Alchemy: The Mystical Forerunner Of Chemistry

Alchemy philosophical discipline
November 3, 2021

Alchemy is an ancient philosophical discipline and speculative thought form, proto-scientific in nature. Alchemy’s interests included the modern disciplines: chemistry, metallurgy, physics, medicine, semiotics, mysticism, and art.

Chemistry is the daughter of alchemy which is a proto-science that combines not only chemistry, but also philosophy, astrology, witchcraft; alchemists pursue spiritual and psychological and even mystical purposes by combining all the above elements.

History and Origin

The term alchemy has two accepted origins. In the Greek word “chemia” which referred to the “mixture of liquids” and in the Arabic term “alkimya”.

The most accepted theory is that alchemy had its origin in ancient Egypt, since it was an accepted and practiced science by the priestly class. It is thought that the oldest alchemist was Pharaoh Cheops who is also the author of the first treatise on alchemy.

Although it is known that they already practiced it in Ancient Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, India and China. Later it would reach Greece and Rome, where schools would be founded for more than 2,500 years.

From the First Crusades, alchemy reached Europe, linked to esotericism and hermeticism, a discipline founded by the legendary Hermes Trimegisto, author of “The Emerald Table”, whose main motto reads: “Things are equal above and below , Inside and outside”.

Alchemy was intimately linked with astrology, ancient man sought a correlation between the affairs of earth and those of heaven, aspiring to manipulate them for his own benefit.

It was both a proto-scientific discipline and a spiritual discipline.

The long-awaited elixir of eternal life and the transmutation of base metals into gold have been the main objectives of this ancient technique. And the testimonies that have evidenced the existence of these people are even scarcer, considered in the XXI century as semi-legendary characters.

Alchemy and chemistry

This discipline gained a huge boom during the Middle Ages, with renowned alchemists being Paracelsus, Raimundo Lullio and Nicolás Flamel, among others. Reaching the 20th century with Fulcanelli, author of “Las Moradas Filosofales”, an authentic alchemy treatise.

In fact, in the seventeenth century alchemy was considered a more or less serious science. Thinkers of the stature of Isaac Newton devoted huge chunks of their time to its study, as did other early Western scientists.

It could be said that chemistry was born from the appendages of traditional alchemy, thanks to its reinterpretation at the hands of rationalism. Thus, much more successful results were achieved by applying the scientific method, than by insisting on the ancient Hermetic tradition.

With the birth of chemistry, alchemy was relegated to a corner of the history of science, or the history of thought. However, it was still more than a century before the formal separation of the two names took place, since until then they were practically synonymous.

The Present Day of Alchemy

Alchemy is still practiced in various places in the world, it did not advance, it stayed for magic, esoteric uses, spells, mainly by shamans and spiritual guides of tribes, ethnic groups.

Chemistry is based on alchemy, and it is separated from the scientific demonstrations of Lavoisier, Bacon, Robert Boyle and Dalton, where there are already chemical laws, and demonstrations that gold, is an element, does not have more elements within Yes.

Despite the fact that the chemical industry on a great scale was born in the middle of the 18th century, there are many processes whose origin is in antiquity. And that this time the only thing that has done is to perfect them. The passage from alchemy to chemistry is the beginning of science as a discipline defined by rules, known, studied and accepted methods, while alchemy kept its practices secret.

In reality, it is a symbolic philosophical school, which uses allegory to establish its objectives. Thus, transforming lead into gold means evolving the human being from its first, natural stage to a spiritually superior one.

Thus, the real possibility of turning lead into gold, as of achieving eternal youth or immortality, should not be taken literally; It is true that much literature has been written about it, but it is not about anything other than myths.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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