It is the hidden wisdom of the initiates; the alchemical mysteries of the Ancients.
Of these alchemical writings we may here mention the Clavicula.
The phenomenon was like some alchemical and mysterious operation.
These thoughts went so far as to connect the new marvel with alchemical wonder tales.
They had in common some astrological, alchemical, and spiritual notions, and often passed the whole night at the Constitution.
"Gold is the intention of Nature in regard to all metals," said an alchemical writer.
But the alchemical method found it easier to begin by introspection.
Many accounts are given by alchemical writers of the agent, and many names are bestowed on it.
In the last chapter I tried to describe the alchemical view of the interdependence of different substances.
But whatever may have been the alchemical meaning of the word element, it was certainly not that given to the same word to-day.