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Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A.

Vaughan © May 2005 1 SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY THE INNER PATH Then the Temple shall have been consecrated, its dead stones will become alive, impure Metal will be transmuted into fine gold, and Man will recover his primitive estate (Robert Fludd: Tractatus theologo-philosophicus )

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 2 To Georges Bogé de Lagrèze, Faithful depositary of so many initiatory filiations: In memoriam .

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 3 TRANSLATOR S PREFACE I humbly present this work in a spirit of celebration. Robert Ambelain would hav e 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 have not received the initiation he describes (surely the Rose Croix d Orient?). H e adds the caution that the vast majority of those who have received the scant teachings an d 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, s hared by Israel Regardie when he published the famous Black Book of the Hermetic Order of t he Golden Dawn, that it is better to safeguard the rituals and teachings in the han ds of the many, than see them lost in the drawer of collectors of initiation who never do anythi ng with them, nor pass them on to the successor, as they swore to do at their initiation. He belie ves, 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 whi ch, while retaining their specific rituals, initiatory successions and teachings, neverthe less recognize both the validity and the equivalence of each other straditions, and now allow free vis itation rights 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 coura ge in this new millennium. I would especially like to thank Elias Ibrahim, whose guidance and s upport have been invaluable. I know he very much wanted to translate this important work, bu t as his commitments prevented him from applying himself to this task I was inspired to t ake up his mantle and complete the translation. I now offer it to the English speaking community in the hope that it will help t hem in their search for the Summum Bonum, and the Way of the Heart. Piers A. Vaughan May 2005

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Universal Reintegration 81 PART THREE 86 IX. Philosophical Vitriol 49 V. Putrefaction 32 PART TWO 48 IV. Vaughan © May 2005 4 INDEX Translator s Preface 3 PART ONE 5 Warning to the Reader 6 Introduction 8 Hermetic Diagrams 10 Glossary of Alchemical and Hermetic Terms 11 I. Postface 103 . Spiritual Alchemy 22 III. The Philosophers Fire: Prayer 65 VII. The Elixir of Life 69 VIII. The Technique of Prayer 87 X. General Observations on Alchemy 18 II. Elements of the Great Work 56 VI.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 5 PART ONE .

angry. Unfortunately. and which is. both towards himself as towards others. he or she who has not had the opportu nity to enter into the domain of initiations. Epistle to the Romans. de Saint-Martin and transmitted by him directly to his int imates. Lawyers. (Paul. who have been regularly rece ived into the secular initiatory chain of the Unknown Superiors . in fact. considering how few of these initiates actually observe the d iscipline of the initiations which they have received. it acts on this cardiac path on which we have written extensively. a brief oral explanation. documen ts sought in vain up till now by historians of Martinism. Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. 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 Grea t Work called Universal Reintegration . 25). and them that were entering in ye hindered. and n ot just a banal sensibility. It is useless to be good and charitable is one remains envious.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. in this century. fr . That is ten years before the techni que of the inner way . we have made these words of Scripture our own: And I will call them my people. Now. IX. (Luke: Gospel. In fact. this initiation has no link to classica l Martinism1. for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves. whic h Papus emphasized with so much vigor. Vaughan © May 2005 6 WARNING TO THE READER Woe to you. it is not achieved easily. it is practically impo ssible to put 1 Papus had also received it. can at least. was stirred up thirty years later by his direct disciple. with the aim of working towards Individual Reconciliation . So. the Martinist Order of Elus Cohen came into possess ion of authentic documents and manuscripts from the Eighteenth Century in 1955. As for the incomparable Martinists of Saint-Martin. XI. in Cairo. an occult technique. The person who had received it in Egypt . thirty years earlier. It requires constant vigilance of its practitioner. and her beloved. Moreover. by a happy coincidence. was transmitted to us by a final initiation. Mercy and Justice m ust be balanced. confided to L. alone of the Ordre Martiniste. and the initiation which went with the other two items. which was n ot beloved.-C. gave us an alchemical diagram. as independent disciples of the Unknown Philosopher. for in the ABSOLUTE. which were not my people. work alone towards their own reconciliation 2. lustful and lazy Believing it useless and unjust to see it reserved for so many years to a very r estricted number of aspirants.

This is individual reinteg ration. Philippe knew the method and the corresponding initiation. to reestablish. Philippe de Lyons. However. We do not believe that it came from M. we are absolutely certain that M. reunite. mainly composed of English and Christian Copts. but from th e Rosicrucian group in Cairo. .om another French mystic we suppose to be Sédir. 2 From the Latin reconciliare . from which our own initiator had himself received it.

As for the proud. All these reasons amply justify the present dissemination. who wanted to be the sole and rare bene ficiaries of this secret techniques. they should know well that it was not for their benef it that we now circulate these secrets. 1960 Feast of St. as long need makes itself felt). as that it was totally unknown to them. For they had never put them into practice! 30 November. Andrew . other than by means of a prin ted text (a text which it is then difficult to alter. envious or avaricious.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and which remains susceptible to numerous r e-editing. Vaughan © May 2005 7 them individually in possession of this technique.

often denuded of all spirituality or moral. marked out by the same hopes. in which the most extraordin ary simplicity of material means used are bound to one of the most hidden theories. As such. and Unity in Trinity. and according to a lapse of time conditioned by the Stars. there are also Sulfur. Alchemy is not solely and uniquely the search to create of material Gold. it seems to be important to dissociate traditional Alchemy from those caricatures by which people have wa nted to make it the distant source of the destructive knowledge mentioned above. these mysterious guardians of the Threshold . Alchemy and its sisters. immutably kept secret. they thus comprise the complete. little by little. Like them. So it is with wisdom that those who. those celestial promoters of Metals. Alchemy demands of the Initiate that he places himself in the School of Nature. Vaughan © May 2005 8 INTRODUCTION So is Trinity in Unity. destroy the World in a few moments. for there where are the Spirit. to the esoteric symbolism of the triple entrance to the Cathedrals. So it is that these postulants apply themselves materially and experimentally in the secrecy of the laboratory of the Hermeticist. In an age where the progress of imprudent physics and chemistry have placed in t he hands of man. using material means rigorously identical to those of its distant origins in the Royal Art of E gypt. and not learning susceptible to decantation. These same secular rules lead the philosopher who perseveres. as toys of their own inner anarchy. and often suffering the same setbacks.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. on a first matter whose name. The same immutable. the keys to death with which they could. but also and above all quite ano ther thing. evolution and progress. total and absolute sum of what we call the doctrines of Hermes: immutable in their principles (if not always in their appli cation). and associated them. Mercury and Salt (Bernard Le Trévisan) Integrated into the traditional trilogy expressed in the triple portals of our g reat metropolitan cathedrals in enigmatic bas-relief. already constitutes a first arcana. symbolic unfolding of The Work. Expressed originally by devotees from when it issued form the loins of its siste r Mysticism. he wil l travel the same roads. to the same results and to the same conclusions as his distant initiators. Astrol ogy and Mysticism are the traditional knowledge portrayed. And this follows archaic processes . before finally confiding in him the keys of Adepthood3. guided the hands of t he Medieval builders. both spiritually and occultly. a . Soul and Body.

Adept: from the Latin adeptus: wh o has acquired.nd through his own knowledge. a reflection of that of First Adam. from the Latin initium: beginning. 3 Initiate. he is slowly led towards his fina l goal. To terms whose true meaning which the profane world frequently invert! .

appearance. the procedure employed nevertheless constitutes a real spiritual en richment for the Hermeticist. in the p lane of his inner spiritual alone. will themselves accept the need to die as lead in order to be better reborn as gold 4 From the Latin persona: mask. in his turn. whi ch announces the end of the golden periplus5. the Initiate finally becomes the Adept. the Lion and the Dragon. and which they will perhaps ignore forever. innumerable and symbolic personalities4: the Crow and the Swan. is one of those enigmatic myths of the quest of the Great Work. he can finally become transf ormed.. upon the finally decomposed prima materia. And in the middle of the matras. It is a substance wh ich university theses do not describe. intelligent and docile prima materia. the Philosophers Stone. to which the shadows instan tly reflect back their mysterious luminescence. and. to become and remain forever: the Illuminated One. each of which poses their particular enigma for him to solve! It is only after having understood the secret meaning these that the pilgrim wil l finally see rise. the artisan of the Great Work will have met strange companions along the way: such as the Archons who stand watch over the successiv e thresholds of the intermediary worlds. Iago of Compostella. Now transmuted by this second Revelation. the King and the Queen. which the Chemistry of men ignores. and whose very name makes the profane smile. the better to bar the way to the seeker. This substa nce is the Chrysoprase .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. To obtain these fine crystals. 5 The pilgrimage of St. as the beginning of The Work. the Star of Compostella. As the mysterious Stone engenders and multiplies itself in continuous mathematic al progression. and without any possibility for industria l application. the Illuminated One. shining in the heart of the metallic shadows. of the color of ruby. a crystalline silver star must appear and float upon the surface a first indication that the O perator is on the right path . which they have never analyzed. since Life will eventually deliver one of its greatest secrets to h im. Vaughan © May 2005 9 This goal is a strange substance. Pilgrims wear a scallop shell as an emblem. with the Arcana finally conquered. divorced from any rational basis. etc. also called mérelle (can t find a transl ation for this PV). transmits his own spiritual light to those who. Yet.

Vaughan © May 2005 10 HERMETIC IDEOGRAMS . Death s Head. Water .. or Damned Earth (perishable matter .Salt The Chrysoprase or Philosophers Stone (symbol of Reintegration) The Old Man. Fire 3 Mercury Q Sulfur . Air .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Earth .

in French alphabetical order. and abo ve all the greatest of these. it will be easier for him to read the works of modern alchemists. JeanJulien-Hubert Champagne. in parallel.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. But the definitions we g ive here will be useful when completed in the practical aspect of which they treat. and moreover we po ssess a photograph of an essential dedication which make the proof incontestable.7 6 We have an important dossier. In his two works. alias Fulcanelli6. Barchusen. Also. This dossier includes recollections of those wh o worked with him from 1907. Vaughan © May 2005 11 .. GLOSSARY OF ALCHEMICAL AND HERMETIC TERMS We believe it useful firstly to give fairly general definitions of the terms hab itually used by authors who write about Alchemy. of course. to decode obscure works. that Fulcanelli and Jean-Julien-Hubert Champagne were one and the same person! Regarding this identity. we fear no contradiction whatsoever. or Mutus Liber. As a result. if he is ready familiar with the general significa nce of these rather abstruse words... 7 Note that the terms are in English alphabetical order in the book they are.. resulting from an inquiry patiently pursued arou nd 1935 1937. The Symbolic Treatise of the Philosopher s Stone by J. Please note also that I have translated those terms I could find: not all ancien t alchemical terms are obvious! I have indicated those I could not translate in red. such as The Book of Imag es Without Words . and Philosophical Dwellings .and The Am phitheater of Eternal Wisdom by Henry Khunrath. on the real identity of Fulcanelli. he treats exclusively of Alchemical subjects. The Mystery of the Cathedrals . without any possible argument. pho tographs and documents which show.. in the hope that others can help PV . by ourselves. of those who were his collaborators during the course of his ardent life as an adept. this little glossary will allow readers intere sted in studying material Alchemy and. . C. spiritual Alchemy.

Apollo The sun. bull). dog and bitch). Calcination Reduction of the body into lime. Black Also symbolized by the Crow. M. sublimation. See the drawings of Basil Valentinus8 in The Twelve Keys of Philosophy . If a terrest rial animal appears in a hermetic image with an aerial animal. 9 Alchemy des not use the expression Bain-Marie . United. or the Volatile. Animals As a general rule. Image of putrefaction. whale). Birds Flying towards the sky: volatilization. Fire (dragon. Vaughan © May 2005 12 TERMS DEFINITIONS Air One of the four elements of the Ancients. . round glass vessel for receiving the products of distillation. marriage. or ascension of a volatile principle. It can by dry or wet. Alludel Apparatus composed of vessels superposed and linked together. E. in which he has put all his Alchemical science. 2) of the purification of these two metals. the animals express the conjunction of the newly-weds.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. to permit a slow sublimation. ascension. Animals may also symbolize the Elements: Earth (lion. Canceliet. Balloon Large. a s in the drawings of Viatorium Spagyricum . See page 19. the female represents the volatile. Has no connection with what we breathe. Bath Symbol: 1) of the dissolution of gold or silver. salamander). publ ished by Editions de Champe-Elysées. Assaying Refining or alchemical verification of gold and silver by means of slag ging lead in a cupel. Two birds opposed to two terrestrial animals signify Air. 8 Basil Valentinus: The Twelve Keys of Philosophy . If they are fighting: fixation of the volatile or volatilization of the fixed. Pointing t owards the sun: precipitation. Air (eagle). condensation. has just published an erudite and excellent translation of this essential work. Bain-Marie9 Equipment which ensures that the vase containing the material to be treated bathes in warmed water. These two images reunited in one figure: distillation. Albification Calcination to white or red. gold. Mercury. it signifies Sulfur and Mercury prepared in accordance with The Work. Sulfur. which one finds oneself in presence of two animals of the same species but of different sexes (such as a lion and lioness. Caladity Heat. The male represents the fixed. or also the fixed and the volatile. Water (fish. they signify respectively the fixed and the volatile. Amalgamation Intimate union of several metallic elements into a very homogeneous and malleable whole. Angel Sometimes a symbol of sublimation. Athanor Reverberating furnace. one of the rar e disciples of Fulcanelli.

In La Margarita Precios a . Distillation Operation during which one separates the gaseous parts from the sol id or liquid parts. Deliquium Or deliquescence. Universal Harmony. Child Clothed in royal vestments. and sometimes the color black (first stage of T he Work). Vessel in the shape of a gourd. The dog eaten by a wolf signifies purification o f gold by antimony. Cold One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. or again the spirit from the matter which holds it. Dog Symbol of Sulfur. Gold. comes the sentence of L. Digestion Disaggregation. The Great Work achieved. metals may be purified to the point at which only a very pure metallic substance remain. Circulatory See the Pelican. Chaos Symbol of unity of Matter. which is covered with a capital for the distillation of vegetables and other materials. and Gold. Decrepitation Act of heating common slat in a crucible to drive off w ater. used to fuse metals and hard materials. Crow One of the first stages of The Work: putrefaction. sometimes of the Red Work. and putrefaction. signify the fixed and the volatile. in the spiritual and angelic plane. Head. of metallic perfection. Chemist s Clay Coating made of thick and oily materials. the six metals are firstly represented as slaves. in spiritual alchemy. Crucible Bowl of fireproof clay. open at the to p. all men within them the possibility of returning to their lost royal state . Circulation Consists of having the liquids in a sealed container circulate by me ans of a slow heat. Circumference Unity of Matter. using mineral powders called cement. But then. Natural resolution of salts in water by exposing the m in a humid place. Crown Symbol of chemical royalty. chapel. in order to seal the join ts linking various vessels. wider towards the top.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Diana See Moon. involution or maturation of matter obtained by exposin g the container to the warmth of a bain-marie for a suitable length of time. they are drawn with a crown upon the head. bareheaded at the feet of the king. after their transmutation. that is to say. de SaintMartin: All man is his own king . Dragon A dragon eating its tail: unity of Matter. Curcurbite Also called coucourde. Cementation Operation by which.-C. which one puts on the neck of a urinal or curcurbite to be able to distil spirits. Dog and bitch when associated. alembic are almos t the same thing. A dragon in flames: symbol of . Vaughan © May 2005 13 Capital Glass container with a mouth. Chrysoprase The Philosophical Stone. From this. See page 18. Cohobation Action of placing distilled spirit of metal onto its reside. or simply crowned: symbol of the Philosophical Stone. chappe. Crackling.

. An eagle devouring a lion signifies the volatilization of the fixed by the volatile. Eagle Symbol of volatilization. Dragon without wings: the Fixed. and also of the acids used in The Work. Winged dragon: the Volatile. See page 18.Fire. Many dragons fighting: putrefaction. Two eagles fighting have the same meaning. Dry One of the four elementary qualities in Nature.

It is also the symbol of the Chrysoprase. There are other aspects of this word. King and Queen See man and woman. symbolizes the Earth. clothed in the color and mul tiple properties of fire. Never to be seen as the ground o n which we tread. Used to digest th e prepared material. Jupiter Symbol of tin. See page 18. or dog of Corascène. Gold of the Wise Philosophical Sulfur. Hot One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. Mercu ry and Salt. . See page 19. Their wedding night: conjunction of Sulfur and Mercury. It is also called porphyrizing. which would require to much space to explain. Lion Alone: symbol of the Fixed. Corrosive. See page 18. designate impure silver and gold. Magic Ruby Energizing agent of an igneous subtlety. Mercury. See also à Bain (is this a person or See also in the Bath ? PV). Mars Fire. opposed to three other animals. Sulfur. Enclosed in a Sepulcher: these two Principles united in the Philosophical Stone. Vaughan © May 2005 14 Earth One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Naked. Mercury. Nothing in common with common fire. Nothing in common w ith the vulgar body of this name. Mercury One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. which lives in fire and is made pregnant by it. Flowers Generally represent the successive colors which succeed each other durin g the course of The Work Fountain Three fountains generally represent the three Principles. mean of union between them. Lioness The Volatile. Oil of Crystal. or salamander. Fire of Sand Interposition of sand between fire and the vase containing the matt er to be treated. the Fixed and the Volatile. One will fin d them described notably in the works of Fulcanelli. the orange nuance in The Work. Marriage Union of Sulfur and Mercury. Man and Woman Sulfur and Mercury. Menstruum Vegetable or mineral waters with dissolving properties. See page 20. The lion also represents the mineral (or green vitriol) from which one extracts oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid) which is used by Alchemists. Epée Symbol of Fire. Liquation The Philosophical Stone. Marmorizer Trituration of materials on marble using a pestle. Matras Round. The lion. also called Rebis. It is also the symbol of Silver prepared for the final Work. Fire One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Faulx Symbol of Fire.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and also symboliz ed by the heraldic Lizard. The priest who officiates represents Salt. Fixed Metallic Sulfur. Hermaphrodite The result of conjoining Sulfur and Mercury. Also called Oil of Christ. Winged: the Volatile. oval or flattened glass vessel with a long neck.

Gold of the Wise. Mortification Alteration of matter through trituration. Neptune Water. if it acts in the entrance of the Closed Palace of the Queen. if it gives access to the Closed Palace of the King. or Philosophical Mercury. Silver of the Wise. of reincrudation into a form analogous to that of its primitive substance. Parting Operation consisting of separating silver from gold by means of saltpete r. Also designates access to Living Gold. This is . Mercury. Palace Entrance into the Closed Palace: discovery of Silver capable of effecting the reduction of the Fixed. Mountain Furnace of the Philosophers. Opening Orifice.Moon The Volatile. or Philosophical Sulfur. and designates au contraire Living Silver. Silver of the Wise. Summit of the Philosophical Egg. or addition of an active element.

grave dust. Rébis Result of the amalgamation of Gold of the Wise and Mercury of the Wise. or lead (galena). Of ten created over a very strong fire. Red Final stage of the Great Work. Generally pyrites of fire. terre-damnée. Pelican Closed curcubite containing two hollow handles connected to the top of t he abdomen. when the King and Queen are enclosed in it (Sulfur and Mercury). doub le matter. Salt Also called Arsenic. it symbolizes the Salt Principle. It is also the imag e of condensation. with a mouth curved towards the base. Retort Round glass vessel. final stage of The Work. Projection Action of submitting a mineral in fusion to the action of a detergent or transmuting powder. united and conjoined in the last term of The Work. Synonymous with feces. having received form Nature and Art a double occult property which is exactly equilibrated. Also called circulatory by reason of its function. Refining Operations by which all that is foreign to a metal is separated from it . The Phoenix is also Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. Prima material First matter of the Hermetic Work. in the course of its realization. or a king and queen. It sometimes signifies the color red. serving to dist il materials in the course of The Work. It is particularly practiced on gold and silver. Residue What remains at the bottom of a vase after distillation. or albification. Rubification Action of destroying combustible Sulfur and exteriorizing incombust ible Sulfur. Salamander Symbol of Fire. Rectification (or alcohol) Consists of separating the water contained in the bod y (or phlegm) by evaporation or distillation. both wet and dry. Priest Marrying a man and a woman. or even the color white which precedes it. Rectification Final distillation to obtain an extremely pure metallic spirit. See also Magic Ruby. deaths head. Rain Symbol of the color white in The Work. of Sulfur and Mercury. Rose Designates the color red. A red and a white rose: union of the Fixed and the Volatile. one of the three mysterious Principles composing the b ody. final stage of The Work. Recipient Here designates a glass balloon. Room Symbol of the Philosophical Egg. Also symbolizes Fire. The Phoenix s egg is the Philosophica l Egg. Phoenix Symbol of the red color in The Work. Sometimes: complete desiccation. Reverberation Exaltation of internal energy of the metallic spirit by the action of a violent fire upon the matter containing this spirit.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. The rose is sometimes an emblem of the entire Hermetic Art. the aurifying principle dissimulated within the mineral. Vaughan © May 2005 15 refinement. .

spark o f life enclosed in all that is in its natural primitive state. Also. . the reciprocal activity of spirit and soul. constitu tes the body of human beings. from which it results. Ther efore I have used the term salt throughout the book whether he uses scel or sel . Also the color black of The Work. Saturn Designates lead. It is not other than the union off Sulfur and Mercury in the metals. Salt can also be compared to the sum of the addition of two factors10. See page 20. or soul and the psychic double. Scel is old Frenc h for sel or salt. Besides. 10 Ambelain often interplays the two words sel and scel in the book. he really uses both terms interchangeably.It has nothing whatsoever in common with common salt. at the stage of putre faction. Synonymous with the Crow. Secret Fire Universal spirit enclosed in the heart of metallic darkness. While he claims to use Scel for arsenic. the use of arsenic is academic! PV.. as this is a book on Spiritua l Alchemy.

