Alchemy

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Weiser Books, May 20, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 127 pages
Cotnoir offers a detailed, step-by-step introduction to Alchemy that explores its mysteries while illustrating its use as a modern spiritual system of attainment. He provides an overview of the history of Alchemy, as well as evidence to detractors that Alchemy is much more than a medieval form of psychotherapy. He also includes practical laboratory experiments that safely, and intelligently, lead readers to an understanding of this ancient art and spiritual practice.
 

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its a great book if you want to learn stuff about alchemy from the theories to the tools required to make all sorts I love the book because I have been wanting to bring back this art not in chemistry but as a separate art.

Contents

The Aspects of Alchemy
24
Cosmology
36
Time
41
Microcosm The Body and its Composition
48
Inner Practice
51
Tabula Smaragdina
55
The Basics of Alchemy
60
The Preparatory Work
67
The Herbal Work
78
Plants as Medicines and Initiatory Substances
91
The Mineral Work
93
The Aurum Potabile
98
Opus Magnum
100
A Parting Contemplation
102
Technique and Equipment
105
Plants and Planets
112

The Art of Distillation
70
The Purification of Salts Calcination Crystallization and Sublimation
74
Further Work with Water and Alcohol
76
Bibliography
120
Notes to the Text
124
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About the author (2006)

Brian Cotnoir is a dedicated Alchemist who has been working in the field for over thirty years. He has contributed several articles to Parachemy: Journal of Hermetic Arts and Sciences, the alchemical laboratory bulletin of Frater Albertus. He is currently hard at work on completing his magnum opus, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy is his first fulllength book.

James Wasserman is a lifelong student of esotericism. His writings include The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art, and Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary. His Chronicle Books edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day features the fullcolor Papyrus of Ani with integrated English translation. The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven has thus far been published in six languages. His controversial The Slaves Shall Serve: Meditations on Liberty defines political freedom as a spiritual value. His newest book is An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar. He is currently editing a series on Western occultism known as The Weiser Concise Guides. You can find him online at www.studio31.com. He lives in New York City with his wife Nancy.

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