It’s a poorly kept secret, how to turn lead into gold. Can the average person do that for himself. And can someone actually make their very own Harry Potter’s Philosopher Stone?
Once man figured out how to turn lead into gold, some people started hearing about it. And the word eventually got around. Today, every high-school student learns about alchemists and their gold making. And anybody who has seen Harry Potter movies, has heard about his Philosopher’s Stone.
But is this all myth? Is there really a Philosopher Stone? How can we get one of our own? Inquiring minds want to know!
For thousands of years, some have claimed to have successfully changed lead into gold, and to have made their own philosopher stone. There are rumors of others who have also done so. Of course, there are a great many more men who insist its impossible to do that.
Both alchemists and chemists are like-minded when it comes to the quest for the philosopher stone. On one hand they say its impossible to make one; while on the other they say that today, the transmutation of a metal into gold is possible due to the latest technological innovations: the particle accelerator.
To get your hands on a particle accelerator would cost a fortune! Even if you could get your hands on one, you would have to make it work 24/7 for about 100 years before you can get 1g of gold. Not to mention that, for one hour of use of a particle accelerator, it costs about 5k in Canadian dollars.
Apart from the money needed to change an element into gold, you would also need to know what other things you need so to make the philosopher stone with. You would first need to put your hands on a recipe. There are all-sorts of recipes, out there, to change an element into gold and to make a philosopher stone with. Thing is, the greater majority of those recipes are but a ruse to take your money with.
This having been said, these recipes show, to make a philosopher stone, one must follow four basic steps :
1. You need to extract a particular ferment called “mercury of the philosophers”. A ‘ferment’, is a generic term designating a micro-element responsible for the fermentation.
2. Once you have obtained ‘the appropriate ferment’, have the ferment react on the gold and on the silver; so to get two supplemental ferments.
3. Mix the created ferment created from the gold, with the one created from the silver and the mercury of the philosophers in a glass mantras (a large oven proof glass dish). Firmly close it hermetically, and let it cook in an athanor(1). The athanor permits to cook for many months.
During the cooking, things happen. The mixture goes through ‘cooking phases’. In the first phase, the mixture turns black. It seems to be in a state of petrifaction. This phase is called “the phase of the raven or the blackout or the black work”.
In the second phase of the work, suddenly, the color turns into a sparkling white. This phase is called “the white work”. At this moment, the stone is capable of transforming lead into silver. But the cooking continues on into the third phase. This is when the white gives-way to red, by this we recognize the perfect philosopher Stone, “the red work”.
4. By the time your cooking reaches the third stage, the red work, the cooking itself has already taken one year. But the cooking is still not over. The stone will not transmute into gold, unless it is at twice its weight. Continue cooking the mixture, by adding to it a bit of mercury of the philosophers over the next three months. During this fourth stage, the stone will transmute ten times its weight.
5. The cooking will continue for a third and a fourth time. This is called “the multiplication of the stone”. And finally, the perfect philosophical stone is created. It permits the creation of ten thousand times its weight in gold.
The philosopher stone is interpreted in two ways. The first interpretation, is the changing of lead into gold. But there exists also a second interpretation; one that is ‘esoteric’. It is in the esoteric interpretation where we get the name: “occult stone”.
The “occult stone” is actually a powder. This powder can be of different colors. But, if it is perfect, it must be of a scarlet red; a very deep scarlet red.
According to alchemists, this Stone is capable of acting on animals, on plants, on humans as well as on minerals. It can act upon these because of its virtues. The principal three virtues of this stone, are:
. Permitting to make grow, mature, and germinate plants in a nearly instantaneous way.
. Healing anybody of any illness,
. Transforming the metals, such as lead or mercury, into pure gold.
It is the power of the philosopher stone that gives it the attribute of the sign of the sun. As does the sun’s power, the stone’s power of penetration makes it absolute. Inoxybility renders it incalcinable. It has an extreme resistance to fire, and a perfect indifference to chemical agents.
According to traditions, the possession of the philosopher stone elevates a simple initiate to the rank of Adept. The adept, after having obtained the philosopher stone, could then burn his books; the unknown was then known; what could not be found, is found; there was then nothing he would have wanted to learn or desired to know about.
Changing a material into gold, obtaining the gift of God, promised to confer wealth, eternal health and real knowledge. In the Great Writings, Holy Scriptures, those three Gifts are mentioned. It is written, the three Gifts brought by the three Magi from the Orient to the Infant Jesus, were: gold (wealth), incense (symbol of Divine Wisdom), and myrrh (a substance that, according to the ancient Egyptian tradition, granted immortality).
Perhaps many have heard about the transmutation of an element into gold, and perhaps the idea of a philosopher stone has made its way into today’s popular culture, but the recipe to actually create it with remain illusive. Perhaps there are learned initiates of this art that have succeeded in creating either one, the Elixir and philosopher stone, perhaps not. The fact remains, fortunes have been thrown-away in the quest for the philosopher stone; and those who have found it are tight-lipped about it.