A couple of months ago, I heard this story of a demon or some entity that was cursed to eternally break something down and reintegrate it together. There is even a photo of the demon crying in the article where I read the story. The photo contains a Latin phrase meaning "dissolve and reintegrate", and I am looking for the exact Latin wording of this phrase. I can't remember why, but there is some connection to Pharmacy behind all of this. I think it means, breaking down a solution into it's constituents?

Also, the phrase has a philosophical meaning that if you are not able to understand something, break it down and try to understand the smaller parts, then the aggregate whole will start to make sense.

  • Sounds Greek: Λυσις Ξυνθεσις. Synthesis at least survives in English.
    – Hugh
    Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 16:17
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    I found it, It's Solve et coagula @Hugh
    – Aditya
    Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 16:21

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For the sake of completeness, this is the state of play:

Baphomet is a deity that the Knights Templar were falsely accused of worshipping and that ... The arms bear the Latin words SOLVE (separate) and COAGULA (join together) .

Wikipedia's article here.

Philosophers who described the world in such terms of continual change, and may have been sources for the demonology include:

Heraclitus "... then each object must dissolve and be generated continually momentarily ...... which synthesized."

Cleanthes (; Greek: Κλεάνθης Kleanthēs; c. 330 BC – c. 230 BC)


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