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    How to break down metals?

    Recently, Iíve learned of a saying: Solve et Coagula. Which means break down and rebuild. I was wondering if anyone knew how I could break down metals in alchemy. Thank you
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    Hi Antinventor

    Quote Originally Posted by Antinventor2020 View Post
    Recently, Iíve learned of a saying: Solve et Coagula. Which means break down and rebuild. I was wondering if anyone knew how I could break down metals in alchemy. Thank you
    There is only one (1) substance that can be used to "break down metals in alchemy" and that is Our SM (Spiritus Mundi), Our Mercury, etc.

    This is the beginning of the processes of "Solve et Coagula".

    There are other substances that will break down metals but you asked specifically about Alchemy.

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    Hi Lakshmana you may not be aware that the author of that book died from consuming substances that he believed to be Alchemic.

    Unfortunately for him those substances were not Alchemic and this should be a warning to all reading this and any material written by him.
    Last edited by black; 07-01-2022 at 01:45 AM.

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    Thanks for the warning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antinventor2020 View Post
    Recently, I’ve learned of a saying: Solve et Coagula. Which means break down and rebuild. I was wondering if anyone knew how I could break down metals in alchemy. Thank you
    To resolve a problem is to find a solution or to fix the problem.
    I know this does not help with your question but it is interesting.

    I do believe that you can break down metals with certain types of spirits and or salts but I could not elaborate beyond this because I honestly do not know and have not done so myself.

    The solve and coagula might lead you down some interesting avenues however!
    What metals are you looking to break down and rebuild philosophically?

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    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    Hi Antinventor


    There is only one (1) substance that can be used to "break down metals in alchemy" and that is Our SM (Spiritus Mundi), Our Mercury, etc.

    This is the beginning of the processes of "Solve et Coagula".

    There are other substances that will break down metals but you asked specifically about Alchemy.
    Thank you. Are you referring to quicksilver or philosophic Mercury?
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    Hi Antinventor

    Quote Originally Posted by Antinventor2020 View Post
    Thank you. Are you referring to quicksilver or philosophic Mercury?
    The Mercury used in an Alchemic Process is not Mercury (Hg) .... the Only Mercury that is needed is Our Mercury, SM, Secret Solvent, etc.

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    Here are a few threads which might interest you:

    Researching GW Stone and Alkahest

    The Secret Solvent

    Vinegar (Distilled & Alkalisated)

    Difference between Alkahest and the Universal Mercury (SM)

    There may be more worth looking at if you are able to navigate the Forum's search function. Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Rig View Post
    To resolve a problem is to find a solution or to fix the problem.
    I know this does not help with your question but it is interesting.

    I do believe that you can break down metals with certain types of spirits and or salts but I could not elaborate beyond this because I honestly do not know and have not done so myself.

    The solve and coagula might lead you down some interesting avenues however!
    What metals are you looking to break down and rebuild philosophically?
    Copper and iron. Thank you
    Magic Maybe Mighty, but Science is Superior

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