A New Name With a New Meaning
By Frater Albertus
When, in January, 1960, the first Alchemical Laboratory Bulletin appeared, some sceptics predicted a short life for the publication of only a few months to a year or so. They were wrong. The Bulletins appeared without interruption until the last issue in October, 1972. It was then announced that its appearance would change and the number of pages would be increased at the beginning of its fourteenth year, in 1973.
The time is now!
PARACHEMY, literally meaning "like unto Chemy," goes back to the Egyptian word Khem, "the black land." The original word may have referred to the dark, black soil, or to the dark-skinned inhabitants of Africa, which is also known as "the dark continent." At any rate, its meanings are associated with the darkness. Darkness which conceals light-for light came out of the darkness.
Parachemy will be "the fountainhead from whence springeth the water of life" in alchemistical language. When one looks at a fountain, one does not see where the water comes from. One sees only the water coming out of an opening, either a trickle or a rushing stream. Its actual source is concealed from the onlooker. He is aware only of what is available to him, but not from whence it came. With such an analogy, we may look upon Parachemy. Out of the blackness or darkness, concealed from the eyes of the onlooker, there will eventually well forth what was not previously known.
It is the purpose of Parachemy to reveal what has hitherto been concealed or held back. The circumstances that made such concealment a necessity in former times, no longer prevail, and therefore the policy of concealment is not applicable to our times.
Parachemy, though an offspring of its parent, the Paracelsus Research Society, intends to remain free from any dogmatism. It will not bow to the whims of any individual, or group, or to any organization, that might exert pressure upon it to do their bidding for whatever reason. Parachemy will rely solely upon the promptings of an ever-present consciousness that has its origin in the innermost depths of every being, as a segment of unending wisdom. It may be likened to the "light which shineth in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not"-for only the light in which it is presented. will let it become apparent as light.
The greatest blessing bestowed upon mankind is to be conscious of that which exists in infinity, even though the limited objective consciousness possess only a partial and incomplete awareness. Out of the still, dark depths of the minds of men, from which the full realization has not yet emerged, man will yet bring to light that which still lies concealed, so that it may become known, understood, and eventually used wisely. This is part of the ever-enduring progression of evolution, which has but one divinely decreed aim: Perfection.
This, then, is the aim of Parachemy: To help bring forth the light within man. There are many among mankind who still slumber in the darkness; others who are halfawake, but not fully conscious of what the darkness conceals. We strive to help the light prevail.
We extend our hand to all, who, free, from prejudice or bias, will offer their help and assistance to bring about, by just and lawful means, the emergence of man into the light of knowledge and understanding. We shall work together to banish ignorance, that blind belief may be replaced by a confidence, a trust, a true faith in the justice of supreme universal laws.
Parachemy endeavors to be a decisive weight in the struggle against ignorance and beliefs based on fear, placing its knowledge on the side of wisdom and understanding. If Parachemy cannot outweigh ignorance by itself, then it shall at least assist in helping to bring about a balance. If nothing else is accomplished by Parachemy, it will deserve to continue to exist for as long as it is useful-for as long as there is a need.
Under the title of "Oracles of the Sibyls" there exists a collection of verses in Greek hexameter in fourteen books, which has long been regarded as an authentic collection of the prophecies of the pagan Sibyls. In Libri Divinarum Rerum, Lactantius quotes Varro as saying that these books are not all written by one Sibyl, but are called Sibylline because by the ancients all prophetesses were called Sibyls. And Dioddrus Siculus states that the Sibyl was actuated by the Spirit of God and that the name Sibyl signifies "being full of God."
As these books accurately, prophesied the mission, teaching, and miracles of Christ as well as his death upon the cross and resurrection, the church fathers accepted and made use of them without hesitation.
The original Sibylline Books were kept concealed in the Capitol at Rome, and were lost when it was destroyed by fire in 405 A.D. Cicero bears witness to, their worth saying, "How often has our Senate enjoined the decemvirs to consult the books of the Sibyls," when "portentious events announced to the Romans terrible and disastrous seditions. On all these occasions the diviners and their auspices were in perfect accordance with the prophetic verses of the Sibyl."
Thus Sambethe, the most ancient of the Sibyls, is seen to have initiated the, Sibylline Oracles which guided the destinies of ancient Rome as well as the Delphic Oracles which exercised such influence over the evolution of ancient Greece.
COMTE DE GABALIS
An Alchemical Landmark
By Israel Regardie
[Israel Regardie has won a special place among writers on the occult. His works seem always to strike a much-needed balance. From his pen, THE TREE OF LIFE and THE MIDDLE PILLAR illuminated centuries-old techniques in magical ritual with the light of personal experience in the profound framework of Jungian psychology. His publication of the secret rituals of THE GOLDEN DAWN, an extraordinary act of conscience, balanced out the stultifying secrecy and factionalism of an important but self-defeating Hermetic Order in its latter days.
