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  Alchemy article - Alchemy protoscientific chemistry physics semiotics metallurgy medicine - What-Means.com
Alchemy can be regarded as the precursor of the modern science of chemistry prior to the formulation of the scientific method.
Chinese alchemy was closely connected to Taoist forms of medicine, such as Acupuncture and Moxibustion, and to martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan and Kung Fu (although some Tai Chi schools believe that their art derives from the Hygienic or Philosophical branches of Taoism, not the Alchemical).
Alchemy was kept alive by men such as Nicolas Flamel, who was noteworthy only because he was one of the few alchemists writing in those troubled times.
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 Quintessence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In physics, quintessence is a hypothetical form of energy postulated to exist as a possible explanation of observations of an accelerating universe.
In alchemy, quintessence, meaning "fifth element", was another term for aether; it is the substance of which the heavenly bodies were supposed to be composed.
Quintessence and the corresponding adjective quintessential are also used in the figurative sense of "(a thing) that is the perfect example of its kind".
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 Quintessence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Quintessence is a hypothetical form of energy postulated to exist as a possible explanation of observations of an accelerating universe.
Among the classical elements, quintessence (meaning "fifth element", along with earth, air, fire, and water) was another term for aether.
In alchemy, quintessence is the purest form of a particular element (as one would conceive them today).
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/quintessence   (284 words)

 Llewellyn Encyclopedia: Alchemy
Alchemy thus means, "that which pertains to Egypt." Thus the words alchemy and chemistry are a reminder of the scientific legacy of Egypt.
Alchemy is a science that is based upon multiplication and the natural phenomenon of growth—it is the process of increasing and improving that which already exists.
The objective of alchemy is the uncovering of this inner wisdom, and the removal of the veils and obstacles between the mind and its intrinsically pure divine source.
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 Superbeings - alchemy
Alchemy is a Science of Soul that results from an understanding of God, Nature, and Man. A perfect knowledge of any of one them cannot be obtained without the knowledge of the other two, for these three are one and inseparable.
Alchemy is, therefore, more comparable to biology than to chemistry; and, in fact, the growth of a plant, a tree, or an animal or the evolution of whole species are alchemical processes going on in the laboratory of nature, and performed by the Great Alchemist -- the power of the divine Mind acting in nature.
Alchemy is also an art, and as every art requires an artist to exercise it, likewise this divine science and art can be practiced only by those who are in possession of the divine power necessary for that purpose.
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Alchemy, then, is the Great Work of nature that perfects this chaotic matter, whether it be expressed as the metals, the cosmos, or the substance of our souls.
Soul in alchemy is the passive presence in all of us that survives through all eternity and is therefore part of the original substance (First Matter) of the universe.
The key to understanding alchemy is to realize that alchemical thought is extremely dynamic and takes places on three levels at once: the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual.
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 Alchemy - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
The word alchemy comes from the Arabic al-kimiya or al-khimiya (الكيمياء or الخيمياء), which is probably formed from the article al- and the Greek word khumeia (χυμεία) meaning "cast together", "pour together", "weld", "alloy", etc. (from khumatos, "that which is poured out, an ingot").
Alchemy encompasses several philosophical traditions spanning some four millennia and three continents, and their general penchant for cryptic and symbolic language makes it hard to trace their mutual influences and "genetic" relationships.
Alchemy in the Western world and other locations where it was widely practiced was (and in many cases still is) closely allied and intertwined with traditional Babylonian-Greek style astrology; in numerous ways they were built to complement each other in the search for hidden knowledge.
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The quintessence is an element that permeates all nature and is the constituent matter of the celestial bodies.
In medieval alchemy the quintessence was the best part of a chemical substance that could be extracted with chemical methods.
For the more esoteric alchemists the quintessence and lapis philosophorum, the Stone of the Wise, were closely associated, and sometimes synonymous entities.
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Alchemy can be traced back to Zoroaster and the Persians of about 700 B.C. But, it is said to have originated still earlier from the ancient Egyptian god-king, Thoth or Hermes.
Where the essence and aim of mysticism is union with God, a sort of nirvana where the individual ceases to exist; the goal of alchemy is an inward process, the perfecting of the individual and the immortalization of the Soul.
Alchemy teaches the raising of vibrations: the belief in the ability to transmute or change matter to a higher level.
