philosopher's stone images


The philosopher's stone has been described in ancient alchemical texts as an oil, an amorphous powder, or a crystalline glass like substance being very heavy in weight. These different forms are consistent with wetness, dryness, or dry and ground to powder. Some have described the powder as a conglomeration of minerals having no apparent value to those who are unfamiliar with it. The colors of the matured philosopher stone are believed to range from yellow to saffron to fiery ruby red. The exalted or purified stone in its immature stage is considered to be white or even opaque. The basic color spectrum normally associated with the great work of the magnum opus is abbreviated as black, white, yellow, red. There are however more secondary colors which have been depicted in alchemical artwork since as far back as the ancient pyramids scattered throughout the world and these are known as a green lion as well as a peacock's tail. When Michael Sendivogius describes the great work in his new chemical light (possibly written by his mentor Alexander Seton), he says till all the colors resolve themselves into a gentle splendor of a white radiance which soon, under the continued genial influence of the fire changes to a glorious purple signifying that you are nearing the final completion of your work, followed by a final and fixed red no more affected by fire. (not exact words) credit; Michael Sendivogius and Alexander Seton.       

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