By Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman

ISBN-10: 0835608972

ISBN-13: 9780835608978

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 common and the religious geographical regions. Spanning 2,500 years and trained by way of airtight and Neoplatonist affects, 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 via 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 at least one of the most important roots of Western esoteric concept. matters comprise alchemical approaches and strategies, the average components and gear used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this advisor from comparable ones is the addition of etymology, connecting the language of alchemy to its Latin, Greek, and Arabic assets. 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 specified standpoint as either a contemporary Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to undergo wide wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who dependent his key idea of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought was once internal transformation.

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