The mix works. Water One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Sulfur. Wheel of Fire First phase of the Second Work. Triangle Symbol of the three mysterious constitutive Principles of metals: Salt. Urinal Vase similar to a curcurbite. in rising from the base of the vase to the top. Volatile Image of Mercury. Wet One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. of different materials placed over a violet fire. then. over a slow heat. as it m ust be rational and scientific. Synonymous with the Crow. Sun Sometimes ordinary gold. second stage after putrefaction and irisat ion. Serpent Same significance as for the Dragon. sometimes designates Sulfur of the Sages. It is also the symbol of Gold. Sphere Designates unity of Matter. Without wings: the Fixed. prepared for the final Work. the white stone. See page 19. Sublimation Violent or slow. Square Symbol of the four Elements. w hite. Nothing in common with common water. or the signs of the sun. Winged serpent: the Volatile. but a little longer. the red stone. If it bea rs suns. Mercury. slow and gentle fire. That which can be separated from the fixed elements. by fusion. Crucified serpent: designates the fixation of the Volatile. moon and five stars. If it bears the symbols of the seven metals . Trees A tree bearing moons signifies the Little Work. See page 20. but superposition is not left to chance. Siccity Dryness. Skeleton Putrefaction. red. so that the subtle (or pure) parts are separated from th e gross (or impure) parts. it is the Great Work. Three serpents designate the three Principles: Salt. Wedding Night See Marriage. Mercury. Serves the same purpos es. See page 18. Venus Designates copper. Sulfur One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. Nothing in common wi th the common element of this name. Swan Symbol of The Work at the white. Separatio n of volatile elements fixed elements. Vaughan © May 2005 16 Sepulcher Philosophical Egg. The Work at the stage of the color black. in which all the potential for tra . it is treating of the prima materia f orm which the metals are born. Volatilization Action of transforming a solid body into a gas by heat. the still imperfect stone. The matter is put in a closed vas e with a long neck. prepared for The Work. Silver of the Wise Philosophical Mercury. This latter does not figure in the classical ternary of the Great Work: black. Slow is the best. Vulcan Symbol of ordinary fire. White White Stone.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Sulfur.. Stratification Superposition by alternate planes. Two serpents on the Caduceus: Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise.

Wolf Symbol of Antimony. .nsmutation has not yet been developed and obtained.

etc . we had recourse to Fulcanelli s two works: The Myster y of the Cathedrals and Philosophical Dwellings . . Vaughan © May 2005 17 * * * Here we have summarized some of the terms scattered through a certain number of works treating of Alchemy. and by that erudite seeker. Jean Mavéric. we have followed the significations given by the late la mented Albert Poisson. When it was worth the effort. in his book The Metal lic Art of the Ancients . in his book Theories and Symbols . In particular.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. to Nicolas Valois Five Books .

enthusiasm. transforms it into the element Earth. penetrating atoms. which contradicts and retains the given impulse. which provokes the evolution of atoms. the origin of fixation. or its d isaggregation. retention. Wet. and of its evolution towards the ultimate state: Gold. unstable. emollient. It is indispensab le to define what one understands by essential words which are the names of the constitutive eleme nts of Primary Matter. crystallizing. origin of femininity. in opposing its total fixation. and thus. . relaxing which. supple. origin of masculinity. action. supple. dispersing. is translated as a vibration of nature which is attrac tive. egotism. stimulating. skepticism. active desire of persuasion. Hot. dynamic. slowi ng. these four Qualities give: Cold: impassibility. symbol of perfect ion at the heart of the metallic life. mutable. and thereby provokes the involution of Matter. divides homogeneity and units heterogeneity. Wet: passivity. Vaughan © May 2005 18 I GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON ALCHEMY Hermetic terminology uses words and expressions which do not have direct correspondence with their equivalents in the profane language. passive desire of submission. B) The Four Elements Earth: the reactive action of Salt on Cold divides it. enne rving. by destroying the principle of expansion which can be found in Hot (preservation). In Man. variation. Its action is vitalizing. Its activity is temperate.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Dry. is manifested by a vibration of retentive. passive desire of submission. the principle of concentration a nd reception. A) The Four Elementary Qualities Cold. softening. erethic and i rritating nature. Its activity is retract ive. fixing. is translated by a vibration of expansive nature. is manifested by a complete or partial absence of v ibration. dil ating. passive desire of domination. assimilation. rarifying. Dry: expansion. origin of reaction. opposition. whose effect is to coagulate or crystallize Matter. Hot: reaction. Its action is thus astringent.

Boucher. Vaughan © May 2005 19 D + D + Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the King Strong Palace of the King COLD WET HOT DRY COLD 4 6 7 5 AZOTH ALKAHEST red black white Fig. Hot and Dry generate Fire. or Gold of the Wise. that Cold and West generate Water. The copulation of the two then gives the Chrysoprase. and Dry and Cold generate Earth. who received an identical one from his master Fulcanelli). At the second stage of The Work. Air and Fire generate the Sulfur Principle. and Fire and Earth generate the Salt Pri nciple. and the Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle generate Philosophical Gold. 1 You see by means of this diagram (which has been confirmed to be perfectly exact by J.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. We t and Hot generate Air. or Silver of the Wise. the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle generate Philosophical Silv er. In their turn. Earth and Air generate the Mercury Principle. .

also Philosophical Silver. engenders a principle of vap orous. In Man it corresponds to Spirit. Air: The expansive. suspicion. subtlety. solitary. dulls. presumption. timidity. taciturnity. Water: Passivity. irascibility . subtle. submission. fertile and fermentative nature. vanity. 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. and the fundamen tal color yellow. incertitude. coagulating nature. Salt Principle: Dry. fe ar. the principle of violent and active dynamism. It is the Female principl e of all seed. ingenious. enthusiasm. prudence. inconsistency. ingeniousness. Fire: The reactive. in the vocabulary of trad itional Alchemy. It is the Male principle of all seed. harmony. passion. In Man. it corresponds to Body. and transforms it into Water. ambition. contained in Fire and Earth. atonic and fixative action of Cold on Wet th ickens. engenders a principle of dry. aversion. pride. cohesive. and fr om it is born taste.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. these four Elements give: Earth: Disquiet. transfo rming it into Fire. or Mercury of the Mad. erethic and irritant action of Dry on Hot. called Salt. the closest Substance to beings and things. mutable and generating nature. Fire: Violence. generosity. prompt ness. courtesy. retentive. reserve. called Mercury. Air: Affability. courage. transforming it into Air. engenders a principle of hot. laziness. assimilation. From it are born form and weight. ardor. prodigality. dilating and rarefying action of Hot on Wet. authority. In Man it corresponds to Soul. studious. as well as the result of their union. contained in Air and Water. unconsciousness. coagulating. Vaughan © May 2005 20 Water: The refrigerant. impetuosity. It results from the absorption of a cer tain quantity of the . reserved spirit or pretentiousness. C) The Three Philosophical Principles Sulfur Principle: Hot. nonchalance. fervor. cleverness. reflective. and from it is born smell. initiative. which is common quicksilver). obligingness. the principle of molecular attraction. the principle of circulation. Mercury Principle: Wet. and the fundamental color blue. called Sulfur. It is the principle of the unification of Male and Female. indolence. versatility. and the fundamental color red. contained in Fire and Air. In Man. These are the three constitutive principles which are. repressed tenderness or egotism. lassitude.

which precedes it in the previous stage. These two Operations result from a series of successive cookings (multiplication ). which is common sulfur) . or. or. It must be virgin. it does not have to h ave been recast or alloyed with itself. Gold of the Wise: Also called Sulfur of the Wise (as opposed to Philosophical Su lfur. In a word. It results from the absorption of a certain quantity of the Salt Principle by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. It i s not necessary for this Silver to have previously been subjected to exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. by the absorption of a p roportional quantity of common Silver by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. it does not have to have been recast or alloyed with its elf. even more easily. of the mixture and co-destr uction of Gold of the Wise and Silver of the Wise. It must be virgin. placed in a sand bath. Vaughan © May 2005 21 Sulfur Principle by a determined quantity of the Mercury Principle. or Sulfur of the Mad. E) The Chrysoprase or Stone of the Philosophers Chrysoprase: This is obtained by the slow cooking in the Philosophical Egg (matr as). also Philosophical Gold. even mor e easily. within the Athanor (furnace). . It is not necessary for this Gold to have previously been subjected t o exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. In a word. by the absorption of a proportional quantity of common Gold by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A.

may yet claim their former estate again. and which has been mocked so much over time. transposait which means transposed . the transmutation of imperfect metals into pure gold. in the spiritual plane. that postulate from the earliest days of the Hermeticists of fo rmer times. all come from the one Source And Man contains within himself the part of the Exterior World that the Demon also conta ins within himself. The consequence of this doctrine: all that are thus of divine origin and that fi nd themselves here below. Tertiary Causes to the Secondary Causes. I feel this is a misprint. . Vaughan © May 2005 22 II SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY Unity of Matter. degenerate and lessened in their spiritual potential. affirming that spiritual Creatures had been emanated by a Unique Source: God-Abyss. they have all been birthed in thebeginning by the same Mother (Basil Valentinus: The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony ) And. Demons. from the ONE-ORIGINAL. but in a different form Jacob Boehme: Of the Election of Grace ) Long before these philosophers. 11 In the original. etc. is showing us that the ancient adage is right when it states: Omnia ab uno. and this work of regeneration is called Reintegration. was already proposing in principle this magisterial unity: All things come from the one seed. in discovering materials and products hither to completely unknown. and all is in one. by means of successive emissions of Secondary Causes to the Primary Causes. from his Benedictine Abbey.. Basil Valentinus. is now being proved a fortiori by m odern nuclear physics! Chemistry as well. traditional Gnosis had already proposed11 this c oncept in its affirmation of the doctrine of Emanation. Alchemy consequently divides itself into three probatory stages: a) The Work. pri soners of a gross World.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Who is God. Holy Angels. et in unum omnia that is to say that one is in all. Jacob Boehme also affirms: The Soul of Man. and absolutely not created ex nihilo12. 12 Out of nothing PV. a nd have altered it to proposed PV.

with regard to this final aspect of the Great work: There is no real difference between Eternal Birth. but as souffler also means to breathe or dea is more like huffers and puffers . c) Universal Reintegration. * * * The existence of a Spiritual Alchemy. and the discove ry of the Philosopher s Stone. secondly. it is convenient to distinguish between Alchemists and huffers and puffers . There is no d oubt that they were all good Chrisitans! But surely this is because they understood that Knowle dge and Wisdom must work in tandem: that Knowledge without Wisdom is worse than Ignoranc e alone. the rebirth of our reason. that is to say the regeneration of the entire Cosmos . 14 Empiriques au premier chef PV. Many pious men. our physical rebirth. are people unaware of esoteric knowledge and learni ng. to defile the most heteroclite products of the three kingdoms. of all spiritual Creatures. and assuring considerable longevity. 13 Souffleurs . happy. The latter. empiricism being their chief guide14. literally reciters . is proven without contest if one reads the ancient authors. all must retur n to it in the same manner (Jacob Boehme: De Signatura Rerum ) Concerning the mysterious Elixir of Life13. thirdly. who seek God. we can find an echo in these words o f Eckhartshausen: The re-birth is threefold: firstly. But they invented Chemistry. have been regenerated in spirit and will. the ultimate goal of true Alchemy. One should probably only take this affirmation to be in the spiritual sense. element of the individual Reintegration of the Adept. in their pride. but few have known corporeal rebirth (Eckhartshausen: The Cloud Upon The Sanctuary ) Still. Jacob Boehme effectively tells us this. The former. philosophers in possession of an ancient doctrine (Gnosis) have spec ific theories which do not allow them to stray from certain limits in their research. Their field of experimentation is the metallic world. The Alchemists preserved and demonstrated the sound basis of Hermeticism and Alchemy. a type of universal medicine. Vaughan © May 2005 23 b) The Elixir of Life. even immortality. working without the least hesitation on the strangest sub stances.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and also on the most repugnant natural residues. Everything having issued forth from Unity. that of our heart and will. to puff . which I used instead PV. The huffers and puffers ignored them. Reintegration. capable of healing almost a ny ailment or infirmity. on the contrary.

the perfecting of Moral Man. you will also have it with you always. in consequence. be without sin. After acquiring the Divine gift y ou desire. the Great Work has a triple aim in the Material World: the Transmuta tion of Metals. Mercury and Salt And Albert Poisson concludes that: As a result. when you find it in yourself. must be preserved : (Basil Valentinus: The Twelve Keys of Philosophy Vth Key) In brief. must. * * * e15 La Parole Délaissée PV. the contemplation of Divinity in His Splendor. Man is thus the philosophical athanor in which the preparation of the Virtues is accomplished. in his most rare work The Abandoned Word15 . . these elements are identical in number. Soul and Body a re. tells us this: Thus is Trinity in Unity. and this is a curious fact. that Life is uniquely a true Spirit. to turn them into Gold. 16 Even a thouhsand page dictionary doesn t have this word! PV. know. all that the vulgar and ignora nt person thinks to be dead. and. be it on land or sea Hermes Trismegistus: The Seven Chapters (Albert Poisson: Theories and Symbols of the Alchemists ) Let us also quote Basil Valentinus: On these matters. to help and relieve those who are in misfortune (Basil Valentinus: The Rébis 16 of the Twelve Keys ) Indeed. Let us now analyze the two aspects of Th e Work. and with metallic Pyrites. w here it continually resides. wherever you are. and persevere in Virtu e. and of carnal Man. successively associa ted with this transmutation. in that. to Perfection. and that. the essential elements. in return. and it is in this sense. for where Spirit. be led to a incomprehensible life. visible and spiritu al.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. in the Microcosm. Vaughan © May 2005 24 Thus Bernard Le Trévisan. take a resolution to offer your hand to the bemired poor. May your spirit be illuminated by Light and Truth. there also are Sulfur. and Unity in Trinity. if you wish to create our Stone. in the Divine World. classification and `succession. O my passionate friend of the Chemical Art. that one should listen to the se words: For The Work is with you and within you. so that. according to the mystics. According to th e second aim.

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. 1). the Alchemists. as it leads to th e Red Bridegroom (Sulfur). The Adept obtains the Chrysoprase. and the Way of Salt is te Palace of the King. they obtain Philosophical Gold. The Way of Mercury is also called the Palace of the Queen. The Work may hope to pass from Black to White. Vaughan © May 2005 25 These are the four natural Elements of the Ancients: Water Air Fire Earth (Hydrogen) (Nitrogen17) (Oxygen) (Carbon) corresponding to the four Qualities: Humid Hot Dry Cold and the four Temperaments: Sanguine Bilious Nervous Lymphatic At the higher period of these four modes of manifestation of Life in Matter. as by the copulation of th e Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle. the three essential principles comi ng out of the Word. through the copulation of Mercury of the Wise and Sulfur of the Wise. 17 The French for Nitrogen is azote a word of import (Azoth) to most students of the e soteric! PV. by the copulation of the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle. * * * This material and experimental way is reflected in a spiritual and transcendenta l way. which they called that of the realization of Azoth. In effect. the Adept obtains Philosophical Silver. through copulation. drew the three terms of this second plane. . or Mercury of the Wise. being: Water + Air Air + Fire Fire + Earth Mercury Principle Sulfur Principle Salt Principle There. T he Work passes from White to Red. because it leads to t he White Bride (Mercury).Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. the Philosophical S tone (Fig. that is to say.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 26 To the four Elements listed above necessarily correspond the four Cardinal Virtu es of ancient scholarship, called: Fire to Strength Air to Justice Water to Temperance Earth to Prudence The three Principles coming from these four Elements, correspond to the three Theological Virtues, being: Sulfur Principle to Faith Mercury Principle to Hope Salt Principle to Charity The two Philosophical Metals (Silver of the Wise and Gold of the Wise), born fro m the copulation of the three Principles (Sulfur, Mercury and Salt) correspond to the two Sublime Virtues, being: Sulphur of the Wise to Wisdom Mercury of the Wise to Understanding These two Sublime Virtues, if they are passed over in silence in classical theol ogy, and reduced to the rank of gifts of the Holy Spirit (which would be infinitely bette r named otherwise), are signified in the Holy Scriptures, with complete preeminence: And God said to Solomon: Since you have not asked Me for long life, riches, nor t he death of your enemies, and because you have asked for Understanding and Wisdom t o act with justice, I will act according to your word, and I will give you a heart full of Wisdom and Understanding (Kings, V, 11-12 Catholic Bible; and I Kings 10-12, Protestant Bible18) We also quote: For thisis your Wisdom and your Understanding in the sight of the nations (Deuteronomy: IV, 6). To know Wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of Understanding (Proverbs: I, 2) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is Understanding. (Proverbs: IX, 10) 18 This is a very loose translation of the Bible! As Ambelain is making a point it makes more sense to use his translation rather than the usual one PV.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 27 So that thou incline thine ear unto Wisdom, and apply thine heart to Understandin g (Proverbs: IX, 10) He giveth Wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know Understanding (Daniel: II, 21) We know that, in the superior ternary of the Sephirotic system of the Hebrew Kab balah, Binah (Understanding) is the attribute of that which corresponds to vision, intu ition, penetration and information. As such, Understanding is also the absolute Knowledge (Gnosis) of Divine Things. For partner it has Chokmah (Wisdom), which clearly expresses the idea of choosin g the best from among all the gifts accessible to Understanding (Binah). It thus presu pposes that this does not operate but through elimination. It is spontaneous, intelligent and com prehensive submission to a Being which it perceives as the dominating power. As such, it is discrimination between Good and Evil, and the learning of this. So, Understanding is ultimate knowledge, and Wisdom is the use to which it is pu t. As is born at the appointed time, from the union of Sulfur and Mercury of the Wi se, in the Philosopher s Egg(which the Alchemists still called the Sublimator), the Red Stone , the Chrysoprase, is thus born in the Soul of Man, this athanor (or philosophical fur nace), whose Heart is the Sublimator (or Philosophical Egg) Total Illumination, the decisive f actor in Reintegration (Fig. 4). And this ultimate term for the Inner Work bears the name of Divine Light. * * * The Alchemists, so reticent about all things concerning the Great Work, were car eful not to be open about their fire, nor on the degree of heat necessary for success in their works. Knowledge of their thermal conductivity and the degree was regarded by them as o ne of the most important keys of the Great Work. Let us hear Raymond Lully: Many Alchemists are in error, for they do not know the disposition of the fire, w hich is the key to the Work, for they dissolve and coagulate at the same time; they cann ot succeed, for they are blinded by their ignorance (Raymond Lully: Vade Mecum or Short Treatise on the Chemical Art ) In fact, with the Matter prepared once, cooking alone can change it into the phi losophical stone: I only command you to cook; cook at the beginning, cook in the middle, cook at th e end, and do not do any other thing

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 28 (Anonymous: The Turf19 of the Philosophers ) The Alchemists distinguished between many types of fire: 1) Humid Fire this is the bain-marie20, which provides a constant temperature. 2) Supernatural or Artificial Fire which designates acids. This comes from when Alchemists remarked that acids produced an elevation of temperature in their div erse reactions, and also that they had the same effect as fire upon the corpus. They rapidly disorganized and destroyed their basic aspect. 3) Natural or Ordinary Fire obtained by combustion. In general, Alchemists used neither charcoal nor wood to warm the Philosophical Egg. It would have required continual surveillance, and it would have been almost imposs ible to obtain a constant temperature. Also, Mark-Antonio rails against ignorant huffers and puf fers , who use charcoal: Of what use are these violent flames, since wise men never use ardent charcoal, n or flaming wood, to perform the Hermetic Work (Marc-Antonio: Light shining itself out of the Shadows ) The hermetic Philosophers therefore used oil lamps, with an asbestos wick, which is easy to maintain, and which gives an almost uniform warmth. This is the fire which they have veiled, and of which only a few have spoken ope nly, Albert Poisson tells us. In the plane of spiritual Alchemy, Fire is represented by Prayer Or et labor , pray and work, the old Masters tell us. Our Fire has absolutely nothing to do with those psycho-physical practices, whic h rely on more or less Baroque practices, or on special modes and rhythms of respiration. These practices, generally classified under the term of Hatha Yoga, are generally claimed to help towards the preservation of youth and health in the West. But experience has not proved this ; in fact to the contrary: Europeans who partake of the practice (often for reasons of snobbism), do not finally come to Illumination, indeed even simply to mysticism, nor has any transcendenta l knowledge been obtained. If such acquisitions are realized, it is through other techniques that they must find it: Bhakti-Yoga, Dhuani-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Samadhi-Yoga, Raja-Yoga. Alchemists admit to there being many degrees to their fire, depending on whether The Work is more or less advanced. They do this by regulating the number of threads composing the wicks: 19 Or rabble both are equally odd! PV. 20 For non-chefs, this is a metal container filled with water, in which a second container with the ingredient which needs gentle heat is place. It is often used to melt chocolate and other of life s luxuries! PV.

and becomes grey. is called Egyptian Fire. mastered. continuous. surrounded. so that you can always touch it with a bare hand without fear of burning. The fire goes from four to fourteen. To the quater nary at the beginning is added a denary. Let u s listen to two other old Masters: You will never leave the vessel to get too warm. use twenty-four threads. equal the maximum summer tem perature of this country: Make your fire in proportion to the heat in the months of June and July (Anonymous: Dialog of Marie and Aros ) Now. And this will continue throughout the time of the solution Rypley: Treatise of the Twelve Gates ) Make a vaporizing fire. in the realm of spiritual Alchemy. we have a precious clue to its esoteric ism. . 22 Incomburant PV. so: tetrad + decade + decade If these words do not evoke Alexandrine Gnosis and its Aeons for us. un til the Matter begins to blacken. Finally. forbi dden before such unexpected psychic events. their frequency. because it must (in material terms). Wanting to pass through without stopping (a phrase full of esoteric meaning21!) would be most dangerous. The Matter bathes . this is not uncommon in the history of Mysticism. it should s uffice for us to remember that the first degree of fire. It w as to ward off such dangers that the Churches (Latin and Eastern) imposed the principle of a Dir ector of Conscience for their faithful members desirous of penetrating such domains. Then augment it to fourteen threads. that used at the beginning of The Work. altering (Bernard de Trevisan: The Book of Natural Philosophy of Metals ) 21 But not in English! The direct translation of this French colloquialism would be to burn the stages PV. ai ry. not violent. dutiful22. Vaughan © May 2005 29 First of all make a gentle fire. and from fourteen to twenty-four. subtle.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. deviated and strayed into irrational paths. their amplitud e. the manuscript is most certainly Egyptian! This progressive evolution of fire in The Work is thus repeated in spiritual Alc hemy through a progressive evolution of Prayer and all its Asceticism. Unfortunately. then another denary. as if you had only four threads in your wick. and Neophytes who were poorly prepared for the shock of intuitive revelations. closed in. and you will achieve perfect whiteness (Happelius: Aphorismi basiliani ) Here. and above all their immediate and intended goals. while the author is anonymous.

thanks to Him who can. Nobody may be admitted into the Realm of God without having previously been clothed by them in their own Vestment. (Hermas: The Shepherd . In fact we read this in The Shepherd . only clean it wel l! They will have pleasure in living in a proper habitation . nine in numb er: .. then those born from these. for they are themselves chaste. one part of fire can easily master one thousand parts of earth (Thomas Aquinas: Treatise on the Philosophical Stone ) From this we see that the way one can emulate the conduct of our Fire is by Pray er. they will immediately depar t.. . active and rejoice in the great favor of the Lord. because they essentially have God as their object.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. If you receive only the Name of the Son of God without previously havi ng received form the hands of these Virgins their vesture. If you bear His Name without possessing His Virtu e. essential element). .Two called Sublime. 13) Without the help of these Virgins. All correspond to Spiritual Entities linked to the Divine Plane. But the least stain they encounter. door. . pu re.Three called Theological. attributed to Hermas of Cumae. it will serve you nothing! For th ese Virgins are the Virtues of the Son of God.PV. a little like t he Eternal Ideas of Plato. X. Vaughan © May 2005 30 One part of fire possesses more potential energy than one hundred parts of air. a nd. IX.. for these Virgins cannot suffer the least stain (Hermas: The Shepherd . bo il with Karma23 . a strange phrase with no obvious meaning. immediate inheritors and successors of the Apostles in the or al tradition of Christianity: And these Virgins. according to the favorite expression of some Orientals. Principles to be firstly lai d out. one of the fo ur Apostolic Fathers. . which are called the Essential Virtues. As long as cleanliness reigns in your hab itation . their sublimation. They are Spirits of Sanctification. it is impossible for you to preserve His Commandments. in consequence. It is a shame that ano ther obscure and clever phrase confuses the real beauty of this paragraph which identifies prayer as the spiritual version of the fire of physical Alchemy.Four called Cardinal (from the Latin cardo: hinge. who are they?. in a way. because they are the most elevated result of the practice of the first seven. We are now going to study the Elements of our Work. they will live there. it in vain that you bear His Name. 3) 23 Brûler du karma . and are. I see that they take pleasure in your habitations .

