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:

Distilled vinegar

An old alchemy symbol for distilled vinegar.

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Alchemical symbol for earth

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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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Evaporation (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol for evaporation.

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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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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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