It is of course not only Easter we can study with our experiments; all the various festivals of the year can be traced in their reflection in Matter. But it is necessary to know, which substances can be used most advantageously at the various seasons. We came across some more peculiarities in the manifestation of the formative forces in matter. (We do not mean here those formative forces which find expression in crystallisation. These must be dealt with in another publication. In this book we refer exclusively to experiments with capillary tests, studying those formative forces which stream through substances in their liquid state). For instance we observed that, whenever Copper sulphate or Copper chloride is used, the best results are obtained in the early part of the year: March-April-May. The same applies to Silver salts and Quicksilver salts. In the chapter about Silver nitrate, this had been sufficiently elaborated. Silver nitrate is different in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Less formative forces appear between December-January-February. Gold salts are very beautiful in Spring, but also later in the year. When the formative force seems to withdraw completely in experiments with Silver nitrate, Gold chloride becomes more powerful. As a rule these experiments are at their best between 10 o’clock in the morning and 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This phenomenon reverses after the Winter Solstice. For some time the best results with Gold chloride are obtained between10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Plate 39 - Gold ChlorideTo illustrate this, we reproduce in original colours on Plate 39, Fig. 74, an experiment with Gold chloride carried out at noon on an Easter Sunday and on the same Plate, Fig. 75 is the reproduction of the experiment carried out the same year on the 25th December at Midnight. Both experiments are beautiful, but completely different in colour and form, although the experiments are made with the same concentration of Gold chloride, the same filter paper is used, they are carried out in the same room under identical conditions. The night experiment at Easter is insignificant, and the day experiment at Christmas is insignificant.

It has already been stated that the pictures are painted by nature;the scientist has to know when and with what substances he has to work, to come a step nearer the great cosmic secrets.

A subtle metamorphosis can be observed, in these two experiments in the colour as well as in the form. At Easter the yellow tones rise to the top (compare our description for Easter, 1943) and the forms show the tendency to loosen, to open in an upward movement.

At Christmas the mauve and purple colours stream outside and encircle the yellow shades which have withdrawn to the inside. It is a closing in, enveloping movement at Christmas, as opposed to the opening up movement expressed in the forms at Easter.

The study of Iron salts shows that the formative forces in Iron act most favourable during the month of September-October-November. In November they are already declining.

Tin is at its best during Midsummer, June-July-August.

Lead in Midwinter, December-January-February.

These are only general indications for an intimate study of Matter.

Knowing all these details, after many years of experience, it is obvious that our attention during Michaelmas time is especially directed towards experiments with Iron sulphate and combinations of Iron sulphate with other metal salts. The last Michaelmas series of experiments yielded very impressive results and is therefore included in this publication which deals with “Spirit in Matter.”