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The Philosopher’s Stone is not just a spiritual metaphor but an actual substance that can transmute lead or mercury into gold. The Stone is a product of Alchemy. Unlike chemistry, which only deals with physical matter and energy, Alchemy makes use of etheric and astral energies to reconfigure matter at the quantum level. Alchemy is to chemistry what a cube is to the square; it is a superset of chemistry and is capable of so much more.
Alchemical achievements require successfully gathering, concentrating, and multiplying etheric energy. When this energy reaches a critical threshold, it overpowers the normal laws of physics and allows seemingly miraculous processes to take place. I believe it does this by biasing probability. By amplifying the probability of minor quantum effects, which are normally limited to the subatomic scale, they manifest on the larger atomic scale. In this way, one element spontaneously transforms into another.
The world around us is made of subatomic particles that regularly undergo unpredictable jumps, teleportation, bilocation, superposition, and other strange quantum behaviors. Why don’t everyday solid objects do likewise? Because the random quantum jittering of their subatomic particles collectively average out to zero. Think of a large crowd of people; seen from the air, the crowd as a whole is stationary, even though individuals within the crowd move in seemingly random directions. It’s because their movements are random and uncoordinated that they average to zero net movement on the whole.
The world we see around us is merely a crowd of subatomic particles whose individual quantum jumps aren’t apparent because they average to collective stillness. Physical laws that govern our everyday world, known as the deterministic laws of classical physics, are merely the laws of the crowd. These laws are what’s left of quantum physics after the unpredictability is removed through statistical averaging. They are not absolute laws; they are just the most probable manner in which matter and energy behave.
Physical laws can be bent. While the probability is incredibly low that enough coordination and coherence develops among the quantum jitters to manifest on a collective scale, that is exactly what etheric energy does. It alters probability and thereby skews the laws of thermodynamics, gravity, electromagnetism, and chemistry.
Alchemy does not violate the laws of physics, nor does it always follow them, rather it bends them as needed. It operates upon the quantum foundation from which these laws arise in the first place, via etheric energy affecting the probability of quantum events.
Alchemy uses the code names salt, mercury, and sulphur to denote the different components of a substance.
For example, in Alchemy an element like gold is seen to have three components: the salt of gold, mercury of gold, and sulphur of gold. These respectively denote the physical, etheric, and archetypal aspects of gold. Same goes for other materials employed in Alchemy, they also have their salt, mercury, and sulphur components.
The goal of transmutation is to impress the archetypal signature of one element upon another in order to change it to that element. By changing an element’s archetypal signature it cannot remain the same element.
What Alchemy does in the case of transmutation of lead into gold, is to
The result is then ready to impress its archetypal essence of “goldness” upon a different element responsive to transmutation.
This is the Philosopher’s Stone, or rather one form of it called the Red Stone because it is made with gold and assumes a red color.
Complete and accurate instructions for making the Stone don’t exist. Nevertheless, a basic understanding can be pieced together from the sources listed at the end of this article. The following is my own tentative interpolation of these sources. My goal is not to give a detailed recipe, but to explain key features of the process because they are relevant to my thesis concerning the Demiurge.
Natural etheric energy is cosmic or biological in origin. Both derive it from a higher dimension. The center of stars including our Sun are dimensional windows through which physical and nonphysical energy enters our local universe. The Moon modulates and reflects what it receives from the Sun, therefore both Sun and Moon are our nearest cosmic sources of etheric energy. It accompanies sunlight and moonlight and enters into the atmosphere’s water vapor before condensing as morning dew.
Biological etheric energy comes from living things. That is because life incarnate cannot exist without etheric energy bonding consciousness to the body. Thus bacteria, plants, animals, and humans all contain and emit etheric energy. However, the quality of this energy varies depending on the source. Just as the Moon colors what it receives from the Sun, so do lifeforms color what they receive from a higher dimension.
Not all variants of etheric energy are appropriate for the creation of the Stone. Plant, animal, and human emissions are too distant from the Stone’s own nature, which is more that of a living mineral. Hence the Alchemists looked to the mineral and cosmic realms instead. Morning dew harvested around the time of a full moon, or during the peak of Spring or Fall, was an ideal source.
Another source of energy is mineral in form. In the old days, Alchemists believed that metals originated in the Earth when dew from the heavens condensed on the ground, worked its way downward, and met with energies and vapors coming upwards from the center of the planet. The combination produced a kind of physical seed from which all other metals grew, with gold being the most evolved of all the metals. Normally this evolution takes a long time, but Alchemy is about mimicking and accelerating this process in the lab.
In practice, this meant finding a primitive kind of metallic seed in the ground and artificially evolving it in the laboratory. Since the end result is to be gold, Alchemists chose something that resembles gold but appears darkened by impurities. This raw matter they crushed, fed with dew, and incubated with heat to jump start and accelerate its evolution.
What the Alchemists didn’t know, due to lack of microscopes, is that in addition to cosmic and mineral sources, bacteria are another crucial component. Alchemists have always emphasized how fermentation and putrefaction of the raw mineral matter to the point of blackness was an essential step in the process. Today we know that bacteria are the key mediators of fermentation and putrefaction. French scientist Louis Kervran wrote about biological transmutations. According to his research, plants, animals, and humans internally transmute one element into another or combine elements to form a third, in order to supplement necessary biological functions. Kervran theorized that enzymes and bacterial action were responsible for these sub-chemical processes.
Bacteria can do things that chemicals and fire cannot. Given sufficient water, etheric energy, and warmth to sustain their population, they work upon the raw matter as a kind of “secret fire.” This has the effect of breaking down the mineral and producing new substances that fuel further stages in the production of the Stone. Of course, to the eyes of the Alchemist it seems that dew itself was the key factor in breaking down the substance. Thus they claim that they do their “cooking” not by fire, but by water. This simply means that instead of employing a burning fire to effect chemical changes as a chemist or cook might, they use water as a kind of catalyst to produce changes via bacterio-etheric means. Any actual fire they use (in the early stages) is but a gentle heat to help with incubation, fermentation, and putrefaction. So they call their water a “secret fire” because it’s not fire at all, yet serves a similar but superior function. In truth, this water is just a physical carrier for the true secret fire, which is the cosmic etheric energy contained therein.
While water is an attractor and carrier of etheric energy, it is not the only one. Salts also serve that function. Many different kinds of salt exist, all of them consisting of a metal joined to a non-metal via some base reacted with an acid. Table salt is sodium joined to chlorine, sphalerite is zinc joined to sulfur. Other metals such as copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, cadmium, lead, etc… can form salts1.
Metals themselves are good attractors and carriers of etheric energy. Of all common metals, Alchemists say that iron has the greatest affinity for etheric energy. It is therefore a curious fact that blood, the carrier of lifeforce energy in our bodies, consists mostly of water, iron, and salt. It is also interesting that in folklore and occultism, a piece of iron, a line of salt, or a stream of water can act as barriers to unfriendly nonphysical entities, who would have their energy siphoned away by these substances. Garlic and onions are another example, and their key component is sulfur. Sulfur is yet another etherically active substance.
No surprise then, that Alchemy employs the most etherically attractive mineral substances known, charges them with additional cosmic etheric energy, and employs bacterial agents to emulsify them together into something not quite physical, not quite nonphysical. By dashing the spiritual against the physical repeatedly and separating out the impurities that refuse to take, what’s left is an exalted solution representing the union of heaven and earth. This solution is known as the Universal Solvent or Alkahest.
A portion of the solution can then either be crystallized and only the solid salt crystals kept for the so-called “Dry Path” of making the Stone, or else it can be left in liquid form for the so-called “Wet Path”. In either case, the next step is to dissolve gold leaf into it. The gold dissolves not in a usual chemical way, but rather disintegrates at the atomic level due to the etheric power of the universal solvent. In the Dry Path, one mixes the dried Alkahest salt with gold leaf and heats them in a crucible. In the Wet Path, one stirs gold leaf into the Universal Solvent and lets the mixture digest fully, which takes considerably longer. The resulting product is what Fulcanelli terms the “Philosophical Mercury”.
After all the gold is dissolved, this “Philosophical Mercury” then only needs to be refined and multiplied in power to produce the final Philosopher’s Stone. As Fulcanelli points out, by this point it already is the Stone, except in a weak and unrefined form.
Refinements are done in the Wet Path by distilling away all the moisture, adding more fresh Universal Solvent (which is a donor of etheric energy) to the remains, letting it digest at gentle warmth for another couple weeks, and distilling away the moisture once more. This can be repeated any number of times, and each time a fresh dose of etheric energy impregnates the solid or oily remains, which in their final coagulated form comprise the Philosopher’s Stone.
