By Neil Powell
Whereas dated--the quantity is a part of a collection at the occult released through Doubleday in 1976--the details contained inside is actual and well timed. in addition, the paintings includes many beautiful illustrations/reproductions, making it a visually attractive resource. i'd hugely suggest _Alchemy: the traditional Science_ to any newbie. Used, it is a actual worth and necessary to any alchemical/hermetic library.
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When imperfect silver and lead are heated together in a cupel, the impurities of the silver are absorbed into the material of the crucible, and the resulting silver is said to be "fixed" in the sense of stable Or permanent. This illustration, represented in symbolic terms, is the alchemical process necessary for the fixing of silver. 51 From the time of Flamel on, alchemy became increasingly symbolical. The mysterious 20th-century alchemist Fulcanelli, in fact, suggested that the whole of Flamel's story was pure symbolism.
Right: the seekers after material gold in the garden, one of the drawings made following Flamel's description of die illustrations in the Book of Abraham the Jew, which gave instructions for the transmutation. The figure at the bottom right of the picture is believed to be Flamel himself. " muted into almost as much gold, much better, indeed, than common gold, more soft also, and more pliable. I may speak it with truth, I have made it three times, with the help of Perrenelle [his wife] who understood it as well as I, because she helped me in my operations .
In the course of the next 18 months' travel, Trismosin observed all kinds of alchemical operations "of no great importance," although he claimed that he had seen "the reality of some of the particular processes," and spent a good sum of his own money. In Italy he worked with a tradesman who made English tin look like the best silver, and sold it as such. Trismosin took some of this silvered tin to Venice to have it professionally analyzed, but though it looked convincing, it did not stand up to the test.