The Philosopher’s Stone has the power to transform other matter with which it comes in contact and to raise it to its own perfection. It is capable of ‘transforming lead into gold. In alchemy, quintessence and the Philosopher’s Stone can be seen as interchangeable. Clearly, the key to achieving the intelligence of the heart is in bringing the four elements into balance
Such an evolutionary process culminates in finding the ‘Philoso-phers’ Stone’, which is the goal of the Sufi quest and signifies the final transformation. According to the Sufis, the search for the ‘Philosophers’ Stone’ is an encoding for the Sufi quest for integration of inner and outer levels of perception expressed in alchemical terms.32 The activation of the levels of perception is symbolized by the transmutation of base metals into silver and gold through the Philosopher? Stone. Shah summarizes that significance of the Philosophers’ Stone in the process of the Sufi quest:
His quest is the purification of the dross and the activation of the gold. The means of achieving this is found within man — it is the Philosophers’ Stone . . . which is so powerful that it can transform whatever comes to contact with it.
The purified Soma juice, Soma Pavamana, becomes the Philosopher Stone. The Philosopher Stone is “the perfected essence of matter that embodied the deepest secrets of Transformation.” (Hauk, The Sorcerer’s Stone (2013), p. 26.) The goal of the worshiper, sadhaka, adept, or Vedic alchemist is to become awakened to the energy of creation and become an incorruptible and living Philosopher’s Stone.
According to literature, the Philosopher’s Stone is a mysterious substance with astonishing powers. It is alchemy’s most famous symbol of transformation.
The Philosopher’s Stone can be seen as a process of spiritual perfection, represented on the material level by the transmutation of base metals into gold. The Philosopher’s Stone becomes a metaphor for spiritual transformation and salvation.
At the twelfth ‘Gate of Projection’, Jane declared that Wisdom’s ‘Wonderful Pearl’ or ‘Stone’ could be found, which represented the spiritual aspect of the alchemical projection, or transmutation.’ It was the point at which the transformation of the soul was possible. The inner feminized world containing Wisdom’s pearl was clearly more highly prized than the outer world and capable of transmuting every pious soul.
The Philosopher’s Stone could be achieved through the ancient art of transmutation. Practical experimentation was one way. This involved the purification of various materials and the application of heat while materials were in an enclosed container, resulting in changes of colour and the formation of the Philosopher’s Stone, which was then believed to transmute base metals into gold. Robert Boyle also considered other occult influences to be involved in the quest for the Philosopher’s Stone, and he believed that ‘the acquisition of the Philosopher’s Stone would facilitate communication with angels and rational spirits.
Jane also drew on other occult sources, including magic. She considered the Magia, or the operation of the Holy Spirit, to have a crucial role in achieving the purification of the soul. It required a rejection of rationality in favour of faith in God. Jane wrote, ‘now take heed and fly away from our Mortal senses…each one according to his Gift in this high and supernatural Magia.63 Indeed, Jane asked, Tor what is so great an enemy to the divine Magia, as the rational Wisdom, which is a strong Combination with the humane sense?
This highly gendered idea of Wisdom’s offspring energized by the Holy Ghost was a prophecy and concerned the key to discovering divine secrets. Jane wrote:
until there come a breaking off from the old traditional knowledge, and a weaning from the breasts of a strange mother, that so they, as new born spirits, may draw from the Eternal Word of Wisdom, fresh unction, that giveth light unto the understanding, and by which the counsel of the Most high is made known, and all the secrets that can be desired are manifested.”
Jane clearly drew on imagery which went beyond the standard christological concept of Christ within, as Wisdom was also a source of divine knowledge for Jane.
As we have seen, Jane used alchemical discourse as a way of signifying how God’s truth could be found by searching within. Her belief in transmutation was expressed in alchemical terms to show that the outer dross of corporeality (flesh/sin) could be transformed into an inner realization of the divine, which she described as the fifth gift of wisdom.
There are two types of Stone that alchemists strive to create. One is the Vegetable Stone made from plant matter, and the other is the Mineral Stone made from rocks, or metal ore, also known as the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Vegetable Stone can be made in less than one year, the Philosopher’s Stone can take decades. Both are processes that raise the vibratory rate of the material you are processing, in order to match the high vibration of human beings, thus making it a more evolved remedy. The test to prove that the Vegetable Stone has been correctly prepared, is to suspend it in an Herbal maceration (or tea) so that it may draw the purified medicinal constituents to the surface, where it can be collected, and applied. During this process, the Vegetable Stone will enlarge to a degree, or at least it will maintain its original size.
The making of gold, by transmutation, is the test to prove that the Philosopher’s Stone is ready to be used as a medicine. If it can’t transmute metals, it won’t be able to transform the body to good health. Unlike the Vegetable Stone, once it is used the Philosopher’s Stone can’t be reclaimed.
The coming of the stone is a salvific operation; it would be consistent for the believer to say that the best thing is to be hit by the stone, and remade into a new being. This is spiritual alchemy. In the alchemical context, the stone releases the divine spirit. Jesus identifies himself with the cornerstone of the Temple.
It presenteth the Reader with the twelve gates-, lead-ing to the making of the Philosopher’s Stone, which are thus reckoned up in order:
The Medieval and Renaissance discipline called alchemy is the precursor of modern medicine and science, but unlike modern science, alchemy recognizes that the world is alive and that it has a purpose. This purpose is shared by every component of the world, including ourselves. The purpose may be defined as evolution toward a higher state. The goal of alchemy was to speed up this evolution by creating a mystical agent or catalyst known as the Philosopher’s Stone. The process of creating the Stone was called the Great Work or Opus. Once created, the Philosopher’s Stone had the power to cause whatever it came into contact with to transform into its highest state. It could turn lead into gold, heal any illness, prolong life, and bring the alchemist to a higher state of consciousness.