elixir of gold

General - A fabled substance said to produce. Gold or to grant immortality. The transmutation of metals was said to be achieved by twelve separate processes, listed in order as: Calcination Dissolution Separation Conjunction Purification Congelation Cibation Sublimation Fermentation Exaltation Multiplication Projection This substance was referred to as the philosopher's stone and, in some accounts, the true stone was carried in a bag by Deucalion but was lost when he and his wife Pyrrha threw stones over their shoulders to repopulate the earth. Others say that it was used by Noah to light the ark. On occassion, called elixir of gold, lapis philosophorum, lapis philosophorum, philosopher's stone or philosopher's stone.

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