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Post  kerkring on Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:24 am

Alchemy - Antique Science of Tomorrow

I have a book in french about alchemy, L'Alchimie, antique science de demain, by an anonymous author, pseudonym L.Tréhédel, who seems to know and practice what he writes about. Date of publication was 1999. He writes that stones can be made through several different paths and that transmutation is indeed possible. He also describes a phosphorescent stone...

I'll be posting some translations of selected parts in this thread. They are relevant to several discussions going on in the Practical Alchemy section, but I thought it better to keep everything together. I also have some questions myself about certain parts that I'll post in italics within the excerpts.

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Radical Humidity

The ancients thought that the mineral realm evolved extremely slowly as if a certain fluid was the motor behind it. This fluid was called the radical humidity and can be artificially increased and it's evolution accelerated.

Fire or Universal Spirit

According to the ancient alchemists, matter owes its existence to a subtle energy called Fire or Universal Spirit to which it is constantly linked as to a nourishing fluid. The metals and their physical and chemical properties are nothing but space-time modalities of this Fire, which in itself doesn't know any duality, its nature being a state of permanent being, without any discontinuity or any characteristics of its own.

All the potential of alchemy consists of the knowledge of this Fire or Spirit that doesn't manifest directly in the objective universe but only through a sort of condensed energy which is nothing else but the philosophical Mercury; the latter is therefore nothing but an attenuation of the Fire compatible with the concrete existence of the metals.

When this energy is liberated, the properties of matter change radically...the Fire acts through the Mercury to modify the ordinary constitution of bodies.


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Post  Illen A. Cluf on Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:06 am

kerkring wrote:Alchemy - Antique Science of Tomorrow

I have a book in french about alchemy, L'Alchimie, antique science de demain, by an anonymous author, pseudonym L.Tréhédel, who seems to know and practice what he writes about. Date of publication was 1999. He writes that stones can be made through several different paths and that transmutation is indeed possible. He also describes a phosphorescent stone...

I'll be posting some translations of selected parts in this thread.

Thank you for offering to provde a summary of this book, kerkring. So far, it sounds as though L.Tréhédel knows what he is talking about. I'm looking forward to the rest of the summary. Do you know if an English language version of this book is available?

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Post  kerkring on Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:17 am

Illen A. Cluf wrote:
Thank you for offering to provde a summary of this book, kerkring. So far, it sounds as though L.Tréhédel knows what he is talking about. I'm looking forward to the rest of the summary. Do you know if an English language version of this book is available?

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Not to my knowledge.

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Post  kerkring on Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:06 am

page 44

The procedures utilised in alchemy to achieve this result are of two kinds:

- One selects the metallic forms that are the most unstable, be they metallic salts that are easy to decompose or pure metals of which one "destroys" (french word is "use") the structure by a particular treatment. These metallic forms are then submitted to a very slow maturation acceralted by heat, acids, divers solvents, etc. In this way the matter becomes fermentable and can liberate the philosophical Mercury, a kind of subtle "metallity" that has nothing to do with the starting metal and which has the properties of a universal solvent capable of dissolving the hardest and most unalterable minerals without corrosion. It, in its turn, makes metals and minerals fermentable in a short instant althoughits own production requires long months, even years. It is, accordingly, autocatalytic and self-generating.

Could this Mercury be the one obtained through the dry distillation of Lead Acetate? Or is this a lesser Mercury?

- A simple manipulation which is repeated a great number of times on the same substance and which provokes the appearence of unanticipated properties. In this way, a product as common as sea salt can become meltable like wax at low temperatures and literally penetrate metals like oil on paper, if one dissolves it in distilled rain water, then crystallizes and calcines it and repeats this cycle a great number of times. One has to be patient because the acquisition of these properties demands not less than fifty cycles of solution-crystallization-calcination, which takes several months to perform.
In comparison, ordinary distilled water gives only mediocre results.

page 45

Experience shows that the mental state of the operator "loses contact" (french word is "decroche") when submitted to these manipulative conditions to the advantage of a state of intense meditation which coincides precisely with the proces of destructurisation of matter. When the two states are in perfect osmosis, the Mercury of the ancient adepts can be obtained.

