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THE INNER PATH
“ hnh T m lsa hv be cner e, T e t e p hl ae en osc t e e l ad its dead stones will become alive, impure Metal will be transmuted into fine gold, and Man wilr oeh pi iv ete le vr i r t e s t c s mi a …” (oe Fud“ r tus theologo-pi spi s) R br l :Ta a t d ct h ooh u” l c
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To Georges Bogé de Lagrèze, Faithful depositary of so many initiatory filiations: In memoriam
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T A S A O ’P E A E R N L T RS R F C
I humbly present this work in a spirit of celebration. Robert Ambelain would have approved of the Martinist group at Yahoogroups.com! In his Warning to the Reader he stresses that his reasons for making this information available in print, is to reach out to Martinists who hv ntee e t i tt nh dsr e ( r yt R s Co dOrient?). He adds the ae o r i d h n ii e ec bs s e h oe ri ’ cv e iao i ul e x caution that the vast majority of those who have received the scant teachings and accompanying regime have done nothing with them, but hoard them up as another certificate to covet, and another elegant membership to drop into conversation. Ambelain has never been shy about putting teachings into print, in the belief, shared by I al ea i w e h pb se t f os‘l kB o’o t H r ecO dro t s e R gr e hn e ulhd h a u Ba r d i e m c ok f h e t re f h e m i e Golden Dawn, that it is better to safeguard the rituals and teachings in the hands of the many, than see them lost in the drawer of collectors of initiation who never do anything with them, nor pass them on to the successor, as they swore to do at their initiation. He believes, as do many, that the true import of the secret is not in the words but in their practice. He makes a specific point in this text of the manner in which well-thumbed old manuscripts bear the spiritual imprint of their readers ad users. The Martinist Order now sees much communication between its branches. Indeed, as I write a number of European and American branches are coalescing into a group which, while retaining their specific rituals, initiatory successions and teachings, nevertheless recognize both t vl i adt eu a ne f aho e s h ad y n h qi l c o ec t r traditions, and now allow free visitation rights e it e ve h’ and access to materials between the groups. This can only be for the good, and I only hope this precious harmonizing process continues. I would like to thank Michael Buckley, Ronald Cappello, Mark Jones, Andrew Stephenson and Gordon Stewart for their support and for their guidance and courage in this new millennium. I would especially like to thank Elias Ibrahim, whose guidance and support have been invaluable. I know he very much wanted to translate this important work, but as his commitments prevented him from applying himself to this task I was inspired to take up his mantle and complete the translation. I now offer it to the English speaking community in the hope that it will help them in their search for the Summum Bonum, and the Way of the Heart.
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Putrefaction 5 6 8 10 11 18 22 32 PART TWO IV. The Technique of Prayer X. Postface 86 87 103 4 . Universal Reintegration 48 49 56 65 69 81 PART THREE IX.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 INDEX Tas t ’Pe c r lo s r ae nar f 3 PART ONE Warning to the Reader Introduction Hermetic Diagrams Glossary of Alchemical and Hermetic Terms I. The Elixir of Life VIII. General Observations on Alchemy II. Philosophical Vitriol V. Spiritual Alchemy III. Elements of the Great Work VI. T e h oohr Fr Pae h P i spe ’ i : r r l s e y VII.
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So. this initiation has no link to classical Martinism1. in fact. However. a sr d p h t er a r y i i c d c l oi vs n g tn ie iy s t s r sp . but from the Rosicrucian group in Cairo. was a” cni d o . from which our own initiator had himself received it.r have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves. e ae aehs w rs f c p ror w :A d h n ii s h h h hv r i dw hv m d t e od o Sr t e u o n “ n I e iao c e cv e iu wlclt m m pol w i w r nt y ep . both towards himself as towards others. h e m n w d nvu lt n Now. Epistle to the Romans. e t lhr i.en e T iii i dal reintegration. and them that were et i i y h drd n r g n e i ee.ts r tayi ps b t pt n h eu rn io hi fh U ko n ue os iipa i l m os l o u t e a ia r n e i ” cc l ie 1 Papus had also received it. t. s de Saint-Ma i wt t a o w ri t a s Id i aR cniao” rn i h i f ok go r “ i d l eocii . We do not believe that it came from M. a brief oral explanation. as independent disciples of the Unknown Philosopher. documents sought in vain up till now by historians of Martinism. and which is. who have been regularly received i ot scl i tt yca o t “ nnw S pr r . 52) The same Rosicrucian organization which gave birth to Martinez de Pascuallis and his Elus-Cohens which had the aim of working towards the ultimate aspect of the Great Work called “ n e a R i er i ”w s tr u t r ya le b h d et i i e L u -Claude U i r l e t ao . gave us an alchemical diagram. and not just a banal sensibility. a yr f y Wo t yuL w es o e . from another French mystic we suppose to be Sédir. o w d e e lt n As for the incomparable Martinists of Saint-Martin. and the initiation which went with the other two items. The person who had received it in Egypt. it acts on this cardiac path on which we have written extensively.n hr e vd w i w s o bl e. h sn v u o ea i u t s di 6 . Philippe knew the method and the corresponding initiation. e i . can at least.os e n o e fh e i tt ” c ay be t i i ine r s di w e n ie ul v e sp t i tt n w i t y ae ee e. by a happy coincidence. i a h l l e y ep . which Papus emphasized with so much vigor. it is not achieved easily. 2 Fo t L t “ rm h an reconciliare”t r s b s. thirty years earlier. an occult technique. XI. h h a nt e vd e c e e o c o ” (Paul. Unfortunately. of e t L-C. for in the ABSOLUTE. Moreover. alone of the Ordre Martiniste. Philippe de Lyons. Vaughan © May 2005 WARNING TO THE READER “ eo o. IX.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. the Martinist Order of Elus Cohen came into possession of authentic documents and manuscripts from the Eighteenth Century in 1955. It requires constant vigilance of its practitioner. su ad a … ib m n o uf z Believing it useless and unjust to see it reserved for so many years to a very restricted nm e o ap at cni r ghw f o t s “ ia s at l osre h d c l of u br f si n . in Cairo.nr. we are absolutely certain that M. 25). w r a n t a shio n r ocii ” ok l eo r t r w “ cniao 2. in this century. mainly composed of English and Christian Copts. Mercy and Justice must be balanced. he or she who has not had the opportunity to enter into the domain of initiations. d transmitted to us by a final initiation. It is useless to e od n ca t lioee a s ni sagyl t ln l y b go ad hra es n r i ev u. de Saint-Martin and transmitted by him directly to his intimates. In fact. T ait ya bfr t t hi e fh “ nr htse er e eh e n u o t i e n s o e c q e n w y. en n ” (Luke: Gospel. h h e o m pol ad e bl e.
as long need makes itself felt). and which remains susceptible to numerous re-editing.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. envious or avaricious. as that it was totally unknown to them. For they had never put them into practice! 30 November. As for the proud. All these reasons amply justify the present dissemination. they should know well that it was not for their benefit that we now circulate these secrets. 1960 Feast of St. who wanted to be the sole and rare beneficiaries of this secret techniques. Vaughan © May 2005 them individually in possession of this technique. other than by means of a printed text (a text which it is then difficult to alter. Andrew 7 .
symbolic unfolding of The Work. it seems to be important to dissociate traditional Alchemy from those caricatures by which people have wanted to make it the distant source of the destructive knowledge mentioned above. a reflection of that of First Adam. In an age where the progress of imprudent physics and chemistry have placed in the hands of man. and often suffering the same setbacks. both spiritually and occultly. using material m as i rul i n clot s o i d t t r i i t R yl ro E yto a“ r en r oos d ta t h e ft ia oi n n h oa A t f gp n fs g y ei o s sn g s e . but also and above all quite another thing. Alchemy is not solely and uniquely the search to create of material Gold. to the same results and to the same conclusions as his distant initiators. Adept: from the Latin adeptus: who has acquired. and through his own knowledge. destroy the World in a few moments.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. r d cntu s fsa aa t” m ay e ae it r c These same secular rules lead the philosopher who perseveres. little by little. As such. So it is that these postulants apply themselves materially and experimentally in the secrecy of the laboratory of the Hermeticist. guided the hands of the Medieval builders. there are also Sulfur. Like them.o h st i e ec symbolism of the triple entrance to the Cathedrals. Vaughan © May 2005 INTRODUCTION “ o s r i iU i. To terms whose true meaning which the profane world frequently invert! 8 . And this follows archaic processes. 3 Initiate. often denuded of all spirituality or moral. before finally confiding in him the keys of Adepthood3. u b eter . in which the most extraordinary simplicity of material means used are bound to one of the most hidden theories. they thus comprise the complete. Mercury and Sl a …” t (Bernard Le Trévisan) Integrated into the traditional trilogy expressed in the triple portals of our great metropolitan cathedrals in enigmatic bas-relief. ae hs nm . The same immutable.h e yt i s ur a f h Threshold” t t eo r e eo dn e . as toys of their own inner anarchy. total and absolute sum of what we call the doctrines of Hermes: immutable in their principles (if not always in their application). Alchemy and its sisters. So it is with wisdom that those who. Astrology and Mysticism are the traditional knowledge portrayed. evolution and progress. Alchemy demands of the Initiate that he places himself in the School of Nature. and associated them t s m s r u ga i so t “ . from the Latin initium: beginning. he is slowly led towards his final goal. Soul and Body. the keys to death with which they could. marked out by the same hopes. and not learning susceptible to decantation. those celestial promoters of Metals. Expressed originally by devotees from when it issued form the loins of its sister Mysticism. for there where are the Spirit. and according to a lapse of time conditioned by the Stars. S iTi t n n y ny t and Unity in Trinity. he will travel the same roads. it m trw oe a ei m t lkpsc t l ay ost e aitr n.
in his turn. Vaughan © May 2005 This goal is a strange substance. intelligent and docile prima materia. each of which poses their particular enigma for him to solve! It is only after having understood the secret meaning these that the pilgrim will finally see rise. since Life will eventually deliver one of its greatest secrets to him. . the Lion and the Dragon. etc. Now transmuted by this second Revelation. will themselves accept the need to die as lead in order to be btreon s o … eer r a gl t b d 4 5 From the Latin persona: mask. the better to bar the way to the seeker.e h To obtain these fine crystals. and.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. It is a substance which university theses do not describe. the Star of Compostella. And in the a’f d t nli frh – n a ao i middle of the matras. the artisan of the Great Work will have met strange companions along the way: such as the Archons who stand watch over the successive thresholds of the intermediary worlds. Iago of Compostella. and whose very name makes the profane smile. of the color of ruby. to which the shadows instantly reflect back their mysterious luminescence. Pilgrims wear a scallop shell as an emblem. the King and the Queen. and without any possibility for industrial application. also called mérelle (cnti ar s t n o t s PV). the procedure employed nevertheless constitutes a real spiritual enrichment for the Hermeticist. which the Chemistry of men ignores. shining in the heart of the metallic shadows. As the mysterious Stone engenders and multiplies itself in continuous mathematical progression. in the plane of his inner spiritual alone. to become and remain forever: the Illuminated One. the Initiate finally becomes the Adept. the Illuminated One. a crystalline silver star must appear and float upon the surface – fsi i t nhth O e t io t r h pt aitn c i t t pr o s nh i t a … r d ao a e ar eg h 9 . The pilgrimage of St. which they have never analyzed. divorced from any rational basis. with the Arcana finally conquered. is one of those enigmatic myths of the quest of the Great Work. upon the finally decomposed prima materia. and which they will perhaps ignore forever. which announces the end of the golden periplus5. he can finally become transformed. as the beginning of The Work. Yet. innumerable and symbolic personalities4: the Crow and the Swan. This substance is the “ Chrysoprase”t Philosophers Stone. transmits his own spiritual light to those who.. appearance.
r D m e h E r ”prhb m tr a h (e sal ae t i e t 10 .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 HERMETIC IDEOGRAMS 3 Q Air Water Earth Fire Mercury Sulfur Salt T e hyor e rP i spe Soe h C rspa o “h oohr t ” s l s n (symbol of Reintegration) T e lMa. et s edo “ a nd h Od nD a ’H a.
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GLOSSARY OF ALCHEMICAL AND HERMETIC TERMS
We believe it useful firstly to give fairly general definitions of the terms habitually used by authors who write about Alchemy. As a result, this little glossary will allow readers interested in studying material Alchemy and, in parallel, spiritual Alchemy t dcd osuew rssc a “ Book of Images Without Words” o Mutus ,o eoe bcr ok,uh s The ,r Liber, T e y bl Tete fh P i spe’ S n” yJC B r ue, “ Amphitheater of Eternal “h Sm o c ra s o t h oohr t e b . . a hsn and The i i e l s o c Wisdom”by Henry Khunrath. Also, if he is ready familiar with the general significance of these rather abstruse words, it will be easier for him to read the works of modern alchemists, and above all the greatest of these, JeanJulien-Hubert Champagne, alias Fulcanelli6. n ito ok,The Mystery of the Cathedrals”ad Philosophical I h w w rs“ s ,n “ Dwellings” h t a ec s e o Ace i l uj t B th df ios eg ehr wlb ue l hn , e r t xl i l f l m c sb c . u t e n i w i e es uv y h a es e it n v e i e sf w e l u completed in the practical aspect of which they treat.7
We have an important dossier, resulting from an inquiry patiently pursued around 1935 –1937, by ourselves, on the real identity of Fulcanelli. This dossier includes recollections of those who worked with him from 1907, of those who were his collaborators during the course of his ardent life as an adept, photographs and documents which show, without any possible argument, that Fulcanelli and Jean-Julien-Hubert Champagne were one and the same person! Regarding this identity, we fear no contradiction whatsoever, and moreover we possess a photograph of an essential dedication which make the proof incontestable. 7 Note that the terms are in English alphabetical order – the book they are, of course, in French alphabetical order. in Please note also that I have translated those terms I could find: not all ancient alchemical terms are obvious! I have indicated those I could not translate in red, in the hope that others can help – PV.
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DEFINITIONS One of the four elements of the Ancients. Has no connection with what we breathe. See page 19. Calcination to white or red. Apparatus composed of vessels superposed and linked together, to permit a slow sublimation. Intimate union of several metallic elements into a very homogeneous and malleable whole. Sometimes a symbol of sublimation, or ascension of a volatile principle, as in the da i s fViatorium Spagyricum” r n o“ w g . As a general rule, which one finds oneself in presence of two animals of the same species but of different sexes (such as a lion and lioness, dog and bitch), it signifies Sulfur and Mercury prepared in accordance with The Work, or also the fixed and the volatile. The male represents the fixed, Sulfur; the female represents the volatile, Mercury. United, the animals express the conjunction of the newly-weds, marriage. If they are fighting: fixation of the volatile or volatilization of the fixed. See the drawings of Basil Valentinus8 i “ Twelve n The Keys of Philosophy” A i a m ya osm o z t Ee et E r (o, . n l a l y b le h l n : a h l n m s s i e m s t i bull), Air (eagle), Water (fish, whale), Fire (dragon, salamander). If a terrestrial animal appears in a hermetic image with an aerial animal, they signify respectively the fixed and the volatile. The sun, gold. Refining or alchemical verification of gold and silver by means of slagging lead in a cupel. Reverberating furnace. Equipment which ensures that the vase containing the material to be treated bathes in warmed water. Large, round glass vessel for receiving the products of distillation. Symbol: 1) of the dissolution of gold or silver; 2) of the purification of these two metals. Flying towards the sky: volatilization, ascension, sublimation. Pointing towards the sun: precipitation, condensation. These two images reunited in one figure: distillation. Two birds opposed to two terrestrial animals signify Air, or the Volatile. Also symbolized by the Crow. Image of putrefaction. Heat. Reduction of the body into lime. It can by dry or wet.
Apollo Assaying Athanor Bain-Marie9
Black Caladity Calcination
B s V l t u:The Twelve Keys of Philosophy” M. . aclt n o t r e i i e o F l nl,a ai a n ns“ l ei . E C nee oe fh a d c l f u aei s i, e r sp s c lh just published an erudite and excellent translation of this essential work, published by Editions de Champe-Elysées, in which he has put all his Alchemical science. 9 Ace y e nt s t epes n B i r ” l m ds o ueh xr i “ a -Ma e. h e so n i
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Glass container with a mouth, which one puts on the neck of a urinal or curcurbite to be able to distil spirits. Head, chappe, chapel, alembic are almost the same thing. Operation by which, using mineral powders called cement, metals may be purified to the point at which only a very pure metallic substance remain. Symbol of unity of Matter, and sometimes the color black (first stage of The Work), and putrefaction. Coating made of thick and oily materials, in order to seal the joints linking various vessels. Clothed in royal vestments, or simply crowned: symbol of the Philosophical Stone, sometimes of the Red Work. The Philosophical Stone, The Great Work achieved. Consists of having the liquids in a sealed container circulate by means of a slow heat. See the Pelican. Unity of Matter, Universal Harmony. Action of placing distilled spirit of metal onto its reside. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. See page 18. Act of heating common slat in a crucible to drive off water. One of the first stages of The Work: putrefaction. S m o o ce i loay o m tl pr co.I “ a ra t Pei a, y bl f hm c ryl , f e lc e et n n L Ma ra r o ” a t ai f i gi cs the six metals are firstly represented as slaves, bareheaded at the feet of the king, Gold. But then, after their transmutation, they are drawn with a crown upon the head. From this, in spiritual alchemy, comes the sentence of L.-C. de SaintMartin: Al a i h o nk g ,htst sy a m nwt nt m t “ lm n s i w i …” t i o a, l e i i h h s n a l h e e ps b i o r un gt t i l t ryl te,nt sit and angelic os it f e ri o h r o “ a s t i h p i i ly t n e s o a” e rual plane. Bowl of fireproof clay, wider towards the top, used to fuse metals and hard materials. Also called coucourde. Vessel in the shape of a gourd, open at the top, which is covered with a capital for the distillation of vegetables and other materials. Or deliquescence. Natural resolution of salts in water by exposing them in a humid place. See Moon. Disaggregation, involution or maturation of matter obtained by exposing the container to the warmth of a bain-marie for a suitable length of time. Operation during which one separates the gaseous parts from the solid or liquid parts, or again the spirit from the matter which holds it. Symbol of Sulfur, and Gold. The dog eaten by a wolf signifies purification of gold by antimony. Dog and bitch when associated, signify the fixed and the volatile. A dragon eating its tail: unity of Matter. A dragon in flames: symbol of Fire. Many dragons fighting: putrefaction. Dragon without wings: the Fixed. Winged dragon: the Volatile. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. See page 18. Symbol of volatilization, and also of the acids used in The Work. An eagle devouring a lion signifies the volatilization of the fixed by the volatile. Two eagles fighting have the same meaning.
Chaos C e ss l hmi’Ca t y Child Chrysoprase Circulation
Circulatory Circumference Cohobation Cold Crackling, Decrepitation Crow Crown
Crucible Curcurbite Deliquium Diana Digestion Distillation Dog
Nothing in common with common fire. Symbol of tin. See page 18. and also symbolized by the heraldic Lizard. the Fixed and the Volatile. or salamander. mean of union between them. See man and woman. Metallic Sulfur. symbolizes the Earth. The lion. It is also called porphyrizing. Nothing in common with the vulgar body of this name. Vaughan © May 2005 Earth Epée Faulx Fire Fire of Sand Fixed Flowers Fountain Gold of the Wise Hermaphrodite Hot Jupiter King and Queen Lion One of the four Elements of the Ancients. Mercury and Salt. Also designates access to Living Gold. Silver of the Wise. Interposition of sand between fire and the vase containing the matter to be treated. Alone: symbol of the Fixed. oval or flattened glass vessel with a long neck. It is also the symbol of Silver prepared for the final Work. and designates au contraire Living Silver. It is also the symbol of the Chrysoprase. The priest who officiates represents Salt. clothed in the color and multiple properties of fire. Never to be seen as the ground on which we tread. which lives in fire and is made pregnant by it. Naked. Sulfur and Mercury.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Operation consisting of separating silver from gold by means of saltpeter. Union of Sulfur and Mercury. See page 19. Symbol of Fire. Their wedding night: conjunction of Sulfur and Mercury. Round. Generally represent the successive colors which succeed each other during the course of The Work Three fountains generally represent the three Principles. of reincrudation into a form analogous to that of its primitive substance. There are other B i i h a e o o “e a o n h a ” – ns i s s e h aspects of this word. The Philosophical Stone. the orange nuance in The Work. Mercury. Fire. Furnace of the Philosophers. See page 18. Silver of the Wise. Water. or addition of an active element. also called Rebis. Winged: the Volatile. The result of conjoining Sulfur and Mercury. or Philosophical Sulfur. Orifice. This is Lioness Liquation Magic Ruby Man and Woman Marmorizer Marriage Mars Matras Menstruum Mercury Moon Mortification Mountain Neptune Opening Palace Parting 14 . Also called Oil of Christ. Mercury. or Philosophical Mercury. Used to digest the prepared material. See also à a ( t s pr n r Se l i t B t ? PV). The Volatile. Sulfur. or dog of Corascène. if it gives access to the Closed Palace of the King. Vegetable or mineral waters with dissolving properties. opposed to three other animals. designate impure silver and gold. Energizing agent of an igneous subtlety. See page 20. if it acts in the entrance of the Closed Palace of the Queen. Entrance into the Closed Palace: discovery of Silver capable of effecting the reduction of the Fixed. One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. The Volatile. Oil of Crystal. Enclosed in a Sepulcher: these two Principles united in the Philosophical Stone. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. One will find them described notably in the works of Fulcanelli. One of the four Elements of the Ancients. The lion also represents the mineral (or green vitriol) from which one extracts oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid) which is used by Alchemists. Mercury. Gold of the Wise. Alteration of matter through trituration. Trituration of materials on marble using a pestle. Philosophical Sulfur. Corrosive. which would require to much space to explain. Summit of the Philosophical Egg. Symbol of Fire.
having received form Nature and Art a double occult property which is exactly equilibrated. Final stage of the Great Work. Also symbolizes Fire. final stage of The Work. Generally pyrites of fire. Round glass vessel. grave dust. Synonymous with the Crow. the aurifying principle dissimulated within the mineral.e e l ss o e sn r agal T e fr I ae sd h e salt’ s c ay h r tc y e e r t ogoth bo w e e h ue ‘ o ‘ . Sometimes: complete desiccation. The rose is sometimes an emblem of the entire Hermetic Art. or even the color white which precedes it. when the King and Queen are enclosed in it (Sulfur and Mercury). in the course of its realization. Vaughan © May 2005 Pelican Phoenix Priest Prima material Projection Rain Rébis Recipient Rectification Rectification (or alcohol) Red Refining refinement. or albification. final stage of The Work. spark of life enclosed in all that is in its natural primitive state. It is particularly practiced on gold and silver. Also called circulatory by reason of its function. Consists of separating the water contained in the body (or phlegm) by evaporation or distillation.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Residue Retort Reverberation Room Rose Rubification Salamander Salt Saturn Secret Fire 10 A bln f nn rl sh to od ‘ ad scel’n h bo. It is not other than the union off Sulfur and Mercury in the metals. or a king and queen. of Sulfur and Mercury. l . A red and a white rose: union of the Fixed and the Volatile. or lead (galena). at the stage of putrefaction. Here designates a glass balloon. Operations by which all that is foreign to a metal is separated from it. Exaltation of internal energy of the metallic spirit by the action of a violent fire upon the matter containing this spirit. It is also the image of condensation. deaths head. h hei s g s h h ooh a x e l c Egg. Synonymous with feces. First matter of the Hermetic Work. it symbolizes the Salt Principle. See also Magic Ruby. one of the three mysterious Principles composing the body. Designates lead. Scel’s l Fec frsel’ ra. Symbol of the Philosophical Egg.sh ia ok n h uhut ok ht r e ssscel’ rsel’ As a t ss bo o Spiritual Alchemy. a a l e o pr o h sm f h e n t s e e e addition of two factors10. Also the color black of The Work. Final distillation to obtain an extremely pure metallic spirit. Action of submitting a mineral in fusion to the action of a detergent or transmuting powder. hr oe hv ue t t m‘ a fr r n . the use of arsenic r e h o i is academic! – PV. It sometimes signifies the color red. Designates the color red. the reciprocal activity of spirit and soul. It has nothing whatsoever in common with common salt. double matter. Result of the amalgamation of Gold of the Wise and Mercury of the Wise.. Action of destroying combustible Sulfur and exteriorizing incombustible Sulfur. both wet and dry. Also called Arsenic. S m o o t r cl i T eWok T eP on ’ egi t P i spi l y bl fh e o rn h e d o r. The Phoenix is also Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. Often created over a very strong fire. Closed curcubite containing two hollow handles connected to the top of the abdomen. constitutes t bd o hm nbi s Sl cna ob cm a dt t “u ”o t h oy f u a e g. What remains at the bottom of a vase after distillation. See page 20. with a mouth curved towards the base. Universal spirit enclosed in the heart of metallic darkness. united and conjoined in the last term of The Work. Symbol of the color white in The Work. Besides. terre-damnée. Marrying a man and a woman. serving to distil materials in the course of The Work. Symbol of Fire. i m e iot i e a t w w rssel’ n ‘ i t ok ‘ a e tp y e e io r h o ‘ o sl Wh e d n t l h c i so s ‘ e lm t ueScel’o a ei h r l ue btt m i e hneb . 15 . or soul and the psychic double. from which it results.
