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solomon levi
01-23-2010, 06:44 AM
Those are the words Glauber used. Then I realised, maybe there is something
more to Basil's first key than merely purifying gold with antimony.
You can actually turn gold into a calx using antimony alone.

Here is the process:

Put fine gold into a crucible; let it become intensely hot and flow by the blast.
Project, gradually, philosophical lead upon it, and blow the fumes away with
a small pair of bellows.
This must be continued until the lead has carried away the body of the gold
in white fumes, and lastly there remains "our fire" and "incombustible sulphur"
transparent like a ruby.
This is the last and first matter of gold - the sophic fire, our sperm and sulphur.
This also transmutes silver into gold.

(This note follows)
Evaporation - all the antimony has to pass off by evaporating before the
gold can in any way be converted into a calx, which calx is regarded by
some as the whole secret of the thing.

LeoRetilus
01-23-2010, 07:57 AM
Precisely, its essentially the same thing as the Solar Phase of the Red Lion Path I posted. The antimony burns the gold and reduces it to its first matter and then the mercury amalgamates with the metallic gold(larger clusters) and "our gold"(smaller clusters ,no longer a metal) flys over with the mercury into our condensing flask, (while the metallic gold remains behind ) our gold later surfaces upon the distilled mercury in which time it is dusted into a phial with a feather. Then you take the metallic gold that was left in the distillation flask and burn it with antimony again and fly another eagle over with the mercury and it will pool on the surface again and you repeat this process until you have converted all the gold to the red lion.

Your right, this is the first key ,... to prepare our gold,.... for as long as it is combustable it is not protected. The fox in this key represents the antimony and thats why the fox is pictured near or jumping over the fire.

Heres the equivilant phase/key in The Splendor Solis The antimony is the dragon and the boy is imbibing the antimony with gold dissolved in A.R. perhaps, or maybe mercury amalgamated with gold(in the metal flask) and he is blowing it with a bellows:
http://www.hermetics.org/solis/images/solis12.JPG

This is just another way of obtaining the red lion there are many other ways. Some are easiler some are harder. A high voltage potential spark gap, in an ozone environment(O6) is the fastest way to burn gold to its first matter.:):):)

But don't be led astray this is not the Philosophers Stone this is only what we will join to our completed red stone to ferment it.

Are we getting somewhere now?

True Initiate
01-24-2010, 10:27 AM
Remember that Antimony has a exact same sulphur as gold .There is no difference between them.
In the end antimony is at the very last step of golden chain to become a metal.

Hyperborean
01-25-2010, 10:41 AM
Remember that Antimony has a exact same sulphur as gold .There is no difference between them.
In the end antimony is at the very last step of golden chain to become a metal.

But antimony's sulphur is killed during melting, and it's the cause that we need add Solar Sulphur from some other metall to our Mercury we have obtained in the First Work.

solomon levi
01-26-2010, 01:18 AM
I remember reading that copper had the same sulphur as gold.
??

Hyperborean
01-26-2010, 11:05 AM
I remember reading that copper had the same sulphur as gold.
??

Yes, coopper, iron and some other metals.

Salazius
01-26-2010, 03:16 PM
Copper is "blue", like silver or coblat; gold is "red", like iron or antimony.

Green Lion
01-26-2010, 04:33 PM
Pure sulfur of copper is red, like iron and gold.
Pure sulfur of silver is white.
Blue color of silver or copper tinctures is not the perfect color of the sulfur of this metals.
To know of which color is the sulfur of a metal, we have to understand the signification of the red metals and white metals in the alchemical texts.

Salazius
01-26-2010, 05:51 PM
Thanks GL, as you stated I was speaking of crude sulfurs, not perfected by Art.