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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.
 
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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.
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tsmith831 year ago
HAHAHAHA Alchemy even doe it seems like this great type of magic science it is not alchemy my friend is a a form or should I even better state a start of early chemistry. The forming of new materials threw the use of already existing matter is very possible I have even created a prototype of a machine to do such this. However to morph an substance of matter you must first take this matter substance to it base elements and from there you can then morph the atoms and create them into a new substance by the manipulation of the said elements protons causing an change in the element its self in basic terms of what you are calling your "alchemy" you can do this.
BobB2 tsmith834 days ago

I actually read and watched an interview about this guy who made a machine that turned lead into gold in extremely small amounts.. the downside was that the cost to do it made it a big waste of time and money. I kinda agree about the early chemistry thing but I think we've lost ( we being the general public) a lot of valuable science (alchemy .. chemistry.. whatever) over the last few thousand years. People don't tend to use science to make concoctions with health boosting consciousness altering properties now a days. We have drugs... but most are extremely harmful. We have health foods and drinks.. but they have ingredients that we don't want in them and theres always room for improvement. Imagine what kind of things these ancient alchemists must have experienced keeping in mind that they were probably using themselves (or test subjects :D) as human Guinea pigs.

AdanA2 tsmith831 month ago

i agree with u it is only a start of an early chemistry

Do tell of the method of operation, good spirit.
crestind2 years ago
Honestly I just want to make gold. Elixir is secondary.
TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  crestind2 years ago
The ignorant and narrow minded will never achieve gold. Alchemy isn't just a "get rich quick" scheme. It's a sacred art that has been kept secret for thousands of years because of that mind set.
Oh boy. You're one of those alchemists aren't you. I'll leave you to your meditation and hippie nonsense. Alchemy is not an "art". It's science. One step above chemistry. I would say that you are the narrow minded one for assuming that making gold must be for some get rich quick scheme.
"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."
Um, no. That's not true at all. If you do it right and your alkahest is sufficiently strong it will work. "Transmuted yourself." This is more nonscientific content, and stuff like this is why few take alchemy seriously. That and all the unnecessary symbolism and alchemists' apparent inability to just call a damn thing what it is. Sure it was needed for alchemists to protect themselves in the past, but it's really not necessarily nowadays. Seems more like ego stroking for alchemists to show off how "learned" they are.
TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  crestind2 years ago
Not entirely sure if you know this but chemistry is one step above alchemy since it has faster reactions and more potent materials. And I am sorry to say, but without the spirituality aspect, you are only doing chemistry. Nothing more. If you attempt anything without truly knowing anything about alchemy, you will lose your life. And if you really think it's as easy as you say it is, I will give you 2 years to confect a Philosopher's Stone perfectly with no impurities. It can be made from absolutely any material and made in any way. If you can do it, I will bend and say that I am wrong and that you don't need the spirituality. Now get cooking.

A philosophers stone is not a physical object. It is a metaphorical stone of power (source of power) from within your own body. Think of it like the crystal that would be used to power a quantum computer.

"Not entirely sure if you know this but chemistry is one step above alchemy since it has faster reactions and more potent materials."
Are you serious? That's a gross generalization (that chemistry has faster reactions?) and poor reasoning. You've got it entirely backwards. Chemistry is purely physical phenomenon. Alchemy is both physical and aetheric phenomenon. Alchemy makes use of chemistry, but chemistry does not make use of alchemy. Your claim that chemistry is a step above alchemy is like saying that arithmetic is a step above algebra because arithmetic problems are usually faster to solve.

I never said to attempt it without understanding alchemy. How can you even perform alchemy without understanding it?

What I am saying is that your implication that there is some sort of "spiritual" aspect alongside the stone (you said that the alchemist also transmutes himself) making is superstitious nonsense. There are people who make it in hours with modern techniques. Your line of thinking that there is some "spiritual" aspect is just magical thinking.

At the moment I have exactly zero interest in making a stone. There are more important things to do.
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TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  crestind2 years ago
I am frankly offended that you are telling me that my spirituality is a waste of time. I have told you what alchemy is and what it isn't but since you refuse to acknowledge this, I am not going to respond anymore. I have better use of my time than spending it arguing with you. I will leave it on the note that I find it strange that someone would want gold for something other than money. It makes sense that I would use it for something other than money because I can do different things with it. But any true self-respecting alchemist will always take the spirituality into account.

Also, your comment "What I am saying is that your implication that there is some sort of "spiritual" aspect alongside the stone (you said that the alchemist also transmutes himself) making is superstitious nonsense." Offended me to the point that I need to reevaluate whether or not I will ever post anything like this again. I thought that the Instructables community would be respectful about the way that I live my life but I was apparently wrong.

I am no longer going to respond back or add to this chain.
"I find it strange that someone would want gold for something other than money
Well, yeah that's probably because you don't know its other abilities"
>Doesn't realize gold can be turned into monoatomic gold powder "bread" of the Egyptians

"I am frankly offended that you are telling me that my spirituality is a waste of time."
>Offended by the truths presented by science. Maybe religion is better suited for you?

