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A L C H E M Y I S A L I V E A N D W E L L
by: Hans W. Nintzel
While it hasn’t made the front pages yet, alchemy is enjoying a
revival. The truth is, it never went away. It merely has kept a low
profile. Yet, more attention is being given to alchemy than ever
before. We will look at some of the reasons for this, but first it
might be well to explain what we mean by the term “alchemy”.
A one word definition is ‘evolution’ or `transmutation`. The
implication is, one thing is being changed into another thing. As
an every day example, consider the sun. It is truly an alchemist as
it constantly is transmuting helium into hydrogen. Wine that has
gone sour, is wine that has been transmuted into vinegar. Modern
alchemists understanding that the best kind of vinegar is made from
red wine, deliberately try to turn wine sour.
However, wineries add sulfides to the wine to prevent souring.
Fortunately some wineries do not do this and there are also ways of
eliminating the sulfides from wine. And yes, this transmutation
includes turning lead into gold!
So we are surrounded by everyday examples of alchemy. The making of
a pot of tea is an alchemical process as it extracts an essence,
called sulphur by alchemists to color the water which we then call
tea. It might be noted that the term sulphur is an alchemical ‘code
word’ that, in this instance, refers to the natural oils in the tea
(or in any plant). There are many more examples but our purpose is
to chronicle past and current events in this recondite domain.
Alchemy is a discipline that started way back in the annals of
history as best can be determined. Ancient Greeks, Indians, Chinese
and Egyptians were practitioners of alchemy. However, we do not
intend to go that far back. We will return to the days of the
sixties and seventies so that we may have some insight to Dr. Albert
Frater Albertus, as he preferred being called, supervised and
operated what is called a “mystery school”, in the Wasatch montain
range in Utah. Located in the Salt Lake City area, this school
taught a curriculum of very interesting subjects. These included
Qabalah, the ancient Hebrew technique of spiritual growth which
incorporates the tenets of magic, astro-cyclical pulsation
(astrology) and, Alchemy. The school was run in the manner of a
Gurdjieff “Fourth Way” school.
Dr. Israel Regardie, who was my friend and mentor suggested this
school to me. At the same time, the person who had taught me the
rudiments of Qabala, Dan T., also referred to this school indicating
I would do well to look into it. Simultaneously, Mary F. invited me
to her home to meet two people who had a unusual ‘hobby’, alchemy!
These two people. Kurt and Helene von K. were destined to become
good friends and teachers of mine. They talked about alchemy and how
they cured their son of mental dysfunction through the use of
alchemical preparations. They showed us a small vial of an oily
substance and declared this was “oil of iron”.
As a graduate civil engineer with an MBA and 20 years in the ‘hard’
and logical discipline of information systems, I could not readily
accept what they told me. My engineering background always insisted
that I should see, feel, taste and touch things to verify their
reality. I had never heard of oil of iron, nor the oil of any other
metal, so it could not possibly exist! That was my mind set at the
time. Nonetheless, they managed to capture my interest.
What got me excited was, they had studied under one Frater Albertus
at the very same school I had so recently heard so much about, the
Paracelsus Research Society! They explained how to apply for the
school and tantalized Mary and I with stories of alchemy.
It did not take long for me to get on the telephone with ‘Doc’ and
with Dan. They urged me to go. The clincher was, Bill, an
Episcopalian priest committed to attend and Mary decided to go as
We applied, were accepted and soon found ourselves in Salt Lake
City, at the P.R.S. awaiting the commencment of the Prima class. The
night before, the meeting room was abuzz with the new students.
Sixteen in all, all ready to start the first of seven two-week
courses at P.R.S. to learn the rudiments of alchemy.
Everyone was intensely interested in everyone else as to how they
came here, what they were “into” and so on. It turned out, the
students were “into” a variety of things. There was a couple from
Canada who had studied alchemy, they said, for many years under the
guidance of the god Mercury. There was an opera singer and her
husband who was a conductor of a symphony as well as being a concert
pianist. He had been a child prodigy and had studied under Kofdaly.