In such recent works as THE EYE IN THE TRIANGLE, Dr. Regardie has ended a long, self-imposed silence to share the benefits of his extensive experience and unique insights. The following article, which will be published in the newly revised edition of THE ALCHEMIST'S HANDBOOK by Frater Albertus, gives us Dr. Regardie's reaction to that work. -Editor.]
This is the age of "how to do it" books. There is one on almost any subject you can think of. Since they fill a variety of needs, they have proven a boon. From them you can learn to paint, sew, plant a herb garden, build a brick barbecue in the backyard, become an interior decorator, or rewire your own home. Almost every imaginable topic has been covered by these books. So if you assumed that this manual* falls in this category, you would be right-save for the simple fact that it is a great deal more.
Alchemy has exerted a strange fascination over mankind for centuries. The underlying philosophical theorem was that if the Divine Will had originally acted upon the prima materia to produce the precious metals and all else, why shouldn't the alchemist-purified in mind and body, and an expert in the then known laboratory techniques-seek to emulate the same natural process in a shorter span of time? One has only to read a, good history of chemistry, or to peruse a little of the vast alchemical literanture, to become aware of alchemy's awful seductiveness. Men have left homes and families, squandered fortunes, incurred sickness and disease, ,ambled away prestige, social and other positions, in quest of the goals embodied in the alchemical dream-longevity, perfect health, and the ability to transmute base metals into gold.
One must not be deluded by superficialities here. The alchemical adepts were patently dedicated and God-fearing men, holding the highest spiritual ideals conceivable. It is too bad more practitioners of the Art did not perceive them.
Only recently, an ill-informed journalist alleged that the Paracelsus Research Society, which sponsors this manual, offered to teach alchemy in two weeks! How could one be so myopic? Or illiterate?
In the early fourteenth century, Bonus of Ferrara spoke of Alchemy as "the key of all good things, the Art of Arts, the Science of Sciences." ' Not only was the alchemist to be concerned with the purification of metals and the elimination of sickness and disease from the human race, but he affirmed that Alchemy as Science and Art provided both a means to synthesize all the other sciences and a training of the intellectual and spiritual faculties.
The fascination that Alchemy has always held over mankind has surely been tainted in that rarely were there higher institutions of learning where promising students might study the ancient Art. Or where the proper techniques and methods might be learned as with other arts and sciences. No doubt, after the manner of the mysterious seventeenth century Rosicrucians, individual disciples were selected and trained by the master alchemists. We know that they had assistants and apprenticesfor who would have kept the fires stoked in the furnaces, and washed the unending stream of glass and clay utensils employed in calcining, separating and distilling? Or who would have done all the thousand and one menial things that are so easily performed today that we barely have to think about them? But whether or not these assistants were ever encouraged to learn or to acquire the requisite disciplines and procedures-this is problematical.
In the vast literature on the subject, there is nothing that I have ever found that even pretended to demonstrate fundamental principles. Traditional alchemy, with its emphasis on piety, secrecy and allegory, is admittedly obscure. Over the years, I have met many men who could talk a good line about alchemy, but nothing practical ever emerged from them. Nor did anyone volunteer to demonstrate its basic truths in a laboratory or over the kitchen stove. Not one-until I met the author of this manual some years ago. Not one-until I read the first limited edition of The Alchemist's Handbook, which literally is worth its weight in gold.
Incidentally, a few years ago I wrote something in recommendation of this manual, yet expressing criticism of its literary style, its form of expression, its innumerable typographical errors. These minor flaws have been corrected in the revised edition-yet the criticism was silly and arrogant. For even if, theoretically, the book were written in the worst possible style, it would still be unique and a genuine masterpiece. Had it not been written and published, we would be the losers by far. It teaches with clarity, simplicity and accuracy the technical means whereby the Lesser Circulation may be accomplished. It should be a revelation to those who have not previously been introduced to this method of dealing with herbs. The Great Work is said to be essentially an extension of the same process, the
ame techniques, with the same universal philosophy. Many an alchemist of former years would have given his eyeteeth-or surely a small fortune -for this information. Many might have been spared disaster and destruction had they been familiar with the data contained in this manual.
Descriptions of the alchemical processes are not readily understood in terms of modern chemistry. This is not to say that some formal training in high school or firstyear college chemistry would not be useful. At the very least, it would have provided the dexterity to use the equipment also used in alchemy. But even if it were possible to translate the one system into the terminology of the other, the alchemists are haunted by the fear of revealing too much, too easily, or too soon-thus opening the way to abuse. Modern man has shown himself to be an adept in the art of abusing nature, as all our current emphasis on ecology and environmental pollution has demonstrated. So there is considerable justification for the doubts and cautiousness of the early writers on alchemy and for the allegorical mode of expression they have deliberately chosen.
