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What is Alchemy? popular

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Alchemy is an ancient tradition, the primary objective of which was the creation of the mythical "philosopher's stone," which was said to be capable of turning base metals into gold or silver, and also act as an elixir of life that would confer youth and immortality upon its user. Alchemy can be viewed as a protoscience, a precursor to modern chemistry, having provided procedures, equipment, and terminology that are still in use. However, alchemy also included various non-scientific mythological, religious, and spiritual concepts, theories and practices. The best known goals of the alchemists were the transmutation of common metals into Gold or Silver, and the creation of a "panacea," a remedy that supposedly would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely; and the discovery of a universal solvent. Although these were not the only uses for the discipline, they were the ones most documented and well-known. Starting with the Middle Ages, Persian and European alchemists invested much effort in the search for the philosopher's stone, a legendary substance that was believed to be an essential ingredient for either or both of those goals. Modern discussions of alchemy are generally split into an examination of its exoteric practical applications, and its esoteric aspects. The former is pursued by historians of the physical sciences who have examined the subject in terms of proto-chemistry, medicine, and charlatanism. The latter is of interest to the historians of esotericism, psychologists, spiritual and new age communities, and hermetic philosophers. The subject has also made an ongoing impact on literature and the arts. Despite the modern split, numerous sources stress an integration of esoteric and exoteric approaches to alchemy. Holmyard, when writing on exoteric aspects, states that they can not be properly appreciated if the esoteric is not always kept in mind. The prototype for this model can be found in Bolos of Mendes' second century BCE work, Physika kai Mystika (On Physical and Mystical Matters). Marie-Louise von Franz tells us the double approach of Western alchemy was set from the start, when Greek philosophy was mixed with Egyptian and Mesopotamian technology. The technological, operative approach, which she calls extraverted, and the mystic, contemplative, psychological one, which she calls introverted are not mutually exclusive, but complementary instead, as meditation requires practice in the real world, and conversely.

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Treasure Alchemy popular

Two alchemists who have mastered the production of white powder gold offer to share the secret.

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The Impossible Machine popular

Includes symbolo-poetic descriptions of the base metals of alchemy, as well as a section on the four medieval elements. Alchemy is presented as implicitly related to occult transformation and magic as well as to traditions in history and literature.

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The History of Alchemy popular

Relates the rise and fall of alchemy starting with the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians round about 2000BC, and continuing on till modern times.

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The Alchemy Web Site popular

A library of imagery, symbols, music, alchemical texts and commentary. Includes course material in practical alchemy, bibliography, and modern day resources.

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Spirit Alchemy popular

Provides a primer that aims to introduce the layman to the elemental cycle in a completely self-contained and practical way.

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Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry popular

Includes membership information, a schedule of meetings events, educational material and links.

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Skeptic's Dictionary: Alchemy popular

A skeptical history and definition of alchemy.

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Salamander and Sons popular

Publisher of esoteric, occult and arcane books including Hermetic, alchemical, mystical, alchemystical, Gnostic, qabalistic, philosophical, magic(k)al, and mythological works by adepts, sages and scholars, ancient and modern.

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Phoenix Alchemy Books popular

Offers an esoteric collection of medieval Alchemy, Magick and Astrology books from the 16th and 17th Century. Also provides some e-books and articles.

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Mutational Alchemy popular

A versatile and complex system of elements is born from a simple binary mathematics.

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Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher popular

A brief history of Giordano Bruno, the spiritual alchemist who was burnt at the stake by the medieval Church.

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Courtyard Alchemy popular

Alchemy and hermeticism taught by distance learning or weekend courses in the Isle of White, UK.

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An Alchemists Treasure popular

Offers an insightful summary of alchemical philosophy plus original alchemy texts such as "The Treasure of Treasures" by Paracelsus, "Summi Philosophi et Chemici" by Joachim Tanckivs, and "The Discovery of Secrets" by Abu Musa Djaber.

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Alchemy Lab Web Ring popular

The Alchemy Lab Web Ring consists of a variety of independent websites devoted to alchemy and the Great Work. The Great Work of the alchemists was nothing less than the perfection of all three levels of reality (the Material, the Mental, and the Spiritual).

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Alchemy Journal popular

Publishes a variety of articles, poetry, visual art, interviews and summaries of operative alchemical processes, along with book and website reviews, resources, conference, lecture and workshop announcements.

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Alchemy Comes Out of the Dark popular

Arguments for alchemy, as low energy nuclear transmutation of elements, or orbitally rearranged monoatomic elements (ORMES), as a proven reality.

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Alchemy & Hermeticism popular

New age, esoteric links to sites on alchemy and hermeticism.

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Alchemy popular

Offers a book which reveals the gold making secret of alchemy. The complete manuscript describes the whole process in its simplicity.

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Alchemical Octaves popular

This is a fascinating look at the deeper structure of reality based on alchemical octave theory. From music to DNA, from the emerald formula to quantum mechanics, this is the intrinsic pattern that the universe follows.

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Ages of Alchemy popular

A site intended to establish relevancy for alchemy today, arguing for its inclusion as a true science.

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