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Post  Bad Wolf on Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:33 am

Alchemy is an early protoscientific practice combining elements of chemistry, physics, astrology, art, semiotics, metallurgy, medicine,and mysticism. These practices were usually used outside of what is now known as the scientific method, however, alchemy can be regarded as the precursor of the modern science of chemistry prior to the formulation of the scientific method.

The most well known goal of alchemy was the transmutation of any metal into either gold or silver. Alchemists also tried to create a "Panacea", a remedy that supposedly would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. The "Philosopher's stone" was believed to be a key ingredient in these goals. This mythical substance was hypothesized to have the ability to do both. A third goal of many alchemists was creating human life.

Over time, the goals of alchemy were totally reinterpreted by many readers of the subject. Many readers came to believe that these goals of alchemy were really metaphors for a spiritual transformation of the self. They then wrote manuals that reinterpreted alchemy as a spiritual practice. For this reason, many alchemy manuals describe the "Philosopher's Stone" as a gift that every man potentially has unto himself, the "Transmutation" as the process that transform the alchemist by studying sciences, and the "Panacea" as the true meaning of love and science. These writers felt that when reading a book on alchemy, the reader must read "over" the words to figure out the way to follow decoding the secret text to discover its true meaning. This approach remains common to adherents of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, who often employ gematria and notariqon to expand their understanding of their religious texts, especially the Torah.


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Post  Fenric on Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:01 pm

I found a index of chemical alchemic symbols
http://chemistry.about.com/od/periodictableelements/ig/Alchemy-Symbols/index.htm
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Post  Bad Wolf on Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:47 pm

not exactly what to make of this ..


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Post  Ascendant on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:29 pm

Wow that flashing symbol is awesome. I have seen that somewhere before not flashing but some of the synbols inside look like Theban text mixed with some Runic text/symbols. I used to practice but it has been years and I am rusty...wish I could help though cuz I like to solve mysteries.
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