But do not be deceived. Simply as this book is written, alchemy is a hard taskmaster. It demands patient and laborious service. There is no simple or easy path to the Great Work. It requires great dedication of purpose, sincerity and willingness to pursue this path to the bitter end-no matter at what cost.
One of the older alchemists stated that the fundamental process of the Great Work is so simple that even women and children could accomplish it. "A woman's work and child's play." Maybe! But it is only after one has arrived at the other shore, as it were, that one can realize that "except ye become as little children, ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven." Meanwhile, it requires effort, labor and prayer-or their equivalents to attain the simple, child-like state capable of achieving the goals of alchemy. Not many have been blessed with the special genetic or psychological structure, or the perseverance, or the grace of God to find it.
But, if you really want to learn the basic principles of practical alchemy, here they are in this wonderful little manual. There is no other book that I have ever encountered in all my long years in this movement that is one fraction as clear or as helpful. Forty years ago, I would have found it far more intriguing and illuminating than Mrs. Atwood's heavy and ponderous tome** on which I exercised my wisdom teeth. Study it-and work at the processes described. Practice is so much more rewarding and enlightening than a sterile "head-trip,. Ora et labore. Pray and work but work. Without this, you cannot even begin. And this book describes how to go to work, and with what.
*The Alchemist's Handbook by Albertus Spagyricus.
**Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery by M.A. Atwood.
By Carl W. Stahl
[Carl Stahl enjoys an international reputation among both professional astrologers and students of that art. His articles have appeared in virtually every major astrological publication, and he is looked to as an authority in the techniques of sidereal astrology. His researches are always carefully documented-witness the following article-and we are proud to announce he will be a frequent contributor to the Astrology section Of PARACHEMY. --Editor]
When the newspapers of the world publicized Professor Courtens' report that he believes he has discovered a new intra-Mercurial planet, it aroused interest in other places besides the ranks of the astronomers themselves. The professor bases his statement on the results obtained on his expedition to Mexico to study the solar eclipse on March 7, 1970. The photographic plates taken on that expedition, as well as those taken during the 1967 eclipse, seem to provide evidence that such an intraMercurial planet may indeed exist.
When the planet Pluto was finally discovered on January 21, 1930 by C. W. Tombaugh, it was by means of photographs of the distant stars. They showed clearly that one of the stars was moving. By scanning photographs of other total eclipses perhaps Vulcan can be discovered in the same way.
Professor Courtens estimates that Vulcan is about 500 miles in diameter, about nine million miles from the sun, and with a declination of about twelve degrees from the ecliptic plane.
The general public will, of course leap to the conclusion that Professor Courtens is alone in discovering this planet Vulcan. During the past 250 years there have been at least twelve other fairly well authenticated reported sightings of this elusive planet. Nor is the average reader aware that a Vulcan Ephemeris is available based on those twelve prior reported sightings, and that this ephemeris is obtainable from the Paracelsus Research Society, whose students have been using Vulcan's positions in astrological charts and cyclic charts for many years.
This ephemeris gives daily listings of Vulcan's position in the heavens for the years 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. It also contains tables making it possible for anyone to calculate Vulcan's position from the year 1700 to 2000 A.D.
By using the tables from this Vulcan Ephemeris we find that at the time of the total eclipse of the Sun on March 7, 1970, the geocentric longitude of Vulcan was 20 degrees 34 minutes of the zodiacal sign Pisces, while the Sun was in 16 degrees 44 minutes of the same sign. Vulcan here was begining to separate from a superior conjunction of the Sun and was approximately 6,300,000 miles out, or almost halfway towards its greatest elongation from the Sun which is about 12,700,000 miles.
The November 2, 1967 eclipse gives us the Sun's position as 9 degrees 37 minutes of the sign Scorpio while Vulcan appears at 15 degrees 57 minutes of Scorpio. This is approximately 9,500,000 miles from the Sun. This, you Will note, agrees closely with Professor Courtens' estimate of 9,000,000 miles. However, Vulcan had reached its greatest elongation on November 1, 1967 at 16 degrees 37 minutes of the sign Scorpio.
Both of the preceding examples show that at the time of these eclipses Vulcan was far enough away from the Sun to have registered clearly on photographs taken at these times.
In referring to the fairly well authenticated sightings of the planet ulcan crossing the Sun, we begin with that of Dr. Alischer, Faure, France, (Julian Calendar), March 27, 1720. He again sighted a dark body crossing the disk of'the Sun on March 15, 1721 (also Julian Calendar), exactly 353 days after the first sighting.
