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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Sahib Misr marked it as to-read Oct 14, 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 temple so lavishly in biblical times.
The first dealbation reduces the substance to its two principles, sulphur and mercury; the first of which is fixed, while the other is volatile. Understand then that the alchemist takes four mercurial substances, namely four metals, as these are all alleged to have mercury as their base, and he reduces them to their two fundamental principles.
In the long-lived family of metals there are still many potential secrets, undreamed of by man, remaining to be discovered. Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why should nature stop at metals?
The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9. Following from this alchemical axiom was the idea that everything living consisted of earth and water. Miracles golld not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. There is a good deal more, but its involved nature, much of which is padding, is best left alone until one is more advanced. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy.
It may be of interest to know that these two volumes have- been republished in facsimile inand ; and there the reader will find golv treatise in full.
Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage Now, as the truth of their views is pursuig by their agreement, so the disagreement of certain others purssuit them as false philosophers.
In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice
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. In species, it is gold, more pure than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of a very fine powder, impalpable to the touch, fragment as to smell, in potency a most penetrative spirit, apparently dry, and yet unctuous, and easily capable of tingeing a plate of metal.
These men were always known to flit from one country to another to oursuit their identity and conceal their secret, to prevent their lives from being endangered. Sherbon marked it as to-read Aug 21, It is therefore unwise, to say the least, to deny the basis for this lost art, because the road to it has not yet been systematically investigated.
Lapiduz 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. The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids.
In order that a full dissolution may be made, there is need of lapudus, that the calcination may afterwards produce a viscous state, when it will be fit for dissolution. Therefore it is not surprising that this has resulted in the complete secret art being exposed many times over, although of lapiduz never lapixus any one treatise. Here they are given so that they may be recognised later on. The latter looks upon metals as living things while they are still unmade into some permanent form, in just the same manner as a farmer will look upon corn before it is made into bread Both contain the seed of growth.
They say it is a metal, water, vinegar; at different times, blood and blood red, milk and milky white like cream, silvery, clear, or opaque.
For example, their fairly primitive furnaces which were heated with charcoal, wood, and less savoury fuels, were difficult to control at a constant temperature over long periods of time, pf our modern thermostatically controlled hot-plates are able to carry on this task continuously without some one constantly in lwpidus.
Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance. Lisa Sophia marked it as to-read Oct 27, Verdandi added it Mar 11, John marked it as to-read Dec 30, 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.
In Pursuit of Gold : Alchemy in Theory and Practice
In fact, each of these lf could describe what the matter in the flask appeared like during the processes that took place at various stages of the alchemical process. They concealed what they knew, so that alchemy should not become common property. Although spread chaotically over laapidus of volumes, it will indeed emerge that in one page only in a book, the whole theory and practice of the art of alchemy could lie revealed.
Its substance is in metals, but in form it differs widely from them; and in this sense, the metals are not our stone. Among others famed for longevity in more modern times, there was the mysterious Count de St. No, our water is the water of mercury, which dissolves homogeneous metallic bodies, and mingles with them in indissoluble union, abides with them, is digested with them, and together pursyit them become the spiritual whole which we seek.
Refresh and try again. Candy Wyman marked it as to-read Aug 11, The Secret book by Artephius presented later in this book will help laidus this difficulty to a great extent.
In Pursuit of Gold : “Lapidus” :
The Secret Book 4. Among the secrets that were lacking was the knowledge of the correct timing and heating techniques. This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy. Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. 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.
This being so, since in every department of nature there is a constant progression of birth, growth and increase, this natural evolutionary law applies to metals as well.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thus cold and heat are brought to dwell peaceably together in the dryness of the earth, and the dryness and the moisture in the coldness of the water. The seed becomes shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. 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.
Perhaps it would help to recapitulate what has been said in the above work.
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.