Does the Peacock Tail appear spontaneously?
As far as I know, the external stimulus of gold addition needs to be done for this peculiar putrefaction, before the Cauda Pavonis spectacle takes place.
What is the difference between Lapis Medicinalis and Projection Powder?
Projection Powder is the first degree of ripeness before the perfect red achievement. Lapis Medicinalis is the second degree of ripeness. Projection Powder is used to test whether the amount of Secret Fire/Spiritus Mundi/Seed of Metals is enough for the alchemical child to evolve in Embryo. And, yes, the test consists in trying to transmute a melted metal into gold.
What is the difference between the Carbuncle and Lapis Medicinalis?
Carbuncle and Lapis Medicinalis are two names for the same thing.
Is Lapis Medicinalis intended for medical use?
Do not take for granted that Lapis Medicinalis, just because of the name, is good for medical use. Real alchemists do give a philosophical sense to “medical”. More probably they mean by that the creation of a new body instead of the healing of the old one.
What is the difference between Lapis Medicinalis Microcosmi and Lapis Medicinalis Macrocosmi?
Lapis Medicinalis Microcosmi is produced starting from animal raw matter, such as human blood, urine, and bones, following a series of processes analogous to more generic raw matters. Lapis Medicinalis Macrocosmi is produced from more generic raw matter.
However, be aware that the reason for being of laboratory alchemy is hidden in this.
How is “Know yourself” applied to the Lapis Medicinalis Microcosmi?
The “know yourself” concept, in laboratory alchemy, is the use of animal raw matters which naturally, and manually, eventually evolve into the Lapis Medicinalis Microcosmi. Lapis Medicinalis Microcosmi should be joined with the Lapis Medicinalis Macrocosmi. The reason is uncertain, in the sense that few alchemists know what they are doing. But easily conjectured, if we think in terms of the creation of a new alchemical body.
Is Lapis Medicinalis the Philosophers Stone?
Too many consider the Lapis Medicinalis as the end of their works and consequently the Philosophers Stone. But, as said above, the Philosophers Stone can only be the last emission of the Philosophical Egg. So even Basilius Valentinus, when claiming to hold the Philosophers Stone in his hand, perhaps galloped with his imagination.
Can a powder, a waxy colloid, or a vitreous matter be considered Philosopher Stone?
No way. Philosophers Stone is the output of the Philosophical Egg at the end of the third work only.
Please note that I wrote the output and not the released material.
What is the Philosophical Egg?
The Philosophical Egg tends to form naturally when the matter cannot go any further. If we have wisely operated and left some impurities during the salts volatilization, for the matter to form now a little crust, and if we know how to provide the newly crusted matter with a special device and a special oven for the last cooking, we can be able to see the Egg.
How can we symbolically define the Egg?
The last sacrificed child ( in the philosophical sense, of course) now turning into an embryo. Spirit and Soul, Mercurius, and Sulphur are now indissoluble.
What is the bewildering peculiarity of the Philosophical Egg?
It seems that the Philosophical Egg would cyclically emit sounds according to a particular musical scale in accordance with the dramatic weight increase. The number of different sounds must exceed seven. The lack of the eighth sound defines abortion and apparently may cause dangerous, but spectacular, phenomena.
What explanation can be given for sounds emitted from the egg?
The sound has to be considered produced by the increase in egg weight due to the abnormal contraction of the mass, and consequently, of the molecules that form it. Sound is motion, and motion is a force acting on everything, also on the spirit. Indeed, Spiritus can be defined as a movement.
Much more difficult, in the light of current physical and alchemical knowledge, to define where the higher octave of return comes from. I mean what alchemists call the answer of the divine. Or of the cosmos.
Why do they say the Stone is not a stone?
In fact, it would be interesting to know what becomes of the Philosophical Egg after the output of the eighth note.
What the Philosophers Stone is for?
No western alchemical treatise has provided an answer yet. We can only infer the true purpose from hidden pieces of evidence in other disciplines, arts, and literature. Religions and myths.
It is a question of understanding whether the egg is the philosophers’ stone. If so, the concentration of the matter and the consequent hisses emitted would lead us to consider the thought of the Orphics and Neoplatonists regarding the egg as a symbol of the unification of principles, placing the time-before-time as the first principle. Perhaps we, lab alchemists, should ask ourselves what relationships exist between the concentration of matter and time.
Could a form of Immortality be involved with the Philosophers Stone?
I cannot see any other use. But the western Alchemy stops written descriptions here: the risk to clash with religious institutions was too high.
What about alchemists’ alleged longevity and good health?
Legend tells that Flamel used to recommend dissolving a few drops of something in an alcoholic solution and take every day. But Flamel’s life is shrouded in mystery, and we have no evidence of his being free from illness. Before him, Jābir ibn Hayyān and Artephius talked of a long-life elixir in their books, but nothing is known of these legendary alchemists’ lives. We don’t know even who Philalethes really was, so it is too much easy to state he was as healthy as a sequoia. The reality of the alchemists officially known as such was rather different: Paracelsus died in his 40s. Quite all the sixteenth-seventeenth century identified alchemists died at 50-60 years old. J.J. Champagne died in his 50s suffering from painful cirrhosis, Canseliet had a very bad heart stroke in his 70s and in the last years couldn’t operate anymore. Concerning Fulcanelli there is no evidence of his individual existence, apart from Canseliet’s tales. All this earthly transience is really strange, compared with their claims, if we think they could avail themselves with potable gold, to say the least. So, what is the truth? Before Jābir ibn Hayyān no text had mentioned the possibility of a long life elixir, or at least the word phrase “long life elixir”, before Jābir, did mean something very different. Roseae Crucis talked of a kind of karmic curse and warned alchemists from using their work for trivial reasons. What they meant for trivial use could be surprising for us moderns.
What about the disasters caused by laboratory accidents during the third work?
There are very few alchemists who today can afford to face the cooking of the philosophical egg. But I could also say there are very few alchemists who today are allowed to face the final cooking. It is enough to read Canseliet for an entire list of chemical-physical catastrophes, really abnormal with respect to the technical entity of the operation. At this stage, we no longer speak of explosions due to poor chemical knowledge or the fragility of tools. No, the third work borders on physics, indeed it ends in physics. Therefore physical phenomena can be expected nearby. However, Canseliet came to old age, and his physical troubles seem to have rather been caused by stress, anxiety, fatigue and sleepless nights.