Again the steps are as follows:
These steps are the process used to purify the stone material, separate it into the elements and the three primes. Once all has been purified, they are reunited to create the stone.
During this process the stone material will turn to 3 colors
As far as going deeply into the process, Reign of Fire does not do this to the extent that Rowling attempted to do with the Harry Potter series. What we see on screen is a quick sketch but, ultimately, more enlightening than the ambitious projects based on the great work.
Nigredo: Calcination – Dissolution – Separation
The film follows the full arc of a Philosopher Stone character. The character of Quinn in the beginning of the film is a child. His family is experiencing a difficult divorce and the only parent that he can depend upon is his mother. It is Quinn who discovers the sleeping dragon and awakens it. The awakening and subsequent orphaning of Quinn is a standard trope of alchemical tales. Again, in allegories, the stone can only come from orphaned, blackened material. Everything must be cleansed. In actual, psychological work this can be akin to creating the mirror of the shadow self. One of the techniques is write down your good characteristics and then your less than attractive characteristics. This process in art is shown as a flask with the dove rising above the dying body material. The alchemist is leaving behind what has held them back, to be reborn anew as a better person. This is the basic idea of alchemy. However there are many forms being used in our popular culture and many of them are now associated with gnostic, Luciferian terms. This changes the meaning considerably. Although on many conspiracy sites and books, it is claimed that Alchemy has always been Luciferian.
All the symbols for the first three steps are used in the film’s introduction segment. It even hints at the impending chemical wedding (The Birds) but since the lead character is only a child, the wedding will take place much later in the film. Calcination is represented by the Dragon breath that burns Quinn’s eyes and the fire. Dissolution is represented in the water that his mother uses to wash out Quinn’s eyes. Finally Separation is the death of Quinn’s mother as she dies heroically shielding her son from the Dragon.
It is also interesting to note the Gaelic name of the main character – Quinn Abercromby. Quinn is gaelic for Wisdom. Abercromby is a geographical place name in Scotland and also means the bend of a river. Scotland really rings no bells symbolically unless you dig deep into conspiracy literature. Conspiracist Fritz Springmeier claimed that after the Knights Templar were discredited and hunted, they took refuge in Scotland because Robert the Bruce gave them sanctuary. The Templars are a main flash point of secret societies and the families that are members of them. This is the reason why Scotland is such an important place for them. The Scottish theme is carried further in the film.
His mother’s name is Karen. The name means pure/purity and it also references a family line of Persian royalty. The secret societies credit the Middle East with saving much of classical knowledge including the magical practices of Egypt, Rome and Greece.
Albedo: Conjunction – Fermentation – Distillation
The film jumps forward and Quinn is now a middle aged man. He is also father to an adopted son he saved when civilization collapsed. The film deals with him trying to come to terms with the fact that his child is being forced into adulthood quicker than he would be in normal conditions and that he has to let him gain independence.
Of course, since this is a Rosicrucian influenced Alchemical tale there must be a rose. This film turns the symbolism on its head by making Quinn’s adopted son the Rose. Rose is the meaning of the Hebrew name Jared. It also means the Commanding One. Even though Quinn is the lead character and the story is about his development, Jared is the philosophical child. Only when Quinn can reach the apex of his journey, can he let go and allow Jared to be a leader.
Although the film was not popular and across film sites, I’ve read complaints about the direction it ultimately took. They accused the film’s marketing as being misleading. Most people judging the film’s movie posters thought that they would be watching a Godzilla like disaster film. It annoyed many that the film completely skips over the disaster. I don’t agree. The film is original in that it melds a futuristic, dystopian, post-apocalypse Mad Max world with distinct King Arthur, Medieval, Dragon Slayer fantasy.
The Scottish theme returns to the film with Gerard Butler playing best friend to Quinn. His name is an answering echo to Quinn’s name and Creedy means Winding. It is also the name of a river in Devon.
