Archive for December, 2008
LIVING AN ALCHEMICAL LIFE
Alchemy is a chameleon of our times. This ancient practice appears in a multitude of forms for those who seek to discover and understand it.
Alchemy is people. Alchemists labor in private laboratories on every continent. Some work in organizations to help develop new products and services. Apprentices are learn the craft from masters. Students of alchemy are do research and take courses.
Alchemy is laboratory apparatus. In fact, the first chemists copied or used the laboratories of alchemists to conduct their nascent research and work. Some apparatus, such as the crucible are used today. The athanor, whose use is still not completely understood today, has been adapted for several purposes. Other secret vessels, referred to only in coded language and symbols, may have been lost forever.
Alchemy is written records. Old manuscripts and fragments of the writings of hundreds of alchemists exist in libraries and private holdings across the globe. Copies of many are available online.
Alchemy is a transformative process. A casual web search will identify a seemingly endless way that some part of the practice is considered essential to many activities: The Alchemy of Dance, The Alchemy of Love, The Alchemy of Cooking, The Alchemy of Management and even the Alchemy of Software.
Alchemy is unique view of the world. In order to be understood, it demands that we see nature and our place in it as well as our responsibility to it in a very different way.
Alchemy is all of these things and more. It is a way of life. It is a practical, rewarding and effective way to live the life we want. This space is devoted to the Alchemical Life. The varied facets of the Great Work will be explored here to answer one question:
What does alchemy mean for my – and your – daily life?