Why is patience important in the practice of Alchemy?
Answer from the V.M. Samael Aun Weor.
It is extremely important that the disciple does not become weary. A great deal of patience is required foe the development of internal powers. It is very difficult to develop internal powers. Many disciples begin this difficult process, but there are very few disciples who have the patience of Saint Job. Impatience will only impede our steps along the path towards Self-realization. Such esoteric practices are for those that are tenacious and patient.
Samael Aun Weor. Excerpt of the book: The Yellow Book.
The cross is the ancient Alchemists’ hieroglyph of the crucible (creuset), formerly called in French, cruzol, crucible, croiset. In Latin, crucibuluin, crucible, has as its root crux, crucis, cross. This is a matter for reflection.
It is in the crucible where the prima materia of the Great Work suffers with an infinite patience, the passion of the Lord. In the erotic crucible of Sexual Alchemy, the ego dies and the Phoenix Bird is reborn from among its own ashes.
INRI: In Nescis Renascor Integer. In death to be reborn, pure and intact.
In victory, death is immersed. “Where is, O death, your sting? Where is, O grave, your victory?”
Samael Aun Weor. Excerpt of the book: The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac.
Eight is the number of Job, the man of saintly patience. That number represents the life and sacrifice of Job which is the path which leads the Initiate towards the Second Birth.
The tests are very hard, we need the patience of Saint Job; without it, it is impossible for one to do that Work.
Samael Aun Weor. Excerpt of the book: Tarot and Kabbalah.
Answer from the Magazine "The Wisdom of the Being".
Basilio Valentin insists on the need for hard and patient work, since only in this way will the Stone reach perfection:
“In the same way, you must have considerable patience in preparing our Elixir, if you want it to become everything you wish it to become. No fruit can grow from a flower that has been plucked before its time. He who is in too much of a hurry may not perfect anything, but he is almost certain to mess up what he has in hand. Remember, then, that if our Stone is not mature enough, nothing will be able to mature."
Master Samael recommends us regarding alchemist work: “The important thing is that there be continuity of purposes, if you want to reach the goal; that enthusiasm is not fleeting, that enthusiasm persists throughout life.”
The Wisdom of Being Magazine 96, Chapter: "The Tenth Key of Basil Valentin."