Alchemists refer to Congelation as the second step in the alchemical process by which they manufacture their Philosophers’ Stone. Many alchemical writers consider Calngelation synonymous and interchangeable with Coagulation. Congelation follows CALCINATION (see same). As Calcination is linked to the zodiacal sign Aries, Congelation is attributed to Taurus, according to the list in The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Palmer Hall. Taurus is the sign of hearing and it is inner hearing that an alchemist is developing by this second step of the process. Eventually, the 'still small voice' of intuition grows stronger and more frequent with concerted meditation to become an actual, physical, audible voice. No student of alchemy or yoga can complete the process without the Master's instructions. Since Venus is the ruling power of Taurus, it is the key power in Congelation. Venus, in this step, is the imagination of the alchemist. He cultivates by imagination that every single moment of our existence is a special dealing of God with our soul. When the image-making power repeatedly impresses subconsciousness with the truth that everywhere we look, everything we touch, and everything all our physical senses can perceive is nothing but a different manifestation of The One God, then stronger will that intuitive voice become.
The Moon, assigned to automatic consciousness and memory by astrologers, is exalted in the sign Taurus. Consistent imagery from our Venus faculty will impress this fact upon subconsciousness. It becomes second nature. The memory will recall, automatically through daily life, the moment by moment certainty that we live, move and have our total being in the very bosom of One God. This practice, over time shorter than one might guess, results in intuitive guidance for our every action. Frequent conversations with The Higher Self concerning every detail in this life guide us toward perfect freedom throughout our life and the eternal life beyond, incarnate or discarnate.
The Cube of Space symbol proffers more light. Both Taurus and Congelation are assigned the edge South-East. The energies of the East face, attributed to Venus again, and the South face, assigned to the Sun, are combined in Congelation. Remember that Alchemical Sun, the Heart Center, is brought to exaltation in the previous step, Calcination. That exalted power, which is Love from the Center, is now mixed with the ruling power of Venus in Taurus, affecting the exaltation of the Moon. The whole of the Great Work is performed by operations of the Sun and Moon with the aid of Mercury, as Hermes is often quoted. The step Congelation is brought to successful operation by these same powers within us, but this time through the aid of Venus, the creative imagination of the alchemist. Follow nature. As the Sun courses through Taurus each spring, focus on Congelation. Read, study and meditate on all aspects of Taurus. Study and contemplate all the paths and spheres on The Tree pertaining to Taurus, Venus, Moon and Sun. Ponder the Cube of Space. With attention to Congelation at the time when Earth is congealing the Life-Force into her body, we aid Nature with the Great Work within us. Please cross-reference with CALCINATION and FIXATION, the steps before and after CONGELATION.
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