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If  you've always been curious about the real nature of alchemy, this book will help you in that search. If you are looking for more holistic ways to heal, this book will supply many thought-provoking guidelines. It will be cherished by those already familiar with the subject matter, and represents a bold undertaking by its author." (Barbara Bamgerger Scott, Curled Up With a Good Book, Oct 2008)

"The word means 'to draw out' and 'divide,' a basic principle of alchemy. The techniques date back at least to Paracelsus and have been said to release powerful healing properties from plants." (The American Herb Association, 24:4, February 2010)

“Simply put, this is a classic text on plant alchemy, or spagyrics, for the modern practitioner. . . . Anyone serious about learning alchemy needs to have a copy.” (Mark Stavish, director of the Institute of Hermetic Studies and author of The Path of Alchemy)

"What makes Junius's book so special is that it is a practical primer on the subject. Traditional methods are presented as well as more modernized suggestions, but all within the strict confines of tradition. . . . Highly recommended." (Cauldron Brasil, May 2007)

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HERBS / ALCHEMY

“Simply put, this is a classic text on plant alchemy, or spagyrics, for the modern practitioner. . . . Anyone serious about learning alchemy needs to have a copy.”
--Mark Stavish, director of the Institute of Hermetic Studies and author of The Path of Alchemy

The practice of spagyrics is the application of ancient alchemical working methods in the preparation of tinctures, essences, and other products from medicinal plants. While ordinary tinctures and infusions use only a part of the great curative potential of plants, spagyric methods “open” medicinal plants completely to reveal their more powerful healing properties. Drawing on the rich imagery and symbolism of ancient source materials, Manfred M. Junius describes these methods in great detail, showing readers how to prepare plant remedies alchemically for their own use as well as imparting a knowledge of the ideological world in which alchemistic and hermetic thought flowered. Spagyrics includes the Plant Magistery of Paracelsus and the Life Elixir recipe of Andreas Libavius among its historic techniques as well as a wealth of scientific information that demonstrates the greater efficacy of alchemical methods of plant essence extraction. This classic source text preserves the nearly forgotten but highly valuable methods of this true hermetic art for preparing natural remedies.

MANFRED M. JUNIUS (1929-2004) was a professor of biology at the University of Calcutta and later served as the production manager for spagyrics for Australerba Laboratories in Australia. He was also head of the Australian School of Ayurveda in Adelaide, Australia. His Western alchemical knowledge was obtained through many years of personal instruction from Augusto Pincaldi in Switzerland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 3 edition (February 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771798
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is just a new title and cover page to the old book. If you have the original book on Plant Alchemy; you already have this book. This is a bit of sleight of hand reintroduction into the market. This is not a 2nd volume of new material. I think the marketing should have made that clear otherwise one would think this was a bit deceitful when it was marketed as a new book by Manfred M. Junius at pre-publication...
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This is an excellent book, but in case you already have 'The Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy', then don't make the mistake of buying 'Spagyrics' (as I did) if you're looking for a different text. 'Plant Alchemy' just has a new wrapping.
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This should be read by all doctors and others who are interested in healing themselves or other people. It is not new-age tripe, it is science with spirituality. It is a higher way of thinking.
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A good introductory and explanatory text on herbal alchemy. I like the flow of the book, it was easy to read. This is saying a lot because the topic can be quite heady. I recommend this book for everyone interested in herbal alchemy.
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I love this book but at the same time i have to decipher some of the ingrediants as the author merely copied and did not experiment nor breakdown what is necessary in todays society as far as the ingrediants are concerned....would be better if they did this themselves then wrote the translations side by side...
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I enjoyed reading this book and it served to teach me what to do with a few of the herbs I had growing in my back yard. Especially helpful for my extra lemon balm! Good value for the money.
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SPAGYRICS: THE ALCHEMICAL PREPARATION OF MEDIEVAL ESSENCES, TINCTURES ND ELIXIRS discusses the practice and applications of spagyrics, a method which 'opens' medicinal plants completely to draw on their more powerful healing properties. Ancient source materials and images compliment discussions which describe step-by-step methods for preparing plant remedies alchemically, blending history and science with new age beliefs and methods in a classic resource perfect for any new age collection strong in hermetic art or natural healing.
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Really cool book, has a ton of information in it. I am using it to make tinctures and other stuff.
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