Konstantin by Tom Bullough

By Tom Bullough

It's 1867 and wintry weather in Ryazan, a urban at the banks of the Oka River in critical Russia. Konstantin is ten years previous. His days are packed with desires of flight - to Moscow, even to the silent stars. yet then, sooner or later, he catches chilly within the freezing woods close to his domestic and his personal international turns into silent. Left deaf by means of scarlet fever, his outlook is determined. basically his fascination with a newly mechanised age and his incredible visions of humanity's destiny appear to provide him any type of hope.

Konstantin, Tom Bullough's magnificent, inspirational novel, tells the extreme tale, according to a real-life personality, of the 1st guy to bare how shuttle into area should be attainable. it's a tale of guy, nature, and the unlimited strength of the mind's eye.

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Their goal was the practice of alchemy, or the ability to transform lead into silver or gold. The key to alchemy, according to ideas introduced in the tenth century, was a magical substance called the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it consisted of fine particles, this substance was not really a stone but a powder. For this reason the Philosopher’s Stone was sometimes referred to by sorcerers as the powder of projection. The strength of the Philosopher’s Stone was based on the nowdiscredited belief that all matter is composed of identical atoms.

As Levi writes: “There are two kinds of Necromancy, that of light and that of darkness—the evocation [of the dead] by Prayer, Pentacle and Perfumes, and the evocation by blood, imprecations and sacrilege [curses and disrespect]. We . . ”38 “The Carcasses of the Slain” Did You Know? Ancient Romans described spirits called larvae, creatures with hideous facial features that tortured the dead in the underworld. 62 Sorcery The methods of necromancy developed by the early Greeks and Romans survived for centuries with little variation, and the purpose of talking to the dead remained the same in every era.

While the desire for gold was strong, the quest for the Philosopher’s Stone went beyond satisfying the greed of the sorcerer. It was thought that the Philosopher’s Stone could also rearrange the atoms in the human body. This would heal the sick and pro- 54 Sorcery long life indefinitely. By pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists sought immortality. “The Most Pure Gold” The search for a formula for the Philosopher’s Stone consumed the lives of innumerable sorcerers. One of the earliest descriptions of the substance comes from 1618.

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