The Seven Stages of Alchemical Transformation

Symbolically, alchemy represents our attempts to refine or improve ourselves individually and collectively. The goal of alchemical transformation is to attain a higher state of consciousness and access our true Self, also known as the Philosopher's Stone. This process consists of seven stages of chemical, physiological and psychological transformation.

I. Calcination is the initial phase in the seven steps of alchemical transformation. Chemically, the Calcination process involves heating a substance in a crucible, over an open flame until it is reduced to ash. Psychologically, this process represents the destruction of the ego and our attachments to the material.

II. Dissolution the second phase involves dissolving the ashes from Calcination. Chemically, it is the dissolving of ash in water. Psychologically, it represents the breaking down of artificial structures and the unconscious, rejected parts of our psyche. It is a process in which our conscious mind lets go of control in order to allow the deeper, hidden aspects of the Self to surface. 

III. Separation is the third phase in alchemical transformation. Chemically, it is the isolation of the components of Dissolution by filtration and then discarding unworthy material. Psychologically, this process is the rediscovery of our true essence, the previously rejected parts of the rational mind. It is a conscious process in which we embrace our shadow self so we can decide what to discard and what to integrate into our personality. 

IV. Conjunction is the fourth phase. Chemically, it is the recombination of the saved elements from Separation into a new substance. Psychologically, it is the birth of our true Self, the divine union of opposites.

V. Fermentation is the fifth phase in alchemical transformation. Fermentation is a two-step process that ultimately leads to a new level of being. Chemically, fermentation is the growth of bacteria in an organic solution. Psychologically, the fermentation process starts with divine inspiration and synchronicities. Fermentation can be achieved through intense prayer, deep meditation, breath work or with psychedelic plants. Fermentation is living from intuition and knowing when to take inspired action, while learning to trust and connect to something totally beyond the physical.

VI. Distillation is the sixth phase in alchemy. Chemically, it is the boiling and condensation of a fermented solution to increase its purity. Psychologically, distillation is the agitation and sublimation of psychic forces to ensure that no impurities from the inflated ego are incorporated into the next and final stage. Personal distillation consists of a variety of introspective methods that help shift our level of consciousness and ultimately changes our perception of reality. Distillation is the purification of the unborn Self, our highest potential. Free from emotions and egoic attachments.

VII. Coagulation is the seventh and final stage in alchemical transformation. Chemically, Coagulation is the precipitation or sublimation of the purified Ferment from Distillation. Psychologically, Coagulation is first sensed as a new level of awareness and self-confidence that is beyond all things; many experience it as a permanent state of higher consciousness, the ultimate embodiment of Spirit. Coagulation releases the Ultima Materia of the soul, the Astral Body, also known as the Philosopher’s Stone. Physiologically, this final stage is marked by the release of a fiery liquid energy that drives physical transmutation and becomes the brain ambrosia or hormone that brings on the materialization of Spirit in man. This is true atonement (at-one-ment) with the mind of God.

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New Moon Rituals: The Power of Intention

I think it is extremely important to be aware of and connected to the moon's phases. There are many elements within modern day living that can take us out of sync and disrupt our natural rhythms. By having awareness of the moon's phases, we can intuitively tap into the power and wisdom of nature to create a balanced, harmonious life that is in alignment with our true essence. 

Creating a ritual is a beautiful way to connect with self and the natural ebb + flow of life. The energy of a new moon cycle represents new beginnings and a fresh start so it's the perfect time to plant seeds of what we want to grow in our life.

The new moon in Libra invites us to look at what we truly value and the experiences that make our life more beautiful. Balance is the key to navigating Libra's energy. It is a perfect time to set intentions and get clear about what we want to create + manifest. 

Reflect on relationships (with self + others), career, health, etc. and, ask yourself what needs to be transformed or brought into balance?

On the day of the new moon I like to clean + beautify my home. Fresh flowers or making a new essential oil blend are always at the top of my list. Before I begin my ritual, I always burn some white sage or palo santo to help cleanse the energy and create a sacred space. 

I have an altar to display my crystals, candles, plants, tarot decks, and other ritual tools; however, if you don't have an altar you can just use a small table, rug or a wooden crate. The idea is to create a designated space for you to perform your ritual.

I like to set my intentions by making a list of the things I want to create in my life. Then I take a few minutes to focus on my breath and visualize/imagine what that looks like. For example, if I want to improve my health or lose weight, I will visualize what that would feel and look like.  

I usually list no more than 3 things so it doesnt become a chore (this is supposed to bring joy + clarity not overwhelm) or take too long.

If intention setting isnt your thing, there are tons of other things you can do to celebrate the new moon/cycle. You could keep it super simple and light a candle, make a wish + blow out the flame; make yourself a cup of root chakra tea or take a bath with flowers, crystals + essential oils.

How do you celebrate the new moon? Do you have a favorite ritual? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Happy New Moon!


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