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Helvetius, Elias, Fulcanelli, Geber
Transcript of Helvetius, Elias, Fulcanelli, Geber
A Dutch man born as Johann Friedrich Schweitzer in 1625
Presented with the secret to transmutation (turning lead into gold)
Duke of Orange even wanted to see his findings! ("Helvetius")
Achieved his Personal Legend by being able to change lead into gold.
Born in Lichfield, England in 1617
Wrote many books on the science of alchemy such as
Theatrum Chemicum Brittanicum
These books could have been the ones read by the Englishman and Santiago! The books "spoke about mercury, salt, dragons, and kings" (Coelho 80)
Achieved his Personal Legend by writing alchemy books
French alchemist in late 19th century, identity unknown
Author of many alchemy books under pseudonym “Fulcanelli”, revealed secret to transmutation in his books
Jean-Julianne Champagne (illustrator) or Eugene Canseliet (wrote preface in books) possibly Fulcanelli?
Reached Personal Legend by presenting the secret to transmuation.
Two alchemist under name of Geber: one a 8th century Arab, and the other a 14th century Spaniard
Both wrote books about alchemy
Arab focused more about Arabic perspective, and the Spaniard focused more on the European perspective
Both reached their Personal Legend by presenting new perspectives on alchemy.
Who were they?
All four were alchemists mentioned in the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
They “spoke with wise men, performed miracles for the incredulous, and owned the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life” (Coelho 82)
Santiago admired them because they reached their Personal Legends.
The identity of Fulcanelli is unknown, this is a portrait of Jean-Julianne Champagne, the illustrator.
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