The word alchemy conjures up images that are magical and mystical.
Alchemy differs significantly from modern science in its inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic, religion, and spirituality.
Alchemy is an ancient art. The philosophers stone, sits at the heart of it.
The mysterious stone was said to transform base metals such as lead, into gold.
However, the gold in this instance symbolizes not just the valuable metal, but the transformation of the spirit, e.g. enlightenment.
It was also to represent eternal life.
Alchemists are concerned with their own spiritual and personal development.
The motto of the alchemists is ‘solve et coagula’ meaning ‘solution & coagulation’
The early alchemists were secretive about their work.
Their secrets are still held within symbols, pictures, riddles.
Alchemical symbolism features birds, animals, colours and parables, as well…
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