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Legendary Alchemists – Paracelsus

Paracelsus was a strange combination of chemist, alchemist, and forward-thinking physician. The beginning of the 16th century was a time when it was still pretty widely accepted that all of the body’s ills were governed by the four humors, a theory … Continue reading

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The Alchemy of the Four Elements – Solutio – The Alchemy of Water

Solutio constitutes one of the major alchemical operations, each one a center of an elaborate symbol system. The operation of solutio is one of the major procedures in alchemy directly tied to one of the four classical elements. One text says, “Solutio is the … Continue reading

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The Four Elements – The Alchemy of Balance

Empedocles, in his Tetrasomia,  was the first to propose four elements, fire, earth, air, and water, which he called the four “roots” (ῥιζὤματα, rhizōmata), and Plato seems to have been the first to use the term “element (στοιχεῖον, stoicheion)” in reference to … Continue reading

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