ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Alchemists and the Men in Black

Updated on June 8, 2013
Sulphur and Mercury unite to form the Philosophers Stone
Sulphur and Mercury unite to form the Philosophers Stone | Source

Alchemists were concerned with the Philosopher's stone, which converted base metals to gold. They also had a philosophy of personal transformation and Jung and others read most of the alchemical manuals as coded references to this process.

However there is some evidence suggesting a way of transmuting lead into gold had been discovered.

In the Journal of the Alchemical Society (London) [vol.1 part 4, April1913] GAJournal of the Alchemical Society (London) [vol.1 part 4, April1913]. Gaston De Mengel describes three cases where he cannot convince himself fraud was involved, though he seems well aware of the prevalence of charlatanism in this area.

In each case the alchemist was a reputable citizen (though given the way bankers and other respectable pillars of society engineered the 2008 recession this is perhaps not a meaningful recommendation), performed the transmutation themselves and was surprised it works. Also they considered the possibility they had been deceived.

An abbreviated account of De Mengel's article appeared in Issue 55 of Fortean Times.

Alchemists change lead into gold

In several cases an alchemist was given the means to effect the transmutation of lead to gold by a stranger, and had done it themselves. T

here was, apparently no attempt by the strangers to follow up and ask a price for the secret, which rules out any conventional fraud, and I am not aware of any of these alchemists becoming rich suddenly, as might have been expected if they had discovered the secret but wanted to keep it to themselves, perhaps for fear of the church.

Helvetius was visited by two strangers, suggesting a group of people who know the secret.

The question I asked myself was why the demonstration of the stone's power was given? Why was the secret not revealed? And who were the strangers?

The devil and the Men in Black

In medieval times there were reports of people being approached by a mysterious stranger dressed in black and offered benefits or invitations to a sabbat. The stranger was usually taken to be the devil, though the reason for his behavour is unclear:.

In modern times those who saw a UFO tended to be visited by mysterious “Men in Black” who behaved like non-physical beings. These sightings are less common nowadays, and would seem to be projections from the unconscious mind. They also appear to have little intelligence, which fits the role they often adopt, of low level government agents.

Some mysterious strangers appeared after the Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax of 1987 posing as social workers.

Bogus Social Workers

After the Satanic Ritual Abuse fiasco of the late 1980s where the UK Social Services were infiltrated by Rabid Christian Fundamentalists, who duped gullible colleagues into a belief in widespread Satanic Ritual Abuse there was an epidemic of BogusSocial workers calling on families with children and demanding to examine the children. Some of these appear to have been real people, as in this case from 2009 , but a few appear to be updated versions of the Men in Black and as far as I know no one has been prosecuted., but they seem to be more than urban legends.


Strangers gave Helvetius and others samples of the Philosopher's Stone, a Man in Black would give medieval travellers good things, sometimes with a sting in the tail, the Men in Black tried to scare UFO contactees and Bogus Social Workers appeared after a moral panic. And Phantom clowns have been reported for a long time

Are these figures projection of our fears and hopes, is there a secret society of ghosts and magicians dedicated to this sort of confusion? Why show transmutation is possible? If as has been suggested, a parallel society of sorcerers exists, why would they bother with normal society and advertise their existence

Unless contrary evidence turns up It seems reasonable to assume these figures are manifestations from the unconscious. But then where did the gold the alchemists produced originate? Unlike the case of the Mince Pie Martians who left a witness with mince pies of uncertain origin, or the pancakes one UFO inhabitant handed over to a witness, the gold could not have been produced and refined n a fit of absent mindedness


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)