Secrets of Alchemists’ 600-Year-Old Textbook Hidden in Strange Stains and Grime

The half-magic, half-science practice of Alchemy is still shrouded in mystery. Far from merely an obsessive quest to transmute lead in gold, alchemy was an old and complex school of study that laid much of the foundation for the modern fields of chemistry and medicine. In 2014, the Science History Institute (then called the Chemical Heritage Foundation) acquired an extensive collection of alchemical tomes from a private collector, including a 600-year-old leather-bound book titled (in quintessential medieval wizard style) Recipes and […] Read More

Spiritual Alchemy – Casting Light on a Secret Science

Spiritual alchemy is closely linked to secret knowledge and many who have attained this level of wisdom later decided to withdraw from it as they found they were not ready to receive it. The purpose of spiritual alchemy is attaining an ancient state which allows access to answers to the following questions: “Who are we?” “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we heading?” Many say the Kabala describes the road and the destination, but alchemy describes the […] Read More

Close Encounters of the Alchemical Kind

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” ˜Mademoiselle Rose Bertin, French milliner and dressmaker to Marie Antoinette UFOlogy is a senile discipline. By this I’m not referring to its age, or how after more than 60 years it hasn’t seemingly come any closer into solving the enigma which spawned its existence. What I mean is that UFOlogy as a field has the terrible tendency of narrow-sightedness, and of forgetting the valuable lessons from the past. Some of […] Read More

Alchemy and Immortality – The Tale of Nicolas Flammel and the Lapis Philosophorum

For mankind, immortality has always been a remarkably fascinating idea. Throughout time, the quest to eliminate death in order to achieve indefinite life in the physical body has taken various forms. One of the most well-known of such attempts was alchemy. The main goal of alchemy was to produce the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with the property of turning common metal into gold with a high level of purity and a substance which could help […] Read More

Palingenesis – The Secret Science of Rebirth and Reconstruction of Life

Legend and history speak of numerous sacred relics with fabulous properties that have not yet been discovered. There is a long list of such artifacts and relics which includes the spear of Longinus, the sword of Nuada, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail and many more. The Loculus is also counted among these relics and it is said to contain the blood of Christ. Speculations say that it might contain the nails used during the crucifixion, smeared with […] Read More

The Dual Search for the Philosophers’ Stone

Richard Smoley, New Dawn To say what the Philosophers’ Stone – the great goal of alchemy – is, one has to know. And to know, one must have attained it. I cannot claim to have done this, so what follows must be speculation. The mystery grows deeper the closer one attempts to look. Even to say what alchemy itself is proves difficult. Of course, everyone knows what alchemy is – or thinks he knows: it is an outmoded form of science in […] Read More

Alchemy and the Men in Black

The dark night of Saturday, September 11, 1976 was the decidedly ill-fated evening upon which the Orchard Beach, Maine, USA home of a certain Dr. Herbert Hopkins was darkened by a nightmarish MIB. Vampire-like scarcely begins to describe the terrible thing that descended on Hopkins’ home. When Hopkins opened the front door, he was confronted by a pale-faced, skinny, ghoul; one that was dressed in black, had dark and hostility-filled eyes, and sported the de rigueur Fedora hat. The MIB […] Read More

1702: Marsilio Ficino on the alchemical art

Item 7 from Ms. Sloane 3638. Transcribed by Justin von Budjoss. This text is a translation of a Latin text, Marsilius Ficinus, ‘Liber de Arte Chemica’, which was printed in the Theatrum Chemicum, Vol 2, Geneva, 1702, p172-183. It is not entirely certain if this text was actually written by Ficino, or was later ascribed to him. “An unknown concerning the Chymicall Art. But Lucerna Salis affirms him to be Marcilius Ficinus, an Italian of the Dukedome of Florence or Tuscany, […] Read More

1927: An Artificial Synthesis Of Gold?

You Be The Judge The select processes presented here, presumably appertaining to research and development of Jollivet Castelot, are facsimiles of photocopied excerpts once written out longhand by W.L.V…these are taken from a 20th century French text, concerning Castelot, translated to English. This research is in character, considered to be worthy of publishing for the conceivable, intrinsic value. Inasmuch as it is not the goal of alchemists to lust vicariously after texts extolling transmutations to make gold, nevertheless, these […] Read More

153 Chymical Aphorisms

  These 153 alchemical aphorisms were published, together with the 157 alchemical canons, in Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont, One hundred fifty three chymical aphorisms. Briefly containing whatsoever belongs to the chymical science. Done by the labour and study of Eremita Suburbanus. Printed in Latin at Amsterdam, Octob. 1687. To which are added, some other phylosophick canons or rules pertaining to the Hermetick science. Made English and published for the sake of the sedulous labourers in true chymistry… by Chr. […] Read More

Alchemy in Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah

Edited and prepared by Prof. Hamed A. Ead, Cairo University, Giza (During the DAAD fellowship hosted by Heidelberg University, July-October 1998)   Abd al-Rahman Ibn Mohammad Ibn Khaldun was born in Tunis in 732 A.H. (1332 C.E.) to an upper class family that had migrated from Seville in Muslim Spain. His ancestors were Yemenite Arabs who settled in Spain in the very beginning of Muslim rule in the eighth century, but after the fall of Seville, had migrated to Tunisia. […] Read More

1988: Has The Philosopher’s Stone Been Found?

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND MODERN ALCHEMY Has The Philosopher’s Stone Been Found? In March of 1988, David Hudson filed U.S. and worldwide patents on eleven orbitally rearranged monatomic elements, ORMES, which he discovered in a form not previously recognized. This is a totally new form of matter, the confirmation of which will be presented by Mr. Hudson with scientific references and data compiled by some of the most acclaimed research laboratories in the world. David Hudson is a fourth generation Arizona […] Read More

Emerald Tablet of Hermes

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes History of the Tablet History of the Tablet (largely summarised from Needham 1980, & Holmyard 1957) The Tablet probably first appeared in the West in editions of the psuedo-Aristotlean Secretum Secretorum which was actually a translation of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar, a book of advice to kings which was translated into latin by Johannes Hispalensis c. 1140 and by Philip of Tripoli c.1243. Other translations of the Tablet may have been made during the […] Read More