Planetary Forces, Alchemy & Healing


Samuel Sagan, M.D.

The language behind the body, plants, metals and gems

Discover new ways of looking at yourself and at the world, using the collection of astrological symbols and archetypes.

The author, Samuel Sagan, is a doctor of medicine and faculty prize-winner from Paris University. Acupuncturist, homeopath, and longtime practitioner of alternative medicines, he is now the director of the Clairvision School in Sydney, Australia.

This book explores not only psychology, physiology and pathology in relation to the symbolism of astrology, but also the use of plants, flower essences, gems and homeopathic metals. While being a practical and easy-to-use manual, it reveals a fabric of meanings. It gives rarely-found explanations and provides fascinating insights where other books simply list symptoms or plants.

A reference manual for all those interested in symbolism, holistic medicine, astrology and the western esoteric tradition, and a central piece in the courses in healing and astrology offered by the Clairvision School in Sydney.

The sections which flow are excepts from the book:


1.1 Astrology as a symbolic language
1.2 First, know yourself
1.3 Planetary forces and healing
1.4 Clairvision Corpus
1.5 Stargazing
1.6 A note on why luminaries are called 'planets'
1.7 The Hermetic tradition
2.1 Pictograms
2.2 The 3 building blocks
2.3 Circle = Spirit
2.4 Crescent = Soul
2.5 Square = matter
2.6 Cross = incarnation into matter
2.7 The pictogram of the Earth
2.8 The Sun
2.9 The Moon
2.10 Venus
2.11 Mars
2.12 Antimony and pulvis
2.13 Mercury
2.14 Jupiter
2.15 Saturn
2.16 Uranus
2.17 Neptune
2.18 Pluto
2.19 The north and south nodes of the Moon

1 - Introduction

1.1 Astrology as a symbolic language

Most people are familiar with the divination side of astrology, often debased in the form of cheap fortune telling. But there is much more to this art. Astrology is a highly refined and comprehensive symbolic language, based on a set of archetypes. It can be applied to reach a profound understanding not only of the human psyche and its transformations, but also of physiology, pathology, healing and various phenomena in nature.

The purpose of this book is to introduce this symbolic language. It concentrates on the symbolism of body and soul energies using the language of planetary forces. This journey will also take us through plants, flower essences, metals, and various principles of alchemy and esotericism.

I have often heard people comment that after following Clairvision courses on planetary forces, they started seeing the world completely differently. Common facts can come to be read in a new and fascinating way, revealing archetypal forces at play behind plants, objects, and people's behaviour and relationships.

1.2 First, know yourself

On the portal of the Delphic oracle, dedicated to the solar god Apollo, the following commandment was inscribed:

"Know thyself, and thou shalt know the universe and all the gods."

Your first task in this exploration is to understand which planetary force(s) are the most characteristic of your personality. This may shed light on many elements in your personal history, for instance why you find it difficult to relate to certain types of people, or why certain activities attract you more than others.

To get the best out of this astrological adventure, it is recommended that you adopt an active attitude towards the knowledge. The material is not just to be read, but to be used. Start by questioning everything around you: people, animals, plants, foodstuff, clothes, music, movies, paintings, and objects of all kinds. Which planetary force best matches their essence? In a number of cases, you will be amazed how consistently some people incarnate the various facets of a single planet.

A beautiful aspect of the lore of planetary forces is that it is a great schooling in tolerance. By recognising planetary forces at play, one learns to understand and appreciate people's nature, and also to accept their idiosyncrasies. Where once you would have been exasperated by someone's messy modus operandi, you will learn to enjoy a powerful Moon archetype. Or conversely, instead of feeling oppressed by the rigidly methodical organisation of some of your friends, you will appreciate their exacting Saturn. The global vision which emerges is extraordinarily rich and melodious.

1.3 Planetary forces and healing

A long line of visionaries, from Hippocrates to Rudolf Steiner via Paracelsus, have clearly expressed the opinion that no-one can be a genuine physician unless they understand the influence of planetary forces. As we will see, using the language of astrology to decipher the secrets of the body, leads not only to insights in physiology and pathology, but also to practical methods of fighting illnesses.

The emblem of the medical profession is thus the caduceus of Hermes (Greek for Mercury), the patron of Hermetic philosophy.

Therapists will find here a new dimension to add to their art, as well as ways of incorporating a more metaphysical dimension into it.

People with no therapeutic background, but with an interest in healing, will find in the knowledge of planetary forces a royal entrance to the field. As I will explain later, my days at medical college were a complete bore until I started realising the symbolic and metaphysical dimensions behind gross physical data. Then, suddenly, threads of understanding emerged, and behind the myriads of seemingly unrelated facts, a harmony was revealed. Medicine became magical and fascinating. Moreover, it was no longer disconnected from my spiritual work, as each new patient became an invitation to vision and symbolic discernment.

