Originates from the French alchimie (14th c.) from the Old French alquemie (13th c.), from the Latin alkimia, from the Arabic al-kimiya from indefinite article ‘al‘ meaning ‘the’ and the Middle Greek chimeia meaning ‘art of the black land’, from the Egyptian Khem meaning ‘black’.
1. a medieval precursor to the modern-day subject of Chemistry; the physical and metaphysical process of transcendence as witnessed through the cycle of transmutation, transformation and transfiguration
2. a philosophical branch of knowledge pertaining to the acquirement of the universal solvent, elixir or quintessence of life (i.e. the Philosopher’s stone) especially the alleged transmutation of base metals into gold
The secrets of alchemy exist to transform mortals from a state of suffering and ignorance to a state of enlightenment and bliss. -Deepak Chopra
The word Alchemy invokes many connotations, emotional or otherwise. Sorcery, magick, the fountain of youth, so many symbolic images are brought to life yet most of them are bastardized versions of their once greater selves. The true power of Alchemy was achieved within, transmuting the elements of our lesser self into that of ‘gold’ through the great work, Magnum Opus. Below, you will find a vast collection of alchemical resources organized by category.