Introduction: Simple Alchemy

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Alchemy. when you think of it what do you think of? A mysterious art? Magically turning lead into gold? or possibly that famous anime? Alchemy is all of these things, and partially the last one. ill talk about that later though. I am here to spread the ideas of Alchemy. But I will not preach, only enlighten.

I am a beginning alchemist currently working on my first elixir so I can't answer too many questions. But I will definitely try my best.

Step 1:

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What is Alchemy? The dictionary defines it as : a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life. While this is true, I think of it as a blend of spirituality, philosophy and science. Science states that through matter life was created, in Alchemy, it was life that created matter. everything was created from one source of matter. And that matter created the Three Essentials. Mercury, Sulfur and Salt. But trust me, it has nothing to do with the liquid metal.

Some believe that Alchemy is a psychological aspect in life. But why is it that many of the older scriptures seem to describe Alchemy in a fashion that would almost be considered Chemistry. Now lemme delve right into the bare bones basics of Alchemy.

Alchemy has three aspects as I’ve said before, Mercury, Sulfur and Salt. Let’s take a look at Mercury.

Step 2: Mercury

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Mercury is considered the Spirit of an object. Let’s use Rosemary as an example for now. The Mercury of Rosemary isn’t a physical thing. Instead, the clear liquid is more of the vessel for the Mercury. It’s not too hard to get either. You can find it in your local ABC liquor store. Yep, that’s why they’re called spirits. As a bonus, the Mercury of any kingdom (Animal, Vegetable, Mineral) is the same throughout it. The Mercury within me is the same that flows through you, and is true about the Vegetable kingdom as well. If I go buy Everclear from the liquor store, it would be the same as fermenting the Rosemary. However, it is always better to use as much from the plant as possible.

Step 3: Sulfur

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Now we have the Sulfur. The Sulfur is like the Soul of the plant. “But wait!” you say, “Didn’t you just say that there is a Spirit? How can you have a Spirit and a Soul?” Well lemme explain a bit.
The Sulfur isn’t really a Soul. “But you just said tha-” LEMME FINISH. It is generally accepted as the Soul it’s more of the Consciousness. While the Consciousness of Rosemary isn’t as aware about it’s existence as we are, it’s just there.

Step 4: Salt

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There really isn’t too much to say about it. It’s not really that hard to get .

“Alchemical Salt, or the Body of a thing, provides the matrix wherein the Sulfur and Mercury can act. It is a passive medium, The Virgin Earth, subject to the fixed energies of Water and Earth. The Salt is influenced by psychic and instinctual forces of the subconscious as well as the conditions affecting the various states of matter.”
      -- Robert Allen Bartlett, “Real Alchemy”

I really couldn’t explain it better than that. Salt isn’t too complicated.

Step 5: Closing

This really isn’t all of Alchemy, it goes so much deeper than this. It is so complex that I am still trying to figure out what some of it means. Albert Einstein said, “If you cannot explain something simply, you simply don’t know enough about it.” Which is true in my case. So I guess I need to know more about it. I am going to edit this and add to this as often as needed so as to give the best information as possible. I am also committed to give any answers that I can about Alchemy so please feel free to ask. There really isn’t a stupid question. If I can’t answer it, I will consult other Alchemists and give you the best answer possible. Also, Look out for my Instructable I am making of my process of making my own elixir I am making.

Now as I end this I would like to say one more thing. For any of those who decide to disregard the philosophy and try to make an elixir or even  Philosopher’s Stone, you will not succeed. It seems simple but it really isn’t. Know the theory before attempting the praxis. You will transmute nothing if you have not transmuted yourself first.


Aksanga15 (author)2017-03-11

Do you know the anime, fullmetal alchemist, and how they do alchemy? I want to know, is it possible? Is anything stopping us from doing alchemy like that? I know this might not be the type of question you normally get or want to get bur if it's not too much to ask... can you answer this?

CristiC20 (author)Aksanga152017-03-26

Yesss my dear , its real , but the goverment is keeping it away from us they dont want us to realize that its real . xD

KatharineF5 (author)Aksanga152017-03-22

No, I do not believe that the alchemy in fullmetal alchemist is possible. Alchemy has to do with tranforming things. It wasn't used as a weapon. Also, as we currently know, it is almost 100% not possible to bring someone who has been dead for a very long time back to life. CPR can revive people who have died recently but I don't think it'll help someone who's body is decomposing and isn't even in the premisis

Wolf_Alchemist (author)2015-06-21

Hey I am one of the alchemist, and I have many different theories on Alchemy, as well as how to make The Philosopher's Stone.

HarshitT4 (author)Wolf_Alchemist2017-02-02

Hey can u pls tell me from where did you learn the alchemy
I really want to learn.

question did you learn alchemy yourself or did a person or group of people teach you.

Can you help me out on becoming an alchemist

I see this is a month old but if you could contact me with this email so I could ask you some questions I would appreciate it greatly. Say Simple Alchemy for the subject.

If you are real alchemist,can you tell me how to become an alchemist?

roko123 (author)Wolf_Alchemist2015-06-23

i m a begginer alchemist i wanna discuss bew theories for the philisopher's stone

Wolf_Alchemist (author)roko1232015-06-24

If you wish to discuss, we may need a way to talk properly. I am unsure I would post my e-mail address on here, I do not think you should too.

roko123 (author)Wolf_Alchemist2015-06-27

Blueninjagirl21 (author)2017-01-27

In Fullmetal Alchmist they said that alchemy could make an artificail human.Is that possible?

203059 (author)2017-01-18

I'm a fellow alchemist who had help making a real life philosophers stone.

