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An analysis of The Book of Aquarius by AI

I asked ChatGPT to analyze the process of creating the Philosopher’s Stone (as outlined by the book) from a modern chemist’s perspective, and to identify the products created at each step.


Step 1: Preparation of "Green Lion" Dissolve gold in aqua regia (a mixture of hydrochloric acid and nitric acid). Heat the solution to drive off excess acid and concentrate the gold. Repeat the process of dissolving and heating the gold several times until a dark green solution called "Green Lion" is obtained.

Step 2: Preparation of "Red Lion" Mix Green Lion with iron oxide, sulfur, and sal ammoniac. Heat the mixture to produce a red powder called "Red Lion". The chemical compound produced is a mixture of gold(III) oxide (Au2O3), sulfur (S), iron(III) oxide (Fe2O3), and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl).

Step 3: Preparation of "White Eagle" Mix Red Lion with antimony(III) sulfide (Sb2S3), calcium oxide (CaO), and potassium bitartrate (KHC4H4O6). Heat the mixture to produce a white powder called "White Eagle".

Step 4: Preparation of "Gray Wolf" Mix White Eagle with potassium nitrate (KNO3), sodium chloride (NaCl), ammonium chloride (NH4Cl). Heat the mixture to produce a gray powder called "Gray Wolf".

Step 5: Preparation of "Philosopher's Stone" Mix Gray Wolf with mercury and heat the mixture until it becomes a solid mass. Grind the solid mass to a fine powder called "Philosopher's Stone".


I asked it to identify the composition of the final product, and after a lot of “it’s nothing useful” responses managed to get these guesses.


1) A mixture of metallic salts: The book describes a process of calcination, which involves heating a mixture of metallic substances such as iron, copper, and gold with various organic materials. It is possible that this process could result in the production of various metallic salts, which could form a heterogeneous mixture with unclear chemical properties.

2) Charcoal or carbonaceous material: The book also describes a process of reducing the calcined mixture with "vital water," which is supposed to be a special type of water with unique properties. It is possible that this process could result in the production of charcoal or carbonaceous material, which could form a black or dark-colored residue.

3) A mixture of inorganic compounds: The book describes various other processes involving the use of acids, alkalies, and other chemicals, which could potentially lead to the production of various inorganic compounds such as phosphates, sulfates, or nitrates. It is possible that the final product could be a mixture of such compounds with unclear chemical properties.


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