Alchemical Doctrine

Alchemical Doctrine Cover The soul is enchained in matter and is to be freed. Science as traditionally expounded in the schools was unable to liberate it. Only gnosis, the knowledge of God, could accomplish the task, and to convey gnosis, alchemy transformed itself into an esoteric religion. The beliefs were fantastic: visions, the chemical apparatus as a temple, the Alchemical operation as a sacrificial act, mental baptism in the Hermetic vessel called the krat?er, and the ascension to God by means of a mystic ladder that transports the soul from the discord and Suffering below to the divine order above. The doctrines of alchemy as a religion echoed the Principles of alchemy as a science. These were essentially three: primal matter, sympathy, and transmutation.

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