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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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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.
There is a great difference, alchemically, in the significance of silver and the significance of gold: Silver corresponds to a stage along the way, but gold corresponds to the perfection achieved.
As the archetypes are potential opposites and "adversarial twins,"(10) the fire can be destructive or alchemically redemptive.
The music(63) points to the true meaning of the words, that Alonzo is being alchemically transformed into something wonderful.
Thus, he alchemically transforms her suffering into beauty.
Finally, in middle age, she threw off the stunted role of victim, "transmuted [her pain], as if alchemically, into a feeling of compassion and channeled it outward into her teaching.
But this fabulously ostentatious expenditure is not the absolute loss of potlatch, for the fete as if alchemically converts itself back into money.