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VIII. ALCHEMYPART II








Source: Light of Egypt


Paracelsus, the most celebrated of the alchemists of the Middle
Ages, thus mystically speaks of his art:

"If I have manna in my constitution, I can attract manna from
heaven. Melissa is not only in the garden, but also in the air
and in heaven. Saturn is not only in the sky, but also deep in
the ocean and Earth. What is Venus but the artemisia that grows
in your garden, and what is iron but the planet Mars? That is to
say, Venus and Artemisia are both products of the same essence,
while Mars and iron are manifestations of the same cause. What is
the human body but a constellation of the same powers that formed
the stars in the sky? He who knows Mars knows the qualities of
iron, and he who knows what iron is knows the attributes of Mars.
What would become of your heart if there were no Sun in the
Universe? What would be the use of your 'Vasa Spermatica'[*] if
there were no Venus? To grasp the invisible elements, to attract
them by their material correspondences, to control, purify, and
transmute, them by the ever-moving powers of the living
spirit--this is true Alchemy."

[*] Astral germs of subjective life forms:--it is the latent, "to
be".


Thus, in a very few simple words, we find this master of the art
revealing the whole arcana of that mysterious science, which has
for its chief object and goal, the discovery of the
"philosopher's stone," which confers upon its fortunate possessor
the blessings of immortal youth. Therefore, we cannot possibly do
better in the commencement of our present study than, to minutely
examine each particular sentence and endeavor to discover his
true meaning, which, like all mystical writing, is so apparent,
yet cunningly concealed, as to excite the student's admiration.

"If I have manna in my constitution, I can attract manna from
Heaven." The manna here spoken of does not specify any particular
thing, but is of universal application, and is simply used as an
unknown quantity, like x, y, z in mathematics. But, ever since
the days of Paracelsus, half-initiated mystics and bookworm
occultists, have endeavored to discover what this manna really
was. Some, the more spiritual, were of the opinion that, it was
spiritual power, or purity of spirit; others imagined it to mean
special magnetic qualifications, similar in nature to the
so-called gifts of modern spiritualistic media. The concealment
of the truth is unique, and consists in its very simplicity; and,
when correctly expounded, should read: "I am the microcosm, and
all the visible and invisible universe dwells within me, so that
whatsoever power I have in my constitution, I can attract its
correspondence from Heaven." Paracelsus must have smiled to
himself when he wrote "If I have manna," etc., because his whole
writings strive to prove man the miniature of Deity. Further
along, he explains himself by pointing out the real Law of
Correspondence, thus: "Melissa is not only in the garden, but
also in the air, and in Heaven. Saturn is not only in the sky,
but also deep in the ocean, and Earth." The illustrations are
beautiful, The life of the plant, the "anima floralis," pervades
the atmosphere and the interior states of spiritual life, where
it becomes in the highest degree beautiful, and beneficial to the
soul. A reference upon this point to "The Light of Egypt" Vol.,
I, may not be considered out of place. Upon page 74 it is
written: "The flower that blooms in beauty, breathing forth to
the air its fragrance, which is at once grateful to the senses
and stimulating to the nerves, is a perfect specimen of Nature's
faultless mediumship. The flower is a medium for the transmission
to the human body of those finer essences, and of THEIR SPIRITUAL
PORTION TO THE SOUL; for the aroma of the flower is spiritualized
to such a degree as to act upon the life currents of the system,
imparting to the spiritual body a nutriment of the finest
quality."

Thus, here is where the knowledge of the alchemical attributes of
plants, as applicable to man, can be most beneficially utilized.
Plants and flowers, whose attributes and aromas harmonize with
the complex organism of man, should be selected for the house and
garden, for, they are mediums to transmit the finer essences and
aromas to the spiritual constitution of man; the plant to the
physical, and the aromas and essences of the flowers to the soul.

Antipathies in plants and flowers would bring a similar evil
influence, as the discords of the antagonistic human magnetism.
It would not be so apparent, but more subtle, yet nevertheless
effective in result.