Blueninjagirl21 (author)2030592017-01-27

You made a philosophers stone! How? I just started learning alchemy and all of this information is enough,but a PHILOSOPHERS STONE!How?

Rachelcookie321 (author)2030592017-01-24

but it's impossible to make a philosophers stone

Aryamishra (author)2030592017-01-20

So how is it going bud well m interested in alchemy u know so if u could help me out pls N ya nice to meet ya

sp1k3p (author)2017-01-27

What do you mean transmute yourself?

Rachelcookie321 (author)2017-01-24

is it possible for a child (like in FMA) to learn Alchemy?

Ethan Flinders (author)2016-05-22

Could Alchemy as seen in Full Metal Alchemist be possible at all? With transmutation circles and such?

that's what's I'm interested in too.


MohitG50 (author)Ethan Flinders2016-11-19

welp transmutation circles are true but i dont think u can just do alchemy by clapping hands

Rachelcookie321 (author)2017-01-24

I just wanted to make it clear that you never talked about the anime you mentioned at the beginning of this article-thingy.

Aryamishra (author)2017-01-20

Bud I guess the amount of knowledge u have is really amazing n helpful although I don't actually know much about it but still I'm not going to give up on this it was a really great help thanx a lot n yeah ......... if u may come to know something else pls upload it it'll be really great of u

EvellynF (author)2016-10-09

I wanna learn alchemy. Please tell me where to learn it. I'm super interested.

SigeiȘ (author)EvellynF2016-11-09

there is a site that is full of alchemical texts and much more. You can go here:

Topazz X (author)2016-10-26

Alchemy can be the gateway to everything

RokasD (author)2016-05-19

is it real i mean is it posible to creat poisons that coud kill person or can i change color of onemetakl to other ?


pbrammann (author)2016-09-26

Perhaps you all should look into mr. Aleister Crowley for knowledge, since he helped to write the schools of the Templi in the early 1900's. His story is a great one on what power the school of Alchemy has. Its also a good lesson on what happens to the soul, mind, and heart when the Magi weilding these teachings does not follow through with the full lesson.

jas0-n (author)2016-09-25

I really appreciate the information shared, and I like the way you explain the subject. A beginning alchemist putting it simple, I would say as being an alchemist that the student becomming a master would be the most logical way.

You know, I am open for contact, when we walk certain parts together, one could easily keep tracks, while the other is planning the route.

And who knows both of those aren't necessary anymore as we're moving further.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Supersonic415 (author)2016-04-07

Good 2 know that this is actually practiced. I hope 2 become an alchemist, kinda like FMA (that's where this idea came from) but not really. Only resemblance is I'm a 14 year old alchemist. My main goal is actually 2 transmute anything 2 iron cause I need lots of that for my projects

Dude, first learn English. and if you're too lazy to type "to" you're probably too lazy to do anything.

Visorak007 (author)2016-08-10

Hey a fellow alchemist here to make things simple Mercury is technically the spirit/soul and Sulfur is brain/mind (which cannot be made by humans except through birth) and yes Salt is the body which when trying to transmute will end up in fail guaranteed so a lesson here for all alchemist just work on metal not bodies.

MartinB208 (author)2016-07-04

big bang is now the big bust and repeated lab trials have produced new precious
elements and will pave the way to a dial a metal future with scalable metal
making technologies. Neutron stars are not needed; NANO LENR conditions with
technology will create new elements.


If anyone is interested in purchasing the surplus lab and learning how to make
gold go to ebay and bid:

Darkzellz (author)2015-11-16

who is to say you truly are turning the metal Lead to the other metal gold, perhaps it is how many ancient cultures use gold, in English many words for "gold" roughly mean Knowledge, perhaps alchemy is learning, learning of the world, turning the lead of your mind, to gold. That seams MUCH more reasonable. In fact, most cultures of the past valued knowledge as much more valuable then any material item, gold tarnishes and turns dull, but a mind filled with "gold" is safe from tarnish, and can hold a limitless wealth. Alchemy is as much science as spirituality, achieving balance, both in life and in your work as an alchemist, if you do not hold balance in yourself, how can you expect your work to?

MitchellW12 (author)Darkzellz2015-12-08


Blasphemy or not blasphemy, please be respectful of others' beliefs and opinions.

Darkzellz (author)Infinity Error2016-05-03

Thanks for trying, but I actually enjoy my ideals being blasphemous, that means im doing something right ^__^

Darkzellz (author)MitchellW122016-05-03

Yep, if it is labeled blasphemy to value knowledge more than any physical items, then heck yea! Blasphemy is the best course of action!

AshtenS made it! (author)2016-03-06

So what do you mean by transmute yourself? Do you mean trying to revive the dead and then failing and losing body parts?

Infinity Error (author)AshtenS2016-05-02

It's metaphorical. By "transmuting yourself", the author points out that if you disregard the philosophy or decide to not know the theory before attempting alchemy, you will fail at it. That's what I understand so far.

MH4alchemy (author)2016-03-26

How to you seperate them from another while the soul the bod and the spirit is all mixed

Scathach7131 (author)2016-03-21

I would like to know your email so I may ask you questions. One question is that, how can I find someone to teach me as I want to understand a little more?
Please Contact me.

TheMercuryAlchemist (author)2016-02-03

Hi I Went on the Internet and found a REAL Alchemy State Exam and passed with an 83•/• Thank you. P.S. I found a book called real alchemy

Where did you find this book? And where can I get it? I'm trying to learn!!

AlchemyLearner (author)KylaneE2016-03-12


What website?

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