View Full Version : How to ... get into the Weird, Wild, Wise, Wide Sacred Science of Alchemy ?

11-26-2011, 08:45 AM
1. You have to understand very well, precisely the true goal of Alchemy.

It's NOT the Stone, it's NOT gold. It's ALL about Spirituality.

It's a spiritual understanding before everything else, this understanding, translated into a "lab language", can lead to the Stone, this Fruit, leads you to the Core/Source of the Matrix.

We create a medium, a bridge, to pass from the periphery to the Center.

2. You have to erase all false concepts : Virgin Vision

Empty your cup, remove your glasses & filters : toughts, believes, ideas, concepts, culture, informations, etc. Put them aside for a moment. until a new, higher, clearer vision comes.

Be empty, not knowing.
Be humble. No, you don't know. Because if it was the case, you would have the Stone now.

3. You have to develop a profound understanding of Nature through meditation (Hermetical Vision)

What do you know about the polarities in the Universe ? Genesis ? Structures of forms ? Compositions of matters ? Cycles ?
What do you know about all this in Nature ?
Keep asking "why this, why that"... Keep asking ! Seek for answers ! Nature is the Book of all books. learn to read it ! Decypher it ! Be passionnate about that.

4. Learn to hold the Hemetical Paradox and think out of the box.

"You have to die a lot in order to be immortal." This is an Hermetical Paradox.
Put the concepts in all possible senses. Try them all.

5. Work in the Lab.

Matter is a great teacher. And Spiritus too ... One can learn a lot with simple experiments in the lab. Only if one can learn from mistakes and success. If one can understand what "happened", then it's okay !

6. Work in the Oratorium.

The laws in Theurgy and Astrology, and Alchemy are the same. Work in an energetical way too. In, and out, lab, and oratirium. This makes equilibrium.
Oratorium is reading, praying, doing Theurgy, and Astrology, studying Hermetics, and developping the Hermetical understanding of the Universe. It's also practicing some yoga for example.

7. Keep or seek your inner child & fairy Tales taste.

The Fairy Tales mind is important. Totally opposed to the Scientific Vision, it is nonetheless rational.
It can open your vision, your soul to something else. It's not by chance that old Alchemists put their secrets in fairy tales !

8. Take notes & photos.

Keep records of your experiments. Take photos. It's sometime important to have a record in order to see a detail, etc.

9. Learn english, latin, german, french, or italian ... etc, if necessary.

But it is not a necessity. But it is better to read texts in the first language.
Now, the only language you have to speak perfectly is the language of Nature Itself.

10. Saturate your spirit with Alchemical Symbols/engravings.

Make a collection of images, paintings, engravings, etc. And meditate on them, look at them, enjoy them. You can have dreams about them, seeing new engravings in your dreams ... look at differences, and common points. You can paint them, draw them. print them and put them in your lab.

11. See Alchemy everywhere. Make your Vision of the process wider.

Open your mind. Alchemy = Nature, and Nature is expressed everytime, everywhere, and the Archetypes, analogies, are found in a lot of mediums like novels, Sci-fi, tv shows, music, films ...some of these mediums speak sometime more openly of the Alchemical secrets than Alchemical books themselves !

12. Keep hope. Never give up : like Thomas Edison.

Always put on the fire your work. Again and again.
Try, try and try again. until you succeed. You want it ? So work for it. No secret.

13. Details, details, details in lab/oratorium.

There is no such thing as details in Alchemy.
Maybe in engravings... sometime.
A detail can kill you.
A detail can make you mad. So please, try to open your vision and to encompass the "whole" thing before putting in practice something.

14. Never beleive without experimenting it.

Either it is your though, or the informations of someone else, always go to the lab, and put it into practice. Confirm it, or not. Matter, lab, never lie.

When you think you "get it", now, it's time to practice and to see if, actually, you get it or not. And sometime practice can make you a step farther.

15. Take care of yourself.

In all your dimensions, take care of yourself. Body, soul/emotions, mind and spirituality. One cannot approach the understanding of the Stone with a low vibration.

