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StarLover33
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posted August 29, 2003 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarLover33     Edit/Delete Message
In my Webster's dictionary, Alchemy is defined as, "1. an early form of chemistry, with philosophical and magical associations, studied in the Middle Ages: it's chief aims were to change baser metals into gold and to discover the elixir of perpetual youth 2. a method or power of transmutation; esp., the seemingly miraculous change of a thing into something better.

Honestly, I have no idea what alchemy is about and was hoping somebody would be nice enough to explain it to me. Is alchemy about whipping up a herbal tonic to cure a sore throat? Was it an early form of medicine? Was it about making aphrodisiacs and potions? Was it dangerous? How would you be able to change regular metal into gold?

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StarLover33
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posted August 29, 2003 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarLover33     Edit/Delete Message
Wanted it to be at the top of the list.

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Randall
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posted August 30, 2003 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message
Alchemists wanted to change base metals into gold and also to discover the philosopher's stone (granting immortality). The world's most famous Immortal is an alchemist (St. Germain).

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StarLover33
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posted August 30, 2003 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarLover33     Edit/Delete Message
Didn't St. Germain have a fondess for gemstones? People even said that he turned metals into gold. But is that all alchemy is? Do you think there is such thing called the philosopher's stone?

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purplezen
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posted August 30, 2003 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for purplezen     Edit/Delete Message
hi starlover. In one of linda's books, she says that alchemists refer to the number 9 as the red dragon. I thought that was interesting, but that's about all I know.

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Randall
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posted August 31, 2003 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message
I think the Philosopher's Stone is just to lead the corrupt and selfish away. I don't think it's anything "solid" at all. Germain (a very poor individual) is purported one day to have given away a fortune in gold to various charities in Europe.

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QueenofSheeba
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posted August 31, 2003 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for QueenofSheeba     Edit/Delete Message
Supposedly, the search for the philosopher's stone was an allegory for the personal search for perfection; someone who studies alchemy dedicatedly for their entire life will not succeed in creating gold (scientifically not really possible, unless you want the gold to be radioactive) but will instead achieve a great purity of character and mind. The 'gold' is in fact inside the alchemist's soul.

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scorpioncrystal
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posted December 14, 2003 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for scorpioncrystal     Edit/Delete Message
I agree with QueenofSheba. I believe that sciences were used, but the greatest quest was for transformation of the S-elf.

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grayheart
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posted December 15, 2003 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for grayheart     Edit/Delete Message
much as astrology is related to astronomy, though astronomy is a lesser science, so it goes with alchemy and chemistry, the two are related in that alchemy was the study of how materials affect other things and what happens when they interact, in an effort to better understand nature and life, while chemist is reduced simple to the mixing and make up of chemicals and substances with their properties. also much like with astrology, stories about alchemists were blown out of proportion to discredit the entire science until it became know only as the study of baser metals and the attempt to convert them into gold. that was only one experiment attempted, chemistry could be discredited just as easily by pinpointing one failed and absurd experiment, but that would not make it any less a valid science.

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