What is Alchemy?

Alchemy is the medieval forerunner of modern chemistry which focused on the transmutation (transformation) of base metals into gold or formulate a potion for immortality (1). Alchemy was an occult science which sought to bring the macrocosm (the universe) into a close relationship with the microcosm (the individual), based on the magical law of sympathy as well as elements of astrology, mysticism, religion and theosophy (divine wisdom) (2). Alchemists saw parallels with the resurrection in their mystical transmutation of metal into gold (1).

  1. Blackett-Ord, R. & Fischel, A. 2020. A History of Magic Witchcraft & the Occult.
  2. Luck, G. 1985. Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds.