Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2009. Paperback, 322 pages. New.
The Way of the Crucible is a modern manual on the art of Alchemy which brings together ancient methods and modern scientific approaches. Author Robert Allen Bartlett – a laboratory scientist and chemist – provides a concise and accessible overview of how Alchemy works, together with an exploration of the theories underlying it. He also explores the relationship between Qabalah and Alchemy, the Indian traditions of Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese Alchemical traditions. He explains what traditional Alchemists really meant when they used the term “Philosopher’s Stone” and details practical methods towards its attainment.
The Way of the Crucible provides directions for the practice and understanding of the mineral work – what many practitioners consider to be the true domain of Alchemy, but which is often under-represented in contemporary works on the subject. This is an excellent book for anyone wishing to engage with the practice of Alchemy, or to gain a deeper appreciation of its methods and philosophical basis.