Andean Ancestral Alchemy Meanings
(Based on the concepts of the Andean Magic World)
Alchemy refers to the art of transmutation of metals. Its main aim is to discover the universal panacea or cure. In the case of this beautifully jewelry made by our artisans’ hands, it is the alchemy of metals, crystals, gems and sea-shells to produce a magic object that helps enhance our own talents and capacity for higher vibrations, through the work, power and faith its possessor develops.
Alpaca and Llama – These animals are the expression of Mother Earth (Mama Pacha) in the animal kingdom and symbolize the service of love. They provide wool, meat, fur, bones, the heart and intestines for the omen. Their excrement is also used as the most powerful natural fertilizer that the Andean man has ever known. Its lard represents the seminal male energy, which engenders new life or new vital energy.
AI-Apaec: Decapitator of Defects – To the Mochica civilization, AI-Apaec was part of the Father Creator, who came from the sea and after complying with his mission in the Andes (to teach the divine knowledge and practice the return to God), wings grew on him and he flew away to eternity. Its main practice is to decapitate defects.
Amulet – Used to protect the seven bodies, the amulet attracts healing and harmonizing energy, eliminates dense energies and amplifies the natural abilities of the person using it, to unlimited levels. It contains elements of the three kingdoms: animals, plants and minerals.
Andean Cross – Chakana – It is inspired by the Constellation of the Southern Cross, which orients all creation on the Southern Hemisphere, as it is above and shall be below. On a small scale, it is the symbol of the Pachamama or Mother Earth, and on a larger scale, it is the symbol of the Universe. The four arms represent the four cardinal points (north, south, east and west). The circle represents eternity. The square represents the four natural elements (air, water, earth, fire). The triangle represents the three worlds in harmony: Hanan Pacha – spiritual world; Kay Pacha – physical world; and Uju Pacha – mental or psychological world. The small circle in the center of the triangle represents the point of harmony or equilibrium. All these elements together mean that to feel happiness in all senses human beings need to harmonize their three worlds or bodies using the four natural elements, with wisdom. Thus we will reach eternity, guided by the Southern Cross or Square Cross.
Andean Royal Eagle (Arpía) – This eagle has the same value as the Condor: Liberation. It helps human beings free themselves from past sufferings, limitations, doubts and fears, which are self-imposed or imposed by others.
Aríbalo – This rhombus-shaped ceremonial vessel is used to store sacred liquids, such as Chicha, Wachuma or San Pedro, among others. It is also used to keep sacred aphrodisiac liquids, which are ingested before the main ceremony of Sexual Alchemy. The rhombus shape represents two complementary triangles for receiving the donation, gifts and services of God and of human gratitude: perfect communion of the Cosmos and Earth.
Bear – It is the key to open the portals of the sacred and secret knowledge of oneself and to be able to walk in the path of self knowledge, through self observation.
Condor – It symbolizes the liberation from pain, suffering, internal and external limitations and freedom from the sense of guilt, especially doubts. The condor represents the Hanan Pacha, our spiritual world in communion with Father-Mother Creator. It works with the pink ray, which is unconditional cosmic love.
Cone – When it is facing upwards, the cone symbolizes the self-fulfillment that God offers to all human beings. When facing downwards, it symbolizes the spiral that leads us to self-fulfillment and to feel gratitude towards God.
Cosmic-Andean Man – He symbolizes the work to harmonize the solar plexus: emotions, perceptions, sensations and low vibration feelings. The Cosmic-Andean Man makes you understand that all that remains empty is dangerous; it has to be filled in with positive energy for you to reach your balance or point of equilibrium.
Dolphin – The symbol of unconditional friendship with all and with everybody, the dolphin also represents the perfect communion that should exist among human beings and their totem animals, as well as with all other animals.
Duck – It harmonizes the three higher levels of consciousness and provides the faculties of the natural elements: water, air and earth, to work with.
Father Sun:Taita Inti – He is the physical, energetic and spiritual manifestation (in microscopic measures) of the Total or Central Father Sun, which would be God in his masculine manifestation, called Pachakamac. Taita Inti is also the energy of God as time, in his power to create, recreate and procreate – donating and providing all we need to be harmonious and happy. He manifests in our planetary system through Apu Nina (Sacred Fire) and in the mineral kingdom as gold.
Frog – It represents fertility, not only for the reproduction of plants, animals or things, but in all levels and sub-levels of the visible and invisible worlds, in good health, prosperity and love. This includes the physical, psychological (mental) and spiritual worlds or bodies.
Fox – It symbolizes astuteness, not in a pejorative sense, but in the sense of being capable to solve any kind of difficulty and opening consciously the gift of listening to Mother Nature, which is the best guide and advisor, to materialize and crystallize our main purposes in life.
