Recommended Books


Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy

In the first basic primer on the subject, Dennis William Hauck makes alchemys secrets and powers accessible to anyone. By providing clear explanations, moving meditations, and hands-on experiments making tinctures and elixirs, this beautifully illustrated guide passes on the knowledge and creative energy of alchemy’s magnificent discipline to the modern seeker. Hauck presents a fascinating history of alchemy from the ancient Emerald Tablet to modern quantum chemistry and elaborates on its arcane principles in an intimate, conversational way that anyone can understand. More Information. Citadel Press, June 2004. ISBN 0806525452. Illustrated; 240 pages. $12.95.


The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation

This book by Dennis William Hauck details the rediscovery of the mysterious artifact and reveals the chemical-spiritual formula hidden in its lines. Also contained are the alchemists' startling predictions for the new millennium and chapters on the mystical and paranormal experiences that reflect the deep changes undergone by people who have actually seen the hidden reality of which the tablet speaks. Click More Information to see what others are saying about this book. Penguin 1999. ISBN 0140195718. Illustrated; indexed; 448 pp. $16.95.


Alchemy & Mysticism

This book is a pictorial presentations of the spiritual practice of alchemy as it appeared in the Middle Ages. Full of stunning alchemical images, most in full color. The author interprets each image, but all that is necessary is to meditate on the images, as most have the power to speak directly to the depths of the mind. Taschen 1997. ISBN: 382288653X. 712 pages. $29.99.


Alchemist's Handbook

According to this book, the whole purpose of the alchemical process is to change our thinking and feeling natures, and move up to a higher frequency in consciousness, and clear the channels of spirit so that we can see infinite possibilities of life. Hay House 2000. ISBN 1561707473. 144 pp. Illustrated. $8.95.


Alchemy: The Great Secret

Medieval alchemists, forerunners of today's chemists, sought to transmute base metals into gold. This lively illustrated history explores intriguing aspects of this mix of science, philosophy, art, religion, and magic, whose roots go back to ancient Egypt. Harry N Abrams 2000. ISBN 0810928892. Illustrated; 144 pages. $12.95.


Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery

This dictionary documents the rich storehouse of alchemical symbolism from the early centuries AD to the late twentieth century, making it available for the use of historians of literary culture, philosophy, science and the visual arts, as well as for those readers with an interest in alchemy and Hermeticism. Each entry includes a definition of the symbol, giving the literal and figurative meanings, an example of the symbol used in alchemical writing, and a quotation from a literary source.  Hardcover (May 1999). Cambridge Univ Press.  ISBN: 0521631858


Alchemy Unveiled

When an Alchemist speaks of Mercury, Sulphur and Salt, he speaks of his spiritual, astral and physical bodies, not of the elements. Alchemy Unveiled describes the tribulations that a human being has to pass through in order to purify these three bodies. However, to achieve the level of an Alchemist requires daily study and strict daily mental, astral and physical exercises for many lifetimes. Alchemy Unveiled will lead the reader on a journey of a complete purification of the body, soul and spirit, and for the first time the mystery of the Philosopher's Stone is openly explained. Paperback - 184 pages (April 1997) Merkur Pub Co. ISBN: 1885928084


Alchemy: An Illustrated A to Z

This oversized book is an illustrated encyclopedia of the most important terms, concepts, and people in alchemy over the last 3,500 years. Sterling Publications, 1998. ISBN 0713726687. 192 pp. $24.95.


Jung on Alchemy

This title from the "Encountering Jung" series presents selections from all the published works of C.G. Jung regarding alchemy and alchemical transformation of the personality. Jung's lifelong study of alchemy gave him tremendous insight and intuition as to the true meaning of the symbols, ciphers, and coded wording of the alchemists. Princeton University Press 1995. ISBN 0691010978. $15.95.


Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology

Based on C.G. Jung's work on alchemy, this well-illustrated book is a practical account of what the alchemists were really looking for -- spiritual wholeness. Inner City Books 1980. ISBN 091912304X. 288 pp. $16.00.


The Tao and the Tree of Life: Alchemical and Sexual Mysteries of the East and West

The author decodes the mysteries of both the Tao and Kabbalah to show their underlying alchemical similarities in this groundbreaking and important work. Features many powerful and useful meditative techniques from both disciplines. Llewellyn 1996. ISBN 156718250X. $12.95.


Alchemical Active Imagination

Jungian analyst Marie-Louise Von Franz examines a work by the sixteenth-century alchemist Gerhard Dorn to show the relationship between alchemy and the concepts of depth psychology. Most importantly, she details how the alchemists practiced a kind of meditation that Jung called "active imagination." Shambhala Publications 1997. ISBN 0877735891. 144 pp. $16.95.


Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life

This is Richard Wilhelm's translation of a Taoist alchemy treatise with wonderful commentary by C.G. Jung. These are ancient instructions for making the Elixir of perfect health and immortality interpreted by one of the twentieth century's most intuitive and insightful minds. Harcourt Brace 1988. ISBN 0156799804.



Recommended Websites

Alchemy Conferences is the archives of the Alchemy Guild’s conferences with videos of presentations and original brochures. >

Alchemy Guild is the official website of the International Alchemy Guild (IAG) with members in 23 countries. > |

Alchemy Lab is dedicated to personal transformation and has been described by the London Times as one of the most stunning web archives ever. >

Alchemy Museum with current preview Alchemy Exhibit at the Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California. > |

Alchemy of Consciousness is Dennis William Hauck’s web devoted to ancient and modern alchemy in relation to consciousness studies. >

Alchemy Study Program offers courses and certification in all aspects of alchemy. All classes and exams are online. > |

Alchemy Website is Adam McLean’s resource of original texts and drawings on alchemy with a blend of spiritual and practical material. >

Alchemergy Films is a production site for alchemical films and videos documenting the history and applications of alchemy. > |

Alchemergy Channel is Dennis William Hauck’s lectures, workshops, and filmed presentations. > 

Carl Jung Alchemy is a resource site for the works of the Swiss psychologist, including biographical material and his writings.   

Crucible Catalog is the Alchemy Study bookstore and carries alchemy books and artwork with recommended labware and supplies. >

Paracelsus College Australia was founded in 1984 and offers onsite classes in practical and spiritual alchemy. >

Rosicrucian Order is a membership organization devoted to Hermetic science and alchemy in the Egyptian tradition. >

Spagyria is John Reid’s website on practical plant alchemy, the ancient art of spagyrics, and spiritual alchemy. >

Spagyicus Institute is Robert Bartlett’s web devoted to the art of spagyrics and the practice of practical plant alchemy. >


Alchemy Museums and Labs

The premiere Alchemy Museum in the United States is the Alchemy Museum in Rosicrucian Park in San Jose, California. If you are in Europe, be sure to pay your respects at the grave of Paracelsus in Salzburg. An alchemists lab from the sixteenth century was recently discovered hidden in a chapel in Oberstockstall Castle in Austria. Now a museum, it is located 55 kilometers from Vienna in Kirchberg am Wagram.

The Technical Museum in Vienna features a reconstruction of a medieval lab. The Alchemy Museum in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, has a complete alchemists workshop, and another medieval lab is in Mihulka Tower in Prague. In Germany, there are alchemists labs in the castle in Heidelberg, the Museum of Science and Technology in Munich, and Weikersheim Castle in Baden-Wrttemberg. Other exhibits can be found in the Pharmacy Historical Museum in Basel, Switzerland, and the Golden Eagle Museum in Budapest, Hungary.

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