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- A Story of Discovery -

Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys

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About the Authors
DON MIGUEL RUIZ is the international bestselling author of The Four
Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over seven years), The Mastery of
Love, and The Voice of Knowledge, and coauthor of The Fifth Agreement. His
books have sold over seven million copies in the United States and have been
translated into dozens of languages worldwide. He has dedicated his life to
sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec culture through his books, lectures, and
journeys to sacred sites around the world.
For information about current programs offered by don Miguel Ruiz and his
apprentices, please visit www.miguelruiz.com.

BARBARA EMRYS is an inspirational teacher and the author of The Red
Clay of Burundi: Finding God, the Music, and Me.
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Preface and Prologue
Q1: In the beginning of the book, Sarita enters the dream world on a quest to
restore her son Miguel to life. Do you often interpret your sleeping dreams? How
is that different from commenting on your waking life?
Q2: Miguel welcomes death with the gratitude of a warrior who fought well and
wishes for a safe homecoming. What are your feelings about death?
Chapters 1–5
Q3: When Sarita tries to persuade Miguel to return to his body, we learn that he
was once a shaman. Are you familiar with shamanism? What do you think is a
shaman’s unique skill?
Q4: In this book’s narrative, why does it seem that Lala sometimes resembles
the one looking at her? Why does she appear to dislike the smells and the chaos of life?
Q5: In the book, Miguel remembers his childhood interactions with girls, and
ponders how they taught him that seduction is vital to life, that suggestion
provokes imagination, and that imagination builds reality. How do you think
your childhood encounters with the opposite sex still affect your relationships today?
Q6: An angel is a messenger. Miguel tells us that “it is an unusual messenger
who uses seductions of the mind to benefit another human being. It is an iconic
messenger who applies this skill to benefit humanity as a whole.” What kind of
messenger do you imagine yourself to be?
Q7: Miguel’s grandfather tells him: “All the things you’ve learned in school, and
everything you think you understand about life, comes from knowledge. It isn’t
truth.” Can you see how knowledge can be perceived as a reflection of truth, and
how that reflection (the sum of your opinions and beliefs) is a distorted version of truth?
Q8: Sarita insists on having her son returned to her, but Miguel tells us, “For her
troubles, she [Sarita] will bring home a pretender—the flesh-and-blood likeness
of her youngest son, who has already found the truth, and has gleefully dissolved
into its wonders.” In this story, how will Miguel be a pretender if he returns to
his life? Have you ever felt like an actor in someone else’s play? Has a lifechanging
event ever made it difficult to return to your normal routines?
Q9: Sarita is helped in her quest in the dream world by her father and
grandfather, both long dead. Do you ever converse with loved ones who have
died? What is your relationship to the people you have lost?
Chapters 6–10
Q10: Ancient Toltec spiritual warriors allowed themselves to be consumed by a
metaphorical snake, in order to emerge reborn as aware beings and to master
death. What do the words “mastering death” mean to you?
Q11: When Miguel meets Dhara, he senses that they will transform each other’s
lives. Have you ever met individuals you sensed would change your life? Did
they? What part did you play in any changes and transformations?
Q12: Can you feel the activities of your mind as separate from your body? How
do your thoughts affect the body, emotionally and physically? When you alter
your thinking, do you then feel a different emotional result?
Q13: Miguel recalls a car accident as the beginning of a life-change for him.
What, if any, traumatic experiences in your life have offered you an opportunity
to reevaluate things? Did you change any part of your reality as a result? Did
your personality change? Was there wisdom gained, and how did that wisdom
become manifest in your actions?
Q14: In this story, hell is described as a marketplace, the mitote of ideas in our
heads. Do you sometimes feel the kind of confusion that comes from too much
thinking? If you want relief from the noise, how do you usually accomplish this?
Q15: Do you think it’s true that humans are addicted to suffering? To what
degree do you make yourself suffer over ideas, people, or opinions about your life?
Chapters 11–15
Q16: Try writing the story of your life, and see which memories tempt you to
feel emotional pain. How many times do you need to rewrite your story before
those memories no longer distress you?
Q17: Nagual and tonal are words that describe infinite life and all its very finite
manifestations. Allow yourself to experience yourself as the nagual, then the
tonal, and then the bridge between the two.
Q18: In Miguel’s view, love is synonymous with truth. Have you ever used love
as an obstacle to truth in your life? Have you used it as an excuse to suffer?
Q19: Have you ever been able to love without conditions? How has being loved
unconditionally at any point in your life helped you to be more authentic and confident?
Q20: Black magic is the art of self-defeat. When, in the course of your life, do
you remember using black magic on yourself? Do you still?
Q21: In your experience, have changing perceptions led to personal
transformations? Have you ever deliberately changed a belief or quit a habit?
Did the change lead to other changes?
Chapters 16–20
Q22: Can you see how everyone in the human dream is competing for others’
attention? Can you see how they may be unaware of the amazing power of their
own attention? Personal beliefs typically control our attention. How would it
help your life to take charge of your own attention?
Q23: Awareness means seeing what is, without judgment. Can you use the
memories of your life to create a clear awareness of yourself in this moment?
Q24: A toltec is an artist; the ancient Toltec masters were artists of life. How is
your own life a work of art?
Chapters 21–25
Q25: Have you noticed how fanaticism can alter perception and corrupt
behavior? When, in your experience, have you been driven to a kind of
fanaticism? How has obsession hurt you, do you think?
Q26: Near the end of the book, the reality of death is explained in detail. How
have your views on the subject changed as you’ve journeyed through these chapters?
Q27: In what ways are you practicing authenticity? In what ways do you still
practice being what you’re not?
Q28: In many ways, knowledge is made aware of itself in this story. Can you
think of ways that you’ve become aware of yourself as the voice of knowledge
—as both the tyrant and the savior in your own wonderful story?....


