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P.O.N. Seminars 1992
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Mendeleiev Table of Elements
Lecturer: Jean Dubuis
O.K. What you will hear now is relatively new stuff you will never read this in alchemical books.
This theoretical aspect allows you to not have any problems with classical work. What will be said here results from numerous studies and experiments. The alchemists are not quite agreed with the Mendeleiev table but have agreed it's a very useful tool. (points to chart) This table is divided in rows - it's divided in columns and rows - horizontal layers. Usually these layers are called periods. In fact, we have seen in our work that if this table was modified, correspondence would occur between the 7 periods and the 7 sephiroth of (theology?) (the qabala tree?).
Such as it is, there is no correspondence, but the columns - each of the columns - corresponds to a function of nature. And as I will try to explain it's very interesting to tell that work. To (avoid?) what seems to be already made solutions - approximately - coming down in the layers here corresponds to the densification of the matter. On the other hand, columns give very precise things. In fact there's only 8 columns, and every column corresponds to an external layer of electrons. That means in every atom there is a kernel and several layers of electrons but the only thing that interests chemistry and alchemy is the outside layer.
When there is only one electron, the elements correspond to the first column here and you will have to have this column here. In the table that we gave you - columns are divided into A & B - because the chemist had to divide these groups into A & B because of non-compatible chemical properties. In the table you have and the paper you will be given, I have written down that in certain cases it's A and in other cases it's the B. But it's not very important in the beginning of the work.
Yesterday explained the problem of the 4 elements, that were 4 types of energy, like 4 colors, and that Fire is the principle animating nature. All the elements of column 1 bear the Fire in our world. But when the Fire comes from the sun it's undetermined - this will be detailed in the Secret Fire lecture.
The first layer of the Fire in our world is hydrogen. It's a very psychic Fire, completely undetermined. We'll see later on that column 6 is the column of life, and when the original Fire is associated to the column of life it gives H2O, the natural water. And this will allow to explain the properties of water in the Archćus and Gur.
The second element bearing Fire is lithium. At this level the Fire doesn't belong to a kingdom, but Fire contained in lithium has a lot of effect on fishes and on man.
When Fire keeps coming down it arrives on this third element sodium and in this case Fire that has been incorporated in sodium is now set to a kingdom and it will be Fire of the animal kingdom. It's the Fire that allows animal life through sodium chloride that's in the blood.
When Fire keeps coming down it comes to potassium. When the Fire contacts potassium it belongs to the vegetable kingdom.
These three elements (points to 1A?) have no relevance for us (alchemists). We come to 1B, copper, silver, and gold. They bear the metallic Fire. When we will imitate this, you will understand why these three things (elements) are linked in the metallic work, because these are the elements that bear the metallic Fire.
To give an extra explanation on the first column, the Fire is non-determined in the air. You can either put a salt of sodium or a salt of potassium - the deliquescence, to obtain deliquescent salt. Here the liquids will give something for the animal kingdom. Here the deliquescence most fluid is the potassium carbonate. It's a product that will be exclusively set to the vegetable work. We'll see this on rapid fabrication of stones. I won't speak here of the deliquescence of these elements, these are very complex and I don't think these should be spoken of in the first lecture.
All you need to know first is that when reanimating mercury, whether Lunar or Venusian, these will bear the Fire that will allow later to animate gold. Would you like any further explanation on number 1?
Q. I know in psychiatric nursing, listening to people that are in care for manic depression, and I was wondering if you would highlight the use of lithium?
A. We would just stress that the psychosomatic effects of lithium would be related to the Fire. That's all because there's no reason to work on this (lithium) in the alchemical work. We only stress what's in interest to us, you know?
Column number 2 - All of these (2A) as far as alchemy is concerned are of no interest, the interest is in 2B: zinc, cadmium, and mercury. Column 2 has its number there, it's the number of duality, and metals here in column 2 are metals that will make the link between two worlds. Their energies allow consciousness between spiritual and material. In our actual work we only use mercury (Hg), but if you have books especially ancient German alchemist's books they would have used zinc as metallic mercury. We won't speak of it today because it doesn't concern the Flamel work and these are chemically complex operations. The cadmium that bears the god Cadmus' name has been thought of by most recent alchemists, but it can also be used as a mercury. We have a research program on it so we don't speak of it, and we must be very careful because cadmium is quite toxic.
