THE ALCHEMIST POWER OF THE HOLY GRAIL
THE GRAIL AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
Some authors identified it with the philosopher’s stone of the alchemists. And it is that the cup is attributed the same powers as the legendary stone, that of converting the base metals into others of greater value, such as lead, into gold or silver. Hence it has been and is such a coveted object.
Therefore the cup would have the power to transmute its content into another. Its analogy in this sense with the Christian ritual of the Eucharist is clear, and although there is a whole legend.
That is why Christianity took advantage of this consonance, adopting the cup as a venerable and sacred object, who knows if also with supernatural powers acquired by contact, because Jesus transmuted the wine into his blood for the first time at the Last Supper.
However, Jesus had already transmuted six stone jars of about one hundred liters of water each into wine, and of “good quality” too, at the wedding in Cana, but no one remembers or looks for those large stone jars…they are not enough mainstream I suppose?).
THE EXTRAORDINARY POWERS OF THE HOLY GRAIL
Legends about the Holy Grail confer various powers on this extraordinary object. One of the most coveted is to rejuvenate, as an elixir of eternal youth, to multiply food and make it more exquisite, to restore hope to the desolate and downcast, to heal those who are close to death and even that of giving life to the dead. An elixir of life, and therefore even grants immortality to those who drink from it.
Today the Holy Grail of the Last Supper is part of medieval Christian mythology, although it lacks specific references in biblical texts, there are very interesting legends.
In fact, the myth of the Holy Grail was initially formed by pre-Christian references to magical containers mainly from the Celtic tradition, such as magic cauldrons. Like the Greek cornucopia, these vessels offered extraordinary benefits, such as eternal youth, healing, abundance, and the gift of immortality.
Although the Celtic culture today continues to be related generally only to the present-day northern European nations, in reality its oldest settlement has been found in central Europe, specifically in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. We tell about it in our article “Switzerland and Austria origin of Celtic culture”.
THE METHOD TO OBTAIN THE MAGIC ELIXIR
The Holy Grail has not always been considered a cup. It is also thought that it may be a stone or a conceptual and intangible mystical state. So the way of acquiring the benefits that it distills would be different depending on the form in which it is presented.
If we consider that it is a glass, it is evident that it would be the liquid introduced inside it that would absorb by contact all those magical nutrients that later, once drunk, would act inside the body. Granting rejuvenation of the skin, healing of the organs, psychological relief if we are depressed or desolate, and would even give us the state of immortality. So the resulting leachate would be the magic elixir.
The same percolation method we would use if it were a stone. But this time we would submerge the stone in the liquid that we want to become an elixir, or we would simply let the liquid drip over it. With both procedures we would also obtain an ambrosia full of magic.
We know that through the percolation process a fluid that passes through a solid drags a large amount of compounds belonging to the solid, so it would be logical to think that the resulting fluid has acquired the magical and beneficial components by contact, in this case. With the same reasoning it is understood that it works when it is put in the mode of transmuting the minerals. The components of both are mixed and magic occurs.
It is the same system as the philosopher’s stone.
And it is that according to the alchemists, the philosopher’s stone had the power to transmute the substances with which it comes into contact, there are various recipes to “create” it. Like the alkaheste of Paracelsus, which was a hypothetical universal solvent, capable of dissolving all metals, a piece of philosopher’s stone could also dissolve and merge with the other minerals creating another diverse compound, generally trying to generate gold.
However, the dissolving power of the alkaheste went further. He was capable of reducing all the materials, bodies, and even the souls of all things to their most elemental and primitive state, to their original matter or ether from which they had been formed in their genesis.
It was therefore formidable, but the stone also had an added advantage that the unattainable and chimerical alkaheste did not possess, it could be created by anyone, and this made it accessible to all. It had two variants, one white to transmute into silver, and the other red to generate gold. The base substance of which it was composed was the same, iron pyrite (iron disulfide or FeS₂). It could have different shades of red, such as saffron orange, also somewhat purple, and transparent like glass. The stone was heavier than gold and was soluble in all liquids, but it was non- combustible in fire.
The method to create it was complex and the recipes always hid some secret ingredient that was difficult to intuit. The process divided into phases or steps was called the Great Work (Opus Magnum). The stone was experiencing different changes of color, as passed by many states caused by chemical reactions that occurred, until transform the end of creation in the philosopher ‘s stone.
RECIPE TO CREATE A PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
There were many different formulas but there was a “generic” recipe that comprised three basic ingredients.
Ingredients: Iron pyrite or in its simple lack iron- rich earth. Tartaric acid (usually extracted from the top tree) and dew. Conditions for its creation: It was recommended to carry out the process in a dark environment, since tartaric acid is sensitive to light, and responsible for the color change. Once created, the stone could be used to create elixirs, transmute metals into gold or silver, etc.
