Alchemy – Interpreting Symbolic Imagery of Art

Alchemy - by Linda Gadbois

Art used to be the primary means for communicating the higher knowledge of universal laws and archetypal principles, which provided us with creative processes for applying in our daily lives as a means of willfully creating. In a symbolic design every attribute and element is significance in terms of how it serves to shape the overall idea being illustrated through a dynamic series of correspondences, each of which provide us with deeper clues into the overall meaning being conveyed. This includes not only the images and symbols themselves, but also colors, numbers, and features in terms of how they all exist in ‘relationship’ with each other and the entire image. All geometric mathematics (sacred geometry) demonstrate the natural relationships that exist between fundamental laws, which are energetic in nature and act to shape the internal vision that provides the basic layout or idea for creating a physical equivalent through a dynamic form of self-expression. Art is significant from other forms of communication in the sense that it “comes through us” as a means of manifesting, and we come to know the idea being expressed intimately as a result. All laws exist in a fundamental state of unity as a continuous creative process that grows and unfolds in a synchronized fashion. In considering one law we know that it’s the full expression of all the ones that preceded it, while still containing the seeds of all the ones that will systematically proceed out of it as a dynamic unfolding.

There’s really no such thing as a single law or principle that’s separate from the whole which acts to birth and sustain it. A law that we can recognize and contemplate in a meaningful way demonstrates what stage or phase of a greater unfolding or growth process we’re looking at. Laws are represented by numbers (10 primary laws of manifestation), which have geometric shapes associated with them that make up the molecular structure of all material forms and determine how they function or behave. For example, when we look at the Pentad, represented by 5, we know that it’s the outward manifestation of 0 through 4, while still containing within it the potential of 6 through 9. Out of 5 spontaneously emerges 6 as a natural growth process of maturing and becoming whole. So as you interpret the single symbols and elements to find their esoteric meaning, you want to always look at the relationship they form with every other element in order to understand their significance and the role they play in a greater process. All true knowledge is knowledge of universal law and principles which are the active intelligences that underlie and in-form the entire material world, and can only be comprehended intuitively as a dynamic relationship that operates on multiple planes simultaneously through the parent law of polarity, represented by the Dyad and Vesica Piscis, also called the “womb of creation”.

 All true spiritual knowledge was traditionally communicated using symbolic imagery, art, and architecture, requiring each person to intuitively interpret it based on their level of education, maturity, and knowledge of the principles involved. In this way every person took a universal idea and interpreted it to form a personal version of the same idea that was unique to them, making it ideal for utilizing in their daily life as a means of creating. Symbolic imagery acts as a form of “mental seed” or suggestion that you continue to think about and develop in new ways based on how you associate it to different situations. It forms the basis for a “chain of association” to continuously proliferate and take shape in an infinite number of new ways based on how you’re stimulated with a correlating idea. Higher knowledge communicated in this fashion requires a person to exercise their own creative abilities and the higher capacities of intuition. So viewing a symbolic representation causes the viewer to engage in their own form of creativity as a means of experiencing it.

With that said, I’m simply going to point out and briefly describe the main symbolic components, and leave it to your intuition and imagination to put them together in a way that provides you with a form of “instruction” for consciously undergoing the transformative process of Alchemy in your own way . . . .

The overall composition forms both a Hexad (6) or “Star of David”, and a Pentad (5), which is also symbolized as a star, demonstrating that these are complementary opposites of each other. In the right hand she holds a pentagram, and in the left a Hexagram – the pentagram represents mind-over-matter as the mind’s ability to influence and organize the 4 elements of the material world into new combinations and formulas for manifestation. The Hexagram represents “as above so below”, and the complementary nature of both the subconscious and self-conscious, and the Higher Self and lower self, which are all complementary aspects of the same mind that work together on multiple planes to create a cohesive and coherent reality (2 polarized elements combine to form a third element as a single dimension).

