Alchemical Terminology

First and foremost, because not everyone is an expert in alchemy and occultism some basic terminology may be in order.

Arcanum -- meaning a secret formulae, recipe, or mystical elixir.

Base Metal -- The pure forms of the elements which make up all other matter in different proportions. Blood -- See Body, Blood, and the Stone. Bloodstone -- a stone made from coagulated and calcinated blood.

Catholicon -- a type of elixir of life which met with some modest success.

Chemical Wedding -- Usually meant to infer the union of quicksilver and sulpher (water and fire) which results in either balance or chaos. Coagulation -- clotting of insoluble materials Dibicos -- a large, two spouted distillation flask (also called a Pelican).

Dung -- indeed, a very common alchemical substance. Unpleasant, but common in alchemy.

Elixir -- Basically, a potion, but can mean much more

(such as the quintessence of all life).

Firestone -- A stone of sulpher, primarily, and a transmuter of lesser metals and minerals.

Golem -- a being artificially created by an elemental, rather than alchemical, process. Its intelligence resides in the elemental spirit, rather than a human soul.

Great Work -- the Great Work (Magnum Opus) is the creation of the Philosopher's Stone. Kerotakis -- A large metal container used for holding and heating metals.

Paste -- a form of elixir in a pasty form.

Pentacle -- a five pointed star, a common symbol of power, protection, and healing.

Pentagram -- a pentacle turned upside down. Also grants power and protection, but in a different way.

Plating -- the proceeds of hardening a thin layer of gold over a block of lead. A common alchemical trick for "turning" lead to gold, which has as resulted in the execution of many such charlatans.

Poison -- Basically, a toxic potion.

Potion -- a form of elixir in a liquid state.

Powder -- a substance ground into fine particles.

Prima Materia -- Primal Matter. The basic matter of creation from which all the elements and base metals were formed, and thus from them, all other materials, metals, and compounds.

Prince -- A pure chemical which is effectively untainted or is in a highly concentrated form. Prince of Water is pure water. Prince of Quicksilver is pure quicksilver.

Principle -- A law or rule of nature which cannot be broken (violated). Also, a Prince. Quintessence -- a type of lesser Philosopher's Stone which arises from the distillation of base metals to find their essential forms.

Retort -- A glass vessel shaped like a bulb with a long neck used in the process of alchemical distillation and heating.

Tribicos -- a three spouted distillation flask like a dibicos.

Uroboros -- a symbolic dragon who is endlessly eating is own tail. His end is his beginning and symbolizes the circular nature of all things. Vitriol -- a metal or chemical based on sulfates. Xerion -- a common healing powered for wounds.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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