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The complete idiot's guide to alchemy

Author: Dennis William Hauck
Publisher: New York : Alpha Books, ©2008.
Series: Complete idiot's guide to.
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Where else can one combine chemistry and philosophy to turn base metal into gold while discovering a magical elixir to prolong life? Here's a simple and straightforward guide to alchemy that explains its basic principles. Written by one of the world's few practicing alchemists, it's a concise reference guide that provides easy-to-follow information so that anybody can be a wizard-in-training.
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Hauck, Dennis William.
Complete idiot's guide to alchemy.
New York : Alpha Books, ©2008
(DLC) 2007939745
(OCoLC)176917711
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis William Hauck
ISBN: 9781436230834 1436230837 9781440636127 1440636125
OCLC Number: 773693691
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 311 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction to alchemy --
1. Your apprenticeship in alchemy --
Why study alchemy? --
The kinds of alchemy --
Spiritual alchemy --
Psychological alchemy --
Artistic alchemy --
Social alchemy --
Practical alchemy --
Therapeutic alchemy --
The perennial philosophy --
Becoming an alchemist --
2. The first alchemists --
Lost gems of knowledge --
The Gods of alchemy --
Thoth : the father of alchemy --
The pillars of Hermes --
The Emerald Tablet --
The treasures of Alexander --
The fate of the Emerald Tablet --
The legend of Thoth/Hermes --
The staff of Hermes --
Hermetic philosophy --
3. The land of Khem --
Secrets of priests and craftsmen --
Alexandria : center of ancient alchemy --
Greek philosophy and alchemy --
The concept of transmutation --
Destruction of the Alexandrian texts --
The Growth of alchemy in Asia --
How the Arabs saved alchemy --
Arabian alchemy --
The gibberish of Jabir --
4. Medieval alchemy and the quest for gold --
The beginning of European alchemy --
The wizardry of Roger Bacon --
Alchemy and the Church --
Medieval and Renaissance alchemy --
Nicolas Flamel's powder of projection --
Isaac Newton and the Black Dragon --
The puffers --
The rise of chemistry. pt. 2. The principles of alchemy --
5. The secret of alchemists --
The language of the birds --
The birds of alchemy --
Animal symbolism in alchemy --
The lions of alchemy --
The dragons of alchemy --
Silent secrets of the rose --
Ciphers of the alchemists --
Ciphers for the Elements --
Ciphers for the three essentials --
6. The elusive First Matter --
What is the First Matter? --
Properties of the First Matter --
The First Matter is eternal --
The First Matter is everywhere to be found --
The First Matter is cyclic --
The First Matter contains all the Elements --
The First Matter is the source of the Philosopher's Stone --
Working with the First Matter --
7. The Four Elements --
The concept of the Elements --
The four humors --
Balancing the Elements --
The Quintessence --
Philosophers of fire --
Elementary Fire --
Celestial Fire --
Central Fire --
Secret Fire --
8. The Three Essentials --
Three children of the First Matter --
The Two Contraries --
Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt --
The dance of Sulfur and Mercury --
The Three Essentials in people --
The Three Treasures of Taoist alchemy --
9. The Philosopher's Stone --
The magical touchstone --
What the Philosopher's Stone looked like --
Preparation of the Philosopher's Stone --
The mysterious Dr. Dee --
The Hieroglyphic Monad --
The cipher of the Stone --
The lost key to the Monad. pt. 3. The operations of alchemy --
10. The Ladder of the Plants --
Correspondences of the Planets --
The dark powers of Saturn --
The exuberant powers of Jupiter --
The masculine powers of Mars --
The feminine powers of Venus --
The transformative powers of Mercury --
The soulful powers of the Moon --
The spiritual powers of the Sun --
The Music of the Spheres --
11. The Black Phase --
The blackening --
The calcination process --
Personal calcination --
The process of dissolution --
Personal dissolution --
12. The White Phase --
The whitening --
The separation process --
Personal separation --
The conjunction process --
Personal conjunction --
13. The Red Phase --
The Peacock's Tail --
The reddening --
The fermentation process --
Personal fermentation --