This 353 day period between sightings proved to be very important in determining the motion of Vulcan because it occurs again in the list of Vulcan transits of the Sun. This happened on February 16, 1897 and again on February 4, 1898, a time lapse of exactly 353 days. The 1897 report came from astronomers at Stuttgart, Germany, and the 1898 report from astronomers at Wiesbaden, Germany.
It was this coincidence that enabled Professor L. H. Weston to calculate Vulcan's position after his interest was aroused by a sighting that was made by ship's Captain Isbester of the British ship Dalgonar, enroute from Hamburg, Germany to Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. The longitude was 136 degrees west, and latitude 46 degrees north on June 25, 1907, which is about 200 miles off the California coast. When Captain Isbester took the noon observation to declination with the sextant he noticed a very large spot on the disk of the Sun. The spot was large and quite unlike the many commoner Sun spots which he had seen almost daily for many years. In trying to describe this spot, he said: "It looked like an inverted balloon."
This remark caused Professor Weston to write: "Now that was the shape Venus appeared to have at ingress and egress at the transits of June 5, 1761, and June 3, 1769. It is well known that both Venus and Mercury, while at internal contact with the Sun's disk at transits, present the appearance of a pear-shaped spot, the small end elevated if the planet is north of the equator."
Isbester gives us the impression that the spot was on the Sun for a full four hours, from about noon until late in the afternoon. Lescarbault, of France, in his observation on March 26, 1859 taken at Noon, G.M.T., also gives four hours for this crossing of the Sun's disk.
For those who may be interested we give a list of the transits that Professor Weston compiled and used in developing his tables:
OBSERVED TRANSITS OF VULCAN
1. Dr. Alischer, Faure, France (O.S.), March 27, 1720
2. Dr. Alischer, Faure, France (O.S.), March 15, 1721
3. Fritch, Madgeburg, (Bode's Almanac), March 25, 1784
4. Fritch, Madgeburg, Germany, October 10, 1802
5. Stark, Augsburg, October 9, 1819
6. Schmidt, Germany, October 11, 1847
7. Lowe and Sidebotham, England, March 12,1849
8. Dr. Ritter, Hannover, Germany, June 11, 1855
9. M. Lescarbault, France, March 26, 1859, Noon, G.M.T.
10. Astronomers at Stuttgart, Germany, February 16, 1897
11. Astronomers at Wiesbaden, Germany, February 4, 1898
12.Captain Isbester, Lon. 136' W., Lat. 46' N., June 25, 1907,
(8h39m p.m. G.M.T.)
Esoterically speaking, the Sun veils and the Moon hides Vulcan. At first thought this seems to make no sense. A little consideration, however, soon makes some of the truth apparent. Even physically the Sun veils Vulcan. Its light makes it all but impossible for Vulcan to be seen, either by the naked eye, or with instruments. This much is easily apparent because of Vulcan's closeness to the Sun.
But what about the Moon? It is nowhere near Vulcan. It hugs the Earth with its closeness. Vulcan rules the mineral world, from the crystal and the ore, up to the most pure and precious metal and the most precious jewel. The Moon being a dead body, in the sense that no planetary Logos operates in or through it, responds only to its physical mass. In this sense it not only reflects the rays from the Sun but also the potent rays from Vulcan. Then, acting as a relay station, it transfers these influences to the Earth.
Since Vulcan rules the mineral world it was quite appropriate that it should be through the hiding of the Sun by the Moon, during total eclipse, that once again led to its being rediscovered.
Ptolemy refers to the doctrine of "combustia" in the last sentence of Chapter 7, Book 2, of the Tetrabiblos. This doctrine, in brief, is that when any planet is within a few degrees of the Sun, usually supposed to be 8 degrees 30 minutes, it is in a state of combustia, that is, burned up, and its virtue destroyed by that position. The Vulcan Ephemeris shows that Vulcan never gets more than 8 degrees 11 minutes from the Sun.
In examining cases of combustia, it was found that in less than half the cases this theory held up. In over half the cases it failed to hold up. When the position of Vulcan is calculated and entered in these charts the reason for the successes and failures becomes apparent.
The conjunction of Vulcan with Mercury and the Sun appears to have no apparent
effect on the nature of either of these bodies. With the other planets, particularly the
Moon, its effect seems to to bring out he negative or material nature of the body
affected. If we consider that he blacksmith of the gods works in the mineral world,
this makes sense.
Regarding more recently discovered knowledge about the nature of Vulcan we have as yet barely made a beginning. We do know that in human relationships it has an intensely disruptive influence, similar to, yet quite distinct from, the influence of the planet Pluto. Pluto causes loss through, death or through some dramatic, public incident. Vulcan, on the other hand, seems to sever the bonds of friendship or affection abruptly, and the association seems to end as though it had never existed. This is particularly so of the conlunction of the transiting Vulcan to Venus.
