reply to post by EarthWanderer
what is your take on this?
I personally gained one single insight from alchemy. No more, no less. The amount of fluff that was removed in order to gain that one insight was
substantial. It is possible that some of the "fluff" that I chose to ignore contained genuine substance that I have missed out on. However, I will
share with you the one "alchemical" insight I have to share:
Alchemy is a mapping of the process of "change" into three components.
Alchemy is "Sex" in three portions, three "genders."
Those components are given the names mercury, sulphur and salt.
"Sex" is simply a way of conceptualizing change. You see this in yin/yang. Masculine/feminine. For example, a masculine seed is given to the
feminine earth, who grows it into a tree according to the design given by the masculine seed. Another example, I push upon your hand with my hand, my
hand is the masculine, giving an intent that your hand be moved, and your hand is the feminine, receiving the intent to be moved and acting upon
Alchemy, once again, is simply a "more precise" way of perceiving the process of change. A perception that involves three components, mercury,
sulphur and salt, instead of two: masculine and feminine.
Mercury is a liquid. Force may be applied to it to give it shape, but as soon as that force is no longer applied, mercury reverts to formlessness.
Sulphur is the active force which may act upon mercury in order to give it shapre.
Salt is the preservative force
. Salt is inertia
. Salt acts to maintain any given state of mercury, thus acting both as "resistence" to
the intent of sulphur to act upon mercury to give it a new form, as well as "maintenance" of sulphur's intent by preserving the shape already
That is what I get from alchemy.
The trick, I think, is to apply it not to lead external to your Self, but rather to your Self, itself. You are the philosopher's stone.
[edit on 15-12-2009 by LordBucket]