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From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and outdated Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of parts and interactions in either the normal and the religious nation-states. Spanning 2,500 years and proficient by way of airtight and Neoplatonist impacts, it's been practiced within the classical Greco-Roman global, medieval Europe and the medieval heart East and Orient, and as much as the current in esoteric circles. Alchemists have 3 major ambitions:
- the transmutation of base metals into gold via the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher's Stone;
- the concoction of the Elixir of lifestyles, a common medicine;
- the reconciliation among spirit and subject and direct wisdom of the Divine
This concise dictionary of alchemy offers transparent entry to at least one of the main roots of Western esoteric suggestion. matters contain alchemical procedures and strategies, the normal parts and gear 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 half the over 400 entries, and a desirable representation from the lengthy culture of alchemical paintings introduces each one letter of the alphabet.
Most vital is the writer Jordan Stratford’s distinctive point of view as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to undergo broad wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who dependent his key idea of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists actually sought was once internal transformation.
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A Dictionary of Western Alchemy by Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman