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On Becoming an Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Trumpeter
Publication date December 23, 2008
Pages 265
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590306871
ISBN-10 1590306872
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $18.95
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Many regard alchemy as a metaphor for inner transformation. But this is only half the story. According to Catherine MacCoun, alchemy is no mere metaphor. It’s real magic. Transforming the inner world is, for the alchemist, a way to transform the outer world. Through studying the principles of alchemy, we can achieve extraordinary effects from ordinary actions by understanding how the world really works. We can perceive the hidden connections between the spiritual and the material worlds. Knowledge of these connections enables us to influence external phenomena through the powers of heart and mind alone. Yet alchemy is not, like some forms of magic, the exercise of mind over matter. It is the art of taking what already exists—whatever presents itself—and transmuting the harmful into the helpful, the useless into the valuable.

On Becoming an Alchemist initiates us into these secrets, showing us how to think, perceive, and operate as an alchemist. It offers practical advice and exercises that will help the modern magician to:

● Understand and apply basic principles of alchemy
● Transmute setbacks, failures, and losses into sources of magical power
● Navigate one’s inner world with poise, confidence, and common sense
● Intuitively show up in the right place at the right time to benefit from magical coincidences
● Discover the potentials latent in any situation by awakening subtle perception



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Hardcover
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from Trumpeter (February 12, 2008)
9781590303696 | details & prices | 265 pages | 9.50 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $21.95
About: A modern-day alchemist reveals the secrets of alchemical transmutation, explaining how, by developing an understanding of one's relationship to a situation, person, or object and by altering one's viewpoint, an alchemist can exert influence over people and events to transform the harmful into the helpful and the useless into the valuable.
Paperback
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from Trumpeter (December 23, 2008)
9781590306871 | details & prices | 265 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Many regard alchemy as a metaphor for inner transformation.

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