and you see here in this chapter ed becomes the pimp to a trio of lions
"The first of the lions is the Black Lion, which represents black salt, lead ore, or in general, the darkest part of a substance that must be purified and transformed by fire.
The Green Lion was known for devouring the metals; the chemical signature that gave it its green color was iron sulfate, and acids made with iron sulfate were called the Green Lion.”
"The Red Lion is the life force in blood. Generally, with the Red Lion we gain control over untamed or unredeemed forces by feeding the Green Lion a seed of gold or purifying it with a catalyst or transmuting agent.
Philosophically, the Green Lion is the raw forces of nature or the subconscious that we are seeking to tame, and the Red Lion is the assimilation or control of those forces. In the final stage of the work, the Red Lion grows wings. The Winged Lion is the volatile or spiritual aspect of a substance, which is the sublimated salt used to make the Philosopher’s Stone.”