The Fire-Breathing Dragon, Page 170
“The first of seven operations of alchemy is Calcination, the heating and pulverization of a solid to drive off water and other volatile compounds. What is left is a small pile of desiccated white ashes, and the alchemists referred to this process of reduction as “The Fire-Breathing Dragon who drinks water.” Since moisture and volatility are symbolic of the libido and emotions, the alchemists were acknowledging a basic fact of the human condition: As we mature and are heated by the natural forces of existence, we tend to lose contact with our own life force. The older we get and the more “adulterated” we become, the less psychic energy we have available. By middle age, many people feel they have lost a precious part of themselves and are leading inauthentic and unproductive lives. Our souls have despaired trying to survive in a world of spiritual drought.” —Dennis William Hauck, The Emerald Tablet
Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.