We shall end them with a quotation. and it was clear that Judaism. the Miter of Marvels. Initially. Levi. the Diadem of Faith.B. 8) N. Islam . Vaughan © May 2005 31 The well-informed reader would know how to discern the beautiful esotericism hid den beneath the banal text of these pasWise. and all as efficient and valuable as those typically Christian ones which we use here. it was very Judaic. as it is now. Rosicrucian tradition has only been clothed little by little in an exclusive ly Christian garment. I saw seven men dressed in white who said to m e: Rise up! Put on the Priestly Robe. after seventy days. wearing an Ornament. the Vestment of Truth. Hindusim also furnished texts and their own practices to their specific mysteries. be Pri est of the Lord. an extract from a Gnostic apocrypha of the second century: And at Bethel. for all Etenity ( The Testament of the Patriarchs . the Ephod of Proph ecy And each of them. placed it upon me and said: Henceforth. the Crown of Justice. the Breastplate of Unde rstanding. .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Buddhism. you and your race. in these pages. The author of these pages felt he should mention this.

and with them the seven fundamental errors which stain the Soul. 24) And so. uniquely and complete ly dedicated to the Art of material Alchemy. Fulcanelli tells us the following in t he preface. The Mystery of the Cathedrals 24. symbolized by the caput corvi . ISBN 0-91 4732-14-5. with wings spread. Boucher. from th Latin caput or head . These 24 An excellent English translation exists. E Canceliet25: The Key to the Major Arcana is given. and which he then assigned to M. p.not sure what these are PV. Las Vegas. In the first drawing of the countryside of Lower Egypt. at the beginning of the Work. In French the seven deadly sins are called the sept péchés capitaux or Seven Capital Sins . But if it dies. an athanor and the Mutus Liber opened to its first sentence. edited by him. . the Hermetic crow is there to rem ind us. 27 Sept corps passionnels . 26 The usual paraphrasing by Ambelain. Vaughan © May 2005 32 III PUTREFACTION Here is a tomb which does not contain a cadaver it is a cadaver which has never been interred in a sepulcher. 1990. The seven passionate bodies27 must disappear. the necessary Putrefaction must appear. This enigmatic collection evokes Memphis. manifested to the Artisan fro m the earliest part of the work This color is expressed in the first plate of the book. 25 Witnessed by J. bears much fruit 26 (John: Gospel: XII. 28 Here Ambelain makes a point which doesn t work in English. and w ith them the seven deadly sins28. He points out that this is from capitaux . Tome III. under the title of Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist . The skull also makes us bear in mind the words of Scripture: In truth. stands upon a human skull. for the cadaver and the sepulcher are one. Paperback price $21. in his words PV. beside a retort. This Key consists solely of a Color. Now Memphis signifies blackness.com in May 2005 showed it to be s till available PV. by one of the figures decorating the present work. Here we are in the hermetic stage of putrefaction. capital of ancient Egypt.. and published by the Brotherhood of Light. If we were to doubt it. in which a proud Sphinx appears in profile in the dy ing night. unless a grain of wheat dies. a search on www. founded in o lden times by Menes.95. a sa rdonic crow. it remains alone.. an expression which speaks to us marvelously.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. translated by Mary Sworder. in truth. 744 In his most beautiful book. which describes a malodorous gas. Nevada. I say to you. Pub. Nicolas Barnaud: Theatrum Chimicum . It is probable that one can fin d this etymology in the term mephitic. but the import of the Gospel quotation is not changed by the omission of words PV.amazon.

and Hermetic Chemistry is the art of working with Nature to perfect them (Dom Pernety: Greek and Egyptian Fables ) Take care that the conjunction of the Husband and his Spouse is not performed wit hout first removing their clothes and ornaments. Here. or teachings which don t conform to the doctrine he wishes to follow and apply. if he won t agree to admit once and for all. puis en une coag ulation PV. which oppose the seven virtues: four Cardinal Virtues and three Theological Virtues. that everything he has acquired in bits and pieces all over the place. It is completely useless to try and go further if this ineluctable phase is not achieved. again. will all do nothing but oppose his mystical journey. perfect or imperfect metals will be produced (Roger Bacon: The Mirror of Alchemy ) And: Itis not possible for him to make any have generation without corruption (Huginus a Barma: The Touchstone ) Now. the Cosmopolite: Novum lumen chymicaum de lapide Philosophorum ) For: Depending on the purity or impurity of the elements composing Sulfur or Mercury. t hen coagulation (Albert the Great: The Book of Eight Chapters ) * 29 Tusauras que tout le Magistère ne consiste qu en une dissolution. seven in number. so that they enter the Tomb as pure as when they entered the world (Basil Valentin: The twelve keys of Wisdom ) And it is only after having made everything clean. and upon the ruins of an inne r and originally degraded edifice. so that Nature might operate (Sethon. This pseudoknowledge and false wisdom have no part to play here. often in poorly digested lectures. Vaughan © May 2005 33 are the heads of the Dragon of the Apocalypse. let us hear the voice of the old Masters: Firstly it is necessary for the Body to be dissolved for the Doors to the opened. it isn t possible to makethe Aspirant evolve in the sense that we understand it. both from their countenances as from the rest of their bodies. He must realize that: Vulgar chemistry is the art of destroying the compounds which Nature has formed.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. that the Aspirant may once more set out a road whic h is completely new for him: You will know that completemastery consists of nothing more than dissolution29. .

psychic senses. and that is the one that we are g oing to study. For the same reason one should refuse to submit. or in contacts susceptible to wound our health or our life (wounds. In the realm of Touch. it is quite different. Classical I lluminism adds two more higher. under some vague initiatory pretext . placed in the han d of an adolescent. touch and h earing. op erations).Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. The feel of a firearm. coffin nails. and as such. to being touched in certain inappropriate places. One should avoid all c ontact with funereal remains (bones. depending on the plane on which one is studying them . funereal objects (shrouds. in sacrilegious hand s a presumption which has often caused spiritual loss in some Magistri. In the spiritual world. to Lust. taste. Vaughan © May 2005 34 * * A) On The Mortification of the Nine Senses The senses are the faculties (which ancient scholarship called the apparatus). for good or ill. in the hand of a hunter or a jealous perso n the desire to kill. More importantly. It is evidently the one with nine that spiritual Alchemy uses. seven or nine senses. cemetery earth. Classified in this same domain are pentacles of low magic. on the contrary. Nothing is more dangerous than these psychic awakenings . For the Aspirant. skulls). and ritual objects from witches31 and fetishi sts. performed by semi-profanes who do not understand th eir . and in the realm of the Inner Way. Classical Theology adds two internal senses: imagination and memory. and the senses are linked to the organs of his physical body. caresses can similarly constitute appeals to the se nsual pleasures of the senses. one should take care to avoid the worst injury to the Divine Plan. which are clairvoyance and clairaudience. which are susceptible to ha ve received a magical consecration which might render them spiritually malefic. touches susceptible to awakening in us those centers of power which should. etc). contact with some objects c harged with mysterious power. whose instruments they are30. can be effective. There are thus five. w hich put man in relation with the exterior world. smell. most definitely be left asleep. cadavers (their transportation and burial as a n act of charity is clearly quite another matter). whose contact is forbidden to the profane. manuscripts and books on the subject of lower magic. by holding sacred and holy things. We normally only consider five physical senses: sight. 1st) Touch The sense of Touch is only dangerous in the profane world inasmuch as it awakens our passions. can awaken in him a desire for power. however intelligent they might be.

use their disciple as a test subject . which are their instruments ( qui en sont les instruments ) PV.incalculable significance. 31 Sorcier de campagne PV. or who. 2nd) Taste 30 Or. . without any mercy The sense of Touch corresponds to the Element Air. cunningly.

generally speaking. . It is nevertheless to be watched. we attach too great importance. Vaughan © May 2005 35 Material Gluttony is. Above all the sense of Ta ste needs to be disciplined when. 2 The purification of the sensual mode follows the same process as that in Figure 1. transposed. indeed passion.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. not one of the preeminent vices of an Aspirant. D + 4 6 7 5 D + Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the King Strong Palace of the King Fig. tamed and curtailed. to bookish riches.

and the influence that we a llow them to have over us. 4th) Sight 32 L Amour est un mot par trop galvaudé depuis nombre de lustres lustre could refer to l ustra . lets us avoid giving in to such temptation. These fumigations should evidently be avoided. They are not intended to sati sfy our sense of smell. with its mysterious Intelligences which the Kabbalah calls Undines. or only used in those cases prescribed by our Master. sui generis. or to glimmers of brilliance. The odiferous emissions which rise from earthenware pots33 and censers are the summoning waves . where softness of empty words. which admits no indulgence or w eakness of Error. 33 Casseroles PV. familiar to Occultists. letting him suppose that the evolution of one s mysticism andspiritual growth depends upon banal olfactory impressions.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. the flight of shallow sentences. a word which usually masks complete emptiness. and to the number and quality of our books. happily tamed. . 3rd) Smell The immoderate use of perfumes in the profane world. if there are odiferous emissions able to make us take conscio us notice of higher worlds andEntities. They are even le ss intended to impress the profane. Smell corresponds to elementary Air. incite sexuality. giving him the impression that that we possess the secret o f specific mysterious fumigations. We sho uld therefore avoid succumbing to an emotionality which is also shallow. they should serve to create within us. there are those which are capable of making us desce nd into the opposite depths: odors which. is the domain of Feeling. Water. The sense of Taste corresponds to elementary Water. Love is a word excess ively muddled throughout the ages32. magical perfumes pu tting us in contact with the demoniac planes. and unpublished theori es nicely enunciated. Quite the contrary. I assumed the former meaning PV. periods of five years. intended for worlds that are ontologically different to ours. at a precise moment. only serve to mask the most complete emptiness: all things which wou ld risk bemiring us in pseudo-teachings without a single real initiatory character. It is Taste which. and this is the Agapé of the Greeks. nor our inferior desire to create a mystical atmosphere. It is the same in the realm of aromatic combustions. are often only pretexts to satisfy our sensuality or incit e us to lust. but rather the care of Justice and Truth. an inner atmosphere which allow us to perceive the spiritual contact or activity of Being s different to us. On the other hand. Vaughan © May 2005 36 to luxurious and beautiful bindings as in manuscripts or rare texts. True Love is constructive.

one proscribes noise in general. or overly martial music.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. eith er internally or externally by contrast). For the Occultist. which dissolves any psychic atmosphere (mili . in which atmosphere the Soul neither k nows how to find itself nor to understand itself: discordant and inharmonious dance music . Offense. The important thing is never to fall into excess in this domain. capi tal executions. bull running. upon the extraordinary aspect of certain spiritual or psychic experiences. or Sloth (if these things incite us to a peevish quieti sm). Especially in the context of Charity. enigma tic texts. where Envy. libraries. One might add the sight of some more or less flattering and pompous costumes or orna ments. Therefore we should avoid expounding too much in reciting certain facts which co uld trigger Anger. etc At a level which is less grave. Finally. Clem ent of Alexandria told us with just reasons that: We should never be ashamed of organs which God wa s not ashamed to give us But there are. Avarice: mysterious diagrams. which can excite Curiosity. Lust or Envy in another. pictures. imprudent teachings (an aspect of Gluttony. Pride and Avarice make their home. 5th) Hearing This mortification (another term which perfectly evokes practical Alchemy) is li nked to that of Speech. linked to animal sexuality. Jealousy. for all people. dog fights. There are journals and books which are true psychic poison. or Anger (if we prevent this with violence. vain curiosity. spectacles which are unhealthy b ecause they appeal to the grossest instincts of the human being: cock fights. we should say or hear nothing which might awaken in another. theurgic. m ystical). from the reactions to which th ey give birth or violently excite within us: notably the political press. or upon th e rarity or interest of certain texts or books. the equivalent is a vision of particular books. co llections. Envy. This is in order to not awaken in the Soul of the Asp irant a desire for power. Vaughan © May 2005 37 It is not that spectacles capable of awakening sexual desire should be avoided a t first sight. or desire for possessions. St. thi s prudence consists of not expounding at length on certain procedures (magical. catch fights34. and incites us neither to say nor to hear anything with might be contrary to Charity. which incite Pride or Envy. if one then st rongly desires to acquire these things or books). as in ourselves. which are hardly more elevated spectacles for man. Purity or Humility. all of which are the massacre of animals without justification. we find boxing matches. modern hunting. Among Occultists. a single echo capable of arousin g one or several of the seven Deadly Sins.

Two senses. 35 Ambelain uses the archaic term of scel instead of sel for salt PV. complete the quintet of external se nses. .tary marches. hunting fanfares. We will not study these. etc). as we have previously mentioned. 34 Les combats de catch PV. Hearing is analogous to the Salt35 Principle.

Imaginat ion may have access to the Truths of Understanding. In any case. Therefore. and that is the realm of human sciences. and they open the way. which provide Understanding w ith the materials it needs for its work and practice. recalling those possibilities (future) and rea lities (past) which. and Wisdom the possibility of portraying Truth through images and examples which makes it more striking. images which will dis sipate and squander its energies. Imagination a nd Memory. It is also and above all that of th e traditional initiatory writings. carrying us to the heart of present. Vaughan © May 2005 38 6th) and 7th) Imagination and Memory Imagination and Memory are two precious faculties. past or future temptations. in which.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. one should not strive to atrophy these faculties. they will populate the Soul with a throng of remembrances. without which many aspects of higher Knowledge would remain veiled to him. delivered f rom themselves. but rather to disci pline and subordinate their activity to the empire of reason and will. But. both profane and occult. They already make us lose precious time. or habitual activities. which are. In order to better suppress the flights of these two inner senses. however banal it may be: whether it be work. It is absolutely necessary to discipline them and put them at the service of the two Sublime Virtues. as there is often a sort of psychological determinism. Finally. more alive and in the same way more attractive. o ne should arm oneself against this danger by immediately and unceasingly rejecting all valuele ss thoughts. by concentrating all one s intelligence and activity int o the task at hand. preparing our im agination for other thoughts which are infinitely more dangerous. Imagination and Memory have a grounding which is familiar to the Aspira nt. which makes us pass from unimportant reveries to the perilous games of a partially invaded imagination. and Memory prepare the Certainties of Wis dom . If not. would ipso fact o be a source of failure and ruin. through the intervention of esotericism. thi s is the best way to do what one must do well. study. lead it lose precious time and give rise to a thousand te mptations and relapses. as we have said: Wisdom and Understanding. The best method of succeeding in this sort of filtration is assuredly to apply one self totally to the work of the moment. one should first of all chase from one s consciousness all dangerous images and me mories as soon as they manifest themselves. modest and material actions that they are.

These two inner senses correspond, Imagination to the Mercury Principle, and Mem ory to the Sulfur Principle, respectively.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 39 8th and 9th) Clairvoyance and Clairaudience One must not confuse Prophecy and Divination. In the latter case, the thousand a nd one forms of the divination, through the intervention of poorly defined Entities whi ch are no part of the Divine Plane (at the very most of intermediate planes )allow one to access in a more or less precise manner a more or less proximate future, as well (and more easily, one mi ght imagine!) as recovering the elements of a more or less recent past, tool. In this case Divination adapts itself to a type of convention, in which codified elements give the Seer or Seeress access to the means of communication of the Entities wh ose attention we have just attracted. These are expressed through conventional symbols, agreed either implicitly and tacitly with the divine force. The prophetic plane is altogether different. Traditional Scripture show us three aspects of prophecy and three different types of interpreters. First of all there is the ro eh, or seer, he who sees with the eyes of the spirit what other men do not see. Then there is the hozeh, who is analogous to the first, but who has more particularly served to identify prophets and soothsayers of false gods. Finally there is the nabi, or interpreter of God, who is not only he who sees, but he who speaks, despite h imself, the divine language. In this latter case, and most of the time, his voice necessarily is bu t the reflection of an inner audition, even if it is instantly associated with the voice of the nabi. Thus the nabi is the seer, who then expresses in his own language, and according to an ultimate need, what he has seen, or believed to be divorced from his vision. The nabi is also the hearer, in whom audition and elocution are confused by him. What characterizes these two heralds of the Divine Plane is that they never mani fest themselves for unimportant reasons, for individual problems or for concerns whic h are too human. They are uniquely created for ultimate ends and for the defense of intere sts superior to the collectivity. Therefore the Aspirant who sees one of these two faculties developing within him : clairvoyance or clairaudience, must above all avoid using them to solve problems with no spiritual consequences. He should no longer imagine himself to be in a psychic r elationship with God, the Virgin Mary, or the Great Archangels! It is here that the gift of disce rnment of Spirits will be indispensable to him. He should remember that all manifestations of infe rior Spirits, and even more importantly of Dark Spirits, are always marked by the grotesque, of th e inconsequential, or which bear within themselves the seeds of anarchy. If the pe riods of

manifestations of these faculties coincide with a generally immoral or amoral in ner sense; if sexuality reveals itself to be more insistent; if ready speculations accompany t his type of phenomenon, then the Aspirant knows full well that he is the toy of inferior Ent ities. All the

the diviner is always possessed of an Intermediary Spirit. indeed he overthrows traditi onal teachings which are known for their excellence and high spirituality. he would be unable to becom e a spirit of contradiction and a source of confusion. that of sexual desire and the strong amorous passions which sometimes proceed from this. The key of this liberation rests in a true appreciation of the impermanent chara cter of corporeal beauty and purely carnal joys. Without doubt is it not true to say that it is the Will which sins. and the Soul with its interna l senses. with its external senses. seven to ten millimeters or more in diameter. a very bright jade green in c olor. consists of a progressive blackening of the flesh. The technique of purifying sexual desire consists of a course of meditations. What characterizes prophecy. of the kind one h .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 40 more obvious if he gives out personal theories to flatter his pride. and about a centimeter or more in height. and if he truly speaks in His name. the mortification of the nine senses of Man should embrace all th e biological and psychic activities endured by his Body and Soul. I n the darkness these mushrooms shine with a green luminescence. The prophet is always possessed of the Holy Spirit. in which one visualizes an ideal woman (or ideal man ). strange mushrooms grow upon this dead flesh. Then. * * * The purification of sexual impulses and their mastery We believe it useful to add a few specific instructions in the realm where the b attle is particularly difficult and painful. from a rose white shade to the dark est ebony black. the source of so many errors. indeed even disgrace or crime. and the medium is always possessed of a Dead Person. vo id of all fumigations. Id entifying the source of their prophecies is to locate the level of their spirituality. and Clairaudience to Sulfur of the Wise. and if he b elieves himself to have been chosen for his merits and intellectual qualities. but it has a ccomplices and instruments in the Body. and in a jail more somber than before. is that if the prophet is integrated into the frame work of a real Revelation. and if he believes h imself to have been called to complete or modify some religious corpus. one reminds oneself that the necrosis which takes over so rapidly in th e tomb and strips the skin from the body when the soul has left. which changes color little by little. This is very simple and ancient formula . Cla irvoyance corresponds to Mercury of the Wise. * * * In conclusion. Firstly. Once more the Spirit is prisoner. For is it the Wh ole Man who is prone to falling if he is not absolutely disciplined.

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beneath the form of a living being. rolled in on themselves. gifted with brilliance and all possible charms. or spheres of involutive manifestation. The teachingconsists of visualizing. which a seer of that period exclaimed in contemplating him from afar: Now he has thrown the world behind him * * * B) The Seven Deadly Sins And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. there is a sanctity in marriage. in the posture called the lotus position (also called à la Turque . Besides. 36 We do not recommend this method. these meditations can focus on an object of passion from whom one wishes to liberate oneself36. . as in real life (from the fact that they continue to grow after death and from the emaciation of the extremities. and the Apostles too. One might. are endowed with this ideal perfect ion. the Fiancée . The Prostitute . which is called Kallah. one might unite with the liberation achieved by Louis-Claude de Saint-M artin. Inve rted and opposed to this is the Little Tree of Death. We recommend what follows. and sitting. (John: Apocalypse. arms. The Rose+Croix of former times were married. immobile. In place of an imaginary ideal person. having seven heads and ten horns and on his heads a blasphemous name. take on this procedure. XIII. abdomen and sexual parts are necrosed. perhaps. which thus comes away from the roots ). 37 il n y a pas encore très longtemps I take this to mean it is a recent practice. Novices of Tibetan monasteries practice. On the Tree of Death flourish and shine the Qlippoth.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. given this previously described technique. believing it to be dangerous. but as usual could be wrong. hands fla t against the thighs). which are the spheres of e volving manifestation. chest. detached in a luminous body upon a completely dark base. The nails are i magined very long. it is said that the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim) corresponds in the manifest world to the Little Tree of Life. legs. the skeleton which it will one day fatally b ecome. 1) In the Hebrew Kabbalah. before a Charnel House.PV. as described above. Yet only the face. silhouette appearing as though shining from the ins ide. Perhaps it means this is practiced by relatively new novices? . not for a long time37. The thighs. Th en. The Sephiroth flourish and shine on the Tree of Life. Vaughan © May 2005 41 forever imagined. what their masters call the Meditation upon the Horrible . a symbol of the Death which is carried within in latent form. Qlippoth.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 42 From this it is evident that for each of the seven essential Virtues (four Cardi nal and three Theological) correspond seven opposed Virtues (from the Latin virtus: power). Th ese are the Seven Deadly Sins. As this Septenary is crowned with the two Sublime Virtues of Wisdom and Understanding, so two dark manifestations oppose them. These are: against Unders tanding, Blindness (of the Spirit), and against Wisdom, (fundamental) Error. Let us study this malefic ensemble in the spiritual plane. * * * 1st) Greed Greed takes the erring Mystic to an isolation which is both complete and sterile . Unveiling, revelation, teaching, transmission, all that he has himself received or learned from others are always painful and shocking to him. He hoards books and manuscripts, documents and initiations, but never conceives that he might be but a simple instrument of tra nsmission. The initiatory lines to which he has managed to attach himself he now divides up ane w, multiplying the tests, degrees and classes with the sole aim of delaying as long as possible the moment when he will be obliged to end his own role and make of yesterday s student his equal t oday, and perhaps even his superior tomorrow. Greed corresponds to Earth, and is the opposite of Prudence, in its very excess. 2nd) Gluttony Gluttony leads our Occultist to devour those documents, books, treatises, and sc hemes which are accessible to him without control: those doctrines which are most alie n, the most disparate teachings, as well as mixed teachings which he does not reject. Keen o n anything which pleases his curiosity and his appetite for knowledge, he swallows everythi ng for better or worse, and, from this strange mixture, if Pride is also present, he tries to ext ract from this a personal doctrine which he is sure completes, certainly alters, the original Tra ditions which he had thus pillaged and confused. If on the contrary it is Sloth which comes to mi x with his sensual cravings, the very excesses of his disparate knowledge, poorly digested by a lazy spirit, will lead him on day to suddenly return to materialism, where he can enjoy his r est38. Gluttony corresponds to Water, and is the opposite of Temperance39. 38 et il retournera au matérialisme, qu il estimera reposant any better ideas for trans lation? PV. 39 The text says Température (temperature), but I am sure he means Temperance! PV.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 43 3rd) Lust Lust makes him introduce a certain sensuality into all the initiatory areas wher e our Occultist is drawn to work. He will, a priori, be hostile to those doctrines he find too spiritual or too ascetic, and he will subscribe to the need to adjust things in a most libera l manner according to the exigencies of lower human nature. Religions and doctrines where sexuality plays a role (Tantrism, licentious Gnosticism, Vintrasism40, Sexual Magic, etc), are defended by him. For him, a mixed initiatory organization is always much better than an organization which is exclusively male or female! Above all, this failing is seen in the domain of easiness. He thoughtlessly tran smits the initiations and teachings to which he is heir to maladjusted recipients, or thos e foreign to this current. He easily cedes initiatory secrets to individuals of the opposite sex, in exchange for their favors! Finally, like the fornicators and spiritual adulterers reproached in Isr ael by the prophets or by the Christ, he becomes a follower of doctrines, initiations and ceremonies which are often diametrically opposed. In his interest or pleasure he will not hesitate to find his base curiosity stimulated there, turning to the lower currents when he perceives that the Highe r Powers serve him for nothing in these domains. Lust corresponds to Air and is opposed to Justice. 4th) Sloth Sloth carries the erring Aspirant towards a sort of quietism, which leads him, w ithout further thought, to appreciate perfection in a trite love of God, inaction of th e Soul, and absence of all external application. He is indifferent to the sickness of beings who sur round him, or, if he perceives it, he does nothing to care for them, believing that the ills they suf fer are the equitable 40 Named for Pierre-Michel Vintras (1807 1875) who claimed communication with ang els, St. Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and founded a sect based upon erotic-mystical masses involving a bloody h ost PV.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 44 + D 5 7 6 4 D + Fig. 3 The mortal and spiritual degradation follows the same progression as in Figure 1 , but in an inverted manner.

and relie s on Providence to give him access to moral perfection. he loses control of himself. often hidden within the banality of modest lives. And if he has the misfortune to become filled with hatred (a form even darker than Envy). and even if he is intellectually opposed to it. 6th) Anger When Anger manifests itself in the Aspirant. and imagines himself destined f or certain preeminence. and his impatience will bring him to bully the weak and the ignorant. Anger corresponds to the Mercury Principle. and with just reason.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. He suppresses doctrines. teachings. o f another. in the past and present. considering it an off ense that there are things which he doesn t have. He readily imagines himself to be in possession of secrets and teachings which have been revealed to him alone. and opposed to Charity. even if he already decided that they would be of no use to him. as in the future. Vaughan © May 2005 45 result of their own past errors. all around him. justified by his merits. his pseu do-knowledge could make of him a black magician. and it is impossible for him to per ceive those elite Souls who are a thousand times superior to him. . Pride corresponds to the Sulfur Principle. Envy corresponds to the Salt Principle. books and documents which could harm his int erests. Pride leads him to imagine he is morally superior to all the profane because he is intellectually more wealthy. In short. and opposes Faith. 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. and opposes Hope. 7th) Pride Pride has been called the father of all vices. In our bran d-new Occultist. He often imagines himself above all to hav e been some famous or important person in a previous pseudo-life. if he divines in this person a superiority which could eclipse his own. 5th) Envy Envy leads the pseudo-initiate to desire not only preferential places and pseudo honors. He will not cease from possessing all that others possess. but also inspires him not to hesitate to impede. considering Ignorance as sure a way as Know ledge. Finally he loses interest in himself. even prevent the advancement. he is one t o whom all is due and who in consequence demands all. In this environment he acq uires a firm and haughty contempt for what he calls Humanity. His judgments become as hasty as they a re definitive. Sloth corresponds to Fire (inverted) and is opposed to Strength.

which oppose the two Sublime Vir tues. . translation let me know. a nd Error opposes Wisdom. Eternal Truths become inaccessible to erring Man. Vaughan © May 2005 46 C) The Two Spiritual Crystallizations We write separately on the two Shadowy Virtues. Good and Bad. Beautiful and Ugly. sous des espèces ou des objects matériels. and through the allure of spe cie or material objects41. and wil l obstinately imagine himself to be in the Path of Light when he is on the Path of Darkness. In these realms all dis cernment is removed. evoked in the preceding chapter. By this the misguided Aspirant is not in a fit state to perceive what is of no u se to him. and Sulfur or the Gold of the Wise. piece by piece. and the Silver of the Wise. We saw there that Blindness opposes Understanding. when they have become such through a deliberate act of will.PV. 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. because of it. More particularly. it may only with difficulty contemplate a return under its own powers. ce q ui relie aux poles opposes de Bien et du Mal if anyone has a better. and when the Soul has gone sufficiently far in its descent towards spiritual Dar kness. the misguided Aspirant will now easily mistake Evil for Good. I t is in the Soul of the Satanist or Luciferian that this dark Power explodes and irradiates with the greatest 41 Nous met l impossibilité de percevoir. Given the impossibility of distinguishing what has been lost. and takes away the judgment of Good a nd Evil. and makes us prefer the letter that kills over the spirit which brings to life. It veils from us spiritual realities hidden beneath appearance. as well as reigning over the progr essive descent into Blindness that comes from a conscious letting go. 9th) Error This Dark Power brings us inner confusion. In truth. it reigns Mistress of the Soul of all materialists and atheists. Just and Unjust.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and one can say that. This becomes more serious when it clouds our sense of t he true and authentic in matters of religion. Light and Darkness. and clearly apprec iating his situation. if one cleaves to another religion. 8th) Blindness This Dark Power takes away discernment of Spirits. irremediably veils from us the esoteric ism and higher sense of texts. it prevents us from attaining a deep understanding of the Chr istian Scriptures or of another Holy Book.

Pauwels and J. in Dawn of the Magicians ). Vaughan © May 2005 47 amplitude. .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. The pseudo-initiatory doctrines of the famous Gurdjieff are both the greatest and saddest example42 42 My Way is a way contrary to Nature and God (quoted from L. Bergier .

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 48 PART TWO .

in the case of material Alchemy. according to Paracelsus. attracting the Universal Spirit. it is this vitriol which is the basis of the hermetic Work. the sal ammoniac of Arteph ius This operational series has been summarized in a famous lapidary sentence (the w ords have a strange resonance) by Basil Valentinus: Visita Interiora Terræ. and the Work will be so much the harder and longer when vitriol is more impure. once deprived of these principles. and you will find the hidden stone . of salt. The dead earth is clearl y the hyle of the Gnostics. or when the predetermined Element is in smaller quantity. in all things. Rectificando. Vaughan © May 2005 49 IV PHILOSOPHICAL VITRIOL The first magnetic agent serving to prepare the Solvent which some have called Alkaest is called the Green Lion It s a green and acerbic fruit as compared to a red and ripe fruit Fulcanelli: The Mystery of the Cathedrals There exist two vitriols. from which according to a process well known to the Hebrew Kabbalists one gets the word VITR IOL. What are the various alkalo ids: quinine. it is the salt (not Scel) which. the one that we see. then we hav e impure vitriol. sifnifies: Visit th e entrails of the earth. or rather vitriol can be found in two fo rms: pure vitriol. and this gives us our body. Invenies Occultum Lapidem . there is a soul. then we would have pure vitriol. if not the pure and active principles of these vegetabl es which. which he called the Predesti ned Element. sulfur and mercury. are without strength or activity? Now. says Tripied. through a series of actions. according to Paracelsus. and is drowned and disseminated in a mass formed of phlegm and dead (or damned ) earth. We have a striking example in the vegetable kingdom. In profane language. the Philosophical Lover.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. it is the primar y material of the Art. and impure or gross vitriol (Tripied: Philosophical Vitriol ) In truth. of not. and by an intimate union of the Volatile with the Fixed. etc. So. this phrase with its mysterious resonances. aconitine. let us suppose that we are able to suppres s this phlegm and this dead earth. will take the form of Mercury or Secret Fire. This predestined Element is composed. will gi ve us Sulfur.

We shall return later to the issue of censing. Hermetic ambia nce. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding. For Touch. Words and sentences carry within them an unsuspected soul. read and reread by hundreds of Adepts before us such a text becomes. a series of words of power. Rosicrucian. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character. we offer contact with old Hermetic books. reread. The Aspirant should first d istance himself from all foreign doctrines. We banish any evocative mixing with a different psychic atmosphere.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and Faith will inu ndate your soul! Yet I have already said enough for you to know that henceforth you must cr eate a mystical body. For Smell. linked to it s symbols and forms of teaching and to its traditions transmissions. An ancient work is alwa ys superior . Our five exterior senses should see the unfolding of their conditioned and manif old activities take place in a traditionally Occidental. and above all those most particularly linked to the definitive practi ce of magic. II) And earlier he counsels us in a precise manner: Coordinate all your actions and all your impressions. we begin to understand how one should perform the first action on the stage of spiritual Alchemy. strictly limited to these three qualities43. so that you mayform a perfe ct and harmonious whole. to make yourself absorb it in the bosom of the Absol ute (Op. Through this. in a way. almost always contradictory. we create a specific atmosphere by means of frequent censings at the time of our orisons. you will live in the hyperphysical. or foreign doctrines. engravings. A text which has been profo undly thought about. For inner Hearing. Pray first. which will substitute in all the visible actions of your body to effective ly use your immaterial forces. cit. Turn away from that which soils your view. and there i s the Way (Grillot de Givry: The Great Work . Grillot de Givry tells us this: Therefore do not ask for Faith to be able to pray. labora tory and oratory). He should know that for us. and a framework (workroom. For Sight. II) Let us restate these profound thoughts more clearly. In his short work dedicated to the esoteric path of the Absol ute. it is clearly necessary a bove all to have these symbols in us and around us. people of the West. which have encu mbered his spirit up till now. we offer only readings. Vaughan © May 2005 50 From this. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear. we have texts with a profound resonance in these three modes. read. meditated on and preserved with love by those who preceded us on the Way.

All objects become charged little by little in the course of thei r unconscious life: psychometry has made a definitive demonstration of this. Western or Occidental. Rosicrucian and Hermetic = PV. The reader always leave s something 43 That is.to a new book. .

we reserve the art of choosing. where one speaks neither clearly nor clear c ut. in the creases44 of its pages. Buddhism. so. . while traveling towards an identical Goal. and that knowledge coming out of that capital of the spirit which was Alexandria in Egypt. mix with the masses who. that we should remain. It is within such a framework that we create the indispensable inner climate fro m which. little by little. disappear. outside the church of Rome. We have numerous example of people who. following a welldetermined cycle. through the use of common rites and customs. Turn away from that which soils your view. Vaughan © May 2005 51 of himself. with wisdom and good taste. so that youmay form a perfe ct and harmonious whole. We must also clean the spiritual dwelling! And here. his inevitable mixture of incomprehension and comprehension. Brahmanism. And let us not. this incomparable fra mework of the Middle Ages. We also take care not to use those types of prayer which are altogether too much a part of some other exoteric confession. in his inner heaven the Aspirant sees a succession of symbolic seasons unfurl. from whence the Celtic traditions. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear. And what more evocative of these three norms than the medieval ambience. The power of E gregores is such that those who. Let us therefore let go of these formulae which bind us. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding. in entering in to curious and sure psychic or spiritual currents. those beliefs. to end. with its prayers whi ch are specifically evocative of the Goal towards which we are moving. and upon which we meditate often: Coordinate all your actions and all your impressions. to make yourself absorb it in the bosom of the Absol ute (Grillot de Givry: The Great Work . the gener al elements of this essentially Occidental. we reprise the counsel of Grillot de Givry which we have already quotes. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character. readings and disparate teachings which had unti l then diverted our spirit and scattered our efforts. are not traveling the same road as us. For Taste.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. celebrate the Mass according to its liturgy. Rosicrucian and Hermetic framework. etc Finally. upon the evolution of the Hermetic Work. mix together. the pow er of his efforts towards his goal nevertheless remains. It is within our Tradition. are eventually taken over by them and co mpletely rely on them: Islam. it is not enough to clean the material dwelling in whose framework our efforts unfold. II) * * * Just the Heavens and the influx of Stars pour out their regular rays. sooner or later end up coming back.

with the corresponding Angel. a temperament. according to this Table.The mystical season of each Cardinal Virtue corresponds to a terrestrial season. a n Element. 44 Creaux literally crevices = PV. and even an aspect of the divine Terram orph. an ascetic mode. .

teaches the necessi ty of these four roads. Vaughan © May 2005 52 Apostle Card. Justice to Hunger. and separates men and women in everyday life. with futil e preoccupations. 2) Silence of the heart. This is the first way of the Initiate. Epictetus tells us. . It consists of the fact : 1) Of avoiding mixing materially with others. Silence Silence comes in two types: 1) Silence of the tongue. with the profane crowd. or with another than God . where these conditions are binding. in the classic order: Water Air Fire Earth (see figure 1.. page XX). and to Prudence. Silence alone procures and leads to Knowledge of God. A. and Earth. Strength to Vigil.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. with the tetralogy well-known to the O ccultists: To know To will To dare To keep silent (Water) (Air) (Fire) (Earth) Which comprises the four Elements laid out exactly like the base of the Hermetic Tetractys. Sile nce equates to Earth. to which we will return later. Water. Solitude Solitude is the means of assuring silence of the tongue. in its Sufi heresy. We find these four mortifications as much in Christianity as in Buddhism and Isl am. By another than God one should readcontact with the Master who looks after one in the Celestial Assembly. B. This is the primary way for the Aspirant. or with God . Air.. and particularly the symbolism of the Sphinx. Think of God more often th an you breathe. consisting of the rejection of all other thoughts relat ive to Beings and created Things. This is why Islam which. Virtues Gift of the Holy Spirit Seasons Asceticism Element Archangel Luke Prudence Counsel Autumn Silence Earth Uriel Matthew Temperance Fear Winter Solitude Water Gabriel John Justice Piety Spring Fasting Air Raphael Mark Strength Courage Summer Vigil Fire Michael Thus Prudence corresponds to Silence. and Fire. consisting of the abstention of speaking other than thr ough God . Temperance to Solitude. in many respects like Chris tian monasticism.

and this leads to th e natural diminution of these kinds of needs. ii. . Vigil Vigil is the fruit of Hunger. It is none other than a type of process of introsp ection about several particularly important problems for the Gnostic: the problem of Evil. purity. Making the companionship of the Master whom one has in the Celestial Assembly permanent. 2). during a kind of doubling of the Soul outside of the Body. consideration of the elements o f problems and their arguments. and to Justice (Paul: Epistle to the Ephesians . b) The vigil of the Eye (vision). who explained to them that certa in typesof Demons can only be chased out by fasting. Now.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. for it expels useless sleep. etc Its elements are the basis of reason. 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 alone. or Fasting. consists of a reduction in nourishment. D. It corresponds to Water. mildness. There are two types of Vigil: a) The vigil of the Heart. 45 Vigil is about Meditation. calm. Hunger and Fasting Hunger. which instinctively seeks contemplation. by defining it.. iii. May the Aspirant recall the extreme fasts of all the great prophets and missiona ries of the Scriptures. Avoiding evil which one might do to a neighbor. But our Vigil has another purpose. It obeys three variables: i. a nd this is the first way of the Adept. IV). Vaughan © May 2005 53 2) Of avoiding in the inner realm contact with being and things of this world. It is assured in the spirit of poverty. relationships between God and Man. Avoiding evil coming from men. and to Temperance. It equates to Air. contact between Man and the Celestial Assembly cannot succeed except during sleep. procures Knowledge of Satan. mode sty. C. and of the recourse of Christ. Vigil alone procures Knowledge of the Soul. and particularly the fast of forty days. Solitude alone procures Knowledge of the World. It equates to Fire and to Faith45. A sleep susceptible to freeing the Soul is a sleep which comes about during a serious fa st. study of the divine mys teries. which realizes and objectivizes what is in the Heart (the Inner Temple and the Philosophical Egg). II. in the terrible solitude of the Judean desert. whose Prince it is . often weighed down by too abundant nourishment. or that of the failure of the Apostl es in the healing of a possessed man.

and must always be preceded by a Prayer wh ich has making contact with the higher planes as its goal (see pages XXX onwards. in one s personal Oratory. and page XXX). upon an equitable and reasonable comparison of analyzed arguments. . in rustic and sol itary places or at night. This P rayer comprises a purgative meditation. Vaughan © May 2005 54 * * * It necessarily rests upon a perfect understanding of the traditional sacred text s. It constitutes discursive meditation. in the single glimmer of a wax candle or a night-light. Meditation takes place in daytime. preferably in the open air.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A.

.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. 4 Spiritual progression follows the same process as in the alchemical path of figure 1. Vaughan © May 2005 55 D + 4 6 7 5 D + Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the King Strong Palace of the King WHITE BLACK COLD COLD Fig.

Vaughan © May 2005 56 V ELEMENTS OF THE GREAT WORK A. either for itself or for another. controll ing it (or governing everything whose action is subordinate to. in the infinite complexity of circumstances which can affect his actio n. so that. b. or the determination needed at the time for action. g. For.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. or familiar prudence. acquired or instilled from birth. regarding all that surrounds the said act. . with respect to the substance of this act. or regal prudence. Caution. Precaution. a commandment in the family. This very inclination comes to our aid for the same human reason each time it is needed. and all that is required for final illumination. and that is the Gift of Counsel. Remembrance of past things. so that every thing wishes to do at every moment is for the perfect realization of every Virtue. Clear-sight46 in principles of activity. As it is normally applied it is composed of several aspects. or memory. a commandment in society. d. c. 47 La révérence à l endroit de ce qu ont déterminé les plus Wise qui nous ont précédés. in every activity it prepares and orders all things as is proper. even pro viding for all the virtues. In this name we find a higher and transcendent inclination which perfects the ex ercise of reason in man. against all that could put an obstacle in the way. Reverence. It is often the ensemble of snares that the virtue of Prudence a llows us to avoid! 46 La claire-vue. and dependent upon it). for the things47 which the wisest men who have preceded us have determined. A gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Prudence. applied to every action. Circumspection. human reason remains forever subj ect to error or surprise. Wisdom. to discover that which it would be impossible to find out quickly fro m another. Prudence. This particular inclination makes it prompt and docile to receive the Holy Spirit (without special pursuit). e. being: a. f. properly speaking. h. Sane exercise of reason. Philosophical Earth: Prudence Prudence is an element of moral action which perfects the exercise of reason in Man. or compromise the result. has the quality of a commandment: a commandment to oneself. both general and specific. or individual prudence.

namely: a. that is to say. It manifests itself in several ways.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Philosophical Air: Justice Justice is a virtue which has the objective of having harmony reign in relations hips between Beings. Vaughan © May 2005 57 As a requirement to future development. because of the excellence or goodness of the Divine Majesty. Philosophical Water: Temperance Temperance is a virtue which in all things maintains the affective party respons ive to the command of reason. consisting of dispelling the inner movement of the passion of eq uity. B. consisting of refraining from. of considering all things relating to the pleasure of the senses. c. is founded upon their own moral or physical. Prudence and the Gift of Counsel is obtained through the practice of Silence. with a ho ly respect. consisting of choosing not to follow the violent emotions of pass ion. following the virtue of Cha rity. having regard to the excellence of the end whi ch Traditional Revelations gives us. wh ich corresponds to Philosophical Earth. as being perfectly non-existent or dangerous. and before all the Gift of Counsel. Continence. which the virtue of Justice demands to see more equitably corrected and expiated things which are ineluctably necessary. a desire for one s own excellence. Temperance and the Gift of Fear are obtained through the practice of Solitude. spiritual or material good . . as Anger should never take hold. The gift of Fear consists of the act of standing before the Traditional Book of Revelations. to various degrees. b. C. external action and movements of a carnal nature. Forbearance. this virtue is therefore the first one t o acquire. founded upon mutual respect between the Beings themselves which. d. Modesty. Moreover. which is the Gift of Fear. as a corrective method for the ills committed by another. Clemency. it consists of the act. consisting of moderation or regulation. a desire to know what is not immediately useful to us or which is useless for our final goals. moderating or regulating the affectiv e party in those things which are less difficult than precedents. so that it does is not disposed to be induced by those pleasu res which more particularly interest the five external senses. finally to bear ourselves in a manner which leads to the virtue o f Temperance. w hich corresponds to Philosophical Water. and the fact that o ne does not fear anything more than exposing to becoming distanced from Him as a result of error and fault. which presents us with a more or less exact image of God.

which makes Man fit to receive th e direct and personal action of the Holy Spirit. or a fear of failure. will never turn away from his duty. which is the characteristic of enduring with stoicism. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the virtue of Strength. that is to say the Fast. . served and obeyed as if by a son. considered in the most distant mysteries of his divine life as a father or a chief . regarding great and important undertakings. both between themselves. which is of a different sense and less amenable to t hese limiting norms. which one wishes to accomplish. while lookin g to the final Reintegration. where it is arduous or costly to accomplish. and in different degrees. It applies equally well to temporal goods. and this is the Gift of Piety. Justice and the Gift of Piety are obtained through the practice of Hunger. the First Cause. Magnificence.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. which corresponds to Philosophical Air. which consists of combating fear of the length of exertion to achieve the Good. b. Vaughan © May 2005 58 So its aim is to regulate our duties strictly with regard to other Beings. wi th the father of the great divine family. As su ch. It crowns the virtue of Justice and all its associations. also called Courage. and that is the gift with the same name. Magnanimity. tenderly re vered. Spirits. it is distinguished from Charity. more particularly to endure the hostile intervention of other men in their relationships with us. d. c. to treat with all other men as with all reasona ble Creatures (Angels. It makes peace and order reign. so that the Good and S uperior Being who more or less unites them. It consists of standing firm against the greatest fears. Demons) in our relationships with them. It manifests in several aspects. The gift of Piety is assuredly that which puts the most perfect seal upon extern al relationships when men can have or should have. Perseverance. Also. on this occasion. with the First Cause. consisting of fortifying hope. Philosophical Fire: Strength Strength is a virtue which had the objective of perfecting moral order in the af fective party in Man. Patience. D. and brings him to treat with God. so that Man. and in mo derating the most imprudent audacity. both in individual life as well as in the collective life. and wit h God. as to the reputation and spiritual digni ty of one s fellow man. which are: a. or those of evil spirits if the occasion presents itself. consisting of a resolution of the affective party which strengt hens or rules the movement of hope. all the sadness which may come to us in the present lif e. Piety is the habitual resolution of that will. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Justice.

