Category Alchemy Symbols and Signs

Sword symbolism…

Exploring sword symbolism…

As an alchemical symbol the sword is a symbol of purification. Here we experience the metaphorical sword cleanly piercing the spiritual soul of man. This symbolic action sacrifices physical bondage to release a path to ethereal (enlightened) freedom.

In Buddhism the sword symbolism deals with discrimination of thought. In this light, swords cut away ignorance.

As a Celtic symbol, the sword is reputed to be associated with Nuada, the first king of Tuatha Dé Danann. In fact, Nuada’s great sword is considered one of the four treasures (sword, stone, spear, cauldron). Nuada was associated with the supernatural forces of the underwater realm. Today, archeology reveals many ancient Celtic swords found under water...

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Alcjomie Spirituala

Se întâmpla câteodata sa vina la mine cineva pentru a mi se plânge ca nu reuseste sa scape de un viciu care îl chinuie. Saracul de el, a încercat de sute de ori dar nici o data nu a reusit. Atunci îi spun: “Ei bine, dar asta e minunat, este de-a dreptul formidabil! Asta dovedeste pur si simplu cât sunteti de puternic!” Ma priveste uluit si se întreaba daca nu cumva îmi bat joc de el. Atunci îi spun: Nu, deloc, nu râd de dumneata, dar pur si simplu dumneata nu-ti dai seama de propria forta. – Dar care forta? Eu nu reusesc niciodata, sunt mereu victima si asta este o dovada ca sunt slab. – Ba nu, nu gândesti corect. Sa analizam cum s-au petrecut lucrurile si ai sa întelegi ca nu glumesc deloc. Cine a format viciul acesta?… Dumneata...

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Elemental Alchemy Symbols

At the most basic level, elemental alchemy symbols represent the raw self; having the capacity of being transmuted into a higher, incorruptible self.

This page investigates alchemy element symbols and their philosophical meanings.

The realm of alchemy is filled with hidden and double meanings. Just as each element has a physical representation, so too does it have a philosophical meaning in the alchemical school of thought.

It should be noted that the ancient founders of alchemy were avidly loyal to their craft. So much so, that many of the surviving reference material is quite obscure. Alchemists shrouded much of their craft to assure the seeker is determined and devoted to learning...

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Despre Alchemy Symbols and Signs

Consequently, putting the science of alchemy together with its underlying philosphy of inner transformation, opens up a broad range of power in our lives. Understanding this tradition’s symbol meanings is a first step in accessing that power.

The world of alchemy signs is rife with deeper (hidden) meanings. Many are used to define elements as well as conditions of the spirit. Planetary symbols and animal signs were also used in alchemy to define elements.

Webster’s dictionary defines alchemy as “any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials into something of true merit.”

A little history lesson: The roots of alchemy can be traced back to Egypt. The word alchemy may be derived from the Arabic “al kimiya” meaning “the magical craft of the black country.”

Ancient Egyptians ...

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Symbolism of Silver

Prime symbolism of silver deals with the moon and as such it is an attribute of feminine energy.

Chaldeansreferenced silver by the female name of Nanna.

Rosicrucian alchemists attributed silver to the goddesses Artemis (Greek).

Renaissance alchemists divined with silver using Diana’s (Roman) personification.

Arabic alchemists invoked the feminine name of Manat when working with silver as analchemical symbol.

Some quick symbolic meanings of silver:

Single-ness of Purpose

Silver is symbolic of such attributes as awareness, clarity, and vision because of its bright/clear appearance.

Silver is a symbol for strengthbecause this metal withstands abuse, weathering, and even heat...

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Animal Alchemy Symbols


Exploring Animal Alchemy Symbols

Animal alchemy symbols are an extension of the tradition. Animals are viewed with just as much reverence and high regard in alchemy as they are in other deeply spiritual traditions such as Native American.


Animals have long held mystique and fascination for every population, culture and tradition. Alchemy is no different in thatgreat symbolism was placed upon certain animals.


As mentioned before, true alchemical practices was (and still is) a highly guarded one. Concrete facts are hard to come by. All of the information on my alchemy pages is well researched, but there are still some gray areas in the annals of alchemy.

This being the case, let your imagination wander a bit, back to the ages when alchemy had its very strongest heart beat...

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The Philosopher’s Stone

The philosopher’s stone is a legendary substance, allegedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold. It was sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For a long time, it was the most sought-after goal in Western alchemy. In the view of spiritual alchemy, making the philosopher’s stone would bring enlightenment upon the maker and conclude the Great Work. It is also known by several other names, such as ‘materia prima.’

The Stone in Alchemy

Transmutation of Metals

The concept apparently originated from the theories of the 8th century Islamic alchemist Geber. He analyzed each Aristotelian element in terms of four basic qualities of hotness, coldness, dryness, and moistness...

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Birds in Alchemy

In alchemical writings we meet a seemingly bewildering multiplicity of animal symbols – red lions, white eagles, stags, unicorns, winged dragons and snakes. Although at first glance all this complex mass of symbolism seems tortured and confused there is an inner coherence to these symbols, which the ancient alchemists used in specific ways reflecting their esoteric content.

In this article I wish to consider a particularly tight knit group of these animal symbols, the birds of alchemy – the Black Crow, White Swan, Peacock, Pelican, and Phoenix – which are descriptive of certain stages of the alchemical process. Of course it would be wrong to suggest that there are fixed rigid meanings with regard to these symbols...

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