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Alchemy Symbols

Elements Known Before Chemistry Was a Science

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The word alchemy comes from the Arabian al-kimia, referring to the preparation of 'Elixir' or the 'Stone' by the Egyptians. The Arabic kimia, in turn, comes from the Coptic khem, which referred to the fertile black Nile delta soil and also to the dark mystery of the primordial First Matter (the Khem). Do you recognize the origin of the word 'chemistry'?

There were often many symbols for an element. For a time, the astronomical symbols of the planets were used to denote the elements. However, as alchemists came to be persecuted, particularly in medieval times, secret symbols were invented. This led to a great deal of confusion, so you will find some overlap of symbols. The symbols were in common use through the 17th century; some are still in use today.

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Lead Alchemy SymbolLead Alchemy SymbolMagnesium - Alchemical SymbolMagnesium - Alchemical SymbolMagnesium Alchemy SymbolMagnesium Alchemy SymbolMagnesium Alchemy SymbolMagnesium Alchemy Symbol
Magnesium was not used as a pure metal.Magnesium Alchemy SymbolAlchemists used the metal magnesium in the form of 'Magnesia alba'.Magnesium Alchemy SymbolMercury - Alchemical SymbolMercury - Alchemical SymbolOther names for mercury were quicksilver and hydrargyum.Mercury Alchemy Symbol
Mercury Alchemy SymbolMercury Alchemy SymbolThe symbol for mercury sometimes was the astrological symbol for the planet Mercury.Mercury Alchemy SymbolOther names for mercury were quicksilver and hydrargyumMercury Alchemy SymbolOther names for mercury were quicksilver and hydrargyum.Mercury Alchemy Symbol
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