah). in the Phi spe’ E g(which the Alchemists still called the Sublimator). Knowledge of their thermal conductivity and the degree was regarded by them as one of the most important keys of the Great Work.
and which gives an almost uniform warmth. Also. indeed even simply to mysticism. the old Masters tell us. and also that they had the same effect as fire upon the corpus. They rapidly disorganized and destroyed their basic aspect. Raja-Yoga. But experience has not proved this. These practices. Dhuani-Yoga. Mark-Antonio rails against ignorant “ huffers and puffers” who . it is through other techniques that they must find it: Bhakti-Yoga. It is often used to melt chocolate and other o le l ui ! – fi ’ u r s PV. For non-chefs. Alchemists used neither charcoal nor wood to warm the Philosophical Egg. or on special modes and rhythms of respiration. Karma-Yoga. in fact to the contrary: Europeans who partake of the practice (often for reasons of snobbism). this is a metal container filled with water. in which a second container with the ingredient which needs gentle heat is place. are generally claimed to help towards the preservation of youth and health in the West. In general. Vaughan © May 2005 19 (nnm u: T e uf of the Philosophr ) A oy os“ h T r es ” The Alchemists distinguished between many types of fire: 1) Humid Fire – is the bain-marie20. If such acquisitions are realized. nor has any transcendental knowledge been obtained. depending on whether The Work is more or less advanced. Albert Poisson tells us. Fire is represented by Prayer… “ et labor…”pa Or .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.r y and work. with an asbestos wick. which is easy to maintain. generally classified under the term of Hatha Yoga. i ews m nnvr s a et hr a nr O w a ue r h e i e f m s s c i e ee ue r n ca ol o e e on a n e d c . Our Fire has absolutely nothing to do with those psycho-physical practices. It would have required continual surveillance. Samadhi-Yoga. which provides a constant temperature. use charcoal: “ f ht s a t s v l tl e. which rely on more or less Baroque practices. This is the fire which they have veiled. do not finally come to Illumination. Alchemists admit to there being many degrees to their fire. 3) Natural or Ordinary Fire – obtained by combustion. and it would have been almost impossible to obtain a constant temperature. f m n w o. this 2) Supernatural or Artificial Fire –which designates acids. fs x e 28 . They do this by regulating the number of threads composing the wicks: 19 20 O“ rrabble” both are equally odd! – – PV. In the plane of spiritual Alchemy. and of which only a few have spoken openly. pr r t H r ec r…” l i odt e om h e t Wok a g o f e m i (Marc-A t i “ i th i ie ot f e hdw ” n n : Lg si n t l u ot Sao s) oo h n g sf h The hermetic Philosophers therefore used oil lamps. This comes from when Alchemists remarked that acids produced an elevation of temperature in their diverse reactions.
lr g ae n…” ti (enr d Tei n “ h B o o N t a P i spy f t s) B rad e rv a: T e ok f a rl h ooh o Me l s u l a” 21 22 But not in nlh T e i ct nli o t s r c cl qii w u b “ br t s gs – E g s! h d etr s t n fh Fe h o ou lm ol e t un h t e” PV.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. in the realm of spiritual Alchemy. and you will achieve perfect whiteness …” ( apl s“ poi i aiai) H peu: A hr m bsi ” i s ln Here. The fire goes from four to fourteen. forbidden before such unexpected psychic events. while the author is anonymous. ur ne. Unfortunately. we have a precious clue to its esotericism. this is not uncommon in the history of Mysticism. n ’ 29 . use twenty-four threads. deviated and strayed into irrational paths. as if you had only four threads in your wick. it should suffice for us to remember that the first degree of fire. at e cn nos nt i e . the manuscript is most certainly Egyptian! This progressive evolution of fire in The Work is thus repeated in spiritual Alchemy through a progressive evolution of Prayer and all its Asceticism. i . and Neophytes who were poorly prepared for the shock of intuitive revelations. It was to ward off sc dne t th C uce (anadE s r) m oe t pi i eo a“ i c r f uh agr h t hr s L t n at n i psd h r c l f Dr t o s a e h i e e np eo C nc ne frhif t u m m e dsos f penetrating such domains. zg r ed i on l o r 22 closed in. n t s i ot u t uhut i o t o t n e h a n i l i r em e uo R p y“ ra s o the T e e a s) yl : Tete f e i wl G t” v e “ k avpr i fe m s r . ot uu. and becomes grey. ut. o v l tsb e sr udd a y Mae aoin i . Wanting to pass through without stopping (a phrase full of esoteric meaning21!) would be most dangerous. their amplitude. their frequency. because it must (in material terms).o ht o cna asoc iwt a Y u i ee l eh es t et a s t yu a l y t h t i l a e e o m a w u h brhn wt u f r f un g A dh wlcn nehogoth t e fh sl i …” a ad i ote o bri . that used at the beginning of The Work. dutiful . Finally. Let us listen to osi c” o t rah l e br ei u o e e if s r two other old Masters: “ o wlnvrev t vs logto w r . equal the maximum summer temperature of this country: “ k yu fen rpro t t hai t m n s fue n Jl Mae ori ipoot n o h etnh ot o Jn ad u …” r i e e h y (nnm u: Da g f r ad rs) A oy os“ i o oMai n Ao” l e Now. then another denary. is called Egyptian Fire. i r a ao i n l as d o ea ‘ cm uat– I o brn PV. and from fourteen to twenty-four. so: tetrad + decade + decade If these words do not evoke Alexandrine Gnosis and its Aeons for us. until the Fr o s Matter begins to blacken. Vaughan © May 2005 “it f all make a gentle fire. Then augment it to fourteen threads. and above all their immediate and intended goals. The Matter bathes. To the quaternary at the beginning is added a denary.
If you bear His Name without possessing His Virtue. and. 30 . I see that the t e l sr i yu “ait n”ol c a iw l T e wl ya p auen or hb aos. it in vain t to baHs a e” h yu er iN m . We are now going to study the Elements of our Work. i rejoice in the great favor of the Lord. cod g o h a re xr i f o e r n l boil a n e v t so e a. door. because they essentially have God as their object.n l n t e! hy i k e ti y e l l hv p auen i n i a rpr hb ao”frhy r t m e e cat pr at e n ae l sr i l i n poe “ait n.– A dh e i n w o r h ?. nine in number: Four called Cardinal (from the Latin cardo: hinge.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. admitted into the Realm of God without having previously been clothed by them in their own Vestment. h a t y. If you receive only the Name of the Son of God without previously having received form the hands of these Virgins their vesture. in a way. in Oea f t consequence. Two called Sublime. one part of fire can easily master one thousand parts of earth…” (hm s qi s“ ra s o t P i spi l t e) T o a A u a: Tete n h h ooh a S n” n i e l c o From this we see that the way one can emulate the conduct of our Fire is by Prayer. then those born from these. a . ( em s“ h Sehr” I. Vaughan © May 2005 “ n pro fire possesses more potential energy than one hundred parts of air.X 1) “ t u t hl o t s Vri . . a little like the Eternal Ideas of Plato. Nobody may be e gs e e . one of the four n a w r h i The c a i . and are.ts sa ehtnt r bcr ad c vr . for these Virgins cno sf rh l ss i antuf t e ttn e e a a …” ( em s“ h Sehr” X 3 H r a: T e hped .) 23 “ Brûler du karma”a t ne hae i n ov u m ai . Principles to be firstly laid out. t nst Hm w ocn acri t t f oi epes no sm O i ts “ with h k o i h a.PV. All correspond to Spiritual Entities linked to the Divine Plane.hy so s l n ns r gsn or hb ao” t n e i i ti e will live there. essential element). their sublimation. But the least stain they encounter.o t a h sl s hs . A l ga c al es e n i yu “ait n. because they are the most elevated result of the practice of the first seven.i i i ps b fr yu t pee e Hs Wi ot h e f h e i n t s m os l o o o r r h e p e gs ie sv i Commandments. which are called the Essential Virtues. 23 Karma ” . . it will serve you nothing! For these Virgins are the Virtues of the Son of God. they will immediately depart. ue cv ad e vg ti e e e v e .ti t o tb e Apostolic Fathers. Three called Theological. I f t e edt sn“ Shepherd”ar u dt Hermas of Cumae. They are Spirits of Sanctification. immediate inheritors and successors of the Apostles in the oral tradition of Christianity: “ n t s Vri .3 H r a: T e hped . sag pr wt o bi s en gIia hm t ao e osue n ‘ ee r s h o n a h l ’ phrase confuses the real beauty of this paragraph which identifies prayer as the spiritual version of the fire of physical Alchemy.
Vaughan © May 2005 The well-informed reader would know how to discern the beautiful esotericism hidden beneath the banal text of these pasWise. 31 . as it is now. sw svnm ndesdi w i w osi t m : A d t e e f r eet asI a ee e r e n h e h a o e ‘ h. an extract from a Gnostic apocrypha of the second century: “ n a B t la e svn dy. Initially. and all as efficient and valuable as those typically Christian ones which we use here. the Diadem of Faith. t y s t d Rise up! Put on the Priestly Robe. and it was clear that Judaism. – Rosicrucian tradition has only been clothed little by little in an exclusively Christian garment.o a t t c l ny (T e et et fh P tacs. e r so t fh . the Breastplate of Understanding. in these pages. the Vestment of Truth. the Ephod of Prophecy…” n Ad each o t m w a n a O nm n p cdiuo m adsi “ ecfr .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. We shall end them with a quotation. er g n ra et l e t pn e n a : H ne t b Pi t fh e i . Buddhism.a d oh e e L r. it was very Judaic.B. Islam. the Miter of Marvels. The author of these pages felt he should mention this. ei ) “ h Ts m n o t a i h” Lv 8 a e rr . N.o ad oraefrlEei …” odyu n yu r . Hindusim also furnished texts and their own practices to their specific mysteries. the Crown of Justice.
founded in olden times by Menes.T e s r o t C t da ” . In the first drawing of the countryside of Lower Egypt. sr n r . the necessary Putrefaction must appear. uniquely and completely n i ot eu fl ok “ h Myt y fh a er s24 s i e e h l dedicated to the Art of material Alchemy. Fulcanelli tells us the following in the preface. and which he then assigned to M. 1990. e i 26 dies. n r c t svn ed s s r cld h “ e m e i m ks pi w i dent okn nlh I Fe h h ee dal i a ae t sept e a n c i n e y n e l e péchés capitaux” rS o ‘even Capital Sins’ H pi s ut th if m‘ p ax. 24) And so. it re a s l e B tft i . 27 “etop ps onl . p. This enigmatic collection evokes Memphis. h svn as nt oi 27 i e e the seven deadly sins28. sm o zd y h “aput corvi” T e ee ps oa bd s must disappear. the Hermetic crow is there to remind us. 25 Witnessed by J. stands upon a human skull. This Key consists solely of a Color. 744 “ . rh cdvr n t spl e ae n. capital of ancient Egypt. i od – so c vo yn s 32 . Boucher. ISBN 0-914732-14-5. by one of the figures decorating the Te present work. 28 H r A bln ae a o t h h os’w r iE g s. Here we are in the hermetic stage of putrefaction. ” Nicolas Barnaud: Theatrum Chimicum” Tome III. The skull a o ae u ba i m n t w rs f c p r “ t t Ia t yuul s ga o w et l m ks s ern i h od o Sr t e I r h syo o. Paperback price $21. which describes a malodorous gas. 26 The usual paraphrasing by Ambelain. in which a proud Sphinx appears in profile in the dying night. Nevada. These 24 An excellent English translation exists. as t y r et c l e h t r ad y Sworder. Pub. h e oee o t itet c.n xr s n h h paso s a e ul i h w rs PV. bs e r ota a ao adt “ ei a e r n t nr n h Mutus Liber” pndt i fssn ne a a oi c w d t . sr e d c o with wings spread. a search on www. but the import of the Gospel quotation is not changed by the omission of words – PV. and with them the seven fundamental errors which stain the Soul. at the beginning of the Work.95. eu hrf t aae adh eu hr r oe. e o toth t ssr c iu’f h an c u n a i o at o e i a ’ ‘ed. udrh tlo “u aeiMat Ace i”t nle b Ma ne t ie fF l nl: s r l m s .amazon. Now Memphis signifies blackness. and with them y ble b t c i e .rmt L t ‘ ptor . E Canceliet25: “ h Key to the Major Arcana is given. u iid sba uh r t n o e s u… (John: Gospel: XII. Las Vegas. and published by the Brotherhood of Light.com in May 2005 showed it to be still available – PV. in truth.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 III PUTREFACTION “ Here is a tomb which does not contain a cadaver it is a cadaver which has never been interred in a spl e. I h m sbatu bo. c o e e c .erm c f i ” m i a n. It is probable that one can find this etymology in the term mephitic. manifested to the Artisan from the earliest pro t w r…” a fh ok t e This color is expressed in the first plate of the book. If we were to doubt it. edited by him.n s a r n f ha s d e iu : n u .not sure what these are – Sp crs as ne ” i s PV. ha’a epe i w i sek t u m r l s .
let us hear the voice of the old Masters: “it iincs r frh B d t b d sl dfrh D osot oee. and upon the ruins of an inner and originally degraded edifice. which oppose the seven virtues: four Cardinal Virtues and three Theological Virtues. It is completely useless to try and go further if this ineluctable phase is not achieved. D pni n h ui r m ui f h n e t t e pr co i pr cm ts i b poue…” e et rm e et e lwl e rdcd f f a l (R gr ao: T e r r f l e y) oe B cn “ h Mi o o Ac m ” r h And: “ is not possible for him to make any have gener i wt u cr p o…” I t ao i otor t n tn h ui ( ui s B r a “ h T uht e) H g u a am : T e ocs n” n o N w ii ’ps b tm k the Aspirant evolve in the sense that we understand it. Vaughan © May 2005 are the heads of the Dragon of the Apocalypse.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. will all do nothing but oppose his mystical journey. This pseudoknowledge and false wisdom have no part to play here. He must realize that: “ u ace ir it a o dsoi t cm ons h h a rhsom dad V l rhm sysh r f et y gh o pud w i N t e a fr e. t C s oo t “ ou l e cy i u d l i P i spou ” h om ple N vm u n hmc m ea d h oohrm ) e i: m a pe l For: “ eed go t pryo i pryo t elements composing Sulfur or Mercury. nie ue n d sl i . both from their countenances as from the rest of their bodies. if he o .ot t Frl ts ees y o t oy o e i o e o t or t h pnd s h sy a e s v e e a N t e i t pr e a rm g oe t u h a …” (Sethon. often in poorly digested lectures. Here.u n n cau t n – s n s uo s ao 33 . that the Aspirant may once more set out a road which is completely new for him: “ o wlko t t o p t mastery consists of nothing more than dissolution29. again. that everything he has acquired in bits and pieces all over the place. then Y u i nw h cm le l a e coagulation…” (l rt G et“ h B o oEgt hp r ) Ab th ra T e ok f i C at s e e : h e” * 29 “u T sauras que tout le Magistère ne cos tq’ ue i o t npie ue ogli …” PV. seven in number. so that they enter the Tomb as pure as when they entered the world…” (aiV l t : T ew l ky o Wi o ” B s a n n “ h te e es f s m ) l ei v d And it is only after having made everything clean. s t os l o ae tn ie w nt o’agree to admit once and for all.n g t e t r n e c u H r ec hm sysh a o w ri wtN t eo e ethm e t C e ir it r f ok g i a rtpr ct …” m i t e t n h u f e ( o P re : G ek n E yt n al ” D m ent “ re ad gp a F b s) y i e “ ae a t th cn nt n fh Husband and his Spouse is not performed without T k cr h t oj co o t e a e u i e first removing their clothes and ornaments. or t ci s h h o’cnom t t dc i h e h g w i dntofr o h otn e a n c e re wishes to follow and apply.
for good or ill. to being touched in certain inappropriate places. More importantly. Classified in this same domain are pentacles of low magic. For the Aspirant. to Lust. coffin nails. can awaken in him a desire for power. We normally only consider five physical senses: sight. In the spiritual world. in sacrilegious hands – presumption a which has often caused spiritual loss in some Magistri. and that is the one that we are going to study. whose instruments they are30. depending on the plane on which one is studying them. operations). For the same reason one should refuse to submit. caresses can similarly constitute appeals to the sensual pleasures of the senses. etc). One should avoid all contact with funereal remains (bones. 1st) Touch The sense of Touch is only dangerous in the profane world inasmuch as it awakens our passions. funereal objects (shrouds. skulls). which put man in relation with the exterior world. h h r t ii t m n ( en sont les instruments” – rw i a h rn r et “ c e e su s qui ) PV. Classical Theology adds two internal senses: imagination and memory. It is evidently the one with nine that spiritual Alchemy uses. which are clairvoyance and clairaudience. and the senses are linked to the organs of his physical body. under some vague initiatory pretext. by holding sacred and holy things. Classical Illuminism adds two more higher. cni l uet i“i i e a atest subject. smell. e om d y e i a e c n f incalculable significance. one should take care to avoid the worst injury to the Divine Plan. on the contrary. most definitely be left asleep. The feel of a firearm. and ritual objects from witches31 and fetishists. in the hand of a hunter or a jealous person the desire to kill. contact with some objects charged with mysterious power. There are thus five. 34 . e y h sne f c 2nd) Taste 30 31 O . taste. and as such. manuscripts and books on the subject of lower magic. whose contact is forbidden to the profane. cadavers (their transportation and burial as an act of charity is clearly quite another matter). can be effective. psychic senses. seven or nine senses. touch and hearing. and in the realm of the Inner Way. placed in the hand of an adolescent. however intelligent they might be. Nothing is more dangerous t nt s pyh “w kn g” pr r e b sm -profanes who do not understand their h h e sci a aei s.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. without any un g . Vaughan © May 2005 * * A) On The Mortification of the Nine Senses The senses are the faculties (which ancient scholarship called the apparatus). touches susceptible to awakening in us those centers of power which should. Sorcier de campagne – PV. In the realm of Touch. which are susceptible to have received a magical consecration which might render them spiritually malefic. it is quite different. cemetery earth. or who. or in contacts susceptible to wound our health or our life (wounds. s h r d c l s ny e sp ” m r …T e es o Touch corresponds to the Element Air.
indeed passion.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. e e e ce ce ce lac lac lac ala ala ala Pa Pa Pa gP gP gP ong ong ong on on on Str Str Str Str Str Str g g g ng ng ng Kin Kin Kin Ki Ki Ki t he t he t he the the the of of of of of of 35 . 2 4 6 7 5 The purification of the sensual mode follows the same process as that in Figure 1. not one of the preeminent vices of an Aspirant. to bookish riches. Above all the sense of Taste needs to be disciplined when. generally speaking. Vaughan © May 2005 Material Gluttony is. It is nevertheless to be watched. transposed. tamed and curtailed. we attach too great importance. of t he Qu e en Str on g Pa la c e D + D + Fig.