of different materials placed over a violet fire. Symbol of Antimony. See page 19. Sometimes ordinary gold. Symbol of The Work at the white. Two serpents on the Caduceus: Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise. White Stone. Crucified serpent: designates the fixation of the Volatile. One of the constitutive occult Principles of Matter. second stage after putrefaction and irisation. Mercury. Designates copper. Philosophical Mercury. Synonymous with the Crow. moon and five stars. Same significance as for the Dragon. Violent or slow. This latter does not figure in the classical ternary of the Great Work: black. Action of transforming a solid body into a gas by heat. slow and gentle fire. If it bears suns. Image of Mercury. Separation of volatile elements fixed elements. Superposition by alternate planes. Putrefaction. prepared for the final Work. as it must be rational and scientific. the white stone. it is treating of the prima materia form which the metals are born. Symbol of the four Elements. then. Serves the same purposes. First phase of the Second Work. in which all the potential for transmutation has not yet been developed and obtained. Designates unity of Matter. See Marriage. Sulfur. Winged serpent: the Volatile. red. white.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. the red stone. The Work at the stage of the color black. Dryness. A tree bearing moons signifies the Little Work. Three serpents designate the three Principles: Salt.. over a slow heat. The matter is put in a closed vase with a long neck. Vase similar to a curcurbite. sometimes designates Sulfur of the Sages. Sublimation Sulfur Sun Swan Trees Triangle Urinal Venus Volatile Volatilization Vulcan Water Wedding Night Wet Wheel of Fire White Wolf 16 . it is the Great Work. but superposition is not left to chance. Nothing in common with the common element of this name. but a little longer. in rising from the base of the vase to the top. One of the four elementary qualities in Nature. See page 18. Nothing in common with common water. Mercury. Symbol of ordinary fire. Symbol of the three mysterious constitutive Principles of metals: Salt. or the signs of the sun. Vaughan © May 2005 Sepulcher Serpent Siccity Silver of the Wise Skeleton Sphere Square Stratification Philosophical Egg. That which can be separated from the fixed elements. One of the four Elements of the Ancients. by fusion. prepared for The Work. Without wings: the Fixed. It is also the symbol of Gold. the still imperfect stone. so that the subtle (or pure) parts are separated from the gross (or impure) parts. Slow is the best. See page 20. If it bears the symbols of the seven metals. The mix works. Sulfur.
t P i spi l w ln ”t i a a i Fv ok”e …. i s ai e es When it was worth the effort. we had recourse t F l nl’ tow rs “ h Myt yo t C t da ”ad o u aei w ok: T e s r fh a er s n c ls e e h l “h ooh aD ei s. l c lg o o s o ’ e c 17 . we have followed the significations given by the late lamented Albert Poisson. In particular. in his book “ Theories and Symbols”adb t trd e ekr Ja Maé ci h bo “ h Me lc ro t A c n ” .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.n y h e i see en vr . Vaughan © May 2005 * * * Here we have summarized some of the terms scattered through a certain number of works treating of Alchemy. a ut .n i ok T e tl A t fh ni t . Ncl V l s“i B os.
penetrating atoms. softening. erethic and irritating nature. dilating. passive desire of submission. which provokes the evolution of atoms. is manifested by a vibration of retentive. Its action is vitalizing. origin of reaction. opposition. supple. ennerving. origin of femininity. It is indispensable to define what one understands by essential words which are the names of the constitutive elements of Primary Matter. dispersing. crystallizing. and of its evolution towards the ultimate state: Gold. is translated as a vibration of nature which is attractive. or its disaggregation. relaxing which. active desire of persuasion. assimilation. unstable. fixing. by destroying the principle of expansion which can be found in Hot (preservation). 18 . egotism. Its action is thus astringent. stimulating. which contradicts and retains the given impulse. supple. is translated by a vibration of expansive nature. whose effect is to coagulate or crystallize Matter. mutable. A) The Four Elementary Qualities – Cold. –Wet. – Wet: passivity. Its activity is temperate. – Hot: reaction. B) The Four Elements –Earth: the reactive action of Salt on Cold divides it. skepticism. and thus. the principle of concentration and reception. retention. –Dry. emollient. transforms it into the element Earth. rarifying. passive desire of submission. and thereby provokes the involution of Matter. –Hot. In Man. passive desire of domination. variation.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. these four Qualities give: – Cold: impassibility. in opposing its total fixation. action. Its activity is retractive. Vaughan © May 2005 I GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON ALCHEMY Hermetic terminology uses words and expressions which do not have direct correspondence with their equivalents in the profane language. symbol of perfection at the heart of the metallic life. – Dry: expansion. origin of masculinity. dynamic. enthusiasm. is manifested by a complete or partial absence of vibration. slowing. divides homogeneity and units heterogeneity. the origin of fixation.
or Gold of the Wise. In their turn. who received an identical one from his master Fulcanelli). Hot and Dry generate Fire. Air and Fire generate the Sulfur Principle. At the second stage of The Work. Wet and Hot generate Air. g g ng ng Kin Kin Ki Ki the the the the of of of of COLD DRY 19 . 1 You see by means of this diagram (which has been confirmed to be perfectly exact by J. The copulation of the two then gives the Chrysoprase. and Fire and Earth generate the Salt Principle. Vaughan © May 2005 of the Qu e en e e ce ce lac lac ala ala Pa Pa gP gP ong ong on on St r St r Str Str Str on gP a la ce D + D + white black AZΩ AZΩTH ALKAHEST red 4 6 7 5 COLD WET HOT Fig. and the Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle generate Philosophical Gold. the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle generate Philosophical Silver. that Cold and West generate Water. and Dry and Cold generate Earth.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Earth and Air generate the Mercury Principle. or Silver of the Wise. Boucher.
retentive. subtle. It is the Female principle of all seed. harmony. –Fire: The reactive. courtesy. studious. timidity. called Mercury. coagulating nature. In Man. In Man it corresponds to Soul. –Fire: Violence. ambition. it corresponds to Body. Salt Principle: Dry. Vaughan © May 2005 – Water: The refrigerant. obligingness. ardor. enthusiasm. pride. and from it is born smell. the principle of violent and active dynamism. lassitude. engenders a principle of vaporous. contained in Fire and Earth. In Man it corresponds to Spirit. reserve. impetuosity. transforming it into Fire. transforming it into Air. as well as the result of their union. called Salt. in the vocabulary of traditional Alchemy. courage. and the fundamental color yellow. initiative. also Philosophical Silver. laziness. reflective. and the fundamental color red. mutable and generating nature. contained in Fire and Air. which is common quicksilver). and the fundamental color blue. nonchalance. called Sulfur. suspicion. taciturnity. engenders a principle of dry. or Mercury of the Mad. submission. ingeniousness. contained in Air and Water. subtlety. coagulating. fear. 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. the principle of circulation. engenders a principle of hot. fertile and fermentative nature. ingenious. indolence. In Man. solitary. dilating and rarefying action of Hot on Wet. incertitude. irascibility. reserved spirit or pretentiousness. presumption. fervor. inconsistency. atonic and fixative action of Cold on Wet thickens. and from it is born taste. the closest Substance to beings and things. It is the Male principle of all seed. – Water: Passivity. Mercury Principle: Wet. assimilation. –Air: Affability. –Air: The expansive. generosity.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. aversion. these four Elements give: – Earth: Disquiet. These are the three constitutive principles which are. repressed tenderness or egotism. erethic and irritant action of Dry on Hot. cleverness. authority. promptness. vanity. From it are born form and weight. and transforms it into Water. unconsciousness. prodigality. dulls. It results from the absorption of a certain quantity of the 20 . prudence. the principle of molecular attraction. C) The Three Philosophical Principles Sulfur Principle: Hot. cohesive. passion. It is the principle of the unification of Male and Female. versatility.
Gold of the Wise: Also called Sulfur of the Wise (as opposed to Philosophical Sulfur. It must be virgin. 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 does not have to have been recast or alloyed with itself. E) The Chrysoprase or Stone of the Philosophers Chrysoprase: This is obtained by the slow cooking in the Philosophical Egg (matras). It is not necessary for this Gold to have previously been subjected to exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. or. or Sulfur of the Mad. 21 . even more easily. It is not necessary for this Silver to have previously been subjected to exaltation (sublimation or volatilization) or transfusion. even more easily. In a word. It must be virgin. These two Operations result from a series of successive cookings (multiplication). within the Athanor (furnace). which is common sulfur). placed in a sand bath. Vaughan © May 2005 Sulfur Principle by a determined quantity of the Mercury Principle. it does not have to have been recast or alloyed with itself. or. also Philosophical Gold. which precedes it in the previous stage.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. of the mixture and co-destruction of Gold of the Wise and Silver of the Wise. by the absorption of a proportional quantity of common Gold by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle. by the absorption of a proportional quantity of common Silver by a determined quantity of the Sulfur Principle.
by means of successive emissions of Secondary Causes to the Primary Causes. is now being proved a fortiori by modern nuclear physics! Chemistry as well. from the ONE-ORIGINAL. is showing us that the ancient adage is right when it states: “ m i a uoei uu o n …” O n b n. and all is in one. e os H l A gl a cm f m t oeS uc… A dMa T e ol f n D m n. l o e r h n or y s l o e e n n contains within himself the part of the Exterior World that the Demon also contains within h sl btn d f etom i e . 11 I t oi nl transposait” h h en ‘asoe’ Ielh ia i r t n hv ae d to pooe’ nh r i .tn nm m i a a that is to say that one is in all. f t ss m s i . from his Benedictine Abbey. o ne . Who is God. 12 Out of nothing – PV. and this work of regeneration is called Reintegration. 22 . e ga“ w i m ast npsd.uia ie n fr …” m f fr Jcb oh e“ fh Eet n f rc” ao B em : O t l i oG ae) e co Long before these philosophers. d ae lr it ‘rpsd c r e i pn a te – PV. that postulate from the earliest days of the Hermeticists of former times.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Alchemy consequently divides itself into three probatory stages: a) The Work. degenerate and lessened in their spiritual potential.h hv a en ih i t i o e e l re e sm Mo e ae tr h …” (aiV l t u: T e r m hl hr tf n m n” B s a n ns“ h Ti paC ai oA t oy) l ei u o i And. Jacob Boehme also affirms: “ h S u o Ma. and which has been mocked so much over time. The consequence of this doctrine: all that are thus of divine origin and that find themselves here below. Basil Valentinus. Vaughan © May 2005 II SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY Unity of Matter. in discovering materials and products hitherto completely unknown.. prisoners of a gross World. may yet claim their former estate again. etc. was already proposing in principle this magisterial unity: “ lt ns o ermt oe ed t y ae lbe b t d nh beginning by the Alh g cm f h n se. traditional Gnosis had already proposed11 this concept in its affirmation of the doctrine of Emanation. Tertiary Causes to the Secondary Causes. in the spiritual plane. and absolutely not created ex nihilo12. affirming that spiritual Creatures had been emanated by a Unique Source: God-Abyss. the transmutation of imperfect metals into pure gold.
in their pride. with regard to this final aspect of the Great work: “ hr in r l ie ne e enEternal Birth. idea is more like ‘uf s . the rebirth of our reason. Their field of experimentation is the metallic world. There is no doubt that they were all good Chrisitans! But surely this is because they understood that Knowledge and Wisdom must work in tandem: that Knowledge without Wisdom is worse than Ignorance alone. capable of healing almost any ailment or infirmity. One should probably only take this affirmation to be in the spiritual sense. ss fe l m ast r h o ‘ uf the o l’ s o ae o ’ hf r e ad uf s which I used instead – n pf r . 14 ‘ Empiriques au premier chef’ PV. philosophers in possession of an ancient doctrine (Gnosis) have specific theories which do not allow them to stray from certain limits in their research. thirdly. are people unaware of esoteric knowledge and learning. Vaughan © May 2005 b) The Elixir of Life.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and assuring considerable longevity. who seek God. even immortality. Reintegration. have been regenerated in spirit and will. 13 ‘ofer . bte hv ko n opr leih u f ae nw croe r r …” w a bt (Eckhartshausen: “ h Cod pn h Snt r” T e l U o T e ac ay) u u Still. Jacob Boehme effectively tells us this. that of our heart and will. of all spiritual Creatures. and also on the most repugnant natural residues. secondly. and the discovery of T e s o e d f ec bt e e a fr w the P i spe’ S n. that is to say the regeneration of the entire Cosmos. working without the least hesitation on the strangest substances. our physical rebirth. on the contrary. is proven without contest if one reads the ancient authors. to defile the most heteroclite products of the three kingdoms. The Alchemists preserved and demonstrated the sound basis of Hermeticism and Alchemy. c) Universal Reintegration. The latter. Many pious men. we can find an echo in these words of Eckhartshausen: “h r T e e-birth is threefold: firstly. it is convenient to distinguish between Alchemists and ’u es n pfr . h ‘ T ehuffers and puffers’ ignored them. hfrad u es f f ’ The former. e’ PV. the ultimate goal of true Alchemy. all must return to it in the h oohr t e l s o sm m ne a e anr …” ( cb oh e“ e i a r R rm ) J o B em : D S nt a eu ” a g u Concerning the mysterious Elixir of Life13. Everything having issued forth from Unity. literally ‘ Su l s fu ’ reciters’but a ‘ uf ra o en ‘ bet ’ rt pf. element of the individual Reintegration of the Adept. a type of universal medicine. – 23 . * * * The existence of a Spiritual Alchemy. empiricism being their chief guide14. But they invented Chemistry. happy.
e i oti ad e ee n iu. in the Microcosm. when you find it in yourself. n pr vr i Vr e Ma I r fiyu i o r t u So . where it For continually resides. and this is a curious fact. take a resolution to offer your hand to the bemired poor. to turn them into Gold. i ota w r “ nd va n s r . the essential elements. e r t r has a triple aim in the Material World: the Transmutation of A a e l t G e Wok s th a Metals. l sh es i “ hss r i i U i . the perfecting of Moral Man. Let us now analyze the two aspects of The Work. these elements are identical in number. and with metallic Pyrites. that one should listen to these words: “ The Work is with you and within you. r r ad a…” s e f c t And Albert Poisson concludes that: “ s r u . y n e h ee n h n s e t your spirit be illuminated by Light and Truth. so that. nw O e ts uniquely a true Spirit.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. o as 16 Even a thouhsn pg d t nr dent aeh w r! PV. in return. to help and relieve those who are in m s r n…” iot e f u (aiV l t u: T e R b ’ ot T e e es) B s a n ns“ h ‘éi16 fh w l K y” l ei s e v Indeed. must. wherever you are. you will also have it with you always.n U i i Ti t fr hr S it oln B d a . must b pee e…: er r d sv (Basil V l t u: T e w l K y o P i spy V Key) a n ns“ h T e e es f h ooh” th ei v l “ bi . and. Man is thus the philosophical athanor in which the preparation of the Virtues is accomplished. classification and `succession. and of carnal Man. be led to a incomprehensible life.o w e p i S u ad oy r t e ny t t ny e r. Vaughan © May 2005 T u B ra L Téi ni h m sr e ok The Abandoned Word15”tlu t s: hs e r e r s . the contemplation of Divinity in His Splendor. visible and spiritual. all that the vulgar and ignorant person thinks to be dead. in the Divine World. After acquiring the Divine gift you desire. and it is in this sense. to Perfection. and that. my passionate friend of the Chemical Art. in consequence. according to the mystics. that Life is O h e ae . According to the second aim. ad ae ii a os’hv t s od – co y i 24 . successively associated with this transmutation.hr T u iTi t n n yad n y n r i . e e a o rS l rMe uy n Sl l a u u. be it on land or sa e…Hermes Trismegistus: ‘ Seven Chapters’ The …” (l rP i o: T er s n Sm o o t Ace is) Ab t o sn “ hoi ad y bl fh l ms ” e s e s e h t Let us also quote Basil Valentinus: “ nt s m tr ko . * * * e15 “ a a lD ls e – L Pr e é i é” PV. in that.f o ws t c a or t e b wt u s .
1). that is to say. through copulation. as by the copulation of the Sulfur Principle and the Salt Principle. * * * This material and experimental way is reflected in a spiritual and transcendental way. as it leads to the Red Bridegroom (Sulfur). The Way of Mercury is also called the Palace of the Queen. being: Water + Air Mercury Principle Air + Fire Sulfur Principle Fire + Earth Salt Principle There. Vaughan © May 2005 These are the four natural Elements of the Ancients: Water (Hydrogen) Air (Nitrogen17) Fire (Oxygen) Earth (Carbon) corresponding to the four Qualities: Humid and the four Temperaments: Sanguine Bilious Nervous Lymphatic Hot Dry Cold At the higher period of these four modes of manifestation of Life in Matter. the Alchemists. the Adept obtains Philosophical Silver. through the copulation of Mercury of the Wise and Sulfur of the Wise. drew the three terms of this second plane. and the Way of Salt is te Palace of the King. In effect. because it leads to the White Bride (Mercury). or Mercury of the Wise. The Work passes from White to Red.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. The Work may hope to pass from Black to White. 17 T e r c frNt gn i‘zt – word of import (Azoth) to most students of the esoteric! – h Fe h o ‘ ioe’sao ’ a n r e PV. 25 . which they called that of the realization of Azoth. the Philosophical Stone (Fig. The Adept obtains the Chrysoprase. 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. the three essential principles coming out of the Word. they obtain Philosophical Gold. by the copulation of the Mercury Principle and the Sulfur Principle.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 11-12 Catholic Bible. correspond to the three Theological Virtues. to perceive the words of Understanding…” To (Proverbs: I. and I will give you a heart full of Wisdom and Understanding…” (Kings. are signified in the Holy Scriptures. with complete preeminence: “ n G d a tS l o: i e o hv ntse Meo l gi . and reduced to the rank of gifts of the Holy Spirit (which would be infinitely better named otherwise).o t A d o si o o m n Sn yu ae o akd fro ler hsnrh d o c n f c e death of your enemies. V. I will act according to your word. 10) 18 T iia e l s t nli o t Bb !A A bln s ai a o tt ae m r sneo s ‘i h s vr o er s t n fh i e s m e iim k g pi im ks oe es t ue h ’ s y o a ao e l a n n s translation rather than the usual one – PV. and I Kings 10-12. Protestant Bible18) We also quote: “o t s your Wisdom and your Understanding it s h o t nt n…” F rh is i n h i t fh aos eg e i (Deuteronomy: IV.i e. 6). 2) “ fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is The Understanding. being: Sulfur Principle – Faith to Mercury Principle– Hope to Salt Principle – Charity to The two Philosophical Metals (Silver of the Wise and Gold of the Wise). called: Fire Air Water Earth – Strength to – Justice to – Temperance to – Prudence to The three Principles coming from these four Elements. “ know Wisdom and instruction. Mercury and Salt) correspond to the two Sublime Virtues. born from the copulation of the three Principles (Sulfur. and because you have asked for Understanding and Wisdom to act with justice. if they are passed over in silence in classical theology. 26 . Vaughan © May 2005 To the four Elements listed above necessarily correspond the four Cardinal Virtues of ancient scholarship.” (Proverbs: IX. being: Sulphur of the Wise to Wisdom Mercury of the Wise to Understanding These two Sublime Virtues.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. * * * The Alchemists. for they dissolve and coagulate at the same time. As is born at the appointed time. Binah (Understanding) is the attribute of that which corresponds to vision. in the superior ternary of the Sephirotic system of the Hebrew Kabbalah. Understanding is ultimate knowledge. and knowledge to them that know Understanding…” H (Daniel: II. cook at the end. So. so reticent about all things concerning the Great Work. this athanor (or philosophical furnace).h l ohr g o s t Rd t ” t e n e Chrysoprase. were careful not to be open about their fire. the decisive factor in Reintegration (Fig. with the Matter prepared once. intuition. For partner it has Chokmah (Wisdom). in the Phi spe’ E g(which the Alchemists still called the Sublimator). intelligent and comprehensive submission to a Being which it perceives as the dominating power. It is spontaneous. Understanding is also the absolute Knowledge (Gnosis) of Divine Things. cook in the middle. and Wisdom is the use to which it is put. and apply thine heart to Understanding…” So (Proverbs: IX. which is May l m s a n r rfrh d h t e r e the key to the Work. which clearly expresses the idea of choosing the best from among all the gifts accessible to Understanding (Binah). As such. Vaughan © May 2005 “ that thou incline thine ear unto Wisdom. whose Heart is the Sublimator (or Philosophical Egg) –Total Illumination. is thus born in the Soul of Man.h “ e Soe. I ad o od ay t rh g n d nt o n o et n…” h i 27 . cook at the beginning. 10) “ e giveth Wisdom unto the wise. cooking alone can change it into the philosophical stone: “only command you to cook. And this ultimate term for the Inner Work bears the name of Divine Light. nor on the degree of heat necessary for success in their works. from the union of Sulfur and Mercury of the Wise.o t y o not know the disposition of the fire. As such. Let us hear Raymond Lully: “ n Ace is r i e o. it is discrimination between Good and Evil. for t y rb ne b t ii oac…” h a l dd yh rg r e e e i e n n (am n L l: V d Meu o Sot ra s o t C e i l r ) R y od u y“ ae cm r hrTete n h hmc At l i e a ” In fact. Knowledge of their thermal conductivity and the degree was regarded by them as one of the most important keys of the Great Work. It thus presupposes that this does not operate but through elimination. 21) We know that. 4). and the learning of this. they cannot succeed. penetration and information.
Karma-Yoga. or on special modes and rhythms of respiration. depending on whether The Work is more or less advanced. this is a metal container filled with water. Dhuani-Yoga. Alchemists used neither charcoal nor wood to warm the Philosophical Egg. in which a second container with the ingredient which needs gentle heat is place. and it would have been almost impossible to obtain a constant temperature.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 19 (nnm u: T e uf of the Philosophr ) A oy os“ h T r es ” The Alchemists distinguished between many types of fire: 1) Humid Fire – is the bain-marie20. the old Masters tell us. fs x e 28 . They rapidly disorganized and destroyed their basic aspect. Fire is represented by Prayer… “ et labor…”pa Or . Also. and which gives an almost uniform warmth. Albert Poisson tells us. Mark-Antonio rails against ignorant “ huffers and puffers” who . pr r t H r ec r…” l i odt e om h e t Wok a g o f e m i (Marc-A t i “ i th i ie ot f e hdw ” n n : Lg si n t l u ot Sao s) oo h n g sf h The hermetic Philosophers therefore used oil lamps. They do this by regulating the number of threads composing the wicks: 19 20 O“ rrabble” both are equally odd! – – PV. Raja-Yoga. This is the fire which they have veiled. But experience has not proved this. i ews m nnvr s a et hr a nr O w a ue r h e i e f m s s c i e ee ue r n ca ol o e e on a n e d c . and also that they had the same effect as fire upon the corpus. it is through other techniques that they must find it: Bhakti-Yoga. Our Fire has absolutely nothing to do with those psycho-physical practices. use charcoal: “ f ht s a t s v l tl e. generally classified under the term of Hatha Yoga. This comes from when Alchemists remarked that acids produced an elevation of temperature in their diverse reactions. which provides a constant temperature. which is easy to maintain. which rely on more or less Baroque practices. It is often used to melt chocolate and other o le l ui ! – fi ’ u r s PV. are generally claimed to help towards the preservation of youth and health in the West. f m n w o. For non-chefs. indeed even simply to mysticism. It would have required continual surveillance. this 2) Supernatural or Artificial Fire –which designates acids. in fact to the contrary: Europeans who partake of the practice (often for reasons of snobbism). In the plane of spiritual Alchemy. 3) Natural or Ordinary Fire – obtained by combustion. and of which only a few have spoken openly. In general.r y and work. Samadhi-Yoga. If such acquisitions are realized. do not finally come to Illumination. Alchemists admit to there being many degrees to their fire. These practices. nor has any transcendental knowledge been obtained. with an asbestos wick.
i . forbidden before such unexpected psychic events. deviated and strayed into irrational paths. is called Egyptian Fire. then another denary. It was to ward off sc dne t th C uce (anadE s r) m oe t pi i eo a“ i c r f uh agr h t hr s L t n at n i psd h r c l f Dr t o s a e h i e e np eo C nc ne frhif t u m m e dsos f penetrating such domains. n t s i ot u t uhut i o t o t n e h a n i l i r em e uo R p y“ ra s o the T e e a s) yl : Tete f e i wl G t” v e “ k avpr i fe m s r . in the realm of spiritual Alchemy. we have a precious clue to its esotericism. use twenty-four threads. ot uu. Unfortunately. Wanting to pass through without stopping (a phrase full of esoteric meaning21!) would be most dangerous.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. To the quaternary at the beginning is added a denary. Vaughan © May 2005 “it f all make a gentle fire. and you will achieve perfect whiteness …” ( apl s“ poi i aiai) H peu: A hr m bsi ” i s ln Here. and from fourteen to twenty-four. n ’ 29 . and Neophytes who were poorly prepared for the shock of intuitive revelations. zg r ed i on l o r 22 closed in. and becomes grey. ur ne. while the author is anonymous. dutiful . it should suffice for us to remember that the first degree of fire. so: tetrad + decade + decade If these words do not evoke Alexandrine Gnosis and its Aeons for us.o ht o cna asoc iwt a Y u i ee l eh es t et a s t yu a l y t h t i l a e e o m a w u h brhn wt u f r f un g A dh wlcn nehogoth t e fh sl i …” a ad i ote o bri . the manuscript is most certainly Egyptian! This progressive evolution of fire in The Work is thus repeated in spiritual Alchemy through a progressive evolution of Prayer and all its Asceticism. until the Fr o s Matter begins to blacken. equal the maximum summer temperature of this country: “ k yu fen rpro t t hai t m n s fue n Jl Mae ori ipoot n o h etnh ot o Jn ad u …” r i e e h y (nnm u: Da g f r ad rs) A oy os“ i o oMai n Ao” l e Now. that used at the beginning of The Work. The fire goes from four to fourteen. Let us listen to osi c” o t rah l e br ei u o e e if s r two other old Masters: “ o wlnvrev t vs logto w r . because it must (in material terms). The Matter bathes. i r a ao i n l as d o ea ‘ cm uat– I o brn PV. their frequency. and above all their immediate and intended goals. their amplitude. as if you had only four threads in your wick. Then augment it to fourteen threads. this is not uncommon in the history of Mysticism. at e cn nos nt i e . ut.lr g ae n…” ti (enr d Tei n “ h B o o N t a P i spy f t s) B rad e rv a: T e ok f a rl h ooh o Me l s u l a” 21 22 But not in nlh T e i ct nli o t s r c cl qii w u b “ br t s gs – E g s! h d etr s t n fh Fe h o ou lm ol e t un h t e” PV. Finally. o v l tsb e sr udd a y Mae aoin i .
a little like the Eternal Ideas of Plato.) 23 “ Brûler du karma”a t ne hae i n ov u m ai . . and are. sag pr wt o bi s en gIia hm t ao e osue n ‘ ee r s h o n a h l ’ phrase confuses the real beauty of this paragraph which identifies prayer as the spiritual version of the fire of physical Alchemy. nine in number: Four called Cardinal (from the Latin cardo: hinge.i i i ps b fr yu t pee e Hs Wi ot h e f h e i n t s m os l o o o r r h e p e gs ie sv i Commandments. because they are the most elevated result of the practice of the first seven. i rejoice in the great favor of the Lord. for these Virgins cno sf rh l ss i antuf t e ttn e e a a …” ( em s“ h Sehr” X 3 H r a: T e hped . If you bear His Name without possessing His Virtue. Nobody may be e gs e e .PV. which are called the Essential Virtues. admitted into the Realm of God without having previously been clothed by them in their own Vestment. ue cv ad e vg ti e e e v e . But the least stain they encounter. in Oea f t consequence. h a t y. I f t e edt sn“ Shepherd”ar u dt Hermas of Cumae. All correspond to Spiritual Entities linked to the Divine Plane. and. one of the four n a w r h i The c a i . Principles to be firstly laid out. A l ga c al es e n i yu “ait n. it in vain t to baHs a e” h yu er iN m .X 1) “ t u t hl o t s Vri . Three called Theological. their sublimation. immediate inheritors and successors of the Apostles in the oral tradition of Christianity: “ n t s Vri .n l n t e! hy i k e ti y e l l hv p auen i n i a rpr hb ao”frhy r t m e e cat pr at e n ae l sr i l i n poe “ait n. . 30 .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. They are Spirits of Sanctification. t nst Hm w ocn acri t t f oi epes no sm O i ts “ with h k o i h a.ti t o tb e Apostolic Fathers.3 H r a: T e hped . then those born from these.– A dh e i n w o r h ?. one part of fire can easily master one thousand parts of earth…” (hm s qi s“ ra s o t P i spi l t e) T o a A u a: Tete n h h ooh a S n” n i e l c o From this we see that the way one can emulate the conduct of our Fire is by Prayer. a . We are now going to study the Elements of our Work. cod g o h a re xr i f o e r n l boil a n e v t so e a. in a way. it will serve you nothing! For these Virgins are the Virtues of the Son of God. essential element). Vaughan © May 2005 “ n pro fire possesses more potential energy than one hundred parts of air. If you receive only the Name of the Son of God without previously having received form the hands of these Virgins their vesture. door. I see that the t e l sr i yu “ait n”ol c a iw l T e wl ya p auen or hb aos.o t a h sl s hs . 23 Karma ” . ( em s“ h Sehr” I. because they essentially have God as their object. they will immediately depart.ts sa ehtnt r bcr ad c vr . Two called Sublime.hy so s l n ns r gsn or hb ao” t n e i i ti e will live there.
in these pages. and all as efficient and valuable as those typically Christian ones which we use here. the Breastplate of Understanding. t y s t d Rise up! Put on the Priestly Robe.B. and it was clear that Judaism. it was very Judaic.a d oh e e L r. as it is now. an extract from a Gnostic apocrypha of the second century: “ n a B t la e svn dy. Islam. We shall end them with a quotation. the Miter of Marvels. the Crown of Justice. Initially. er g n ra et l e t pn e n a : H ne t b Pi t fh e i . e r so t fh .o a t t c l ny (T e et et fh P tacs. Buddhism. – Rosicrucian tradition has only been clothed little by little in an exclusively Christian garment. Hindusim also furnished texts and their own practices to their specific mysteries. 31 . sw svnm ndesdi w i w osi t m : A d t e e f r eet asI a ee e r e n h e h a o e ‘ h.o ad oraefrlEei …” odyu n yu r . The author of these pages felt he should mention this. the Diadem of Faith. ei ) “ h Ts m n o t a i h” Lv 8 a e rr .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. the Vestment of Truth. N. the Ephod of Prophecy…” n Ad each o t m w a n a O nm n p cdiuo m adsi “ ecfr . Vaughan © May 2005 The well-informed reader would know how to discern the beautiful esotericism hidden beneath the banal text of these pasWise.
e o toth t ssr c iu’f h an c u n a i o at o e i a ’ ‘ed. stands upon a human skull. rh cdvr n t spl e ae n. ha’a epe i w i sek t u m r l s .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. at the beginning of the Work. 744 “ . I h m sbatu bo. u iid sba uh r t n o e s u… (John: Gospel: XII. h e oee o t itet c. In the first drawing of the countryside of Lower Egypt. Boucher. Fulcanelli tells us the following in the preface. Paperback price $21. Now Memphis signifies blackness. the necessary Putrefaction must appear. sm o zd y h “aput corvi” T e ee ps oa bd s must disappear. c o e e c . udrh tlo “u aeiMat Ace i”t nle b Ma ne t ie fF l nl: s r l m s .n s a r n f ha s d e iu : n u . 24) And so. ISBN 0-914732-14-5. by one of the figures decorating the Te present work. This enigmatic collection evokes Memphis. If we were to doubt it. i od – so c vo yn s 32 . sr n r . as t y r et c l e h t r ad y Sworder. and with them the seven fundamental errors which stain the Soul.n xr s n h h paso s a e ul i h w rs PV. and which he then assigned to M. capital of ancient Egypt.rmt L t ‘ ptor . These 24 An excellent English translation exists. h svn as nt oi 27 i e e the seven deadly sins28. 1990. bs e r ota a ao adt “ ei a e r n t nr n h Mutus Liber” pndt i fssn ne a a oi c w d t . Vaughan © May 2005 III PUTREFACTION “ Here is a tomb which does not contain a cadaver it is a cadaver which has never been interred in a spl e. it re a s l e B tft i .T e s r o t C t da ” . and with them y ble b t c i e . ” Nicolas Barnaud: Theatrum Chimicum” Tome III. Here we are in the hermetic stage of putrefaction. n r c t svn ed s s r cld h “ e m e i m ks pi w i dent okn nlh I Fe h h ee dal i a ae t sept e a n c i n e y n e l e péchés capitaux” rS o ‘even Capital Sins’ H pi s ut th if m‘ p ax. 27 “etop ps onl . sr e d c o with wings spread. It is probable that one can find this etymology in the term mephitic. but the import of the Gospel quotation is not changed by the omission of words – PV. in truth. manifested to the Artisan from the earliest pro t w r…” a fh ok t e This color is expressed in the first plate of the book. edited by him. This Key consists solely of a Color. in which a proud Sphinx appears in profile in the dying night. E Canceliet25: “ h Key to the Major Arcana is given. 25 Witnessed by J. founded in olden times by Menes. the Hermetic crow is there to remind us.95. p. and published by the Brotherhood of Light.not sure what these are – Sp crs as ne ” i s PV. uniquely and completely n i ot eu fl ok “ h Myt y fh a er s24 s i e e h l dedicated to the Art of material Alchemy. which describes a malodorous gas. 28 H r A bln ae a o t h h os’w r iE g s. The skull a o ae u ba i m n t w rs f c p r “ t t Ia t yuul s ga o w et l m ks s ern i h od o Sr t e I r h syo o.com in May 2005 showed it to be still available – PV. Pub. a search on www.amazon. Nevada. 26 The usual paraphrasing by Ambelain. eu hrf t aae adh eu hr r oe.erm c f i ” m i a n. e i 26 dies. Las Vegas.
often in poorly digested lectures. Vaughan © May 2005 are the heads of the Dragon of the Apocalypse. seven in number. 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. D pni n h ui r m ui f h n e t t e pr co i pr cm ts i b poue…” e et rm e et e lwl e rdcd f f a l (R gr ao: T e r r f l e y) oe B cn “ h Mi o o Ac m ” r h And: “ is not possible for him to make any have gener i wt u cr p o…” I t ao i otor t n tn h ui ( ui s B r a “ h T uht e) H g u a am : T e ocs n” n o N w ii ’ps b tm k the Aspirant evolve in the sense that we understand it.ot t Frl ts ees y o t oy o e i o e o t or t h pnd s h sy a e s v e e a N t e i t pr e a rm g oe t u h a …” (Sethon. that the Aspirant may once more set out a road which is completely new for him: “ o wlko t t o p t mastery consists of nothing more than dissolution29. which oppose the seven virtues: four Cardinal Virtues and three Theological Virtues. will all do nothing but oppose his mystical journey.n g t e t r n e c u H r ec hm sysh a o w ri wtN t eo e ethm e t C e ir it r f ok g i a rtpr ct …” m i t e t n h u f e ( o P re : G ek n E yt n al ” D m ent “ re ad gp a F b s) y i e “ ae a t th cn nt n fh Husband and his Spouse is not performed without T k cr h t oj co o t e a e u i e first removing their clothes and ornaments. Here. nie ue n d sl i . both from their countenances as from the rest of their bodies. or t ci s h h o’cnom t t dc i h e h g w i dntofr o h otn e a n c e re wishes to follow and apply. t C s oo t “ ou l e cy i u d l i P i spou ” h om ple N vm u n hmc m ea d h oohrm ) e i: m a pe l For: “ eed go t pryo i pryo t elements composing Sulfur or Mercury.u n n cau t n – s n s uo s ao 33 . let us hear the voice of the old Masters: “it iincs r frh B d t b d sl dfrh D osot oee. so that they enter the Tomb as pure as when they entered the world…” (aiV l t : T ew l ky o Wi o ” B s a n n “ h te e es f s m ) l ei v d And it is only after having made everything clean. and upon the ruins of an inner and originally degraded edifice.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. then Y u i nw h cm le l a e coagulation…” (l rt G et“ h B o oEgt hp r ) Ab th ra T e ok f i C at s e e : h e” * 29 “u T sauras que tout le Magistère ne cos tq’ ue i o t npie ue ogli …” PV. if he o . s t os l o ae tn ie w nt o’agree to admit once and for all. This pseudoknowledge and false wisdom have no part to play here. He must realize that: “ u ace ir it a o dsoi t cm ons h h a rhsom dad V l rhm sysh r f et y gh o pud w i N t e a fr e.
It is evidently the one with nine that spiritual Alchemy uses. placed in the hand of an adolescent. Classical Theology adds two internal senses: imagination and memory. touch and hearing. Vaughan © May 2005 * * A) On The Mortification of the Nine Senses The senses are the faculties (which ancient scholarship called the apparatus). We normally only consider five physical senses: sight. or in contacts susceptible to wound our health or our life (wounds. e y h sne f c 2nd) Taste 30 31 O . to Lust. Classical Illuminism adds two more higher. taste. In the spiritual world. caresses can similarly constitute appeals to the sensual pleasures of the senses. s h r d c l s ny e sp ” m r …T e es o Touch corresponds to the Element Air. depending on the plane on which one is studying them. Classified in this same domain are pentacles of low magic. smell. whose instruments they are30. contact with some objects charged with mysterious power. cemetery earth. to being touched in certain inappropriate places. cadavers (their transportation and burial as an act of charity is clearly quite another matter). can awaken in him a desire for power. most definitely be left asleep. in sacrilegious hands – presumption a which has often caused spiritual loss in some Magistri. which are susceptible to have received a magical consecration which might render them spiritually malefic. and that is the one that we are going to study. in the hand of a hunter or a jealous person the desire to kill. One should avoid all contact with funereal remains (bones. however intelligent they might be. h h r t ii t m n ( en sont les instruments” – rw i a h rn r et “ c e e su s qui ) PV. whose contact is forbidden to the profane. psychic senses. Nothing is more dangerous t nt s pyh “w kn g” pr r e b sm -profanes who do not understand their h h e sci a aei s. The feel of a firearm. 34 . seven or nine senses. and ritual objects from witches31 and fetishists. without any un g . and in the realm of the Inner Way. skulls). There are thus five. In the realm of Touch. which put man in relation with the exterior world. Sorcier de campagne – PV. manuscripts and books on the subject of lower magic. or who. and the senses are linked to the organs of his physical body. one should take care to avoid the worst injury to the Divine Plan. For the Aspirant. 1st) Touch The sense of Touch is only dangerous in the profane world inasmuch as it awakens our passions. it is quite different. More importantly. for good or ill. and as such. under some vague initiatory pretext. can be effective. touches susceptible to awakening in us those centers of power which should. on the contrary. by holding sacred and holy things. cni l uet i“i i e a atest subject. etc). operations).Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. e om d y e i a e c n f incalculable significance. coffin nails. which are clairvoyance and clairaudience. For the same reason one should refuse to submit. funereal objects (shrouds.
not one of the preeminent vices of an Aspirant. transposed. to bookish riches. we attach too great importance. It is nevertheless to be watched. 2 4 6 7 5 The purification of the sensual mode follows the same process as that in Figure 1. Vaughan © May 2005 Material Gluttony is. e e e ce ce ce lac lac lac ala ala ala Pa Pa Pa gP gP gP ong ong ong on on on Str Str Str Str Str Str g g g ng ng ng Kin Kin Kin Ki Ki Ki t he t he t he the the the of of of of of of 35 . tamed and curtailed.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. generally speaking. indeed passion. Above all the sense of Taste needs to be disciplined when. of t he Qu e en Str on g Pa la c e D + D + Fig.
with its mysterious Intelligences which the Kabbalah calls Undines. the flight of shallow sentences. if there are odiferous emissions able to make us take conscious notice o h hr w r s ad f i e “ ol ” n Entities.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. only serve to mask the most complete emptiness: all things which would risk bemiring us in pseudo-teachings without a single real initiatory character. It is the same in the realm of aromatic combustions. lets us avoid giving in to such temptation. and to the number and quality of our books. magical perfumes putting us in contact with the demoniac planes. sui generis. It is Taste which. where softness of empty words. incite sexuality. 36 . The sense of Taste corresponds to elementary Water. and the influence that we allow them to have over us. True Love is constructive. On the other hand. at a precise moment. there are those which are capable of making us descend into the g d opposite depths: odors which. Quite the contrary. a word which usually masks complete emptiness. Vaughan © May 2005 to luxurious and beautiful bindings as in manuscripts or rare texts. intended fr w r s t tr ot oi l d f eto usT e a ntn ne t stf ores o o “ ol ”h a n l c l ie n t or hy r o i edd o as u sne f d a e o g ay f r . giving him the impression that that we possess the secret of specific mysterious fumigations. they should serve to create within us. are often only pretexts to satisfy our sensuality or incite us to lust. or only used in those cases prescribed by our Master. 4th) Sight 32 “’m u et n o prrp a ad dpinm r d l t s – LA or su m t a t gl ué eu o be eu r ” lustre could refer to ‘ o v s se lustra’periods of five . familiar to Occultists. but rather the care of Justice and Truth. The odiferous emissions which rise from earthenware pots33 and censers are the summoning waves. an inner atmosphere which allow us to perceive the spiritual contact or activity of Beings different to us. happily tamed. These fumigations should evidently be avoided. years. which admits no indulgence or weakness of Error. and unpublished theories nicely enunciated. Love is a word excessively muddled throughout the ages32. and this is the Agapé of the Greeks. 3rd) Smell The immoderate use of perfumes in the profane world. nor our inferior desire to create a mystical atmosphere. or to glimmers of brilliance. Water. We should therefore avoid succumbing to an emotionality which is also shallow. I assumed the former meaning – PV. is the domain of Feeling. Smell corresponds to elementary Air. letting him sups t th eo t no oe m sc m adspiritual poe h t vl i f n’ yti n a e uo s is growth depends upon banal olfactory impressions. 33 Casseroles – PV. They are even less intended to impress the profane. e t iy smell.
Among Occultists. e cm a …d ct – s c Ambelain uses the archaic term of ’ e i t d fslfor salt – s l n e o‘ ’ c ’ sa e PV. and incites us neither to say nor to hear anything with might be contrary to Charity. e i oi a hscatch fights34. as we have previously mentioned. which are hardly v c s v n n c more elevated spectacles for man.o a pol set l w i a uhah bcuehy sa e t g e s v u t e r fr l ep . Especially in the context of Charity. or Anger (if we prevent this with violence. e … A a ee w i il s r e w f dbx gm t e. Two senses. from the reactions to which they give birth or violently excite within us: notably the political press. if one then strongly desires to acquire these things or books). the equivalent is a vision of particular books. St. or Sloth (if these things incite us to a peevish quietism). etc). This is in order to not awaken in the Soul of the Aspirant a desire for power. Offense. this prudence consists of not expounding at length on certain procedures (magical. Lust or Envy in another. The important thing is never to fall into excess in this domain. Pride and Avarice make their home. which incite Pride or Envy. For the Occultist. Avarice: mysterious diagrams. One might add the sight of some more or less flattering and pompous costumes or ornaments. bull running. which dissolves any psychic atmosphere (military marches. where Envy. 37 . one proscribes noise in general. which can excite Curiosity. Clement of Alexandria t du wt j t esn t t“ sol nvr eahm do ogn w i G dw snt o s i u r os h : We hu ee b sa e f ras h h o a o l h s a a d c ahm d o i u…”B thr a . dog fights. We will not study these. collections. pictures. Therefore we should avoid expounding too much in reciting certain facts which could trigger Anger. imprudent teachings (an aspect of Gluttony. There are journals and books which are true psychic poison. or overly martial music. all of which are the massacre of animals without justification. Purity or Humility. 34 35 L s o bt e a h PV.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 5th) Hearing This mortification (another term which perfectly evokes practical Alchemy) is linked to that of Speech. Envy. libraries. or desire for possessions. Hearing is analogous to the Salt35 Principle. upon the extraordinary aspect of certain spiritual or psychic experiences. we should say or hear nothing which might awaken in another. linked to animal sexuality. in which atmosphere the Soul neither knows how to find itself nor to understand itself: discordant and inharmonious dance music. theurgic. or upon the rarity or interest of certain texts or books. capital executions. hunting fanfares. vain curiosity. modern hunting. Jealousy. Vaughan © May 2005 It is not that spectacles capable of awakening sexual desire should be avoided at first sight. t c t l l h h se ga . mystical). enigmatic texts. a single echo capable of arousing one or several of the seven Deadly Sins. complete the quintet of external senses. either internally or externally by contrast). Finally.pc c s h h r nel y eas t e e l e ae c e t e appeal to the grossest instincts of the human being: cock fights. as in ourselves.
this is the best way to d w a oem s d w l b cnet t ga oe i ei neadat i i ot t ka o ht n ut o e. but rather to discipline and subordinate their activity to the empire of reason and will. modest and material actions that they are. Imagination and Memory. study. Imagination and Memory have a grounding which is familiar to the Aspirant. in which. 38 . or habitual activities. images which will dissipate and squander its energies. They already make us lose precious time. more alive and in the same way more attractive. T ebs m t do sced gi t s ot f ft t n i asr l t ap oee h et e o f ucei n h sro “ lao” s s e y o pl nsl h n i ir i ud y f totally to the work of the moment. In order to better suppress the flights of these two inner senses. It is absolutely necessary to discipline them and put them at the service of the two Sublime Virtues. recalling those possibilities (future) and realities (past) which. and Memory to the Sulfur Principle. one should arm oneself against this danger by immediately and unceasingly rejecting all valueless thoughts. one should not strive to atrophy these faculties. Imagination to the Mercury Principle. both profane and occult. and Memory prepare the Certainties of Wisdom… These two inner senses correspond. would ipso facto be a source of failure and ruin.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. carrying us to the heart of present. and Wisdom the possibility of portraying Truth through images and examples which makes it more striking. they will populate the Soul with a throng of remembrances. however banal it may be: whether it be work. which makes us pass from unimportant reveries to the perilous games of a partially invaded imagination. preparing our imagination for other thoughts which are infinitely more dangerous. But. If not. past or future temptations. respectively. Imagination may have access to the Truths of Understanding. oesol fs o a caef m oe cnc uns a dne u images and memories as n hu it f l hs r n’ osi ses l agr s d r l o s o l o soon as they manifest themselves. In any case. as we have said: Wisdom and Understanding. and they open the way. which are. y ocn an l n’ n lg c n cv y n h a t l r i l s tl e it t e s hand. It is also and above all that of the traditional initiatory writings. Finally. lead it lose precious time and give rise to a thousand temptations and relapses. through the intervention of esotericism. delivered from themselves. Therefore. without which many aspects of higher Knowledge would remain veiled to him. as there is often a sort of psychological determinism. which provide Understanding with the materials it needs for its work and practice. and that is the realm of human sciences. Vaughan © May 2005 6th) and 7th) Imagination and Memory Imagination and Memory are two precious faculties.
even if it is instantly associated with the voice of the nabi. one might imagine!) as recovering the elements of a more or less recent past. despite himself. and most of the time. in whom audition and elocution are confused by him. or the Great Archangels! It is here that the gift of discernment of Spirits will be indispensable to him. All the 39 . but who has more particularly served to identify prophets and soothsayers of false gods. Traditional Scripture show us three aspects of prophecy and three different types of interpreters. These are expressed through conventional symbols. for individual problems or for concerns which are too human. if ready speculations accompany this type of phenomenon. They are uniquely created for ultimate ends and for the defense of interests superior to the collectivity. what he has seen. the divine language. who is not only he who sees. or seer. In this latter case. The nabi is also the hearer. What characterizes these two heralds of the Divine Plane is that they never manifest themselves for unimportant reasons. in which codified elements give the Seer or Seeress access to the means of communication of the Entities whose attention we have just attracted. First of all there is the r’ . but he who speaks. In this case Divination adapts itself to a type of convention. He should no longer imagine himself to be in a psychic relationship with God. If the periods of manifestations of these faculties coincide with a generally immoral or amoral inner sense. or which bear within themselves the seeds of anarchy. Finally there is the nabi. The prophetic plane is altogether different. the Virgin Mary. who then expresses in his own language.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. of the inconsequential. Therefore the Aspirant who sees one of these two faculties developing within him: clairvoyance or clairaudience. and according to an ultimate need. must above all avoid using them to solve problems with no spiritual consequences. tool. Thus the nabi is the seer. He should remember that all manifestations of inferior Spirits. he who sees with the eyes of the spirit what other oe h men do not see. then the Aspirant knows full well that he is the toy of inferior Entities. if sexuality reveals itself to be more insistent. and even more importantly of Dark Spirits. the thousand and one forms of the divination. Then there is the hozeh. agreed –either implicitly and tacitly – with the divine force. as well (and more easily. or interpreter of God. who is analogous to the first. his voice necessarily is but the reflection of an inner audition. Vaughan © May 2005 8th and 9th) Clairvoyance and Clairaudience One must not confuse Prophecy and Divination. or believed to be divorced from his vision. In the latter case. are always marked by the grotesque. through the intervention of poorly defined Entities which are no part of the Divine Plane (at the very most o i e eie p ns) fn r d t“l e” allow one to access in a more or less tm a a precise manner a more or less proximate future.
What characterizes prophecy.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Once more the Spirit is prisoner. e 40 . Then. in which one visualizes an “ el o a”(or “ el a” o t kind one has i aw m n d i a m n) fh d . seven to ten millimeters or more in diameter. strange mushrooms grow upon this dead flesh. which changes color little by little. he would be unable to become a spirit of contradiction and a source of confusion. e u w ee s in the source of their prophecies is to locate the level of their spirituality. and if he truly speaks in His name. For is it the Whole Man who is prone to falling if he is not absolutely disciplined. Clairvoyance corresponds to Mercury of the Wise. a very bright jade green in color. from a rose white shade to the darkest ebony black. e v e w ee o a It m d r S itad h m d m ia as ps s d o a ed e o. and if he believes himself to have been chosen for his merits and intellectual qualities. and in a jail more somber than before. This is very simple and ancient formula. with its external senses. Firstly. consists of a progressive blackening of the flesh.Iety g f n n r ei y p i n t ei s l y “os s ” f D a Pr n dn fi e a r. The key of this liberation rests in a true appreciation of the impermanent character of corporeal beauty and purely carnal joys. and Clairaudience to Sulfur of the Wise. that of sexual desire and the strong amorous passions which sometimes proceed from this. indeed even disgrace or crime. but it has accomplices and instruments in the Body. and the Soul with its internal senses. In the darkness these mushrooms shine with a green luminescence. * * * In conclusion. T e rpe ia as ps s d o t H l S itt d i rs las ps s d h pohts l y “os s ” fh oy p i h i n ia y “os s ” w ee e r. the source of so many errors. void of all fumigations. Vaughan © May 2005 more obvious if he gives out personal theories to flatter his pride. and about a centimeter or more in height. one reminds oneself that the necrosis which takes over so rapidly in the tomb and strips the skin from the body when the soul has left. * * * The purification of sexual impulses and their mastery We believe it useful to add a few specific instructions in the realm where the battle is particularly difficult and painful. Without doubt is it not true to say that it is the Will which sins. and if he believes himself to have been called to complete or modify some religious corpus. is that if the prophet is integrated into the framework of a real Revelation. indeed he overthrows traditional teachings which are known for their excellence and high spirituality. The technique of purifying sexual desire consists of a course of meditations. the mortification of the nine senses of Man should embrace all the biological and psychic activities endured by his Body and Soul.
hth r at s a t Meit n pn h or l . in the posture ae t “ t psi ” a o ae “ la Turque”hnsl aa s cld h l u oio ( s cld à l e o s tn l l . silhouette appearing as though shining from the inside. which a “er of that period exclaimed i cn m li h f m a r“ o h hsho nt w r se ” n ot p t g i r f : N w e a t w h ol e an m o a r e d bh d i …” ei h n m * * * B) The Seven Deadly Sins “ n Ia a esr i u A d sw batin p sg out of the sea. these meditations can focus on an object of passion from whom one wishes to liberate oneself36. 41 . We recommend what follows. abdomen and sexual parts are necrosed. are endowed with this ideal perfection. there is a sanctity in marriage. Novices of Tibetan monasteries practice. immobile. a symbol of the Death which is carried within in latent form. arms.h “i ce. the skeleton which it will one day fatally become.Ivr dad t Fa é” ne e n e n t opposed to this is the Little Tree of Death. 37 “ ny ps noer l g m s – take this to mean it is a recent practice. XIII. The thighs. chest. one might unite with the liberation achieved by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. The nails are imagined very long. which is called Kallah. Then. The Rose+Croix of former times were married. “ h Potu ”Qlippoth. and sitting.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.PV. legs. Yet only the face. which thus comes away from the roots). not for a long time37. In place of an imaginary ideal person. take on this procedure. believing it to be dangerous. i ’ a a ecr t so t p” I l è ne Perhaps it means this is practiced by relatively new novices? . ad f tgi t a n the thighs). rolled in on themselves. Besides. as in real life (from the fact that they continue to grow after death and from the emaciation of the extremities. Vaughan © May 2005 forever imagined. before a Charnel House. gifted with brilliance and all possible charms. i ed a l pe os a e s a ” (John: Apocalypse. perhaps. 36 We do not recommend this method. given this previously described technique. On the Tree of Death flourish and shine the Qlippoth. w at im s rcl“ e d ao uo t H rb ” T eeci consists of visualizing. which are the spheres of evolving manifestation. but as usual could be wrong. it The Sephiroth flourish and shine on the Tree of Life.T e rst e. 1) In the Hebrew Kabbalah. detached in a luminous body upon a completely dark base. h t h g e e lh ti e ie a n beneath the form of a living being. or spheres of involutive manifestation. One might. it is said that the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim) corresponds in the manifest world to the Little Tree of Life. having seven has n t hrs n o ed ad e on…ad n n h has b shm u nm . as described above. and the Apostles too.
Blindness (of the Spirit). Gluttony corresponds to Water. the original Traditions which he had thus pillaged and confused.ui sm r e sn any t a é as l i a p ” PV. He hoards books and manuscripts. in its very excess. multiplying the tests. revelation. treatises. If on the contrary it is Sloth which comes to mix with his sensual cravings. Vaughan © May 2005 From this it is evident that for each of the seven essential Virtues (four Cardinal and three Theological) correspond seven opposed Virtues (from the Latin virtus: power). poorly digested by a lazy spirit. all that he has himself received or learned from others are always painful and shocking to him. certainly alters. he tries to extract from this a personal doctrine which he is sure completes.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. These are: against Understanding. and schemes which are accessible to him without control: those doctrines which are most alien. PV. where he can enjoy his rest38. (fundamental) Error. T eetas Tm éa r”( m ea r)bt a sr he means Temperance! – h t sy “ e prt e t prt e u I m ue x u e u . documents and initiations. n e i e b gd o n i w o n ae f et dys t et i qa t y ad l i s e e u s d perhaps even his superior tomorrow. as well as mixed teachings which he does not reject. books. and is the opposite of Prudence. 42 . he swallows everything for better or worse. 38 39 “tle unr a m t ii eq’ et e r oat– better ideas for translation? – eir ore u a r lm . and against Wisdom. The initiatory lines to which he has managed to attach himself he now divides up anew. and is the opposite of Temperance39. will lead him on day to suddenly return to materialism. from this strange mixture. and. if Pride is also present. Unveiling. teaching. Let us study this malefic ensemble in the spiritual plane. These are the Seven Deadly Sins. Keen on anything which pleases his curiosity and his appetite for knowledge. 2nd) Gluttony Gluttony leads our Occultist to devour those documents. the very excesses of his disparate knowledge. the most disparate teachings. Greed corresponds to Earth. so two dark manifestations oppose them. but never conceives that he might be but a simple instrument of transmission. * * * 1st) Greed Greed takes the erring Mystic to an isolation which is both complete and sterile. transmission. As this Septenary is crowned with the two Sublime Virtues of Wisdom and Understanding. degrees and classes with the sole aim of delaying as long as possible the moment when h wlb ol e t edh o nrl adm k o ys ra’ s dn h euloa.
or those foreign to this current.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. or. inaction of the Soul. In his interest or pleasure he will not hesitate to find his base curiosity stimulated there. believing that the ills they suffer are the equitable 40 Named for Pierre-Michel Vintras (1807 – 1875) who claimed communication with angels. and founded a sect based upon erotic-mystical masses involving a bloody host – PV. a priori. if he perceives it. He thoughtlessly transmits the initiations and teachings to which he is heir to maladjusted recipients. Religions and doctrines where sexuality plays a role (Tantrism. which leads him. Joseph. like the fornicators and spiritual adulterers reproached in Israel by the prophets or by the Christ. this failing is seen in the domain of easiness. he becomes a follower of doctrines. He is indifferent to the sickness of beings who surround him. initiations and ceremonies which are often diametrically opposed. Sexual Magic. in exchange for their favors! Finally. etc). and he will subscribe to the need to adjust things in a most liberal manner according to the exigencies of lower human nature. Mary and Jesus. to appreciate perfection in a trite love of God. without further thought. turning to the lower currents when he perceives that the Higher Powers serve him for nothing in these domains. Vaughan © May 2005 3rd) Lust Lust makes him introduce a certain sensuality into all the initiatory areas where our Occultist is drawn to work. Vintrasism40. and absence of all external application. Lust corresponds to Air and is opposed to Justice. he does nothing to care for them. 4th) Sloth Sloth carries the erring Aspirant towards a sort of quietism. For him. He easily cedes initiatory secrets to individuals of the opposite sex. be hostile to those doctrines he find too spiritual or too ascetic. a mixed initiatory organization is always much better than an organization which is exclusively male or female! Above all. He will. 43 . are defended by him. licentious Gnosticism. St.
44 .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. but in an inverted manner. Vaughan © May 2005 5 7 6 4 + D + D Fig. 3 The mortal and spiritual degradation follows the same progression as in Figure 1.
and with just reason. of another. as in the future. 45 . Finally he loses interest in himself. considering it an offense that there are t ns h hh dent ae ee ih a ed dc e t thyw u b o n ue oh . if he divines in this person a superiority which could eclipse his own. Pride corresponds to the Sulfur Principle. Sloth corresponds to Fire (inverted) and is opposed to Strength. Envy corresponds to the Salt Principle. In our brand-new Occultist. and opposes Faith. he is one to whom all is due and who in consequence demands all. books and documents which could harm his interests. Pride leads him to imagine he is morally superior to all the profane because he is intellectually more wealthy. He suppresses doctrines. He often imagines himself above all to have been some famous or important person in a previous pseudo-life. 7th) Pride Pride has been called the father of all vices. but also inspires him not to hesitate to impede. Vaughan © May 2005 result of their own past errors. considering Ignorance as sure a way as Knowledge. In this environment he acquires a firm and haughty contempt for what he calls Humanity. and opposes Hope. He readily imagines himself to be in possession of secrets and teachings which have been revealed to him alone. his pseudo-knowledge could make of him a black magician. and imagines himself destined for certain preeminence. justified by his merits. His judgments become as hasty as they are definitive. And if he has the misfortune to become filled with hatred (a form even darker than Envy). He will not cease from possessing all that others possess. Anger corresponds to the Mercury Principle. in the past and present. and his impatience will bring him to bully the weak and the ignorant. 5th) Envy Envy leads the pseudo-initiate to desire not only preferential places and pseudo honors. teachings. all around him. and relies on Providence to give him access to moral perfection.vn f e l ay ei d h t i c r d a e ol e f o s t i d m and even if he is intellectually opposed to it. and opposed to Charity. even prevent the advancement.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 6th) Anger When Anger manifests itself in the Aspirant. and it is impossible for him to perceive those elite Souls who are a thousand times superior to him. 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. often hidden within the banality of modest lives. In short. h g w i e os’hv. he loses control of himself.
sous des espèces ou des objects matériels. because of it. and one can say that. It is in the Soul of the Satanist or Luciferian that this dark Power explodes and irradiates with the greatest 41 “ os elm os itd percevoir. and through the allure of specie or material objects41. In these realms all discernment is removed. Given the impossibility of distinguishing what has been lost. evoked in the preceding chapter. as well as reigning over the progressive descent into Blindness that comes from a conscious letting go. makes it impossible for us to perceive that which binds them to the opposing poles of Good and Evil. Light and Darkness. if one cleaves to another religion. and clearly appreciating his situation. the misguided Aspirant will now easily mistake Evil for Good.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Just and Unjust. which oppose the two Sublime Virtues. and the Silver of the Wise.PV. Vaughan © May 2005 C) The Two Spiritual Crystallizations We write separately on the two Shadowy Virtues. it prevents us from attaining a deep understanding of the Christian Scriptures or of another Holy Book. In truth. and will obstinately imagine himself to be in the Path of Light when he is on the Path of Darkness. By this the misguided Aspirant is not in a fit state to perceive what is of no use to him. it may only with difficulty contemplate a return under its own powers. and when the Soul has gone sufficiently far in its descent towards spiritual Darkness. 9th) Error This Dark Power brings us inner confusion. translation let me know. piece by piece. Eternal Truths become inaccessible to erring Man. Good and Bad. This becomes more serious when it clouds our sense of the true and authentic in matters of religion. when they have become such through a deliberate act of will. It veils from us spiritual realities hidden beneath appearance. e i tu l n …” if 46 . Beautiful and Ugly. and makes us prefer the letter that kills over the spirit which brings to life. irremediably veils from us the esotericism and higher sense of texts. ce qui relie aux poles opposes N u m t’ ps b i e i i lé d Be ed Ma – anyone has a better. and Error opposes Wisdom. and Sulfur or the Gold of the Wise. More particularly. We saw there that Blindness opposes Understanding. and takes away the judgment of Good and Evil. It stops up the hidden meaning of words. it reigns Mistress of the Soul of all materialists and atheists. 8th) Blindness This Dark Power takes away discernment of Spirits.
e i . aw l n JB r e i D w s g rn Maias) gi ” cn . Vaughan © May 2005 amplitude. “ a n of the My y s w y (ut f e o . The pseudo-initiatory doctrines of the famous Gurdjieff are both the greatest and saddest example42… 42 “ Wa…ia a contrary to Nature and God”qo d rmL Pu e ad . 47 .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
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Rectificando. and by an intimate union of the Volatile with the Fixed. etc. according to Paracelsus. and you will find the hiddn t e e s n…” o 49 . In poae agaet s hae i i m s r u r oacssn i : Vs t et i o t rf l ug. of not.h pr wt t yt i s e nne.tat gh U i r l p i t slm oi o A t h s ar i t n e aS it h aa m n c f r pi … t cn e v s r. The dead earth is clearly the hyle of the Gnostics. then we have impure vitriol. Invenies Occultum Lai m . the one that we see. in all things. says Tripied. aconitine. will take the form of Mercury or Secret Fire. there is a soul. it is the primary material of the Art.i ie “ ith n as fh n n i s hs eo s f fs i e rl e earth. e a e u This operational series has been summarized in a famous lapidary sentence (the words have a strange resonance) by Basil Valentinus: Visita Interiora Terræ. We have a striking example in the vegetable kingdom. or rather vitriol can be found in two forms: pure v r l n i pro gos ii …” ii . and is drowned and disseminated in a mass formed of phlegm and dead (r dm e” o “a nd) earth. sulfur and mercury. and the Work will be so much the harder and longer when vitriol is more impure. then we would have pure vitriol. the Philosophical Lover. are without strength or activity? Now. and this gives us our body. once deprived of these principles. let us suppose that we are able to suppress this phlegm and this dead earth. What are the various alkaloids: quinine. through a series of actions. it is the salt (not Scel) which. in the case of material Alchemy. if not the pure and active principles of these vegetables which. This predestined Element is composed. of salt. will give us Sulfur. rm w i – p e …” f d o hh c according to a process well known to the Hebrew Kabbalists – one gets the word VITRIOL. Vaughan © May 2005 IV PHILOSOPHICAL VITRIOL “ h first magnetic agent serving to prepare Te the Solvent which some have called Alkaest – is cld h G en i … Is gen n aerbic a e t re Lo t a re ad c l e n ’ f i a cm ae t a e ad i f i r t s o prd o rd n r er t u p u …” F l nl: T e s r o t C t da ” u aei“ h Myt y fh a erl c l e e h s There exist two vitriols. according to Paracelsus. it is this vitriol which is the basis of the hermetic Work.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. which he called the Predestined Element. or when the predetermined Element is in smaller quantity. d m ue r rs v r l to a to (r i : P i spi l ii ” Ti e “ h ooh a Vto ) pd l c rl In truth. So.
He should know that for us. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding. you will live in the hyperphysical. All objects become charged little by little in the course of their unconscious life: psychometry has made a definitive demonstration of this. Rosicrucian. Pray first. 50 .o ht o m y C od a l or cos n a orm r i ss t yu a form a perfect and ne l i l so a harmonious whole. linked to its symbols and forms of teaching and to its traditions transmissions. a series of words of power. Grillot de Givry tells us this: “ hr oe o oak o Fi to be able to pray. and a framework (workroom. to make yourself absor ii t bsm o t A sl e btn h oo fh bo t e e u …” (Op.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. The reader always leaves something 43 That is. For Touch. which have encumbered his spirit up till now. The Aspirant should first distance himself from all foreign doctrines. read. For Sight. strictly limited to these three qualities43. cit. we begin to understand how one should perform the first action on the stage of spiritual Alchemy. Western or Occidental. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character. In his short work dedicated to the esoteric path of the Absolute. We banish any evocative mixing with a different psychic atmosphere. we offer contact with old Hermetic books. Our five exterior senses should see the unfolding of their conditioned and manifold activities take place in a traditionally Occidental. people of the West. engravings. We shall return later to the issue of censing. and above all those most particularly linked to the definitive practice of magic. laboratory and oratory). and Faith will inundate your T e fr d nts fr ah e t soul! Yet I have already said enough for you to know that henceforth you must create a mystical body. For Smell. II) Let us restate these profound thoughts more clearly. meditated on and preserved with love by those who preceded us on the Way. Turn away from that which soils your view. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear. Hermetic ambiance. we have texts with a profound resonance in these three modes. and there it Wa…” sh e y ( rl d Gvy“ h G et r” I G io e i : T e ra Wok. in a way. Rosicrucian and Hermetic = PV.I lt r ) And earlier he counsels us in a precise manner: “ ori ta yu at n ad lyu i pes n. An ancient work is always superior to a new book. we create a specific atmosphere by means of frequent censings at the time of our orisons. which will substitute in all the visible actions of your body to effectively use your immaterial forces. or foreign doctrines. it is clearly necessary above all to have these symbols in us and around us. we offer only readings. A text which has been profoundly thought about. Words and sentences carry within them an unsuspected soul. For inner Hearing. almost always contradictory. reread. Through this. read and reread by hundreds of Adepts before us – such a text becomes. Vaughan © May 2005 From this.
mix with the masses who. with wisdom and good taste. mix together. in entering into curious and sure psychic or spiritual currents. to make your lasr ii t bsm o t A sl e s f bobtn h oo fh bo t e e e u …” ( rl d Gvy“ h G et r” I G io e i : T e ra Wok. in his “ nr evn t i ehae”h n e A p ates sces n fy bl “esn” nul si nse a ucs o o sm o c saos ufr r i i . are eventually taken over by them and completely rely on them: Islam. Do not listen to that which pollutes your ear. Buddhism. following a welldetermined cycle. in the creases44 of its pages. those beliefs. while traveling towards an identical Goal. a temperament. We have numerous example of people who. C eu’ 51 . We also take care not to use those types of prayer which are altogether too much a part of some other exoteric confession. Rosicrucian and Hermetic framework. We must also clean the spiritual dwelling! And here. And let us not. so. For Taste. sooner or later end up coming back. readings and disparate teachings which had until then diverted our spirit and scattered our efforts. And what more evocative of these three norms than the medieval ambience. and upon which we meditate often: “ ori ta yu at n ad lyu i pes n. an ascetic mode. upon the evolution of the Hermetic Work. it is not enough to clean the material dwelling in whose framework our efforts unfold. where one speaks neither clearly nor clear cut. celebrate the Mass according to its liturgy. to end. are not traveling the same road as us. little by little. with the corresponding Angel.o ht o may form a perfect and C od a l or cos n a orm r i ss t yu ne l i l so a harmonious whole. according to this Table.n h m sclsao” fah a n Vr e or pnso t r r lesna i da t e r si Element. with its prayers which are specifically evocative of the Goal towards which we are moving. It is within such a framework that we create the indispensable inner climate from which. It is within our Tradition. T e yta“esn o ec C ri l iu cr sod tae etasao. Vaughan © May 2005 of himself. we reserve the art of choosing. Let us therefore let go of these formulae which bind us. disappear. that we should remain. this incomparable framework of the Middle Ages. his inevitable mixture of incomprehension and comprehension. we reprise the counsel of Grillot de Givry which we have already quotes. 44 ‘rax literally crevices = PV.t m nm e… s c Finally. through the use of common rites and customs. and that knowledge coming out of that capital of the spirit which was Alexandria in Egypt. The power of Egregores is such that those who. Make yourself acquire complete lucidity in your understanding.I lt r ) * * * Just the Heavens and the influx of Stars pour out their regular rays. outside the church of Rome. the power of his efforts towards his goal nevertheless remains. Turn away from that which soils your view. from whence the Celtic traditions. Exalt in yourself the sentiment of character.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and even an aspect of the divine Terramorph. the general elements of this essentially Occidental. Brah ai .
Think of God more often than yubet .o wt “nt rt n G d. and to Prudence. and particularly the symbolism of the Sphinx.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Solitude Solitude is the means of assuring silence of the tongue. p tu tlu. 52 . and Earth. page XX). Temperance to Solitude. and Fire. Silence alone procures and leads to Knowledge of God. c t l ” s e m y e r . in many respects like Christian monasticism. with futile preoccupations. Air. y ao e t nn h a o” n sol e d a after one in the Celestial Assembly. E ie ses sT iit pi a w yfrh A p at Silence equates to o r h . Gift of the Virtues Holy Spirit Prudence Counsel Temperance Fear Justice Piety Strength Courage Seasons Autumn Winter Spring Summer Asceticism Silence Solitude Fasting Vigil Element Earth Water Air Fire Archangel Uriel Gabriel Raphael Michael Thus Prudence corresponds to Silence. We find these four mortifications as much in Christianity as in Buddhism and Islam. h sh r r a o t si n a e. This is why Islam which. with the profane crowd. Earth. consisting of the rejection of all other thoughts relative to Beings and created Things. to which we will return later. r“ i G d. B. This is the first way of the Initiate. cnii o t as n o o sek go e t n“ ruh os t g fh bt t n f pai t rh t og sn e ei n h a h G d. in the classic order: Water– Fire– Air– Earth (see figure 1. Justice to Hunger. with the tetralogy well-known to the Occultists: To know (Water) To will (Air) To dare (Fire) To keep silent (Earth) Which comprises the four Elements laid out exactly like the base of the Hermetic Tetractys. and separates men and women in everyday life. It consists of the fact: 1) Of avoiding mixing materially with others. Vaughan © May 2005 Apostle Luke Matthew John Mark Card. A. hr t s cniosa o” o wt o” r i ao e h h h h a o” w e h e od i e e tn r e b d g B “nt rhnG d oe hu r dcontact with the Master who looks i i . 2) Silence of the heart. in its Sufi heresy. Water. Strength to Vigil. teaches the necessity of these four roads. Silence Silence comes in two types: 1) Silence of the tongue.
It is none other than a type of process of introspection about several particularly important problems for the Gnostic: the problem of Evil. Vigil Vigil is the fruit of Hunger. at the end of which the Christ had an appearance of the Prince of Darkness and the trial of His threefold temptation (Matthew: Gospel. May the Aspirant recall the extreme fasts of all the great prophets and missionaries of the Scriptures. during a kind of doubling of the Soul outside of the Body. calm. relationships between God ad n e …I e m n a t bs o r sn cni r i o t e m n o pol s n t ia u et. i : . for it expels useless sleep. C. which realizes and objectivizes what is in the Heart (the Inner Temple and the Philosophical Egg). Avoiding evil which one might do to a neighbor. But our Vigil has another purpose. It is assured in the spirit of poverty. A sleep susceptible to freeing the Soul is a sleep which comes about during a serious fast. b) The vigil of the Eye (vision). mildness. or that of the failure of the Apostles in the healing of a possessed man. in the terrible solitude of the Judean desert. Solitude alone procures Knowledge of the World. Temperance. There are two types of Vigil: a) The vigil of the Heart.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vigil alone procures Knowledge of the Soul. It equates to Air. often weighed down by too abundant nourishment. D. n Ma. whose Prince it is. It equates to Fire and to Faith45. IV).t t l et r h ai fe o. modesty. who explained to them that certain typesof Demons can only be chased out by fasting. and particularly the fast of forty days. Hunger and Fasting Hunger. Making the companionship of the Master whom one has in the Celestial Assembly permanent. contact between Man and the Celestial Assembly cannot succeed except during sleep. c se s e e s a d ao e e s e e g s 53 . It corresponds to Water. and this is the first way of the Adept. and to Jsc (al“ utePu Epistle to the Ephesians”I 2.os e t n fh l et f rb m ad h r r m n . study of the divine mysteries. Now. Vaughan © May 2005 2) Of avoiding in the inner realm contact with being and things of this world. by defining it. and of the recourse of Christ. and this leads to the natural diminution of these kinds of needs. Hunger alone. ii. It obeys three variables: i. procures Knowledge of Satan. Avoiding evil coming from men. purity.I ) . or Fasting. which instinctively seeks contemplation. and to 45 Vigil is about Meditation. consists of a reduction in nourishment. iii.
h i l l m r f w x ad r n h s s t n e ne i e g 54 . and must always be preceded by a Prayer which has making contact with the higher planes as its goal (see pages XXX onwards. Meditation takes place in daytime. This Prayer comprises a purgative meditation. It constitutes discursive meditation. upon an equitable and reasonable comparison of analyzed arguments. in oe pr nl r oyit s g g m e o a a cnlo a i t-light. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * It necessarily rests upon a perfect understanding of the traditional sacred texts.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. in rustic and solitary places or at night. preferably in the open air. n’ e oaO a r. and page XXX).
ce ce ce ace ace ace alla alla alla Pa Pa Pa gP gP gP ong ong ong on on on S tr S tr S tr Str Str Str g g g ng ng ng Kn Kn Kn Kii Kii Kii the the the th e th e th e of of of of of of 55 . 4 4 6 7 5 COLD COLD Spiritual progression follows the same process as in the alchemical path of figure 1. Vaughan © May 2005 of t he Qu e en Str on gP al a ce D + D + WHITE BLACK Fig.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
f. This particular inclination makes it prompt and docile to receive the Holy Spirit (without special pursuit). so that. n e t 56 . in every activity it prepares and orders all things as is proper. controlling it (or governing everything whose action is subordinate to. has the quality of a commandment: – a commandment to oneself. d. to discover that which it would be impossible to find out quickly from another. It is often the ensemble of snares that the virtue of Prudence allows us to avoid! 46 47 La claire-vue. and dependent upon it). or individual prudence. Wisdom.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. acquired or instilled from birth. Prudence. for the things47 which the wisest men who have preceded us have determined. b. Reverence. e. Circumspection. Vaughan © May 2005 V ELEMENTS OF THE GREAT WORK A. – a commandment in the family. human reason remains forever subject to error or surprise. regarding all that surrounds the said act. Clear-sight46 in principles of activity. properly speaking. This very inclination comes to our aid for the same human reason each time it is needed. For. with respect to the substance of this act. so that everything wishes to do at every moment is for the perfect realization of every Virtue. and all that is required for final illumination. Philosophical Earth: Prudence Prudence is an element of moral action which perfects the exercise of reason in Man. In this name we find a higher and transcendent inclination which perfects the exercise of reason in man. both general and specific. Sane exercise of reason. against all that could put an obstacle in the way. either for itself or for another. applied to every action. or regal prudence. g. Caution. A gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Prudence. even providing for all the virtues. – a commandment in society. being: a. or compromise the result. As it is normally applied it is composed of several aspects. or familiar prudence. La révér c à’ do d c q’nd e e l nri e e uot éterminé les plus Wise qui nous ont précédés. Precaution. c. and that is the Gift of Counsel. or memory. h. or the determination needed at the time for action. in the infinite complexity of circumstances which can affect his action. Remembrance of past things.
