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Israelites, Freemasons and Rosicrucians. Surprisingly, these traditions are 

once again contributing to leaps in modern medicine and industrial 

technology.

Many will see the topics in this book as forbidden territory. Even 


today, in this age of science, the subjects of alchemy and mystery religion 

remain fused with intolerance. It is only in today’s postmodern western 

democracies, freed from religious oppression, superstition and master 

theories that we can listen to the cacophony of simultaneous voices 

without declaring enemies or being declared an enemy.

Throughout history, many lives have been lost in pursuit of the 

illusive Philosophers' Stone. Few have found the wisdom to truly behold 

it because it is a process and not an end in itself. The reader should 


therefore regard this book as a philosophical base station at the foot of the 

highest mountain of Wisdom. It seeks to understand the philosophy of 

alchemy, its peculiar chemistry and the surprising and pervasive role it 

has played in the development of human culture through the mystery 

religions.

In a sense, alchemy has come full circle since translation of the 

great Arabic texts into Latin in the tenth century CE. Alchemy was the 

precursor to chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Now the sciences of 


chemistry, physics and information are on the threshold of making the 

hidden benefits of alchemy widely available.

David Hudson, a farmer from Phoenix, Arizona, has been 

carrying out technical research into the Philosophers' Stone for two 

decades. His work has helped galvanize many of the themes in this book. 

Hudson’s influence is everywhere through this work as much as that of 

Robert Graves and Sir Karl Popper.1 Stephen Skinner’s excellent book 

Lapidus – In Pursuit of Gold also proves to be a treasure on alchemy. 


The author would also like to thank Tom Simms of New Brunswick, 

Canada, for his discussion of the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate 

Period in Egypt. Tom’s research has assisted dating the Exodus in 

Chapter 5. The author is very grateful to Robert Word, of San Francisco, 

for his excellent translation of the Triangular Manuscript of St Germain, 

the only translation known to exist.

Turning to perhaps the most intensively investigated region in the 

world, Egypt and Syro-Palestine, we find modern archeology has not yet 


conclusively unraveled their chronologies. Of the many difficulties 

encountered by archeology, none is more confusing than the Biblical use 

of archetypes. An archetype is a model, projected paragon or ideal.


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