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Re: VMs: Cod. Pal. germ. 579...?

Hi Dennis,

At 19:32 26/11/2003 -0600, Dennis wrote:
Nick Pelling wrote:
> IMO, alchemy's subjective appeal relies on three deep weaknesses of the
> human mind:-
> * suspicion (ie "What if it Really Means Something and We Don't Know?")
> * paranoia/conspiracy (ie "What if it was being Covered Up For A Reason?")
> * projection (ie, "I know it's a blank canvas, but here is What I Think It
> Means...")

        I don't think so.  Alchemy was largely a spiritual
discipline.  The ideas are to be taken metaphorically.
The change of matter is a metaphor for the change of
the person.  There was some practical alchemy, but
spiritual alchemy is the bigger, inseparable element.

Sorry: I should have qualified my original assertion - "IMO, to those who do not understand alchemy's proper metaphorical and spiritual functions, it often has a subjective appeal relying on three weakness of the human mind...".

I tried to flag this by saying "subjective" but my idea wasn't clearly expressed enough. :-o

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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