Looking upon some ancient alchemists from those like #Zosimos
, to #Geber
, to #Paracelsus
, and even as modern as #Newton
, we find various things that stand apart from the #alchemy
community of today. One of these is the approach to lab work.
To the ancient alchemists, the goal and the work were interlinked. From the work in the lab, emerged epiphanies carrying the secrets of #natural #philosophy
. These #secrets
were then applied to various other situations, and as such it was important that the symbols of transformation in the lab corresponded well to the Great Work of transforming the alchemist themselves. But that wasn't the final Great Work. For there were other applications of these secrets upon students, kings, entire nations, and indeed all other areas of nature.
Studying the transformative habits of metals, and plants, and the study of nature as a whole is how their fundamental #philosophical
ideas were formed, and in the lab these philosophical hypotheses were tested for veracity. Mistakes in the #GreatWork
could be avoided by taking what had been revealed to the alchemist through divine #revelation
, or #intuition
and first testing it in the lab to find truth and then learning from it through mastering the technique.
Today, in 2018, there are those who say that one can practice alchemy without any lab work. Indeed, as the micro is in sympathy with the macro, the Great Work is most assuredly performed in the divine Laboratory of the Alchemist, however the most direct communications with nature happen in the practical lab. For the adage of "#AsAboveSoBelow
" is not only inspirational, it is a guide as to where to seek and how to verify repeatable truths. This is what makes #Alchemy
science. If you seek to make the volatile fixed, or the fixed volatile, #lab
work is the key.