The Great Art

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The philosophy of this ancient discipline is mysterious1a, both necessarily and deliberately. Necessarily, because it took into account the invisible world which cannot be observed by the senses and therefore could not be described in a logical fashion. Deliberately because the knowledge, which the alchemists believed themselves to be able to obtain, would confer a degree of power which, in the hands of the uninitiated, would be disastrous to the world. Western alchemy offers us two concomitant themes: the transmutation of base metals into gold, which is regarded as the ultimate stage in a process of perfection, and a religious conception of the regeneration of the soul1. These two interpretations give rise to two dominate schools of thought. The one school, the materialists who regard alchemy as a chemical process at time covered allegorically in terms of religious experiences. The other mystical which conceives alchemy as a spiritual process disguised in the language of chemistry.
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  • By morgan zo
    Aug 28, 2016
    Ed Reither gives a fascinating, insightful, scholarly presentation of alchemy's etymological, cultural, and historical development, " in its practical chemical side of transmuting metals and in its mystical, intuitive side." To begin, Ed has us consider what alchemy is while acknowledging the limits of our knowledge. Can we only know its intuitive reality through spiritual experience, "soul regenerating," as our intellects alone cannot grasp it? Can we, creating good chemistry, learn it as a tool of civility and creativity as well as a practical healing art in every day life? Alchemy combines metallurgy, medicine, chemistry, physics, astrology, semiotics, philosophy, and spirituality. Ed's essay encourages us to appreciate ourselves as psycho-physical beings and to appreciate both the practicality and sublimity alchemy can be.
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