"I am no longer going to respond back or add to this chain."
As I suspected. Another holier than thou "alchemist".
JoshH3 crestind16 days ago

crestind i would like to speak to you personally me and my friend are people who truly respect alchemy and know what it is and isnt and i would like to privately talk to you because no where else have i found anybody who SEEMS to know what they are talking about and is real and not a video game.

rwalker17 crestind11 months ago
But what's the point of having gold your just going to take power by using the gold which is childish an immature. If you want gold that bad you can get it but it's going to cost you something, that and you have to get complicated ingredients. Your so ignorant when the creator is trying to tell you something but you don't listen one bit. The 1st rule of alchemy: to obtain something in equal value you must first be given up. Something as powerful as the Philosophers stone could take you and lives. You probably wouldn't stand what you did and feel the guilt of YOU killing innocent people.
"I thought that the Instructables community would be respectful about the way that I live my life but I was apparently wrong."
I didn't imply at all that you were wasting your life or anything. Only that the spirituality is completely unnecessary for stone making. I have very little interest in your life.

"I didn't imply at all that you were wasting your life or anything. Only that the spirituality is completely unnecessary for stone making"
Are you sure? I challenge you to PROVE it and make some philosopher's stone. then post it here how you did it

lmao like I'd tell you.

sstuc14 crestind2 months ago

the main principle of alchemy is equivalent exchange "in order to gain something, something of equal value must be given" so going by that its not just some spiritual thing its a way of life.

kamals1 sstuc1419 days ago

yes

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BobB24 days ago

The whole turning lead into gold thing was 1 probably mythological but very famous alchemist and has nothing to do with the principles of alchemy. The true purpose of alchemy is to alter your state of mind/health/body through the process of outside stimulation. That can be substance, sound, visual or whatever.. you get the idea. Though turning lead to gold would be pretty sweet indeed.. I doubt many real alchemists have spent much time trying to do it.

I don't normally talk about alchemy much but I do have sort of recipe I thought Id share .. Get some powdered Moringa oleifera or some leaves and powder them yourself with a grinder and mix it into a hot bath.. hold your breath repeatedly under the water so your submerged and just come up for breaths.. do this for around 10-20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water... this does me a lot of good so I thought Id share it here with people who may also find it of use. For me it makes my skin keep moisture a lot better and makes it look good. Also I feel nourished afterwards in a way where I feel kinda high.

AdanA21 month ago

well i think its all a prank cuz! the philosopher stone doesnt exist and also the alchemy doesnt exist now now a days chemistry is famous alchemy was only for our ancestors but cuz of alchemy chemistry exists now and it is impossible to make gold and in my religion(islam) immortality doesn't exist "every person will die until the day of judgement

I'm sorry, I couldn't understand what I just read. Learn to spell, and you don't need to bring in your religion. It wouldn't be a prank anyways, define prank. It is possible to make gold. Immortality does seem impossible, but there are weird things that we have already done. Like stopping light, creating black holes, and creating things from thin air (Not magic, not like pulling a rabbit from a hat). Alchemy exists, it is all around us. Chemistry is modern alchemy, so if there is no more alchemy there would be no chemistry. Why are you even here if you do not believe alchemy is meant for our generation?

um i would like access to gold ,but for more experimentation.not entirely related to alchemy, i dont know other than what ive read hear. i would like to know how to work up to that point

do you want gold for wealth and fame or for the further study of alchemy?

daisyalan2 years ago
Can i just ask

What is an elixir???
And is alchemy a religion???

Thanks,
Alan
jed2075 daisyalan3 months ago

hello need a alchemy teacher need to learn more

http://www.howtomakethephilosophersstone.com

an elixir has many effects and alchemy is not a religion
An elixir is a combination of the 3 essentials and is an evolved form of nature. Seperation of the excess and recombination of the 3 most pure things in a plant are what make an elixir powerful.

Alchemy isn't a religion because it has no main figure to worship and has no plans for afterlife. It is considered a philosophy.

In alchemy, does immortality be ever possible?
If so, what are your evidences.
and 2nd question, if immortality in alchemy is possible, doesn't it interfere with religion?

TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  googedler5 months ago
There is no evidence to support immortality. Allegedly Nicolas Flemmel had achieved it, but I do not know of any way to become immortal. The closest you get I believe is the Philosopher's Stone, but those are extremely difficult to make.
Thanks :)

I came here to become a state alchemist

cool

stevealex32 months ago

interesting

the alchmyst2 months ago

could u say more about transmutation

jed20753 months ago

hello how do i learn more about alchemy need a teache???

ears995 months ago

i have a question for you: im wiccan, and i want to incorporate different philosiphies into my life, including alchemy and Buddhisim. how can i fit alchemy into my religion?

thanks, and blessed be! :)

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