I know, not from having discovered it myself, but because I was
assured of it by the author more than ten years ago, that the key to
the major arcanum is given quite openly in one of the figures,
illustrating the present work. And this key consists quite simply in
a colour revealed to the artisan right from the first work. No
Philosopher, to my knowledge, has emphasized the importance of
this essential point. In revealing it, I am obeying the last wishes of
Fulcanelli and my conscience is clear.
And now may I be permitted, in the name of the Brothers of
Heliopolis and in my own name, warmly to thank the artist, to
whom my master has entrusted the illustration of his work. For it
is indeed due to the sincere and scrupulous talent of the artist
Julien Champagne that Le Myst2re des Cathkdrales is able to wrap
its esotericism in a superb cloak of original plates.
The "key given quite openly in one of the figures illustrating the present work", was drawn by Julien Champagne:
The alchemical bird, the Black Crow, is the Nigredo (putrefaction) stage of alchemy, the first and most important stage required for the journey.
Is this nigredo the same melancholy that were see weighing on the winged figure of Genius in Albrecht Durer's woodcut Melencolia I?
Edited by Jargogle Ergo, 24 April 2014 - 11:16 AM.