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