The ancient and enigmatic axiom "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." gives us the formula for the Great Alchemical Work: "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem." In this talk we examine the "Rectificando" stage, and what it means to rectify, correct, and control the inner metals that ebb and flow in correspondence to their outer planetary manifestations.
How do we begin to control these wild planetary forces? What practical steps can we take in aspiring to transmute the base inner metals into alchemical gold? Is it possible to free ourselves of astrological influences? To answer this, we look to the words of the master mage of Christian tradition, who gave us the magickal prescription for astrological freedom in a seven-stanza mantra called the Pater Noster.