The title Spagyric is derived from the ancient Greek words spao (to draw out) and agerio (to gather). This term highlights the basic technique underlying the many forms of Spagyric medicines: Separate, purify and recombine.
It’s central blueprint, the Tria Prima, states that all things are composed of three parts: Salt, Sulphur and Mercury. Regarding plants and fungi, the three essentials include the:
Generally speaking (but not always), the Salt is considered fixed, the Sulphur is fixed and volatile, and Mercury volatile. This polarity of fixity vs volatility like the Tria Prima, can be applied to all things. Fixed qualities include heaviness, slowness and physicality. Volatile qualities are light, quick and ethereal.
It should be well noted that not all authors agree upon the definitions and processes described here. Across the history of alchemy, writings which are in total agreement are rarely found – except perhaps between student and teacher. Universal standardization of nomenclature and processes are lacking, but there are indeed central guiding principles of this art.
Definitions and terminology are also highly contextual in alchemical writings. One word can mean many different things – terms and descriptions are sometimes literal, while other times they can be symbolic or allegorical. This article is meant to act as a view into the unique perspective, clinical application and experience of Secret Fire Apothecary.
Spagyric essences focus on volatile components. As a predominantly volatile preparation, they are associated with the Mercury principle (the spiritual/mental body). The spiritual/mental body represents the consciousness, the universal spark of life (Mercury) which animates all things.
Spagyric essences contain a subtle fraction of volatile Sulphur (essential oil), the volatile Mercury (alcohol) and volatile Salt (sal ammoniac). They also contain the fixed Salt (minerals), to act as a balancing anchor point, locking in the lofty volatiles.
Spagyric essences as prepared by Secret Fire Apothecary, can be considered as a determined spirit. The volatile Spirit and Salt are universal – but the most volatile “head” of the volatile oil impresses the individual signature of the substance onto the preparation.
The process of making a spagyric essence includes:
With their mostly volatile attributes, spagyric essences are generally clear, colorless or faintly golden in color. Their lack of color or faint color is another variable which indicates the focus on the spiritual volatile components. In terms of general association in this context, color is indicated by fixity and clarity indicated by volatility.
Spagyric essences support the spiritual/mental body primarily but also influence the more substantial emotional and physical bodies. Highly bioavailable, they are delivered quickly into the body as a very light and penetrating liquid extract. Spagyric essences can act in both sympathy to support, or antipathy to negate certain mental states.
One method of choosing an appropriate spagyric essence is to consider the associations between personality archetypes and the Stars. Each zodiac sign rules over specific plants, animals, minerals and metals. This rulership can be assessed also by virtue of the substance’s planetary rulership and exaltation. For example:
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