Practical Alchemy with the Rocky Mountain Alchemist, Frater Albertus.
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UEF is grateful to be able to present the talk to you, from Frater Albertus -- The Rocky Mount Alchemist. Frater Albertus, also know as Albert Richard Riedel, gave this talk at the University of California in Davis California in 1978.
UEF brought Paracelsus Research’s Frater Albertus to speak at the University of California, Davis, Whole Earth Festival with the objective of presenting Alchemy in a comprehensible way to a university audience.
Frater Albertus was the most famous Alchemist of the 20th century. He founded the Paracelsus Research Society and Paracelsus College in Salt Lake City, Utah. For years he held a series of sequential classes for people that came from around the world to study in his alchemical laboratory. He also published Paracelsus Research Alchemical Bulletins to advance research through publishing and disseminating these to other research teams. In reality, the practical application of laboratory alchemy is to advance medicines that cure disease and improve human health.
There is much mis-information and many fanciful stories about alchemy and alchemists. The gist of the stories revolve around transmutation. These stories stem from the alchemists work of raising of vibrations and refining a substance. It is a fact that raising the vibrations of an element and refining it is a well known scientific enterprise. Think of enriching uranium for example. Creating a “philosophers stone”, which is a substance that contains an elixir of life and turning metal into gold are just two of the stories now woven into the lore of Alchemy. However, in practice, alchemy works to develop substances that are beneficial to mankind. Modern alchemists produce tinctures and medicines that help cure disease, save and extend human life.
Paracelsus is the most famous alchemist that is know to the public. Some of the important secrets of Alchemy were made public but put in cryptic terms with hidden meanings. Basil Valentine wrote a particularly cryptic book that points to one of the most important medical elements that alchemy explores: namely antimony.
To hear about Alchemy from a practicing Alchemist, listen to the audio from the University of California, Davis presentation from Frater Albertus. Play the recording from the audio link on this page.
Frater Albertus Spagyricus (Dr. Albert Richard Riedel) born May 5,(1911–1984); founder of the Paracelsus Research Society in Salt Lake City, which later evolved into the Paracelsus College. Based on the Paracelsian concept of three essentials, Body, Soul and Spirit, Frater Albertus developed a system of teaching alchemical concepts using the spagyric technique of separation and cohobation. The unique graduated courses allowed students to explore aspects of the vegetable, mineral and animal kingdoms in an understandable and accessible way. After his death in 1984, the college ceased operations in the United States but continued to carry on the tradition in Australia. Frater Albertus had a profound effect on the way Alchemy and particularly the Spagyric method was disseminated and understood in the mid to late 20th century. His works were translated into many languages. He was a Rosicrucian (an AMORC member).
Frater Albertus Spagyricus born May 5, 1911; founder of the Paracelsus Research Society in Salt Lake City, which later evolved into the Paracelsus College. Wikipedia