Our attention is next drawn to the planet Saturn, which, we are
informed, is not only shining in his starry sphere of the
heavens, but is also buried in the ocean depths and embodied in
the stratas of the earth. It is almost needless to add that, our
author refers to those substances naturally Saturnine in their
quality of life and expression, such as lead, clay, and coal,
among the minerals, and various deadly plants among the flora,
the chief of which is the aconite or monkshood, so significant of
Saturn and the isolated, monkish hermit. After some repetition,
in order to impress the truth of correspondences, our author
exclaims: "What is the human body but a constellation of the same
powers that formed the stars in the sky?" Truly, what else? for,
"he who knows Mars knows the qualities of iron, and he who knows
what iron is knows the attributes of Mars." Could anything be
plainer? We think not.

From the foregoing, which a long experience and much critical
investigation and research have demonstrated as true, we cannot
avoid the conclusion that Alchemy, equally as well as every other
science, religion, or system of philosophy formulated by man,
resolves itself, ultimately, in all its final conclusions, into
the one universal parent of all wisdom.

ASTROLOGY, the Science of the Stars, in unison with the Science
of the Soul, was, and still is, the one sublime center of real
learning. It constituted the sacred fountain of living waters,
from whose placid depths there rayed forth the Divine revelations
of man, his whence, where, and whither; and under the careful
conservation of a long line of gifted seers, it shone forth to
the sons of men, as the sacred Hermetic light in the
Astro-Masonic wisdom of Egypt's ancient priesthood.

It is not lost to us to-day. The same book lies open before us
that faced our ancient forefathers. It is standing out clear and
distinct, waiting to be read by the sons of men. We can learn its
language, and from its pages, we ourselves can read our relation
to God and our fellowman. Shall we not heed the whispering
intuitions of the soul and place ourselves in conscious rapport
with the whole?

This sublime Book of Wisdom was written by God Himself, to convey
to His children the knowledge of His powers, attributes, and
relation to all creative life. We cannot see that Divine Spirit
which we call God. No; but as long as the finite form exists as
such, we will have the spirit's manifestations to learn from.
Never will the Book of God be closed to the searching eye of the
soul. There will always be presented to his vision lessons to
study, and practical experiments to perform, to lead the soul
into deeper mysteries. Until man fathoms his own universe, he
cannot understand God. "Know thyself" is as applicable to-day as
when the famous, immortal and mystic utterance was inscribed on
the porch of the temple at Delphi.

Before this wonderful, divinely elaborated, but complex system
can be fully realized, it is necessary that the student should
comprehend, very distinctly, the two states of existence, the
internal and the external, and become familiar with the laws of
correspondences. And it seems strange that of all Sciences, that
of medicine should have so completely failed to grasp this living
truth, since every atom of medicine administered, invariably acts
upon this alchemical principle. When the human organism has
become discordant in some of its parts, it is because the
interstellar vibrations have aroused various states within the
human kingdom into a condition of rebellion against the supreme
will. Man's ignorance favors such seditious movements, and his
general habits and code of morals stimulate them to undue
activity. The final result is disease--disorganization of the
parts and functions, and those medicines corresponding TO THE
SAME FUNCTIONAL DEGREE OF LIFE WITHIN THE GRAND MAN, cure the
disorder, when administered properly and IN TIME, whereas, if
given to the perfectly healthy organism, THE ATOMS PRODUCE
SIMILAR SYMPTOMS TO THE DISEASES THEY ALLEVIATE, because it is
their mission to either subdue or be subdued, and when disease
prevails the medicinal atoms, acting in unison with the natural
parts and functions they affect, conquer or subdue the inharmony,
and vice versa, as before stated. In all cases of disease and
medicine, it is a simple question of A WAR BETWEEN THE ATOMS,
and, therefore, the most potential forces within Nature are
always at the command of the true Alchemist, because he knows bow
and when to select his fighting forces, and when to set them in
motion, for the best results.

