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.

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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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    Hermès1418

    Question 13 hours 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

    Question 20 days ago

    Can you suggest a simple experiment to prove the alchemy?

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    borady1485

    3 months ago

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

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    Ãbhishek7699

    5 months ago on Step 3

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

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    NathanM258

    5 months ago

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

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    JeremiahC31

    10 months 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

    Question 1 year ago

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

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    Colonel roy mustang

    Question 1 year ago

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

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    Jmanwg

    Question 1 year ago

    I am destined to become and alchemist. I feel like I have had this feeling my whole life and understand more about the world and myself more then others around me. I am tuning 16 in 3 weeks and I will begin to study alchemy then.
    -Julian

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    LearningWithMe

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    Hi! I'm intrested in alchemys history and studying it through books, do you still reccomend waiting until 16 and above or 21 and above for that? Is its history mature?

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    Dorafora

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    Hi I’m under 16 years of age and you said it’s bad to start now so I was wondering what are the risks of starting now, and if there is any way to overcome them.

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    yy4

    Question 1 year ago

    where can someone get an alchemy book? Bookstore?

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    Rich7819

    2 years ago

    I'll start off by saying i'm not alchemist or studying. I'm simply intrigued for a few simple philsofical reasons art wise.

    My question is this, does the symbol for fire and the symbol for silver balance each other ?

    I'm using the triangle as fire and want to substitute the silver symbol instead of the moon symbol. I want to represent the male aspect with fire and female with silver.

    Or am I well off base here?
    Thanks
    Rich

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    kamivn

    4 years ago

    Hello. I was just wondering if theres was any book that explains alchemy in a really simple way. I was always fascinated by this subject, though i wasnt the best student at my time. I would like to learn more about the matter, and if possible try to make something out of it. Ive seen a book called -Real Alchemy - a prime of pratical alchemy by Robert allen bartlet, and i thought it could be a good start, but i saw this post and i my be wrong and its always good to talk to someone with experience. Thanks for your help

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    hrichardson vkamivn

    Reply 2 years ago

    Think of Alchemy like the Matrix... you can not be told what Alchemy is.... you must see it for yourself!

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    kamivnkamivn

    Reply 4 years ago

    Sorry i didnt notice the part with the books. Forget what i said ahah. I'll go with the one i was talking about and progress after that. Thanks for the post.

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    hrichardson v

    2 years ago

    I'm sure I know what Alchemy is. I am currently on the path to getting the Philosophers stone. I am about ready to start creating the stone. Still studying all the ingredients for it. The Meditation Tutorial you did helped.