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In the history of alchemy, practitioners often believed in two suns. One is hidden, made of pure “philosophical gold” – the source of the alchemist’s “artistic” fire, which raised them above ordinary chemists.  The other is material, made of a dark and consuming fire. It is this second sun that has been select being become known as the Dark or Black Sun. To alchemists, The Magnum Opus, or Great Work, had but one purpose – to turn base materials into either pure gold, or into the philosopher’s Stone, which would then be used to develop pure gold.  The later Hermetic tradition used this as a metaphor for spiritual transformation.  There were three stages to the Magnum opus: Nigredo – blackening, purification, individuation, and burning off of impurities. Albedo – whitening, spiritual awakening, enlightenment; Rubedo – reddening, symbolizing the unification of God and man or the limited and the unlimited. The first step resulted in the Black Sun. By completing all thee steps, gold could be produced. To the Plains Indians, the Black Sun had stylized feathers extending both in and out of the circle. It combined two powerful images, the eagle and the sun, into a powerful symbol that depicted … Continue reading Black Sun

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Richard Cassaro is a journalist, speaker and author of “Written In Stone: Decoding The Secret Masonic Religion Hidden In Gothic Cathedrals And World Architecture.” The book uncovers a lost Wisdom Tradition that was practiced globally in antiquity, found memorialized in pyramids, Triptychs, and identical images worldwide. The central tenets of this tradition have been perpetuated in Western Secret Societies. The most visible of these is the so-called “Masonic Fraternity,” an age-old chivalric Order whose ranks have included Europe’s Gothic cathedral builders and America’s Founding Fathers. Richard has two websites: and


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