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2008-03-09 18:57:13 UTC
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The "Gold and Rose Cross Order" (+ many other names) does use alchemy
in its work. I have a facsimily of their 9 degrees (about 1720?) that
were published by Dr. Bernard Beyer in 1905. Different Orders use this
material which is more a Masonic kind of Rosicrucianism. It was the
cause of much trouble and confusion in the early days. Since then it
has been worked by different Masonic groups.

2008-03-15 04:39:42 UTC
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"...1144 Robert of Chester makes the first translation of an arabic
alchemical text into Latin, the ' Book of the Composition of alchemy'
by Morienus.

A Testament of Alchemy, Being the Revelations of Morienus, Ancient
Adept and Hermit of Jerusalem to Khalid Ibn Yazid ibn Mu'awiyya, King
of the Arabs, of the Divine Secrets of the Magisterium and
Accomplishment of the Alchemical Art by Lee Stavenhagen

Robert of Chester (Latin: Robertus Castrensis) was an English arabist
who flourished around 1150. He translated several historically
important books from Arabic to Latin, by authors such as Abu Musa
Jabir Ibn Hayyan and Al-Khwarizmi including:
* Liber algebrae et almucabala Al-Khwārizmī's book about algebra
translated in 1145
* Liber de compositione alchimiae a book about alchemy translated in
1144 [1]
In the 1140s Robert worked in Spain, where the division of the country
between Muslim and Christian rulers resulted in opportunities for
interchange between the different cultures. However, by the end of the
decade he had returned to England. Some sources identify him with
Robert of Ketton who was also active as an Arabic-Latin translator in
the 1140s [2]. However, Ketton and Chester, while both places in
England, are a long way apart. Also, when in Spain, Robert of Ketton
was based in the Kingdom of Navarre, whereas Robert of Chester is
known to have worked in Segovia. ..."