The traditional alchemist, as he works with material objects, is the one who helps nature to breathe the Divine Presence and thereby to be purified. For the artisan who is closely related in his world view to the alchemist, every process which ennobles matter and integrates it into its spiritual prototype makes that matter a more direct and intelligible symbol of the spiritual world.
From Ardelan & Bakhtiar, The Sense of Unity. p.63