The Alchemical Nigredo


In today's The Embodied Podcast episode I discuss the first of the three phases of the alchemical process, the nigredo, the blackening.


This Blackness is the alchemical nigredo containing the outdated ruling principles of the ego. These are dissolving in the solutio.



“Right at the beginning you meet the “dragon,” the chthonic spirit, the “devil,” or, as the alchemists called it, “the blackness,” the nigredo, and this encounter produces suffering… In the language of the alchemists, matter suffers until the nigredo disappears” (Jung & McGuire, 1987, p. 228).

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Alchemy is a beautiful metaphor for the different processes that are happening within us.


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The difference in alchemy and modern objective science.


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