Ave Fraters et Sorers,
I completed a Solar Elixir yesterday-only allowing it to gestate for a week, and completing seven calcinations and distillations. I have had to do a lot more work with the Salts lately, as after calcination the original feces leaves little in the way of Salt to work with. After filtering out the Caput Mortuum, and leeching, there is Very little of the original Salt left to reappear. This won't do, and so I find that lately I've been augmenting the regular process with a Lot of extra plant matter. I'd like to make a Plant Stone here at some point, and so will need a decent amount of Salt to work with. I understand that one can make an artificial stone using sun-dried Sea Salts...but don't much see the point of that. It can't be that much more difficult to acquire more of the plant than it is to acquire the sea salts...It is very important, btw, to use distilled water for the leeching process-the purity of the Salt after leeching is directly proportionate to the purity of the water, from what I understand.
After consuming the Elixir, I felt well, and aware, and a little tingl-y...nothing earth shattering. This was in a mundane context-I'll do so again in a ritual, meditative context and see what effect there may be.