blog post 2-8-2017 on the advanced adept magnum opus or the great work of Theophrastus Paracelsus and others of an advanced intellect. The Paracelsus method of the great work was a hybrid cross between the ars longa and the ars brevis. The original long wet method and the short dry path which was also called the royal road or the abbreviated method and the short dry path of alchemy . This work was also obviously understood by the alchemist and author David Curwen which any true modern adept can plainly see when reading such works as “in pursuit of gold” by “lapidus” and for those who strive to read every nook and cranny which Hans W Nintzel recorded when he founded the “RAMS” digital library of alchemical texts it also shows the true level of mind which he had attained in the alchemical arts concerning the secret of the red alchemical mercury which Paracelsus referred to as “fire”. This is evident in Mr. Hans personal notes wherein it was written enclose the “gold” in the “mercury”. Such is the mark of an intellectually advanced adept in the hermetic arts of the ancient science. This lets us know that such author in fact penetrated the barriers of the inner alchemical sanctum and achieved the higher levels on the path to greater knowledge as it pertains to alchemy. Great minds of the past, and we are here today in the somewhat still chilly month of February 2017 to celebrate the coming summer solstice and the vernal equinox of spring by beginning this years “great work” with a tribute to the great minds of the past, honoring their names as we carry the alchemical torch into the modern generation. A task that is according to centuries of alchemical tradition, best reserved for those of advanced intellect in regards to the hermetic arts. As the old ones long before us said, we do not begrudge you secret art, however each has earned his or her place among us by toil and perseverance, and to those who earn this level, remember the wise advice of the ancient sages dating all the way back to Jesus and before, not to cast your “pearls” before swine. Such as those vainglorious boasters who demand your alchemical “gold”.