A Dictionary of Western Alchemy by Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman

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 traditional and the religious geographical regions. Spanning 2,500 years and knowledgeable by way of airtight and Neoplatonist impacts, it's been practiced within the classical Greco-Roman international, medieval Europe and the medieval heart East and Orient, and as much as the current in esoteric circles. Alchemists have 3 major ambitions:

  • the transmutation of base metals into gold by way of the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
  • the concoction of the Elixir of existence, a common medicine;
  • the reconciliation among spirit and subject and direct wisdom of the Divine

This concise dictionary of alchemy presents transparent entry to 1 of the most important roots of Western esoteric proposal. matters contain alchemical strategies and strategies, the traditional components and equipment used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this consultant from related ones is the addition of etymology, connecting the language of alchemy to its Latin, Greek, and Arabic resources. Symbolic pictographs accompany 1/2 the over 400 entries, and a desirable representation from the lengthy culture of alchemical artwork introduces each one letter of the alphabet.

Most vital is the writer Jordan Stratford’s exact viewpoint as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to endure vast wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who established his key notion of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists really sought used to be internal transformation.

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