What exactly IS Laerad?

Laerad is another name for Yggdrasil; the “World Tree” of Norse mythology. This myth relates that Heaven, Earth, and the “Lower World” (Hel) are all aspects of human existence. The three worlds could also be named the realms of Spirit, Self, and Soul.

– The number “three” carries a spiritual significance meaning “divine perfection”. Funnily enough, three is also the number of Alchemy’s Magnus Opus, the three stages of Alchemical work. Delving even further, the number three, as a whole, is found throughout Hermetic and other ancient texts, signifying once again the trinity of “worlds” that exist within mankind.

– The “Motto” of Alchemy, from Latin, is “SOLVE ET COAGULA” which means “Separate, and Join Together”. This is what is meant by three “separate” worlds that have always been joined, but always in vague and subtle ways. The purpose of the game is blow away the mist of subtlety and abstraction, creating an active link; a conduit, between the three worlds. This is done via the Axis Mundi, the World Axis:

“The axis mundi (also cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar and center of the world) is a ubiquitous symbol that crosses human cultures. The image expresses a point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. At this point travel and correspondence is made between higher and lower realms. Communication from lower realms may ascend to higher ones and blessings from higher realms may descend to lower ones and be disseminated to all. The spot functions as the omphalos (navel), the world’s point of beginning.”

This may be considered a spoiler, but you also could have seen it already: Laerad’s omphalos is Lemuria.

If you interpret it this way, the journey upon which the adepts must embark is actually the sacred path of the spiritual warrior, uniting Spirit, Self and Soul, the three eternal emanations.

Weyard’s specific destiny has been taken care of; the next step is twofold: Descend to Mu and resolve its issues, then Ascend to Ji and do the same, thus completing the Magnus Opus of Alchemy. Divine perfection is achieved.

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3 Comments

  1. January 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Above as below.

  2. daftmonk said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Quite so.

  3. Tim said,

    August 16, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Funny what two years will do to you… There is a lot more truth in here than meets the eye.


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