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Taurus 15. A platinum crucible.

(From Aandar’s Secrets of Alchemy): . . .”A bowl which shines so smoothly and brightly it appears as a mirror. It is platinum, a metal that hides in minute amounts in gold, for the purpose of anchoring it in these lower realms. For gold is a potent fire, that otherwise might burn that which it desires to enliven, were it not for platinum’s protection. And so, to soften gold’s fearful dragon, this barely discernible touch of pure cold, given by platinum, soothes gold’s fierceness, and creates for it a womb wherein it may more fully incubate its wonders.

“It is for this reason the sages have said that a tiny grain of blue ice lies, unmelted, at the center of the Sun.”

Azoth Oracle

A coven of elders sharing a meal during the full moon.

(From “Memories of the White Coven” by Timotheus):  “When they partook of their refreshments during the Full Moon, they always ate outside, inviting the moonlight to shine on what they ate, so that its rays might enter their food and enter their bodies, which were filled with its hidden light which shone in them until the next Full Moon.  And though what they ate was simple and scant, it was for the purpose of eating moonlight that they partook in such meals.

“How I learned this was by being a guest at one of these repasts, and since this time the partaking of one single dose of such moonlight has made me able to see the glow of these brothers and sisters caused by the ingestion of many moonlights during their countless years.  They are a most gentle clan, and have much power of flowing with the spirits of their magics.”

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