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#1 BiancaFreire

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 02:13 PM

Hi, could someone please recommend the best book I could buy that acts as an introduction to alchemy which covers quite a lot of ground but pretty basic at the same time?

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 02:28 PM

"Alchemy & Mysticism" by Alexander Roob, published by Taschen. This is a selection of some of the better diagrams on the subject, with an indication of their intended meanings. It isn't a practical guide in any sense of the word, unless you would call the inclusion of the Mutus Liber that, but it will expose you to a variety of different perspectives and the kinds of things alchemy traditionally demanded.
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:43 PM

View PostImperial Arts, on 18 February 2017 - 02:28 PM, said:

"Alchemy & Mysticism" by Alexander Roob, published by Taschen. This is a selection of some of the better diagrams on the subject, with an indication of their intended meanings. It isn't a practical guide in any sense of the word, unless you would call the inclusion of the Mutus Liber that, but it will expose you to a variety of different perspectives and the kinds of things alchemy traditionally demanded.

Ok thanks a lot.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:03 AM

Hi BiancaFriere I simply adore The Alchemists Hand Book by Frater Albertus which is so well thumbed it lives!
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Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:16 PM

View Postvioletstar, on 24 February 2017 - 11:03 AM, said:

Hi BiancaFriere I simply adore The Alchemists Hand Book by Frater Albertus which is so well thumbed it lives!

Thanks I'll check it out.

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 08:12 PM

You are most welcome BiancaFriere Enjoy :D
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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:49 PM

View PostBiancaFreire, on 18 February 2017 - 02:13 PM, said:

Hi, could someone please recommend the best book I could buy that acts as an introduction to alchemy which covers quite a lot of ground but pretty basic at the same time?

What sort of alchemy are you interested in, you didn't say - inner alchemy or the laboratory kind?
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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:14 PM

View PostOrlando, on 27 February 2017 - 11:49 PM, said:

What sort of alchemy are you interested in, you didn't say - inner alchemy or the laboratory kind?
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I don't really know the difference although I think one may mean spiritual transformation and the other the pursuit of the philosophers stone.
I suppose both. The reason why I ask is because it cropped up in The Complete Golden Dawn System Of Magic and I want to understand it in that context and also in the context of it's feature in Harry Potter which I think is different from the Golden Dawn system.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 10:38 AM

Alchemy is such an obscure occult art that there are many interpretation of what people think it might mean.

Here are a couple of links on inner alchemy you might find useful to start off with:

'The Secrets of Hermetic Alchemy': http://www.soul-guid...sun/alcha00.htm
You will find the interpretations of the illustrations useful.

From Occult Advances, 'The Alchemical Great Work': http://www.occult-ad...greatwork.shtml
This is the simplest interpretation of alchemy that I have come across so far.

There are many books I still have to read on alchemy; at the moment I am reading 'The Apocalypse Unsealed' by James M. Pryse - 1910.
It is not the normal alchemical symbolism, but an alchemy heavily disguised as Christianity.

Other books I can recommend are:
'Alchemy' by Titus Burckhardt - 1960.
'Alchemy Unveiled' by Johannes Helmond - 1963.
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:24 PM

View PostOrlando, on 02 March 2017 - 10:38 AM, said:

Alchemy is such an obscure occult art that there are many interpretation of what people think it might mean.

Here are a couple of links on inner alchemy you might find useful to start off with:

'The Secrets of Hermetic Alchemy': http://www.soul-guid...sun/alcha00.htm
You will find the interpretations of the illustrations useful.

From Occult Advances, 'The Alchemical Great Work': http://www.occult-ad...greatwork.shtml
This is the simplest interpretation of alchemy that I have come across so far.

There are many books I still have to read on alchemy; at the moment I am reading 'The Apocalypse Unsealed' by James M. Pryse - 1910.
It is not the normal alchemical symbolism, but an alchemy heavily disguised as Christianity.

