A ground-breaking modern manual on an old art, genuine Alchemy paint, etc on both modern scientific modern technology and ancient methods. A laboratory scientist and also chemist, Robert Allen Bartlett provides an introduction of the background of alchemy, as well as an exploration of the theories behind the practice. Clean, clear, simple, and easy come read, real Alchemy gives excellent directions regarding the production of tree products and also transitions the reader-student into the basics the mineral work--what some consider the true domain the alchemy. Brand-new students to practical laboratory alchemy will certainly enjoy reading Real Alchemy and hopefully discover the encouragement required to undertake their own alchemical journey. Bartlett also explains what the ancients really meant when they supplied the hatchet "Philosopher"s Stone" and describes several an extremely real and practical techniques for its achievement. Is the fabled Philosopher"s rock an elixir of long life or is that a method of transforming lead right into gold? Judge for yourself.

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Robert Allen Bartlett is among the few practicing modern alchemist"s of ours time. Continuing the time-honored heritages of Paracelsus and also his quest of superior medicines gleaned indigenous Nature herself, Robert is specialized to the search of alchemical knowledge and also making it"s benefits easily accessible to the world. The lectures and also teaches this "celestial agriculture," making it simple to recognize and permitting the average human to develop their own distinct remedies at house through the workings of the natural kingdom. He is an instructor the spagyrics in ~ Flamel College online at www.alchemylab.com.

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The origins of alchemy are lost in history and theories abound as to where it can have originated:

• God taught it to Adam and also later to Moses.

• please Angels taught it to person women in exchange for sex.

• it is a remnant of shed Atlantean technology.

• Extraterrestrials teach it come our ancestors.

Whatever that true beginning is, recorded background documents one esoteric legacy that has existed for numerous thousand years.

Mystery and magic pass through all the is ancient Egypt. From start to end, Egypt has actually been dubbed a theocratic state, ruled by a very powerful priesthood. The priesthood was separated into miscellaneous castes, each with details duties -- such together scribes and also astronomers. Of special interest come us room the priests, who functioned with products in means we might describe now as chemistry. These priests, regularly working under an oath that secrecy about their art, developed an abilities in metallurgy, ceramics, medicine, mummification, and winemaking, come name just a few.

The research of the operative pressures at job-related in the universe was the major goal the the priesthood. They referred to as these pressures the "Neteru" indigenous which we obtain our word, "Nature." The Neteru are the pressures of Nature.

From the small variety of writings which remain to us, the is evident that these priests were skilled healers that possessed a materials science, lot of i m sorry is still a secret to us. There were constantly two components to these sciences -- one was mental/spiritual and the various other physical. For example, the ready of a medicine included the handling of a product accompanied by certain words, spells, incantations or rituals. And also in prescribing, the patience was offered the medication with instructions come repeat a assignment or prayer. The suitable timing the these things was equally important.

In the Egyptian Mysteries, male was created of miscellaneous spiritual and also mental components and also the physical component and each had actually its appropriate "medicine."

These secret Sciences progressed over time and tales the wondrous heal oils, life-giving potions, and also imitations that gold and precious stones have actually survived also to our day.

When ancient tomb robbers would certainly plunder a pharaoh"s tomb, these precious oils were one of the very first things to be stolen. Lock were taken into consideration to be as priceless as gold and easier come carry and also sell. Steal gold to be heavy and had to it is in melted down prior to you can sell it.

When Alexander the good arrived in Egypt approximately 300 B.C.E., he fell in love through the whole culture, and the Egyptians welcomed him with open up arms. This started the so-called Greco-Egyptian or Ptolemaic period of Egyptian history. The Greeks referred to as Egypt Khem or Khemet. This literally supposed "The black Land" and also is in referral to the special layer that dark abundant soil deposited by the yearly flooding that the Nile. Knowledge of Egyptian an enig Sciences made its way into Greece where it was referred to as Khemia "The black color Art" and spawned a lengthy line that Greek alchemists.