Each time the refinement sequence is repeated, the product becomes purer and more highly charged with energy, and the process takes less time. Alchemists term each repetition a multiplication, so that if repeated once, the result is a Stone multiplied to the first order.
Upon attaining success, the final result is a dense stone, red and translucent like a ruby. It is water-soluble, melts like wax, flows like quicksilver when melted, does not burn at any temperature, yet volatizes when thrown into the molten metal it aims to transmute. It is a physical substance supersaturated with etheric energy and imprinted with the vibrational fingerprint of gold. This is the Philosopher’s Stone, or rather one version of it called the Red Stone. When pulverized, mixed into beeswax, and cast into molten lead, it transmutes a certain multiple of its weight of lead into gold. It can also transmute quicksilver the same way. The higher the order of multiplication of the Stone, the more lead or quicksilver it can transmute. As stated, it does so by dissolving metal at the quantum level and allowing the gold vibration to reconfigure it accordingly.
The Alchemist’s own astral energies may come into play during the multiplication process, augmenting or hindering it according to the purity of his or her intent. As with most supernatural processes, the presence of doubt or skepticism can inject an interference signal that corrupts the process. Unlike chemistry where reactions take place independent of observation and environment, Alchemy is an open system where the conscious quality of the observer plays a role. This underscores once more the quantum nature of Alchemy2. It also highlights the role of “Inner Alchemy” in the success of outer physical Alchemy. In “Inner Alchemy”, one’s own base nature is transmuted into spiritual “gold” through the cultivation of etheric energy tinged with divine, noble, and virtuous impulses.
Alchemy texts only state that prayer and purity are needed to receive the intuitive insights and synchronistic guidance needed to discover the right steps in the right order. This is important because the less one understands about Alchemy, the more hidden variables there are, the lower the chances of success by trial and error. But if you are decreed so by destiny, or if you attain sufficient spiritual purity that higher forces deem you responsible enough to handle it, then you will be synchronistically and intuitively guided to success. But that won’t happen if you are driven by greed, skepticism, or other anti-spiritual motives, or if it goes against your karma and destiny. You don’t find the Stone, the Stone finds you.
The secret is synchronistically encrypted from those who would use it to cause trouble for themselves or others. Even misguided help can be a form of damage, thus in addition to purity, wisdom is needed. And if by chance someone did discover it and attempted to cause trouble, they would likely die suddenly, as already happens to people who try to bring antigravity and free energy technology into the world. The Philosopher’s Stone is of that same vein. That’s why no Alchemist has ever revealed the full picture. They not only realize the terrible implications of its misuse, but fear what harm might come to themselves if they facilitate that by giving knowledge without sufficient discretion.
Again, here I only give a general and limited estimation of the process for the sake of illustrating the underlying dynamics involved, as they are pertinent to my exposition on the Demiurge.
At the first order of multiplication, a minuscule portion of the Stone may be dissolved in water or wine, and thereof a small portion ingested daily. This “Elixir of Life” or “Universal Medicine” is claimed to strongly energizes one’s etheric body. With a reinforced etheric body, the physical body is less impacted by the degrading effects of linear time and may even reverse aging.
This “Universal Medicine” takes on great importance in Alchemy, because it represents a true panacea, something that cures all ills by charging the diseased organs with vital energy so that rightful health is regained. This goal is far more important than the transmutation of metals.
Additionally, psychic powers begin to manifest as a function of increased etheric energy current output. So you can imagine what became of Alchemical masters who succeeded in producing the Stone and made full use of it. They became more than human. However, they presumably had the spiritual maturity to handle this. Any ordinary person, in being more psychically fragile, would go crazy, get sick and die from being unable to handle the increased etheric current load.
In another application, by the seventh or eighth order of multiplication, the Stone begins to physically glow, even more brightly if multiplied again. It glows continually without exhaustion. This is what powers the fabled “eternal lamps” in occult lore. And if multiplied beyond a certain point, it is said to eat through glass and even explode in something akin to a matter-antimatter reaction, which is obviously very dangerous. This shows that etheric energy, concentrated beyond a certain point, may initiate an outpouring of electromagnetic energy. This make sense because ether is the precursor and precipitator of matter, energy, space, and time.
Thus the Stone, in its full application, provides wealth, health, psychic power, and light. No wonder it has been kept so secret through the ages, mainly to keep it out of the hands of unscrupulous individuals whose misuse of these powers would bring catastrophic consequences upon the world. That is not to say such catastrophes haven’t happened.