Glossary
Awareness: The ability to see things as they are.
Death: Matter; the absence of life.
Dios/Diosa: God/Goddess
Don/Doña: Titles of respect in the Spanish language (similar to sir, lady).
A dream: The mind’s reflection of our perception.
The dream of the planet: The collective reality of the human species.
Dreamer: Someone who knows that he or she is dreaming all the time.
Energy: The eternal supreme power, the only thing that really exists.
Evil: The result of believing in lies. Evil actions intensify according to how
distorted the lie is and how great the level of fanaticism.
Faith: Believing 100 percent, without a doubt.
God: The eternal supreme power, the only thing that really exists.
Heaven: A story in our mind that results in happiness.
Hell: A story in our mind that results in drama.
Intent: The message of energy that gives direction to light, creating matter and
disintegrating matter. Intent travels at the center of light, with quanta revolving
around it. Intent is life itself.
Knowledge: Agreements made between humans about the nature of reality.
Knowledge is communicated through symbols, such as words and numbers, phrases and formulas.
Lies: Distortions of the truth within the human mind.
Life: The creative force of God, or energy, that manifests matter.
Light: Life’s messenger, and its first manifestation.
Love: The aspect of energy that manifests as the totality of all vibrations,
moving matter and recording information into matter. Matter perceives and
reflects it, and reacts with the complete range of emotions.
Magic: The creative aspect of energy.
Matter: The finite manifestation of infinite life.
Mind: A virtual reality, created by the reflection (in the brain) of everything that the brain perceives.
Mitote (mee-'toe-tay): The ongoing conversation in our head, which sounds as
if a thousand people are talking at once and nobody is listening.
Nagual: The Nahuatl word referring to the force that moves matter.
Nagual man/woman: A person who knows himself/herself as the force that
moves matter; an immortal.
Nahuatl: The language of Aztecs.
Power: The potential to create.
Shaman: In all cultures, a medicine man or woman.
Soul: The force of life that holds a universe (matter) together (e.g., the universe
of the human body). Every component recognizes itself as part of that universe.
Story: An explanation of a dream.
Teotihuacan (Teo): An ancient city of Mexico, which flourished from 200 BC to
AD 500. Its excavated temples and pyramids are located approximately thirty
miles northeast of Mexico City.
Toltec: A Nahuatl word meaning artist.
Tonal: Matter
Truth: That which is real; another word for God and energy. Truth existed long
before humanity and will exist long after humanity.
Wisdom: The ability to react correctly to every event; common sense.


