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The Art of Alchemy: Transforming Negative Energy into Positive Magic

Recently we have seen the rise of transmutation on #witchtok so, I thought I would do a little series on the subject. So let's begin. 

Alchemy is like a magical recipe for turning negative vibes into positive power. Imagine it as a mystical kitchen where we mix everyday energies to create something extraordinary. In this blog post, we'll dive into how alchemy, often seen as an ancient science of turning lead into gold, can also transform our negative energy into positive magic. It's all about understanding how to use our thoughts, feelings, and actions to create the kind of energy we want in our lives. 

Understanding Negative Energy

Negative energy is like a storm cloud hovering over us, casting a shadow on our thoughts, emotions, and actions. In the world of magic, negative energy is often seen as the opposite of what we want to create – it's the stuff that holds us back, makes us feel stuck, and blocks our positive intentions. It can come from many places, like stress, anger, fear, or even just a bad day at work.

Imagine you wake up feeling grumpy because you had a rough night's sleep. That grumpiness is like a little ball of negative energy following you around, making it hard to focus on your magical work. Or maybe you had an argument with a friend that left you feeling hurt and upset. Those feelings can linger, creating a cloud of negative energy that hangs over you.

Now, why is it so important to address and transform this negative energy? Well, think of it like this: negative energy is like junk food for your magical practice. If you fill yourself up with it, you'll feel sluggish, unmotivated, and unable to perform at your best. But if you take the time to clear away that junk and replace it with nourishing, positive energy, you'll feel lighter, more focused, and ready to tackle any magical challenge that comes your way.

So, addressing and transforming negative energy isn't just about making yourself feel better in the moment – it's about setting the stage for success in your magical practice. By learning how to recognize negative energy, where it comes from, and how it affects you, you can take control of your magical journey and create the kind of positive, transformative energy that leads to real magic.

The Principles of Alchemical Transformation

Alchemy might sound like something out of a dusty old book or a mystical potion-making class, but at its core, it's all about change. It's about taking something ordinary and transforming it into something extraordinary – like turning lead into gold or, in our case, negative energy into positive magic.

Now, let's break down some of the key principles of alchemy and see how they apply to transforming that pesky negative energy:

Transmutation: This is the big one – the cornerstone of alchemy. Transmutation is all about changing one thing into another. In magical terms, it's like turning your frown upside down or taking that grumpy mood and flipping it into a smile. It's about shifting the energy from negative to positive, from dull to vibrant, and from stagnant to flowing. It's a bit like magic, really – taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary.

Purification: Think of purification as giving your energy a good scrub down. It's about clearing away the gunk and grime that builds up over time – the stress, the worries, the doubts – and leaving behind a clean slate. In practical terms, purification might involve things like meditation, smudging with sage, or taking a relaxing bath with herbs and essential oils. It's about cleansing your energy field so that you can start fresh and open yourself up to new possibilities.

Sublimation: This one's a bit trickier to wrap your head around, but bear with me. Sublimation is all about taking something solid and turning it into a gas – skipping the messy liquid phase altogether. In alchemy, it's seen as a metaphor for spiritual transformation – the process of rising above the mundane and reaching for the divine. In practical terms, sublimation might involve shifting your perspective, letting go of attachments, or transcending your limitations. It's about breaking free from the constraints of everyday life and tapping into a higher level of consciousness.

Now, how do we actually put these principles into practice in our magical work? Well, it's all about getting creative and finding what works for you. Maybe you use visualization techniques to transmute negative energy into positive vibes. Or perhaps you create a purification ritual using candles, crystals, and incense to cleanse your space and clear your mind. You might even experiment with sublimation by practicing mindfulness or engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

The key is to find what resonates with you and make it a regular part of your magical practice. By harnessing the power of alchemical transformation, you can turn negative energy into positive magic and unlock a whole new world of possibilities.

Techniques for Transforming Negative Energy

As we have said, negative energy can be like a dark cloud hanging over us, but the good news is, we have the power to transform it into something positive. Here are some beginner-friendly techniques you can try to turn that negative energy into positive magic:

Visualisation and Meditation Techniques: Visualisation is like painting a picture in your mind, and meditation is like pressing the reset button for your brain. Together, they can be powerful tools for transforming negative energy. Here's a simple technique you can try:

  1. Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won't be disturbed.
  2. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, letting go of any tension or stress.
  3. Imagine a bright light glowing at the center of your chest, representing your positive energy.
  4. With each breath, imagine this light growing stronger and brighter, pushing out any darkness or negativity.
  5. Hold this image for as long as you like, soaking in the warmth and positivity.

