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solomon levi
01-01-2010, 05:55 AM
Credit goes to Aor - R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, the master behind
Le Mystere de Cathedrales.

This post will cover some alchemical theory in addition to colors.
Let's start with Pythagoras' tetractys.

http://i18.servimg.com/u/f18/12/78/17/61/th/tetrac10.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=265&u=12781761)

Here we have a progression from unity to duality, trinity and quaternary.
We are only concerned with the two lower levels for this discussion.
The trinity is our tria prima, the three alchemical priniples of sulphur,
mercury and salt. And the quaternary is our four elements, fire, air, water
and earth.
When placed on the tetractys in that respective order, we get our seven
colors. From the far left we start with fire as red, then up to sulphur as
orange, back to air as yellow, mercury as green, water as blue, salt as
indigo and earth as violet.

Aor made slight changes to this, but I won't write of it as it seems incomplete
(and incorrect to our modern understanding).

Suphur is composed of fire and air.
Mercury of air and water.
Salt of water and earth.

You can see this in our tetractys.
The elements are composed of four qualities.
Fire is hot and dry.
Air is hot and wet.
Water is wet and cold.
Earth is cold and dry.

So a further dissection of sulphur shows that it is composed of a double
portion of heat and a balance between dry and wet.
Mercury is composed of a double portion of humidity or moisture and
a balance between hot and cold.
Salt is composed of a double portion of cold with a balance of wet and dry.

In nature, sulphur is transmuted into mercury by an addition of wetness;
and mercury transforms to salt via addition of cold.
This is all nature can accomplish. This is the linear progression of the
elements. Nature cannot join the dryness of earth to the dryness of fire
with a balance of hot and cold, but Art and the clever Alchemist can.
The missing link to close this line into a circle, a serpent biting its tail,
is the Philosophers' Stone which is composed of a double portion of
dryness balanced between hot and cold.
This is a secret to understanding the Art. ;)

http://i18.servimg.com/u/f18/12/78/17/61/th/rick_s10.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=266&u=12781761)

If we add our stone to the tria prima in the tetractys, it falls outside
of the template but in a color position that we would consider Ultraviolet.
Interesting, huh? So it raises the frequency into the next dimension/octave.

01-01-2010, 06:44 AM
thats pretty awesome Sol'. Ive got a print out of the first picture hanging on my wall, along with two other alchemical drawings (one being of the 4 elements) and also with the Emerald Tablet. (I keep the Azoth by my light switch :D ;) )

Im going to have to reflect on that more, thanks for the read. :)