The spagyric – a principle

I have been working with spagyric remedies for many years now. The visible success makes me stick to it and pushes me to deepen my knowledge about it more and more. Over the years I have found that the philosophy and work of Alexander von Bernus appeals to me the most and therefore I would like to report about this method and his Soluna remedies in this short article.

© Stephanie Kaschak

The consideration of the plant and the extraction of the medicine consisting of it goes beyond the pure matter. Paracelsus was already convinced that a doctor must derive his knowledge and actions from the 4 pillars of philosophy, astronomy/astrology, alchemy and virtue. Only when a doctor unites these four teachings and works accordingly is he able to heal the patient. This was the position of Paracelsus (1493-1541) at the time. Alexander von Bernus, the founder of the Soluna remedies, lived from 1880 to 1965. He studied medicine, chemistry, botany and physics. He was also interested in mysticism and joined anthroposophical societies. In 1921 he founded a pharmaceutical – spagyric laboratory and, after 7 years of studies and numerous practical experiments, he began to produce the Soluna remedies.

The crafting of a spagyric remedy differs significantly from the crafting of any other medicine. The three basic principles Mercury – Sulfur – Sal are considered and seen as the basis for the production of each active ingredient. In addition, the principle of the circular process is of great importance in spagyrics according to Alexander von Bernus. For him it was extremely important that no foreign substances are introduced during fermentation and that no bitter substances are lost. He did not explicitly separate the carriers and instead extracted them using a special solvent. Through distillation, rhythmization and maceration, the medicines are processed according to the body-mind-soul principle of the strict specifications of Alexander von Bernus. A highly complex process that can only really be understood through an intimate understanding of our universe and the close connection between humans and plants.

The spagyric remedies according to Bernus can be used by the therapist in so many ways with the patient that it is a real pleasure to deal with them more intensively.

As a therapist, you should see your patient as a whole. The current life situation, the mental and psychological condition, the physical condition, maybe also the zodiac sign, the character, the current mood, what is he/she feeling at the moment important and what does he or she want to achieve by visiting the practice? Is the patient currently in solar or lunar imbalance? Where can I start with him/her first when I start a treatment?

As a therapist, you can always work with the Soluna remedies in a balancing and supportive way. With “too much” it is possible to reduce, with “too little” it is possible to build up. When used correctly, it is always possible that the Soluna remedies bring balance to people. This requires the right perspective on the part of the therapist and the cooperation of the patient(s).

For me personally, every person is an individual universe. Likewise, each plant is its own universe and each Soluna remedy carries a universe within itself. If a patient is sitting in front of me and I understand his universe and can see where this person has inconsistencies inside, I can bring this universe back into balance by giving one or more Soluna remedies.

A coryphe in this field was the naturopath Christina Casagrande. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2019. However, she left us with fantastic books from which a practicing therapist can learn a lot.