Humming Bird – It is the perfect connection between God and the person using the humming bird or the messenger between human beings and light beings.
Idol of Polarity – It is the bearer of harmony between man and woman, as boyfriend and girlfriend, engaged or husband and wife. The Idol of Polarity harmonizes the masculine and feminine genes, making it possible for the couple to rise to the point of equilibrium in their physical, mental or psychological and spiritual worlds. Through this, they will obtain good health, prosperity and most important, love.
Lord of Sipan (with mouth ornament) – As priest, emperor and warrior of the Light, his greatest power is the “wise art of the use of the word: fulfilling power of the verb….and the verb became flesh…” The gold mouth ornament symbolizes that we must only open our mouths to say transcendental and practical things in life. It symbolizes healing through the gift of the healing word: a prayer.
Love Drop or Genius – It symbolizes a cosmic drop, which is an eternal and never ending fountain of love. As in the magic of the sacred fire, where only one sparkle can enlighten the entire universe, in the same way, only one drop of love can flood the entire universe with love.
Mask – This ritualistic object symbolizes human beings knowing themselves as they really are, by taking off the mask and leaving the false image they project to others. It shows people as they really are, not as they think they are or as they want others to think they are. Take off the mask or masks! In wearing the masks of the totem animals during ritualistic feasts (sacred music and dance), the intention is to bring a certain animal as a main ally, so all his capacities, natural abilities, force and power are received by the person wearing the mask. As a funerary object, it symbolizes the ability to show what one already knows he is: “As you are, I used to be, as I am, you will be.”
Moche Angel – A light being, personal protector and guide of the community or Mochica reign.
Monkey – It means harmonious control over the mind and reaching the point of equilibrium.
Mother Moon or Mama Killa – She is the energy of God in his feminine polarity (in all sacred spaces of the visible and invisible worlds), manifested in our planetary system as Apu Unu (water), as Apu Para (rain), as Mama Qocha (sea), as Mama Tata Qoqa Qocha (Lake Titikaka) and as Willka Mayus (the sacred rivers). In the mineral kingdom she manifests herself as Apu Qolqe (gold or silver), with enough alchemic power to support life in the new millennium, and maintain creation, recreation and procreation in all its sacred spaces or its power fields in the visible and invisible worlds. She moves temperament, climate, character and sexual feminine liquids.
Peanut – It has the shape of a fetus and therefore symbolizes the chosen seed for a new life full of prosperity. It also symbolizes the fountain of the eternal vitality and the maximum power of the higher spirit.
Parrot – The parrot symbolizes the joy of life and good company.
Pendulum – It is an investigative object to obtain answers on matters that are fair, necessary and transcendental and, as such, are able to crystallize our maximum aspirations. Hold the pendulum in the right hand and over the left hand, where all the lines of the hand join, approximately three centimeters over the palm. Close your eyes and think of a question. Open your eyes to watch the oscillation. A straight line movement to the forefinger means “yes,” a straight movement towards the wrist is “no,” a clockwise movement is “yes” and a counter clockwise is “no.”
Puma – It represents the Kay Pacha, our earthly physical world. The puma is an animal that teaches us to live in an eternal present, without internal or external limitations or territories. The Puma is a totem animal that works with the willingness and the strength of the spirit. That is why Pachakutec rebuilt Qosqo in the shape of a Puma. This means that in this sacred space or power field, the solar plexus, which governs all thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations, perceptions and visualizations, is harmonized. The total balance of the physical and economic world is worked and healed, from the very micro to the very macro. It works with the crystal blue ray of divine protection and elevation of faith….. Llankay.
Puma Wari – Qolla (Lake Titikaka) – It is mythical animal with the body of the puma and the wings of the condor, who carries a crown with a serpent over his head. Together, this means the total harmony of the three fundamental bodies: physical, psychological and spiritual.
Qantu – This flower is a national symbol in Peru. It symbolizes the blooming of all good and fair thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations, perceptions and actions. The person who works with this symbol is receiving the nectar of life and as this flower has the shape of a bell, the person also receives joy and constant happiness.
Qorikuka Gold Coca or Andean Venus (Venus of Frias) – It represents Mother Earth: Mama Pacha, who uses this symbol to absorb and transform the dense energies of the person into subtle energies, light and high speed vibration. It means that with the help of the energy of the sacred coca leaf, the person carries out the alchemic process of turning lead (all negative energies) into gold (the maximum positive energies).
Sechin’s Flying Head – It symbolizes the elevation of the widened consciousness of the high sacred wisdom.
Serpent – Amaru (feathered serpent with wings) – It represents the Uju Pacha or inner world, which is our mental or psychological world. The serpent symbolizes illumination, imagination, sacred knowledge, divine intelligence and wisdom. It works with the golden yellow ray.