In Egypt, Alexander initiated a sweeping project of construction and restoration, consisting of the city named after the -- Alexandria. The good Library of Alexandria is legendary. It has actually been approximated that this library contained practically a million volumes of the collected writings of the recognized world. Scholar from almost everywhere flocked to Alexandria and also it came to be a melting pot that ideas and also philosophies. If is below that the Hermetic Philosophy and also alchemy congealed together a path to spirituality Attainment and also its keys were only revealed come initiates under one oath that silence.

By roughly 30 B.C.E., the roman legions had swept the world and also the critical of the Egyptian Ptolemies had fallen to roman inn rule. Throughout this insurgence, a very big part of the good Library was ruined by fire. Initially, Rome was tolerant of Egyptian ways. In fact, the praise of Isis spread well into the Roman human being with temples in Rome itself. As the early Roman Emperors ended up being converted come Christianity, this level of yongin dropped off.

In 290 C.E., the Emperor Diocletian feared that the flow of imitation gold produced by the Egyptian Art might disrupt the roman inn economy. Fearing also that it would permit someone to gather enough wealth to kind an military which can move versus Rome, Diocletian passed an edict calling for the devastation of every texts and materials handling the produce of gold and also precious stones. This order was lugged out with an excellent severity.

Great masses of info were indiscriminately destroyed as well as what continued to be of The good Library. In 325 C.E., Rome officially came to be Christian and also in 391 the Emperor Theodosius make heresy punishable by death and also ordered the damage of pagan temples. In the roman inn world, which at the time covered quite a huge area, you were either a Christian or you were exiled or killed.

Most the those practicing the Hermetic approach fled the country and also migrated eastern to Arab floor not lived in by Rome. The early Persian Caliphs were much much more hospitable to the alchemists and the facility of The art shifted there, although in a much more guarded capacity. That was here that the Arabic prefix Al was added to the Greek Khemia to provide us Al-Khemia, later to end up being Alchemy.

Scientific pursuits in at an early stage Christian Rome ended up being dormant for centuries.

With the fall of the roman Empire, the "civilized world" was thrown into chaos. Thus began "The Dark Ages."

Beginning through the Islamic invasions approximately 800 C.E., understanding of alchemy spread into Western Europe, mainly through the functions of Ibn Sinna (also recognized as Avicenna.) He formulated a medical system that was popular for number of centuries. Another was Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayaan. Jabir had actually a very cryptic layout of writing, designed come conceal alchemical secrets. That is native his name that us derive our word for Gibberish. They accumulated many of the old Egyptian and also Greek alchemical works and translated them into Arabic, which to be later analyzed into Latin in Europe.

In middle ages Europe, alchemy became an extremely fashionable. By now, kings and also rulers all over had heard the the wonders possible through alchemy, particularly the transforming of lead right into gold. Alchemy, together a way to make gold, became a popular pursuit by the rich and also the poor. Over there were likewise a an excellent number the cons and also scams perpetrated through those who pretended to understand the tricks of the alchemists. Many unsuspecting civilization lost their life savings in wishes of finding the way to inexhaustible wealth.

Alchemy began to gain a negative reputation as a fraud because of this, and also people began to mistrust the whole matter there is no really learning anything around the true alchemical art. Then, roughly 1310, Pope john XXII approve a decree prohibiting the practice of alchemy, and also gold-making in particular, with heavy fines against those who traded in alchemical gold.

In 1404, King Henry IV that England approve an "Act" proclaiming gold-making a crime against the Crown. By the fifteenth century, the development of the printing push made knowledge more available to the public. Texts about alchemy became really popular and also began to multiply.

Paracelsus (born Phillipus Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim in Switzerland 1493) revolutionized the Alchemical Art and is taken into consideration to be among the fathers of contemporary chemistry and pharmaceutical medicine. A respect physician and also university lecturer, Paracelsus was additionally skilled in every one of the art of the Hermetic Philosophy. Paracelsus repetitively demonstrated the power and effectiveness of alchemically ready medicines.

