Introduction to Alchemy – Suggested Books

Introduction to Alchemy

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Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy

In the first basic primer on the subject, Dennis William Hauck makes alchemy’s secrets and powers accessible to anyone. By providing clear explanations, moving meditations, and hands-on experiments making tinctures and elixirs, this beautifully illustrated guide passes on the knowledge and creative energy of alchemy’s magnificent discipline to the modern seeker. Hauck presents a fascinating history of alchemy – from the ancient Emerald Tablet to modern quantum chemistry – and elaborates on its arcane principles in an intimate, conversational way that anyone can understand. More Information. Citadel Press, June 2004. ISBN 0806525452. Illustrated; 240 pages. $12.95. To order, click on bookcover.


The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation

This book details the rediscovery of the mysterious artifact and reveals the chemical-spiritual formula hidden in its lines. Also contained are the alchemists’ startling predictions for the new millennium and chapters on the mystical and paranormal experiences that reflect the deep changes undergone by people who have actually seen the hidden reality of which the tablet speaks. Click More Information to see what others are saying about this book. Penguin 1999. ISBN 0140195718. Illustrated; indexed; 448 pp. $16.95. To order, click on bookcover.

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Alchemy & Mysticism

This book is a pictorial presentations of the spiritual practice of alchemy as it appeared in the Middle Ages. Full of stunning alchemical images, most in full color. The author interprets each image, but all that is necessary is to meditate on the images, as most have the power to speak directly to the depths of the mind. Taschen 1997. ISBN: 382288653X. 712 pages. $29.99. To order online, click on bookcover.

Alchemy Reference Guide

This handbook is an invaluable tool for those seeking to understand the profound and mysterious art of alchemy. It contains a comprehensive dictionary of alchemical terms, guide to alchemical ciphers and symbols, charts of alchemical correspondences, and a free downloadable TrueType alchemy font set with key code chart. ISBN 0-9637914-6-X 5×9-Booklet. $5.95. Item #847. To order, click on bookcover





The Alchemists HandbookAlchemist’s Handbook

According to this book, the whole purpose of the alchemical process is to change our thinking and feeling natures, and move up to a higher frequency in consciousness, and clear the channels of spirit so that we can see infinite possibilities of life. Hay House 2000. ISBN 1561707473. 144 pp. Illustrated. $8.95. To order online, click on bookcover.




Alchemy: The Great SecretAlchemy: The Great Secret

Medieval alchemists, forerunners of today’s chemists, sought to transmute base metals into gold. This lively illustrated history explores intriguing aspects of this mix of science, philosophy, art, religion, and magic, whose roots go back to ancient Egypt. 
Harry N Abrams 2000. ISBN 0810928892. Illustrated; 144 pages. $12.95. To order online, click on bookcover.


Tower of Alchemy

The Tower of Alchemy is filled with intensely valuable occult principles, which are so often omitted, distorted, or unknown by other authors. The author also provides the reader with a series of exercises, which take the aspirant well beyond the scope of intellectual theory by actively involving the various levels of the personality in the practical application of the alchemical wisdom. It reveals a living tradition, whose aim is real transformation, not the mere accumulation of facts. 



Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery

This dictionary documents the rich storehouse of alchemical symbolism from the early centuries AD to the late twentieth century, making it available for the use of historians of literary culture, philosophy, science and the visual arts, as well as for those readers with an interest in alchemy and Hermeticism. Each entry includes a definition of the symbol, giving the literal and figurative meanings, an example of the symbol used in alchemical writing, and a quotation from a literary source.  Hardcover (May 1999). Cambridge Univ Press.  ISBN: 0521631858


Alchemy UnveiledAlchemy Unveiled

When an Alchemist speaks of Mercury, Sulphur and Salt, he speaks of his spiritual, astral and physical bodies, not of the elements. Alchemy Unveiled describes the tribulations that a human being has to pass through in order to purify these three bodies. However, to achieve the level of an Alchemist requires daily study and strict daily mental, astral and physical exercises for many lifetimes. Alchemy Unveiled will lead the reader on a journey of a complete purification of the body, soul and spirit, and for the first time the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone is openly explained.  Paperback – 184 pages (April 1997) Merkur Pub Co. ISBN: 1885928084

Alchemy: An Illustrated A to ZAlchemy: An Illustrated A to Z

This oversized book is an illustrated encyclopedia of the most important terms, concepts, and people in alchemy over the last 3,500 years. Sterling Publications, 1998. ISBN 0713726687. 192 pp. $24.95. To order online, click on bookcover.



Jung on AlchemyJung on Alchemy

This title from the “Encountering Jung” series presents selections from all the published works of C.G. Jung regarding alchemy and alchemical transformation of the personality. Jung’s lifelong study of alchemy gave him tremendous insight and intuition as to the true meaning of the symbols, ciphers, and coded wording of the alchemists. Princeton University Press 1995. ISBN 0691010978. $15.95. To order online, click on bookcover.



Alchemy: An introduction to the symbolism and psychologyAlchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology

Based on C.G. Jung’s work on alchemy, this well-illustrated book is a practical account of what the alchemists were really looking for — spiritual wholeness. Inner City Books 1980. ISBN 091912304X. 288 pp. $16.00. To order, click on bookcover.




The Tao and Tree of LifeThe Tao and the Tree of Life: Alchemical and Sexual Mysteries of the East and West

The author decodes the mysteries of both the Tao and Kabbalah to show their underlying alchemical similarities in this groundbreaking and important work. Features many powerful and useful meditative techniques from both disciplines. Llewellyn 1996. ISBN 156718250X. $12.95. To order online, click on bookcover.



Alchemical Active Imagination

Jungian analyst Marie-Louise Von Franz examines a work by the sixteenth-century alchemist Gerhard Dorn to show the relationship between alchemy and the concepts of depth psychology. Most importantly, she details how the alchemists practiced a kind of meditation that Jung called “active imagination.” Shambhala Publications 1997. ISBN 0877735891. 144 pp. $16.95. To order online, click on bookcover.


The Secret of the Golden FlowerSecret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life

This is Richard Wilhelm’s translation of a Taoist alchemy treatise with wonderful commentary by C.G. Jung. These are ancient instructions for making the Elixir of perfect health and immortality interpreted by one of the twentieth century’s most intuitive and insightful minds. Harcourt Brace 1988. ISBN 0156799804. To order online, click on bookcover.



Order Now!Elements of Alchemy
by Cherry Gilchrist

Paperback ( 1991)
Thorsons Pub; ISBN: 1852302054

Order Now!The Alchemist : A Fable About Following Your Dream
by Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke (Translator)

Hardcover – 198 pages illustrated edition ( 1998)
HarperCollins; ISBN: 006019250X

Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored
by A. Cockren, Dudley Borron Myers

Paperback – 156 pages (1999)
Book Tree; ISBN: 158509028X


Order Now!Alchemy Unveiled
by Johannes Helmond

Merkur Pub Co; ISBN: 1885928084
Paperback – 184 pages (1997)


Order Now!The Forge and the Crucible : The Origins and Structures of Alchemy
by Mircea Eliade, Stephen Corrin (Translator)

Paperback – 238 pages (1979)
University of Chicago Press; ISBN: 0226203905


Order Now!Alchemy Ancient and Modern
by H. Stanley Redgrove

Paperback (1997)
Kessinger Publishing; ISBN: 1564591433