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In this installment, I discuss the mysterious Philosophers Stone. Is the stone a real object, or is it purely symbolic. Check out the article to learn more about this enigmatic topic!

The Philosopher’s Stone-The Key to all of the Mysteries?

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

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In this installment, I presented the argument that modern science owes a lot to the Ancient Mystery schools and several esoteric schools of thought. The Royal Society was a group of thinkers/scientists/philosophers who joined together to research and present new concepts and inventions and was made up of individuals who were deeply connected with the ancient traditions of alchemy, Hermeticism, and Freemasonry.

Esoteric Wisdom and the Birth of Modern Science

 

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Alchemy in Our Time

A nice discussion on the various aspects of Alchemy, from the spiritual to the physical. Alchemy is much more than turning base metals into gold.  It was revered by many of the greatest minds of the time until it was written off as superstition.  What it has to teach is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago…if you have eyes to see it.

Alchemy in Our Time

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Squaring the Circle-deciphering the symbol

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The symbol that depicts the Philosopher’s Stone may just hold the answer to all of our questions. The fact that this simple symbol can contain such elaborate truth is quite astounding, but very real indeed.

The symbol consists of a large circle with a triangle inside it with the points of the triangle touching the circle on three different points. Within the triangle is a square that is flanked with a circle. The large circle represents the heavens or the universe. The triangle within that circle is representative of the ether or spirit world. It is the collective consciousness of everyone and everything. It is in balance with the universe. The square is representative of the earth and included within, it’s four corners represent the four elements. Within that square lies the answer that the symbol is leading us to. The arrangement of the shapes of the symbol naturally draw your eye into the center of the image. This is the point within the circle. As we have discussed in earlier blogs, the point within the circle is one of the most powerful symbols in the history of mankind. It represents the individual or the center. This is the balance point for everything and represents the answer. As we can see, the symbol is not only a mathematical depiction of the whole, but is a symbol of balance between all of the energies and planes of existence. The focus of the symbol is it’s center and that is us. We must strive to capture the balance between all of the energies in our lives. Finding this balance within is the seekers quest. As we look to free ourselves from the bondage of our mental prisons, we must look for this center of balance. It is the point of all love. The center within all of us is the key to finding peace. Not only peace with our selves, but peace for everyone.

The Philosopher’s Stone-The Key to all of the Mysteries?

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What is the Philosopher’s Stone? Is it a real object? Is it just a concept?

The exact historical date of the origin of the Philosopher’s Stone is not known. However, it is thought to date back as far as ancient Egypt. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament and is a key ingredient to many of the Western Mystery Traditions.

Despite what we do know about it, it still remains one of the great mysteries of all time. It is thought to be a white, powdery, flaky substance, similar to silica in texture and to have magical powers and properties. It is believed to be the key to turning base-metals into gold as referred to in the tradition of alchemy. It is also thought to have healing and even anti-gravitational properties! What it truly is, is still up to interpretation and conjecture, and may very-well remain that way for eternity.

It is referred to in the Bible as “manna“,”bread” or the “white stone”, and is one of the objects said to have been carried within the Ark of the Covenant. It is the food that was given to the Israelites by God during their travels and gave them the strength to endure. It may also be the substance that the Golden Calf that Moses burnt turned into. There are mentions of manna in Exodus, and Numbers from the Old Testament. The Philosopher’s Stone may also be what is referred to as “the stone the builders rejected” found in several of the Canonical Gospels (See Parable of Matthew for example), for it is said to look like a white powder and could easily be mistaken for rubbish by the unknowing.

The search for the Philosopher’s Stone is referred to as “The Great Work”. It is not only a physical substance, but a metaphorical idea as well. Like the tradition of Freemasonry, Alchemy teaches a system of self-improvement through a process. This process is as important as the end result in that works in a linear progression. The individual, or substance being transmuted goes through important changes through the entire process and arrives at perfection at the completion. In Freemasonry, this process is exemplified by two stones. The Rough Ashlar and the Perfect Ashlar. It is explained that the Rough Ashlar is a stone in it’s rudimentary state, before any work has been done on it. The Perfect Ashlar is the perfected stone, ready for use in the building process. It has been perfected by the workman’s tools, or through a process of learning. Just as the symbolic Philosopher’s Stone is said to be made in the Alchemical tradition.

The fact that the Stone finds it’s way into so many mystical traditions is really quite intriguing. In “The Shadow of Solomon” by Laurence Gardner, he discusses some of the Philosopher’s Stones mythological powers. He believes that the Philosopher’s Stone is what is known to modern science as “orbitally rearranged monatomic elements“. This would explain some of the magical properties that it was said to have had. In “The Shadow of Solomon” It is stated that the amount of gold used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant would weigh so much (2,714 lbs) that it would have been physically impossible for several men to carry it. His hypothesis (p.378-379 of The Shadow of Solomon) is that the gold used in the construction of the Ark may have been used as a superconductor and created an electrical field around itself (a Meissner field) on which it could essentially levitate and be transported. Of course, the people chosen to be the care-takers, and transporters of the Ark, were the Levites (where the word levitate originated). There are some clues throughout the Bible about the electrical properties of the Ark. It is said to have emitted bolts of lightning and sparks. Perhaps the Manna held within the Ark, reacted in some way with the gold of the Ark, or was used in the gold-making process for the lid, and gave the Ark it’s special powers!

The search for the Philosopher’s Stone is the true goal of the Western Mystery traditions both physically and allegorically. As we strive toward personal perfection of morality, we too are becoming elevated. Just like the Philosopher’s Stone was thought to be able to heal and transform, so can we transform our consciousness as we go through life. Just as the Philosopher’s Stone was though to be able to aid levitation, so can we rise up above the mundane and the animal passions of this world through our own “Great Work”. This is the real key to enlightenment. The ancient cultures knew this and were constantly moving toward it. We must now do the same if we hope to get ourselves out of the predicament that we are in. We too can find the Philosopher’s Stone. It is within everyone of us!