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children of God. E. X. 34). This effective substitution. Strength and the gift of this name (or Courage). which comes to all). of Reintegration for all the ills and sadness of terrestrial life. the Gift of Strength (or Courage) allows him to overcome the sorrow which accompanies the separation which Death creates. up to the order which is God s own. without giving by itself the sole higher blessing which compensates and does dut y for him. It is by means of the gift of Strength (or Courage) than Man is thus moved by the Holy Spirit. Those principles of activity. A participation of Divine Nature which. is obtained through the practic e of Vigil. be it human or angelic (being therefore abo ve the original world of manifestation in Creation). He judges among the gods (Psalm 82). From this comes the phrase of the Psalm: God stands in the congregation of the mighty. and that from the Gospel: I said: you are gods (John. as God acts Himself. proportional to this divine state. The ess ential purpose of this gift is.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. firstly with the intermediate Celestial Powers. raise s us above and despite all natural order. the victory of Man over Death and over all the terrors which it inspires. which makes us act as true secondary agents. loving Him as He loves. of this mystical commun ication. the gift corresponding to the Holy Spirit addresses those dangers and ills which are definitely not within the power of Ma n alone to overcome. in the So ul of the Adept. as he knows that Reintegration and Life Eternal flow from them. of absolute Charity. rejoicing in him as He rejoices Himself. as he marches towards the Supreme Goal (including Death itself . Thus. then with the Divine Plan itself. when considered under the idea of this contact. presupposes two things in us: a. both easy and welcome. The Salt Principle: Charity Charity is a virtue which raise us up to a life of communications. making gods of us (evidently secondary gods). is the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit. in fact. and introducing us to His intimate presence. . b. knowing Him as He knows himself. with all the blessings and joys of present life. despite all the difficulties or all the perils whic h can place themselves across Mans path. according to it s own advantage and which it deigns to communicate to us. Vaughan © May 2005 59 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. which corresponds to Philosophical Fire. through its own activity. Charity. divining our own nature itself. These two mystical realizations are intimately linked to the presence.

The gift of Wisdom (which is not THE Wisdom). under the action of the Holy Spirit. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Hope is the Gift of Kno wledge48. to avoid his own responsibilities. In the initiatory life. being gift ed with a conscience which does not participate in its own surrender of principles. as those which can and should one day be our total illumination. to judge all things with his intelligence. which it necessarily presu pposes. F. The Mercury Principle: Hope Hope is a virtue which sees that our will. It is through this vow of Poverty that one also obtains the Gift of Wisdom. The Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Charity is the Gift o f Wisdom. under the occult actio n of the Holy Spirit. nor. honors and the joys of this Inferior World. coming under o ur control. and he wishes for himself and all Mankind. but instinctively and in an absolutely intuitive manner. not through the use of the natural process of re asoning. must be able to judge with absol ute certainty and infallible truth. the true character of thing s created in their relationships with those of Hope. brings Man. the Philosophical Su lfur. in the spiritual as in the material domain. so that it has deigned to manifest itself to us through Faith. Vaughan © May 2005 60 Absolute Charity flows from an act of total love. those which Faith reveals to us. to be point of suffering oneself. to strive to prevent e vil and to promote good. This virtue is absolutely inaccessible without Faith. which leads one. the highest and most sublime of all Causes which is Divine Wi sdom itself. immediately and forever. is inclined towards Eternal Truths. 2) Beneficence. This is so that they might be admitted and pro . through divine action. and hold this wretchedness and suffering as one s own . Such teachings have never served except to veil the latent amorality of those wh o make them their own. that is a scorn for belongings. Knowledge. in all th e ontological aspects of life. therefore knowing both. by which man wishes God the in finite gift which Faith has revealed. really and intimately. this i ndissoluble gift of God. that is to say. which however should not be confused with the Sublime Virtue of that name. Moreover. which is the first postulate. which leads one to feel pity for the wretchedness of Others. for it is Faith alone which gives Hope its purpose and the means to apply it. claims t o be situated above them both. Man.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Charity contains certain secondary aspects: 1) Mercy. in taking as the nor m or as his personal rule for judgment. Charity corresponds to the vow of Poverty. knows neither how to ignore good and evil.

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wh ich should not be confused with one of the two Sublime virtues bearing that name. 49 That is to say one shouldn t come to this vision of divine things by means of I nferior Entities. in the material World.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. As such. 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 of all th at comes to him through the channel of Traditional Revelation. Vaughan © May 2005 61 they should serve as the ends and object of our conduct. and allows the obtaining of the Gift of Intelligence. under the action of the Holy Spirit. in Hi s desire to communicate with Man the final object of His purpose. and by the channel of the most banal magical evocation. In the initiatory life. In the initiatory life. o r at least (in the vase of very profound mysteries) of allowing them to be approached. the possibility. which is in fact Reintegra tion. Ambition and childish reasoning. ensuring that the spirit of Man. is not sexual abstinence). It is this which gives us the ability to discern Spirits. H. of all the related propositions in a way which leads to a clear understanding. The Gift of Intelligence (Which is not Understanding) helps the virtue of Faith in leading to knowledge of divine virtue. without mutual decline or depravity. Hope corresponds to the vow of Chastity (which. notably by God Himself. penetrati on and information. is in harmony with the Eternal Truths. but as their indistinct perception. and the existence of an Invisible World. throu gh types or material objects. which comprise the affirmations of Traditio nal Revelation. and it is this which allows Man to free himself from the servitude of the senses. the Knowledge of Good and of Evil. Understanding is the knowledge (gnosis) of Absolute Divine Things. penetrates the sense of those terms. of perceiving that which connects the opposing poles of Good a nd Evil. intuition. of which our world below is but an imperfect an d inverse reflection. as an ordinary huma n couple can perpetuate the forms of the species in a natural and legitimate manner. G. Faith corresponds to the vow of Submission. immediately seizing tha t which. on the contrary. while preser ving all their importance intact. in Chris tian marriage. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to Faith is the Gift of Intelligence. or. which can . themselves covered in shadow. which is its first postulate. The vow of Chastity is the first postulate. is o pposed to them. The Silver of the Wise: Understanding Understanding is the attribute which corresponds to vision. Light and Darkness49.

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or the Holy Books if one extols another religion. it affirms us in our certainty. and in the imperfect reflections here below. symbols. while not allowing us to understand completely. In the pierced side of Christ. which is impossible. or spiritual realities. but by a kind of intuitive and subconscious vision. Understanding reveals the higher symbolism of Perceptible Signs: rites.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. the celestial realities thus deformed or veiled: as in t he carpenter of Nazareth. objects. then. . sacramental mate rials. and more particularly the profound meaning of the Christian Script ures. Understanding shows us the effects in the cause. it reveals to us the invisible and unique source of the essential Sacraments. thei r higher significance. it gives us a partial vision of God. According to Thomas Aquinas. reminiscent of the hermetic pelican o f the Rose-Croix. disciple of Albert the Great. in the Christ leaving his Apostles at the Asc ension. his future Glory outside the Parousia50. for example in the blood of Chr ist. to use a term d ear to Martinez de Pascuallis. the purification of our Soul and our reconciliation. under the appearances. not revealing it complet ely to us. the Creator Logos. This Virtue shows us the Eternal Realities achieved through Faith on a day that. At a higher level. no lon ger intuitively as Faith. the esotericism of texts. but by making us understand with absolute certainty. Vaughan © May 2005 62 It lets us penetrate the hidden meaning in words. at the End of Time. etc It lets us understand. that w hich 50 The Second Coming PV. shed at Calvary.

as the alchemical progression in figure 1.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. 5 The gifts of the Holy Spirit here follow the same progression. . mastery of the passions. The two higher elements left blank on the figure (Mercury and Sulfur of the Wise ) are probably the gifts of Integrity and Grace. in their developm ent. Vaughan © May 2005 63 D + 4 6 7 5 D + Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the Queen Strong Palace of the King Strong Palace of the King WHITE BLACK Fig. and the immortality of the body. The gift of Grace comprises union with God: his descent into us. The gift of Integrity comprises three privileges: innate kn owledge.

the Christ was a divine en tity. N. but in the event of specific perception. Wisdom makes us judge all things by judging them according to the highest of Cau ses. and it doesn t operate integrally but through elimi nation. nor in Intelligence as knowledge of Good and Evil. And here finally is Charity. Wisdom is the use of which it is made. which is the basis of the birth of Wisdom within us . Understanding reveals to us also that which Denys the Areopagite called the divine darkness . having understood it. the Knowledge of the two opposites. We note that among the Gnostics and the Templars. inseparable from God. and had not connection with the historical Jesus. from which all others depend and which itself depends on no other. among the facts accessible to Underst anding. flows from an act of complete love. of the Mercury Principle and the Salt Principle.B. for him self and for all other Beings. to a gift which it perceiv es as the dominant one. Vaughan © May 2005 64 He knows to be. It i s in some way the superior aspect. It is by this virtue that the Adept can reach the highest degree of knowledge accessible to humankind here bel ow. . It is the spontaneous intelligent and comprehensive submission. he no longer k nows how to confuse it with its opposite. th e Knowledge of Good alone. defined it. an æon. as we have seen. of its complete knowledge. As such it is discrimination between Good and Evil.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. it is the act of total love which w ill serve him as a touchstone. of his vision of all the possibilities in God. In fact. being the result of the action of Faith and Charity. by which Man wishes for God the Infinite Good that Faith allows him to know Him. this same Good. absolute Charity. which is. all in all. Seeing that he only seeks Good. In all that the trawl-net of his understanding of things will bring. I. The Gold of the Sage: Wisdom Wisdom consists of the choice of the best. and he desires. Wisdom is the purifying filter of the action of Understanding within him. If Understanding is total Knowledge. since this knowledge does not live in the event of general perception. It therefore presupposes this.

extend as f ar as the manifestations of the Spiritual. like the sense of the Sacred which it expresses. the Spi ritual World is outside the reach of our modern experimental techniques. and . then. but very frequent mental invocations can keep man in the presence of God53. being humbly excited by the exterior fire. through the intermediary of physiology. as Dr. True Prayer is the daughter of Love. and by the means of rites. when they wish to travel on t he Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom. sacrifices from which it flows. the scientific world understands the totality of what is observable. as if in its natural habitat. it calcines it. This state is not of an intellectual nature: it therefore remains as m uch inaccessible as incomprehensible to the rationalist philosopher and the ordinary thinker. guides. How. This domain can. one must first make an effort to strain towards the Divinity. ceremonies. or with the First Ca use. gods. archetypes. and. dissolves it. Far from consisting of a vain and monotonous recitation o f formulae. Holy men of God. a state in which his consciousn ess approaches the Absolute. sublimates it. It clothes its highest exp ression in Prayer. such says the Cosmopolite Limojon de Saint-Didier: TheHermetic Triumph The sense of the divine is expressed above all by religious emotiveness. It is therefore through systematic observation of the praying Man that we learn of what consists the phenomenon of Prayer. begin by meditating on the sacred verses. may one acqu ire a positive knowledge of Prayer? Fortunately. Kircher: OEdipus Ægyptiacus ) But Prayer. Prayer represents Man s effort to communicate with all incorporeal or metaphysical Entities: ancestors. because it 51 The Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom are the thirty-two first verses of Genesis. It transforms all adversities in to delights. saints. at the summit of the preceding pyramid. true Prayer represents a mystical state for man. To pra y. so Kabbalistic tradition tells us. Vaughan © May 2005 65 VI THE PHILOSOPHERS FIRE: PRAYER This Fire is an igneous spirit. Think of God more often than you b reathe Epictetus told us. and resolves it in turbulentwater. P. etc. wh ich is the whole first Chapter. which accompanies this necessary ensemble. And. Very short. It is the salt of knowledge.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. the technique of it s production and its effects52. it makes it ger minate in the heart of man. which introduces into a subject the same nature as the Stone. and there prepare themselves properly by the means of holy Prayers51 (R. is from all evidenc e a spiritual phenomenon. Carrel judiciously notes in his study.

. Carrel: Prayer.the first verse of the Second Chapter. See R. Ambelain: The Demiurge. 53 One is reminded of the Hesychasm of the Orthodox church PV. 52 A. pp 98 to 1 02.

These variations are linked to various other fundamental activities: moral sense. Psychologically. Carrel observed. from the interior voice which speaks inside us. The opposite is equally true. Pray and work And the popular adage adds: To work is to pray . said the old Herme tic device. that is to say. as A. a fundamental activity. of which Lim ojon de Saint-Didier spoke in the epigraph quoted at the head of this chapter. and which can be seen equal ly among the primitive as well as the civilized. by this he deprives himself of a precious treasure. the prayer. And. play ing in the spiritual realms which remain unknown or unexplored: Or et Labor . Perhaps the man who prays. Greece and Rome are sad examples. e ach one of us will find beyond death that which.born out of his inner temple which was its cradle. its original prototype. can it never be ours? Do we not need it t o be explained to us? Let us imagine we listen attentively. because one must love to pray. his own Celesti al City . In this case. since Paul tells us: Faith is the substance of things hope d for . and repeat it with exacti tude Who will tell us to be like a child.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and that is its constructive role. and which is his Celestial Jerusalem. one can deduce that the man who doesn t pray doesn t weave his own immortality. Vaughan © May 2005 66 is the daughter of Love.C. constructs this glorious form in another world. and which joins with the Fire introduced into the subject . There is besides another role of Prayer. the sense of the divine appears to be a impulse coming out of t he deepest place in our nature. and the believer towards another life. The atheist travels towards annihilation. in our carnal lives. We can conclude that that perhaps too. It is besides worth noting that the sense of the divine pushed to the level of intolerance and fanaticism lead t o the same sad . praying equates to working. aesthetic sense. notably personal will. in the same order of things. in exchange f or the original celestial influx. history shows us that the loss of moral and sacred sense in the majority of a nation s constituent elements leads to its fall and its rapid subjection by neighboring peoples who have themselves preserved that w hich is often lost through one sown fault. All depends on what one understands by this word. From this. with one s hands54. de Saint-Martin: The Man of Desire ) We shall see later that we should understand this. for him. and because one must be sublime and virtuous to love But this Prayerwhich is do efficacious. regarding the voice who tells us ? (L. through a type of two way flow: the projection of the terrestr ial world into the celestial plane. this body of light which w as spoken of by the Manicheans. we had hoped for.

Besides. linked to a regular affinity to the contingent universe. penetrated by an impond erable element called consciousness .Now the living body. . sum of tissues and organic liqui ds. man is composed of tissues and organic liquids.results. has its own existence. Can we n ot then suppose 54 Ambelain uses the word oeuvrer PV.

In this. just as respiration and nutrition are for the physical body. In this . is it forbidden to see the Immanent Being . Plato was right when he declared that to merit the name of Man. a s he was called by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. as Nietzsche thought. aesthetic sense and intelligence. The spirit is both reason and sentiment. to be attentive and tomake dynamic what the lips and brain conjointly giv e forth. it is doubtful whether s uccess in life demands the maximum. Joined with intuition. and is a natural and normal function of our spirit. which normal religions call God. affective and spiritual activities. to meditate than to eat or drink! Prayer is the equivalent of a biological activity dependent upon our structure. Prayer can then be t hought of as the agent of the natural relationship between our consciousness and its particular e nvironment. that of pure form equally to that of action. moral sense. there? In the affirmative. written a book . it not praying. our soul in a word. in conseque nce of an infantile passion for the light of reason We must be careful to make a distinction in its practice. Martinez de Pascuallis called t he Man of Desire . where only the lips have any real activity. if it resides in material organs.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. repeated over and over again with no true investment of spirit. then. Vaughan © May 2005 67 that consciousness. Prayer is thus the complement and essential tool of all this transmutation of Ma n. from whic h it draws the elements of its preservation: oxygen. integral development of each of our physiological. nitrogen. a universe which we can no more evade than our body of flesh could avoid the material universe55. where our consciousness draws upon the same principl es for its own preservation and its moral health. the sense o f the Divine give the human personality it full flowering. is similarly prolonged out side of the physical continuum? Is it forbidden to believe that we are plunged in a spiritual universe (and by this fact. even our consciousness having access to two different worlds).Now. The great psychoanalyst Jung assured us that: Many neuroses are caused by the fac t that many people wish to remain blind to their own religious aspirations. the First Cause. The recitation of vagu e formulas. carbon. From this. hydrogen. and his master. To neglect it is to atrophy our own principle . it is no more shameful to pray than to br eathe. and this by op eration of the nutritive and respiratory functions? In this spiritual universe. Once again it is necessary for the Inner Man . planted a tree. and we should love beauty and knowledge as much as moral beauty. one should have created a child. intellec tual.

55 There is probably a better way of putting this. and the Crucible only knows how to be the Heart. The French is: univers dont no us ne pouvons guère plus nous passer que notre corps de chair ne peut le faire de l univers materiel another tortu ous grammatical Gordian knot from Ambelain! PV. if austerity an d asceticism are the elements. . fuel from its initial impurities.it is the Fire.

and the day star arise in our hearts (Peter: 2 Epistle: 1. a short but dangerous procedu re. according to the words of Scr ipture: Untilthe day dawn. and the moist path. a long but sure procedure.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. the dry path. 19) 56 Alchemy comprises two procedures. . Vaughan © May 2005 68 The Work is long via the moist path56! It endures.

this initiation into a secret Rite which was new to Abraham. was around the twelft h Egyptian dynasty. the blessing of the cup of wine. because of this.C. which includes the presenc e of Matzoh or azyme bread. when Melchizedek transmitted the sacrificial rite of Bread and Wine of Corn and Vine to Abraham. if it is a spiritual poison. just as material nourishment is capable of supporting our material life if it is wholesome. From this. innocent enough in appearance. . in the heart of Solomon s Tem ple.PV. he had the powers of the Most High God. according to history. so there may exist a spiritual. Vaughan © May 2005 69 VII THE ELIXIR OF LIFE57 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest58 of the most high God Genesis: XIII. affirms that which is above is like unto that which is below. and the rite of Kiddush. for reasons whic h become evident later in the chapter PV. 57 In French. Let us look at this a little more closely. nineteen centuries B. we meet again the offering of azy me bread and wine. p sychic life or. 18 This phrase. when he received it from Melchizedek. destroys it. Indeed. Abraham transmitted to all his po sterity. alongside the propitiatory bloody sacrifices of animals. has however an unsuspected depth in the context of Judaeo-Christian Tradition. in the celebrated Emerald Tablet attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. on the contrary. and that certain people knew there was a nother God besides the common gods. This has been perpetuated in the rite of Seder. Moreover. during the time of the Middle Empire. in more or less go od taste.. When the Christ made it the basis of all Christian ritual he called himself the Sacrificer after the Orde r of Melchizedek . * * * There is a well-known Hermetic axiom which. 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. For if. 58 Ambelain substitutes the word sacrificateur implying sacrificer . which Rationalists never cease to attach to their negations regarding the value of this Rite. So his Apostles and heir Disciples received an ordination from him dating back to a certain origin in the time of Abraham which. psychic nourishment which supports our spiritual. to the whole of the future Israel. the Elixir of Long Life . or on the contrary destroying i t if it is a poison. this shows that Gnosis existed already. we can assert a priori that.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A.

etc ) intended to summon the Genies. I am the five daily acts of sacrifice. the priests consume them ritualistically. the Sabbath. which number twelve (one for each tribe) which remains six day upon the Table of Witness. and half-con sumed by the priests of Israel. it is the Fetishist who still transcribes secret signs upon a skin. offering sacrifices to the Dead upon tombs. the benediction and the imbibing of the cup of wine. visual (contemplation). 16 . wh ich he then washes in blessed water60. and this is then drunk by the infirm or possessed person. It is also the Arab Geomancer. that although they do not la ck meat from domestically raised or hunted animals. actually commu ned with Evil Beings. and for this very reason. in all ages.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. nasal. I am the transcendental incantation. so that the querant may thus be momentarily and literally possessed and controlled by them during the throwing of the points of the Geomantic figures. It is the ritual anthropophagy of certain Africans. I am the oblations offered to the departed ancestors. and that the rite s associated with this communion have always worn the appearance of an assimilatio n through the oral. route often as a material as similation with spiritual purpose: The Nations of Canaan. It is the Shewbread. etc. We gorge ourselves on them in the manner the white man eats his good god ! one of them will naively explain to an ind ignant missionary. It is the animal victims. sanguine. 16 17) I am the offering. . or the brain of an intelligent man. half-consumed on the altar of holocausts. It is the blood of ritual incisions. who pushes an earthenware stove on which boil mag ical resins (incense. I am clar ified cow ghee. myrrh. I am the healing herb. a more accurate translation of Verse 16 PV. the hand of an adroit man. On the seventh day. beneath the face of the querant. unites them eternally in the traditions of the Romany gypsies61 of Central Europe.17) Nowadays. mixed and drunk by newly-weds. they will eat the heart of a courage ous warrior. I am the fire and I am the act of offering. their Works were evil (The Book of Jubilees . XXII. 59 I am the seven Vedic fire rituals. the sacrifice. people have tried to establish communion (or communeunion) with the Entities whose existence and presence they suspected. galbanum.. together wit h the offering. crowned with tears of frankincense. who thereby unite spiritually with Yahweh their god. Vaughan © May 2005 70 We suggest first that. the clarified butter. in order to be im pregnated in the Tabernacle of the Covenant by the Shekinah (the divine presence . the pneuma hagion ). in which the ink signs are effaced and dissolve. the Fire 5 9 (Bhagavad Gita: XI. the ritual herb.

