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Gold and Alchemical Healing

By Chic Cicero

The science of alchemy is first and foremost a spiritual process of transformation and purification. However, there are two types of alchemy that often overlap. Practical alchemy, also called laboratory alchemy, is concerned with transforming a base material into a higher and more purified substance, such as the turning of a base . . . → Read More: Gold and Alchemical Healing

Alchemy, It's Not Just for the Middle Ages Anymore

By Mark Stavish

[Snip] Egypt, The Mother Earth of Alchemy

Alchemy , or “Al-Kemi”, is said to be derived from Arabic or Egyptian meaning either “divine chemistry” or possibly “black earth” referring to the silt deposits from the annual flooding of the Nile river. However, regardless of where the word ‘alchemy’ began, it has come . . . → Read More: Alchemy, It’s Not Just for the Middle Ages Anymore

What is the Splendor Solis?

By Jörg Völlnagel

The British Library manuscript Harley 3469 – “Splendor Solis or the Sun’s Radiance…” – is the most beautiful and well known illuminated alchemical manuscript in the world. Its illustrations can be found in many different places. Decorating publications on alchemy, esoteric self-help books and fantasy novels, they have also been known to . . . → Read More: What is the Splendor Solis?

Alchemy: Not the Pseudoscience We All Thought It Was?

By Richard Conniff

Throughout much of the 20th century, the academic community had little patience with alchemists and their vain efforts to transmute base metals into gold. Any contemporary scholar who even dared to write about alchemy, historian Herbert Butterfield warned, would “become tinctured with the kind of lunacy they set out to describe.”

But, . . . → Read More: Alchemy: Not the Pseudoscience We All Thought It Was?

Alchemy: The Most Secretive of Arts

By Sandra Tabatha Cicero

Along with astrology and the qabalah, alchemy is considered one of the principle branches of the Western Esoteric Tradition. But while many students are familiar with zodiacal charts and the fundamentals of the Tree of Life, far fewer are acquainted with the basics of alchemy. Too often alchemy is still wrongly . . . → Read More: Alchemy: The Most Secretive of Arts

Jelly beans made from human DNA?

By Andrew Marszal

Reports last week that researchers could be just six months away from producing the world’s first artificial meat, using thousands of stem cells bred in a laboratory, sent a wave of fascination around the world. Yet there is an even more ghoulish prospect ahead: the idea of eating artificial food made from . . . → Read More: Jelly beans made from human DNA?

Recreating 3,500-year-old Egyptian Perfume

The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate. In its permanent exhibition, Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum has a particularly well preserved example on display. Screening this 3,500-year-old flacon with a computer tomograph, scientists at the university detected the desiccated residues of a fluid, which they now want to . . . → Read More: Recreating 3,500-year-old Egyptian Perfume

What alchemists got right

By Stephen Heuser

A new generation of scholars is taking a closer look at a discipline that captivated some of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. And in a field that modern thinkers had dismissed as a folly driven by superstition and greed, they now see something quite different.

Alchemists, they are finding, can . . . → Read More: What alchemists got right

Oak and Ash and Thorn – the herbal and magical uses of trees

“Where oak and ash and thorn grow together one is likely to see Fairies.” So goes the old adage, passed down through the generations to impress upon us the value and sanctity of trees. For our ancestors, these three trees and many others were the basic tools of survival.

Through the ages trees have given . . . → Read More: Oak and Ash and Thorn – the herbal and magical uses of trees

The Doctrine of Signatures, recognize herbs

Tamarra S. James

It is unthinkable that any serious student of herbal medicine would be unaware of the existence of a diagnostic system called, “The Doctrine of Signatures”. Most people have read of it in passing with little or no explanation. In the historical perspective, it is one of the most important modes . . . → Read More: The Doctrine of Signatures, recognize herbs