These fumigations should evidently be avoided. the flight of shallow sentences. and unpublished theories nicely enunciated. or only used in those cases prescribed by our Master. I assumed the former meaning – PV. On the other hand. but rather the care of Justice and Truth. It is Taste which. True Love is constructive. Love is a word excessively muddled throughout the ages32. sui generis. We should therefore avoid succumbing to an emotionality which is also shallow. The sense of Taste corresponds to elementary Water. years. lets us avoid giving in to such temptation. and the influence that we allow them to have over us. familiar to Occultists. It is the same in the realm of aromatic combustions. there are those which are capable of making us descend into the g d opposite depths: odors which. 33 Casseroles – PV. at a precise moment. is the domain of Feeling.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and this is the Agapé of the Greeks. Vaughan © May 2005 to luxurious and beautiful bindings as in manuscripts or rare texts. letting him sups t th eo t no oe m sc m adspiritual poe h t vl i f n’ yti n a e uo s is growth depends upon banal olfactory impressions. happily tamed. 4th) Sight 32 “’m u et n o prrp a ad dpinm r d l t s – LA or su m t a t gl ué eu o be eu r ” lustre could refer to ‘ o v s se lustra’periods of five . e t iy smell. 3rd) Smell The immoderate use of perfumes in the profane world. intended fr w r s t tr ot oi l d f eto usT e a ntn ne t stf ores o o “ ol ”h a n l c l ie n t or hy r o i edd o as u sne f d a e o g ay f r . magical perfumes putting us in contact with the demoniac planes. giving him the impression that that we possess the secret of specific mysterious fumigations. and to the number and quality of our books. only serve to mask the most complete emptiness: all things which would risk bemiring us in pseudo-teachings without a single real initiatory character. with its mysterious Intelligences which the Kabbalah calls Undines. are often only pretexts to satisfy our sensuality or incite us to lust. The odiferous emissions which rise from earthenware pots33 and censers are the summoning waves. they should serve to create within us. 36 . if there are odiferous emissions able to make us take conscious notice o h hr w r s ad f i e “ ol ” n Entities. Smell corresponds to elementary Air. a word which usually masks complete emptiness. or to glimmers of brilliance. Water. which admits no indulgence or weakness of Error. nor our inferior desire to create a mystical atmosphere. where softness of empty words. They are even less intended to impress the profane. an inner atmosphere which allow us to perceive the spiritual contact or activity of Beings different to us. Quite the contrary. incite sexuality.
a single echo capable of arousing one or several of the seven Deadly Sins. Especially in the context of Charity. collections. if one then strongly desires to acquire these things or books). or overly martial music. Purity or Humility. e i oi a hscatch fights34. Two senses. either internally or externally by contrast). Pride and Avarice make their home. or Anger (if we prevent this with violence. and incites us neither to say nor to hear anything with might be contrary to Charity. as we have previously mentioned. in which atmosphere the Soul neither knows how to find itself nor to understand itself: discordant and inharmonious dance music. Among Occultists. upon the extraordinary aspect of certain spiritual or psychic experiences. which can excite Curiosity. Therefore we should avoid expounding too much in reciting certain facts which could trigger Anger. St. all of which are the massacre of animals without justification. which dissolves any psychic atmosphere (military marches. Vaughan © May 2005 It is not that spectacles capable of awakening sexual desire should be avoided at first sight. or upon the rarity or interest of certain texts or books. 37 . Jealousy. we should say or hear nothing which might awaken in another. imprudent teachings (an aspect of Gluttony. or Sloth (if these things incite us to a peevish quietism). e … A a ee w i il s r e w f dbx gm t e. This is in order to not awaken in the Soul of the Aspirant a desire for power. where Envy. modern hunting. which are hardly v c s v n n c more elevated spectacles for man. the equivalent is a vision of particular books. dog fights. from the reactions to which they give birth or violently excite within us: notably the political press. enigmatic texts.o a pol set l w i a uhah bcuehy sa e t g e s v u t e r fr l ep . t c t l l h h se ga . Hearing is analogous to the Salt35 Principle. libraries. For the Occultist.pc c s h h r nel y eas t e e l e ae c e t e appeal to the grossest instincts of the human being: cock fights. There are journals and books which are true psychic poison. or desire for possessions.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. this prudence consists of not expounding at length on certain procedures (magical. theurgic. bull running. One might add the sight of some more or less flattering and pompous costumes or ornaments. capital executions. Avarice: mysterious diagrams. hunting fanfares. Clement of Alexandria t du wt j t esn t t“ sol nvr eahm do ogn w i G dw snt o s i u r os h : We hu ee b sa e f ras h h o a o l h s a a d c ahm d o i u…”B thr a . The important thing is never to fall into excess in this domain. vain curiosity. Offense. Finally. We will not study these. one proscribes noise in general. etc). 34 35 L s o bt e a h PV. linked to animal sexuality. mystical). which incite Pride or Envy. 5th) Hearing This mortification (another term which perfectly evokes practical Alchemy) is linked to that of Speech. e cm a …d ct – s c Ambelain uses the archaic term of ’ e i t d fslfor salt – s l n e o‘ ’ c ’ sa e PV. complete the quintet of external senses. Envy. pictures. as in ourselves. Lust or Envy in another.
T ebs m t do sced gi t s ot f ft t n i asr l t ap oee h et e o f ucei n h sro “ lao” s s e y o pl nsl h n i ir i ud y f totally to the work of the moment. Imagination to the Mercury Principle. If not. and Memory to the Sulfur Principle. more alive and in the same way more attractive. one should arm oneself against this danger by immediately and unceasingly rejecting all valueless thoughts. and that is the realm of human sciences. which provide Understanding with the materials it needs for its work and practice.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. without which many aspects of higher Knowledge would remain veiled to him. Finally. In any case. or habitual activities. y ocn an l n’ n lg c n cv y n h a t l r i l s tl e it t e s hand. It is also and above all that of the traditional initiatory writings. however banal it may be: whether it be work. images which will dissipate and squander its energies. which makes us pass from unimportant reveries to the perilous games of a partially invaded imagination. Imagination and Memory have a grounding which is familiar to the Aspirant. study. but rather to discipline and subordinate their activity to the empire of reason and will. past or future temptations. It is absolutely necessary to discipline them and put them at the service of the two Sublime Virtues. oesol fs o a caef m oe cnc uns a dne u images and memories as n hu it f l hs r n’ osi ses l agr s d r l o s o l o soon as they manifest themselves. as there is often a sort of psychological determinism. lead it lose precious time and give rise to a thousand temptations and relapses. respectively. delivered from themselves. both profane and occult. In order to better suppress the flights of these two inner senses. modest and material actions that they are. this is the best way to d w a oem s d w l b cnet t ga oe i ei neadat i i ot t ka o ht n ut o e. preparing our imagination for other thoughts which are infinitely more dangerous. They already make us lose precious time. But. through the intervention of esotericism. Imagination may have access to the Truths of Understanding. Therefore. in which. one should not strive to atrophy these faculties. and Wisdom the possibility of portraying Truth through images and examples which makes it more striking. carrying us to the heart of present. would ipso facto be a source of failure and ruin. 38 . and they open the way. and Memory prepare the Certainties of Wisdom… These two inner senses correspond. they will populate the Soul with a throng of remembrances. which are. recalling those possibilities (future) and realities (past) which. as we have said: Wisdom and Understanding. Vaughan © May 2005 6th) and 7th) Imagination and Memory Imagination and Memory are two precious faculties. Imagination and Memory.
one might imagine!) as recovering the elements of a more or less recent past. are always marked by the grotesque. despite himself. his voice necessarily is but the reflection of an inner audition. and even more importantly of Dark Spirits. who is not only he who sees. what he has seen. and according to an ultimate need. even if it is instantly associated with the voice of the nabi. Traditional Scripture show us three aspects of prophecy and three different types of interpreters. In this case Divination adapts itself to a type of convention. He should no longer imagine himself to be in a psychic relationship with God. the thousand and one forms of the divination. through the intervention of poorly defined Entities which are no part of the Divine Plane (at the very most o i e eie p ns) fn r d t“l e” allow one to access in a more or less tm a a precise manner a more or less proximate future. First of all there is the r’ . or believed to be divorced from his vision. as well (and more easily. must above all avoid using them to solve problems with no spiritual consequences. of the inconsequential. or the Great Archangels! It is here that the gift of discernment of Spirits will be indispensable to him. The nabi is also the hearer. Thus the nabi is the seer. or which bear within themselves the seeds of anarchy. He should remember that all manifestations of inferior Spirits. for individual problems or for concerns which are too human. Therefore the Aspirant who sees one of these two faculties developing within him: clairvoyance or clairaudience. if ready speculations accompany this type of phenomenon. the divine language. the Virgin Mary. and most of the time. Vaughan © May 2005 8th and 9th) Clairvoyance and Clairaudience One must not confuse Prophecy and Divination. he who sees with the eyes of the spirit what other oe h men do not see. Finally there is the nabi. but who has more particularly served to identify prophets and soothsayers of false gods. or interpreter of God.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. What characterizes these two heralds of the Divine Plane is that they never manifest themselves for unimportant reasons. agreed –either implicitly and tacitly – with the divine force. if sexuality reveals itself to be more insistent. tool. They are uniquely created for ultimate ends and for the defense of interests superior to the collectivity. If the periods of manifestations of these faculties coincide with a generally immoral or amoral inner sense. or seer. in whom audition and elocution are confused by him. who then expresses in his own language. In the latter case. The prophetic plane is altogether different. These are expressed through conventional symbols. In this latter case. who is analogous to the first. in which codified elements give the Seer or Seeress access to the means of communication of the Entities whose attention we have just attracted. but he who speaks. All the 39 . then the Aspirant knows full well that he is the toy of inferior Entities. Then there is the hozeh.
and if he believes himself to have been called to complete or modify some religious corpus. For is it the Whole Man who is prone to falling if he is not absolutely disciplined. The key of this liberation rests in a true appreciation of the impermanent character of corporeal beauty and purely carnal joys. and the Soul with its internal senses. that of sexual desire and the strong amorous passions which sometimes proceed from this. he would be unable to become a spirit of contradiction and a source of confusion. and if he believes himself to have been chosen for his merits and intellectual qualities. * * * In conclusion.Iety g f n n r ei y p i n t ei s l y “os s ” f D a Pr n dn fi e a r. e 40 . seven to ten millimeters or more in diameter. and about a centimeter or more in height. the source of so many errors. Clairvoyance corresponds to Mercury of the Wise. and Clairaudience to Sulfur of the Wise. e u w ee s in the source of their prophecies is to locate the level of their spirituality. which changes color little by little. but it has accomplices and instruments in the Body. The technique of purifying sexual desire consists of a course of meditations. in which one visualizes an “ el o a”(or “ el a” o t kind one has i aw m n d i a m n) fh d . void of all fumigations. indeed he overthrows traditional teachings which are known for their excellence and high spirituality. Firstly. the mortification of the nine senses of Man should embrace all the biological and psychic activities endured by his Body and Soul. In the darkness these mushrooms shine with a green luminescence. Once more the Spirit is prisoner. a very bright jade green in color. is that if the prophet is integrated into the framework of a real Revelation. This is very simple and ancient formula. and if he truly speaks in His name. and in a jail more somber than before. Then. from a rose white shade to the darkest ebony black. indeed even disgrace or crime. e v e w ee o a It m d r S itad h m d m ia as ps s d o a ed e o.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. * * * The purification of sexual impulses and their mastery We believe it useful to add a few specific instructions in the realm where the battle is particularly difficult and painful. with its external senses. What characterizes prophecy. T e rpe ia as ps s d o t H l S itt d i rs las ps s d h pohts l y “os s ” fh oy p i h i n ia y “os s ” w ee e r. one reminds oneself that the necrosis which takes over so rapidly in the tomb and strips the skin from the body when the soul has left. Without doubt is it not true to say that it is the Will which sins. strange mushrooms grow upon this dead flesh. Vaughan © May 2005 more obvious if he gives out personal theories to flatter his pride. consists of a progressive blackening of the flesh.
The nails are imagined very long. and the Apostles too. which is called Kallah. one might unite with the liberation achieved by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. Then. the skeleton which it will one day fatally become. XIII. there is a sanctity in marriage. given this previously described technique. On the Tree of Death flourish and shine the Qlippoth. perhaps. as in real life (from the fact that they continue to grow after death and from the emaciation of the extremities. having seven has n t hrs n o ed ad e on…ad n n h has b shm u nm . Yet only the face. Vaughan © May 2005 forever imagined. a symbol of the Death which is carried within in latent form. ad f tgi t a n the thighs). h t h g e e lh ti e ie a n beneath the form of a living being. Novices of Tibetan monasteries practice. which are the spheres of evolving manifestation. are endowed with this ideal perfection. these meditations can focus on an object of passion from whom one wishes to liberate oneself36. In place of an imaginary ideal person. 1) In the Hebrew Kabbalah.h “i ce. in the posture ae t “ t psi ” a o ae “ la Turque”hnsl aa s cld h l u oio ( s cld à l e o s tn l l . before a Charnel House.PV. as described above. arms. The thighs. 37 “ ny ps noer l g m s – take this to mean it is a recent practice. it The Sephiroth flourish and shine on the Tree of Life.Ivr dad t Fa é” ne e n e n t opposed to this is the Little Tree of Death. 41 . or spheres of involutive manifestation. Besides. which a “er of that period exclaimed i cn m li h f m a r“ o h hsho nt w r se ” n ot p t g i r f : N w e a t w h ol e an m o a r e d bh d i …” ei h n m * * * B) The Seven Deadly Sins “ n Ia a esr i u A d sw batin p sg out of the sea. it is said that the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim) corresponds in the manifest world to the Little Tree of Life. hth r at s a t Meit n pn h or l . w at im s rcl“ e d ao uo t H rb ” T eeci consists of visualizing. rolled in on themselves. One might. legs.T e rst e. silhouette appearing as though shining from the inside. but as usual could be wrong. chest. The Rose+Croix of former times were married. believing it to be dangerous.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. immobile. and sitting. 36 We do not recommend this method. which thus comes away from the roots). gifted with brilliance and all possible charms. take on this procedure. We recommend what follows. “ h Potu ”Qlippoth. not for a long time37. abdomen and sexual parts are necrosed. detached in a luminous body upon a completely dark base. i ed a l pe os a e s a ” (John: Apocalypse. i ’ a a ecr t so t p” I l è ne Perhaps it means this is practiced by relatively new novices? .
Blindness (of the Spirit). T eetas Tm éa r”( m ea r)bt a sr he means Temperance! – h t sy “ e prt e t prt e u I m ue x u e u . all that he has himself received or learned from others are always painful and shocking to him. PV. These are: against Understanding. These are the Seven Deadly Sins. the very excesses of his disparate knowledge. Let us study this malefic ensemble in the spiritual plane. and is the opposite of Prudence. and against Wisdom. teaching. Greed corresponds to Earth.ui sm r e sn any t a é as l i a p ” PV. poorly digested by a lazy spirit. degrees and classes with the sole aim of delaying as long as possible the moment when h wlb ol e t edh o nrl adm k o ys ra’ s dn h euloa. certainly alters. If on the contrary it is Sloth which comes to mix with his sensual cravings. (fundamental) Error. 38 39 “tle unr a m t ii eq’ et e r oat– better ideas for translation? – eir ore u a r lm . he tries to extract from this a personal doctrine which he is sure completes. treatises. where he can enjoy his rest38. 42 . n e i e b gd o n i w o n ae f et dys t et i qa t y ad l i s e e u s d perhaps even his superior tomorrow. in its very excess. revelation. if Pride is also present. and schemes which are accessible to him without control: those doctrines which are most alien. multiplying the tests. but never conceives that he might be but a simple instrument of transmission. Gluttony corresponds to Water. the original Traditions which he had thus pillaged and confused. will lead him on day to suddenly return to materialism. and is the opposite of Temperance39. Vaughan © May 2005 From this it is evident that for each of the seven essential Virtues (four Cardinal and three Theological) correspond seven opposed Virtues (from the Latin virtus: power). and. The initiatory lines to which he has managed to attach himself he now divides up anew. As this Septenary is crowned with the two Sublime Virtues of Wisdom and Understanding. he swallows everything for better or worse. transmission. as well as mixed teachings which he does not reject. 2nd) Gluttony Gluttony leads our Occultist to devour those documents. He hoards books and manuscripts. * * * 1st) Greed Greed takes the erring Mystic to an isolation which is both complete and sterile. Keen on anything which pleases his curiosity and his appetite for knowledge. so two dark manifestations oppose them. books. from this strange mixture. documents and initiations. Unveiling.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. the most disparate teachings.
be hostile to those doctrines he find too spiritual or too ascetic. He is indifferent to the sickness of beings who surround him. and he will subscribe to the need to adjust things in a most liberal manner according to the exigencies of lower human nature. believing that the ills they suffer are the equitable 40 Named for Pierre-Michel Vintras (1807 – 1875) who claimed communication with angels. etc). For him. like the fornicators and spiritual adulterers reproached in Israel by the prophets or by the Christ. without further thought. he becomes a follower of doctrines. Joseph. Vintrasism40. in exchange for their favors! Finally.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. initiations and ceremonies which are often diametrically opposed. 43 . to appreciate perfection in a trite love of God. a mixed initiatory organization is always much better than an organization which is exclusively male or female! Above all. licentious Gnosticism. turning to the lower currents when he perceives that the Higher Powers serve him for nothing in these domains. St. Lust corresponds to Air and is opposed to Justice. are defended by him. and absence of all external application. or. Sexual Magic. He will. inaction of the Soul. this failing is seen in the domain of easiness. Vaughan © May 2005 3rd) Lust Lust makes him introduce a certain sensuality into all the initiatory areas where our Occultist is drawn to work. and founded a sect based upon erotic-mystical masses involving a bloody host – PV. He easily cedes initiatory secrets to individuals of the opposite sex. Mary and Jesus. In his interest or pleasure he will not hesitate to find his base curiosity stimulated there. which leads him. 4th) Sloth Sloth carries the erring Aspirant towards a sort of quietism. or those foreign to this current. He thoughtlessly transmits the initiations and teachings to which he is heir to maladjusted recipients. Religions and doctrines where sexuality plays a role (Tantrism. if he perceives it. he does nothing to care for them. a priori.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 44 . 3 The mortal and spiritual degradation follows the same progression as in Figure 1. but in an inverted manner. Vaughan © May 2005 5 7 6 4 + D + D Fig.
and relies on Providence to give him access to moral perfection. In short. and his impatience will bring him to bully the weak and the ignorant. In our brand-new Occultist. in the past and present. he is one to whom all is due and who in consequence demands all. Vaughan © May 2005 result of their own past errors. 5th) Envy Envy leads the pseudo-initiate to desire not only preferential places and pseudo honors.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. He suppresses doctrines. and opposed to Charity. His judgments become as hasty as they are definitive. but also inspires him not to hesitate to impede. often hidden within the banality of modest lives. even prevent the advancement. teachings. books and documents which could harm his interests. Anger corresponds to the Mercury Principle. Sloth corresponds to Fire (inverted) and is opposed to Strength. of another. and with just reason. all around him. Pride corresponds to the Sulfur Principle. considering it an offense that there are t ns h hh dent ae ee ih a ed dc e t thyw u b o n ue oh . and it is impossible for him to perceive those elite Souls who are a thousand times superior to him. 45 . he loses control of himself. He often imagines himself above all to have been some famous or important person in a previous pseudo-life. h g w i e os’hv. justified by his merits. considering Ignorance as sure a way as Knowledge. He readily imagines himself to be in possession of secrets and teachings which have been revealed to him alone. And if he has the misfortune to become filled with hatred (a form even darker than Envy). Pride leads him to imagine he is morally superior to all the profane because he is intellectually more wealthy. and opposes Faith. his pseudo-knowledge could make of him a black magician. as in the future. His authoritarianism and out of control behavior do not permit him to accept that so and so among his peers is less well endowed than him. if he divines in this person a superiority which could eclipse his own. 6th) Anger When Anger manifests itself in the Aspirant. and opposes Hope. He will not cease from possessing all that others possess.vn f e l ay ei d h t i c r d a e ol e f o s t i d m and even if he is intellectually opposed to it. Envy corresponds to the Salt Principle. 7th) Pride Pride has been called the father of all vices. In this environment he acquires a firm and haughty contempt for what he calls Humanity. Finally he loses interest in himself. and imagines himself destined for certain preeminence.
and clearly appreciating his situation. and Error opposes Wisdom. which oppose the two Sublime Virtues. It veils from us spiritual realities hidden beneath appearance. because of it. 9th) Error This Dark Power brings us inner confusion. it may only with difficulty contemplate a return under its own powers. Vaughan © May 2005 C) The Two Spiritual Crystallizations We write separately on the two Shadowy Virtues. 8th) Blindness This Dark Power takes away discernment of Spirits. Eternal Truths become inaccessible to erring Man. makes it impossible for us to perceive that which binds them to the opposing poles of Good and Evil. It stops up the hidden meaning of words. We saw there that Blindness opposes Understanding. Just and Unjust. In these realms all discernment is removed. and through the allure of specie or material objects41. and when the Soul has gone sufficiently far in its descent towards spiritual Darkness. as well as reigning over the progressive descent into Blindness that comes from a conscious letting go. it reigns Mistress of the Soul of all materialists and atheists. More particularly. e i tu l n …” if 46 . Beautiful and Ugly.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and takes away the judgment of Good and Evil. In truth. Light and Darkness. and Sulfur or the Gold of the Wise. and makes us prefer the letter that kills over the spirit which brings to life. translation let me know. Given the impossibility of distinguishing what has been lost. and one can say that. evoked in the preceding chapter. ce qui relie aux poles opposes N u m t’ ps b i e i i lé d Be ed Ma – anyone has a better. and the Silver of the Wise. Good and Bad. and will obstinately imagine himself to be in the Path of Light when he is on the Path of Darkness. if one cleaves to another religion. it prevents us from attaining a deep understanding of the Christian Scriptures or of another Holy Book. when they have become such through a deliberate act of will. the misguided Aspirant will now easily mistake Evil for Good. By this the misguided Aspirant is not in a fit state to perceive what is of no use to him.PV. irremediably veils from us the esotericism and higher sense of texts. It is in the Soul of the Satanist or Luciferian that this dark Power explodes and irradiates with the greatest 41 “ os elm os itd percevoir. This becomes more serious when it clouds our sense of the true and authentic in matters of religion. sous des espèces ou des objects matériels. piece by piece.
