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1 Alchemical Journey of the Self Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D.

2 While Sleeping, Watch “The Hermetic Vessel is oneself…

3 “…In it the many pieces of psychic stuff scattered throughout one’s world must be collected and fused into one, so making a new creation.” Esther Harding 1.What parts of yourself, your world, do you put into the Work? 2.What have you chosen to begin with? 3.What serves as a catalyst for changing your Self? 4.How do you regard the Unconscious? 5.Do you use dreams in your Work? 6.How do you suffer failure and defeats? 7.What are the obstacles that stand between you and succeeding to the next stage? 8.Have you noticed changes outside the laboratory? How do you regard them? What might they mean? 9.What have you held back from your Work? 10.Why do you do this Work? Who is served by your Work?

4 Vas Hermeticum “No generation without corruption”

5 Thoth Hermes Mercury

6 Nigredo Massa Confusa Blackening Black Land Nun Collective Unconscious Separatio, Calcinatio Mother Complex Real Self The Sun and the Shadow complete the Work

7 V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Visit the Interior of the Earth and Rectify what you find there and you will discover the Hidden Stone Prima Materia Sulfuric Acid vitriol Scathing speech Nigredo/Shadow SOMAPSYCHESOMAPSYCHE Visita interiora terrae rectificando occultum lapidem

8 Depression Melancholia Disorientation Psychosis Despair Suicide Poisoning Accidents “Endure to die, not to persist”

9 Slaying the Dragon Separatio

10 MEDITATION Solitude Silence Stillness Death of the Old King Death of the Old Self Death of the Gross Body

11 Dismemberment Solve (Dissolution) Osiris Lead Reanimation

12 Sol Niger One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl G. Jung

13 The Real Self Wide range of feelings (fixation) Self-activation and assertion (immobility) Appropriate entitlements (hubris) Self-Esteem (depression) Soothing (neglect) Commitments (disloyal) Creativity (unimaginative) Intimacy (distant) Alone (isolation) Continuity of Self (fragmentation)

14 The Albedo

15 Aphrodite, Born from the Sea Beauty and Grace Copper

16 "I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever me unveiled." Isis, Goddess of Life, Magic and Mystery

17 The Blessed Virgin Mary Purity, Trinity, Wholeness Bringing the fourth element of the Feminine

18 The Coniunctio of Mercury and Venus Hermaphrodite to Androgyne

19 Luna Full Moon Silver

20 The Individuated Self Anima Duality Relationship Object Love “Silver lining”, medicinal properties Eloquence, quicksilver “Tears of the Moon” – gleam, mirror

21 Rubedo

22 "Ascend above any height, descend further than any depth; receive all sensory impressions of the created: water, fire, dryness and wetness. Think that you are present everywhere: in the sea, on earth and in heaven; think that you were never born and that you are still in the embryonic state: young and old, dead and in the hereafter. Understand everything at the same time: time, place, things: quality and quantity." Corpus Hermeticum, Active Imagination - “Opening of the Mouth” imaginatio

23 Equanimity Standing Steady in the Field of Opposites

24 High Indifference “I am awake”

25 Caudas Pavonis

26 Marriage of Mind and Matter

27 Silver Quicksilver Copper Iron Lead Gold Mars Moon Venus Saturn Sun Jupiter Mercury Jupiter Tin

28 Metal OperationBody Function Lead Calcinatio AnusElimination, Instincts Tin Dissolution GenitalsSexuality, Creativity Iron Separatio Solar Plexus,Will power, Intellect Navel Copper Coniunctio HeartFeelings, Emotions Mercury Fermentation Throat Language Silver Distillation Third EyeIntuition Gold Coagulatio Crown,Wisdom, Connection with BrainSpirit

29 The Emerald Tablet Tabula Smaragdina

30 The Royal Marriage Psyche and Soma

31 As Above, So Below For the Making of the One Thing

32 For Making The lapis Philosophorum

33 For Making Gold

34 What I have said about the operation of the Sun is finished. Alchemy Divine Self


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