Be healthy, in body, mind, soul. Develop Presence to the Now. Keep cool. Enjoy life. Do what you have to do. Don't bypass your life for the Stone.

Everything interfere on everything, everytime. Cultivate positivity in all the areas of your life.

So, stay tuned to what's going on around you, be "aware" (merci Jean Claude VanDamme lol).

16. Stick to the good authors.

Denys Zachaire, Jean D'Espagnet, Nicolas Flamel, Limojon de St Didier, Roger Bacon, Paracelsus, Cosmopolite, Bernard de la Marche Trévisan, Michael Maier, Lambsprink, Raymond Lulle, Arnaud de Villeneuve, Trismosin ... etc etc!

From my blog.

11-26-2011, 09:39 AM
Very good, sound and practical advice my friend - well said. :)

I think numbers 1, 11, and 15 are missed most often, usually unto bad results of mind body and spirit. If balance is not in all areas of life, then it is in none of them at all, and if everything is not Alchemy, then Alchemy cannot be Truth, and if the heart of it is not the Spirit itself manifesting and acting - then all is nothing at its core/heart/soul.
Luckily thats not the case, of course, but still - i personally feel special importance to be placed on those as the ones most often overlooked.
(based on what ive seen anyway.) ;)


11-26-2011, 07:51 PM
I'm considering printing this and placing it above my workspace, thanks for posting these Salazius!!

"The 18 Alchemical Guidelines of Salazius" should be made a Sticky for the forum :)

11-27-2011, 12:20 PM
17. Get the Principles before the recipe !

Plenty of recipes everywhere. But the laws, principles, they are the basics. If you have them all, you have the short cut, you don't loose time money, and energy. Knowledge is power, and shortcut too !

18. Keep it simple !

Please, keep it simple ! How many times we have Alchemists getting lost in the most complicated labyrinth ever ... and they made it ! All by themselves !

The last ones ! :)

Glad you enjoyed it guys. Cool if it can be used effectively as a guideline for you !

I'm not saying that 'everything is in there', but still, if you use them and work on each steps - which can be hard and totally appart from Alchemy - I'm sure one can enhance his level of Hermetical Understanding quickly and having more fun in life.

11-27-2011, 02:22 PM
I'm considering printing this and placing it above my workspace, thanks for posting these Salazius!!

"The 16 Alchemical Guidelines of Salazius" should be made a Sticky for the forum :)

I second that, Nibiru.

I cut & pasted the 18-points to Microsoft Works to clean up the (few) spelling errors and then changed it over to a nicer font [Wish I had an old-English font to give it that "Ten Commandments" look :)].

Such an elegant & useful Swiss-Army-Knife of guidelines.

11-27-2011, 03:00 PM
Yeah ... sorry for the "aurtografic" errors :)

Let's make two nice pieces of marble and put them in a covenant ! lol

11-27-2011, 04:39 PM
Clay/Cuneiform tablets, Emerald tablets, Mosaic tablets, copper scrolls, sheepskin, all had their day.

I think a spherical Tag Cloud would provide a nice presentation-media for your Alchemy Guidelines.

Note the Second example in the first link. Place cursor on the word of interest, rotating it to the front.
I'm not sure if this can be done on a larger scale with larger portions of text or not.




[Actually, a simple print-out situated for easy-referral should work for me. :)]

11-27-2011, 06:37 PM

Tag Cloud seems to be a very interesting ... but as all clouds, it is very volatile.

Anyway, a print is good ... :)

11-27-2011, 11:53 PM

Tag Cloud seems to be a very interesting ... but as all clouds, it is very volatile.

Anyway, a print is good ... :)

I looked up the word “nebulous” in the dictionary and the example they gave was
“an animated word-cloud in cyberspace” so that certainly underscores your point. :)

And, although my motives were probably transparent, I’ll confess to having submitted
that option because I was afraid I had inadvertently set myself up to be allocated the
honorable-but-rather-more-labor-intensive role of designated marble-tablet engraver.

Anyway, thanks again for the consideration of sharing this concise cornucopia of insights.


11-28-2011, 12:17 PM
"cornucopia of insights"

Cool expression. Very inspiring one. Very Alchemical also.