By Arthur Edward Waite
A whole background of alchemy revealing the topic as even more than the makes an attempt in early technological know-how of turning base metals into gold or silver, this booklet is going approximately intimating the magical adventure underlying airtight symbolism. It outlines many of the ‘secret’ internal meanings to alchemy - symbolism, metaphysics, and spirituality. This publication includes a universe of knowledge and is worth it analyzing for a person eager to understand extra in this enticing topic. initially released in 1926.
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17l. 2 He speaks also of two central fires, affirming that they are a chief part of the Mystery, that "the might of all things consists therein", and that they are easy of attainment by those who are fitted, adding, however, as follows: "It behoves us not to break the Seal of God, for a fiery mountain lieth before it, at which I am myself amazed and must wait whether it be God's will. How should I teach others expressly thereof? I cannot yet make it myself, albeit I know somewhat. "-Ibid. Compare the Third Epistle, p.
There is no doubt also that as the work of a young woman it was and will remain a notable and almost monumental performance. The fact of its authorship did not emerge clearly for many years after its appearance, but it happened that during the interim adventitious circumstances added an artificial mystery to that which inhered in the subject and-it may be said-in the peculiarity of its treatment. The Suggestive Inquiry opens with a summary sketch of alchemical literature and its writers, nearly in chronological order and designed apparently to shew that there was not only a long line of claimants to success in metallic transmutation but a recurring testimony to the fact that metals were transmuted literally in the past.
It is to be observed on his own authority that he was not an alchemist, as this class of researcher was understood at the period: he was an expositor who stood apart and, on the faith of other knowledge-received by what must be 1 The chief among these and the earliest is Heinrich Khunrath. 6 ALCHEMY AND SUPERNATURAL LIFE called revelation-was in a position-ex hypothesi suato unfold the true nature of the Great Work and the qualifications essential to its performance. " 2 He is the first who affirms 1 "Also concerning the Philosophical Work of the Tincture, its progress is not so bluntly and plainly to be de8cribed; albeit I have it not in the Praxis, the Seal of God lieth before it to conceal the true ground of the same, upon pain of eternal punishment, unless a man knew for certain that it might not be misused.
The Secret Tradition in Alchemy: Its Development and Records by Arthur Edward Waite