John Reid's Course on Practical Alchemy

John Reid III has kindly agreed to make his book available to the alchemy web site as the basis for a Course on Practical Alchemy.


Dedication and Acknowledgment
Foreword first Edition
Foreword second Edition

Part 1 - Theoretical

1) The Philosophy of Alchemy
2) The Three Essentials
3) The Four Alchemical Elements
4) The Firmament
5) Closing remarks on Theory Section

Part 2 - Practice

1) Lab Equipment Needed
2) Production of Spagyric Herbal Extracts
3) Production Of Spagyric Herbal Tinctures
4) Production of Spagyric Herbal Essences
5) Alkahest of the Vegetable Kingdom
6) Oil of Rose Quartz
7) Production of a Spagyric Plant Stone
8) Preparing the Archaeus of Water
9) The Minor Opus in Words and Pictures

Bibliography & Suggested Reading List

Alchemical texts

16th Century
Practical alchemy
Philosophical alchemy

17th Century
Practical alchemy
Philosophical alchemy

18th Century
Practical alchemy
Philosophical alchemy

Alchemical poetry

Alchemical allegories

Works of Nicolas Flamel
Works of George Ripley
Works of Sendivogius
Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum
Emerald tablet of Hermes
Rosicrucian texts
Literary works
Texts from Musaeum Hermeticum

Spanish alchemical texts
German alchemical texts
French alchemical texts
Russian alchemical texts
Italian alchemical texts

Study Courses

Alchemical, astrological and
emblematic art prints

Alchemy and art

Art books Series

Study course on Bosch's
Garden of Earthly Delights

New Hieronymus Bosch Website