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01-07-2013, 06:21 PM
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Python, Mercurius, Hermes - Mercurius as a three headed dragon... click on image for source.


01-07-2013, 06:40 PM
Mercurius as a three headed dragon...

Actually four-headed, if we also count the frontal black head/face with the beard...

"The One that is Three" and vise-verse...

Quoting from a poem (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?1163-alchemical-raps&p=8555#post8555) of mine:

None is One and One is None,
Two is Three, and Tree is One
One and Two and Three and Four
Equal One, n'Evermore.

The upper three heads appear to be Moon, Sun and Mercury.

01-07-2013, 07:31 PM
The python looks like an distilling apparatus,
it has drawn something inside mercury I cant tell what
gold and silver and the wings of love and wings of strength :P

01-07-2013, 08:30 PM
My initial impression:
The Seed of Iron, the Egg of Copper, in a special, "fishy" womb, heated with fire, to circulate and/or distill the 3 inner star-companents that make up the one matter.

Reasoning behind it:
The masculine wings next to the human head = iron. It must be but a seed, due to the size in comparison to the feminine fins/wings of "love" - fittingly blue-ish since its all copper, thus the egg. The scales of the body are more akin to that of a fish than a reptile - and its black coloration matching that of the moon's face = a sign/relationship between them, dew perhaps. (as it smells like fish). ;)
The serpents tail is very much the pure vapor of a distillation (moving serpentine-like), being heated by vulgar fire (the red-winged boots on a man's feet = iron/fire, also the relation between the face-wings), in order to separate the spagyrics of the matter: body/lunar, spirit/solar, and the mediating mercury which holds and joins the two.

A marriage/union leading to a birth, which dies, ascends, descends, and is reborn. :)


Bel Matina
01-07-2013, 09:18 PM
The detail inside the sign of Mercury is a dark face in profile. The margin of the circle shows rays like the sun, with a corona - this is an image of the eclipse. The black face is Cronus, perhaps digesting Zeus.

I definitely see circulation here.

At the bottom it indicates that these wings which stand in the air are the fire which is to drive our circulation. That is to say, we should heat the matter with our Iron, but be very sure that it remains stably founded in the Air/Spirit.

01-13-2013, 07:54 PM
I see it also as a pagan art expressing their beliefs of the creation of human and hes/her evolution.

01-13-2013, 08:59 PM
Python's tail wraps about the eagle (sal volatile?) and the sun (soul), but doesn't hold the third principle (merury) tightly at all.

I suppose if you tried to unravel his tail the fixed elements would be the deepest of the elements and the first to be entwined.

and to paraphrase Paracelsus: what is white is joined with life, and what is black promotes death.
Python's face is black, his legs and tail white-ish--although the only other version of this I've seen is a black and white print in which his face is white. Mostly just curious why the artist decided to color Python's face all black...

03-20-2013, 10:54 PM
Thanks for posting this work of art. It gives me an idea of what to do with one of my recent works. A child may soon mature well past ripeness.

solomon levi
03-22-2013, 09:19 AM
Python's tail wraps about the eagle (sal volatile?) and the sun (soul), but doesn't hold the third principle (merury) tightly at all.

yeah, i noticed this too... the same knot reversed, and then passing the third neck to drape over a... fire? sprouting salt??

03-22-2013, 09:37 PM
All of these are just my humble opinions on it.

The tail represents the end and it's not wrapped tightly because it can escape. The absurdly long tail might also be an indicator of time. Also the tail really isn't wrapped around the third aspect(mercury) at all(more than one reason), it's actually wrapped around the red pointy thing that sticks out. They aren't really the same thing but they kind of are.

The black face represents black stage. Notice the shape of the face and long beard, this would be our old man.

The shoes with wings represent mobility which can be by air or by water. I'm somewhat sure it doesn't move on it's own by land so the legs/feet themselves are probably just another reference to the old man aspect. This especially makes sense when you notice the underside is darker and connected to the face in color, you can almost see him hunching over.

The necks are white, yellow, and a mix. The coloring hints at their nature and mixing. I would have probably colored it differently but it's not wrong.

The left wings remind me of a peacock's tail and line up with the red wings. Around the hearts appears to be little lines which I take as symbols for heat rising upwards, up in this case would be going right to left. The blue hearts would be going the other direction downwards. For that reason the red wings attached to the face make me think of ascending and descending by fire. That's probably why they are attached there. In other words they are where they are needed.

10-15-2016, 04:11 AM
I've been thinking on this more. Mercurius as three -fold or "triple fixt"

Spiritus Mundi, Secret Fire, Mercurius. All three are adaptations of One thing. Which means they're all from the same original substance.

10-15-2016, 04:30 AM
I've been thinking on this more. Mercurius as three -fold or "triple fixt"

Spiritus Mundi, Secret Fire, Mercurius. All three are adaptations of One thing. Which means they're all from the same original substance.


"In its subtle state it is a Universal Spirit, and we call it our Mercurius, but when it descends and penetrates the world, it thickens and coagulates to become the Soul, and we call it our Sulphur. Lower, it freezes in a body, and we call it our Salt”.

Michaelis Vallachus
10-15-2016, 08:00 AM
The colored image in the Mellon miscellanea pictured above comes from this version of the Mercurius, in Giovanni Battista Nazzari s work in 1564 ()


It s also closely realted to the Abraham Eleazar / Baruch tradition, ofwhich Flamel s work is a part. The fact that the Mercury is called PYTHON tells us this.

Although the three headed Python does not appear emblematically in the Eleazar Uraltes Chemysche werke, it is nonetheless discussed, but it appears in the Clavis artis manuscripts:

Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei version:


Atillio Hortis Trieste version:


It s been discussed and explained symbolically and philosopically to death, but I think we can agree it s just a part of the process, a stage of the Materia :D as phisical and as palpable as it gets.

Michaelis Vallachus
10-15-2016, 08:17 AM
This is not an apparatus. It s a conglomerate.

The Dragon Is the Mercury, that is why the Mercury head is not tightly entwined in the tail, there is no need to, it is an integral part of the Dragon and shows it s identity. The Moon and the Sun are dissolved in it and held tightly (tail) but become parts of the whole, hence the representation of the heads. The Mercurial head hints even more at the disollution, because we see all elements clearly distinguished: The blazing Sun, the horned moon, and the Acid or Corrosive cross below, joined into one.

The Black face is a direct refference to it s identity and the link with Saturn, the origin of the Dragon.

The Clavis artis manuscript pictures its nature by three things:

1. The most obvious, the three labelled heads
2. The less obvious, the three colors consistent throughout: The Red of the Sulphur, The Green of the Mercury, and the Yellow of the intermediate Salt.
3. The hidden: The Dragon is active and spews fire (Sulpur), has a volatile nature by it s tail raising upwards (Mercury) but it s four legs are firmly planted on the ground (Salt).