The Queen Mother was excited and, on a sudden impulse, declared, my immortal friends, I want to show you a precious pearl which cannot be found either in heaven or on earth. So she unfastened nine keys from her girdle and unlocked the nine doors one after the other. From the innermost room of her palace she took out the bright pearl, placed it on a golden tray and carried it carefully to the center of the banquet hall. The whole hall was brilliantly lit by the pearl.
The path is the process of establishing relationships between man and his environment. Daoist Alchemy is a path of transformation and cultivation of the three treasures. The structures for cultivation are called stoves. In the female body the stove works as a loom, in the male body, like a potter’s wheel.
The first step is to accumulate Yin and Yang energy which forms the womb for the immortal embryo. The embryo penetrates the body, which it can later substitute. The concepts of the embryo and the pill are not identical. The embryo is necessary for the gathering of the immortal elixir. The elixir then generates the pill which gives birth to the golden flower. The embryo helps to regulate the Yin and Yang fire for the melting of the pill. The pill obeys the laws of the Chien and Kun. The embryo obeys the laws of Li and Kan. Li corresponds to the potter’s wheel. Kan corresponds to the loom.