By Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman
From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and previous Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technology of parts and interactions in either the traditional and the non secular nation-states. Spanning 2,500 years and proficient through airtight and Neoplatonist affects, 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 goals:
- the transmutation of base metals into gold by way of 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 presents transparent entry to 1 of the main roots of Western esoteric idea. topics contain alchemical tactics and approaches, the normal parts and equipment used, significant practitioners and philosophers, and ideas and ideology. Distinguishing this advisor from comparable 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 artwork introduces each one letter of the alphabet.
Most very important is the writer Jordan Stratford’s precise point of view as either a contemporary Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to endure huge wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who dependent his key notion of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists really sought used to be internal transformation.
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A Dictionary of Western Alchemy by Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman