Category Archives: Alchemy

Alchemy – Prima Materia

Prima materia, first matter, the raw material of nature and people as well, is where the work of alchemy begins. In alchemy prima materia or first matter is the ubiquitous starting material required for the magnum opus  and the creation of the … Continue reading

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Alchemy – To Begin the Work

Every effort goes with mistakes as fire goes with smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work that corresponds with ones nature because it is full of defects. Bhagavad-gita 18:48 The Great Work  or Magnum Opus in Latin,  is an alchemical … Continue reading

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Essential Characteristics of Alchemy

The art and science of alchemy has some core tenets that are found throughout any writings on the subject. They are central to the work, whether is is physical alchemy, the kind that led to the modern science of chemistry, … Continue reading

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Historical Traditions of Alchemy

For hundreds of years alchemists toiled in their laboratories to produce a mythical substance known as the philosopher’s stone. The supposedly dense, waxy, red material was said to enable the process that has become synonymous with alchemy—chrysopoeia, the metamorphosis, or transmutation, … Continue reading

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