Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Feb 16, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
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A comprehensive alchemical guide to plant extractions and their health benefits

• Shows how spagyric methods “open” medicinal plants completely to release powerful healing properties

• Provides a history and philosophy of spagyrics that reveal why Western medicine fails to recognize the full benefit to health offered by plants

• Connects spagyrics to classical alchemical, hermetic, and ayurvedic traditions

The practice of spagyrics is the application of ancient alchemical working methods to the preparation of tinctures, essences, and other products from medicinal plants. While ordinary tinctures and infusions use only a part of the great curative potential of plants, spagyric methods “open” medicinal plants completely to reveal their more powerful healing properties. Drawing on the rich imagery and symbolism of ancient source materials, Manfred M. Junius describes these methods in great detail, showing readers how to prepare plant remedies alchemically for their own use as well as imparting a knowledge of the ideological world in which alchemistic and hermetic thought flowered. Spagyrics includes the Plant Magistery of Paracelsus and the Life Elixir recipe of Andreas Libavius among its historic techniques as well as a wealth of scientific information that demonstrates the greater efficacy of alchemical methods of plant essence extraction. This classic source text preserves the nearly forgotten but highly valuable methods of this true hermetic art for preparing natural remedies.
 

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Contents

SPAGYRIA AND SPAGYRICS
1
ADVICE OF BASILIUS VALENTINUS
22
THE THREE PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLES AND THE ELEMENTS
29
MERCURY SULFUR AND SALT IN THE PLANT WORLD
53
THE EXTRACTION OF THE THREE PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLES FROM PLANTS
59
The Extraction of the Essential Oils That Is of the Volatile Sulfur
60
Mercury
68
Fixed Sulfur and Its Salt
85
CIRCULATION
155
THE PLANT MAGISTERY OF PARACELSUS
159
THE CIRCULATUM MINUS OF URBIGERUS
163
ELIXIRCLYSSUS VEGETABLE STONE
181
The Opus Vegetabile of M Johannes Isaac Hollandus
190
Tractatus de Quinta Essentia Vini
219
ALCHEMICAL SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
234
OLD WEIGHTS
247

Salt
91
THE STARS
94
Stars and Medicinal Plants
99
Days Hours and Rhythms of the Planets
120
The Exact Horoscope as the Basis for the Works
129
PREPARATION OF SPAGYRIC TINCTURES AND ESSENCES
135
HOW CAN WE HEAL?
248
NOTES
253
BIBLIOGRAPHY
261
SPAGYRIC RESOURCES
266
INDEX
268
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About the author (2007)

Professor Manfred M. Junius (1929-2004) served as the production manager for spagyrics for Australerba Laboratories and was head of the Australian School of Ayurveda in Adelaide, Australia. His Western alchemical knowledge was obtained through many years of personal instruction from Augusto Pincaldi in Switzerland.

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