First, what role of the Moon play in science?
The moon is commonly known as a powerful solar refraction/diffusion system and a regulator of the earth’s tides and saps. Less known is that the earth has always been sent to the moon a kind of ‘breath of life, ie, a wind of charged particles of oxygen. The earth’s oxygen particles reach the moon when our planet, for five days every twenty-seven days, comes between the Sun and the Moon, shielding the latter from the wind of particles emitted by our star (the solar wind). During this period, the solar wind is deflected, and the particles trapped in most of Earth’s outer regions can reach the moon.
Secondly, it’s a recent discovery that the moon is brighter than the sun in the gamma spectrum, radiation generated by cosmic rays hitting the lunar surface. Gammas are also emitted during nuclear reactions, so much so that – together with neutrons – they are practically their “signature”.
What role of the Moon in Alchemy?
Some ancient authors say that Moon at night makes the Spiritus Mundi, which in daytime lingers at great altitudes ( because of the Sun rising power and for the effect of the magnetic field that acts as a screen), fall to earth. Secondly, the moon may dismember more effectively than the sun. Third, the moon acts on the part of Spiritus Mundi, which is known to behave like a fluid. So the composition of the air is decisive when working the Mercurius.
The laboratory alchemist must admit that they behave similarly without necessarily wanting to compare Spiritus Mundi and the etheric or subtle body surrounding and interpenetrating all bodies. Hekate, the mysterious three-headed goddess ubiquitous in heaven, earth, and the underworld, is symbolically represented by the moon.
In alchemical symbolism, the moon is principally the Mercurius of the wet path, due to its whitish and translucent aspect. But all polar aspects of sulfur are termed lunar.
The Moon can act as a polarizer of sunlight. Is it also in Alchemy?
Sure. Whatever “polarizer” means in Alchemy.
Taken from Solazaref, Ars Brevis: When the moon is in the first and last quarter phases, sunlight is diffused at 90 degrees. We know that in the blue sky, at 90 degrees, we have an almost completely polarized light: the moon in its quarters also presents a polarization of its radiation, which depends on the hour and the weather.
Can the moon also act as a polarizer of starlight?
Sure. There are times of day and phases of the moon when this can happen. Of course, it is a matter of infinitesimal magnitude. But Alchemy is made up of details.
As already said above, concerning the role of the moon in science, the moon is brighter than the sun in the gamma spectrum, with radiation generated by cosmic rays hitting the lunar surface.
Can we extract and/or condense the Spiritus Mundi from the Moon?
As we cannot extract and/or condense Spiritus Mundi directly from the Sun, we also cannot extract it directly from the Moon. Nevertheless, in the same way, the lunar beams can strike and affect the surrounding airborne and watery particles and produce chemical reactions, which may improve these matters’ magnetization, allowing the Spiritus Mundi to come out. When medieval alchemists claimed to gather the lunar beams as a liquid, they instead gathered the airborne, aerosol, and water particles with improved magnetization.
What are atmospheric chemical compounds more likely to undergo reactions when affected by moonlight?
Nitrogen compounds, same as for the sunlight. And in addition, all aerosol and watery particles. But moonlight would affect compounds and cause reactions mildly and differently than sunlight.
What phase of the Moon is the most powerful when reflecting the solar beams?
The answer already given in Alchemical Timing & Astronomical Code: The Moon reflects the Solar beams, so its distance from the Sun determines the stream strength. The full Moon is when the Moon is weaker, as it is farthest from the Sun. In contrast, the Moon, beginning to appear as a crescent, is the strongest.
What phase of the Moon is the most powerful in influencing the terrestrial waters? As well as the ascent of the Mercurius?
The answer is already given in Alchemical Timing & Astronomical Code: When the Moon is closest to the earth. The onset of the crescent moon.
When are the Phases of the Moon critical?
The answer already given in Alchemical Timing & Astronomical Code: The Phases of the Moon are essential for the operations that should be strictly performed at night. In any case, when it comes to handling and managing Mercurius.
Is it true that the aspects of the moon with the solar revolution are also important?
Yes, it is true. For instance, the Greek deity Pluto/Hades represents the submerged sun during the winter solstice, and Persephone/another aspect of Demeter is the phase of the moon during this period.
Is it true that the moon’s phases can also influence the composition of the air?
That is rather accurate. The composition of the air is decisive when working on Mercurius and Spiritus Mundi.
What is the role of the moon in the world of sound?
Greek mythology says that the moon gives sound to earth, which would be silent. The sound of the moon belongs to the low octaves.
What about the role of the Moon as an intermediary between Macrocosm and Microcosm?
This is a role assigned by the archaic civilizations of the Mediterranean to the moon understood as divinity. Greek mythology identifies the moon with the nocturnal hunters, those who send souls to bodies, for example, Diana/Artemis; Persephone is the lunar aspect of Pluto’s world; Hecate, the goddess akin to the deities of the Aura, is said to be the glue between Apollo and Hermes/Mercury.
Catholic Christianity gives the moon an attribute similar to the mother of Christ, that is, an intermediate role between God and humankind. In fact, in the countries bordering the Mediterranean sea she was worshiped as a means to reach a God otherwise too distant.
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