Questions And Answers
Q. Is is possible to buy the Sb2O3 from a manufacturer without learning too late it might be the wrong kind?
A. Yes, indeed.
Q. What is the powder of Algarath or mercurious vitae?
A. Algarath is antimony oxychloride. It is a white amorphorous
powder insoluble in water or alcohol. Mercurious vitae is living mercury - quicksilver.
Q. Omphacium is unripe grape juice. Basil, Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, page 109, uses it on antimony glass to open the glass or something. Can you speak of what this is doing to the glass? And once I have extracted the juice of the unripe grapes, do they need to be distilled or worked with in some way before using?
A. It is the potassium contained in unripe grape juice that helps in the fusion of the glass while imparting at the same time some of the essence of tartar.
Q. Please comment on the medical values of the spirit of sulphur versus sulphur of sulphur. Also, can the spirit of sulphur dissolve our various minerals and metals? Under what conditions?
A. Spirit of sulphur is a clear liquid whereas oil of sulphur is a viscous yellowish tinted oil. The medicinal values are that oil of sulphur is a preservative for the flesh of the body and spirit of sulphur, because of its penetrative nature, becomes an excellent agent to help disperse various medicines added to it.
Q. What is the liquid obtained when I place a purified salt in a cool, moist place for a period of time? Example: K2C03, Juniper berry salt.
A. Some salts are very hygroscopic and attract from the moist air essential substances like free nitrogen to enrich the distillate therefrom.
Q. Basil in The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony seems to suggest in several places that the oils of antimony fixed are without venom and the unfixed oils still have some venom. Please comment on this. See pages 36, 89, 127-128.
A. When some of the salts are found within a tincture such are toxic. See also further along more on this question.
Q. Regarding Cockren's Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored, page 126, what was the ratio of Philosophic Gold to the salt?
A. There is no set ratio because the salt will absorb as much of the philosophic gold as it finds is needed to fully saturate it for further action.
Q. Basil talks about 1) venetian earth 2) clay of the sages 3) oil of vitriol 4) oil of red vitriol 5) St. Benedict's cordial, page 164 of Triumphal Chariot of Antimony. What do these things mean?
A. 1) borax 2) Balus Alba 3) true oil of sulphur 4) true oil of iron 5) As the name indicates, a cordial.
Q. I have used to make the herbal tinctures 90 proof vodka. Will I reduce its potency if I would dilute the vodka with water so that it will be 40 to 50 proof and then use it to make the tinctures?
A. It will only weaken the extraction media and may take somewhat longer to extract the herb.
Q. How much is the potency of an herbal tincture increased when after calcination of its plant part the salt is added to the tincture?
A. The mineral contents will increase the potency.
Q. Can an herb come under the influence of two planets? It was mentioned in an herbal book that certain plants are to be found under the influence of the Moon and Jupiter. Please comment.
A. There have been several disputed opinions on this matter by various authors. When more of the seven planets are taken into account, the other half tone value will then make a correction possible.
Q. We have the garden sage and the mountain sage which to my understanding are different. Is this correct?
A. Yes. Garden sage is under Jupiter; Mountain sage under Venus.
Q. Is it essential that only the crude black ore of antimony be used for medical preparations?
A. As the primary substance from which all other preparations Are made, it should be used to assure that the substances are kept alive.
Q. Is the seed destroyed in Red Antimony Sulphide?
Q. Is there a maximum temperature in making glass of antimony?
A. Yes, when the temperature is too high, antimony glass will volatilize.
Q. Is the golden color antimony trioxide suitable for medicinal purposes?
Q. Basil Valentinus writes, "Dissolve and nourish the red lion with the blood of the green lion, since the fixed blood of the red lion is made from the volatile blood of the green one, which makes them both of the same nature." Is this a true statement, properly translated? Would you elucidate a little please?
A. It is a correct translation which has been substantiated in the laboratory.
Q. When by slow distillation on low heat and under a vacuum one has drawn off the KM from the colored tincture of the glass of Antimony (prepared in the Soxhlet), why does one then have to raise the heat and, after changing receivers, drive the oil of Antimony over? What is NOT purified in the residue left after all the KM is driven off? I suspect a process here regarding purification not yet explained to us? Comment please.
A. Some of the glass of antimony particles can be thrown down and remain behind when further distillations are made. This goes also for the fixed antimony, when some residue remains after the oil or tincture has been removed.
Q. When Alchemists refer to proportions, e.g. 2 to 1, does this invariably mean by weight? Not ever by volume, if volume is not specifically stated?
