The YIN FACTOR

Prose for the Intuitively Intelligent

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The point of unity. Equal Night & Day. Equal Sun and Moon. Balance of Power.

Have you forgotten what feeds you?

Beyond your calendar dates. Back to a time you pray to remember.

Ancient remedy.

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It wasn’t an apple. It was a choice.

Separation of the Divine Male and the Divine Female.

An alchemical divorce.

Can you ever really separate what makes you one?

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Balanced male and female energy within and without.

Solid clarity, vast sight.

For one, for our beloved, for our families, for our countries, for our planet, for our Universe.

Merging, Heiros Gamos style.

The harmonization of opposites.

Sacred proposal, I say YES.

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God does not live outside me. What I love on the outside is what I love on the inside.
If I do not love you, then there is something inside of me that I do not love. I must seek that and learn to love it so I can be whole.

Love is a stay-art of mind. It is a feeling within the heart. It is  the golden halo. It is the light that strengthens the divine inner flame. Burning hotter.

Heat fields being fertilized. Ready for seeding. Growing new things.

Each side getting stronger. More light seeping in. Sacred rain.

Now after all this time, it is time for you to merge. Two powerful forces made into one.

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I am the Queen of Heaven, as you are the King of Earth.
Each of us a force.

Why bother learning how to become lucid? Why would you want to ‘control’ your dreams? It’s not about control, it’s about knowing how to be pure creation. Your ego sees you as small, powerless, unable to love, unable to produce anything of a higher quality.

That is a lie. The only lie. No other lies exist. Becoming lucid means you accept your God within. It means you merge both sides of the brain, the Divine Male and the Divine Female, the feeler and the thinker.

You become one.

You become the star.

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Some stars are brighter then others. Some shine much further out through space and time.

Touching everything.

The flowing waters from your love spread out like sacred rivers, veins of Earth blood circulating, pulsating powerfully.

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What happens to us, happens to everyone.

We come from the sacred pool. Born of royal holy waters.

We meet once again in the same place.

Depiction of the fermentatio stage as hieros gamos, woodcut from the 18th century Rosary of the Philosophers.

Depiction of the fermentatio stage as hieros gamos, woodcut from the 18th century Rosary of the Philosophers.

The word “Azoth” in the title is one of the more arcane names for the First Matter. The “A” and “Z” in the word relate to “alpha” and “omega,” the letters at the beginning and end of the Greek alphabet. Thus the word is meant to convey the idea of the absolutely complete and full meaning of the First Matter and its transformations. In this sense, the Azoth represents not just the chaotic First Matter at the beginning of the Work but also its perfected essence (the Philosopher’s Stone) at the conclusion of the Work.

The “Azoth” n illustration first published in 1659 in the Azoth of the Philosophers by the legendary German alchemist Basil Valentine.

The “Azoth” in illustration first published in 1659 in the Azoth of the Philosophers by the legendary German alchemist Basil Valentine.

The schematized body of the alchemist is shown in perfect balance with the Four Elements as depicted by his arms and legs. His feet protrude from behind the central emblem, and one is on Earth and the other in Water, indicating he is grounded in the real world. In his right hand is a torch of Fire and in his left hand a feather symbolizing Air. Although he is firmly planted in the world of matter, the alchemist has easy access to the powers of spirit.

The alchemist also stands balanced between the masculine and feminine powers in the background. He is really the offspring of the marriage between Sol, the archetypal Sun King seated on a lion on a hill to his right, and Luna, the archetypal Moon Queen seated on a great fish to his left. “Its father is the Sun,” says the Emerald Tablet, “its mother the Moon.”

The jovial, extroverted Sun King holds a scepter and a shield indicating his authority and strength over the rational, visible world, but the fiery dragon of the rejected contents of his unconscious waits in a cave beneath him ready to attack should he grow too arrogant. This dragon is created by the fiery nature of consciousness any time we forcibly reject part of the contents of our psyche and relegate it to the shadows. We have given this undesirable part life energy in the very act of rejection. The fact that light casts shadows is inherent in masculine consciousness, and it becomes a source of demons that plague us throughout our lives.

