- 1 History and Significance
- 1.1 Esoteric History of Alchemy
- 1.2 The Philosopher's Stone -- Alchemy and the Physical Sciences
- 1.3 The Elixir homunculus
- 1.4 Distilling the Soul -- Alchemy and the Perfection of the Spirit
History and Significance
Esoteric History of Alchemy
Alchemy started in prehistory and we have no record of this and have to use intuition and the psyche to address this area
The development of modern science
The early history of science integrated the search for truth with a religious component. Modern secularised science felt this aspect of the search for knowledge was contrary to its aims and marginalised any elements with a religious or mystical content.
Alchemists regard 'science' as a 'bastard son' of their Arte. The reason being the moral and spineless pursuit of knowledge bereft of consequence or foresight. Alchemy is more influential than it has ever been. The nature of this influence is found in the Emerald Tablet.
The Philosopher's Stone -- Alchemy and the Physical Sciences
The early history of science integrated the search for truth with a religious component. Modern secularized science felt this aspect of the search for knowledge was contrary to its aims and marginalized any elements with a religious or mystical content. Chemistry is most often associated with alchemy but it can be seen even today in medicine with the caduceus (the staff of Hermes) being the recognized symbol for medicine. The agenda of alchemy has always been the furtherance of human knowledge and the integration and improvement of society. Alchemy has also been a technological system, interested in working operations and the preparation of material wealth, longevity and a big theory of everything now being attempted by 'puffer' physics.
Relationship to Chemistry
Roger Bacon in 1200 came across a recipe involving honey (carbon) and brimstone (sulphur) which created a volatile explosive mixture. Realizing the military potential of this substance he did not release this information and it was another 200 years before the use of gunpowder was 'discovered' by the Western militia.
Relationship to Metallurgy
The charlatans of science claimed that the transmuation of one element into another was impossible. Then they started to understand how this was possible and began to do so.
Now we have quantum science in which observation is altering the nature of reality at the quantum level. Alchemy has always in the operative phase used observation to alter the nature of the Great Work
Relationship to Material Science
Relationship to Physics
The Elixir homunculus
Alchemy is most often associated with chemistry, but it can be seen even today in medicine with the caduceus (the staff of Hermes) being the recognised symbol for medicine.
Elixirs, Caduceus, Bombastus
Spagyrism is the practical application of alchemy in medical treatment. Philippus Theophrast Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), commonly called Paracelsus, was one of the most famous spagyrists. "The physician," he wrote, "is he who in the bodily diseases takes the place of God and administers for Him."
Distilling the Soul -- Alchemy and the Perfection of the Spirit
Influence on magic, ritual, Christianity, Rasayana, Taoism, Elixirs
Relationship to Mysticism
Relationship to Psychology
Jung, dream analysis