Transcendence Directory

Transcendence Directory is a project offering curated listings across a wide range of Western esotericism, practices, traditions, modalities, and research.

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Alchemy Lab

Alchemy Lab is devoted to helping individuals understand and apply the principles of alchemy. Alchemy's most basic tenet is that there are two ways of knowing reality—the Solar Path and the Lunar Path.

The Solar Path is the rational, deductive, argumentative, intellectual thinking that is the hallmark of science and our patriarchal Western culture. The alchemists called this consciousness Solar and assigned it many code words, such as the Sun, Fire, Sulfur, the King, Spirit, and ultimately, the One Mind of the universe.

The Lunar Path is the one alchemists called the other way of knowing. This kind of intelligence is a non-linear, image-driven, intuitive way of thinking that is an accepted tool of the arts and religion. Among its symbols are the Moon, Water, Mercury, the Queen, the Holy Ghost, Soul, and ultimately, the One Thing of the universe.

Where appropriate, the material on Alchemy Lab is presented from the Stellar Path, which is the sacred marriage of both the King's and the Queen's viewpoints.