Alchemical Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Alchemical Symbols category.

Alchemical symbols, originally devised as part 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.

Symbols in this category:

24 hours (alchemy)

Combining the discipline's own symbols for day and night, this alchemical time sign represents a period of 24 hours.

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Acetic Acid (Vinegar)

An archaic symbols of chemical elements for vinegar.

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Acetic acid/vinegar (alternate #1)

One of several symbols used in alchemy and early chemistry to denote vinegar.

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Acetic acid/vinegar (alternate #2)

A sign used in 17th century alchemy to indicate a distilled form of vinegar.

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Acid

A later alchemical sign indicating acid.

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Air

Alchemical sign for air.

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Alcohol (alchemy)

An early chemical symbol used to indicate alcohol or a wine spirit.

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Alcohol (alternate #1)

An early chemical symbol used to indicate alcohol.

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Alcohol (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate alcohol.

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Alcohol (alternate #3)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate alcohol, in this case wine spirit or "eau de vie".

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Alum

An old alchemical sign for alum or alumen.

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Alum (alternate)

A 17th century chemical sign for alum.

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Amalgam

In alchemy, an amalgam is a combination of two different metals.

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Amalgam (alternate)

In alchemy, an amalgam is a combination of two different metals.

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Ammonia (alchemy)

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to indicate ammonia.

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Ammonium salt (alchemy)

One of the alchemical signs for ammonium salt, also known as "sal ammoniacus".

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Ammonium salt (alternate #1)

One of the alchemical signs for ammonium salt, also known as "sal ammoniacus".

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Ammonium salt (alternate #2)

One of the alchemical signs for ammonium salt, also known as "sal ammoniacus".

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Ammonium salt (alternate #3)

A sign for ammonium salt, also known as "sal ammoniacus", used in 18th century chemistry.

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Ammonium salt (alternate #4)

A symbol used to represent ammonium salt in 17th century chemistry.

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Ammonium salt (alternate #5)

A symbol used to represent ammonium salt in 17th century chemistry.

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Antimony

Alchemical symbol for antimony.

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Antimony (alternate #1)

Resembling a cross between a lyre and a trident, this symbol is an alchemical marker for antimony.

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Antimony (alternate #2)

Early chemical symbol for antimony.

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Antimony oxide (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for antimony oxide.

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Aqua Fortis

Geber made this 'strong water', Nitric acid, by distilling green vitriol, with saltpetre and alum. When pure it is a colourless liquid, but it is often tinged brown by dissolved nitrogen oxides, which also give it a peculiar smell.

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Aqua fortis (alternate)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate aqua fortis, better known as nitric acid.

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Aqua regia

This mixture of two different acids was an important substance in the practice of alchemy.

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Aqua regia (alternate)

This mixture of two different acids was an important substance in the practice of alchemy.

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Argentum cuprofoetum

An 18th century symbol representing a compound of silver and copper, or argentum cuprofoetum.

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Arsenic

Alchemical symbol for Arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #1)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #2)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #3) or glass

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #4)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #5)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #6)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic (alternate #7)

One of many symbols used in alchemy to designate arsenic.

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Arsenic acid (alchemy)

The alchemical and early chemical symbol for arsenic acid, or acidum arsenici.

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Arsenic sulphate (alchemy)

An alchemical and early chemical symbol for the compound arsenic sulphate.

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Arsenic sulphate (alternate)

An alchemical symbol for the compound arsenic sulphate.

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Arsenic sulphide (alchemy)

A 17th century chemical symbol for arsenic sulphide, also known as auripigmentum or orpiment.

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Ash (alchemy)

A sign representing ash in the alchemical tradition.

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Aurum fulminans

Translated from Latin, aurum fulminans means "flashing gold" or "shining gold".

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Aurum musivum (alchemy)

This alchemical substance, also known as stannum sulphuratum, is a compound of tin and sulphur.

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Bismuth

Alchemical symbol for bismuth.

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Black sulphur or brimstone

A symbol that represents black sulphur (aka black mercuric sulphide), as well as brimstone, in alchemy.

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Black sulphur or brimstone (alternate)

A symbol that represents black sulphur (aka black mercuric sulphide), as well as brimstone, in alchemy.

