philosophers’ egg


:  the first matter of the philosophers’ stone composed of salt, sulfur, and mercury

:  gripe’s egg

:  a medicine made of saffron and the yolk of an egg and once considered a cure for plague and poison
Considered to be a form of the Philosopher’s Stone.

(The). A preservative against poison, and a cure for the plague; a panacea. The shell of a new egg being pricked, the white is blown out, and the place filed with saffron or a yolk of an egg mixed with saffron.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894

Practical alchemy archives – Philosophic Mercury

What follows are some theoretic and practical references to P. Mercury. Note these quotes come from collections of mine on P. Mercury from many recent publications from contemporary alchemical schools as well as ancient to modern texts: “The Agent (P. Mercury) of the work is the invisible Mercury,  which is the gas, spirit, or air of antimony, excited in a steady sand heat as warm as blood. 98.6F.” “P. Mercury is derived from Antimony through the catalytic action of iron.” Albertus Spagyricus

Three fires = to:
1. natural (ordinary heat) masculine
2. unnatural (“Our Mercury”) feminine
3. contra natural (“Argentum Vivum”) has the power to unbind metals etc.= Secret Fire.

Three Mercury’s = to:
1st mercury is called: vulgar mercury
2nd mercury is called: common volatile mercury or conceptual mercury
3rd mercury is philosophic

“The three essentials unified are the Triplex Mercury of Philosophers.”

Artofferus quotes:

“That which is Philosophical is not visible. But may become visible by

Example Teaching:
1. Man is a magnet. He/she circulates air in and out. Christ turned water to
wine. 1st miracle. (see here the beginning of the Great Work for P. Stone).
2. Rain water is a neutral chaos; plants absorb it, it becomes their blood.
(grapes are the best example)….
3. Animals absorb moisture and nitre, subtle mercury above the earth in the sky, and a subtle sulfur below that above the earth=dew. This nitre is abundant about 6 feet above the ground level. Air=(AR) which = nitre or GUR. The breath of GOD, is Salt, sulfur, and Mercury. “JOB” is a purification

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The Rebis

The Rebis

Description: The center focus of the flash, the Rebis is the alchemical androgyne, a figure of sublime union, balancing the very nature of existence in one perfectly unified form. If you’re unfamiliar (or need a refresher) on the nature of the androgyne, please refer to the article on the single artwork for Stand Inside Your Love

This particular image shows the Rebis standing upon a dragon breathing flame. The dragon in this context is one of the Tria Prima; sulfur – the potential of the spirit – shown through transformative flame.

Supporting the Rebis is the globe of the Earth. Within it are the square and triangle. Together, the circle, the square and the triangle are the greatest of all shapes to the alchemist. The square is the corps, the triangle the spirit, and the circle is the realm of the divine. The wings attached to the globe reiterate the transcendental quality of these figures.

Within the square (which is the material and the corporeal) is the number 43. This has a twofold meaning. Firstly, it is a degree of measurement (another concept important to the alchemist), and secondly its sum is seven, the most perfect number, ascribed to the divine. One can also observe that the four rests within the square, while the three is similarly placed within the triangle. As to further place significance on measurement, the female holds in her hand a square, and the man holds a compass. Today, the square and compass are most visibly identified with the esoteric order of The Freemasons, who use it for the teaching of metaphysical concepts, as well as using it as a constant reminder of the necessity to keep good judgment and morality.

Surrounding the Rebis in a semi-circle are seven figures for the seven classical planets. Five of these seven are inscribed with their planetary influence, while the parent metals of the seven (Sol and Luna) are shown as the sun and the moon. Once again, this concept of seven being a figure of transformation and divinity reemerges.


The material prima: “The egg of nature they call me, known to all the philosophers (…) Quicksilver or Mercury fine I am called in general (…) An old dragon, an old man, I am everywhere near and far (…) I fly away, unless/one binds me with measure./I have much of form, colour and shape/I carry in me the force of men and women.”

Theoria Philosophiae Hermeticae, Hanover, 1617


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