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Monday, April 25th, 2005

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Alchemy, Part 2
(Continuing from Part 1.)

The key to all things is balance. There is balance between the four elements: the essences of leaf and milk together balance against the essences of blood and grain, and likewise blood and milk against leaf and grain. The first dichotomy represents the change from early things to late things. As it is with springtime, so it is with infant-hood, and life thrives on the elements of youth. But man does not thrive on mother's milk alone, but comes to yearn for deeper things in life, as the bright spring gives way to the autumnal harvests. The second set of pairings is even more fundamental: it is the difference between fluidity and stability, action and serenity, the raging lion and the mighty oak. Thus, by these two oppositions, does each element have its complement: that which it opposes in both traits.

(Continued in Part 3.)

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