To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Azoth of the Philosophers

Azoth of the Philosophers:

"The word 'Azoth' in the title is one of the more arcane names for the One Thing. The 'A' and 'Z' in the word relate to the Greek alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all things. The word is meant to embrace the full meaning of the One Thing, which is both the chaotic First Matter at the beginning of the Work and the perfected Stone at its conclusion."

Doing some research for my second novel and have been quite taken by this mysterious thing 'Azoth'.

Looking at different sources nobody seems to agree quite what Azoth is - but there seem to be many references to it being something that appears to me to be the same or similar to the Taoist concept of Chi and/or the Tao itself.


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