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The Beginner's Guide to Alchemy: Practical Lessons and Exercises to Enhance Your Life Paperback – May 5, 2020
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Make the art of alchemy relevant and accessible to your life with insightful activities and introspective journaling exercises.
Explore illustrated details on notable alchemists, like Nicolas Flamel, Christina of Sweden, and Albert Einstein―as well as clear charts on the Ladder of the Planets and their corresponding elemental associations.
An in-depth, digestible overview delves into the phases of the Great Work: including Nigredo, Albedo, and Rubedo, among others.
“It would be enough if The Beginner's Guide to Alchemy was just a concise but thorough summary of alchemy. But Sarah Durn’s book provides lead-to-gold bonuses in the form of being entertaining, relevant, and often inspirational―not to mention also including easy and useful alchemical exercises anyone can leverage. If you’re interested in alchemy or want to live an alchemical life, this is the book for you.” ―Miguel Conner, host of Aeon Byte and author of Voices of Gnosticism
“With a humorous and feminist approach, Durn illuminates the process of transformation on all levels―physical, mental and spiritual. The Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy supports us to awaken individually and collectively within a world of constant flux.” ―Meg Hayertz, author of Tarot for Beginners
“A Beginner’s Guide To Alchemy is at once a history, science, and interactive self-enhancement book that doesn’t feel like one until you’ve reached the end and suddenly feel wiser, lighter, and, dare I say, enhanced. Durn feels like a friend and modern day shaman as she guides you through alchemy in all of its variations―physical, mental, and spiritual―by way of history lessons, scientific and philosophic ponderings, and at-home exercises that stimulate alchemical transformation within your own world. You’ll be finding the alchemy in cooking spinach, grinding coffee beans, or going to bed on time before realizing that these small alchemical transformations are microcosms of bigger ones; transforming yourself and the world around you doesn’t require anything you don’t already possess; it begins and ends with you.” ―Rachel Hilson, actress & activist
About the Author
Sarah Durn is a writer, medievalist, actor, and maker. She’s written for Gizmodo, io9, The A.V. Club, and The Mary Sue, among other publications. She is a proud membership candidate of Actor’s Equity and holds a BA in collaborative storytelling with a minor in medieval and Renaissance studies.
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (May 5, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 146 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1646117476
- ISBN-13 : 978-1646117475
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a mix of alchemy's history, its guiding principles, entertaining facts, historical profiles, and unique experiments and exercises.
This was a HARD READ. I was looking forward to more personal development exercises but it was still an interesting and gorgeous book, I learned so many new elements! The Sulphur/Mercury journaling exercise was extraordinary! That was a new concept for me. Breaking down one's Salts was another highly intriguing topic.
The pages were absolutely beautiful and I loved the old-time illustrations. I did struggle with how this book was organized though. Various topics presented were mentioned but not expanded upon until later chapters. To keep mentioning the White Queen and the Red King and not explain it until chapter 5 really got tiresome because I had no idea what was being discussed. I'll have to re-read this at a later date to gain a better understanding of the material. The excerpts or extras of this book were placed in between pages, interrupting the flow of the subject. I was constantly flipping pages and being distracted by the exercises.
I look forward to further researching the historical female alchemists mentioned in the text. I thought it was quite wonderful their books were sourced!
My favorite thing I read about was delving into the history of the Philosopher's Stone and the Flamel families' part in it all. I thought it very neat J.K. Rowling's first HARRY POTTER book was based on this mysterious concept. I'm even more excited to explore this field now! I have a lot more studying to do and a ton of resources the author so generously mentioned in the resource section, to check out. I can't wait! This guide got me excited to continue my alchemy journey again!
Much gratitude to the publisher Rockridge Press, compliments of Callisto Media, for the early copy I received. I was under no obligation to write a review, my honest opinion is freely given.
By TMBowden on June 18, 2020
By Darkrose on June 27, 2020