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.
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
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
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
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.