By Frater Albertus
Why no longer five stars?
1) Alchemy (The Weiser Concise consultant sequence) by means of Brian Cotnoir is a greater creation, even though, properly, it comprises little concerning the "Great Work".
2) the writer, Frater Albertus, contains theosophistic (source: Mme H. P. Blavatsky et al) confusion just like the concept of literal "re-incarnation", whatever of a "New Age" dogma yet, unfortunately, an inaccurate nineteenth century amalgamation of the 2 conventional doctrines of metemphychosis and transmigration.
The final sections of the e-book, starting with bankruptcy VII, "Wisdom of the Sages", will not be superfluous yet to the contrary comprise a number of robust tricks and worthwhile warnings approximately sure fabrics and methods of the good Work.
The part "Alchemy and Philosophy" within the end is really amazing, exhibiting how many of the theories of recent chemistry should be usefully, harmoniously and seamlessly built-in into the conventional framework of airtight philosophy and alchemy.
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Sendivogius calls it heavenly water, not wetting the hands; not vulgar, but almost like rain water. When Hermes calls it a bird without wings, figuring thereby its vaporous nature, it is well described. When he calls the sun its father and the moon its mother, he signifies that it is produced by the action of heat upon moisture. When he says the wind carries it in its belly, he only means that the air is its receptacle. When he affirms that which is inferior is like that which is superior, he teaches that the same vapour on the surface of the earth furnishes the matter of rain and dew, wherewith all things are nourished in'the vegetable and animal kingdoms.
It gives us, however, an interesting glimpse into these groups of sincere students, as well as adepts, who considered their time and effort well 70 THE ALCHEMISTS HANDBOOK spent in order to enter the mystic realm of alchemystical experimentations. The quotation which follows is from the wisdom of a Sage as recorded in the Collectanea Chemica. Its purpose is to help prepare alchemical students for the greater work. It will be recalled by the reader that mention was made that anyone who is able to master the herbal process will find it considerably easier to work with minerals and even metals.
It is divided into two parts. " There are four chapters concerning the materials to be obtained, the room, the type of equipment, and the other arrangements of the laboratory. Chapter 5 begins with the actual work. " Process I deals with the mineral radical menstruum, or just plain metals and precious stones. In brief, it is this: One is to take equal parts of saltpeter and vitriol and purify this with water. The water is then driven off and evaporated and the remaining salts are calcined. A special kind of vitriol is required which should have come from some place outside of Europe, preferably the East Indies, Japan, or Mexico.
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