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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Sun Feb 20th, 2011 11:35 am
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I am trying to construct a (fairly) rational scheme for alchemical processes to arrange material in my bibliography.

I have looked at a number of arrangements (Ripley's Twelve Gates, the Dictionary of Gnosis, Hauck (from a web site), Roob (from his book), and Edinger (a series of articles).

I have attached a .zip file of an Excel file, with the different lists arrange side by side.

Is Ripley a good standard to go by? to fit anything else into his list, or is there a better arrangement?

Any comments would be much appreciated.

Alan

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 Posted: Sun Feb 20th, 2011 04:41 pm
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There's also Fromm, who lists 109(!!!):

http://www.3rd1000.com/alchemy/alchemy_proc.htm

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 Posted: Sun Feb 20th, 2011 06:18 pm
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Lifted from Adam's site.

I just need a few!

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 Posted: Sun Feb 20th, 2011 06:24 pm
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Alan Pritchard wrote:
Lifted from Adam's site.

I just need a few!


Sorry - I was misled by his copyright notice at the bottom.

Personally I would go with Ripley.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 21st, 2011 08:47 am
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That's what I was beginning to think.
Sometimes just asking the question helps to clarify the mind.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 21st, 2011 11:55 am
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The Scala Philosophorum presents one of the earliest statements of the classic series of 12 processes, as used in Ripley's Gates

Alexander Guthrie Stewart
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 Posted: Mon Feb 21st, 2011 01:50 pm
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I suppose the advantage of Ripley's is that it has more categories meaning you can be more precise about what you file things under, and you will also be able to cover medieval alchemy as well as more modern variations.  I don't know who Roob, Edinger or the dictionary of gnosis are, and Hauk is a modern esotericist or such, so using a shorter modern list of processes cuts out specific processes which were in use (Whether chemically or allegorically) in the earlier period. 

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 Posted: Mon Feb 21st, 2011 02:14 pm
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Sorry, 'Roob' meant Alexander Roob's Alchemy & mysticism (Taschen); 'Dictionary of Gnosis' meant the 2-volume Dictionary of Gnosis & Western esotericism edited by Hanegraff et al; 'Edinger' meant a series of articles published in 1978/82 in the Jungoan magazine Quadrant.

You are right, though, and I have gone with Ripley's list.

Thanks to all.


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