Hahnemann, the founder of the Homeopathic system, has approached
THE NEAREST to this alchemical truth, and as a consequence, we
find it is in actual practice, the most natural, scientific, and
successful system of medicine, yet given to the world; based, as
it is, upon the well-known law of affinites, "Similia similibus
curantur," "like cures like," being a very ancient axiom in the
astrological practice of physic.

Bulwer Lytton, who had become thoroughly convinced of the great
value and importance of uniting ancient Alchemy with modern
medicine, makes the hero of his immortal story declare: "All that
we propose to do is this: To find out the secrets of the human
frame, to know why the parts ossify and the blood stagnates, and
to apply continual preventives to the effects of time. THIS IS
NOT MAGIC; IT IS THE ART OF MEDICINE, RIGHTLY UNDERSTOOD."

It is a fact that, the molecules of the body are all changed
within twelve months; that every cell in the human organism is
born and grows to maturity within that space of time. Nature is
absolutely impartial. She draws from the atmosphere that she may
reproduce a fac-simile of everything she finds upon the surface
of the body. So, if there be a sore, or festering ulcer, the
atoms which are thrown off attract similar atoms, so as to
reproduce the ulcer or sore, and thus prevent the disease from
getting well of itself until it has worn itself out.

Further, every vein and canal throughout the entire body, from
youth to maturity, is being coated with carbonate of lime, or
lime in some form. The coating of the walls of the veins in such
a manner, prevents the free circulation of the living matter;
then, the real vitality of the food which we eat, is simply
passed off through the pores, or through the bowels, or through
the system, because it is unable to penetrate through the lime.

If that prevention which produces old age can be attained, then
physical youth will continue.

The first step to take is to dissolve the lime in the body. Drink
nothing but distilled water, in either tea, coffee, or any other
form, and drink freely of the sweet juices of the grape and
apple.

The food that we eat contains lime in a living form, and it is
the living lime we need to build up the living bones, for the
lime and the magnesia that we take in the water is crystallized
dead mineral, possessing no responsibility of life, and the lime
in our food is quite sufficient for all purposes. For everything
we take in excess, Nature makes us pay the penalty.

The first principle of long living is to keep all channels of the
body perfect and free from coatings of lime.

The second is that of youthful ideals of the mind. The soul never
grows old.

The third principle is dynamic breathing, which is storing up the
oxygen in sufficient quantities, to supply the tissues with
sufficient fuel, for combustion.

These three principles, acting in unison, contain the true basis
of physical life and a means of long living. Old age is simply
the petrifaction of the body through lime, and the incorporating
of erroneous thoughts into the organism.

It is the true Alchemy of human existence, and the preventives,
in each and every case must contain the spiritual correspondence
to the cause they seek to remedy; and, though the followers of
Hahnemann base the whole of their procedure of treatment upon
their master's fundamental law of "Similia similibus curantur,"
yet, there may be a few rare cases wherein, this undeviating
method would not apply with the required effect. In such a case,
the Alchemist would resort to the well-known law of opposites,
and base his treatment upon the dogma of "Contraria contrariis
curantur," so long the pet theory of the Allopathic school. They
work upon the hypothesis that, like attracts like, and, if
disease exist, those elements must be administered to set up the
vibrations that will produce the polar opposite. If the body was
racked with pain, those medicines would not be given that would
create or increase similar conditions, but, their antipathy would
be introduced into the system or applied locally to extinguish
the foe.

So long as mankind remain within the semicrystallized state of
soul development, so as to require the aid of external forces to
support the human throne within its earthly temple, mercenary
troops will exist to supply these supposed supports.

Unquestionably, the astrological law is the true system of
medicine, which treats disease by sympathy or by antipathy,
according to the nature of the case, and the efficacy of the
remedies at hand. This method is the only natural one, and has
been thoroughly demonstrated by the numerous "provings of drugs"
under Hahnemann's law.

