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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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Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage It is well known that the art has been equated with religious or psychological ideas by some people who have failed to lalidus the treatises, and still persist in trying to read these meanings into the writings. How potent then must be the spiritual nature of our stone, which can effect more in one hour by a bare projection than nature in the course of the ages. Though the aforementioned sages wrote in different times, and in different languages, yet their works exhibit so marvellous an agreement, that any true philosopher may easily see that all their hearts have been gladdened by God in the discovery of this stone, and that they all had perform, work with their own hands.

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!

Otherwise one may ask quite logically, why puesuit nature stop at metals? Return to Ciencia Real. Caroline marked it as to-read Mar 19, They are not really two, but one and the same thing. This problem will be dealt with later in this book.

The simple answer is that there is hardly a treatise among the many thousands lapivus can be clearly understood. It is important to remember that, if alchemy is a true science, and an art mastered by men of past ages, who were simple-minded by comparison lapiduw present knowledge and standards of research, how much easier ought it to be today to uncover all their secrets with our resources, equipment and materials.

The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: Return to Book Page.


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. A body cannot enter a body so as to cause dissolution, but a spirit can enter it, attenuate, and clarify it. A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes. Verdandi added it Mar 11, One cannot help arriving gopd the conclusion that the very simplicity of the work may have been the chief cause of the failure of so many brilliant workers in this field.

There is another important item of which to take note.

As is ij 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. Here they are given so that they may be recognised later on. There are also many books written by ignorant rogues who battened on greedy rich men to trick the money out of their coffers. In the morning I awoke to find That my garden was full of flowers. Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Many godfearing ni, who had nothing to gain by deception, testified on their death-beds to lapiidus truth of alchemy.

Our mercury, indeed, is cold and unmatured, in comparison with gold, but it is pure hot and well gols in respect of common mercury, which resembles it only in whiteness and fluxibility. Now, as the truth of their views is perceived by their agreement, so the disagreement of certain others marks them as false philosophers.

Infact, some adepts in alchemy have written so many treatises that, from these alone, one may gather the whole secret if their works are properly pieced together in an orderly fashion.

Even so modern chemistry has much for which to thank them. Ordinary or vulgar mercury, as they term it, will however volatilise or run out of amalgams when heat is applied.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. 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.

It is called a stone by virtue of its fixed nature, and it resists the action of the fire as successfully as any stone. Understand then that the alchemist takes four mercurial substances, namely lapidua metals, as these are all alleged to have mercury as their base, and he reduces them to their two fundamental principles.


Thus we must conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this. The Secret book by Artephius presented later in this book will help solve this difficulty to a great extent.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Heather Partridge marked it as to-read Nov 13, What man may do, provided he has the requisite knowledge, is to change things from one form into another, but not out of their genus, which is quite a different matter. They can only be reconciled in a medium which partakes of both natures, and the medium in which heat and cold are reconciled is dryness which can co-exist with both.

The seed becomes shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. Indeed, what has salt, sulphur and mercury, the three principles of the art, to do with religion or spiritual thought?

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

In fact, each of these names could describe what the matter in the flask appeared like during the processes that took place at various stages of the alchemical process. Germain, who never appeared to grow older in appearance. 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.

Its substance is in metals, but in form it differs widely from them; and in this sense, the metals are not our stone.

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.

Lisa Sophia marked it as to-read Oct 27, The Red Man and his White Wife 8.