Can we condense the Spiritus Mundi from the sun inside a container?
Some alchemists claim to be able to condense the Spiritus Mundi from the sun inside a glass container. From my experience, in both closed and open containers, the gathered matter cannot, in any case, be Spiritus Mundi from the sun, but the surrounding air particles which, struck by solar radiations, get oxidized or ionized. Nothing prevents to use of these matters, which, being highly magnetized, surely tend to release the Spiritus Mundi from inside. The problem is the tiny amount of gathered salt, or liquid, which is likely to be very insignificant in comparison to the amount we need to deal with dissolutions, duplications, washings, nourishments, and multiplications during the subsequent works.
Can the above operation be compared to magnetization instead?
Yes, in fact, we will see later how this supposed collection, or pure condensation, of spiritus mundi directly from the sun, may like an extreme magnetization instead, to some extent similar to the process the raw material is submitted to in preparatory works.
Is there any difference between Spiritus Mundi, Secret Fire, and Sunlight?
Although alchemical light is not the light object of Einstein’s Nobel prize, nevertheless it is not totally foreign to it. Maybe the two lights do share some physics aspects, and even share corpuscles and waves (theory of Secret Fire as electrons). But there is also a theory affirming that the alchemical light and the light subject to physics laws don’t even love each other, and operate just in absence of each other, even though the sun and stars are known as huge sources of alchemical light. The alchemical Spiritus Mundi is said to prefer the nocturnal dark to descend to the earth, by means of the Moon. If we can say to be rather accustomed to the physics light laws ( I mean for the current state of the science), very little is known about alchemical light, which is both evident and obscure. It can be visible to our eyes ( or better, detectable to our brain) when the first Mercurius, in certain paths, shines into the vessel, and even in a spectacular way when metallic gold is involved.
Is it true that Spiritus Mundi has much more in common with ordinary fire than sunlight, and consequently may be attracted by ordinary fire?
Yes, in a certain sense. In fact, not only alchemical works should be performed during the day hours the common fire is easier to be lighted on ( roughly from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m), but someone additionally recommends to light on fires in order to catch spiritus mundi from the atmosphere. Some alchemists also state that spiritus mundi has a “ plasmatic“ texture. So, as the sun may help to light on common fire, consequently, it is said to condense spiritus mundi.
So, can we extract and/or condense the Spiritus Mundi directly from the sun?
In the light of what was said above, I have been taught we can extract and/or condense it only from the earth. As the Spiritus Mundi from the sun is mostly attracted by the terrestrial magnet. Matters like dew, rainwater, or nostoc must be considered terrestrial.
Can we condense the Spiritus Mundi through a salt exposition?
Yes, this occurs after the previous extreme de-humidification of peculiar saline substances (for instance undergoing long calcination at a crucible or furnace), which then, upon contact with moist air, will tend to receive once again water molecules from the atmosphere. Not only do the salts act chemically as if they were a sponge, but also surely attract the Spiritus Mundi way better than a non-mineral water attractor, having a “philosophical” magnet in them.
Can we condense the Spiritus Mundi through a photochemical reaction?
This school of thinking tries to “catch” photons, and with photons the Spiritus Mundi/Secret Fire from the Sunlight. This involves the effects of light upon certain substances on which Sunbeams act with a decomposing power. What they get is a tiny amount of highly ionized powders or liquids. Although these substances can affect metals, strictly speaking, they are not pure Spiritus Mundi, but still magnetized raw matters. The main drawback of these practices is the negligible amount of salts obtained. Similar techniques of salts dissociation, and in similar conditions, appear to be at the base of electric energy production.
Can we extract the Spiritus Mundi through the solar electrical potential?
Solar beams do heat. And the lack of them chills out the heated matter. And the difference between the pick temperatures may create an electrical potential. This is the foundation of many plants for electricity production all over the world. This could be a model for the alchemical Solve et Coagula as well, in fact in this way the Spiritus Mundi comes from the potential to act. And the matter can be increasingly magnetized, as happens during solar exposition in preparatory works. Sunlight can also decompose salts, and also in that case I think we can talk of electrical potential. And what we generally obtain is an “electrically” ionized substance. Another intriguing electricity feature will be presented further on.
