by LAPIDUS Additions and Extractions by STEPHEN SKINNER First published in the United States in by SAMUEL WEISER, INC. Broadway, New York. Title, In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy in Theory and Practice. Authors, Lapidus, Stephen Skinner. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Spearman, ISBN, In Pursuit of Gold by “Lapidus”, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

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, but 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. It is important to remember that, if alchemy is goldd 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 ought it to be today to uncover all their secrets with our resources, equipment and materials.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Indeed, such mixed intentions are quite a common thing in alchemical literature.

In Pursuit of Gold : Alchemy in Theory and Practice

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. This mercury disarmed everyone who thought it was just ordinary mercury. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: It is worthwhile to again attempt the unravelling of this great problem. This will bear fruit when we come to examine a complete treatise on the art of alchemy.

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus

Tired I slept on my idle bed in the illusion that the work had an end. Indeed, what has salt, sulphur and mercury, the three principles of the art, to do with religion or spiritual thought? Thousands of books have been written on the subject throughout the centuries, in many languages and in many parts of the world. To suppose this is to make nonsense of all alchemical writings, for it is a purely chemical knowledge. It is the intention of this book to raise the aura of complexity from alchemical writings, and once again restore the interest of enterprising minds in the subject.


This wonderful medicine penetrates each smallest part of the base metal in proportion of 1 toand tinges them through and through with its noble nature. Silver Moon, luna, the lesser luminary, the queen. They are compared to two serpents, the fixed substance to a serpent without wings, and the volatile substance to a serpent with wings.

Every endeavour will be made to explain and illuminate these writings, most of which are very rare although some have been reprinted, and the rest may still be found in the British Museum Library. The Secrets of Antimony 6. Although spread chaotically over thousands 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.

Our mercury, indeed, is cold and unmatured, in or with gold, but it is pure hot and well digested in respect of common mercury, which resembles it only in whiteness and fluxibility. To a great extent we have now cleared the ground of a good many blinds, stumbling blocks and misconceptions. It may further help the reader to grasp the import of what follows in the rest of the book.

The seed becomes shoot, the pursyit a blossom, the flower becomes fruit. Why, in spite of so much literature on alchemy, are we still in the dark with regard to its processes? The first is calcination. One finds it a prominent term in all the literature on alchemy. 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.

Ana marked it as to-read Jan 06, Thus cold and heat are brought to dwell peaceably together in the lapjdus of the earth, and the dryness and the moisture in the coldness of the water.

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John marked it as to-read Dec 30, Charlotte marked it as to-read Apr 19, 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. There is a good deal more, but its pursujt nature, much of which is padding, is best left alone until one is more advanced.

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 pkrsuit to grow again. The Secret book by Artephius presented later in this book will help solve this difficulty to a great extent.


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.

Their dry water was not water so much as the vapour given off by metals and, this being hard to come by, was a secret so deeply hidden that men spent their whole lives experimenting without ever discovering it. Fire and air were the two other elements which made up their four elements, but these latter two we can lapiidus for the moment. They goldd what they knew, so that alchemy should not become common property.

A reproach is sometimes levelled at pursuih art, as though it claimed the power of creating gold; every attentive reader will know lapicus 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.

Our mercury is in fact a pure water, clean, clear, bright, and resplendent, worthy of all admiration.

Nature produces the metals out of cold and humid mercury, and by assiduous digestion; our art takes the same crude and humid mercury, and conjoins it with mature gold, by a secret artifice; the mixture represents a new and far more potent mercury which by digestion, becomes not common gold, but one more noble, which can transmute imperfect metals into pure gold.

They are not really two, but one and the same thing. Christian marked it as to-read Jun 28, 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 with them become the spiritual whole which we seek. 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.

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