Don’t miss this rare opportunity for deeper initiation into the mysteries of alchemy in a powerful union of practical and spiritual techniques.
The ancient Egyptian Arcanum Experiment will be performed publicly for the first time in modern history at the International Alchemy Conference on September 16, 2011. The highly symbolic chemical experiment demonstrates all the basic principles of alchemy and imparts a metaphysical understanding of its operations to those who witness it. The experiment was part of the Alexandrian initiation process, and its secrets were encoded into alchemical engravings, the Emerald Tablet, the Tarot, and other Hermetic traditions.
In ancient Alexandria, alchemists performed chemical demonstrations to develop early alchemistic philosophy and discover the underlying principles in the creation of the universe, which they believed had to be the basic pattern for all transformations. Many ingenious experiments were performed to determine the nature of the First Matter and the proper order of the appearance of the Elements, but the most important and impressive experiment was the Arcanum Experiment.
The Arcanum Experiment used seven secret ingredients called the Arcana: Vitriol (sulfuric acid and iron), Natron (sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate), Red Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-mercury compound), Black Pulvis Solaris (a sulfur-antimony compound), and Liquor Hepatis (a sulfur-ammonia solution). The dramatic unfolding of the Arcanum Experiment – from the initial heavy purple cloud to a flash of light and the final manifestation of a precipitate – replayed the creation of the universe in a glass retort and was instrumental in developing alchemical theory. Because of the toxic fumes generated in the live demonstration, a video recording of the complete experiment will be featured. Samples of the actual ingredients will be available to participants.
During this intensive 3-hour workshop, the chemical mythology of the ancients will be reviewed, and ancient initiatory techniques will reveal a powerful spiritual technology that is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. By connecting at the archetypal level with the Arcana through guided visualizations and meditations on the experimental evidence as well as relevant alchemical drawings, participants will be given the opportunity to experience these universal truths firsthand.
All participants receive a sample jar of purified sulfur, the basic ingredient in the experiment. Also included is a free 70-minute DVD on the operations of alchemy revealed in the Arcanum Experiment and how they were encoded in the Tarot, the Kabbalah, Taoist alchemy, and other Hermetic disciplines. A Certificate of Completion will be issued (2 credits in the Alchemy Study Program – www.AlchemyStudy.com).
The workshop will be conducted by author and practicing alchemist Dennis William Hauck. The experiment was performed at his laboratory in Sacramento, California. Hauck was initiated into alchemy while in graduate school in Vienna and has since translated a number of important manuscripts and published seven books on the subject. His bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy (Penguin Alpha 2008) is considered the best introduction to alchemy available today, and his The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation (Penguin 1999) presents his original research about the mysterious artifact that inspired alchemists for centuries. His other books include Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy, Alchemical Guide to Food and Herbs, Secret of the Emerald Tablet: The Arcanum Experiment. His website is www.DWHauck.com.
The Arcanum Experiment Workshop is Friday, September 16, 2011, from 2:30-6:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA. Space is limited, so register early. $55. Reserve your spot at www.AlchemyConference.com
International Alchemy Guild, P.O. Box 22309 , Sacramento, CA 95822, United States
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