VOLUME 3 NUMBER 3
Until recently, alchemy was regarded either as proto-chemistry,
i.e., an embryonic, naive, or prescientific discipline, or
conversely as a mass of superstitious rubbish that was culturally
irrelevant. The first historians of science investigated alchemical
texts for the possible chemical observations and discoveries they
might have contained. But such an evaluation was tantamount to
judging--and classifying--great poetic creations on the basis of
their historical accuracy, their moral teachings, or their
philosophical implications. That the alchemists did
contribute to the progress of the natural sciences is certainly
true. But they did this indirectly and only as a consequence of
their concern with mineral substances and living matter. For they
were "experimenters"--not abstract thinkers or erudite
scholastics.... The alchemists' experiments with mineral or vegetal
substances pursued a more ambitious goal: namely, to change the
alchemist's own mode of being. --from "The Myth of Alchemy" by
THE MYTH OF ALCHEMY ¬†Mircea Eliade
The foremost scholar of comparative religion explores the
ancient art which aims at the radical transformation of the human
ALCHEMY AND CRAFT D. M. Dooling
The perfecting of matter and man through craft, with a
commentary on the craftsman's experience by Harry Remde.
THE TWO SCIENCES OF MEDICINE Jacob
An inquiry into the meaning of health and the fundamental
assumptions of both ancient and modern medicine.
ARCS: BURNING WATER, LIQUID FIRE
Essences of alchemical wisdom.
THE RETRIEVAL OF ALCHEMY Elmv©ire
A proposal for a program of spiritual archaeology.
ReviewsICE AGE ART AND
SCIENCE Bart Jordan
A surprising commentary on the exhibition of Ice Age Art at New
York's Museum of Natural History.
AWAKENING TO OUR DREAMS Faye Ginsburg
An appreciation of The Theater of the Open Eye.
EPICYCLES: Traditional Stories from
around the WorldRUMPELSTILTSKIN
THE QUESTIONS OF KING MILINDA Buddhist
Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith
THE BEGINNING OF DREAMS Towakoni
Retold by L. D. Clark
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