One of the most common mistakes of the amateur alchemist is taking shortcuts. Many alchemical formulas appear overlong and unnecessarily convoluted, but only an experienced practictioner can determine when - and how - to abbreviate the process, if it can be done at all. Alchemy is not just about the combination of physical materials in a specific manner, but about how they are influenced by invisible forces, such as the movements of stars and planets, and these things cannot be rushed or altered. If a formula states it requires a year and a day of low heat and counterclockwise stirring to prepare, you had best allow a year and a day to tend your cookfire.
Use the ancient art of alchemy to turn your whole life into gold! Finding the philosopher's stone is just the tip of the profit-making iceberg in this misunderstood, often-ridiculed branch of arcane studies.
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