“ a n of the My y s w y (ut f e o . Vaughan © May 2005 amplitude.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 47 . The pseudo-initiatory doctrines of the famous Gurdjieff are both the greatest and saddest example42… 42 “ Wa…ia a contrary to Nature and God”qo d rmL Pu e ad . e i . aw l n JB r e i D w s g rn Maias) gi ” cn .
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d m ue r rs v r l to a to (r i : P i spi l ii ” Ti e “ h ooh a Vto ) pd l c rl In truth. in all things. according to Paracelsus. will take the form of Mercury or Secret Fire. We have a striking example in the vegetable kingdom. aconitine. Invenies Occultum Lai m . once deprived of these principles. rm w i – p e …” f d o hh c according to a process well known to the Hebrew Kabbalists – one gets the word VITRIOL. The dead earth is clearly the hyle of the Gnostics. there is a soul. the Philosophical Lover. and by an intimate union of the Volatile with the Fixed. or when the predetermined Element is in smaller quantity.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. it is the salt (not Scel) which. through a series of actions. then we would have pure vitriol. and you will find the hiddn t e e s n…” o 49 . sulfur and mercury. if not the pure and active principles of these vegetables which. of salt. which he called the Predestined Element. it is the primary material of the Art. What are the various alkaloids: quinine. according to Paracelsus. This predestined Element is composed. Vaughan © May 2005 IV PHILOSOPHICAL VITRIOL “ h first magnetic agent serving to prepare Te the Solvent which some have called Alkaest – is cld h G en i … Is gen n aerbic a e t re Lo t a re ad c l e n ’ f i a cm ae t a e ad i f i r t s o prd o rd n r er t u p u …” F l nl: T e s r o t C t da ” u aei“ h Myt y fh a erl c l e e h s There exist two vitriols. etc. of not.tat gh U i r l p i t slm oi o A t h s ar i t n e aS it h aa m n c f r pi … t cn e v s r.h pr wt t yt i s e nne. and is drowned and disseminated in a mass formed of phlegm and dead (r dm e” o “a nd) earth. are without strength or activity? Now.i ie “ ith n as fh n n i s hs eo s f fs i e rl e earth. So. the one that we see. it is this vitriol which is the basis of the hermetic Work. and the Work will be so much the harder and longer when vitriol is more impure. In poae agaet s hae i i m s r u r oacssn i : Vs t et i o t rf l ug. and this gives us our body. e a e u This operational series has been summarized in a famous lapidary sentence (the words have a strange resonance) by Basil Valentinus: Visita Interiora Terræ. then we have impure vitriol. or rather vitriol can be found in two forms: pure v r l n i pro gos ii …” ii . Rectificando. will give us Sulfur. says Tripied. let us suppose that we are able to suppress this phlegm and this dead earth. in the case of material Alchemy.
and above all those most particularly linked to the definitive practice of magic. to make yourself absor ii t bsm o t A sl e btn h oo fh bo t e e u …” (Op. almost always contradictory. Grillot de Givry tells us this: “ hr oe o oak o Fi to be able to pray. Words and sentences carry within them an unsuspected soul. Western or Occidental. Hermetic ambiance. For inner Hearing.I lt r ) And earlier he counsels us in a precise manner: “ ori ta yu at n ad lyu i pes n. Rosicrucian and Hermetic = PV. and Faith will inundate your T e fr d nts fr ah e t soul! Yet I have already said enough for you to know that henceforth you must create a mystical body. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding. read. you will live in the hyperphysical. The reader always leaves something 43 That is. Through this. reread. All objects become charged little by little in the course of their unconscious life: psychometry has made a definitive demonstration of this. For Touch. laboratory and oratory). We banish any evocative mixing with a different psychic atmosphere. and there it Wa…” sh e y ( rl d Gvy“ h G et r” I G io e i : T e ra Wok. which have encumbered his spirit up till now. Rosicrucian. it is clearly necessary above all to have these symbols in us and around us. For Sight. and a framework (workroom. We shall return later to the issue of censing. in a way. An ancient work is always superior to a new book. A text which has been profoundly thought about. For Smell. cit.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. He should know that for us.o ht o m y C od a l or cos n a orm r i ss t yu a form a perfect and ne l i l so a harmonious whole. we create a specific atmosphere by means of frequent censings at the time of our orisons. linked to its symbols and forms of teaching and to its traditions transmissions. The Aspirant should first distance himself from all foreign doctrines. meditated on and preserved with love by those who preceded us on the Way. read and reread by hundreds of Adepts before us – such a text becomes. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear. which will substitute in all the visible actions of your body to effectively use your immaterial forces. Pray first. 50 . strictly limited to these three qualities43. Vaughan © May 2005 From this. we offer only readings. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character. we begin to understand how one should perform the first action on the stage of spiritual Alchemy. Turn away from that which soils your view. engravings. In his short work dedicated to the esoteric path of the Absolute. Our five exterior senses should see the unfolding of their conditioned and manifold activities take place in a traditionally Occidental. a series of words of power. we offer contact with old Hermetic books. or foreign doctrines. we have texts with a profound resonance in these three modes. II) Let us restate these profound thoughts more clearly. people of the West.
it is not enough to clean the material dwelling in whose framework our efforts unfold. And what more evocative of these three norms than the medieval ambience. readings and disparate teachings which had until then diverted our spirit and scattered our efforts. 44 ‘rax literally crevices = PV. in the creases44 of its pages. We also take care not to use those types of prayer which are altogether too much a part of some other exoteric confession. Let us therefore let go of these formulae which bind us. where one speaks neither clearly nor clear cut. according to this Table. following a welldetermined cycle. Rosicrucian and Hermetic framework. are eventually taken over by them and completely rely on them: Islam. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character.n h m sclsao” fah a n Vr e or pnso t r r lesna i da t e r si Element. while traveling towards an identical Goal.o ht o may form a perfect and C od a l or cos n a orm r i ss t yu ne l i l so a harmonious whole. T e yta“esn o ec C ri l iu cr sod tae etasao. those beliefs. with wisdom and good taste. so. this incomparable framework of the Middle Ages. Vaughan © May 2005 of himself. For Taste. his inevitable mixture of incomprehension and comprehension. in entering into curious and sure psychic or spiritual currents. the general elements of this essentially Occidental. We have numerous example of people who. and upon which we meditate often: “ ori ta yu at n ad lyu i pes n. we reserve the art of choosing. disappear. that we should remain. outside the church of Rome. little by little. with the corresponding Angel. Buddhism. The power of Egregores is such that those who. And let us not. the power of his efforts towards his goal nevertheless remains. and even an aspect of the divine Terramorph.I lt r ) * * * Just the Heavens and the influx of Stars pour out their regular rays. to end. It is within such a framework that we create the indispensable inner climate from which. upon the evolution of the Hermetic Work. a temperament. mix with the masses who. Brah ai . we reprise the counsel of Grillot de Givry which we have already quotes. are not traveling the same road as us. celebrate the Mass according to its liturgy. with its prayers which are specifically evocative of the Goal towards which we are moving. and that knowledge coming out of that capital of the spirit which was Alexandria in Egypt. through the use of common rites and customs. C eu’ 51 . to make your lasr ii t bsm o t A sl e s f bobtn h oo fh bo t e e e u …” ( rl d Gvy“ h G et r” I G io e i : T e ra Wok. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. It is within our Tradition. from whence the Celtic traditions. We must also clean the spiritual dwelling! And here. an ascetic mode. sooner or later end up coming back.t m nm e… s c Finally. in his “ nr evn t i ehae”h n e A p ates sces n fy bl “esn” nul si nse a ucs o o sm o c saos ufr r i i . mix together. Turn away from that which soils your view.
Justice to Hunger. E ie ses sT iit pi a w yfrh A p at Silence equates to o r h . and to Prudence. B. Air. Earth. with the profane crowd. Temperance to Solitude. Think of God more often than yubet . hr t s cniosa o” o wt o” r i ao e h h h h a o” w e h e od i e e tn r e b d g B “nt rhnG d oe hu r dcontact with the Master who looks i i . y ao e t nn h a o” n sol e d a after one in the Celestial Assembly. c t l ” s e m y e r . p tu tlu. 2) Silence of the heart.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and Earth. in the classic order: Water– Fire– Air– Earth (see figure 1. in its Sufi heresy. and particularly the symbolism of the Sphinx. This is why Islam which. A. consisting of the rejection of all other thoughts relative to Beings and created Things. r“ i G d. Silence alone procures and leads to Knowledge of God. Solitude Solitude is the means of assuring silence of the tongue. Water. Vaughan © May 2005 Apostle Luke Matthew John Mark Card. with the tetralogy well-known to the Occultists: To know (Water) To will (Air) To dare (Fire) To keep silent (Earth) Which comprises the four Elements laid out exactly like the base of the Hermetic Tetractys. Gift of the Virtues Holy Spirit Prudence Counsel Temperance Fear Justice Piety Strength Courage Seasons Autumn Winter Spring Summer Asceticism Silence Solitude Fasting Vigil Element Earth Water Air Fire Archangel Uriel Gabriel Raphael Michael Thus Prudence corresponds to Silence. Silence Silence comes in two types: 1) Silence of the tongue. h sh r r a o t si n a e. This is the first way of the Initiate. cnii o t as n o o sek go e t n“ ruh os t g fh bt t n f pai t rh t og sn e ei n h a h G d. It consists of the fact: 1) Of avoiding mixing materially with others.o wt “nt rt n G d. page XX). 52 . and Fire. with futile preoccupations. and separates men and women in everyday life. in many respects like Christian monasticism. Strength to Vigil. teaches the necessity of these four roads. to which we will return later. We find these four mortifications as much in Christianity as in Buddhism and Islam.
Vigil Vigil is the fruit of Hunger. or Fasting. relationships between God ad n e …I e m n a t bs o r sn cni r i o t e m n o pol s n t ia u et. Hunger alone. C. Solitude alone procures Knowledge of the World. consists of a reduction in nourishment.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.os e t n fh l et f rb m ad h r r m n . by defining it. It is assured in the spirit of poverty. IV). for it expels useless sleep. procures Knowledge of Satan. often weighed down by too abundant nourishment. whose Prince it is. b) The vigil of the Eye (vision).I ) . It corresponds to Water. ii. It is none other than a type of process of introspection about several particularly important problems for the Gnostic: the problem of Evil. It obeys three variables: i. Now. and to 45 Vigil is about Meditation. It equates to Air. who explained to them that certain typesof Demons can only be chased out by fasting. calm. contact between Man and the Celestial Assembly cannot succeed except during sleep. iii. study of the divine mysteries. and this is the first way of the Adept. A sleep susceptible to freeing the Soul is a sleep which comes about during a serious fast.t t l et r h ai fe o. May the Aspirant recall the extreme fasts of all the great prophets and missionaries of the Scriptures. in the terrible solitude of the Judean desert. There are two types of Vigil: a) The vigil of the Heart. modesty. Avoiding evil which one might do to a neighbor. mildness. at the end of which the Christ had an appearance of the Prince of Darkness and the trial of His threefold temptation (Matthew: Gospel. Hunger and Fasting Hunger. n Ma. during a kind of doubling of the Soul outside of the Body. or that of the failure of the Apostles in the healing of a possessed man. Avoiding evil coming from men. which instinctively seeks contemplation. and to Jsc (al“ utePu Epistle to the Ephesians”I 2. and particularly the fast of forty days. purity. i : . c se s e e s a d ao e e s e e g s 53 . and of the recourse of Christ. D. Temperance. Vigil alone procures Knowledge of the Soul. It equates to Fire and to Faith45. But our Vigil has another purpose. Vaughan © May 2005 2) Of avoiding in the inner realm contact with being and things of this world. Making the companionship of the Master whom one has in the Celestial Assembly permanent. which realizes and objectivizes what is in the Heart (the Inner Temple and the Philosophical Egg). and this leads to the natural diminution of these kinds of needs.
n’ e oaO a r. and page XXX). upon an equitable and reasonable comparison of analyzed arguments. in rustic and solitary places or at night. and must always be preceded by a Prayer which has making contact with the higher planes as its goal (see pages XXX onwards. in oe pr nl r oyit s g g m e o a a cnlo a i t-light. It constitutes discursive meditation. Meditation takes place in daytime. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * It necessarily rests upon a perfect understanding of the traditional sacred texts.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. This Prayer comprises a purgative meditation. h i l l m r f w x ad r n h s s t n e ne i e g 54 . preferably in the open air.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. ce ce ce ace ace ace alla alla alla Pa Pa Pa gP gP gP ong ong ong on on on S tr S tr S tr Str Str Str g g g ng ng ng Kn Kn Kn Kii Kii Kii the the the th e th e th e of of of of of of 55 . 4 4 6 7 5 COLD COLD Spiritual progression follows the same process as in the alchemical path of figure 1. Vaughan © May 2005 of t he Qu e en Str on gP al a ce D + D + WHITE BLACK Fig.
f. Wisdom. – a commandment in society. This very inclination comes to our aid for the same human reason each time it is needed. being: a. either for itself or for another. in every activity it prepares and orders all things as is proper. Precaution. and all that is required for final illumination. This particular inclination makes it prompt and docile to receive the Holy Spirit (without special pursuit). to discover that which it would be impossible to find out quickly from another. controlling it (or governing everything whose action is subordinate to. Remembrance of past things.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. – a commandment in the family. d. For. or memory. acquired or instilled from birth. In this name we find a higher and transcendent inclination which perfects the exercise of reason in man. e. Sane exercise of reason. c. Prudence. Circumspection. n e t 56 . Philosophical Earth: Prudence Prudence is an element of moral action which perfects the exercise of reason in Man. for the things47 which the wisest men who have preceded us have determined. or regal prudence. h. properly speaking. A gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Prudence. Reverence. with respect to the substance of this act. so that everything wishes to do at every moment is for the perfect realization of every Virtue. or compromise the result. b. La révér c à’ do d c q’nd e e l nri e e uot éterminé les plus Wise qui nous ont précédés. against all that could put an obstacle in the way. regarding all that surrounds the said act. in the infinite complexity of circumstances which can affect his action. Caution. As it is normally applied it is composed of several aspects. applied to every action. or individual prudence. Vaughan © May 2005 V ELEMENTS OF THE GREAT WORK A. or the determination needed at the time for action. and dependent upon it). g. Clear-sight46 in principles of activity. It is often the ensemble of snares that the virtue of Prudence allows us to avoid! 46 47 La claire-vue. so that. even providing for all the virtues. both general and specific. or familiar prudence. human reason remains forever subject to error or surprise. has the quality of a commandment: – a commandment to oneself. and that is the Gift of Counsel.
because of the excellence or goodness of the Divine Majesty. and the fact that one does not fear anything more than exposing to becoming distanced from Him as a result of error and fault. to various degrees. this virtue is therefore the first one to acquire.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. which the virtue of Justice demands to see more equitably corrected and expiated –things which are ineluctably necessary. Philosophical Water: Temperance Temperance is a virtue which in all things maintains the affective party responsive to the command of reason. external action and movements of a carnal nature. Moreover. consisting of refraining from. Forbearance. following the virtue of Charity. b. so that it does is not disposed to be induced by those pleasures which more particularly interest the five external senses. Vaughan © May 2005 As a requirement to future development. Philosophical Air: Justice Justice is a virtue which has the objective of having harmony reign in relationships between Beings. is founded upon their own moral or physical. with a holy respect. C. Continence. consisting of choosing not to follow the violent emotions of passion. which corresponds to Philosophical Water. it consists of the act. which presents us with a more or less exact image of God. finally to bear ourselves in a manner which leads to the virtue of Temperance. that is to say. moderating or regulating the affective party in those things which are less difficult than precedents. spiritual or material good. c. and before all the Gift of Counsel. It manifests itself in several ways. as Anger should never take hold. a dse o oe o neclnea ei t ko w aintm eie ue l ei fr n’ w xeec. consisting of moderation or regulation. which corresponds to Philosophical Earth. Prudence and the Gift of Counsel is obtained through the practice of Silence. of considering all things relating to the pleasure of the senses. Clemency. Temperance and the Gift of Fear are obtained through the practice of Solitude. founded upon mutual respect between the Beings themselves which. B. d. as being perfectly non-existent or dangerous. which is the Gift of Fear. The gift of Fear consists of the act of standing before the Traditional Book of Revelations. dseo nw hts o i m d ty sf r s l r al u to us or which is useless for our final goals. namely: a. having regard to the excellence of the end which Traditional Revelations gives us. consisting of dispelling the inner movement of the passion of equity. as a corrective method for the ills committed by another. Modesty. 57 .
Spirits. and brings him to treat with God. or a fear of failure. b. It makes peace and order reign. or those of evil spirits if the occasion presents itself. to treat with all other men as with all reasonable Creatures (Angels. Vaughan © May 2005 So its aim is to regulate our duties strictly with regard to other Beings. which are: a. Patience. Magnanimity. As such. both in individual life as well as in the collective life. consisting of a resolution of the affective party which strengthens or rules the movement of hope. Magnificence. will never turn away from his duty. The gift of Piety is assuredly that which puts the most perfect seal upon external relationships when men can have or should have. where it is arduous or costly to accomplish. Demons) in our relationships with them. and in moderating the most imprudent audacity. which is of a different sense and less amenable to these limiting norms. and that is the gift with the same name. and in different degrees. which consists of combating fear of the length of exertion to achieve the Good.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. It applies equally well to temporal goods. It manifests in several aspects. which is the characteristic of enduring with stoicism. Justice and the Gift of Piety are obtained through the practice of Hunger. Perseverance. it is distinguished from Charity. as to the reputation and spiritual dignity of oe f l n’ eo s lw man.n l v e v and obeyed as if by a son. with the father of the great divine family. which corresponds to Philosophical Air. which one wishes to accomplish. both between themselves. Philosophical Fire: Strength Strength is a virtue which had the objective of perfecting moral order in the affective party in Man. D. so that Man. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the virtue of Strength. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Justice. regarding great and important undertakings. and with God. It consists of standing firm against the greatest fears. also called Courage. It crowns the virtue of Justice and all its associations. all the sadness which may come to us in the present life. Also. more particularly to endure the hostile intervention of other men in their relationships with us. 58 . d. with the First Cause.e d ae e. and this is the Gift of Piety. Piety is the habitual resolution of that will. c. while looking to the final Reintegration. consisting of fortifying hope. considered in the most distant mysteries of his divine life as a f hr o a ci ”t dr r e d sre “ t ” r “h f e e y e r . on this occasion. which makes Man fit to receive the direct and personal action of the Holy Spirit. that is to say the Fast. the First Cause. so that the Good and Superior Being who more or less unites them.
