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the end of the Great Work

The alchemist has ascended the ladder to heaven. Therefore the ladder is now lying down.

The man and woman are the two aspect of the fixed and the volatile, that is, the physical consciousness and the divine consciousness, now united (by the ribbon) in the alchemist at the top on the image. he is being crowned by two cherubim.

 

the divine Sun, the divine consciousness

The Sun is shining above him. This is the divine Sun, the divine consciousness that has been totally manifested not only in meditation but also in daily life.

 

the alchemist old self

At the bottom of the picture lies the alchemist old self, on a lion's skin. The lion's skin is a reference to Hercules and his Twelve Works. In alchemy there are also twelve operations.