Continence. Philosophical Water: Temperance Temperance is a virtue which in all things maintains the affective party responsive to the command of reason. as a corrective method for the ills committed by another. C. a dse o oe o neclnea ei t ko w aintm eie ue l ei fr n’ w xeec. B. as Anger should never take hold. c. is founded upon their own moral or physical. with a holy respect. It manifests itself in several ways. and the fact that one does not fear anything more than exposing to becoming distanced from Him as a result of error and fault. following the virtue of Charity. to various degrees. which is the Gift of Fear. because of the excellence or goodness of the Divine Majesty. Temperance and the Gift of Fear are obtained through the practice of Solitude. founded upon mutual respect between the Beings themselves which. consisting of moderation or regulation. of considering all things relating to the pleasure of the senses. Forbearance. Prudence and the Gift of Counsel is obtained through the practice of Silence. b.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. which corresponds to Philosophical Water. moderating or regulating the affective party in those things which are less difficult than precedents. namely: a. consisting of dispelling the inner movement of the passion of equity. Moreover. consisting of refraining from. which presents us with a more or less exact image of God. as being perfectly non-existent or dangerous. having regard to the excellence of the end which Traditional Revelations gives us. Clemency. The gift of Fear consists of the act of standing before the Traditional Book of Revelations. which the virtue of Justice demands to see more equitably corrected and expiated –things which are ineluctably necessary. spiritual or material good. finally to bear ourselves in a manner which leads to the virtue of Temperance. consisting of choosing not to follow the violent emotions of passion. external action and movements of a carnal nature. dseo nw hts o i m d ty sf r s l r al u to us or which is useless for our final goals. it consists of the act. Vaughan © May 2005 As a requirement to future development. Philosophical Air: Justice Justice is a virtue which has the objective of having harmony reign in relationships between Beings. that is to say. 57 . d. so that it does is not disposed to be induced by those pleasures which more particularly interest the five external senses. this virtue is therefore the first one to acquire. Modesty. and before all the Gift of Counsel. which corresponds to Philosophical Earth.
with the father of the great divine family. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the virtue of Strength. so that Man. The gift of Piety is assuredly that which puts the most perfect seal upon external relationships when men can have or should have. Magnanimity. b.n l v e v and obeyed as if by a son. and this is the Gift of Piety. d. It crowns the virtue of Justice and all its associations. It consists of standing firm against the greatest fears. or a fear of failure. consisting of fortifying hope. Demons) in our relationships with them. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds to the Virtue of Justice. As such.e d ae e. which corresponds to Philosophical Air. consisting of a resolution of the affective party which strengthens or rules the movement of hope. and with God.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and brings him to treat with God. Perseverance. that is to say the Fast. Spirits. Justice and the Gift of Piety are obtained through the practice of Hunger. as to the reputation and spiritual dignity of oe f l n’ eo s lw man. It applies equally well to temporal goods. and in moderating the most imprudent audacity. which is the characteristic of enduring with stoicism. regarding great and important undertakings. so that the Good and Superior Being who more or less unites them. which one wishes to accomplish. Piety is the habitual resolution of that will. which makes Man fit to receive the direct and personal action of the Holy Spirit. which is of a different sense and less amenable to these limiting norms. which are: a. 58 . all the sadness which may come to us in the present life. the First Cause. more particularly to endure the hostile intervention of other men in their relationships with us. will never turn away from his duty. or those of evil spirits if the occasion presents itself. Magnificence. while looking to the final Reintegration. to treat with all other men as with all reasonable Creatures (Angels. It makes peace and order reign. and in different degrees. Philosophical Fire: Strength Strength is a virtue which had the objective of perfecting moral order in the affective party in Man. D. on this occasion. it is distinguished from Charity. considered in the most distant mysteries of his divine life as a f hr o a ci ”t dr r e d sre “ t ” r “h f e e y e r . both between themselves. both in individual life as well as in the collective life. which consists of combating fear of the length of exertion to achieve the Good. Also. It manifests in several aspects. also called Courage. with the First Cause. where it is arduous or costly to accomplish. c. and that is the gift with the same name. Vaughan © May 2005 So its aim is to regulate our duties strictly with regard to other Beings. Patience.
X. in the Soul of the Adept. 59 . when considered under the idea of this contact. is the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit. r h opl I o e : u r os ( e b. without giving by itself the sole higher blessing which compensates and does duty for him. These two mystical realizations are intimately linked to the presence. presupposes two things in us: a. making gods of us (evidently secondary gods). children of God. firstly with the intermediate Celestial Powers. the victory of Man over Death and over all the terrors which it inspires. The essential purpose of this gift is. and that s ( f mt G se “said: yo a gd…” John. knowing Him as He knows himself. u t t odr h hiG ds p o h re w i s o’ e c own. in fact. rejoicing in him as He rejoices Himself. the gift corresponding to the Holy Spirit addresses those dangers and ills which are definitely not within the power of Man alone to overcome. both easy and welcome. be it human or angelic (being therefore above the original world of manifestation in Creation). Those principles of activity. according to its own advantage and which it deigns to communicate to us. loving Him as He loves. is obtained through the practice of Vigil. of Reintegration for all the ills and sadness of terrestrial life. This effective substitution. A participation of Divine Nature which. with all the blessings and joys of present life. and introducing us to His intimate presence. Charity. of absolute Charity. of this mystical communication. as God acts Himself. as he marches towards the Supreme Goal (including Death itself. then with the Divine Plan itself. Thus. E. which makes us act as true secondary agents. which comes to all). From this comes t pr e fh Pa : G ds nsnt h ha o t sl “ o t d i h e s e m a e congregation of the mighty. Strength and the gift of this name (or Courage). raises us above and despite all natural order. divining our own nature itself. the Gift of Strength (or Courage) allows him to overcome the sorrow which accompanies the separation which Death creates.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. which corresponds to Philosophical Fire. 34). Vaughan © May 2005 But since the virtue with this name in fact only deals with those obstacles and perils which are in the power of Man to overcome or suppress. despite all the difficulties or all the perils which can place themselves across Mans path. through its own activity. He judges among the god…” Psalm 82). proportional to this divine state. The Salt Principle: Charity Charity is a virtue which raise us up to a life of communications. It is by means of the gift of Strength (or Courage) than Man is thus moved by the Holy Spirit. as he knows that Reintegration and Life Eternal flow from them.
knows neither how to ignore good and evil.n hl h w e hdes n sf r g s n’ w . which leads one to feel pity for the wretchedness of Others. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Hope is the Gift of Knowledge48. nor. This virtue is absolutely inaccessible without Faith. as those which can and should one day be our total illumination. to avoid his own responsibilities. 2) Beneficence. the true character of things created in their relationships with those of Hope. In the initiatory life. to judge all things with his intelligence. that is a scorn for belongings. claims to b sut “bv”t m bt t t is to say. which leads one. Charity corresponds to the vow of Poverty. brings Man. which however should not be confused with the Sublime Virtue of that name. by which man wishes God the infinite gift which Faith has revealed. to strive to prevent evil and to promote good. for it is Faith alone which gives Hope its purpose and the means to apply it. in the spiritual as in the material domain. the Philosophical Sulfur. being gifted with a conscience which does not participate in its own surrender of principles. The Mercury Principle: Hope Hope is a virtue which sees that our will. but instinctively and in an absolutely intuitive manner. in taking as the norm or as his personal rule for judgment. or that 48 I t s aeh w r ue i‘ i c’ PV. F. Charity contains certain secondary aspects: 1) Mercy. honors and the joys of this Inferior World.h h a Such teachings have never served except to veil the latent amorality of those who make them their own. must be able to judge with absolute certainty and infallible truth. Man. therefore knowing both. which is the first postulate. under the occult action of the Holy Spirit.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. which it necessarily presupposes. coming under our control. Knowledge. so that it has deigned to manifest itself to us through Faith. this indissoluble gift of God. e i a d aoe h t e e o . really and intimately. This is so that they might be admitted and professed. and he wishes for himself and all Mankind. It is through this vow of Poverty that one also obtains the Gift of Wisdom. o ga s f d i t en s to be point of suffering oneself. is inclined towards Eternal Truths. The Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to the virtue of Charity is the Gift of Wisdom. in all the ot oi lseto lead o t s r cens ad uf i a oe o n n l c apc fi . Vaughan © May 2005 Absolute Charity flows from an act of total love. nh cs t od sd ss e e – i e cn 60 . through divine action. those which Faith reveals to us. immediately and forever. not through the use of the natural process of reasoning. The gift of Wisdom (which is not THE Wisdom). the highest and most sublime of all Causes which is Divine Wisdom itself. under the action of the Holy Spirit. Moreover.
G. Understanding is the knowledge (gnosis) of Absolute Divine Things. is in harmony with the Eternal Truths. ensuring that the spirit of Man. or. Hope corresponds to the vow of Chastity (which. notably by God Himself. which is in fact Reintegration. and by the channel of the most banal magical evocation. A Gift of the Holy Spirit corresponding to Faith is the Gift of Intelligence. penetration and information. which is its first postulate. In the initiatory life. As such. of all the related propositions in a way which leads to a clear understanding. is opposed to them. while preserving all their importance intact. the possibility. penetrates the sense of those terms. of which our world below is but an imperfect and inverse reflection. through types or material objects. Light and Darkness49. It is this which gives us the ability to discern Spirits. under the action of the Holy Spirit. in the material World. and it is this which allows Man to free himself from the servitude of the senses. d i sn ve i rr i in shadow. which can csm c… ot uh 61 . of perceiving that which connects the opposing poles of Good and Evil. the Knowledge of Good and of Evil. Faith corresponds to the vow of Submission. which should not be confused with one of the two Sublime virtues bearing that name. or at least (in the vase of very profound mysteries) of allowing them to be approached. in Christian marriage. as an ordinary human couple can perpetuate the forms of the species in a natural and legitimate manner. In the initiatory life. but as their indistinct perception. The Silver of the Wise: Understanding Understanding is the attribute which corresponds to vision. without mutual decline or depravity. H. is not sexual abstinence). in His desire to communicate with Man the final object of His purpose. The Gift of Intelligence (Which is not Understanding) helps the virtue of Faith in leading to knowledge of divine virtue. immediately seizing that which. which comprise the affirmations of Traditional Revelation. Vaughan © May 2005 they should serve as the ends and object of our conduct. intuition.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and allows the obtaining of the Gift of Intelligence. The vow of Chastity is the first postulate. 49 T ait sy n sol ’cm t t s io o d i t ns y en o If i E t themselves covered htso a oe hu nto eo h v i f i n h g b m as f ne o n ties. Ambition and childish reasoning. The Sulfur Principle: Faith Faith is a virtue which ensures that our understanding adheres very closely and without fear of being wrong – seeing as he cannot see it through the normal senses – all that comes to of him through the channel of Traditional Revelation. on the contrary. and the existence of an Invisible World.
it gives us a partial vision of God. for example in the blood of Christ. disciple of Albert the Great. At a higher level. In the pierced side of Christ. no longer intuitively as Faith. reminiscent of the hermetic pelican of the Rose-Croix. the esotericism of texts. According to Thomas Aquinas. objec . it reveals to us the invisible and unique source of the essential Sacraments.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. This Virtue shows us the Eternal Realities achieved through Faith on a day that. which is impossible. and more particularly the profound meaning of the Christian Scriptures. his future Glory outside the Parousia50. Understanding shows us the effects in the cause. or spiritual realities.ar et m t ise …” t sc m n l a r l t s a a ea . 62 . the Creator Logos. the purification of our Soul and our reconciliation. Understanding r el“ e ea t v s h higher symbolism of Perceptible Signs: rites. under the appearances. or the Holy Books if one extols another religion. to use a term dear to Martinez de Pascuallis. not revealing it completely to us. Vaughan © May 2005 It lets us penetrate the hidden meaning in words. and in the imperfect reflections here below. while not allowing us to understand completely. their higher significance. c It lets us understand. then. but by a kind of intuitive and subconscious vision. at the End of Time. the celestial realities thus deformed or veiled: as in the carpenter of Nazareth. in the Christ leaving his Apostles at the Ascension. symbols. it affirms us in our certainty. shed at Calvary. but by making us understand with absolute certainty. that which 50 The Second Coming – PV.
Vaughan © May 2005 of t he Qu e en Str on gP a la ce D + D + WHITE BLACK Fig. and the immortality of the body. as the alchemical progression in figure 1. 5 4 6 7 5 The gifts of the Holy Spirit here follow the same progression.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. The gift of Grace comprises union with God: his descent into us. 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. The gift of Integrity comprises three privileges: innate knowledge. in their development. ce ce ace ace alla alla Pa Pa gP gP ong ong on on St r St r Str Str g g ng ng Kn Kn Kii Kii th e th e the the of of of of 63 .
he no longer knows how to confuse it with its opposite. as we have seen. inseparable from God. it is the act of total love which will serve him as a f i io f l h ps b ie’ s sn le i li touchstone. defined it. of the Mercury Principle and the Salt Principle. nor in Intelligence as knowledge of Good and Evil. Vaughan © May 2005 He knows to be. having understood it. and he desires. from which all others depend and which itself depends on no other. the Knowledge of the two opposites. In fact. It r oe r upssh . to a gift which it perceives as the dominant one. an We æon.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. N. It is in some way the superior aspect. and had not connection with the historical Jesus. Wisdom is the use of which it is made. 64 . of its complete knowledge. this same Good. Wisdom makes us judge all things by judging them according to the highest of Causes. If Understanding is total Knowledge. As such it is discrimination between Good and Evil. since this knowledge does not live in the event of general perception. the Knowledge of Good alone. Understanding reveals to us also that which Denys the Areopagite called the “i n drns . o h v i o a t ‘os itsin God. all in all.n ident pr e n gaybthog em nt n Iit th e r pe poe t sad t os’oe t i er l u t uh l i i . but in the event of specific perception. d i a es ve k ” I. And here finally is Charity. Wisdom is the purifying filter of the action of Understanding within him. – note that among the Gnostics and the Templars. It is by this virtue that the Adept can reach the highest degree of knowledge accessible to humankind here below. for himself and for all other Beings. flows from an act of complete love. Seeing that he only seeks Good. by which Man wishes for God the Infinite Good that Faith allows him to know Him. In all that the trawl-net of his understanding of things will bring. which is. The Gold of the Sage: Wisdom Wisdom consists of the choice of the best. among the facts accessible to Understanding. the Christ was a divine entity. which is the basis of the birth of Wisdom within us. being the result of the action of Faith and Charity. absolute Charity. tsh ef s i a t l r i ao e spontaneous intelligent and comprehensive submission.B.
ceremonies. and by the means of rites. 52 A. Carrel judiciously notes in his study. which accompanies this necessary ensemble. 53 One is reminded of the Hesychasm of the Orthodox church – PV. guides. See R. at the summit of the preceding pyramid. the technique of its production and its effects52.“ h ko G dm r ot t nyubet …” t i o r t i n y T i f o oe f n h o r h rn w d e it n e a ae Epictetus told us. gods. and there prepare themselves properly by the means of holy Prayers51…” (R. extend as far as the manifestations of the Spiritual. Carrel: Prayer. “ o m no G d so Kabbalistic tradition tells us. and resolves it in t bl ta rsc sy t C s oo t u u n t . Vaughan © May 2005 VI T EP I O O H R ’ I E PRAYER H H L S P E S FR : “ h Fr…ia i eu sit h h n oue T i i s n g osp i w i i rdcs s e n r. as Dr. Ambelain: The Demiurge. the scientific world understands the totality of what is observable. c t into a subject the same nature as the Stone. It clothes its highest expression in Prayer. This domain can. saints. Prayer represent Ma’ e ot ocm ui t wt a i opr or metaphysical s ns f r t o m n a i l n roe f ce h l c al Entities: ancestors. may one acquire a positive knowledge of Prayer? Fortunately. begin by meditating on the sacred verses. because it 51 The Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom are the thirty-two first verses of Genesis. true Prayer represents a mystical state for man. is from all evidence a spiritual phenomenon. then. it calcines it. pp 98 to 102. a state in which his consciousness approaches the Absolute. Far from consisting of a vain and monotonous recitation of formulae.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. like the sense of the Sacred which it expresses. and the first verse of the Second Chapter.uh ash om ple r ew e e i…” Limojon de Saint-Dd r T e em t Ti p” i e: hH r ec r m h i ” i u The sense of the divine is expressed above all by religious emotiveness. Krhr“ i s yt cs) i e: Œd u Ægp au” c p i But Prayer. and. etc. the Spiritual World is outside the reach of our modern experimental techniques. To pray. y Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom. This state is not of an intellectual nature: it therefore remains as much inaccessible as incomprehensible to the rationalist philosopher and the ordinary thinker. P. one must first make an effort to sa t a sh Dv i . archetypes. sublimates it. It transforms all adversities into delights. dissolves it. sacrifices from which it flows. It is therefore through systematic observation of the praying Man that we learn of what consists the phenomenon of Prayer. but very frequent mental invocations can keep man in the presence of God53. or with the First Cause. as if in its natural habitat. “ re Tu Prayer is the daughter of Love. How. Very short. It is the salt of knowledge. when they wish to travel on the H l e f o. being humbly excited by the exterior fire. 65 . And. which is the whole first Chapter. it makes it germinate in the heart of man. through the intermediary of physiology.
Greece and Rome are sad examples. a e 66 .e r n h o e h tlu…? l k l gdg e c l (L. a. i n’ ad54 s c Pu tlu:Fi it us ne fh g hpd o…” h s n l t e a i All depends on what one understands by this word. Can we not then suppose 54 A bln ssh w r ‘urr– m e i ue t od œ ve’ PV. a conclude that that perhaps too. and which joins with the Fire “ t dcdi ot sb c .osutt s l i som i ao e w r . each one of us will find beyond death that which. in exchange for the original sn m e celestial influx. Psychologically. its original prototype. From this. the prayer. by this he deprives himself of a precious treasure. In this case. man is composed of tissues and organic liquids.C. linked to a regular affinity to the contingent universe. praying equates to working. in our carnal lives. These variations are linked to various other fundamental activities: moral sense. And. a fundamental activity. Carrel observed. f h hLm j d i r ue n h uj t o w i i o n e no t e e” c o Saint-Didier spoke in the epigraph quoted at the head of this chapter. because one must love to pray. penetrated by an imponderable e m n cld cnc uns .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. history shows us that the loss of moral and sacred sense in the majority f nt ns ost n e m n l d t i f l n o a ao’ cntu tl et e so t a ad i ie e s a s l its rapid subjection by neighboring peoples who have themselves preserved that which is often l thog oe own fault. for him. aesthetic sense. one can deduce that t m nw o dent r dent ev h o n h a h os’ pa os’ w ae i w e y s immortality. notably personal will. Besides. from the interior voice which speaks inside us. Perhaps the man who prays. and because one must be sublime and v t u tl e iu soo … ro v “ u t s r e which is do efficacious. and which can be seen equally among the primitive as well as the civilized. the sense of the divine appears to be a impulse coming out of the deepest place in our nature. There is besides another role of Prayer. Vaughan © May 2005 is the daughter of Love. in the same order of things. sum of tissues and organic liquids.n r ett i eatue Wh wl xln o s e u i ai w lt tn vl ad e a iwt xct … ae n sn t i y p h id o i l tlso ei a h dr a i t vi w o es s e u tb l e ci . we had hoped for. d e d m i dv e “r adw r…” A dt ppl aaead: T w r i t pa…” Wecn ei . playing in the “p i a r l s w i r a uko no uep r : O e L br si t o H r ec sit le m ” h h e i nnw r nxl e “ r t ao” a h l e t ru a c m n od . and that is its constructive role. de Saint-Mat : T e n f ei ” rn “ h Ma o D s e) i r We shall see later that we should understand this. io n C l tl i ”born h w “ e saCt . s ei y ot f i“ nre p ” u o h i e t l which was its cradle. can it never be ours? Do we not need it to be B th Pa r i y ep i dt u? L t sm g e eie aet e . through a type of two way flow: the projection of the terrestrial world into the celestial plane. has its e l o ” own existence. It is besides worth noting that o t uh n’ s r s the sense of the divine pushed to the level of intolerance and fanaticism lead to the same sad results. that is to sywtoe hns . l etae “osi ses Now the living body.i e ales s“ah sh sbt c o t ns oe fr . Pa n ok c y n h ou r dg ds “ o ok s o r e a y . The atheist travels towards annihilation. and which is his Celestial Jerusalem.h “oy fi tw i w s pkn f cnt c h g r u fr n nt r ol t s bd o l h h h a soe o r s i oo h d i g” c by the Manicheans. The opposite is equally true. as A. and the believer towards another life.
where only the lips have ay elcv yint r i . The recitation of vague formulas. there? In the affirmative. to meditate than to eat or drink! Prayer is the equivalent of a biological activity dependent upon our structure. where our consciousness draws upon the same principles for its own preservation and its moral health. s e te l l e Desire”tb aet e n t make dynamic what the lips and brain conjointly give forth.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. in consequence of an i ate as n o t l h o ‘ ao’ n n lps o frh i t fr sn…” f i i eg e We must be careful to make a distinction in its practice. and is a natural and normal function of our spirit. fuel from its initial impurities. a universe which we can no more evade than our body of flesh could avoid the material universe55. et t es n n lg c. . The spirit is both reason and sentiment. np” T e r t sconl tug s r u t t“ n nuoe a cue b t f tht h ge pyhaa sJn as e sh :May erss r asd y h a t a y ud a e e c a many people wish to remain blind to their own religious aspirations. that of pure form equally to that of action. 67 . if it resides in material organs. rt bo…” ae e tn Prayer is thus the complement and essential tool of all this transmutation of Man. carbon. In this. e tn v ad o o t i Ji dwt i u i . Vaughan © May 2005 that consciousness. is similarly prolonged outside of the physical continuum? Is it forbidden t blv t t e r p ne i a sit l n e e ( db t s o eeeh w a l gd n “p i a ui r ” a y h i a e u ru vs n i fact. oa sne as ecsneadi ei ne t “es o t o e i n io m r es. integral development of each of our physiological.s e a cld l by Louis-Claude de Saint-Ma i adh m s rMa i zd Psulscldt “ rn n i at . l t ar . just as respiration and nutrition are for the physical body. from which it draws the elements of its preservation: oxygen.u suia od w “r c l oroln w r. 55 There is proala ee w y f u i t s T e r c i “n e dnnu n puos ur p s os bb btr a o ptn h . is it forbidden to see the Immanent Being. it is doubtful whether success in life i v e s i lo i demands the maximum. hydrogen. nitrogen. the First Cause. then. From this. even our consciousness having access to two different worlds). and this by operation of the nutritive and respiratory functions? In this spiritual universe. and we should love beauty and knowledge as much as moral beauty. Prayer can then be thought of as the agent of the natural relationship between our consciousness and its particular environment. it is no more shameful to pray than to breathe. rn e acai ae h Man of t. if austerity and asceticism are the elements. n sol hv “r t aci . h Fe h s ui r otos e ovn gè l nu y t tg i n : vs e u ps r u nt crs e hin pulf r d l n e m t i” another tortuous grammatical Gordian knot as qe o e op d ca e etea e e’ i r a r l– e r r i u v s ee from Ambelain! – PV. In this it is the Fire. a r h w e e el e h t e th a e f n oe hu ae c a d h d g ad a i e d ee l p n d t ew ie a ok . which normal religions call God. Plato w s i t hnh dc r t tom r t nm o Ma. ne gi iincs r frh “ n r at i .Now. To neglect it is to atrophy our o n pi i e. repeated over and over again with no true investment of spirit. as Nietzsche thought. affective and spiritual activities.h sne f h n h ttn l hi tl e e e Dv e g eh hm n e oat iflf w r g i n” i t u a pr nly tu l e n. o pa n O c aa ts ees y o t Inner Man”a h w s ae a it t yg n a e . and the Crucible only knows how to be the Heart. intellectual.
19) 56 Alchemy comprises two procedures. and the day s rren u ha s U t the i t a s i or er…” a i t (Peter: 2 Epistle: 1. and the moist path. the dry path. a short but dangerous procedure. Vaughan © May 2005 The Work is long via the moist path56! It endures. 68 . a long but sure procedure.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. according to the words of Scripture: “ n l day dawn.
which Rationalists never cease to attach to their negations regarding the value of this Rite. * * * There is a well-known Hermetic axiom which.. Let us look at this a little more closely. affirms that which is above is like unto that which is below. in more or less good taste. Abraham transmitted to all his posterity. 69 . was around the twelfth Egyptian dynasty. we can assert a priori that. n r ht ‘l io L n Lf n h x e A bln ust e t w r “ari t r i p i ‘ c f e . and that certain people knew there was another God besides the common gods. h ai f l hii rul e ae h e h Sc f e a e t re o Me h ee” e s l sa t l m f e ic t e cz So his Apostles and heir Disciples ree e a “ri t n f m h dt gbc t acr i ci d n od ao” r i an ak o e a v ni o m i tn origin in the time of Abraham which. 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. i e t o e o d the propitiatory bloody sacrifices of animals. eas o t si t ha o S l o’T m l a ns e h u r I al ned bcue fh . From this.n h er f o m ns e p . and the rite of Kiddush. 18 This phrase. psychic life or. Moreover. When the Christ made it t bs o a C rtn i ah cld i slt “ari r f rh O dr f l i dk.o r sn w i bcm ei nt later in the m e i sbtu sh od sc f a u”m l n s ri r fre os h h eo e v e a it e ic e y g a ic ’ a c d chapter – PV. This has been perpetuated in the rite of Seder. on the contrary. the blessing of the cup of wine.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. or on the contrary destroying it if it is a poison. so there may exist a spiritual. he had the powers of the Most High God. this initiation into a secret Rite which was new to Abraham. innocent enough in appearance. to the whole of t ft e s e Ide. according to history. just as material nourishment is capable of supporting our material life if it is wholesome. psychic nourishment which supports our spiritual.C. which includes the presence of Matzoh or azyme bread. 57 58 I Fec. we meet again the offering of azyme bread and wine. of to this shows that Gnosis existed already. during the time of the Middle Empire. e Ei r f og i ’PV. i t cl r e “ m r d T b t n h e ba d E e l al” e e t a e attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. when he received it from Melchizedek. when Melchizedek transmitted the sacrificial rite of Bread and Wine – Corn and Vine – Abraham. has however an unsuspected depth in the context of Judaeo-Christian Tradition. For if. destroys it.l gi e u r . if it is a spiritual poison. nineteen centuries B. Vaughan © May 2005 VII THE ELIXIR OF LIFE57 “ Melchizedek king of Salem And brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest58 of the most high God…” Genesis: XIII.
and this is then drunk by the infirm or possessed person.a au .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.17) Nowadays. the Sabbath. a h b t n of e o h ea e e cr t s ev l s ic e ao ed e t ancestors. nasal. r gl nm e …)n ne t sm o t ei . which number twelve (one for each tribe) which remains six day upon the Table of Witness. e l ie btrt rule . in which the ink signs are effaced and dissolve. It is the blood of ritual incisions. On the t “i n r ne. in all ages. It is the Shewbread. and that the rites associated with this communion have always worn the appearance of an assimilation through the oral. Vaughan © May 2005 We suggest first that. half-consumed on the altar of holocausts. e h l n i y a h r rs e v …” e l (h “ ok fuie” X I 1 – T e B o o Jb es. XI 6 17) l . I am the transcendental incantation. together with the offering. I am the healing herb.t. crowned with tears of frankincense. It is the animal victims. I am the fire and I am t at f f r g – more accurate translation of Verse 16 – h co of i . 60 “ incantée” lit. they will eat the heart of a courageous warrior. We t e i tl e manner the white man eats his good god…! oe fhm wlni l ep i t a i i at ” n ot e i a e xln o n n g n l vy a dn missionary. it is the Fetishist who still transcribes secret signs upon a skin.ot c e fn s e spiritual purpose: “ h N t n o C na. “a t of i . who thereby unite spiritually with Yahweh their god. I am clarified cow ghee. who pushes an earthenware stove on which boil magical r i ( cnemyr. 16 . and half-consumed by the priests of Israel. unites them eternally in the traditions of the Romany gypsies61 of Central Europe. which he then washes in blessed water60. e h ve s h seventh day. a e en ” PV. sanguine. the hand of an adrim n o t ba o a i ei n m n “ gorge ourselves on them in the o a. It is also the Arab Geomancer.n frh vr e o. 61 “ Tziganes” PV.eet h a o t ss n h b c t e e h e c e querant. rh r n f n n lg t a. f r g ari so h D a uon tombs. the benediction and the imbibing of the cup of wine. the priests consume them ritualistically. actually communed T e aos f aan of i sc f e t t ed p i en ic e wtE iB i sad o t s e r snt iWok w r ei i v e g. e i …59” Im h f r gt sc f et c ri u e h i ahr t Fr e en h ic h a f d t . mixed and drunk by newly-weds.t i edd o u m n h G n sbna t f e fh e n i es. e t bh e (Bhagavad Gita: XI.ru … ot a a material assimilation with . e ari . h h wn fh pi s fh em n ci r e r g e n” e i g s It is the ritual anthropophagy of certain Africans. in order to be impregnated in the Tabernacle of the Covenant by the Shekinah ( e d i peec”t pneuma hagion). that although they do not lack meat from domestically raised or hunted animals. so that the querant may thus be momentarily and literally possessed and controlled by them during t t o i o t “o t o t G o at f ue. people have tried to establish communion (or communeunion) with the Entities whose existence and presence they suspected. visual (contemplation)e . – 70 . 59 “a t svn eife i a . a t f e ay c o sc f eI mt oli s f r t t dpr d I m h ee V d i rul I m h i di at fari . water over which incantation have been said – Eau – PV.