Alchemy - by Linda Gadbois

The Pentagram is silver, the color of the Moon, which governs the subconscious and emotions of the lower material plane, and is a “reactive metal” that tarnishes. The hexagram, symbol of equilibrium between two planes, is gold, color of the sun, which governs the conscious mind of the middle plane (higher), which is pure and unadulterated in nature. Gold is “non-reactive”, and doesn’t tarnish or corrode. They’re held in the opposite hand of what corresponds to the material plane (right = the left hemisphere of the brain; and left = right hemisphere), because they’re on a higher plane of subtle energy (Astral) that’s a reflection of this one and operates according to opposite and complementary laws to the lower plane.

5 – the number of power, represented by the Pentagram as a star within a sphere, is brought into balance through 6, both numbers representing the soul on different levels. The Pentad is considered the “doorway” through which we move between dimensions, and corresponds to the 5th chakra of the throat and neck, and is the means through which we “speak”. The spoken word, both internally as thought and outwardly as speech, is what shapes the elements of the material world and calls forth our reality, first in our imagination (6th chakra of the 3rd Eye), then as a fundamental part of our outer reality.

6 – the number of equilibrium between two complementary (polar) aspects, the number of the soul and love, represents the divine marriage of bringing the subconscious and self-conscious into balance in a harmonious way to produce a unified reality. The 6th chakra represents the receiver of communication from a higher plane that produces both a visual image as a mental impression and an inner voice. We impregnate the imagination (6) of the subconscious mind with a formula (holographic template) for creating an outer reality through our passionate thoughts as words we both think and speak (5).  

Rainbow bridge – connects the Pentad and Hexad, the masculine and feminine – the symbol of self-transformation – of Jacobs ladder and the 7 steps (stages and levels) to heaven (higher dimensions) – correlate to the 7 chakras, 7 colors, 7 musical notes of a scale, and the hidden nature of light as the 7 aspects of God. Each color represents a state of mind and the qualities, characteristics and operations naturally performed out of that state.

The human figure is a woman, representing the “soul” as physical form governed by the subconscious mind of the animal kingdom and natural world. Her hair is golden-yellow, representing intellect and mental powers of higher consciousness. She’s partially clothed in a white garment = purity and unity. Arms are outstretched, raised to the heavens = receives her mental powers from a higher plane. Her white garment has no ornaments = purity – “freedom from mixture” (with impure ideas) – the pure spiritual influence of the primal Will.

The overall shape forms a cross as the convergence between upper and lower planes. Her body is coming out of the Earth, symbolic of the phallic and the womb. The masculine (vertical) and the feminine (horizontal) combine to form an offspring as a unified form that’s a combination of both – lingam and yoni. A universal archetype as an ideal that seeds the imagination of the lower mind and produces a material reality as their offspring. 

The Earth with the Sun at its core represents the Monad, out of which all manifestation occurs spontaneously as a growth process and chain of association. It’s cracked open like an egg, giving birth to the material reality of the soul. The soul rises from its core as a projection or offspring. The Monad symbolizes the individual sphere of consciousness as the mind that serves to inform, produce, and give life to not only the material body of the individual, but also to the entire outer environment through its “model of the world”, that forms its perception of an outer world that’s of the same nature as the inner world. We only change how the outer world appears to us when we change our inner world. It has a red interior – color of Mars and sulfur = passion and the activity that ensues from it. Spheres = Monads = Torus = mind field of information as the conscious energy that accompanies all material forms.

The Earth is red (inside) and blue (outside) = electromagnetic energy of complementary opposites – all action (red) originates from within, and is formed from memory (blue), to produce life (green) as a stream of consciousness (clouds and weather system) forming a whole ecosystem. The core is a yellow sun = fire element– active consciousness as will that expands and projects to illuminate and animate material reality.  

