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 Post subject: Alchemical Generation
PostPosted: December 17th, 2015, 7:41 pm 
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As Plato puts it, 'our nature longs to beget' (Sympoisum, 206C), and the engendering to which this leads is 'something ever-existent and immortal in our mortal lives' (Symposium, 206E), such generation being the only way through which we can attain the immortality in which our life in consummated (Symposium, 207D). But while some seek to achieve this immortality in an indirect manner through the begetting of children through the body, there are others 'whose creative desire is of the soul, and who conceive spiritually, not physically, the progeny which it is the nature of the soul to conceive and bring forth' (Symposium, 209A); and this generation is the generation of the spiritual or intelligible forms (of beauty, of love) with which God illumines the hearts of those who love Him. That is why the work of love may be described as 'to beget on what is beautiful by means of both body and soul' (Symposium, 206B), and why in the end the love between man and woman may be consummated in the vision of 'absolute beauty in its essence, pure and unalloyed' (Symposium, 211C).
-- Philip Sherrard, "The Nuptial Mystagogy" in The Sacred in Life and Art (Denise Harvey, 2004), p. 122.

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