Clive Prince is not, shall we say, a great source. Alchemy, in the sense that we are currently discussing is pretty much narrowed down, and you'd be much better reading Paul Coelho for it's relevence here, most everything else, alchemical, has merged into the sciences, that single point excepted. Have you read Frazer's The Golden Bough? Much better overview of things than Pike will ever provide you with, Pike's worldview, while vaild to the Masons no doubt, has limited scope for us lesser mortals...
I'll read it. For perspective, I have listened to most of the Golden Dawn podcast and read most of the related books from Theosophy. There is a root truth that must be understood by this tradition of thought if correct truth is to be understood. I outline this in my many articles and it's very simple. Taking from the fruit of knowledge makes us a thief. Allowing God to give the fruit makes us a child of God. Nature has a process. Alchemy seeks to speed that process up by the works of men. It's a failed attempt. The wedding clothes can only be put on one way and with one name. Any other method makes us a thief and a wedding crasher.
Many Masons are aware of the correct path and practice it. In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain.”
The key is bearing fruit and not taking it.
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