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Gold, often described as a dense, soft, shiny, malleable, and ductile metal, has captivated human imagination for millennia. Its allure lies not only in its physical properties but also in its symbolic significance across cultures and throughout history. With the chemical symbol Au and atomic number 79, gold holds a prominent place in the periodic table and in human consciousness.

Delving into the annals of alchemy, we encounter one of the most intriguing chapters in humanity's quest to understand and manipulate the natural world. Alchemists, with their elusive quest to transmute base metals into gold, sought to unlock the secrets of transformation and unlock the elusive philosopher's stone. Although their endeavors to create gold from substances like lead remained unfulfilled, their pursuit ignited a spark of curiosity that illuminated the path toward modern chemistry. Their symbol for gold, a circle with a point at its center (☉), not only represented the metal but also bore significance in astrology and ancient Chinese culture, where it symbolized the Sun and its life-giving energy.

Thus, while the alchemists may not have achieved their ultimate goal of transmutation, their legacy endures in the foundational principles of chemistry and the ongoing fascination with gold as both a material and a metaphor for transformation and eternal value.


Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Alchemical Symbols.

Gold is part of the Planetary Metals group.

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  • Sandra Keve
    Sandra Keve
    Is y a symbol for gold or silver because the other inscriptions are not visible
    LikeReply6 years ago


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