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Blue vitriol

The symbol used in alchemy and early chemistry to represent blue vitriol.

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Borax (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy and early chemistry to represent borax.

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Borax (alternate #1)

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to represent borax (also known as tinkal).

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Bottle

An alchemical symbol indicating a flask or a bottle.

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Brass (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to represent the metal brass.

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Calcinated copper (alchemy)

A sign used in 17th century alchemy to designate calcinated copper.

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Calcinated copper (alternate #1)

A sign used in 17th century alchemy to designate calcinated copper.

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Calcinated copper (alternate #2)

A sign used in 17th century chemistry to designate calcinated copper.

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Calcinated copper (alternate #3) or nickel

In alchemy, this symbol could indicate either calcinated copper or the metal nickel.

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Calcination

Calcination (also referred to as calcining) is a thermal treatment process in absence of air applied to ores and other solid materials to bring about a thermal decomposition, phase transition, or removal of a volatile fraction. The calcination process normally takes place at temperatures below the melting point of the product materials. Calcination is not the same process as roasting. In roasting, more complex gas–solid reactions take place between the furnace atmosphere and the solids.

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Calcination (alternate)

One of several symbols used in alchemy to represent calcination.

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Cement (alchemy)

A symbol from 17th century chemistry indicating cement or putty.

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Ceration

Ceration is a chemical process, a common practice in alchemy.

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Cinnabar (alchemy)

A symbol used to designate cinnabar, a bright red mineral with a rather toxic physical nature, in 17th century alchemy.

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Cinnabar (alternate #1)

A symbol used to designate cinnabar, a bright red mineral with a rather toxic physical nature, in the 18th century text of Diderot's Encyclopedia.

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Cinnabar (alternate #2)

A symbol used to designate cinnabar, a bright red mineral with a rather toxic physical nature, in the 18th century text of Diderot's Encyclopedia.

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Cinnabar (alternate #3)

A symbol used in alchemy and early chemistry to represent cinnabar.

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Clay (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol for clay (also known as 'agrilla').

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Clay (alternate #1)

One of several alchemical signs for clay.

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Clay (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical signs for clay.

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Coal (alchemy)

A symbol used to represent coal (also known as 'carbo') in 18th century chemistry.

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Congelation

Congelation is the process by which something congeals, or thickens.

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Copper

Alchemy symbol for copper. This was also the symbol for the goddess and the planet Venus.

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Copper (alternate)

The meaning of this alchemical symbol is not fully known, but it possibly indicates copper.

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Crucible (alchemy)

Resembling a lopsided martini glass, this symbol was used in alchemy to indicate a crucible or a melting pot.

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Crucible (alternate #1)

Resembling a sealed envelope, this symbol was used in alchemy to indicate a crucible or a melting pot.

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Crucible (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate a crucible or melting pot.

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Crystallization

In 18th century chemistry, this symbol represented the process of crystallization.

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Cuprum arsenicatum (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for Cuprum arsenicatum, a compound of copper and arsenic.

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Day (alchemy)

While this symbol can have different meanings in different fields, in the alchemical traditions of the Middle Ages it was used as a "time sign" to indicate day.

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Decoction (alchemy)

An old alchemical sign for decoction.

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Digestion (alchemy)

In alchemy, digestion is a process in which gentle heat is applied to a substance over a period of several weeks.

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Dissolution

Dissolution is the process by which a solute forms a solution in a solvent.

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Distillation

Distillation is a method of separating mixtures based on differences in volatility of components in a boiling liquid mixture. Distillation is a unit operation, or a physical separation process, and not a chemical reaction.

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Distillation (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #3)

In 18th century chemistry, this sign indicated the process of distillation.

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Distillation (alternate #4)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of distillation.

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Distilled vinegar

An old alchemy symbol for distilled vinegar.

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Earth

Alchemical symbol for earth

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Electrum

An alchemical symbol for electrum.

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Electrum (alternate) or tin (alternate #1)

This unusual alchemical symbol can be used to represent both tin and electrum.

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Essence (alchemy)

One of the signs in alchemy and early chemistry for essence.

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Etheric oil

If an oil is classified as etheric, it means that it can evaporate easily.

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Fermentation

Fermentation typically refers to the conversion of sugar to acids, gases and/or alcohol using yeast or bacteria.

