Jung on Alchemy (4): Prima Materia – the One, Who Art All

Awesome study by Monika. Thanks!

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The Library and the Laboratory (From Michael Maier, Tripus Aureus, Frankfurt, 1677) The Library and the Laboratory (From Michael Maier, Tripus Aureus, Frankfurt, 1677)

In this vignette found in Michael’s Maier’s Tripus Aureus, Jung saw “the double face of alchemy.“ On the right hand side, a man is busy at a furnace, engaged full on in the physical and transformative experience, while in the library three learned men are having a philosophical debate. Theorizing and applying the theory were of equal importance to alchemists: learning required an equal measure of doing, throwing oneself into an experience without hesitation or holding back. In the round flask on the tripod there is a winged dragon – a crucial symbol in the alchemical opus:

“The dragon in itself is a monstrum – a symbol combining the chthonic principle of the serpent and the aerial principle of the bird. It is … a variant of Mercurius. … When the alchemist speaks of Mercurius, on the face…

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2 Responses to Jung on Alchemy (4): Prima Materia – the One, Who Art All

  1. Thank you! Reblogs are my favorite. I’m relieved I managed to put my message across because I really struggled with this one a lot.

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