Alchemy symbolism is the reason why Quinn and his followers take refuge in a Northumbrian Castle. The castle represents the sealed flask that Alchemists use to create the stone. According to Lyndy Abraham’s “A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery”, the castle is hermetically sealed protecting the stone material from outside influence but also not allowing the volatile elements of the process outside. The goal is to be free of the castle because the castle is another symbol of the body. Quinn’s friend Creedy cracks a joke about Quinn being King Arthur. King Arthur ties into the Grail legend which is also part of the Knights Templar mythology. In recent conspiracy literature, such as “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, it is said the Grail represents the blood line of Jesus and that this blood line survives today in various elite families and royals. “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” takes this theory to a darker route stating that the blood line also includes Lucifer.
Now the reason why the Dragons like to eat ash is tied into alchemical symbolism. During the chemical wedding, the ash represents the body (Salt) which is purified during the process. When Spirit (Sulphur) and Mind (Mercury) finally unite, they leave the body behind to finalize the process. Then they fall back down to the body (magical process of going down to return up). The newly purified body is shown in alchemical pictures as the return of the king or the risen Christ. The film shows the Dragons eating the body or the ash as an abomination ritual. They are preventing the return, the renewal process in nature. The film makes a witty joke about the purification of the body at the end of the film which I will note later.
The film portrays two chemical weddings which represent the 3 primes: Salt, Sulphur and Mercury.
The main Chemical Wedding is Creedy, Quinn and Denton
Second Chemical Wedding is Denton, Quinn and Alex
Why is Denton an American?
The reason why Matthew McConaughy’s character Denton is American is tied to pictorial symbols and how these symbols work in Alchemical allegories.
Denton is the Eagle. Quinn is the Lion.
These two animals are the national animals that represent the United States and Great Britain. The Eagle (Mercury) and the Lion (Sulphur) are the very heart of the chemical wedding also called Solve et Coagula.
The lion has a dual purpose. In its Green Lion aspect, it is the un-purified body which Sulphur must be freed from within. The Eagle is the volatile spirit which must be captured. The eagle descends to eat the lion’s carcass thereby fixing it. After purification, the lion returns as the Red Lion and Mercury turns into the Lioness, his mate.
These symbols are important to the magical thinking of our elites. They are constantly trying to emulate and work these symbols. This is the reason why there is an Anglo-American allegiance. The marriage of both represents the one world government that conspiracy theorists like to warn against.
Quintessence – True Love – Alexandra
Now the character who possesses the hallmarks of Mercury is American pilot Alexandra (name meaning protector of men). She is volatile and flies. She is also the Americans’ Psychopomp, the keeper of the dead. It is said that Mercury can lead the newly dead into the afterlife. She is also the group’s healer. Mercury also has an unsavory reputation as keeping company with thieves. Alex’s Arch Angels, Denton and the rest of the American crowd are very dangerous and Quinn rightfully mistrusts them. This is born out later in the film when Denton tries to gang press many of Quinn’s strong male followers.
But if Quinn is Sulphur and Alex is Mercury of the second Chemical Wedding in the film, why don’t they fight? This is because Denton and Alex are united in the film. They represent the hermaphrodite principle of Mercury/Hermes also as the double headed Eagle. Until Quinn and Denton can be united, Alex remains out of Quinn’s reach. But in their first meeting, it is clear that they fall in love. Quinn’s first act in helping the Americans is to save Alex from a dragon.
Angels are Flying and the Horse Belly
The first dragon hunt is filled with symbology. The Angels who try to “fix” the dragon represent the volatile Mercurial spirit. Lyndy Abraham noted that they also represent English gold coins which depicted St. Michael slaying a dragon. The cloud cover in the air sequence are a symbol of Distillation which purifies the body. Quinn, inspired by the plan to attack the dragon, willingly turns himself into a bait by riding his horse towards Denton’s trap. There is symbol in Alchemy called horse belly which represents distillation. It is sometimes called the Blood of the Green Dragon. This symbol bears fruit later when Denton almost kills Quinn during the gang press scene (Eagle devours the Lion).