Alchemy Alive And Well

This article was published in a recent edition of FATE magazine.

Hans and Jody Nintzel are very special people who we consider to be

close friends. Jody works as a counselor with troubled teenagers

while Hans works in the real world as a member of corporate


Hans was recently consulted by Time-Life and is included in one of

their book series dealing with Mysteries.

If you have questions regarding the study of Qabala, alchemy or many

other interesting aspects of the occult, please feel free to write

to Hans. He is a fount of information on many subjects.



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.

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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.

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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

this class.

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

“planetary colors”.

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,

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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

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“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.

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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

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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

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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

the heart.

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

will obtain.

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

in Afghanistan.

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

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written, etc. Lets consider some specifics in various countries

including France.

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

the Himalayas.

This rock, under the influence of moonlight, oozes out a tar like

substance. It is this tar-like material that is used to provide

medicinal effects.

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

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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”

(the Virgin).

In Germany, Barbara Theiss formulates herbal medicines and markets

them. And in Germany, long a bastion of alchemy, numerous Hermetic

groups flourish.

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

Pancaldi ongoing.

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

alchemical endeavors.

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!

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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

and remedies.


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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

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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

IS good”.



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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.