Questions and Answers
Q. In an experiment with iron powder, I got a good tincture, but the color did not remain in solution, and finally, after a day or so, the solution became clear. Why. wouldn't the red color remain in solution?
A. PARACHEMY stands ready to answer freely and as best it can the questions of sincere students engaged in the pursuit of the alchemical work. But we have selected the above question as typical of many we receive that are framed in such vague terms, that no answer is possible. In what sort of experiment was the writer engaged? What was its purpose? Of what substances did his solution consist? Unfortunately, the questioner supplies none of the pertinent facts. He just wants to know what happened to the red color! We hope that this questioner-and all our readers-will please take note that specific details of one's work must be supplied before specific answers can be given. That is the only safe and sure way by which we, or our readers, can proceed.
Q. How does one get the sulphuric acid out of the Sb2S3 with distilled rain water?
A. Calcine the Sb2S3. This will rid it of the sulphur, and no sulphuric acid will show.
Q. Please clarify the difference between an alchemist and a chemist. Given the laws and formulae, why wouldn't a chemist come up with the same end product as the alchemist?
A. A chemist would do so only if he worked alchemistically. Perhaps it could also be phrased this way: A chemist analyzes by decomposing while an alchemist reconstructs what has been decomposed, according to the given laws.
Q. A friend gave me the lees (argol?) of red wine. Should I save it?
A. Yes. It will prove useful.
Q. Has an alchemical Sb2O3 powder been treated with an acid? If so, is it then a fixed powder and would the results be a fixed tincture or a fixed oil?
A. It depends. When acetic acid is used it will get us a fixed tincture or residue. When sulphuric acid is used, for instance it will yield an antimony sulphide, which, of course, is not fixed. This goes for phosphoric acid, nitric acids and its like.
Q. How do we separate acetic acid from the vinegar of antimony?
A. Hardly possible.
Q. We received information earlier that oil of turpentine (instead of spirits of turpentine) is the commercially available volatile sulphur of pine. Experience indicates this commercial oil requires purification prior to cohobation. What technique can be used to purify volatile sulphur? We experimented with adding absolute alcohol to the sulphur (equal volume) and leaving in a sand bath for a week (colorless mixture). After a week, the color changed to yellow. This mixture was then distilled-the distillate was clear, but smelled of turpentine. The oily residue was brown. Would the distillate be a mixture of volatile sulphur and mercury to use in preparing the vegetable stone?
A. Yes. However, it does not contain enough of the sulphur you would need. The oily residue needs further rectification.
Q. If alcohol is used in the vegetable and mineral (K.M.) kingdoms, please explain why ether is also used as a menstruum.
A. Because it is alcohol oxidized (ethyl oxide).
Q. Is it safe to mix ether and alcohol?
A. Yes, but only if there is no flame or spark nearby. Eliminate the presence of anything that could ignite either the alcohol or the ether.
Q. Would you enlighten us as to what was meant by the early alchemists when they made use of such terms as the Black Dragon, the Red Dragon, the Red Lion, the Green Blood of the Red Dragon?
A. When alchemists spoke of their Black Dragon, they referred thereby to the black dregs that remain in the work on antimony. From this they extracted the Dragon's Blood or the Blood of the Red Lion. The green color they referred to as their Green Gum or the Green Lion, from which is extracted, again, its essence. However, one must make due allowance when it comes to interpreting alchemistical terminology, as not every alchemist gave the same meaning to each allegorical expression. The Philosopher's Stone, for example, has also been named by some as the Red Lion, etc.
Q. What is the relation of the P, V, and K factors to the herbs? How nay we use them?
A. The answer is too lengthy to give here. Details may be found in the "Tridosha."
Q. You have mentioned, in one of the P.R.S. BULLFTINS, the Schuessler Tissue Salts, which I have used. You stated that the tissue salts were dead, the minerals used, that is. Will you comment on their use and potency?
A. Actually, there are more than twelve tissue salts. In Dr. Schuessler's system, only six are given as basic substances. You will notice that Kali (Potassium) and Sodium (Natrium) are among others which are given in three different forms, once as sulphate, then as muriate and phosphate. In the case of iron (ferrum.), common iron wire is dissolved in phosphoric acid. The remainilrig residue (ferrum. phosphate) is washed and taken as such.
To get the full value of iron would require all three essentials found therein, namely its sulphur and mercury as well as its salt. Such mineral preparations are presently not to be had in pharmacies.
Q. What can be put in alcohol to absorb the water that may be in it?
A. Dehydrated lime or potassium carbonate anhydrous.
Q. What do you mean by "a conscious worker"? Wherein does he differ from an attentive, hard-working, conscientious worker?
A. A "conscious worker" is one who knows what he is doing and why. An individual may have all the characteristics you describe attentive, hard-working, conscientious-and still not know what his work is all about in the end. We could liken such a person to those who do work on top secret government projects. They may meet all the qualifications you cite and yet have no idea of the ultimate end product for which they are supplying certain parts. Therefore, they are not "conscious workers."
Q. In making contact with someone on the other side, is it necessary for them to lower their consciousness and us to raise ours?
A. This is like asking, 'If you have a telephone and I have a telephone, is it necessary for me to call you or for you to call me?" Either situation may prevail.
Q. You have said that the intangible, or non-matter, is what scientists call anti-matter. Yet, if we do not err, science has been of the opinion that matter and anti-matter, if they came into contact, would cancel each other out in an explosion.
A. Correct. An explosion, however, does not mean annihilation.
Assuming such an explosion of matter and anti-matter took place, it would
only mean a state of superior refinement of substance into a state of extreme
subtlety unknown to us. Inasmuch as no substance can be annihilated but
only changed in its atomic structure, the result would be a structure not
presently known to men. +