Reports coming to us from others, who have used the Vulcan Ephemeris in all types of charts, indicate that it has an influence on the stock market, on the charts of individual industrial companies, and its influence is clearly in those of an inventive nature. Not always in the conventional sense. but always in quite a logical manner when the nature of Vulcan understood.
But what I consider the greatest breakthrough occurred in the field of Alchemy, when the Paracelsus Research Society, in its Alchemical Laboratory Bulletin, Vol. II, No. 2, 1970, on pages 20, 21, and 22, published the results of the Vulcan influence on obtaining the three essentials of the Metals.*
We wish Professor Courtens the best of luck in pinning down that elusive planet Vulcan, and hope that others will do what they can to bring about this event.
*This report, among others, will be made available to those holding Parachemy fellowships. -Ed.
Books On Vulcan
Literature dealing with the planet Vulcan is very limited at present as little is known about this elusive little sphere whose orbit is so close to the Sun.
The most informative and comprehensive literature available at the present time is that of Carl Stahl.
Vulcan the Intra-Mercurial Planet
Vulcan Ephemerides-1969-70 1971-72 1973-74
By Frater Albertus
That is what alchemists called Mercury. Pseudo-alchemists were even more outspoken. And in all their strong words, it was not common quicksilver of which they spoke. When common mercury is used as a medication, it is a poison, even when highly triturated and administered by a doctor.
Why is there such a controversy about mercury, when it is not mercury, while it is mercury? this statement-which seems not only strange but highly illogical-is itself the troublemaker. When alchemists speak of mercury, they speak of the inert potency concealed in the structural substance, which appears in a fluidic state and is called a metal.
This in itself is rather unusual.
It is precisely this inert potency which is to be freed from a corporeal substance that is known as mercury. Furthermore, it can be obtained not only from metallic mercury (or a metal) but from minerals, plants and animals alike. It is actually known as the spirit of life.
Since the search for this elusive mercury has been conducted primarily among metallic substances, and practically without success by all researchers, emphasis has been directed towards the salts, or the crude metallic substances, which alchemists have declared most emphatically to be poisonous. There is weighty evidence against the so-called heavy metals (a loose designation of a group including lead, chromium, cadmium, barium, cobalt, nickel, beryllium, copper, antimony, arsenic, mercury and iron). Mercury, especially, has been shown to produce damage to the nervous system and birth defects.
But mercury is not alone in being a troublemaker!
The danger of lead in household paints is common knowledge, and its use has been all but eliminated by most manufacturers of paints intended for indoor use. Less well known are the toxic effects of barium, also found in some paints. Its accumulation in the system can produce muscular disorder and kidney damage. An equally alarming list of disorders could be enumerated for each of the heavy metals, associated with the toxic effects they can produce.
But paradoxically, trace amounts of many heavy metals are as vital to human health as they are dangerous in quantity. Copper, zinc, chromium, magnesium, iron, and arsenic are all nutritionally essential. Even lead and mercury may be beneficial in small quantities.
So we see, that though nutritional virtues lie concealed within the metals, their various salts or oxides also have a toxic effect, and the entire effect of metals is poisonous if used in the form of solids. Even when they are dissolved with acids, their solutions are highly dangerous. It is no mere poetic image that from these metals, man forges a two-edged sword!
If any curative properties are to be found in metallic substances, these must be so exactingly separated from the metal involved, that they prove completely free from any harmful or toxic properties. Up to the present, this has been achieved primarily, if not entirely, by spagyric means. It is here that the critical difference between poison and medicine will have to show. If any validity can be found in the spagyric or alchemical way, it will have to be the way to better medications that have toxics removed from them, thereby becoming harmless in nature, yet are the repositories of powerful healing potential.
By Frater Albertus
Years ago, the Paracelsus Research Society suggested that there were more planets existing in our solar system than had as yet been discovered or acknowledged by modern science, and that furthermore their existence would one day become a matter of commonly accepted fact. Now, with the recently heralded discovery-or it should be said, re-discovery-of Vulcan, the planet nearest the Sun, making the known total of planets ten, science has moved a step further with its conclusion that another trans-Plutonian planet must exist in our solar system. Time and the planetary tides have moved to confirm our original position.
A recent report announced new mathematical calculations suggesting that another planet exists, though such a planet has never been seen, in computations issued by scientists at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The proposed body-dubbed Planet X by scientists - would be three times as large as Saturn and twice as far from the Sun as Neptune.
Earth, third nearest to the Sun of the nine known planets, is 80 times smaller than Saturn and nearly three billion miles from Neptune.
The calculations which led to Planet X evolved from studies of Halley's Comet, whose orbit contains mysterious deviations, and whose appearance near earth can never be predicted with absolute accuracy.
