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VARGAS, Nairo de Souza. Hysyoric aspects of alchemy. Junguiana [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.2, pp. 69-76. ISSN 0103-0825.

The author describes the origins of Alchemy and shows that it was present in several cultures and in different times in History. It is acknowledged that Alchemy originated from magical-mythical techniques, which arose from the emerging consciousness. Alchemy seeks to understand various aspects of the cosmic relationship of man to matter, and each different school of alchemical thought has its own wisdom and brings light to valuable elements of this relationship. Objectively, Alchemy preceded chemistry, and subjectively, it preceded psychology. Matter also has a soul, which is perennial. But, in its physical aspect, matter is transmutable. In this paper, it is emphasized that modern physics, like alchemy, admits the transmutation of matter. Jung's comprehension of the symbology of alchemy, as a projection of personal and archetypal unconscious experiences, brought a psychological understanding to the complex alchemical symbolism. The author emphasizes that, in the field of science, the modern psychologist can only describe the psychological process, since the real nature of the psyche transcends consciousness because it is one of life's mysteries as well as one of the mysteries of matter itself.

Palavras-chave : Alchemy; historic aspects; matter's soul; projections on matter.

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