We talk about Archimastry on this podcast episode:
In that episode we attempted to deepen our definition of alchemy by contrasting it with another aspect and definition of alchemy: Archimy.
1530 Panteo published Voarchadumia contra alchemiam ars distincta ab Archemia et Sophia, in which he differed alchemy from Archimie.
Alchemy can not produce real transformations in gold, in contrast to Archimie, which attributes to the biblical Tubal, connects this with the Kabbalah.
Tubal can be a people of Iberia or Iberia and Italy, depending on the sources.
Archimy or Archimastry
Arquemie the word is used in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to designate a metal or alchemical substance composition, ie a mixture of gold and silver with a lower metal ”
The word Archimastry, appears in the first verse of Chapter I of a work by Thomas Norton in 1477: “Mastrye full merveylous and Archimastrye Is the tincture of holi Alkimi.”
Varchi Benedetto (1502-1565) uses the word as a synonym for alchemy archimie in the archimia If è vera e no questione (1544) – the archimie is a “truly royal science”.
For Pantheus, alchemy provides that golden objects on the surface and appearance, while archimie is the ancient science of biblical character Tubal-Caïn, followed by medieval alchemical authors and Arab latins. This is, for him, a “Cabal of metals,” at the time the Kabbalah, introduced by Pico della Mirandola, raises in the West, a major fascination. Treaties Pantheus are reprinted in 1550 in Paris, and repeated in the great collection of alchemical Theatrum Chemicum. They have interested many alchemists, including John Dee, Michael Maier, Jacques Gohory, Heinrich Khunrath, Oswald Croll and Andreas Libavius
Nineteenth and twentieth century
In 1834, the French Dictionary of Napoleon Landais archimie defines as “art of making gold and silver. The archimie differs from alchemy in that it generally occupies the transmutation of imperfect metals into other more perfect. “The French-English dictionary Porquet in 1844 archimie defines as “the chemical analysis of metals.” Marcelin Berthelot archimiques compiles the work described in papyri or ancient manuscripts.
By the 19th century it became a French word for studying metallurgy.
For Fulcanelli, alchemy is esoteric, exoteric and the archimie is more along the lines of spagyric alchemy (like herbal medicine and the like).
Alchemy is the “hermetic science,” a “spiritual chemistry” which “attempts to enter the mysterious dynamism chairs” to the “transformation” of “natural body.” The archimie continues about one of the goals of alchemy (“the transmutation of metals into each other”), but it uses “only materials and chemical means,” it is confined to the “mineral kingdom”.
Remember Fullcanelli lived in the 1920’s.. so it could be an attempt to give alchemy a 2nd life by separating archimastry from what alchemy had become.
According to Patrick Rivière, the archimie is the art of counterfeit precious metals, especially gold and argent.