Alchemy , a noun, meaning: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
So alchemy? How does that apply to me and how am I the alchemist? When I finally embraced my spiritual path it started with yoga & meditation. However, it quickly led me to other spiritual practices. I studied the tarot and I started working with oracle cards, crystals, reiki, herbs, qabalah, hermetics and astrology. I was taking class after class and reading book after book to learn as much as I could about all of it. There were more than a few people who would say things like “You should pick what you want to do and focus on that, become an expert.” Of course, I started to question myself. What did I want to do? What would I pick? Will anyone take me seriously if don’t become an expert? There was still so much to learn. I loved all of it. To me it seemed like everything was pieces to a greater puzzle I was just starting to put together.
Well I didn’t pick just one thing or even two. Why do we have to pick between things we love? Especially if what we really see is they all have a connection to each other. A way of working together that is a whole other magical way of being. I think the more magic we have in this world the better! Instead I decided I would take what I know and combine it in a way that works for me. So in that way, alchemy seems like a fitting word. I am taking my magical practices, combining them, transforming them to create a practice that is truly my own.
The more I learn about the tarot, herbs, crystals etc, I realize that so much of their magic is different for each individual. Yes, there are some similarities or overarching meanings but when you truly connect to your intuition, the message you get is yours, no one else’s, it’s more personal than some generic “this means that” or “this does that”.
There is no right way or wrong way, when we make our own magic, that is what makes it powerful. I hope everyone will feel compelled to really connect to what feels right to them. Do not allow others to determine how or what you practice. Be the alchemist and create your own magic!