The King symbolizes the power of thought and planning, which are characteristics of spirit. The Queen stands for the influence of feelings and emotions, which are ultimately the chaotic First Matter of the soul. The much heralded marriage of the King and Queen produces a state of consciousness best described as a feeling intellect, which can be raised and purified to produce a state of perfect intuition, that Egyptian alchemists referred to as “Intelligence of the Heart.” This special kind of intelligence or way of knowing is at work in the alchemist, for he is born of the sacred marriage of masculine and feminine consciousness.

Between legs of the alchemist dangles the Cubic Stone, which is labeled Corpus (meaning “body”). The five stars surrounding it indicate that the body also contains the hidden Fifth Element, the invisible Quintessence whose “inherent strength is perfected if it is turned into Earth” in the words of the Emerald Tablet.

The scene in the circle represents the first operation of Calcination, which works with the element Fire to burn away dross and reveal hidden essences. The word “Calcination” (and such related words as “calcify” and “calcium”) are from the Latin root calx, which means limestone or bone. To calcine  something is to burn it until it turns chalky white, reduce it to ashes, or cremate it. After Calcination, the substance at hand is no longer affected by common fire.

Fire was very important to alchemists, who were often called “Philosophers of Fire.” They believed it was the primary agent of transformation. “All our purifications are done in fire, by fire, and with fire,” noted the twentieth-century alchemist Fulcanelli. “Become acquainted with the secrets of fires,” counseled alchemist Daniel Mylius (Philosophia Reformata, 1622), “and the true achievements of our Medicine, which lead easily to the achievement of the Magistery.”

Dissolution represents a further breaking down of the artificial structures of the psyche by total immersion in the unconscious, the rejected part of our consciousness. Within the alchemist, the dissolving Water of Dissolution can take the form of dreams, voices, visions, and strange feelings which reveal a less ordered and less rational world existing simultaneously with our everyday life. During Dissolution, the conscious mind lets go of control to allow the surfacing of buried material and tied up energy. Dissolution can be experienced as “flow,” the bliss of being well-used and actively engaged in creative acts without personal hang-ups or established hierarchy getting in the way.  In society, the process of steady growth through gradual Dissolution is exemplified by monastic, nature-based, or agrarian lifestyles. Physiologically, Dissolution is the continuance of the kundalini experience, the opening-up of energy channels in the body to recharge….
…and elevate every single cell.

The third circle shows the operation of Separation in which the black, earthbound Soul Bird splits into two white birds that retrieve the saved remains of Calcination and Dissolution. This is the first coming together of soul and spirit, and the newly acquired vantage point allows the discernment of what is worthy of being saved from the previous two operations.

At this stage, the saved elements are pure but opposite and were often seen at war or struggling with each other. It can be a tortuous time that demands will and determination. To keep the fighting essences alive yet separate, the alchemists made use of ascending and purifying operations associated with Air. Of this phase, the Emerald Tablet says, “The Wind carries it in its belly,” and the alchemists felt they were applying the Element Air in their work during Separation. “On this third rung of the Ladder of the Wise,” noted Daniel Mylius in his Philosophia Reformata (1622), “the warring elements previously mentioned and distinguished from each other, are separated by a rectifying distillation.
Therefore, the third step is called Our Separation.” Images for the Separation process include filter funnels, piles of sand or dirt, knights wielding swords, the caduceus as a weapon, divorce, dismemberment, surgery, splitting of the Red Sea, breaking apart of heaven and earth, scenes from the Apocalypse, and complicated geometric diagrams such as the Squaring of the Circle.

