[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is excerpted from A Druid's Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants; Spagyric in Magical and Sexual Rituals by Jon G. Hughes]
The workings of alchemy are divided into two principal areas of activity: the Greater Circulation and the Lesser Circulation.
The Greater Circulation refers to the alchemical workings of the mineral kingdom. It involves the use of minerals and metals in the pursuit of the philosopher’s stone. This is what most people instantly imagine when one mentions the work of the alchemist—the quest to transmute base metals into gold using the lapis philosophorum, or philosopher’s stone. As we have seen, this is a vastly oversimplified definition of the alchemist’s work; the Greater Circulation involves itself with both the outer and inner elixirs.
Although I continue to find the subject of the Greater Circulation truly fascinating, there is no equivalent to be found in the Druidic tradition.… Read the rest