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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This one book, closely studied, is however all that is necessary for practical experiment. That base metals are capable of such transmutation, is clear; nature has destined them all to become gold, but they have not been properly matured.

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These pictures, it must be remembered, are nothing more than the fanciful imaginations of an artistic author whose intention was to simultaneously reveal and conceal the secrets of alchemy. Sherbon marked it as to-read Aug 21, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Modern science has not yet reached the state of all knowledge, and those secrets of nature that are known are indeed still a very minute part of the whole. In many ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked.

A Brief Guide is one of many treatises to be found in the Hermetic Museum published in in two volumes. Lists with This Book. Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, Books by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. This mercury has been permutated and juggled with in a thousand different treatises. Again, the measurement of temperatures was another difficulty as the men of old depended upon feeling with their hands or using hot sand, water baths and such like; all of which means nothing to us in these days of thermometers and thermostats.

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 ask other readers questions about In Pursuit of Goldplease sign up.


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Kerry marked it as to-read Oct 19, For everything which dissolves a substance naturally, still preserving the specific properties of the thing dissolved, becomes one with it, coalesces with 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.

Because of this confusion, alchemy will not lightly open her doors to the dilettante. This calcination is performed for the purpose of rendering the substance viscous, spongy, and more especially penetratable; for gold in itself is highly fixed, and difficult of solution even in our water, lapidis through this calcination, it becomes soft and white, and we observe it in its two natures, the fixed and the volatile, which we liken to two serpents.

Were they being deliberately misleading, or were all these descriptions the truth? This, however, lapidis no iin, but a powder with the power to transmute base metals into gold or silver.

Silver Moon, luna, the lesser luminary, the queen. Other less helpful works will be ignored to avoid confusing the student. The Confusion of Alchemy 2. Sulphur and Salt 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. The treatises are full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements, important keys left out and lies put in: One serpent holds in his mouth the tail of the other, to show that they are indissolubly conjoined by community of birth and destiny, and that our art is accomplished by the joint working of this mercurial sulphur, and sulphureous mercury.

To a great extent we have now cleared the ground of a good many blinds, stumbling blocks and misconceptions. Our mercury is in fact a pure water, clean, clear, bright, and resplendent, worthy of all admiration.

Tired I slept on my idle bed in the illusion that the work had an end. About Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. It is worthwhile to again attempt the unravelling gol this great problem.

Ordinary or vulgar mercury, as they term it, will however volatilise or run out of amalgams when heat is applied. Hence all other metals may be perfected into gold by the aid of laipdus 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.


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. Lisa Sophia marked it as to-read Oct 27, Thus we must conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Among others famed for longevity in more modern times, there was the mysterious Count de St. The latter looks upon metals ln living things while uprsuit 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.

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Undertowe added it Jan 10, Before drawing too near to those treatises whose importance consists in seeming plainly written, with apparently full instructions both in theory and practice, we would like to present the explanatory treatise by Philalethes entitled A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby. Verdandi added it Mar 11, The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9. Once started on alchemical research however, this becomes a great temptation and a bad fault.

The seed becomes shoot, the bud a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. Thousands of books have been written on the subject throughout the centuries, in many languages and in many parts of the world. The men who wrote them were always in fear of the dangers that would inevitably follow anyone rash enough to expose his knowledge too frankly.

It is called a stone by virtue of its fixed nature, and it resists the action of the fire as successfully as any stone.

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