One can mix, compose and decompose two or three chemical substances any number of times, and make them reappear in different forms, but in the end there is no increase in substance; there is only the combination of the substances used at the outset.
Alchemy neither composes nor mixes: it increases and activates that which already exists in a latent state.
Therefore alchemy can be more accurately compared with botany or agriculture than with chemistry.
In fact, the growth of a plant, a tree or an animal is an alchemical process taking place in the alchemical laboratory of nature and conducted by the Great Alchemist, the active power of God in nature. ”