THE BETTER KNOWN METHODS
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose. (NewT:Romans 8:28)
The Aristotle Method
Start with a piece of matter with no distinct tendencies. An alloy of
lead, tin, copper, and iron is especially favored, since it is black and
therefore devoid of all color.
Whiten the matter using quicksilver or mercury. This produces a
"silver" superior to common silver, because it is already yellow on the
Yellow the matter by adding a little gold (i.e. seeding the material) and
any yellowing substance, such as sulfur. This produces a "gold" superior
to ordinary gold. This "gold" has enough yellow to change a few other
substances, while normal gold only has enough yellow for itself.
"Iosis" or the production of violet. Considered by some to be the purest
tint of gold. Also considered to be the color of the Philosopher's Stone.
[Condensed from Alchemy: Child of Greek Philosophy by Arthur Hopkins.]
The "Red Lion" Process as interpreted by J.K.
Take 4 ounces calcined alum, 4 ounces calcined saltpter, and 2 ounces
calcined sublimate, and sublimate [refine] in a proper subliming vessel.
Carefully take out the sublimate, and resublimate it with 10 ounce fresh
salts. During this operation it will be wholesome, on the account of the
poisonous fumes, to eat bread thickly spread with butter.
Put the sublimate in a glass retort, and cover it with alcohol, and distill
it over in water bath until half the fluid remain as an oil behind.
The alcohol distilled over is poured back (cohobated) on the residue in the
retort, until it is covered about the finger's breadth.
This distillation repeat three times, and the whole of the sublimate will
pass over into the recipient. This is the Mercury of the Philosophers, the
Mercurial Water, as it were "the Hellish fire in water." This Mercurial
Water fumes away, and must be kept in a closed phial, or glass-stoppered
Take fine gold, in leaf or thin beaten, put it in a glass retort, justcover it with the Mercurial Water, and put the retort on gentle heat, when
the Water will begin to act upon the gold, and dissolve it, but it will not
be reduced to a liquid entirely, and only remain at the bottom like a greasy
substance, then pour off the Mercurial Water, which can be used again.
The gold sediment divide into two parts. Take one half and pour thereon
alcohol, and let the mixture putrefy on gentle heat fifteen days, and it
will become blood red; this is the Lion's Blood.
This Lion's Blood pour into another glass retort, or phial, which seal
hermetically, and give it the heat of the Dog Days, and it will at first
turn black, then variegated, then light gray; when the heat is increased it
will turn yellow and at last deep red. This is the first Tincture.
(Provided it does not explode!)
The Red Tincture triturate (How will a fulminate triturate?) in a glass
mortar. Take one grain thereof, wrap in paper project on it 1000 grains of
gold in fusion. When it has remained in fusion for 3/4 hour, the gold will
turn into the second Tincture.
Take one part of this Tincture, project it on one thousand parts fine
silver, and it will transmute it into fine gold.
Project one part of the first Tincture, wrapped in paper, upon 1000 parts
of pure quicksilver, which has been heated until the fumes arise, and the
quicksilver will be changed into the third Tincture.
Take one part of this Tincture, wrapped in paper, project the same on 1000
parts heated quicksilver, and it will become fine gold.
Take one part of the second Tincture, and project it on copper in fusion,
and it will be transmuted into gold of a very red color.
Project some of the second Tincture on red hot iron, insert the iron again
into the blaze, and it will be transmuted into brittle gold.
Melt the gold that has been transmuted of the iron, with equal gold which
has been transmuted from quicksilver, and it will become good malleable
Dissolve some of the second Tincture in strong alcoholic wine, and take a
spoonful in the morning. It will strengthen and renew your constitution.
It rejuvenates the aged and makes women prolific.
[From Alchemy, the Ancient Science by Neil Powell; pages 65 and 67.]