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:

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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