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COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPING A U.S. RESEARCH AGENDA TO
ADVANCE SUBSEASONAL TO SEASONAL FORECASTING
RAYMOND J. BAN (Chair), Ban and Associates, LLC, Marietta, GA
CECILIA M. BITZ, University of Washington, Seattle
ANDY BROWN, UK Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, UK
ERIC CHASSIGNET, Florida State University, Tallahassee
JOHN A. DUTTON, Prescient Weather Ltd., State College, PA
ROBERT HALLBERG, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ
ANKE KAMRATH, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
DARYL KLEIST, University of Maryland, College Park
PIERRE F.J. LERMUSIAUX, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
HAI LIN, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dorval, Quebec
LAURA MYERS, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
JULIE PULLEN, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
SCOTT SANDGATHE, University of Washington, Seattle
MARK SHAFER, University of Oklahoma, Norman
DUANE WALISER, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
CHIDONG ZHANG, University of Miami, FL

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Staff
EDWARD DUNLEA, Senior Program Officer
CLAUDIA MENGELT, Senior Program Officer
ALISON MACALADY, Associate Program Officer
SHELLY FREELAND, Financial Associate
ROB GREENWAY, Program Associate

BOARD ON ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES AND CLIMATE
A.R. RAVISHANKARA (Chair), Colorado State University, Fort Collins
GERALD A. MEEHL (Vice Chair), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
LANCE F. BOSART, University at Albany-SUNY, NY
MARK A. CANE, Columbia University, Palisades, NY
SHUYI S. CHEN, University of Miami, FL
HEIDI CULLEN, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ
PAMELA EMCH, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA
ARLENE FIORE, Columbia University, Palisades, NY
WILLIAM B. GAIL, Global Weather Corporation, Boulder, CO
LISA GODDARD, Columbia University, Palisades, New York
MAURA HAGAN, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
TERRI S. HOGUE, Colorado School of Mines, Golden
ANTHONY JANETOS, Joint Global Change Research Institute, College Park, MD
EVERETTE JOSEPH, University at Albany-SUNY, NY
RONALD “NICK” KEENER, JR., Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte, NC
JOHN R. NORDGREN, The Climate Resilience Fund, Bainbridge Island, WA
JONATHAN OVERPECK, University of Arizona, Tucson
ARISTIDES A.N. PATRINOS, New York University, Brooklyn
S.T. RAO, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
DAVID A. ROBINSON, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway
CLAUDIA TEBALDI, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ

Ocean Studies Board Liaison
DAVID HALPERN, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Polar Research Board Liaison
JENNIFER FRANCIS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Marion, MA

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Staff
AMANDA STAUDT, Director
EDWARD DUNLEA, Senior Program Officer
LAURIE GELLER, Program Director
KATHERINE THOMAS, Program Officer
LAUREN EVERETT, Program Officer
ALISON MACALADY, Associate Program Officer
AMANDA PURCELL, Associate Program Officer
ALEX MORGAN, Christine Mirzayan Fellow
RITA GASKINS, Administrative Coordinator
ROB GREENWAY, Program Associate
SHELLY FREELAND, Financial Associate
MICHAEL HUDSON, Senior Program Assistant
ERIN MARKOVICH, Program Assistant

OCEAN STUDIES BOARD
LARRY A. MAYER (Chair), University of New Hampshire, Durham
E. VIRGINIA ARMBRUST, University of Washington, Seattle
KEVIN R. ARRIGO, Stanford University, CA
CLAUDIA BENITEZ-NELSON, University of South Carolina, Columbia
RITA R. COLWELL, University of Maryland, College Park
SARAH W. COOKSEY, State of Delaware, Dover
CORTIS K. COOPER, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA
JAMES A. ESTES, University of California, Santa Cruz
DAVID HALPERN, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
PATRICK HEIMBACH, University of Texas, Austin
SUSAN E. HUMPHRIS, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
BONNIE J. MCCAY, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
S. BRADLEY MORAN, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
STEVEN A. MURAWSKI, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
JOHN A. ORCUTT, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
H. TUBA ÖZKAN-HALLER, Oregon State University, Corvallis
MARTIN D. SMITH, Duke University, Durham, NC
MARGARET SPRING, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
DON WALSH, International Maritime Incorporated, Myrtle Point, OR
DOUGLAS WARTZOK, Florida International University, Miami
LISA D. WHITE, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University
ROBERT S. WINOKUR, Michigan Tech Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Staff
SUSAN ROBERTS, Director
CLAUDIA MENGELT, Senior Program Officer
STACEE KARRAS, Associate Program Officer
PAMELA LEWIS, Administrative Coordinator
PAYTON KULINA, Senior Program Assistant
SHUBHA BANSKOTA, Financial Associate
HEATHER COLEMAN, Postdoctoral Fellow


