Rubedo

Rubedo, in alchemy, is the final or “reddening” stage of the opus alchymicum which is characterized by the reddening of the white matter of the stone that was purified during the albedo process. … Read more

The recipes

The early alchemists had recipes listing ingredients or techniques by which they made metals. The basis for many of these recipes was to introduce to base metals properties which the metals lacked. … Read more

Quintessence

Definition of Quintessence and etimology Quintessence (Latin, quinta essentia, “fifth essence or element”) is in Pythagorean mysticism the fifth element or spirit that fills the universe generating its life and vitality. Quintessence encompasses the … Read more

Queen Luna

Queen Luna in alchemy is the embodiment of the receptive female principle possessing the qualities “cold and moist” giving rise to the albedo or white elixir which can transmute base metals into … Read more

Prima materia

Prima materia, prime matter, like the goal of the alchemical process has various definitions, with no one definition considered prominent. This is because alchemists had personal definitions of prima materia. Many definitions even … Read more

Philosophical tree

The philosophical tree was a frequently used representation by medieval alchemists of the opus alchymicum. The tree at times was made to represent the various stages of the alchemical process. This could be … Read more

Philosophical mercury

The Philosophical mercury, in alchemy, is the preparation of the combination of sulphur and argent vive and distinguished from ordinary mercury. It is commonly known as Mercurius. A.G.H Source: Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of … Read more

Philosophers stone

Originally the Philosopher’s Stone was believed to be the chemical that changed base metals into silver or gold, often it was termed the Power of Projection. It was first mentioned … Read more

Parergon

Parergon, in alchemy, was a term designating the left eye of the soul, which was turned toward time. This was opposed to the right eye of the soul, ergon, which was directed … Read more

Pagan Vision of Alchemy

According to tradition Christians learned alchemy from the Arabians who adopted it from the Egyptians since in Arabic the term meant “matter of Egypt,” Al-Khemeia, “Land of the Moon,” and ancient name of Egypt. Since … Read more

Opus alchymicum

Opus alchymicum, or opus, sometimes called the “work,” is the alchemical process of transmuting cheaper metals into more precious ones. Initially the opus alchymicum had four stages: the nigredo(black), the albedo(white/silver), the … Read more

Nicholas Flamel

Nісоlаѕ Flаmеl wаѕ a ѕuссеѕѕful Frеnсh ѕсrіvеnеr аnd mаnuѕсrірt-ѕеllеr whо dеvеlореd a роѕthumоuѕ reputation аѕ an alchemist due to hіѕ rерutеd work оn thе Philosopher’s Stone. Alchemy Aссоrdіng to thе introduction … Read more

Mother

In alchemical terms mother applies to prima materia because from it (her) came all things. This is equally seen in the Judeo-Christian creation story. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of … Read more

Moon

In alchemy the moon is another androgynous symbol representing the King and Queen in their chemical wedding. The moon also represents silver. Since the moon is illuminated by the sun rays it … Read more

Mercurius

Mercurius, in alchemy, was the transformative substance which allows the process of transmutation to occur. It was frequently called philosophical mercury, thus distinguishing it from ordinary mercury. Mercurius represented the divine spirit … Read more

Lion

The lion like the eagle symbolizes dominance or dominion. It is important in heraldry and in fable is referred to as “king of beasts.” Its astrological sign is Leo, and has the sun … Read more

Lead

Lead, in alchemical terms, definitely has an androgynous nature with qualities of cold and damp allowing it to be called an arcane substance representing the lusterless prime matter. For this reason it is similar … Read more

Lady’s mantle

The Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) is an important herb of alchemical lore, as the first element of its scientific name (“little alchemist”) suggests. It has deeply fringed leaves which collect water in … Read more

King sol

King Sol, “King Sun,” is the embodiment in alchemy of the male qualities of “hot and dry” associated with the sun, sulphur, and gold. The king unites with the receptive qualities “cold … Read more

Islamic Alchemy

Islamic alchemy evolved rapidly with the mingling of cultures and the Near East began absorbing Greek knowledge. Philosophers already in the region lacked sufficient knowledge to meet their needs. This assumption of … Read more

Alchemy Gold

Gold in alchemy was the goal of the process, the transmutation of base metals into silver or gold. Gold is the most precious of all metals. In many cultures the … Read more

First Matter

The First matter in alchemy is thought of as the fusion of spirit and matter, manifestation of the godhead. It is also known as prima materia, and it was formless and … Read more

ergon

Ergon, in alchemy, was a term designating the right eye of the soul, which was turned toward eternity. This was opposed to the left eye of the soul, parergon, which was directed … Read more

The emerald Tablet

What is the Emerald Tablet The Emerald Tablet, or the Emerald Table as it is frequently called is part of the Hermetica and is one of most revered magical documents in Western occultism. Hermes … Read more

Eagle

The eagle has been associated with the belief in renewal or rebirth. In a fragment of an ancient Babylon text, there is the story of King Erana being taken to … Read more