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Hermes' Sacred Tree - Samuel Norton

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In Samuel Norton’s ‘Key to Alchemy’ he divides the processes or states into fourteen parts:

Solution;
The act of passing from a gaseous or solid condition, into one of liquidity.

Filtration;
Mechanical separation of a liquid from the undissolved particles suspended in it.

Evaporation;
Changing from a liquid or solid state into a vaporous state with the aid of heat.

Distillation;
Operation by which a volatile liquid is separated from substances which it holds in solution.

Separation;
The operation of disuniting or decomposing substances.

Rectification;
The process of refining or purifying any substance by repeated distillation.

Calcination;
Conversion into a powder using heat; expulsion of a volatile substance from a matter.

Commixtion;
The blending of different ingredients into new compounds or mass.

Purification (through putrefaction);
Disintegration by spontaneous decomposition; decay by artificial means.

Inhibition;
The process of holding back or restraining.

Fermentation;
The conversion of organic substances into new compounds in the presence of a ferment.

Fixation;
The act or process of ceasing to be a fluid and becoming firm; state of being fixed.

Multiplication;
The act or process of multiplying or increasing in number, the state of being multiplied.

Projection;
The process of turning the base Metals into gold.

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