A General Look at Alchemy Part 4

Steps in Alchemy Every spiritual system has its steps or phases of development. The Qabalist has his guide in the fruits and the paths of the “Tree of Life.” Mahayana Buddhism teaches its adherents the various “bhumis,” or “grounds” that has to be passed; other traditions such as Sufism and Yoga similarly have designated the rungs of the spiritual ladder. The 33 degrees of Freemasonry has its prototype in the vetebrae of the human spine. Kundalini is supposed to climb 33 rungs before she is crowned in the sahasrara chakra. The Patriarch Jacob was shown in a vision how to climb that spiritual ladder. In Alchemy, teachings differ as to the number of stages required; some adepts propound 5, 7, …