The Philosopher's Stone

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October 30, 2016

 

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Helvetius also described it as “resembling glass or pale sulfur”, and was described further by another alchemist named Jean Baptista van Helmont as appearing “like saffron in powder but heavy and shining like pounded glass” (Cockren). The abilities of the Stone are varied, though the most prevalent of these capabilities involves changing any metal to gold through a certain process which is supposedly very difficult to perform...
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It is also known as the “universal medicine” and can be used to cure most, if not all, sicknesses and lengthen the user's life, possibly into eternity if used correctly (Guiley 251). These fabled effects seem to sprout from the belief that the Philosopher's Stone signifies “the force behind the evolution of life and the universal binding power of oneness” and represents “the purity and sanctity of the highest realm of pure thought and altruistic existence” (Guiley 251)...
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