Occult Chemistry

In 6th century BCE the concept that matter is composed of discrete and not infinitely reducible units developed in India. Around 460 B.C. the Greek Democritus named these fundamental and irreducible bits of matter átomos, meaning “uncuttable.” Notions of this kind were at this point in history, more than anything, matters of pure Philosophy. As such, when the big daddy Aristotle weighed in and rejected the idea as worthless, “the atom” was pretty much stopped in its tracks. It would be a couple thousand years before Science picked up where Philosophy had left off. But before Science made its first excited indirect observations of electrons and protons and managed to put forward a widely acceptable model for the structure of the atom, another group stepped forward to ply their trade in the service of atomic knowledge. They were theosophists, known collectively as the Occult Chemists, and their goal was nothing less than “direct observation of atoms through clairvoyance.”

Since there’s the link to that hydrogenlab site with the great images of hydrogen, it would be neat if you could add the occultist vision of hydrogen as a one-to-one check.

These drawings don’t seem especially impossible given what we know of naturally occurring really tiny structures.

posted on 08.04 at 11:02 PMal

I thought I had a jar of occultum somewhere under the kitchen sink, but I can’t find it. Or was it mislabeled omnium?

posted on 08.05 at 11:04 AM.

This is great. Lythium cracks me up for some reason.

posted on 08.14 at 07:29 PMjane

Very cool!  Thanks for such an interesting essay!

posted on 08.16 at 11:02 AM.

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