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The Path of Alchemy
Energetic Healing & the World of Natural Magic

By: Mark Stavish
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738709031
English  |  264 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: November 2006
Price: $16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN
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Foreword by Russell House xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

one Alchemy: An Introduction to the Royal Art 1
Why Study Alchemy? 1
The Land of Khem: Where It All Began 4
The Key of All Magic: Separating the Gross from the Subtle 5
The Stages of the Great Work and Astrology 6
Qabala and Alchemy: A Fool’s Journey 8
Qabala 101: Using the Tree of Life with Alchemy 9
Conclusion 13

two Basic Spagyrics 17
The Three Essentials: Sulphur, Salt, and Mercury 17
The Three Essentials and the Elements 18
Experiments for the Beginning Student of the Art 22
Basic Spagyric Tincture 25
Calcination 28
Meditation: The Basics 35
Alchemical Meditations 36

three Creating a Plant Stone 41
A Plant Stone: Key to the Astral World 41
The Astral World and Alchemy 42
Lunar Cycles and Alchemy 47
How to Make a Plant Stone 49
Leaching Salts 50
The Stone 52
Sea Salt and Alchemy 55
Suggestions for Study 57

four Distillation 61
Red Wine and Alchemy 62
Distilling Alcohol from Red Wine 63
Distillation and Creating a Plant Stone 70
Creating an Elixir 72

five Water Distillation 79
Psychic Experiments with Water 82
Distillation of Water 85
Scented Water and Water Elixirs 86

six Initiatic Alchemy 91
Initiation 92
How to Make an Ens 97
Using the Ens 99

seven Physical Health and Healing with Spagyrics 107
Why We Seek Health 107
Problems of Dosage 108
Alchemy and Homeopathy 110
Salt Structures and the Tree of Life 115
Planets, Plants, and Their Healing Qualities 116

eight Ritual Use of Spagyric Products 127
Inner Tools of Alchemy 127
Ora Et Labora 128
Meditation and Alchemy 132
Ritual Charging of Alchemical Products 135
Holy Blood, Holy Grail 142

nine The Red and White Stones of Alchemy 147
The Stones of the Royal Art 147
The Role of Saturn in Alchemy 157
ten Alchemical Symbolism and the Tarot 165
Symbolism: The Language of the Birds 170
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Astral 172
Alchemical Pathworking 178

Conclusion 183

Appendix A: Planetary Hours 185
Appendix B: The Longevity Formula of Comte de St. Germain 193
Appendix C: The Path of Nicholas Flamel and the
Philosopher’s Stone 195

Glossary 211

Selected Bibliography 217

Alchemical Reading List and Resources 219

Index 225

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