Visita Interiora Terrae: Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam
(Animated Art by Aleisterion)
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“Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth: By Rectification Thou Shalt Find the Hidden Stone, the True Medicine”. This piece represents the Hierophantic Mission: in this Aeon of God-in-Man, the Hierophantic Figure is depicted as twofold — the Androgyne — illustrating that God is not One, i.e. existing apart from imperfection, but is rather bound up eternally in duality; it also indicates that God is both female and male in the terrestrial sphere, or negative and positive on the cosmic level. “God” is not a “thing”, but is instead the infinite and the infinitesimal, matter and force, passive and active, inertia and action, Without and Within, the Mystical and the Magical, Shivadarshana and Atmadarshana, ecstasy and energy, dissolution and solution, expiration and inspiration, the path of least resistance and the momentum of unstoppable force, and the passionate attraction of opposites. Thus to accomplish the Great Work, to achieve the Hidden Stone, one must perform the Alchemical Work of Love and Lust, in Sanctity of Blasphemy, and unite thereby God and Beast with a Supreme Act of Holy Will, or Thelema.
Crowning all, the Star Sapphire represents Kether, the Unity of the two lower Supernals (i.e. Binah, the Feminine Understanding, and Chokmah, the Masculine Wisdom) which are Themselves signified by the Lapis Lazuli and the Jasper, respectively. Finally, the Star Ruby, which radiates the Flame of Ra through the Mystical Blood of Eternal Remembrance poured out of the Cup of Babalon, is in the place of Tiphareth: it is the Next Step, the Attainment of the Hidden Will, the Augoeides, or the Secret Genius.