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  • Cabalistic Language, for chemical alchemists a cryptic symbolical code based on phonetic resemblances;
  • Caduceus, varied meanings: Solve et Coagula, Mercurius Philosophorum, Mercurius Duplicatus, Spirit and Soul, Sun and Moon;
  • Calces, latin for Calx;
  • Calcination, varied meanings: reducing of matter into chemical salts, reducing in calx and powder, fixation of volatile;
  • Calcinatorium, the container in which Calcination is being performed;
  • Calcine, chemically reduce, oxidize, or desiccate by roasting or strong heat. Alchemically Secret Fire is also considered a terrifying fire to cook or calcine;
  • Calidum Nativum, latin for native warmth, see Spirit of Life;
  • Calx, a powdery metallic oxide formed when an ore or mineral has been heated, some argue they are chemical cinders, others fixation of Mercurius or Mercurius Philosophorum, calx, calcis in latin means also culmination, finish;
  • Candle, Philosophical, according to Raimondo di Sangro a mass of soft butter texture, out of fixation of Mercurius Philosophorum, that can be lighted on with an eternal flame;
  • Caput Corvi, Putrefaction in Main Work to be cut off;
  • Caput Mortuum, some argue chemical salts before the first Putrefaction in the preparatory work, other solid feces after a distillation;
  • Carbuncle, Red, Mercurius Philosophorum rectified with spirit of wine until the red powder remains, then put it in a phial in athanor;
  • Cave, some argue it is Primitive Mercurius others Vase, others a real cave;
  • Celestial Body, Secret Fire/Mercurius extracted from the body;
  • Celestial Conditions, see External Influences;
  • Celestial Earth, see celestial Body;
  • Cellar, take me to the, in humid path to cause crystals to congeal;
  • Cementation, reducing a metal in wastes;
  • Centaur, the vessel in which fixed and volatile are fighting;
  • Center, Hidden: secret fire when extracted from the raw matter;
  • Chaos, varied meanings: Primitive Mercurius, Mercurius, Mercurius Philosophorum;
  • Chain, the entire series of operations linked to each other that bind the magisterium ;
  • Chalybs, according to Philalethes Male Mercurius Philosophorum;
  • Chicken, Mercurius Philosophorum came out of several metamorphosis and ready to give birth to Vase or Egg;
  • Child, some argue Sulphur, others all coming out of a new metamorphosis (colors rotation);
  • Children, multiple metamorphosis Mercurius Philosophorum performs inside vessel, see also Multiplication;
  • Chnoumis, egyptian cock-headed serpent, or lion-headed or dragon-headed, the fluid serpent-Mercurius made fixed, Mercurius Philosophorum;
  • Circulatum Maius, Mercurius Philosophorum from mineral reign;
  • Circulatum Minus, Mercurius Philosophorum from vegetal reign
  • Crab, the difficulty in handle the volatility of Mercurius;
  • Chrysopeia, greek for “the art of making gold”;
    Cinders, balneum of, a type of heat;
  • Circle, varied meanings: volatilization of a substance, circulation inside a vessel, Ouroboros, Mercurius Philosophorum, Mercurius Duplicatus, Philosophical Egg;
  • Circle-Squaring, fixation of volatile;
  • Circulation, operation of fixing the flying spirits and evaporating the fixed salts in Circulatorium, See also Solution;
  • Circulatorium, appropriate closed vessels in which Circulation is performed;
  • Circulation, Pelican;
  • Circulatum, product of a Circulation, Maius involving minerals are involved, Minus involving plants;
  • Citrinus, latin for yellowish-lemon color in roman age and yellowish-orange color in renaissance period;
  • Clouds, Sublimation;
  • Coagulation, is to make soft and liquid bodies hard and solid;
  • Cock, perfect red Sulphur;
  • Cock Spur, see Rod;
  • Cohobation, is reiterated distillation of the same thing by pouring again the distilled liquor on the matter that remains in the bottom of distillation vessel;
  • Coitus, the Phase antecedent to conception, simple Mercurius Duplicatus Union;
  • Colomba Dianae, latin for Diana’s Dove, the first appearing of Mercurius after the  first Putrefaction;
  • Color Rotation, metamorphosis and transmutations from black to red in Main Work;
  • Column, a single column alludes to the union of the two primordial columns of Solve et Coagula and consequently to the element Earth, embodiment, also a symbol of Tradition. Masons use this symbol as a representation of the broken column of the Temple of Solomon (and, therefore, Hiram’s death), in some tarocchi packs – namely the arcane called “la Forza”, where the lion is replaced with broken pillar. In Christianism that pillar actually symbolizes the broken pedestal of a “pagan god” overthrown by Christian faith;;
  • Column half buried, see column, element earth;
  • Compasses, pair of: some argue external influences other weights and proportions. If drawing a circle see Circle;
  • Conception, putrefaction in Main Work;
  • Cone, Mould;
  • Congealment, see Calcination;
  • Conjuction, see Coitus, see Putrefaction;
  • Cooling, Calcination, Fixation;
  • Copper, varied meanings: chemical element, Solve in Main Work, Venus;
  • Coral, Red or White Sulphur;
    Cornucopia, the abundance horn belonging to goat Amalthea in the grey phase;
  • Corporification, a new body for Mercurius and Sulphur, Spirit and Soul, see Embodiment;
  • Corpus, latin for Body;
  • Corpus Sideribus, in latin ” glinting body of stars”, Soul;
  • Cosmos, solar system region according to pythagoreans;
  • Cosmic Light, Mercurius Sideribus;
  • Counter Natural Fire, Dissolving Mercurius;
  • Counter Nature, Destructive Action of Mercurius;
  • Crab, volatility of Mercurius;
  • Crachat de la Lune, See Spit of the Moon (better Saliva of the Moon);
  • Cream of Tartar, Some argue being chemical cream of tartar others Mercurius Philosophorum;
  • Crescent Moon, some argue being the lunar phase others Mercurius out of Black;
  • Chrysalis, Primitive Mercurius
  • Crystal Dome, Philosophical Egg, Vase;
  • Crystallization, is reducing nitre, salts, vitriols, and others which are first dissolved, into crystals;
  • Crocum Ferri, product out of iron calcination, rust;
  • Cross, some argue it is Fixation others sublimating
  • Crow, or Raven, see Black, Putrefaction, a volatile phase;
  • Crown, some argue it is Mercurius appearing in vessel others the sign of Adepts;
  • Crucifixion, fixation, especially the ultimate fixation of Perfect Red;
  • Cupellation, assaying or refinement (of a metal) in such a container, separation between two or more metals in liquid state — (it) all relies on the different affinity to O2 which transforms the most reactive ones into oxides. The most used cupellation example is that of separation between silver and argentiferous lead;
  • Cupeled Moon, cupelled metallic silver;

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