The Seal of Solomon is one of the most used and important of all symbols within the Alchemical belief, with it’s origins in a signet ring held by King Solomon himself, and allowed him to command Demons, Djinn and animals. It combined the abilities of both an amulet and a talisman, and therefore becomes one of the strongest of all the sigils within Alchemy.
Within this belief, the seal is made from the combination of the ‘Fire’ and ‘Water’ symbols (the masculine up, and the feminine down triangles). The symbol is representative of the combination of opposites and the act of Transmutation. Through the combining of the two triangles, the alchemical symbols for earth and air are also created. The downwards facing triangle is divided along the center by the base line of the opposite triangle, becoming the alchemical symbol for earth. Conversely, the upwards triangle divided by the base line of the downwards triangle becomes the alchemical symbol for air.
The Seal of Solomon becomes the perfect analogy for the natural cycle; it becomes all that is unified in perfect balance.
I have also actually started practising alchemy within my space; I painted the seal onto the floor, and have begun my rituals to craft the magnum opus. I am currently in the process of ‘Nigredo’, the blackening, which means putrefaction or decomposition. The alchemists believed that the first step in the Magnum Opus, which is the means of crafting the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’, all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform, dark black matter. It has been stated that ‘the first nigredo, that of the ‘unio naturalis’, is an objective state, visible from the outside only…an unconscious state of non-differentiation between self and object, consciousness and the unconscious. Here the subject is ‘”too conscious”…in reality unconscious of the unconscious; i.e. the connection with the instincts.’
I am currently in the process of filming my ritual, but have not actually done any more than this image shows, so will not upload anymore.
‘The Ritual Space’
(I need to be more geometric and accurate with my linework.)
The Seal of Solomon