Hey everybody, open-ended question/premise. What do you all on this forum think about alchemy? Throughout the years, my interest in Forteanism eventually led me right into the esoteric and eventually into the self-empowerment techniques of alchemy. Scholars like Manly P Hall, 33rd degree Freemason, and even Carl Jung discuss how archetypal symbols are cryptogrammatical, meaning that each part of the symbol helps to convey an overall larger, hidden context--similar to a fractal. I have always loved John Keel's ideas of mental-projection, like that of Jung's ideas. The whole idea in the title of the "Mothman Prophecies" was the theory that the townspeople of Point Pleasant were somehow creating either a conduit from another dimension through their collective consciousness, or they were creating some sort of intense and even autonomous group-mind hallucination. The basic gist is that the Mothman was symbolically prophetic, similar to the things people experience within dreams. Long story short, I feel like Fortean phenomena is like raw psychic material that has yet to be transmutated by the individual perceiving it. If we did not perform psychodynamic transmutation of our psyche's archetypes and energies, then they will project themselves autonomously at any given chance. The more we suppress, the harder they come and the more illustrious they appear. I'm not saying that Forteanism is all one big hallucination--but that Forteanism is like the threshold of the esoteric. It is the gateway into the surreal, and alchemy is like the act of learning how to work with and harness the surreal. After all, Hermeticism is very-basically the philosophy of using symbols and divination to make the proper "Story" out of your life that you see fit. if you don't make the story, the story makes you, and sometimes it comes as a Jungian synchronicity like running into someone as soon as you think of them--or something much more surreal, like encountering a cryptid or seeing a UFO, et cetera. For the record, I consider myself a Hermeticist, and in my younger days I had some profound UFO sightings that I still think about from time to time. So I'm no stranger to any of these topics. Thoughts? Cheers to you all.