He judges among the god…” Psalm 82). Charity. in the Soul of the Adept. with all the blessings and joys of present life. which corresponds to Philosophical Fire. It is by means of the gift of Strength (or Courage) than Man is thus moved by the Holy Spirit. raises us above and despite all natural order. loving Him as He loves. then with the Divine Plan itself. E. both easy and welcome. u t t odr h hiG ds p o h re w i s o’ e c own. making gods of us (evidently secondary gods). Vaughan © May 2005 But since the virtue with this name in fact only deals with those obstacles and perils which are in the power of Man to overcome or suppress. From this comes t pr e fh Pa : G ds nsnt h ha o t sl “ o t d i h e s e m a e congregation of the mighty. 34). The Salt Principle: Charity Charity is a virtue which raise us up to a life of communications. of Reintegration for all the ills and sadness of terrestrial life. children of God. the Gift of Strength (or Courage) allows him to overcome the sorrow which accompanies the separation which Death creates. Thus. the victory of Man over Death and over all the terrors which it inspires. These two mystical realizations are intimately linked to the presence. A participation of Divine Nature which. This effective substitution. as God acts Himself. Strength and the gift of this name (or Courage). The essential purpose of this gift is. r h opl I o e : u r os ( e b. Those principles of activity. of absolute Charity. and introducing us to His intimate presence. as he knows that Reintegration and Life Eternal flow from them. and that s ( f mt G se “said: yo a gd…” John. of this mystical communication. without giving by itself the sole higher blessing which compensates and does duty for him. firstly with the intermediate Celestial Powers. be it human or angelic (being therefore above the original world of manifestation in Creation). when considered under the idea of this contact. as he marches towards the Supreme Goal (including Death itself. which makes us act as true secondary agents.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. divining our own nature itself. which comes to all). presupposes two things in us: a. is the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit. despite all the difficulties or all the perils which can place themselves across Mans path. proportional to this divine state. the gift corresponding to the Holy Spirit addresses those dangers and ills which are definitely not within the power of Man alone to overcome. rejoicing in him as He rejoices Himself. according to its own advantage and which it deigns to communicate to us. X. through its own activity. in fact. is obtained through the practice of Vigil. 59 . knowing Him as He knows himself.
the Philosophical Sulfur.n hl h w e hdes n sf r g s n’ w . This virtue is absolutely inaccessible without Faith. Man. nor. F. Charity corresponds to the vow of Poverty. nh cs t od sd ss e e – i e cn 60 . which it necessarily presupposes. those which Faith reveals to us. as those which can and should one day be our total illumination. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Hope is the Gift of Knowledge48. o ga s f d i t en s to be point of suffering oneself. but instinctively and in an absolutely intuitive manner. Vaughan © May 2005 Absolute Charity flows from an act of total love. In the initiatory life. Moreover. 2) Beneficence. coming under our control. honors and the joys of this Inferior World. so that it has deigned to manifest itself to us through Faith. to avoid his own responsibilities. the highest and most sublime of all Causes which is Divine Wisdom itself. claims to b sut “bv”t m bt t t is to say. brings Man. or that 48 I t s aeh w r ue i‘ i c’ PV. through divine action. in the spiritual as in the material domain. Charity contains certain secondary aspects: 1) Mercy.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and he wishes for himself and all Mankind. e i a d aoe h t e e o . in all the ot oi lseto lead o t s r cens ad uf i a oe o n n l c apc fi . by which man wishes God the infinite gift which Faith has revealed. must be able to judge with absolute certainty and infallible truth. that is a scorn for belongings. to judge all things with his intelligence. for it is Faith alone which gives Hope its purpose and the means to apply it. It is through this vow of Poverty that one also obtains the Gift of Wisdom. under the action of the Holy Spirit. being gifted with a conscience which does not participate in its own surrender of principles. which leads one to feel pity for the wretchedness of Others. which however should not be confused with the Sublime Virtue of that name. in taking as the norm or as his personal rule for judgment. Knowledge. therefore knowing both. The Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Charity is the Gift of Wisdom. not through the use of the natural process of reasoning. immediately and forever. This is so that they might be admitted and professed. knows neither how to ignore good and evil. The Mercury Principle: Hope Hope is a virtue which sees that our will. to strive to prevent evil and to promote good. is inclined towards Eternal Truths.h h a Such teachings have never served except to veil the latent amorality of those who make them their own. the true character of things created in their relationships with those of Hope. The gift of Wisdom (which is not THE Wisdom). which leads one. really and intimately. which is the first postulate. under the occult action of the Holy Spirit. this indissoluble gift of God.
Hope corresponds to the vow of Chastity (which. Vaughan © May 2005 they should serve as the ends and object of our conduct. or at least (in the vase of very profound mysteries) of allowing them to be approached. in Christian marriage. Ambition and childish reasoning. notably by God Himself. while preserving all their importance intact. or. The Sulfur Principle: Faith Faith is a virtue which ensures that our understanding adheres very closely and without fear of being wrong – seeing as he cannot see it through the normal senses – all that comes to of him through the channel of Traditional Revelation. As such. which can csm c… ot uh 61 . and allows the obtaining of the Gift of Intelligence. It is this which gives us the ability to discern Spirits. The Silver of the Wise: Understanding Understanding is the attribute which corresponds to vision. The Gift of Intelligence (Which is not Understanding) helps the virtue of Faith in leading to knowledge of divine virtue. but as their indistinct perception. under the action of the Holy Spirit. of which our world below is but an imperfect and inverse reflection.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. In the initiatory life. is opposed to them. which should not be confused with one of the two Sublime virtues bearing that name. is in harmony with the Eternal Truths. of all the related propositions in a way which leads to a clear understanding. penetration and information. in His desire to communicate with Man the final object of His purpose. Understanding is the knowledge (gnosis) of Absolute Divine Things. The vow of Chastity is the first postulate. In the initiatory life. and the existence of an Invisible World. is not sexual abstinence). and by the channel of the most banal magical evocation. penetrates the sense of those terms. the possibility. and it is this which allows Man to free himself from the servitude of the senses. which is its first postulate. the Knowledge of Good and of Evil. 49 T ait sy n sol ’cm t t s io o d i t ns y en o If i E t themselves covered htso a oe hu nto eo h v i f i n h g b m as f ne o n ties. d i sn ve i rr i in shadow. as an ordinary human couple can perpetuate the forms of the species in a natural and legitimate manner. which comprise the affirmations of Traditional Revelation. Faith corresponds to the vow of Submission. which is in fact Reintegration. without mutual decline or depravity. immediately seizing that which. on the contrary. Light and Darkness49. in the material World. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to Faith is the Gift of Intelligence. H. ensuring that the spirit of Man. of perceiving that which connects the opposing poles of Good and Evil. G. through types or material objects. intuition.
Understanding r el“ e ea t v s h higher symbolism of Perceptible Signs: rites. to use a term dear to Martinez de Pascuallis. while not allowing us to understand completely. the esotericism of texts. their higher significance. it affirms us in our certainty. and more particularly the profound meaning of the Christian Scriptures. Understanding shows us the effects in the cause. which is impossible. reminiscent of the hermetic pelican of the Rose-Croix. at the End of Time. but by a kind of intuitive and subconscious vision. in the Christ leaving his Apostles at the Ascension. symbols. or the Holy Books if one extols another religion. the celestial realities thus deformed or veiled: as in the carpenter of Nazareth.ar et m t ise …” t sc m n l a r l t s a a ea . his future Glory outside the Parousia50. Vaughan © May 2005 It lets us penetrate the hidden meaning in words. under the appearances. it reveals to us the invisible and unique source of the essential Sacraments. but by making us understand with absolute certainty. objec . it gives us a partial vision of God. At a higher level. for example in the blood of Christ. In the pierced side of Christ. c It lets us understand. the purification of our Soul and our reconciliation. the Creator Logos. According to Thomas Aquinas.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. that which 50 The Second Coming – PV. This Virtue shows us the Eternal Realities achieved through Faith on a day that. shed at Calvary. not revealing it completely to us. then. and in the imperfect reflections here below. disciple of Albert the Great. no longer intuitively as Faith. or spiritual realities. 62 .
and the immortality of the body. in their development. The two higher elements left blank on the figure (Mercury and Sulfur of the Wise) are probably the gifts of Integrity and Grace. 5 4 6 7 5 The gifts of the Holy Spirit here follow the same progression. as the alchemical progression in figure 1. The gift of Integrity comprises three privileges: innate knowledge.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. mastery of the passions. The gift of Grace comprises union with God: his descent into us. Vaughan © May 2005 of t he Qu e en Str on gP a la ce D + D + WHITE BLACK Fig. ce ce ace ace alla alla Pa Pa gP gP ong ong on on St r St r Str Str g g ng ng Kn Kn Kii Kii th e th e the the of of of of 63 .
inseparable from God. Vaughan © May 2005 He knows to be. In all that the trawl-net of his understanding of things will bring. Understanding reveals to us also that which Denys the Areopagite called the “i n drns . being the result of the action of Faith and Charity.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. of its complete knowledge. the Knowledge of Good alone. It is by this virtue that the Adept can reach the highest degree of knowledge accessible to humankind here below. flows from an act of complete love. but in the event of specific perception. defined it. – note that among the Gnostics and the Templars. of the Mercury Principle and the Salt Principle. tsh ef s i a t l r i ao e spontaneous intelligent and comprehensive submission. the Christ was a divine entity. nor in Intelligence as knowledge of Good and Evil. 64 . Wisdom is the purifying filter of the action of Understanding within him. it is the act of total love which will serve him as a f i io f l h ps b ie’ s sn le i li touchstone. since this knowledge does not live in the event of general perception. o h v i o a t ‘os itsin God. If Understanding is total Knowledge. which is. from which all others depend and which itself depends on no other. absolute Charity. an We æon. It is in some way the superior aspect. the Knowledge of the two opposites. having understood it. The Gold of the Sage: Wisdom Wisdom consists of the choice of the best. d i a es ve k ” I. all in all. among the facts accessible to Understanding. he no longer knows how to confuse it with its opposite. by which Man wishes for God the Infinite Good that Faith allows him to know Him. Wisdom makes us judge all things by judging them according to the highest of Causes.B. which is the basis of the birth of Wisdom within us. as we have seen. And here finally is Charity. for himself and for all other Beings. Wisdom is the use of which it is made. and had not connection with the historical Jesus. Seeing that he only seeks Good. and he desires. N. As such it is discrimination between Good and Evil. It r oe r upssh . In fact. to a gift which it perceives as the dominant one. this same Good.n ident pr e n gaybthog em nt n Iit th e r pe poe t sad t os’oe t i er l u t uh l i i .
y Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. like the sense of the Sacred which it expresses. Carrel: Prayer. gods. It clothes its highest expression in Prayer. To pray. See R. may one acquire a positive knowledge of Prayer? Fortunately. extend as far as the manifestations of the Spiritual. It is the salt of knowledge. Very short. This state is not of an intellectual nature: it therefore remains as much inaccessible as incomprehensible to the rationalist philosopher and the ordinary thinker. Krhr“ i s yt cs) i e: Œd u Ægp au” c p i But Prayer. 65 . saints. the scientific world understands the totality of what is observable. or with the First Cause. then.“ h ko G dm r ot t nyubet …” t i o r t i n y T i f o oe f n h o r h rn w d e it n e a ae Epictetus told us. but very frequent mental invocations can keep man in the presence of God53. It is therefore through systematic observation of the praying Man that we learn of what consists the phenomenon of Prayer. “ o m no G d so Kabbalistic tradition tells us. begin by meditating on the sacred verses.uh ash om ple r ew e e i…” Limojon de Saint-Dd r T e em t Ti p” i e: hH r ec r m h i ” i u The sense of the divine is expressed above all by religious emotiveness. pp 98 to 102. ceremonies. true Prayer represents a mystical state for man. the Spiritual World is outside the reach of our modern experimental techniques. the technique of its production and its effects52. Carrel judiciously notes in his study. and by the means of rites. How. guides. one must first make an effort to sa t a sh Dv i . it makes it germinate in the heart of man. it calcines it. which accompanies this necessary ensemble. through the intermediary of physiology. and. archetypes. Prayer represent Ma’ e ot ocm ui t wt a i opr or metaphysical s ns f r t o m n a i l n roe f ce h l c al Entities: ancestors. as if in its natural habitat. sublimates it. which is the whole first Chapter. 52 A. Far from consisting of a vain and monotonous recitation of formulae. a state in which his consciousness approaches the Absolute. at the summit of the preceding pyramid. c t into a subject the same nature as the Stone. and there prepare themselves properly by the means of holy Prayers51…” (R. P. and resolves it in t bl ta rsc sy t C s oo t u u n t . and the first verse of the Second Chapter. being humbly excited by the exterior fire. as Dr. This domain can. 53 One is reminded of the Hesychasm of the Orthodox church – PV. when they wish to travel on the H l e f o. dissolves it. is from all evidence a spiritual phenomenon. because it 51 The Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom are the thirty-two first verses of Genesis. “ re Tu Prayer is the daughter of Love. etc. sacrifices from which it flows. And. Vaughan © May 2005 VI T EP I O O H R ’ I E PRAYER H H L S P E S FR : “ h Fr…ia i eu sit h h n oue T i i s n g osp i w i i rdcs s e n r. Ambelain: The Demiurge. It transforms all adversities into delights.
And. one can deduce that t m nw o dent r dent ev h o n h a h os’ pa os’ w ae i w e y s immortality. notably personal will. and the believer towards another life. each one of us will find beyond death that which. Psychologically. can it never be ours? Do we not need it to be B th Pa r i y ep i dt u? L t sm g e eie aet e . The opposite is equally true. There is besides another role of Prayer.C. as A. has its e l o ” own existence. through a type of two way flow: the projection of the terrestrial world into the celestial plane. a conclude that that perhaps too. because one must love to pray. f h hLm j d i r ue n h uj t o w i i o n e no t e e” c o Saint-Didier spoke in the epigraph quoted at the head of this chapter. s ei y ot f i“ nre p ” u o h i e t l which was its cradle. sum of tissues and organic liquids. history shows us that the loss of moral and sacred sense in the majority f nt ns ost n e m n l d t i f l n o a ao’ cntu tl et e so t a ad i ie e s a s l its rapid subjection by neighboring peoples who have themselves preserved that which is often l thog oe own fault. in our carnal lives. praying equates to working. and which can be seen equally among the primitive as well as the civilized. and which is his Celestial Jerusalem. Carrel observed. l etae “osi ses Now the living body. Besides. It is besides worth noting that o t uh n’ s r s the sense of the divine pushed to the level of intolerance and fanaticism lead to the same sad results.osutt s l i som i ao e w r . penetrated by an imponderable e m n cld cnc uns . i n’ ad54 s c Pu tlu:Fi it us ne fh g hpd o…” h s n l t e a i All depends on what one understands by this word. io n C l tl i ”born h w “ e saCt . d e d m i dv e “r adw r…” A dt ppl aaead: T w r i t pa…” Wecn ei . by this he deprives himself of a precious treasure.e r n h o e h tlu…? l k l gdg e c l (L. a e 66 . Vaughan © May 2005 is the daughter of Love.h “oy fi tw i w s pkn f cnt c h g r u fr n nt r ol t s bd o l h h h a soe o r s i oo h d i g” c by the Manicheans. and because one must be sublime and v t u tl e iu soo … ro v “ u t s r e which is do efficacious. we had hoped for. and which joins with the Fire “ t dcdi ot sb c . the sense of the divine appears to be a impulse coming out of the deepest place in our nature. for him. the prayer. in exchange for the original sn m e celestial influx.i e ales s“ah sh sbt c o t ns oe fr . man is composed of tissues and organic liquids. aesthetic sense. a fundamental activity. The atheist travels towards annihilation. linked to a regular affinity to the contingent universe. playing in the “p i a r l s w i r a uko no uep r : O e L br si t o H r ec sit le m ” h h e i nnw r nxl e “ r t ao” a h l e t ru a c m n od . Greece and Rome are sad examples. in the same order of things. Perhaps the man who prays. Can we not then suppose 54 A bln ssh w r ‘urr– m e i ue t od œ ve’ PV. from the interior voice which speaks inside us. From this. that is to sywtoe hns . These variations are linked to various other fundamental activities: moral sense. its original prototype. a. de Saint-Mat : T e n f ei ” rn “ h Ma o D s e) i r We shall see later that we should understand this.n r ett i eatue Wh wl xln o s e u i ai w lt tn vl ad e a iwt xct … ae n sn t i y p h id o i l tlso ei a h dr a i t vi w o es s e u tb l e ci . Pa n ok c y n h ou r dg ds “ o ok s o r e a y . In this case. and that is its constructive role.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
Plato w s i t hnh dc r t tom r t nm o Ma. rn e acai ae h Man of t. there? In the affirmative. In this it is the Fire. where our consciousness draws upon the same principles for its own preservation and its moral health. and this by operation of the nutritive and respiratory functions? In this spiritual universe. is it forbidden to see the Immanent Being. even our consciousness having access to two different worlds). integral development of each of our physiological. rt bo…” ae e tn Prayer is thus the complement and essential tool of all this transmutation of Man. n sol hv “r t aci . ne gi iincs r frh “ n r at i . repeated over and over again with no true investment of spirit. Prayer can then be thought of as the agent of the natural relationship between our consciousness and its particular environment. it is doubtful whether success in life i v e s i lo i demands the maximum. Vaughan © May 2005 that consciousness. l t ar . e tn v ad o o t i Ji dwt i u i . h Fe h s ui r otos e ovn gè l nu y t tg i n : vs e u ps r u nt crs e hin pulf r d l n e m t i” another tortuous grammatical Gordian knot as qe o e op d ca e etea e e’ i r a r l– e r r i u v s ee from Ambelain! – PV. that of pure form equally to that of action. 67 . oa sne as ecsneadi ei ne t “es o t o e i n io m r es.s e a cld l by Louis-Claude de Saint-Ma i adh m s rMa i zd Psulscldt “ rn n i at . From this. just as respiration and nutrition are for the physical body. then. s e te l l e Desire”tb aet e n t make dynamic what the lips and brain conjointly give forth. is similarly prolonged outside of the physical continuum? Is it forbidden t blv t t e r p ne i a sit l n e e ( db t s o eeeh w a l gd n “p i a ui r ” a y h i a e u ru vs n i fact.Now. and is a natural and normal function of our spirit. The spirit is both reason and sentiment.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. o pa n O c aa ts ees y o t Inner Man”a h w s ae a it t yg n a e . a r h w e e el e h t e th a e f n oe hu ae c a d h d g ad a i e d ee l p n d t ew ie a ok . a universe which we can no more evade than our body of flesh could avoid the material universe55. the First Cause. intellectual. in consequence of an i ate as n o t l h o ‘ ao’ n n lps o frh i t fr sn…” f i i eg e We must be careful to make a distinction in its practice. it is no more shameful to pray than to breathe. The recitation of vague formulas. affective and spiritual activities. as Nietzsche thought. and we should love beauty and knowledge as much as moral beauty. and the Crucible only knows how to be the Heart. which normal religions call God. fuel from its initial impurities.h sne f h n h ttn l hi tl e e e Dv e g eh hm n e oat iflf w r g i n” i t u a pr nly tu l e n. 55 There is proala ee w y f u i t s T e r c i “n e dnnu n puos ur p s os bb btr a o ptn h . nitrogen. In this. hydrogen. if austerity and asceticism are the elements. if it resides in material organs. to meditate than to eat or drink! Prayer is the equivalent of a biological activity dependent upon our structure. from which it draws the elements of its preservation: oxygen. carbon. .u suia od w “r c l oroln w r. np” T e r t sconl tug s r u t t“ n nuoe a cue b t f tht h ge pyhaa sJn as e sh :May erss r asd y h a t a y ud a e e c a many people wish to remain blind to their own religious aspirations. where only the lips have ay elcv yint r i . To neglect it is to atrophy our o n pi i e. et t es n n lg c.
