Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell

By Neil Powell

The traditional technological know-how of alcemy.

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Right: Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been claimed that the Gothic cathedrals in France were secret textbooks of hidden wisdom; using complicated linguistic arguments, Fulcanelli declared that the secrets were those of alchemy, awaiting a student capable of understanding them. 50 Right: a bas relief from the Porch of the Virgin Mother, Amiens Cathedral, interpreted by Fulcanelli as an adept contemplating the stream of celestial dew. " speak, but Perrenelle drew him quickly on, and they were almost at once lost in the crowd.

23). In the multilayered fashion which was typical of alchemical writing and thought, these four symbols were also used to stand for the four evangelists. This connected the Aristotelian concepts into the fabric of the medieval Christian theology, and provided yet another set of symbols for alchemists to use in their half-veiled explanations of the processes and materials they experimented with hi their quest. Earth through the action of coldness; and Earth can become Fire through the action of dryness.

Agrippa believed that they were also particularly imbued with the spirit from that star. He strongly advocated charms of all kinds, which could be "worn on the body bound to any part of it or hung round the neck, changing sickness into health or health into sickness. . " It was only a short step from this belief to the belief that it was possible to extract this spirit from the metal that was under a particular star, and project it upon another metal—if possible, under the influence of that same star.

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