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Post  kerkring on Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:18 am

page 55

Carefully wash vegetable ashes with pure water to extract the soluble salts, throw away the liquid and dry the grey ashes. Then calcine them strongly in contact with the air in a crucible for several hours, but remain watchful so that the matter doesn't melt or vitrify. Let it cool down and take out the ashes which should have taken on a nice ocher color. Place the ashes in maceration in a special solvent called a menstrum by the ancient alchemists for several days. The ocher color will slowly transfer over into the solvent and the ashes will again take on their gray color. Decant the liquid and set it aside. Dry the solid matter and redo the calcination-maceration cycle several tens of times. After a certain time, no color will be extracted anymore and the ashes will have become white and glistening like snow.
If we now slowly evaporate the colored solvent, we will obtain a small quantity of red oil. This oil is the radical humidity of the mineral ashes.

page 78
Alchemy induces modified states of consciousness which are often very profound.

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Post  kerkring on Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:11 am

page 90

Our research into the fixation of the solar rays

Silver Chloride or Nitrate is exposed to the sun, spread out on a glass plate, until total decomposition. Next, the salt, which has become violet, is recycled to regenerate the initial chloride or nitrate and re-exposed to the sunlight. All of this is repeated a great number of times. After each recycling cycle, the salt leaves behind a very small amount of a black residu from which one extracts an even smaller quantity (a few milligrams in the best case) of a white substance that becomes red in the light and also becomes oily. This substance, which has powerfull transmutation capabilities, unfortunately seems to be incompatible with the philosophical Mercury and can thus not be mutiplied.
Our experiments are continuing in other directions, notably with a nitrate or chloride that doesn't come from the ordinary metal but from the alchemical Sulfur of silver. In this way we hope to obtain larger quantities of this Solar Fire.
African alchemists, that we know, seem to have obtained encouraging results with the study of the dissociation of hydrated copper sulfate (CuSO4.5H2O) under the intense sun in Zaire.

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Post  kerkring on Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:49 pm

page 100

Let us take products of animal and vegetable origin and also minerals that are not very stable, and submit them seperately to strong heat (pyrolysis). We will observe that their decomposition goes through the same phases:

1> First one obtains water (coming from the dessication of the animal and vegetable tissues). With the minerals, it is crystallization water or the constitutional water that is vaporised.

2> After this, a volatile aromatic substance appears with a penetrating odor. These are complex organic substances with the animal and vegetable tissues, and anhydrides or acids with the minerals.

3> Finally after an increase of the temperature a heavy oil is set free which is not very volatile and has a strong odor. (Heavy or tar-like hydrocarbons with the animal and vegetable tissues, and polymeric acids with the minerals.)

4> After the pyrolysis a final residu remains: a fixed ash out of which one can extract a salt by dissolution. This ash is composed of silicates and carbonates in the case of animals or vegetables and oxides in the case of minerals.

The ancients must also have noticed these similarities between the realms and dediced a general law and classified the different phases of the pyrolysis.

As the diifferent natural species always give birth to the same fractions when they are decomposed by heat, why shouldn't the same be true for pure metals? In other terms, would it be possible to split them into a salt, a volatile liquid and an oil? This question was very important for the researchers of yesterday because the metals were the essence of life itself; by decomposing them one could obtain the mystery of life.

Dismembering the substance of metals

The latter are dissolved in acids and the metallic salts that are obtained are crystallised and submitted to a dry distillation. On observes something similar to the other realms, a water is produced, a volatile liquid (onhydride or acid), an oil (polymeric acid) and there remains an ash (oxide of the metal) which still contains traces of a soluble salt. Certain audacious ones purified seperately the different phases and then recombined them in a specific order, oping to elevate the metal to a superior octave of existence. They succeeded and the ancestors of the Philosophers Stone saw the light. These all resemble a cystallised salt that is white or red, is meltable but refractory and made possible the first transmutations in history. The reference procedure that will be described leads to the stone by this path and dates from long ago.

Up to this point the metals still have not been decomposed. We will therefore utilise a metal that struck the imagination of the Ancients by its liquid character at ambient temperature and its extreme volatility: mercury. Is this metallic matrix capable of seperating the metals into their constituent parts?

To find out we start out on long and difficult manipulations:
- The chosen metal, generally silver or gold, is made fine and amalgamated with mercury.
- The amalgam is washed with weak acetic acid.
- Diluted little by little with an excess of mercury.
- Submitted to a series of filtrations until it passes completely through the filter.
- Digested at 80°C in a vessel that is hermetically sealed.
- Again washed with vinegar.
- Next, the remaining mercury is pushed through a chamois.
- Then one distills very slowly the concentrated amalgam.
- The residu is ground fine and submitted to a long calcination.
Then one reamalgamtes the residu and goes through the same cycle several tens of times.

