Alchemy, The Mysterious
The nature of alchemy is magical and mysterious, a seemingly miracle process of transformation, creation, or combination. I do admit to a fascination of the unknown and alchemy does seem to have been a mystical approach to science. Those who believe in alchemy, the philosophers stone, etc. also believe in magic, sorcery and witchcraft as part of the whole and who am I to say other.
Alchemy, a.k.a the pseudoscientific predecessor of chemistry, was a medieval philosophy. An early form of chemistry whose goals were transmutation of base metals into gold, discovery of a cure for diseases, and the illusive elixir that would give eternal youth.
What I find fascinating is we can now (rather expensively) change base metals into gold, have found cures for many diseases and are actively working towards extending (in a healthy way) our lives. All through scientific chemistry. So perhaps these early philosophers and imaginative scientists so ridiculed were really just ahead of their time and I think perhaps all magic coming from our imagination is simply, as yet, unproven science!
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~ Albert Einstein
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13 thoughts on “Haibun Thinking – Alchemy the Mysterious!”
Even my imaginations are laughed by my husband
I’m sure his laughter is lovingly done, though! 🙂
Love the new look of your blog. Different and very engaging. Great post too. Hope you are having a good weekend.
Thank you. I did have an excellent weekend. I hope you did also and that your week has started off well for you! 🙂
AnElephantCant hide his admiration
Penny once again raises the tone
As time passes quick
What once was magic
Is now mundane like TV and the phone
Thank you, so much. Too true. Obviously the church doesn’t have much say, if any, today. Now it’s big business, ha,ha,ha. And no it’s not really funny, now that I think about it. With much and always love, Penny xo
I love the way alchemy has changed with the passing of time and just been given a different name. Alchemy is frowned upon. Chemistry,. basically the same, has its own prizes and boffins. Great post Penny
Thanks, Alastair. Mostly, as you know, it had to do with the control of the church at that time and their interpretation of all things science. And that many people considered anything mysterious as probably magical, lol!
I think some people still do.
Hmm 😶 is imagination considered alchemy?
No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t, Yoshiko. However those who practiced alchemy obviously had rather substantial imaginations, lol