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Is there a secret message hidden in the tekst of the most popular children’s story ever written? Let the author take you on a journey through the alchemical symbolism in Harry Potter, where you will be shown an amazing discovery he has made. What does Hans Andréa claim to have discovered? That under all the magic and excitement there is a message that is at once modern and very ancient: alchemy is the awakening of the Inner God, asleep in the heart of every seeker. You download the full book for free via the link above. Below you can read the text of the appendix about alchemy.

Harry Potter is full of rich alchemical symbolism. For example the stone mentioned in the title of Part 1, The Philosopher’s Stone is a very ancient alchemical symbol. Nicholas Flamel was a real person living in France in the 14th century, and is said to have made the Philosopher’s Stone. The name of another historical alchemist, John Dee, is hidden in the text of Part 5 (Hagrid goes to Dee John = Dijon in France). But one of the greatest indications that Harry Potter is an alchemical story is its similarities to a book published in 1616: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosycross. Further down is a table of characters out of The Chymical Wedding and their corresponding characters in Harry Potter. That is followed by a table of other similarities and symbols which occur in both books. 

What is Alchemy? 

Alchemy is not a boring study of musty old books and manuscripts full of mysterious diagrams and indecipherable texts as you might think. The living Alchemy we’re talking about here is a method of changing a human being from a mortal, biological phenomenon of nature into an immortal Child of the Divine Spirit. This is symbolically referred to as ‘turning lead into gold’. To do this you need a Philosopher’s Stone. Where can you obtain this? You have to make it!

Every seeker has in his heart a pure, eternal spark of God. With this spark you can create the Philosopher’s Stone within yourself! In Harry Potter this divine spark is symbolised by Lily. The way to open the bud of the lily is to: 

  1. realise that this universe is not the real universe, the universe of God, but a three dimensional world of nature where everything turns in unending circles of birth, life and death, and
  2. start longing for life in the universe of God, sometimes called the Kingdom of Heaven, or Tao, or Nirvana, or the Sixth Cosmic Plane (we live in the Seventh Cosmic Plane).

This longing for God is symbolised in liberating Alchemy by a stag. When Lily marries James, in whom lives a stag, this is telling us that the maker of the Philosopher’s Stone has taken their first step: he or she is longing for God. Longing for something means attracting spiritual (which we call astral) forces of a certain quality. The highest and purest longing a person can possibly have is to long for God. This attracts an immensely powerful light of an extremely high vibration into the heart of the Alchemist. This causes the Lily bud to burst open and give birth to a New Soul, symbolised by Harry. He is in fact the living Philosopher’s Stone. 

The New Soul, which is born in the heart, in ‘God’s hollow place’, slowly spreads like a fire through the whole body - if the alchemist surrenders himself to the New Soul, making it the most important thing in his or her life. It’s a purifying fire that cleanses and purifies 

the alchemist. This is a process called ‘transmutation’. It spreads through the blood, the autonomic nervous system, the hormones of the endocrine glands, and the chakras. It builds up a new ‘tree of life’ in the spinal cord.

When the process is complete, i.e. when the alchemist has ‘made the Holy Grail’, which means he is totally pure and selfless, the Holy Spirit can enter into his tree of life and give him a New Consciousness. This means union with God, and therefore total Liberation from death, from this three dimensional universe, from time, from suffering, and from evil. The seeker has used the Philosopher’s Stone to turn his own leaden being into gold, and to make the Elixir of Life, endowing him with eternal life in the Universe of God. 

The Alchemist then enters a process of ‘transfiguration’, in which the old biological personality is systematically dissolved and replaced by a Perfect Man, a Child of God with an indestructible body, a mind linked to God, and the Divine Spirit. 