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 Area51's Community Newspaper: Carmen Draconus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since successful chemical alchemy was obviously very profitable, those who practiced the craft lived in fear that they may be murdered for the secrets which they held.
Since the green dragon represented matter in its imperfect state, the first step in the alchemical process was to "slay the dragon," meaning that the base metals had to be reduced into a non-metallic form in which they would be susceptible to receiving the "new spirit" necessary for the release of the gold.
Alchemy was also related to the dragon in its serpent form, as snakes were seen as a symbol of the regeneration of life from death.
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 Alchemy Electronic Dictionary: Find Out the Meaning of Arcane Words and Ciphers Instantly!
In alchemy, the child is the offspring of the King and Queen, the result of their marriage or union.
Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung rediscovered the images and principles of alchemy surfacing in the dreams and compulsions of his patients and began a lifelong study of the subject.
The King is naked in the early operations of alchemy and regains his royal robes at the end of his transformation.
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 Aether (classical element) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aristotle included it as a fifth element (the quintessence) on the principle that nature abhorred a vacuum.
Oliver Nicholson points out that, in contrast to the better known luminiferous aether of the 19th century, the older concept of the classical aether had three properties.
In modern physics, dark energy is sometimes called quintessence due to its similarity to the classical aether.
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This is our quintessence, that is to say, mortal heaven, that God made for the preservation of the four qualities of the human body, just as He made His heaven for the preservation of the whole world.
Another method of obtaining quintessence is this: Take the noblest and the strongest burning water that you may have distilled from pure, mighty wine and put it into a glass amphora with a long neck.
The quintessence of this antimony, which is red, in which is the secret of all secrets, is sweeter than any honey or sugar(26).
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 Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored: Part II: Theoretical: Chapter IV: The Quintessence in Daily Life
CHAPTER IV Since it is not possible for everyone to follow its reactions in the laboratory, I am devoting this chapter to the manifestation of the Quintessence in everyday life, for it is not merely in the laboratory that this vital principle evinces itself, but through all phases and conditions of existence.
In his system of breathing the mind is so centered on the act of breathing that this Quintessence of the air is consciously taken in for the revitalization of every part of his body.
The alchemist, by his laboratory process, is taking this Quintessence or Vital Energy from metals, since he has found in his experience that it is obtained from minerals and metals in a more perfect form than from plant life, the minerals being of the first manifestation.
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 fUSION Anomaly. Alchemy
alchemy, ancient art or pseudoscience that sought to turn base metals into gold or silver through the agency of a secret substance known by various names (philosopher's stone, elixir, grand magistry).
Although it was dubious and often illusory, alchemy was the predecessor of chemistry.
The birthplace of alchemy was ancient Egypt, in the Hellenistic age.
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 The Secret Book of Artephius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And by this means they are unbodied, or made no bodies, to wit, incorporeal, and a quintessence of the nature of a spirit, which is called, "avis hermetis", and "mercurius extractus", drawn from a red subject or matter.
And know well, that whatsoever is clear, white-pure and spiritual, ascends in the air to the top of the water in the substance of a white vapor, which the philosophers call their virgin milk.
(46) It ought to be, therefore, as one of the Sybills said, that the son of the virgin be exalted from the earth, and that the white quintessence after its rising out of the dead earth, be raised up towards heaven; the gross and thick remaining in the bottom, of the vessel and the water.
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 World Mysteries - Alchemy and Philosopher's Stone
Alchemy is generally defined as an art which aims to change impure metals into silver or gold.
The studies of Carl Gustav Jung show it is possible to detect correspondences between alchemy and mysticism: the alchemist himself, too, was to live through the process of transmutation, and become transformed as a result.
The appearance of Paracelsus (1493-1541) on the scene is decisive for the subsequent history of alchemy.
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 Alchemy by David Cherubim
Alchemy is comparable to the Great Sun of the Ages which ever shines bright in the infinite sky.
The ancient Chinese were performing Alchemy as early as 500 B.C. But the science of Alchemy in China was originally a spiritual system, dedicated to a mystical end; it was later in the course of history that it took on other forms, whereas in ancient Egypt the Art of Alchemy originated as a metallurgical craft.
Alchemy traveled from Alexandria to Byzantium in the 5th century and it was eventually adopted by the Arabs.
