reblogged: Newton As Alchemist

My husband, while not a physicist, is also an alchemist of sorts: he manages to take coffee beans and through some sort of magic make the worlds most amazing iced mocha. Like alchemy a good iced mocha liberates my morning from it’s temporal existence, achieving (albeit temporarily) some relief from the morning tedium.


When we think of Isaac Newton, most of us probably return to high school physics. Laws of motion, gravity, incline experiments, and lists of equations come to mind. Newton was a great scientist and collective thought has enshrined him this way. But this is a very modern way to see him and casts aside and discards him as a spiritual being, for Newton was an alchemist. Sir Isaac wrote more on Biblical hermeneutics and occult studies than on math and science. He placed great emphasis on rediscovering the occult wisdom of the ancients and probably considered his scientific work to be of much less importance.

Although alchemy is generally viewed as a precursor to science (and it has that role), it was so much more. Alchemy incorporates Hermetic principles which include ideas from mythology, religion, and spirituality. Below HJ Sheppard outlines the dualistic nature of alchemy as both external (in…

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