Working with Elemental Energies: The elements – earth, air, fire, and water – are powerful forces that can help us transform negative energy. Here's an example of how you can use fire and water to cleanse and purify your energy:

Fire Ritual:

  1. Find a safe outdoor space or a fireplace where you can safely light a fire.
  2. Write down any negative thoughts or feelings you want to release on a piece of paper.
  3. Light the paper on fire and watch as it burns away, visualising the negative energy being consumed by the flames.
  4. As the paper burns, repeat a positive affirmation or mantra, such as "I release all negativity and welcome in and embrace positivity."
  5. Once the paper has turned to ash, bury it in the earth, symbolising the transformation of negative energy into fertile ground for positive growth.

Water Ritual:

  1. Fill a bowl with clean, fresh water.
  2. Dip your hands into the water and visualise it washing away any negative energy from your body and aura.
  3. As you do this, say a simple affirmation, such as "I cleanse myself of all negativity, leaving only pure, positive energy."
  4. When you feel cleansed and refreshed, pour the water out onto the ground, thanking the water for its cleansing properties.

Creating Talismans or Charms: Talismans and charms are like little magical helpers that can transmute negative energy into positive vibrations. Here's how you can create a charm using a Smoky Quartz or Jet stone, both known for their protective and grounding properties:

  1. Choose a Smokey Quartz or Jet stone that feels right to you.
  2. Hold the stone in your hand and focus on your intention to transmute negative energy.
  3. Visualise the stone absorbing any negative energy around you, turning it into positive, protective energy.
  4. Carry the stone with you or place it in a prominent location to remind you of its protective qualities.

These are three very simple techniques , but don't underestimate their power. With practice, you can become a master of transforming negative energy into positive magic, empowering yourself to create the life you desire.

Ethical Considerations

When it comes to working with negative energy, it's important to approach it with a sense of responsibility and ethics. Just as we wouldn't want to intentionally harm others in our everyday lives, we must also be mindful of the impact our magical practices can have on ourselves and those around us.

Now, dont get it twisted, when i say ethical considerations, I am not talking specifically about the Wiccan ideology of 'do no harm". While this principle is typically associated with Wicca, its intention is applicable to a broader magical context, emphasising the importance of ensuring that our actions do not intentionally or accidentally cause harm to others, including through the manipulation of energy.

In the context of alchemical practices, this means being mindful of how we use our power to transform negative energy. While it's natural to want to protect ourselves and create positive outcomes, we must do so in a way that respects the autonomy and well-being of others.

For example, let's say you're feeling frustrated with a co-worker and want to use alchemical techniques to change the dynamic between you. While it's okay to want to improve the situation, it would not be ethical to try to manipulate the co-worker's thoughts or feelings without their consent. Instead, focus on transforming your own energy and actions to create a more positive interaction, leaving space for the other person to respond in their own way.

It's also important to consider the long-term effects of our actions when working with negative energy. Sometimes, the most ethical choice may be to simply let go of the negative energy rather than trying to transform it into something else. This can be challenging, especially when we're faced with difficult situations or emotions, but it's an important part of ethical magical practice.

In essence, ethical considerations when working with negative energy are about approaching our magical practices with mindfulness, compassion, and respect for ourselves and others. By keeping these principles in mind, we can ensure that our magical work is not only effective but also ethical and empowering for all involved.

As we progress through this topic, I will share more insights, rituals, and techniques to help you on your journey of transforming negative energy into positive magic. However, if you're eager to dive deeper and start your own exploration, here are some reference materials for you to explore:


  1. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy by Dennis William Hauck - A comprehensive introduction to the history and practice of alchemy, with practical exercises for beginners.
  2. Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology by Marie-Louise von Franz - Explores the psychological aspects of alchemical symbolism and its relevance to personal transformation.

Online Resources:

  1. The Alchemy Lab (alchemywebsite.com) - A comprehensive online resource for all things alchemy, including articles, resources, and practical exercises.
  2. The Alchemical Tarot (alchemicaltarot.com) - An exploration of alchemical symbolism through the lens of tarot, with practical insights and exercises for personal growth.


  1. The Alchemy Podcast - A podcast exploring the intersection of alchemy, magic, and personal transformation, with interviews and discussions with leading experts in the field.
  2. The Magic of Alchemy Podcast - Explores the magical and transformative properties of alchemy, with practical tips and techniques for applying its principles to everyday life.

These resources are just a starting point, and there are many more books, articles, and online resources available to help you deepen your understanding of alchemy, magic, and the transformation of negative energy. Happy exploring!

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