It concerns itself with the bringing to life. so that it might be revived in the Mystery. as prefigured in the Jewish tradition. a virgin goat. From this they clandestinely receive a baraka or blessing. cake. concerns itself with the bringing a Man to life in the Mystic Body of God! Some have occasionally compared the resurrection of Hiram. which is also simultaneously a sort of slightly subverted initiation. passes (Pâques = passage64) across the horoscope or First House of the world. But Hiram.n I o’dseht would have communion with The ad dnt ei t you r a 63 demons” (Paul: I Corinthians. The Orphic rites implied the same Mystery. * * * This principal of communion through material absorption was so well accepted that later on. lives again in the Initiate. people seek to drink or eat the alimentary leftovers abandoned by a holy man or a wise man: tea. the time of renewal. It is why Israel. through him. at the instant the sun rose. respite the most dreadful tortures. On the other hand. placed their lips upon the lips of the statue of god. 20) In the agrarian rites of Dionysius. in the Masonic ritual. Paul later reminded them: “ national gods are demons. the naos was a wooden or stone shrine in which the spirit of the deity was perpetually present – PV. as St. Thus he was supposed to imbibe the breath of Osiris. we see an inverted Eucharist. Note âuss r h o ‘at ’ and n e t tPqe’s at ad pqeiPs vr PV. of a dead man. Yet why was it necessary for the lamb to be replaced by its antithesis: the kid.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. i For. like Dionysius and Orpheus.ut pi islvl dsi t h es o et n fh gd o nt n”bth o ts tl ad ep eh e i e i e n i i t e rewriting of the epistle – PV. 64 Pqe iFec frE s r– Ambelain makes the point that its root is both in Passover and Passage. in the Mysteries. X. etc. Vaughan © May 2005 In the same epoch the priests of Osiris. 63 In this verse of the bible t r in m n o o t “os f aos. presaging the he-goat of Azaël?. which in spring. a fallen god. There indeed is a matter for meditation. sometimes by the intromission of the tongue in the mouth of the recipient 62 In the Egyptian religion.. they partook of a kid.. in the fourteenth century. who must resume his new life as a Man! The Christian Eucharist. thanks to him. h ‘âusiE s r n ‘âu’s as e – a e o . in the depths of the naos62 barred to the profane. But here again. image of the solar god. to the resurrection of Christ. 71 . ever refused to burn incense before idols. which is the sign of Aries. this initiation is regularly transmitted by the rite of transferring of saliva from the mufti to the new sheik. and refused to eat the meats consecrated to the “aoagd” nt nl os. the Templars were accused of drinking the ashes of their dead Brothers mixed in wine and the blood of a black cat! Even nowadays in the land of Islam.
w el i. one goes to the table. and of the Me h eei reofl w a ek re T e t nsi ns w i t E agelists tell us l i dk n i t o o . n t evn n t a h n a h t cn i w s t e ex e e t la e ae ended. h w r ‘l d’em r hrn por n a v ie o t a ate ae i t :n audm n l ei ib m ne ? PV. son of David. O ETERNAL ONE. for on that day. in Your Love. perpetuated in Osrael from the time of Abraham. and HE rested the seventh day from all that HE had done. Sovereign of the Universe. has 65 66 I could find no translation. i through Your Commandments. up to the time of Christ. who has c a d h f io t v e r t t r t fh i …! ee e u e n “ e r sdOETERNAL ONE. through of the rite of Shewbread and the Cup of Kiddush. what does the Christian tradition tell us? That the transubstantiation of the Eucharistic species. our GOD. if not a very orthodox Judaic ceremony. “ Therefore be praised. composed firstly of the annual Passover (with the partaking and mandating of a lamb and bitter herbs). who has taken us for Your People. but the meaning is clear enough – PV. our GOD. and says: “ w shn h s t dy A d h H ae ad h E r ad lt thy otnd a I a t t i h a. So. who was consecrated by Melchizedek. sometimes by introducing a finger soaked with saliva. after the Office. who has sanctified us B pa e. GOD blessed the seventh day and HE to sanctified it. what was that Supper. They still figure in the present day collection used by practicing Jews. we give it here by right of record. were ritual prayers. fna et ytn s l anr – a v ie ’ 72 . takes the Cup filled with Wine. ‘ m d snl ttnib ’ T e od b oy se sa e i prpi here. in a bloody66 and invisible manner. of the sacrifice of Melchizedek. * * * Now. however recalling to our readers to note the remnants and echoes of the Eternal Liturgy w i t ti taeo h w rs h h a be ucagd o cn r s h h h n hgv tt od w i hd en nhne fr et i … c a g e c ue Kiddush Or the Inauguration of the Sabbath On Friday evening. at the moment of the consecration of the Bread and the Cup. Orthodox or Latin) is but the transposition. Vaughan © May 2005 (a word which perfectly states what is happening!). Sovereign of the Universe. Perhaps he meant r hr‘ e oe ag nei s l . and sometimes by the simple act of spitting. at the time of the Liturgy (whether Eastern or Western. As this rite is certainly completely unknown to ordinary Christians. and thus pontiff and king. which is how it happened to one of our friends who was receiving the geomantic initiation from a daguèze65 from Mogador! There is an initiatory display and a type of fluidic transmission at the same time. h “ akg i ” h h h vn cz a t l y t h vg c e were pronounced at the end of the banquet by the Christ. On the seventh day GOD had achieved His Work. the LORD rested from all the Works which HE had accomplished.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and who.
and through the power which He freely and eternally conferred upon a Rite ordered of the Apostles: “ oh im m r o Me D t sn e oy f …” i (Luke: Gospel. a “ c t dh sla Ma70…” cod g o h od o S. so the Eucharistic liturgy links the wheat and grape sugar to the Saving Essence about which we have just spoken. e e l e ep w o r m d ” t n h “ r e” We o give at e f i o i w w r i pol h de e… ) h t G a s. a . linked in fact to the very essence of the Savior by a mysterious grace wished by Him. Psalm 127 (Song of Degrees) is recited: Whnt Ee a bogth “ e h t nl ruh t e r e 69 cp vsrm Zo. 70 ‘ vi“ vt l o m ” – A a r ê ’ m e’ PV. Sovereign of the Universe.ucp b t cau t n a i the religious orgies of ancient o’di h l d r w r sset l o ogli . Therefore be praised. cellular flesh of Him who. that it is we whom You have chosen and sanctified amidst all peoples. Vaughan © May 2005 given us the holy Sabbath Day in commemoration of the Creation. 67 68 Lit. d not n ek e a . This day is the first among solemnities. hy a b fud n h o et n o “ e e e t n e l i . round loaf – PV. * * * But how do we conceive of the Occult meaning of the Eucharist? Certainly we do not eat the living. occult and mysterious. and just as the Philosophical Stone changes lead into gold. Christ is not torn to pieces and eaten savagely by drunk and furious bacchantes. “r ”i da s PV. feeling.o t a a e l . XXII. the Eucharistic species remain what they were at their creation. The matzoh67 is broken. and given to each of those present: “ praised. acri t t w rs f tA gsn. O ETERNAL ONE our God.19) As sugar placed in a porcelain sugar bowl remains sugar and the sugar bowl remains porcelain. transubstantiation will then be effected. eaten.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.r – ir t w 69 Ambelain appears to be confused as the Song of Degrees is not the psalm quoted here – PV. and reminds us that You had us come out of Egypt. We absorb a subtle substance. without receiving legitimate powers and the pronunciation of sacred words. te uH 73 . uut ehd r l h i e s n n e i eo e m f And we certainly dnt r k ib o.e. who provides68 the Be Bed n t Wi …” r adh n a e e After the Meal.” Then the following Benediction is said over two whole breads.sn n s o d m ie ao Thrace. te l. O ETERNAL ONE. From this fact. and which impregnates and transmutes the materiality of the Eucharistic species in consequence of His Promise at the Supper. and in Your Love.e e c t m hr frhy r r hrog T e m y e on i t clcos f Daily Prayers”o h e e . who has sanctified the Sabbath. But when the Divine is mixed with them. at Jordan. by His Order made twenty centuries ago. You have given us as a heritage the holy Sabbath Day. linked by His promise.f the Israelites of the Ashkenazi Rite (Tephillath Adath Yeschouroun: Editions Durlacher). in the Invisible.
the Host. This it i opr i i oh “ sc oy o C rt ttfss g. for it is made to be worn. 9 to 15). that Peter received in a dream (Acts of the Apostles): X. nevertheless passes from the physiological plane to the psyche. the Eastern Rite. It is represented by the Eucharistic bread. as a transmuting sugar would. consists of the slow and progressive working out of the PREEXISTENT CHURCH. if we impregnate ourselves with it sufficiently and often enough during the course of our t r talecu t nm tu lt b lt. we absorb an occladm sc“hne. and Humanity saved from the Demiurge. become analogous to that of God. It is yet another anomaly in the practice of this Rite. ensure the porcelain sugar bowl would little by little become sugar in its turn.c in all the branches of Christianity71. consisting of communion in two kinds for all the faithful. nothing can oth “ et n or a es i m ” h bridge the Fire Principle separating the Created from the Uncreated… But a vestment must be used. so the Soul of Christ passes through us in the Wine… Now. the psychic substance and spiritual essence of Man will little by little. this CHURCH is the Mystic Body of Christ. broken glasses. And this is the role of the Eucharistic wine. A body needs a soul. or spirit.Jsa t h Be it myt bd” f hi. Agreed upon at a time of persecution in order to safeguard the Wine from involuntary sacrilege (slippage.n t a e i s e n sh m sc ol utsh e e i ” e bestial passions of consumed animals were passed along in the blood of the Israelites with those of impure animals. vegetable) as having been purified forever. there is no longer a reason for an absence of Wine in the Latin Rite. because the blood carries the passions that. i our organism like all regular nourishment.ol r s u sil y il ya b ya o t s cag” r si f d a e te te . at Sinai. and form the psyche into the nous. the Jews received the order only to consume exsanguinated meat. in fact. In his turn. fish. Withu t s V s et. Man became the transmuting athanor in which ransomed Creation must pass and be integrated in order to return to the Divine. er y er F rh “hne. dispersed by the Fall. closer to Judaism. c e the Mystery. etc). assimilated by e e r li . when placed in the bowl. the order henceforth to consider all foodstuffs. Now.e e n d y h V s n o Go ” i ps e e m r and the Fathers of the CHURCH spoke. 74 . or the reconstitution of the pleroma. i itt e e c tn t e i sa s r a With the Eucharist. such as the Darbists. through a second transubstantiation. still reject pork. philter of immortality u n yt cag” a t i which. From this cm sh spr s no t i e ii s gi t l d m ate …adalso of vegetarianism o e t upe i fh n r co aa sb o. is in error in our opinion. sh n roao n t Myt B d” f hi. T e r d sh “ sc oy o C rtad h Wi it “ yt su . in the Latin Rite.u F t r tell us. 71 Certain Protestant sects. wehatever they may be (animal. It is.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. en t n e so e td tn n o . t E ca so t f t u i ’t E ca so t pi t Il k oe fh to h uhrt fh ah ls th uhrt fh r s ta s n o t w elements of e i e if n e i e e. Vaughan © May 2005 Then. And it is because all Creation which fell with Adam (and the Choir of Preexistent Souls which constitute it) reascends with Christ. Elsewhere. To absorb it is to build our o nm sc oy r r et b t “ et et f l y of which the Palestinian Kabbalists w yt bd. * * * Reintegration. where the ordinary faithful communicate in one kind.
The first Christian liturgists knew what they were doing. the upright Crucifix (or Tau). which necessarily contains parcels containing the bones of saints. c antimension if mt G ek o ‘ sr h r frinstead of a table’ PV. Serious Occultists will understand if we declare that we consider the Host as an infinitely superior symbol to regular. Occultists do not ignore the role of beeswax either. We should not ignore the evocatory role of the flame issuing from a candle (or taper) previously lit on a tomb. that called the Jerusalem Mass or the St. right and left of the Crucifix. The w w xcnl . These relics place the whole in contact with the Celestial City.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. or the wax members utilized by spagyric doctors. winding-sheet. evoke the presence of the Angelic World. James Mass. also possesses a different occult value. These exemplars come to life because they are raised up on a miniature tomb.We r sek g“ pi i e hr fr o m n r i w r le f r a db t as n i a pai i r c l e . the skull used by the black magician. put the necromancer in psychic contact with the City Below. i ot h haMas ol b “ vain” placed to the to a ad swt u w i e h c s w u e in d .o hw ay ec e a ra i t y h e n n np” e ls e t b c e e pious and inspired forgers! Upon the Christian altar. the altar stone. It is called an antimension (counter-town72). on the night of All Saints! Martinez de Pascuallis used these candles. o e e – 75 . the first Christians constituted a sect apart from the 72 “ Contre-ville” I f t . the altar stone of the Latin Rite is replaced with a linen cloth. evokes and manifests the presence of the Savior. just as. All Central Europe acts upon this tradition with candles flickering on every tomb. and this precisely recalls the magical square of Saturn! This rite of using bones appeared very early on in the East. with the two great Archangels: Mikaël and Gabriel. This is immediately contemporaneous with the first known liturgy. like the majority of the other relics of the Ps o. lit upon Divine and Angelic Names. It is very probably this which allows us to preserve the shroud of Christ. as illustrated by Paracelsus. Both are folded into nine squares. Let us not forget that in antiquity there was a veritable traffic in these objects. from which comes our hypothesis about the carefully desired preservation of the relics of the Passion: nails. ordinary bread. dead in the flesh. sought after by all magicians and necromancers. containing identical relics in its center. etc. flanked by two lit black candles. celebrated exclusively by a Bishop. and one can add the masses said in Rome on the tombs of the catacombs. secretly sheltered by the Disciples desirous of maintaining contact with the Master. The corporal of the Catholic Rite is a deformation of this. This occult knowledge is used upon the Christian altar. In the East. in his theurgic Operations. conversely. The Pontifical Mass. na . that good and faithful register of radiation. Vaughan © May 2005 in using ordinary bread in place of the azymes of the Latin Rite. crown of thorns. Now. and erected upon a cloth coming from a funerary winding sheet. solar and lunar forms. This is why it is used in wax dagydes used by spellbinders.
it is usually just a lit candle in a cad sc p cdotd aypn cl l ot om c frh arcana in the modern-day nl tk l e u i n et u ra u ei a se a a y …s uh o t e Church. 74 Se . rsit f oe” r * * * But we are still talking about the level of the Mass as celebrated by a regular priest. then. There are specialist books on this subject. We will ignore who could have propagated this tale. who would he not have received them on his deathbed. A Bishop must obligatorily light a third wax candle (behind the upright Crucifix in the Gnostic liturgy. e R A bln Pa i l abl ”eid y ias a : cc a t l 76 . The use (and seeking) of relics from the Passion does not contradict logic. * * * People have sometimes spread the story that Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin died having refused the Sacraments. m e i “r taK ba h. at the home of his disciple and friend the Abbé de La Noue. thereby constituting a trigone of light with the Crucifix in the center. commenting upon its existence.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. In this way the theurgic tradition of all evocations is respected73). Vaughan © May 2005 Pharisees. However.h “ o m n no Si s.d e b Nc u. and by then the Essenes (their doctrines prove this). is invisibly present. S wt t st r f m . The Disciples certainly knew the Jewish tradition about the habal ha garbim o “p io bns.ht h hSaia d G aa o i h h d l e t C m ui f a t t w i t s s e ui h i i a e o n” a c nl t 74 called Iona. From this. with the Choir of Izchim of the Kabbalah . One knows that all fii s r ps l “ucs os m s ncs ryg bc t oeo t T e eA ots iao o aot i sces n” ut ees i o ak o n fh w l pse. refused to name it! T e it r oe o i srri i t f thth “ hr sh e r nt n upin n h a t t taboo of the cadaver” a nt e ef hg sg e c a e wso followed in the first Christian community. who has been a Martinist for many years. Why would the Unknown Philosopher have refused the sacraments from such a sincere source? In his book “ al uN t e h t du t t r s sa e ps s aypw r o e T b a a r ” e o sh pi t cr l os s n o e t r e ul l a es c y e s h than the sacraments of Penitence and the Eucharist. lt n oc i al e v l The reader may rest assured that. denied with vigor. from a priest such as the Abbé deLa Noue? * * * 73 The reader will remember that a triangle of evocation is always drawn at any operations intending to manifest a spirit – PV. Why would this surprise us? LouisClaude de Saint-Martin died at Valée-au-Loups. the Sadducees. near Aunay. Nowadays. which his last immediate disciples. for all of history. In this he therefore recognizes the validity of these two. the great Churches have carefully kept their own successions –and those of their rivals –up to date. notably Gence. the third wax candle ritualistically evokes t “r ec” fh A ot f m h pe ne o t pse r e s e l o whom the celebrating Bishop is necessarily and immutably descended. The Christian was so outside of the strict Jewish religion that Josephus.
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Regarding the reality of the Eucharistic mystery, we will also note the following fact. In former times, some Occultists, more black than white, were curious enough to go to specific Masses, on the great days of Christmas or Easter, in one of the large Parisian metropolitan churches. At the moment of Elevation, when the celebrant elevated the Host, then the Cup, they would go to the axis of the nave, at the far end, by the doors. At that precise instant they would expose a crystal ball, that classic instrument of clairvoyance and a powerful psychic condenser, which had previously been immersed in clear running water, to empty it of all previously accumulated radiation. Immediately afterwards they would cover it again in a square of black silk, a good isolator. Upon retuning home, they submitted the crystal ball to the psychic75 examination of proven seers or seeresses. Every time these seers saw the crystal ball glow red like a ruby. Every time the phenomenon faded little by little, and disappeared totally at the end of around ten to twelve hours. The seers never saw ordinary balls (presented to them as proof), which had not been exposed to the Holy Species, presenting this strange phenomenon. Who could still believe in front of such facts that the Christian Eucharist is just a m m r l F rh er dc r o t R fr ao,h “ presence”w s cr i f t e oi? o t a y ot s fh e m t n t real a e l o e o i e a a ea a . tn c 76 T e, i “ e ea i t n ”hl n,h i oat ass okt d et of the church hn wt f e xm n i h r ao e i t g r m s t h ic pg e n n e o e r ion into their own hands, weighing their majority against the reforming synods, and over time Protestantism lost the formidable secret which God had confided to Man. And it is here we find the true Philosophical Stone of Spiritual Alchemy: the Eucharist, in which Water, image of the Mercury of the Wise and of the CHURCH, is united in the Chalice, image of the crucible, with Wine, symbol of Sulfur of the Wise and CHRIST. Moreover, and from this union of the PHILOSOPHICAL SUN (the Wine) and the PHILOSOPHICAL MOON (the Water), of these newlyweds cldt “ Bridegroom” n t “ ae h Red l e ad h White Bride” according to the treatise e , by Ripley, joins together as the PHILOSOPHICAL EARTH (the Corn), symbol of the Salt of the Salt of the Wise77. It is the fusion of these three terms which then constitutes the Spiritual Chrysopage, by which Man is identified with GOD,s ed eo e G l it ha o t Ma a… a L a bcm s o nh er fh d e t e ts r Then, in the astral, this ruby red color, which is that of the Red Stone, the Perfect Stone, shines in the crystal ball amenable to Clairvoyants. * * *
T e od sd s m t nm qe – h w r ue i“ é go i ” PV/. a u “be xm n m y ae seic en g a ua a o – l r a e” a hv a pc im ai I m nw r f PV. i -e f n e 77 I h w r “ h Sret f eei , t ll d G aa ei t th ex o le a ee eie f m a n i ok T e e n o G ns ” Sa ia e ui dn sh t l i fi hs vr x t r s p s ns s t e a e ir f sd o material point of view. This is clearly a statement which is self-evident! Moreover, what use would it serve? To fix, once and for all, that which makes use of it into a definitive state, destroys in advance any possibility of evolution! This would be to forever enclose the Being in a prison from which there was no hope of getting out, having as jail companions memories, often sorrowful, and moral imperfections, horribly embarrassing.
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To end on this subject, we will give an extract from an apocryphal Gnostic writing entitled the Apocalypse of Adam. This work goes back to the first century. We read that according to the anonymous author, it was on the tomb of Adam that Melchizedek and Shem celebrated the first sacrifice of Bread of Wine. Here there is a foreshadowing of the antimension and present day relics. “ hnA a , e gc s t bd yda , a St h sn E och, the son of Seth, T e dm bi l e o oi et hd e , i o, n n o l h h s Caïnam, son of Enoch, and Malalahel, the sone of Caïnam, come to him, and he left them his testament, saying: “ e it vww i a yu os n t sn o yu sn m sosre Whn a H r sh o h h l o sn ad h os f oros ut be . e Im e e c l e v dead, you shall embalm my body with Myrrh, Frankincense and Cinnamon, and you will place it in a hidden Cavern. And he among my children who later finds himself alive when he must leave the neighborhood of Eden shall take with him my skin, and he shall place it in the central point of the Earth, for it is from this Mysterious Place that, in the future, when the Time has come, will come my salvation and the salvation of all my Posterity. “ n t S n o A a d a h hdldotot m A doe a t A gl fh A d h os f dm i s e a a u t h . n n dy h ne o t e d i e e e Eternal One descended near to Shem and Melchizedek, and appeared to them, having first frf d hiha s H t n a t Me h ee:T k t BedadWi t t hm hsn oti t r er. eh si o l i dk ‘aeh r n ie e t e d cz e a n h Se a i e a h hns adMe h ee t kt s t ns a t A gl a t dh t d.A dt y i ad…’ n s l i dk o h e h g, s h ne hd o i o o n h cz o e i e l m e remained by the Tomb of Adam until evening. And when night was come, there came a great brightness above the Body of our Common Father. And they sang, filled with joy. And when the sun appeared at dawn, the Voice of the Eternal One came to Melchizedek, and he heard Him say this: “ i u, l i dk adt e w l s nsadwt t m r s u adaa t Me Rs p Me h ee,n a te e t e,n i h a e p n lro . e cz k v o h e i t You will put the Bread and Wine, which Shem gave to you, upon it, then you will communicate t e e yuadh . Me h ee hs ndt this. And he prayed to God to accept the o t r o n i ” l i dk at e odo gh , m cz e offerings. Then the Spirit of God descended on the hosts of the sacrifice, and the mountain shone with a holy light. “ hn h A glsi ec t t o e “r s t Hm w o a c a d hs Cet e T e t ne a ah o h t r Pa eo i , h hs r t t e r u s e s d e h: i ee e ar wh h rnm d nado hmhv a o en eel poon Myt i …” i a a e Me,n tw o ae l be r a d rfud s r s c e s v e ee “ ithus that the Word of God appeared to Melchizedek and said to him: Here I have Is t made you a Priest. Shem and you have communed in the First Sacrifice that you offered. And as you employed twelve stones to erect this altar, so, when the Time will finally come, I shall take twelve Apostles to be the solid columns of the Earth. And as you offered Bread and Wine, so shall I offer My Flesh and My Blood. And I shall make of this place a holy place, where you have offered the first sacrifice, the same where is buried the Body of your Father: Adam... And Ihlgatr tl s g tt s w o hlcm hr sa r ge b s nso h e h sa o e e …” l n a ei o l e (Apocalypse of Adam, apocryphal Gnostic text) The reader will observe the very beautiful esotericism of this passage. According to the legend, Adam was buried where later Christ was put to death, and this butte, at the border of the
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walls of Jerusalem, were then called Golgotha,htst sy “kl i H be , i its t i o a, su ” n er g a l w ven shut… i oee l t From this comes the very symbolic image of a cross erected upon a human skull, from which, perhaps, a serpent escapes from the orbits. And those who know how to draw on a planisphere certain geodesics passing through Jerusalem, claim surprise at finding strange coincidences78… * * * To those who manifest any doubt about the imprescribable character of the Eucharistic rite for the Christian, we content ourselves with reclling the very words of Christ: “ you do not eat the body of the Son of Man, and if you do not drink his blood, you will If have no Life within you. He who eats My body and who drinks My blood, has Life Eternal. A dI i r s t m o t l t a… fr bd itrue nourishment, and My blood is true n wl a e h l i e n h a dy o My oy s e s refreshmen H w oetm B d adw odi s yBodl e i Me n Inh …As t e h a y o y n h r k m l i sn … s n o v ad i i m My Father who has sent Me lives, and as I live in My Father, likewise he who eats me shall also live through Me! He who eats this bread shall live forever!. . . ” (John: Gospel, VI, 54 to 5979) “ oh im m r o Me D t sn e oy f …” i (Luke: Gospel, XXII, 19) What can we say, other than that Christ perhaps reiterates the test of the Garden of Eden. By refused to bend ourselves to the mysterious rite of the Eucharist, which our feeble human intelligence can hardly understand and follow in the vertiginous developments it implies, we will, without doubt, reiterate the fatal and prideful error of primitive Adam-Eve. To the complete defense of arriving at a Knowledge of Good and Evil, through a spiritual manducation which was fatal to Original Man, we associate ourselves with a refusal to conform to the Knowledge of Salvation by an analogous manducation. Even better, we make it worse by reiterating it in the opposite manner80! Just as the wood of the symbolic Tree is for us the symbol of our spiritual death, so the wood of the symbolic Tree became the ignominious waistcoat of the Cross (into which it was
O eo t s w o i da i l l e: h ol ue ko frgoei ii dm scnt c d s n frh e h l e r n e i s t n s I nw o ‘eds ’sn o e,osut a o k w g yn e y c r e alternative habitats! – PV. 79 This bears only the loosest of connections with the verses Ambelain quotes – PV. 80 This obscure passage seems to revolve around a double negative. Ambelain seems to be saying that just as original sin came from chewing (manducation) an apple, so we now conform to salvation by chewing the Host. However, this is a little hard to follow, since Gnostic thought, which Ambelain followed, often posited the idea that A a w sm roe i E e b t D m ug ad sae t ‘ro’ f dn y e gnp e ( t rhn dm a i pi nd n dn yh e i e n ecpd h pi n o E e b bi i i d r h t s e r e s n sr ae a tempted) by the true and ever-living God to eat of the Tree, by which Adam-Eve regained the knowledge which had been denied them during their sojourn in Eden. In this interpretation the serpent was Heli, or the Christ, bringing Gnosis to man. The act of manducation in Eden, therefore would be seen as a positive act! – PV.
