The Philosophers' Stone

Woodcut on title page of Das Geheimniss der hermetischen Philosophie, Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1770.

 

The “Philosophers' Stone” also called the “Water Stone of the Wise”, in Latin it is the “lapis philosophorum”; in Greek “tou philosóphou líthos”, a legendary substance, believed to be the source of the “Elixir of Life”, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. It was the original goal of most of the 4 century B.C. Indian and Chinese Alchemists and for more than 5 centuries it was the most sought after goal in European Alchemy.

 

Hermes Trismegistus from Maier Symbola aurea mensae, Franckfurt, 1617.

 

According to one encyclopedia: "The stone, also referred to as the "tincture," or the "powder" (Greek xerion, which passed through Latin into Arabic as elixir), was allied to an elixir of life, believed by alchemists to be a liquid derived from it. Inasmuch as alchemy was concerned not only with the search for a method of upgrading less valuable metals but also of perfecting the human soul, the philosopher's stone was thought to cure illnesses, prolong life, and bring about spiritual revitalization. The philosopher's stone, described variously, was sometimes said to be a common substance, found everywhere but unrecognized and unappreciated." (Encyc. Brit., 15th ed., 1976)

 

From the Hermetic Garden

 

Related to the Philosophers' Stone is the filius philosophorum (Latin for "the philosophers' child", i.e. made by the true students of philosophy) the philosophers' child is a symbol in Alchemy. In some texts it is equated with the philosopher's stone (lapis philosophorum), but in others it assumes its own symbolic meanings. Other terms for the filius philosophorum include filius sapientiae ("child of wisdom"), infans noster ("our child") and infans solaris ("sun child"). There are several images that have been used to represent the filius philosophorum. Among these are the transformed hermaphroditic Hermes, the child of the Red King and the White Queen (the Sun and Moon) and the “child of the egg”.

 

From the Original Sol Splendis

 

In many Hermetic and Alchemical texts the Philosophers’ Stone is often represented as the Sun & Moon joined together on Earth, personified as Hermes, or a “Obourous” a Snake eating it’s own tail, or the written Astrological and Alchemical symbol for Mercury/Hermes. Illustrated below Hermes is winged and Crowned, holding two Caduceus with the symbol of Hermes above his head, on the ground are the Sun & Moon while a set of wings are rooted to the earth.

 

From the Second Key of Basil Valentine

 

From the Philosophers’ Stone the successful Philosophers and Alchemists made the "Elixir of Life", the greatest medicine, a honey flavored drinkable golden fluid made from and identical to the Philosophers' Stone, just as Soma the “plant”carries the same name as Soma the “drink”. Like the Vedic Soma, the Alchemist’s Elixir of Life has had hundreds of names, many of which it shares with Soma, including Amrit Ras or Amrita, Aab-i-Hayat, Maha Ras, Aab-Haiwan, Dancing Water, Chashma-i-Kausar, Mansarover or the Pool of Nectar, Philosopher's stone, and Soma Ras. Note: Aab-i-Hayat and Aab-i-Haiwan are Persian and both mean "water of life". "Chashma-i-Kausar" is the "Fountain of Bounty", which Muslims believe to be located in Paradise. As for the Indian names, " Ras" means "immortality juice", "Maha Ras" means "great juice", and "Soma Ras" means "juice of Soma". The actual word “elixir” was not used until the 7th century A.D. and derives from the Arabic name for miracle substances, "al iksir". There is also a strong Medieval Christian Alchemical tradition that equates the “Jesus” references to "the Water of Life" or "the Fountain of Life" with the fabulous Elixir of immortality and the “living stone” of St. Peter (1Peter 2:4) to be the true Philosophers Stone. This same Christian Alchemical tradition holds that the true knowledge of the Elixir of Life and the real Philosophers Stone are essential to understanding the Secrets of the true Holy Grail.

 

Vitriol acrostic (originally from Basil Valentine) in Johann Neithold Aureum Vellus; oder Güldenes Vleiss, Frankfurt, 1733.

 

The Philosophers’ Stone of the Ambrosia Society is Amanita muscaria, which fits the Alchemical and Hermetic descriptions of the true Philosophers’ Stone.

 

Photo by Neil

 1. It is the only life form on the planet that resembles the Sun & Moon joined together.

2. Dried Amanita muscaria creates a golden water extract that tastes sweet and possesses great healing power.

 

Photo by Don

 3. The re-hydrated Amanita muscaria “Water Stone” and the Elixir made from it are both capable of returning to a living state in three days (the eternal fleece).

 

Photo by Don

 4. The resurrected “Fleece” can live in many different cup materials, creating a “living cup” or Holy Grail.

 

Photo by Pastor David

 5. The “Fleece” can be multiplied very quickly and used to produce the “Living bread” which can be dried and water extracted to create more “Elixir”.

 

Our Living Philosophers Stone is more valuable to us than any amount of Gold.

 

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