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In this episode, we will explore the fascinating connection between Hermetic philosophy and alchemy. We will delve into a bit of the history of alchemy and how it emerged as a way to achieve spiritual transformation. We will discuss the central tenets of alchemy and how they align with the teachings of Hermetic philosophy. At the end of the day, these are all the same Esoteric belief system that dates back to Atlantis. For more information on the ancient belief system of Atlantis and the ancient world, check out this book "Anacalypsis" by Hermeticist Godfrey Higgins. Whether we are talking about Gnosticism, Hermetic philosophy, Freemasonry, Alchemy, the Kabbalah, or Rosicrucianism, we are discussing the ancient practices of reality creation and the teaching that man can be "one with god". This viewpoint that mankind was divine was deemed heretical by the Church during the time of the Inquisition. As a result, the church began to demonize the esoteric philosophies and created the need for an "underground" philosophy. Thus, a "living language for the disciple of Hermes" was created and alchemy was born.
On this episode, we will also delve into the symbolism of alchemy and how it relates to the journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. We will discuss the concept of the "philosopher's stone," which was believed to be a substance that could grant eternal life and enlightenment to those who possessed it. Was this actually possible? What does the allegory of the philosophers stone mean?
Finally, we will examine the role of the divine in alchemy and how it relates to the broader themes of unity and balance in Hermetic philosophy. Whether you are a seasoned expert in Hermetic philosophy or new to the subject, this episode will provide a rich and rewarding exploration of the connections between these two fascinating traditions. On this episode, I read from two books. You can check them out here: The Doctrine & Ritual of High Magic by Eliphas Levi and The Hermetic & Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus by Waite & Paracelsus