Alchemy refers to both an early protoscience and an early philosophical discipline, both combining elements of chemistry, metallurgy, physics, medicine, astrology, semiotics, mysticism, spiritualism, and art. Alchemy has been practiced in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Persia, India, and China, in Classical Greece and Rome, in the Islamic Caliphates, and then in Europe up to the 19th century — in a complex network of schools and philosophical systems spanning at least 2500 years.
Western alchemy has always been closely connected with Hermeticism, a philosophical and spiritual system that traces its roots to Hermes Trismegistus, a syncretic Egyptian-Greek deity and legendary alchemist. These two disciplines influenced the birth of Rosicrucianism, an important esoteric movement of the seventeenth century. In the course of the early modern period, as mainstream alchemy evolved into modern chemistry, its mystic and Hermetic aspects became the focus of a modern spiritual alchemy, where material manipulations are viewed as mere symbols of spiritual transformations.
Today, the discipline is of interest mainly to historians of science and philosophy, and for its mystic, esoteric, and artistic aspects. Nevertheless, alchemy was one of the main precursors of modern sciences, and we owe to the ancient alchemists the discovery of many substances and processes that are the mainstay of modern chemical and metallurgical industries.More on [ Alchemy ]
Hermeticism - New age, esoteric links to sites on alchemy and hermeticism.
Ages of Alchemy - A comprehensive site intended to establish relevancy for alchemy today, arguing for its inclusion as a true science.
Meta Description: [ My essential request was (and is) to find a new way for alchemy today. All the hints that science knows nearly nothing etc. are right, the animosity of alchemists against science is to my opinion wrong. What else are we (scientists) doing in our Hardware- and mind-laboratories than working out al... ]
Alchemy Comes Out of the Dark - Arguments for alchemy, as low energy nuclear transmutation of elements, or orbitally rearranged monoatomic elements (ORMES), as a proven reality.
Meta Description: [ An introduction to modern alchemy; the spiritual quest, a room temperature superconductor, and the low energy nuclear transmutation of elements. ]
Alchemy Key - A book about alchemy,initiation and mystery religions throughout history. PDF format.
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Alchemy Lab Web Ring - The Alchemy Lab Web Ring consists of a variety of independent websites devoted to alchemy and the Great Work. The Great Work of the alchemists was nothing less than the perfection of all three levels of reality (the Material, the Mental, and the Spiritual).
Alchemy Web and Virtual Library - Comprehensive library of imagery, symbols, music, alchemical texts and commentary. Includes course material in practical alchemy, bibliography, and modern day resources.
Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher - A brief history of Giordano Bruno, the spiritual alchemist who was burnt at the stake by the medieval Church.
Meta Description: [ A brief history of Giordano Bruno ]
Medieval Science - A moderated index of Internet resources devoted to the study of medieval science, including alchemy and hermetics.
Meta Description: [ A moderated index of Internet resources devoted to the study of medieval science ]
Mutational Alchemy - A versatile and complex system of elements is born from a simple binary mathematics.
Meta Description: [ Abrahadabra: The Theory and Practice of Mutational Alchemy Begins. At the apex of Hermetic Science stands the formula of Abrahadabra. ]
Skeptic's Dictionary: Alchemy - A skeptical history and definition of alchemy.
Meta Description: [ over 400 skeptical definitions and essays on occult, paranormal,supernatural and pseudoscientific ideas and practices with references to the best skeptical literature ]
The Alchemists - A history of alchemy and alchemists.
The Alchemy Lab - Alchemy resources.
Meta Description: [ A mega-website devoted to transforming your reality using the mental and spiritual operations of ancient alchemy. ]
The Alchemy Web Bookshop - Alchemical and hermetic books, CD-ROMs, and colored prints for sale.
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry - Includes membership information, a schedule of meetings events, educational material and links.