November 30, 2010

Are you prepared ?

The Alchemist plays sometime a perilous game with matter. We tremendously and dramatically enhance the inner process of his inner Alchemical cycle.

The Alchemist ... He is not prepared for death or Nigredo. He is not prepared for Vegetatio, he is not prepared for Albedo, and he is not prepared for Rubedo... And he jumps from one to another, sometime from a day to another. This can be a kind of spiritual and psychological roller coaster. You can be dizzy when you are in this movement.

Are we prepared ? Are you prepared for this ? What are the risks ? I never heard about the psychological side of Alchemy when I began practicing it. I heard of it only in the real practical groups of people who knew that sometime, nigredo can push you far. But in Alchemical old books, never we have to look into Jung in order to make a link between the psychological side and the Alchemical cycles.
Remember that a cycle is cyclic. You are now, in one of the cycle, and maybe in one mini cycle in the big cycle. I found that we can be enclosed in three cycles, or even four, like Matriochka... it asks a little of inner analysis in order to 'see' them, and to feel them. For that you can try to study the seasons in nature for example.

Have a nice cycle !

5 comments:

Serpentrio Arquila said...

Matriochka : Matrix - a dream within a dream, within a dream...

Do I make the cycle or does the cycle make me... or does the Ouroboros swallow its tail (both and neither!)
:)

.: Salazius Hermès D'Artigné :. said...

Ha yes well seen ! This is the same root indeed.
Yes I tend also to think it is both...

Serpentrio Arquila said...

I am tossed about by this roller coaster quite a bit. If I try to fight it, it is frustrating. If I try to be master, I am clobbered. So I have to say that this is teaching deconstructing of ego, to surrender - if the "I" that compares this to that, yesterday to today, is absent, then the cycles collapse into "just this" or "now". If the "I" is present, it swings from happy to sad, I like this cycle, I don't like this cycle...

Serpentrio Arquila said...

Yes, the cycles and seasons and elements are the "engine" of alchemy.
Like being in a rock tumbler, you will come out smooth with no edges -
"a rolling stone gathers no moss". :)

.: Salazius Hermès D'Artigné :. said...

Lol, good analogy !