978-0-517-51711-6 / 9780517517116

Alchemy: The Secret Art


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Dust jacket notes: "'Alchemy is not merely an art or science to teach metallic transmutation, so much as a true and solid science that teaches how to know the centre of all things, which in the divine language is called the Spirit of Life.' (Pierre-Jean Fabre, Les Secrets Chymiques, Paris 1636) The sacred, secret, ancient and profound science of alchemy, the royal or sacerdotal art, also called the hermetic philosophy, conceals the means of penetrating the very secrets of Nature, Life and Death, of Unity, Eternity and Infinity. This book is an attempt to show a glimpse of what true alchemy was and is. Most modern dictionaries dismiss it as an immature, empirical and speculative precursor of chemistry which had as its object the transmutation of base metals into gold. But, although chemistry did evolve from alchemy, the two sciences have extremely little in common. Whereas chemistry deals with scientifically verifiable phenomena, the mysterious doctrine of alchemy pertains to a hidden reality of the highest order which constitutes the underlying essence of all truths and all religions. The perfection of this essence is termed the Absolute; it can be perceived and realized, as the Beauty of all Beauty, the Love of all Love and the High Most High, only if consciousness is radically altered and transmuted from the ordinary (lead-like) level of ordinary perception, so that every object is perceived in its perfect archetypal form, which is contained within the Absolute. The realization of the eternal perfection of everything everywhere constitutes the Universal Redemption. Alchemy is a rainbow bridging the chasm between the earthly and heavenly planes, between matter and spirit. Like the rainbow, it may appear within reach, only to recede if one chases it merely to find a pot of gold." Hardcover, 8.5 x 11.25 inches, 128 pages, 193 illustrations, 33 in full color.

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