Some people say that alchemy was the medieval forerunner of modern chemistry, However the ancient hermetic science is much older than that. Alchemy was practiced in the pyramids of Egypt as is noted in the Emerald Tablet of Thoth Hermes. Alchemy was an art practiced by Pharaohs, Emperors and kings as well as their female counterparts. Some alchemists believe that alchemy is as old as time itself.
Alchemy was practiced in biblical times which is noted in the bible for those who take the time to understand it. One of the goals of alchemy was to find an elixir of life based on the theory of the existence of a universal life force which animates all things. Legends of people living for 1000 years or more in perfect health and youth have kept the story of alchemy alive since the garden of Eden. This universal spirit or life force energy is said to come from the biblical tree of life. It has been called the manna from heaven, The supernatural son of the sun, "God" in the flesh, and Jesus Christ. Alchemists equated this not with actual people, but with the four elements earth wind water and fire acting upon matter continually rotating the circle of life and the wheel of alchemy.
What is alchemy? alchemy is first and foremost a study of nature. Many people ask do alchemists make gold? one answer is that only nature can perform such a miracle. So what do alchemists do? alchemists merely assist nature in its natural operations. This has been described as setting the proper conditions, and letting nature finish its work without the laying on of hands.
What exactly is alchemy? Alchemy was an ancient art and scientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, originating in Greco-Roman Egypt in the first few centuries. Alchemists attempted to purify, mature, and perfect certain materials based on the transformation of matter. Alchemy was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold and to find a universal elixir of life.
The elixir of life was also called aqua vitae meaning water of life and Aurum potable or gold of the sun. The potable gold of the alchemists was said to have the appearance of liquid gold and was at times described as being gold digested to its highest degree.
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