The calculations were made by a team of three scientists at the laboratory. Joseph Brady, a supervisor in numerical techniques, has written about the team's findings for the Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Mr. Brady, an acknowledged authority on Halley's Cornet, said the prediction of new planets based on mathematical calculations was not new. Neptune's location was predicted in 1846 in a similar way.
To make his predictions, Mr. Brady used information from previous observations of Halley's Comet, sightings of which have been reported since before the birth of Christ. With the laboratory's enormous computer system, he worked out the planet's probable location. The proposed planet would take about 512 years to orbit the Sun and probably would orbit in a direction opposite to that of the other planets, he said.
This raises another question, inasmuch as the law of polarity plays such an important role in the attraction and repulsion of substances, including orbiting bodies. It has been a matter of contention which polarity a planet would have to possess to fit into such an orderly system.
We present here a graphic depiction of the planets in,our solar system, according to the Paracelsus Research Society, beginning with the planet nearest the Sun, Vulcan, whose positive polarity is based upon the law that any activity commences with a positive impulse and has as its opposite a properly attuned negative recipient. Such proper attunement would constitute the opposite polarity. Only opposites produce again a positive reaction, requiring a negative recipient to repeat the perpetual motion within the universe. Here, in turn, every outcome of an action returns eventually (after a spherical circumscription) to the source of its impulse, only to repeat itself.
This illustration is given within a circle representing our solar system. The squaring of the circle by planetary influences is set into motion within this circle, though it is depicted here as stationary. When in motion, each would actually represent a proton of a positive nucleus with its negative electron as a shell circumnavigating its center (as in an atom). Since all this takes place within the centrum rerum, which has to include both polarities as one, we have the neutron of our Sun as the hub of all the energy, together with its manifestations as both polarities, i.e., positive and negative.
The sequence outward from the Sun (reading bottom to top on the diagram) is Vulcan, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Adonis, Cronos. Note that Vulcan begins the sequence as positive. The Earth is negative. From the Sun towards the earth, we have the positive impulse by way of Vulcan. From the Earth into space, we have Mars, the negative opposite, terminating again as negative, with Chronos as the negative of Vulcan. +
It has been said that if there were no digits there would be no Qabalah, and. inversely, if there were no Qabalah, there would be no numbers (digits). Since all this may smack too much of obscure speculation, because there is so much controversy among adherents of the various Qabalistic schools of thought, it is little wonder that today's scientifically inclined minds shy away from a system that appears to be of such a vacillating nature.
Since only nine digits are known to man, which may repeat themselves in various combinations almost ad infinitum, one cannot help wondering why there should be nine only; no more, no less. It is still an unsolved mystery, and it is very doubtful if there is an answer to be found as to it,, origin, regardless of all the pros and cons that may be raised concerning this system known as Q.B.L. It cannot be denied that there is something strange indeed connected with the placement and other arrangements of numbers and what these portend.
We must admit that considerable speculation surrounds and even permeates its whole structure, yet there are known factors to be considered that cannot be brushed aside as meaningless. Among them is the thesis that anything considered by its numerical value when it reaches near perfection, i.e., the state of its ultimate climax as such (for which it was conceived), should total the last and final of all digits, namely, nine. Suppose this were the case. What would that reveal to us? All one could answer would be perhaps: termination. Simply because there is no higher value numerically known than nine. This would terminate it. What, for example, could be understood thereby? It may be supposed that the inherent quality, or its predetermined factor, has reached its fulfillment.
This can, perhaps, be explained metaphysically, but there are few exact metaphysicians. Until the training of the metaphysician becomes more precise and exacting, it will continue to'be outweighed by the thorough training of duly qualified scientists. It should be equally possible, however, for the scientist to consider the validity of Qabalistic statements. Have such efforts been undertaken on a scientific basis? Are there at least some indications to be had that would warrant further investigations? Such pioneer work could surely lead to establishment of laws not presently even considered for investigation.
We shall cite here one such example from a scientific point of view, taking a recent newspaper article that appeared under the heading: "New Value for Speed of Light." The story is datelined Washington, November 21, 1972, and was distributed by United Press International (UPI). In a condensed version, it says: The National Bureau of Standards today reported a breakthrough in measurement of the speed of light. Involved is a laser light, a particularly pure form of electromagnetic radiation. The breakthrough, as NBS called it, came when scientists at the Bureau's Boulder, Colorado, laboratories measured the speed of light more accurately than has ever been done before. They arrived at a new speed figure of 186,282.3960 miles per second. The new value, NBS said, is 100 times more accurate than the one that had been accepted for the past fifteen years.
The Boulder scientists worked with a laser whose frequency had been stabilized to prevent unwanted shifts. They then measured the frequency by the most accurate standard available oscillations of the cesium atomand the wave length by best current length standard, the wave length of krypton.
Multiplying the frequency and wave length figures thus derived, gave them the new value for the speed of light.
