Alchemy and Immortality – The Tale of Nicolas Flammel and the Lapis Philosophorum
Hieroglyphic figures of Nicolas Flammel ( Public Domain )
The labyrinth was said to be filled with treasures beyond imagining and it was inhabited by a community of initiates. Their libraries were full of books containing the greatest and most well-guarded secrets of the universe and, everything which was not discovered up to that point was being researched and experimented within their secret laboratories.
Nicolas Flammel in his secret laboratory ( Public Domain )
Averroes Secundus even states that he met the famous Nicolas Flammel in person, alive and well among the other initiates, and that he had talked to him about how he was conducting experiments in order to turn the visible into the invisible. The purpose of this task was to find the ultimate method to protect the hidden world from the greed of outsiders. Of course, the initiates protected their secret facility and they had instituted many rules and procedures in this sense. The protection system had been conceived by a group of initiates led and supervised by Flammel himself. The only way to open the hidden doors was by signaling those below and only one person at a time. Leaving aside the methods of access, entering the system of catacombs is very difficult because, even though accidental access may be possible, accidental exit is impossible.
Featured image: The Alchymist, in Search of the Philosopher's Stone by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1771. ( Public Domain )
By: Valda Roric
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