Alchemy, Hermetic
A frequently ambiguous and obscure spiritual path, dating back to Medieval Old Earth, in which chemical transformations that are achieved through the alchemist's experiments symbolically mirror and interrelate with the alchemist's own spiritual development. Alchemy, as often as not, assumes a Hermetic world view.

Despite the popular misconception of a pre-ultra-tech superstitious search for the principle of transmutation of baser metals into higher (such as lead into gold), it is really an attempt to realize the connections and interrelations of the universe as a whole. Alchemy was introduced into Europe by the Arabs, from whom it may be traced to classical Egypt and India.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 31 December 2001.