Symbols 

To help us understand alchemy, symbols are used. However Alchemy itself is not symbolic. It’s a real process happening in the physical body, as well as in the invisible ones: the etheric, astral and mental bodies. J.K. Rowling uses symbols to describe the whole alchemical process. She hides them in the story, but to those familiar with alchemical symbols, they stand out like familiar faces in a crowd. Here is a list of some symbols in Harry Potter and what they stand for: 

 

Symbol

Meaning

Harry Potter

the new, immortal Soul

Hermione Granger

the new mind of the alchemist

Ron Weasley

the earthly, biological personality

Albus Dumbledore

the radiation from God: the Gnosis, the Divine Spirit

Rubeus Hagrid

the Bodhisattva, the Gatekeeper bringing seekers to the Path

Lily Potter

the Divine spark in the heart

James Potter

the longing for God

Voldemort

the immortal but sinful consciousness of the human microcosm

Sirius Black

the living Plan of God

the Weasley family

the seven chakras and their associated endocrine glands

Neville Longbottom

the medulla oblongata

Severus Snape

the ‘black’ side of the personality

Remus Lupin

the ‘grey’ side of the personality

Draco Malfoy

the serpent fire in the spinal cord

Vincent Crabbe & Gregory Goyle

the left and right string of the sympathetic nervous system

Narcissa Malfoy

the physical body

Lucius Malfoy

the brain and its feeling of superiority

Dobby

the liberated etheric body

Kreacher

the remnant of the old, earthly etheric body

12 Grimmauld Place

The remnants of the old, earthly part of the microcosm

The snitch

The new, divine consciousness

 

If you read Harry Potter with this symbolism in mind, the story will transform from an exciting battle between good and evil to a method of absolute liberation from death, suffering and evil. 

Where are the roots of Alchemy? 

The real roots of Alchemy are not in the earth. It’s just one of many symbolic ways of showing humanity how to get back to the Original Spirit – God. God has been calling His children to come back to Him ever since the Fall of Man. People who have found the way home keep contact with humanity and have been working hard to let us know how to get back to God and Divine Life. 

They do this by passing on symbolic stories that resonate powerfully in the subconscious mind of millions of people. These stories are NOT historical accounts but guidebooks on how to go on the return journey to man’s real home. 

Examples of these symbolic stories are the ones in the Bible, the Greek legends, many well-known fairy tales, the Holy Grail myths, the creation myths of many nations and peoples, the scriptures of all the ancient religions, and many ancient and modern epics of hero’s journeys or quests. The most powerful Alchemical story of the past is The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosycross, and, of course, Harry Potter is currently the most popular Alchemical work ever written. We can see now why people from different religions see their own teachings in Harry Potter: They are all messages from God to tell his lost sons and daughters that He loves them and wants them to return to Him. 

What is the way back to the Divine Life, free of death, suffering and evil? 

To put it simply: we have to break up our earthly self, and rebuild the new, eternal human being right from scratch. The old earthly self that we are is a biological phenomenon of nature and is no use to God. This is why Jesus says in the Bible, Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. 

Deep inside the heart is the eternal, indestructible seed of the perfect child of God who died after the Fall, but who can be brought back to life by our self-sacrifice. Just as Jesus and Harry and many other mythical heroes of the past have sacrificed themselves in order to enter the resurrection, so can we all ‘go through the Gate of Saturn’ as the Rosicrucians call it, and bring back to life the Original One, the child of the Original Spirit. 

This death of self-sacrifice is not at all painful, as Sirius tells Harry in Part 7. What is painful is the purification of the whole human being and the severing of ties that bind us to this three-dimensional universe. This is the process of transmutation, which is divided into three phases, in Alchemy called Nigredo, Albedo and Rubedo. 

The self-sacrificial death of the old human being is symbolised in Harry Potter by the death of Voldemort’s eighth soul fragment behind Harry’s scar. Harry comes back from this death and liberates the world of evil. What this means in actual practice is that the old biological consciousness is swallowed up in victory; it is taken up by the New Divine Consciousness like a candle flame merging into the sun.

That is what Harry Potter is really about: death and resurrection! Entering the resurrection is an experience of unbelievably joyous rapture that never ends. The human being with the New Consciousness experiences God living in his heart, and this means total Love is in his heart, radiating from him, embracing all creatures, and working towards bringing all of them back to God. This state is like a permanent ecstasy of the heart, making the person want to dance and shout with rapture, and wanting to embrace everyone to bring them back into the Father’s arms. 

Harry Potter and the Chymical Wedding 

There are too many similarities between Harry Potter and The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosycross to be coincidence. There are many other books containing themes or symbols also occurring in Harry Potter, but the main structure, the foundation story, comes straight from The Chymical Wedding. ‘So what?’ you might ask. 