If one is perseverant enough to follow these operations through to their end, usually one or two years of work, one finds that the initial metal has undergone a profound modification. Its metallic aspect has disappeared; by touch it seems finer than flour and it almost flows like a liquid. Gold that has been treated in this way takes on a blood red color and silver a yellow bronze one. They are both acidic and sting when placed on the tongue.
Gold that has been made subtle in this way dissolves slowly in hydrogen chloride ethanol (hydrochloric acid gas dissolved in absolute ethanol), leaving a white flocculated residu, something which is impossible with ordinary gold.

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Post  Illen A. Cluf on Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:51 pm

kerkring wrote:page 45

Experience shows that the mental state of the operator "loses contact" (french word is "decroche") when submitted to these manipulative conditions to the advantage of a state of intense meditation which coincides precisely with the proces of destructurisation of matter. When the two states are in perfect osmosis, the Mercury of the ancient adepts can be obtained.

Hi Kerkring,

Does the book say anything more about balancing this mental state?

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Post  Illen A. Cluf on Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:53 pm

kerkring wrote:page 78
Alchemy induces modified states of consciousness which are often very profound.

Hi Kerkring,

Again the book mentions states of conscious, but in this case the induced state. Does it say anything more about the state of conscoiusness that is reached?

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Post  kerkring on Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:04 am

Illen A. Cluf wrote:
Hi Kerkring,

Again the book mentions states of conscious, but in this case the induced state. Does it say anything more about the state of conscoiusness that is reached?

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They say a little bit more about it further in the text, but remain vague on purpose. It will be added in the coming days...

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Post  kerkring on Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:34 am

Illen A. Cluf wrote:
Hi Kerkring,

Does the book say anything more about balancing this mental state?

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There is a part in the book about alchemy and modified states of consciousness but it is a bit philosophical about observation in general and could just as well come form a quantum physics or psychology book.

This part might of interest though:

page 84

During the experiments of alchemical reincrudation (decocting and softening i think), at the moment when the matter changes form and loses its old properties, be it through the dry way or the wet way, de experimenter lives through a curious psychic experience that is difficult to describe but which generally translates itself as an increase in emotivity accompagnied or not by euphoria and by a very clear impression of an awakened dream, without any noticable alteration of the normal intellectual functions. This state and its phases coincide exactly with those purely physical ones which are observed in the crucible or in the egg of coction.
We did double blind experiments and were struck by the rigourous superposition of physical and psychic phenomena. Indeed, when the matter reaches the peak of the transformation, the exaltation of the persons present is at its peak also. When the transformed matter goes back to its equilibrium, the impression of the normal waking state is also recovered.
By accelerating the proces by violently cooking the matter we have observed in us an important disorientation which borders on mental confusion, but which is perfectly reversible without leaving any residual impression. Not all alchemical experiments give this result though. Only when the secret Fire of the adepts is employed.

end of excerpt

At the end of the book they also say that animals respond visibly to the energies that are liberated.

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Post  kerkring on Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:26 am

The anatomy of pure metals

The philosopher's Stone when cast with metals, vitrifies them with the greatest ease. The glass obtained is colored, brittle, has a crystalline texture and can never return to the initial metal whatever chemical or physical treatment is applied.
In practice, gold is the only metal sufficiently stable to make an alloy with the Stone; all the other metals are destroyed. Hence the importance of gold in the metallurgic tradition of Hermes. In the other uses of the Stone the yellow metal is without interest. One sees thus that the metals can be altered in a profound way by the Stone. In the techniques called "des verres graduatories" (dunno how to translate this) the fusion temperature of the vitrified metal is lowered little by little until it stays oily at ambient temperature. If one pushes these metallurgical techniques to far, the metal first becomes phosphorescent and next consumes itself totally and leaves a white ash. In this way the anatomy of metals can be demonstrated to be similar to that of the other natural species.

The other way of analysis of the metals requires the use of the philosophical Mercury. It also demonstrates the ternary structure of the metals: meltable crystal structure, oily state, and evolution towards an extreme volatility in case of alchemical treatment which is pushed too far. The only difference concerns the degree of heat: the ternary splitting of the metals occurs at high temperatures with the Stone and at a more moderate temperature with the philosophical Mercury. About the latter we will remain evasive.

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Post  Illen A. Cluf on Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:48 am

kerkring wrote:There is a part in the book about alchemy and modified states of consciousness but it is a bit philosophical about observation in general and could just as well come form a quantum physics or psychology book.

Thank you for elaborating on what the author says about the associated states of consciousness. This is one area that few authors seem to discuss in any detail.

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Post  solomon levi on Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:07 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post this K.

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