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.
In popular culture
- 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)
- 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