68 . Vaughan © May 2005 The Work is long via the moist path56! It endures.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 19) 56 Alchemy comprises two procedures. and the day s rren u ha s U t the i t a s i or er…” a i t (Peter: 2 Epistle: 1. the dry path. a short but dangerous procedure. and the moist path. according to the words of Scripture: “ n l day dawn. a long but sure procedure.
psychic life or.. this initiation into a secret Rite which was new to Abraham. e Ei r f og i ’PV. destroys it. 18 This phrase. so there may exist a spiritual.l gi e u r . he had the powers of the Most High God. Moreover. From this. or on the contrary destroying it if it is a poison. in more or less good taste. When the Christ made it t bs o a C rtn i ah cld i slt “ari r f rh O dr f l i dk. eas o t si t ha o S l o’T m l a ns e h u r I al ned bcue fh . affirms that which is above is like unto that which is below. was around the twelfth Egyptian dynasty. innocent enough in appearance. n r ht ‘l io L n Lf n h x e A bln ust e t w r “ari t r i p i ‘ c f e .o r sn w i bcm ei nt later in the m e i sbtu sh od sc f a u”m l n s ri r fre os h h eo e v e a it e ic e y g a ic ’ a c d chapter – PV. according to history. and that certain people knew there was another God besides the common gods. of to this shows that Gnosis existed already. * * * There is a well-known Hermetic axiom which. For if. to the whole of t ft e s e Ide.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. we can assert a priori that. we meet again the offering of azyme bread and wine. has however an unsuspected depth in the context of Judaeo-Christian Tradition. Vaughan © May 2005 VII THE ELIXIR OF LIFE57 “ Melchizedek king of Salem And brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest58 of the most high God…” Genesis: XIII. i t cl r e “ m r d T b t n h e ba d E e l al” e e t a e attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. the blessing of the cup of wine. and the rite of Kiddush. i e t o e o d the propitiatory bloody sacrifices of animals. on the contrary. nineteen centuries B.n h er f o m ns e p . which includes the presence of Matzoh or azyme bread. 57 58 I Fec. if it is a spiritual poison. psychic nourishment which supports our spiritual. Abraham transmitted to all his posterity. when he received it from Melchizedek. which Rationalists never cease to attach to their negations regarding the value of this Rite. h ai f l hii rul e ae h e h Sc f e a e t re o Me h ee” e s l sa t l m f e ic t e cz So his Apostles and heir Disciples ree e a “ri t n f m h dt gbc t acr i ci d n od ao” r i an ak o e a v ni o m i tn origin in the time of Abraham which. when Melchizedek transmitted the sacrificial rite of Bread and Wine – Corn and Vine – Abraham. during the time of the Middle Empire. In fact this mysterious rite descended from occult elements and traditions as old as four millennia! Such antiquity clearly removes any value to the pleasantries. This has been perpetuated in the rite of Seder. just as material nourishment is capable of supporting our material life if it is wholesome. Let us look at this a little more closely.C. 69 .
crowned with tears of frankincense. the priests consume them ritualistically. and that the rites associated with this communion have always worn the appearance of an assimilation through the oral. the hand of an adrim n o t ba o a i ei n m n “ gorge ourselves on them in the o a. a e en ” PV. nasal. It is also the Arab Geomancer. It is the Shewbread. r gl nm e …)n ne t sm o t ei . and half-consumed by the priests of Israel. it is the Fetishist who still transcribes secret signs upon a skin. so that the querant may thus be momentarily and literally possessed and controlled by them during t t o i o t “o t o t G o at f ue. the Sabbath. sanguine. they will eat the heart of a courageous warrior. 61 “ Tziganes” PV. who pushes an earthenware stove on which boil magical r i ( cnemyr. half-consumed on the altar of holocausts.ru … ot a a material assimilation with . I am the fire and I am t at f f r g – more accurate translation of Verse 16 – h co of i . e i …59” Im h f r gt sc f et c ri u e h i ahr t Fr e en h ic h a f d t . e l ie btrt rule . who thereby unite spiritually with Yahweh their god. It is the blood of ritual incisions. I am clarified cow ghee. in which the ink signs are effaced and dissolve. 59 “a t svn eife i a . that although they do not lack meat from domestically raised or hunted animals. in all ages. mixed and drunk by newly-weds.eet h a o t ss n h b c t e e h e c e querant. “a t of i . e h ve s h seventh day. the benediction and the imbibing of the cup of wine. which number twelve (one for each tribe) which remains six day upon the Table of Witness.ot c e fn s e spiritual purpose: “ h N t n o C na. 60 “ incantée” lit. rh r n f n n lg t a.a au . 16 . – 70 . e ari . a t f e ay c o sc f eI mt oli s f r t t dpr d I m h ee V d i rul I m h i di at fari . together with the offering. water over which incantation have been said – Eau – PV.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 We suggest first that.17) Nowadays. h h wn fh pi s fh em n ci r e r g e n” e i g s It is the ritual anthropophagy of certain Africans. a h b t n of e o h ea e e cr t s ev l s ic e ao ed e t ancestors. XI 6 17) l . On the t “i n r ne.t i edd o u m n h G n sbna t f e fh e n i es. e t bh e (Bhagavad Gita: XI. It is the animal victims. which he then washes in blessed water60. unites them eternally in the traditions of the Romany gypsies61 of Central Europe. and this is then drunk by the infirm or possessed person. f r g ari so h D a uon tombs.t. e h l n i y a h r rs e v …” e l (h “ ok fuie” X I 1 – T e B o o Jb es. I am the healing herb. We t e i tl e manner the white man eats his good god…! oe fhm wlni l ep i t a i i at ” n ot e i a e xln o n n g n l vy a dn missionary.n frh vr e o. I am the transcendental incantation. visual (contemplation)e . actually communed T e aos f aan of i sc f e t t ed p i en ic e wtE iB i sad o t s e r snt iWok w r ei i v e g. in order to be impregnated in the Tabernacle of the Covenant by the Shekinah ( e d i peec”t pneuma hagion). people have tried to establish communion (or communeunion) with the Entities whose existence and presence they suspected.
in the fourteenth century. 63 In this verse of the bible t r in m n o o t “os f aos.. Vaughan © May 2005 In the same epoch the priests of Osiris.ut pi islvl dsi t h es o et n fh gd o nt n”bth o ts tl ad ep eh e i e i e n i i t e rewriting of the epistle – PV. The Orphic rites implied the same Mystery. Paul later reminded them: “ national gods are demons. in the Mysteries. as prefigured in the Jewish tradition. the Templars were accused of drinking the ashes of their dead Brothers mixed in wine and the blood of a black cat! Even nowadays in the land of Islam. h ‘âusiE s r n ‘âu’s as e – a e o . concerns itself with the bringing a Man to life in the Mystic Body of God! Some have occasionally compared the resurrection of Hiram. in the depths of the naos62 barred to the profane. placed their lips upon the lips of the statue of god. Thus he was supposed to imbibe the breath of Osiris. sometimes by the intromission of the tongue in the mouth of the recipient 62 In the Egyptian religion. There indeed is a matter for meditation. passes (Pâques = passage64) across the horoscope or First House of the world. * * * This principal of communion through material absorption was so well accepted that later on. But Hiram. a fallen god. 64 Pqe iFec frE s r– Ambelain makes the point that its root is both in Passover and Passage.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. X. It concerns itself with the bringing to life. to the resurrection of Christ. lives again in the Initiate. presaging the he-goat of Azaël?. this initiation is regularly transmitted by the rite of transferring of saliva from the mufti to the new sheik. like Dionysius and Orpheus. as St. we see an inverted Eucharist. ever refused to burn incense before idols. which in spring. On the other hand. image of the solar god. in the Masonic ritual. Yet why was it necessary for the lamb to be replaced by its antithesis: the kid. they partook of a kid. who must resume his new life as a Man! The Christian Eucharist. respite the most dreadful tortures. etc. a virgin goat. It is why Israel. people seek to drink or eat the alimentary leftovers abandoned by a holy man or a wise man: tea. and refused to eat the meats consecrated to the “aoagd” nt nl os. From this they clandestinely receive a baraka or blessing. of a dead man. which is also simultaneously a sort of slightly subverted initiation. the time of renewal. at the instant the sun rose. through him. i For. Note âuss r h o ‘at ’ and n e t tPqe’s at ad pqeiPs vr PV. thanks to him. cake. the naos was a wooden or stone shrine in which the spirit of the deity was perpetually present – PV. which is the sign of Aries. 20) In the agrarian rites of Dionysius. But here again. 71 . so that it might be revived in the Mystery.n I o’dseht would have communion with The ad dnt ei t you r a 63 demons” (Paul: I Corinthians..
our GOD. takes the Cup filled with Wine. Sovereign of the Universe. but the meaning is clear enough – PV. As this rite is certainly completely unknown to ordinary Christians. and says: “ w shn h s t dy A d h H ae ad h E r ad lt thy otnd a I a t t i h a. the LORD rested from all the Works which HE had accomplished. has 65 66 I could find no translation. who was consecrated by Melchizedek. “ Therefore be praised. w el i. one goes to the table. up to the time of Christ. * * * Now. we give it here by right of record. Sovereign of the Universe. perpetuated in Osrael from the time of Abraham. at the moment of the consecration of the Bread and the Cup. what was that Supper. and who. through of the rite of Shewbread and the Cup of Kiddush. what does the Christian tradition tell us? That the transubstantiation of the Eucharistic species. who has sanctified us B pa e. for on that day. h “ akg i ” h h h vn cz a t l y t h vg c e were pronounced at the end of the banquet by the Christ. sometimes by introducing a finger soaked with saliva. after the Office. fna et ytn s l anr – a v ie ’ 72 . if not a very orthodox Judaic ceremony. however recalling to our readers to note the remnants and echoes of the Eternal Liturgy w i t ti taeo h w rs h h a be ucagd o cn r s h h h n hgv tt od w i hd en nhne fr et i … c a g e c ue Kiddush Or the Inauguration of the Sabbath On Friday evening. in a bloody66 and invisible manner. n t evn n t a h n a h t cn i w s t e ex e e t la e ae ended. in Your Love. They still figure in the present day collection used by practicing Jews. On the seventh day GOD had achieved His Work. our GOD. and thus pontiff and king. GOD blessed the seventh day and HE to sanctified it. ‘ m d snl ttnib ’ T e od b oy se sa e i prpi here. Perhaps he meant r hr‘ e oe ag nei s l . of the sacrifice of Melchizedek. which is how it happened to one of our friends who was receiving the geomantic initiation from a daguèze65 from Mogador! There is an initiatory display and a type of fluidic transmission at the same time. and of the Me h eei reofl w a ek re T e t nsi ns w i t E agelists tell us l i dk n i t o o . So. i through Your Commandments. h w r ‘l d’em r hrn por n a v ie o t a ate ae i t :n audm n l ei ib m ne ? PV. and sometimes by the simple act of spitting.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. were ritual prayers. son of David. at the time of the Liturgy (whether Eastern or Western. who has taken us for Your People. Orthodox or Latin) is but the transposition. who has c a d h f io t v e r t t r t fh i …! ee e u e n “ e r sdOETERNAL ONE. Vaughan © May 2005 (a word which perfectly states what is happening!). O ETERNAL ONE. and HE rested the seventh day from all that HE had done. composed firstly of the annual Passover (with the partaking and mandating of a lamb and bitter herbs).
and in Your Love. the Eucharistic species remain what they were at their creation. round loaf – PV. who has sanctified the Sabbath. without receiving legitimate powers and the pronunciation of sacred words. so the Eucharistic liturgy links the wheat and grape sugar to the Saving Essence about which we have just spoken. and given to each of those present: “ praised. at Jordan. hy a b fud n h o et n o “ e e e t n e l i . 70 ‘ vi“ vt l o m ” – A a r ê ’ m e’ PV. by His Order made twenty centuries ago. XXII. This day is the first among solemnities.r – ir t w 69 Ambelain appears to be confused as the Song of Degrees is not the psalm quoted here – PV. The matzoh67 is broken. a “ c t dh sla Ma70…” cod g o h od o S. d not n ek e a . e e l e ep w o r m d ” t n h “ r e” We o give at e f i o i w w r i pol h de e… ) h t G a s. * * * But how do we conceive of the Occult meaning of the Eucharist? Certainly we do not eat the living. From this fact. te l. linked by His promise. “r ”i da s PV. and through the power which He freely and eternally conferred upon a Rite ordered of the Apostles: “ oh im m r o Me D t sn e oy f …” i (Luke: Gospel. 67 68 Lit.” Then the following Benediction is said over two whole breads. te uH 73 . You have given us as a heritage the holy Sabbath Day.e e c t m hr frhy r r hrog T e m y e on i t clcos f Daily Prayers”o h e e . a . and just as the Philosophical Stone changes lead into gold. O ETERNAL ONE. feeling. We absorb a subtle substance. occult and mysterious. who provides68 the Be Bed n t Wi …” r adh n a e e After the Meal. uut ehd r l h i e s n n e i eo e m f And we certainly dnt r k ib o. in the Invisible. O ETERNAL ONE our God. Psalm 127 (Song of Degrees) is recited: Whnt Ee a bogth “ e h t nl ruh t e r e 69 cp vsrm Zo.sn n s o d m ie ao Thrace. But when the Divine is mixed with them. and reminds us that You had us come out of Egypt. Christ is not torn to pieces and eaten savagely by drunk and furious bacchantes. eaten. and which impregnates and transmutes the materiality of the Eucharistic species in consequence of His Promise at the Supper. Vaughan © May 2005 given us the holy Sabbath Day in commemoration of the Creation. acri t t w rs f tA gsn. transubstantiation will then be effected.19) As sugar placed in a porcelain sugar bowl remains sugar and the sugar bowl remains porcelain. that it is we whom You have chosen and sanctified amidst all peoples.e.ucp b t cau t n a i the religious orgies of ancient o’di h l d r w r sset l o ogli .o t a a e l . Sovereign of the Universe. cellular flesh of Him who. Therefore be praised.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. linked in fact to the very essence of the Savior by a mysterious grace wished by Him.f the Israelites of the Ashkenazi Rite (Tephillath Adath Yeschouroun: Editions Durlacher).
71 Certain Protestant sects. And it is because all Creation which fell with Adam (and the Choir of Preexistent Souls which constitute it) reascends with Christ. still reject pork. in the Latin Rite.Jsa t h Be it myt bd” f hi. From this cm sh spr s no t i e ii s gi t l d m ate …adalso of vegetarianism o e t upe i fh n r co aa sb o. consists of the slow and progressive working out of the PREEXISTENT CHURCH. such as the Darbists. is in error in our opinion. wehatever they may be (animal. t E ca so t f t u i ’t E ca so t pi t Il k oe fh to h uhrt fh ah ls th uhrt fh r s ta s n o t w elements of e i e if n e i e e. the psychic substance and spiritual essence of Man will little by little. assimilated by e e r li . 74 . i our organism like all regular nourishment. * * * Reintegration. through a second transubstantiation. where the ordinary faithful communicate in one kind. broken glasses. c e the Mystery. And this is the role of the Eucharistic wine. etc). i itt e e c tn t e i sa s r a With the Eucharist. In his turn. there is no longer a reason for an absence of Wine in the Latin Rite. nothing can oth “ et n or a es i m ” h bridge the Fire Principle separating the Created from the Uncreated… But a vestment must be used. Agreed upon at a time of persecution in order to safeguard the Wine from involuntary sacrilege (slippage. the Host.u F t r tell us. as a transmuting sugar would. It is represented by the Eucharistic bread. or the reconstitution of the pleroma. nevertheless passes from the physiological plane to the psyche. and Humanity saved from the Demiurge. 9 to 15). It is yet another anomaly in the practice of this Rite. consisting of communion in two kinds for all the faithful. This it i opr i i oh “ sc oy o C rt ttfss g. Now. the Eastern Rite. closer to Judaism. so the Soul of Christ passes through us in the Wine… Now. To absorb it is to build our o nm sc oy r r et b t “ et et f l y of which the Palestinian Kabbalists w yt bd. at Sinai. become analogous to that of God. It is. Man became the transmuting athanor in which ransomed Creation must pass and be integrated in order to return to the Divine. or spirit.e e n d y h V s n o Go ” i ps e e m r and the Fathers of the CHURCH spoke. fish. Withu t s V s et. and form the psyche into the nous. this CHURCH is the Mystic Body of Christ. er y er F rh “hne.c in all the branches of Christianity71. Elsewhere. if we impregnate ourselves with it sufficiently and often enough during the course of our t r talecu t nm tu lt b lt. vegetable) as having been purified forever. A body needs a soul. the Jews received the order only to consume exsanguinated meat. ensure the porcelain sugar bowl would little by little become sugar in its turn. T e r d sh “ sc oy o C rtad h Wi it “ yt su . because the blood carries the passions that. philter of immortality u n yt cag” a t i which. Vaughan © May 2005 Then.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. we absorb an occladm sc“hne. en t n e so e td tn n o . dispersed by the Fall. when placed in the bowl. for it is made to be worn.ol r s u sil y il ya b ya o t s cag” r si f d a e te te . that Peter received in a dream (Acts of the Apostles): X. in fact.n t a e i s e n sh m sc ol utsh e e i ” e bestial passions of consumed animals were passed along in the blood of the Israelites with those of impure animals. sh n roao n t Myt B d” f hi. the order henceforth to consider all foodstuffs.
This is immediately contemporaneous with the first known liturgy. evoke the presence of the Angelic World. conversely. These exemplars come to life because they are raised up on a miniature tomb. c antimension if mt G ek o ‘ sr h r frinstead of a table’ PV. or the wax members utilized by spagyric doctors. Occultists do not ignore the role of beeswax either. dead in the flesh. flanked by two lit black candles. put the necromancer in psychic contact with the City Below. secretly sheltered by the Disciples desirous of maintaining contact with the Master. It is called an antimension (counter-town72). with the two great Archangels: Mikaël and Gabriel. James Mass. and erected upon a cloth coming from a funerary winding sheet. evokes and manifests the presence of the Savior. na . The first Christian liturgists knew what they were doing. the skull used by the black magician. the first Christians constituted a sect apart from the 72 “ Contre-ville” I f t . Serious Occultists will understand if we declare that we consider the Host as an infinitely superior symbol to regular. These relics place the whole in contact with the Celestial City.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.o hw ay ec e a ra i t y h e n n np” e ls e t b c e e pious and inspired forgers! Upon the Christian altar. the upright Crucifix (or Tau). lit upon Divine and Angelic Names. that called the Jerusalem Mass or the St. Let us not forget that in antiquity there was a veritable traffic in these objects. Both are folded into nine squares. also possesses a different occult value. Vaughan © May 2005 in using ordinary bread in place of the azymes of the Latin Rite. i ot h haMas ol b “ vain” placed to the to a ad swt u w i e h c s w u e in d . the altar stone of the Latin Rite is replaced with a linen cloth. This is why it is used in wax dagydes used by spellbinders. In the East. crown of thorns. Now. winding-sheet. right and left of the Crucifix. The corporal of the Catholic Rite is a deformation of this. like the majority of the other relics of the Ps o. and one can add the masses said in Rome on the tombs of the catacombs. celebrated exclusively by a Bishop. solar and lunar forms. All Central Europe acts upon this tradition with candles flickering on every tomb. from which comes our hypothesis about the carefully desired preservation of the relics of the Passion: nails.We r sek g“ pi i e hr fr o m n r i w r le f r a db t as n i a pai i r c l e . on the night of All Saints! Martinez de Pascuallis used these candles. ordinary bread. etc. that good and faithful register of radiation. We should not ignore the evocatory role of the flame issuing from a candle (or taper) previously lit on a tomb. The w w xcnl . in his theurgic Operations. It is very probably this which allows us to preserve the shroud of Christ. This occult knowledge is used upon the Christian altar. the altar stone. containing identical relics in its center. sought after by all magicians and necromancers. as illustrated by Paracelsus. and this precisely recalls the magical square of Saturn! This rite of using bones appeared very early on in the East. which necessarily contains parcels containing the bones of saints. just as. The Pontifical Mass. o e e – 75 .
is invisibly present. We will ignore who could have propagated this tale. 74 Se . the great Churches have carefully kept their own successions –and those of their rivals –up to date. commenting upon its existence. from a priest such as the Abbé deLa Noue? * * * 73 The reader will remember that a triangle of evocation is always drawn at any operations intending to manifest a spirit – PV. There are specialist books on this subject. One knows that all fii s r ps l “ucs os m s ncs ryg bc t oeo t T e eA ots iao o aot i sces n” ut ees i o ak o n fh w l pse. The Christian was so outside of the strict Jewish religion that Josephus. who would he not have received them on his deathbed. and by then the Essenes (their doctrines prove this). thereby constituting a trigone of light with the Crucifix in the center. it is usually just a lit candle in a cad sc p cdotd aypn cl l ot om c frh arcana in the modern-day nl tk l e u i n et u ra u ei a se a a y …s uh o t e Church. The use (and seeking) of relics from the Passion does not contradict logic. The Disciples certainly knew the Jewish tradition about the habal ha garbim o “p io bns. who has been a Martinist for many years. In this way the theurgic tradition of all evocations is respected73). m e i “r taK ba h.ht h hSaia d G aa o i h h d l e t C m ui f a t t w i t s s e ui h i i a e o n” a c nl t 74 called Iona. S wt t st r f m . at the home of his disciple and friend the Abbé de La Noue. lt n oc i al e v l The reader may rest assured that. near Aunay. rsit f oe” r * * * But we are still talking about the level of the Mass as celebrated by a regular priest. Nowadays. e R A bln Pa i l abl ”eid y ias a : cc a t l 76 . the Sadducees.d e b Nc u. From this.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. A Bishop must obligatorily light a third wax candle (behind the upright Crucifix in the Gnostic liturgy. the third wax candle ritualistically evokes t “r ec” fh A ot f m h pe ne o t pse r e s e l o whom the celebrating Bishop is necessarily and immutably descended. * * * People have sometimes spread the story that Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin died having refused the Sacraments. Why would the Unknown Philosopher have refused the sacraments from such a sincere source? In his book “ al uN t e h t du t t r s sa e ps s aypw r o e T b a a r ” e o sh pi t cr l os s n o e t r e ul l a es c y e s h than the sacraments of Penitence and the Eucharist. In this he therefore recognizes the validity of these two. Vaughan © May 2005 Pharisees. notably Gence. denied with vigor. for all of history. Why would this surprise us? LouisClaude de Saint-Martin died at Valée-au-Loups.h “ o m n no Si s. then. However. with the Choir of Izchim of the Kabbalah . refused to name it! T e it r oe o i srri i t f thth “ hr sh e r nt n upin n h a t t taboo of the cadaver” a nt e ef hg sg e c a e wso followed in the first Christian community. which his last immediate disciples.