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Ferrohydrosulphate (alchemy)

This rather tongue-twisting moniker indicates a combination of iron and sulphur.

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Ferrum auretum

An 18th century symbol for ferrum auretum, a yellow iron compound.

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Ferrum sulphuratum (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for ferrum sulphuratum, a compound of iron and sulphur.

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Fire

Alchemical symbol for fire.

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Fixation (alchemy)

Fixation in alchemy refers to a process by which a previously volatile substance is "transformed" into a form (often solid) that is not affected by fire.

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Fixation (alternate)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent the process of fixation.

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Fool's gold (alchemy)

Fool's gold, or iron pyrite, is represented in alchemy by this symbol.

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Fool's gold (alternate)

Fool's gold, or iron pyrite, is represented in alchemy by this symbol.

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Forge (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to indicate a forge or melting oven.

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Fuse (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol indicating the process of fusing, or melting things together.

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Gilded copper (alchemy)

An 18th century symbol representing gilded copper, or cuprum auratum.

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Gilded silver (alchemy)

An 18th century symbol representing gilded silver, or argentum auratum.

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Glass (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to designate glass.

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Glass (alternate #1)

A symbol used to represent glass in medieval alchemy.

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Glass (alternate #2)

In the alchemical traditions of the late Middle Ages, this symbol represented glass.

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Glass (alternate #3)

In 17th century chemistry, this symbol represented glass.

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Glue (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate glue.

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Goddess

Alchemy symbol for goddess. It was also the symbol for copper and the planet Venus.

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Gold

Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable, and ductile metal. It is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79.

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Gold (alternate #1)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate gold.

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Gold (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate gold.

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Gold foil (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate gold foil, or "aurum foliatum".

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Gold-leaf (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol for gold-leaf.

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Gold?

It's possible that this is an alchemical sign for gold, but the evidence for such a claim is not entirely solid.

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Gravel

A common alchemical sign for gravel or sand.

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Hepar calcis (alchemy)

An 18th century symbol for hepar calcis, more commonly known today as calcium sulfide (chemical symbol- CaS).

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Hepar magnesiae (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol representing hepar magnesiae, "hepar" being Latin for 'liver'.

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Hepar terraepond (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol representing hepar terraepond, "hepar" being Latin for 'liver'.

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Honey Sign

Alchemic symbol for honey, one of many others that were in use.

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Honey sign (alternate #1)

One of the alchemists' signs for honey.

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Honey sign (alternate #2)

This is one of the alchemists' signs for honey.

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Honey sign (alternate #3)

This sign is said to be one of the alchemists' signs for honey.

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Honey sign (alternate #4)

One of the alchemists' signs for honey.

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Horse dung (alchemy)

A symbol used by alchemists to represent horse dung.

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Horse dung (alternate)

A symbol used by alchemists to represent horse dung.

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Hot fire (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to represent a particularly intense flame.

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Hot fire (alternate)

A sign used in alchemy to represent a particularly intense flame.

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Hot water (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol indicating hot or warm water.

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Hour (alchemy)

One of several "time signs" used in alchemy to indicate the period of an hour.

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Hour (alternate #1)

In 17th century French alchemical practices, this symbol was a "time sign" used to represent the period of an hour.

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Hour (alternate #2)

One of several "time signs" used in alchemy to indicate the period of an hour.

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Hydrochloric acid (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for hydrochloric acid.

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Ink (alchemy)

In alchemy and early chemistry, this symbol represented ink.

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Iron

Alchemical symbol for iron and the planet Mars.

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Iron (alternate #1)

A symbol for iron in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Iron (alternate #2)

A symbol for iron in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Iron (alternate #3)

A symbol for iron in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Iron (alternate #4)

A symbol for iron in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Iron (alternate #5)

A symbol for iron in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Iron (alternate #6)

A symbol for iron in alchemy.

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Iron filings (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate iron filings.

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Iron vitriol

The symbol used in alchemy and early chemistry to represent iron vitriol.

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Juice or sap (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate juice or sap.

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Lapis lazuli (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy for lapis lazuli.

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Lead

Lead is a chemical element in the carbon group with symbol Pb (from Latin: plumbum) and atomic number 82. Lead is a soft and malleable metal, which is regarded as a heavy metal and poor metal.

