CALCINATION is the first phase of an Alchemical transmutation.
Chemically, the Calcination process involves heating a substance in a crucible or over an open flame until it is reduced to ashes.
Psychologically, this is the destruction of ego and our attachments to material possessions. Calcination is usually a natural humbling process as we are gradually assaulted and overcome by the trials and tribulations of life.
Physiologically, the Fire of Calcination can be experienced as the metabolic discipline or aerobic activity that tunes the body, burning off excesses from overindulgence and producing a lean, mean, fighting machine.
In Society, the Calcination is expressed in the lives of revolutionaries, conquerors, and other warriors who try to overthrow the status quo.
On the Planetary level, it is the Fire of creation, the formation of a livable environment from molten matter and volcanic ashes.