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Regarding the reality of the Eucharistic mystery, we will also note the following fact. In former times, some Occultists, more black than white, were curious enough to go to specific Masses, on the great days of Christmas or Easter, in one of the large Parisian metropolitan churches. At the moment of Elevation, when the celebrant elevated the Host, then the Cup, they would go to the axis of the nave, at the far end, by the doors. At that precise instant they would expose a crystal ball, that classic instrument of clairvoyance and a powerful psychic condenser, which had previously been immersed in clear running water, to empty it of all previously accumulated radiation. Immediately afterwards they would cover it again in a square of black silk, a good isolator. Upon retuning home, they submitted the crystal ball to the psychic75 examination of proven seers or seeresses. Every time these seers saw the crystal ball glow red like a ruby. Every time the phenomenon faded little by little, and disappeared totally at the end of around ten to twelve hours. The seers never saw ordinary balls (presented to them as proof), which had not been exposed to the Holy Species, presenting this strange phenomenon. Who could still believe in front of such facts that the Christian Eucharist is just a m m r l F rh er dc r o t R fr ao,h “ presence”w s cr i f t e oi? o t a y ot s fh e m t n t real a e l o e o i e a a ea a . tn c 76 T e, i “ e ea i t n ”hl n,h i oat ass okt d et of the church hn wt f e xm n i h r ao e i t g r m s t h ic pg e n n e o e r ion into their own hands, weighing their majority against the reforming synods, and over time Protestantism lost the formidable secret which God had confided to Man. And it is here we find the true Philosophical Stone of Spiritual Alchemy: the Eucharist, in which Water, image of the Mercury of the Wise and of the CHURCH, is united in the Chalice, image of the crucible, with Wine, symbol of Sulfur of the Wise and CHRIST. Moreover, and from this union of the PHILOSOPHICAL SUN (the Wine) and the PHILOSOPHICAL MOON (the Water), of these newlyweds cldt “ Bridegroom” n t “ ae h Red l e ad h White Bride” according to the treatise e , by Ripley, joins together as the PHILOSOPHICAL EARTH (the Corn), symbol of the Salt of the Salt of the Wise77. It is the fusion of these three terms which then constitutes the Spiritual Chrysopage, by which Man is identified with GOD,s ed eo e G l it ha o t Ma a… a L a bcm s o nh er fh d e t e ts r Then, in the astral, this ruby red color, which is that of the Red Stone, the Perfect Stone, shines in the crystal ball amenable to Clairvoyants. * * *
T e od sd s m t nm qe – h w r ue i“ é go i ” PV/. a u “be xm n m y ae seic en g a ua a o – l r a e” a hv a pc im ai I m nw r f PV. i -e f n e 77 I h w r “ h Sret f eei , t ll d G aa ei t th ex o le a ee eie f m a n i ok T e e n o G ns ” Sa ia e ui dn sh t l i fi hs vr x t r s p s ns s t e a e ir f sd o material point of view. This is clearly a statement which is self-evident! Moreover, what use would it serve? To fix, once and for all, that which makes use of it into a definitive state, destroys in advance any possibility of evolution! This would be to forever enclose the Being in a prison from which there was no hope of getting out, having as jail companions memories, often sorrowful, and moral imperfections, horribly embarrassing.
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To end on this subject, we will give an extract from an apocryphal Gnostic writing entitled the Apocalypse of Adam. This work goes back to the first century. We read that according to the anonymous author, it was on the tomb of Adam that Melchizedek and Shem celebrated the first sacrifice of Bread of Wine. Here there is a foreshadowing of the antimension and present day relics. “ hnA a , e gc s t bd yda , a St h sn E och, the son of Seth, T e dm bi l e o oi et hd e , i o, n n o l h h s Caïnam, son of Enoch, and Malalahel, the sone of Caïnam, come to him, and he left them his testament, saying: “ e it vww i a yu os n t sn o yu sn m sosre Whn a H r sh o h h l o sn ad h os f oros ut be . e Im e e c l e v dead, you shall embalm my body with Myrrh, Frankincense and Cinnamon, and you will place it in a hidden Cavern. And he among my children who later finds himself alive when he must leave the neighborhood of Eden shall take with him my skin, and he shall place it in the central point of the Earth, for it is from this Mysterious Place that, in the future, when the Time has come, will come my salvation and the salvation of all my Posterity. “ n t S n o A a d a h hdldotot m A doe a t A gl fh A d h os f dm i s e a a u t h . n n dy h ne o t e d i e e e Eternal One descended near to Shem and Melchizedek, and appeared to them, having first frf d hiha s H t n a t Me h ee:T k t BedadWi t t hm hsn oti t r er. eh si o l i dk ‘aeh r n ie e t e d cz e a n h Se a i e a h hns adMe h ee t kt s t ns a t A gl a t dh t d.A dt y i ad…’ n s l i dk o h e h g, s h ne hd o i o o n h cz o e i e l m e remained by the Tomb of Adam until evening. And when night was come, there came a great brightness above the Body of our Common Father. And they sang, filled with joy. And when the sun appeared at dawn, the Voice of the Eternal One came to Melchizedek, and he heard Him say this: “ i u, l i dk adt e w l s nsadwt t m r s u adaa t Me Rs p Me h ee,n a te e t e,n i h a e p n lro . e cz k v o h e i t You will put the Bread and Wine, which Shem gave to you, upon it, then you will communicate t e e yuadh . Me h ee hs ndt this. And he prayed to God to accept the o t r o n i ” l i dk at e odo gh , m cz e offerings. Then the Spirit of God descended on the hosts of the sacrifice, and the mountain shone with a holy light. “ hn h A glsi ec t t o e “r s t Hm w o a c a d hs Cet e T e t ne a ah o h t r Pa eo i , h hs r t t e r u s e s d e h: i ee e ar wh h rnm d nado hmhv a o en eel poon Myt i …” i a a e Me,n tw o ae l be r a d rfud s r s c e s v e ee “ ithus that the Word of God appeared to Melchizedek and said to him: Here I have Is t made you a Priest. Shem and you have communed in the First Sacrifice that you offered. And as you employed twelve stones to erect this altar, so, when the Time will finally come, I shall take twelve Apostles to be the solid columns of the Earth. And as you offered Bread and Wine, so shall I offer My Flesh and My Blood. And I shall make of this place a holy place, where you have offered the first sacrifice, the same where is buried the Body of your Father: Adam... And Ihlgatr tl s g tt s w o hlcm hr sa r ge b s nso h e h sa o e e …” l n a ei o l e (Apocalypse of Adam, apocryphal Gnostic text) The reader will observe the very beautiful esotericism of this passage. According to the legend, Adam was buried where later Christ was put to death, and this butte, at the border of the
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walls of Jerusalem, were then called Golgotha,htst sy “kl i H be , i its t i o a, su ” n er g a l w ven shut… i oee l t From this comes the very symbolic image of a cross erected upon a human skull, from which, perhaps, a serpent escapes from the orbits. And those who know how to draw on a planisphere certain geodesics passing through Jerusalem, claim surprise at finding strange coincidences78… * * * To those who manifest any doubt about the imprescribable character of the Eucharistic rite for the Christian, we content ourselves with reclling the very words of Christ: “ you do not eat the body of the Son of Man, and if you do not drink his blood, you will If have no Life within you. He who eats My body and who drinks My blood, has Life Eternal. A dI i r s t m o t l t a… fr bd itrue nourishment, and My blood is true n wl a e h l i e n h a dy o My oy s e s refreshmen H w oetm B d adw odi s yBodl e i Me n Inh …As t e h a y o y n h r k m l i sn … s n o v ad i i m My Father who has sent Me lives, and as I live in My Father, likewise he who eats me shall also live through Me! He who eats this bread shall live forever!. . . ” (John: Gospel, VI, 54 to 5979) “ oh im m r o Me D t sn e oy f …” i (Luke: Gospel, XXII, 19) What can we say, other than that Christ perhaps reiterates the test of the Garden of Eden. By refused to bend ourselves to the mysterious rite of the Eucharist, which our feeble human intelligence can hardly understand and follow in the vertiginous developments it implies, we will, without doubt, reiterate the fatal and prideful error of primitive Adam-Eve. To the complete defense of arriving at a Knowledge of Good and Evil, through a spiritual manducation which was fatal to Original Man, we associate ourselves with a refusal to conform to the Knowledge of Salvation by an analogous manducation. Even better, we make it worse by reiterating it in the opposite manner80! Just as the wood of the symbolic Tree is for us the symbol of our spiritual death, so the wood of the symbolic Tree became the ignominious waistcoat of the Cross (into which it was
O eo t s w o i da i l l e: h ol ue ko frgoei ii dm scnt c d s n frh e h l e r n e i s t n s I nw o ‘eds ’sn o e,osut a o k w g yn e y c r e alternative habitats! – PV. 79 This bears only the loosest of connections with the verses Ambelain quotes – PV. 80 This obscure passage seems to revolve around a double negative. Ambelain seems to be saying that just as original sin came from chewing (manducation) an apple, so we now conform to salvation by chewing the Host. However, this is a little hard to follow, since Gnostic thought, which Ambelain followed, often posited the idea that A a w sm roe i E e b t D m ug ad sae t ‘ro’ f dn y e gnp e ( t rhn dm a i pi nd n dn yh e i e n ecpd h pi n o E e b bi i i d r h t s e r e s n sr ae a tempted) by the true and ever-living God to eat of the Tree, by which Adam-Eve regained the knowledge which had been denied them during their sojourn in Eden. In this interpretation the serpent was Heli, or the Christ, bringing Gnosis to man. The act of manducation in Eden, therefore would be seen as a positive act! – PV.
the translator would be most interested to hear it – PV. It refers to the collectivity of Preexistent Souls. according to the beautiful esoteric legend81). Protestant. lr h of immortality. just as Christ and his Adversary oppose one another. be it Catholic. and the word Pleroma explains it best. 81 If anyone knows this legend.n o da n oe k l t a c ru i . etc. would they not oppose themselves. 80 .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Orthodox. and becomes the symbol of our liberation. with Man as the stake…? * * * Let is recall here that the word CHURCH in these pages does not mean some human church. But then why. l e lopse o m t hs asit lyto pie ”oe f et ad n i a pois f e pyi lp i at w “h t s. Vaughan © May 2005 shaped.
in fact. say: the Ma. and to wash away all the days ised n aie…” tpn i vn i ts (L. the entire Universe was degraded with Man its original guardian. so did Eden crystallize and f li o sao . Just as he had worn a garment of leaves (his integration into the vegetable plane). having desired to know Good and Evil. Universe is on its deathbed. then after his moral fall. the orient. shadowy Universe. I tell you. how 81 . the Earth shall be cursed bcue f o…” eas o yu (Genesis: II. This is it: “ Henceforth the earth will only produce thorns and brambles. light. this Source which is not God. T egre o l h p cd i aspr r“l e. from which the Universe has never been separated. 7 and II. and all spiritual or material creatures. In ancient Greek and word for word. jungle. but one of the eternal organs of His Power. unless it r o s i t t trmw i icm … “ e i wt o h f jn h a o h hta e c Jcb oh e“ s r mManm . It is your duty to perform the funeral rites. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Pure Source from which it descends. Eden had become Hyle. a word signifying garden. In Genesis there is a phrase to which very little attention is paid in the ordinary Christian milieu. unreclaimed land.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. At this point let us listen to Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin: “ n the evil is yet greater. 21). copse. 17 – 18) This phrase incontestably evokes the hyle of the gnostics. According to authentic Rosicrucian tradition. de Saint-Ma i “ rn Ministry of Man-Spirit” t: ) “ er hr a i m ne n t r lsc t Heart of Man. This term was set against biblical Eden. a a n hdw l t h a n f i t l e n ue o p n” w s d g. Final Summary ao B em . and of the Universe. Primitively Adam was in Eden. then one of the sins of beasts (his integration into the animal plane) (Genesis: II. Myt i eu gu ” We know that the reintegration of the entire Cosmos. which was designated the first matter of the Inferior World. you are the sole source from L a e n m es ad e i e er . n e rb e whence the River of Lies and Death is daily introduced upon the Earth… Heart of Man. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Source by purging it of all the substances of falsehood with which it has never ceased to impregnate itself since the Fall.-C. a i a succeeded by a material. and by extension. hyle was used to designate wood. Say not that the Universe is on its bed of sorrows. is the ultimate goal of true alchemy. Vaughan © May 2005 VIII UNIVERSAL REINTEGRATION “ Nothing can rest in itself. in which all elements became weighty and materialized.
But it is clear that it is useless to attack the problem of the reintegration of the Universe and its constituents. through this Operation of extended commitment85 which constitutes the chariot86 of the Great Work. Later. who must be strangled by Adam. Alchemy reproduces the activity of the Universal Artisan. this true master who this gives him firstly a gnosis. boiler – PV. which is a miniature Universe. to impede their action on men. Satan. since it is the sole philosophy that teaches Man these experimental and probatory rudiments which will lead him towards absolute certainty. intended to strangle the demonic action at the heart of the Cosmos. and confided to him the keys of individual regeneration. confided to him the keys of universal regeneration. ir l ‘ e e be h d l u hln – el xn a’ n ee 86 ‘ui èe – A r i ’ suggests both the coachman of a chariot (aurige) and gold (Au) – gr PV. if one hs’s e d s irpr l at i ior l s antt r a i l . as we saw earlier.o h E i i s l h t a s a e. b) Conjurations. which should be the obstacle to Darkness and Evil83 became the light of A o i t n n t gi o Err L t s ep s t t v f d a t sem br d and bm n i ad h u e f r … eu w e. Vaughan © May 2005 many centuries will it take to root out this strange leaven82 which infects you? Listen to the tragic and harrowing efforts which mortals make to vomit forth this seed of death? Let us weep for the Heart of Man. 87 The Creator Logos. to obtain the cessation or limitation of certain plagues. de Saint-Ma i “ rn Man of Desire” t: ) The mysterious Masters who firstly set up Martinez de Pascuallis. harmonizing them and amalgamating them in order to lead them towards their ultimate perfection. to break their power over the Operator and his disciples.-C. with the bringing together of disorganized and corrupt elements of the Kenome. they sent forth L. his closest disciple.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. we have already seen that all is harmonious in this ensemble. of Prince of this World. and which is limited to regeneration in the world of metals.a llcv yn us v ! ee ma ae i t ee However. and to annihilate the Operations of Black Magic. de Satin-Martin. then to follow. It is also this science. In this matrass84. rgr – m It is the Prince of Darkness. ao e d o a ln l e r r may it be subdued to wander blindly in the dense night of its tenebrous Cave s r …” n (L. 85 Lt ay et dd r t (eoge a i ) PV. intended to establish contact with the Angelic World and with the C m ui o Si s f m a ogt lt t O e t sl t prcl “a os. then a faith. this Art leads its disciple to a position to be at first surprised. Thus. who must not be confused with the Demiurge. 84 Alembic. o e tr e a r e s tu r r 82 83 O ‘e ’ PV. * * * The techniques of the Elus Cohen of Martinez de Pascuallis comprise three distinct elements: a) Exorcisms. a s excellence. and then reproduce all the mysterious processes by which the Divine Animator87 l d h “ a eo L v” And so it is the philosophical sovereign par e s i G m f oe. o m n n f a t r m n h ae h pr o e c a i a pt n” o n. 82 . Then we reunite once more with the venerable knowledge which ad guided us in the preceding pages.-C. by this experimental lesson.
and does not necessarily have the negative connotations of the English word C l’ t ‘ l. (Sephirah: Malkuth). intended to allow access to more and more elevated Beings. they continue to maintain and aggravate their bondage of all humanity. 88 89 T e od sd saeu’ this is a guess. addressed to God and the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. ias d i Pr. Through Exorcisms (the famous Equinox Operations).i avnr i . 5th) Ritual against War –Homicide being the greatest of crimes. as much for his own faults as for the Fall of the initial Prototype. propaganda. or to those who indiscutably represent the morally superior right. and are intended to channel and to amplify them. revues. sects. Prayers are integrated into the preceding rituals of conjuration. l tn i 83 . (Sephirah: Hod). Peau is skin – h w r ue i‘pax so PV. The first are the disembodied ones88. and above all to chastise those fallen spirits which are their collaborators.eo o. t en r i o. etc).Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 and in the Angelic World Guardians and Guides. m e i “ R A bln Martinism”ad Practical Kabbalah”Nc u eio. From this proceeds a asceticism and penitential ritual. to use an example used by Don Martinez himself. chorus leader90 of the choir of Preexistent Souls.91 2nd) Ritual of Special General Forgiveness –Operations consisting of substituting himself for all terrestrial humanity. 4th) Ritual of Prevarication and Conservation –Following on from the preceding Cult. osi PV. beyond any political or material interest. ‘u e is a complex word in French. a s a: . ash cl89 l e t T eo ly fh “u ”nl e t t e o O e t n h t ato t s cl i u se y s f pr i : ti i t cd n p ao 1st) Ritual of Expiation – Man manifests his repentance. The Cohen battles against the Forces of Hate between Nations and tries to divert their activities. he lends the aid of his theurgy to the unjustly attacked party. collective homicide is evidently the gravest of all. 6th) Ritual of Opposition against the Enemies of Divine Law –A theurgic Operation having as its objective a battle against human activities tending to spread atheism. Where this is impossible. 3rd) Operational Ritual against Demons – The authors of the initial degradation at the beginning of Time. c) Prayers. (Sephirah: Tiphereth). c t Im aseg ndvt nrul ee t net s sc d i t nw r p u’ li i t ao h ai ao h90 Choragus. little by little the Cohen makes contact with higher and higher Hierarchies. with a view to Reintegration. Sephirah: Netzach). an archaic word for the chorus leader in ancient Greek plays – PV. and is thus a liturgy. 91 See . the Cohen combats them and repels them from the terrestrial aura.n “ . satanism and luciferism under their equally human forms (books. the First Adam. The whole constitutes what Martinez de Pascuallis cl t “u ” . in order to have them participate in the fruits of his individual Operation (Sephirah: Yesod). (Sephirah: Geburah). this Operation consists of combating and chastising votaries of black magic and sorcery. As the successive Ordinations progress. intended to obtain His Grace and Mercy.n ui t am r i .
