Porta Alchemica, known as the Alchemist's Gate or Magic Portal, was another unexpected and amazing stop we ended up making during our Rome trip. It's a bummer that it's gated and you can't get close enough to see the details and symbols on the door but I did place my hand on the back of the wall and found my own moment of connection.
The Alchemist’s Gate is one of five former gates that remained in the villa. Legend has it that a pilgrim was hosted in the villa for the night, identified later by some as the alchemist Giuseppe Francesco Borri. He searched the gardens of the villa overnight in search of a mysterious herb capable of concocting gold. The next morning he was seen to disappear forever through a door, but left behind a few flakes of gold, the fruits of a successful alchemical transmutation, and a mysterious paper full of puzzling symbols and equations describing the ingredients and process required.
The guardians on either side of the door are said to represent Bes. Bes is an ancient Egyptian deity worshiped as a protector of households, mothers and children, and childbirth. Bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad. I found the energy to be charming, exciting and friendly.
Here's what I channeled:
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