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:

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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