Psychologically, this process is the rediscovery of our essence and the reclaiming of dream and visionary “gold” previously rejected by the masculine, rational part of our minds. It is, for the most part, a conscious process in which we review formerly hidden material and decide what to discard and what to reintegrate into our refined personality. Much of this shadowy material is things we are ashamed of or were taught to hide away by our parents, churches, and schooling. Separation is letting go of the self-inflicted restraints to our true nature, so we can shine through. The process of Separation retrieves the frozen energy released from the breaking down of habits and crystallized thoughts (assumptions, beliefs, and prejudices) and hardened feelings (emotional blockages, neuroses, and phobias). This misspent energy is now available to drive our spiritual transformation.

The fourth circle depicts the twin birds of soul and spirit leaving the earth together, lifting a five-spiked crown (the Fifth Element or Quintessence recovered from the preceding operations) into heaven or the realm of spirit. At this point in the Work, only the purest and most genuine parts of the substance to be transformed remain in the vessel. The goal of the Conjunction operation is to recombine these saved elements into a whole new incarnation. As the Emerald Tablet says of this stage, “Its nurse is the Earth,” and the alchemists felt they were working with the Element Earth during Conjunction.

Above this circle is inscribed the word Rectificando, which means “by rectification” or setting things right, and the wings of the Ascended Essence spread over this operation as if to bless it. It is truly a sacred process. The alchemists often referred to the Conjunction as the “Marriage of the Sun and Moon,” which symbolized the two opposing ways of knowing or experiencing the world. Solar consciousness is intellectual and relies on rational thought; lunar consciousness is feeling based and taps into non-rational sources of information like psychic impressions and intuition. After this Marriage of the Mind, the initiate experiences an increase in intuitive insight and the birth of Intelligence of the Heart. This newly found faculty produces a sense of reality superior to either thought or feeling alone. Conjunction is more than a simple marriage however. It is actually an alchemical crucifixion in which the substance at hand (or the alchemist) is nailed (or fixed) on a cross between the Vertical Axis of reality and the Horizontal Axis of reality. In the vertical orientation, Conjunction is the attempted union of the forces of spirit Above and matter Below. As can been seen in the Azoth drawing, Conjunction is really a turning point from working with the first three operations Below (in matter) and working with the last three operations Above (in spirit). Psychologically, Conjunction is empowerment of our true selves, the union of both the masculine and feminine sides of our personalities into a new belief system or an intuitive state of consciousness. The alchemists referred to it as the Lesser Stone, and after it is achieved, the adept is able to clearly discern what needs to be done to achieve lasting enlightenment. Often synchronicities begin to occur at this stage that confirm the alchemist is on the right track in his or her personal transformation.

The fifth circle is under the inscription Invenies, which means “you will discover.” This is the operation of Fermentation in which the unexpected mystic substance forms, the ambrosia of the gods, which represents the first lasting solidification of the conjoining of soul and spirit. The circle shows the Soul and Spirit birds nesting in a tree, brooding over their Egg, waiting for the mystical birth to occur. Fermentation is the introduction of new life into the product of Conjunction to completely change its characteristics, to completely raise it to a whole new level of being. The Emerald Tablet tells us to leave the earthly realm by the fire of imagination, “gently and with great Ingenuity,” into a state that sets our soul afire with higher passion. This is the second or higher application of the Fire Element in the tablet.  Like natural fermentation, alchemical Fermentation is a two-stepped process that begins with Putrefaction, which in which the matter is allowed first to rot and decompose and then to ferment or come alive again in spirit. In his Chemisches Lustgaertlein (1625), alchemist Daniel Stolcius describes the importance of this uncomfortable phase: “Destruction brings about the Death of the material. But the spirit renews, like before, the Life. Provided that the seed is putrified in the right soil – otherwise all labor, work, and art will be in vain.”

The alchemists often added manure to help get the process going.
(How REAL SHIT HAPPENS! HA!)

Psychologically, this process is the death of the feeble (or unstable) Child of the Conjunction that will eventually result in its resurrection to a new level of being. Fermentation starts with the inspiration of spiritual power from Above that reanimates, energizes, and enlightens the alchemist. Out of the blackness of the alchemist’s despair (Putrefaction) comes a brilliant display of colors and meaningful visions (the Peacock’s Tail.)  Fermentation can be achieved through various activities that include intense prayer, desire for mystical union, breakdown of the personality, transpersonal therapy, psychedelic drugs, and deep meditation. Thus, personal Fermentation is living inspiration from something totally beyond us. In society, the Fermentation experience is the basis of religion and mystical awareness. Physiologically, Fermentation is the rousing of living energy (chi or kundalini) in the body to heal and vivify.

Distillation is the sixth of the major operation in alchemy, and it is represented in the sixth circle by a unicorn lying on the ground in front of a rose bush. According to legend, the unicorn runs tirelessly from pursuers but lies meekly on the ground when approached by a virgin. The virgin is the purified matter at hand, which has returned to a state of innocence and potential. Above the circle is the word Occultum, meaning secret or hidden, since the essences at the beginning of this stage are invisible. Distillation is described in the Emerald Tablet as: “It rises from Earth to Heaven and descends again to Earth, thereby combining within Itself the powers of both the Above and the Below. Physiologically, Distillation is raising the life force repeatedly from the lower regions in the cauldron of the body to the brain (what Oriental alchemists called the Circulation of the Light), where it eventually becomes a wondrous solidifying light full of power. Distillation is said to culminate in the Third Eye area of the forehead, at the level of the pituitary and pineal glands.

The seventh ray of the Azoth points to the realm of the Queen and contains the symbol that stands for both the metal gold and the Sun. It is at the feminine level of soul where masculine consciousness is transformed, and this ray is usually colored lavender or purple, indicating the true royalty of the King. The final, seventh circle shows an androgynous youth emerging from an open grave, with the Latin word Lapidem, meaning “the Stone,” on the outer ring next to it. This is the operation of Coagulation, in which the fermented Child of the Conjunction is fused with the sublimated spiritual presence released during Distillation. The resurrection of the soul is accomplished by bringing together only the purest essences of one’s body and soul into the light of meditation. In other words, Coagulation incarnates and releases the “Ultima Materia” of the soul that the Emerald Tablet described as the “Glory of the Whole Universe.” Coagulation is the second or higher application of the elements Air and Earth in the tablet, and it results in a union of spirit with matter. At this stage, the alchemists felt they were working with the “new” or resurrected Salt. On the mental level, Coagulation is first sensed as a new confidence that is beyond all things, though many experience it as a Second Body of golden coalesced light, a permanent vehicle of consciousness that embodies the highest aspirations and evolution of mind. Coagulation incarnates and releases the Ultima Materia of the soul, the Astral Body, which the alchemists also referred to it as the Greater or Philosopher’s Stone. Using this magical Stone, the alchemists believed they could exist on all levels of reality. In society, it is the living wisdom in which everyone exists within the same light of evolved consciousness and knowledge of Truth.

On the bodily level, this stage is marked by the release of the Elixir in the blood that rejuvenates the body into a perfect vessel of health. A brain ambrosia is said to be released through the interaction of light from the phallic-shaped pineal gland and matter from the vulva of the pituitary. This heavenly food or viaticum both nourishes and energizes the cells without any waste products being produced.”  http://www.azothalchemy.org/azoth_ritual.htm

The union is realized by the practitioner as a mystical experience within one’s own body. It is the place of divine love created out of the end of war between your inner male and inner female. The alchemical ingredients of your soul merging into One. They say Earthquakes turn water into Gold. That upheaval plays a role in the transmutation process. Steam is released from the Earths CORE so quickly, the kundalini rises so intensely, that it gives you the magic touch, and the sacred kiss of Philosophers Stone.

The primordial (or mystical) union of wisdom and compassion.

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So you see this isn’t about you or me, it’s about something higher.

Do you believe? So few do.

You are the stories. You are the myth. The words are ALL ABOUT YOU. Can you read them clearly?

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I know what makes you angry, I know what stokes your fire. I can turn you on and off with a single thought.
Do I do it to hurt you? If yes, then that is where the healing needs to take place. That is the source. That is the root that goes down into the core. That is where the divine divorced. So hire an angelic lawyer and rewrite vows.