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Lead (alternate #1)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #2)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #3)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #4)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #5)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #6)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead (alternate #7)

In alchemy, lead is most commonly represented by the astrological sign for the planet Saturn (for full details, see the symbol for 'Lead'), but this symbol serves the same purpose.

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Lead sulfate

An alchemical symbol representing a compound of lead and sulphur (hence the name).

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Lime (alchemy)

A symbol used to represent lime in early chemistry.

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Lime (alternate #1)

An early chemical symbol indicating lime or limestone.

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Lime (alternate #2)

An early chemical symbol indicating lime or limestone.

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Lime (alternate #3)

A sign used in early chemistry to represent lime.

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Lime (alternate #4)

Somewhat resembling a kidney, this symbol was used in early chemistry to represent lime.

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Limestone (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent limestone.

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Lye/alkali (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate lye.

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Lye/alkali (alternate)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate lye.

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Magnesia/Magnesium (alchemy)

Resembling a trident, this sign is a 16th century chemical symbol for magnesia.

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Magnesia/Magnesium (alternate #1)

A symbol used in early chemistry to represent magnesium.

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Magnesia/Magnesium (alternate #2)

A 17th century alchemical sign used to indicate magnesium.

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Magnesia/Manganese

An 18th century chemical symbol representing both magnesia and manganese.

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Magnetic iron or rising (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol that can indicate either magnetic iron or the process of rising.

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Mars

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often described as the "Red Planet", as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.

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Mars (alternate)

Although this sign isn't often used, in alchemy it is an alternative symbol to indicate the planet Mars.

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Mars-Saffron

A 17th century chemical symbol for Mar-Saffron. This form of rusted iron is produced by exposing small iron filings simultaneously to both water and air, causing them to oxidize quickly.

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Melt (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to indicate melting, fusion or making something into a liquid form.

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Melting (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to indicate melting or digestion.

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Melting (alternate)

A sign used in alchemy to indicate a flow or melting.

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Melting furnace (alchemy)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate a melting furnace.

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Melting furnace (alternate #1)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate a melting furnace.

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Melting furnace (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate a melting furnace.

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Mercurius sulphuratus

This substance, represented here by an 18th century chemical symbol, is a compound of mercury, sulphur and cinnabar.

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Mercury (alternate #1)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate mercury.

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Mercury (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate mercury.

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Mercury (alternate #3)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate mercury.

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Mercury (alternate #4)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate mercury.

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Mercury (alternate #5)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate mercury and mercury-based compounds.

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Mercury (alternate #6)

One of several alchemical symbols for mercury, this one indicating both the substance and the planet.

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Mercury (alternate #7)

An alchemical symbol indicating argent vif ("lining silver" in French), otherwise known as mercury.

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Mercury (alternate #8)

One of several alchemical symbols used to indicate mercury.

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Mercury (metal)

Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic number 80. It is commonly known as quicksilver and was formerly named hydrargyrum (from Greek "hydr-" water and "argyros" silver).

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Mercury chloride or Sublimation (alternate #2)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this symbol is one of several alchemical markings related to sublimation.

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Mercury chloride or Sublimation (alternate #3)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this symbol is one of several alchemical markings related to sublimation.

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Mercury chloride or Sublimation (alternate #4)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this symbol is one of several alchemical markings related to sublimation.

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Metal (alchemy)

A general alchemical sign indicating metal.

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Metallum sulphuratum

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to indicate a compound of sulphur and a metal.

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Mix (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of mixing.

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Mix (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of mixing.

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Mix (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate a mixture.

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Molten gold (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for something known as "aurum cum caloric", possibly molten gold.

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Monad of Dr. John Dee

Although this symbol dates back less than five hundred years, the components it consists of, as well as the meanings of those components, are significantly older.

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Month (alchemy)

An alchemical "time sign" used to indicate the period of a month.

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Multiplication (alchemy)

Multiplication is the process in Western alchemy used to increase the potency of the philosopher's stone, elixir or projection powder.

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Natron (alchemy)

A symbol from 17th century chemistry used to indicate natron.

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Nickel (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate the metal nickel.