What we have here is Demiurgic technology. How so? Recall that the Demiurge has an astral and etheric body. The etheric shapes matter according to the archetypes or “vibrational patterns” contained in the astral.
Well, the Philosopher’s Stone is a physical object charged with etheric energy, carrying the vibrational pattern of gold. It can reshape physical matter like lead or mercury into conformance with that vibration. Thus the Stone is a physical object imbued with Demiurgic power. The technology of using etheric and astral energies to reconfigure matter is hereby called Demiurgic technology.
The most remarkable thing is that it’s made by human hands, which is the closest thing to hyper-dimensional technology that one person in an attic laboratory can produce using everyday materials and uncommon techniques.
But even with all its purported greatness, the Philosopher’s Stone is only an elementary demonstration of a science with far greater potential. Alchemy as we know it is a primitive form of hyper-dimensional science. Producing the Stone is like wrapping a wire around a nail, connecting it to a battery, and rejoicing in it becoming an electromagnet. But higher forms of Demiurgic technology exist that can produce something more like a billion-dollar supercollider. Both the wire-wrapped nail and supercollider employ the same basic principles of electromagnetism, but the first is a trivially simplistic version of the latter.
In the Philosopher’s Stone we have proof, through circumstantial evidence and logicality of its existence, of what can be scaled up to an even higher level. Remember, the power of the Stone lies in its etheric potency, and its potency determines the degree to which it can bias probability and influence physicality. The archetypal fingerprint determines the nature of this biasing.
The weakest etheric fields can only nudge an electron this way or that. A bit stronger can nudge neurons and living cells. Even stronger it can influence synchronicity. Stronger, it can override chemical laws and allow for elemental transmutation or psychic spoon bending. You can scale this up higher and higher until you reach a point where the entire world, our entire timeline, can be shifted, reconfigured, reprogrammed, transmuted. Etheric energy does all this at the quantum level, which is the foundation of our physical reality.
That Alchemy can only produce these effects on the chemical scale, places it in the category of Low Demiurgic Technology. So what, then, is High Demiurgic Technology? It is that which does to the universe what Alchemy does to gold leaf and lead ingots. It can manufacture an artifact charged with such unbelievable amounts of etheric energy as to dissolve and reconfigure the world in accordance with the artifact’s programmed archetypes.
This object is a kind of “World Philosopher’s Stone”, the macrocosmic equivalent to the Philosopher’s Stone. Two well-known examples of such High Demiurgic Technology will be discussed in the articles to follow.
Real Alchemy (3rd Ed., 2009, Ibis) – by Robert Bartlett. Basic primer on Alchemy, including an explanation of the terminology, theory, and lab techniques. Written in modern language, this is a very good introduction to Alchemy.
The Book of Aquarius – Free download or hardcopy available at Amazon. Some basic theories on how Alchemy works, though I disagree with the author that urine is the key. It isn’t. What matters is the ‘urine’ given off by the raw starting mineral after it endures bacterial fermentation.
Covenant of Silence (2nd Edition, 2010). This book summarizes various traditional alchemical texts and provides a more modern interpretation of their meaning. It’s out of print and Nicholas Collette died recently at the age of 32. I don’t agree with this book that the salt of dew or sea salt is the key. Collette himself said later that he was mistaken about that. But it was the first Alchemy book I read, that explained how lifeforce energy was what made it all work.
Dwellings of the Philosophers (French Ed. 1964, Archive Press. English Ed. 1999, Archive Press) – by Fulcanelli. Straight from the horse’s mouth, this is a lengthy treatise by the most famous Alchemist of the 20th century. Unfortunately he goes to great lengths to compartmentalize, rearrange, and obscure the secrets of Alchemy while simultaneously revealing them to the world in cryptic form. So this dense book takes some work to read and decipher and therefore won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Fulcanelli also strays into other topics like the mechanism behind the ending of World Ages and how ours is ending right now. The hardcopy of this book goes out of print periodically and scalpers charge hundreds of dollars for it, although you can view it online as well.
Luminous World – Baron Karl Von Reichenbach – excerpted from Lost Science by Gerry Vassilatos. Informative summary of Reichenbach’s investigations into “Od Energy” — a subtle energy bearing much similarity to chi, prana, etheric, and orgone energy. Reichenbach was a scientist and employed his skills in researching this energy. Read this interesting article to get a better idea of how etheric energy behaves.
