tincture of the philosophers

Tincture of the Philosophers Decoded

“Some of the first and primitive philosophers of Egypt have lived by means of this tincture for a hundred and fifty years. The life of many, too, has been extended and prolonged to several centuries as is most clearly shown in different histories, though it seems scarcely credible to anyone. …

“So then the Tincture of the Philosophers is universal medicine, and consumes all diseases, by whatever name they are called, just like an invisible force. The dose is very small, but its effect is most powerful. By means thereof I have cured leprosy, venereal diseases, dropsy, the falling sickness, colic, scab, and similar afflictions; also lupus, cancer, fistulas, and the whole race of internal diseases, more surely than one could believe. … This is the Catholicum of the Philosophers, by which all these philosophers have attained this end entirely and most effectively, and so, according to their judgment, they named it The Tincture of the Philosophers.” ~Paracelsus

Tincture of the Philosophers

This Tincture of the Philosophers is the same thing most of us know as the philosopher’s stone. It was called the sorcerer’s stone in the Harry Potter tales, but still the same idea. The Fountain Of Youth is another variation. But while it may be true that this tincture cured many illnesses and extended physical life, there is little evidence of that. Even if it could extend physical life by decades, or even centuries, that would pale in comparison to its true purpose which is spiritual.

Alchemy and Spirituality

Paracelsus was a well-known writer and alchemist. But the quote from one of his books tells me that either he is deliberately hiding the truth, or doesn’t know it himself. That is because the true alchemist was concerned with saving souls, not extending the life of the physical body by a few years. The so-called conversion of lead to gold that some alchemists claimed to do really meant converting the lead mind of the materialist into the gold mind of the spiritual person.

Spiritual Tincture

While it may be true that this Tincture of the Philosophers could cure many physical illnesses, its primary purpose was to awaken and develop the spirit and soul. By doing so, you also help the person’s physical health and mental health, but those benefits were considered secondary. The important thing is that the awakened spirit and soul could develop along with the mind and body into an integrated being while still on earth. That was the goal of the real alchemist. And the real Tincture of the Philosophers was the light of the spiritual sun. That light is the only light that can awaken and nourish the spirit and soul.

Catholicum of the Philosophers

Paracelsus says this Tincture of the Philosophers was the Catholicum of the Philosophers. By that, he means that it was universal, known and practiced by all. We could also look at it as meaning that this tincture was universal because the light of the spiritual sun shines down on everyone, rich or poor, black or white, male or female. Yet it doesn’t affect all people. Those who deny it, or anything else spiritual, will get little from it. Those who are neutral on the subject will do better. Those who actively seek the light and spiritual growth will do the best. So don’t wait until it’s too late. Start making use of The Tincture of the Philosophers today.

Alchemical Astrology

Alchemical Astrology in Spiritual Schools

“Another tool that the alchemist used to a far greater degree than we understand today is astrology. In the present day, astrology only survives in tabloid newspapers for most people. … However, just as there is a difference between thaumaturgy and theurgy, so there is a distinct difference between the popular idea of astrology and that used by the alchemists. …

“In the interpretation of Bardesanes, A Syrian Christian scholar—who has often been identified as a Gnostic—the motions of the stars govern only the elemental world, leaving the soul free to choose between the good and the evil.” ~Bernard Simon

Alchemical Astrology

Just as a farmer looks to plant seeds at the best time, so the Alchemical Astrologers uses astrology to help them choose the best day and time for their experiments. Whether they were doing mundane experiments with chemistry, or spiritual ones involving the awakening of the soul, they tried to increase the chances of success as much as possible by considering astrology.

Considering astrology is more complicated than the farmer deciding when to plant. If the alchemist was trying to help a person with their spiritual awakening, he didn’t just need to know the current position of the stars, but also the stars under which that person was born.

Mystery Schools and Astrology

Many of the ancient mystery schools taught their students astrology. But it was not the tabloid astrology of today. Now was it considered something that could force you to behave in a certain way, a scapegoat for bad behavior.

