Volume VII: Number 4 Fall 1979


The Alchemistical Tree of Life from Slendor Solis

Informative Interchange - Kirlian Photography p.703
Kiln for the Distillation of Acetic Antimony from Ore p.704
Questions and Answers p.706
Perfection - back cover


Informative Interchange


High voltage photography has become very popular and "respectable" over the last few years. It was discovered around the nineteen hundreds, but the procedure was further developed some 35 years later by a Russian family, the Kirlians. Its applications are many and certainly open up a new world in every sense of the word.

We have experimented with this kind of photography for some time, using various spagyric and alchemical preparations, such as herbal salts, volatile oils, and herbal extracts, as well as leaves from plants, flowers, mineral and fingers.

When we started, we had no idea what our results were going to be like, especially as we used some very primitive, homemade equipment; but, to our surprise, the results were quite remarkable.

Even today, in the West or Russia no one has been able to satisfactorily interpret the true meaning of the Kirlian photographs from fingers, plants, or minerals. A great deal more research needs to be done, especially in the field of interpretation.

Figure 1 - True Love Within Me Not Asking for Anything in Return.
Figure 2 - In Tune With the Infinite.

The photographs taken of finger tips will differ greatly in color emanations, depending on the thought pattern of the subject. Different thoughts will produce an auric color change from a bright red and blue to a light pink and white. (See Figures 1 and 2: unfortunately, the vivid red and blue colors cannot be seen in these black and white reproductions.) When taking photographs of finger tips, there is no need for the earth wire. Simply place the finger on the film and apply the current for one second. The time factor would vary from one subject to another.

Kirlian Photography - Basic Equipment

With our experiments, we used a copper electrode. See Figure 3, Kirlian Photography Basic Equipment. On the copper electrode we placed a piece of window glass 3 mm thick. This was covered with black plastic. The film is then placed on the plastic with the emulsion side up. The object is next placed on the film. If the object is a coin or leaf, it win have to be "earthed" or grounded by means of a wire attached to a waterpipe or in contact with the ground. When liquids are used for testing, we placed a few drops on to a small piece of blotting paper, let this dry thoroughly and then placed it on the film. The film used was Kodak color print format 35 mm. Many other types of film and electrodes can be used.

To make a screen, various metals with different values of conductibility are available. One would have to experiment. There are several different high voltage units on the market. We used one made by Edmund Scientific Instrument Co., USA. Most valuable results were obtained using approximately 15-25 K.V.

Many good books are now available in book shops and libraries on this fascinating subject. The uses are many and varied and will be of benefit in medical diagnosis in time to come.




Distilling the liquid of antimony ore in a common way, the last liquid condensed on the still head falls mostly back into the distillation vessel. The last drops are much richer in vinegar, so it is better not to lose these valuable drops. Besides, it is difficult to distill the liquid out of a porridge with a heating force placed under the vessel.

If one looks at the old pictures of distillation apparatus used by the alchemists and old chemists, one often sees that the vessel is completely set in an oven with a very practical still head, which is to be envied. Now, such is no longer made; and to have one made would most likely be very expensive.

It is possible to simulate this kind of distillation kiln in an easy and cheap way with commonly obtainable materials. At the same time, the two disadvantages of a common distillation set disappear: the last drops of the distilling liquid are saved, and the whole vessel is equally warmed on all sides so that the splashings of the black porridge is nearly completely avoided.

The kiln is carefully constructed by means of isolation bricks (very light porous bricks, not the heavy refractory bricks), cemented with common brick clay. The outer dimensions of the kiln are constructed 30 cm x 30 cm x 50 cm (height) without the cover. The inner dimensions are about 18 cm x 18 cm x 42 cm. It is clear that the proportion between inner and outer dimensions depends on the dimensions of the bricks used. Allow for an opening (2) on the right side through which a glass sidearm (9) can pass. The opening is square and the opening between the glass tube and the walls of the opening are filled up with glass fibers (2).

At the bottom of the kiln, a 1000 watt heating spare part (3), heating wire on a porcelain plate, is connected with two iron wires (4). Don't use copper wires because these will quickly be burned. Outside the oven, the wires are connected to common insulated electricity wires. Take care not to insulate the wires with plastic.

A tripod (5) is used that comes about 8 em above the heating element. Upon this is placed a porcelain dish with white or yellow sand (not clay) (6), wherein the vessel (7) is put. The sandbath is used to avoid overheating of the bottom of the vessel.

The vessel used is one of 1 liter with a socket B24, a common still head with a stopper (8) with socket B24, a tube with a male and fernale socket B24 (9), and a corresponding Leibig cooler (10).

When the kiln is well closed, a temperature of 240oC can be obtained in a few hours, which is high enough for this purpose. A rheostat is not used to control the beatings. As a matter of fact, the temperature, in the vessel can only surpass a little bit above the 100 degrees C, as long as there is liquid in the vessel. Distillation goes very smoothly in this way. Generally, a three to four hour heating is sufficient to extract all the liquid, and no further control is needed.

What can be done is to control, from time to time, the pH, but take care about the interpretation of such readings. Sometimes, a strong, aggressive smell comes over with the liquid, which is due to the presence of sulphur dioxide (SO2), which gives with the phlegm (water) the sulphurous acid (SO2+ H20=H2SO3) and not sulphuric acid (H2SO4). Normally if you let stand for a time, all SO2, and also H2SO3 will disappear.

An easy test is made by adding a few drops of the distillate to a concentrated Barium chloride solution. If a white precipitation is seen, then you may conclude there is still sulphurous acid in the solution. +


Questions And Answers

Q. Did Cockren, using a variant of the humid way, produce a Mercury with "Clipped Wings?" After initial separation from the golden liquid was the Mercury so actuated it could immediately dissolve gold without further rectification? Is not the clue Cockren found hidden in a religious discourse in The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony?

A. The Mercury can be so actuated from the golden liquid after its proper rectification and will then accomplish the dissolving of the gold.

Q. On page 126, paragraph 3, Cockren says the black dregs are calcined to a redness "and carefully separated and treated until it became a white salt." I'm assuming Cockren used lead sulphide (Galena) to get his Philosophical Mercury. This would mean that the black dregs are lead and when it goes to red lead (Pb204) Is this correct? From here he says it was carefully separated and treated to form a white salt. Does he mean to take the red lead and form lead acetate again? If not, what salt of lead is he talking about?

A. It can be so treated and resolved into acetate again until all the virtues of the lead are extracted.

Q. On page 127, paragraph 2, Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored by Cockren, the ferment or mercury is gold dissolved in the Philosophical Mercury. To form this ferment is metallic gold dissolved in the Philosophical Mercury or is a gold salt used? If you use a salt, is it AuCl3 (Gold III Chloride) Also, how much of the ferment is to be added each time?

A. It is best to use no salt but the metal. When using salts, the hydrochloric acid can not be entirely removed, as the gold goes back to its metallic state.

Q. In Cockren, page 121, paragraph 3, line 4, he mentions obtaining " a salt from the calcined metal by a special process." And again, page 122, paragraph 2, line 5 - "sublimated by a special process." What are these two special processes?

A. The first is an acetate and the second is during the dry distillation when the sublimate shows.

Q. If the unfixed tincture of Antimony has no spirit, why does it give us energy?

A. I have found no statement made that unfixed tincture of antimony has no spirit. It certainly has.

Q. I have two soxhlet extractors at home, neither of which drain completely from the soxhlet chamber when the flow over occurs. Why?

A. The pressure could be insufficient; the syphon tube clogged, or an airlock is in the syphon tube. Try raising the heat.

Q. Can transcending the mind, as in meditation, help expand the mind?

A. Mind is an extension of consciousness that adds to our thoughts new ideas. Thought can expand by way of the influence of the mind, as a channel for consciousness.

Q. Would you agree that the neutralized lye is in fact sodium acetate?

A. Not very, well, as it is neutralized. To be an acetate needs the action of the acid beyond the neutralized state.

Q. The final result so far in the Kermes process I have come up with, after Acetic acid conversion to acetate and then K.M. extraction, is mainly a hydroscopic water and alcohol soluble salt which gives off SO2 on slight heating. What can I do with this salt?

A. Kermes is no acetate. It is an antimony oxysulfide from which an antimony acetate can be produced. You can extract either an unfixed or antimony and natural sulphur tincture from it.

Q. Regarding the electromagnetic principle which was mentioned for transport of the future. Does this relate to harmonic sounds as used by John Worrel Keely in the early part of this century?

A. At present I am not acquainted with J. W. Keely's theory. Even your reference to electromagnetic principles is vague. It needs further elaboration from you in what specific context it is to be placed.

Q. Would the unfixed tincture of antimony used with the oil of copper be capable of dissolving kidney stones?

A. I don't know. Tartarus would.

Q. Is the universal spirit the same spirit we find in the vegetable world, animal world, and mineral world? Or is it contained within these spirits? Or what is the difference between them?

A. It is. The difference is the vehicle wherein it is found within its respective category, as alcohol, blood, or alkahest.

Q. On page 173 of The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, Kerkring has a footnote further clarifying Basil's method of extracting Vinegar of Antimony. He says, "mix that which is sublimed with fresh antimony." When Basil and Kerkring talk of sublimation, are they referring to sublimation of the ore or sublimation of the Spirit (Vinegar)

A. In this case, the spirit that "rose forth" from the antimony.

Q. When I heated my "ore" (actually thoroughly calcined Red Kermes, Sb2O3) after distillation of the sour water, I could get no sublimation of the Sb2O3 after 4 hours at very high heat in a sandbath. Perhaps, I should have used Sb2S3 but then a high heat would have sublimed SO2 and left the regulus and probably produced some sulphuric acid through SO2, dissolving in the already distilled off water. Your comments please.

A. We have found no sulphuric acid. If you thoroughly calcined the Kermes, there is little likelihood of any sulphur dioxide (SO2) converting into sulphuric acid.

Q. Which of the following is correct?
(a) Order of 7 year Jupiter cycle: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
(b) Order of 7 year Jupiter cycle: Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars and Mercury.

A. Both can be correct, depending on what they are used for. Tell us what you are determining and maybe we can assist you.

Q. In what way, if at all, would a person born of Southern latitudes differ from one originating in Northern latitudes, both having the same sign but different season of birth?

A. The season does not make any difference. Libra is still Libra and so is its sign influence.

Q. Is there a specific number of conscious assistants which you would like to have for Tri-Star? If so, how many?

A. There is no specific number.

Q. If we fail a test is there always another chance in this life?

A. Yes.

Q. Apart from the instruction given in the Prima class and the notes taken on the Qabala is there a suggestion as to how one can study it fur ther and immerse oneself in it? What books would you suggest?

A. We prefer not to suggest any books, as those left out of the many that could be mentioned may be the ones that have special appeal. In the end, the QBL is a means toward an end but not the end.

Q. What is an Alchemist?

A. An alchemist is not a fool, but one who has attained selfmastery

Q. What differentiates an Alchemist from others who are enlightened Yogi Masters, Sufi Masters, etc.?

A. There is no differentiation except by name. An alchemist is an alchemist, an enlightened one. Even this reveals itself by degree in a name.

Q. If it takes an enlightened person to keep a fourth way school alive, will there be an enlightened one to take over for Tri-Star after you leave?

A. Most certainly.


back cover


To be perfect is relative. A perfect state of being is a measurement taken from' a certain perspective, from a degree of conscious expansion or a plateau of evolution that is attained within an infinite Life of achievement. Where is the beginning or end of Ideals or the beginning or end of Perfection? Who is to say that simply to be is not the perfect state of an Ideal carried out by an Idea?

Simply To Be is no small thing. It is a condition that the majority of beings regard as a natural event, an occurrence quite commonplace for a given time. Yet, there is to be found in such a simple being the wonderment that one exists at all. And how perfectly one exists, despite the prevailing circumstances and conditions that would cause one to think otherwise.. The very consciousness of one's existence, however difficult, is to be marveled at. For such a consciousness itself is able to experience all manner of stimuli. It can reason, feel, and activate. It is imbued with a power that. can create for itself and all others all manner of experiences. Who is to say that to be conscious as man and woman is not a plateau of perfection in the universal scheme? If one has ever climbed a mountain only to find another still higher to be scaled, then there is some understanding and a glimpse of the infiniteness of what is called Perfection.

Alchemy is evolution and evolution itself will carry one on to higher and higher plateaus of perfection. It is Alchemy or Parachemy (or Parachemistry), as it is known today, that will move all things toward an unfoldment of a greater and greater perfection, for it is a reaching beyond to Ideals presently unknown and an implementation of Ideas that for many seem radical presently but will become for many, in time, but commonplace. The Ideal of perfection will always be grander than what is to be experienced in the present state, and the Ideas will always be plentiful as to how to achieve such a state, with but a very few actually applied in a manner that will assure success.

The problem is not the attainment of Perfection. The problem is in one's attitude toward Perfection. Perfection, being relative, can never be wholly attained. It is an unending line one moves along. One's attitude toward Perfection can cause one to be diseased or out of harmony continuously, simply because there is found to be no end to perfection itself, and all efforts toward it then are but experiences which fall short. This is the result of "placing" ourselves into the future and measuring where we are by where we think we should be. Or "Placing" ourselves into the past and measuring where we are by where we think we should have been by now. We are where we are. Here, we will experience a state of perfection, if we will but allow ourselves to do so. There is to be found in us, with us, and around us that which is perfect. Yesterday it was not perfect. Tomorrow it will not be perfect. Now It is.