Rose+Croix JournalThe Roots of a Science of Consciousness in Hermetic Alchemy (Click on Cover to open)

Rose+Croix Journal, Volume 11, Winter 2016. By Dennis William Hauck

Alchemy is not only the origin of systematic experimentation and chemistry but also the first attempt to create a cohesive science of consciousness. This article explores the development of this new science in the work of the leading alchemists and Hermetic philosophers of the Renaissance. The article focuses on the original work of Paracelsus, Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, John Locke, Geothe, and others.  





Click to DownloadThe Alchemy Exhibit in the Egyptian Museum at Rosicrucian Park (Click on Cover to open)

Download Audio RecordingRosicrucian Digest, Volume 94, No.1, 2016. By Dennis William Hauck

This detailed tour through the Alchemy Exhibit at the Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, focuses on the universal operations of alchemy as they are practiced in the lab as well as in spiritual work. The exhibit includes a reproduction of a working alchemists laboratory from the 1500s, as well as a full-size reproduction of the Ripley Scroll, and a unique enclave featuring a guided alchemical meditation practiced by alchemists for centuries. Written by curator and designer Dennis William Hauck, who also narrates the tour.



Rose+Croix Journal 2014Searching for the Cosmic Quintessence: How the Alchemists Meditated in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Click on Cover to open)

Download Audio RecordingRose+Croix Journal, Volume 10, 2014. By Dennis William Hauck

The meditative techniques practiced by alchemists in the Middle Ages were different from what we think of as meditation today. Alchemical meditation was an active instead of a passive activity, and it focused on harnessing spiritual forces for positive transformation and specific manifestations. The alchemists sought to actually work with the transcendental powers during meditation to achieve union with the divine mind or somehow bring the transformative powers from Above directly into their practical work in the lab or their personal work in the inner laboratory of their souls. This paper reviews actual meditations practiced by alchemists. 


Rosicrucian DigestThe Philosopher's Stone: Physical or Philosophical? (Click on Cover to open)

Download Audio RecordingRosicrucian Digest, Volume 91 Number 1 2013. By Dennis William Hauck

This is the thirteenth in a series of thematic issues of the highly respsected Rosicrucian Digest exploring sources that have contributed to the Rosicrucian tradition. This issue is dedicated to Alchemy. The article reviews the history of the Philosopher's Stone as a key to both physical and spiritual perfection. The articles includes images of what the Stone looked like and a discussion of the symbolism of the ciphers representing it.  Read the Philosopher's Stone article. Download the complete issue of the Rosicrucian Digest. Download the free Kindle version. To download an audio recording of the article, click on the icon at left above.


Materia Prima: The Nature of the First Matter in the Esoteric and Scientific Traditions  (Click Cover to open)

Rose+Croix Journal, Volume 8, 2011. Presented at the Hidden In Plain Sight Conference, Rosicrucian Order, San Jose, California, by Dennis William Hauck  

The alchemists believed that no transformation—whether in the laboratory, in the body, or in the soul—could succeed without the presence of a mysterious ingredient known as the Materia Prima (First Matter). Nothing was more important to alchemist’s work than this energetic essence, which they believed could be extracted from any substance and actually rendered tangible and visible. This paper examines the nature and properties of the elusive First Matter. We will look at how the alchemists exposed it, accumulated it, and worked with it to accomplish the regeneration of the substance at hand. We will explore how the concept of the First Matter evolved in both the scientific and esoteric traditions to become a fundamental, although often unrecognized, tenet of both modern Hermeticism and modern physics.


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Emerald Tablet - English EditionGreek Edition - Emerald TabletHauck's The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy (Alpha 2008) is considered the best introduction to alchemy available. His bestselling The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation (Penguin 1999), presents startling new revelations about the mysterious artifact that inspired over 3,500 years of alchemy. His Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy (Citadel 2004) is an entertaining introduction to practical and spiritual alchemy.  He is currently completing the first English translation of Die Alchemie by Dr. Gottlieb Latz, a nineteenth-century German alchemist, and is working on his latest book is First Matter: Autobiography of an Alchemist.

