Know more about Eirenaeus Philalethes | News and views about people around the world | Our first look at a New World alchemist. We look at Eirenaeus Philalethes and the person behind the name, George Starkey. He’s one of the. Philalethes, Eirenaeus: Collectanea Chymica: A Collection of Ten Several Treatises in Chymistry, Concerning The Liquor Alkahest, The Mercury of Philosophers.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The works of Jung are peppered with references to alchemy, but sustained treatments are found in the following of his texts: As philalethse stated at the outset of this paper, it is not merely processes and their implementation that Philalethes has encoded: Philalethes then shifts abruptly to the first person. Nature then announces another rule: The primary way of assuming the mantle of authority was two-fold. Jung argued that alchemy, viewed as a diachronic, trans-cultural entity, was concerned more with psychological states occurring in the mind of the practitioner than with real chemical processes.

Out of Print–Limited Availability. Not only does our author employ dispersion de la science and the use of Decknamen, he uses two complementary techniques that I shall call syncope and parathesis.

George Starkey

Eirenaeus Philalethes and Carl Jung. The riddling image-language of early modern alchemy often existed side by side with expositions of the images coined by their very authors. Perhaps surprisingly, Starkey’s Philalethes writings can indeed be decoded by diligently comparing passages in one text with those of another.


This finding casts serious doubt on the Jungian interpretation as a whole. His mind jolted into activity, he has a revelation: But let us conclude our exposition of Philalethan allegory here by generalizing on its method.

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Although the King is richer than his father, the 15 William R. He then encounters a blear-eyed man with corroded fingers, who merrily enquires the title of the book.

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We have therefore solved the riddle of Saturnia without recourse to any material unavailable to the seventeenth century reader of Philalethes. The philosophical mercury must be composed of several ingredients: The product of these four is the philosophical mercury, portrayed later as a lovely but perhaps over-eager lady.

Hence it was critical that an alchemist establish himself as a member of the elite fraternity of adepti that stretched back to the days of Zosimos and Hermes Trismegistus: We shall return to this subject presently, but let us finish first with the philosophers’ mercury. But Philalethes, as usual, has given them specific roles in his own complicated game of riddles. Brill,et passim. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Starkey claimed that his books were based on the experimental method and a desire to reform the state of medicine, but only vague processes were given for his medicaments.

Leiden, Netherlands and New York: But let us refrain from interpreting further until our alchemist has entirely unfolded the panoply of eifenaeus invention. Starkey as Philalethes The central processes concealed in the highly allusive Philalethes treatises are expressed in plain language in a letter composed by Starkey, probably inand sent by him to his patron Robert Boyle.


The Introitus allocates fifty days to the regimen of mercury, during which time the substance is philalehtes to boil and change color continually, until 17 William R.

Eirenaeus Philalethes (George Starkey)

Print on Demand Hardcover. It is enlightening to read this passage beside such descriptions of the philosophical mercury as the following: This requires some explanation. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

The antimonial character of the Water-bearer is surely suggested when Nature explains the whole mysterious allegory. The final years of Starkey’s life were devoted to resurrecting his medical practice and manufacturing income-producing medicines. Alchemical philslethes could be lucrative, and as such they were not to be disbursed lightly By parathesis, on the other hand, I mean the heaping-up of synonyms for a given process, substance, or apparatus, again with the intention of bewildering the reader.

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