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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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Schipper, at the Bellagio Conference on Taoist studies, discussed some of the ingredients of the hallucinogenic incense as consisting of hemp and the alchemically significant metal lead burned in Mao-Shan rites (Welch 1970).
By this process Corvaja has almost alchemically altered the properties of the material, transforming it from something hard and solid to something akin to fur.
Only I know how the writing process alchemically alters me, leaving me transformed ...
It seems odd that neither so acclaimed a reader as Helen Vendler, nor one so alchemically inclined as Linden, should have noticed how well-chosen is the adjective Herbert applies to his "Chymick." Jonson's The Alchemist, first staged in 1610, retained its popularity through the seventeenth century, as Ian Donaldson notes, and Herbert is unlikely to have been ignorant of the name of its principal character, or of the implications of the name, acumen and treachery as well as an established association with alchemy, regarded by many as a morally questionable intellectual enterprise (628, 630).
Ancient source materials and images compliment discussions which describe step-by-step methods for preparing plant remedies alchemically, blending history and science with new age beliefs and methods in a classic resource perfect for any new age collection strong in hermetic art or natural healing.
This study of Santeria aesthetics and practice across time and space alchemically welds ethnography, oral history, analytical documentation of material culture, and archival inquiry in order to map out patterns of institutional, ritual, and iconographic innovation in Santeria from the 19th up to the late 20th century in Cuba and the United States.
It is also the necessary medium through which it must pass in order to be refined, transformed alchemically, as it were, or sublimated into a more altruistic and less selfish form.
Or, from the perspective of his creator, he is unformed, not yet alchemically transmuted from life into art.
Some Jews become all Jews, and their allegedly collective desire alchemically transmutes into domination of an entire nation's policies--even though public opinion polls show support for the war to be the same or weaker among Jews than among the population as a whole (as Moran himself acknowledged in his apology).
The other three professions are also parodied alchemically by the similar habit of unreflective but profitable imitation.
Rather, the artist will imagine how such potential dissonances may be used, or be alchemically transformed by the context into perceived consonances.