By Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman
From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and previous Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technology of parts and interactions in either the normal and the non secular nation-states. Spanning 2,500 years and educated by way of airtight and Neoplatonist affects, it's been practiced within the classical Greco-Roman international, medieval Europe and the medieval center East and Orient, and as much as the current in esoteric circles. Alchemists have 3 major goals:
- the transmutation of base metals into gold through the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
- the concoction of the Elixir of existence, a common medicine;
- the reconciliation among spirit and topic and direct wisdom of the Divine
This concise dictionary of alchemy offers transparent entry to 1 of the key roots of Western esoteric suggestion. topics contain alchemical tactics and methods, the average components and gear used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this advisor from related ones is the addition of etymology, connecting the language of alchemy to its Latin, Greek, and Arabic assets. Symbolic pictographs accompany half the over 400 entries, and a desirable representation from the lengthy culture of alchemical paintings introduces every one letter of the alphabet.
Most vital is the writer Jordan Stratford’s targeted viewpoint as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to undergo wide wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who dependent his key inspiration of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought was once internal transformation.
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