For the seasoned Alchemist Alchemy most certainly cannot be described or fully explained in a paragraph or two. So for the purposes of introduction to Alchemy we touch on what is becoming a popular topic among academics and Western Cultural historians who recognize the language of the alchemist as relevant in the study of the evolution of science and philosophy.
The popularity of Alchemy surfaced as far back as the 1100’s and was actively practiced for hundred’s of years. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Alchemy was about discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life, otherwise referred to as Traditional Alchemy.
The most popular reason for studying alchemy today is to reconnect with the fundamental spiritual realities in the universe. In this approach to alchemy, the gold of the alchemist is not the common gold but an inner spiritual gold, and the operations of alchemy are performed in the inner laboratory of the spirit and soul. Today Modern Alchemy is concerned with the underlying principles of how things change and the basic process of transforming one thing into another.