A Treatise on Alchemical Magic – 3

February 26, 2007 at 6:29 am (Occult History)

Chapter Three: On the Nine Mirrors

To work this magic, one must know the way which appearances have come to be, for it is not random how things have assumed their roles and stations. For the One has reflected itself in nine mirrors, each with its own qualities.

The deepest and darkest mirror is that of Orcus. Its time is night, and its beings are shades and shadows. It is reached through the Isle of the Dead. Its color is black. Its substance is coal. Its jewels are obsidian and onyx. The virtue discovered there is truth. Its vice is poverty. Its presence is marked by the appearance of bats, crows, and coyotes. It rules over all magics of wealth and its essential power is darkness.

The mirror of our dreams is that of Earth. Its time is day, and its beings are humans, animals, and spirits. One is born there through the Isle of Desire. Its color is green. Its substance is clay. Its jewel is emerald. The virtue there is receptivity and the vice stagnation. It rules over all magics of abundance and its essential power is desire.

Above the Earth is the mirror of the Moon. Its day is Monday and its beings are the spirits of the ancestors. It is reached through the Isle of Fortune. Its color is white. Its metal is silver. Its jewel is the pearl. Its virtue is compassion and its vice cruelty. It rules over the magic of change and its power is transformation.

Above the Moon is the mirror of Mercury. Its day is Wednesday and its beings are teachers and guides. It is reached through the Isle of Remembrance. Its color is orange. Its metal is quicksilver. Its jewels amber and agate. The virtue there is wisdom and the vice deceit. Its presence is marked by the appearance of snakes, owls, and foxes. It rules over all magics of revelation and its power is clear vision.

Above Mercury is the mirror of Venus. Its day is Friday and its beings are all good daimons. It is reached through the Isle of Innocence. Its color is light blue. Its metal is copper. Its jewel is turquoise. The virtue there is devotion and the vice possession. Its presence is marked by the appearance of deer and doves. It rules over all magics of love and its power is beauty.

Above Venus is the mirror the Sun. Its day is Sunday and its beings are the heroes who have conquered in its name. It is reached through Isle of the Sun. Its color is yellow. Its metal is gold. Its jewel is the diamond. The virtue there is harmony and the vice dispersion. It rules over all magics of purification and its power is illumination.

Above the Sun is the mirror of Mars. Its day is Tuesday and its beings are the lesser gods. It is reached through the Isle of the Minotaur. Its color is red. Its metal is iron. Its jewel is the ruby. The virtue there is courage and the vice anger. Its presence is marked by hawks and bulls. It rules over all magics of accomplishment and its power is activity.

Above Mars is the mirror of Jupiter. Its day is Thursday and its beings are the great gods. Its is reached through the Isle of Olympus. Its color is purple. Its metal is tin. Its jewel is the amethyst. The virtue there is justice and the vice tyranny. Its presence is marked by lions and eagles. It rules over all magics of creation and its essential power is equanimity.

Above Jupiter is the mirror of Saturn. Its day is Saturday and its beings are the nameless gods. It is reached through the Isle of the Blessed. Its color is dark blue. Its metal is lead. Its jewel is the sapphire. The virtue there is freedom and the vice depression. Its presence is signified by herons and turtles. It rules over all magics of spiritual wisdom and its power is timelessness.

Above Saturn is the pure mirror of Heaven itself. Its ruler is the One. Its time is the eternal present and its beings are the stars. It is reached only through awareness. It is without color, without substance, without power. It is the source of all virtue and the dissolution of all vice, and it rules over the magic of pure presence.

Such is the nature of the cosmos that we inhabit. The magician who would perfect the great Art will lift himself from submersion in darkness and immersion in abundance. He will become an initiate of the Moon, and a student of Mercury. He will become a lover of Venus and a friend of the Sun. He will become a solider of Mars and an emissary of Jupiter. And entering the court of Saturn, he once again will know the pure bliss of Heaven.

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