Alchemy at Mountain Temple Center

Alchemy is an immense subject. These select texts are provided only by way of introduction, to whet the appetite of the interested student. The term “alchemy” itself derives from the Arabic al-Khemy, meaning the science or art derived from ancient Egypt (Khem, the Black Land.) In its outward (Malkuthian) form, alchemy predated modern chemistry; though once ridiculed for its obsolescence and naivete, the post-atomic, post-quantum age has come to reassess some of its basic assumptions in a more positive light. In its inward form, which most interests students of the occult, alchemy was a secret cypher for human transformation. Its texts were laboriously encoded documents for consciousness alternation and magical mutation, using the terminology of metals and laboratory processes to disguise biochemical and psychological (and likely, also, psychosexual) processes. Included under our broad definition of alchemy are all methods of culinary, medicinal, or psychotropic art designed to alter one's personal consciousness via the intermediary of material consumption (the processes of bodily digestion and assimilation being essentially an alchemical action.) Thus, you will find below two essays by Crowley, a pioneering researcher in the field of psychotropic consciousness alteration in the early 20th century.


The Sevenfold Golden Tractate of Hermes Trimegistus

Preface to Roger Bacon's The Mirror of Alchemy (13th cent.)

Extracts from Paracelsus' Treasure of Treasure for Alchemists (16th cent.)

Preface to Paracelsus' Coelum Philosophorum

Two Prayers for Alchemists by Karl von Eckartshausen (18th cent.)

Sax Rohmer on Alchemy (1923)

Mercury, Sulphur and Salt in Alchemy by R.W. Councell (1925)

Aleister Crowley's essay Absinthe

Aleister Crowley's essay Ethyl Oxide


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