How Long Does The Black Stage of Alchemy Last?

How long does the black stage of Alchemy last? The black stage of Alchemy or nigredo was also called a work of Saturn in which matter putrefies into a black earth which was called the philosopher’s lead. Writings of the alchemist Hollandus indicate the black stage of Alchemy should last not more that 32 months. This time frame provides a clue regarding the secret work of alchemists because in alchemy I have seen many things turn black during different experiments, each with its own corresponding time frame.

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Green Lion alchemy
Alchemy and the green lion by Steven School
Golden water alchemy
Alchemy and the golden water by Steven School.
Alchemy survival guide book by Steven School
Alchemy Survival Guide by Steven School
Alchemy red mercury
The image on the cover of this book was from one of my alchemy experiments which reminds me of the secret dissolving water of the alchemists which is supposed to dissolve gold into a red stone like ruby red glass. It is also theorized that this water was supposed to be able to dissolve gem stones. I extracted my green lion from iron pyrite with vinegar which resulted in golden water that I evaporated. I distilled my green lion per retort and the clear distillate came over the helm. (Reminds me of Michael Sendivogius a heavenly water not wetting the hands). I placed this secret metallic or mineral water into a borosilicate round flask and added a small gold nugget which I had pounded flat with a hammer. I stopped the flask with a ground glass stopper and placed it in a sand bath. The heat seemed to affect the changes which began to occur. The gold appeared to be dissolving and the clear liquid seemed to be extracting from the gold. There were color changes the water became red, it looked like crystallization of a stone occurring which sometimes appeared as a red oil, sometimes a red crystal or stone. It seemed to fluctuate between the red oil and red stone. My green lion turned black every time I distilled forth the blood of the green lion. It reminds me of a bible quote about the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as blood.
Peacocks tail alchemy Steven school
Alchemy and the peacock’s tail by Steven School

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