By Arthur Edward Waite
A entire 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 e-book is going approximately intimating the magical adventure underlying airtight symbolism. It outlines a few of the ‘secret’ internal meanings to alchemy - symbolism, metaphysics, and spirituality. This e-book includes a universe of data and is worth it interpreting for somebody desirous to be aware of extra in this enticing topic. initially released in 1926.
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ALCHEMY AND SUPERNATURAL LIFE 9 spiritual estate which is connoted by supernatural life are those only who are qualified to perform the work of physical transmutation; 1 and I see no warrant for assuming that the Teutonic Theosophist is here testifying otherwise than at the literal and face value of his words. The thesis is that by Divine knowledge and understanding "all the metals of the earth may be brought to the highest degree of perfection, yet only by the Children of the Divine Magia who have the revelation-or experimental science-of the same".
2 A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery, with a Dissertation on the more celebrated Alchemical Philosophers, being an attempt towards the Recovery of the Ancient Experiment of Nature. London: Trelawney Saunders, 1850. A posthumouBsecond edition appeared at Belfastin 1918, based on two corrected copies--one being in tbe band of the autboress-and a third, at the same place, in 1920. Always excessively rare in its original issue, the fasbion which I have mentioned caused a demand to grow up during the intervening sixty-eight years.
We can suppose, if one cares to do so, that some French writer on the subject to which it belongs may have ventured on a bare allusion, some casual and highly speculative suggestion, put forward at a mere venture. But the question does not signify: whether born of an obscure hint found in her reading or an idea conceived in her mind, the development, if not the creation, was her own; and this is all that matters. The subject in question, and Mrs. Atwood's Key of the Mysteries, Key of Practice in Greek Mysticism and Key also of Alchemy was Animal Magnetism; but not that of Mesmer himself, of Puysegur, Deleuze, Dupotet and so forth, the phenomena and experiences of which moved in a narrower groove and never exceeded their bounds.