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Stones, Metals, and Gems - The Secret Teachings of All Ages
...Chief among these is the one concerning the famous black stone in the seat of the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey, which is declared to be the actual rock used by Jacob as a pillow. The black stone also appears several times in religious symbolism. It was called Heliogabalus, a word presumably derived from Elagabal, the Syro-Phœnician sun god. This stone was sacred to the sun and declared to possess great and diversified properties. The black stone in the Caaba at Mecca is still revered throughout the Mohammedan world. It is said to have been white originally and of such brilliancy that it could be seen many days' journey from Mecca, but as ages passed it became blackened by the tears of pilgrims and the sins of the world.
A reference to the Cubic Stone of Yesod. Historically, a large black stone, a meteorite, that some describe from its image on coins and in sculpture as shaped like a bee-hive; others as phallic. This stone first appears in history atop its altar in the temple of Emesa on coins minted in the reign of Caracalla. It was taken by Varius Avitus Bassianus, Roman emperor (218-222), during his own reign, to Rome, and placed in a huge temple dedicated to it on the Palatine hill. Each summer, of the three he spent there, he led the stone in ceremonial procession, attended by musicians and dancers, to another palace in a garden at the outer edge of Rome. At the end of summer he would take it back to the Palatine. This is recorded in his coinage, as well as in the written sources. Varius was appointed priest of the sun-god Elagabal, whose name he adopted. Heliogabalus lived in Rome as an oriental despot and, giving himself up to detestable sensual pleasures, degraded the imperial office to the lowest point by most shameful vices, which had their origin in certain rites of oriental naturalistic religion.
Klipoth 8: Uranus - Gnosis - Practical Gnosticism
...The Israelites in the story realize they have made a mistake (because of conscious remorse), and they appeal to Moses, to pray on their behalf so they can be healed. Moses does this. And God tells him, "Raise a fiery serpent upon a staff, and anyone who looks upon it will be healed." - A Serpent of Brass - Nahash.
Now in Alchemy, the tradition of alchemy, we have the same symbol: "Polish the brass and burn your books." Polish the brass; this is referring to Nahash, the Brass and the Serpent.
Brass (or rather, bronze) is a compound metal. You make bronze by combining copper and tin. Copper is related to Venus, and Tin is related to Jupiter. So you see: feminine and masculine. But in order to do this, alchemically speaking, these metals have to be pure; if there are any impurities that bond does not happen. The brass cannot be created if impurities are in the furnace.
So "to polish the brass" means to combine the masculine and feminine metals and perfect the metal that arises from that combination. This is what is meant by "descend into the ninth sphere," to work in alchemy, to polish those metals. And by this means, the brazen serpent is risen upon the staff, which is the spinal column.
God tells Moses, "Make a brass serpent and raise it upon a staff, and anyone who looks upon it will be healed." The symbol here is that anyone who wants to be healed of the damage, the suffering that they've incurred because of the fiery serpents, has to work in alchemy, in other words "Transmutation."...
...While the Prophet was still but a toddling babe(Initiatically speaking), the Angel Gabriel(Yesod) with seventy wings came to him, and cutting open the child, withdrew the heart(of the Atom Nous of Christ). This Gabriel(Yesod/Generation) cleansed(through White Tantra) of the black drop of original sin(which is ejaculation/fornication) which is in every human heart because of the perfidy of Adam(related to Tiphereth) and then returned the organ to its proper place(invigorated by the Christic Fire of Kundalini) in the Prophet's body...