Originally Posted by Superdude
I was following up until alchemy. No offense Will.
alchemy is a kind of non Christian thought that was forced underground. its not really about turning lead into gold but rather about spiritual purification.
Jung searched all over Europe for really old alchemy texts & wrote a book on the psychology of alchemy. alchemy is very interesting but very difficult for a 21rst century person to grasp (myself included).
Hermeticism is a kind of religious thought that along with Gnostic ideas was floating around in the late Roman Empire but had to go underground due to the intolerance of the Christians once they became the official religion.
the rediscovery of a lot of these ideas in the late middle ages (along with other classic ideas) led into The Renaissance.