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Alchemy Guild

Guild Insignia and Seal


Traditional Guild Logo (shown at upper left corner of page)

     The snake eating its own tail is the Ouroboros, symbol of the rhythm of transformation and inherent unity of the universe. Within the Ouroboros (emerging from the clouds of spirit and fire) are two hands grasping one another, which is symbolic of the Great Work and cooperation between members of the Guild. The Guild motto "Solve et Coagula" is a Latin phrase meaning "dissolve and coagulate." It is short for Solvite corpora et coagulate spiritus, which means "dissolve the body (or matter) and coagulate the spirit (or energetic essence). This principle is the foundation of the art of spagyrics and all alchemical transformation. The logo of the Guild dates to its founding and has been redrawn in its modern form by Guild member and artist Katlyn Breene. Members can download a free 8x10 color print of the logo (sign into the Lodge and select "Discounts and Offers."


Alchemy Guild Insignia 

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The esoteric Guild insignia contains many secret meanings discernible by adept members, and it is meant to refresh our dedication to the Great Work of alchemy. The acronym V.I.T.R.I.O.L. stands for the Latin expr

ession "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem," which means "Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying (correcting or purifying) what you find there, you will discover the hidden st

one. A similar phrase V.I.T.R.I.O.L.U.M. used in alchemical literature is formed by the Latin expression "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam", which means "Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone, which is the true medicine." The original has been redrawn in its modern form by Guild member and artist Katlyn Breene (www.MermadeArts.com) and is shown at left. Prints can be ordered by clicking on the image.


Modern Guild Seal  

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The modern seal of the Alchemy Guild is an abstract depiction of the three archetypal forces of creation coming together to form a new manifestation. TheTria Prima are the three primordial principles of creation and potential transformation that are inherent in all things. They are known to Taoists as the Three Supernals, in Celtic lore as the Triquerta, and in the pagan tradition as the Triskele. The alchemists called them Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt. To modern scientists, they are Energy, Light, and Matter. On the personal level, they are Spirit, Mind, and Body. These three primal forces are what make up the First Matter, and their separation, rectification, and reunion are what transforms the chaotic mass into the perfected Stone. This process of dissolution (Solve) and reconstitution (Coagula) "perfects" any substance or any situation, whether it be changing lead into gold or soul into spirit.

  

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