. PV.60 Eau incantée lit. water over which incantation have been said 61 Tziganes PV.

and refused to eat the meats consecrated to the national gods . thanks to him. 20) In the agrarian rites of Dionysius. sometimes by the intromission of the tongue in the mouth of the recipient 62 In the Egyptian religion. which in spring. etc. But here again. presaging the he-goat of Azaël?. which is also simultaneously a sort of slightly subverted in itiation. the Templars were accused of drinking the ashes o f their dead Brothers mixed in wine and the blood of a black cat! Even nowadays in the land of Islam. X. It is why Israel. through him. in the depths of the naos62 barred to the profane . so that it might be revive d in the Mystery. image of the solar go d. as St. like Dionysius and Orpheus. people seek to drink or eat the alimentary l eftovers abandoned by a holy man or a wise man: tea. to the resurrection of Christ. 63 In this verse of the bible there is no mention of the gods of nations . lives again in th e Initiate. But Hiram. passes (Pâques = passage64) across the horoscope or First House of the world. Paul later reminded them: The national gods are demons. . a fallen god. at the instant the sun rose. There indeed is a matter for meditation. in the Mysteries. respite the most dreadful tortures. Vaughan © May 2005 71 In the same epoch the priests of Osiris. For. who must resume his new life as a Man! The Christian Eucharist. but the point is still valid despite the rewriting of the epistle PV. the time of renewal. in the Masonic ritual . placed the ir lips upon the lips of the statue of god. the naos was a wooden or stone shrine in which the spirit of the deity was perpetually present PV. cake. Thus he was supposed to imbibe the breath of Osiris. which is the sign of Aries. It concerns itself with the bringi ng to life. as prefigured in the Jewish tradition. ever refused to burn incen se before idols. and I don t desire that you would have communion with demons 63 (Paul: I Corinthians. From this they clandestin ely receive a baraka or blessing. in the fourteenth century. On the other hand. of a dead man. concerns itself with the bringing a Man to life in the Mystic Body of God! Some have occasionally compared the resurrection of Hiram.. this initiation is regularly transmitted by the rite of transferring of saliva from the mufti to the new sheik. we see an inverted Eucharist. The Orphic rites implied the same Mystery. a virgin goat. Yet why was it necessary for the lamb to be replaced by its antithesis: the kid.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. * * * This principal of communion through material absorption was so well accepted tha t later on.. they partook of a kid.

64 Pâques is French for Easter and Ambelain makes the point that its root is both in Passover and Passage. Note that Pâques is Easter and pâque is Passover. . PV.

O ETERNAL ONE. what was that Supper. Therefore be praised. P erhaps he meant rather: in . who has taken us for Your People. son of David. The word bloody seems rather inappropriate here. Sovereign of the Universe. of the sacrifice of Melchizedek. a weekly rite. * * * Now. perpetuated in Osrael from the time of Abraham. Orthodox or Latin) is but the transposition. and says: It was then the sixth day. who has sanctified us through Your Commandments. if not a very orthodox Judaic ceremony. and thus pontiff and king. Sovereign of the Universe. in Your Lo ve. and who. after the Office. So. which is how it happen ed 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. the LORD rested from all the Works which HE had accomplished. up to the time of Christ. through of the rite of Shewbread and the Cup of Kiddush. O ETERNAL ONE. takes the Cup filled with Wine. The thanksgivings which the Evangeli sts tell us were pronounced at the end of the banquet by the Christ. As this rite is certainly completely unknown to ordinary Christians. They still figure in the present day collection used by practicing Jews. 66 en mode sanglant et invisible .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and sometimes by the simple act of spitting. who was consecrated by Melchizedek. for on th at day. has 65 I could find no translation. and of the Melchizedekian rite to follow. but the meaning is clear enough PV. in a bloody66 a nd invisible manner. And the Heaven and the Earth and all that they contain ed was ended. what does the Christian tradition tell us? That the transubstantiation of the Eucharistic species. and HE rested the seventh d ay from all that HE had done. our GOD. we give it here by right of record. one goes to the table. were ritual prayers. our GOD. composed first ly of the annual Passover (with the partaking and mandating of a lamb and bitter herbs ). GOD blessed the seventh day and HE to sanctified it. who has created the fruit of the vine ! Be praised. however recalling to our readers to note the remnants and echoe s of the Eternal Liturgy which that night gave to the words which had been unchanged for centurie s Kiddush Or the Inauguration of the Sabbath On Friday evening. sometimes by introducing a f inger soaked with saliva. at the moment of the co nsecration of the Bread and the Cup. Vaughan © May 2005 72 (a word which perfectly states what is happening!). On the seventh day GOD had achieved His Work. at the time of the Litur gy (whether Eastern or Western.

a fundamental yet invisible manner ? PV. .

Therefore be praised. and reminds us that You had us come out of Egypt. susceptible to coagulation. The matzoh67 is br oken. so the Eucharistic liturgy links the wheat and grape sugar to the Saving Essence about which we have just spoken. From this fact. Vaughan © May 2005 73 given us the holy Sabbath Day in commemoration of the Creation. XXII. without receiving legitimate powers and the pronunciation of sacred w ords. had reclothed himself as Man70 And we certa inly don t drink his blood. O ETERNAL ONE our God. O ETERNAL ONE. Psalm 127 (Song of Degrees) is recited: When the Eternal brought the captives from Zion. and through the power which He freely and eternally conferred upon a Rite ordered of the Apo stles: Do this in memory of Me (Luke: Gospel. 68 tirer lit. red. 67 Lit. transubstantiation will then be effected. We do not g ive them here. linked in fact to the very essence of the Savior by a mysterious grace wished by Him. and in Your Love. . the Eucharistic species remain what they were at their creation. warm. and which impregnates and transm utes the materiality of the Eucharistic species in consequence of His Promise at the Supp er. linked by His promise. according to the words of St. But when the Divine is mixed with them. round loaf PV. for they are rather long. we were like people who dreamed 69 ). cellular flesh of Him who. then the Graces . Then the following Benediction is said over two whole breads. eaten. They may be found in the collections of Dail y Prayers . Christ is not torn to pieces and eaten savagely by drunk and furious bac chantes. that it is we who m You have chosen and sanctified amidst all peoples.19) As sugar placed in a porcelain sugar bowl remains sugar and the sugar bowl remai ns porcelain. and given to each of those present: Be praised. who provides68 the Bread and the Wine After the Meal. feeling. occult and mysterious. Augustine. as in the religious orgies of ancient Thrace. by His Order made twenty centuries ago. of the Israelites of the Ashkenazi Rite (Tephillath Adath Yeschouroun: Editions Dur lacher).Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. You have given us as a heritage the holy Sabbath Day. Sovereign of the Universe. and just as the Philosophical Stone changes lead into gold . We absorb a subtle substance. * * * But how do we conceive of the Occult meaning of the Eucharist? Certainly we do not eat the living. at Jorda n. draws PV. in the In visible. This day is the first among solemnities. who has sanctified the Sa bbath.

70 Avait revêtu l Homme PV. .69 Ambelain appears to be confused as the Song of Degrees is not the psalm quote d here PV.

that Peter received in a dream (Acts of the Apostles): X. the Eucharist of the faithful isn t the Eucharist of the priest. in the Latin Rite. so the Soul of Christ passes through us in the Wine Now. It is.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. dispersed by the Fall. With the Eucharist. Vaughan © May 2005 74 Then. year by year. and the Wine is the mystic soul . the Jews received the order only to consume exsanguinated meat. we absorb an occult and mystic change . the Host. or spirit. * * * Reintegration. fish . Just as the bestial passions of consumed animals were passed along in the blood of the Israe lites with those of impure animals. and Humanity saved from the Demiurge. because the blood carries the passions that. vegetable) as having been purified forever. The Bread is the mystic body of Christ. as a transmuting sugar would. In his turn. And it is because all Creation which f ell with Adam (and the Choir of Preexistent Souls which constitute it) reascends with Christ. It is represented by the Eucharistic bread. the order henceforth to consider all foodstuffs. It lacks one of t . ensure the porcelai n sugar bowl would little by little become sugar in its turn. 9 to 15). etc and also of v egetarianism in all the branches of Christianity71. when placed in the bowl. consists of the slow and pr ogressive working out of the PREEXISTENT CHURCH. if we impregnate ourselves with it sufficiently and often enough during t he course of our terrestrial life. For this cha nge . our Fatherstell us. meant. and form the psyche into the nous. Without this Vestment . a philter of immortalit y which. This is the incorporation into the Mystic Body of Christ. this CHURCH i s the Mystic Body of Christ. at Sinai. become analogous to that of God. in fact. To absorb it is to build our own mystic body. From this comes the suppression of the interdictions against blood. could transmute us little by little. for it is made to be worn. where the ordinary faithful communicate in one kind. through a second transubstantiation. And this is the role of the Eucharistic wine. wehatever they may be (animal. the psychic substance and spiritual essence of Man will little by little. A body needs a soul. or the reconstitution of the pleroma. nevertheless passes from the physiolo gical plane to the psyche. assimilated by our organism like all regular nourishment. at its first stage. no thing can bridge the Fire Principle separating the Created from the Uncreated But a vestment must be used. Now. Man became the transmuting athanor in which ransomed Creation must pass and be integrated in order to return to the Divine. represented by the Vestment of Glory of which the Palestinian Kab balists and the Fathers of the CHURCH spoke.

he two elements of the Mystery. etc). Elsewhere. still reje ct pork. is in e rror in our opinion. the Eastern Rite. consisting of communion in two kinds for all the faithful. It is yet another anomaly in the practice of this Rite. Agreed upon at a time of persecution in order to safeguard the Wine from involuntary sacrilege (slippage. there is no longer a reas on for an absence of Wine in the Latin Rite. closer to Judaism. such as the Darbists. 71 Certain Protestant sects. broken glasses. .

In the East. conver sely. secretly sheltered by the Disciples desirous of maintaining contact with the Master. evokes and manifests th e presence of the Savior. We are speaking in principle here. These exemplars come to lif e because they are raised up on a miniature tomb. put the necromancer in psychic contact with the City Below. also possesses a differ ent occult value. and one can add the masses . Serious Occult ists will understand if we declare that we consider the Host as an infinitely superior sym bol to regular. All Central Europe acts upon this tradition with candles flickering on every tomb. This is why it is used in wax dagydes used by spellbinders. the skull used by the black magician. as illustrated by Paracelsus. that good and faithful regi ster of radiation.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. with th e two great Archangels: Mikaël and Gabriel. c ontaining identical relics in its center. just as. the altar stone. We should not ignore the evocatory role of the flame issuing from a candle (or taper) previously lit on a tomb. This occult knowledge is used upon the Christian altar. or the wa x members utilized by spagyric doctors. and erected upon a cloth coming from a funerar y winding sheet. dead in the flesh. The Pontifical Mass. placed to the right and left of the Crucifix. Th e corporal of the Catholic Rite is a deformation of this. ordinary bread. the upright Crucifix (or Tau). It is called an antimension (counter-town72). Occultists do not ignore the role of beeswax either. evoke the presence of the Angelic World. on the night of All Saints! Martinez de Pascuallis used these candles. The two wax candles. celebrated exclusively by a Bishop. solar and lunar forms. lit upon Divine and Angelic Names. the altar stone of the Latin Rite is replaced with a linen cloth. which necessarily conta ins parcels containing the bones of saints. It is very probably this which allows us to preserve the shroud of Christ. flanked by two lit black candles. These relics place the whole in contact with the Celestial City. Both are folded into nine squares. for how many relics were later fabrica ted by the pious and inspired forgers! Upon the Christian altar. Vaughan © May 2005 75 in using ordinary bread in place of the azymes of the Latin Rite. and t his precisely recalls the magical square of Saturn! This rite of using bones appeared very early on in the East. in his theurgic Operations. like the majority of the other relics of the Passion. without which a Mass would be in vain .

In fact. Let us not forget that in antiquity there was a veritable traffic in these objects. winding-sheet. James Mass. Now. sought after by all magicians and necromancers. etc. This is immediately contemporaneous with the first known liturgy. from which comes our hypothesis about the carefully desired preservation of the relics of the Passion: nails. crown o f thorns.said in Rome on the tombs of the catacombs. . that called the Jerusalem Mass or the St. the first Christians constituted a sect apart f rom the 72 Contre-ville . The first C hristian liturgists knew what they were doing. antimension is from the Greek for instead of a table PV.

near Aunay. The Christian was so outside of the strict Jewish religion that Josephus. with the Choir of Izchim of the Kabbalah74. From this. We will ignore who could have propagated this tale. it is usually ju st a lit candle in a candlestick placed outside any pentacular layout so much for the arcana in the mod ern-day Church. One knows th at all filiations or apostolic successions must necessarily go back to one of the Twelve Apostles. and by then the Essenes (their doctrines prove this). commenting upon its exis tence. who would he not have received them on his deathb ed. the great Churches have ca refully kept their own successions and those of their rivals up to date. * * * But we are still talking about the level of the Mass as celebrated by a regular priest. whic h his last immediate disciples. * * * People have sometimes spread the story that Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin died ha ving refused the Sacraments. the Sadducees. However. from a priest such as the Abbé deLa Noue? * . for all of history. Why would this surprise u s? LouisClaude de Saint-Martin died at Valée-au-Loups. A Bishop must obligatorily light a third wax candle (behind the upright Crucifix i n the Gnostic liturgy. the Communion of Saints . Nowadays. that which Stanislas de Guaita called Iona. at the home of his disc iple and friend the Abbé de La Noue. refused to name it! There is therefore nothing surprising in the fact that the taboo of the cadaver was not followed in the first Christian community.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. then. In this way the theurgic tradition of all evocations is respected73). Vaughan © May 2005 76 Pharisees. the third wax candle ritualistically evokes the presence of the A postle from whom the celebrating Bishop is necessarily and immutably descended. In this he therefore recogni zes the validity of these two. denied with vigor. The Disciples certainly knew the Jewish tradition about th e habal ha garbim or spirit of bones . who has been a Martinist for many years. So with this third flame. notably Gence. is invisibly present. thereby constituting a trigone of light with the Crucifix in the center . The reader may rest assured that. There are specialist books o n this subject. Why would the Unknown Philosopher have refused the sacraments from such a sincere source? In his book Tableau Naturel he told us that priests scarcely possess any powers ot her than the sacraments of Penitence and the Eucharist. The use (and seeking) of relics from the Passion does not contradict logic.

74 See R. edited by Niclaus. Ambelain: Practical Kabbalah .* * 73 The reader will remember that a triangle of evocation is always drawn at any operations intending to manifest a spirit PV. .

when the celebrant elevated t he Host. by the doors. with free examination76 helping. and disappeared totally at the end of around ten to twelve hours. by which Man is identified with GOD. more black than white. that classic instrument of clairvoyanc e and a powerful psychic condenser. they submitted the crystal ball to the psychic75 examination of proven seers or seeresses. which had not been exposed to the Holy Species. and from this union of the PHILOSOPHICAL SUN (the Wine) and the PHILOSOPHICAL MOON (the W ater). weighing their majority against the reforming synods. At the moment of Elevation. which is that of the Red Stone. according to the trea tise by Ripley. At that precise instant they would expose a crystal ball. Who could still believe in front of such facts that the Christian Eucharist is j ust a memorial? For the early doctors of the Reformation. * * * . In former times. Moreo ver. we will also note the followin g fact. Upon retuning home. in the astral. were curious enough to go to specific Masses. is united in th e Chalice. the real presence was a certai n fact. image of the crucible. at the far end. then the Cup. the ignorant masses took the direction of t he church into their own hands. It is the fusion of these three terms which then constitutes the Spiritual Chrys opage. Every time the phenomenon faded little by little. with Wine. a good isolator. The seers never saw ordinary balls (presented to them as proof) . And it is here we find the true Philosophical Stone of Spiritual Alchemy: the Eu charist. on the great days of Christmas or Easter. Then. some Occultists. this ruby red color. joins together as the PHILOSOPHICAL EARTH (the Corn). to empty it of all previously accumulated radiation. they would go to the axis of the nave. Immediately afterwards they would cover it again in a square of black silk. Every time these seers saw the crystal ball glow red like a ruby. in which Water. Vaughan © May 2005 77 Regarding the reality of the Eucharistic mystery. symbol of Sulfur of the Wise and CHRIST. of these newlyweds called the Red Bridegroom and the White Bride . and over time Protestantism lost the formidable secret which God had confided to Man. image of the Mercury of the Wise and of the CHURCH.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. which had previously been immersed in clear running water. in one of the large P arisian metropolitan churches. as Lead becomes Gold in the heart of the Matra s Then. the Pe rfect Stone. presenting this strange phenomenon. shines in the crystal ball amenable to Clairvoyants. symbol of the S alt of the Salt of the Wise77.

Stanlislas de Guaita denies that the elixir of life has ever existed from a material point of view. once and for all. 77 In his work The Serpent of Genesis . and moral imperfections. often sorrowful.75 The word used is métagnomique PV/. that which makes use of it into a definitive state. destr oys in advance any possibility of evolution! This would be to forever enclose the Being in a prison from which the re was no hope of getting out. having as jail companions memories. ho rribly embarrassing. This is clearly a statement which is self-evident! Moreo ver. . 76 libre-examen may have a specific meaning I am unaware of PV. what use would it serve? To fix.

and t he mountain shone with a holy light. And they remained by the Tomb of Adam until evening. wh en the Time has come. and Malalahel. and you wi ll place it in a hidden Cavern. his son. as the Angel had told him to do. then you will communicate together. upon it. Then the Spirit of God descended on the hosts of the sacrifice. Melchizedek. and he heard Him say this: Rise up. This work goes back to the first century. the sone of Caïnam. Enoch. Melchizedek hastened todo this. Vaughan © May 2005 78 To end on this subject. which Shem gave to you. And they sang. Caïnam. And when night was come. and he left th em his testament. saying: Here is the vow which all you sons and the sons of your sons must observe. it was on the tomb of Adam that Melchizedek a nd Shem celebrated the first sacrifice of Bread of Wine. Here there is a foreshadowing o f the antimension and present day relics. had Seth. Then Adam. son of Enoch. being close to bodily death. there came a great brightness above the Body of our Common Father. and take twelve stones. and with them raise up and altar to Me. and he shall place i t in the central point of the Earth. And one day the Angel of the Eternal One descended near to Shem and Melchizedek. He then said to Melchizedek: Take the Bread and Wine that Shem has in his hands and Melchizedek took these things. You will put the Bread and Wine. come to him. the Voice of the Eternal One came to Melchizedek. And he prayed to God to ac cept the offerings. And he among my children who later finds himself alive when he must leave the neighborhood of Eden shall take with him my skin. in the future. you shall embalm my body with Myrrh. And when the sun appeared at dawn. when the Time will finall . having first fortified their hearts. will come my salvation and the salvation of all my Posterity. And as you employed twelve stones to erect this altar. we will give an extract from an apocryphal Gnostic writi ng entitled the Apocalypse of Adam. Shem and you have communed in the First Sacrifice that you of fered. who has created these Creat ures which are named Men. and to whom have also been revealed profound Mysteries It is thus that the Word of God appeared to Melchizedek and said to him: Here I h ave made you a Priest. Frankincense and Cinnamon. for it is from this Mysterious Place that. When I am dead. We re ad that according to the anonymous author. And the Sons of Adam did as he had laid out to them. Then the Angels said each to the other: Praise to Him.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and appeared to them. the son of Seth . you and him. filled with joy. so.

and this butte... Accordin g to the legend. I shall take twelve Apostles to be the solid columns of the Earth. the same where is buried the Body of your Fath er: Adam. so shall I offer My Flesh and My Blood. Adam was buried where later Christ was put to death. And as you offered Br ead and Wine. at the border of the . And I shall make of this place a holy pl ace.y come. And I shall grant great blessings to those who shall come here (Apocalypse of Adam. where you have offered the first sacrifice. apocryphal Gnostic text) The reader will observe the very beautiful esotericism of this passage.

and if you do not drink his blood. . were then called Golgotha. VI. XXII. 54 to 5979) Do this in memory of Me (Luke: Gospel. 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 deat h. f rom which. To the complete defense of arriving at a Knowledge of Good and Evil. Ambelain seem s to be saying that just as original sin came from chewing (manducation) an apple. perhaps. a serpent escapes from the orbits. you will have no Life within you. gi ven its silhouette From this comes the very symbolic image of a cross erected upon a human skull. 80 This obscure passage seems to revolve around a double negative. Even better. And those who know how to draw on a planisphere certain geodesics passing throug h Jerusalem. without doubt. and as I live in My Father.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. has Life E ternal. Vaughan © May 2005 79 walls of Jerusalem. By refused to bend ourselves to the mysterious rite of the Eucharist. And I will raise them on the last day for My body is true nourishment. likewise he who eat s me shall also live through Me! He who eats this bread shall live forever!.. 19) What can we say.. claim surprise at finding strange coincidences78 * * * To those who manifest any doubt about the imprescribable character of the Euchar istic rite for the Christian. (John: Gospel. that is to say. skull in Hebrew. through a s piritual manducation which was fatal to Original Man. we will. reiterate the fatal and prideful error of primitive Adam-Ev e. so we now conform to salv ation by chewing the Host. we associate ourselves with a refus al to conform to the Knowledge of Salvation by an analogous manducation. we content ourselves with reclling the very words of Chr ist: If you do not eat the body of the Son of Man. 79 This bears only the loosest of connections with the verses Ambelain quotes PV. other than that Christ perhaps reiterates the test of the Garde n of Eden. and My blo od is true refreshment He who eats my Body and who drinks my Blood lives in Me and I in him As My Father who has sent Me lives. He who eats My body and who drinks My blood. so the wood of the symbolic Tree became the ignominious waistcoat of the Cross (into wh ich it was 78 One for those who like drawing ley lines: the only use I know for geodesic is i n domes. which our feeble human intelligence can hardly understand and follow in the vertiginous developments it implies. constructed as alternative habitats! PV.

