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Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy Paperback – June 1, 2004

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Dennis William Hauck, journalist and internationally recognized authority on the paranormal, is one of the founding editors of the Mutual UFO Network's MUFON UFO Journal. He currently publishes a weekly newsletter, The Haunted Places Report.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806525452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806525457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis William Hauck is an author, consultant, and lecturer working to facilitate personal and planetary transformation through the application of the ancient principles of alchemy. He writes and lectures on the universal principles of physical, psychological, and spiritual transformation to a wide variety of audiences that range from scientists and business leaders to religious and New Age groups. Hauck's interest in alchemy began while he was still in graduate school at the University of Vienna, where he was initiated into the craft by a practicing alchemist from Prague.

Hauck has since translated a number of important alchemy manuscripts dating back to the fourteenth century and has published over a dozen books on the subject. His "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy" (Penguin Alpha 2008) is considered the best introduction to alchemy available today, and his "The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation" (Penguin 1999) presents Hauck's original research about the mysterious artifact that inspired over 3,000 years of alchemy. His "Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy" (Penguin Citadel 2004) is an entertaining introduction to practical and spiritual alchemy. He is currently working on a sequel to "The Emerald Tablet" entitled "Secret Science of the Emerald Tablet: The Spiritual Chemistry of Alchemy."

His books have been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Harper's, and hundreds of other periodicals. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV programs, including "NPR's Morning Edition," "Sally Jessy Raphael," "Geraldo," "The O'Reilly Factor," "Extra," and "CNN Reports."

Hauck holds lectures and workshops throughout the world on the various aspects of practical, mental, and spiritual alchemy. He is founder of the International Alchemy Conference (AlchemyConference.com), an instructor in alchemy (AlchemyStudy.com), and is president of the International Alchemy Guild (AlchemyGuild.org). His websites are Alchemergy.org, AlchemyLab.com, and DWHauck.com.

Hauck is a professional member of the ASSC (Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness), the AMS (American Mathematical Society), CRS (Center for Research in Science), ATP (Association for Transpersonal Psychology), and ISSSEEM (International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine).

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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Alex on September 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author of this book, Dennis William Hauck, is a practicing alchemist versed in both Eastern and Western techniques of alchemy and widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the ancient art and the benefits it offers contemporary practitioners. Now, in Sorcerer's Stone, the first basic primer on the subject, he makes alchemy's secrets and powers accessible to everyone with the desire to experience physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. 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-sending a golden arc of learning from thousands of years in the past into your life today.

Hauck present 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. His portrayals of individual alchemists (like Flamel, Fulcanelli, and Isaac Newton) bring them alive and show how they built on each other's work through an "Underground River" of secret knowledge passed down through the ages.

Moreover, Hauck makes clear that alchemy is a means of personal transformation that enables you to meet your highest potential as a human being. Although the alchemists spoke in terms of vessels, furnaces, and chemicals, they were really talking about changes taking place in their own inner nature. They worked with the archetypal energies of metals to change their own "temperament" from lead to gold - to rejuvenate their bodies, integrate their personalities, and perfect the very essence of their souls.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stavish, The Institute for Hermetic Studies on November 5, 2006
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"Sorcerer's Stone - A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy" by Dennis William Hauck is a really nice book. It has something for everyone who is interested in alchemy and ties it all together. There is history, philosophy, theory, practical laboratory work for the novice, and psychological and inner exercises as well. Well written, illustrated, indexed, and with a very handy and detailed glossary, I recommend Hauck's "Sorcerer's Stone" to anyone interested in alchemy. You will be glad you read it, and re-read it again. On a personal level I have shared several lengthy emails with the author, and have spoken to several of his students (via the Flamel College with which he is affiliated), and everyone had kind and generous words to say about him. This alone says volumes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dandylioness on June 28, 2009
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Many people are aware of alchemy as a precursor to modern lab chemistry, but less know of the alchemists' spiritual goals. Hauck's introduction to modern alchemy stresses this philosophy of personal transformation, where the practitioner's "leaden" personality is transmuted into the "gold" of an enlightened spirit. Hauck starts out with a chapter on how modern practitioner's view alchemy then moves on to a summary of the history and myths. The bulk of the book is devoted to applications. He gives a detailed discussion of the symbolism of the metals and planets, which includes a meditations and a few lab exercises. He ends by describing the chemical operations and how they correspond to spiritual, psychological, and physical changes that accompany spiritual development, again with exercises.

For the most part, Hauck does an excellent job descrbing the symbols and operations clearly for someone new to the subject. I liked how he includes examples of some of the wonderful old alchemical illustrations and carefuIly explains the symbolism in them. I also greatly liked his breif aside on how the film version of 2001: A Space Oddessy as modern alchemical symbolism. I mostly read the book for intellectual curiousity, and did not try the lab experiments myself, but I imagine that one would need a little more information or experience to successfully perform them than is offered in the book. Hauck also has the somewhat annoying tendency of occult authors to mix fact, legend and speculation together with little differentiation and less citation. Overall, however, I found it an understandable and interesting read for insights into what a modern alchemist believes and practices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Dog on March 19, 2013
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I am impressed with hoe well done this book appears to be. I only say "appears" because I do not have enough knowledge to know if anything in the book is controversial, out of the main stream, or off the wall. I have read a few other books, and this book seems consistent with the others.

In any case, Alchemy is discussed in a systematic way. Usually when someone says "systematic" its like saying a blind date has a good sense of humor, but Mr Hauck's writing is enjoyable and easy to read. He seems to write authoritatively.

Recommended reading for those interested in Alchemy, and for those interested in the higher aspects of the subject.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wolf on June 23, 2004
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There is no one better suited to brew a beginners guide together than Dennis. His background, research, travels, lectures and other books are all proof of his knowledge in alchemy. What makes him perfect for such subject matter is that Dennis is an alchemists first and an author second.
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