The distillation process --
Personal distillation --
The coagulation process --
Personal coagulation. pt. 4. Practical alchemy --
14. Inside an alchemist's laboratory --
A tour of a medieval laboratory --
The athanor --
Alchemical glassware --
The chemicals used by alchemists --
Vitriol --
Natron --
Liquor hepatic --
Pulvis solaris --
Hidden energies in the lab --
The oratorium --
Alchemists and chemists --
Women in alchemy --
15. The spagyric process --
The doctrine of signatures --
Types of medicines --
Allopathic medicine --
Homeopathic medicine --
Spagyric medicine --
The planetary signatures --
The star in plants --
The Three Essentials in plants --
Planetary influences in spagyrics --
Planetary hours --
Paracelsus the Great --
16. The kitchen alchemist --
Setting up your kitchen lab --
Making alchemical compounds --
Making tinctures --
Making elixirs --
17. Working with the planetary metals --
Saturn's metal : lead --
Lead and silver --
Saturn signatures in lead --
Lead poisoning --
The hidden promise of lead --
Jupiter's metal : tin --
Jupiter signatures in tin --
The tin plague --
Mars's metal : iron --
Iron's love for carbon --
Mars signatures in iron --
Venus's metal : copper --
Venus signatures in copper --
The love affairs of copper --
Mercury's metal : quicksilver --
Mercury signatures in quicksilver --
The dual nature of Mercury --
The Moon's metal : silver --
Lunar signatures in silver --
The Moon's influence over silver --
The Sun's metal : gold --
Solar signatures in gold --
The Sun's influence over gold. pt. 5. Spiritual alchemy --
18. Mental alchemy --
The salted personality --
The First Matter in people --
The four Elements in people --
The planets in people --
Jung and alchemy --
The black phase of mental alchemy --
The white phase of mental alchemy --
The red phase of mental alchemy --
19. Alchemy of the soul --
The dragons of spiritual alchemy --
The true imagination --
Alchemical meditation --
The Azoth of the philosophers --
The operations of the Azoth --
The ray of Saturn --
The ray of Jupiter --
The ray of Mars --
The ray of the Sun --
The ray of Venus --
The ray of Mercury --
The ray of the Moon --
20. The sacred marriage --
The sacred marriage in you --
The inner marriage --
Birth of the Philosopher's Stone --
The sacred marriage in Christian alchemy --
The three marriages in alchemy --
The sacred marriage in psychology. pt. 6. Modern alchemy --
21. Alchemy and medicine --
The life force --
Paracelsian medicine --
Healing with the metals --
Healing with lead --
Healing with tin --
Healing with iron --
Healing with copper --
Healing with mercury --
Healing with silver --
Healing with gold --
22. Social alchemy --
The alchemy of relationships --
Calcination in relationships --
Dissolution in relationships --
Fermentation in relationships --
Distillation in relationships --
Coagulation in relationships --
The relationship laboratory --
Alchemy in the workplace --
Calcination in the workplace --
Dissolution in the workplace --
Separation in the workplace --
Conjunction in the workplace --
Fermentation in the workplace --
Distillation in the workplace --
Coagulation in the workplace --
Transforming the workplace --
Wealth : the First Matter in society --
23. The science of magic --
The science of the future --
The mystical nature of light --
Early theories of light --
The alchemical rebis --
Quantum alchemy --
Twentieth-century alchemists of science --
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) --
Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) --
Barbara McLintock (1902-1992) --
David Bohm (1917-1992) --
Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) --
The Philosopher's Stone of physics --
The projection of consciousness --
The alchemy of evolution --
Appendixes --
A. Resources --
B. Glossary --
Index.
Series Title: Complete idiot's guide to.
Other Titles: Alchemy
Responsibility: by Dennis William Hauck.

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Where else can one combine chemistry and philosophy to turn base metal into gold while discovering a magical elixir to prolong life? Here's a simple and straightforward guide to alchemy that explains its basic principles. Written by one of the world's few practicing alchemists, it's a concise reference guide that provides easy-to-follow information so that anybody can be a wizard-in-training.

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