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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Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, Even so modern chemistry has much for which to thank them. 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.

Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. As for the Elixir of Life, conferring immortality is the prerogative of God alone, but to quote from an old book: Return to Ciencia Real. This one book, closely studied, is however all that is necessary for practical experiment. It is well known that the art has been equated with religious or psychological ideas by some people who have failed to understand the treatises, and still persist in trying to read these meanings into the writings.

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

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Vade Mecum Appendix I. Lists with This Book. Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Verdandi added it Mar 11, Under varying conditions, this seed can be transformed by nature, or it may fail, but it is always nature that does this work. We must take good notice of this claim, for here lies one of the main stumbling blocks.


Return to White Gold. 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. 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. Indeed, such mixed intentions are quite a common thing in alchemical literature.

For everything which dissolves a substance naturally, still preserving the specific properties of the thing dissolved, becomes one with it, coalesces pursuih it, and is thickened by it, thus nourishing it; as we see in the case of a grain of wheat, which when dissolved by the humid earthy vapour, thereby takes up that vapour as its radical moisture, and grows together with it into a plant.

These preliminary explanations will later make every thing clearer, and the determined alchemist will save many long years of wasteful experiments, and money.

The first work of the alchemist was to reduce the solids into liquid or water and, again, the water into solids. oc

It may further help pursuig reader to grasp the import of what follows in the rest of the book. This mercury disarmed everyone who thought lapidis was just ordinary mercury. 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. It is necessary then to reduce metallic bodies to their homogeneous water which does not wet the hands, and that from this water there may be generated a new metallic species, which is nobler by far than any la;idus metal, viz.

This mercury has been permutated and juggled with in a thousand different treatises. Refresh and try again. The masters said of fire that it kills the life in metals even as corn made into bread is not fit for planting in the earth to grow again.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. This is all the present author intends to present of the Brief Guide, for to give more at this juncture is but to lead to confusion. To a great extent we have now cleared the ground of a good many blinds, stumbling blocks and misconceptions. In order that a full dissolution may be made, there is need of contrition, that the calcination may afterwards produce a viscous state, when it will be fit for dissolution.


Were they being purduit misleading, or were all these descriptions the truth? Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice – Lapidus, Stephen Skinner – Google Books

Among others famed for longevity in lursuit modern times, there was the mysterious Count de St. 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.

Heather Partridge marked it as to-read Nov 13, This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy. 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 with present knowledge and standards of research, how much easier o it to be today to uncover all their secrets with our resources, equipment and materials.

Kerry marked it as to-read Oct 19, They also wrote that, because of its simplicity, fools would ridicule the or, were the materials and processes to become known. It is the intention im this book to raise the aura of complexity from alchemical writings, and once again restore the interest of enterprising minds in the subject.

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

In the morning I awoke to find That my garden was full of flowers. Their mercury, they warn, must be prepared and is permanently fixed, not to be separated from any metal once it is joined to it. The Red Man and his White Wife 8.

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