How to Get Started With Alchemy

Introduction: How to Get Started With Alchemy

I am making this Instructable not so much as a how-to but more of a guide.

I have received a huge influx of emails and messages asking how to start alchemy and telling me about your endeavors in the art. Some of them were more promising than others and I wish I could respond to every single one of them.

However, as a standing guide for beginners, I want to make this to cut down on the amount of emails asking the same question, so that way I can get to more emails.

Step 1: Books

Reading is essential. Books are one of the most valuable materials to mankind, and thus Alchemy. There are many books that I have read but the main ones I think are important are

Robert Allen Bartlett

-Real Alchemy

-The Way of the Crucible

Frater Albertus

-The Alchemist's Handbook

These books are the books that inspired the way that I live now. I suggest you read any of these to start.

*Note on The Way of the Crucible, it's a successor to Real Alchemy and contains more advanced teachings and concepts. Out of the two I would start with Real Alchemy.

Step 2: Schools

There are in fact schools specifically made for alchemical practices.

There are many teachers that have studied and practiced alchemy for years, including Robert Allen Bartlett himself, that will teach you to live the alchemical life. I suggest you check it out.

Step 3: FAQs

Now here are some FAQs that I get A LOT.

Q) How do you start in Alchemy?

A) You read this Instructable

Q) Is this anything like Fullmetal Alchemist?

A) Absolutely not. In fact, this question is the most insulting to me. The show is absolutely nothing like real alchemy. No, you cannot animate inanimate objects. No, making "Alchemy Circles" is not how we do our work. No no no no NO! Please never contact me with this question again. Comparing the complex and vast knowledge of Alchemy to a TV show insults me, my art, my intelligence, and the thousands of alchemists who have given up their lives to add to the pool of knowledge.

Not a question but still something I hear a lot) You don't need the spirituality to perform Alchemy.

A) Wrong. That statement is completely and utterly false. Without the spirituality of the Art, you have science. You cannot have true alchemy without spirituality. It simply is not true and that is final.

A) Why do you not update more often?

Q) I don't update often because I don't have much time. I am torn between work, school and other obligations that I can't keep up with this site.

Another reason is that I am fully aware that anyone can access this site. Including minors. So I have a responsibility to provide as much information as I can without making it unsafe for minors. I also have a responsibility to not divulge too much. Many alchemists and my colleagues are frankly angry with me that I even put a tutorial of how to make a Spagyrical Elixir. If I divulge too much, I might even put myself at risk. So I think long and hard about what I put on this site, and think about the unintended dangers I may put my readers in.

Q) I'm X years old and wanna learn achemy.

A) If you're under 21 years old, you shouldn't be attempting alchemy. I myself an under that threshold but I understand all the dangers that are associated with these practices. I'm sorry to say, but if you are less than 16 you should abandon the idea of alchemy for a few years. It's something harsh to say, but you need to truly understand what you are about to enter.

Q) Do you know how to make the Philosopher's Stone?

A) I can neither confirm nor deny knowledge of the Philosopher's Stone

Q) So is the Philosopher's Stone the end goal of Alchemy?

A) No. The end goal of Alchemy is to evolve yourself and evolve nature.

Step 4: In Conclusion

I hope that this has answered many questions and concerns about alchemy. I understand that this won't necessarily help the problem, but I hope it makes an impact.

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    41 Comments

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    CyanCookie15
    CyanCookie15

    6 months ago on Step 1

    Where can I get the books? Would they be on Amazon or something?

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    CyanCookie15
    CyanCookie15

    Question 6 months ago on Step 3

    Alchemy is very interesting to me. Do you think you could explain more about what it is? Everything I find on Google says the same vague thing.

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    kevin.pettit69
    kevin.pettit69

    10 months ago on Step 4

    Upon reading this tears filled my eyes. This is the Guidance I have BEen seeking.

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    Wolfyisme
    Wolfyisme

    1 year ago

    Im 24 years old almost 25, my curiosity and will to learn alchemy has grown. Ive dabbled in witchcraft (Wicca) for a few years but I truely feel alchemy to be my calling. I want to know where I can get books and where I can find schools. Ive read an early post saying
    how FMA tv series resembles nothing close to real alchemy. It may be true but the show definately peeked my curiosity more. I truely want to learn and even find a teacher willing to give me the privilage of being an apprentice. If anyone can give me info, it is highly needed and greatly appreciated. I understand that it takes not only the science but the spirituality of alchemy is most important.

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    ZaniayaP
    ZaniayaP

    6 years ago on Step 4

    i am very well aware of what i can get my self into and the consequence. i am 13 i just want to do alchemy i have my reasons

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    DouglasF8
    DouglasF8

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    If you think you will be like the full metal alchemist, then you are her for the wrong resion

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    ZaniayaP
    ZaniayaP

    Reply 5 years ago

    no. Thats not real alchemy. that is just an anime calling it alchemy. I want to learn actual alchemy

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    AnimeMochiGirl123
    AnimeMochiGirl123

    Question 1 year ago on Step 3

    I'm under 16 but almost a teen, please, is there any way for me to learn alchemy at home? I'm a bit confused though. What is Alchemy used for? and if its nothing like the show Fullmetal Alchemist then what is it used for? Medical reasons?

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    Hermès1418
    Hermès1418

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    How dangerous is alchemy? I’m a 23 year old and have been fascinated with the thought of alchemy but when I saw you said it was dangerous and the way you’ve kept it secrets unsaid as well as mentioning angered colleagues. This grows a more want of knowledge. Are there things I should be aware of and dangers brought about from this practice?

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    MrEnthusiast
    MrEnthusiast

    Question 1 year ago

    Can you suggest a simple experiment to prove the alchemy?

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    borady1485
    borady1485

    1 year ago

    so i dont understand what i need to do at the start

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    Ãbhishek7699
    Ãbhishek7699

    1 year ago on Step 3

    I cant find the spagyrical elixir,plz give a link of it

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    NathanM258
    NathanM258

    1 year ago

    How long dose it take to learn alchemy

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    NathanM258
    NathanM258

    1 year ago

    I have a question im 17 how long does it take to learn alchemy

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    JeremiahC31
    JeremiahC31

    2 years ago on Step 4

    I am 33 and eager to study alchemy , other than the books you posted here what is a good direction to look. Also are there any recipes I can try.

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    Colonel roy mustang
    Colonel roy mustang

    Question 2 years ago

    i have heard about a secret fire made by flame alchemists in greek is it true?

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    Colonel roy mustang
    Colonel roy mustang

    Question 2 years ago

    i have heard about a secret fire made by flame alchemists in greek is it true?