By Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman
From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and outdated Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of parts and interactions in either the typical and the non secular nation-states. Spanning 2,500 years and trained through 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 targets:
- the transmutation of base metals into gold by way of the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
- the concoction of the Elixir of lifestyles, a common medicine;
- the reconciliation among spirit and topic and direct wisdom of the Divine
This concise dictionary of alchemy presents transparent entry to 1 of the main roots of Western esoteric proposal. matters comprise alchemical methods and methods, the average parts and equipment used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this consultant from comparable 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 point of view as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to undergo broad wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who established his key proposal of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought used to be internal transformation.
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