If The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosycross is the foundation of Harry Potter, and I assert that it is, this is of the utmost importance in determining what Harry Potter is about, and what its effects on the world will be. In the title alone there are three very important reference points: 

1. Thestoryisalchemical; 2. It’sChristian,and
3. It’sRosicrucian. 

 

Here follow two lists of similarities between the two books: 

Chymical Wedding

Harry Potter

– Black king (dies)

Snape (dies)

– Grey King (dies)

Lupin (dies)

– + young wife (dies)

Tonks (dies)

– Bride

Fleur

– Bridegroom

Bill

– Christian Rosycross (CRC)

Harry

– Alchimia

McGonagall

– The old man in the tower

Dumbledore

– Gate keeper

Hagrid

– Bragging kings

Gilderoy Lockhart

 

Other symbols and similarities: 

 

Chymical Wedding

Harry Potter

– ancient castle

Hogwarts castle

– CRC receives invitation during storm

Harry receives invitation during storm

– CRC’s story lasts 7 days

HP’s story lasts 7 years

– CRC ‘chooses’ one of four paths

Harry ‘chooses’ one of four houses

– Meals are lit by floating candles

Meals are lit by floating candles

– Phoenix present at a funeral (on a flag)

Phoenix present at a funeral (in the smoke)

– Bird in Tower of Olympus

Fawkes

– Tower of Olympus

Olympe (Maxime)

– Sea near castle

Lake near castle

– Nymphs in the sea

Mermaids in the lake

– Gate of Saturn: Eighth floor

Arch with the veil

– Temple of Venus

Room of Love

– Symbol of Eternal Life (skull with snake in its mouth)

Dark Mark (skull with snake in its mouth)

– CRC has dream of trying to push a door open

Harry has dream of trying to push a door open

– Bragging kings given ‘haustus oblivionis’

Lockhart’s curse: ‘obliviate!’

 

 

– Animals mentioned: unicorn, griffin, lion, 3 headed dog, snake, phoenix

unicorn, griffin, lion, 3 headed dog, snake, phoenix

– golden head (statue of Nebuchadnezzar)

golden head (statue in Ministry = portkey - Pt 5)

– dream involving scissors

dream involving scissors

– Moving images

Moving images (paintings)

– Cherub

Cherub (at Madame Puddifoot’s)

– Paracelsus mentioned

Paracelsus mentioned (chocolate frog card)

– CRC opens golden globe with diamond

Harry opens golden globe with ‘I am about to die.’

– John Dee’s monad symbol appears in margin

John Dee’s name hidden in text (part 5)

 

All these similarities are not surprising in view of what J.K. Rowling said in 1998: 

I’ve never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that’s
a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I’ve learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. Perhaps much of it I’ll never use in the books, but I have to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories’ internal logic. 

The most important similarity between the two stories is: 

  • That the symbolism in both of them is veiled;
  • That the stories are not religious on the surface, and contain violence, amorous adventures and things that can’t happen in
    real life. The symbolism in The Chymical Wedding, once understood, points to an alchemical journey that takes the earthly, mortal human being to absolute reunion with the Divine Spirit. It points to an alchemical process that leads to the dissolution of the biological human being in the original, heavenly Man, resulting in the indissoluble union of the Spirit, the Soul and the personality. That is the hidden message in The Chymical Wedding, and that is the hidden message in Harry Potter. In my opinion it’s a conspiracy of love; a secret mission that J.K. is carrying out on behalf of the Master of Compassion. The aim of this book is to show those who have an open mind and a heart thirsting for the truth that Harry Potter is a road map to liberation. It can lead every true seeker to discover himself and the world we live in, and to help him begin the exciting and immeasurable journey back to God. 

The Father of 20th Century alchemy: Jan van Rijckenborgh 

The father of twentieth century alchemy is a relatively unknown author, Jan van Rijckenborgh. In a series of books he described the process of alchemical transmutation and transfiguration which can change the human being from a biological creature to an immortal and perfect Child of God. It seems clear that J.K. Rowling must have undergone the same inspiration as the seventeenth century author of Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rozencreutz anno 1459. But the deepest layer of meaning, the symbolic foundation of Harry Potter, is made clear in the writings of J. van Rijckenborgh. 

