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Alchemy, Symbolism and the Philosophers Stone

Alchemy is so much more than arcane chemical experimentation, but a system of symbols and processes with a spiritual purpose.

The great psychologist Carl G. Jung spent many years studying the esoteric, intentionally abstruse mass of literature relating to alchemy, determined to demonstrate that the true goal of alchemy, 'The Philosophers Stone', was not a literal substance to turn base metals into gold, but a symbolic process to turn base man into Actualized Self: the process of individuation.

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