AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) You can expect your mate to get fed up and make the choices for you or back off completely. Your social skills with people may be more than just helpful. You can make favorable changes in your home environment.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Take time to do some writing, whether it's correspondence, poetry, or keeping a journal. If you go shopping, only take what you can afford to part with. You need to lie back and enjoy a little rest.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) You have to let go of your past if you wish to get out of any sentimental mood that might be hanging over your head. Control your anger. Do not sign contracts or get involved in any uncertain financial deals.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Female colleagues may be able to help you get the job done. Don't be too quick to spend money. It's time to make professional changes.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) Someone may be trying to take advantage of you. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Unexpected visitors will be a welcome surprise.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Move into a leadership position if you are determined to do so. Your dramatic approach to life has probably gotten to your mate. Concentrate on work.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) You can make career moves that will be prosperous. Your involvement with groups will raise your self esteem. Stay calm and focus on things that will help you understand the situation better.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) Travel will promote new romantic encounters and additional cultural knowledge. Your emotional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Follow through on some of the good ideas that come up, and you could have a real winner of a deal.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Club memberships or donations could be expensive and prove unnecessary. Don't try to hide your true feelings from your mate. You need to keep the peace and you will have to bend in order to do so.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) This is not the best time to take a risk, to gamble or spend money you really can't afford to part with. If you work in conjunction with someone else you may find they're trying to steal your thunder. You can raise your standard of living if you pick up some freelance work on the side.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) If you work in conjunction with someone else you may find they're trying to steal your thunder. Children's needs could be more costly than you anticipated. Visit friends or relatives you don't get to see very often.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) You will be moody and react poorly to issues concerning your mate. Sudden romantic encounters will set your head spinning. Older family members may try to put unreasonable demands on you.
It is the belief in the existence of the philospher's stone, that everything is made up from the same source essence and therefore "gold" the purest of all elements, can be transmuted from "iron" the most unpure. This is the lifelong goal of the alchemist, to discover the philosopher's stone by being capable of tapping into the source, through a mixture of science and magick.
There is also a lot of belief tied into planets, elements, alchemical symbols, and there is a HUGE philosophy and belief behind the practice. It is far too extensive to write out, and would take a book. And there are plenty out there. Check out sacred-texts.com for some. Particularly read Paracelsus. He was a genius and his writings are fantastic.
By discovering the philosopher's stone (Iron into gold) alchemists would prove their belief to be true. Most alchemists were and still are scientists. There have been claims of those who have discovered it, but they disappeared quickly, unfortunately. The most famous and successful alchemists lived during very Christian times. We all know how vicious Christians were at destroying anything or anyone that conflicted with their religion.
I think that most pagans share a belief in a "source", and hundreds if not thousands of years later, science confirmed that everything is made up of atoms! This is the key to the energy that every single object and living thing shares. The baseline of matter. I could go even further into detail about how the alteration of protons, neutrons and electrons within the atom cause transmutation! But all of this was confirmed way after alchemy was formed. I think the alchemists are onto something. =)
I personally enjoy all philosophy and remain open minded to the possibilities. I don't think that "all" of any philosophy or faith is 100% correct, but there are "truths" in most if you know how to look at them from the right perspective.
As WhiteRav3n points out, one goal of alchemy has now been realized - it's possible to turn lead into gold. (Though she is incorrect in one particular - it was lead, not iron, that was considered the basest of metals.) All you need to do to turn one substance into another is add protons, and enough neutrons and electrons to stabilize it.
But that's not how alchemists tried to do it; they were on the wrong track, as it turned out. Alchemy is still a viable philosophical system, but modern nuclear chemistry is what has finally let us transmute elements. However, there are other goals to alchemy, like the purification of substances, which may be of interest to you; I would search online for more information.
Now, the other ultimate goal of alchemy - immortality - still eludes us... but there's no reason to believe it's impossible. We age and die for several reasons, like the elimination of telomeres in chromosomes; there are many scientific techniques in the works to stop this from happening. Perhaps one day in the future, the philosopher's stone will be created by science.