the ouroboros is an ancient alchemical symbol of a serpent or dragon forming a circle while swallowing its own tail. it represents the infinite cycle of life, death, and re-birth.
chnoubis is an egyptian gnostic solar icon, found most often on gnostic gems and amulets for protection against poison and disease. it is a composite figure with the head of a lion and the body of a serpent, usually with seven rays emanating from the head, sometimes, with the twelve zodiacal signs. chnoubis is an aspect of the gnostic demiurge, yaldabaoth, and is associated with abraxas. Images of chnoubis are most often found inscribed on gnostic gems, small talismans made from semi-precious stone, dating from the first century onward.
there is a belief in alchemaic
and hermetic tradition in the existence of two suns: a hidden one of pure “philosophical gold,” consisting of the essential fire conjoined with aether, and the apparent one of profane “material gold.” The “dark, consuming fire” of the material sun leads to its being called the “dark” or “black sun.”
the emerald tablet, also known as the secret of hermes, is a text revealing the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. it is the work of hermes trismegistus (“hermes the thrice-greatest”), the hellenistic combination of the greek god hermes and the egyptian god thoth. this short and cryptic text was highly regarded by european alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its hermetic tradition.
necromancy: a form of magic in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirit of a deceased person, either as an apparition or ghost, or to raise them bodily, for the purpose of divination.