Thus, the whole goal of the alchemical art lay in “the general idea that the powers of the cosmic soul must somehow be concentrated in a solid, the philosophers’ stone or elixir, which would then be able to carry out the transmutations that the alchemists desired.” It was an attempt to reconstruct, for specific cases, the descent of specific minerals from that undifferentiated ((cosmic soul” or medium as exactly as possible, in order to incorporate that “cosmic soul’s” very powers of.transmutation in ordinary matter.

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