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An alchemical year is not the same as a normal calendar year. Rather, it refers to the time necessary to complete an alchemical project such as raising gold from a lower element. It is called a year because there are four basic levels or grades to the work (with many sublevels), similar to the four seasons of a calendar year.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jo Graham, author of The Great Wheel and the new Winter.
The octaves of the Wheel of the Year are the map of our life. Just like the world, we pass through eight seasons, only instead of each being...