He emphasize to his colleagues the prestige of looking very closely into alchemy as a resource for drugs far beyond what the present pharmaceutical technology could produce. He to be constantly in ~ odds with the medical specialists of his day and was looked upon very suspiciously by the Church because of his views and opinions. As such some believe Paracelsus was murdered in 1541. However, his ideas and also writings did no go unnoticed. In a strange twist of irony, these aided lead to the end of the period of Alchemy and the starts of chemistry together we recognize it today.

The works of Paracelsus shifted the see on alchemy indigenous the quest of gold into which it had fallen, back toward its initial intent -medicines for the body and soul leading one to perfect health, wholeness, and also initiation into Nature"s mysteries. Paracelsus recognized man"s physical and occult constitution according to Hermetic Principles.

By the ten century, there was a growing religious freedom i beg your pardon sparked a wave of attention in all points Mystical. Alchemical texts became still much more widely available, and scholars openly established themselves as Rosicrucians, Adepts or Alchemists. The spiritual facets of alchemy appealed come many, personal from any type of practical works.

Robert Boyle (another "Father of modern-day Chemistry") and also Isaac Newton studied alchemy throughout this time. Newton was completely involved and produced volumes of work. In fact, he taken into consideration himself to be more of an alchemist than a physicist or mathematician. His notes suggest that he believed he was an extremely close to success in the alchemical arts of metallic transmutation.

Boyle was additionally an ardent student trying come clarify numerous alchemical ideas which were ending up being obscured even in his day. He was a meticulous experimenter and realized the difference in between Philosophical and Unphilosophical workings upon materials.

In his very influential book, The Sceptical Chymist, Boyle called into question the number and nature that the elements and also called for a an ext organized terminology. His alchemical insights have actually been mostly misinterpreted to it is in a debunking that vitalistic alchemy in donate of a more rigorous concentration on the physical facts. It to be the beginning of a much more mechanical world-view, which would certainly last into the twenty century.

Around 1660, King Charles II signed the very first Charter of the Royal society and the study of chemistry soon came to be an officially recognized science.

America additionally had that is alchemists, including several state Governors. Over there were teams in Pennsylvania who brought with them countless of the early on German alchemical works (which were fairly extensive.)

By the 1800s, the practice of Alchemy had largely disappeared in the outer world in donate of its tho young offshoot -- chemistry. Alchemy survived underground in assorted "Secret Societies" which ended up being popular, specifically towards the end of the nineteenth century.

In the early on 1900s, H. Spencer Lewis obtained a charter from several of these europe contacts to type the old Mystical order of the Rosae Crucis, much better known together AMORC. Amongst other things, lock taught activities alchemy as it was handed down by earlier Rosicrucian sources.

In the at an early stage 1940s, one student of these classes to be Albert Reidel. Frater Albertus go on come teach these classes himself and then later break-up off on his own to establish the Paracelsus Research society in 1960, which came to be accredited as Paracelsus college in the early 80s.

With the pass of Frater Albertus in 1984, there appeared to be a void in alchemical teachings and also a absence of a main point wherein students can exchange information. Through the early nineties, v the initiatives of number of PRS students, contact with a French team was made and the philosophers of Nature (PON) was formulated to to fill the void with fresh ideas and to carry on study in alchemy. The PON closeup of the door in the late nineties. Currently we have actually the net -- the new "Library that Alexandria." together we chandelier see, chemistry, left to thrive unfettered, has virtually come complete circle come rediscover the Hermetic Philosophy.

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Theory of Alchemy

The first Law the Hermetics – every is native One

Perhaps the most concise exposition that alchemical theory, recognized by adepts from every ages, is the renowned "Emerald tablet computer of Hermes Trismegistus." Legend has it that this tablet computer predates the Biblical flood and also was enrolled by Thoth himself on a huge plate the alchemically developed emerald:


It is true, certain, and also without falsehood, that everything is below is prefer that i beg your pardon is above; and that i m sorry is above is favor that which is below: to accomplish the one wonderful work. Together all points are acquired from the One only Thing, by the will and also by words of the One just One who developed it in His Mind, so all points owe their existence to this unit by the stimulate of Nature, and also can be boosted by Adaptation to that Mind.