Q. Question on calcium?
A. O.K. We haven't spoken much on calcium, but it's of very little interest. It's only use in alchemy is merely taking water out of alcohol by calx. In the work here, calcium will have practically no interest. As we only have two days for all this we will only stress what we think important.
Column 3 - It has no use in alchemy, but you must be very careful with it. The elements of (column) 3 must not be in contact with alchemical products because the elements of this column have the properties to bring alchemical death. You must be very careful particularly on aluminum and boron. When your crucibles will be very dirty the only way to get rid of the heavy scoria is to have borax melt in the crucible, to have it clean - the borax will do it for you. Then after that you have to get rid of the boron that's left in the crucibles. You can boil two or three times in boiling water. And heat it (crucibles) gently in an electric furnace. If you use borax to make a glass of antimony it will lead to big problems because the ---- have curious properties - leads to breaking Soxhlets very easily, and can only be extracted with Fumagawa. In this extractor the extracting cartridge is in - (Marc Gerald draws the extractor) (discussion) Do you know this thing called the Fumagawa? It's not a Soxhlet. In the Soxhlet the cartridge is cold. In the Fumagawa the cartridge is hot, and the heat of the extracting water allows to extract borax before it swells too much and explodes.
Q. What is it?
A. It's Japanese. (Laughs.)
Column 4 - The most important. If you don't understand very well what happens in column 4 don't start with the acetate work. This column 4 carbon - you must be careful that in nature there's a lot of symbols and the atom with 4 electrons is the symbol of the quaternary. And it's the base of all vegetable and animal life. All the vegetable and animal chemistry is the chemistry of carbon - organic chemistry. That means that vegetal or animal life can be fixed on atoms that have four electrons.
The second element (of column 4) is silicon and in silicon modern chemistry played nearly an alchemical role - it's silicon chemistry. Silicon. In silicon chemistry organic structures have been put on a mineral instead of carbon. In this column there would be metals very interesting for alchemy - germanium and tin. But unfortunately their chemical properties make an alchemical work nearly impossible on them. Not theoretically, but practically. But if we reach now - lead - lead is the only regular metal that has four electrons. A real KEY on the acetate work - as there are four external electrons, the vegetable or animal life can be fixed on lead. The way of acetates that people have spoken of and mainly Newton, consists in transferring vegetable life on lead.
Because vegetable life is much more conscious than mineral life and evolution processes of lead are multiplied by a factor of several million. I think we will have to explain acetates in detail but don't forget that during these explanations the problem is to transfer Fire from here to there (column1 to column 4) to transfer vegetable Fire on lead.
I will give all details and necessary precautions. Questions on column 4? This is a short cut so we don't have time to go element by element. But this is just to give you an idea that you can set your mind on.
Q. Is germanium an important alchemical element?
A. It could be, but its chemical properties mean that you cannot have alchemical work done on it.
Q. Is it because it's found so rare in nature?
A. Patrice: When he (Jean) studies processes of experiments like this, he studies the three aspects of alchemical, chemical, and philosophical (?) To transfer vegetable life on germanium which may be interesting, since it's a 4 electron body you cannot transfer anything else but vegetable (life), there is no easy chemical reaction that allows transfer.
Column 5 - Is the column of niter. Here is the nitrogen it's the accelerator in every reign. Nitrate can be found in stibnite and nitrate in the air we breath is nitrogen. It's the general accelerator. The other accelerators here, are things to be used with a lot of precaution and when you have 30 years of alchemy.
This one (potassium) accelerates the brain. In France we're giving (it) to old Senators. (laughs)
This one is arsenic, there is very little acceleration, but if you use some of this you will probably have no acceleration at all. (laughs)
Then we have here antimony, that is the key that's very sensible in the kingdom. In ancient books on alchemy you could find bismuth being mentioned. For nuclear reasons it cannot be used in alchemy after all. It's too long to explain. The accelerator column is column 5. They are activators of energy.
Column 6 - The first one is oxygen, it's the fruit of life. The vegetable and animal life, and sulphur is the activator of mineral life. You see, we see errors in our alchemical texts because people don't know the details. If you transferred the vegetable life on this (lead) you cannot do this on sulphur, because the sulphur is the mineral breathing - so that life can find oxygen. If you put vegetable life in lead the evolution will be done only if it has oxygen, so you will need metallic oxides to feed it. For lead - minium. If you - the cinnabar will be the oxygen for the metallic life. The selenium is useful in very rare cases and what's more, it's very practical.
