CONIUNCTIO ALCHEMICA

The title of this show dates back to one of the first Rosicrucian works and certainly the most famous show: "the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz", printed published in 1586. This is an allegorical novel in which the mythical Christian Rosenkreutz gives Thanks to his creator (and these are described) as he is mandated caretaker of the Rosicrucian temple. The Show, however, does not consist in a theatrical representation of the entire novel, but develops a part of the book in a highly original fashion poignantly underlining the alchemist theme. 

The “Coniunctio” is a Procession that is carried out on city roads. A triumphant parade of sorts similar in structure to those held during the Baroque and Renaissance Periods; and whereby highly impressive allegorical images are created to captivate people’s imagination. The show, spiritually rewarding and greatly emotional, visually translates the various phases that generate the very fulfillment of the Great Work: the mysterious philosopher stone direly coveted by the alchemists and the rosicrucian philosophers alike.

The wagons that are found in the parade are inspired by astrological and mythological symbolism, where every planetary divinity is considered "responsible" not only of a particular day of the week, but also of a metal, of a color and of the human temperament: lunatic, martial, jovial, Saturn-like, etc. The Alchemy, like the magic, uses these symbols in order to describe a psychological procedure and uses metals associated to particular planets for the attainment of the main goal or objective of the work. The latter consists in refining the spirit.

Generally, Lead (Saturn) represents the rough base substance of the sexual drive, while Gold (the Sun) is the refined incorruptible metal of Spirituality. Silver is connected to the Moon, the “I” in perennial reflection, silver’s brilliance represents the mercurial part of the psyche, and copper is to Venus as it is to Instinct. Iron represents the Mars-like discipline and the Pond becomes the jovial counterbalance of the mercy. 

In conjunction with the wagons, but slightly overshadowed by the images of metal, the Parade is comprised of the "Sons of the Planets", who visually interpret and define the structure and magical association between the Sky and the Earth. Mars, for example, according to the alchemist-astrological tradition, is a hot planet of violent nature; its metal is Iron and it loves sharply red garments; tenacious and a fighter, it indulges in militaristic paraphernalia. It is the planet of discord and arguments. 

Upon Mars’s wagon we find erect an armed warrior and adorned in an armor and symbols that typify it’s nature while soldiers haul its wagon. 

During the Parade, we find six wagons representing the Planets. They assemble in a public square at the very center of the great “Cosmic Egg”, symbol of the universe. The Egg opens itself up and displays androgyny, thus, a male-female dancer, symbolizing the harmonic union between the masculine and feminine natures. The “Coniunctio, enriched by majestic music and a fireworks display, symbolically thrusts forth the realization of the great work that is Alchemy.

The Show “Coniunctio Alchemica” for the first time in 1989; is produced in honor of the Tenth edition of the Medieval Festivities of Brisighella. In subsequent years it has been repeatedly performed in the public squares of Trento, Fano, Capua and Livorno. Always produced by Andrea Vitali, who has consistently followed and utilized the Scenario belonging to Mr. Giordano Berti.

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