ALCHEMY ARTICLE V
Alchemical Processes (Part II)
The removal of the watery part of a substance by gentle heating, or being left a long time in a dry place.
An operation by which a substance is raised into a purer and more perfect nature.
The release of a gas or air from a substance.
Extraction of juices by means of a press.
The preparation of the subtler and purer parts of a substance, usually by macerating it in alcohol. The extract can then be separated from the residue.
The rotting of a substance, usually of an organic nature, often accompanied by the release of gas bubbles.
The process or removing the grosser parts of a substance by passing through a strainer, filter or cloth.
The make a volatile subject fixed or solid, so that it remains permanently unaffected by fire.
The making some substances puff up in layers, like leaves lying on top of one another, usually undertaken by heating.
The preparation of a fulminate or explosively unstable form of a metal. Sometimes applied to any process in which a sudden eruptive event occurs.
The alteration of a substance by exposing it to a corroding smoke.
The joining of powdered substances together, or the conversion of a substance into a new form, by means of an extremely high degree of heat, sometimes using a flux.
Turning a substance into a gluey, glutinous mass.
The gradual purification of a substance, often through a series of stages.
The reduction of a substance to grains or powder. There are various means of doing this - pounding, grinding, using thermal shock by heating and rapid cooling, and many others.
The reduction of substances to a powder, usually through the use of a mortar and pestle.
A process by which humidity is given to the substance, usually not by the direct additon of liquid, but by a gradual process of absorbing moisture.
The self-calcination of a substance by it burning itself in a crucible.
The feeding of a process by the gradual and continuing addition of some substance.
When the matter undergoing putrefaction thickens or congeals into the consistency of molten black pitch.
The alchemical process is sometimes paralleled with the gestation of a child. Thus impregnation follows from the union or copulation of the male and female, and leads to the generation of a new substance.
The making of a substance into a soft waxy consistency, usually by combining it with water.
The conversion of a substance to ashes by means of a powerful fire.
The mingling of mixed bodies into a conglomerate mass.
This occurs when substances combine in such a manner that they cannot afterwards be separated.
To bury under the earth, sometimes used to mean any process that buries the active substance in a dark earthy material. Also applied to placing a flask in the warm heat of a dung bath.
The turning of a solid material into a liquid, either by melting or dissolving.
The oxidation of sulphide ores by exposing them to air and water. This forms vitriols.
The sealing of a flask or other apparatus through the use of a lute, or resinous paste which once applied sets hard and produces an airtight seal.
A general term applied to identify the appearance of a degree of perfection in the work.
The reduction of a metal or substance to a liquid through heating.
Here the substance undergoes a kind of death, usually through a putrefaction, and seems to have been destroyed and its active power lost, but eventually is revived.
The operation by which the powder of projection has its power multiplied.
The descent of a substance out of a solution. The precipitate descends to the bottom of the flask.
The process by which superfluous substances are removed from the matter and that which is wanting is added to it.
The throwing of a ferment or tincture onto a substance in order to effect a transformation of the substance.
The separation of a substance into a subtle and more coarse part by the thinning or rarefaction of the subtler parts of the substance, rather than the coarsening of the earthy part.
The breaking down of a substance to smaller fragments through being repeatedly struck with a blunt instrument, such as a hammer, or mallet.
The purging or purifying of a sustance by it casting forth a gross part.
The rotting of a substance, often under a prolonged gentle moist heat. Usually the matter becomes black.
91. Quinta Essentia
The making of a quintessence, or highly elevated form of a substance.
The making of a substance extremely subtle or thin and airy.
The purification of the matter by means of repeated distillations, the distillate being again distilled.
The repetition of a process, particularly applied to circular distillation, in which the distillate is returned to the vessel, and the process continued for many cycles.
This occurs when substances which are mixed together become violently separated by being placed into a solution. Thus milk is in this sense resolved by vinegar. This process is similar to coagulation.
Here a substance at white heat is brought to perfection by being quenched in an exalting liquid.
An ignition or calcination at a high temperature, in a reverberating furnace.
The bringing of a mortified matter back to life, or reactivating it.
The making of the matter in the alchemical process from white to red.
The separation of a composite substance into its parts.
The making of two opposite components separate from each other. Often alternated with the conjunction process.
An operation which produces layers in the substance in the flask.
The separation of abstraction downward of the subtle part, as in filtration.
This occurs when a solid is heated and gives off a vapour which condenses on the cool upper parts of the vessel as a solid, not going through a liquid phase. An example is sal ammoniac.
The separation of the subtle part of a substance from the gross.
This occurs if the essence appears to sweat out in drops during a descending distillation.
The reduction of a substance to a powder, not necessarily by the use of grinding, but by the application of heat.
The making of a substance into a glass but strong heating and sometimes the addition of lime.
The making of a vitriol. Most often from a metal by the direct action of oil of vitriol, but sometimes by a more indirect route.