Friday, September 14, 2012

Miscellaneous Alchemy in the News: The Red Lion King

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Paracelsus: "CONCERNING THE RED LION[:] Afterwards take the lion in the pelican which also is found [at] first, when you see its tincture, that is to say, the element of fire which stands above the water, the air, and the earth. Separate it from its deposit by trituration. Thus you will have the true aurum potabile [Aurum Potabile, that is, Potable Gold, Oil of Gold, and Quintessence of Gold, are distinguished thus. Aurum Potabile is gold rendered potable by intermixture with other substances, and with liquids. Oil of Gold is an oil extracted from the precious metal without the addition of anything. The Quintessence of Gold is the redness of gold extracted therefrom and separated from the body of the metal. - De Membris Contractis, Tract II., c. 2.]. Sweeten this with the alcohol of wine poured over it, and then distil in an alembic until you perceive no acidity to remain in the Aqua Regia."

Basilius Valentine: "...the Red Lion is the Regulus." But see here.
Pictured: "Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler stable after suffering heart attack during ‘Monday Night Raw’" Lawler played himself in the Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon.

"Regulus": "Diminutive from rēx ('king) + -ulus. ...A petty king, kinglet"

Regulus, the Lion-Hearted: "Regulus is the Lion’s Heart...Regulus has also been called Cor Leonis, which means 'Heart of the Lion', the same name given to Richard the Lionhearted (although more frequently in French)."

Regulus Rises around Valentine's Day, but about now, it's obscured by the sun: "Regulus rises about an hour after sunset in early February. It is opposite the sun on or near February 18, and Regulus rises on that date at about sunset and is up all night long, reaching its highest point due south at local midnight. By early April, Regulus is well up in the southeast an hour after sunset. By early June, it’s high in the southwest an hour after sunset. And by early July, Regulus is low to the west an hour after sunset. Although best seen in the evening in northern hemisphere in late winter and into summer, Regulus can be found at some time of night throughout the year except for about a month on either side of August 22, when the sun is located in Regulus’ direction in space."

"Stolen $18K eagle statue recovered".

"American Eagle shares rise as special dividend set"

The Lion and the Eagle in "Sexual Alchemy": "In Sexual Alchemy there are certain emblems linked with the Tetragrammaton. These are the Red Lion for Yod (Fire), the White Eagle for Heh (Water), the Serpent for Vav (Air), and the Gluten for Heh final (Earth). The Red Lion is the male operator, the White Eagle is the female operator, the Serpent is that which swims in the Blood of the Red Lion, and the Gluten is the Menstruum of the White Eagle. The Egg which is laid by the White Eagle is fertilized by the Serpent. The instrument or apparatus of the male operator is the Athanor or Furnace. The instrument or apparatus of the female operator is the Cucurbite or Retort. Now when the Blood of the Red Lion is one with the Gluten of the White Eagle, and when the Serpent and the Egg are perfectly fused, then is the Stone of the Philosophers manufactured. In this the Lion exchanges his Red Blood for the White Gluten of the Eagle. The Red Lion turns White, and the White Eagle turns Red. The Fire burns up the Water and the Water extinguishes the Fire. Such is the consummation of the Royal Marriage of the Sun and Moon in the Hermetic Vessel. Basil Valentine wrote: "Let the Lion and Eagle duly prepare themselves as Prince and Princess of Alchemy – as they may be inspired. Let the Union of the Red Lion and the White Eagle be neither in cold nor in heat...Now then comes the time when the elixir is placed in the alembic retort to be subjected to the gentle warmth...If the Great Work be transubstantiation then the Red Lion may feed upon the flesh and blood of the God, and also let the Red Lion duly feed the White Eagle – yea, may the Mother Eagle give sustainment (sic.) and guard the inner life."

"'Let me tell you a riddle,' Samson said to them. ... 'Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.' For three days they could not give the answer." (Judges 14:12, 14, NIV)
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