|Alchemists long ago separated the Great Work into three (and sometimes four) phases, the Black Work, the White Work (here some inserted the Teal or Green Work), and the Red Work. The colors were the colors the Philosopher's Stone turned at various stages of its development. During the Black Work, the impurities rose to the surface and were charred black. Under the proper circumstances, the Stone would then turn White, then pass through "Green" (the myriad of hues of a peacock's feather) on its way towards the Red stage, when the Stone was complete.
"Rufus Opus" is Latin for "The Red Work," the hidden goal of every man, woman, and child in the realm of matter. Technically, it should be something like "Rufum Oparum," but I've grown fond of my mistranslation. It's in keeping with the whole "all your base are belong to us" tradition I am an unwitting member of. For all the Latin scholars that think I'm an idiot, I offer a humble apology.
I put this web site together to provide information, products, and services to aid other magicians in attaining tis goal. The intent is to give you the means of getting from the Black Work to the Red Work by following the procedures of the ceremonial magicians of the Western Mystery tradition.
I draw primarily from the Neo-Platonic cosmology, and the writings of Agrippa and other renaissance magicians. The material you'll find here has never been tainted by the application of a lodge system. You'll find no degrees or initatory requirements on these pages. This site is about performing Magick, accomplishing the Great Work practically and directly.