I'm currently reading a spellcasting book for the mind called "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern that is described as "magical realism at its most fun." Genuine magic versus 'illusions' are explored in this book and I find that there are parallel existing in this contrast within art of alchemy as well. The book starts with a quote: "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." - Oscar Wilde, 1888. The song "Seed Must Die and Break" is based on alchemical principles and it explores the phases of the Great Work. According to legend, Alchemy is a science of spiritual liberation that formed around 13,000 years ago. In "Alchemy: The Science of Enlightenment" Arion Love states that the ancient cultures documented this science of transformation and it was deemed as the "ultimate culmination of the human experience." Love further notes that "although this sacred science of the soul is known by different names, it is known and misunderstood primarily by the name of alchemy. For some, alchemy has become a term in modern culture somehow relating to chemistry or is thought of as the attempt to change metal lead into gold. Transforming the lead of ignorance into the gold of enlightenment can be seen as a brief interpretation of this metaphor ... Alchemy, is said to be the Great Work of nature that perfects matter, whether it is expressed as the cosmos or our soul. Therefore alchemy can be defined as the Science of God Realization. It has also been referred to as the Royal Art or the Royal Path back to God ... Godfathers of alchemy were Shiva and Angiras of India, Anu of Sumeria, Thoth or Tehuti of Egypt, and the Eight Immortals of China." Spirituality can be illusory or it can be genuine magic. So far, I would like to believe in the magic!

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