On a recent Spagyric experiment, I received an interesting result. While calcining the Salts, the body changed from Black, to grey, to light grey...to Orange! I've never had the salts take on that color before.
I don't know if this is common, and somehting that happens to others all the time-but it was new to me.
It was especially interesting becasue I didn't spend more time performing the calcination than i usually do, and used the same heat source (a torch, burning at a somewhat steady 2300 degrees) to arrive at a different result. Perhaps this is a stage that I was unaware of. Definitely worth noting down.
I've also had something of a breakthrough in my understanding of Alchemy...and have to say that Spagery was behind that increase in understanding. It was not the sort of thing that is communicable in words-a small matter of Gnosis instead of knowledge. Nothing earth shattering, but a connection that gave me another step to climb in my pursuit of understanding. Spagery has proven to be invaluable for me. It may not be the same thing as Alchemy or Inner Alchemy, but it provides one with definite roots in Alchemical practice. And that is a wonderful thing, a priceless thing.