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Archimastry (Archimy)

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.

Different alchemists had different definitions for archimy, but for Giovanni Panteo archimy was the metallurgical aspect of alchemy, while alchemy could be more spagyric or biological.

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.

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Giovanni Agostino Panteo

Giovanni Panteo (also Joannes Pantheus or Pantaura) really differentiated between Alchemy and Archimy

Giovanni Agostino Panteo also Pantheo, Joannes Pantheus was an Italian alchemist -.and priest of the 16th century in Venice
in 1519 he published the book Ars transmutationis metallicae,both with the permission of the Pope and of the Council ofTen in Venice, and even though the Council had actually forbidden alchemy in 1488 to counteract counterfeiting.
1530 he published Voarchadumia contra alchemiam ars distincta ab Archemia et Sophia, in which he differed alchemy of Archimie. Alchemy can not produce real transformations in gold, in contrast to Archimie, which attributes to the biblical Tubal, he and with the Kabbalah connects him.
Tubal can be a people of Iberia or Iberia and Italy, depending on the sources.

Archimy or Archimastry

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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

Vorarchadumia “Cabbala of Metals”

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

The word invention Vorarchadumia is by Panteo from the Chaldean for gold and the Hebrew for two formed rubies. In the book, which also includes parts of his book of 1519, he also mentions a recipe for mirror manufacturing and brings besides the Hebrew alphabet, two esoteric alphabets. One is from the Occulta Philosophia (1513) by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (Transitus Fluvii), the other it leads to Enoch back and influenced a similar construct of John Dee (a copy of the book of Panteo with annotations by Dee from 1559 is . in the British Library)
Both texts were reprinted together in 1550 and also in the Theatrum Chemicum.

So I wanted to further deepen our definition of alchemy, by intruducing the term Archimastry and Archemy.
Also Panteo was such an influence! He came up several times when reading Dee, Fulcanelli, and others. It’s a shame there’s so little out there on his life.

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