This im r seicl t “ nr s oe pc i l h I e f ay e n Pt . are rarely used. 9th) Ritual for the fixing of the divine Conciliating Spirit within oneself –This is the total reception of the Holy Spirit. (Sephirah: Binah). drought. monuments). etc. h h ru h ue e 8th) Ritual to strengthen Faith and Perseverance in divine Spiritual Virtue – Operation with the objective of understanding the Divine Mysteries. this comprehension permitting the Emulator to affirm his faith in an absolute and definitive manner.n pa Se t ec o t i w e hv cue o t b cre w y at ead r e e t e rd i y to the Lord for it. 1-2) And the Old Alliance had already said: “ek h pae fh cy hr I ae asdyu o e a i a a cp v. damage by water. 10th) Ritual of the Annual Dedication of all Operations to the Creator –This section comprises the totality of consecrations. inundation. that we may lead a quiet and paeb le ecal i …” ef (Paul: 1st Timothy.ost i far ets t ia r t itn a a. in words and deeds.. does not relieve them of responsibility for this. ipso facto becomes a demon?.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. for kings and all who are in authority.. From this arises the blessing of fruits of the earth. One might apply the words of the Roman Catholic Sacramentary a t cner i o ab hp “ L r. i h t ait t b a th osc t n f i o: O od g e i h b i o e n e ao s v m e ly author of Reconciliation. through the power of Signs and Prodigi …” e s (Sephirah: Chokmah). all actions must be inserted into a framework having precisely this as its goal. a ”t S it l l m s d dn h e ae. exorcisms against earthquakes. due to the fault of civil powers or the negligence of religious authorities: blessing of works of art (dams. with the privileges that it brings. domestic animals. bridges. never call upon religious authorities in such circumstances. linked to state neutrality. r e . religious or i tt y iscntu o o sc m n l e … n io re. etc92… It is the application of word of the apostle Paul: “ hr oeI xotit f lt t up ct n. 7) 92 The fact that civil authorities. Besides. By virtue of the very principle of Universal Reintegration. e p i aAce y t i i t s pgs(Sephirah: Chesed). through which the Operator hopes to sanctify the whole of human actions capable of existing. thrown into a vortex of hate and adding at the ultimate moment the power of their spoken word. On the second anniversary of the bursting of the dam was followed by a second catastrophe! 84 . the latter contain Rites which.n r s os adg i o T e fr ehrfs o a h splaos pa r i e es n. c From this succinct exposé one can see that the Operations of Martinezism (to employ the neologism created by Papus) are parallel to religious ceremonies since they have the same purposes. benedictions. II. harvests. When the mother of the keeper of the dam at Malpasset was thrown into the artificial lake created by the dam and cursed it. for in its peace you wlhv pae i ae ec…” l (Jeremiah: XXIX. the descento t “ nuso feo Pn cs . it was the responsibility of the aforementioned religious authorities to neutralize this malediction with the appropriate rites. i l f h t ge f i f et ot f a e o r e ” n illumination. sadly. n i n f e r l a i i y s tc i vg thanks be made for all men. Vaughan © May 2005 7th) Ritual to obtain the descent of the Divine Spirit –Operation with the objective of bringing about the infusion of the Holy Spirit and its gifts. But were these authorities in a position to understand that the soul of a suicide.
93 Se . ias d i l tn 85 . or the Book of Abramelin the Mage”pgs 1 o 5 Nc u eio. a: . Vaughan © May 2005 Here again. m e i “ e R A bln Sacred Magic. we see the true Rosicrucian path93.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.ae 1 t 3.
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Molinos and his doctrines were condemned by Pope Innocent XI in 1687 (from Encyclopedia. winning a convert and friend in Madame de Maintenon. where its most influential exponent was Madame Guyon . It is absolutely not Quietist in its practical applications. The essence of quietism is that perfection lies in the complete passivity of the soul before God and the absorption of the individual in the divine love to the point of annihilation not only of will but of all effort or desire for effort. In this all Quietist94 dg a ost e a l d ly T e Inr a ” fh om cntu s b n ae. and Madame Guyon maintained that she could not sin. esn. as the Evangelist says: (Luke: Gospel. to obtain something specific. we leave the final word to the great psychoanalyst Jung: “ n nuoe a cue b t f tht aypol ws t r a b n t t i May erss r asd y h a t m n ep i o e i l d o h r e e c a e h m n i e own personal religious aspirations. Molinism. for sin was self. or quietism. developed within the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and spread especially to France. such as the penitential Psalms and the Office of the Holy Spirit. We must therefore pray to obtain. She preached her doctrines to members of the French aristocracy. and borrowed from prayers from the Latin Church. a 17th-century Spanish priest. and she had rid herself of self. ” * * * 94 Quietism: a heretical form of religious mysticism founded by Miguel de Molinos. Molinos talked about an entire cessation of self-consciousness. used by the same people. is a very important subject.com – PV. Louis XIV's wife. either from early Martinism (Martinezism) or from illuminated Orders of the same spiritual orientation of the 18th Century. h “ e Pt o t it i l n h e Unknown Philosopher only bears an external Quietist approach in its general appearance. Precision in prayer. We therefore here give texts coming from the true lineage. . 10-13) You will observe that this technique is preliminary and concomitant to all operative Martinism. XI. 9. and an ally in Archbishop Fénelon.n yu i r e e A kad o wl e i … l cv K okad t i b oee ut yu nc. Vaughan © May 2005 IX THE TECHNIQUE OF PRAYER “ s. the consequence of an infantile passion for the light of rao!. The study of ancient documents of early Martinism shows that Don Martinez de Pascuallis imposed this in a permanent manner upon his followers who had entered into the theurgic path.n iwl e pnd n o…“ l o Luke. XI. Gospel. 87 . And if by chance some rationalist reads this and seems to be shocked that prayers are integrated into a text claiming to be initiatory. We also add classical texts. in its general exposition. with the aim of laboring on the interior Great Work.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
. which show the “r e ” i hns x ne bfrt m oe ad updad ysa e t a s evn pa r wt ad et dd e eh . from which they borrowed many things. if we wish God to pardon us equally o t s bd h g w hv dn…” frh e a t ns e ae oe o i ( r e: D O a oe. Yet it is necessary.o rn e acai s te l Cohens of the High Grades of the Order prostrated during certain penitential orisons. Vaughan © May 2005 How should we pray? The response is easy: as people prayed at those times that Man was still in close communion with the Divine Plane. to disengage the spirit from the earth. and raise the spirit towards God with our eyes. and assuredly the greatest of all. to express with the body an image of the disposition of the soul during prayer. shows us Christians praying on their knees or standing. ys h e o e i w d Praying o oe kes lasm oe a eu e ethth pr n r i hm lt n n’ ne a y i pss r i m n t t e o pa n u ia s s w qr a e s yg ie himself before God because of his faults. Here is the explanation o t s ob ai d. p. they should be flat together. with the f e undt a sh E s h pae svnt e a a…” C. so becoming a symbol of life and salvation. y m e : 125.n ee r sdo r H ae. Origen. X I O i n “ e rt n” X X) g i We can see this attitude in ancient Pythagorean or Christian frescos. s m n Act. this symbol off death and perdition is replaced in the Cohen ritual by a living skull and living hands. So.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Some early authors even mention prostration. fingers together. This is the Rosicrucian gesture par excellence. or Judaism which preceded it. having regard to their high esoteric value.If. we should set aside all resentment of offenses which we believe we have received. on the other hand. hands flat. attested to by the great leaders of Israel. facing the East and in front of the image of the Cross. and stand before the God of the Universe. There. in front of the symbol of Christ. 88 . fingers stretched out. in t “ h Secret Instructions of the Réaux +Croix” D nMa i zd Psuls hows us that the e . placed at the level of the shoulders. it is that where we stretch out our hands and raise our eyes toward Heaven which should be preferred over all others. A fr r i o oe kest s or a so h psi o t forearms crossed upon so pa n n n’ ne. In this case. II. so to speak. such as the times of the primitive Church. to extend the soul with our hands. icr le tt oio fhe yg s h et e tn the breast. Mart.pn n cpe. nl os ot “ot e”( fh dul tt e aa gu t h ps r asanas) of i e tu o e us certain types of Yoga: “ While the positions of the body are innumerable. one against the other. nw a t “ odS ehr” ko n sh G o hpe . I t “ of Hipparchus and Philotheus” eed h : nh Acts e w r ts a i “ hr w sin the house of Hipparchus a room looked maintained with care. Finally. their tops at the level of the breath passing through the mouth. one e d joins the hands together. And before so doing. 1748) All the Fathers of the Church. a t e o r t at e r d ee i s dy (fA s ai c r w d e . He had had Te a e a cross painted on the Eastern wall of this room. s u” (very occult) recall the skulls of Black Magic posed upon the crossed tibias! But here. the prayer rests his forehead on his crossed wrists with his hnsnft T i“ot e ad i is h ps r s.
so begins the Work at this annual moment when the crescent moon is visible. with a cordelier and sandals. So. The annual course of the sun spreads across a Zodiac of 360 degrees. Each novena is separated from its successor by a free day. during the nine decans of Spring (the months of Aries. for we now leave the domain of the Inner Path in order to enter that of Theurgy 95 “e rgn ’ r. Finally. During the seasons of Autumn and winter one may work the same way.There he will find a number Re t s e c a ” of indicators pertinent of spiritual alchemy. or 36 novenas. These effects should evidently be used for spiritual work and nothing else. which comprises 36 decans. and each of them this year will be activated eighteen times. th In another work freely accessible to the general public. in the following year. During the months of Summer (months of Cancer. for their spiritual activities. runs from November 28 till December 3rd. The alb is neither a nightgown nor a dressing gown… A) The Time of the Work Just as ancient Israel historically left Egypt (symbol of the World of Matter) at Easter. L D ao dO ” by 89 . and closely allied to the keys of Gnosis. R. one will work to develop the Theological virtues. we give the complete keys of relationships between certain saints. The following year. complementary to our discussion here. each year. two Sublime. Each of them will be in this case dynamized for twelve novenas. We attach a particular importance to the period which. Vaughan © May 2005 These details will surprise rationalist reader: those familiar with oriental techniques and the versions of yoga will easily understand the depth and significance of this. that is to say at the new moon in the sign of Aries. Leo and Virgo) similarly. which number three. one works on the two Sublime virtues. symbolically linked to Alchemy. These therefore equate with the real passage of time in a decan of ancient Astrology. readers anxious to operate in the most possible occult manner will dress in a white linen alb. three Theological.PV. Each of the four seasons are therefore composed of nine. with no specific activity. Taurus and Gemini). One may also dedicate an entire year to the obtaining of the four Cardinal virtues.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and in this instance they will each comprise nine novenas in total during the year. making 36 in total. and the first Sunday which follows this phenomenon. one may work spiritually in a regular fashion of the nine Virtues: four Cardinal. in order to break the rhythm and split up these novenas.Wecuslh r droc sl r dpgs 5t 4 o “ h G l n one t e e t l e e ae 3 o 9 f T e o e e a o y a d Dragon95” “ is n O clA pc i t sa h o Tesr ) ( t ad cu set n h er fr r ue . Finally. Ambelain .
to come and help my soul all times that it may be in danger of succumbing to Evil. like the submission of those Spirits I shall invoke in this Operation. and in i ye … h n f snty A e…. t R de eS nad h C ne i S it h eem r o.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. m n * * * 96 From Martinez de Pascuallis. sighs and meditation. my enemies. O Me i l od r f L r… cu “ ere unto me. * * * B) The Prayers Prayer to put oneself in the presence of GOD and His angels96 “ Ineffable and Eternal God. let me live and die like you. A e… mn “ Pt n. act m n i. O Pure Spirit. O listen to the prayer of Thy Servant prostrate before Thee…Grant me the contemplation. ye who rejoice henceforth in My a osy r the fruit of thy virtues and whose names I have the good fortune to bear.n t osr n p i e e v g r… “ Obtain for me and for all my Brothers the favor of the Divinity. charged by the Eternal One to watch over me for Ad the complete reconciliation of my spiritual being. my family. We will reply to him. as well as for all those who owe Thee their life. every time it may hunger and thirst for counsel. fervor and sincerity necessary for the sentiments which I want to express to Thee. all Thy creatures. let him write to us and we will tell him the why and the how of this return. as well as to all those for whom I am come to supplicate: for my Brothers. I conjure thee. in joy. Am n A e…” e. in all my needs. Thou who sees and embraces all. every time that it may be called by desire. instruction and understandi … Help me O my Guardian. e spirits removed from the bonds of Matter. His favor. which now repays you for the battles ye had to fight in this sojourn in which I still f dm sl T rough your salutary said. 90 . to obtain the protection and n g assistance of the Patrons whom I have just invoked. in my nakedness. “ n thou. If there is one who knows “ o t return to the East in the West” hw o . Amen. Vaughan © May 2005 and the most occult Liturgy. in peace. the quick and the dead. confidence and success. my friends. Holy Father of all things. I conjure you by these same Holy Names which ye formerly invoked with such fervor. my Guardian. I conjure you to contribute to my eternal salvation and by your protection in the Father of Mercy. Be propitious unto me. by the Name of the God of Mercy. His clemency. in my poverty. O my God! Grant me the gift to pray to Thee with efficiency! Here Ha n k am I abandoning myself to Thy Holy Care! Have pity on me. aid me. Help me. and may Thy Holy Will be done. O Ineffable Father.
O LORD. Who forgets iniquities. 2. Yea. renew my spirit within me. 91 . the wellspring of Thy kindness is so great that it calls unto itself all those who are ashamed of their sins and invite them to receive Thy forgiveness. The Roman Catholic Bible numbering differs form Protestant and Jewish numbering. T e od “ L r” r ntn h o h w rs O od a o it riginal – will use the KJV numbering and wording for e e I all Psalms here – PV. m n A e. o L r. endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. sins and the transgressions of men. who visits the sins of the father upon the children unto the third and fourth generations. aet o. 99 Psalm 137 is Psalm 138 in the King James Bible. and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. when they hear the words of thy mouth. and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. Though I walk in the midst of trouble. 5. they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. have pity upon me and take away all iniquity and malice from me. I know my wretchedness. O Lord. that I may be worthy to commune with Thy Holy Angels and this Thy Divine Wisdom: and so give me the power which Thou hast acre t a T y rpe oea E iS it A e. and I know that I am not worthy to appear before Thy Divine Majesty. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple. s B n n Mot i a n c i g el s Wi Wh e grants Thy grace in a thousand ways. 6.98 PSALM 138 “ oferi D mn i t a od m o C n t t i o i n o cre e…” io b e t “ I will praise thee (O Lord99) with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise 1. o f r . Vaughan © May 2005 Prayer to obtain victory over Evil Spirits from God. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me. Though the LORD be high. nor even to implore and beg for Thy kindness and mercy for the least favor. in Whose presence none are found innocent. 3. and thy right hand shall save me. 4. The Book of Abramelin the Mage. Wash my soul of all filth of sin. s Lbr adMot s. Purify in me with this oil all that is a part of me. unto thee.97 “ od G do Me y Ptn G d Mot ei . thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies. and fortify it so that may be strong and that it might understand the mystery of Thy grace and the treasures of Thy Divine Wisdom.” * * * 97 98 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy. m n coddo l h poht vrl v p i. yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. as in former times Thou sanctified Thy prophets. 8. For this. O Lord of Lords. Sanctify me with the holy oil of Thy Sanctification. O LORD.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 7. l s l l rs ” * * * Prayer to obtain communication with the Holy Angels. Nevertheless.
” * * * Penitential Psalms. I am weary with my groaning. 12. 10. how long? 4. 6. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6. 5. and honour him. heal me. With long life will I satisfy him. in him will I trust. 2. O LORD. nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 9. They shall bear thee up in their hands. and ten thousand at thy right hand. deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. LORD. He shall call upon me. Return. therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high. O LORD. 4. A thousand shall fall at thy side. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 2. 11. Because thou hast made the LORD. 7. For he shall give his angels charge over thee. Because he hath set his love upon me. 14. neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Mine eye is consumed because of grief. for my bones are vexed. 7. because he hath known my name. all the night make I my bed to swim. O LORD. The LORD hath heard my supplication. the LORD will 100 101 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. for I am weak: O LORD. He is my refuge and my fortress: my God. which is my refuge. I will deliver him. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. and from the noisome pestilence. From the rituals of Don Martinez de Pascuallis. 8.101 PSALM 6 To obtain the virtue of Justice “. and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble. 9.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. There shall no evil befall thee. 1O Have mercy upon me. for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. all ye workers of iniquity. 15. neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness. 5. Depart from me. thy habitation. 13. and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 8. 16. even the most High. and shew him my salvation. but it shall not come nigh thee. that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of 1 He the Almighty. 3. nor for the arrow that flieth by day. I will say of the LORD. lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.100 PSALM 91 “ u hb a i aj oia i ii Q i ai tn d t s ls m…” t u r ts “. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. Vaughan © May 2005 Prayer before commanding Evil Spirits and to make them depart. I water my couch with my tears. 92 . My soul is also sore vexed: but thou. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. He shall cover thee with his feathers. it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. rebuke me not in thine anger. to keep thee in all thy ways. 3.
and my groaning is not hid from thee. mercy shall compass him about. 9. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things. 17. 6. 10. For I said. and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 3. Selah. For I am ready to halt. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger. For in thee. Thou art my hiding place. they magnify themselves against me. 4. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven. My heart panteth. and my kinsmen stand afar off. thou shalt preserve me from trouble. and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. whose sin is covered. But 102 These two words not in the KJV – PV. 4. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 10. and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD. 2. Selah. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. ye righteous: and shout for joy. For thine arrows stick fast in me. and thy hand presseth me sore. 19. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 8. I am bowed down greatly. I said. O Lord my God. 5. 7. heard not. Selah. lest they come near unto thee. Blessed is 1 the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity. b t t e se . my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. When I kept silence. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 16. I acknowledged my sin unto thee. 14. 9. Be glad in the LORD. 7. 12. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore. I am troubled. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. Hear me. 15. and imagine deceits all the day long. 6. 5. or as the mule. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.O L R . 11. 93 . as a deaf man. 13. I go mourning all the day long.” PSALM 38 To obtain the virtue of Temperance “. But I. and rejoice. 18. I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD. all ye that are upright in heart (be glorified102). which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle.eue e o i ty r h ni e cat m i ty o d p aue 2 1 O D r k m ntn h w a : ehr hs n e n h ht i l sr . Vaughan © May 2005 receive my prayer. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. do I hope: thou wilt hear. Lord. it also is gone from me. I will be sorry for my sin. Be ye not as the horse. 3. O LORD. lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth. 11. all my desire is before thee.” PSALM 32 To obtain the virtue of Faith “. neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. 10. and my sorrow is continually before me. thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. For I will declare mine iniquity. 8. Thus I was as a man that heareth not. my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. and in whose spirit there is no guile. and mine iniquity have I not hid.
4. thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. I watch. 6. 18. so that I forget to eat my bread. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness. 21. because I follow the thing that good is. have I sinned. and I shall be whiter than snow. Hide thy face from my sins. 7. and uphold me with thy free spirit. Make haste to help me. and be clear when thou judgest. that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. For thou desirest not sacrifice. incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 11. and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble. 94 . The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart. and sinners shall be converted unto thee. and in sin did my mother conceive me. and renew a right spirit within me. with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks103 upon thine altar. 2. I was shapen in iniquity. and cleanse me from my sin. O Lord my salvation. Against thee. O LORD: O my God. and take not thy holy spirit from me. 6. and I shall be clean: wash me. I do not know if this is the French version or nh ok m e i ue t ok v t ”n e o e a e cm sa whether the author is either deliberately altering words or simply has a faulty memory. Mine enemies reproach me all the day.cod g o h o n i ns cod g n h c n y vgn : n o e multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.” PSALM 51 To obtain the virtue of Strength “. 12. 2. Cast me not away from thy presence. and withered like grass. 16. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways. For 103 I t bo A bln ssh w r “ii s i t d f bullocks. 19. thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. and my bones are burned as an hearth. Behold. 17. For my days are consumed like smoke. 5. O LORD. and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 13. be not far from me. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness. O God. 1 Hear my prayer. O Lord. 9.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Behold. 15. open thou my lips. Create in me a clean heart. Purge me with hyssop. Make me to hear joy and gladness. thou wilt not despise. 5. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity. 8. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries. Forsake me not. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. Vaughan © May 2005 mine enemies are lively.H v m r uo m . I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. “ PSALM 102 To obtain the virtue of Charity “. thee only. 10. 7. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest. 8. 20. O God. and blot out all mine iniquities. 3. 9. 14. G d acri t t l i k desacri ut t 1 ae e y pn eO o. 3. 22. 4. My heart is smitten. Either way I have preserved t oi nlr s t n fh Pa s h h a cr i w s aqaysn n – h r i t nli o t sl w i I m e a a Psul ’i et e g a a ao e m c tn l t ion PV. O God. and let my cry come unto thee.
