A complete history of alchemy revealing the subject as much more than the attempts in early science of turning base metals into gold or silver, this book goes about intimating the mystical experience underlying hermetic symbolism. It outlines some of the ‘secret’ inner meanings to alchemy - symbolism, metaphysics, and spirituality. This book contains a universe of information and is worthwhile reading for anyone wanting to know more on this engaging subject. Originally published in 1926.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Alchemy and Supernatural Life 2. Modern Views on the Hermetic Mystery 3. Further Speculations on Philosophical Gold 4. Ancient Hermetic Books and the Way of the Soul Therein 5. Alchemy in China 6. The Testimony of Byzantine Alchemy 7. Arabian and Syriac Alchemy 8. The Early Latin Literature 9. The Later Chain of Hermes 10. The Myth of Flamel 11. The Chariot of Basil Valentine 12. Paracelsus 13. Denys Zachaire and Others 14. Famous English Philosophers 15. Alchemy and Exploitation 16. The New Light of Alchemy 17. The Reformation and German Alchemy 18. Thomas Vaughan 19. The Cosmopolite 20. John Frederick Helvetius 21. An Alchemist of Mitylene 22. The Mystic Side of Alchemy. Appendices
Arthur Edward Waite was a scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters. He studied the history of western occultism as a spiritual tradition extensively but is best known as co-creator of a popular tarot deck.