Preface
Today, millions of people tune to their favorite TV meteorologist or check the newspaper
or their smart phones to get the latest weather forecast. Knowing what the
weather will likely be for the next few hours and the next several days has opened
up incredible opportunities for society as a whole—for individuals making decisions
about what they will do in their daily lives, for industry undertaking risk management
activities, and for governments making critical life and property protection decisions.
What if there were similar uses of forecasts for 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or even 3 or 6 months
from now? It is easy to envision the potential value of high-quality predictions
2 weeks to 12 months ahead for any number of industries—for example, energy,
water resource
management, and agriculture. There are undoubtedly potential benefits
for other sectors that we cannot even imagine today. Even if such information
never matches the level of confidence associated with tomorrow’s weather forecast,
it could still be used by individuals, businesses, and governments to plan and make a
large array of important decisions. In this study, the committee puts forward a vision
that subseasonal to seasonal forecasts (S2S) (i.e., forecasts of environmental conditions
made approximately 2 weeks to 12 months in advance) will be as widely used
a decade from now as weather forecasts are today. The path to realizing this vision
and its inherent value will require focused effort on S2S processes and predictions by
both physical and social scientists. Today, this type of commitment largely exists on
the weather timescale and on the scales in which climate change is expected. S2S falls
in a “gap” between these two areas, and in general, has not received the same level of
dedicated effort and support. This report presents research strategies for dealing with
this “in-between” space over the next decade.
Although the overall quality and use of products in the S2S time frame have been
growing over the past decade, increasing the predictive skill of coupled Earth system
models in S2S forecast ranges will be essential to increasing the benefits for and expanding
the number of end users of these products. The benefits of S2S forecasts will
be further enhanced if the scope of operational S2S forecasts were extended beyond
the traditional weather variables to include more Earth system variables and events.
Opportunities for improvements and expansions to existing forecasts include, for example,
enhanced predictions of the ocean state, sea ice fields, aerosols and air quality,
and water management. A focus on developing better information on the likelihood
of specific and disruptive environmental events, in addition to improving the skill of
currently available forecasts of temperature and precipitation anomalies, has great
potential to further enhance the value of S2S predictions.
This report presents a research agenda that provides the framework for the physical
and social sciences communities to collaboratively advance the skill, breadth, and
value of S2S predictions. The committee held five in-person meetings between October
2014 and May 2015, and received broad and diverse input from experts in both
physical and social sciences as well as from end users of S2S forecasts. We would like
to thank all of those who provided their time and insight. The contributors are listed in
the Acknowledgments section above. The committee is also greatly indebted to Study
Directors Edward Dunlea and Claudia Mengelt and to Associate Program Officer Alison
Macalady. This report would not have been possible without their tireless efforts and
expert support. Finally, I would like to thank the committee members for their hard
work and dedication to excellence. I particularly want to thank the committee for their
patience with me as I learned so much from them. It was indeed a true pleasure to
work with this talented group of professionals.
Raymond J. Ban, Chair
Committee on Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to
Advance Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasting



Table of Contents
SUMMARY 1
Vision and Research Strategies for the Next Decade, 3
Recommended Elements of a Research Agenda, 3
Conclusion, 14
1 INTRODUCTION 17
Motivation for This Study, 18
The Report Roadmap, 22
2 HISTORY AND CURRENT STATUS OF S2S FORECASTING 25
Evolution of the Forecast Enterprise, 25
Current Status of Activities and Recent Progress, 30
3 ENHANCING THE VALUE AND BENEFITS OF S2S FORECASTS 43
The Potential Value of S2S Forecasts to Decision-Makers, 44
Challenges to the Use of S2S Predictions, 54
Improving the Usability and Use of S2S Forecasts, 60
Case Studies With Example Applications of S2S Forecasts, 65
The Way Forward for Realizing the Potential of S2S Predictions, 78
4 SOURCES OF SUBSEASONAL TO SEASONAL PREDICTABILITY 83
Introduction, 83
Defining Predictability, 86
Predictibility Research, 87
Sources of Predictibility, 91
The Way Forward for Research on Sources of Predictability, 112
5 S2S FORECAST SYSTEMS: CAPABILITIES, GAPS, AND POTENTIAL 117
Routine Observations and Their Use, 120
Data Assimilation, 146
Models, 163
Combination, Calibration, Verification, and Optimization of S2S Forecast
Systems, 194
6 INTERFACE BETWEEN RESEARCH AND OPERATIONS 207
Current Activities at the Interface of S2S Research and Operations, 208
Challenges in Research to Operations and Operations to Research, 212
Way Forward for Research to Operations, 214
7 CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE AND WORKFORCE CAPACITY BUILDING 223
Building Capacity for S2S Cyberinfrastructure, 223
Building Capacity in the S2S Modeling and Prediction Workforce, 233
8 VISION AND WAY FORWARD FOR S2S EARTH SYSTEM PREDICTION 239
Vision for the Next Decade, 239
S2S Research Strategies and Recommendations, 241
Conclusion, 268
ACRONYM LIST 279
REFERENCES 285
APPENDIXES
A Committee’s Statement of Task 317
B Details of Seasonal and Subseasonal Forecast Systems 319
Examples of Models Used by Operational Centers for Subseasonal and
Seasonal Forecasting 319
C Past, Current, and Planned Major International Process Studies 323
Past Process Studies, 323
Current and Future Process Studies, 326
D Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 329


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How This Book Is Organized
This book is divided into six sections:
Part 1, “Introduction to Alchemy,” traces the roots of alchemy into the distant past
and shows how the discipline developed from the mythic writings of godlike beings
into the practical treatises of the Alexandrian alchemists. From alchemy’s origins in
ancient Egypt to the founding of the Great Library, the basic tenets of alchemy were
well developed long before the heyday of the medieval alchemists.
Part 2, “The Principles of Alchemy,” takes a look at the fundamental concepts of
alchemy and traces their development in the Hermetic arts, philosophy, religion, psychology,
and other traditions down through the last 5,000 years. We’ll also decipher
the coded language the alchemists used to describe their work to other alchemists.
Part 3, “The Operations of Alchemy,” reveals the secret processes alchemists used
to transform substances in their work. These fundamental operations worked not only
in the practical work in the lab but also on the mental and spiritual levels.
Part 4, “Practical Alchemy,” focuses on what went on in the alchemist’s workshop.
We learn exactly how the alchemists made their tonics, tinctures, and elixirs and how
they worked with the metals to transform lead into gold.
Part 5, “Spiritual Alchemy,” looks within to see how alchemical principles work to
transform the hidden essences of soul into the pure light of spirit. We also investigate
the mysterious connection between the spiritual work and the success of alchemical experiments.
Part 6, “Modern Alchemy,” looks at alchemy in the world today. We discover how
alchemical principles are being applied in our everyday life in the workplace, in personal
relationships, and in society in general. We also investigate the amazing similarities
between the concepts of alchemists and those of modern scientists.
You’ll also find two helpful appendixes: a list of resources that includes recommended
books, alchemy websites and organizations, and sources for herbs and laboratory
supplies; and a glossary of words and terms used 
by alchemists to help in your understanding of alchemy.