Its father is the Sun; its mom is the Moon; the Wind carries the in its womb; and also its nurse is the Earth. This point is the father of all perfect things in the world. Its power is most perfect once it has actually again been readjusted into Earth. Separate the earth from the Fire, the ethereal from the gross, however carefully and with an excellent judgment and skill.

It ascends from planet to heaven, and also descends again, brand-new born, come the earth, taking unto itself thereby the strength of the above and the Below. For this reason the splendor the the whole people will it is in thine, and all darkness shall flee indigenous thee.

This is the strongest of every powers, the pressure of all forces, for it overcometh all subtle things and can pass through all the is solid. For therefore was the world created, and rare combinations, and wonders of countless kinds space wrought.

Hence ns am referred to as HERMES TRISMEGISTUS, having mastered the three components of the wisdom that the totality world. What I need to say about the masterpiece of the alchemical art, the Solar Work, is currently ended.

The alchemists constantly admonish their students, "Know the theory first before attempting the praxis." they say, "You need to walk in the publication of Nature to know our Art."

"The alchemical ide of life and also matter lies at the the opposite pole of that of the existing scientific community. Science is do the efforts to discover out how matter developed life. Alchemy states that life produced matter. Alchemy affirms that at the origin, over there is consciousness. Awareness is the have to Be the the Absolute.

In stimulate to accomplish this need, consciousness created life, and also in order come evolve, life produced matter."

-- Jean Dubuis (PON Seminars 1992)

Alchemy is an exploration of the involution the the Absolute into matter and also its subsequent evolution ago to the source, illustrated as the Ouroborus or serpent eat its very own tail. There"s a very old saying, "The all is mind. The world is Mental."

The all or The One is, the which is the fundamental Truth, the considerable reality, (i.e., was standing under and also supporting Reality.) This every is past comprehending or the capacity to truly name it, so we use a symbol and also call that -- The All, the Absolute, the Divine, Spirit, the Force, The One just One. Everything you choose, that is simply a symbol therefore we deserve to talk around it. This is perhaps ideal described as boundless Living Mind.

"Only by psychological creation, can the all manifest the universe and also still remain the All. Because that if a problem was provided or action upon, it would be separate and the All would certainly not it is in All."

--The Kybalion

What we call "matter" is just that portion of the All we apprehend v our senses. That is only a label we use to designate the manifestation the the all within the variety of our minimal sensory apparatus. All things are associated but separated just by their prices of vibration.

Each among us is a distinctive and complicated waveform, though we additionally share countless of the very same "harmonics." prefer fingerprints, we are unique however all related. Modern science takes benefit of this truth in bespeak to determine materials by their vibratory nature in the form of spectral resonances in clearly shows light, infrared, microwaves, etc. Einstein once said, "Everything is energy, past that is divine."

We live in a substantial ocean of energy and also everything seen and unseen is a part of it. The alchemists called this power the Celestial Fire, Prima Materia, the very first Matter, Chaos, and also many others. Everything around us, despite it seems separate and different indigenous ourselves is One only One. All is indigenous One is the very first Law that Hermetics.

The 2nd Law that Hermetics -- Polarity

The One reflecting on chin creates the very first movement in the direction of polarity -- the department of the One into a many subtle spiritualized energy and also dense product energy; the One separated into Spirit and also Matter. Now we might call this energy and matter, which are the same.

The second Law that Hermetics is the legislation of Polarity.

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One that the earliest monitorings of Nature was that whatever has its opposite -- day/night, male/female, hot/cold, wet/dry. The One divides into active and passive modes, with the active energy constituting the energies that life, and the passive one the power of matter. Think about the image of a sine tide -- 2 opposite energies but One wave.