The alchemy discussion forum.
I have now set up the alchemy discussion forum to replace the alchemy academy email discussion group which has now been closed.

This is not an email system but instead uses more the complex software of a web based bulletin board structure. This uses threads and categories, which allows a more focused approach. It incorporates email notification of new posts in a thread a user wishes to watch, a search engine, and also allows direct posting of images into postings.

Subscription to the forum is restricted to scholars of alchemy. It is not a general discussion group. People can, of course, read all the contributions but only scholarly subscribers can post contribution. It is of interest to the general public and gets about sixty visits a day.
The alchemy academy.
This was an e-mail discussion forum dedicated to the scholarly and academic study of alchemy, strongly moderated by Adam McLean. This discussion group, which close in 2007 was based on an exploration of the original texts and imagery of alchemy, and approached this with a scholarly rigour. The academy ran for eight years and was a major vehicle for people to discuss alchemy in a scholarly way on the internet. Many of the participants were major scholars and researchers into alchemy.
People should read the archives and consult the policy statement in order to see the approach that was taken in this group. Unsubstantiated speculation was not pursued in this academic group. This group was only for people who adopted a scholarly approach to the subject. It was strongly moderated and this allowed it to survive and flourish over the eight years of its establishment.
Archive of the academic group.

Speculative alchemy discussion groups.
People who would rather follow a wide ranging speculative approach to the subject should join one of the following groups. These are not in any way connected to the Alchemy web site but are entirely independent initiatives.

Organised by Steve Kalec. Deals with both practical alchemy and philosophical alchemy.

The alchemy forum.
Deals with both practical alchemy and philosophical alchemy.
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Older discussion forums which have now been closed.

The inner symbolism of alchemy workshop.
This was set up in August 1999 and was a bit of an experiment - an exploration of new territory - both as regards the symbolic material, and also in trying to find a new method of working with inner alchemy as a group of people widely distributed throughout the world yet brought together by the internet.
This was discontinued after a month because it had too many membersand was imposing too much of a workload on the moderator. This has been restructed as a series of lessons on inner alchemy beginning in October 1999.

The practical alchemy group. This was a separate group for the discussion of laboratory alchemy, for people to exchange ideas, techniques and experiences of their work with laboratory alchemy. Primarily for people actively interested in performing alchemical experiments.
Due to lack of interest and the fact that few people wanted to keep to the subject of practical alchemy. This group was closed at the end of April 2000.
Archive of the practical group.

The alchemy discussion group. This discussion group was originally set up as forum for the scholarly discussion of alchemy. Over a period of time it became obvious that many people did not want to work within the constraints of the scholarly approach and wished to speculate and interprete alchemy in a wider context. In April 1999 I decided to set up the alchemy academy for the academic and scholarly discussion of alchemy, and to relax the rules for discussion on the alchemy discussion group to allow a wider and more speculative approach. In July 1999 I ceased to act as moderator and the furture of this group is uncertain.

Click for description of the old scholarly group and its archives.

Other email and web discussion groups on alchemy and related subjects.
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