Title, In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice. Authors, Lapidus, Stephen Skinner. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Spearman, ISBN, LAPIDUS. In Pursuit i of Gold Alchemy in. Theory and Practice Additions and .. In Pursuit of Gold the readers nowhere. why should nature stop at metals?. Is`s a few time ago, when I have studied “In pursuit of Gold” by Lapidus (Stephen Skinner). After an intensive reading of the book (three or more.
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Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, A reproach is sometimes levelled at our art, as though it claimed the power of creating gold; every attentive reader will know that it only arrogates to itself the power of developing through the removal of all defects and superfluities, the golden nature, which the baser metals possess in common with that highly digested metalline substance. To ask other readers questions about In Pursuit of Goldplease sign up. The Secret Book 4.
This fact is not immediately obvious owing to the shortness of human life compared to the long stretches of time necessary for minerals to gestate and develop imperceptibly those changes in nature which occur whilst they are in the earth.
No, our water is the water of mercury, which dissolves homogeneous metallic bodies, lapidhs mingles with them in indissoluble union, abides with them, is digested with them, and together with them become gols spiritual whole which we seek.
Jared Loveless marked it as to-read Mar 01, The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9. Thus you see that the stone which is to be the transformer of metals into gold must be sought in the precious metals, in which it is enclosed and contained.
Following from this alchemical axiom was the idea that everything living consisted of earth and water. Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage They were written often in Latin by masters who asserted they had themselves completed the work.
It is the one true natural first substance, to which nothing is added, and from which nothing is subtracted, except certain superfluities, which however it will cast off without any aid by its own inherent vital action.
Return to Ciencia Real. Lwpidus I slept on my idle bed in the illusion that the work had an end. Thousands of books have been written on the subject throughout the centuries, in many languages and in many parts of the world.
It is the intention of this book to raise the aura of complexity from alchemical writings, and once pirsuit restore the interest of enterprising minds in the subject. In many ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked. Calcination is the first purgation of the stone, the drying up of its humours, through its natural heat, which is stirred into vital action by the eternal heat of water, whereby the compound is converted into a black powder, which is yet unctuous and retains its radical humour.
However there must be some prior belief in the feasibility of attaining the goal sought, for without this, one could not persevere undaunted. The lpaidus is calcination. This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy.
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Thus we must conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this. Even those metals which you may buy commonly, the best of them; you must be a master and not just a scholar, namely as it is wisely said in Norton: These preliminary explanations will later make every thing clearer, lzpidus the determined alchemist will save many long years purxuit wasteful experiments, and money.
The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: The Green Lion 7.
It may possibly be conjectured that this is how the unfortunate Incas of Peru produced such great quantities of gold; or again it may be hazarded that from the same source came the gold with which King Solomon decorated his golld so lavishly in biblical times. As for the Elixir of Life, conferring immortality is the prerogative of God alone, but to quote from an old book: John marked it as to-read Dec 30, Lapicus The pictures displayed in this book are taken from an illustrated treatise by Michael Maier, an artist in alchemy, published inunder the title Atalanta Fugiens, and printed in Latin.
To suppose this is to make nonsense of all alchemical writings, for it is a purely chemical knowledge. In the long-lived family of metals there are still many potential secrets, undreamed of by man, remaining to be discovered. Nature Hidden deep in the heart of things, Thou carest for growth and life. For as a lion is always born of a lion and a man of a man, so all things owe their birth to that which they are like.
In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice
Thus the artificer dissolved and congealed or coagulated, and mixed the atoms of various principles into one neutral matter, or third thing rarely mentioned, and when mentioned it gopd called mercury.
Human greed has always been a deterrent against open declarations of success in the art, and therefore the philosophers thought it best either to remain silent, which many did, pyrsuit else record their knowledge in the curious symbolic forms which each decided for himself; and what a chaos and babel has ensued from all these treatises! A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes.
Their dry water was not water so much as the vapour given off by metals and, this being hard to come by, was a secret so deeply hidden that men spent their whole lives experimenting without ever discovering it.
This calcination is performed for the purpose of rendering the substance viscous, spongy, and more especially penetratable; for gold in ni is ogld fixed, and difficult of solution even in our water, but through this calcination, it becomes soft and white, and we observe it in its two natures, the fixed and the volatile, which we liken to two serpents.
Skimming over anything, or turning to the end pages will not help at all, for like any other science, alchemy demands careful study, and a careful grasp of what is explained. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
No trivia or quizzes yet. The simple answer iin that there is hardly a treatise among the many thousands that can be clearly understood. Moreover, they confirmed that they had completed the work more than once themselves and furthermore that anyone could do it, at any time and anywhere, at very little cost.
In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus
It is well known that the art has been equated with religious or lapdius ideas by some people who have failed to understand the treatises, and still persist in trying to read these meanings into the writings. It is worthwhile to again attempt the unravelling of this great problem. Under varying conditions, this seed can be transformed by nature, or it may fail, but it is always nature that does this work.