therefore would be seen as a posi tive act! PV. this is a little hard to follow. which Ambelain followed. bringing Gnosis to man. or the Christ. The act of manducation in Eden. since Gnostic thought. . In this interpretation the serpen t was Heli.However. by which Adam-Eve r egained the knowledge which had been denied them during their sojourn in Eden. often posited the idea that Adam was imprisoned in Eden by the Demiurge and escaped the prison of Eden by bein g inspired (rather than tempted) by the true and ever-living God to eat of the Tree.

like all opposites of metaphysical spirituality. according to the beautiful esoteric legend81). Vaughan © May 2005 80 shaped. just as Christ and his Adversa ry oppose one another. 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. two philters . etc. . would they not oppose themselves. the translator would be most interested to hear it PV. Orthodox. But then why. and the word Pleroma explains it best. one o f death and one of immortality. be it Catholic.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. 81 If anyone knows this legend. Protestant. It refers to the collectivity of Preexistent Souls.

but one of the eternal organs of His Power. is the ultimate goal of true alchemy. and all spiritual or materi al creatures. It is your duty to perform the funeral rites. jungle. placed in a superior plane . In Genesis there is a phrase to which very littl e attention is paid in the ordinary Christian milieu. this Source which is not God. Say not that the Universe is on its bed of sorrows. the Earth shall be cu rsed because of you (Genesis: II. In ancient Greek and word for word. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Pure Source from which it descends. so did Eden crystallize and fall into shadow. in fact. The garden of light. then one of the sins of beasts (his integration into the animal plane) (Genesis: II. you are the sole source from whence the River of Lies and Death is daily introduced upon the Earth Heart of Ma n. Eden had become Hyle. unreclaimed land. the evil is yet greater. Heart of Man. the entire Universe was d egraded with Man its original guardian. 2 1). having desired to know Good and Evil. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Source by purging it of all the s ubstances of falsehood with which it has never ceased to impregnate itself since the Fall. light.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. copse. This term was set again st biblical Eden. and of the Universe.-C. say: the Universe is on its deathbed. which was designated the first matter of the Inferior World. 7 and II. and to wash away all the days it spend in vanities (L. Vaughan © May 2005 81 VIII UNIVERSAL REINTEGRATION Nothing can rest in itself. then after his moral fall. Mysterium Magnum . I tell you. unless it rejoins with to that from which it came Jacob Boehme. Just as he had worn a garment of leaves (his integration into the vegetable plan e). Final Summary We know that the reintegration of the entire Cosmos. the orient. and by extension. This is it: Henceforth the earth will only produce thorns and brambles. Primitively Adam was in Eden. de Saint-Martin: Ministry of Man-Spirit ) Learn here an immense and terrible secret. shadowy Universe. from which the Universe has never been separ ated. a word signifying garden. At this point let us listen to Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin: Man. how . 17 18) This phrase incontestably evokes the hyle of the gnostics. hyle was used to designate wood. According to authentic Rosicrucian tradition. in which all elements became weighty and materialized. was succeeded by a material.

as we saw earlier. and which is limited to regeneration in the world of metals. and may it be subdued to wander blindly in the dense night of its tenebrous Caverns (L. this Art leads its disciple t o a position to be at first surprised. so that Evil finds all the stream s barred. intended to establish contact with the Angelic World and with t he . harmonizing them and amalgamating them in order to lead them towards the ir ultimate perfection. In this matrass84. which should be the obstacle to Darkness and Evil83 became the light of Abomination and the guide of Error Let us weep. intended to strangle the demonic action at the heart of the Cosmos . if one hasn t steered a similar. Then we r eunite once more with the venerable knowledge which ad guided us in the preceding pages . to impede their action on men. they sent forth L. which is a miniature Universe. and to annihilate the Operations of Black Magic. b) Conjurations. B ut it is clear that it is useless to attack the problem of the reintegration of the Universe and its co nstituents. parallel activity in ourselves! However. It is also this scienc e. through this Operation of extende d commitment85 which constitutes the chariot86 of the Great Work. with the bringing together of disorganized and corrupt elemen ts of the Kenome. this true master who this gives him firstly a gnosis.And so it is the philosophical sovereign par excellence. Vaughan © May 2005 82 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 deat h? Let us weep for the Heart of Man. then a faith. and then reproduce all the mysterious processes by which the Divine Animator87 leads his Game of Love . Alchemy reproduces the activit y of the Universal Artisan. since it is the sole philosophy that teaches Man these experimental and probatory rudiments which will lead him towards absolute certainty.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Thus. to break their power over the Operator and his disciples. * * * The techniques of the Elus Cohen of Martinez de Pascuallis comprise three distin ct elements: a) Exorcisms. then to follow. Later. t o obtain the cessation or limitation of certain plagues.-C. de Saint-Martin: Man of Desire ) The mysterious Masters who firstly set up Martinez de Pascuallis. his closest disciple.-C. and confided to him the keys of individual regeneration. confided to hi m the keys of universal regeneration. we have already seen that all is harmonious in this ensemble. de Satin-Martin. by this experimental lesson.

who must not be confused with the Demiurge. 82 Or germ PV.Communion of Saints. Satan. 83 It is the Prince of Darkness. of Prince of t his World. from among the latter the Operator selects particular patron s . . who must be strangled by Adam. 85 Literally extended breath (de longue haleine) PV. boiler PV. 87 The Creator Logos. 86 Aurigière suggests both the coachman of a chariot (aurige) and gold (Au) PV. 84 Alembic.

he lends the aid of his theurgy to the unjustly attacked party. they continue to maintain and aggravate their bondage of all humanity. and is thus a litu rgy. (Sephirah: Malkut h). Through Exorcisms (the famous Equinox Operations).Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. The Cohen battles against the Forces of Hate be tween Nations and tries to divert their activities. beyond any political or material interest. intended to allow access to more and more elevated Beings. or to those who indiscutably represent the morally superior right. and are intended to channel and to amplify the m. c) Prayers. chorus leader90 of the ch oir of Preexistent Souls. (Sephirah: Geburah). to use an example used by Don Martinez himself. with a view to Reintegration. Sephirah: Netzach). (Sephirah: Tiphereth). 88 The word used is apeaux so this is a guess. Where this is impossible. Peau is skin PV. 4th) Ritual of Prevarication and Conservation Following on from the preceding Cult. propaganda. as much for his own faults as for the Fall of the initial Prototype. 5th) Ritual against War Homicide being the greatest of crimes. and does not necessarily have the negative co nnotations of the English word . the First Adam. etc). satanism and luciferism under their equally human forms (books. 89 Culte is a complex word in French. and above all to chastise those fallen spirits which are their collabor ators.91 2nd) Ritual of Special General Forgiveness Operations consisting of substituting himself for all terrestrial humanity. The first are the disembodied ones88. As the successive Ordinations pro gress. in order to have them participate in the f ruits of his individual Operation (Sephirah: Yesod). collective homicid e is evidently the gravest of all. the Cohen combats them and re pels them from the terrestrial aura. 3rd) Operational Ritual against Demons The authors of the initial degradation at the beginning of Time. intended to obtain His Grace and Mercy. Vaughan © May 2005 83 and in the Angelic World Guardians and Guides. (Sephirah: Hod). Prayers are integrated into t he preceding rituals of conjuration. sects . this Operation consists of combating and chastising votaries of black magi c and sorcery. addressed to God and the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. From this proceeds a asceticism and penitential ritual. The whole constitutes what Martinez de Pascuallis calls the cult 89. revues. little by little the Cohen makes contact with higher and higher Hierarchies. 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 athe ism. The totality of this cult includes ten types of Operation: 1st) Ritual of Expiation Man manifests his repentance.

an archaic word for the chorus leader in ancient Greek plays PV. Niclaus edition.cult . . Paris. 90 Choragus. It means religion. wor ship. 91 See R. devotion. Ambelain: Martinism .PV. enthusiastic admiration. and Practical Kabbalah . ritual veneration.

(Sephirah: Chesed). religious or initiatory rites. final illumination. Besides. bridges. domestic a nimals. This is more speci fically the Inner Path . never call upon religious authorities in such . that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life (Paul: 1st Timothy. with the privileges that it brings. through the power of Signs and Pro digies (Sephirah: Chokmah).Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. damage by water. give him the abili ty to be an author of Reconciliation. II. the latter contain Rites which. etc From this succinct exposé one can see that the Operations of Martinezism (to emplo y the neologism created by Papus) are parallel to religious ceremonies since they have the same purposes. due t o the fault of civil powers or the negligence of religious authorities: blessing of works of art (dam s. etc92 It is the application of word of the apostle Paul: Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications. for kings and all who are in authority. for in its peace you will have peace (Jeremiah: XXIX. harvests. sadly. and g iving of thanks be made for all men. 7) 92 The fact that civil authorities. 10th) Ritual of the Annual Dedication of all Operations to the Creator This secti on comprises the totality of consecrations. By virtue of the very p rinciple of Universal Reintegration. constitution of sacramentals. From this arises the blessing of fruits of the earth. an d pray to the Lord for it. the Spiritual Alchemy studied in these pages. are rarely used. all actions must be inserted into a framework having pr ecisely this as its goal. 8th) Ritual to strengthen Faith and Perseverance in divine Spiritual Virtue Operation with the objective of understanding the Divine Mysteries. 1-2) And the Old Alliance had already said: Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive. 9th) Ritual for the fixing of the divine Conciliating Spirit within oneself This is the total reception of the Holy Spirit. this compreh ension permitting the Emulator to affirm his faith in an absolute and definitive manner . One might apply the words of t he Roman Catholic Sacramentary at the consecration of a bishop: O Lord. monuments). benedictions. drought. prayers. Vaughan © May 2005 84 7th) Ritual to obtain the descent of the Divine Spirit Operation with the objecti ve of bringing about the infusion of the Holy Spirit and its gifts. etc. inundation. exorcisms against earthquakes. linked to state neutrality. (Sephirah: Binah). the descent of the tongues of fire of Penteco st . through which the Op erator hopes to sanctify the whole of human actions capable of existing. in words and deeds. intercessions.

thrown into a vortex of hate and adding at the ultimate moment the power of their spoken word.circumstances. O n the second anniversary of the bursting of the dam was followed by a second catastrophe! .. But were these authorities in a position to understand that the soul of a suicide. does not relieve them of responsibility for this. it was the responsibility of the aforementioned religious authorities to neutralize this malediction with the app ropriate rites. When the mother of the keeper of the dam at Malpasset was thrown into the artificial lake created by the dam and cursed it. ipso facto becomes a demon?..

we see the true Rosicrucian path93. Vaughan © May 2005 85 Here again. .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. pages 11 to 3 5. or the Book of Abramelin the Mage . 93 See R. Niclaus edition. Ambelain: Sacred Magic.

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 86 PART THREE .

Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. we leave the final word to the great psychoanalyst Jung: Many neuroses are caused by the fact that many people wish to remain blind to the ir own personal religious aspirations. The In ner Path of the Unknown Philosopher only bears an external Quietist approach in its general appe arance. developed within the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and s pread especially to France. with the aim of laboring on the interior Great Work. and you will receive Knock. where its most influential exponent was Madame Guyon . Molinos talked about an entire cessation of self-consciousness. She preached her doctrine s to members of the French aristocracy. It is absolutely not Quietist in its practical applications. Vaughan © May 2005 87 IX THE TECHNIQUE OF PRAYER Ask. In this all Quietist94 dogma constitutes a blind alley. in its general exposition. to obtain something specific. winning a convert and friend in Madame de Maintenon. XI. XI. such as the penitential Psalms and the Office of the Holy Spirit. for sin was self. or quietism. is a v ery important subject.. and borrowed from prayers from the Latin Church. Molinism. Louis XIV's wi fe. the consequence of an infantile passion for the light of reason!. and an ally in Archbishop Fénelon. * * * 94 Quietism: a heretical form of religious mysticism founded by Miguel de Molino s. 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. We also add classical texts. We must therefore pray to obtain. and Madame Guyon maintained that she could not sin. either from early Mar tinism (Martinezism) or from illuminated Orders of the same spiritual orientation of th e 18th Century. used by the same people. and she had rid herself of self. Precision in prayer. 9. And if by chance some rationalist reads this and seems to be shocked that prayer s are integrated into a text claiming to be initiatory. and it will be opened unto you Luke. Gospel. 10-13) You will observe that this technique is preliminary and concomitant to all opera tive Martinism. a 17th-century Spanish priest. We therefore here give texts coming from the true lineage.. The study of ancient documents of early Martinism shows that Don Mart inez de Pascuallis imposed this in a permanent manner upon his followers who had entered into the theurgic path. Molinos and hi . as the Evangelis t says: (Luke: Gospel.

com PV.s doctrines were condemned by Pope Innocent XI in 1687 (from Encyclopedia. .

He had ha d a cross painted on the Eastern wall of this room. analogous to the postures (asanas) of certain types of Yoga: While the positions of the body are innumerable. And before so doing. this symbol off death and perdition is replaced in the Cohen ritual by a living skull and living hands. it is that where we stretch out our hands and raise our eyes toward Heaven which should be preferred over all others . Yet it is n ecessary. open and cupped. he prayed seven times a day (Cf. Some early authors even mention prostr ation. and raise the spirit towards God with our eyes. Mart . which show the prayers with hands extended before them. facing the East and in front of t he image of the Cross. to disengage the spirit from the earth.. Finally. with the face turned towards the East.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Don Martinez de Pascuallis shows us tha t the Cohens of the High Grades of the Order prostrated during certain penitential ori sons. II. so becoming a symbol of life and salvation. or Judaism which preceded it. Vaughan © May 2005 88 How should we pray? The response is easy: as people prayed at those times that M an was still in close communion with the Divine Plane. There. In the Acts of Hipparchus and Philotheus we read this: There wasin the house of Hipparchus a room looked maintained with care. and stand before the Go d of the Universe. and eyes raised towards Heaven. 125. XXXI) We can see this attitude in ancient Pythagorean or Christian frescos. to express with the body an image of the disposition of the soul during prayer. in the Secret Instructions of the Réaux +Croix . Praying on one s knees always imposes a requirement that the person praying humili ates himself before God because of his faults. Here is the explanation of this double attitude. This posture (very occult) recall the skulls of Black Magic posed upon the crossed tibias! Bu t here. attested to by the great leaders of Israel. In this case. if we wish God to pardon us equally for those bad things we have done (Origen: De Oratione . Assemani: Act. having regard t o their high esoteric value. shows us Christians praying on their knees or standing. this correlates to the position of the forearms cro ssed upon . and assuredly the greatest of all. we should set aside all resentment of offenses which we believe we have received. from which they borrowed many things. So. 1748) All the Fathers of the Church. p. in front of the symbol of Christ. As for praying on one s knees. to extend the soul with our hands. so to speak. such as the times of the pri mitive Church. Origen. the prayer rests his forehead on his crossed wrists with his hands in fist s.

f ingers stretched out. one joins the hands together. This is the Rosicrucian gesture par excellence.If. one against the other.the breast. . on the other ha nd. placed at the level of the shoulders. fingers together. they should be flat together. their tops at the level of the breath passing through the mouth. known as the Good Shepherd . hands flat.

We counsel the reader to closely read pages 35 to 49 of T he Golden Dragon95 ( Rites and Occult Aspects in the search for Treasure ). T hese effects should evidently be used for spiritual work and nothing else. making 36 in total. one will work to develop the Theological virtues. two Sublime. We attach a particular importance to the period which. Finally. One may also dedicate an entire year to the obtaining of the four Cardinal virtu es. in order to break the rhythm and split up these novenas. Taurus and Gemini). The annual course of the sun spreads across a Zodiac of 360 degrees. symbolically linked to Alchemy. and in this instance they will each comprise nine novenas in total during the year. Each of the four seasons are therefore composed of nine. In another work freely accessible to the general public. with no specific acti vity. for their spiritual activities. which numb er three. during the nine decans of Spring (the months of Aries. So. During the seasons of Autumn and winter one may work the same way. that is to say at the new moon in the sign of Aries. one works on the two Sublime virtues. for we now leave the domain of the Inner Path in order to enter that of Theurgy . and the first Sunday which follows this pheno menon. o ne may work spiritually in a regular fashion of the nine Virtues: four Cardinal. Finally. Each novena is separated from its successor by a free day. The alb is neither a nigh tgown nor a dressing gown A) The Time of the Work Just as ancient Israel historically left Egypt (symbol of the World of Matter) a t Easter. or 36 novenas. Vaughan © May 2005 89 These details will surprise rationalist reader: those familiar with oriental tec hniques and the versions of yoga will easily understand the depth and significance of this.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. readers anxious to operate in the most possible occult manner will dres s in a white linen alb.There he will find a number of indicators pertinent of spiritual alchemy. in the following year. we give the complete ke ys of relationships between certain saints. and closel y allied to the keys of Gnosis. Each of them will be in this case dynamized for twelve novenas. and each o f them this year will be activated eighteen times. so begins the Work at this annual moment when the crescent moon is visible. Leo and Virgo) similarly . with a cordelier and sandals. which compr ises 36 decans. complementary to our discussion he re. During the months of Summer (months of Cancer. runs from Nove mber 28th till December 3rd. three Theological. The following year. These therefore equate wit h the real passage of time in a decan of ancient Astrology. each year.

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O my God! Grant me the gift to pray to Thee with efficiency! Her e am I abandoning myself to Thy Holy Care! Have pity on me. O Merciful Lord Hearken unto me. Amen. sighs and meditation. fervor and sincerity necessary for the sentiments which I want to express to Thee. Amen My Patrons. which now repays you for the battles ye had to fight in this sojourn i n which I still find myself Through your salutary said. by the Name o f the God of Mercy. in my nakedness. to obtain the prote ction and assistance of the Patrons whom I have just invoked. charged by the Eternal One to watch over me for the complete reconciliation of my spiritual being. my enemies. instruction and understanding Help me O my Guardian. all Thy creatures. listen to the prayer of Thy Servant prostrate before Thee Grant me the contemplati on. as well as to all those for whom I am come to supplicate : for my Brothers. . confidence and succe ss. Help me. His clemency. to come and help my soul all times that it may be in danger of succumbing to Evil. Amen . I conjure thee. * * * B) The Prayers Prayer to put oneself in the presence of GOD and His angels96 O Ineffable and Eternal God. i n joy. I conj ure you by these same Holy Names which ye formerly invoked with such fervor.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Amen. the Redeemer Son. the quick and the dead. as well as for all those who owe Thee their life. Holy Father of all things. and in sanctity. in al l my needs. Be p ropitious unto me. ye spirits removed from the bonds of Matter. in my poverty. every time that it may be called by desire. We will reply to him. His favor. my family. Amen * * * 96 From Martinez de Pascuallis. ye who rejoice hencefort h in the fruit of thy virtues and whose names I have the good fortune to bear. Thou who sees and embrace s all. let me live and die like you. and may Thy Holy Will be done. Vaughan © May 2005 90 and the most occult Liturgy. and the Conserving Spirit Obtain for me and for all my Brothers the favor of the Divinity. my Guardian. like the submission of those Spirits I shall invoke in this Operation. If there is one who knows how to return to the East in the West . in peace. let him write to us and we will tell him the why and the how of this return. O Ineffable Father. every time it may hu nger and thirst for counsel. aid me. And thou. O Pure Spirit. I conjure you to contribute to my eternal salvation and by your protection in the Father of Mercy. my friends.

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Most Benign. 3. and thy right hand shall save me. Amen. they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the L ORD. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy. I know my wretchedness. renew my spirit within me. and strengthenedst me with streng th in my soul. the wellspring of Thy kindne ss is so great that it calls unto itself all those who are ashamed of their sins and invite the m to receive Thy forgiveness. 8. Though I walk in the midst of trouble. The Roman Catholic Bible numb .98 PSALM 138 Confiteor tibi Domine in tota corde meo 1.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and I know that I am not worthy to appear before Thy Divine Majesty. I will praise thee (O Lord99) with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2. as in former times Thou san ctified Thy prophets. and fortify it so t hat may be strong and that it might understand the mystery of Thy grace and the treasures of Thy D ivine Wisdom. Amen. Who grants Thy grace in a thousand ways. * * * Prayer to obtain communication with the Holy Angels. Most Liberal and Most Wise. sins and the transg ressions of men. O LORD. when they hear the word s of thy mouth. Nevertheless. Purify in me with this oil all that is a part of me. 4. 6. 98 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. O Lord of Lords. yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth a far off. I will worship toward thy holy temple. Sanctify me with the holy oil of Thy Sanctification. Vaughan © May 2005 91 Prayer to obtain victory over Evil Spirits from God. Though the LORD be high. have pity upon me and take away all iniquity and malice from me. God of Mercy. O Lord.97 Lord. * * * 97 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch f orth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee. 99 Psalm 137 is Psalm 138 in the King James Bible. in Whose presence none are found innocent. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me. Who forgets iniquities. For this. O LORD. who visits the sins of the father upo n the children unto the third and fourth generations. nor even to implore and beg for Thy kindnes s and mercy for the least favor. 5. Patient God. Wash my soul of all filth of sin. endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. 7. that I may be wor thy to commune with Thy Holy Angels and this Thy Divine Wisdom: and so give me the power which Thou hast accorded to all Thy prophets over all Evil Spirits. and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Yea.