But then why. with Man as the stake…? * * * Let is recall here that the word CHURCH in these pages does not mean some human church. 80 . 81 If anyone knows this legend. and the word Pleroma explains it best. and becomes the symbol of our liberation. be it Catholic. lr h of immortality. l e lopse o m t hs asit lyto pie ”oe f et ad n i a pois f e pyi lp i at w “h t s. the translator would be most interested to hear it – PV. Protestant. would they not oppose themselves. Orthodox. just as Christ and his Adversary oppose one another.n o da n oe k l t a c ru i .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. etc. Vaughan © May 2005 shaped. according to the beautiful esoteric legend81). It refers to the collectivity of Preexistent Souls.
Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. from which the Universe has never been separated. I tell you. jungle. 21). In ancient Greek and word for word. This is it: “ Henceforth the earth will only produce thorns and brambles. Universe is on its deathbed. and of the Universe. copse. and all spiritual or material creatures. a a n hdw l t h a n f i t l e n ue o p n” w s d g. T egre o l h p cd i aspr r“l e. Vaughan © May 2005 VIII UNIVERSAL REINTEGRATION “ Nothing can rest in itself. a word signifying garden. Say not that the Universe is on its bed of sorrows. the Earth shall be cursed bcue f o…” eas o yu (Genesis: II. Final Summary ao B em . 7 and II. the entire Universe was degraded with Man its original guardian. and by extension. say: the Ma. 17 – 18) This phrase incontestably evokes the hyle of the gnostics. unless it r o s i t t trmw i icm … “ e i wt o h f jn h a o h hta e c Jcb oh e“ s r mManm . having desired to know Good and Evil. how 81 . hyle was used to designate wood. in fact. de Saint-Ma i “ rn Ministry of Man-Spirit” t: ) “ er hr a i m ne n t r lsc t Heart of Man. According to authentic Rosicrucian tradition. n e rb e whence the River of Lies and Death is daily introduced upon the Earth… Heart of Man.-C. the orient. It is your duty to perform the funeral rites. then one of the sins of beasts (his integration into the animal plane) (Genesis: II. then after his moral fall. In Genesis there is a phrase to which very little attention is paid in the ordinary Christian milieu. Primitively Adam was in Eden. This term was set against biblical Eden. which was designated the first matter of the Inferior World. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Source by purging it of all the substances of falsehood with which it has never ceased to impregnate itself since the Fall. light. in which all elements became weighty and materialized. a i a succeeded by a material. shadowy Universe. Just as he had worn a garment of leaves (his integration into the vegetable plane). you are the sole source from L a e n m es ad e i e er . this Source which is not God. so did Eden crystallize and f li o sao . unreclaimed land. and to wash away all the days ised n aie…” tpn i vn i ts (L. is the ultimate goal of true alchemy. Eden had become Hyle. it is up to you to reconcile it with this Pure Source from which it descends. but one of the eternal organs of His Power. At this point let us listen to Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin: “ n the evil is yet greater. Myt i eu gu ” We know that the reintegration of the entire Cosmos.
Then we reunite once more with the venerable knowledge which ad guided us in the preceding pages. confided to him the keys of universal regeneration. 85 Lt ay et dd r t (eoge a i ) PV. of Prince of this World. and which is limited to regeneration in the world of metals. Thus.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. harmonizing them and amalgamating them in order to lead them towards their ultimate perfection. intended to strangle the demonic action at the heart of the Cosmos. who must be strangled by Adam. de Saint-Ma i “ rn Man of Desire” t: ) The mysterious Masters who firstly set up Martinez de Pascuallis. this true master who this gives him firstly a gnosis. b) Conjurations.a llcv yn us v ! ee ma ae i t ee However. to impede their action on men. In this matrass84.-C. who must not be confused with the Demiurge. Alchemy reproduces the activity of the Universal Artisan.-C. de Satin-Martin. and to annihilate the Operations of Black Magic. ir l ‘ e e be h d l u hln – el xn a’ n ee 86 ‘ui èe – A r i ’ suggests both the coachman of a chariot (aurige) and gold (Au) – gr PV. Later. o m n n f a t r m n h ae h pr o e c a i a pt n” o n. a s excellence. they sent forth L. rgr – m It is the Prince of Darkness. then to follow. to break their power over the Operator and his disciples. then a faith. since it is the sole philosophy that teaches Man these experimental and probatory rudiments which will lead him towards absolute certainty. through this Operation of extended commitment85 which constitutes the chariot86 of the Great Work. ao e d o a ln l e r r may it be subdued to wander blindly in the dense night of its tenebrous Cave s r …” n (L. with the bringing together of disorganized and corrupt elements of the Kenome. But it is clear that it is useless to attack the problem of the reintegration of the Universe and its constituents. this Art leads its disciple to a position to be at first surprised. 82 . Vaughan © May 2005 many centuries will it take to root out this strange leaven82 which infects you? Listen to the tragic and harrowing efforts which mortals make to vomit forth this seed of death? Let us weep for the Heart of Man. which should be the obstacle to Darkness and Evil83 became the light of A o i t n n t gi o Err L t s ep s t t v f d a t sem br d and bm n i ad h u e f r … eu w e. boiler – PV. as we saw earlier. * * * The techniques of the Elus Cohen of Martinez de Pascuallis comprise three distinct elements: a) Exorcisms. by this experimental lesson. o e tr e a r e s tu r r 82 83 O ‘e ’ PV. we have already seen that all is harmonious in this ensemble. if one hs’s e d s irpr l at i ior l s antt r a i l . intended to establish contact with the Angelic World and with the C m ui o Si s f m a ogt lt t O e t sl t prcl “a os. and then reproduce all the mysterious processes by which the Divine Animator87 l d h “ a eo L v” And so it is the philosophical sovereign par e s i G m f oe. to obtain the cessation or limitation of certain plagues. his closest disciple. 84 Alembic. and confided to him the keys of individual regeneration. Satan. It is also this science. 87 The Creator Logos.o h E i i s l h t a s a e. which is a miniature Universe.
etc). an archaic word for the chorus leader in ancient Greek plays – PV.n ui t am r i . the First Adam. Through Exorcisms (the famous Equinox Operations). and are intended to channel and to amplify them.i avnr i . intended to obtain His Grace and Mercy. t en r i o. Vaughan © May 2005 and in the Angelic World Guardians and Guides. this Operation consists of combating and chastising votaries of black magic and sorcery. (Sephirah: Hod). and above all to chastise those fallen spirits which are their collaborators. beyond any political or material interest. Prayers are integrated into the preceding rituals of conjuration. (Sephirah: Malkuth).91 2nd) Ritual of Special General Forgiveness –Operations consisting of substituting himself for all terrestrial humanity.n “ . 88 89 T e od sd saeu’ this is a guess. propaganda. intended to allow access to more and more elevated Beings. or to those who indiscutably represent the morally superior right. c t Im aseg ndvt nrul ee t net s sc d i t nw r p u’ li i t ao h ai ao h90 Choragus. (Sephirah: Geburah). they continue to maintain and aggravate their bondage of all humanity. ias d i Pr. 6th) Ritual of Opposition against the Enemies of Divine Law –A theurgic Operation having as its objective a battle against human activities tending to spread atheism. Peau is skin – h w r ue i‘pax so PV. he lends the aid of his theurgy to the unjustly attacked party. Sephirah: Netzach). little by little the Cohen makes contact with higher and higher Hierarchies. m e i “ R A bln Martinism”ad Practical Kabbalah”Nc u eio. 5th) Ritual against War –Homicide being the greatest of crimes. As the successive Ordinations progress. collective homicide is evidently the gravest of all. and is thus a liturgy. ash cl89 l e t T eo ly fh “u ”nl e t t e o O e t n h t ato t s cl i u se y s f pr i : ti i t cd n p ao 1st) Ritual of Expiation – Man manifests his repentance.eo o. ‘u e is a complex word in French. satanism and luciferism under their equally human forms (books. 4th) Ritual of Prevarication and Conservation –Following on from the preceding Cult. (Sephirah: Tiphereth). Where this is impossible. sects.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. osi PV. with a view to Reintegration. in order to have them participate in the fruits of his individual Operation (Sephirah: Yesod). From this proceeds a asceticism and penitential ritual. and does not necessarily have the negative connotations of the English word C l’ t ‘ l. The Cohen battles against the Forces of Hate between Nations and tries to divert their activities. c) Prayers. l tn i 83 . 91 See . a s a: . as much for his own faults as for the Fall of the initial Prototype. to use an example used by Don Martinez himself. The first are the disembodied ones88. 3rd) Operational Ritual against Demons – The authors of the initial degradation at the beginning of Time. addressed to God and the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. the Cohen combats them and repels them from the terrestrial aura. revues. chorus leader90 of the choir of Preexistent Souls. The whole constitutes what Martinez de Pascuallis cl t “u ” .
etc92… It is the application of word of the apostle Paul: “ hr oeI xotit f lt t up ct n. all actions must be inserted into a framework having precisely this as its goal. through the power of Signs and Prodigi …” e s (Sephirah: Chokmah). the latter contain Rites which. i h t ait t b a th osc t n f i o: O od g e i h b i o e n e ao s v m e ly author of Reconciliation.n r s os adg i o T e fr ehrfs o a h splaos pa r i e es n. (Sephirah: Binah). for in its peace you wlhv pae i ae ec…” l (Jeremiah: XXIX. are rarely used. in words and deeds. due to the fault of civil powers or the negligence of religious authorities: blessing of works of art (dams. inundation. n i n f e r l a i i y s tc i vg thanks be made for all men. it was the responsibility of the aforementioned religious authorities to neutralize this malediction with the appropriate rites. On the second anniversary of the bursting of the dam was followed by a second catastrophe! 84 . From this arises the blessing of fruits of the earth. sadly. 9th) Ritual for the fixing of the divine Conciliating Spirit within oneself –This is the total reception of the Holy Spirit. i l f h t ge f i f et ot f a e o r e ” n illumination. with the privileges that it brings. does not relieve them of responsibility for this. the descento t “ nuso feo Pn cs . 10th) Ritual of the Annual Dedication of all Operations to the Creator –This section comprises the totality of consecrations. One might apply the words of the Roman Catholic Sacramentary a t cner i o ab hp “ L r. damage by water. But were these authorities in a position to understand that the soul of a suicide. e p i aAce y t i i t s pgs(Sephirah: Chesed). through which the Operator hopes to sanctify the whole of human actions capable of existing. When the mother of the keeper of the dam at Malpasset was thrown into the artificial lake created by the dam and cursed it. Besides. for kings and all who are in authority. monuments). 1-2) And the Old Alliance had already said: “ek h pae fh cy hr I ae asdyu o e a i a a cp v.. that we may lead a quiet and paeb le ecal i …” ef (Paul: 1st Timothy. drought. c From this succinct exposé one can see that the Operations of Martinezism (to employ the neologism created by Papus) are parallel to religious ceremonies since they have the same purposes.ost i far ets t ia r t itn a a. a ”t S it l l m s d dn h e ae. II. r e . 7) 92 The fact that civil authorities.n pa Se t ec o t i w e hv cue o t b cre w y at ead r e e t e rd i y to the Lord for it. exorcisms against earthquakes. ipso facto becomes a demon?. benedictions. By virtue of the very principle of Universal Reintegration. harvests. thrown into a vortex of hate and adding at the ultimate moment the power of their spoken word. religious or i tt y iscntu o o sc m n l e … n io re. Vaughan © May 2005 7th) Ritual to obtain the descent of the Divine Spirit –Operation with the objective of bringing about the infusion of the Holy Spirit and its gifts. never call upon religious authorities in such circumstances. h h ru h ue e 8th) Ritual to strengthen Faith and Perseverance in divine Spiritual Virtue – Operation with the objective of understanding the Divine Mysteries. domestic animals. linked to state neutrality. etc. This im r seicl t “ nr s oe pc i l h I e f ay e n Pt .. this comprehension permitting the Emulator to affirm his faith in an absolute and definitive manner. bridges.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.
ae 1 t 3. 93 Se . or the Book of Abramelin the Mage”pgs 1 o 5 Nc u eio. ias d i l tn 85 . a: . m e i “ e R A bln Sacred Magic. we see the true Rosicrucian path93.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Vaughan © May 2005 Here again.
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Gospel. h “ e Pt o t it i l n h e Unknown Philosopher only bears an external Quietist approach in its general appearance. We also add classical texts.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 87 . ” * * * 94 Quietism: a heretical form of religious mysticism founded by Miguel de Molinos. and an ally in Archbishop Fénelon. Vaughan © May 2005 IX THE TECHNIQUE OF PRAYER “ s. for sin was self. In this all Quietist94 dg a ost e a l d ly T e Inr a ” fh om cntu s b n ae. to obtain something specific. The study of ancient documents of early Martinism shows that Don Martinez de Pascuallis imposed this in a permanent manner upon his followers who had entered into the theurgic path. XI. with the aim of laboring on the interior Great Work. used by the same people. And if by chance some rationalist reads this and seems to be shocked that prayers are integrated into a text claiming to be initiatory. developed within the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and spread especially to France. esn.com – PV. a 17th-century Spanish priest. or quietism. Molinism. We must therefore pray to obtain. 9.n yu i r e e A kad o wl e i … l cv K okad t i b oee ut yu nc. and Madame Guyon maintained that she could not sin. Molinos and his doctrines were condemned by Pope Innocent XI in 1687 (from Encyclopedia. as the Evangelist says: (Luke: Gospel. and she had rid herself of self. where its most influential exponent was Madame Guyon . in its general exposition. the consequence of an infantile passion for the light of rao!. either from early Martinism (Martinezism) or from illuminated Orders of the same spiritual orientation of the 18th Century. 10-13) You will observe that this technique is preliminary and concomitant to all operative Martinism. . 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. Louis XIV's wife. and borrowed from prayers from the Latin Church. She preached her doctrines to members of the French aristocracy. such as the penitential Psalms and the Office of the Holy Spirit. We therefore here give texts coming from the true lineage. XI. winning a convert and friend in Madame de Maintenon. we leave the final word to the great psychoanalyst Jung: “ n nuoe a cue b t f tht aypol ws t r a b n t t i May erss r asd y h a t m n ep i o e i l d o h r e e c a e h m n i e own personal religious aspirations.n iwl e pnd n o…“ l o Luke. Molinos talked about an entire cessation of self-consciousness. is a very important subject. Precision in prayer. It is absolutely not Quietist in its practical applications.
the prayer rests his forehead on his crossed wrists with his hnsnft T i“ot e ad i is h ps r s. this symbol off death and perdition is replaced in the Cohen ritual by a living skull and living hands. and stand before the God of the Universe. Origen. s m n Act. such as the times of the primitive Church. fingers together. Vaughan © May 2005 How should we pray? The response is easy: as people prayed at those times that Man was still in close communion with the Divine Plane. to disengage the spirit from the earth. to express with the body an image of the disposition of the soul during prayer. one against the other. p. fingers stretched out.o rn e acai s te l Cohens of the High Grades of the Order prostrated during certain penitential orisons. II. in front of the symbol of Christ. nw a t “ odS ehr” ko n sh G o hpe . nl os ot “ot e”( fh dul tt e aa gu t h ps r asanas) of i e tu o e us certain types of Yoga: “ While the positions of the body are innumerable. s u” (very occult) recall the skulls of Black Magic posed upon the crossed tibias! But here. with the f e undt a sh E s h pae svnt e a a…” C. He had had Te a e a cross painted on the Eastern wall of this room. Mart. 88 . Here is the explanation o t s ob ai d. their tops at the level of the breath passing through the mouth. if we wish God to pardon us equally o t s bd h g w hv dn…” frh e a t ns e ae oe o i ( r e: D O a oe. to extend the soul with our hands. or Judaism which preceded it. There. Finally.. This is the Rosicrucian gesture par excellence. a t e o r t at e r d ee i s dy (fA s ai c r w d e . in t “ h Secret Instructions of the Réaux +Croix” D nMa i zd Psuls hows us that the e .Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 1748) All the Fathers of the Church. I t “ of Hipparchus and Philotheus” eed h : nh Acts e w r ts a i “ hr w sin the house of Hipparchus a room looked maintained with care. facing the East and in front of the image of the Cross.pn n cpe. so to speak. which show the “r e ” i hns x ne bfrt m oe ad updad ysa e t a s evn pa r wt ad et dd e eh . placed at the level of the shoulders. and assuredly the greatest of all. it is that where we stretch out our hands and raise our eyes toward Heaven which should be preferred over all others. shows us Christians praying on their knees or standing. Yet it is necessary. so becoming a symbol of life and salvation. having regard to their high esoteric value. In this case. attested to by the great leaders of Israel. from which they borrowed many things. on the other hand. hands flat.n ee r sdo r H ae. y m e : 125. So.If. And before so doing. one e d joins the hands together. X I O i n “ e rt n” X X) g i We can see this attitude in ancient Pythagorean or Christian frescos. they should be flat together. we should set aside all resentment of offenses which we believe we have received. A fr r i o oe kest s or a so h psi o t forearms crossed upon so pa n n n’ ne. and raise the spirit towards God with our eyes. Some early authors even mention prostration. ys h e o e i w d Praying o oe kes lasm oe a eu e ethth pr n r i hm lt n n’ ne a y i pss r i m n t t e o pa n u ia s s w qr a e s yg ie himself before God because of his faults. icr le tt oio fhe yg s h et e tn the breast.
one may work spiritually in a regular fashion of the nine Virtues: four Cardinal. Each of them will be in this case dynamized for twelve novenas. During the seasons of Autumn and winter one may work the same way.Wecuslh r droc sl r dpgs 5t 4 o “ h G l n one t e e t l e e ae 3 o 9 f T e o e e a o y a d Dragon95” “ is n O clA pc i t sa h o Tesr ) ( t ad cu set n h er fr r ue . and closely allied to the keys of Gnosis. making 36 in total. that is to say at the new moon in the sign of Aries. with a cordelier and sandals. The alb is neither a nightgown nor a dressing gown… A) The Time of the Work Just as ancient Israel historically left Egypt (symbol of the World of Matter) at Easter. complementary to our discussion here. and the first Sunday which follows this phenomenon.There he will find a number Re t s e c a ” of indicators pertinent of spiritual alchemy. and each of them this year will be activated eighteen times. During the months of Summer (months of Cancer. Leo and Virgo) similarly. in order to break the rhythm and split up these novenas. Finally. We attach a particular importance to the period which. we give the complete keys of relationships between certain saints. for we now leave the domain of the Inner Path in order to enter that of Theurgy 95 “e rgn ’ r. Each novena is separated from its successor by a free day. One may also dedicate an entire year to the obtaining of the four Cardinal virtues. Ambelain . two Sublime. during the nine decans of Spring (the months of Aries. one works on the two Sublime virtues. or 36 novenas. runs from November 28 till December 3rd. Taurus and Gemini). th In another work freely accessible to the general public. R. readers anxious to operate in the most possible occult manner will dress in a white linen alb. so begins the Work at this annual moment when the crescent moon is visible. symbolically linked to Alchemy. The following year. in the following year. one will work to develop the Theological virtues. with no specific activity. three Theological. Each of the four seasons are therefore composed of nine. These therefore equate with the real passage of time in a decan of ancient Astrology. which comprises 36 decans. L D ao dO ” by 89 . Finally. So. and in this instance they will each comprise nine novenas in total during the year.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. The annual course of the sun spreads across a Zodiac of 360 degrees. which number three. each year. for their spiritual activities. These effects should evidently be used for spiritual work and nothing else.PV. Vaughan © May 2005 These details will surprise rationalist reader: those familiar with oriental techniques and the versions of yoga will easily understand the depth and significance of this.
in peace. in all my needs. t R de eS nad h C ne i S it h eem r o. I conjure thee. and in i ye … h n f snty A e…. and may Thy Holy Will be done. A e… mn “ Pt n. to come and help my soul all times that it may be in danger of succumbing to Evil. O Me i l od r f L r… cu “ ere unto me. Help me. e spirits removed from the bonds of Matter. aid me. like the submission of those Spirits I shall invoke in this Operation. Am n A e…” e. my enemies. to obtain the protection and n g assistance of the Patrons whom I have just invoked. sighs and meditation. act m n i. His favor. my Guardian. Vaughan © May 2005 and the most occult Liturgy. * * * B) The Prayers Prayer to put oneself in the presence of GOD and His angels96 “ Ineffable and Eternal God. instruction and understandi … Help me O my Guardian. by the Name of the God of Mercy. O Pure Spirit.n t osr n p i e e v g r… “ Obtain for me and for all my Brothers the favor of the Divinity. I conjure you to contribute to my eternal salvation and by your protection in the Father of Mercy. my family. Holy Father of all things. I conjure you by these same Holy Names which ye formerly invoked with such fervor. fervor and sincerity necessary for the sentiments which I want to express to Thee. confidence and success. m n * * * 96 From Martinez de Pascuallis.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. O Ineffable Father. as well as for all those who owe Thee their life. 90 . ye who rejoice henceforth in My a osy r the fruit of thy virtues and whose names I have the good fortune to bear. all Thy creatures. We will reply to him. His clemency. O listen to the prayer of Thy Servant prostrate before Thee…Grant me the contemplation. Thou who sees and embraces all. every time that it may be called by desire. charged by the Eternal One to watch over me for Ad the complete reconciliation of my spiritual being. “ n thou. the quick and the dead. in joy. If there is one who knows “ o t return to the East in the West” hw o . let him write to us and we will tell him the why and the how of this return. every time it may hunger and thirst for counsel. Be propitious unto me. in my nakedness. in my poverty. let me live and die like you. Amen. as well as to all those for whom I am come to supplicate: for my Brothers. which now repays you for the battles ye had to fight in this sojourn in which I still f dm sl T rough your salutary said. O my God! Grant me the gift to pray to Thee with efficiency! Here Ha n k am I abandoning myself to Thy Holy Care! Have pity on me. my friends.
The Roman Catholic Bible numbering differs form Protestant and Jewish numbering. Though I walk in the midst of trouble. I know my wretchedness. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me. s Lbr adMot s. 6. Who forgets iniquities. and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. in Whose presence none are found innocent. Yea. 5.97 “ od G do Me y Ptn G d Mot ei . they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. O LORD. O Lord of Lords. that I may be worthy to commune with Thy Holy Angels and this Thy Divine Wisdom: and so give me the power which Thou hast acre t a T y rpe oea E iS it A e. 8. and fortify it so that may be strong and that it might understand the mystery of Thy grace and the treasures of Thy Divine Wisdom. as in former times Thou sanctified Thy prophets.98 PSALM 138 “ oferi D mn i t a od m o C n t t i o i n o cre e…” io b e t “ I will praise thee (O Lord99) with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise 1. 2. The Book of Abramelin the Mage. m n A e. nor even to implore and beg for Thy kindness and mercy for the least favor. endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Though the LORD be high. Wash my soul of all filth of sin. s B n n Mot i a n c i g el s Wi Wh e grants Thy grace in a thousand ways. 7. Vaughan © May 2005 Prayer to obtain victory over Evil Spirits from God. I will worship toward thy holy temple. unto thee. Sanctify me with the holy oil of Thy Sanctification. have pity upon me and take away all iniquity and malice from me. yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. who visits the sins of the father upon the children unto the third and fourth generations. 99 Psalm 137 is Psalm 138 in the King James Bible. when they hear the words of thy mouth. T e od “ L r” r ntn h o h w rs O od a o it riginal – will use the KJV numbering and wording for e e I all Psalms here – PV. For this. and thy right hand shall save me. 4. and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. renew my spirit within me.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Nevertheless. l s l l rs ” * * * Prayer to obtain communication with the Holy Angels.” * * * 97 98 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. O LORD. o f r . aet o. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee. sins and the transgressions of men. Purify in me with this oil all that is a part of me. O Lord. thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies. and I know that I am not worthy to appear before Thy Divine Majesty. o L r. m n coddo l h poht vrl v p i. the wellspring of Thy kindness is so great that it calls unto itself all those who are ashamed of their sins and invite them to receive Thy forgiveness. 91 . 3.
