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FullMetal Alchemist
12-16-2010, 05:55 PM
Hello everyone! I am new here and would love to get to know you all! Now i havent been interested in Alchemy fortoolong and do not to much about but i am very determined to learn and would like some helpfrom you all who are experienced!:) Its great to be here!

Frater IA
12-16-2010, 09:26 PM
Well FullMetal, I feel that I am also a beginner in this study. So I will ask, what is your first goals?(obviously the end goal for all of us is about the same). If you don't have a beginning goal, many of the members on here could probably recommend a good beginning book to start you off, the one I purchased starts me off in spagyrics which is plant alchemy, and by far I'd say the safest to do in your home. (other than spiritual alchemy and meditation) Also, what type of equipment do you have, or if you have none, what type of budget do you have to purchase equipment with?

solomon levi
12-16-2010, 09:38 PM
Welcome FullMetal Alchemist!

Haahaa! Yeah, I remember my beginnings - a pressure cooker with plastic tubing on the kitchen stove. :D
Steam distilling cedar, mint, rosemary... nice smells!
Ran the tubing through a 2 liter bottle of cold water for a condenser.
The hole leaked so I had it in a pan and kept refilling.
Those were the days!

FullMetal Alchemist
12-17-2010, 02:02 AM
Nice to meet you too! And no unforunetly No i have no equipment! But i would love for some recommened books and other equipment from you guys if you would be so kind?:)

solomon levi
12-17-2010, 06:35 AM
IMO, Manfred Junius' Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy is one of the best for beginners.
When I searched it, this link came up for a free download.
Hopefully it is a good link. I haven't tried it as I own the book.
(better link a couple posts down)

Here is a lead to another decent work:
http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?1075-a-nice-article-on-beginner-s-plant-alchemy

you can find glass at thrift stores, or I really like the Star vinegar bottles
http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/07/32/10/00/0007321000230_300X300.jpg

find corks at a beer/wine maker's store
find copper tubing at hardware stores...

check out the equipment area of the forums. :)

Frater IA
12-17-2010, 08:20 AM
;( the link requires you to do a random survey and put in personal information. ;( I'm going with bad link. I got all excited too!

Hey, Solomon, is there a huge appendix or compendium of plants, their planetary alignment, and possibly what common reactions both physical and spiritual may be from tinctures made from them? For crystalwork I have The Crystal Bible 2, it would be great to get a plant work of some kind so I could make tinctures with maybe more of a goal in mind other than just making it. (of course, every one I make, brings me that much closer to spiritual elightenment, so its by no means a waste to ever "just" make a tincture)

solomon levi
12-18-2010, 08:04 AM
Sorry for the bad link. Here's a good one on scribd:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/4439161/Practical-Handbook-of-Plant-Alchemy

About plant compendium... I don't know of any better than Culpeper. Maybe someone else does?
http://www.scribd.com/doc/30793825/Culpeper-s-Complete-Herbal

Salazius
12-18-2010, 09:25 AM
Welcome :)
Start by defining an easy goal and buy your material in occord. Good luck !

Frater IA
12-19-2010, 06:56 AM
Thank you so much for those links!!! They downloaded perfectly!

solomon levi
12-19-2010, 03:53 PM
You're welcome.
This one is brief and really good too - one of the first I read:
http://www.alchemywebsite.com/johnreid.html

Frater IA
12-20-2010, 04:07 AM
Been reading at this latest one you've posted throughout the day. Very similar to much of what Stavish writes in "The Path of Alchemy". Some of it more in depth, some of it more to the point, but around the same ideals. Good stuff either way.