The Determination of the Alchemical Constitutional
The analysis of the basic type of your constitution helps to recognise and become
aware of possible disharmony in body, mind or soul, early on. Certain essences,
according to Paracelsus, help to overcome imbalance and restore harmony
By Ulrich Arndt
How can we precociously find out, if disharmonies have crept in to soul,
body or mind or if the beginning of a disease is being manifested? Does
the energetic system vibrate in a balanced and dynamic way; are we moving
forward in our personal development and the development of consciousness,
or are we, quite the contrary, falling backwards? Is the ascent from
the dark Nigredo, as described in alchemy as the lowest level of vibration,
progressing towards the light Rubedo level? In order to find out, great
doctors of alchemy developed a kind of diagnosis of constitutional types.
They analyse which of the three alchemical basic principles “sal“, “sulphur“ or “mercury“ prevail
in the individual and accordingly, which planetary forces.
(= “salt“, in simple terms the material, physical) represents
like the Nigredo level the predominance of the densifying processes and
thereby the “diseases of densification“.
Sulphur (in simple terms the soul) marks the opposite, the dissolving,
enlivening processes. Sulphur stands for the middle level of vibration
of the chakras, called the Albedo level. If the sulphur forces are predominant
in the organism or in an organ of our body, inflammation, hot flushes,
fever, as well as allergies occur.
Mercury (in simple terms the spirit) symbolises the connecting, balancing
and transmitting processes. Mercury can be equated with the Rubedo level,
the highest level of vibration. In this state the densifying and the
dissolving forces work together in harmony within us.
The Influence of the Seasons and the Zodiac
Most people typically tend to get sick or to show extreme reactions
in certain seasons and under similar emotional and psychological
influences. For instance, some people always get the flu in November,
and become depressive around Christmas time or are completely without
motivation in spring. The causes lie outside and inside the human
being, and both have to do with the planetary forces described
in the previous issue:
The planetary influences from the outside change during the course of the year,
and with them the elementary energies and the quality of the three alchemical
basic principles sal, sulphur and mercury. This again has an influence on the
seven planetary forces and the three basic principles in man, though in a different
way, according to his personal birth character. As is generally known, those
born under different signs differ in their basic constitution. This basic character
is influenced by different combinations of the three basic principles together
with one of the four elements:
|Sign of the Zodiac
Trismegistos as a ruler of the three alchemical basic principles
sal = moon (at the bottom), sulphur = sun (at the top) and mercury
= fire between both of them.
The 12 signs of the zodiac and the respective dominant
influences of an element and of one of the three basic principles.
It is comprehensible that a person born under the sign of Aries,
who is characterised by the enlivening basic principle sulphur
and the element fire, is more susceptible to disharmonies of this
type than a person born under the sign of Leo, in whom the fire
is moderated by the densifying basic principle sal. And the excess
of fire in Aries, is in turn missing in someone born under the
sign of Taurus, who is directed twice towards the densifying processes
by the element earth and the basic principle sal.
An individual change in the basic constitution according to the zodiac sign takes
place according to the individual position of the planets at the time of birth.
The respective living conditions, education, nutrition and other strong and long-term
influences may also modify the personal constitution. All this may play a role
in determining which of the three alchemical basic conditions is predominant
Determining Your Own, Current Basic Type of Constitution
With the help of the following questionnaire the current constitutional
type such as sal, sulphur or mercury can be determined. It would
be ideal if the three basic principles were equally represented.
When one of the principles is too dominant, it should be regulated
with a specific combination of metal essences.
Answer the questions concerning the mercury type first, then the sulphur and
finally then the sal type. By choosing a number between 1 and 7, mark how strongly
each statement applies, 1 signifying the least and 7 the maximal agreement. Please
answer according to basic characteristics as they have prevailed in the previous
years, not to present short-term reactions.
Now add the numbers of each constitutional type. If the difference
between mercury, sulphur or sal type is more than five points,
the constitution should be harmonised. The basic principle with
the highest score should be harmonised first. In case the difference
between two of the basic principles is less than five points and
the third principle amounts to a considerable lower number, then
the basic principle with the lowest score must be harmonised. In
this case take the following combinations of metal essences for
at least one month or for a duration of one lunar cycle:
After one to three months fill in the questionnaire once again.
In case there is still one basic principle dominating, continue
to regulate this specific dominant principle. In this way you
can improve your harmony step by step and as a “side effect“ many
physical and mental troubles will disappear.
|The alchemical trinity:
The three alchemical basic principles sal = body as an old
king, sulphur = soul as a young ruling prince and mercury =
spirit as an angel of spirit.
In the next issue:
Simple alchemical essences, that can be made by oneself.
Arndt, Ulrich: Schätze der Alchemie: Edelstein-Essenzen, and Schätze
der Alchemie: Metall-Essenzen. Both: Freiburg/Germany: Hans-Nietsch-Verlag
Testreports of Paracelsus essences:: www.life-testinstitut.de und www.edelstein-essenzen.de
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