Mythical Wednesday; The REAL Philosopher’s Stone

stoneAs a writer, I know that creating interesting objects for stories can be a wonderful, if not a frustrating experience, so it’s not uncommon for writers to borrow an object from real life. Now, I will be one of the first to say that J.K. Rowling has a wonderful imagination, but did you know there is such a thing as a Philosopher’s Stone in real life? This one has nothing to do with keeping one ageless.

It is said, there is a legendary substance that is capable of turning cheap metals into gold or silver. For centuries, learning the how to create this elixir was a priority among alchemists, and those working to learn the secret were known as the Magnum Opus, or ‘Great Work’.

The philosopher’s stone was said to have other attributes. It was said to be able to turn ordinary crystals into precious gems, revive dead plants, create flexible or pliable glass, it could be used as a constant burning lamp, and yet, able to heal any and all sorts of sickness and prolong life if ingested.

http://www.crystalinks.com/philosopherstone.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher’s_stone

There are some who believe that the philosopher’s stone is more of a metaphor for ones’ personal evolution toward perfection of the soul.

While modern science has shown that transmuting one element into another (lead into gold) would be impossible on a sub-atomic level, the idea of an elixir to magically change ordinary objects into something more valuable is a tantalizing idea. No doubt, there would be many a Voldermort out looking for a way to create this substance.

I don’t know about you, but should science eventually prove that the philosopher’s stone is real, I don’t think it could diminish the mystique of this legend.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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