In column 7 - The only one we're interested in is chlorine. It's very useful for the animal life and it sets Fire to its life. In alchemical experiments we should work with it eventually -----. When we will have come here for the 4th time we will speak of it then. [RH: Jean's way of putting off discussion of a dangerous path mentioned in the Theory on the Flamel Path.]
Here (column 6) there were 6 electrons. Here there are 7. The rare gases have 8 electrons and they have no interest in alchemy. If you take a look at very complex nuclear books, 2 elements are an exception. Here it's palladium and copper. Copper has problems on the electron level.
To end this there is something that I had not explained earlier - that nature functions the same way in every kingdom and for instance chemical structures often have the properties of one of the kingdoms. For instance, if you consider carbonic gas, there is in this gas one atom of carbon and two of oxygen. When this gas is in little quantity, like in mineral water, it's an activator for the body (human). If it's in high quantity it's mortal, deadly. When you play with crystals the quartz crystals SiO2 it has the same structure as carbonic gas. If you have a crystal of quartz at home, it will give you some (-----) force, but if you wear it on yourself it will destroy you (kill), like carbonic gas of high dosage.
I spoke of this example because it's easy to explain but when you have to work in alchemy you must by yourself examine all the problems to find your own path and the things that you're wanting knowledge of. I will give you a small example and if you work you will understand. This is done so that you will see no other explanation in books that may be very useful for you to work with it. Any problems?
Q. Question about carbonic acid and quartz comparison.
A. O.K. If you have quartz and you have it in your pocket all the time then it will be very harmful.
Q. So where will you put it?
A. You put it on the chimney (mantle). A high dose of (carbonic acid) can be harmful.
Q. Question about uranium being of alchemical interest?
A. Of course it's not in the program, but part of it will be explained on the becoming of man (lecture).
Q. About comparison of carbonic acid and quartz.
A. Patrice: He took the example of the quartz, not because he's hostile, but he wanted to give a very good chemical image because the chemical image of quartz and carbonic acid gas are exactly similar, (only) the kernels differ.
Q. Is radium useful in alchemy?
A. The elements above 82 are useless in alchemy. The ancients said that number 82 is the top of the sky and in modern alchemy we understand that the ancients know this - we don't know how - but all the elements above 82 are dead, melted or not.
Q. Do we have any time to talk about the sulphur being necessary to metallic life?
A. If you lack metallic life, sulphur behaves like oxygen, and if you look in nature the ore that is the metal, in great majority, are sulphurs particularly. We've been in antimony mines in areas where no volcanoes are, and several hundred meters around the mine you can smell the sulphur. And when you take the stibnite in the mines - in the layers where you pick up the stibnite - it was wrapped in sulphur. The allotropic state of this sulphur is not the same as the current sulphur and as (did) the alchemists I conclude that it's the reject of the sulphur breathing, that's dead, and you must not use it in alchemy. When the ore has finished its evolution it goes back up the sephirotic levels, it gets to 3 (Binah) and then it doesn't need sulphur to cultivate its level. And if you haven't killed them, all the native metals called the 7 metals crystallize in the cubic system.
Q. Iron and cobalt?
A. The iron is here in the transition level. The iron was spoken of this morning. The iron has for the alchemist 2 interests - Reduction of stibnite to Regulus, and the second is to give the metallic aspect of metallic life, the third is to be able to extract the auric seed from iron.
When it's an iron sulphur - an ore - O.K. He has not spoken of the transition elements because there is a conflict between the alchemists, but what can be said is that the metals that give the metallic life are here - the electric life - Fire - the iron is most powerful which is in the metal to give the electric aspect of life. There is another way to put the elements, to arrange them, but it will have to wait until science evolves in 2 or 3 hundred years. The real table is a matrix of 12 on 12. It won't be in the public tomorrow. It will wait.
Q. Will platinum and palladium have any significance?
A. Platinum and palladium are two abnormal metals, and actual science finds problems with this because (the scientists) don't know where to put them. Particularly palladium. It has the same structure as rare gas and it's a metal that has the same properties, as palladium is the metal of cold fusion and is a lot of problems for the actual science.
Q. Is it correct to associate the salt, sulfur, and mercury with the proton, neutron, and electron?
A. No! Out of the program! There is a limit, and what has been given (is) for application now, and we won't speak of what has no interest for this seminar.
We will take a quarter of an hour rest, and afterwards we come back here.
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