Happily, the time is not far distant when, the incarnated spirit
will be able to use its own slumbering forces, and subdue all
suffering and symptoms of disease in their very first inception,
by virtue of its purer life and the dynamic potencies of its own
interior, spiritual thought. Already, mental therapeutics is
taking an advanced position among liberal, progressive minds, and
nothing demonstrates so clearly and forcibly the grand,
alchemical law of life-growth and decay, as the imponderable,
invisible forces, which, constitute the materia medica, or
remedial agents, of mental, magnetic, and spiritual healing.

Perhaps the most recondite subject connected with the healing art
divine is, the modus operandi of medicinal action, upon the human
body. A subject so simple and self-evident to the Alchemist,
remains a profound mystery to the educated physician of the
medical college; so much so that, we are tempted to ask of them:
"Can you explain the modus operandi of drugs?" Dr. William Sharp,
one of the most advanced physicians of the Homeopathic school, in
one of his well- known "Essays on Medicine," says: "In respect to
the manner of action of drugs we are in total darkness, and we
are so blind that the darkness is not felt. KNOWLEDGE OF THIS
KIND CANNOT BE ATTAINED; it is labor lost and TIME wasted to go
in search of it. True, hypotheses may be easily conceived; so may
straws be gathered from the surface of the stream. But what are
either of them worth? There is this difference between
them--straws may amuse children, and hypotheses are sure to
mislead physicians."

It is when the Occult Initiate observes to what helpless
conditions the practice of medicine has fallen, that, he would,
if be could with any possibility of success, implore the angelic
guardian of the human race to open the spiritual sight of men,
that they might see, as he sees, the Divine relationship, and
spiritual correspondence, of everything in the wide universe to
man.

Nature's laws move slowly and imperceptibly, yet surely and
exact, and the time will certainly come when man will be forced
into consciousness of these laws, whether he will or no. Nature
is no respecter of persons, and those who will not move and
progress, in harmony with her laws of advancement, must, of
necessity, pass out with the old.

Alchemy, as it relates to the healing art, is the most noble in
its object and beneficial in its effects, of all the many
subdivisions of the sciences, because, it alleviates the pains
and morbid afflictions of suffering humanity. We have given quite
sufficient of its astrological aspect in the second part of "The
Light of Egypt," Vol. I, wherein the four ancient elements are
translated into their chemical correspondences of oxygen,
hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon, which still constitute the four
primary elements of the most advanced chemistry to-day. They
enter more or less into every organic form and substance, which
is known, in various combinations and proportions. The human
organism is principally composed of them; so, likewise, is the
food that supports physical life, and the air we breathe is but
modifications of the same atoms.

As man's constitution embraces a microscopic atom of all the
essences and elements, corresponding to the whole; so does the
air; and much, that we depend upon our food to supply, can be
extracted from the atmosphere by breathing. Every breath we
breathe is new life, or death.

Herein is the secret of success or failure, in certain
localities, and under certain conditions. If we have iron within
us, could we extract or attract iron from Saturn's district? Or,
if the element within us could attract gold, could we obtain it
from the coal fields?

Therefore, it is only natural that the medical remedies we employ
to restore the organism, when afflicted with disease, should
group themselves into similar correspondences, and so, in a
general sense, we find them; for we note that the brain, the
circulation, the lungs, and the stomach, are the four chief
citadels of the body; the heart, of course, representing the
center of circulation. And this also explains, further, if that
were necessary, why the principal remedies of the homeopathic
system are so speedy and direct in their action. The four
principal drugs, which stand as representatives of their class,
are aconite, belladonna, phosphorus, and pulsatilla. These
represent the quadrant, for light is not more nicely adjusted to
the eye, nor sound to the ear, than aconite to the circulation,
belladonna to the brain, phosphorus to the lungs, and pulsatilla
to the stomach; while ramifying in the seven directions indicated
by the seven primary planets, we find stimulants, tonics,
narcotics, nervines, alteratives, cathartics and diuretics, as
the natural material correspondences thereof.

