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2005 Library:
Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences
by Eileen Holland

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Home of the Gods
by Hugh Fox

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Secret Societies Of The Middle Ages
by Thomas Keightley

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Secrets of the Magical Grimoires
by Aaron Leitch

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia
by Rob Brezsny

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy
by Dennis William Hauck

Interview

Sacred Mushroom of Visions
edited by Ralph Metzner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Ghosthunting Illinois
by John B. Kachuba

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Uriel
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Fall Lineup from Ghost House Books
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters AND The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Llewellyn Almanacs published by Llewellyn Publications
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
by Mary Roach

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Mystic Christ
by Ethan Walker

Interview

The Fog
by Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head AND How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
by Harish Johari and Vatsala Sperling

Official Ghostvillage.com review

House of Spirits and Whispers
by Annie Wilder

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Well Worn Path
By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Mysteries of Mithras
by Payam Nabarz

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners
by Elizabeth Owens

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Book of Hindu Imagery
by Eva Rudy Jansen

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Attunements For Day and Night, Rolfing in Motion, and Ritual Drumming
From Destiny Recordings

Ghostvillage.com audio review   Published within the last six months.

Forbidden History
Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Postmodern Magic
by Patrick Dunn

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places
Edited by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Hand from A to Z
by Judith Hipskind Collins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Offering To Isis
by M. Isidora Forrest

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Temple Of Shamanic Witchcraft
by Christopher Penczak

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Women of the Golden Dawn
by Mary K. Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
by Rodney Orpheus

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Holy Books of Thelema
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Atlantis AND Lemuria and Atlantis
by Shirley Andrews

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Douglas De Long interview by Lee Prosser
Interview

Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Trespassing Time
by Barbara J. Baldwin, Jerri Garretson, Linda Madl, and Sheri L. McGathy

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Book of the Law
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Awakening Kundalini For Health, Energy, and Consciousness, Sounds of the Chakras, and Sacred Sounds of Santeria
Ghostvillage.com audio review

Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Taking Up The Runes
by Diana Paxson

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Coyote Wisdom
by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Mystery of Reincarnation
by J. Allan Danelek

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Art of the Pendulum
by Cassandra Eason

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Ancient Healing Techniques
by Douglas De Long

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Healing Herbs and Health Foods of the Zodiac
by Ada Muir

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Autumn Equinox
by Ellen Dugan

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Serpent Myths of Ancient Egypt
by William Ricketts Cooper

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Speak with the Dead
by Konstantinos

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Gospel of Thomas
by Jean-Yves Leloup

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Exploring The Northern Tradition
by Galina Krasskova

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts
by Jean Doresse

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

New Chakra Healing
by Cyndi Dale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Possible Fatal
by Joanie Thurston with Wally Johnston

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magickal Mermaids And Water Creatures
by D. J. Conway

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Gnostic Philosophy
by Tobias Churton

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Correllian Wicca
by Rev. Donald Lewis

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Book of Ordinary Oracles
by Lon Milo DuQuette

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

A Witch's Notebook
by Silver RavenWolf

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Golden Builders
by Tobias Churton

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Gabriel
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts
by Jeremy Naydler

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Drummer's Path
by Sule Greg Wilson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic
by John Michael Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Weird Illinois
by Troy Taylor

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Cathedral of the Black Madonna
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex
by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Communicating With the Dead
by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Geomancy: A Method for Divination
by Franz Hartmann

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Queen of the Night
by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Archidoxes of Magic
by Paracelsus

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Hara: The Vital Center of Man
by Karlfried Graf Durckheim

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Being A Pagan
by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witch on the Go
by Cal Garrison

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Rosicrucians
by Christopher McIntosh

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Occult Investigator
by Bob Johnson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Celestial Key to the Vedas
by B. G. Sidharth

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Secret Teachings of Plants
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

High Magick
by Frater U.:D.:

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal
by A. J. Drew

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Keys to the Kingdom
by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
by Joscelyn Godwin

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Myths and Gods of India
by Alain Danilou

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses
by Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

People Who Don't Know They're Dead
by Gary Leon Hill

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Kaili's Odiyya, Kali, and Eternally Bad (three reviews)
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ
by Tau Malachi

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Pregnant Darkness
by Monika Wikman

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Cape Encounters
by Dan Gordon and Gary Joseph

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Bushman Shaman
by Bradford Keeney

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Arcana of Freemasonry
by Albert Churchward

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
by Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Custodians of Truth
by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Kabbalah 365
by Gershon Winkler - author interview

Interview   Published within the last six months.

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
by Ellen Evert Hopman

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Mastering Astral Projection
by Robert Bruce and Brian Mercer

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

John Dee: 1527-1608
by Charlotte Fell Smith

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
by Richard Alan Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gothic Ghost Stories by A. S. Mott; Ghost Stories of London by Edrick Thay; Victorian Ghost Storiesby Jo-Anne Christensen
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witchcraft Medicine
by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn edited
by Francis King

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magick Toolbox
by Carl Neal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Solitary Wiccan's Bible
by Gavin and Yvonne Frost

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
by Lora O'Brien

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Magical Uses For Magnets
by Draja Mickaharic

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

San Diego Paranormal: The City's Most Haunted
Interview   Published within the last six months.