His The alchemical wedding of Christian Rosycross (Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz Anno 1459) explains the symbolism in The Chymical Wedding published in 1616. Without this explanation, the story of Christian Rosycross is meaningless to most people. I suspect J.K. Rowling has read van Rijckenborgh’s explanation and that she has been greatly influenced by it in writing Harry Potter. His The Coming New Man describes the story of Sirius. The Gnosis in Present-Day Manifestation describes the main events in The Chamber of Secrets, and when reading The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis one can see many familiar ideas, such as the symbolism behind the Weasleys and Harry’s scar. 

Liberation 

How does Harry Potter show liberation from death, suffering and evil? Each Part of Harry Potter shows Harry involved in a liberating act, and also the 7 Horcruxes are chains to this universe, which Harry and his friends break. 

The sevenfold composition of man and the seven parts
of Harry Potter

The human personality consists of seven parts, each of which is made up of atoms and forces of a different ‘plane’. Of these, only the physical plane is visible and recognised by current empirical science. The following table shows the seven planes in order of the vibration rate of their atoms, and the corresponding part of Harry Potter and how Harry achieves liberation on that plane. 

Physical plane

Philosopher’s Stone

Harry gets the stone because he doesn’t want to use it: detachment from physical wealth & life

Etheric plane

Chamber of Secrets

Harry frees Dobby, symbolizing the etheric body

Astral plane

Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry learns the Patronus, which enables him to drive off Dementors - astral creatures

Mental Plane

Goblet of Fire

Harry’s wand, symbolizing his will power, overcomes Voldemort’s wand

Mental I (or ego)

Order of the Phoenix

Harry’s love for Sirius liberates Harry’s mind from possession by Voldemort

Emotional I (or ego)

Half-blood Prince

The locket, symbol of the emotional I, is missing from the cave, symbol of the heart.

Consciousness-I
(or I-consciousness)

Deathly Hallows

Voldemort kills the Horcrux behind Harry’s scar, symbol of the I-consciousness

This list of the sevenfold composition of man is taken from The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross by Jan van Rijckenborgh, Vol. 2, page 167. In The Chymical Wedding the Tower of Olympus has seven levels, each of which represents one of the seven planes in the table above. 

It’s important to realise that each step in liberation is a tremendous advancement towards reunion with God and entrance into the Universe of Light. It takes many years and requires complete dedication. Just try to imagine what it would be like if you had completed the first step – detachment from physical wealth and life. You would not ever be greedy or care about possessions, nor would you wish to live longer than the time God had given you. 

In the third step you would be absolute master of your emotions, and no invisible force could steal your happiness or make you feel depressed. You would no longer have any fear. Similarly in the next steps your mind and will would be under control and you could choose not to think about things you don’t want to. In the last step your old I-consciousness (i.e. your feeling of individualized self) would be dissolved into the great Divine Consciousness which makes you feel part of the universe, part of God, part of every living being. This would give you an inextinguishable feeling of joy and love for all of creation. 

The seven Horcruxes and liberation 

Here is a table of the Horcruxes and what they symbolise. It’s important to understand what Voldemort symbolises before reading this. We all have a Voldemort living in us. He is the unholy force living in our microcosm and survives between our incarnations. He is often called “the higher self” and is, simply put, the accumulation of the results of all our past actions outside of the Divine Plan. The Horcruxes symbolise seven chains which the higher self uses to tie us to itself. Just like Harry we all have the job of killing the seven Horcruxes, after which we must face our Voldemort, now mortal, for the last duel. 

