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Alchemy of Steven School with Iron Pyrite. Not for human consumption. Do not try this at home. No warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy or completeness of any information presented here. This Information does not constitute advice of any type, nor is it intended for any specific person.
I took the mineral iron pyrite and ground it fine with a mortar and pestle.
I extracted the golden water with a vinegar solution and poured it off until i had collected all of the yellow vinegar.
After the extractions were complete i took the leftover iron pyrite and calcined it outdoors through the colors of the peacock’s tail all the way to a final fixed red.
Alchemy peacock’s tail roasting iron pyrite by Steven School. Do not try this at home.
After the matter reached a final fixed red like an incombustible sulfur or a salamander which endures the fire it was allowed to cool and then placed back into an extraction vessel with more of my vinegar solution. The liquid became red like dragons blood.
The whole mass of roasted iron pyrite and red vinegar along with its sediment was poured off through stacked coffee filters then dissolved in warm vinegar and filtered again to reveal the fixed salt of iron pyrite. Dissolution and filtration seemed to prepare it more like “clear as liquid crystal” suggested in the alchemical writings of Theophrastus Paracelsus. additional roasting was not required as it only seemed to burn the salt. Alchemy of Steven School with iron pyrite.
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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.