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According to old alchemical texts, alchemists who knew how to make the philosophers stone of alchemy may have made it in two varieties, a white philosopher’s stone supposedly for making silver, and a red philosopher’s stone supposedly for the purpose of making gold.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Alchemy of Steven School. Do not try this at home. Not for consumption. This video does not constitute advice of any type nor is it intended for any specific person. No warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy or completeness of any information presented here. Alchemical substances may be toxic. The black stage of alchemy was called nigredo or blackness in which matter begins to putrefy or decompose after augmentation / multiplication. This was also called fermentation. The internal fire is activated stimulating the decomposition and the elements are reduced into a black earth. From the alchemical manuscripts of Pontanus / Artephius, “The whole work is done by the action of the secret fire alone”. In alchemy Saturn is the planet that rules nigredo. This stage of the alchemy great work was called the reign of Saturn. From the alchemical manuscript of Sir George Ripley called The Twelve Gates. “Augmentation of the elixir indeed”, also “For with mercury you may multiply infinitely” Credit, George Ripley 12 gates of alchemy. Saturn represents the philosopher’s lead. The writings of the ancient sages indicated the black stage of alchemy came after conjunction which was also called augmentation of the philosopher’s stone or multiplication of the philosopher’s stone in alchemy. Alchemists suggested little milk and meat at first and that the black stage would last forty 40 days and forty 40 nights which would supposedly complete one turn of the alchemical wheel, but two more multiplication were needed according to alchemical legends. Supposedly a larger composition could be done without needing additional multiplication however it was supposed to take longer than the traditional 40 days and nights. The reign of Saturn or the black stage in the great work of the alchemy magnum opus was believed to appear after conjunction but before a peacock’s tail, a white stage, a purple very glorious to behold, and a final fixed red indicating one multiplication of the philosopher’s stone was complete. Some alchemical manuscripts indicated the peacock’s tail of alchemy came before the phase of whiteness while others suggested it came after. Different alchemists suggested different quantities of philosopher’s stone ingredients in the alchemy recipes on how to make the philosopher’s stone. See the alchemical writings of Nicholas Flamel for instance and compare them to The New Chemical Light attributed to Michael Sendivogius or even In Pursuit of Gold by Lapidus. They all seem to call for different amounts of the secret ingredients for the philosopher’s stone or their philosopher’s stone recipes. My understanding of alchemy from researching the writings of the ancient sages on how to make the philosopher’s stone of alchemy indicates that once the ingredients form the composition in the alchemist egg for augmentation or multiplication of the philosopher’s stone, the glass should not be opened at all until the colors of the great work have finished and the final fixed red is observed. Alchemy of Steven School.
So, how long does the black stage of alchemy last?
How long does the black stage of alchemy last? Excerpt from A Work of Saturn Johann Isaac Hollandus
From Of natural & supernatural things. London, 1670. you may finish a work of Saturn in 30 or 32 weeks at the most.