Excerpts from The Goldmakers

January 27, 2023 at 10:12 AM

Perfecting the world and the soul was the true alchemist's mission. Even as early as 300 AD, we find this to be a driving force.

Here is an excerpt from a letter Zosimos the Wise wrote his former sweetheart, Theosobeia of Constantinople: "He who will devote himself to the great work must be free from selfishness and greed and filled with piety and goodwill. He must know the true times of the planets, the magic formulae and processes, and the magic substances. Fruitless are all efforts of the unlearned and the deceitful, who strive not after knowledge but after gold."

"In his Opus Majus in addition to expounding the great basic ideas of the sciences, medieval alchemist Roger Bacon carries on a courageous campaign for freedom of research. "More secrets of knowledge," he writes, "have always been discovered by plain and neglected men than by men of popular fame, because the latter are busy on popular matter." And he adds that he has learnt more useful and excellent things from people without fame than from well-known professors."

Is it any wonder then that many alchemists were monks? A true alchemist was working towards the salvation of the natural world. What better laboratory than a monastery, safe from the greedy intentions of the profane? 

The Spiritus Mundi aka The Spirit of the World

January 25, 2023 at 6:11 AM

In his occult work Agrippa writes that God created three worlds out of the void--the earthly kingdom of the elements, the heavenly kingdom of the constellations, and the spiritual kingdom of the angels. The composition of each of these kingdoms reflects that of all the others. And all is filled with the world-soul, the Spiritus Mundi.

This Spiritus Mundi is the reservoir of all power of souls, the essence of heavenly and supernatural forces. It is not apart of the four terrestrial elements, but a fifth outside them. As the foundation of all qualities it is above earthly forms of expression and alongside the earthly substances.

The Astrological Connection to Alchemy

January 24, 2023 at 9:50 AM

"From the earliest times men have looked to the skies for explanations of their own lives, and the idea of the influence of the planets was widespread. Gradually, over centuries, in places such as Mesopotamia and Greece, a complex astrological system was built up. Its ideas permeated all aspects of daily life.

The basis of astrology can be summed up in the phrase so often quoted in occult literature, and in particular in alchemy: "as above, so below." This meant everything in the Universe, of Macrocosm, had its parallel in the earthly world, or Microcosm. Everything worked in an ordered harmonious system, and everything was permeated by a Universal Spirit. It was this Spirit, which held the secret of the Universe, that the alchemists were trying to capture and compress into the Philosopher's Stone.

The system of correspondences, or connections, between the seven planets known to the Ancient World and all aspects of life was also extremely important. Tangible objects such as metals, animals, and plants, concepts such as colors, and abstract ideas such as love and wisdom were accorded to different planets, among which the ancients included the Sun and Moon. For example, some of the correspondences of Venus were copper, the color green, the dove and the sparrow, and the power of love. Alchemists made great use of this system of correspondences. Knowledge of the mysterious links between different things under the protection of the same planet was considered invaluable in many experiments. It also provided a ready-made symbolism or code in which one name could be substituted for another. Alchemists delighted in shrouding their writings with mystery and obscurity because they were always afraid the information would fall into the hands of the wrong people. Perhaps they also enjoyed secrecy for its own sake."

[From Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell; pages 30 and 33]

Aristotles Theory on the Transformation of Elements

January 21, 2023 at 4:16 AM

"One of the most influential writers whose works were rediscovered in the library in Alexandria was Aristotle. His ideas had a particular influence on the development of alchemy. According to Aristotle, the basis of the entire material world was something he called prime or first matter. This was not, as it may first sound, some gray sludge from which the world would gradually evolved. In fact, it was not a substance one could see or touch. It had no physical existence on its own account. However, it was the one unchangeable reality behind the ever-changing material world. To give this matter a physical identity and individual characteristics, various stages of form were needed.

 

The first stage of form, Aristotle believed, was found in the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The elements, while distinguished from each other, are also related by four qualities. These qualities are dry, wet, hot, and cold. Each element possesses two qualities, of which one predominates, and each element is linked to two other elements by the quality they possess in common.

 

Here is how this system applies:

 

The main interest of Aristotle's theory of the elements from the point of view of alchemy is the idea of change. According to his theory each element can be transformed into another element through the quality they possess in common. In this way Fire can become Air through the action of heat; Air can become Water through the action of moistness; Water can become Earth through the action of coldness; and Earth can become Fire through the action of dryness. It is possible under this theory for an element gradually to complete the circle of change and go from Fire to Air, from Air to Water, from Water to Earth, and from Earth back to Fire, for example. It must be remembered that in all these changes the prime matter behind the form always remains the same.

 

The next stage of form in Aristotle's theory was that all physical manifestations in the world are composed of all four elements in different proportions. The varying amount of each element in the composition accounts for the infinite variety of things in the world. Because it was believed that elements could be transformed into other elements, it was only a small step to the assumption that all substances could be changed by altering the proportions of elements that constitute them. It is easy to see how alchemists took up on this idea. If as they believed, lead and gold consisted of different proportions of the same four elements, what was there to prevent the one being transformed into the other? Aristotle had another theory that influenced the ideas of alchemists. This was on the formation of metals and minerals. He believed that when the Sun's rays fell on water, they produced a vaporous exhalation that was moist and cold. This exhalation became imprisoned in the dry earth, was compressed, and finally was converted to metal. All metals that are fusible or malleable, such as iron, copper, or gold, were, according to Aristotle, formed in this way. The formation of minerals, on the other hand, occured when the Sun's rays fell on dry land. They produced a smoky exhalation that was hot and dry, and the action of the heat produced the minerals. In this category Aristotle included substances that cannot be melted, as well as substances such as sulfur."

