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Alchemy is the art of transformation. At its simplest, the alchemist turns base metals into gold. However, this is only one dimension of alchemy--at a more sophisticated level the alchemist's "base metal" is symbolic of himself that needs to be worked upon and the "gold" produced is the alchemist himself in his or her quest to perfect his own nature. In short, true alchemy ...more
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Published June 1st 2015 by Weiser Books
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Amanda
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting book (to me at least) that I stumbled across quite by chance on Amazon. The second part of the book which covered the practice of "alchemy" as a process of personal transformation was extremely enjoyable to read as was the section on C.J. Jung. Overall, I thought the author did a great job of tying together information from many different sources and crafting a well-structured narrative that covered both the history and philosophy of alchemy in a thought-provoking way.
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Cherry Gilchrist is a lover of all things ancient and mysterious. Field research for her books has taken her into Russian forests, Silk Road Yurts and to meet stone heads on Easter Island. She has written books on alchemy, mythology, family history and personal relationships. Her latest book, The Circle of Nine relates nine feminine archetypes to everyday lives of women. Cherry has also run a ...more