That we assign phosphorus to the lungs may appear startling to
the orthodox student, especially when, he calls to mind the fact
that phosphorus has long been recognized in medical science as a
brain food and medicine. Anticipating such mental questions, we
reply that in medicine, from the alchemical view, we are
occupying a wholly different standpoint; i.e., the power of
controlling the functional action of the body, in this view of
the case, and the fact that, the lungs and the brain are in the
most perfect affinity, there will remain no mystery upon the
subject.

The Alchemy of stones and gems attracts our next attention.
Affinites and antipathies to the human constitution, are to be
found in these crystallized representatives of the subtle,
invisible influences emanating from our planetary system. They
are the mediums for the transmission of corresponding attributes
and influences of existing powers and potencies, and if carried
or worn upon the person, they will bring the person in direct
rapport with the invisible forces within the universal system.

Here again Hahnemann's scientific philosophy would prove
effectual, that "Similia similibus curantur." Would the fiery
influence of a topaz attract much from the realms of a
chrysolite? Or, the crystallized, airy forces of a sapphire be a
suitable medium for the earthly forces of a jasper?

Gems and stones are dead or living realities. They live, slumber
and die, and have their potent existence as do the organic forms
of matter. They are, usually, imbued with the vivifying spark of
Divinity, and shine forth and exert their influence through the
magical powers attracted to them from the forces of Nature. A
real, living entity abides within them that can be seen by the
clairvoyant vision, and to the trained student in Occult lore,
this entity can be made to become an obedient servant, giving
warning of the approach of danger, impressions of men and things,
and warding off discordant influences surrounding us; or that,
which we may contact from the magnetic and personal environments
in our relations in the social world; or that which may be
projected to us from the invisible realms of life.

Think you the pryamids would be intact to-day, if the stones from
which they were built had been promiscuously selected? They were
chosen by Adepts in the knowledge of the Laws of Correspondence
and antipathy and affinity. The sphinx also stand as monuments to
the heights of wisdom that man can attain.

Metals also can be followed out on the same lines as the gems and
stones.

Much as we would like to continue, we are compelled to bring this
discourse to a close, even though in doing so we must of
necessity omit much of vital interest to the student. We will,
therefore, only add that the seven basic metals stand as the
crystallized representatives of their respective groups: Gold for
the Sun, Silver for the Moon, Tin for Jupiter, Copper for Venus,
Quicksilver for Mercury and Lead for Saturn. Each finds it own
sphere of action within the temporary abiding place of the human
soul on earth--the physical body. So, likewise, the twelve
constellations and their corresponding talismanic gems,
representing in their glittering array the anatomical Zodiac of
the human frame, and typifying the spiritual quality of the
atoms, there congregated, in every degree of life. These, and a
thousand other mysteries, had we the time, might be unfolded to
the student's view with considerable advantage, but we are
compelled to refrain. The philosopher's stone is near at hand.
Seek it not in remote spheres or distant parts of the earth, for
it is ever around you and within, and becomes the golden key of
true wisdom, which prepares the soul for its higher life and
brighter destiny. It is the still, small voice of the awakened
soul, that purges the conscience from suffering, and the
spiritual body from earthy dross. It is that, which treasures not
the corrupting, delusive wealth of Earth, nor the transient
powers of mammon, but garners the fruits which spring from the
pure life, and treasures the jewels of heaven. Vainly will you
seek for this stone of the wise philosopher amid the turmoils,
sufferings, and selfishness of life, unless you accept your
mission upon earth as a duty, delegated to the soul, from Heaven.
Eschew the evil thereof, and hold fast that which is good. To do
this, means to expand with the inward truth and become one of the
"pure in heart," in which blessed state, the magical white stone,
conveying A NEW NAME, reveals the living angel within, to the
outward man. Then, and then alone, doth he know the Adonai.

Such are the Divine, spiritual principles upon which the higher
Alchemy of life is based. They seek only to establish a Divine,
conscious at-one-ment between the angel, the man, and the
universe, and to this end, we conclude with the words of the
immortal Paracelsus:

"To grasp these invisible elements, to attract them by their
material correspondences, to control, purify, and transmute them
by the ever-moving powers of the living spirit, THIS IS TRUE
ALCHEMY."





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