The Paracelsians were quick to offer an alchemical interpretation of Genesis

“The Paracelsians were quick to offer an alchemical interpretation of Genesis. Here they pictured the Creation as the work of a divine alchemist separating the beings and objects of the earth and the heavens from the unformed prima materia much as the alchemist may distill pure quintessence from a grosser form of matter.”

Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Alchemy

I made a projection of my divine powder

“I made a projection of my divine powder on quicksilver, and in less than an hour it was converted into fine gold. God knows how joyful I was, how I thanked Him for this great grace and favor and prayed for His Holy Spirit to pour yet more light upon me that I might use what I had already attained only to His praise and honor.”

History of Alchemy from Ancient Egypt to Modern Times: Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored (by A. Cockren, 1940). 16th century alchemist Denis Zachaire, quoted.