Emerald Tablet - Part Seven
The Starrus and Reeves translation continues: "Thou shalt separate the
earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, suavely, and with
great ingenuity." Ashley renders this as: "Separate the earth from the
fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with unremitting care."
George Beato says it as: "separate the earth from the fire, the subtle
and thin from the crude and course, prudently." Sir Isaac Newton
reports: "Separate thou ye earth from ye fire, ye subtle from the
gross sweetly with great industry." The earliest Latin text has it as
"It will separate earth from fire, the subtle from the gross.
Blavatsky and Fulcanelli agree with these writers in their own way.
Jabir ibn Hayyan writes: Feed the earth from that which is subtle,
with the greatest power." Sigismund Bacstrom tanslates the Chaldean
version of the Emerald Tablet as: "Separate that spiritous earth from
the dense or crude by means of a gentle heat, with much attention."
The majority concur, but these last two translations intrigue mm for
their diversion from the majority report. To understand this part of
the Tablet, let's agree that the World of Fire, being the Astral
World, is more subtle than the World of Earth. Let's agree the World
of Earth is the world of matter which compared to astral matter is
To separate the subtle from the gross is one of the first steps in
alchemy, which is called, appropriately enough, "separation." We are
asked to separate what we manifest in our lives (the gross, the earth)
from what we intended to manifest (the fire, the subtle).
Part of the human condition is that we always create in our lives what
we intend to create. But we create it with all of our beliefs about
ourselves, all of our other intentions for our life, all of our
emotional issues, all of our intuitive insights, memories, thoughts
and ideas and all the things we imagine. What a complex mixture of
positive and negative attributes we bring into our creations.
When I separate the subtle from the gross, I am separating my Fire
from my Earth, my desires from my creations. So the process is to
lovingly, with great kindness to ourselves, softly and gently look at
what we have created in our life and then look at what we desired to
create, our spiritous Earth, in our life. The difference between the
two is all of the garbage we carry around inside ourselves. This
garbage is the "gross and crude" we will eventually burn in the fire.
There are several ways for us to do this but they all involve first
identifying what we desired and what we created. Let me share some
examples: 1) I desired a medium build but I created a fat me, 2) I
wanted a loving relationship, but I created a painful war, 3) I sought
a wonderful career, but I created a terrible job, and 4) I needed to
write beautiful heart-felt poetry, but I wrote hate-filled novels.
Our Fire is what we want, need, desire, crave and intend. Our Earth is
what we actually create. The difference between the two are the things
we need to remove from our lives through the alchemical tools of
accepting, forgiving and loving ourselves and all others. If we do
this gently and with loving kindness, we start to manifest what we
really want in our life. It's tedious work, but it works!
I recommend Spiritual Alchemy to everyone: http://AlchemicalOrder.com
PS: If you have a little spare time, like about an hour a week, the
Octagon Society (a UGF Spiritual Alchemical Fellowship) needs a
secretary to manage our discussion group.