Originally posted by skywalker redvery little except it seems to come from the Enuma Elish ,,,
well, i knew it was an ancient pagan symbol, but i didnt know it was that old? how much do you know about the uroboros?
Originally posted by KneverKnightDidnt most alchemists go insane because of mercury poisoning?
Alchemists looked for the Philosopher Stone. Possession of one won't turn lead into gold, water into wine, but may turn crappy vodka into not so crappy vodka.
Originally posted by frogstompthe mysticism is what im interested in . most people think of gold-making or something like that. but there is a spiritual/psychological aspect to their endeavors as well. Carl Jung was the person who first saw that alchemy was really the bridge between gnosticism and the psychology of the unconscious and that there were amazing parallels between the symbols of alchemy and the individuation process (as Jung called it)"the step by step devolopement of the self from an unconscious state to a conscious one".
more like pre-modern chemist ,, too much mysticism to be considered chemists.