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Alchemy 101 Podcast Lecture

03: Alchemy 101: Intro to High Alchemical Arts, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Alchemy 101 Lecture
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Part 2 of the Alchemy 101 lecture continues to the schism between alchemy and magic, and barriers to approaching practical study of laboratory alchemy.

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6. Schism Between Alchemy and Magic

  • Both were considered complementary aspects of the same divine science, alchemy more often used in reference to physical substances, and magic more the manipulation of mental forces, but always within the context that all was Mind, therefore intimately connected on a holistic level.
  • Over time, different ideals sprang up that pulled away from the integrated view and focused upon one isolated aspect of the teaching.
  • Without the integrated "lock and key" initiatory teachings, the ideas behind the fragmented sacred sciences became less and less based on direct experience.
  • True initiatory streams were maintained but went underground about the time of the fall of the Roman empire.
  • Since that time, for the most part, the two main disciplines were studied, but separately, based upon personal interest and available texts.
  • Alchemists since that time have always acknowledged the material aspects of the work, but did not always have the proper magical understanding. Likewise, magical practitioners did not have proper classical alchemical training, so they were not able to understand or make progress in laboratory alchemy... thus concocting elaborate schemes that were approached only as a psychological practice.
  • The truth is in the middle, in the full and proper integrated understanding of the two branches.
  • Alchemy has been overlooked in modern fraternal teachings because it requires more effort than other practices, and because of a general lack of real understanding.
  • Even AMORC, supposedly the most alchemical order, being headed by someone more magically inclined, decided to downplay and phase out actual alchemy teaching!
  • Thus, even in the supposed Rosicrucians had a schism themselves and that is when Frater Albertus separated and openly taught alchemy outside the order.
  • These were the predominant opinions among magical practitioners until Israel Regardie was shown otherwise by Frater Albertus. Then Regardie spent the rest of his life in pursuit of laboratory alchemy, and rewrote a pinnacle work called The Philosopher's Stone, which is actually very little known in magical circles.

7. Barriers in Approaching Real and Practical Alchemical Study

  • Access to authentic texts themselves, truly written by adepts, amongst the sea of fraudulent texts pumped out for money.
  • At one point in history, alchemy was the most published subject in the western world, because seekers were willing to pay premiums, so the number of fake texts of no value increased voluminously.
  • Aside from sheer quantity, even within real texts, there are many purported "paths" to the stone, difficulties in cross-terminology, and conceptual changes within the laboratory tradition that span more than a thousand years.
  • Even if you have an authentic text written by an adept, they are full of blinds, and there are missing pieces, in order to protect their knowledge.
  • Adepts wrote for each other, not for the masses, so texts were never meant to be used by non-initiates. They were used to identify each other. An adept could read a text, see the way in which the adept wrote, and know whether the author was a real adept or not.
  • Each text must be studied and interpreted holistically. Reaching outside the document for meanings nearly always leads one astray, which was the intention.
  • Being able to discern which path the text is about is of paramount importance.
  • Western Paths: Red Dragon, Flamel, Dew, Urine, Acetate... Before even considering Eastern Paths, principally Chinese and Indian Alchemy.
  • Modern theories being piled on top that have no actual ancient premise for the work, i.e. Astrology, etc., making things very complicated.