Other books I can recommend are:
'Alchemy' by Titus Burckhardt - 1960.
'Alchemy Unveiled' by Johannes Helmond - 1963.
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Yes, a lot of people have recommended alchemy unveiled, must be popular.
Thanks for the recommendations.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 08:40 PM

I would suggest these three:

Sorcerors Stone
https://www.amazon.c...s+William+Hauck
By Dennis William Hauck

The Path of Alchemy
https://www.amazon.c...5256&sr=1-2-ent

Child of The Sun
https://www.amazon.c...ds=Mark+Stavish
Both by Mark Stavish

All three are geared to coupling theory & practice with an eye to both meditation and post-golden dawn ceremonialism (which covers a broad spectrum)

Actually, I rather recommend most books by Mark Stavish.

Alchemy as its own system has a very high barrier for entry & progression unless you just pick a place and hope you get somewhere!

A lot of the best Alchemy material ties into actual initiatory group work and can be ideosyncratic in a sense, keyed to that group, or just again - with a high expectation on previous theory & practice.

For example to work Alchemy, you also need to grasp Astrology, and you also need the "Theological/Theosophical" element which is why some reference a triad of "Alchemy, Astrology, Qabalah".

Back to the "Ideosyncracy" aspect, there is a shift in terms from time period to time period, but also often BETWEEN GROUPS OR TEXTS WITHIN THE SAME GROUP!

This is partly because there are different "Ways" of working, which can intersect but might not - sometimes mixing chemicals or methods gets you a new medicine and sometimes you get an explosion right?
(Dont forget to look into the trajectory of "Natural Philosophy" and how it informed science as we know it today.)

You won't totally be able to get away from at least a basic look at "naturalistic" concepts and some basic chemistry reactions even if you do non-physical alchemy because it takes them as the starting analogy so to speak.

You will note in your studies there is a "Wet" way, a "Dry" way, some texts are related to one or the other, or both, there might be different Materia or side experiments that relate to different methods. Such as "Cinnabar", "Antimony". etc etc

I am just impressing on you the need not to be reductionistic when comparing texts, unless your doing it on purpose to pull together a picture but at least be concious thats what your doing otherwise you will read the wrong thing into the original texts or practices.

Start with the three texts above and you will be able to at least start joining theory & practice.

#12 BiancaFreire

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

View PostFrater EST, on 05 March 2017 - 08:40 PM, said:

I would suggest these three:

Sorcerors Stone
https://www.amazon.c...s+William+Hauck
By Dennis William Hauck

The Path of Alchemy
https://www.amazon.c...5256&sr=1-2-ent

Child of The Sun
https://www.amazon.c...ds=Mark+Stavish
Both by Mark Stavish

All three are geared to coupling theory & practice with an eye to both meditation and post-golden dawn ceremonialism (which covers a broad spectrum)

Actually, I rather recommend most books by Mark Stavish.

Alchemy as its own system has a very high barrier for entry & progression unless you just pick a place and hope you get somewhere!

A lot of the best Alchemy material ties into actual initiatory group work and can be ideosyncratic in a sense, keyed to that group, or just again - with a high expectation on previous theory & practice.

For example to work Alchemy, you also need to grasp Astrology, and you also need the "Theological/Theosophical" element which is why some reference a triad of "Alchemy, Astrology, Qabalah".

Back to the "Ideosyncracy" aspect, there is a shift in terms from time period to time period, but also often BETWEEN GROUPS OR TEXTS WITHIN THE SAME GROUP!

This is partly because there are different "Ways" of working, which can intersect but might not - sometimes mixing chemicals or methods gets you a new medicine and sometimes you get an explosion right?
(Dont forget to look into the trajectory of "Natural Philosophy" and how it informed science as we know it today.)

You won't totally be able to get away from at least a basic look at "naturalistic" concepts and some basic chemistry reactions even if you do non-physical alchemy because it takes them as the starting analogy so to speak.

You will note in your studies there is a "Wet" way, a "Dry" way, some texts are related to one or the other, or both, there might be different Materia or side experiments that relate to different methods. Such as "Cinnabar", "Antimony". etc etc

I am just impressing on you the need not to be reductionistic when comparing texts, unless your doing it on purpose to pull together a picture but at least be concious thats what your doing otherwise you will read the wrong thing into the original texts or practices.

Start with the three texts above and you will be able to at least start joining theory & practice.

Thank you for the information. I am currently studying Qabalah and will start learning astrology before I attempt to learn alchemy.





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