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Alchemy was a deeply symbolic science which combined practical discoveries about matter with a mystical view of nature.
Alchemists were seeking the Philosopher's Stone, or the Elixir of Life, which could create gold from base metals. But gold for the sake of worldly pleasures or a golden elixir to prolong physical existence were certainly not the primary ends. Gold actually represented immortality, and its formation - attempted through a process called transmutation - could also be seen as the quest for spiritual perfection. One way to proceed was to unite the four primary elements - water and fire, earth and air - to produce a fifth element or "quintessence," the substance (or spirit) infusing all of nature. Alchemy was seen as an extension and acceleration of the natural process of growth: Transmutation of metals occurred in much the same way that joining sulphur and mercury generated minerals in the earth's center.
Through the practice of alchemy, alchemists sought to uncover a similar center within themselves - the "cavern of the heart." Alchemical operations, including purification and integration of matter, held meaning not only for the evolution of the universe, but also for individuals as they climbed the ladder of perfection from material orientation to spiritual transcendence.
To avoid persecution, alchemists created an extensive vocabulary of symbols, metaphors and lore. Here are just a few:
Uroboros - The dragon was a symbol of the god Mercury and the circle represented the eternal cycle of nature. Because the uroboros is shown eating its own body - or transforming matter itself - it is the symbol for alchemy.
Seal of Solonwn (Star of David ) - The alchemical symbols for fire (the up ward pointing triangle) and water (the downward pointing triangle) are combined in this most powerful of magical symbols. As fire ascends and water descends, air and earth are created. The union of all four elements is represented. Caduceus - Mercury, the messenger of the gods, cast his magic wand between two warring serpents, who coiled themselves around it to form the symbol for opposing forces held in balance.
Phoenix - This mythical bird from Ethiopia was cremated upon a funeral pyre and was reborn from it s own ashes. The alchemical symbol of rebirth and immortality, the Phoenix carries the all-powerful elements of fire and water beneath its wings.
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