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Night (alchemy)

One of several "time signs" used both in alchemy and early chemistry, this one representing night.

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Night (alternate)

One of several "time signs" used in alchemy, this one representing night.

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Nitric acid (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol for nitric acid.

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Nitric acid (alternate)

An 18th century chemical symbol for nitric acid.

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Nitrogen dioxide

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to indicate nitrogen dioxide, or nitrogenous air.

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Nitrogenous air (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol used to indicate nitrogen dioxide and other similar gasses.

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Oil

An old archaic alchemy symbol for oil.

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Oil (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol used to designate oil.

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Oil (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol used to designate oil.

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Oil (alternate #3)

An alchemical symbol used to designate oil (especially olive oil in this case).

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Oil (alternate #4)

An alchemical symbol used to designate oil.

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Oil (alternate #5)

An symbol used in 17th century alchemy to designate oil.

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Oricalchum argentatum

In alchemy, oricalchum argentatum is a name for brass that has been coated in silver.

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Pebbles (alchemy)

A sign in alchemy used to represent pebbles. It can also stand for the colorless variety of quartz known as rock crystal.

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Philosopher's Stone

The philosopher's stone, or lapis philosophorum ('stone of wisdom'), is perhaps the most iconic object in the study of alchemy.

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Philosopher's Stone (alternate)

The philosopher's stone, or lapis philosophorum ('stone of wisdom'), is perhaps the most iconic object in the study of alchemy.

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Phosphorus (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for phosphorus.

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Phosphorus (alternate #1)

An eighteenth century chemical symbol for phosphorus.

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Phosphorus (alternate #2)

A sign used in early chemistry to represent phosphorus.

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Platinum

The alchemical symbol for platinum was made by joining the symbols of silver and gold.

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Potash (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent potash.

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Potash (alternative)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent potash.

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Potassium Carbonate

An alchemical symbol for potassium carbonate.

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Potassium Carbonate (alternative)

A variation of the alchemical symbol for potassium carbonate.

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Potassium hydrogen tartrate (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to denote potassium hydrogen tartrate.

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Precipitation (alchemy)

Resembling an upside-down version of the astrological symbol for Libra, this alchemical sign represents precipitation.

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Precipitation (alternate #1)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this alchemical symbol represents precipitation.

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Precipitation (alternate #2)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this alchemical symbol represents precipitation.

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Precipitation (alternate #3)

Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this alchemical symbol represents precipitation.

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Precipitation (alternate #4)

One of several alchemical symbols for precipitation, in this case precipitation through deposit.

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Precipitation (alternate #5)

An early chemical symbol for precipitation.

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Preserve or burn (alchemy)

In alchemy, this symbol can have two distinctive meanings.

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Process (alchemy)

When it comes to this symbol, the word "process" can imply a number of different things.

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Projection (alchemy)

Projection was the ultimate goal of Western alchemy. Once the Philosopher's stone or powder of projection had been created, the process of projection would be used to transmute a lesser substance into a higher form, often lead into gold.

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Pulverize (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol used to indicate the process of pulverizing ("pulverisare") and the result of that process, powder ("pulvis")

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Purification (alchemy)

The sign for purification, or "purificatio", combines the symbols for 'water' (squiggly lines) and 'vessal' (bowl shape).

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Purification (alternate) or setting (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol that represents both purification and setting.

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Purify by burning

In alchemical practices, this symbol represents a purification process.

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Pyrophorus (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol indicating pyrophorus.

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Quicklime (alchemy)

An early chemical symbol used to indicate quicklime, also known as calcium oxide.

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Quicklime (alternate)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate quicklime, also known as calcium oxide.

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Quintessence (alchemy)

In the context of alchemy, the word "quintessence" can refer to a number of different things, some of them rather esoteric in nature.

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Quintessence (alternate)

In the context of alchemy, the word "quintessence" can refer to a number of different things, some of them rather esoteric in nature.

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Realgar

One of several alchemical symbols for realgar.

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Realgar (alternate #1) or Litharge

One of several alchemical symbols for realgar as well as one for litharge.

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Realgar (alternate #2) or Smoke

One of several alchemical symbols for realgar.

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Realgar (alternate #3)

One of several alchemical symbols for realgar.

