By E. J. Holmyard
Alchemy is believed to have originated over 2000 years in the past in Hellenic Egypt, the results of 3 converging streams: Greek philosophy, Egyptian expertise and the mysticism of heart jap religions. Its heyday was once from approximately 800 A.D. to the center of the 17th century, and its practitioners ranged from kings, popes, and emperors to minor clergy, parish clerks, smiths, dyers, and tinkers. Even such finished males as Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Sir Thomas Browne and Isaac Newton got interested in alchemical matters.
In its look for the "Philosopher's Stone" that might transmute base metals into silver and gold, alchemy took on many philosophical, non secular and mystical overtones. those and plenty of different aspects of alchemy are explored with huge, immense perception and erudition during this vintage paintings. E. J. Holmyard, a famous student within the box, starts off with the alchemists of historic Greece and China and is going directly to talk about alchemical gear, Islamic and early Western alchemy; symptoms, symbols, and mystery phrases; Paracelsus; English, Scottish and French alchemists; Helvetius, rate, and Semler, and masses more.
Ranging over millennia of alchemical heritage, Mr. Holmyard exhibits how, like astrology and witchcraft, alchemy was once a vital part of the pre-scientific ethical order, arousing the cupidity of princes, the blind worry of mobs and the highbrow interest of discovered males. ultimately, even if, with the arrival and ascension of the clinical approach, the hopes and ideas of the alchemists pale to the prestige of "pseudo-science." That transformation, in addition to alchemy's indisputable function as a precursor of recent chemistry, are brilliantly illuminated during this publication. scholars of alchemy, chemistry, the historical past of technology, and the occult, plus somebody attracted to the foundation and evolution of 1 of mankind's so much enduring and influential myths, should want to have a replica of this masterly research.
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Thus, two things which resemble one another and the word which signifies their resemblance make three. The triad is the universal dogma. In Magic – principle, realization, adaptation; in alchemy – azoth, incorporation, transmutation; in theology – God, incarnation, redemption; in the human soul – thought, love and action; in the family – father, mother and child. The triad is the end and supreme expression of love; we seek one another as two only to become three. There are three intelligible worlds which correspond one with another by hierarchic analogy; the natural or physical, the spiritual or metaphysical, and the divine or religious worlds.
All created beings communicate with one another by signs, and all adhere to a certain number of truths expressed by determinate forms. The perfection of forms increases in proportion to the emancipation of spirits, and those that are not overweighted by the chains of matter, recognize by intuition out of hand whether a sign is the expression of a real power or of a precipitate will. The intelligence of the wise man therefore gives value to his pantacle, as science gives weight to his will, and spirits comprehend this power immediately.
Arise! ” (Faust, Part i. sc. ) On 24 July in the year 1854, the author of this book, Eliphas Levi, made an 28 The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic experiment of evocation with the Pentagram, after due preparation according to all the Ceremonies indicated in the thirteenth chapter of the “Ritual”. The success of this experiment, details of which, as regards its principles, will be found in the corresponding chapter of the present doctrinal part, establishes a new pathological fact, which men of true science will admit without difficulty.
Alchemy (Dover Books on Engineering) by E. J. Holmyard