Two-headed Serpent: Its two heads represent the perfect polarity of wisdom, illumination, imagination, divine intelligence and sacred knowledge. It is the precise balance between the positive and negative energetic poles, such as day and night, male and female, above and below, inside and outside and white and black. These poles complement each other to create, recreate and procreate in the visible and invisible worlds all that human beings need to have self-knowledge. This leads to self-fulfillment, once a person reaches the point of equilibrium “or” stops being plural to become a unity with Father and Mother Creator, rising to the ecstasy of sublime happiness.
Cosmic Serpent with Deer’s Head and Horns – The horns of the deer are natural antennae to attract the cosmic vibrations, healing and harmonizing of good health, prosperity and love. They also receive the telluric forces of the Andes.
Shaman - In Andean terminology, Shaman is the name given to a human being, man or woman, who has reached self-knowledge and has specialized in some healing techniques with natural elements. Those who are in the higher hierarchies are called Paq’o, and those who are in lower hierarchies are called Hampeq. A Shaman is able to be in communion with their own human nature and with the nature of the Mama Pacha and through her with the sacred cosmic nature, wisely using the sacred elements: water (Unu), fire (Nina), air (Wayra) and sacred earth (Willka Allpa). Everything is processed by the Mama Pacha: Mother Earth, to achieve good health, prosperity and love in the three fundamental bodies or worlds: physical and economic (Kay Pacha), mental or psychological (Uju Pacha) and vitality or vital energy world.
Shaman with Condor’s head: Higher Spirit (Hanan Pacha) – It has wings to fly and the head of a condor, because it has the wisdom to help liberate pain, suffering and all sorts of fears and doubts of the past. It also helps free one from self-imposed internal limitations, external limitations (those we accept from the outside world through family, school and social education), and sense of guilt. All throughout the healing is provided by this alchemic instrument.
Shaman with Puma’s Head – It symbolizes the healing of the physical temple or body, through the power of willingness, which flows from the practice of living in an eternal present, here and now. It leads to self-knowledge and fair governing of oneself.
Shaman with Power Staff and Rattle – It symbolizes the healing and elevation of the mental or psychological world and the spiritual world, through the power of joy and happiness that flows from sacred music and dance.
Spider – It symbolizes perfection, because the spider creates her world by bringing out everything she needs from herself. In that way, she builds a perfect sacred geometric weaving. There she is born, grows, reproduces, lives and dies. Shamans also use spiders for divination.
Swallow – It symbolizes the agricultural reproduction and the call to the presence of the good weather.
Symbol of Mother Earth – It symbolizes the three bodies or worlds in which all spirits that have physical temples and must harmonize to open the heart, widening the conscience to achieve the awakening of consciousness. It also represents the third dimension, where we live in constant “yachay” (learning and teaching), knowing this is our opportunity to reach our point of equilibrium or balance, which is the portal to our self-fulfillment.
Triangle – A triangle with three equal sides and a dot in the centre symbolizes the three bodies or worlds, completely harmonized and balanced having reached their axis or point of equilibrium. It refers to the physical, mental or psychological and spiritual worlds.
Two Triangles or Rhombus – It symbolizes the “Southern Cross” constellation, which is the eye of God and power field through which the Cosmos expresses itself to donate and provide us with all we need in our path of light. The two triangles that form this shape symbolize the perfect communion between the gratitude of man towards God, with his open arms upwards and the good things God gives us, with his arms open downwards.
Tumi – The figure (Naylamp) represents the physical earthly materialization of God, Father Creator, Re-Creator and Procreator and the physical, psychological and spiritual labor to create, recreate and procreate good health, prosperity and unconditional love. According to Andean myths, Naylamp came out from the ocean and taught those on earth the way to live in perfect communion with the cosmic laws and to be eternally happy. During his long pilgrimage through hundreds and thousands of years from the North Coast of the Pacific Ocean through the Ray of Wiraqocha, up to Hatun Malqui (the greatest Tree of Life) in Tampu-Kiru to where he finished his mission as Tunupa (Ekeko), wings grew on him. Then, he flew away, with his physical body, to become a unity with Father and Mother Creator. It also symbolizes mental surgery (psychological) and spiritual surgery, which continue to be carried out on the “MESA” or altar that has the shape of a bird with human head in Tampu-Kiru. A Tumi is part of the ceremonial knife used for high surgery.
Turtle – It helps practicing the science of peace which is patience. It is the energy of time required for the process of evolution: peace, harmony, comprehension, understanding, success, prosperity, good health, happiness and love.
Vizcacha or Wild Andean Hare – It symbolizes man’s veneration towards the Cosmos or Universe. It concedes the gift of attention to receive the sacred knowledge through divine intelligence. This illuminates and prepares us to receive and interpret the divine messages that come from the visible and invisible worlds and from the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.