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    By the Green Dragon is to be understood our first undetermin'd Matter comprehending all our Principles, (as is demonstrated by the Half Moon on its Head, the Sun in its Body, and the Cross on its Tail, ) and denoting by its Motto that it can perform the whole Work without being join'd with any other created or artificially prepared thing: which is our first way.

    Green Dragon:


    All three ways in one image.

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    Thanks for sharing Florius.

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    Since I haven't read much about Alchemical Symbols yet: what means the cross in this context?

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    The whole symbol represents our Mercury, which in most texts is the Prima Materia (see the other thread).

    A possible interpretation could be that through means of solve (crescend/moon) and coagula (sun), out of your materia secunda (vel cruda/vel tertia=Mother Mary) rises a certain messiah (cross), who/ which can salvate the whole material world from its original sin (Adam's sin, like the fall of Lucifer generally results in all tangible stuff according to this kind of symbolical system), as it is able to even "radically"(in an alchemical- not chemical sense) solve (or kill at the cross/crucible) gold (the common and the alchemical) and other metals into their Prima Materia to eventually produce the stone with.

    The symbol is from the Buch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit and of course connected to the medieval christian zeitgeist from when the book was written (late 14th century). Other similar symbols use the images of other mythologies and religions, depending on the personal favourites and Zeitgeist.

    On a side note, because you wanted to know more about the cross: In this case it's a special form of a "Lilienkreuz" - called "Cross Fleuri, or flori" in heraldry. The lily always is a favourite symbol of power (see for example the old French flag with the three golden lilies on blue ground) and a favourite symbol of alchemy, as it usually is depicted with three leafs, that represent the alchemical Mercury, Sulfur and Salt and is therefore a general symbol of the stone.

    In this special case there are the seven virtues (they often are different ones, there are no canonical, or catholic seven virtues) written at this cross. Also a symbol for the seven planets, metals, seven angels, Quellgeister (see Jacob Böhme) and some other things...

    The image of mother Mary on the crescent with 12 stars around her head is taken from the apocalypsis of John. Mary isn't really mentioned, but generally interpreted. Sometimes there is also a snake below her feet, dominanted by her to make the connection to the story of Eve, the fruit, the snake and the original sin as written in the first book of Moses. It's also what the third Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille and even more obvious the Gold- and Rosicrucian Tarot of Oswald Wirth shows.

    Last edited by Florius Frammel; 03-18-2020 at 10:28 PM.

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    oh wow, thank you, I didn't expect so many details as answer. I have thought about Jesus as the meaning of the cross (with all the implications), but supposed there might be more in it.

    Okay, there is much to think about for me. Gosh, so much to read and understand. I don't have enough time, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florius Frammel View Post
    Green Dragon:
    Quote Originally Posted by Florius Frammel View Post


    The whole symbol represents our Mercury, which in most texts is the Prima Materia (see the other thread).

    A possible interpretation could be that through means of solve (crescend/moon) and coagula (sun), out of your materia secunda (vel cruda/vel tertia=Mother Mary) rises a certain messiah (cross), who/ which can salvate the whole material world from its original sin (Adam's sin, like the fall of Lucifer generally results in all tangible stuff according to this kind of symbolical system), as it is able to even "radically"(in an alchemical- not chemical sense) solve (or kill at the cross/crucible) gold (the common and the alchemical) and other metals into their Prima Materia to eventually produce the stone with.

    The symbol is from the Buch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit and of course connected to the medieval christian zeitgeist from when the book was written (late 14th century). Other similar symbols use the images of other mythologies and religions, depending on the personal favourites and Zeitgeist.

    On a side note, because you wanted to know more about the cross: In this case it's a special form of a "Lilienkreuz" - called "Cross Fleuri, or flori" in heraldry. The lily always is a favourite symbol of power (see for example the old French flag with the three golden lilies on blue ground) and a favourite symbol of alchemy, as it usually is depicted with three leafs, that represent the alchemical Mercury, Sulfur and Salt and is therefore a general symbol of the stone.

    Great posts, FF! Fantastic info.

    Do you know what the words in the first image you posted are in English?

    The image below gives even further explication


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    The words are latin. You can google them, but all are englishized anyway.

    They say:

    Sanctitas

    Puritas

    Castitas

    Sobrietas

    Mercurius

    Karitas

    Pietas

    Humilitas

    Here, without mercurius of course, they are packed as the seven virtues. The Buch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit also brings them into connection with the 7 metals, 7 deadly sins, 7 wounds of Christ, 4 evangelists + mother Mary, Jesus and God, 7 weekdays and a few other sevenfold things. It is basically a similar, older, extended and christian version of this and similar images:



    Below the crescend there is written:
    "luna sol karitas est castitas Jupiter"

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