The “Hand of the Philosopher,” or the “Hand of the Mysteries,” created by ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ง ๐ˆ๐ฌ๐š๐š๐œ ๐‡๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ, Flamenco Alchemist in 1667, is an Alchemical talisman that represents the symbols of apotheosis, or the transformation of man to the Divine level. In Alchemy, the hand signifies the formula for the preparation of the Tincture Physicorum. To the Kabbalist, it signifies the operations of the One Power (the crowned thumb) in the four worlds (the fingers and their emblems). The figure also symbolizes the hand of the Master Mason which “raises” the martyred Builder of the Divine Temple.
Each element has its own meaning: The Fish is mercury and the flame-bounded sea in which it swims is sulphur, while each of the fingers bears the emblem of a Divine Agent through the combined operations that constitute the Great Work, the Magnum Opus of Hermetic Alchemy. Philosophically, the key represents the Mysteries themselves, without whose aid man cannot unlock the numerous chambers of his own being. The Lantern is human knowledge, the spark of Universal Fire captured within the anthropos; it is the light of those who dwell in the inferior universe and, with the aid of the Light of the Superior Universe, follow the path of Truth. The Sun, “the light of the world”, represents the luminescence of creation through which man may learn the mystery of all things expressed through Truth and form. The Star is the Universal Light, which reveals cosmic and celestial verities. The Crown is the Absolute Light–unknown and unrevealed–whose power shines through all the lesser lights, which are but sparks of this Eternal Effulgence.
— from color plate description in The Secret Teachings Of All Ages

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