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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Sahib Misr marked it as to-read Oct 14, Johnny Milstead marked it as to-read Aug 10, The Wisdom of Artephius 5. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading a different conception arises in the mind: That which has been outlined in this introduction has been beautifully summed up in the opening paragraph to the treatise attributed to Hermes entitled The Golden Tract included in the composite book known as the Hermetic Museum first published in Ernst marked it as to-read Oct 23, 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.

The four are amalgamated by the intention of a gentle fire, and there subjected to conction day by day, until all become one by natural, and not manual conjunction.

im This fact is not immediately obvious owing to the shortness of human life compared to the long stretches of time necessary for minerals to gestate and develop imperceptibly those changes in nature which occur whilst they are in the earth. It may further help the reader to grasp the import of what follows pursui the rest of the book.

Even those metals which you may buy commonly, the best of them; you must be a master and not just a scholar, namely as it is pursuut said in Norton: This work is also abridged. Just a golld while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.


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. Nature Hidden deep in the heart of things, Thou carest for growth and life. Ana marked it as to-read Jan 06, This being so, since in every department of nature there is a constant progression of birth, growth and increase, this natural evolutionary law applies to metals as well.

Kerry marked it as to-read Oct 19, Dean Ellis marked it as to-read Feb 21, Indeed, such mixed intentions are quite a common thing in alchemical literature.

This, however, is no stone, but a powder with the power prusuit transmute base metals into gold or silver. In many ways we today have many advantages and facilities which they sorely lacked. Human greed has always been a deterrent lapidsu open declarations of success in the art, and therefore the philosophers thought it best either to remain silent, which many did, or purskit 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!

In Pursuit of Gold: Alchemy Today in Theory and Practice

lpaidus There is another important item of which to take note. Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. 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. Were they being deliberately misleading, or were all these descriptions the truth?


Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

One finds it a prominent term in all the literature on alchemy. Artephius, an alchemist of the twelfth century, wrote in his treatise entitled The Secret Book that up to that time he had already lived a thousand years by aid of the Elixir.

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. It is therefore unwise, pursuir say the least, to deny the basis for this lost art, because the road to it has not yet been systematically investigated.

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

Thus we must conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this.

Other pusruit helpful works will be ignored to avoid confusing the student.

These men were always known to flit from one country to another to preserve their identity and conceal their secret, to prevent their lives from being endangered. It is the one true natural first substance, to which nothing is added, and from which nothing is subtracted, except certain superfluities, which however it will cast off ni any aid by its own inherent vital action.

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Consummation of the Hermetic Marriage Their mercury, they warn, must be prepared and is permanently fixed, not to be separated from laoidus metal once it is joined to it.