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Post  solomon levi on Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:22 am

Fulcanelli said one interpretation of alchemy is hal cheumia: salt fusion.
I believe this to be the true secret of alchemy, and the salt referred to is a fixed alkali,
usually potassium carbonate (salt of tartar).

Salt of tartar will pull the sulphur from plants, animals and minerals via simple maceration (as in the ens process),
boiling or fusion.

Reflect on this from Newton's notes on Starkey's "Pyrotechny Asserted":

The excellent virtues & use of Alcalies appears from their
applicableness to Sulphurs both minerall & vegetable.
In it any Sulphur is extracted out of any mean
minerall or inferior metal insomuch that Lead, only
by mediation of fixed salts, will suffer its elements
of & to be dissolved & will become a running
argent vive; the sulphureous & saline parts being
imbibed in the Alcalies, by means of which also they
may be volatised. Starkey Pyrotechny p 82.

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Post  solomon levi on Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:46 am

more:

Yea even by bare boyling in a strong lixivium
of tartar may the sulphur of antimony be obteined separated from
the mercury or Regulus, as by fusion the same is attained more
opened & dissolved. For the salts melted with it imbibe its
sulphur, & then being dissolved in water or in a moist place
of themselves, colour the hands with a golden colour
by reason of the invisibly conteined sulphur, which by precipitation
with an acid liquor may be made to appear (together
with an intollerable stink) in a red form called
called Sulphur Antimonii auratum diaphoreticum, a triviall
toy as commonly used, but which may be thus exalted to a
most admirable virtue.

Let the salts impregnated with the Sulphur be dissolved
untill they be red like blood, & separated from all
their terrene feces. Then by art reduce the whole mass
of salts with the sulphur into a volatility, in which process
there will be a very unsavory stink, which will of its
own accord pass away, & you shall have of your red
lixivium a sweet mass without odour as white as snow

This snow is a Panacaea of Antimony, purging certainly
without vomit or nauceousness, even in the weakest
bodies, & without griping, & is a cure for many (& those chronical) diseases.

But to proceed to a further exaltation of its
virtue, Take this snow, & according to the right art
of distillation, proceed with it, to wit mixing it with
Potters earth dried, & by degrees of fire distill it
untill all come over (which by cohobation is obteined)
leaving behind only a damned black insipid earth,
the spirit being tincted & fragrant, to colour resembling
a potable liquor of Gold, being of a
deep tincture, of which 5 or 6 drops will not fail
(even in the most deplorable cases) that may be
imagined.

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Post  solomon levi on Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:06 am

And the fixed alkali is the precursor to volatile alkali, which we know is the Circulatum of the plant kingdom.
Yet here are Starkey's words about minerals:

There are then 3 ways of operation upon
this volatized Alcaly in order to its application to
metalline bodies:

1 The Alcaly is volatised that is regenerated by
death & life & brought into a totally volatile salt
(which is of great virtue of it self.) This distilled according
to Art gives that noble liquor of which Helmont
& Paracelsus give such noble encomiums that
wherever that spirit reacheth not no other will reach
This disolves all concretes only is coagulated upon
them (being dissolved into a volatile Salt, which
being then sublimed from the dissolved Calx doth in imperfect
metalls rais their Sulphur, together with it self, & in perfect
metals it by oft circulation doth the like.

2dly then this Alcaly thus regenerated into a volatile
salt, if mixed with the Calx of either copper or tin
or lead or the metallus masculus (zinc), or with the Regulus of antimony
& with them distilled, it doth make them volatile & each time
the distilled spirit being put upon the Caput mortuum is coagulated
upon it.

Proceed by cohobation till your signe appear, which it
behoves each Philosopher diligently to attend. Coagulate
then your spirit in which is the metalline sulphur hidden & with
spirit of wine dephlegmed extract the metalline
tincture from the salt, which when the extracting
spirit is drawn away remains fragrant & very
sweet & is of wonderfull virtue, little inferior to
any glorified sulphur by any Alcahestical preparation

But 3dly (& that way I rather chose [his note]) let your
Alcaly be first of all melted with the calx of any
imperfect metal & then you have the sulphur married
with the salt & by the fusion of fire somewhat opened.
This mixture proceed with after the way of volatising
salt of Tartar per se, & both being thus putrified
& regenerated together, do after their volatizing
more throughly unite together, which for that end
proceed with by cohobation so long untill they be
wholly volatised. Coagulate the spirit then into a
volatile salt & use it either with the salt united
or extract the sulphur which is fragrant & sweet with
pure spirit of wine, & reccon your self then master
of a medicinal balsam which you can never enough
value. George Starky's Pyrotechny asserted from p 82 to p 86.

As for the supreme metals (Gold & Silver & their
compeer in homogeneity viz mercury) this volatized Alcaly
comes far short of the Alcahest, & yet its effects here
are such as may deserve the commendation of a noble dissolvent.
For let gold & silver be herin dissolved, the solvent by
acting on them in a dissolutive way, is it self coagulated into a
volatile salt: which when the flegm (ingendered by this coagulation
& the liquors spending its virtue in dissolving bodies)
is evaporated, will in a cool place crystallize.

This volatile salt sublime 3 or 4 times from the
calx of the dissolved Gold, & you shall find that besides the
virtues of gold with which it will be indowed, it will
carry up with it a volatile tincture of the gold leaving
the residue very pale.

Yea & by an art not difficult to an Artist expert
in Pyrotechny, the elements of the Gold will be dissolved
& made separable each from other even as in the operation
by the Alcahest, with this eminent difference
that this liquor by this dissolution doth each time loos
its activity being coagulated as oft as it is applyed to
action, & so rejecting a flegm is every operation diminished
in quantity, which the Alcahest doth not suffer.

So then as for the glorified sweet sulphurs of gold & silver
a man that can command these Alcalies volatile may
by their spirit attain them without the Alcahest in lieu
of which this spirit is far sooner & with much more
ease attainable, & he that knows the secret of
making it may make as much of it as he list.


Do they not say that the Opus Minor shows the way to the Opus Major?
In this case I would use sodium hydroxide in place of sal tartari; or maybe butter of Antimony.

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Post  solomon levi on Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:55 am

Another note on the tartar alkali from an unknown source:

"The spirit of the salt of tartar, if extracted by itself without any addition, has power
to render all metals volatile by dissolution and putrefaction, and to dissolve quick
or liquid silver into the true mercury."


In an old text, I'm not sure of the name,
the author sort of revamps alchemy into acidity and alkalinity.
It's pretty fascinating, the alchemists agent and patient - acid and alkali.
The acid is sulphur, child of the sun, and alkalis are the mercury, the receiving bodies,
just as they pull the solar principle from the air/moisture which is pregnant with it.
Acids donate H electrons and alkalis receive them.
Together they make neutral salt.

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