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The Elements of Alchemy (Elements Of Series)
The ancient art of transforming base metal into gold is clarified and related to other spiritual and esoteric practices, as well as to the arts and sciences.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Element Books
(first published July 26th 1984)
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I can see why this book is only getting a three-star average rating. It doesn't flow well; there's a lack of cohesion. Nevertheless, it does have good information about alchemy, from a historical and factual perspective that is useful even if one's primary interest in alchemy is psychological or spiritual. (Jung wrote a book called "Psychology and Alchemy," and was an avid student of it, especially in later life.) I keep the book in my library and refer to it often because I do have that interes ...more
The Elements of series from Element is described as “a series designed to present high quality introductions to a broad range of essential subjects”, and Gilchrist's efforts at producing a volume on alchemy has yielded a thoroughly researched work. It is apparent how personal her passions for the mysteries of alchemy are, and while some may find her slight deviations into the relevance of alchemy to baroque music and opera not pertinent, Gilchrist's tenderness is nevertheless reflected in the bo ...more
Readable but somehow insubstantial overview of alchemy. I don't feel I know or understand much more about the subject than before I started reading. This of course is partly due to the enigmatic nature of alchemy itself, but there was a lack of depth to this study and I wasn't altogether confident that the book was coming from a postion of expertise rather than general reading.
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