Black sun rising The black sun emerging from the earth nineteenth image in the well known early 16th century alchemical manuscript the Splendor solis. Sol niger (black sun) can also refer to the result of the first stage of the magnum opus in alchemy, the nigredo (blackening). The complete magnum opus (Great Work) ends with the production of gold. The magnum opus can also be understood in a mystic way.
"A three headed monster in an alchemical flask, representing the composition of the alchemical philosopher's stone: Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury." Watercolor painting from Salomon Trismosin's 'Splendor solis'.
The Beggar Who Professed His Love for a Prince: Folio from the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din 'Attar, Timurid period (1370–1507), dated A.H. 892 / A.D. 1487 Present-day Afghanistan, Herat