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Fermentation♑ is the fifth operation in the alchemy of transformation.

Fermentation is a two-stepped process that begins with the Putrefaction of the hermaphroditic “child” from the Conjunction resulting in its death and resurrection to a new level of being. The Fermentation phase then begins with the introduction of new life into the product of Conjunction to strengthen it and insure its survival.

Chemically, Fermentation is the growth of a ferment (bacteria) in organic solutions, such as occurs in the fermenting of milk to produce curds and cheese or in the fermenting of grapes to make wine. In the Arcanum Experiment, the process of Fermentation is represented by a compound called Liquor Hepatis, which is an oily, reddish-brown mixture of ammonia and the rotten-egg-smelling compound hydrogen sulfide. Egyptian alchemists made ammonia by heating camel dung in sealed containers and thought of it as a kind of refined Mercury that embodied the life force. Liquor Hepatis means “Liquor of the Liver,” which they believed was the seat of the Soul, and the color they associated with the compound was green, the color of bile. Surprisingly, Liquor Hepatis exudes a wonderful fragrance, and the alchemists made a perfume of it called “Balsam of the Soul.”

Psychologically, the Fermentation process starts with the inspiration of spiritual power from Above that reanimates, energizes, and enlightens the alchemist. Out of the blackness of his Putrefaction comes the yellow Ferment, which appears like a golden wax flowing out of the foul matter of the Soul. Its arrival is announced by a brilliant display of colors and meaningful visions called the “Peacock’s Tail.” Fermentation can be achieved through various activities that include intense prayer, desire for mystical union, breakdown of the personality, transpersonal therapy, psychedelic drugs, and deep meditation. Fermentation is living inspiration from something totally beyond us.

Physiologically, Fermentation is the rousing of living energy (chi or kundalini) in the body to heal and vivify. It is expressed as vibratory tones and spoken truths emerging from the Throat or Mercury Chakra.

In Society, the Fermentation experience is the basis of religion and mystical awareness.

On the Planetary level, it is the evolution of life to produce higher consciousness(alchemylab).

Art: The Ouroboros serpent is a symbol of the Conjunction of the Above and the Below that results in Fermentation.
Meditation in the Blackness-shows a monk meditating as Soul and Spirit rise above the decayed matter. (Viridarium Chymicum 1624)

In My Study

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by saltandlimes

Hux has finally decided to let Kylo into his quarters. He’s more relaxed there than he has ever been around Kylo, and Kylo love it. Until he finds out what Hux is hiding in his study, that is…

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Terror is aroused by the natural upheavals, cosmic vastness, infinity itself -anything that signifies human powerlessness and possible annihilation. If that realization goes no further, we are only scared. If our attention manages to leave our own peril and become directed to the powerful forces at hand, we may be rewarded with the thrill and awe of the sublime. Death is realized differently in the experience of disgust. Here we have not the destructive sweep of mighty forces but the dismemberment, putrefaction, or the slow and demeaning disintegration of individual bodies, even the most complex forms of which are eventually overtaken by hordes of proliferating microbes and vermin. Disgust apprehends not just destruction but reduction of the noblest life to decaying organic matter in which all traces of individuality are obliterated.
—  Savoring Disgust by Carolyn Korsmeyer, 2011.

‘Blessed the one who has kept the mastery of his eyelids and has not deceived himself with either mind or senses with regard to the skin of the flesh that after a little while oozes putrefaction.’

St. Ephrem of Syria

futuretrains  asked:

Top 5 terrible things

5. The “hey Andy sweetie” video
4. Every time someone tries to crowdfund/crowdsource an mmo
3. Middlebrow fast food chains
2. Most of tumblr
1. Death and the putrefaction of flesh

In My Study

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by saltandlimes

Hux has finally decided to let Kylo into his quarters. He’s more relaxed there than he has ever been around Kylo, and Kylo love it. Until he finds out what Hux is hiding in his study, that is…

Words: 2642, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English



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