By Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman
From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and previous Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of components and interactions in either the typical and the religious geographical regions. Spanning 2,500 years and proficient via airtight and Neoplatonist impacts, it's been practiced within the classical Greco-Roman global, 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 through the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
- the concoction of the Elixir of existence, a common medicine;
- the reconciliation among spirit and subject and direct wisdom of the Divine
This concise dictionary of alchemy presents transparent entry to at least one of the most important roots of Western esoteric suggestion. matters comprise alchemical approaches and tactics, the normal parts and gear used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this consultant 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 artwork introduces every one letter of the alphabet.
Most very important is the writer Jordan Stratford’s designated point of view as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to undergo large wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who established his key idea of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought was once internal transformation.
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