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solomon levi
02-10-2009, 11:11 PM
I know that acids and alkalis are generally rebuffed in alchemical work.
But how do we know what is true?
I'm just considering the possiblity that acids really are the solvent for gold,
since we know that works - acids dissolve all metals; sometimes strong
alkalis dissolve metals.

So here's something from alchemical symbolism.
You know how salt is a circle with a horizontal line?
And then nitre is a circle with a vertical line, right?
So you put them together - the male/vertical and female/horizontal,
and what do you get?
Sodium nitrate + sodium chloride = aqua regia!
When you distill them together, that is.
The cross is the same symbol as the hexagram - union of male and female.
This greatly reflects the work as m-state production from chlorauric acid,
which can go through all the colors that the philosophers speak about.


Another consideration -
hydroxide is basically fire water - hydro = water; oxide = fire.
Again, the hexagram symbol.
A water that doesn't wet the hands, but burns the hands.
A substance with its own internal heat, as the philosophers describe.

The other evidence that leans me towards the solvent being an acid
is that that is how it works in the plant kingdom.
When we volatilise the fixed, we combine the acidic essential oil of the
plant with the alkaline fixed salt. So why would it be different in the
mineral kingdom?

Just something to consider. Nothing definite.

solomon

solomon levi
02-10-2009, 11:26 PM
Another thought - hydrogen is always with these acids.
HNO3, HCl, HSO4...
Hydrogen could be the serpents, the symbols of mercury.
Water serpents were called Hydras.
Acid and alkaline is a matter of donating or receiving hydrogen ions.

I don't know if that symbolism hits you like it does me.
Also, fleece could be ox-hide.
Calx = oxide.
The calx of gold is readily dissolved in hydra-oxides.
Sometimes it IS a hydroxide, when it's purplish...

Anyway... I've just been contemplating these things.
There's a wonderful text - I think in the RAMS documents -
where the author "discloses" to the reader that the terms
"mercury, sulphur and salt" are indicative of acid, alkali and salt.
Salt is the product/child of the union of an acid and alkaline.
If I find that text, I'll let you know the name of it.

solomon levi
02-11-2009, 09:33 PM
Just found out today that the reason why Egypt was called khem, or kemet,
"the black land", is because of lime deposits on the bank of the Nile.
I thought that odd - lime generally being white, but impurities can cause
all manner of colors.
Another interesting lime-related material etymologically related to Egypt
is gypsum - calcium sulphate. One form of gypsum is called selenite.

Enoch
02-13-2009, 08:14 AM
There's a wonderful text - I think in the RAMS documents -
where the author "discloses" to the reader that the terms
"mercury, sulphur and salt" are indicative of acid, alkali and salt.
Salt is the product/child of the union of an acid and alkaline.
If I find that text, I'll let you know the name of it.

It's disclosed in the Golden chain of Homer.
In the RAMS manuscript there also a beautiful diagram explaining that.
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/5688/goldencc3.jpg

solomon levi
02-14-2009, 10:00 PM
I guess I need to read that one again.
Thanks. That was Frater Albertus' favorite.

But I'm thinking of another work.
Still haven't gotten to finding it.

solomon levi
02-18-2009, 07:04 PM
The name of the manuscript I was trying to recall
is "Sal, lumen et spiritus mundi Philosophici"

jnjone4
02-19-2009, 02:57 PM
Hi, Sal Lumen... can be downloaded HERE (http://www.e-rara.ch/doi/10.3931/e-rara-5033) ....if you punch in words like:chymistry, alchemy, in keywords a cornucopia of interesting books will appear

jnjone4
02-19-2009, 04:05 PM
Sorry. HERE (http://www.e-rara.ch/download/pdf/1507169?name=Sal%20lumen%20et%20spiritus%20mundi%2 0philosophici%20or%20the%20dawning%20of%20the%20da y%20discovered%20by) is the correct (direct download) link.