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Realgar (alternate #4)

One of several alchemical symbols for realgar.

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Red vitriol

The symbol used in alchemy and early chemistry to represent red vitriol.

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Reverberating furnace

This is an alchemical sign for a reverberating furnace.

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Reverberating furnace (alternate)

An alchemical sign for a reverberating furnace.

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Rock salt (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to designate rock salt.

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Rock salt (alternate)

A symbol used in alchemy to designate rock salt.

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Rotting (alchemy)

A sign used in alchemy to indicate the process of rotting, or putreficatio.

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Rubber (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate rubber or resin.

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Rubber (alternate #1)

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to indicate rubber.

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Rubber (alternate #2)

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to represent rubber.

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Rubber (alternate #3)

An early chemical symbol used to indicate rubber.

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Saffron (alchemy)

A symbol occasionally used by alchemists to indicate saffron.

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Sal alcalinus

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate alkaline salt, which is composed of sodium and potassium.

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Sal alcalinus (alternate #1)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate alkaline salt, which is composed of sodium and potassium.

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Sal alcalinus (alternate #2)

A symbol used in 17th century chemistry to indicate alkaline salt, which is composed of sodium and potassium.

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Sal alcalinus (alternate #3)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate alkaline salt, which is composed of sodium and potassium.

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Sal sedativus

In 18th century chemistry, this sign indicated sal sedativus or calming salt (its name has the same root as "sedative"), a boracic acid substance.

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Salt

An old alchemy symbol that symbolizes Salt.

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Salt (alchemy)

One of several alchemical signs for sodium chloride (i.e. salt).

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Salt water (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent salt water.

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Sand

One of the signs for "sand" or "arena" in alchemy and early chemistry.

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Saturn/Lead #1

A symbol representing both the planet Saturn and the metal lead. These two things were often associated with each other. For more details, see the symbols for 'Saturn' and 'Lead'.

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Separation process

In chemistry and chemical engineering, a separation process, or simply a separation, is any mass transfer process that converts a mixture of substances into two or more distinct product mixtures, at least one of which is enriched in one or more of the mixture's constituents.

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Silver

Alchemical symbol for silver

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Silver (alternate #1)

One of several alchemical signs used to indicate silver.

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Silver (alternate #2)

One of several alchemical signs used to indicate silver.

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Soap (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to represent soap.

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Soap (alternate)

An 18th century chemical symbol for soap.

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Spiritus (alchemy)

This ancient symbol can have many different meanings, but in the context of alchemy it represents spiritus.

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Spiritus (alternate #1)

This ancient symbol can have many different meanings, but in the context of alchemy it represents spiritus.

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Spiritus (alternate #2)

In the context of alchemy, this symbol represents spiritus.

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Spring (alchemy)

An alchemical sign for spring.

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Steel (alchemy)

The alchemical symbol for steel.

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Steel (alternate #1)

One of several symbols used in alchemy to represent steel.

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Steel (alternate #2)

An early chemical symbol for steel.

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Steel (alternate #3)

Bearing a distinct resemblance to the anarchy logo, this is actually an early chemical symbol for the metal steel.

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Stone

Alchemical sign for stone.

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Stone (alchemy) and working people

This symbol denotes two specific things in two different fields.

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Strain (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol indicating the process of filtration or straining.

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Sublimation (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol used to indicate sublimation.

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Sublimation (phase transition)

Sublimation is the transition of a substance directly from the solid phase to the gas phase without passing through an intermediate liquid phase.

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Sulfer of Sulphur

Achemical symbol for sulfer.

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Sulfuric acid

A symbol used in 18th century chemistry to indicate sulfuric acid.

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Sulfuric acid (alternate)

A sign used to indicate sulfuric acid in the early days of chemistry.

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Sulphur (alternate #1)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical practices.

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Sulphur (alternate #2)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical practices.

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Sulphur (alternate #3)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical practices.

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Sulphur (alternate #4)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical practices.

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Sulphur (alternate #5)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical and early chemical practices.

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Sulphur (alternate #6)

A symbol used to indicate sulphur in alchemical practices.

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Summer (alchemy)

One of the time signs used by alchemists, this one representing summer.

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Talc

In alchemy and chemistry, this symbols denotes the substance talc.

