The Road of the Alchemical Wanderer, the initiation into Traditional Mysteries can be compared with the Path leading up to a mountain and this is shown here on this Alchemical emblem. This particular Path is most difficult and treacherous, and it demands our devotion and attention. This devotion can take several forms (Sinister, Martial, Mystic, artistic …), but these are just causal ‘translations’, or emanations if you will, of a Great inner transformation of our wrestling Soul, an Inner Experience as Bataille described this.
This Road is a sevenfold one and this is the planetary foundation of the Alchemical Opus. In the interpretation (as there is not one truth, for these are just descriptions, words, …) I will offer here, I will make the distinction between the four elemental processes (our earthly existence) and the spiritual (our ex-sistence; our original standing out of earth) ones. Our Acéphalic Mysticism is Gnostic in origin: we firmly believe in Eorthe, our connexion with Nature, our Soil & Heimat, the Flesh & the Blood, eroticism & sexuality, our Art & Traditions but like the Gnostics, we are aware of an eternal undercurrent, a Cosmic connexion at the core of our ex-sistence. In essence we are not ‘at home’ here for we are separated from the Great Void, the Cosmic, the Acausal but as possible Nexions we have the duty to invite the Acausal forces into this temporary world in order to ignite the Sacred Flame. It is our duty to ‘open up’ the Gates of this earthly Temple (again) and to welcome the Numinous. At this present moment the West, which once was the culmination point of the great Alchemical Traditions, is dying due to the hegemony of mundane ideologies, petty politics, materialism, the capitalist digital revolution, and so on. The West has been de-spiritualized and some believe that man has taken the place of god. The Divine is within man, but it is far greater and it reaches beyond our limited rational confines. We must therefore explore the sevenfold Road.
1. The first step is the Calcinatio, the process of Fire or Purification. You must be able to open yourself for the living water of the Greater and Unresolved Mysteries and then, and only then, a spiritual Fire will ignite your Soul. This purifying fire is able to detach us from mundane habits and ways of thinking, from hubristic ideologies that only have limited and purely functional purposes. It is very easy to grow attached to these ways of thinking and reasoning and these form unconscious ties which have a causal source. These ties keep us bound to Eorthe but in a non-mystical sense. The Fire of Purification is able to destroy our utilitarian view, our material attachment and our anthropentric point of view which was installed after the Enlightenment.
2. The second step is the Sublimatio, the chemical process of heating, vaporization and distilling (Air). This is a most precious work as this demands time and subtlety. Adding too much air can make us dizzy and it may disorient us. It demands that the Alchemist detaches himself from his-self and learns that the Work he is doing does not lead to personal benefit. This is not the classic self-absorbed black magician who claims to be doing important alchemical work while aiming for personal profit. So, there is no difference between the magian manager, the capitalist, the socialist who are all working in terms of their world views. No, the work of the Alchemist, and most certainly, the Sinister Alchemist, goes beyond personal gain and demands refinement according to the gifts and talents one is given. The Alchemist dedicates his actions and his Blood to the Sovereign and the Imperial. Because of the Sublimatio one’s life has become a stage where one is able to witness and judge one’s own behavior. The Dark Gods are merely guides but they will not judge you. Do not expect them to judge you the way a magian masochistally craves to be punished by his god. Regard your own behavior and apply the chemical processes. Be harsh on yourself and thus gain more insight, more distance. Control your emotions and master them for they are the worst of all teachers. After the Sublimatio (self)-criticism and (self)-judgement you will be able to form and sculpt your character.
3. The process of Solutio or the water process. The complete surrender of yourself and the surpassing of the ‘I’ have lead to the earthly process. The Water stands for the unconscious and thus this means that the Alchemist is ready for cleaning up his psyche and a fundamental change within the Blood. Let the Water stream like a psychic river taking with it bad habits, mundane ideas which were instilled by your education, by old teachers, and which have become compulsory. Once again become creative, rediscover your acausal source as we humans were once connected to the Continuum. Our Gefallenheit has taken this away but become aware of your Gnostic origin, your competences which go beyond the present time and which teach man to be obedient vessels, machines that serve globalism,… Because of the process of Solutio the Destiny of the West will become focused again as it stands for a liberation of a self that has been created for you and as you take control again (struggle if necessary!), this false self will slowly lose its dominant position. Mind you, there is no ‘true self’ at the end of the Road. The ‘True Self’ has been a magian fabric (Kabbalah, Golden Dawn, Crowley, …) which is still dominant an popular in today’s occulture and New Age thinking. A truly dedicated and most humble approach is the insight that the Destiny of the West (the Imperium as a return to the Sacred) overreaches one’s personal and feeble position. The Alchemical Work reaches beyond the construct of a ‘finite human self’, as the deadly rays of the Black Svn burn away all these selfish and hubristic presumptions. As you continue along the Alchemical Path you devote the energy within your Blood to the “One and All”.
4. Then the fourth, and according to the Alchemists the most important process, commences. The Putrefactio coincides with the Element of the Earth. Here we witness how matter / Ego perishes to ashes. Thanks to this ash the Soil becomes fertile again, and thus it can receive the gold (the power of the Blood) or the acausal forces so they can flourish. If this happens within the Alchemist, he is ready to communicate with the Continuum and he becomes a Nexion. The mortification which occurs during this fourth process is exemplified in the bible by the beheading of the Apostle John (a hermetic reading of course). This beheading is very important and it stands for the Acéphalic, namely utilitarian reason makes room for another kind of thinking, namely thinking with the heart and the Spirit. The Acéphale is headless and in his hands he holds the burning heart and the bloodied ritual dagger. Both are ritual symbols denoting the Blood Opher and the Quest of Spiritualization. In Alchemy this image of spiritualization is the Phoenix that rises from the ashes and you can see him on the Alchemical emblem. The Quest brings you to the Inner Earth where the Phoenix arises from the ash. This Phoenix stands for what once was Sovereign and Traditional as those eternal values are waiting to re-emerge from the depths of Eorthe (and your Blood). We are just vehicles that can make this happen once again for the Sacred union of Blood & Soil is a most powerful weapon. The French Revolution created the ugly headed monster of rationalism, demystification, equality and secularization. This monster has served man’s Ego and the Alchemist takes upon the Sacred duty to decapitate this hideous invention.
These are the four elemental processes (Fire, Air, Water & Earth) and these are the first steps of this 7FW. These processes cover the Nigredo and the Albedo. In our next blog post we will describe the last three spiritual steps leading up to the Rubedo and the discovery of the Tinctura, the essence of our Being.
Von Sanngetall, 128 yf
Source: Rosicrucian teachings