Alchemy is philosophy. Philosophy of batshit? Sometimes. But some other times the alchemists’ symbolic crazytalk codes real physical and spiritual truths. All the mystery is still around so that this art remains a process of discovery unique to the individual.
So how do we understand alchemy if teachers are in short supply and the gold brick road forks through crazytown? We have to figure out the path ourselves. The Naked Alchemy Project was created as a road map to help drive you towards a basic understanding.
Alchemy is a philosophical and practical tradition of transmutation towards perfection.
Alchemy is applied Hermetism. Apotheosis.
In order to perfect something we seek to understand its state.
In order to perfect something we seek to understand its components.
In order to perfect something we seek to understand its potential.
We look around us and within us to gain this understanding. We apply this
understanding to the microcosm and the macrocosm.
- From an English speaking perspective, the alchemy that surfaced in Europe in the middle ages is the most accessible. As a result, material presented here will be steeped in Christianity and other elements specific to that culture. Alchemists are encouraged to draw parallels from their own cultures, languages religions and schools of thought.
- Practical or laboratory alchemy is a valid way to learn some alchemical principles, but no chemical experiments will be explored here. Anyone interested in chemical or biological experiments should make sure they don’t do anything silly.
- You do not have to buy things (courses, labware, fancy rocks, fancy hats, books, memberships) to become an accomplished alchemist.
- “There is nothing that can restore Youth to man but death itself, which is the beginning of Eternal life that follows it.” -Maier,
“What, then, shall we say about the receipts of Alchemy, and about the diversity of its vessels and instruments? These are furnaces, glasses, jars, waters, oils, limes, sulphurs, salts, saltpetres, alums, vitriols, chrysocollae, copper-greens, atraments, auripigments, fel vitri, ceruse, red earth, thucia, wax, lutum sapientiae, pounded glass, verdigris, soot, testae ovorum, crocus of Mars, soap, crystal, chalk, arsenic, antimony, minium, elixir, azurium, goldleaf, salt-nitre, sal ammoniac, calamine stone, magnesia, bolus armenus, and many other things. Moreover, concerning preparations, putrefactions, digestions, probations, solutions, cementings, filtrations, reverberations, calcinations, graduations, rectifications, amalgamations, purgations, etc., with these alchemical books are crammed. Then, again, concerning herbs, roots, seeds, woods, stones, animals, worms, bone dust, snail shells, other shells, and pitch. These and the like, whereof there are some very farfetched in Alchemy, are mere incumbrances of work;
-Paracelsus, ‘Coelum Philosophorum’