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Aleilius
01-01-2009, 09:27 PM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm).

It is my contention that the true occult truths of the highest grades of freemasonry include certain alchemical dogma. The grades in which alchemy dogma is taught in freemasonry starts at the 28th degree and continues until the 33rd degree. The name of the 28th degree is known as "Knight of the Sun, or Prince Adept." This name has an obvious alchemical relation with the sun, and gold. If you will read "Morals and Dogma" by Albert Pike, you will soon discover that the inner secrets relate to alchemy.


"The prima materia of the Great Work, in the Superior World, is enthusiasm and activity; in the intermediate world, intelligence and industry; in the lower world, labor: and, in Science, it is the Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt, which by turns volatilized and fixed, compose the AZOTH of the Sages.

The Sulphur corresponds with the elementary form of the Fire Mercury with the Air and Water; and Salt with the Earth.

The Great Work is, above all things, the creation of man by himself; that is to say, the full and entire conquest which he effects of his faculties and his future. It is, above all, the perfect emancipation of his will, which assures him the universal empire of Azoth, and the domain of magnetism, that is, complete power over the universal Magical agent.

This Magical agent, which the Ancient Hermetic philosophers disguised under the name of "Prima Materia," determines the forms of the modifiable Substance; and the Alchemists said that by means of it they could attain the transmutation of metals and the universal medicine."


So that the Great Work is more than a chemical operation; it is a real creation of the human word initiated into the power of the Word of God.

The creation of gold in the Great Work is effected by transmutation and multiplication.

Raymond Lulle says, that to make gold, one must have gold and mercury; and to make silver, silver and mercury. And he adds: "I mean by mercury, that mineral spirit so fine and pure that it gilds even the seed of gold, and silvers that of silver." He meant by this, either electricity, or Od, the astral light.

The Salt and Sulphur serve in the work only to prepare the mercury, and it is to the mercury especially that we must assimilate, and, as it were, incorporate with it, the magnetic agent. Paracelsus, Lulle, and Flamel alone seem to have perfectly known this mystery.

The Great Work of Hermes is, therefore, an operation essentially magical, and the highest of all, for it supposes the Absolute in Science and in Will. There is light in gold, gold in light, and light in all things.

The disciples of Hermes, before promising their adepts the elixir of long life or the powder of projection, advised them to seek for the Philosophal Stone.

The Ancients adored the Sun, under the form of a black Stone, called Elagabalus, or Heliogabalus. The faithful are promised, in the Apocalypse, a white Stone.

This Stone, says the Masters in Alchemy, is the true Salt of the philosophers, which enters as one-third into the composition of Azoth. But Azoth is, as we know, the name of the grand Hermetic Agent, and the true philosophical Agent: wherefore they represent their Salt under the form of a cubical Stone.


The Hermetic Gold is not only a true dogma, a light without Shadow, a Truth without alloy of falsehood; it is also a material gold, real, pure, the most precious that can be found in the mines of the earth.

But the living gold, the living sulphur, or the true fire of the philosophers, is to be sought for in the house of Mercury. This fire is fed by the air: to express its attractive and expansive power, no better comparison can be used than that of the lightning, which is at first only a dry and earthly exhalation, united to the moist vapor, but which, by self-exhalation, takes a fiery nature, acts on the humidity inherent in it, which it attracts to itself and transmutes in its nature; after which it precipitates itself rapidly toward the earth, whither it is attracted by a fixed nature like unto its own.

Last but not least, I would like to add this tidbit: I believe symbology of the "G" in freemasonry is not geometry or god, but rather GOLD. This makes absolute perfect sense to me, and I believe this is known only to the inner initiates of freemasonry or the higher degrees.
Let us not forget that G is the seventh number in the alphabet, and we all know what SEVEN (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=6) represents!
Ah yes, very good call deviadah!

That specific connection almost escaped my mind.

Last but not least, I would like to add this tidbit: I believe symbology of the "G" in freemasonry is not geometry or god, but rather GOLD. This makes absolute perfect sense to me, and I believe this is known only to the inner initiates of freemasonry or the higher degrees.

I think you are correct sir, and it is reinforced in a large amount of symbology, what color is this?

http://i54.servimg.com/u/f54/12/84/53/34/masoni11.gif (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2&u=12845334)

And now that you mention it, contrary to what the extrinsic imagery says, in reality the square's counterpart, the compass is used to draw circles, not squares. So what we have is more like, you guessed it, "Squaring the Circle".