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The Alchemy of the Four Elements – Coagulatio – The Alchemy of Earth

Coagulatio constitutes one of the major alchemical operations, and is another of the procedures tied to one of the four classical elements. Just as calcinatio is the operation of the element fire, solutio the water operation, and sublimatio the operation pertaining to air, so coagulatio belongs to the … Continue reading

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The Alchemy of Darkness – Nigredo

In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. Nigredo, or blackness, in the … Continue reading

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Alchemy – Prima Materia

Prima materia, first matter, the raw material of nature and people as well, is where the work of alchemy begins. In alchemy prima materia or first matter is the ubiquitous starting material required for the magnum opus  and the creation of the … Continue reading

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