by LAPIDUS Additions and Extractions by STEPHEN SKINNER First published in the United States in by SAMUEL WEISER, INC. Broadway, New York. Title, In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice. Authors, Lapidus, Stephen Skinner. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Spearman, ISBN, In Pursuit of Gold by “Lapidus”, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. There is another important item of which to take note.
In Pursuit of Gold : “Lapidus” :
Thus, for the present the secrets are concealed, but not irretrievably lost. The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: The first dealbation reduces the substance to its two principles, sulphur and mercury; the first of which is fixed, while the other is volatile.
This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves. This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy. Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why should nature stop at metals? Its substance is in metals, but in form putsuit differs widely from them; and in this sense, the metals are not our stone.
In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice
Perhaps it would help to recapitulate what has been said in the above work. The Confusion of Alchemy So much has been written about alchemy during past centuries that everything possible that could have been said about the subject has been reiterated again and again in a multitude of ways.
They have called it a dry water, which will not wet the hand, and a metalline water, which can destroy metals, and mixes with them all in varying degrees.
The Confusion of Alchemy 2.
Erin Evans added it Apr 10, The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus we must conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this. One gld to read voraciously any alchemical book that comes to hand. Nature Hidden deep in the heart of things, Thou carest for growth and life. For every agent has a tendency to assimilate to itself that which it acts upon, and every natural effect is conformed to the nature of the efficient; hence water is necessary if you would extract water from earth.
There is a good deal more, but its involved nature, much of which is padding, is best left alone until one is more advanced.
Take good notice now that really we have only one mass of matter, which may be easily divided into two, the sulphur and the mercury. This wonderful medicine penetrates each smallest part of the base metal in proportion of 1 toand tinges them through and through with its noble nature. Our mercury, indeed, is cold and unmatured, in comparison with gold, but it is pure hot and well digested in respect of common mercury, which resembles it only in whiteness and fluxibility.
The Secrets of Antimony 6. As is generally known, these facts can be said about ordinary mercury or quicksilver, yet to all the adepts in the art this latter is disdained and is not used. The Red Man and his White Wife 8. Under varying conditions, this seed can be transformed by nature, or it may fail, but it is always nature that does this work. One finds it a prominent term in all the literature on alchemy. 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.
The seed becomes shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. Hence all other metals may be perfected into gold by the aid of our art, which being projected upon imperfect metals, has power to quicken the maturing process by as much as itself exceeds the standard maturity of gold.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: 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, or 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!
Many godfearing men, who had nothing to gain by deception, testified on their death-beds to the truth of alchemy.
Candy Wyman marked it as to-read Aug 11, Vade Mecum Appendix I. It is proposed to examine only a few treatises, those which are the most lucid, sincere and genuine. Once started on alchemical research however, this becomes a great temptation and a bad fault.