A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery by Lyndy Abraham

By Lyndy Abraham

This dictionary files alchemical symbolism from the early centuries advert to the late-twentieth century, to be used by way of historians of literary tradition, philosophy, technological know-how and the visible arts, and readers drawn to alchemy and hermeticism. every one access incorporates a definition of the logo, giving the literal (physical) and figurative (spiritual) meanings, an instance of the logo utilized in alchemical writing, and a citation from a literary resource. There are fifty visible photographs of image woodcuts, copperplate engravings and painted by hand logos, a few reproduced right here for the 1st time.

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Ripley also used the term ‘digestion’ when describing the process of bringing the matter to the stage of the ‘ albedo, and then to the ‘ rubedo: ‘And so our Stone by Drynes and by Hete, /Dygested ys to Whyte and Red complete’ (tcb, 163). 73-4). 439- 43)- discord see peace. disease see medicine, leprosy, Naaman the leper, dismemberment dissolution distillation and sublimation see beheading. see nigredo, solve et coagula. the process of purification and clarification whereby the volatile spirit is extracted from the impure matter or body.

Thomas Tymme cast God as the great alchemist whose spirit moved upon the waters and by ‘Halchymicall Extraction, Separation, Sublimation, and coniunction, so ordered and conioyned’ the ‘Chaos’ (e p , 88). 139). 62). the mercurial ‘ serpent or transforming arcanum in its initial chthonic aspect during the dark, destructive opening of the opus alchymicum. Like the ‘ bee, the crocodile was classified as a serpent in the bestiaries of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The amphibious nature of the crocodile made it an apt symbol for the dual-natured ‘ Mercurius.

The projection of the philosopher’s stone (or powder) on the molten base metal usually takes place in the crucible because it can withstand great heat. The Clangor buccinae advised the alchemist on transmuting tin into silver: ‘If thou would’st make Projection upon Jupiter, melt it in a Crucible, and put to one pound of Jupiter one ounce of pure Luna, and melt them together; then cast on it thy White Tincture’ (zc, 85). The alchemical assay or trial of gold also took place in the crucible. Lucy Hastings used the term as a generic name for the alchemical vessel in a poem written on the fiy-leaf of a copy of LachrymaeMusarum.

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