The History of Alchemy

History of Alchemy
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The Alchemists

To most of us, the word “alchemy” calls up the picture of a medieval and slightly sinister laboratory in which an aged, black-robed wizard broods over the crucibles and alembics that are to bring within his reach the Philosopher’s Stone, and with that discovery, the formula for the Elixir of life and the transmutation of metals. But one can scarcely dismiss so lightly the science — or art, if you will –that won to its service the lifelong devotion of men of culture and attainment from every race and clime over a period of thousands of years, for the beginnings of alchemy are hidden in the mists of time. Such a science is something far more than an outlet for a few eccentric old men in their dotage.

What was the motive behind their constant strivings, their never-failing patience in the unravelling of the mysteries, the tenacity of purpose in the face of persecution and ridicule through the countless ages that led the alchemists to pursue undaunted their appointed way? Something far greater, surely, than a mere vainglorious desire to transmute the base metals into gold, or to brew a potion to prolong a little longer this earthly span, for the devotees of alchemy in the main cared little for such things.

The accounts of their lives almost without exception lead us to believe that they were concerned with things spiritual rather than with things temporal. They were men inspired by a vision, a vision of man made perfect, of man freed from disease and the limitations of warring faculties both mental and physical, standing godlike in the realization of a power that even at this very moment of time lies hidden in the deeper strata of consciousness, a vision of man made truly in the image and likeness of the One Divine Mind in its Perfection, Beauty, and Harmony.

To appreciate and understand the adepts’ visions, it is necessary to trace the history of their philosophy. So let us for step back into the past to catch a glimpse of these men, of their work and ideals, and more important still, of the possibilities that their life-work might bring to those who today are seeking for fuller knowledge and wider horizons.

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Self knowledge

The eye of providence in the center of the hexagram. 
As above, therefore, below is a dictum in sacred geometry or Hermeticism. 
Hand drawn medieval esoteric style vector illustration. – Vector by Croisy

“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
― Gurdjieff

THOTH’s PROPHECY

THOTH’s PROPHECY read from the Hermetic Texts by Graham Hancock
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I find Graham Hancock to be inspiring. He has some theories that make much more logical conclusions to why things went certain ways. I don’t buy into the common beliefs about the human race in its beginnings, and in a lot of the common ideas about it’s various changes. I like many alternative versions of history that aren’t full of the propaganda they put in school books. Thoth (Tehuti) and Hermes Trismegistus (the thrice great} the Greek Egyptian philosopher who some believe to be Thoth reincarnated really resonates with me.
Wikipedia states:
Hermes Trismegistus. “The thrice greatest Hermes,” the name given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Thoth or Tehuti, the god of wisdom, learning, and literature.”

I believe Thoth and Hermes were actual people. That they may have had more than basic human lives though. Gods walked among the humans of antediluvian world in my opinion. Some of these Gods were most likely extraterrestrial biological entities. Sumerian history makes it seem quite possible we were created by a extraterrestrial race. I’d love to read the Akashic records and know the exact truths.