Alchemy, Art, Stuart France

Aurally Speaking…


“Why are there are so many different versions of  ‘The Emerald Tablet’.”

“It is an important text. Some hold that it alone contains the essence of the alchemical teaching, and most of the versions differ in only the slightest respect, as if they were all translated from a single source. It may have been that one of the Alchemical injunctions was for the student of alchemy to produce a personal rendering based on those that have gone before.”

“A distillation of wisdon down through the ages?”

“An aid to personal understanding.”

“‘Tends toward’ in this rendering seems idiosyncratic, most other versions are more definitive about the above and below?”

“Above and below are relative positions which can be defined by a point…”


…That which is above…


…That which is below…


“Already, one can sense that these words might gain greater clarity were they expressed in geometric form.”

“Geometry is a progression and alchemy is a process.

Geometry progresses from a point to a line.

The point is one, the line is two because it joins two points, and three is a triangle.

Alchemy, if the Emerald Tablet is to be believed, processes the above below and vice versa.”


That which is above




That which is below


“But why does Alchemy do this?”

“Because relativity is not perfect.

If one is ‘above’ one needs to experience ‘below’ and vice versa.”

“It might even be possible to say that anything relative isn’t real?”

“It’s nowhere rather than now here, certainly.”


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