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of Hermetic Alchemy
The Rebis may seem an awkward figure. Dom
Pernety defines Rebis as: "The Matter of the Wise in the first operation
of the Work. The mineral spirit rough like water, as the good Trévisan
tells us, mixes itself with its bodies in the first brew in the process
of dissolving. That is why it is called Rebis, because it is made of two
things, male and female, solvent and solvable bodies, which basically is
but one thing and one matter."
Your normal consciousness is the
matter, and is the male aspect, fixed in this physical reality. When
directing your attention inwards, in meditation, your consciousness
feels more subtle, like water, in the beginning, and it compared to the
female. Nevertheless it is still the same you, just two different
aspects of your consciousness. When you meditate the everyday physical
consciousness dissolves and becomes more fluid when attention shift
towards the inner consciousness.
The Rebis is a clear androgyn
figure, not always named as such. However the male-female aspects are
always clearly visible.