What about the claim to extract and/or condense the Spiritus Mundi through an aerial apparatus?
A theory that the Spiritus Mundi from the sun could be extracted and/or condensed through aerial apparatuses, such as towers, has been put forward. In fact, many apparently useless towers were built in medieval times in Europe and there is a suggestion that the Kuphu pyramid’s chamber of the king is the upper part of a huge hidden granite tower. I have already said about the impossibility to extract and condense Spiritus Mundi directly from the sun. Anyway, an aerial stone apparatus could be defined as a piece of matter, and we know matter always has an inner magnet for the celestial Spiritus Mundi; however, it remains to discover this magnet’s core. Further, there is no evidence those aerial apparatuses had been built to specifically attract the Spiritus Mundi from the sun, as stars may be involved instead.
What about the solar optical lenses we can see in alchemical literature?
They look like an optical lens set to refract and/or magnify the visible solar range, and the sunlight, so as to heat, oxidize or ionize. In fact, the matters under their action appear to be heated, oxidized, or ionized. In this way, the matter can undergo a major magnetization due to thermic, ionizing, or oxidizing effects, as the matter subjected to this treatment tends to free the Spiritus Mundi from within the atoms. In other cases, the refracted or magnified beams seem simply to act as a substitute for conventional heating. In case the lenses are claimed to be set to refract and/or magnify the radiation below the infrared or above the ultraviolet range, even if they could do that, I don’t see how the result may be other than heating, oxidizing, or ionizing. It remains the case of unknown radiation whose action might be other than heating, oxidizing, or ionizing. If so, and if some optical lens could do that, it would be interesting to investigate the refraction angle, which should necessarily be different from the above-mentioned cases.
What about the use of mirrors we can see in alchemical literature?
Mirrors are opticals to reflect and deflect the visible solar range. In alchemical literature, we can read of common concave items to gather the solar beams to extract and/or condense the Spiritus Mundi. This practice has uncertain results, in fact, it is undeniable this system collects particulate pollution. The systems of multiple mirrors set to reflect and deflect the solar, lunar, or stellar rays are less known in alchemical literature, and their purpose is not known. It would be interesting to investigate their reflection angles.
What atmospheric chemical compounds are more likely to undergo reactions when affected by sunlight?
What is the main drawback of Solar Alchemy?
It is the negligible amount of raw matter obtained. Something is certainly achieved by the solar way, but the amount is very, very small. And a certain amount would be indispensable since we have to partition the Mercurius.
Is it true that in Alchemy exists more than one Sun?
There is a theory in Alchemy that recognizes an Inner Central Sun in every independent body. Also, the earth has its own Inner Central Sun and even the astronomical Sun has its own. The same theory affirms the existence of a back-and-forth movement between the astronomical Sun Inner Center and the countless Inner Central Suns on, and in the underground, of the earth.
Is there some truth in the statement that the Sun could be caught underground?
According to an old theory, Spiritus Mundi, after sunset, tends to naturally fall to the earth’s surface and enter the slots scattered on its surface. And that would be the best system to catch it.
How could we confirm that a certain ‘solar powder’ is really rich in spiritus mundi?
If gold foil or calcined gold is dissolved in it soon becomes black. Pure and unspecified Spiritus Mundi is neither in molecular form nor atomic but tends to dwell in these more visible forms of matter. Mind that the more the percentage of pure and unspecified Spiritus Mundi into a molecular form, the more the matter tends to literally ‘ dissolve‘. Yes, because the real Spiritus Mundi is a strong dissolvent. In fact, perfect blackness is a sign of perfect dispersion. But even a highly ionized powder can actually cause perceptible darkness.
Isn’t it also said that the spirit of life comes from the sun and the stars?
Maybe it does not come from the sun and the stars, but from the vicinity of the celestial bodies.
Why is the divinity representing the alchemical sun Apollo and not Helios?
To be honest, in Greek mythology many gods have aspects of Helios: Apollo himself, Chronos, Hephaestus, and even Aphrodite. Strictly speaking of alchemical works, Apollo represents the perfect red, what is called Sulfur or soul.
But there is also a more secret reason: Apollo the musician is called the plectrum of the sun, the middle note of the sun.
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