on June 14, 2000
Frater Albertus is undoubtedly the most famous practical alchemist and instructor of alchemy in this century. Learning his trade in the old Rosicrucian Order (AMORC) alchemy classes of the 1940's, Albertus established a school for the practical instruction of alchemy that ran from 1960 until slightly after his death in 1984. In "Praxis Spagyrica Philosophica" Albertus goes beyond his previous work, "The Alchemists Handbook" and through the commentary begins to show the reader how to turn old and somewhat confusing alchemical manuscripts into useful pieces of laboratory instruction. In "From One to Ten" Albertus demonstrates the progression of energy to matter from the subtle to dense realms. While not ideal reading for beginners, it is worth the time and trouble to read and meditate upon. Anyone intersted in practical alchemy must read Albertus.