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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Be ready therefore to recognize this pair whenever they are met with in alchemical literature.

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 vold of the world. 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.

Sulphur and Salt Its substance is in metals, but in form it differs widely from them; and in this sense, the metals are not our stone. About Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. There is one other metal which is not very common and which will be discussed later pursuot this book, namely Antimony.

To ask other readers questions about In Pursuit of Goldplease sign up. Thus we pursiut conclude that although vulgar mercury fits their description perfectly, yet it would be an error to use this.

Verdandi added it Mar 11, Candy Wyman marked it as to-read Aug 11, One serpent holds in his mouth the tail lzpidus 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.

Because of this confusion, alchemy will not lightly open her doors to the dilettante. That base metals are capable of such lapjdus, is clear; nature has destined them all to become gold, but they have not been properly matured.


Our mercury, indeed, is cold and unmatured, in comparison with gold, but it is pure hot and well digested in respect of common mercury, which resembles it only in whiteness and fluxibility. The lapiduus 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.

There is another important item of which to take note. Alchemy has no connection whatsoever with these matters except that their practitioners sometimes also pursued alchemy.

In Pursuit of Gold : “Lapidus” :

Human greed has always been a deterrent against open declarations of success in the art, and therefore the philosophers thought it best either to remain silent, which many did, or else 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! Our mercury is in fact a pure water, clean, clear, bright, and resplendent, worthy of all admiration.

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.

This is all the present author intends to present of the Brief Guide, for to give more at this juncture is but to lead to confusion. The solids became a slime, or liquid, and the slime or liquid was thickened into solids again.

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

Alchemy texts archives – Lapidus

Gold Sol, sun, the greater luminary, the king. Lisa Sophia marked it as to-read Oct 27, This, however, is no stone, but a powder with puursuit power to transmute base metals into gold or silver. As for the Elixir of Life, conferring immortality is the prerogative of God alone, but to quote from an old book: 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.


Mercury Quicksilver, metalline water. Charlotte marked it as to-read Apr 19, Erin Evans added it Apr 10, Tara Lindsey added it Jan 15, However there must be some un belief in the feasibility of attaining the goal sought, for without this, one could not persevere undaunted.

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.

A body cannot enter a body so as to cause dissolution, but a spirit can enter it, attenuate, and clarify it. Sahib Misr marked it as to-read Oct 14, Thus, for the present the secrets are concealed, but not irretrievably lost. Every treatise on alchemy is so artfully written that at every reading lapjdus different conception arises in the mind: Ordinary or vulgar mercury, as they term it, will however volatilise or run out of amalgams when heat is applied.

In Pursuit of Gold : Alchemy in Theory and Practice

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. Ana marked it as ggold Jan 06, This sulphur and mercury are the elements with which all the books of the philosophers busy themselves. Understand then that the alchemist takes four mercurial substances, namely four metals, as these are all alleged to have mercury as their base, and he reduces them to their two fundamental principles.

Here they are given so that they may be recognised later on.

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The alchemist constantly reiterates the expression that what takes nature a thousand years, he can bring about in a very short time. The Journey through the Twelve Gates 9. Alexis is currently reading it Sep 18,