This website began with the title “Ecology Farming: WebLog”, but as of May 2014 has been renamed “Alchemecology: Ecological Farming WebLog”. What is alchemecology? Let us examine this by the etymology of the two words separately it is composed of:
According to Wikipedia, Alchemy is derived from the greek word χημία chemia. “The ancient Greek word may have been derived from a version of the Egyptian name for Egypt, which was itself based on the Ancient Egyptian word kēme (hieroglyphic Khmi, black earth, as opposed to desert sand).
The word could also have originally derived from the Greek chumeia (χυμεία) meaning “mixture” and referring to pharmaceutical chemistry. With the later rise of alchemy in Alexandria, the word may have derived from Χημία, and thus became spelled as χημεία, and the original meaning forgotten. Its etymology is still open to question.”
According to Google dictionary, Alchemy’s origins are derived from “late Middle English: via Old French and medieval Latin from Arabic alkīmiyā ‘, from al ‘the’ + kīmiyā ‘ (from Greek khēmia, khēmeia ‘art of transmuting metals’).”
According to Wikipedia, “Ecology is an interdisciplinary field that includes biology and Earth science. The word “ecology” (“Ökologie”) was coined in 1866 by the German scientist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919). Ancient Greek philosophers such as Hippocrates and Aristotle laid the foundations of ecology in their studies on natural history. Modern ecology transformed into a more rigorous science in the late 19th century. Evolutionary concepts on adaptation and natural selection became cornerstones of modern ecological theory. Ecology is not synonymous with environment, environmentalism, natural history, or environmental science. It is closely related to evolutionary biology, genetics, and ethology. An understanding of how biodiversity affects ecological function is an important focus area in ecological studies. Ecologists seek to explain:
- Life processes, interactions and adaptations
- The movement of materials and energy through living communities
- The successional development of ecosystems, and
- The abundance and distribution of organisms and biodiversity in the context of the environment.”
According to Google dictionary, Ecology’s origins are derived from “late 19th century (originally as oecology ): from Greek oikos ‘house’ + -logy.”
So what is alchemecology?
In this blog that is a question I will let the reader answer. As for why this blog is titled alchemecology: I am a student of multiple fields, including alchemy and ecology, and I see great importance in the synergy of nominal and phenomenal fields. As physical exercise can help contribute to scholarly activities, and as internal training like meditation hones in martial arts abilities, the alchemical works (i.e. mystical, philosophical, transmutive and medicinal) and the ecological works (i.e. life sciences) serve synergistically to improve life when put into action. Such great work is what this blog is about overall, and so: welcome
to Alchemecology. May it help you bring a better day.