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. Synthesis Path

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Hello Aleilius

You speak about four elements, three principles and seven metals which must be used in the Great Work.
The fact of speaking about seven metals makes me think of the way known as synthesis path.
In this way, the goal is to prepare philosophical sulphur with red metals and philosophical mercury with white metals.
Two French authors spoke much about it.
They are Roger Guasco and Jean-Pascal Percheron.
In this way, we extract philosophical sulphur from iron, copper and realgar (regarded as alive gold, contrary to traditional gold, having reached its maturity and thus not being able more to evolve).
Philosophical mercury is extracted from lead, tin and silver.
The easy way consists in using mercury and antimony like tools allowing this extraction. In the method of Guasco, mercury is used in the form of bichloride (sublimated corrosive) while antimony is added in pure metal form. But it is in my opinion completely possible to use the antimony chloride for this work, or even the powder of Algaroth (white salt obtained by the reaction between water and the antimony chloride).

Concerning the four elements, I find them here: the earth can as well be realgar (arsenical sulphur considered as the impure sulphur of the Earth in the texts) that antimony (the symbol of antimony being also that of the Earth). Water is used for the manufacture of the powder of Algaroth if one wishes to use it (for manufacture of philosophical mercury or for secret fire of the conjunction between philosophical sulphur and philosophical mercury). The air is represented by the niter, used here in the shape of iron nitrate and copper nitrate. Fire is represented by the oil used for final distillation making it possible to obtain philosophical sulphur.

The protocol in itself is rather complex, which shows me this way like different from the way from Old Masters, even if the alchemical theory behind this work holds the road.

Approximately, here the process such as I know it:

- Preparation of philosophical sulphur:

- It is necessary to destroy realgar with potash so that it is fixed because it is a very volatile body, then we add to the composition, the iron and copper reduced out of salt (nitrate).
- Fermentation will occur with the balneo-maria during 40 days. After that we let slowly dry the preparation with the sun which finally reduces it out of powder.
- We will work this powder with a regulator because the operation will be far too dangerous. It is another natural elements which we will take, called stone oil, oils earth (it is necessary to remain in the mineral kingdom), that we know and use all: colourless petroleum.
- It is necessary to use a retort with the frayed collar so that the exhaust is done with moderation and so that there is inside the balloon a light compression.
- Distillation will be done with soft fires, 30°C to the maximum at the beginning and we will increase maximum heat until 80°C gradually.
- Then will appear a red distillate: it is the blood of Christ, the blood of Graal, one also says that the pelican bores its sides. This work is long and difficult because the temperature should be supervised constantly so that it never exceeds 80°C.
- It is necessary to put aside the red distillate collected; the residues which the retort contains must be washed several times with the first distillate obtained and colourless. We filter this preparation with an ordinary filter to recover all the red dye.
- At the end of the operation we will slowly reduce red liquor to 30°C, by evaporation until a red matter with resinous consistency called philosophical sulphur appears.

- Preparation of philosophical mercury:

- The crushing of these metals must be made very thoroughly, we will work initially with mercury in the bichloride state (6 parts) with antimony (3 parts) and to add tin (1 part), lead (1 part), silver (1 part).
- The work of mercury requires some care because of the harmfulness of the mixture: mask, protective gloves, plus a porcelain retort of which the top is withdrawn at will and to which to the exit a container of passage, provided with an exhaust (vase or retort) is added which will be cooled to condense its distillate of it. The joints must be hermetic.
- We will heat gradually until the appearance of mercury in the container of passage then in the receiver. When all mercury passed, we will heat until 500°C in order to make some disappear the remainder, and we will open the retort: we will find in the high part crystals of silver color. These first crystals which will have to be used thereafter will be taken carefully.
- But, to collect the totality of the crystals, it will be necessary to start again several times the operation to recover the residues inside the retort which one will pulverize with the distillate, mixes to which we will add mercury bichloride (1 part), at each operation.
- Once all the white flowers collected, we will introduce them into a vase with long collar with the distillate.
- For the last operation: we will put the mixture to be evaporated slowly in a sand bath while starting with a temperature of 60°C.
- Each day, we will turn over the vase to avoid thickening and that during 20 days, i.e. until we obtained a limpid water with metal reflections which will shine like the outgoing mercury of the mine: it is the water which does not wet the hands, heavy water, the quick silver of Wise, it is the made flying white metal dragon.

