Building the athanor: Sacred Space

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The term "athanor" refers to the furnace used by an alchemist to purify the First Matter and transform it through heat into the Stone of the Wise. Here we use this term to describe the methods by which the theurgist establishes sacred space and extends the aura, preparatory to further work.

All Hermetic practices taught at the Academy begin with an "opening" ritual that clearly sets the time and space apart for the Work. Likewise, the end of the practice culminates in a "closing" ritual that helps safeguard the results of the work, and reconnects the theurgist with everyday awareness. The practices thus performed continue to act within the unconscious mind of the theurgist to create effective change and growth.