There was a sweet old lady in her late 70s who was “into”
crocheting; a computer programmer; a chiropractor; a chap who told
us he was the master of the martial art of swords (and gave some
fascinating demonstrations of power); a high energy Ph’D candidate
from Norway studying at M.I.T.; an industrial engineer; a
surrealistic artist; a chemist (who was to perform some incredible
alchemical experiments later on); a medical doctor; a priest; a lady
who had been the secretary to a state governor and a civil engineer.
A mixed crew indeed! Yet before long, sharing this special
experience, we came to be good friends and most of those friendships
are as strong as ever today. Everyone button-holed everyone else
and got into serious discussions of all sorts.
The martial arts expert, in answer to my question as to what this
‘bought him’, said: “I can tell past lifetimes from the aura”. Well!
I urged him to ‘read’ my past lifetime. He squinted at me, sort of
over and behind me and I could scarce conceal a smirk. Boy, was he
‘coming on’! After a few minutes he told me I had been a worker in
the pyramids of Egypt but was killed in an accident. I was stunned!
This was the precise substance of a recurring dream I had as a teen.
That I was working, as a stone mason in a pyramid when a block of
stone struck me in the head and I died! This little incident was to
be the first of many “weird” and often disquieting events during
The next morning, we assembled in the meeting room, per instructions
from ‘Soror Emmy’ bright and early. We could hardly await the
arrival of ‘Frater Albertus’. He arrived promptly and seated himself
at the head of the table saying, as he was to do for the beginning
of every class I took, “Good Morning Everyone” and then became
silent and allowed his eyes to rest for a few moments on each
We all felt he could read our minds and the class got a little
restless. Then he closed his eyes and seemed to drift off…or
something. After what seemed an eternity, his voice, strong and
clear said: “GOD is good”. He then lapsed into silence and the class
closed its respective eyes and waited. After a short time, he spoke:
“God is GOOD” putting the inflection on the last word of the same
sentence. Again a silence followed by his speaking: “God IS good”.
We meditated on the import of this for several minutes and then he
opened his eyes (as did the class), looked around at everyone
thoughtfully and then started to dilate on this sentence. Each
morning of every class he would start with this “Morning Meditation”
as he called it.
He was amazing in that he never used notes, he always had his talk
perfectly memorized. And he never gave the same one twice in the
seven years I was to take these classes! It was observed that he
always wore a cardigan sweater and that the sweater was in the
“correct” color for that day. That is, red on Tuesday, Orange on
Wednesday, Black on Saturday, etc. These are the corresponding
In many ways he was truly astonishing, he had been born on May 5,
1911, 1:40 am in Dresden, Germany. His hands were very large,
belying the fact that he was an artist with a delicate touch. He was
very powerful as I found out, yet very gentle and patient. Frater
Albertus was to initiate me into alchemy and be my teacher for the
next ten years, until his death.
Each day followed the same format, a morning meditation followed by
a session on Qabala where we studied the Tree of Life and other
Qabalistic philosophies. He also taught Astro-Cyclical Pulsations
showing how all of life follows (seemingly) predictable cycles, just
like a sine wave. And, of course, the mainstay of the studies was
Always a session on theory followed by practical lab work where we
could prove (or disprove) the theory given. We learned that all
substances consist of three essentials and that they could be
separated, purified and put back together again into a higher state.
He helped guide us through the morass of alchemical writngs so often
written in obscure words and more obscure meanings. The theory he
gave us helped to understand these writings and reveal them as
extremely valuable aids to the student.
He himself exemplified his belief in creating written records. Each
experiment that was performed, was carefully written up in notes.
These notes were, of course, kept by the student, and one set was
put on file in the P.R.S. records.
The three basics which Frater told us all things were made of, were
called by the alchemists, Sulphur, Salt and Mercury. These were
analogs for Soul, Body and Spirit. Or, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
or Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, or Solids, Liquids, Gasses.
In fact, a large set of ‘triplicities’ fit these terms. He described
and showed us the differences in these three as they varied in the
different kingdoms of vegetables, minerals and animals. He taught us
how to extract these, from plants, how to purify them and how to
conjoin them again. His purpose was to show us the parallels between
the kingdoms and how, using this spagyric technique, one could make
medicines. Potent medicines.
Medicines that were, in the main, different from those prescribed by
orthodox physicians, yet medicines that have been known for
millenia, preserved in “old wives tales”, American Indian lore and
in other ‘occult’ respositories. As we shall see, these medicines
are being “revived” and are available to the public. It is my belief
that it is from alchemical medicines pernicious diseases will at
last be overcome.
These medicines consisted initially of herbs and plants. Then we
progressed to working with such metals as Antimony and Iron. In
P.R.S., we used, as a text, Basil Valentine’s incredible book,
“Triumphal Chariot of Antimony”.
Herein lie explicit, clear instructions on how to transmute a rank,
poisonous element into one that can be used medicinally. This was,
to be sure, Antimony. From this matter, all manner of marvelous
medicines can be made.
While Basil Valentine set down many ‘recipes’ there are a few
“blinds” in his writings. To be absolutely sure in preparing such
medicaments, one should seek a teacher to guide the student through
the little traps set for the unwary.
It is interesting to note that in the March 1987 issue of “AMBIX”
magazine, Dr. Lawrence Principe, now at Johns Hopkins University,
wrote an article in which he received a government grant to
replicate the work done by Valentine in “Triumphal Chariot”.
His research proved to be invaluable as he showed a few ‘traps’ in
the work and developed techniques to obtain the “Tincture of
Antimony” by making this healing substance from the “glass”of
In a conversation with him, I indicated it was not so much a miracle
that he was indeed able to replicate the experiments, but that he
got the government to pay for it! Larry injects the scientific
disciplines into an arcane subject.
In a different operation, we separated the essences of common
chicken eggs and from the sulphur thereof, produced a medicine
salutary in incidences of artheriosclerosis.
This substance, an oil, is also marvelous as a topical. Jody, my
wife, will not be without it now as a skin care product. The metals,
having long absorbed planetary influences, are far more powerful
than herbs in healing.
Consider the energy in a half fingernail covered with Uranium. It
could blow away a city, such as Hiroshima . How wonderful it would
be if this energy were harnassed for healing rather than
Frater told us of the “Philosopher’s Mercury” and of the “Stone of
the Philosophers”, legendary alchemical items. He did not show us,
directly, how to create these things, but gave us hints, stories,
analogies and insights.
His method was, true to the code of alchemy, NOT to give anything
away on a platter, but to make you work for it. To sweat for it. So,
it was to be years later on, that marvelous day that I succeeded in
making some potent alchemical, medicinal products as well as the
sought-for goal of the alchemists, mercury.
Oh, not quicksilver, but the Philosophcal Mercury. The Universal
Dissolvent. When my friend and teacher Dan T., helped me achieve
this goal, I literally fell on my knees to thank the Father for his
grace in discovering this secret to me! This is a product that
thousands have strived for and yet few have obtained.
Through all of this, Frater was ever mindful of and conveyed to us,
the goodness and love of our common father for all his children.
Indeed, as indicated by Valentine and others, the revelation of
preparing these alchemical gifts were a direct gift of God.
I don’t think anyone in this domain doubts that! To augment this
spiritual aspect, Frater read to us from such canonical texts as the
(King James) Bible. He “opened us up” to new ideas as to how Qabalah
and Alchemy were quite prevalent in this Holy book.
In fact, we were all amazed as he offered proof-after-proof to
substantiate his statement that the Bible is a Manual of Alchemy and
contained vast secrets for those who have eyes to see.
In my classes and seminars, I cite examples from such canonical
texts as the Bible, to show how these texts are written in a code. A
symbolic code that must be penetrated in order to glean the true
(and hidden) meaning.
As an example, there is a section in John that shows how to prepare
the Philosophical Mercury! Genesis is a treasure house of mysteries
not discerned by the casual reader. As Paracelsus told us, the
Qabala (a Spiritual discipline that is part and parcel of alchemy)
opens all sealed epistles.
At the end of the seven year cycle at P.R.S., I had absorbed a good
deal of alchemical knowledge. In fact, I got “hooked” on it. As a
former counsellor in a drug program, this is the only “addiction” I
can safely say is healthy!
Perhaps equally important to the teachings, were the many different
groups of people I had met. Our bonding at P.R.S. enabled us to
remain in close touch, even to this day. Subsequent to the classes,
I met fellow alchemists from every part of the globe.
We too maintain a ‘network’. Now while we were still attending PRS
classes, Frater founded “PARALAB” a company chartered to prepare
alchemical or “spagyrical” (as they are more correctly called)
preparations for public sale. These were both medicinal and cosmetic
items. (Unfortunately, Paralab plroved to be ‘before its time’).
He also wrote quite a few books. He taught the classes, mowed the
lawns, and was a man of boundless energy. However, he once told as,
that all this would end. That alchemical mystery schools each
operated in their own cycle and PRS also had to end. But before this
came about, he “transmuted” PRS into PARACELSUS COLLEGE. He dreamt,
and set the ideas down on paper, of TRISTAR, a spectacular
alchemical research and healing center.
Woven into the architecture were the symbols of alchemy. A sort of
modern Gothic cathedral. Plans were drawn up, models made to scale,
monies were begun to be appropriated, then he died. It was July 1984
when a dream and a reality left this plane.
Since he for some reason did not groom someone to be his
replacement, the light has gone out. The college sits idly and no
classes are being taught. Books he had in manuscript form may never
see the light of day. There is no one on the horizon to pick up the
torch he lit. BUT, he inculcated alchemy into many who will never
forget him! And, more germane, who will continue to carry out the
work in their own unique ways.
The people whose lives he touched may number into the thousands.
Many are actively engaged in either “practical” alchemy or in allied
research. Most of those are in communication with one another, to
share ideas and results.
My personal activity in networking started with my producing retyped
and translated copies of old alchemical texts. This has caused many
a student to knock at my door. It is a rare day when I don’t write
SOME fellow alchemist SOMEwhere in the world!
There are more alchemists than are dreamt of, Poland, Switzerland,
France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, India, Belgium, Spain,
Portugal, Australia and other countries.
Before examining alchemy today, let us take a brief look at the
principals behind the phenomena of alchemy.
Firstly, as indicated, alchemists consider ALL things as composed of
three essential, sulphur, salt and mercury. These are actually,
consciouness (sulphur), a vivifying life force (mercury) and a
vehicle in which the latter two are housed (salt).
They correspond to soul, body and spirit, in that order. This is the
same spirit and soul as found in religion. However, in alchemy, we
learn how to separate these three so that they can be seen and held.
This is part of the vast field of alchemical theory but a theory
that allows direct proof to be made. You can see, weigh, and taste
the three essentials from the various kingdoms. This enables you to
KNOW and experience their existence rather than having faith.
Alchemy trades off knowledge for belief!
In the Indian alchemy called Ayurveda, the same principles apply
under the term “Gunas” and include Sattva (consciousness), Rajas
(spirit or energy) and Tamas (body or mass).
Techniques for separation of the three principles are available as
well as teachings for the “Three Fold Process”, Separation,
Purification and cohobation.
As an example, in the plant world, one can extract the alchemical
sulphur; which is the essential oil. Then one can extract, from the
putriified plant, the spirit. This exhibits itself as alcohol.
Happily, “store bought” ethyl alcohol will do nicely. Finally, the
residue of the plant, the ‘fecal matter’ is burned or calcined to a
white ash or salt.
These are all purified and then brought back together (cohobated)
and through a certain process can be formed into a stone-like
matter. A “Plant Stone”. So, we have killed the plant to enable it
to give up its soul and spirit. Then we have re-united them and thus
resurrected them in a new and glorified body.
This product is the highest form of the plant attainable.
Philosophically speaking, note that the plant could not do it for
itself. It needed ” a higher power” (in this case, man) to
accomplish this highest transmutation. The plant stone can not only
perform interesting physical phenomena, but is an extremely powerful
medicine. What it will cure depends on what plant or herb it was
made from. The laws of astrology apply here.
The plant stone is also a teaching device as its confection is an
exact analog of how to make a stone in the other kingdoms. The
curative powers of the plant stone are the focussed and the
concentered healing powers of the original herb.
If the herb had been rosemary, the part of the body it would heal
would be the heart as rosemary is a sun plant and the sun governs
Further, the sage plant, governed by Venus which also governs the
kidneys, would be useful in kidney problems. Mercury governs
valerian and the thyroid so a goiter condtion might be eased with a
tincture from the valerian plant or, more likely CURED with a
valerian plant stone.
While the sulphur is the major healing agent, utilizing,
spagyrically ALL the parts of the plant, a more efficacious medicine
Going a step further, we know that planets also have rulership over
metals as well as plants and specific parts of the body. The Sun for
example rules gold and Venus rules copper. The Sun also rules
sunflowers, frankincense and rue as well as the heart.
It should be clear then, that a medicine cna be made for specific
parts of the body from metals. And that since metals have “been
around” longer, absorbing beneficial rays, they will be more potent.
Recall the analog of Uranium! How to do it-make a tincture from a
metal? Why just like one does with the plants. “As above, so
below”. I can personally attest to the efficacy of Aureum Potabile
or tincture of gold. The process is one of extracting the sulphur of
gold, purifying it and using this product as a medicine.
As mentioned, if one could combine the other two essentials, the
effect would be absolutely astonishing. However, getting the other
two essentials in the mineral kingdom is not so easily done!
Returning to the present, what is happening now? Sources tell me
that more alchemical information is being made available than ever
before. Anyone working in this field can tell you that. Alchemy is
said to have Sufi roots.
Frater Albertus in his book “The Alchemist of the Rockie Mountains”
refers to this. He went so far as to say that in the HinduKush
mountains, in a little town called Nuristan, alchemists were busy
converting base metals into gold. Their purpose was to prepare for
the financing of the coming avatar. An atlas shows this town to be
Did you ever wonder why the Soviets were so bent on getting into
Afghanistan? There weren’t all that many natural resources
available. In fact, it is only a very hardy person that can eke a
living from that difficult and hostile country. So what did they
want? Could it be they heard that someone was producing gold there?
Maybe even mass producing it? Who can say with certainty?
The same sources mentioned, said that the Adepts who were there
moved to France well in advance of the Russians. Again, anyone in
this field will tell you that, yes indeed, France is a hot bed of
alchemical activity. More groups being formed, more books being
written, etc. Lets consider some specifics in various countries
Australia is very “hot” when it comes to alchemy. As an example, Dr.
Manfred Junius has formed AUSTRALHERBA to formulate various spagyric
products. He combines the essences of herbs (all three essentials)
with honey and other natural substances.
These products will nourish the body like no other substances can.
His herbal wines are the spirits of plants extracted purified and
combined with other essences to create an invigorating and
stimulatng beverage. These qualities are imbued by the herbs
Would you believe: “A healthy wine”? These products are now being
distributed in the United States. Dr. Junius, a friend, has written
excellent books on alchemy, gives concerts playing the Sitar and he
also teaches alchemy and otherwise shares that which he has been
given through lectures and seminars.
Dr. Junius will be in Dallas the last week of July 1990 to teach a
one week course in Alchemy.
Jurgen Klein, together with his wife Ulrike, have formed ‘Jurlique
Ageless Skin Care Products’. He was a student of Rudolph Steiner and
taught at the Waldorf School. Dr. Steiner was a brilliant man and
his pioneering work with herbs and plants are carried on today by
the Waleda Co. who offer various health and cosmetic preparations.
Dr. Conway of New Zealand, who was a student of Frater Albertus, (as
was Dr. Junius) founded a firm to compound creams and emolients from
natural ingredients using spagyric techniques. That is, alchemical
On Connaught Circus. in New Delhi, we find the “Ayurvedic Pharmacy”
where alchemical products are sold over the counter and are
compounded to prescription. Out in the front of the pharmacy, we
find workers with huge iron mortars and pestles.
With it they grind metals laboriously by hand for months. Day after
day they grind a particular metal or gem into a powder so fine it is
almost a liquid. These are then treated and mixed with other
ingredients to make medicines.
Diamond powder will yield a medicine for the brain, and gold bashma
(oxide) is salutary for the heart. And many Indian preparations
contain shilajeet which is obtained from a certain type of rock from
This rock, under the influence of moonlight, oozes out a tar like
substance. It is this tar-like material that is used to provide
Alchemy is especially flourishing today in France. Jean Debuis leads
a group called “Les P ilosophes de la Nature”. The organization
boasts a membership of over 1500 people, all practicing alchemy.
I mentioned this organization to friends in Colorado and it was
decided to organize an American branch. The lessons from France are
translated into English and offered to English-speaking alchemical
students as a correspondence course.
The lessons span a number of year and include Qabala as well as
Spiritual and Practical Alchemy. These lessons are being offered
today. And Karin Kabbalah in Jasper Georgia, offers a very complete
set of lessons dealing with t e Qabala.
In the fall of 1986 I spent a week with an alchemical society called
Filiation SOLAZAREFF. They held a ‘pilgrimage’ in the woods of
southern France. The proved alchemy can be done “in the wild”
without the trappings of modern equipment and “store bought
Solazareff is a powerful and charismatic man who is well versed in
alchemy. He and his followers consider themselves to be the
‘guardians of alchemy’ and in particular in the service of “La Dame”
In Germany, Barbara Theiss formulates herbal medicines and markets
them. And in Germany, long a bastion of alchemy, numerous Hermetic
In Belgium Dr.I. Beck spearheads alchemical studies in Antwerp and
in Bruxelles Marcel Jirousek is researching the properties of
magnesium as a cure for AIDS.
In Switzerland, a group that studied under Augusto Pancaldi are busy
translating his writings from Italian to German. (While my group,
R.A.M.S. is busy translating German into English!) Augusto was a
gentle and knowledgeable alchemist.
It was he who arranged for Frater Albertus and Eugene Canseliet (the
latter served under the master Fulcanelli, who legend reputes to be
hundreds of years old!) to meet and exchange views. It is
regretable that all three of these giants of alchemy have passed
through transition. However, Urs G. and Alois W. keep the work of
Siegfried H. in Canada reports that there is a Swiss PRS group that
follows the precepts laid down by Frater Albertus even to the extent
that they make spagyric preparations.
Also in Canada, Ralph F. has started an alchemical study group. In
Spain Julian P. and in Portugal Jose A., typify alchemists who, with
members of their groups, search the writings of the ancient
alchemists to extract clues to be more successful in their
Germany, Switzerland and England have organizations publishing
alchemical journals. Arthur Fehres, in Australia, relates he is
working on a new technique to obtain oil of iron. He teaches alchemy
in two-week seminars.
It will be recalled that oil of iron is helpful in problems
concerning the head. It has proved most effective in severe
headaches and might prove effective in amnesia and other such “head
related” problems. Better than anything you can get in the
drugstore we might add!
Paul Baynes in England is making spagyric extractions of the herb Fo
Ti Tieng. The Chinese refer to this herb as one containing “the
Elixir of Life” and use it to promote longevity.
Finally, my friend, Pierre Munier has developed a method to
solidify quicksilver and he shapes it into religious and magical
shapes. He learned his alchemy from teachers in India. He also makes
and sells purified oils of metals.
In America, alchemy is also alive and well. Willis W. is following
the general lines of study as Paul Baynes but compounds his products
from cactus, aloe vera and creosote. He is quite involved in bio-
agro products, perhaps not so alchemical but of great importance to
preserve this planet nonetheless.
Robbie Eure and Art F. have combined talents to produce a remarkable
salve combining aloe vera and gold. This salve I have used (and help
distribute) is amazing in the relief of pain from a variety of
Betty McK, in San Diego, discovered that by heating ethyl alcohol in
a small flask, the alcohol will gradually turn color and finally
congeal and become a dark brown mass just like chocolate syrup.
Moreover, in time, the mass will start to pulse or beat….like a
heart! If I had not seen this phenomena myself, I would not have
believed it. What it is we do not yet know. All we know is that
the combined action of a sandbath, morning light from an Eastern
window and a green light shining on it makes it behave in a peculiar
Greg Collins relates that due to a history of family colonic cancer,
he had a check up. To his great dismay, polyps were discovered in
his colon by his physician. He decided to try some alchemical
preparations and took a colloidal extract combining gold, silver and
copper. In addition, he took three drops of gold tincture once a
week. Five weeks later, his physician, after exploratory
examination, announced “The polyps went away”. A check-up in May
this year re-confirmed the efficacy of the gold tincture.
Mary Lynne of Ohio read a passage in Biblical Exodus that gave her a
clue to making perfumes. It gave her insight on how to extract, from
a handful of dried flower petals, copious quantities of essential
oils. From this oil she made delic ate and exquisite perfumes. Her
pupil Pete B. still produces perfumes from the generated oils.
George F. is overseeing the printing of a book by Mary Lynne
describing her techniques. George, a beautiful man and friend
conducts private research into alchemy and has been a fifty year
member of an esoteric RC order, AMORC.
Dan T.used his knowledge of alchemy to make herbal flavorings. These
are used to create delicious beverages often found for sale in
health food stores. Dr. Jack Hinze and his son Shane have an
organization (Apotheca Naturale) that produces a variety of
spagyric tinctures. Dr. Dan Clark, of Melbourne Florida has formed
Bioactive Nutrients and offers spagyric and homeopathic tinctures
Harold Wilson has developed an incredible biodegradeable solvent
that will radically dissolve gold! The marvel of his invention is
that it contains no corrosives (!), no toxics (!!) and one of the
main constituents is water!!! This could be a grea t boon for anyone
in the gold-mining business.
Ore containing a variety of elements are introduced into this fluid
and it radicfally dissolves ONLY the gold. A second fluid
precipitates the gold back out and recovery is at the 99.6% level.
Bill van D. has developed nutrients that will feed gold and make it
multiply. Peter M. grows gold crystals. Other people are engaged in
making exotic palliatives and cures, doing private research, and so
Surely this business with gold sounds, well, far fetched. But that
is probably due to a lack of exposure to and awareness of, these
recondite disciplines. Yet we read that Dr. Paul Cottle, of the
University of Florida, utilizing a linear accelerator, hurls lithium
ions at gold and converts it to lead. Shades of wrong-way Corrigan!
Dr. Cottle, of course, was trying to prove something about the
functioning of atomic nuclei. He also gave weight to the idea that
transmutation is entirely possible.
But Bainbridge, Sherr and Starr proved that in the 1940s as have
recent experimenters in Australia (alchemists) who have transmuted
quicksilver into silver and have created artificial gems
indistinguishable from the ‘real thing’.
And as exemplified by Larry Principe’s research, the governments of
various countries have shown to be QUITE interested in alchemy.
A paper studying the possibility of producing work from the heat
given off by transmutations conceded that the work of Kushi, Kervran
and others were correct. That is, transmutations DO take place. This
paper was written by the U.S. Army!
Beyond this, there is actually a tremendous amount of alchemical
activities taking place. As previously indicated, hundreds of
reasearchers are in the laboratories trying to wrest the secrets of
healing and of life itself, from Nature. Many closely follow the
teachings of the ancient alchemists, reading texts written long ago.
They try to decipher the archaic and code-like words often written
in foreign languages.
To aid them, my group, R.A.M.S. is involved in translating old
alchemical texts and transmuting these ancient manuscripts from
dusty items taking up space, into a form readable and thus useable.
It is hoped that some researcher will discover a new approach or
even a key to unlock secrets heretofore hidden away. To some extent,
this has already been the case.
These are usually not large organized groups but clusters of
individuals now turned on to the possibilities promised by alchemy.
And, to some extent folk concerned about the environment and
pollution seeking better ways.
Russell Schilling in Atlanta, Ron DiSalvo in Marina del Rey, Dhyana
M. in Marietta, Robert M. in Marshfield WI, Anthony House and Laura
J. both in Seattle, Mack Ross in Australia and a veritable legion of
individuals are tuned into the same philosophy and trying to use
alchemy to help their brothers and sisters.
We would be remiss not to mention other literary efforts in the
Hermetic field. These include Publications such as “The Hermetic
Journal” published in England by the tireless Adam McLean; the
eclectic magazine GNOSIS; Dr. Hoffman’s “Four Worlds Journal”, the
French journals “Tempete Chymique” and “La Tablet Emeraude”; a
newsletter emanating from Israel “Kabballah”; the Swiss alchemical
German language Journal “Essentia”; the venerable “AMBIX” from
England; from the U.S. we find “Cauda Pavona” and “Hermetica” both
published in academic environments and, of course, the venerable
FATE. Mr. Ritman in Amsterdam has opened to the public an incredible
library of alchemical documents. This is the “Bibliotheca
Philosophica Hermetica” .
Tom Brown’s “Borderland Sciences” group often have articles on
Hermetic subjects. The American branch of the Les Philosophs de la
Nature will soon produce a newsletter to add to a growing number of
alchemical journals. They are based in Boulder CO.
We can see then, that there is quite a bit going on, with or without
our knowledge. There are many more groups and invididuals than
imagined working quietly, even secretly, doing research, conducting
experiments, testing and finally, it is hoped, coming up with those
products that are most potent in healing.
Perhaps, some of these researchers will be instrumental in bridging
the wide gap between the alchemist and the scientist.
It might be asked, and who are these people? Since I travel all over
the U.S. and beyond, giving lectures, classes and seminars, I can
answer that question with accuracy.
The nswer is: the neighbor down the street, your Sunday school
teacher, the milkman and a host of others that one would not suspect
as being involved in arcane studies. They are without doubt out
there. And they aren’t mysterious or sinister folk either. They
are sincere, probably very spiritual, people dedicated to the common
One day, like Sir Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton, they will “come out
of the closet”. Hopefully, at that time, the fruits of their
discoveries in alchemy, unlike Boyle and Newton, will be recognized
and utilized to heal mankind of all his illnesses, both spiritual
and physical. As the good Lord told us in Genesis, all these things,
plants, herbs, minerals, etc. are here for our use and benefit, to
nourish and sustain and heal us. Thus it was He who instituted this
Holy Art and Science.
He left for US the challenge and joy of discovering the deepest
secrets of matter. Truly, as Frater Albertus was wont to say: “God
Hans Nintzel is a teacher of alchemy living in the Dallas area and
gives seminars involving Alchemy and Qabala by arrangement. He makes
available,through his group R.A.M.S., reprints of old alchemical
For further information on this or on upcoming classes, etc.,
contact him as follows: Hans W. Nintzel, 733 Melrose Drive,
Richardson,Texas 75080. Please send a S.A.S.E. Some of the data in
this article is gleaned from material to be in a book he is writing.
This article was published in FATE magazine and graciously shared
with KeelyNet by Hans.