The speed of light is what scientists call a constant. All electromagnetic radiations, whether low frequency radio waves or high frequency x-rays, travel with the same speed in a vacuum.
This constant, representing the maximum speed attainable by anything, appears in many equations describing the behavior of the universe. Therefore, increasingly accurate measurements of the speed of light have a profound effect in many fields. These include calculation of interplanetary distances, tracking of space vehicles, manufacture of precise instruments for gauging minute quantities of air pollutants, and expansion of the number of telecommunication bands.
One of the great potentials stemming from discovery of the laser is that pure, concentrated light, unmixed in frequency and wave length, offers tremendously more communications channels than those now available.
But only by knowing precisely the frequency and wave length characteristics of laser light can scientists move on to the next step of harnessing it effectively for communications.
The new measurement of the speed of light, with what the experiments reveal about laser frequencies and wave lengths, make that step possible, according to NBS.
What does the above indicate? How can it be related to numerical interpretation? Let us see. Light was formerly believed to travel at a speed of 186,300 miles per second. If we add up all the digits contained in that figure, they will total nine. According to Qabalistic terminology, this would indicate a termination.
If this postulation proves to be accurate, any further refinement of the given figure would have to take place within such termination. This means, any division or multiplication would have to result in an end product of nine. Let us check the end product of the new figure obtained by the laser experiment, to see if the number again terminates in nine. The answer is yes. When all digits of 186,282.3960 are added, we have 45. Adding four plus five, we have the terminus of 9.
Thus far, this would establish a scientific proof arrived at independently, of any Qabalistic knowledge, yet confirming the Qabalistic teaching.
Much more needs to be done to help in the correlation of such factors to bring them under strictly scientific classifications, but the above would indicate a step in the right direction.
The following account is taken from the acta of the judicial faculty of Leipzig, whose legal decision was given in August, 1715. (Responsio Jaridica Facultis Juridicae Lipsiensis.) A few years ago a man arrived late in the evening at the residence of the Countess of Erbach, the castle of Tankerstein, and asked to be permitted to enter it, and to hide there a few days, as he had accidentally killed a deer belonging to the Palatine of Palatia, who was, therefore, pursuing him to take his life, and he asked to be protected. The Countess at first refused; but when she saw the man she was so much impressed with his noble appearance that she consented, and the stranger was given a room, where he stayed for a few days. Aft& that he asked for an interview with the Countess, and when admitted to her presence, he expressed his thanks for the protection given to him, and offered that, as a token of his gratitude, he would transmute her silverware into gold. The Countess at first could not believe that such a thing was possible, but she at last consented to have an experiment made with a silver tankard, which the stranger melted and transmuted into gold. She thereupon sent this gold to the city and had it tested by a goldsmith, who found it to be gold of the purest kind. She then permitted the stranger to melt and transmute all her silver spoons, plates, dishes, etc., into gold, which he did, and finally he took his leave and went away, having received a comparatively small sum of money as a gift from the Countess. Soon after this event, the husband of the Countess, who seems to have been a spendthrift, and who had been away from home for several years, serving as an officer in some foreign country, returned, because he had heard that his wife had become suddenly rich. He claimed half of the gold for himself, but the Countess refused to acknowledge his claims. The case came, therefore, before the Court, and the husband supported his claims by the fact that he was the lord of the territory (Dominus territorii) upon which the castle belonging to his wife was located, and that according to the laws of the country all treasures found upon that land were lawfully his. He therefore requested that the gold should be sold, and from the proceeds new silverware should be bought for the Countess, and the surplus be given to him. The defendant claimed that artificially produced gold could not come under the consideration of a law referring to buried treasures, and that therefore the said law could not be applied in her case; that, moreover, the silver had been transmuted into gold for her own benefit. and not for that of another, and she begged the Court to be permitted to remain in undisturbed possession of it. The Court decided in her favor.
(From: IN THE PRONAOS OF THE TEMPLE OF WISDOM by Franz Hartmann)
Questions and Answers
Q. How were the old alchemists able to filter successfully without the use of filter papers such as we have today?
A. They used wool threads very effectively.
Q. Would you explain what is meant by the term "theriac"?
A. Theriac is an antidote for poison, such as bites or other injuries.
The Venetian theriac, also formerly known as 'Venice treacle," contained over sixty ingredients. We are not aware of any that mention over sixty ingredients; some give over twenty; others, even less. The original formula i~ a matter of contention. Even pharmacopias differ.
Q. Does the Philosopher's Stone remain in a liquid form from the citrine color onward, or does it become a solid?
A. It is said to he a solid.
Q. What do the ancients mean by the Spirit of Salt?
A. Hydrochloric Acid.
Q. What did the ancient alchemists mean by "sulphur vive"?
A. Literally, "sulphur that is alive." They were referring to crude sulphur from the mine.
Q. I've read several times in different books about Potable Gold. To my understanding this means you can drink it. Is this possible? Can you bring a recipe how to make it and give the source?
