An Awkward Welcoming Message from David Metcalfe

December 31, 2010 § 5 Comments

Turn your volume up for this one folks! My webcam mic wasn’t being kind this morning.

Remember, to participate you don’t have to read every chapter of the book we’re studying to have a voice in the discussion, we appreciate any thoughts, fragments or passing reveries you might want to share.

Whether actively or passively we invite you to come with us in our studies. You can follow us via email by clicking the sign up button on the right hand margin of any page or consider participating directly by sending your reflections on the Path to:

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A Welcoming Message from Erika Harris

December 31, 2010 § 5 Comments

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A Short Catechism of Alchemy (excerpt)

December 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

 

Q. What should receive the most careful attention of the Philosopher?
A. Assuredly, the end of Nature, and this is by no means to be looked for in the vulgar metals, because, these having issued already from the hands of the fashioner, it is no longer to be found therein.

Q. For what precise reason?
A. Because the vulgar metals, and chiefly gold, are absolutely dead, while ours, on the contrary, are absolutely living, and possess a soul.

Q. What is the life of metals?
A. It is no other substance than fire, when they are as yet imbedded in the mines.

Q. What is their death?
A. Their life and death are in reality one principle, for they die, as they live, by fire, but their death is from a fire of fusion.

from A Short Catechism of Alchemy, by Paracelsus

The First Study Group Begins This Week!

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Art of Transformations study group is currently focusing on Dennis William Hauck’s primer, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy.

From the publisher’s description:

More than magic…Where else can one combine chemistry and philosophy to turn base metal into gold while discovering a magical elixir to prolong life? Here’s a simple and straightforward guide to alchemy that explains its basic principles. Written by one of the world’s few practicing alchemists, it’s a concise reference guide that provides easy-to-follow information so that anybody can be a wizard-in-training. 

About the Author

Dennis William Hauck, the author of The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation and The Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy, is a consultant and lecturer who facilitates personal and institutional transformation through the application of the ancient principles of alchemy. The editor of the Alchemy Journal, Hauck has translated a number of important alchemy manuscripts dating back to the 13th century and sits on the board of directors of the International Alchemy Guild.

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Schedule for the group:

We’re studying one chapter a week, and will be posting new reactions on Sunday starting January 2nd. Check back or subscribe to keep up to date with our progress. This study session is being lead by Erika Harris, Creator of Lifeblazing, and David Metcalfe, Co-founder of Open Myth Source.

Whether actively or passively we invite you to come with us in our studies. You can follow us via email by clicking the sign up button on the right hand margin of the page or consider participating directly by sending your reflections on the Path to: theartoftransformations @ gmail.com or by posting your thoughts via YouTube or podcast and sending us the link.

You don’t have to read every chapter to have a voice in the discussion, we appreciate any thoughts, fragments or passing reveries you might want to share.

V.I.T.R.I.O.L.

December 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

via Alchemical Emblems + Occult Diagrams

It is realized in everybody…

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Golden Elixir is another name for one’s fundamental nature. . . . There is no other Golden Elixir outside one’s fundamental nature. All human beings have this Golden Elixir complete in themselves: it is entirely realized in everybody. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of the Immortals and the Buddhas, the root of the worthies and the sages. Liu Yiming (1734-1821)

This excerpt is from Golden Elixir Press‘ new blog.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

December 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes
In truth, without deceit, certain, and most veritable.

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above
corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.

And just as all things have come from this One thing, through the meditation of One
Mind, so do all created things originate from this One Thing, through Transformation.

Its father is the Sun; its mother the moon.

The Wind carries it in its belly; its nurse is the Earth.

It is the origin of All, the consecration of the Universe.

Its inherent Strength is perfected, if it is turned into Earth.

Separate the Earth from Fire, the Subtle from the Gross, gently and with great Ingenuity.

It rises from Earth to heaven and descends again to Earth, thereby combining within Itself
the powers of both the Above and the Below.

Thus will you obtain the Glory of the Whole Universe. All Obscurity will be clear to
you. This is the greatest Force of all powers, because it overcomes every Subtle thing
and penetrates every Solid thing.

In this way was the Universe created. From this come many wondrous Applications,
because this is the Pattern.

Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes, having all three parts of the wisdom of the
Whole Universe. Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun.

Where Am I?

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