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From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and outdated Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the traditional technological know-how of components and interactions in either the common and the religious geographical regions. Spanning 2,500 years and proficient by means of airtight and Neoplatonist affects, 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 objectives:
- 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 offers transparent entry to 1 of the key roots of Western esoteric idea. topics contain alchemical tactics and techniques, the average 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 each one letter of the alphabet.
Most vital is the writer Jordan Stratford’s designated viewpoint as either a latest Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He additionally brings to endure large wisdom of the intensity psychology of C. G. Jung, who established his key proposal of individuation at the premise that what the traditional alchemists really sought was once internal transformation.
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A Dictionary of Western Alchemy by Jordan Stratford,Jeffrey S Kupperman