That taught astronomy as something that could be used as an aid to accomplish what you wished. For the negative aspects, they taught that astrology only created a path one could follow. It didn’t force you to follow that path. If you strengthened your will and spiritual resolve, you could resist the pull of astrology. It cannot force you to behave in a certain way. It cannot force you to develop certain traits that you don’t wish to develop. But you do have to know your astrological chart so you can recognize when it is trying to steer you wrong. Continue reading “Alchemical Astrology in Spiritual Schools”

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Spiritual Adept and Alchemist of Souls

“I being an adept anonymous, a lover of learning, and philosopher, decreed to write this little treatise of medicinal, chemical, and physical secrets in the year of the world’s redemption 1645, in the three and twentieth year of my life, that I may pay my duty to the sons of the Art, that I might appear to other adepts as their brother and equal. … In truth, many times I have laid aside my pen, deciding to forbear from writing, being rather willing to conceal the truth under a mask of envy. But God compelled me to write, and Him I could in no wise resist who alone knows the heart and unto the glory forever. I believe that many will be rejoiced with the Great Secret. … May God’s most holy will be done therein.” ~Thomas Vaughan, an Alchemist

The Alchemists

We have been led to believe by the science community that alchemists were crazy people who believed they could literally turn lead into gold or tin into silver. The churches, on the other hand, taught that they were Satanists using demonology to perform their unnatural tricks. Both were wrong.

Thomas Vaughan was not an oddball who didn’t follow the rules of alchemy. He was an ordinary alchemist. Yet, as the quote shows, he believed very much in God. He not only believed, but he tried his best to serve God. And in studying and practicing real alchemy, he did serve God.

Another thing to note is that alchemists are usually depicted as old men, probably senile, working is a cluttered mad-science type lab. Vaughan tells us he was twenty-three when he wrote this quote.

Spiritual Adept

Vaughan refers to himself as “an adept”. This doesn’t mean that he was a sorcerer’s apprentice. An adept is simply a person who is highly skilled at something. It doesn’t have to be black magic, or any other kind of magic. Vaughan was an adept of alchemy. But he was also a spiritual adept. We can see that in his references to learning, philosophy, and God. Continue reading “Spiritual Adept and Alchemist of Souls”


Fifth Element of Alchemy and Spirituality

“Alchemy is based on an understanding of the universe that was first Hellenistic and later medieval. Nowadays, however, it is also accepted that it represents aspects of the human psyche and spirit as well—so a truly Gnostic science. Linking to the four elements (earth, air, water and fire) and their four qualities (cold, hot, moist, and dry) the alchemist tries to achieve a transmutation of the elements in order to produce a fifth element, that of Aether or spirit. …

“If this fifth element could be captured,then the secret of life could be revealed. Several processes are followed, … but the end result is the Lapis or elixir that appears when the transformed elements are reunited and the work is complete. This is said to be the embodiment of the perfection of matter and spirit.” ~Bernard Simon


Most think of Alchemy as something that started in the middle ages in Europe. Mr. Simon says it was first Hellenistic (Greek), but it goes back ever further. According to Wikipedia, versions of it were found in Africa and Asia even earlier.

Another mistaken assumption about Alchemy is that it was about trying to transform elements into more valuable one using chemistry. Specifically, they were said to be trying to make gold out of lead. But eve Wikipedia shows there is another level to Alchemy, a spiritual one. On that level, the conversion of “lead” to “gold” was not about chemistry at all. It was about transforming the materialistic (lead) person into a spiritual adept (gold).

The Fifth Element

Mr. Simon says the alchemists were trying to combine the four elements in ways that they hoped would create the fifth element which he calls Ether or Spirit. First, ether (or Eether) and spirit is not the same thing. Een if the alchemist had succeeded in making Ether, they would still not have spirit. In fact, they cannot create spirit. That is because everything that is material also already has a spiritual side. The goal therefore, was to realize, or awaken that spirit within the matter. More specifically, it was about helping people awaken their dormant spiritual faculties and join them with their material self. That is what spiritual alchemy was all about.

So the fifth element is not really an element at all, but spirit.  In the time of transformation, all matter will return to its original spirit form. We call that the End Times.  Continue reading “Fifth Element of Alchemy and Spirituality”