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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From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and outdated Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of parts and interactions in either the typical and the non secular geographical regions. Spanning 2,500 years and expert by means of airtight and Neoplatonist impacts, 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 goals:

  • 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 idea. topics contain alchemical methods and methods, 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 1/2 the over 400 entries, and a desirable representation from the lengthy culture of alchemical paintings introduces each one letter of the alphabet.

Most very important is the writer Jordan Stratford’s special standpoint as either a contemporary Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to endure broad wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who established his key inspiration of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought was once internal transformation.

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