Alchemy: The Great Work

Introduction to Alchemy

ARTICLES:

Tending the Flame
Doing the Work

The Processes of Alchemy

Calcination (Nigredo)

Processes: Roasting, conflagration, reduction, trituration
Elements: Fire
Metals: Lead
Chemicals: Sulfuric Acid (Vitriol)
Colors: Black, magenta, nigredo
Odors: Biting brimstone

ARTICLES:

The Affliction of the Soul
From the Darkness
The Slime of the Small World
Hour of Lead

 

Dissolution (Albedo)

Processes: Dissolving, corrosion, cibation, Bain Marie
Elements: Water
Metals: Tin, pewter
Chemicals: Iron oxide, rust
Colors: Light blue, white, albedo
Odors: Acrid, vinegary

ARTICLES:

Carnival
Things Fall Apart
Moving On

 

Separation (Citrinitas)

Processes: Sifting, filtration, fission, cutting
Elements: Air
Metals: Iron, steel
Chemicals: Sodium carbonate (bubbling)
Colors: Orange, yellowing, citrinitas
Odors: Sulphur, rotten eggs

ARTICLES:

The Hidden Seed

Breaking Up

 

Conjunction

Processes: Fixation, reunion, amalgamation, conglomeration
Elements: Earth
Metals: Copper, bronze, brass
Chemicals: Sodium nitrate
Colors: Green
Odors: Chlorinic

ARTICLES:

Little Did He Know

Fermentation

Processes: Digestion, putrefaction, congelation, ceration, cibation
Elements: Sulfur
Metals: Mercury
Chemicals: Liquor Hepatis (Balsam of the Soul)
Colors: Blue-green, turquoise
Odors: Putrid & perfumed at the same time

ARTICLES:

Leper

Distillation

Processes: Potentizing, exaltation, cohobation, multiplication
Elements: Mercury
Metals: Silver, antimony
Chemicals: Black pulvis solaris
Colors: White, rainbow
Odors: Fresh, after-rain smell

ARTICLES:

Coagulation (Rubedo)

Processes: Sublimation, projection, fusion
Elements: Salt
Metals: Gold, silver
Chemicals: Red pulvis solaris
Colors: Violet purple, reddening, rubedo
Odors: Flowery, heavenly-scented

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