‘ ‘All the metals are wonderful strangers on earth, but gold most of all.” Wilhelm Pelikan
Gold is the royal metal, sacred from ancient times, a special substance favoured by the gods. A metal too soft for most practical uses and difficult to mine, especially for our ancient ancestors, gold was nonetheless eagerly sought after for religious purposes where it was created into the implements and shining images of the gods.
Gold was, above all, sacred to the solar deities. It was believed to be the spirit of the sun manifested on earth, and was kept in trust by the priesthood of the sun temples. Through their magical rituals and ceremonials they mediated between the gods, or cosmic principles, and the lives of the people on earth, maintaining the balance and harmony of nature. Gold, over all other metals symbolized this universal harmony, and this symbol is still found in the form of the sun-circle given in marriage ceremonies today, long after its deeper significance has been forgotten.
Gold is no less precious to us today, although its value is regarded more in terms of material rather than spiritual wealth. The first coins used for currency were decorated with pictures of the gods, until Alexander the Great began the ruler’s trend of stamping gold coins with his own image. When England introduced the monetary gold standard in 1816 this precious metal was finally stripped of any remaining divine attributes and became instead an anonymous instrument of economic power.
Fort Knox, a North American fortress, is said to hold the largest pile of gold in history, no longer kept for its beauty or its heavenly connections, but hidden in some heavily guarded vault ~ an abstract symbol in the heads of international bankers.
How far we have come from the ancient way of perceiving the world and the subtle energies which connect us with the earth beneath our feet and the stars above. Modern scientists prefer to ignore, or perhaps are afraid to explore these occult (or hidden) connections, instead emphasizing our separateness from the world ‘out there’ and its infinite realms of life, the realms of the minerals, the plants and animals, the planets and stars. Although science derides these connections, we are expected to believe in their equally occult theories, especially in the existence of such esoteric particles as ‘quarks.’
However, not all scientists have turned their backs on the knowledge of the past. Earlier this century there were those who found rich fields for their explorations in such ancient traditions as alchemy and astrology. Eugen and Lilly Kolisko were among these open-minded scientists, and demonstrated through their experiments carried out over a period of decades, the undoubted relationships existing between the metals and the planets to which they were ascribed by the ancients. In the first chapter I described the experiments of Lilly Kolisko involving the influence of lunar forces on the metal silver. She also carried out similar experiments with gold, to be described after we first examine what else the old sciences had to say about the properties of gold and of the sun.
GOLD – The “CONGEALED LIGHT” OF THE ALCHEMIST
Alchemy, with its origins deeply rooted in Egypt— which incidentally had the most gold in antiquity-has been described as “the science of nature in its broadest sense, relating to the outward realm of metals and the inward realm of the soul.”
The alchemical operation, dealing with the outer processes of transmuting ‘base’ metals into gold, imaged the inner processes of spiritual transformation. Gold was called the sun, the ‘earthy sun,’ and ‘incarnated light.’ The same essential quality was recognized both in the metal and in the heavenly sphere.
This is clearly shown in the alchemist’s table of law passed down through the centuries, the text known as ‘The Emerald Tablet’ of Hermes Trismegistus, the original Egyptian god Tehuti, who calls alchemy ‘the operation of the Sun.’
Stanislas Klossowski de Rola describes it in this way: ‘ ‘Gold, because of its incorruptible nature and its remarkable physical characteristics, is to alchemists the Sim of matter, an analogy to the ultimate perfection which they themselves seek to attain by helping ‘base’ metals to reach the blessed state of gold.”1
Gold is indeed incorruptible and because of its purity was regarded as the symbol of the spirit… ‘the mass, density and divisibility of bodies have in it been transmuted into pure symbolical quality.’ Where the properties of other metals are destroyed through weathering, rust and other earthly processes, gold remains stable and unaffected; Wilhelm Pelikan writes that it does not lose its cosmic aspect. It possesses an inward equilibrium of forces, making it hard to dissolve or combine with other metals. To change it into a salt a powerful mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids must be used.
Like the all embracing rays of the sun, gold is present everywhere in minute quantities – in the atmosphere, in seawater, granite, basalt and diabase. It infuses the earth-sphere with its homeopathic qualities.
The main properties of gold include the three principles of light, elastic fluidity and weight. Gold shines with the brightness of the sun and yet it is heavy, it has a hidden depth of power shown in its high atomic weight and density, being 19 times heavier than water.
The light quality of gold is demonstrated in its affinity with silica ‘connected everywhere in nature with certain qualities of light.’ It enjoys the company of clear rock crystal, forming veins of pure gold quartz ore.
On the other hand, its ‘inner heaviness’ is found in the ‘pyrite veins of crystalline primeval rocks penetrating deeply into the earth, more deeply than most other metals.’ This heaviness is described alchemically as ‘the leaden chaos of Saturn where the life of the sun and of gold is hidden.’
Rich deposits of gold are found in all continents over the planet, especially in Africa, the continent of the sun, described by Pelikan as ‘the center of gravity for gold in the earth.’ Gold is often found in deserts where the power of the sun is experienced in its greatest intensity, and in the old lands of geologic history, such as South Africa, Australia, India, Canada and Scandinavia, and the mountains of North and South America.
- SILVER – Metal of the Moon
- QUICKSILVER – Mercury’s Liquid Metal