The foundation of alchemical philosophy and practice is reflected in nature’s elements and universal pattern of transformation. The four elements are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The seven phase pattern of transformation is comprised of Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, and Coagulation. This is also known as the ‘Emerald Formula’. The elements are considered by the ancients to be the building blocks of manifest creation. The elements are not simply the physical elements, but are very broadly defined principles of nature. The Quintessence or Fifth Element corresponds to the Divine Essence or Essence of God. This divine essence or elixir was known as Soma, Rasa or Amrita by the East Indians; Star Fire by the Sumerians; Ambrosia by the Greeks; Manna, Christos or Living Water by the Hebrews, and The Philosophers Stone or Universal Medicine by the Europeans. The term Elixir stems from the Arabic Aliksir and Greek Xerion which means medicine. The elements make up the human body and mind.

When one masters the five elements, one becomes an Adept, Siddha or Perfected One. This is the transformation – from mortal to immortal, or from human to godlike superhuman – known as Apotheosis. Hermes or Mercury is known as the Messenger of the Gods and is a recurring archetype in history who restores the knowledge of Divine Union with the Absolute. He is traditionally pictured holding the Caduceus Staff which symbolizes the alchemical process of spiritual liberation. The goddess Athena is the female counterpart of Mercury. What is striking when studying the various alchemical traditions from around the world and throughout history, is that they employ the same basic pattern of transformation mirrored in the Emerald Formula. Most notably, the Emerald Formula is reflected in the oldest known source book of knowledge, the Rig Veda of India. Rig means praise and Veda means knowledge.

A primary key in understanding alchemy is to view the science from three perspectives: Internal – referring to the body, mind and consciousness; External – referring to outside the body and of the Earth; Celestial or heavenly – referring to the planets, stars, galaxy and universe. Alchemy is a reflection of the phases, cycles, processes or transformations of nature. Therefore, the symbolism of alchemy can be interpreted on inner, earthly, and celestial levels. Most importantly, the macrocosm of the outer world is mirrored in the microcosm of the human body, mind and consciousness.

The elements and pattern of transformation reflected in the Emerald Formula comes from the legendary ‘Emerald Tablet’ attributed to Hermes. The Emerald Formula is said to contain the Secret of the Universe or Blueprint of Creation and was inscribed on a tablet made of emerald stone. It is reported the tablet was once on public display in ancient Egypt and thereafter became hidden. The Emerald Formula can be seen as having an integral correlation with the emerging science of Zero Point Energy or Free Energy technology. Some say the Emerald Formula is also mirrored in the symbolism of the Tarot that reflects the Royal Path back to God. The famous phrase “As Above, So Below” comes from the Emerald Formula.