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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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could u say more about transmutation

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

daisyalan1 year ago
Can i just ask

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

Thanks,
Alan

hello need a alchemy teacher need to learn more

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)  googedler2 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 :)
jed207527 days ago

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

ears992 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! :)

TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  ears9929 days ago
Well, Alchemy is a philosophy, so it fits into just about everything. But you can start to live alchemical, like only cooking with positive moods or Energy. I will probably make an instructable on the topic that will elaborate on this.

How do i transmute myself?

You begin by creating the 7 basics. Take each one per day, on the respective date and meditate. The more you do this the purer you will become.
And what category is this under
jed20751 month ago

so what about the stone is it really true or just some tv show???

TheGuerrillaAlchemist (author)  jed207529 days ago
The Stone as far as my knowledge exists. But has only been made a few times. Ever. It's incredibly dangerous as it requires a ton of mercury. Like the element. The one that's poisonous.
Any good websites or wikis?
How do you find the books?
Amazon is a wonderful place.

Is certain clothing recommended? In your elixir instructable that a cover of silk on the bottle and I thought thought about how specific these things are in this so any reccomended clothing?
You have to be careful when you handle elixirs, because if you come in contact with it directly, it will taint it. Gloves, eye protection, and some kind of apron or coat will protect you from most of the simple spagyrical stuff.
crestind1 year ago
Honestly I just want to make gold. Elixir is secondary.
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.
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.
"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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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 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.

"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".
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.
rickharris2 years ago
Mmm yep - OK

Newton was allegedly an Alchemist but than again so were a lot of his peer group.

I guess with so many people beleiving in Astrology anything could happen..

Me, I put my faith in Chemistry and physics.
Alchemy really is the only philosophy I can truly understand. I think I have some more things I need to add to this though like Qabalah and the Polarities.

Any questions about Alchemy? Any questions in general?

im 12 and really interested in alchemy could you teach me how

Why yes I have one simple question. WILL YOU PLEASE BE MY TEACHER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Two questions in all seriousness:

What prompted your interest in alchemy? Frankly, most people only know the term from anime or the "lead into gold" discussion that plagues Wikipedia pages. I've studied some of the theories out of pure interest (I'm a mythology and ancient science buff...especially interesting are some of the alchemical theory ties back to ancient Grecian philosophy - Plato laid out a surprisingly well thought-out view of the world in a very crude alchemical sense in the Timaeus). It's tough to tell from your writing tone (fairly professorial) in what vein you wrote this - do you actually practice alchemy, are you just interested in it, is this a joke, etc. I'm just curious as to where you are coming from.

Second, what do you hope to accomplish? Some people view alchemy as an art form, more practiced than preached, while some take it as philosophical / spiritual / psychological. You call it a philosophy above - so what do you want to do with it?

FYI, I am serious here. Honestly, I view alchemy as an interesting proto-science, nothing more, but there's no denying the fact that humanity was heavily invested in the study for millenia. Whether is has any modern value or not is someone else's debate territory, but it's surprising to see someone post about an esoteric study and neither be flamed for their beliefs nor be aiming to incite flames.
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