17. Thou shalt arise. and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her. and their seed shall be established before thee. and thy years shall have no end. 3. Selah. 3. he hath smitten my life down to the ground. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee. I meditate on all thy works. give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer 1 ear me. 5. and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 25. 4. shouldest mark iniquities. 10. and cast me down. to serve the LORD. 21. from heaven did the LORD behold the earth. all of them shall wax old like a garment. I wait for the LORD. Lord. my soul doth wait. LORD. 23. 26. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy. 28. 7. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. 2. 6. and thy remembrance unto all generations. Vaughan © May 2005 I have eaten ashes like bread.” PSALM 130 To obtain the virtue of Hope “. But thou. and favour the dust thereof. more than they that watch for the morning. To hear the groaning of the prisoner. O LORD. 8. 11. and I am withered like grass. 6. take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. 24. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me. 7. he shall appear in his glory. who shall stand? 4. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. O my God. When the LORD shall build up Zion. and with him is plenteous redemption. When the people are gathered together. 22. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD. is come. and they shall be changed: 27. O Lord. 1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee. 12. 16. 19. Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up. I said. and his praise in Jerusalem. 13. But there is forgiveness with thee. my heart within me is desolate. 2. shalt endure for ever. 18.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. he shortened my days. as those that have been long dead.H my prayer. 5. They shall perish. and in thy righteousness. 20. He will regard the prayer of the destitute. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say. yea. as a vesture shalt thou change them. the set time. and mingled my drink with weeping. that thou mayest be feared. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones. and not despise their prayer. to loose those that are appointed to death. I muse on the work of thy hands. as a thirsty land. The children of thy servants shall continue. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary. I remember the days of old. 14. He weakened my strength in the way. But thou art the same. O LORD. and in his word do I hope. but thou shalt endure: yea. hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” PSALM 143 To obtain the virtue of Prudence “. My days are like a shadow that declineth. O LORD. Hear 95 . Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. If thou. 15. To declare the name of the LORD in Zion. and the kingdoms. he hath made me to dwell in darkness.
” * * * The Penitential Psalms have particular virtues which we indicate below. O LORD. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning. Deus. We “ . exaudi orationem meam…” T i i l kdt t v t o . 11. We use the psalm number given in the Latin Bible (Catholic) first. 104 105 Or Science – PV. Quicken me. and the number given in Protestant and Jewish Bibles in parentheses. exaudi orationem mean. Psalm 18 (19) – Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei. Angel: Raphaël. found in Latin or Protestant bibles. the gift of Understanding. O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me. for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk. lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Psalm 129 (130) – De profundis clamavi ad te. Angel: Uriel. the virtue of Strength and the gift of Courage. Psalm 26 (25)105 –“ Judica me. for I lift up my soul unto thee. We would add the reading of verses 19 to 23 from Chapter II of the Book of Daniel. Angel: Chokmaël. 10. Angel: Binaël. virtue of Understanding. 8. the virtue of Charity and the gift of Wisdom. ne in furore tuo arguas me…” Linked to the virtue of Temperance . Psalm 101 (102) – Domine. Crainte Psalm 6 (6) –“ Domine. the gift of Knowledge104. Psalm 50 (51) –“ Miserere mei. Domine. would add the reading of verses 1 to 12 of Chapter IX of the Book of Wisdom.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. et opera…” Linked to the virtue of Wisdom. Domine …” Linked to the virtue of Hope and “ . ne in furore tuo arguas me …” T i psalm begins the same as the . Perfume: pure Frankincense. 12. Begin the novena on Easter Sunday. Angel: Sealtiel. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies. and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant. Perfume: pure Frankincense. for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. It is linked to the virtue of Justice and the gift of Piety. h s preceding one. h s i e o h iu f s n e re Prudence and the gift of Counsel. 96 . for thou art my God: thy spirit is good. Angel: Mikhaël. quoniam ego in innocentia mea…” Linked to the . O LORD. Begin the novena on the Sunday of Pentecost. From the Latin verset quoted this should be Psalm 26 in the KJV – PV. secundum magnam misericordiam tuam…” Linked to . Angel: Gabriel. found in Latin or Protestant bibles. Teach me to do thy will. Angel: Barachiel. et clamor meus ad te veniat…” Linked to “ . Angel: Yehudiël. Psalm 37 (38) –“ Domine. and the gift of Fear. Vaughan © May 2005 me speedily. 9. Psalm 142 (143) –“ Domine. from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Psalm 31 (32) –“ Beati quorum remissae sunt iniquitates…” Linked to the virtue of Faith and . lead me into the land of uprightness. Deliver me.
they asked. Medes. Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene. o p i ad i t er o T y ah ln sth n i wt h l ! y r. a’ a it cl h at 97 . often enough equivalent to black magic. “ not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear. and a tongue rested on each of them.r n m r t n ai l et y ne t aa o nm o “ aaa106 f sl ”a o oeh m g a u e lc u l m e a c Grimoires and nothing more. enflame our lukewarmness. a sa b c a dad h sa r e t f e fh E r … l hl e r t . and let them rejoice in eternal happiness. in our tears our consolation. penetrate and fill the hearts of Thy faithful.edT yS it and od sn h p i r.. conduct them to the door of salvation. and visitors from Rome. appeared among them. and let a ray of Thy Light descend from the heights of heaven! Come. Using these formulas would be to return to inferior magic. Holy Spirit. most certainly in its methods and its auxiliaries! * * * Office of the Holy Spirit107 Epistle “ When the day of Pentecost had come. or at least names of Elemental and Cosmic Spirits. Grant Thy sacred gifts to Thy faithful who put their trust in Thee. Without the aid of Thy mercy nothing in man is innocent. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind. Give them the merit of the virtues. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. the beneficent Host of the Soul and its most gentle refreshment! In our labors Thou art our rest. Relax our stiffness of heart. apart from the ninth word where I have followed A blnsed n sbtu d Dsi e”o “ e”fr l i – m e i l ad ust e “ i p s fr t y. the Disciples were all together in one place. in our trials our relief. because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Purify in us that which is soiled.n T y hl e w h a o t a h l l ee tn e c e t Prayers “ o eH l S it n flh ha s f h f t u ad et m o fe i T yoe C m . and these are no more than superstitious figures. implying an implicit pact with the inferior entities who originally revealed them. As for the seals which accompany them. and residents of Mesopotamia. Phrygia and Pamphylia. recently translated in the 18th cn r udrh f l i s a e f K blh o Pa s. both Jews and proselytes. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * The reader should understand that the Grimoires of practical magic. O Fortunate Light. Come Light of Hearts! Thou art the perfect Consoler. heal that which is sick. as the Spirit gave them ability. The so-called Angelic names featured are all demonic terms. 108 Taken from the King James Version.o c ry PV. if not in its goals. Come Source of Mercy. l e t if e r h v Come. as of fire. Amen. and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Amazed and astonished. Cretans and Arabs –in our own 108 languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power” …L r. set us right when we stray. in Are our own native language? Parthians. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered. Divided tongues. Elamites. Acts of the Apostles. Judea and Cappadocia. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. water that which is arid. each of us. it is the same story. Father of the poor. 106 107 Cabale – nh i t c cu a o r s ta “ Cabal of Psalms” P . Pontus and Asia. it sn a e ol l t nle s The i sn d s a a =V Imposed upon the Réaux + Croix by Martinez de Pascuallis.
weak when I should obey sooner than my will permits. the one that no human knowledge can dispense. It is Thou who sheds upon us the Thy sevenfold Gifts. nn m j ’ y “ i m t Spirit of Understanding. and in my pains. she has ever been my consolatio ad yo. the Perfect Object o t Ft r po i . Thou art the finger of God. h g o yu l d i m n coe h v d it as the companion for my life. “ L r. and accord us a lasting peace. which will no longer leave me enfeebled before the Gv e h e e easiest task.T yp csHs r uo ori . “ i m t Spirit of Strength. em sy i i o m n ‘rm d . n flh ha s C m . under Thy guidance. “ i m t Spirit of Knowledge. the sacred fire of charity. e and to the Holy Spirit.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 “ o e Cet S itadv it su o t s w oea T i . may we avoid all that is harmful to our Reconciliation. the fountain of life. S itfh Ft rn o t S nb fr et oj tf u f t ” huO p io t a ead fh o.Ioj e het fl es f h g t fr hv ne o a ad orot pn eN h . “ l y oeeb t G d h Ft rad o h S nresurrected from among the dead. which gives my heart a filial inclination towards God and Gv e h e e because of this makes His service easy and agreeable. Faith and humility attract the Spirit of Understanding to my soul. “ i m t Spirit of Wisdom. which illuminates my path towards Heaven and prevents Gv eh e e me from straying. Amen. ……. and T o. Keep far from us the spirit of temptation. “ i m t Spirit of Counsel. the spiritual unction of our souls. s e s o e n l e t which Thou hast created with Thy celestial Grace.eoe rh b co orah r e h e v e e i. Go fr r eo o t a e n t t o. not only according to the judgment which the world accords it. 98 . O od w o e s a pu fr uo m . the Gift of the Most High God. and. r o p i n ith ol fh e hs r h e ad i t er a r r. e u ns o T y is o I ae ed fl n I . and finally to conquer me when the holy law of God wills it. and make me recognize the true worth of things which Gv e h e e pass by. and humility. I have preferred it over all the most brilliant things the world could offer as I have believed that riches were nothing compared to the prize of this treasure. which enlightens me in the knowledge of the Gv e h e e eternal truths. but according to Thy j g etm G d L t e a wt Kn S l o:Fo my ot Ioe wso ad hs u m n y o. teach us to know the Son. and in my trials. which recognizes without difficulty its lack of light and its ignorance. “ i m t Spirit of Piety. u h l f. Thou art our Consoler. O Spirit of Light and Love. like the imprudent traveler who sets out without a guide on an unknown and dangerous road. cn rT e.L th e r o T yLight in fh a e s rm s h l et iWod pn u l s e si a a f h e h’ e a p n y our hearts and at each moment fortify our infirm and failing flesh. Teach us to know the Father. h r d all hearts. l cannot choose among them. as soon as God has spoken. faith which reasons not and submits while understanding not. r v e h. All good things have come to me through her. and who knows all sadness. work when I do not want to. which teaches me that knowledge of salvation is the Gv e h e e only necessary science.
let us Thy servants live united by the indissoluble bond of Charity. T m l w m y l i udr h ga n cm o B i i . Willermoz. l even if well intentioned. O Lord. being received into the one e p . ” n e vs e a h s 109 110 Composed by J.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Thou who used Thy Son as a Cornerstone110 to reunite Al o e u ad t nl f r the Jews and Gentiles. 2. mixed with respect and love. Lit. d v t h e ” * * * Novena to obtain a Virtue The Novena is an undeniable theurgic operation. so as no t bek h ca o t “l e r to r t hi fh p nt y a e n e a a hus. and that. and Who has reunited these two groups under the one. then. Thou hast been S vr g e n s r f h n e e Wh e e vs pleased to take possession of Thy Temple among us and within us. h d h ” * * * Prayers for the Opening and Closing of the Work for Groups109 At the Opening: “ lP w r l n Ee a God. m n i of ec ad pn t yu i oe A e. Thou who hast chosen this Temple so that Thy Holy Name may there be invoked. One should therefore observe the following rules. ohas no need of anything. “ Divine Spirits from whom I have learned to know excellence. Vaughan © May 2005 “ i m t Spirit of Fear. e a a l e neT y ur i a o m n u d g A e. m n r . my soul calls to you O wtcni ne n oeso o wt L v. It should invariably occur at the same time. Supreme Architect of the Wol b fr e uid o ah t r yh cm no L v. let it also remain a place of work and supplication for Thy people. angular stone – pierre aglr – “ nu i ” PV.eoe r n e t ec o eb t e etf oe A e. and never allow the division of spirit or the perversion of hearts separate those who form but one family under the authority of the one Father. for that is not the case. rising as two walls upon two opposing foundations. and may these Living Stones which are Thy workmen. causes Gv eh e e me carefully to avoid all which could displease God our Father. m n e lv d ln ” At the Closing: “oe i Mat o t U i r . in view of the pious homage which we render unto Thee at this time and in this place. Deign. without wavering: 1. are unable to understand it.oe e it U i r b t svn r t r agl or gvr dnh n e e yh ee ge A c ne . and it dento o os’fl wthat the profane. the fear of a son which.-B. O Lord. The Novena should invariably begin on Sunday (Sun) and end on a Monday (Moon). unique Shepherd. ae 99 . ever to preserve this Dwelling-place in peace and harmony.
). 111 Dimensions of a pyramidal. a censer containing hot coals. These are posed in an equilateral triangle with the candle placed at the top of the triangle: Candle Incense Water Here are the The corresponding incense varies with the objective of the Novena. around 635mm square111. The hours when one will operate shall be those of the same planetary tonality as the planetary day itself (Sunday – hour of the sun). on which will be consumed the correspondent aromatic incense (Air). The following objects are required: a square white linen cloth. generally used correspondences: Produce. Now we give the general prayer for all Novenas which have the obtaining of an essential Virtue as an objective. a candlestick with a white wax candle (Fire). etc. Monday – hour of the moon. Gift of Fear Justice. 4. Gift of Counsel Temperance. from 2:00pm to 3:00pm or. Gift of Understanding Storax and Frankincense Sandalwood and Frankincense Benzoin and Frankincense Frankincense and Mastic Benzoin and Sandalwood Myrrh Frankincense These resins are mixed in equal parts where a combination of two products is called for. or. Gift of Piety Charity Gift of Wisdom Hope.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 3. from 7:00am to 8:00am. a crystal glass in which one places salt (Earth) and water (Water) which have previously been blessed (water ordinarily blessed makes an acceptable alternative). for each day: from midnight to 1:00am. Gift of Knowledge Faith. 100 . or sacred Egyptian cubit. These are as follows. or. They should all be previously pulverized. from 9:00pm to 10:00pm.
ye who have a right heart. I can only refer those who wish to better understand what Ambelain is saying to read the original French – PV. and the world knew him not. That was the true Light. c i y o’ m i masculine. “ Lord. ……. “ Rejoice in the Lord. 3. The same came for a witness. who stands on the Let right hand of the Altar of Incense. In him was life. but was sent to bear witness of that Light. By the intercession of the Fortunate Archangel Michael.” And If the Operator is a priest. And “ us pray.112 “ Praise to Thee. In The same was in the beginning with God. on S. and the Word was God.eas ‘a e se n e n nt fr a b. 6. He was not that Light. e r n S. The traditional French word for “ e od in St. tPt ad tA de w o e n k i of ec o e w v h d sit ll m nt npa fr eN p i aiu i i . 9. he adds: “ Lord be with you. And the light shineth in darkness. “ may you also be glorified. 5. that all men through him might believe. p h ly . eod . - 112 This section by Ambelain is extraordinary. and I am not sure how to translate it. whose name was John. And “ reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John (I. which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 8. O “ let my cry come unto Thee. To be safe I have simply used the usual m ai “ n . 4. deign that the Lord accept this Incense in its soft odor o s et s fw e es n …” The Operator throws incense113 into the Censer three times. and the world was made by him. it . e h ue “ prl . and without him was not any thing made that was made. o ea p . e ssh or tn ne hn h od i es”s sd e e c e n 101 . and the life was the light of men. and the darkness comprehended it not. Our “ Who hath made Heaven and Earth. tJm s S. and exult O ye just ones. to bear witness of the Light.ad e m wta t pw r ru l ao y . hear my prayer. John read as though the Word created t w r ad o G d F r xm l “ otcoe ottf t a El d et t nle a “lt ns h ol n nt o. a e. h cue to rb m . John i“ vre. There was a man sent from God. A “ the beginning was the Word. All things were made by him. n hl e i l h o e ” . O Christ.prl ia t w r” h s l e ” H r e ss l a e T i assw pol s Frl “a e s e b e a o” s e sy o” d f etes o ‘ od t n vre w i im r at e Scnl bcue prl if i n ad o ie nsne fw r’h ‘e ’ h hs oe cv. He was in the world. 1 to 9). nr . first verses of the KJV. 10. The “ with Thy spirit. 7. hm w i oewt cni nefr S. He then says: “ help is in the Name of the Lord. He continues: “tJh. 113 H ue t cr ci es w e t w r “ cne iue. the charcoal in the Censor. by emphasizing the female definite article he makes the early verse of St.r o m . with its flame. 2. The Operator lights the novena candle and. and the Word was with God. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * The Altar is oriented to the East.T u hss né a pr l…” i cyr s t s a h g e d e e é i e r l a as li were made by Her” en g la Parole” He is obviously making a point.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
Each novena treats of one of them).T eoel kdwt t Vr eoewse t aqi . Vaughan © May 2005 The Operator repeats this three times. sublimated virtues. He continues with: “ fc o t H l S it O f e fh o p i. theological virtues.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.nt ii m t l Pa m (h n i e i h iu n i s o cu e i h rm u b n h e t h r e ae order: cardinal virtues. i e y r” “sl …. “ ods r ead a Ma . L r’Pa rn H i r ” y l y - 102 .
which human industry and study has never known how to procure. Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz. some among us will realize that hope for which our venerated masters. I tt human science will be useless to you when it is your time to die! But how n ie difficult this passage becomes to he who has not been instructed by Faith! Then you will be no happier or unhappier for having known or ignored the infinity of questions debated in schools. Don Martinez de Pascualis. for all that. Sadly. or the curious keen for flashy metaphysical manifestations. This contact with God impregnates them with peace. collectors of Grimoires. which figures in his very rare clco: Our Thoughts and those of Others” L o. Ma. hn h e alive. Then. and Man shall recover his primitive estate…” * * * 114 “ nt s nnw ” PV. its dead stones again becoming T e. 78.i n be t n m d c vi 114 in t s o a b t s rd e u o o “ H m ectnon ”tlu t t h dm i yh e i at r fl o m . i e a ar c es r et and education. l sh : i n i ut h ’ es a “r e ise sr ss e aoet m n l tue h hi t i t og hr i Pa r t em . Faith is the only true knowledge. the impure metal shall be transmuted into fine gold. and towards its superior and eternal objectives. Vaughan © May 2005 X POSTFACE Weset t h t hi e( rsc i i.n w i ia et c f m t o et n “ l i (yn 18)ad h h s n x atr h c r o e nd archives of the II Province of Auvergne and its Metropolitan College. fought throughout their lives. perhaps.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and which occupy the well-r d N i e t s w oko hw t r o e hm nrhs w o e … ehrh e h nw o o e l t a t o sv e ot e h o know not. They carry peace wherever they go. and the unique path to Regeneration and Salvation…” D c r l iC r li h lt pm h t n td“ ot Ae s a e n i il a pl etl Prayer”r hi osraos ae o x r . there are presently in the world only a tiny nm eo i i da w o nwhwtpa i a f cv m ne u br fn v ul h ko o o r n e et e anr di s y f i …” Let us wish that these pages provide a contribution towards an efficient return to Prayer. this gift of the Spirit. We will limit ourselves to recalling this text by Willermoz. s te e ie . But Faith which produces Charity and Good Works. and which Robert Fludd defined so well in a lapidary manner: “ hn w e t temple shall have been consecrated. it is not for them that this was written with detail and precision. will be the more advanced! It will serve them nothing to have been a philosopher or a mathematician. and peace radiates from them. a text written for the Profès of the Order of the Cité Sainte: “ ia .a e m n bv h et s t w i s h r h uh e d y y. os’ a i c q o ) i g a tn h interest amateurs seeking strong sensations.h r oost d i a m t d dent e h t s e n u f uh t s t s i ru r io l e o.eIcnu . Certainly. iU ko n – h 103 .