 

[From Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell; pages 26 to 30]

Last edit: January 21, 2023 at 4:30 AM, Cosmic_Gnostic

The Alchemist's Laboratory

January 19, 2023 at 11:17 AM

THE ALCHEMIST'S LABORATORY

"What would an alchemist's laboratory have looked like? We can gain a good idea from the many 16th-and 17th-century engravings and paintings of the subject. The walls of the room would probably be covered with strange symbols and alchemical inscriptions in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, or Arabic. Animal skeletons and bunches of medicinal herbs might hang from the ceiling. The tables would be piled high with books and parchments, jostling for space with retorts and crucibles and the odd human skull. There would be several furnaces to provide different heats, and a bellows to fan the flames. There would be a glass mask for protecting the face, and there would be shelves filled with numerous jars, stills, and tripods. Of course, for the true alchemist, an alter for prayer and meditation was an essential feature. The room would probably be tucked away somewhere in the cellar or the attic, where a gleam of light showing late at night would not attract too much attention. Alchemists were always anxious to preserve secrecy about their work. If too many people knew about their activities they might be persecuted by the Church for their strange beliefs, or hounded by greedy people hoping to amass a fortune."

[From Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell; pages 17 and 19]

Last edit: January 19, 2023 at 11:17 AM, Cosmic_Gnostic

Magic and Natural Law

January 8, 2023 at 11:28 AM

Magic is but a science, a profound knowledge of the Occult forces in Nature, and of the laws governing the visible or the invisible world.


A thorough familiarity with the occult faculties of everything existing in nature, visible as well as invisible; their mutual relations, attractions, and repulsions; the cause of these, traced to the spiritual principle which pervades and animates all things; the ability to furnish the best conditions for this principle to manifest itself — in order words, a profound and exhaustive knowledge of natural law — this was and is the basis of magic.

 

Magic, as a science, is the knowledge of these principles and of the way by which the omniscience and omnipotence of the spirit and its control over nature's forces may be acquired by the individual while still in the body. Magic, as an art, is the application of this knowledge in practice.

 

- H. P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled

 

Last edit: January 8, 2023 at 11:29 AM, Cosmic_Gnostic

The Purpose of Alchemy

January 6, 2023 at 2:36 PM

"Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they find it. Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death." (OldT:Job 28:1-3)

"Alchemy is extremely complicated. It is based on the practical skills of early metal workers and craftsmen, on Greek philosophy, and on Eastern mystic cults that sprang up in the first centuries after Christ and influenced so much of magic and occult thought. It must be remembered that when alchemy flourished there was no dividing line between science and magic. Ideas such as the influence of the planets and the effect of certain numbers or letters on people's lives might today be regarded as superstitious. At that time they were perfectly acceptable to those who were making the kind of accurate observations about the material world that paved the way for modern science.

Long before the beginning of alchemy, gold was regarded as the most valuable metal. Its possession indicated wealth and power, and it was prized for its beauty. Known as the most perfect metal, it soon required symbolic meaning. It came to stand for excellence, wisdom, light, and perfection. For serious alchemists gold had both a real and a symbolic significance, which at first seems confusing. The reason is that alchemists embarked on two different and difficult quests at the same time, and success in one meant success in the other. The first aim is the one that most people know about. The alchemist was attemping to find a way of transmuting, or changing, ordinary metals into the most perfect metal, gold. The second aim is less known but far more important. The alchemist was trying to make the soul progress from its ordinary state to one of spiritual perfection. For many centuries Western alchemists ceaselessly searched for the Philosopher's Stone. What was this elusive object? It was not some giant boulder on which ancient sages sat and meditated. Nor was it a closely guarded tablet inscribed with words of wisdom. It was a substance that alchemists were convinced they could make, with divine assistance, by subjecting certain raw materials to complex and lengthy chemical processes. The problem was to find the right raw materials and the correct chemical processes. It was a widely held belief that the Universe was permeated by a spirit that linked everything together. Alchemists thought that this spirit could somehow be reproduced and compressed into a magical substance which they named the Philosopher's Stone. Once discovered, a small quantity of this magical substance added to ordinary metal would change it into gold. Taken as a medicine, the Stone would act as a miraculous cure. It was even believed by some to confer immortality, and was often called the Elixir of Life. All the patient experiments that the alchemists carried out in their laboratories over the centuries were motivated by one overwhelming desire--to produce the Philosopher's Stone. In the course of their painstaking and dedicated work they established many important chemical facts which, even if they did not lead to the Philosopher's Stone, helped to form the basis of chemistry as we know it today. The greatest alchemists were skilled in many fields. The scope of knowledge in those days was small enough that a person might hope to master all there was to know about subjects as diverse as medicine and religion, philosophy and alchemy, logic and magic. The seeker of knowledge would see nothing incompatible in the different fields of study. Knowledge was thought of as a unity, and all the different branches were different aspects of this unity. They all led toward a greater
understanding of the Universe."


[From Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell; pages 8 and 11.]

 

 

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Theosophy is Altruism

“If Theosophy prevailing in the struggle, its all-embracing philosophy strikes deep root into the minds and hearts of men, if its doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma, in other words, of Hope and Responsibility, find a home in the lives of the new generations, then, indeed, will dawn the day of joy and gladness for all who now suffer and are outcast. For real Theosophy is Altruism, and we cannot repeat it too often. It is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth.”

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