  • The diary of Tom Riddle - The subconscious mind
  • The ring of Peverell - The ring or wall of the microcosm with its 12 strong focal points
  • The locket of Slytherin - The emotional consciousness in the heart
  • The cup of Hufflepuff - ‘The Holy Grail’, i.e. the chest and throat region
  • The tiara of Ravenclaw - The head
  • The snake: Nagini - The serpent-fire in the spine
  • The scar - The I-consciousness

It’s important to realise that this is not as complicated and difficult as it looks. Our job as earthly human beings is to devote our lives to Lily and, as a hunted stag thirsts for fresh flowing streams, yearn for God to be born in us. Then Harry, son of the Potter of the Universe will be born in our heart, and we can leave the job of liberation to him. All we have to do then is follow Harry, like Ron, and just be loyal and supportive. In other words, we must make the New Soul our master, our guide, our closest friend. We must surrender our whole being to him. He will then grow in strength and grace, and liberate our whole being, step by step. He will have Sirius to guide him. Sirius symbolises the divine light of wisdom, the divine plan of liberation which has been in our microcosm since it was created by God. Our mortal personality will be like a blueprint for the heavenly, multidimensional man. 

A warning is due here: we must not try to emulate Snape. He symbolises the person (also living in each of us) who wants to reach liberation by great mental power, by supreme effort of will, by dark magic. As you know, Harry can’t do this. He can’t learn Occlumency and Legilimens. Harry acts by intuition, meaning that he knows what to do when it needs to be done. If we allow the New Soul to be our leader, we will always know what to do under all circumstances, and the Room of Requirement will supply our every need. 

Harry Potter contains further clues about how to go the Path of Liberation. For example the last three parts contain clear indications about the 3 steps every seeker needs to take. 

The 3 Phases of Alchemy 

To make the Philosopher’s Stone, Alchemists distinguish 3 phases: 

Nigredo - Albedo - Rubedo 

The Nigredo phase is the Black stage – Order of the Phoenix. This is where the alchemist has to lose everything. He must give up all attachments and become like a child again. Remember how Harry loses everything in Part 5? His God-Father, his broom, the pedestal on which his father stood, Cho, and his esteem by the wizarding world. 

The Albedo phase is the White stage – The Half-Blood Prince. Now the alchemist must purify himself totally. He must ‘wash his robes 

white’. There must be no earthly desires or selfish thoughts, feelings or actions. In Part 6 Harry’s motives intensify and purify. He really becomes determined to help Dumbledore in their quest to find the way to defeat Voldemort. Harry becomes Dumbledore’s Man. 

The Rubedo phase is the Red phase – Deathly Hallows. The alchemist, now totally purified and without attachments to earthly life, is able to make the Philosopher’s Stone. In this phase he overcomes the chains tying him to the microcosmic self, and so totally purified and cleansed he has become the living Philosopher’s Stone. With this Stone he can make Gold and the Elixir of Life. 

The Titles 

An interesting clue to what Harry Potter is really about is the hidden symbolism in the title of each book. A spiritual teacher called Hermes Trismegistus, living in ancient Egypt, said the universe is made up of 7 elements. He placed them in a certain order, and we have discovered that each element relates to the title of a part, in the same order. This is not surprising, because J.K. has told us the four houses of Hogwarts symbolise the first 4 elements! Here is a table showing the relationships. 

  1. Earth, STONE
  2. Air, CHAMBER
  3. Water, AZKABAN
  4. Fire, FIRE
  5. Quintessence, PHOENIX
  6. Soul, BLOOD
  7. Spirit, HALLOW (Holy)

A short explanation of the table: 

  1. earth is made of stone.
  2. A chamber is a container of air
  3. Azkaban is on an island, remember? An island is in the water.
  4. Isidentical-fire
  5. The quintessence is the element that contains the previous 4
    elements and unites them. The phoenix is a traditional symbol
    for this element. Note the previous element is fire!
  6. Rosicrucian Alchemists describe blood as an aspect of the soul. 
  7. The word Hallow in the title of Part 7 is a less common word for Holy. By putting this word in the title the Septology is telling us that Part 7 deals with something holy. What is more holy than the Divine Spirit? Absolutely nothing! 

Starting the journey of liberation 

What’s to stop you doing the journey of liberation that Harry and Christian Rosycross go? Read Harry Potter again from beginning to end with the above key to the symbols in mind. Read The Chymical Wedding and The Alchemical Wedding to help you understand. Then read the letter in your heart, and it will tell you what to do. See you there! 

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  • I steered clear of Harry Potter because it was so successful so quickly I was suspect of it. I have this book now and attest that already the insights it offers are being a great help to my clarity and correct orientation.
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