Alchemy and the alchemical work :
the sacred androgyne, completion of the alchemical work
"If you look softly into the face of a person who has assimilated both their male and female halves into their being, with your spirit eye, you can see a distinct angular line bisecting their face and showing one half as male, the other as female. Hence the hermaphrodite, or sacred androgyne, which comes about from the completion of the alchemical process.
The final product of this merging, however, is not necessarily a 50/50 split between the male and female portions of one’s being, in fact, it is likely that one gender outweighs the other- depending on what one must accomplish in life, and the way in which this must be done. The merging then becomes more like a Cabernet/Merlot blend, in which the individual vintner mixes samples of differing percentages until finding the perfect amalgamation of the two varietals.
In metaphysical terms it is the ‘I’ and the ‘AM’ of the ‘I AM’ which denotes the division to be healed between consciousness and form, non-being and being, male and female, mind and body, spirit and soul. Once we recognize that the ‘I’ is outside of being, and the ‘AM’ is inside being, and that we are both of these if we are ‘I AM’, then we can begin to embrace the half we have neglected and so repair the cosmic damage from the fissure of God’s mind and will."