USES OF THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
AS ELIXIR OF LIFE
If what you wanted to obtain was an elixir of life, the stone was soaked in a liquid. After a while the resulting brew or leachate was drunk. However, it was not without its adverse side effects, albeit temporary. Before obtaining the magical beneficial results, all the hair onthe body would fall out, and also the nails. Then the desired body would emerge, a healthy, strong and young one. The elixir would have cured all diseases, and if enough liquid was ingested it not only prolonged life, it could make it imperishable. It would no longer be necessary to nourish in order to survive, so food would be an “optional” that would be ingested only for sheer pleasure. Because from then on the person would be immortal.
TO TRANSMUTE MINERALS
The other use was to transmute metals into gold and silver, mere crystals into precious stones and diamonds. He was able to transmute the glass fragile and brittle glass flexible and malleable.
TO CREATE PERPETUAL LIGHT
The stone could create perpetual flames or fires that glowed with fiery light without ever being consumed.
TO BRING LIFE TO PLANTS
Its extraordinary power could reactivate life in plants, and make a dead, dry plant grow green and flowery again.
TO CREATE A HOMUNCULUS
If the above hasn’t surprised you yet, this sure will. The stone could create a tiny man, a clone or hybrid, called arcanum or homunculus as Paracelsus called his first created creature.
Apparently Paracelsus created it by chance, by “a slip” while experimenting with a philosopher’s stone. Like the golems or Adam (created from clay) he was a creature created from inanimate matter. He was less than 12 inches tall, a nomo or ” Lilliputian” species, strong, slow, and somewhat foolish. But the worst thing is that sometimes he could be treacherous and turn against his creator, and also they used to escape frequently.
THE WEIRD VARIANTS OF THE HOMUNCULUS
There were some quite disturbing variants for the creation of living beings from inanimate matter.
One of the most popular is the variant in which the mandrake is used. According to the original legend, to create a mandrake homunculus, the peculiar plant seemed to grow only on the ground where the semen emitted in the last convulsions of those hanged before dying had fallen.
The forked roots look similar to that of a human being. It is a highly toxic plant and if ingested it can cause delusions, coma and even death. In some varieties the toxicity acts even by contact, through the skin just by touching them causing dizziness, bradycardia and respiratory distress. Despite its dangerousness, the great hallucinogenic power of its alkaloids hasbeen used since ancient times by witches in rituals and to create potions and ointments, since in small doses it also acts as an aphrodisiac, analgesic and sedative.
The living creature generated in the roots of the mandrake had to be unearthed before dawn on a Friday morning, by a preferably black dog and never by a person, since the root at the time of being extracted from the earth emitted a hideous screech capable of killing anyone who dared to do so. That is why this task was reserved for an unfortunate dog. To which he was tied with a rope to the plant, and when he was made to come running he would pull it and tear it off. The dog used to die, perhaps because it bit her and got intoxicated. Then it had to be washed and fed with milk and honey. Although there was the possibility of nourishing her with blood if we wanted her character to be “diverse”. The creature’s task was to protect its creator and owner.
Another method of generating a tiny creature was that of the egg of black hen. A small hole had to be made in the shell where a small portion of the white was replaced by human sperm. The opening was sealed with a piece of virgin parchment and the egg was buried under a layer of manure. The day of the burial had to be the first day of the lunar cycle in March. After 30 days of the egg a tiny humanoid hatched that would help with housework and protect its creator. This creature was fed on a diet composed of lavender flower and fresh worms.
And there were others with beans, but we talked about that in our article “Broad beans and their impure origin” (8th part “The black list of prohibited plants”).
THE METAPHORIC POWER OF THE HOLY GRAIL
The third option mentioned of the Holy Grail is that it was only a conceptual mystical concept, and not proper a physical object (cup or stone).
A similar power also had the famous a qua vitae, or water of life. An aqueous solution based on ethanol. It was generated through the distillation of wine or spirit of wine. Its best known variants are brandy and fruity spirits, the normal liqueurs. However, for alchemy it was a leachate resulting from the Great Work, from the stone of transmutation known as the philosopher’s stone.
This water vitae was attributed the property of transmuting ” lead man ” into ” golden man ” or philosophical (perhaps because after drinking it in abundance they ventured into endless transcendental dilemmas). The elixir of water of life also gave perennial youth and freshness with a good rosy color to the cheeks.
But getting the mystical Holy Grail is much more. It is reaching the total knowledge of the quintessence, the foundations of cosmic existence. Which would grant the ability to transcend to a higher level from which we would understand the absolute truth.
In Buddhism and Hinduism there is something similar to the mystical Graal, it is the chintamani, the mythical jewel of thought. One of the four relics or treasures that according to legend fell from the sky inside a chest. It is represented as a philosopher’s stone, a luminous pearl next to Avalokiteshvara, a bodhisattva or buddha (who has achieved spiritual enlightenment) capable of granting wishes and wisdom. And it metaphorically symbolizes a supernatural power, a spiritual energy.
As if that were not enough, the “mystical” Graal also grants magical powers with more earthly and material utilities (similar to those of the cup or stone) capable of performing “miracles” such as curing diseases and wounds, multiplying food, ect. So if you intend to go find the true Holy Grail, because it is probably still hidden somewhere, this would be the most recommended. It would make you invincible!
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