Just a quick confession; I have not read all 58 pages of this thread at once. I have spent some hours reading through this sticky and others on and off.
I just wanted to give my thoughts on the philosophers matter since I have been digesting this idea for a while.
From a first manifestation perspective.. light.
From the physical perspective; it exists in all matters. "Split a peice of wood and I am there"
I have always been a "fire-bug" as my family calls it, same with my mom's mom (she's 84 and still loves a bonfire)
One of the greatest realizations for me was that firewood and thus coal, oil etc (more cocted) is stored sunlight. And you can see it/feel it in the flames of a fire.
I installed a woodstove in my house this past fall and that gave me a larger appreciation for natures adaptation of forms.
It IS living. Same with the air we breath, the waters celestial and earthly, the earth itself and the fires above and below.
So what is the first physical matter to be used for alchemy?
Well.. I can not say for certain, but I would guess that it should be a water that has its birth in the air. Full of fire and not specified.
So choose well the date of nativity and the conditions for growth.
I do believe there is more than one route to the elixir of the sages; some more complex and others more simple.
I have dabbled with slow distillation methods and these seem promising; and I continue to pursue this area. I feel they teach about the adaptation
and separation of the elements; my gut feeling however is that the best way to attain the perfection is to take natures life giving pearl and set it up for a comfortable
upbringing that it may reach its full potential.
I am curious to hear the thoughts of the reader. I cannot be sure about any of this; I do see threads of this thinking scattered all over this forum and in the old texts.
Also has anyone encountered this water in a golden countenance?
I have mixed feelings regarding this subject. I do agree that there are particular subtle messages that can be "lost in translation". But if they are, it probably is because we still don't have domain over the language. By domain, I mean not only the operative language but also the inner language developed, at least, by intuition.
I do believe there are layers that one should understand and comprehend (live inside) in order to be able to perform the "miracles of all things". To know is not to be wise, and Our true art is built on that. True wisdom comes from experience and failure. I say to myself, many times: You can fail, but only if you fail like a prince! Learn with it, see where you fail, and overcome it. If the "tryout" (I miss the correct EN initiatic word here) was given to you by Him, it's just because He knows that you can do it. In an opposite/complementary way, I do believe the time has come for all to join in the common purpose of bringing the "heavenly Jerusalem" to this world.
Last night I was meditating at Genesis because I do believe it holds some important keys, like the order of creation. I saw there an image similar to the work we replicate inside our glass flasks, e.g. the separation of the dry and the humid; but, before everything the notion that "earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters". IMO the first thing we could consider is the lack of form. The form will be a consequence of the will of the Spirit that was moving upon the waters. He is the cause and the nutrient of all things. All matter is filled with Him, but not all "matter" serve our purposes, because his "concentration" is variable.
If one can know what are the "forms" preferred by Him to "concentrate", I believe something good can be achieved. The "water" or liquid ringed some bells in me, because they carry live. Water, Alcohol and Oil can be considered vehicles (distinct ones), but Salt is where everything is/will be crystallized. Our menstrums are means to an end: something like making the materia chaotic again, so that we can order it into a workable one. It would be wrong to say that even metal is liquified so that the Spirit can move upon the face of the waters?
See you later!