Commit to Change yourself, the world will follow! Become an initiate to the Great Work by doing the following and by being what is necessary to change your mind!
There are three stages in the alchemical work: the nigredo, the albedo and the rubedo. Before undertaking any of these stages, preliminary work is needed. Alchemy provides tools or what's call operations to help in the work. In the first stage, the initiate must establish a laboratory, purify him or herself, identify the prima materia and reduce the prima materia to its essence.
You will notice in the picture on the left our skeleton now has skin and the raven is gently perched upon him. He is being revived by angels and both sun and moon in the lower portion of the image are dynamic forces. This returning to life is akin to what some people term 'being reborn,' but here is less a religious term than one that involves both psyche and some, body as well as soul. It is as if you were coming back to life in a wholly new form. As I point out in my book Embodying Osiris, this work is mythologically described as Osiris being murdered, dismembered and then re-animated by his wife Isis. The work of the albedo involves a man discovering his inner feminine and for a woman her inner masculine. Moving from the circle of the first image to the one on the rights shows this development; now there are a man and woman in a small and larger circle. This process that alchemist is performing is known as the squaring of the circle. It implies a process of individuation where we first develop a conscious relationship within ourselves and then with people of the opposites sex. This is the earliest formation of what will later be called the Royal Marriage of the Opposites (sol and luna).
If you are interested in further exploring alchemy you can go to my alternate website by clicking on the link below. There you will find a treasure-trove of alchemical material including papers, images, charts and even a fun game! There are also many other alchemy cites and references that are listed there, many of which specialize in various aspects of the Art. But remember don't just study alchemy, practice it - that's where you'll find the real Gold!
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