By Lyndy Abraham
This dictionary files alchemical symbolism from the early centuries advert to the late-twentieth century, to be used via historians of literary tradition, philosophy, technological know-how and the visible arts, and readers attracted to alchemy and hermeticism. every one access contains a definition of the emblem, giving the literal (physical) and figurative (spiritual) meanings, an instance of the logo utilized in alchemical writing, and a citation from a literary resource. There are fifty visible pictures of image woodcuts, copperplate engravings and painted by hand trademarks, a few reproduced the following for the 1st time.
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The Chemical Weddingiiggo). 10 The lovers in the coffin, with Saturn, the scythe, and skeleton a new wedding with the spirit while the blackened, putrefying bodies below are washed of their impurities and whitened (see ablution). The union of soul with spirit is frequently represented as the marriage of Sol and Luna. The next step is the union of the already joined soul and spirit with the purified body below, at which point the body is resurrected. This union is also frequently represented by the marriage of Sol and Luna.
See also ‘white fume’ in green lion. see solve etcoagula. a symbol for the blackness of the nigredo, during which stage the disso lution and putrefaction of the metal or matter for the Stone takes place. 11 Cock and hen see basilisk. E m b l e m * XXX. DejecrettsNature. Sol indiget luDa,ut gallus gallina. EPIGRAMMA O I lf XXX. in»eHg*ibumA»Ueft^. \,4»xihifnquetuumfrdfi»seg0 btnt -vkijUtu* PeJlul0,gdUm*gddMS ut exfitmur. i^tntisin0ps,vinctuquircligtrt velit. R A y i- 43 congelation coction coffin cohobation see boil.
Metaphysically, the chemical wedding is the perfect union of creative will or power (male) with wisdom (female) to produce pure love (the child, the Stone). The creation of this Stone always involves some kind of sacrifice or death. Thus emblems of the chemical wedding almost always include symbols of death which over shadow the coniunctio. The amorous birds of prey (see fig. 6) copulate while devouring each other (see bird, strife). The sixth emblem of The Rosary of thePhilosophers shows the united lovers lying on a coffin (McLean, Rosary, 39), while the lovers in the sixth emblem (second series) of Mylius’s Philosophia reformata are shown encased in a glass coffin with Saturn and a skeleton with a scythe at either side (fig.
A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery by Lyndy Abraham