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Alchemy: Lesson 5 / Practical Application

Alchemy (Arabic: الخيمياء al-khimia) is both a philosophy and a practice with an aim of achieving ultimate wisdom as well as immortality, involving the improvement of the alchemist as well as the making of several substances described as possessing unusual properties. The practical aspect of alchemy generated the basics of modern inorganic chemistry, namely concerning procedures, equipment and the identification and use of many current substances.

The fundamental ideas of alchemy are said to have arisen in the ancient Persian Empire. Alchemy has been practiced in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia (today's Iran), India, China, Japan, and Korea in Classical Greece and Rome, in the Muslim civilizations, and then in Europe up to the 20th century—in a complex network of schools and philosophical systems spanning at least 2500 years.

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Alchemy as a philosophical and spiritual discipline

Alchemy became known as the spagyric art after Greek words meaning to separate and to join together in the 16th century, the word probably being coined by Paracelsus. Compare this with one of the dictums of Alchemy in Latin: SOLVE ET COAGULA — Separate, and Join Together (or dissolve and coagulate).

The best-known goals of the alchemists were the transmutation of common metals into gold (called chrysopoeia) or silver (less well known is plant alchemy, or "spagyric"); the creation of a "panacea", or the elixir of life, a remedy that supposedly would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely; and the discovery of a universal solvent. Although these were not the only uses for the discipline, they were the ones most documented and well known. Certain Hermetic schools argue that the transmutation of lead into gold is analogical for the transmutation of the physical body (Saturn or lead) into Solar energy (gold) with the goal of attaining immortality. This is described as Internal Alchemy. Starting with the Middle Ages, Arabic and European alchemists invested much effort in the search for the "philosopher's stone", a legendary substance that was believed to be an essential ingredient for either or both of those goals. Alchemists were alternately persecuted or supported through the centuries. For example in 1317 Pope John 22nd issued a Bull against alchemical counterfeiting, and the Cistercians banned the practice amongst their members. In 1403 Henry 4th of England banned the practice of Alchemy. In the late 14th century Piers the Ploughman and Chaucer both painted unflattering pictures of Alchemists as thieves and liars. By contrast, Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in the late 16th century, sponsored various alchemists in their work at his court in Prague.

Some people suppose that Alchemists made mundane contributions to the "chemical" industries of the day—ore testing and refining, metalworking, production of gunpowder, ink, dyes, paints, cosmetics, leather tanning, ceramics, glass manufacture, preparation of extracts, liquors, and so on (it seems that the preparation of aqua vitae, the "water of life", was a fairly popular "experiment" among European alchemists). In reality, although Alchemists contributed distillation to Western Europe, they did little for any known industry. Goldsmiths knew long before Alchemists appeared how to tell what was good gold or fake, and industrial technology grew by the work of the artisans themselves, rather than any Alchemical helpers.

Several early alchemists, such as Zosimos of Panopolis, are recorded as viewing alchemy as a spiritual discipline, and in the Middle Ages, metaphysical aspects increasingly came to be viewed as the true foundation of the art. Organic and inorganic chemical substances, physical states, and molecular material processes as mere metaphors for spiritual entities, spiritual states and ultimately, transformations. In this sense, the literal meanings of 'Alchemical Formulas' were a blind, hiding their true spiritual philosophy, which being at odds with the Medieval Christian Church was a necessity that could have otherwise led them to the "stake and rack" of the Inquisition under charges of heresy. Thus, both the transmutation of common metals into gold and the universal panacea symbolized evolution from an imperfect, diseased, corruptible and ephemeral state towards a perfect, healthy, incorruptible and everlasting state; and the philosopher's stone then represented a mystic key that would make this evolution possible. Applied to the alchemist himself, the twin goal symbolized his evolution from ignorance to enlightenment, and the stone represented a hidden spiritual truth or power that would lead to that goal. In texts that are written according to this view, the cryptic alchemical symbols, diagrams, and textual imagery of late alchemical works typically contain multiple layers of meanings, allegories, and references to other equally cryptic works; and must be laboriously "decoded" in order to discover their true meaning.

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Comment by kristian murray flory on October 6, 2013 at 11:46pm

Excellent vid' & links below Adam Kadmon. Cheers mate.

