„The Dry Way of alchemy employs alchemical ovens and extremely high temperatures. It is but one of a number of different alchemical
The Great Alchemical Work is divided into three sections, each being successively slightly less opaque and bewildering, at least to the novice or non-alchemist, than the previous one. The first section is something of an introduction of the alchemical works of Philalethes and Flamel. These two are discussed together as their works are complimentary, with one of their texts often filling in blanks left by the other.”
review by J. S. Kupperman
„The “wet” path is that of meditation and of induced out-of-body states. The “dry” path is that of asceticism, which seeks to harden the spirit by cleaning it of impurities. In this context, impurities are not sin.
They may also be habits that moralist would call vices, but I gather that some of them might be considered virtues. According to Evola, the initiate, like the strict Buddhist, rids himself of all emotional connections with the material world. In the purified state, he will therefore be able to act, not from desire, but from transcendent necessity.
The dry path apparently also includes the “heroic” methods of initiation, which strike directly at the natural body and turn it immediately into a body of light. Death in battle can do this. So can Kundalini Yoga, a sexual technology about which Evola has written elsewhere. I have never read a discussion of Kundalini Yoga that did not remark that its practitioners have a fair chance of winding up dead or insane. It’s probably one of those things that readers should not try at home.”
The Hermetic Tradition:Symbols & Teachings of the Royal Art
By Julius Evola