For many centuries, the Philosopher’s Stone was the most sought-after goal in Western Alchemy. Alchemists believed that it is possible to transmute impure metals into gold by means of a legendary alchemical substance called the Philosopher's Stone. The alchemist himself was to live through the transmutation process, known as The Great Work, and metamorphose into the Philosopher’s Stone.
What is the Philosopher's Stone?
In spiritual alchemy, the Philosopher's Stone, said to grant immortality, is a quintessence permitting intelligent evolution from a lower state of imperfection and vice into a higher state of enlightenment and perfection. In a spiritually elevated person, the Stone brings miraculous powers such as rejuvenation, transmutation, transfiguration, reviving dead plants, or the ability to heal illness and prolong life.
It is said, “The Stone is a blessing beyond all blessings upon Earth... given to but a very few, and to those few rather by revelation of the good angels of God than the proper industry of man." Efforts to discover the Stone were known as the Magnum Opus, the “Great Work.”
Philosopher's Stone & the Great Work of Alchemy
MAGNUM OPUS: The Great Work of Alchemy
Calcination: this is the initial breakdown of a base metal, using fire to remove impurities.
Dissolution: the ashes from Calcination are dissolved in water.
Separation: the components of Dissolution are isolated and separated by filtration. Any disingenuous or unworthy material is discarded.
Conjunction: the recombination of the saved elements from Separation into a new substance.
Fermentation: the growth of bacteria in an organic solution.
Distillation: the purification of a fermented solution by boiling and condensation. Distillation is a powerful process to purify a compound by separating it from a volatile component.