In it’s original latin the term VITRIOL stood for ‘Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificado Invenies Occultum Lapidem.’ What this translates to in English is ‘visit the interior of the earth to find the secret stone.’ This is in reference to the philosophers stone, but here, the interior Earth is within us. As within, so without being the lesson. See, the body houses the Divine and alchemy actually had very little to do with transmuting lesser metals into gold and much more to do with transforming our spiritual selves and awakening to the Divine presence within.
Mystics throughout the ages have left us several blueprints on how to go about achieving this golden body where we are fully aware of our conscious contact with God. In the East we see a long running tradition of the third eye opening and spiritual awareness being born, but what of its western counterpart? Almost nothing in our mainstream popular culture touches on the subject leading many to believe we don’t have a long standing tradition of mysticism. This simply isn’t true. In fact, we have quite a bit of mystical knowledge shrouded in our legends and epochs.
For instance, the German legend of Parzifal tells of a green emerald falling from Lucifers forehead. This is directly associated with us losing vision in our third eye, which as anyone who has studied eastern philosophy can tell you has always been associated with our self awareness. This is also where the legend of Parzifals Stone began.
The mind reorganizes the cosmos. Every culture has a variation of Parcifal. In the near east we have Eve being tempted in the Garden of Eden. Roman mythology tells of Paris handing Venus an apple. The Greek version of Aphrodite is also associated with the apple. Kama Mara is associated with the creation of the world of illusion in eastern traditions.
What all these stories have in common is the fruit of enlightenment. The snake is almost always meant to represent the minister of the goddess. The goddess being a represenative of the vegetable dimesion whereas the snake represents the animal dimension. See, the ancients had a very different take on how we came to be and believed that our consciousness spawned from the Cosmic mind of God and evolved through all the elements associated with existence itself.
While this information seems incredibly cryptic and doesn’t seem to make much sense to our modern minds the ancients would recognize the lessons in these legends instantly. Anyone initiated into the ancient mysteries sees the basic principles of alchemy and inner transformation hidden within these creation stories.
SNAKE=SULFUR=ANIMAL GODDESS=MERCURY=VEGETABLE, THOUGHT=SALT=MATERIAL
Mercury is seen as the mediator between sulfur and salt. the goddess represents our ‘ability’ to create. What I really mean is the goddess transforms our seldfish sexual energy into physical reality. The vegetable element works to achieve or create the mystical experience in esoteric terms.
This is done through meditation. Old world initiates used alchemy as an analogy because the practice was seen as witchcraft. So what we ended up with was vague terminology. Soft female mercury(vegetable)makes love to hard, rigid sulfur(animal). The seed plants a burning desire that salt(mind) materializes. The third eye opens allowing one to create the conditions one wants by seeing spiritual truths with clarity. Once we are aware of our connection to the Divine we awaken to being filled with the same creative force of the cosmos.
“O God, you have shown me eternal love by bestowing on me the golden body. By merging with my heart you have alchemized my body.’
Awakening the goddess within is true spiritual alchemy. Transmuting selfish sexual desire into living spiritual practice is easy to intellectualize but difficult to achieve. Without any understanding of energy centers in the body these are very vague ideas. If i were to say “build a Temple in the heart of the rose and the goddess will arise from within” it probably wouldn’t mean much, but this is exactly how western alchemy was passed down.
King Solomon ASKED God for the Wisdom to guide his people and the gift of Wisdom was given. Ask God for Wisdom. Vocalize the desire,believing with all your heart and you will receive her. The heart of the rose, or the heart chakra is the key to unlocking this mystery.
Through your minds eye, visualize a temple being built where your heart is. Construct it however you like. I chose the mathematical precision of the Star of David because it resonates with my soul but it’s really subjective and up to you on how you want it to look. Once you’ve visualized the Temple in detail start meditating there regularly and really grounding yourself in spirit. Once you’re ready ask Wisdom to come. Say it out loud and repeat as often as necessary.
This is alchemy 101.Try it our for yourself. Please feel free to pass this knowledge on to anyone you think may benefit from it. May Gods grace and mercy shine upon you.