The Earth – Monad, sits in a lotus blossom, symbol of the soul and the process of growth as unfolding, is white = purity as an equilibrated state, and has 14 petals, the number of Temperance and vibration, or our ability to alter our vibration by transforming lower vibrations (states of mind) into higher ones through moderation and discipline. The 14th petal is behind the earth and is what extends to form the white garment which is displayed in a spiraling motion = vibration. Our material world forms and evolves through bringing latent potential into expression. 14 = 5 (1+4), (1=Monad as the mind, 4 = material reality of the 4 Elements, 5 = the mind’s ability to shape matter into a etheric form as the template (vibratory pattern) for creating a corresponding outer material reality). This formula provides us with deeper insight into the creative process we must undertake in order to raise our vibration.

DNA – serpent heads – one gold (masculine-solar) one silver (feminine-moon), represent the electromagnetic field as the constant interaction between complementary opposites that work together to “in-form” and produce material life as its offspring. It emanates an aura, as the electromagnetic field that provides the information as the etheric body or holographic blueprint that always accompanies the material form, which is “causal” in nature, and operated by the mind. 3 bars in each turn or oval spiral – representing the Phi relationship (4 codons – 3 match to produce an imbalance as an emphasis), and the triune nature of the mind, soul, and material reality they act together to produce. All manifestation and transformation comes through an odd number (masculine) that produces an imbalance as a dominating trait, which once expressed comes into an equalized state on a different level or as a new vibration where it’s then stabilized (habituated). We literally transform our body by programming and re-informing our DNA through our perceptions, thoughts, and emotions.

The DNA is comprised of 10 complete strands (whole unit as a cycle of expression) that represent the 10 primary laws of manifestation – with the 11th (rebirth of “1” on a higher scale) one in the process of forming – the point of regeneration as the second birth of ascension destined to cross at the solar plexus, which is the center of the personality. We undergo the process of transformation on all levels of our material being by using the higher aspects of our mind to (re)program the lower aspects of our mind.

Vertical channel or pillar of light through the center of the body, is the cyclical flow of Life-Force energy from a higher to lower, and from the lower to higher dimensions. Spiraling garment and DNA strands in the form of serpents represents the kundalini energy of the Life Power or active force of the body that remains dormant until it’s activated through certain practices of.

 The Chakra system represents the 7 major organs of the subtle (etheric) body that form a dynamic correspondence to the major organs and systems of the material body, and is the means through which the mind informs and operates the body through the nervous system. Each chakra is a color of the light spectrum and rainbow, as qualities and frequencies that have natural operations inherent in them as states of mind, while operating together as a whole system. The chakra’s form a correspondence to the Endocrine system of the material body, delivering electrical stimulation as consciousness that produce hormones, which act to adjust the “chemical state of the body” to match the “state of mind” and regulate all the biological processes of the body accordingly . The chakra’s as the subtle body form a bridge between the higher world of pure energy as qualities and characteristics that simultaneously produce natural correspondences within the material body as it’s physical characteristics, allowing us to identify the “cause” of material manifestation in terms of its relationship to the mind and soul. The chakra’s, like DNA, is operated by intention, thought, meaning, and emotions of the astral plane of the mind.

5 spheres on the central column coupling the chakras – represent the middle pillar of equilibrium on the Tree of Life, which brings polar opposites together in a balanced and harmonious state as the means of manifestation. How they are paired provide us with clues as to the “complementary nature” of the chakras and how to work with them through the complementary aspect as the means of using them to modify and transform ourselves to higher states of being. All true transformation comes by way of making adjustments on the etheric/astral plane of the mind, which acts to reprogram the physical body systematically.

Wings – balanced and symmetrical = air element – intellect and higher consciousness which is a combination of fire and water as the masculine and feminine principles, also symbolize the self-conscious and subconscious mind, the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which are 2 halves of a whole. White= purified through a balanced state, with indigo-violet iridescence, color of the 6th and 7th chakra of higher, cosmic consciousness and “royalty”. The overall image forms an angel = Holy Guardian Angel as our Higher Self or true Soul, and the agency through which we transcend the lower plane.

