Most frequently called Temperance, The Alchemist echoes Arcanum VII, The Conqueror, perfection on the physical plane. Arcanum XIV, or twice 7, represents perfection in the astral plane. This winged being, not of this world, appears after the Death card, harkening a way toward dynamic recovery. The Alchemist demonstrates a healing and regenerative process by pouring the elixir of life into golden and silver cups, balancing masculine/electric and feminine/magnetic energy to form the electromagnetic energy needed to give new life.
The action of pouring also symbolizes the reunion of soul mates, a perfect chemistry, and the on-going movement of life and natural forces.
Ruled by Taurus, The Alchemist represents an appreciation for beauty and the arts, patience, process, and slow but predictable progress. The conversion of base metals into gold and silver in alchemy is called transmutation, or to put it in a more conventional term, transformation. From this springs forth the idea that transformation is necessary for progress to take place because, without it, stagnation or retrogression may set in. In the Death card, the old growth of winter is raked away to make way for the new growth of spring. The Alchemist then demonstrates the electromagnetic forces of new life springing forth, and our gardens once again are transformed, not ever looking exactly the same twice! Throughout our lives we, too, have all had to reinvent ourselves many times in an effort to improve upon our lives and our personal characters.
Key words for The Alchemist are: Regeneration, healing, balance of opposites, perfect chemistry, beauty and the arts, patience, process, and progress through transformation
The spiritual message of The Alchemist is:
Remember, then son of earth, to conserve thy forces, not to recoil at thy works, but in order to wear out obstacles, as water, falling drop by drop, wears away the hardest stone. If Arcanum XIV should appear in the prophetic signs of thy horoscope, a well-formulated plan of action followed perseveringly will raise thee by degrees to the heights thou wouldst attain.
__C.C. Zain, The Sacred Tarot