The Four-Fold Sphere from Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (1618), Emblem 17, represents the completion of the Great Work of alchemy—the transformation of the dross material of our lives into the pure gold of an authentic personality. This internal balance is illustrated in the four spheres—four the number of completion and the sphere, which is infinitely symmetrical. Like alchemical emblems such as this one, lucid dream images reflect the dreamer’s internal psycho-spiritual state, with symmetrical images providing inner balance.
The emblems on this page and most on this site are illustrations done by Adam McClean who has generously given permission for their use. These and many more beautifully rendered emblems can be found on www.levity.com/alchemy. Adam has published a book of his alchemical drawings: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2011393.