Hauck has contributed to numerous non-fiction works, such as Real Alchemy (Robert Bartlett, Weiser 2006), Way of the Crucible (Robert Bartlett, Weiser 2008), How to Write a Book Proposal (Michael Larsen, Writer's Digest 1997), The Power of Sacred Space (Carolyn Cobelo, Akasha 2000),  Alchemy: the Great Secret (Andrea Aromatico, Abrams 2001), Tarot Court Cards Archetypes (Kate Warwick-Smith, Inner Traditions 2003), and Alchemical Healing (Nicki Scully, Bear & Co. 2003). He has also consulted on a number of alchemically themed novels, such as A Hundred Ways to Sunday (Robin Rice, Bwyar Press 2001) and Unnatural Fire (Fidelis Morgan, HaperCollins 2000).

Sorcerer's Stone - 1st EditionSorcerer's Stone - 2nd EditionA dedicated explorer of consciousness, Hauck has done considerable research into "exceptional human experiences" -- a term he uses to describe a wide variety of mystical phenomena. His guidebooks to thousands of sacred energy sites and locations of paranormal activity, International Directory of Haunted Places (Penguin 2000) and Haunted Places: The National Directory (Athanor 1994, Penguin 1996, Penguin-Putnam 2002), have led hundreds of people to places where they have experienced such altered states of consciousness. His biography of William Shatner (Captain Quirk - Pinnacle 1995; Der Captain - Heyne 1997) chronicles the egocentric actor's personal transformation after a mystical experience in the Mojave Desert. Hauck made a movie with William Shatner entitled Mysteries of the Gods. Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy (Citadel Press 2004) presents the operations and methods alchemists used in both their laboratory and spiritual work.

Hauck has contributed to several anthologies, such as Awaken to a Dream (Watermark 1991), The Practical Guide to Practically Everything (Random House 1995), Magic of Our Universe (Camelot 1999), The Internet Guide to Adventurous & Unusual Travel (Facts On Demand 2001), and Nine Windows to Wholeness: Jungian Sandplay (Sanity Press 2002).

Hauck has worked as editor for a half-dozen holistic and New Age publications. He is currently the publisher of the Alchemy Journal, for which he writes regular articles. He has written on a wide variety of topics for nearly fifty different magazines, including Harper's, Automated Home, Electronic House, Conscious Living, Sacramento Magazine, The City: San Francisco Magazine, Fate, and Writer's Digest. He is considered a pioneer in introducing transpersonal concepts to businesses and government agencies and worked seven years as a staff writer for Today's Supervisor, the official magazine of the 25,000-member California State Supervisor's Association. He also wrote regular columns for the Long Island Journal, New Age Retailer, Perceptions Magazine, and Whole Life Times.

Captain Quirk - English EditionCaptain Quirk - German EditionHauck’s books have been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Harper’s, Magical Blend, Lingua Franca, and hundreds of other periodicals. He has been interviewed on nearly four hundred radio and TV programs, including "NPR's Morning Edition," "A&E Unexplained," "Sally Jessy Raphael," "Geraldo," “The O’Reilly Factor,” "Extra," and "CNN Reports." He also served as a special consultant to a several leading film companies and a number of popular television programs. He wrote script and appeared in Mysteries of the Gods (Hemisphere 1976) and served as a consultant for other popular novels and movies ranging from alchemy documentaries to such popular films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Columbia 1977) to White Noise (Brightlight 2005).


Dennis William Hauck holds lectures and workshops throughout the world on the various aspects of practical, mental, and spiritual alchemy. He was a featured speaker at many important conferences, including the International Alchemy Conference annual event at, the Conference On Mystical Egypt and Immortality in Cairo, conferences for the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the International Society for Energetic Psychology, and many others. His award-winning informational website Alchemy Lab at is one of the largest resources for alchemy on the Internet. The London Times called it “one of the most stunning web archives ever.” Download a free copy of Hauck's translation of the Emerald Tablet.

Hauck is a professional member of the ASSC (Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness), the AMS (American Mathematical Society), the ATP (Association for Transpersonal Psychology), and the CRS (Center for Research in Science). He is an instructor in the Alchemy Study Program ( ) and served as president of the International Alchemy Guild (IAG) at He has been profiled in numerous publications, including the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, Who’s Who in California, and The Dictionary of International Biography.  

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