Winged disc/globe = the union of positive and negative energies, of the subconscious and self-conscious mind, and of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, to produce a unified whole. The true power of transformation of the material body comes through the active will and intellect of the higher mind that’s aspiring to a higher ideal. All complementary energies are only creative when in an equilibrated state that forms a functional third.

Moon = psyche, which governs the subconscious mind of the lower plane and soul. It reflects the light of the sun as our higher consciousness, and is the sphere through which higher consciousness communicates with us. All communication from our higher self comes as a form of intuition and synchronicity through our subconscious mind, which is passive and receptive in nature. It also represents the astral plane which is governed by instinct as passions, desires, and impulses.

Infinity – horizontal 8 – tying together the Pentad and Hexad, balanced at the sphere on the crown of the head that connects the lower to the higher – symbolizes the self-perpetuating flow of energy produced by the 2 aspects of the soul and mind, which together produce a unified reality. The secret to using our will to create is by bringing the conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind into a harmonious balance as a marriage that’s of a loving nature. All reality is formed from the unification of intellect and emotion, not from one or the other. Infinity symbolizes creation as a self-perpetuating enclosed system maintained through inner peace that exists in harmony with the outer world of experience.

Space = astral plane (stars) = unified field populated by archetypal intelligence’s (constellations) and planetary influences (archetypes) that we can “draw on” as the means of creating, is indigo in color. The color associated with the 6th chakra of the 3rd eye, which is where higher intelligence as archetypal information is received and translated into sound and light as thought (inner voice) and imagination form (visual images of the words being spoken). The type of information we’re able to “act as a receiver for” is based on what frequency we vibrate at. All information can only be “draw in” or “absorbed” by our sphere of consciousness through “resonance”. The astral plane has both higher and lower regions of 4 primary levels and types of formation.

Stars in space which form Astral Light = celestial intelligence’s as archetypal entities that make up our human nature as our constitution, and correspond with the Monad (planetary spheres) and the Pentad and Hexad, both of which are stars, and represent the relationship between mind and matter as the astral and material planes that exist as reflections of each other. The entire material plane is comprised of “star-light” (photons) that’s organized into an Eco-system that’s given “life” by the invisible force of the mind.

Mind = field of information as a vibratory frequency (electromagnetic field as the dance of the masculine and feminine) that forms a paradigm as a holographic model or etheric body that provide the blueprint for producing, maintaining, and animating the material world. In order to transform the physical form and perception of reality, we have to transform the mind producing it. We transform the mind through the acquisition and integration of new and diverse information. By learning and growing as a result of what we learn. We can only acquire or act to absorb information that’s of an equivalent or similar nature to us, either in the higher or lower regions of the astral plane of memory. If we acquire information from the higher regions, we steadily alter our mind through the incorporation of the information by bringing it into active expression through application and practice of some sort that makes it a “natural part of our nature” and what acts to shape our character and behaviors.

Emotions (subconscious) and intellect (conscious) are always comparable to each other, and the emotional states we exist in and cultivate by what we think about and dwell in, form our vibratory frequency and determine what knowledge and information we have access to. The path of transformation and ascension come only by bringing both aspects of ourselves into balance as opposite aspects of the same thing. Thought and emotion are always married, and produce our experience of reality as their offspring. Thought stimulates and produces emotions in response to them, and emotion stimulates and produces thoughts as an expression of it. All higher knowledge can only be attained while in an “exalted state” of love, ecstasy, and bliss. We have the means to determine this through our ability to decide and direct our focus as to what we give our attention to and think about, and what memories we dwell in as the active and intentional use of will and imagination. As we direct our thoughts, we program our subconscious mind with the reality of our thoughts and it produces the emotional equivalent as the chemistry of our body, forming a “unified state” between mind and matter, and between the inner and outer.    

Linda Gadbois – Artist and Creator

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