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Tartar

A sign used to indicate tartaric acid salt in 18th century chemistry.

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Tartar (alternate #1)

A sign used to indicate tartaric acid salt in 17th century chemistry.

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Tartar (alternate #2)

An alchemical sign for tartaric acid salts.

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Tartar (alternate #3)

A symbol in early chemistry for tartaric acid salt.

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Tartar (alternate #4)

An alchemical symbol for tartrate.

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Terra ponderosa (alchemy)

A symbol from 18th century chemistry.

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Test

A symbol used in alchemy indicating a test.

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The Sulfur Symbol

Alchemical symbol for sulfur.

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Tin

Tin is a chemical element with symbol Sn (for Latin: stannum) and atomic number 50. It is a main group metal in group 14 of the periodic table.

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Tin (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol indicating the metal tin.

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Tin (alternate #3)

An alchemical symbol indicating the metal tin.

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Tin (alternate #4)

An alchemical symbol indicating the metal tin, specifically tin oxide.

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Tin (alternate #5)

An early chemical symbol indicating the metal tin.

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Transform into liquid (alchemy)

Bearing some resemblance to the astrological sign for Scorpio, in alchemy this symbol indicates that something is transformed into a liquid.

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Transform into liquid (alternate)

Bearing some resemblance to the astrological sign for Aquarius (which it functions as a version of), in alchemy this symbol indicates that something is transformed into a liquid.

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Venus

Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days.The planet is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

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Venus (alternate)

Killing multiple birds with a single stone, this alchemical symbol represents Venus (the goddess and the planet) as well as the metal copper.

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Vinegar

Made by distilling wine that has been allowed to go sour. A medium strong acid which reacts with most organic substances, and forms salts with some metals, for example Lead acetate, or 'sweet lead'.

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Vinegar (alternate #3)

An early chemical sign for acetum (i.e. vinegar).

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Vinegar (alternate #4)

One of several symbols used in alchemy to denote vinegar.

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Vinegar (alternate)

In Christianity, this type of sign is known as a crutch cross. In alchemy it is one of several signs indicating vinegar.

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Vitriol (alchemy)

One of several symbols used in alchemy to represent vitriol.

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Vitriol (alternte)

One of several symbols used in alchemy to represent vitriol.

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Water

Alchemical symbol for water.

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Water (alternate #1)

An alternate alchemical sign for the element of water, dating from the seventeenth century.

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Water (alternate #2)

An alternate alchemical sign for the element of water, dating from the fifteenth century.

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Wax (alchemy)

A symbol used in alchemy to denote wax or oil.

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Wax (alternate #1)

A symbol used in alchemy to denote wax or oil.

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Wax (alternate #2)

A symbol used in alchemy to indicate wax or olive oil.

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Wax (alternate #3) or coagulation

In the practice of alchemy, this symbol can have two distinct meanings.

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Week (alchemy)

A time sign used in alchemy to indicate a week.

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White arsenic

In alchemy, white arsenic is an oxide used to create a color known as Schweinfurt green.

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White lead (alchemy)

An early chemical symbol used to indicate white lead.

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Wind furnace (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol indicating a wind furnace (also known as a wind forge).

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Wind furnace (process, #1)

An alchemical symbol that indicates to process something in a wind furnace.

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Winter (alchemy)

The alchemical sign for winter.

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Wise man's sulphur (alchemy)

A symbol used in 17th century chemistry to indicate a substance known as wise man's sulphur, or "soufre des philosophes"

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Wood (alchemy)

An alchemical symbol representing wood.

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Wood (alternate #1)

While at first glance this symbol may be mistaken for a warped version of the anarchy logo, it is in fact one of the symbols used in alchemy to denote wood.

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Wood (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol representing wood.

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Year (alchemy)

One of several alchemical "time signs" used to indicate the period of a year.

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Year (alternate #1)

One of several "time signs" used in alchemy and early chemistry to indicate the period of a year.

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Zinc (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol representing the metal zinc.

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Zinc (alternate #1)

An alchemical symbol for the metal zinc.

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Zinc (alternate #2)

An alchemical symbol for the metal zinc.

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Zinc oxide (alchemy)

A symbol used to indicate zinc oxide in chemical practices of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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