The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone

harry potter and the philosophers stone

 

“Now, one of the concepts that plays the greatest role in alchemy is that of the prima materia,

the prime or basic matter, the one stuff from which everything else is made.

People felt that if they could find out about that and it is still a topic in modern physics they could find the basic key of material existence.”

Marie Louise von Franz: Alchemical Active Imagination, Page 15

 

Hunted for centuries and never found, the prima materia or lapis philosophorum is,

as a few alchemists rightly suspected, to be discovered in man himself.

Collected Works ‘Vol 16  p188)

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I was extremely disappointed in my youth to learn that the Philosopher’s Stone was not really a stone.

This recognition has not stopped me from playing with and building with stones, although it has helped me switch from a literal to a metaphorical interpretation of a alchemy and religion.

Perhaps the search for the Philosopher’s stone, as it for Indiana Jones, a bit dangerous.

 


indy and philo stone

 

 

 

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One Response to The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone

  1. As it has never yet bee found how do we know it’s not a stone. Maybe like the grail in th Last Crusade of Indy Jones. The plainest chalice was the Holy Grail. Maybe, just maybe rglltge stone is a singular pebble in a massive quarry, hidden in plain site so to speak maybe it’s not but having been sought for centuries physically, intellectually, psychically, and spiritually. How will one ever know. The only way too now is to individually hold the stone. Once you do you may transcend as you may see the world is not worthy for anyone person to poses the stone. Just thinking out loud.

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