“If Alchemy is the art of fire, and Alchemists are “artists of fire,” then the alchemist must be able to know all kinds of fire, all degrees of fuel, sources of fire, fuels of fire. And the alchemist must be able to fight fire with fire, using our fire to operate upon the fires we are operating. The art of heating is controlled by the wit of the artist, as the fire is made intenser or milder. There are brooding fires, slow and mild, and strong calcine fires to melt the leaden state.” James Hillman
We each have our particular heat. The art of fire and the key to Alchemy means learning how to warm, excite, enthuse, ignite, inspire, cool down, to cook the material you are working on.