The reign of Saturn in alchemy is the black stage of the great work of the Magnum opus. It signifies putrefaction in which elements of the alchemist composition resolve themselves into a black earth before regeneration can occur or the birth of the supernatural son of the sun.
The turning of the alchemical wheel in the upper levels of the great work was called augmentation and multiplication of the philosophical stone of the ancient sages. The ravens head or black stage was considered the first sign to appear and was believed to signify a good union between sol and Luna in the great work or magnum opus of alchemy. Putrefaction was another name for the alchemical black stage and once reached it was considered to be an outward and visible sign that the alchemist had proceeded correctly in the composition. According to the old alchemy manuscripts of the sages the colors of the great work should continue to change so we might expect to see white, a peacocks tail, bathed in the purple glory, and perhaps the final fixed red indicating the completion of the first turn of the alchemical wheel. Article written by Steven School. Visit Steven School .Com Website
Accomplishing the great work signified the creation of the philosopher’s stone in ancient alchemy. Alchemy And The Green Lion by Steven School