A Rosicrucian Notebook (English Ed. 1992, Samuel Weiser Inc.) – by Willie Schrödter. Not a notebook by a Rosicrucian, but by a researcher into Rosicrucianism. It is an exoteric survey of anecdotes and quotations concerning the real Rosicrucian order. This is a compendium of occultism, mysticism, and weird science with tons of interesting tidbits concerning such topics as ever-burning lamps, remote healing, clairvoyance, the Stone, and other tools of Rosicrucian science. Everything is documented, so this book is a useful reference to find related sources on particular topics.
Biological Transmutations (First English Ed. 1998, Beekman Publishers Inc.) – by Louis Kervran. Scientific investigations into transmutations of elements within living things, including bacteria, plants, and humans. Kervran explores the scientific basis behind this transmutation, which is valuable in attempting to understand how Alchemy may be explainable from a more mainstream scientific perspective. Take note that the temperatures Kervran cites for effective biological transmutation and non-biological transmutation are respectively the same as those used in the Wet and Dry Paths of Alchemy. (PDF version available).
RAMS Digital Library – Large collection of numerous rare alchemical manuscripts, found nowhere else. Highly valuable source of information. Focus on Pontanus, Artephius, Cyliani, Sendivogius and Adiramled.
Pontanus’ Epistle – 1659 treatise on the “Secret Fire” being the key to producing the Stone.
The Secret Book of Artephius – 12th Century. Also mentions the Secret Fire. Ignore his implication that Antimony is the starting point. It’s a code word for another mineral.
Cyliani’s Hermes Unveiled – An elaborate metaphor symbolically encoding the Alchemical process.
Sendivogius’ The New Chemical Light – A relatively clear and entertaining explanation of creating the Stone, or at least the first stages. It’s still done in riddle form, but he does a good job of explaining how Alchemists believed metals are created. From that you can reverse engineer what they might have done to reproduce it in the lab, under their assumptions.
Hermes Trismegistus Old Natural Path – I.C.H. – An obscure manuscript published in Leipzig, 1782, referenced by Cyliani. Key info on the technique for breaking down the raw starting material, and the proper order of the various phases. Never before translated into English. I was the editor and book designer for this edition.
1 The root “pyr” is Greek for fire. The dynamic vitalizing force of the soul, the Demiurgic energy so to speak, was called “sacred fire” by the ancients. Therefore the root “pyr” is bound with the concept of Demiurgic technology. Hence terms like pyramid, Pyrenees, and pyrite, three terms that are very closely related to Demiurgic technology. As will be explained in another article, the Great Pyramid is a channeler, collector, and amplifier of etheric energy. The Pyrenees are the mountain range between France and Spain, where a conclave of powerful Alchemists allegedly reside. And pyrite is a salt of sulfur and iron that sparks when struck, and thus contains within it latent fire, or so it appeared to the ancients. This brass or bronze-colored mineral, or rather its starry pseudomorph known as marcasite, was the raw material preferred by Fulcanelli for production of the Philosopher’s Stone. Note that pyrite is also known as “Fool’s Gold.” It is the true gold of Fools in the esoteric sense, for they value it more than real gold; through it, they can make as much gold as they require and produce the Elixir of Life.
2 The same is true for orgonomy, Wilhelm Reich’s science of manipulating orgone energy for healing and weather engineering purposes. Orgone energy is synonymous with etheric energy. As my experience shows, not everyone can alter weather with an orgone cloudbuster. It seems the conscious, etheric, and astral qualities of the operator play a crucial part. Additionally, the local “orgone” pressure varies seasonally according to how Earth intersects various interstellar orgone currents. This makes it difficult to cloudbust during times and places of low orgone concentrations. If you are interested in orgonomy, look into the works of Wilhelm Reich, James DeMeo, and Trevor James Constable.
0.1 – Article posted.
0.2 – Fixed some typos and modified footnote #3 to explains the double meaning of the term “Fool’s Gold”.
0.3 – (7/29/11) Added “The Book of Aquarius” to the Further Reading section. Shortened and simplified certain sections and sentences.
0.4 – (12/1/11) Added a Take Note caveat and modified the manner in which I referenced The Book of Aquarius and The Covenant of Silence.
0.5 – (12/24/12) Rewrote the first half of the article after a year’s worth of deeper reading into Alchemy texts. Added further references in the recommended reading.
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