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Alchemical symbol



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  Alchemic 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 lists the most common.

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Three Primes

According to Paracelsus, the Three Primes or Tria Prima are:

  • Sulfur (omnipresent spirit of life)
  • Mercury (fluid connection between the High and the Low)
  • Salt (base matter)

Four basic Elements

Seven Planetary Metals

 

Planetary metals were "dominated" or "ruled" by one of the seven planets known by the ancients. Although they occasionally have a symbol of their own (denoted by also:), they were usually symbolized by the planet's symbol. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were not yet discovered while Alchemy was commonly practiced, though many modern alchemists consider them representative of Uranium, Neptunium and Plutonium, respectively.

Mundane Elements

 

Alchemical Compounds

 

12 Core Alchemical processes

The 12 Alchemical processes are considered to be the basis of modern Chemical processes. Each of these processes is "dominated" or "ruled" by one of the 12 Zodiac signs.

 
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