Comment by Laurence Gardner on September 12, 2013 at 3:25pm

I read a book the other day by Richard Hewitt called ‘The Quest To Regain Paradise’ and now I am seeking clarification; that is, other people’s views on whether he has in fact decoded the true nature of the esoteric mysteries. Basically, the author suggests that all the different strands of the hermetic mysteries, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Alchemy, Tarot, Astronomy, Magic etc, etc are all derived from a Hermetic source that was rendered into our DNA; moreover, that a message regarding this source – the details of a quest – can be decoded from our DNA. I find the book not only revelatory, but so novel that it has sent me in a direction I had never imagined. Please could someone look into this and tell me if it is what the author claims; ‘The most important work in the past five and a half thousand years’? It seems that one Royal Society has gone as far as to review the work!!! 

Comment by Being on August 12, 2013 at 10:49pm

Alchemy and The Tarot   Connection                                

Aires         Calcination         2,3,4  Wands

Taurus         Congealation         5,6,7 Pentacles

Gemini          Fixation                  8,9,10 Swords

Leo                  Digestion         2,3,4 Cups

Virgo         Distillation          8,9,10 Pentacles

Libra         Sublimation         2,3,4 Swords

Scorpio         Putrefaction         5,6,7 Cups

Saggitarious Incineration 8,9,10 Wands         

Capricorn Fermentation  2,3,4 Pentacles

Aquarious  Dissolution   5,6,7 Swords

Pisces         Projection         8,9,10 Cups  

 

Comment by Being on August 12, 2013 at 9:48pm

Fermentation

The Queen of Pentacles rules from 20degrees Sagittarious to 20 degrees Capricorn

The Boil up – Seething excitement.

Aliveness and  potency of the work in the practical affairs of life, in experiences, circumstances, personal relationships and public works.

 

It is a chemical change of the bloodstream.

Queen of Pentacles Question:

So is a chemical change of the bloodstream reflected in compositional and qualitative change or alteration in circumstances in physical body and in consciousness?

It is the teeming excitement of the body, mind and life as it devotes every moment to meditation, recollection action upon Truth, reformulation of the  personality and life work.

Meditative creative production brings joy of increased Power!

Comment by Adam Kadmon on May 11, 2013 at 5:44pm
Comment by Nate Saint Ours on February 2, 2013 at 9:41am

In my experience, seeing the world from a thoughtless oneness within a non definable experience is more helpful to understanding than coming up with abstractions about will, cause, and effect. Sometimes semantics can make a huge difference when the imaginations of aspiring alchemists are able to run wild with what is being said. All I am saying is that if I were to teach someone about alchemy, I would be hesitant to refer to the alchemist as an achiever, since acts of the will may allow egoistic distractions to sneak into the mind. 

Comment by Nate Saint Ours on February 1, 2013 at 4:55pm

The alchemist is not the doer of the transmutation. He is only the observer of the natural two sided nature of all things. When you see things from the cosmic consciousness, you may observe things as either shit or gold but both are divine. 

Comment by Abracadabra on January 21, 2013 at 10:22pm

Pathology in Kabbalistic and Alchemical Practices - (Possible psychological problems on each Path of the Tree of life)

http://www.esotericonline.net/profiles/blogs/pathology-in-kabbalist...

Comment by kristian murray flory on January 20, 2013 at 2:28am

Comment by Frater Iacobus on January 14, 2013 at 5:53pm

Mercurius: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth is probably the best book on the alchemical art ever published. It's a work of Fiction but it's also a treatise on Alchemy. IF you take the time to read the work you'll find spiritual treasures. It's available to buy on Amazon. Highly recommend The Squeeze Press English Edition. I'm doing the inner-work right now and my course of study is Spiritual Alchemy. 4 more alchemy books are coming in the mail to me this week. These four books that I listed below in my other comment are selling for up to $1,000 on Amazon. Alchemy books are becoming a sacred art but I guess they've always been a sacred art but they also are becoming VERY rare to find. So buy the alchemy books that I recommend you can still get them cheap if you hurry up. I will be reviewing the work after I study them and then put my reviews up here. Good luck in the Great Work! -Frater Iacobus

 
 
 

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