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Rebis from Theoria Philosophiae Hermeticae (1617) by Heinrich Nollius

The Rebis (from the Latin res bina, meaning dual or double matter) is the end product of the alchemical magnum opus or great work.

After one has gone through the stages of putrefaction and purification, separating opposing qualities, those qualities are united once more in what is sometimes described as the divine hermaphrodite, a reconciliation of spirit and matter, a being of both male and female qualities as indicated by the male and female head within a single body. The sun and moon correspond to the male and female halves, just as the Red King and White Queen are similarly associated.

The Rebis image appeared in the work Azoth of the Philosophers by Basil Valentine in 1613.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The Rebis was a central element in the fourth season of the television series Castlevania.
  • A perfect being of both masculine (sun) and feminine (moon) qualities, brought about by an eclipse, is used in the manga and 2009 anime of Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • The angelic antagonist of the first season of 2008 anime Black Butler is a rebis, whose two forms initially appear as separate characters.
  • In Gomorrah the series, Genny Savastano wears a t-shirt with a rebis illustration in the second and third season.
  • In the Elden Ring video game, the Rebis is a recurring cosmological theme. The game heavily references the alchemical magnum opus, especially as depicted in Ripley's scroll.
  • One of the versions of DC Comics' Negative Man, a member of the Doom Patrol, was a fusion of a male and a female called Rebis.
  • In the Moebius/Jodorowski graphic novel series The Incal, a major character is a "perfect androgynous" called Solune (Sunmoon in the English translation)

See also[edit]


  • Robert Allen Bartlett, Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy, Hays (Nicolas) Ltd, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8925-4150-8
  • Barbara DiBernard, Alchemy and Finnegans Wake, Suny Press, 1980, p. 71, ISBN 978-0-87395-429-7
  • Kathleen P. Long, Hermaphrodites in Renaissance Europe, Ashgate, 2006, p. 131, ISBN 978-0-7546-5609-8
  • Alexander Roob, Alchimie et mystique: le musée hermétique, Taschen GmbH, 2006, p. 494, ISBN 978-3-8228-5037-4
  • Murray Stein, Transformation: Emergence of the Self, Princeton University Press, 1989, p. 101
  • Heinrich Nollius, Theoria philosophiae hermetica, Hanau, 1617
  • Heinrich Jamsthaler, Viatorum spagyricum, Frankfurt a. M, Germany, 1625
  • Lazarus Zetzner, Theatrum Chemicum, Strasbourg, 1661

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