The practice of spagyrics is the application of ancient alchemical working methods to the preparation of tinctures, essences, and other products from medicinal plants. While ordinary tinctures and infusions use only a part of the great curative potential of plants, spagyric methods "open" medicinal plants completely to reveal their more powerful healing properties. Drawing on the rich imagery and symbolism of ancient source materials, Manfred M. Junius describes these methods in great detail, showing readers how to prepare plant remedies alchemically for their own use as well as imparting a knowledge of the ideological world in which alchemistic and hermetic thought flowered. Spagyricsincludes the Plant Magistery of Paracelsus and the Life Elixir recipe of Andreas Libavius among its historic techniques as well as a wealth of scientific information that demonstrates the greater efficacy of alchemical methods of plant essence extraction. This classic source text preserves the nearly forgotten but highly valuable methods of this true hermetic art for preparing natural remedies.
Professor Manfred M. Junius (1929-2004) served as the production manager for spagyrics for Australerba Laboratories and was head of the Australian School of Ayurveda in Adelaide, Australia. His Western alchemical knowledge was obtained through many years of personal instruction from Augusto Pincaldi in Switzerland.
FOREWORD BY BRIAN COTNOIR PREFACE 1 SPAGYRIA AND SPAGYRICS 2 ADVICE OF BASILIUS VALENTINUS 3 THE THREE PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLES AND THE ELEMENTS 4 MERCURY, SULFUR, AND SALT IN THE PLANT WORLD 5 THE EXTRACTION OF THE THREE PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLES FROM PLANTS The Extraction of the Essential Oils, That Is, of the Volatile Sulfur Mercury Fixed Sulfur and Its Salt Salt 6 THE STARS The Foundations Stars and Medicinal Plants Days, Hours, and Rhythms of the Planets The Exact Horoscope as the Basis for the Works 7 PREPARATION OF SPAGYRIC TINCTURES AND ESSENCES 8 CIRCULATION 9 THE PLANT MAGISTERY OF PARACELSUS 10 THE CIRCULATUM MINUS OF URBIGERUS 11 ELIXIR--CLYSSUS--VEGETABLE STONE The Opus Vegetabile of M. Johannes Issac Hollandus Tractatus de Quinta Essentia Vini 12 ALCHEMICAL SIGNS AND SYMBOLS 13 OLD WEIGHTS EPILOGUE: HOW CAN WE HEAL? NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY SPAGYRIC RESOURCES INDEX