Introduction
My initiation into alchemy came while I was attending the University of Vienna. I had
gone there to study mathematics in the tradition of the Viennese logician Kurt Godel.
However, within three months of my arrival, I was sidetracked into studying a much
older tradition.
Four hundred years earlier, Vienna and nearby Prague were at the heart of European
alchemy, and hundreds of alchemists flocked to the area to study. I was unaware of
Vienna’s rich alchemical tradition until one day when I stumbled into a basement
room in the university library that was full of old alchemy books.
The German and Latin manuscripts were in antique typesetting that was very difficult
to read, but the drawings in those books were strangely profound and resonated
deeply with me in ways I could not put into words. All I knew was that whatever was
going on in those drawings was more real than anything that was going on in my life
at the time, and I wanted to be part of it.
I resolved to learn as much as I could about alchemy and began translating the old
manuscripts I found in Vienna and Prague. My research led me to even larger collections
of alchemy books in Switzerland, Germany, and Holland. Finally, an Italian
friend directed me to Merus Favilla, a practicing alchemist living in Prague who occasionally
took on new students.
After some painstaking negotiations, Merus agreed to take me as a student. Every
Wednesday for over a year, I took the train from Vienna to Prague to be initiated
into the mysteries of the ancient craft. The cost of my weekly tuition was a carton of
Camel cigarettes for my master and a box of Mozart Balls (chocolates) for his wife.
I learned much during my strange apprenticeship in Prague—mostly about the hidden
signatures and correspondences of things. But the most important thing I learned
was that the real trick to grasping alchemy was making it come alive within me. As the
German alchemist Gerhardt Dorn once put it: “You must transmute yourselves from
dead stones into living Philosophical Stones.”
Unlike academic disciplines, alchemy can actually take root in you and grow into
something that is more than the sum of its parts. This is when the true secret teachings
of alchemy begin and when the magic happens. There is some sort of energetic
connection to the principles of alchemy that is very empowering. True alchemists
know exactly what I am talking about, and I hope you will, too, by the time you are
done with this book.
The objective of this book is to teach you the alchemists’ coded language so you can
appreciate and work with the ancient wisdom they have passed down to us. For my
part, I promise to be honest and direct, with no unnecessary secrecy, no pompous
theorizing, and no special allegiance to any particular tradition or organization. My
focus in this book is to help you understand the principles of alchemy and apply them
in practical ways in the modern world.
So let your apprenticeship begin with this book. All you have to do is assume the role
of a “complete idiot” and become an empty vessel. Forget everything you thought
you knew about alchemy and alchemists. You are now at the beginning of a new path
toward enlightenment. And don’t worry—you have everything you need hidden away
inside you. Just come as you are.


Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction to Alchemy 1
1 Your Apprenticeship in Alchemy 3
Why Study Alchemy?......................................................................4
The Kinds of Alchemy....................................................................5
Spiritual Alchemy..........................................................................5
Psychological Alchemy....................................................................6
Artistic Alchemy............................................................................6
Social Alchemy...............................................................................6
Practical Alchemy..........................................................................7
Therapeutic Alchemy.....................................................................7
The Perennial Philosophy..............................................................8
Becoming an Alchemist...................................................................9
2 The First Alchemists 13
Lost Gems of Knowledge.............................................................14
The Gods of Alchemy...................................................................14
Thoth: The Father of Alchemy....................................................16
The Pillars of Hermes...................................................................16
The Emerald Tablet......................................................................17
The Treasures of Alexander..........................................................18
The Fate of the Emerald Tablet....................................................19
The Legend of Thoth/Hermes....................................................20
The Staff of Hermes....................................................................21
Hermetic Philosophy.....................................................................22
3 The Land of Khem 25
Secrets of Priests and Craftsmen..................................................26
Alexandria: Center of Ancient Alchemy.......................................26
Greek Philosophy and Alchemy.....................................................29
The Concept of Transmutation.....................................................30
Destruction of the Alexandrian Texts...........................................31
The Growth of Alchemy in Asia..................................................32
How the Arabs Saved Alchemy.....................................................34
Arabian Alchemy.........................................................................35
The Gibberish of Jabir.................................................................37
4 Medieval Alchemy and the Quest for Gold 41
The Beginning of European Alchemy..........................................42
The Wizardry of Roger Bacon.....................................................43
Alchemy and the Church..............................................................45
Medieval and Renaissance Alchemy.............................................47
Nicolas Flamel’s Powder of Projection...........................................47
Isaac Newton and the Black Dragon.............................................50
The Puffers....................................................................................52
The Rise of Chemistry..................................................................54
Part 2: The Principles of Alchemy 57
5 The Secret Language of Alchemists 59
The Language of the Birds...........................................................60
The Birds of Alchemy...................................................................60
Animal Symbolism in Alchemy.....................................................62
The Lions of Alchemy..................................................................63
The Dragons of Alchemy..............................................................64
Silent Secrets of the Rose.............................................................65
Ciphers of the Alchemists.............................................................67
Ciphers for the Elements..............................................................69
Ciphers for the Three Essentials...................................................70
6 The Elusive First Matter 73
What Is the First Matter?.............................................................74
Properties of the First Matter.......................................................76
The First Matter Is Eternal.........................................................76
The First Matter Is Everywhere to Be Found...............................76
The First Matter Is Cyclic............................................................76
The First Matter Contains All the Elements................................77
The First Matter Is the Source of the Philosopher’s Stone..............77
Working with the First Matter.....................................................77
7 The Four Elements 81
The Concept of the Elements......................................................82
The Four Humors.........................................................................84
Balancing the Elements.................................................................86
The Quintessence..........................................................................89
Philosophers of Fire......................................................................90
Elementary Fire..........................................................................90
Celestial Fire...............................................................................91
Central Fire................................................................................91
Secret Fire...................................................................................91
8 The Three Essentials 93
Three Children of the First Matter..............................................94
The Two Contraries......................................................................95
Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt..............................................................96
The Dance of Sulfur and Mercury...............................................98
The Three Essentials in People..................................................100
The Three Treasures of Taoist Alchemy....................................101
9 The Philosopher’s Stone 103
The Magical Touchstone............................................................104
What the Philosopher’s Stone Looked Like..............................105
Preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone......................................106
The Mysterious Dr. Dee.............................................................107
The Hieroglyphic Monad...........................................................108
The Cipher of the Stone.............................................................109
The Lost Key to the Monad........................................................111
Part 3: The Operations of Alchemy 113
10 The Ladder of the Planets 115
Correspondences of the Planets.................................................116
The Dark Powers of Saturn........................................................118
The Exuberant Powers of Jupiter...............................................120
The Masculine Powers of Mars..................................................121
The Feminine Powers of Venus.................................................121
The Transformative Powers of Mercury....................................123
The Soulful Powers of the Moon...............................................123
The Spiritual Powers of the Sun................................................124
The Music of the Spheres...........................................................125
11 The Black Phase 127
The Blackening...........................................................................128
The Calcination Process.............................................................129
Personal Calcination...................................................................131
The Process of Dissolution.........................................................133
Personal Dissolution...................................................................134
12 The White Phase 139
The Whitening............................................................................140
The Separation Process...............................................................141
Personal Separation.....................................................................142
The Conjunction Process...........................................................143
Personal Conjunction..................................................................144
13 The Red Phase 149
The Peacock’s Tail.......................................................................150
The Reddening............................................................................151
The Fermentation Process..........................................................152
Personal Fermentation................................................................154
The Distillation Process..............................................................155
Personal Distillation....................................................................157
The Coagulation Process............................................................158
Personal Coagulation..................................................................159
Part 4: Practical Alchemy 161
14 Inside an Alchemist’s Laboratory 163
A Tour of a Medieval Laboratory...............................................164
The Athanor................................................................................165
Alchemical Glassware..................................................................166
The Chemicals Used by Alchemists...........................................167
Vitriol.......................................................................................168
Natron......................................................................................168
Liquor Hepatis..........................................................................169
Pulvis Solaris.............................................................................169
Hidden Energies in the Lab.......................................................170
