Alchemical processes

This page lists of the various symbols in the Alchemical processes group.

The alchemical magnum opus was sometimes expressed as a series of chemical operations. In cases where these numbered twelve, each could be assigned one of the Zodiac signs as a form of cryptography. The following example can be found in Pernety's 1758 Mytho-Hermetic Dictionary.

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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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Ash (alchemy)

A sign representing ash in the alchemical tradition.

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Balance, Harmony, Perfection

Balance, Harmony, Perfection is the symbol of a belief. it is a symbol seen in dreams, and in the minds of all people who seek Balance, Harmony, Perfection in all things.

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Blue vitriol

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

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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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Ceration

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

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Congelation

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

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Crystallization

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

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Decoction (alchemy)

An old alchemical sign for decoction.

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Digerere

Also known as "digestio", this 18th century chemical symbol represents the process of dissolving a substance in liquid of moderate temperature.

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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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Essence (alchemy)

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

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Evaporation (alchemy)

An 18th century chemical symbol for evaporation.

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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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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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Fuse (alchemy)

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

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Iron vitriol

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

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KUNDALINI

The energy of Eros, if used for creative purposes, would awaken Kundalini. This energy would rise like mercury, up to the first chakra on the head. Thus man would obtain the union of opposites, Awakening, Enlightenment, Knowledge.

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Lead sulfate

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

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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-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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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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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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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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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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Red vitriol

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

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Rotting (alchemy)

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

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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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Morse Code Alphabet and Numbers

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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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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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The eight-pointed star

The eight-pointed star appears in cultures around the globe. Eight pointed stars – show up in a variety of different cultures.

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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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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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Wax (alternate #3) or coagulation

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

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Wind furnace (process, #1)

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

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Wind furnace (process, #2)

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

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