Ahhh synchronicity. So while digging for collage footage for a new Occult movie I’m making last week (first one will come out at the end of February), I stumbled on this video about the spiritual component to Alchemy and ended up watching the whole thing when I was supposed to be culling neato video clips.
I’m not going to lie, it’s not the greatest movie in the universe. I mean really, they should have just hired another narrator and it would have been fine. Not everyone is great at voice acting but it does get better as the thing moves on. Despite the lackluster narration though, it is in fact good enough that I still recommend it. What’s funny is that I wasn’t actually going to post this, but then in the next week Disinfo ran two separate stories regarding alchemy, neither one of which mentioned the spiritual component of the practice. Then someone else messaged me on Facebook (friend me) telling me about the magical properties of alchemical super gold and how it has the potential to save the world or something. I’m not an expert, but with the little I know about alchemy: spirituality was the whole fucking point. The chemical side was meant to be metaphorical and moreover, WHEN ALCHEMISTS TALK ABOUT TURNING LEAD INTO GOLD, IT IS A METAPHOR FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN SOUL. Not meant to be taken literally. Lord, how can we be this dense and spiritually ignorant as a culture? How has the entire rich history of human visionary experience been completely edited out of Suzie Stripmall’s vernacular? That’s really what I was thinking while watching this. I mean, I was literally taught that alchemy was foolish pseudoscience in school. Idiots trying to literally change lead into gold. Except, that’s just what alchemists wanted people to think because they were afraid of religious persecution. Which begs the question, is the fact that people still ignore this aspect of the practice to this day a colossal practical joke played by the alchemists of antiquity, or the calculated repression of an advanced spiritual science by creepily intolerant religious weirdos? Either way, it worked like a charm. Watch and you’ll see what I’m talking about.