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Alchemy of the Four Elements – Calcinatio – The Alchemy of Fire

The classical four elements play a role in alchemy and each of the four elements has its own particular operation. Calcinatio is the fire operation. Solutio is the matching operation for water, coagulatio for earth and sublimatio for air.  As this shows, … Continue reading

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Albedo – The Alchemy of the Moon

In alchemy, albedo is one of the four major stages of the magnum opus, following nigredo, and before citrinitas and rubedo. It is a Latinicized term meaning “whiteness”. Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the … Continue reading

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Alchemy – To Begin the Work

Every effort goes with mistakes as fire goes with smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work that corresponds with ones nature because it is full of defects. Bhagavad-gita 18:48 The Great Work  or Magnum Opus in Latin,  is an alchemical … Continue reading

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Personal Alchemy for a New Year

I was fascinated by alchemy long before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. While I never believed you could turn lead into gold or really wanted to, I did find the history of the subject fascinating. So many colorful characters, … Continue reading

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