15. 92 . LORD. in him will I trust. There shall no evil befall thee. I will say of the LORD. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness. He shall cover thee with his feathers. O LORD. A thousand shall fall at thy side. nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of 1 He the Almighty. 2. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. He is my refuge and my fortress: my God. For he shall give his angels charge over thee. for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. 7. for I am weak: O LORD. Vaughan © May 2005 Prayer before commanding Evil Spirits and to make them depart. all the night make I my bed to swim. I water my couch with my tears. 13. nor for the arrow that flieth by day. 14. and shew him my salvation. how long? 4. 3. Because he hath set his love upon me. heal me. it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 9. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6. and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble. and from the noisome pestilence. and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 8. The LORD hath heard my supplication. 4. With long life will I satisfy him. because he hath known my name. O LORD. rebuke me not in thine anger. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high. even the most High. 2. 8.101 PSALM 6 To obtain the virtue of Justice “. Because thou hast made the LORD. Depart from me. which is my refuge. 12. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. 16. O LORD. the LORD will 100 101 The Book of Abramelin the Mage. 3. but it shall not come nigh thee. 7.” * * * Penitential Psalms. all ye workers of iniquity. thy habitation.100 PSALM 91 “ u hb a i aj oia i ii Q i ai tn d t s ls m…” t u r ts “. 6. 9. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. 5. Mine eye is consumed because of grief. deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. 1O Have mercy upon me. I am weary with my groaning. 10. for my bones are vexed. I will deliver him. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou. to keep thee in all thy ways. and honour him. neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 5. lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. They shall bear thee up in their hands. and ten thousand at thy right hand. 11. Return. He shall call upon me. From the rituals of Don Martinez de Pascuallis.
or as the mule. I will be sorry for my sin. 7. 8. 7. 4. I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD. 6. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 13. 3. I go mourning all the day long. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger. Selah. 6. When I kept silence. Selah. Blessed is 1 the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity. all ye that are upright in heart (be glorified102). They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things. 11. 8. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. But 102 These two words not in the KJV – PV. I acknowledged my sin unto thee. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. b t t e se . 19. Lord. For I will declare mine iniquity. neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Selah. Be glad in the LORD. and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Thou art my hiding place. thou shalt preserve me from trouble. I said. as a deaf man. and in whose spirit there is no guile. For I said. heard not. and my sorrow is continually before me. I am troubled. 9. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD. ye righteous: and shout for joy. For I am ready to halt. Thus I was as a man that heareth not. 11. O Lord my God. 14. and thy hand presseth me sore. O LORD. But I. 3. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. they magnify themselves against me. 4. 15. do I hope: thou wilt hear. Be ye not as the horse. my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.” PSALM 38 To obtain the virtue of Temperance “. lest they come near unto thee. and mine iniquity have I not hid. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. and my kinsmen stand afar off. it also is gone from me. and in whose mouth are no reproofs. whose sin is covered. thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. 18. my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes. 2. Hear me. mercy shall compass him about. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. For in thee. 16. 10.” PSALM 32 To obtain the virtue of Faith “. I am bowed down greatly. For thine arrows stick fast in me. and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore. My heart panteth. all my desire is before thee. and rejoice. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven. lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth. which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle. 5. 10.eue e o i ty r h ni e cat m i ty o d p aue 2 1 O D r k m ntn h w a : ehr hs n e n h ht i l sr . 93 . Vaughan © May 2005 receive my prayer. 5. 17. 10. and my groaning is not hid from thee. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. and imagine deceits all the day long.O L R . 9. 12.
5. thee only. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries. and renew a right spirit within me. 6. Hide thy face from my sins. because I follow the thing that good is. and I shall be clean: wash me. and uphold me with thy free spirit. and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways. “ PSALM 102 To obtain the virtue of Charity “. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart. have I sinned. thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. O Lord. Create in me a clean heart.” PSALM 51 To obtain the virtue of Strength “. and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 8. and my bones are burned as an hearth. 13. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity. 7. 21. 14. 11. Mine enemies reproach me all the day. I watch. Vaughan © May 2005 mine enemies are lively. and be clear when thou judgest. and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. Forsake me not. 3. 16. 20. and blot out all mine iniquities. thou wilt not despise. and take not thy holy spirit from me. 4. For thou desirest not sacrifice. incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. Behold. and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 12. G d acri t t l i k desacri ut t 1 ae e y pn eO o. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness. so that I forget to eat my bread. 8. be not far from me. 5. O Lord my salvation. 7. open thou my lips. 4. 22. For 103 I t bo A bln ssh w r “ii s i t d f bullocks. 3. Either way I have preserved t oi nlr s t n fh Pa s h h a cr i w s aqaysn n – h r i t nli o t sl w i I m e a a Psul ’i et e g a a ao e m c tn l t ion PV. 2. Cast me not away from thy presence. thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. O God. 10. and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest. My heart is smitten. Against thee. O God. 19. I was shapen in iniquity. Purge me with hyssop. For my days are consumed like smoke. 18. 2. 15. and cleanse me from my sin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 9. 17. O LORD. that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness. 9. Behold. 94 . By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. I do not know if this is the French version or nh ok m e i ue t ok v t ”n e o e a e cm sa whether the author is either deliberately altering words or simply has a faulty memory. and in sin did my mother conceive me. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble. 1 Hear my prayer. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.H v m r uo m . and withered like grass.cod g o h o n i ns cod g n h c n y vgn : n o e multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. O God. with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks103 upon thine altar. Make haste to help me. and I shall be whiter than snow.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. 6. and let my cry come unto thee. O LORD: O my God. Make me to hear joy and gladness. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
he shall appear in his glory. 6. 18. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 25. and their seed shall be established before thee. 23. To declare the name of the LORD in Zion. He will regard the prayer of the destitute. I remember the days of old. 2. as a vesture shalt thou change them. When the LORD shall build up Zion.” PSALM 130 To obtain the virtue of Hope “. 24. 14. 13. 3. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul. I wait for the LORD. I muse on the work of thy hands. 20. and cast me down. and I am withered like grass. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD. 6. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me. Hear 95 . and not despise their prayer. 8. If thou. who shall stand? 4. and in his word do I hope. 5. Thou shalt arise. I meditate on all thy works. The children of thy servants shall continue. is come. and thy remembrance unto all generations. hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. more than they that watch for the morning. 22. 17. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” PSALM 143 To obtain the virtue of Prudence “.H my prayer. 7. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary. and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her. and favour the dust thereof. But there is forgiveness with thee. my heart within me is desolate. 2. and in thy righteousness. He weakened my strength in the way. 7. as those that have been long dead. from heaven did the LORD behold the earth. O LORD. and the kingdoms. But thou art the same. O my God. My days are like a shadow that declineth. 15. LORD. and they shall be changed: 27. shouldest mark iniquities. my soul doth wait. O LORD. 4. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say. 11. to serve the LORD. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 16. 5. I said. give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer 1 ear me. yea. he hath made me to dwell in darkness. They shall perish. 3. shalt endure for ever. and thy years shall have no end. When the people are gathered together. 28. Vaughan © May 2005 I have eaten ashes like bread. O LORD. take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. 10. 1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee. the set time. Lord. that thou mayest be feared. and with him is plenteous redemption. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy. 21. and his praise in Jerusalem.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and mingled my drink with weeping. but thou shalt endure: yea. But thou. to loose those that are appointed to death. 12. 26. To hear the groaning of the prisoner. all of them shall wax old like a garment. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee. as a thirsty land. he shortened my days. Selah. 19. he hath smitten my life down to the ground. O Lord.
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies. secundum magnam misericordiam tuam…” Linked to . Begin the novena on Easter Sunday. Psalm 129 (130) – De profundis clamavi ad te. 104 105 Or Science – PV. exaudi orationem meam…” T i i l kdt t v t o . Angel: Mikhaël. Perfume: pure Frankincense. lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. the virtue of Strength and the gift of Courage. Psalm 50 (51) –“ Miserere mei. Psalm 18 (19) – Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei. for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk. ne in furore tuo arguas me…” Linked to the virtue of Temperance . Begin the novena on the Sunday of Pentecost. lead me into the land of uprightness. the virtue of Charity and the gift of Wisdom. 10. exaudi orationem mean. Psalm 31 (32) –“ Beati quorum remissae sunt iniquitates…” Linked to the virtue of Faith and . Deus. Angel: Raphaël. et opera…” Linked to the virtue of Wisdom. 8. Vaughan © May 2005 me speedily. Perfume: pure Frankincense. Psalm 142 (143) –“ Domine. Deliver me. 96 . virtue of Understanding. Angel: Binaël. for I lift up my soul unto thee. and the gift of Fear. and the number given in Protestant and Jewish Bibles in parentheses. We “ . Angel: Barachiel. Psalm 26 (25)105 –“ Judica me. Quicken me. found in Latin or Protestant bibles. Crainte Psalm 6 (6) –“ Domine. for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. Angel: Sealtiel. It is linked to the virtue of Justice and the gift of Piety. would add the reading of verses 1 to 12 of Chapter IX of the Book of Wisdom. h s preceding one. found in Latin or Protestant bibles. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning. From the Latin verset quoted this should be Psalm 26 in the KJV – PV. Psalm 101 (102) – Domine. ne in furore tuo arguas me …” T i psalm begins the same as the . for thou art my God: thy spirit is good. O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me. Domine …” Linked to the virtue of Hope and “ . Teach me to do thy will. Domine. Angel: Chokmaël. O LORD. the gift of Knowledge104. We use the psalm number given in the Latin Bible (Catholic) first. h s i e o h iu f s n e re Prudence and the gift of Counsel. We would add the reading of verses 19 to 23 from Chapter II of the Book of Daniel. quoniam ego in innocentia mea…” Linked to the . et clamor meus ad te veniat…” Linked to “ . Psalm 37 (38) –“ Domine. the gift of Understanding. Angel: Uriel. 9.” * * * The Penitential Psalms have particular virtues which we indicate below. Angel: Yehudiël. 11. 12.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Angel: Gabriel. O LORD. and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
recently translated in the 18th cn r udrh f l i s a e f K blh o Pa s. apart from the ninth word where I have followed A blnsed n sbtu d Dsi e”o “ e”fr l i – m e i l ad ust e “ i p s fr t y. or at least names of Elemental and Cosmic Spirits. it is the same story. as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. in our trials our relief. Cretans and Arabs –in our own 108 languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power” …L r. conduct them to the door of salvation.o c ry PV. each of us.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. Acts of the Apostles. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. O Fortunate Light. Come Light of Hearts! Thou art the perfect Consoler. Amen. Purify in us that which is soiled. in our tears our consolation. and let a ray of Thy Light descend from the heights of heaven! Come.. and visitors from Rome. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind. Medes. Father of the poor. they asked. 108 Taken from the King James Version. Pontus and Asia. The so-called Angelic names featured are all demonic terms. As for the seals which accompany them. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * The reader should understand that the Grimoires of practical magic. the Disciples were all together in one place. and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.r n m r t n ai l et y ne t aa o nm o “ aaa106 f sl ”a o oeh m g a u e lc u l m e a c Grimoires and nothing more. most certainly in its methods and its auxiliaries! * * * Office of the Holy Spirit107 Epistle “ When the day of Pentecost had come. and residents of Mesopotamia.n T y hl e w h a o t a h l l ee tn e c e t Prayers “ o eH l S it n flh ha s f h f t u ad et m o fe i T yoe C m . Holy Spirit. Amazed and astonished. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered. appeared among them. often enough equivalent to black magic. set us right when we stray. Elamites. heal that which is sick. it sn a e ol l t nle s The i sn d s a a =V Imposed upon the Réaux + Croix by Martinez de Pascuallis. penetrate and fill the hearts of Thy faithful. 106 107 Cabale – nh i t c cu a o r s ta “ Cabal of Psalms” P . implying an implicit pact with the inferior entities who originally revealed them. and let them rejoice in eternal happiness. o p i ad i t er o T y ah ln sth n i wt h l ! y r. l e t if e r h v Come. Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene.edT yS it and od sn h p i r. as of fire. Phrygia and Pamphylia. in Are our own native language? Parthians. the beneficent Host of the Soul and its most gentle refreshment! In our labors Thou art our rest. Come Source of Mercy. “ not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear. and these are no more than superstitious figures. Grant Thy sacred gifts to Thy faithful who put their trust in Thee. because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Divided tongues. both Jews and proselytes. a sa b c a dad h sa r e t f e fh E r … l hl e r t . Give them the merit of the virtues. water that which is arid. if not in its goals. a’ a it cl h at 97 . Without the aid of Thy mercy nothing in man is innocent. Judea and Cappadocia. Relax our stiffness of heart. enflame our lukewarmness. and a tongue rested on each of them. Using these formulas would be to return to inferior magic.
u h l f. ……. which illuminates my path towards Heaven and prevents Gv eh e e me from straying.Ioj e het fl es f h g t fr hv ne o a ad orot pn eN h . under Thy guidance. which gives my heart a filial inclination towards God and Gv e h e e because of this makes His service easy and agreeable. and in my pains. which recognizes without difficulty its lack of light and its ignorance. All good things have come to me through her. Faith and humility attract the Spirit of Understanding to my soul. like the imprudent traveler who sets out without a guide on an unknown and dangerous road. she has ever been my consolatio ad yo. not only according to the judgment which the world accords it. e and to the Holy Spirit. r v e h. O od w o e s a pu fr uo m . faith which reasons not and submits while understanding not. Thou art our Consoler. and make me recognize the true worth of things which Gv e h e e pass by. “ l y oeeb t G d h Ft rad o h S nresurrected from among the dead. weak when I should obey sooner than my will permits. S itfh Ft rn o t S nb fr et oj tf u f t ” huO p io t a ead fh o.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. and in my trials. the Perfect Object o t Ft r po i . teach us to know the Son. Vaughan © May 2005 “ o e Cet S itadv it su o t s w oea T i . “ i m t Spirit of Piety. the Gift of the Most High God. 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. and accord us a lasting peace. and. and finally to conquer me when the holy law of God wills it. which teaches me that knowledge of salvation is the Gv e h e e only necessary science. may we avoid all that is harmful to our Reconciliation. but according to Thy j g etm G d L t e a wt Kn S l o:Fo my ot Ioe wso ad hs u m n y o. “ i m t Spirit of Counsel. “ L r. Teach us to know the Father. work when I do not want to. Go fr r eo o t a e n t t o. e u ns o T y is o I ae ed fl n I . r o p i n ith ol fh e hs r h e ad i t er a r r. nn m j ’ y “ i m t Spirit of Understanding. Keep far from us the spirit of temptation. 98 . the one that no human knowledge can dispense. h g o yu l d i m n coe h v d it as the companion for my life. and T o. the fountain of life. s e s o e n l e t which Thou hast created with Thy celestial Grace. Thou art the finger of God. O Spirit of Light and Love. which enlightens me in the knowledge of the Gv e h e e eternal truths. the spiritual unction of our souls. as soon as God has spoken.T yp csHs r uo ori .L th e r o T yLight in fh a e s rm s h l et iWod pn u l s e si a a f h e h’ e a p n y our hearts and at each moment fortify our infirm and failing flesh. “ i m t Spirit of Wisdom. Amen. and humility. cn rT e. n flh ha s C m . which will no longer leave me enfeebled before the Gv e h e e easiest task. It is Thou who sheds upon us the Thy sevenfold Gifts. em sy i i o m n ‘rm d .eoe rh b co orah r e h e v e e i. h r d all hearts. l cannot choose among them. the sacred fire of charity. “ i m t Spirit of Knowledge. and who knows all sadness. “ i m t Spirit of Strength.
and that. and may these Living Stones which are Thy workmen. let us Thy servants live united by the indissoluble bond of Charity. my soul calls to you O wtcni ne n oeso o wt L v. then. causes Gv eh e e me carefully to avoid all which could displease God our Father. and it dento o os’fl wthat the profane.oe e it U i r b t svn r t r agl or gvr dnh n e e yh ee ge A c ne . Thou who hast chosen this Temple so that Thy Holy Name may there be invoked.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. are unable to understand it. Supreme Architect of the Wol b fr e uid o ah t r yh cm no L v. “ Divine Spirits from whom I have learned to know excellence. Vaughan © May 2005 “ i m t Spirit of Fear. let it also remain a place of work and supplication for Thy people. e a a l e neT y ur i a o m n u d g A e. being received into the one e p . 2. It should invariably occur at the same time. The Novena should invariably begin on Sunday (Sun) and end on a Monday (Moon). and Who has reunited these two groups under the one. without wavering: 1.-B. T m l w m y l i udr h ga n cm o B i i . Deign. d v t h e ” * * * Novena to obtain a Virtue The Novena is an undeniable theurgic operation. m n e lv d ln ” At the Closing: “oe i Mat o t U i r . One should therefore observe the following rules. mixed with respect and love. O Lord. l even if well intentioned. in view of the pious homage which we render unto Thee at this time and in this place. angular stone – pierre aglr – “ nu i ” PV. ” n e vs e a h s 109 110 Composed by J. Thou who used Thy Son as a Cornerstone110 to reunite Al o e u ad t nl f r the Jews and Gentiles. Lit. ohas no need of anything. O Lord. h d h ” * * * Prayers for the Opening and Closing of the Work for Groups109 At the Opening: “ lP w r l n Ee a God. so as no t bek h ca o t “l e r to r t hi fh p nt y a e n e a a hus.eoe r n e t ec o eb t e etf oe A e. rising as two walls upon two opposing foundations. m n i of ec ad pn t yu i oe A e. for that is not the case. m n r . unique Shepherd. Thou hast been S vr g e n s r f h n e e Wh e e vs pleased to take possession of Thy Temple among us and within us. Willermoz. ever to preserve this Dwelling-place in peace and harmony. the fear of a son which. and never allow the division of spirit or the perversion of hearts separate those who form but one family under the authority of the one Father. ae 99 .
They should all be previously pulverized. 100 . or sacred Egyptian cubit. from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. These are as follows.). or. for each day: from midnight to 1:00am. generally used correspondences: Produce. Gift of Understanding Storax and Frankincense Sandalwood and Frankincense Benzoin and Frankincense Frankincense and Mastic Benzoin and Sandalwood Myrrh Frankincense These resins are mixed in equal parts where a combination of two products is called for. etc. from 7:00am to 8:00am. Gift of Piety Charity Gift of Wisdom Hope. These are posed in an equilateral triangle with the candle placed at the top of the triangle: Candle Incense Water Here are the The corresponding incense varies with the objective of the Novena. The following objects are required: a square white linen cloth. or. Now we give the general prayer for all Novenas which have the obtaining of an essential Virtue as an objective. Gift of Counsel Temperance. Monday – hour of the moon.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. a candlestick with a white wax candle (Fire). Gift of Knowledge Faith. Gift of Fear Justice. Vaughan © May 2005 3. on which will be consumed the correspondent aromatic incense (Air). a censer containing hot coals. The hours when one will operate shall be those of the same planetary tonality as the planetary day itself (Sunday – hour of the sun). 111 Dimensions of a pyramidal. a crystal glass in which one places salt (Earth) and water (Water) which have previously been blessed (water ordinarily blessed makes an acceptable alternative). from 2:00pm to 3:00pm or. 4. around 635mm square111.
To be safe I have simply used the usual m ai “ n . a e. “ Rejoice in the Lord. 9. Our “ Who hath made Heaven and Earth. The same came for a witness. In him was life. 10. 4. O “ let my cry come unto Thee. the charcoal in the Censor. which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. n hl e i l h o e ” . 1 to 9). but was sent to bear witness of that Light. In The same was in the beginning with God. The traditional French word for “ e od in St. deign that the Lord accept this Incense in its soft odor o s et s fw e es n …” The Operator throws incense113 into the Censer three times. That was the true Light.eas ‘a e se n e n nt fr a b. and the Word was God. He was not that Light. h cue to rb m . on S. - 112 This section by Ambelain is extraordinary. And the light shineth in darkness. hm w i oewt cni nefr S. And “ us pray. tPt ad tA de w o e n k i of ec o e w v h d sit ll m nt npa fr eN p i aiu i i . by emphasizing the female definite article he makes the early verse of St. nr . 6. and I am not sure how to translate it. tJm s S. and the Word was with God. whose name was John. and the world was made by him. o ea p . He then says: “ help is in the Name of the Lord. 3. He was in the world. The “ with Thy spirit. I can only refer those who wish to better understand what Ambelain is saying to read the original French – PV.112 “ Praise to Thee. 8. he adds: “ Lord be with you.r o m . ye who have a right heart. who stands on the Let right hand of the Altar of Incense. p h ly . and the world knew him not. Vaughan © May 2005 * * * The Altar is oriented to the East. 2. ……. that all men through him might believe. e ssh or tn ne hn h od i es”s sd e e c e n 101 . And “ reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John (I. to bear witness of the Light. e r n S. O Christ. eod . hear my prayer.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. it . c i y o’ m i masculine. There was a man sent from God. “ Lord. 113 H ue t cr ci es w e t w r “ cne iue. 5. John read as though the Word created t w r ad o G d F r xm l “ otcoe ottf t a El d et t nle a “lt ns h ol n nt o. All things were made by him. and the darkness comprehended it not.ad e m wta t pw r ru l ao y . 7.prl ia t w r” h s l e ” H r e ss l a e T i assw pol s Frl “a e s e b e a o” s e sy o” d f etes o ‘ od t n vre w i im r at e Scnl bcue prl if i n ad o ie nsne fw r’h ‘e ’ h hs oe cv. He continues: “tJh. and exult O ye just ones. and the life was the light of men.T u hss né a pr l…” i cyr s t s a h g e d e e é i e r l a as li were made by Her” en g la Parole” He is obviously making a point. A “ the beginning was the Word. first verses of the KJV. with its flame. The Operator lights the novena candle and. John i“ vre. e h ue “ prl . By the intercession of the Fortunate Archangel Michael. “ may you also be glorified. and without him was not any thing made that was made.” And If the Operator is a priest.
T eoel kdwt t Vr eoewse t aqi . Vaughan © May 2005 The Operator repeats this three times. “ ods r ead a Ma . Each novena treats of one of them). theological virtues. He continues with: “ fc o t H l S it O f e fh o p i.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A.nt ii m t l Pa m (h n i e i h iu n i s o cu e i h rm u b n h e t h r e ae order: cardinal virtues. L r’Pa rn H i r ” y l y - 102 . sublimated virtues. i e y r” “sl ….
and which Robert Fludd defined so well in a lapidary manner: “ hn w e t temple shall have been consecrated. We will limit ourselves to recalling this text by Willermoz. and Man shall recover his primitive estate…” * * * 114 “ nt s nnw ” PV. Vaughan © May 2005 X POSTFACE Weset t h t hi e( rsc i i. a text written for the Profès of the Order of the Cité Sainte: “ ia .eIcnu . I tt human science will be useless to you when it is your time to die! But how n ie difficult this passage becomes to he who has not been instructed by Faith! Then you will be no happier or unhappier for having known or ignored the infinity of questions debated in schools. os’ a i c q o ) i g a tn h interest amateurs seeking strong sensations. 78. the impure metal shall be transmuted into fine gold. iU ko n – h 103 . and the unique path to Regeneration and Salvation…” D c r l iC r li h lt pm h t n td“ ot Ae s a e n i il a pl etl Prayer”r hi osraos ae o x r . or the curious keen for flashy metaphysical manifestations. some among us will realize that hope for which our venerated masters. Sadly.a e m n bv h et s t w i s h r h uh e d y y. and towards its superior and eternal objectives. fought throughout their lives. it is not for them that this was written with detail and precision. They carry peace wherever they go. But Faith which produces Charity and Good Works. l sh : i n i ut h ’ es a “r e ise sr ss e aoet m n l tue h hi t i t og hr i Pa r t em . and peace radiates from them.Spiritual Alchemy – Translated Piers A. will be the more advanced! It will serve them nothing to have been a philosopher or a mathematician. Don Martinez de Pascualis. hn h e alive. for all that.n w i ia et c f m t o et n “ l i (yn 18)ad h h s n x atr h c r o e nd archives of the II Province of Auvergne and its Metropolitan College. and which occupy the well-r d N i e t s w oko hw t r o e hm nrhs w o e … ehrh e h nw o o e l t a t o sv e ot e h o know not. this gift of the Spirit. i e a ar c es r et and education.h r oost d i a m t d dent e h t s e n u f uh t s t s i ru r io l e o. Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz. which figures in his very rare clco: Our Thoughts and those of Others” L o. This contact with God impregnates them with peace. Then. Faith is the only true knowledge. there are presently in the world only a tiny nm eo i i da w o nwhwtpa i a f cv m ne u br fn v ul h ko o o r n e et e anr di s y f i …” Let us wish that these pages provide a contribution towards an efficient return to Prayer. collectors of Grimoires. s te e ie .i n be t n m d c vi 114 in t s o a b t s rd e u o o “ H m ectnon ”tlu t t h dm i yh e i at r fl o m . Certainly. Ma. its dead stones again becoming T e. perhaps. which human industry and study has never known how to procure.
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