The Beginner's Guide to Alchemy

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Transform your mind and soul to find your highest self with this alchemist book for beginners.

There's a lot more to alchemy than turning lead into gold. Alchemists are committed to not only the transformation of actual substances with elements but also the transformation of themselves. The same process that transforms base metals into higher metals can be used to transcend "leaden" souls into enlightened, "golden" souls. This beginner's guide teaches you how to refine the baser parts of yourself (such as your fears, doubts, and anger) and take actionable steps to uncover your truest, enlightened self with practical lessons and thought exercises.

Learn how alchemy marries physical, practical pursuits with the spiritual and mental pursuits of self-transformation with:

  • A brief history of alchemy's roots and basic principles, including its three primary facets: physical, spiritual, and mental.
  • An overview of the materials that craftsmen used centuries ago, as well as the technologies and techniques that were available at the dawn of the scientific revolution.
  • Insightful activities and introspective journaling exercises that make alchemy relevant and accessible to you.
  • Illustrated vignettes on notable alchemists, like Nicolas Flamel, Christina of Sweden, and Albert Einstein.
  • An overview of the phases of the path toward self-transcendence: including Nigredo, Albedo, and Rubedo, among others.


Bring positive change into your life with the transformative powers of alchemy in this beginner's guide.

Author: Sarah Durn

Publish Date: May 05, 2020

Binding: Paperback

Physical Info: 0.5" H x 9.3" L x 7.9" W / 146 pages


"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

Author Bio:

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.

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