process of distillation

September 29, 2018

tangled lives

According to alchemical lore, a marriage of opposites had to occur before lead would turn to gold. Water had to be wedded to fire, the sun to the moon, and the masculine to the feminine. The alchemists also believed that before the opposites could unite, they had to be reduced to their purest essences by a lengthy process of distillation, purification, and refinement.

Jalaha Bonheim
Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul