It is tempting in modern times to think of alchemy as merely a precursor to chemistry or even some form of psychological initiation into the soul. This book is written with an obvious love of both the spiritual and practical side of the subject. It makes an imaginative and radical break with modernism and lets the emblems from the Mutus Liber speak and reveal their inner meaning. In no way does it reveal the Mutusâ€™ secrets in relation to mineral alchemy, yet it gives the student of the subject an insightful glimpse into the Spagyrical art.
Decoding Alchemy offers the reader an important introduction to the Hermetic and practical art of Spagyrics. Its subject matter is broad and covers the various techniques used by alchemists both past and present. The student of Hermeticism, Symbolism and Religion should also benefit from the analogies between Kabbalism and the Alchemical Art. Above all else, Plimerâ€™s book investigates the procedures behind the production of the lapis philosophorum or philosopherâ€™s stone and the Spagyric Art of Dew Alchemy.
This book provides the reader with a clue to gnosis, through a study of the dense iconography and symbolism illustrated in the plates of the classic alchemical work Mutus Liber.
Liber enim librum aperit, and as â€˜one book opens anotherâ€™, Plimerâ€™s Decoding Alchemy, invites the reader to see with the mindâ€™s eye (spiritually and philosophically) and touch the materia (through practical experimentation), that is that alchemy stands in relation to the world of both mind and nature.
Plimerâ€™s concept of alchemy is that of transmutation, the change of one thing into another, from the gross to the refined. The book constantly reminds the reader that alchemy is to be understood on a spiritual, symbolical and material level. It points out that it is through the divine mix of spirit, soul and body (the alchemic principles of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt) that the alchemist can open up Nature, purify and then reconstitute matter into a higher more exalted form.
In Decoding Alchemy, Plimer presents an in-depth introduction to both the spiritual and practical aspects of alchemy. Alchemy has remained throughout the centuries a subject little understood. Therefore much can be gained through Plimerâ€™s insightful analysis of the allegorical and symbolical emblems found in the Mutus Liber.
The aim of Plimerâ€™s Decoding Alchemy is to allow the student of the subject the opportunity to penetrate the secrets of Nature in search of the lapis philosophorum (philosopherâ€™s stone). It is said that the production of such a stone, allows for the transmutation of both matter and the alchemist.
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