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☯ The Nature, History & Art of Alchemy

The Great Seal

“The changing of bodies into light and light into bodies, is very comfortable to the course of nature, which seems delighted with transmutations.” Opticks, Sir Isaac Newton

INTRODUCTION

The philosophy of this ancient discipline is mysterious1a, both necessarily and deliberately. Necessarily, because it took into account the invisible world which cannot be observed by the senses and, therefore, could not be described in a logical fashion. Deliberately because the knowledge, which the alchemists believed themselves to be able to obtain, would confer a degree of power which, in the hands of the uninitiated, would be disastrous to the world.Western alchemy offers us two concomitant themes: the transmutation of base metals into gold, which is regarded as the ultimate stage in a process of perfection, and a religious conception of the regeneration of the soul1. These two interpretations give rise to two dominate schools of thought. The one school, the materialists who regard alchemy as a chemical process at time covered allegorically in terms of religious experiences. The other mystical which conceives alchemy as a spiritual process disguised in the language of chemistry.

There is also the marriage, the conjunction, the union of Sun and Moon, Sol and Luna, the masculine father principles of radiance, light, heat, and energy with the feminine mother principles of magnetism, mystery, beauty, feeling, and water. Continue reading ☯ The Nature, History & Art of Alchemy

☯ Corpus Hermeticum

“If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal and make yourself grow to a like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise above all time, and become eternal; then you will apprehend God. Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and every science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights, and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God. But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say ‘I know nothing, I can do nothing; I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I know not what I was, nor what I shall be’ ; then, what have you to do with God? Your thought can grasp nothing beautiful and good, if you cleave to the body, and are evil.”

— Corpus Hermeticum, Liber XI, 20b

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☯ Alchemy Rediscovered And Restored: By Archibald Cockren (1941)

Title Page
Contents
The Smaragdine Tables of Hermes Trismegistus
Foreword, By Sir Dudley Borron Myers

Part I: Historical

Chapter I. Beginnings of Alchemy
Chapter II. Early European Alchemists
Chapter III: The Story of Nicholas Flamel
Chapter IV: Basil Valentine
Chapter V: Paracelsus
Chapter IV: Alchemy in The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Chapter VII: English Alchemists
Chapter VIII: the Comte De St. Germain

Part II: Theoretical

Chapter I: The Seed of Metals
Chapter II: The Spirit of Mercury
Chapter III: The Quintessence (I)
The Quintessence. (II)
Chapter IV: The Quintessence in Daily Life

Part III

Chapter I: The Medicine From Metals
Chapter II: Practical
Conclusion

‘AUREUS,’ Or The Golden Tractate

Section I
Section II
Section III
Section IV
Section V
Section VI
Section VII

The Book of the Revelation of Hermes

The Book of the Revelation of Hermes