Alchemy Symbols
Alchemical symbols, originally devised as part of the protoscience of alchemy, were used to denote some elements and some compounds until the 18th century. Note that while notation like this was mostly standardized, style and symbol varied between alchemists, so this page of alchemy symbols lists the most common.
 
 

The art of alchemy was handed down through the centuries from Egypt and Arabia to Greece and Rome, and finally to western and central Europe. The word is derived from the Arabian phrase "al-kimia," which refers to the preparation of the Stone or Elixir by the Egyptians. The Arabic root "kimia" comes from the Coptic "khem" that alluded to the fertile black soil of the Nile delta.

Here are some of the most common alchemy symbols:

antimony-symbol.gif (837 bytes)Antimony-The metal antimony symbolizes the animal nature or wild spirit of man and nature, and it was often symbolized by the wolf. arsenic-symbol.gif (844 bytes)Arsenic was widely used by early alchemists and was also sometimes represented by the image of a swan.
bismuth-symbol.gif (792 bytes)Bismuth-Although mentioned in alchemical texts it is uncertain what role Bismuth played in alchemical processes.
copper-symbol.gif (1150 bytes)Copper is one of the seven metals of alchemy (gold, silver, mercury, copper, lead, iron & tin)
 

Diamond

Diamond

 

Diamond is a powerful symbol that the alchemists have associated with refracting light. The shine and sparkle of the diamond is representative of vision, clarity, awareness, understanding and keen perception. As such, it denotes the journey that the human soul takes in the pursuit of the divine truth and attainment of higher enlightenment. The facets and angles of the diamond symbolize that this journey will involve walking along a labyrinth-like path that has a number of twists and turns. Everyone living with honorable intents will succeed in achieving the light or knowledge they seek.

 

The Four Basic Elements

Fire SymbolSymbol for Fire
Water SymbolSymbol for Water
Earth symbolSymbol for Earth
Air SymbolSymbol for Air


 

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