The Oratorium............................................................................171
Alchemists and Chemists............................................................173
Women in Alchemy.....................................................................174
15 The Spagyric Process 175
The Doctrine of Signatures........................................................176
Types of Medicines......................................................................176
Allopathic Medicine...................................................................177
Homeopathic Medicine...............................................................177
Spagyric Medicine......................................................................177
The Planetary Signatures............................................................178
The Star in Plants.......................................................................179
The Three Essentials in Plants...................................................180
Planetary Influences in Spagyrics...............................................181
Planetary Hours..........................................................................181
Paracelsus the Great....................................................................182
16 The Kitchen Alchemist 185
Setting Up Your Kitchen Lab.....................................................186
Making Alchemical Compounds.................................................187
Making Tinctures........................................................................188
Making Elixirs.............................................................................191
17 Working with the Planetary Metals 195
Saturn’s Metal: Lead....................................................................196
Lead and Silver.........................................................................197
Saturn Signatures in Lead.........................................................197
Lead Poisoning..........................................................................198
The Hidden Promise of Lead......................................................199
Jupiter’s Metal: Tin.....................................................................199
Jupiter Signatures in Tin..........................................................200
The Tin Plague.........................................................................200
Mars’s Metal: Iron.......................................................................200
Iron’s Love for Carbon...............................................................201
Mars Signatures in Iron............................................................202
Venus’s Metal: Copper................................................................203
Venus Signatures in Copper........................................................203
The Love Affairs of Copper........................................................204
Mercury’s Metal: Quicksilver......................................................205
Mercury Signatures in Quicksilver.............................................206
The Dual Nature of Mercury.....................................................207
The Moon’s Metal: Silver...........................................................208
Lunar Signatures in Silver........................................................209
The Moon’s Influence Over Silver..............................................209
The Sun’s Metal: Gold................................................................209
Solar Signatures in Gold............................................................210
The Sun’s Influence Over Gold..................................................211
Part 5: Spiritual Alchemy 213
18 Mental Alchemy 215
The Salted Personality................................................................216
The First Matter in People.........................................................217
The Four Elements in People....................................................218
The Planets in People.................................................................219
Jung and Alchemy.......................................................................220
The Black Phase of Mental Alchemy.........................................222
The White Phase of Mental Alchemy........................................222
The Red Phase of Mental Alchemy............................................224
19 Alchemy of the Soul 225
The Dragons of Spiritual Alchemy............................................226
The True Imagination.................................................................227
Alchemical Meditation................................................................228
The Azoth of the Philosophers...................................................229
The Operations of the Azoth......................................................231
The Ray of Saturn.....................................................................231
The Ray of Jupiter.....................................................................232
The Ray of Mars........................................................................232
The Ray of the Sun....................................................................233
The Ray of Venus.......................................................................233
The Ray of Mercury...................................................................233
The Ray of the Moon.................................................................233
20 The Sacred Marriage 235
The Sacred Marriage in You.......................................................236
The Inner Marriage....................................................................236
Birth of the Philosopher’s Stone.................................................237
The Sacred Marriage in Christian Alchemy..............................239
The Three Marriages in Alchemy..............................................240
The Sacred Marriage in Psychology..........................................240
Part 6: Modern Alchemy 243
21 Alchemy and Medicine 245
The Life Force............................................................................245
Paracelsian Medicine...................................................................246
Healing with the Metals..............................................................248
Healing with Lead.....................................................................249
Healing with Tin.......................................................................249
Healing with Iron......................................................................250
Healing with Copper..................................................................250
Healing with Mercury...............................................................252
Healing with Silver...................................................................254
Healing with Gold.....................................................................255
22 Social Alchemy 259
The Alchemy of Relationships....................................................260
Calcination in Relationships.......................................................260
Dissolution in Relationships........................................................261
Fermentation in Relationships....................................................261
Distillation in Relationships........................................................262
Coagulation in Relationships......................................................262
The Relationship Laboratory......................................................263
Alchemy in the Workplace..........................................................264
Calcination in the Workplace......................................................265
Dissolution in the Workplace......................................................265
Separation in the Workplace.......................................................266
Conjunction in the Workplace.....................................................266
Fermentation in the Workplace..................................................267
Distillation in the Workplace......................................................268
Coagulation in the Workplace.....................................................269
Transforming the Workplace......................................................270
Wealth: The First Matter in Society..........................................271
23 The Science of Magic 275
The Science of the Future..........................................................276
The Mystical Nature of Light....................................................277
Early Theories of Light..............................................................277
The Alchemical Rebis.................................................................278
Quantum Alchemy......................................................................280
Twentieth-Century Alchemists of Science.................................281
Albert Einstein (1879–1955).....................................................282
Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976)...............................................282
Barbara McLintock (1902–1992)..............................................283
David Bohm (1917–1992)........................................................283
Wolfgang Pauli (1900–1958)....................................................284
The Philosopher’s Stone of Physics............................................285
The Projection of Consciousness...............................................286
The Alchemy of Evolution.........................................................287
Appendixes
A Resources 289
B Glossary 295
Index 301

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A Note About Style
Following the style of the alchemists, major philosophical concepts are capitalized
to differentiate them from more mundane meanings. For example, “sulfur” refers to
the flammable yellow chemical also known as brimstone, while “Sulfur” refers to the
underlying principle of fire, passion, and energy that the alchemists associated with
that substance. Similarly, the terms “Above” and “Below” are philosophical concepts
related to our ideas of heaven and Earth.
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