A. "The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly" contain the following:
A Way of Making Potable Gold.' "There are two kinds of potable gold. one is called Elixir, and is the stone liquefied into oil; the other is extracted melted calx of gold with the red oil of Saturn. All other recipes and methods of alchemists are inept and far from our intention, for whatsoever reduced into a body, the same is crude and undecocted. Nature develops what is good into what is better by the way of alteration. Gold which has passed through alteration or physical solution has not been edduced into something better. Take oil of lead, and circulate for forty days in a steam bath. Distil in retort till more than half has ascended, and then there will be seen in the vessel a white and crystalline water remaining at the bottom, while the oil floats on the surface. Take up this oil, and place the water by itself, as it is worthless; distil this oil slowly two or three times; when quite free from water, circulate for three days, then rectify, and it will be ready."
Translated from the Hamburg edition of 1676.
Q. On what law may we base the planetary sequence of the daily three and one-half hour periods, as presented by H. S. Lewis?
A. You evidently refer to the hook "Fate and the Cycles of Life," by H. Spencer Lewis. He follows the Hindu Tatwas, where each hour out of twenty~four has a planetary ruler. Instead of using one planet for each hour, H. S. Lewis uses one planet for each three and a half hours, in the same order. Thus, during sunrise on Sunday, not counting Sunday or the day in question during sunrise, when five days are added, we come to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday., and Friday, which is Venus-ruled. This makes Venus, or "B" as Lewis calls it. the next in line. This is followed by adding five again to Friday. namely. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, which is Mercury-ruled. or "C" in Lewis's system, to which again five is added and we have Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is Moonruled. or "D" in the Lewis version. This is followed by Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, which Saturn rules, or "E" as Lewis has it, which leaves Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, which has Jupiter or "F" in Lewis's system. The seven periods are concluded by Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, which is Mars or "G" according to Lewis's planetary disguises, and the whole order repeats itself in the Tatwas order. Although H. S. Lewis clainis his system has nothing to do with astrology, it is only too evident that the entire structure of his system is astrological-Qabalistic.
Q. During the calendar year, many days are set aside as so-called "Holy Days." If these are "Holy Days," as the name states, why are there so many, not only among the Christian faith, but among all other religions? Could you name two or three that could be said to be of most significance for all peoples?
A. This is rather difficult to answer, because some may reject what others prefer to believe. Perhaps it would not be amiss to quote Alice Bailey, who says in her The Reappearance of Christ (pp. 155-56):
"The Festival of Easter. This is the festival of the risen, living Christ, the Teacher of all men and the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. He is the expression of the love of God. On this day the spiritual Hierarchy, which He guides and directs, will be recognized and the nature of God's love will be emphasized. This festival is determined always by the date of the first full moon of Spring and is the great western and Christian festival.
"The Festival of Wesak. This is the festival of the Buddha, the spiritual intermediary between the highest spiritual centre, Shamballa, and the hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the wisdom of God, the embodiment of light and the indicator of the divine purpose. This will be fixed annually in relation to the full moon of May, as is at present the case. It is the great eastern festival."
No conclusive answer is possible, as there are many other religious festive occasions all over the world. In the end, all have to do with the renewal of life and the enlightenment that proceeds after the first realization has taken place.
Q. What is your opinion of the books by Alice Bailey?
A. Their verbose literary style makes it unnecessarily difficult to appreciate their true value. We wish they were more condensed, making them more accessible and attractive to the modern reader, while at the same time clarifying what is needlessly obscure.
Q. What is your attitude toward the young generation?
A. The cry of youth-der Schrei der Jugend-needs not only to be noticed but heeded, and then answered: Help is at hand-help is forthcoming!
Q. Regarding the destruction of Lucifer, making the Law of Polarity
possible in the planetary system-was there no polarity in the system before this
time, and if so, how did the system operate? Were the planets all of a Positive
nature, and if so, was it not then necessary to learn the difference between good
and evil, and therefore was it not necessary for Lucifer, or for one of the gods, to
be destroyed, so that we could have evil to make the differentiation? We could
even assume that the Divine Consciousness contemplated it this way before
A. Yes, we may assume this, as you say. As for us-sorry to confess our ignorance-we do not know!
Q. When it comes to cancer we are told to beware of "quacks." What one really to understand by that?
A. A quack in this case is someone with insufficient knowledge to provide the treatment or "cure." To be able to spot a "quack" look for the following: a special machine or formula kept secret. A quick cure, advertising the suggestion that even in extreme cases surgery does more harm than good. That one has the "
only" cure available, and it is not necessary to consult anybody else, because others would not understand anyway. These and similar indications are sure signs of a quack.