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Greetings This is an interesting process from A Compendium of Alchemical Processes. THE PREPARATION OF THE So-CALLED ALKAHEST.

Take freshly prepared caustic lime, and, if possible, still hot or warm. Pow-der it quickly in a dry place, and put it into a retort. Add as much absolute alcohol as the powder will absorb, and distil the alcohol at a moderate heat, until the powder in the retort is perfectly dry. The distilled alcohol is now to be poured again upon the lime, and distilled, and this operation is to be repeated ten times. Mix the powder with the fifth part of its weight of pure carbonate of potassa. This must ~e done very quickly, and in a dry atmosphere, so that it may not attract any moisture. Insert this mix-ture of the two powders in a retort, and heat it gradually, after putting about two ounces of absolute alcohol into the recip-ient. White vapours now arise from the powder, and are attracted by the alcohol, and the heating is to be continued as long as this takes place. Pour the alcohol from the receiver into a dish, and 74 Compendium of A/chemical ?rocesses. set it on fire. The alcohol burns away and the alkahest remains in the dish. It is an excellent medicine, and is used in the same manner as is the primum ens melissa. NOTE. On account of the great powers contained in the limestone, Paracelsus says that many a man kicks away with his foot a stone that would be more Valuable to him than his best cow, did he only know what mysteries were put into it by God, by means of the spirit of Nature.

-regards ningubal

__________________________________________________________ To: ningubal, et al Fr: Dana Ningubal wrote: "... > On account of the great powers contained in the

> limestone, Paracelsus > says that many a man kicks away with his foot a > stone that would be more > Valuable to him than his best cow, did he only know > what mysteries were > put into it by God, by means of the spirit of > Nature. ..." A latin pun on the word 'calx' is my guess, at P's meaning. Yours in the work, D__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ <x-html> <!doctype html public "-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en"> <html> <p>dana wilson wrote: <blockquote TYPE=CITE>To: ningubal, et al <br>Fr: Dana <p>Ningubal wrote: "... <br>> On account of the great powers contained in the <br>> limestone, Paracelsus <br>> says that many a man kicks away with his foot a <br>> stone that would be more <br>> Valuable to him than his best cow, did he only know <br>> what mysteries were <br>> put into it by God, by means of the spirit of <br>> Nature. <br>..." <p>A latin pun on the word 'calx' is my guess, at P's <br>meaning. <p>. <p><a href="http://shopping.yahoo.com/">.</a> <p>.</blockquote> Greetings <p>The explanation of the process is fairly straight forward in terms of both ingredients, and how to work the process, so I don't see much of a need to try to guess at what at what Paracelcus was talking about when he says, "many a man kicks away with his foot a stone that would be more Valuable to him than his best cow, did he only know what mysteries were put into it by God, by means of the spirit of Nature". One might assume that the author saw fit to conclude his explanation of this process

with some words of wisdom in the form of a quote from Paracelcus, so that future alchemists might have something to ponder as they work the process. <p>What I found interesting about this particular process was this statement. <p>"It is an excellent medicine, and is used in the same manner as is the premium ens melissa." <p>What I also found interesting about this particular process, was examining it in to light of what Rubellus has explained about salt volatilization. <p>I quote, "White vapours now arise from the powder, and are attracted by the alcohol, and the heating is to be continued as long as this takes place". <p>Regards <p>ningubal <br> <br> </html> </x-html>