The Red King and the Rubedo
In the first part we described the four elemental processes: the Fire of the Calcinatio, the Air of the Sublimatio, the Water of the Solutio & the Earth of the Putrefactrio. By going through these processes the Alchemical wandered experiences the Nigredo and the Albedo and as such he stands at the Gates of the Rubedo, the Red making. This is the Formula of the Great Transformation: the black lead is turned into white silver and in the final stage this becomes the red gold.
The Rubedo starts with the connexion of the white and the red; the Alchemical marriage as a symbol of the integration of psychic antitheses. Now we will see how the Wanderer is transformed spiritually through these three processes and how he becomes a whole person. Red, as we all know, is the colour of Vitality, Blood & Fire, the Golden Age, Holy War (internal & external). The Red in Alchemy does not represent a sterile cerebrality, but one’s thinking and reflecting is deeply emotional as one feels and recognizes the ancient connexion with the Heimat, the pagan Gods, Europa, the Mysticism of the Blood & the Grail, … And as you grow alchemically you detach yourself from what Heidegger referred to as ‘Das Man’, the ‘They’ who all believe to be ‘unique individuals’ free from whatever connexion. Your Spiritual evolution will lead you, headlessly, to the realm of Eternal Truths (the One and All) where you will have to recognize you human unimportance as compared to the Cosmos. The Enlightenment and Humanism all of the sudden placed Man at the centre of the Universe as God was pronounced dead. But Nietzsche aimed at the enslaving Christian God, a magian invention, and this did not invalidate the Sacred, the Metaphysical realm. Alchemy as an integral part of the Western Mystery cults teaches us another truth and this has been causally translated in Romanticism, Völkish Nationalism/regionalism, Symbolism and Expressionism.
1)The first process is the distillation and this functions as a filter as the Earthen element is left behind. The Alchemist stays true to the Earth as his body is bound to it, to Nature, but he will transcend it spiritually and his body & blood make room for the new Spirit / the Geist. Through the four elemental processes the Alchemist’s old and primitive Soul has been tested most thoroughly and as the Earth is burning and his body turned into ash, the Alchemist welcomes the Geist that will seek connexion with his Soul. The Soil of the West has been thoroughly defiled during this magian aeon as Western man has not only corrupted his body, but also his soul by selling it to socialist, capitalist, Christian doctrines. This Soil must burn in order to cleanse it so that the Geist can find its Vessel once again. The Western Alchemist who stayed true to the Western Mystery Cult and the Völkish values will take in his hand the holy torch. The Acéphalic has no fear as he holds in his right hand the Sacred burning Heart as a symbol of Decisiveness. Decisions must be taken and this is not the time to listen to the multiple voices of ‘Das Man’. The plebeian ‘they’ that kneel before the new humanist gods.
The Distillatio stands for the Struggle of which Heidegger and the Conservative Revolution spoke: a renewal, a Palingenisis in order to reconnect the European Dasein with the Geist to save the Sacred Essence of the Grail from the filth and corruption that has infected the West. The Geist will not only enrapture the Alchemist, but he will be spiritually stronger in order to rediscover “the inner greatness” of Europa and its regions, and as a reborn Templar he must raise his sword to fight against the infidels and inferior ideas that have been defiling the Western Soul since the domination of what Heidegger calls a productionist metaphysics (the ruling of result, production, …).
2) Then follows the Coagulatio: a phase in which the Soul becomes more and more enraptured and thus cleansed by the Geist and the original Gnosis. The esoteric Bible speaks of a new Earth and a new Heaven. The Alchemist’s insight in and understanding of his Dasein, his Being-with-Others and Being-in-World becomes transcendental when he rediscovers the Sacred Mission of the West. A Mission that once was crystal clear when the Mystery of the Grail was brought from the East to the West in order to shine most brilliantly in das Abendlandes. The Grail was passed on from the Arthur, the Celts, to the Cathars, Western Mystery Cults, Völkisch cults, new teutonic Templars and now it is hidden deep within our Blood once more. We must leave this infested Earth behind as its decline is inevitable, but it is our duty to take with us the Innermost Purity of the Grail in order to fuel our Dasein’s transformation. The Coagulatio phase makes on solid and stable again after the previous elemental and spiritual changes, and thus we become combative and strong again as Pure and Noble Daseins are supposed to be.
3) As we enter the seventh process, the tincture, or the extraction of the Essence, the quinta essentia of our life becomes clear to us. This is the fifth element that wipes away all the differences and opposites. Our Soul has been renewed and we are no longer enrooted in the infected Earth, but our roots have become transcendental for they pass on the Energy that comprises us. Our body, Soul and the Geist are interconnected. It is the Alchemical marriage of the King and the Queen and this can be witnessed in the upper room of the Alchemical mountain as you can see the rise of the Phoenix. The seven stages of the Soul have been opened and experienced and the Grand Opus is finished.
Note: it is very important to realize that as an Alchemist you are not in charge of these fundamental changes and transformations. You may be looking for the Grail, but it will find you as you must be ready and worthy to ‘open’ yourself, to accept these changes and become a receptive vessel. As Heidegger maintained change manifests itself in Dasein and it discloses new possibilities, ancient truths. David Myatt told this as well: be humble and accept with love and compassion. In the West one is driven by cause and result, producing things, being productive, becoming and making instrumental. This was Bataille’s main criticism of the West as well. Technology and industrialism has changed us, stamped us (Gestalt, Jünger) into these automatons who no longer enjoy sudden changes from within, and that manifest themselves acausally. Even the occult, with its Black Magick, is driven by results, by attaining wealth, and so on.
Instead of being enslaved by results we must free our-selves and learn to become receptive vessels in which the seven stages of the Alchemical Opus can occur. Heidegger meant by being a ‘disclosive event’, a sudden disclosure, an acausal manifestation so to speak. He meant something that was prior to and more basic than the entities disclosed through it: a self-manifesting, a presencing beyond cause-and-effect explanations. It is about gaining access to a feeling of unlimitedness, the archetypical world of our Western collective unconscious. Let us therefore not hesitate and start the Great Work.
Von Sanngetall, 128 yf
- Alchemy and Psychology
- Heidegger’s confronation with Modernity
- Rosicrucian sources