Marking a Milestone

May 25, 2016 by Micah  
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This month marks 25 years in our partnership- a quarter century since Paul and I fell in love and started Al-Kemi together. It seems like hundreds of years, and at the same time, just a few minutes. As a wise elder woman once told me: the days are long, but the years are short.
When we [...]

Our Mutus Liber : Making Oil of Gold

April 10, 2014 by Micah  
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In honour of the Springtime work that is the subject of the classic Alchemical text, Mutus Liber, we are posting our own “mute book” of photographs of our process for making Oil of Gold. This process is accomplished through the making of an alkahest, a special substance which is used as a metallic menstruum.
Just as [...]

What are Spagyrics?

February 26, 2012 by Micah  
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To many of you, knowing and supporting our work for so long, that may seem like a very basic and easy to answer question. If so, thanks for paying attention all this time! But, if you’re new to our work, or would just like a better understanding of what we do, this question is a [...]

The Art of Distillation : a new School Module

December 5, 2011 by Micah  
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Our latest installment in the free members-only course is a collection of writings, slides, and information focused on the theme of the Art of Distillation, a foundation technique of Alchemy and Spagyrics with endless application in the work. The Art of Distillation is also the new Module we’ve added for the next session of the [...]

Vintages

May 23, 2011 by Micah  
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You have probably heard of vintages in the context of wine, on a label or in wine guides. Grapes, like any other crop, are subject to the changes of Nature and her processes, from rainfall fluctuations to soil life to the heat and cold of a given year.
As they grow, grapes take in the story [...]

Sulfur : the Soul of Spagyrics

September 9, 2010 by Micah  
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We wrap up our long-running series on the three levels of Spagyric with Sulfur, the Soul level of being, connecting the previously discussed Salt/Body and Mercury/Spirit levels to the divine realm of archetype and universal energy. As we discussed in our first article on Salt, and our second installment on Mercury, these three levels were [...]

Mercury : the Spirit of Spagyrics

September 30, 2009 by Micah  
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This level of being is often the hardest to understand, as befits its Mercurial nature, but it plays a literally vital role in our Spagyric work.
As we discussed in our previous article on the Salt level, Spagyrics works with three different aspects of being in plants, each corresponding to a level of being in us. [...]

Salt : the Body of Spagyrics

July 7, 2009 by Micah  
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Our new Seaweed Spagyric led us to do more research into the mineral aspect of healing plants, studying it from an herbal perspective as well as working out how to best bring the mineral content of plants into Spagyric medicines. This got us thinking about the Salt level of being in Spagyric work, and wanting [...]

Herbs’ qualities on the decline?

May 31, 2009 by Micah  
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We’ve noticed a somewhat disturbing trend in our lab work with plants, and we’re wondering if anyone else has seen the same changes, too.
The plant raw materials we’ve been getting have been declining in potency and strength, as well as showing a drop in energy and intelligence. This is happening with all our sources, from [...]

The Energy of the Lab - Part 2

March 13, 2009 by Micah  
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In our first article, we discussed some of the ideas and practices that Alchemy has inherited from the Hermetic tradition, and how much of that core philosophy also informs magickal work. We also described some of the ways of preparing for a magickal ritual or an alchemical process, especially in how the planetary intelligences are [...]

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