from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity.
- n. A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting: "He wondered by what alchemy it was changed, so that what sickened him one hour, maddened him with hunger the next” ( Marjorie K. Rawlings).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.
- n. The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
- n. Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry.
- n. A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet.
- n. Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Medieval chemistry; the doctrines and processes of the early and medieval chemists; in particular, the supposed process, or the search for the process, by which it was hoped to transmute the baser metals into gold.
- n. Any magical or mysterious power or process of transmuting or transforming.
- n. Formerly, a mixed metal used for utensils, a modification of brass: so called because believed to have been originally formed by the art of alchemy; hence, an imitation, as alchemy was supposed to be of brass: used figuratively by Milton for a trumpet.
- n. Formerly also spelled alchymy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
- n. the way two individuals relate to each other
Once the alchemy is there, a writer can usually work swiftly and efficiently, avoiding many writing pitfalls and completing the book in less time than (s) he expected it to take.
The botanical name, alchemilla, is derived from the word alchemy, because the herbs in this family are believed to bring about miraculous cures.
The Taoist sages used rituals that raised their vibratory level to create changes in the world, which they called alchemy.
The core of alchemy is summarized by the phrase "as above, so below," or "here on earth as it is in heaven."
In modern yoga, the historic alchemy is lost in favor of an over-exaggerated emphasis on asana -- physical practice -- and the transferring of modern capitalist and individualistic values to a system that is traditionally concerned mostly with ego-destruction and renunciation.
For us, alchemy is kind of beyond knowing in a way.
Newton dabbled in alchemy, and used the Bible to work out that the date of the earths creation was 3,500 B.C.
The writings of other women alchemists such as "Cleopatra," "Isis," Theosebeia, and Paphnoutia suggest a community of women was working in alchemy at this time.
Romantic psychoanlaysis forward to Jung's interest in alchemy as an analogy for how consciousness gives birth to itself and to the world.
Unlike Freud, Jung approached psychoanalysis from its occult side in alchemy rather than through the natural sciences.