A. It refers mostly to weight. When volume is called for, it will be specified.
Q. Did I hear you right when you said that the body converts its iron intake into manganese?
A. We do not recall such an incident, unless a specific case was considered by way of comparison.
Q. Please comment on the uses of the Para Theriac and in what ways it can benefit those who take it. I have heard that it is even effective against diabetes. Is this true?
A. Para Theriac now renamed Tincture Paracelsus, because of FDA regulations, is said to have been used in addition to other medications and alone against diabetes. However, these are individual testimonies and cannot be considered clinical evaluation. The overwhelming majority of claims that have been made by users is the benefit of invigorated circulation in the body.
Q. Regarding antimony extracted with acetone. What is left in the fluid after precipitation? Is it salt of antimony and useful for medication?
A. Salts of antimony should never be used as medication except under the strict supervision of a qualified doctor.
Q. Can we purchase oil of tartar for alchemical purposes or do we have to make it?
A. It would be a boon to mankind if oil of tartar could be purchased like oil of wintergreen and such. Unfortunately, very few even know how to make it for themselves.
Q. Regarding 'Angel Water': 1) Can you collect more 'Angel water' from argol or the vine? 2) Would calcined oak or oak bark draw 'Angel Water?' 3) Should you discontinue collecting 'Angel Water' when the sun rises and resume when the sun sets? 4) Can you drink 'Angel Water' without harmful results?
A. 1) After the argol has been recalcined. 2) If it contains potassium. 3) Let not the sun shine on it as it would evaporate. 4) Do not drink it! One drop in a glass of water is permissable, as it is highly alkaline.
Q. What significance is there in the fact that Taoist alchemists talk of five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and wood?
A. Wood is used as an example as it consists of the four elements.
Q. Hyssop appears to be used several times in the Holy Bible: John 19:29, Jesus is given sour wine and hyssop while on the cross; Psalms 5L7, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean." Ex. 12.11 Moses called to take a lamb and kill it at passover - "And take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel." Please comment on the meaning and the value of such an herb having such religious focus.
A. Many herbs are mentioned in the bible. As it says above: "Purge" me with Hyssop indicates the quality of the herb and in its religious sense a cleansing or purging of the body and soul are considered essential.
Q. If acetic acid is used for a menstruum on antimony (or any metal), how can its poisonous nature be removed?
A. By distilling and washing it to a neutral state.
Q. In one of the previous classes you talked about the Shroud of Turin. It shows a number of remarkable features, e.g. the nail through the proper space in the wrist (the 'space of Destot') and not the palm, and a very noble face, like one imagines the face of a righteous king. What is the Shroud of Turin?
A. A piece of cloth believed to be the one in which Jesus the Christ was wrapped when he was taken from the cross. It is unusual but still of questionable origin.
Each and every thing is the Salt of the earth, and its beauty is here for us to experience. The manifestation of Salt differs with each kingdom, and within each kingdom Salt differs from one plant to another, from one metal and mineral to another, from one animal to another, as it differs from one human to another.
In accordance with the law of polarity, Salt has its dual aspects. It is tangible in that it is known in a solid form; it is intangible in that it is known by a subtle essence it imparts, a vital and particular quality that distinguishes it. The solid substance of Salt, the body, is of no value without its intangible counterpart, for the value itself is in the essence, the spirit and soul, that is found within the solid form.
A body with little vitality or poor in quality is not of much worth. It is as the Salt which has lost its savor. It is too weak or deficient in essence to retain for much longer its form or to serve some useful purpose. In the ever on-going process of evolution it is replaced by that which is superior to it. Continually the state, the body, of all things changes, due to various causes.
When the process of purification is the cause of such a change, there is witnessed a remarkable transformation of Salt. It takes on a new body and its old body is cast away, for there is no longer anything of value in it. What is of value is now found within the new body, and it is possible, in this transformed body, for there to be an essence more potent in its vitalness and of a finer and more useful quality. The transformation of Salt through the process of purification takes place in all of the kingdoms, though the manner of such a transformation varies according to the substance worked with. The purification of Salt, of its body, soul, and spirit, makes possible changes on earth that are especially beneficial.
A beauty can be seen in all the Salt that is of the earth, in the old that is passing away and in the new that is appearing. In its time, the old served a useful purpose. With the new, there can be a rejoicing in each effort that is required to bring about and to establish bodies having in them more vital and finer qualities.
Just as we may, in a certain manner, see and know our own body with its own particular weight and dimensions, so we may, in a certain manner, see and know what kind of essence is attracted to it. Through a sincere effort, not only can we ensure that we do not lose our savor, but we can strive to secure within us a greater vitality and those finer qualities especially needed in our world at this time.