However, this book was not written primarily for therapists, but for spiritual seekers. The language of planetary forces is remarkably helpful for understanding and describing a number of subtle experiences of consciousness - which is why all students of esotericism should be encouraged to become familiar with it. In addition, whether one is a therapist or not, one cannot engage in spiritual work of a certain dimension without some knowledge of one's body, and of the energies at play inside it. It is some of this fundamental knowledge that we will explore here, together with a number of esoteric concepts from various parts of the Clairvision Corpus.

1.4 Clairvision Corpus

The term 'Clairvision Corpus' (CC), which will often be mentioned in this book, refers to the body of knowledge of the Clairvision School, which is based in Sydney, Australia. The corpus relates to a work of inner alchemy and contains both experiential and theoretical knowledge about consciousness and the mysteries of human nature, with a special focus on evolution.

This volume is one of several introductory books to the Clairvision Corpus. It presents fundamental astrological knowledge, while introducing more esoteric concepts and key principles used in the corpus, such as the jing, quintessence of the sexual energy; the transformed bodies (which are to subtle bodies what alchemical gold is to base metals); and the mysterious principle of individuality behind the Higher Ego.

Three of my books will often be mentioned:

Awakening the Third Eye,
Regression, Past Life Therapy for Here and Now Freedom (often referred to as Regression...),
Entities, Parasites of the Body of Energy (referred to as Entities...).
Yet, no prior knowledge is required before reading Planetary Forces, Alchemy and Healing.

1.5 Stargazing

One of the most important pieces of advice one can give to someone who wishes to understand planetary forces is to look at the sky. Do not fall into the common pitfall of trying to learn astrology on paper only. Find a stargazing manual, and start spending some time in the evening - even if only a few minutes - tuning into stars and planets (as discussed in Awakening the Third Eye, Chapter 11). Contemplate the fiery redness of Mars, the pale glow of Saturn, and the generous light of Jupiter and Venus. This is an indispensable part of your study of their symbolism. It will lead to an intuitive knowledge of planetary forces which is completely missed by people who never look at the sky.

When astrology becomes divorced from astronomy, it tends to lack depth. In this book, therefore, you will find a section entitled 'Astronomical facts - seeds for symbolism' at the beginning of each of the chapters on the planets.

1.6 A note on why luminaries are called 'planets'

Before starting, let us make a remark about the luminaries (an astrological term for the Sun and the Moon). You may be surprised to find that astrology refers to the Sun and the Moon as 'planets', just like Mercury or Venus. This is because the word planet comes from the Greek planetes, meaning 'wandering'. To the Greeks, the term planetes referred to the celestial bodies which do not have a fixed position but wander along the band of the zodiac - as opposed to the fixed stars whose relative positions remain unchanged (within the limits of a human life).

If we keep in mind this meaning of 'wanderer', we can see the logic of calling the Sun and the Moon 'planets'.

1.7 The Hermetic tradition

Let me also clarify the meaning of the word 'Hermetic' which is used constantly in this book. Hermetic philosophy, which is but another name for alchemy, is so named because traditionally it is said to have originated with Hermes Trismegistus (identified with the Egyptian god Thoth by many). The terms 'Hermeticism', 'Hermetic philosophy' and 'Hermetic tradition' can all be more or less regarded as synonymous with alchemy.

Here, two points need to be highlighted. Firstly, Hermetic philosophy established no clear separation between alchemy and astrology - the two being designed to work together. Secondly, Hermeticism was not just the art of transforming metals, but an entire vision of the world and a wealth of wisdom and knowledge which formed one of the essential foundations of the western esoteric tradition.

Traced back to Egypt, with perhaps even more ancient origins, the Hermetic tradition flourished in ancient Greece, where it was married to fundamental concepts of Greek philosophy. Then it was lost to the western world for several centuries, but was preserved by the Arabs.

One of the indirect but essential results of the Crusades was that the defeated soldiers of the cross brought back with them alchemical treatises. This brought a ferment into the European world which initiated centuries of passion for alchemy, and prepared the way for the great transition out of the Middle Ages.

2 – The Pictograms of the Planets

2.1 Pictograms

Each planet is represented by a particular symbol, or pictogram. Remember that one of the essential reasons for studying astrology is that it is a symbolic language. Whether you wish to become an astrologer or not, understanding astrological symbols will prove an enriching experience. We will start this excursion into symbolism with a meditation on the main pictograms of astrology.

In order to gain some benefit from your journey into astrological lore, it is indispensable that you become perfectly familiar with the pictograms of the planets, as well as those of the twelve signs, from Aries to Pisces, which can be found in section 14.5. For this, apart from understanding their symbolism, there is one major method - doodling. Take a piece of paper and start right now, while reading this chapter. Then keep on doodling... until your hands know the pictograms by heart.

2.2 The 3 building blocks

The pictograms of the planets are comprised of three symbols which are put together like building blocks: