Thursday, December 30, 2010

alchemy and masonic, I love I love I love

The "Hand of the Philosopher" or the "Hand of the Mysteries"  One of my favs! The Hand of the Mysteries, which features alchemy symbolism, is also referred to as the hand of the Master Mason. It is said that the symbolic hand holds the keys to divinity and a practitioner can unlock the secrets through the symbolism.1 2
Double feather masonic charm with cat skull charm

alchemical imagery is huge for me. ancient medicine, science, and mysticism just sucks me in.

the image above is about to become a pendent and a ring.

I have adopted the philosophical or cosmic egg with serpent as my logo, it is another nearly universal symbol. Alchemically, the egg is a symbol of the cosmos, as it is in a multitude of folk legends.
The egg as a container of the universe is found in many ancient religions. The egg symbolizes birth and potential. It contains within a miniature sun.
"The ancient symbol of the Orphic Mysteries was the serpent-entwined egg, which signified Cosmos as encircled by the fiery Creative Spirit. The egg also represents the soul of the philosopher; the serpent, the Mysteries. At the time of initiation the shell is broke. and man emerges from the embryonic state of physical existence wherein he had remained through the fetal period of philosophic regeneration." (Manly P. Hall)

"The Orphic Egg in the Ancient Greek Orphic tradition is the cosmic egg from which hatched the primordial hermaphroditic deity Phanes/Protogonus (variously equated also with Zeus, Pan, Metis, Eros, Erikepaios and Bromius) who in turn created the other gods.[1] The egg is often depicted with a serpent wound about it." (Wikipedia)
custom ouroboros
One of the most recognizable serpent symbols is the Ouroboros. The ouroboros is found in alchemy, in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Gnostic texts, in Norse mythology, and even Aztec icons. The ouroboros is a serpent swallowing its own tail, and usually describes a circle, although a lemniscate shape is also common. It is a symbol of eternity, rebirth, and resurrection. It is often colored dark and light to illustrate the victory of the spiritual nature over the material.
Alchemical ouroborosArabic alchemical ouroboros