Double-Headed Eagle (The end product of the Magnum Opus). See also: Rebis in Alchemy, the divine Hermaphroditus (child of Hermes (Intellect) and Aphrodite (Feeling)), Ardanarishvara (androgynous form of Shiva merged with Parvati). // J. Augustus Knapp (1853-1938); from "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall (1928).
The Consummation of the Magnum Opus ("Great Work"). See also: creation of Homunculi, Golems, Tuplas, Egregores and "Assumption of God Forms" (a form of Theurgy). // J. Augustus Knapp (1853-1938); from "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall (1928).
The black sun emerging from the earth. Nineteenth image in the well known early 16th century alchemical manuscript the Splendor solis. Sol niger (black sun) can also refer to the result of the first stage of the magnum opus in alchemy, the nigredo (blackening). The complete magnum opus (Great Work) ends with the production of gold. The magnum opus can also be understood in a mystic way.
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In alchemy, Albedo is one of the 4 major stages of the magnum opus; along with nigredo, citrinitas and rubedo. It is a Latin term meaning "whiteness." Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a Purification in Abedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the washing away of impurities. In this process, subject is divided into two opposing principles to be later coagulated to form a unity of opposites or coincidentia oppositorum during Rubedo.