Friday, June 02, 2006

Cagliostro could turn people into gold

Cagliostro's sigil

1743 Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (d. August 26, 1795), late-18th-century roving adventurer, freemason and alchemist who mixed with most of the major figures in Europe at that time, including Casanova, Mozart, Goethe and Catherine the Great.

There are two Cagliostros, or at least, two accounts of his life. In one popular version he was a cunning fraud, and in the other, he was a nobleman and great magus. The former states that Cagliostro was born Giuseppe Balsamo to a poor family in Palermo, Sicily, and when his father died he was educated at the expense of some of his mother’s relatives.

It has been said that he robbed his uncle and forged a will, and spent time in Palermo’s prisons more than once. His reputation as a charlatan is so great, he even shows up as a crooked Marvel Comics character ...

Alchemists in the Almanac
Cornelius Agrippa :: Roger Bacon :: John Dee :: Edward Kelley :: Robert Fludd :: Isaac Newton
Paracelsus :: James Price :: Tycho Brahe :: Raymond Lulle :: Elias Ashmole
The Alchemy Web Site :: Wilson's Almanac Alchemy Clock (a bit of fun) :: Shop Alchemy

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