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 Samuel Norton - The Key of Alchemy - Transparent Stone
This transcription was originally made by W.A. Ayton in the latter decades of the 19th century, from the original manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Ashmole 1421.
Observe therefore these things and give it without our quintessence; and let stand mixed 3 houres, for the quantitie is without our quintessence that you minister one ounce: with it one dragme if of a dragme one pennie waight, if of a pennie waight one barlie corn and so forth.
As touching the making of the Quintessence of man's bloud, I referre it over to Arnold de Villanova, in the book which hee writeth ad Magistrum Iacobum de Tolledo, which is a common booke and joyned to Rupesissus; and so the 7th treatise hath end.
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 Alchemy free magic cards, history and pictures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The hat of alchemy crack is full of magic tricks, magis cards, magic mushrooms, etc..It has never been exclusively about the practical working with substances, but always had a spiritual and soul aspect, and some writers and manuscripts even address important religious ideas.
One might think that alchemy became gradually more and more spiritual throughout the centuries, however this is not borne out by the alchemical manuscripts and books.
Paracelsus (1493-1541), the great reformer of alchemy, also wrote on religious and spiritual matters, and his influence on late 16th and 17th century alchemy was profound.
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 Essence - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Being metallic, on the other hand, is an essential property of gold: any substance that were non-metallic, whatever it might be, would not be gold.
Based on such considerations, essence was a key notion of alchemy (cf.
In the modern period, some philosophers—such as George Santayana—have kept the vocabulary of essences but have abolished the distinction between essence and accidents.
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Alchemy is one of the most mysterious skills.
Only two Alchemies are commonplace, and of those who have one, few [Edit: the author has noted that the originally posted percentages of 50-80% is incorrect and the percentage that follows is correct.
Quintessences are described as "an opaque white (or is it whiteish) stone useful in angelic magic‡‡" They weigh 1, and have no known use.
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 Alchemy - free-definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alchemy in the Western World and other locations where it was widely practiced was (and in many cases still is) closely allied and intertwined with traditional Greek astrology; in numerous ways they were built to complement each other in the search for hidden knowledge.
Traditionally, each of the seven planets in the solar system as known to the ancients was associated with, held dominion over, and ruled a certain metal.
Nicholas Flamel had these mysterious alchemical symbols carved on his tomb in the Church of the Holy Innocents in Paris.
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1.6.Definition: Alchemy is a cosmic art by which parts of that cosmos - the mineral and animal parts - can be liberated from their temporal existence and attain states of perfection, gold in the case of minerals and for humans, longevity, immortality, and finally redemption.
Unlike later Greco-Egyptian alchemy, however, the Chinese were far less concerned with preparing gold from inferior metals than in preparing 'elixirs' that would bring the human body into a state of perfection and harmony with the universe so that immortality was achieved.
As in the Latin west, most of later Chinese alchemy was little more than chicanery, and most of the stories of alchemists' misdeeds that are found in western literature have their literary parallels in China.
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 Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored: Part II: Theoretical: The Quintessence. (II)
By this Quintessence or quintum esse, Paracelsus meant the nucleus of the essences and properties of all things in the universal world.
But this is the root of life, i.e., the Fifth Essence, created by the Almighty for the preservation of the four qualities of the human body, even as Heaven is for the preservation of the Universe.
This comparison between the writings of scientists of different centuries is interesting, since it seems to me that while there may be some difference in actual verbal expression, each man refers to the same principle.
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 Alchemical Theory: A Look at the Basic Principles of Alchemy.
Alchemy and alchemy alone, within the current historical epoch, has succeeded in obtaining a real element, or a particle of homogeneous matter.
By this age-old science the alchemist may set free this Vital Principle in his laboratory, destroy the body of the metal on which he is working, purify its Salt, and reassemble its principles together in a higher form.
Paracelsus noted: "Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs.
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 Golden Aeon - The Background
Examination in alchemy was an element of progress through Golden Dawn Initiation, and while there is evidence that some members probably knew only the most general theoretical elements, many maintained laboratories, and conducted alchemical experimentation.
Common themes in Alchemy were the creation of the Elixir of Life, which would prolong human life indefinitely, and the creation of artificial life, or homonculi.
In mineral alchemy it must be separated from the Mercury, but in vegetable alchemy it is usually satisfactory to leave it combined with the Mercury.
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