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    Question Quick question: Can a fridge substitute humid air for salt of tartar liquefying?

    I'm planning on making an ens tincture for Lemon Balm but can a fridge substitute humid air for turning it into oil of tartar which is its liquid form if the air is too dry? Why or why not? Just wanting to know thanks.

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    Being that this is the Practical Alchemy section, a simple answer to your question is no.

    No; because lemons, tartar, and everclear are not used in our Work...

    ...BUT...If we understand what the Sages wrote regarding snow white tartar liquefying, becoming an oil, and the usage of what they call Lemon Balm it all starts to make more sense why they used such descriptions and wrote about these subjects esoterically [to the Initiated].

    The treatise "Hermes Unveiled" has something to say that you might find interesting relevant to the subject you are trying to understand:

    "Then we go on to the separation of the pure from the impure parts of the matter. This is the last degree of regeneration which terminates in the solution.

    To arrive at this point, after having well crushed the matter and having it in a subliminatory vase, as we have already said, of three or four fingers in height, thick as ordinary glass, some mercurial water is poured over it. This is our Azoth dissolved in the quantity if Astral Spirit which is necessary to it and as previously indicated by graduating its fire in such a manner as to maintain a temperate heat and giving it, at the last, a quantity of this matter. By this means we transmit all the spiritual part of this last into the water and the earthy part sinks to the bottom. The extract is now decanted and placed in ice in order that the oily quintessence comes together and floats to the top o the water like an oil. The remaining earth is thrown to the bottom as useless, because it was this that held the medicinal virtue of the gold imprisoned, which means that it is of no value.

    This oil now floating on the top is separated with the help of the white feather of a pigeon that has been well washed and dampened and it is necessary to be careful not to lose any of it at all because it is the true quintessence of there generated common gold in which the three principles are reunited and can no longer be separated the one from the other.

    Be careful to note that it is not necessary to push the lapidification of the matter too far in order not to transform the calcined fold into a sort of crystal. It is necessary to control the external fire skillfully so that it dries the saline humidity of the calcined gold, little by little, and thus changes it into a soft earth, which falls like an ash, because of its lapidification or more ample dessication.

    The oil thus obtained by separation is the tincture or the sulphur or the radical fire of the gold or the true coloration. It is also the true Potable Gold or the Universal Medicine for all the ills that afflict humanity. One only takes this at the two equinoxes in a quantity necessary lightly to color a soup spoon full of white tine or of distilled dew, seeing that a large quantity of this medicine would destroy the radical humidity of man and thus deprive him of life.

    This oil assumes on all possible forms and transforms itself into powder, into salt, into stone, into spirit, etc., by means of dessication by the help of its own secret fire. This oil is also the Blood of the Red Lion.

    The ancients symbolized it by the image of a winged dragon resting on the earth. Finally, this oil that cannot be consumed is the Golden Mercury. Once it is made, it is to be divided into two equal parts. One part is kept in the oily state in a small well-stoppered flask of white glass. This is kept in a dry spot in order to use it to make the imbuings during the reigns of Mars and the sun as I shall describe at the end of the third procedure. The other portion is dried until it is reduced to a powder by following the same means that I indicated previously to dry the matter and coagulate it. Then this powder is divided into two equal parts. One part is dissolved in proportions of one part to four of its weight of philosophical mercury in order to permeate the other parts of the powder that has been kept black.


    If we continue to apply the external fire, the matter becomes very fine and of such a subtility that is almost unimaginable. For this reason the fire must be very well controlled so that the matter does not volatilize due to the strength of the fire which must penetrate it entirely, but that it stays at the bottom of the vase and transforms itself into a green powder. This is now the degree of Venus.

    Wisely continuing the external fire, the matter turns to a lemon yellow. This is the degree of mars.

    This color increases in intensity and becomes the color of copper. When it has reached this point it can no longer increase in intensity by itself. Now it is necessary to have recourse to the golden red mercury, that is to say, to our oil that has been kept and to impregnate the matter with this oil until it has become red. Now begins the degree of the sun.

    In continuing the impregnations with the golden oil, the matter becomes redder and redder, then purple and, finally, of a brown-red. This constitutes the salamander of the wise that fire can no longer attack.

    Finally, the matter in conjoined with the same aurific oil by imbuing it, drop by drop, until the oil of the sun is coagulated with the matter and that this latter, placed on a hot blade, melts without smoke. This is the fixed and coagulating gold of which one part transmutes a hundred parts of mercury into a gold that is better than that of nature."

    When the Masters wrote of Lemon Balm and the like, this is what they were talking about. Plenty more quotes back this up, but the above quote should suffice.

    "Sanguis Naturae", "Aphorisms Of Urbigerus", and "An Explanation Of The Natural Philosopher's Tincture" would be great to further study before proceeding with your current experiment as planned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnowledgeSeeker View Post
    I'm planning on making an ens tincture for Lemon Balm but can a fridge substitute humid air for turning it into oil of tartar which is its liquid form if the air is too dry? Why or why not? Just wanting to know thanks.
    In my fridge, the operation you are performing would probably work oppositely of how you expect. I've noticed that my fridge tends to "freeze dry" everything uncovered within it, as does my freezer. If it's moist in there, cold-tolerant molds and yeasts can propagate. This might depend on a lot of things though, such as the humidity in your home, etc.

    Worth a test I suppose. The "tartar" (actually salt of tarter in this case) should absorb moisture from anything else in the fridge. But as always the best way to find out is to try it, then post your results for the rest of us.

    ..and don't be surprised if this thread get's moved to Spagyrics.

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