O Lord are not in the original I will use the KJV n .ering differs form Protestant and Jewish numbering. The words umbering and wording for all Psalms here PV.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee. They shall bear thee up in their hands. * * * Penitential Psalms. it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 9. I water my couch with my tears. 11. for my bones are vex ed. 6.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. nor for the arrow that flieth by day. 8. and from the noisome pestilence. to keep thee in all thy ways. heal me. The LORD hath heard my supplication. He shall call upon me. 9. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. and shew him my salvation. 13. 5. and honour him. 3. all the night make I my bed to swim. He shall cover thee with his feathers. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness . 7. Depart from me. O LORD. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6. neither chasten me in thy hot displeasur e. 14. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the sh adow of the Almighty. 16. 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. A thousand shall fall at thy side. but it shall not come nigh thee. nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. for I am weak: O LORD. in him will I trust. 7. O LORD. 15. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou. and t en thousand at thy right hand.101 PSALM 6 To obtain the virtue of Justice 1. I am weary with my groaning. rebuke me not in thine anger. 10. Have mercy upon me. Because thou hast made the LORD. Vaughan © May 2005 92 Prayer before commanding Evil Spirits and to make them depart. Return. neither shall any pla gue come nigh thy dwelling. ev en the most High. all ye workers of iniquity. He is my refuge and my fortress: my God . thy habitation. which is my refuge. deliv er my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. the LORD will . and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble. 4. therefore will I deliver him: I will set h im on high. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terro r by night. lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. because he hath known my name. how long? 4. O LORD. 8. 2. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.100 PSALM 91 Qui habitat in adjutoris altissimi 1. 5. With long life will I satisfy him. Because he hath set his love upon me. for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. 2. I will say of the LORD. O LORD. I will deliver him. There shall no evil befall thee. Mine eye is consumed because of grie f. 12. and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

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rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide t hee with mine eye. 7. it also is gone from me. I acknowledged my sin unto thee. lest they come near unto thee. For my loins are filled with a loath some disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. Many sorrows sha ll be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD. my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eye s. thou shalt preserve me from trouble. PSALM 32 To obtain the virtue of Faith 1. 6. and rejoice. whose sin is covered. 2. I am troubled. I am b owed down greatly. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: sure ly in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. 9. My heart panteth. 5. and my kinsmen s tand afar off. O LORD. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy f or me. or as the mule. which have no understanding: whose mo uth must be held in with bit and bridle. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. 3. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summ er. 7. 8. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. and mine iniquity have I not hid. ye righteous: and shout for joy. all my desire is before thee. 10. I said. For thine arrows stick fast in me. When I kept silence. I wil l confess my transgressions unto the LORD. 12. 4. thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Be glad in the LORD. and my groaning is not hid from thee. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven. 11. 3. Selah. 10. 8. Be ye not as the horse. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 11. Vaughan © May 2005 93 receive my prayer. Selah. 10. Lord. and thy hand presseth me sore. Blesse d is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity. Selah. neither is there any rest in my bones because of m y sin. 2. 4. PSALM 38 To obtain the virtue of Temperance 1. 6. 5. my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek . I go mourning all the day long. Thou art my hiding place. mercy shall compass him about. and in whose spirit there is n o guile. 9. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore. all ye that are upright in h eart (be glorified102).

Hear me.my hurt speak mischievous things. But 102 These two words not in the KJV PV. For I will declare mine iniquity. lest otherwise they should rejoice over me : when my foot slippeth. a nd my sorrow is continually before me. Thus I was as a man that heareth not. O LORD. For I said. 15. But I. 14. O Lord my God. 16. and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. For I am ready to halt. and in whose mouth are no reproofs. do I hope: thou wil t hear. heard not. . as a deaf m an. and imagine deceits all the day long. 18. I will be sorry for my sin. For in thee. 13. 17. they magnify themselves against me. 19.

O LORD: O my God. 4. and ren ew a right spirit within me. 4. that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. else would I give it: thou delightest not in bu rnt offering. O God. O LORD. 15. and take not thy holy spirit from me. Hide not thy face fr om me in the day when I am in trouble. according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 3. My heart is smitten. 12. O God. and I shall be whiter than snow. 18. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Make me to hear joy and gladness. Against thee. Forsake me not. 5 . Deli ver me from bloodguiltiness. be not far from me. O Lord my salvation. 1 9. For I acknowledge my transgressions: an d my sin is ever before me. Vaughan © May 2005 94 mine enemies are lively. Cast me not away from thy presence. and blot out all mine iniquities. O God. thee only. incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 11. PSALM 51 To obtain the virtue of Strength 1. and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 6. 7. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries. and I shall be clean: wash me. open thou my lips. and uphold me with thy free spirit. thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 14. Create in me a clean heart. 13 . with burnt offering and wh ole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks103 upon thine altar.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest. 2. and my bones are burned as an hearth. have I sinned. 17. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways. O Lord. Hear my prayer. tho u wilt not despise. and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully a re multiplied. 20. because I follow t he thing that good is. 22. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness. PSALM 102 To obtain the virtue of Charity 1. Behold. Hide thy fac e from my sins. Have mercy upon me. 2. Behold. 10. 9. Purge me with hyssop. 8. and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. and in sin did my mother conceive me. Make hast e to help me. For thou desirest not sacrifice. I was shapen in iniquity. and be clear when thou judgest. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. thou desire st truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. For my days are consumed like smoke. . and cleanse me from my sin. and let my cry come unto thee. 3. O God. 21. and withered like grass. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart. so that I forget to eat my bread. 16. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity.

For 103 In the book Ambelain uses the work victims instead of bullocks. I am like a pelican of the w ilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. .5. and they that are mad against me are sworn agai nst me. 8. Mine enemies reproach me all the day. 6. and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 7. I do not know if this is the French version or whether the author is either deliberately altering words or simply has a faulty memory. I watch. Either way I have preserved the original translation of the Psalms which I am certain was Pasqually s intentio n PV. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. 9.

O LORD. My soul wait eth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary. and all the kings of the earth thy glory. But there is forgiveness with thee. tak e me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. he shall appear in his glory.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and cast me down. from heaven did the LORD behold the earth. Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up. Hear my prayer. 18. Lord. They shall perish. shouldest mark iniquities. and have m ercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her. The children of thy servants shall continue. Vaughan © May 2005 95 I have eaten ashes like bread. Thou shalt arise. But thou. 21. Of o ld hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. the set time. he shortened my days. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD. and the kingdoms. He will regard the prayer of the destitute. 26. When the LORD shall build up Zion. and thy years shall have no end. shalt endure for ever. 22. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be creat ed shall praise the LORD. yea. 19. give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answ . as a vestu re shalt thou change them. to loose those that are appointed to death. and their seed shall be es tablished before thee. PSALM 143 To obtain the virtue of Prudence 1. 13. and I am withered like grass. 7. is come. and w ith him is plenteous redemption. and in his word do I hope. To declare the name of the LORD in Zion. 28. that thou mayest be feared. For thy servan ts take pleasure in her stones. 17. 24. 23. 10. LORD. 8. all of them shall wax old like a garment. I said. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. but thou shalt endure: yea. 14. 5. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee. 15. and favour the dust thereof. O LORD. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy. PSALM 130 To obtain the virtue of Hope 1. 12. O my God. My days are like a shadow that declineth. O Lord. He weakened my strength in the way. But thou art the same. hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 25. O LORD. When the people are gathered together. 6. and thy remembrance unto all generations. my soul doth wait. more than they that watch for the morning. 11. and mingled my drink with weeping. If thou. and his praise in Jerusalem. To hear the groaning of the prisoner. 20. to serve the LORD. I wait for the LORD. 3. 2. 16. who shall stand? 4. and not despise their prayer. and they shall be changed: 27.

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me. as those that hav e been long dead. my heart within me is des olate. 5. I remember the days of old. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee. 6. as a thirsty lan d. I muse on the work of thy hands. I meditate on all thy works. 4. he hath made me to dwell in darkness. he h ath smitten my life down to the ground. and in thy righteousness. 7.er me. Selah. 2. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: f or in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul. Hear . 3.

Domine . lest I be lik e unto them that go down into the pit. quoniam ego in innocentia mea . 104 Or Science PV. Linked to the virtue of Faith and the gift of Understanding. Vaughan © May 2005 96 me speedily. Quicken me. for thou art my God: thy spirit is good. and destroy all them that afflict my soul : for I am thy servant. Angel: Uriel. and the number given in Protestant and Jewish Bibles in parentheses. Deus. 9. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies. We would add the reading of verses 1 to 12 of Chapter IX of the Book of Wisdom. This is linked to the virtue of Prudence and the gift of Counsel.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Psalm 142 (143) Domine. Linked to the virtue of Strength and the gift of Courage. secundum magnam misericordiam tuam . Psalm 26 (25)105 Judica me. O LORD. Angel: Binaël. Domine. Linked to the virtue of Hope a nd the gift of Knowledge104. Angel: Mikhaël. Psalm 31 (32) Beati quorum remissae sunt iniquitates . Angel: Barachiel. for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk. 8. Crainte Psalm 6 (6) Domine. Psalm 129 (130) De profundis clamavi ad te. exaudi orationem meam . Linked to the virtue of Temperanc e and the gift of Fear. Teach me to do thy will. This psalm begins the same as the preceding one. Linked to the virtue of Wisdom. from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Angel: Sealtiel. exaudi orationem mean. 10. 105 From the Latin verset quoted this should be Psalm 26 in the KJV PV. Begin the novena on the Sunday of Pentecost. Begin the novena on Easter Sunday. found in Latin or Protestant bibles. Psalm 101 (102) Domine. et opera . It is linked to the virtue of Justice and the gift of Piety. We use t he psalm number given in the Latin Bible (Catholic) first. ne in furore tuo arguas me . fou nd in Latin or Protestant bibles. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning. Linked to the virtue of Understanding. Angel: Chokmaël. Perfume: pure Frankincense. Angel: Raphaël. We would add the reading of verses 19 to 23 from Chapte r II of the Book of Daniel. O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me. * * * The Penitential Psalms have particular virtues which we indicate below. Psalm 37 (38) Domine. 12. Linked to the virtue of Charity and the gift of Wisdom. Psalm 50 (51) Miserere mei. Angel: Gabriel. Psalm 18 (19) Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei. P erfume: pure Frankincense. Ange l: Yehudiël. for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out o f trouble. O LORD. . lead me into the land of uprightn ess. et clamor meus ad te veniat . ne in furore tuo arguas me . for I lift up my soul unt o thee. 11. Deliver me.

Holy Spirit. or at least names of Elemental and Cosmic Spirits. in our trials our relief. mos t certainly in its methods and its auxiliaries! * * * Office of the Holy Spirit107 Epistle When the day of Pentecost had come. appeared among them. Pontus and Asia. and Thy shalt renew the face of the Earth Prayers Come. implying an implic it pact with the inferior entities who originally revealed them. Amazed and astonish ed. Come Light of Hearts! Thou art the perfect Co nsoler. and a tongue rested on each of them. Divided tongues. in our own native language? Parthians. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began t o speak in other languages. and these are no more than superstitious figures. Father of the poor. recently tra nslated in the 18th century under the fallacious name of Kaballah106 of Psalms . send Thy Spirit . and residents of Mesopotami a. in our tears our consolation. Holy Spirit. penetrat e and fill the hearts . Cretans and Arabs in ou r own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power 108 Lord. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind. Vaughan © May 2005 97 * * * The reader should understand that the Grimoires of practical magic. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewilde red. if not in its goals. Now there were devout Jews from ever y nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. Elamites. and all shall be created. each of us. and fill the hearts of Thy faithful and set them on fire with Thy love! Come. the Disciples were all together in one place. and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. are no more t han magical Grimoires and nothing more. Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene. as the Spirit gave them ability. As for the seals which accompany th em. Phrygia and Pamphylia. O Fortunate Light. as of fire. Medes. often enough equivalent to black magic. Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear. Come Source of Mercy. they asked. and visitors from Rome. both Jews and proselytes. Judea and Cappadocia. and let a ray of Thy Light descend from the heights of heaven ! Come. The so-called Angelic names featured are all demonic terms. because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. the beneficent Host of the Soul and its most gentle refreshment! In our labors Thou art our rest. Using these formulas would be to return to inferior magic.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. it is the same story.

Give them the merit of the virtues. set us right when we stray. heal that which is sick. Without the aid of Thy mercy nothing in man is innocent. 107 Imposed upon the Réaux + Croix by Martinez de Pascuallis. 108 Taken from the King James Version.of Thy faithful. Acts of the Apostles. enflame our lukewarmness. apart from the nint h word where I have followed Ambelain s lead and substituted Disciples for they . Amen. Grant Thy sacred gifts to Thy faithful who put their trust in Thee. water that which is arid. and let them rejoice in eternal happiness. Relax our st iffness of heart. conduct them to the door of salvation. 106 Cabale in this instance could also translate as The Cabal of Psalms = PV. . Purify in us that which is soiled.. for clarity PV.

the Perfect Object of the Father s promise. Let shine a ray of Th y Light in our hearts and at each moment fortify our infirm and failing flesh. Faith and humility attract the Spirit of Understanding to my sou l. and Thou. and accord us a lasting peace. and finally to conquer me when the holy law of God wills it. and in my pains. Give me the Spirit of Counsel. O Spirit of Light and Lo ve. O Spirit of the Father and of the Son. and fill the hearts which Thou hast created with Thy celestial Grace. and to the Son. who reads all hearts. but acco rding to Thy judgment. the one that no human knowledge can dispense. Vaughan © May 2005 98 Come. and who knows all sadness. and make me recognize the true worth of things whic h pass by. I conjure Thee. 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. resurrected from among the de ad. like the imprudent traveler who sets out without a guide on an unknown and dangerous road. the spiritual unctio n of our souls. be forever the object of our faith. Creator Spirit. may we avoid all that is harmful to our Reconciliation. Glory forever be to God the Father. O Lord. faith which reasons not and submits while understanding not. which recognizes without difficulty its lack of light and its ignorance. Give me the Spirit of Knowledge. the Gif t of the Most High God. All good things have come to me through her. Give me the Spirit of Wisdom. which illuminates my path towards Heaven and preve nts me from straying. Amen..Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Thy placest His Word upon our lips. and. which teaches me that knowledge of salvation is the only necessary science. Thou art our Consoler. and to the Holy Spirit. pour forth upon me. under Thy guidance. and visit the souls of those whose are Thine. the fullness of Thy gifts. which will no longer leave me enfeebled before th e easiest task. Let me say with King Solomon: From my youth I loved wisdom and chose it as the companion for my life. Teach us to know the Father. and in my trials. teach us to know the Son. work when I d o not want to. for I have nee d of all and I cannot choose among them. which enlightens me in the knowledge of the eternal truths. she has ever been my consolation and my joy. Thou art the finger of God. and humility. weak when I should obey sooner than my will permits. not only according to the judgment which the world accords it. It is Thou who sheds upon us the Thy sevenfold Gifts.. N . Give me the Spirit of Strength. the fountain of life. as soon as God has spoken. Keep far fro m us the spirit of temptation. Give me the Spirit of Understanding. the sacred fire of charity. . my God.

which gives my heart a filial inclination towards Go d and because of this makes His service easy and agreeable. .Give me the Spirit of Piety.

110 Lit. . Thou who used Thy Son as a Cornerstone110 to reunit e the Jews and Gentiles. It should invariably occur at the same time. and it doesn t followthat the prof ane. Vaughan © May 2005 99 Give me the Spirit of Fear. so as not to break the chain of the planetary hours . Supreme Architect of the World.-B. The Novena should invariably begin on Sunday (Sun) and end on a Monday (Moon) . unique Shepherd. in view of the pious ho mage which we render unto Thee at this time and in this place. governed in the Universe by the seven great Archangels. Willermoz. 2. mixed with respect and love. causes me carefully to avoid all which could displease God our Father. * * * Novena to obtain a Virtue The Novena is an undeniable theurgic operation. O Lord. Thou who hast chosen this Tem ple so that Thy Holy Name may there be invoked. and Wh o has reunited these two groups under the one. ever to preserve this Dwelling-place in peace and harmony. my soul calls to yo u with confidence and opens to you with Love. an d that. At the Closing: Sovereign Master of the Universe. let it also remain a place of work and suppl ication for Thy people. are unable to understand it. Deign. for that is not the case. Amen. let us Thy servants live uni ted by the indissoluble bond of Charity. be forever united to each other by the cement of Love. Whohas no need of anything. then. O Lord. Amen. we may all live under Thy guard in a common Buildi ng. Thou hast been pleased to take possession of Thy Temple among us and within us. angular stone pierre angulaire PV. rising as two walls upon two opposing foundations. * * * Prayers for the Opening and Closing of the Work for Groups109 At the Opening: All Powerful and Eternal God. and may these Living Stones which are Thy workmen. being received into the one Temple. even if well intentioned. the fear of a son which. 109 Composed by J. Amen. O Divine Spirits from whom I have learned to know excellence. One should therefore observe the following rules. without wavering: 1.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and never allow the division of spirit or the perv ersion of hearts separate those who form but one family under the authority of the one Father.

Gift of Understanding Frankincense These resins are mixed in equal parts where a combination of two products is cal led for. .Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. or. They should all be previously pulverized. from 7:00am to 8:00am. from midnight to 1:00am. . Here are the generally used correspondences: Produce. The following objects are required: . . Gift of Fear Sandalwood and Frankincense Justice. 4. These are posed in an equilateral triangle with the candle placed at the top of the triangle: Candle Incense Water The corresponding incense varies with the objective of the Novena. . Now we give the general prayer for all Novenas which have the obtaining of an es sential Virtue as an objective. or. 111 Dimensions of a pyramidal. a square white linen cloth. around 635mm square111. etc. The hours when one will operate shall be those of the same planetary tonality as the planetary day itself (Sunday hour of the sun). . Gift of Counsel Storax and Frankincense Temperance. Monday hour of the moon. a censer containing hot coals.). Gift of Piety Benzoin and Frankincense Frankincense and Mastic Charity Gift of Wisdom Benzoin and Sandalwood Hope. . a candlestick with a white wax candle (Fire). The se are as follows. Vaughan © May 2005 100 3. from 2:00pm to 3:00pm or. from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. or sacred Egyptian cubit. Gift of Knowledge Myrrh Faith. for each day: . on which will be consumed the correspondent aromatic incense (Air). a crystal glass in which one places salt (Earth) and water (Water) which have previously been blessed (water ordinarily blessed makes an acceptable alternative). .

10. Fi rstly. and help me with all thy power.And with Thy spirit. O Christ. . James. parole is a different sense of word than verbe . . 8 .Rejoice in the Lord. He was in the world. hear my prayer. and I am not sure how to translat e it. . Andrew.Let us pray. If the Operator is a priest. John read as though the Word created the world and not God. By the intercession of the Fortunate Archangel Michael.The Lord be with you.And let my cry come unto Thee. whose name was John.. deign that the Lord accept this Incense in i ts soft odor of sweetness The Operator throws incense113 into the Censer three times. pray for me. but was sent to bear witness of that Light. . he adds: . which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. To be safe I ha ve simply used the usual first verses of the KJV. John. with its flame.In the beginning was the Word. Peter and St. and the world knew him not. 6. The same was in the beginning with God.O Lord. to bear witness of the Light. . N .112 . And the light shineth in darkness. by emphasizing the female definite article he makes the early verse o f St. and the darkness comprehended it n ot. John is le verbe . 4. 1 to 9). and with out him was not any thing made that was made. St.St. He was not that Light. the charcoal in the Censor. 112 This section by Ambelain is extraordinary. The traditional French word for the word in St. and the Word was with God.A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John (I.. an d the world was made by him. . and the Word was God. In him was life. . Toute choses ont été fait par Elle directly translates as all things were made by Her meaning la Parole . The Operator lights the novena candle and. 7. who stands on the right hand of the Altar of Incense.Our help is in the Name of the Lord.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. 3. That was the true Light. There was a man sent from God. 5. I can only refer those who wish to better understand wh at Ambelain is saying to read the . For example. He then says: . which is more active. . and exult O ye just ones. This causes two problems. and the life was t he light of men. St. 9. ye who have a right heart.Praise to Thee. Vaughan © May 2005 101 * * * The Altar is oriented to the East. whom we invoke with confidence f or spiritual illumination.And may you also be glorified. All things were made by him. Here he uses la parole . Secondly. because parole is feminine and not masculine. The same came for a witness. He continues: . 2. He is obviously making a point. that all men through him might believe.Who hath made Heaven and Earth. .

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. sublimated virtues. theological virtues. (The one linked with the Virtue one wishes to acquire. He continues with: .Psalm . Vaughan © May 2005 102 The Operator repeats this three times. .Office of the Holy Spirit . in their immutabl e order: cardinal virtues.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. Each novena tr eats of one of them).Lord s Prayer and Hail Mary. .

human science will be useless to you when it is your time to die! But h ow 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 debat ed in schools. rich in observations made in this domain by this erudite author of l Homme. tells us that: Prayer. will be the more advanced! It will serve them nothing to have been a philosopher or a mathematician. Don Martinez de Pascualis. and towards its superior and eternal objectives. and which is an extract from the archives of the IInd Province of Auvergne and its Metropolitan College. fought throughout their lives. its dead stones again becoming alive.Spiritual Alchemy Translated Piers A. and Man shall recove r his primitive estate * * * . and peace radi ates from them. for all that. when the temple shall have been consecrated. and which Robert Flu dd defined so well in a lapidary manner: Then. cet Inconnu114 . Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz. in his little pamphlet entitled Prayer . there are presently in the world only a tiny number of individuals who know how to pray in a effective manner Let us wish that these pages provide a contribution towards an efficient return to Prayer. it is not for them that this was written with detail and precision. and the unique path to Regeneration and Salvation Doctor Alexis Carrel. We will limit ourselves to recalling this text by Willermoz. Faith is the only true knowledge. which figures in hi s very rare collection: Our Thoughts and those of Others (Lyon. Certainly. d oesn t interest amateurs seeking strong sensations. this rigorous traditional method. Vaughan © May 2005 103 X POSTFACE We see that this technique (for such it is). and which occupy the well-read Neither those who know how to resolve them nor tho se who know not. But Faith which produces Charity and Good Works. collectors of Grimoires. a text w ritten for the Profès of the Order of the Cité Sainte: Initiate. perhaps. Sadly. They carry peace wherever they go. which human industry and study has never known how to procure. some among us wi ll realize that hope for which our venerated masters. This contact with God impregnates them with peace. or the cur ious keen for flashy metaphysical manifestations. the impure metal shall be transmuted into fine gold. raises men above the mental stature which is theirs through her edity and education. this gift of the Spirit. it seems. Then. 1788).

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