In finding my own innocence, back to the world of the divine cosmic child I find my true self.  Here I cannot hate. I return to the state of union.

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Here there are no games to play or separation illusions. Here is where I know you, as I know myself.

Here I glimpse something so innocent and so pure. Dripping like star manna. Ambrosia for the Gods, within.

There is no difference between us anymore. We are the same you and I, and until I see that I remain blind. One eye open.

“Hieros Gamos” & Sacred Marriage: The New Relationship. "Antahkarana" by Amoraea Dreamseed

“Hieros Gamos” & Sacred Marriage: The New Relationship. “Antahkarana” by Amoraea Dreamseed

GOD I see your beauty.

I see the starlight that you are.

I see your living symbol in all things. I have accepted your love into my heart. I have opened my soul to you and felt you caress it. I have laid down on the altar and made you offerings. I have prayed to you as you dream yourself into being. I have witnessed your creation.

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I see you for who you really are every time I remember who I am.

That is love.

Here is where I learn to speak to you in forgotten languages and symbols from above.

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“The ‘union of irreconcilables:’ marriage of water and fire. The two figures each have four hands to symbolize their many different capabilities.”

The war games played between man and woman create a child of symbolic design. A force out in the world t hat twines ropes of binding pain. Just because you can intellectualize the creation process doesn’t mean you transform it.

The cords are multi-dimensional and the spread out over eternal Universes. Far-reaching channels of flow.
Created by the union of what lies within and grows without.

You are that powerful.  How does that word make you feel? Can you own it…..your feelings about being powerful?
Can you love someone else besides yourself in that stance?

“I go towards my likeness
And my likeness goes towards me. 
He embraces me and holds me close
As if I had come out of prison.”Manichean prayer

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Clearing all the demons. Powerful electromagnetic fields of light.

Birthing new. Birthing LOVE. Holding up the tree of life in a sacred way equally.

by Stacey Sophia Robyn

by Stacey Sophia Robyn

Equinox magic resurrecting Love. The most powerful kind. The kind that kills all demons. The kind that rights all wrongs. The kind that heals the rift. The kind that writes the Book of All. The kind that erases all karma. The kind that dissipates hate into nothing. The kind that melts me into you making me one with God. The kind that transforms me into my higher self. The kind that bridges Heaven and Earth.

Some say emotions effect the weather. Storms brewing charging energy. Release, lightning blessing.

Our forms may be different, but that is the way it was meant to be here and now. We are like keys to other worlds. Open whichever one you like and go in. Experience what you need too. Soak up the ripening. Quicken your soul.

One or the other, in this lifetime. Why do you think you decided to form as you are now? Are you a man or a woman? Which side are you on?
Your form is your power. You are the God of your form. You create what you think and feel. You manifest accordingly. Are you hard and rigid? Are you soft and flexible? Are you closed and in pain? Are you free to feel pleasure?

I am pregnant with the world, and you are the father.

I only share with you my power. I do not give it to you, it is not separate from me. I cannot take it from myself and give it away like a gift. It simply is. It simply glows from within me like a flame. It is heat, a catalyst for illumination. I do not lose anything by sharing it with you. To think otherwise is foolish. It cannot be stolen from me because wherever it goes I go. I am the essence. Forever one. When I share my power with you I am empowering that one. The flame burns brighter. A candle never loses any of its light by lighting another candle.

So you see thoughts of losing power are silly. You can only imagine a state where you are less then your fullest self.
You never really are anything other.
Power is love. To think otherwise is to be wrong.

We are always connected. No matter where you go. Here or there you ripple out what you have within.

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Alignments abound everywhere. Connecting you to all. From every angle you are holy.
To forget that causes the world to turn ugly.

Wake up out of your long winters slumber. Plant the seeds of your white wonderland dreamings.

Mas’nabiyeeti

http://www.azothalchemy.org/azoth_ritual.htm

One thought on “Equinoctial Day and Night, Alchemical Marriage & Balanced Ecliptic

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