Where this way diverges from what I believed to understand of what you say to us, it is concerning the secret fire which will use to make the conjunction between philosophical sulphur and philosophical mercury. Indeed, Guasco and Percheron use the sea salt made fusible by successive purifications (fusion, dissolution, drying, fusion, dissolution, drying…).
But nothing prevents from using antimony chloride, or better, powder of Algaroth to make the marriage.

What do you think about it?
Is your theory of alchemical work partly related to this work?
Relating to me, I am of the opinion of Solomon Levi relating to the possibility of several alchemical ways giving the Stone.
But there is a more powerful way than the others.
This one does not use physical matters at the base, but directly spirits.
The work of the alchemist being to collect these spirits and to fix them.
This fixing of the spirits gives at the beginning two liquids: a red and a colourless with metal reflections. But there, no metal, no mineral, no urine or dew.
A salt can be used “to attract” these liquids, but it should never come into contact with them.
It is there that I am in disagreement with Fulcanelli when he says that a chemist can manufacture secret fire. It is not manufactured, we collect it, almost as the dew appears. But contrary to the dew, it is a fire-water because it has the aspect of water and burns all alone if a flame is communicated to him.
 

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The first part sounds very strange, were reported any results?

The second is much "better", would you tell something more about this catching?
 

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Hi Green Lion, thank you for that wonderful information. I must say I'm intrigued by this process. :)

I have something in mind that's slightly different than what you posted, but it has the same general idea. I really am sorry I can't say much about it. I have my tongue tied at the moment.
 
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I have something in mind that's slightly different than what you posted, but it has the same general idea. I really am sorry I can't say much about it. I have my tongue tied at the moment.
Hi Aleilius.

If you said that it has the same general idea, it is enough.

Keep your tongue tied if you want. But don't forget : the Great Work is simple, very simple ; the seven metals are the same metal to different degrees of maturity.

And the last thing: do not blindly trust a person who presents himself like an Adept until he has not shown transmutation before our eyes. And even then, it is important to keep a critical mind.

Hi Horticult.

The two parts follow the same logic. It is only the use of the colorless petroleum which can seem incongruous. But it is nothing when we understood well what are the true two protagonists of the alchemical marriage (in the case of the most powerful alchemical path). Indeed, petroleum can be obtained from one of the two liquids of which I spoke at the end of my preceding post. It is thus a product obtained in a natural way, in a way similar to metals and minerals. What calls into question the vision of current science saying that petroleum is the result of an evolution of the animal matter…

Concerning the use of realgar and potash, we are not far from work as completed in the cinnabar path, or some purification practises on arsenic or sulphur in ayurvedic alchemy.

The philosophical sulphur obtained in this manner is a very great medicine, hardly weaker on human being than the completed Philosopher's stone.

The second part of work is a metal sublimation which takes place at relatively low temperature thanks to the presence of mercury and chlorine.

We remain a little in the same logic as the way of animated mercury. The goal being in fact of transferring metal sulphurs from certain metals (in the case of animated mercury) or metal mercuries from certain metals (in the case of the synthesis path) in vulgar mercury. Vulgar mercury has in fact a “photographic” alchemical property, a little like the silver nitrate plates.

We can also establish the link between the metal flowers obtained in this work and the zinc flowers which we can use as primary product of work in an acetates path.
 

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Keep your tongue tied if you want. But don't forgett: the Great Work is simple, very simple ; the seven metals are the same metal to different degrees of maturity.
Quite true. ;)

Aleilius said:
The metals are said to be composed of mercury, sulphur, and salt of differing quantities and varying qualities. The highest evolution of any metal is gold, and all metals wish to become gold. In order for gold to be concocted by nature, the principles present must be of the highest purity, and in proper proportions. Any abnormalities will result in the concoction of one of the lesser metals instead. For instance, the inefficiencies of Adam is due to the lack of body or salt. This is why he does not evolve into perfect gold.
 

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Indeed, petroleum can be obtained from one of the two liquids of which I spoke at the end of my preceding post.
It is thus a product obtained in a natural way, in a way similar to metals and minerals.
What calls into question the vision of current science saying that petroleum is the result of an evolution of the animal matter...

I tend to concur, since from the shamanic perspective, petroleum is regarded as the 'Blood of the Earth' (Petra Oleum - Oil of Rock / Fatness of the Earth).
 

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Hi Andro,

From the first time biogenetic theory of petroleum was presented me at elementary school, I found it clueless. to me it is mostly aimed at persuading us of limitedness of oil to keep its price hig. it seems that some russian scientists too had a different perspective.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenic_petroleum_origin
cheers

(by the way, thanks for reviving this interesting thread that had escaped me)
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