Alchemy of the Soul
by Martin Lowenthal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Candle Magic for Beginners
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Kabbalistic Healing
by Jason Shulman

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Haunted Battlefields
by Dan Asfar AND Haunted Cemeteries
by Edrick Thay

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere
by Carol Blackman and Elise Browning Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Gospel Of Philip
by Jean-Yves Leloup

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Becoming Psychic
by Stephen Kierulff and Stanley Krippner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
by Sheila Paine

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Which Witch Is Which?
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.





December 16, 2005

Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy by Dennis William HauckSorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy
By Dennis William Hauck
Publisher: Citadel (May 2004)
Pages: 240 - Price: $12.95

Interview by Jeff Belanger - info@ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com author interview

Dennis William Hauck is an author and lecturer working to facilitate personal, institutional, and global transformation through the application of the ancient principles of alchemy. Ghostvillage.com readers may know him best as the author of the Haunted Places: The National Directory and the International Directory of haunted Places. In his book, Sorcerer's Stone, Hauck takes readers on a journey into alchemy. Ghostvillage.com had the opportunity to ask him about alchemy and about his book.

What is alchemy?

The simplest definition of alchemy is that it is the art of transformation. The alchemists believed the universe is constantly striving towards perfection, and the alchemists tried to find ways to hasten that process on all levels of mind, matter, and spirit. 

How has alchemy changed over the centuries?

When alchemy began over 5,000 years ago, it was a unique fusing of religion and science. It is hard for us to understand such a unified viewpoint. Today, alchemy has split into practical work and spiritual work, although the guiding principle is still to unite these opposing paths. According to alchemy, no change is complete or lasting unless it is accomplished on all levels of reality -- the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. 

Who is doing alchemy today?

I personally know about three dozen people with laboratories practicing alchemy, making elixirs, and working on the metals. The Alchemy Guild (www.AlchemyGuild.org) has members in 23 countries. Most people today are practicing spiritual alchemy for personal development.

How did you get started in it?

I was in graduate school at the University of Vienna studying mathematics. I discovered a room in the basement of the library containing hundreds of old alchemy books that were kept out of circulation. The pictures and words fascinated me. After a long search, I found a practicing alchemist in Prague and he took me on as an apprentice. He instructed me in the techniques for over a year, and his only pay was a carton of Camel cigarettes every once in awhile. Through him I met other alchemists in Europe. 

What can one gain from practicing alchemy?

The Hermetic teachings of alchemy contain many "secrets" about the nature of what is called the "Whole Universe." That is just not our universe in time and space but every multidimensional possibility. In other words, alchemists seek principles that operate in all universes on all levels. Whether they succeed or not is really irrelevant, since just the effort expands one's consciousness and frees one from cultural, historic, and educational biases. Practicing alchemy sets you free. 

How would you contrast alchemy with Witchcraft? Is alchemy a belief
system?


Witchcraft is a belief system, a very organized and even dogmatic group of people. In alchemy, having a belief is actually a hindrance. On the other hand, true alchemists feel that thoughts, judgments, and beliefs are a kind of Salt or matter that gets in the way of the pure consciousness necessary to do the Great Work of transformation. The goal is to keep the mind fluid or mercurial. For the alchemist (and modern quantum physicists too, I should note), pure consciousness is a force of nature. The problem is that consciousness gets polluted by culture and contaminated by personal experiences and loses its magic. 

What prompted you to write Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to
Alchemy
?


I would like to say I did it as a gift to the world, but actually I did it to spite French alchemists. They are the fundamentalists of alchemy and do not want any of the genuine principles of alchemy to be revealed. Believe it or not, I got a lot of hate mail from them after I wrote my first book on alchemy, The Emerald Tablet

Can you give an example of a simple alchemist experiment readers could
try at home using materials they may already have?


It is very easy to make an alchemical tincture using the sealed jar method. Fill a jar about 1/3 full of fresh oregano (or other spice or herb) and add Vodka until it fills half the jar and covers the oregano. Alchemists made their own alcohol from wine and the higher the proof the better. Everclear or White Lightening works best. Vodka is weaker but has no odor or taste, so it is a fitting substitute. The alcohol "spiritizes" the oregano and extracts its "soul" or essential oil, which is dissolved in the alcohol and gives it a special coloring or signature (this is the tincturing). Shake the mixture vigorously for 2-3 minutes, then let it sit. The next phase is "animating the mercury" (or innate consciousness) of the herb. Open the jar and focus your undivided attention on the contents. With intention, try to project your own life force into the mixture. You may have to meditate or relax or do whatever it takes to feel that this is really happening. Just have sympathy and love for the substance and really want to bring it alive. Then seal the jar again and store it in a dark, quiet place. Next, 2-3 times a day, "mother" the mixture by shaking or swirling the jar gently and lovingly. Little droplets forming on the lid and sides of the jar indicate that an inner distillation process has begun, which means the essence or soul of oregano has survived and the tincture is coming alive. In 2-3 weeks, the process should be complete. Strain out the "dregs" (used up herb) through a coffee filter and save the colored solution. This is the tincture. Take 5-6 drops under the tongue as an energizer that strengthens the body's vital centers. On the physical level, it is a powerful antibiotic that kills viruses and bacteria and has been used to treat pneumonia and throat infections. For this to be a true spagyric tincture, we would have to do all these operations under the influences of the planet Mercury, which is the signature of oregano. For charts of the planetary hours, visit my website at www.AlchemyLab.com

What's the first music album you ever bought?

It was Roundabout by Yes. I will really be surprised if anyone gets that! Later I really got into U2, and I still love early U2, so maybe that should count. But today, I just can't get enough Rap. I guess we just evolve musically too.

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