from Chapter 1
SPAGYRIA AND SPAGYRICS Therefore, learn Alchimiam, otherwise called Spagyria, which teaches you to separate the false from the true.
In the word spagyria two Greek words are hidden: spao
, to draw out, to divide; and ageiro
, to gather, to bind, to join. These two concepts form the foundation of every genuine alchemical work, hence the often-quoted phrase “Solve et coagula, et habebis magisterium
!” (Dissolve and bind, and you will have the magistery).
The alchemical work always takes place in three stages: (1) separation, (2) purification, and (3)...