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From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and outdated Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of parts and interactions in either the typical and the religious nation-states. Spanning 2,500 years and educated through airtight and Neoplatonist impacts, it's been practiced within the classical Greco-Roman international, medieval Europe and the medieval heart East and Orient, and as much as the current in esoteric circles. Alchemists have 3 major goals:
- the transmutation of base metals into gold through the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
- the concoction of the Elixir of existence, a common medicine;
- the reconciliation among spirit and topic and direct wisdom of the Divine
This concise dictionary of alchemy offers transparent entry to 1 of the main roots of Western esoteric proposal. matters contain alchemical approaches and tactics, the traditional parts and equipment used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this advisor from related 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 artwork introduces every one letter of the alphabet.
Most very important is the writer Jordan Stratford’s distinct standpoint 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 really sought was once internal transformation.
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