The Alchemist at work in his mysterious laboratory, surrounded by the arcane apparatus of this craft pelicans, aludels, serpents, stills, alembics, glowing athanors, rare and enigmatic texts written in Greek, Latin, or Arabic, sought wealth and power far beyond the ephemeral dreams of ordinary men.
Through a secret fusion of magic and science, alchemy
sought to harness the powers of nature to transmute common
metals into silver and gold, to discover the formula of
prolonging life the aqua vitae and to create human life
itself in the form of the homunculus. Closely linked with
these material experiments was a Spiritual Quest the alchemists
desire for the perfection and purification of his own Soul.
its core, Alchemy is an exploration of the principle
of transformation based on the ancient Greek saying hen to
pan or ALL IS ONE".
by Lois Hill New York 1990.
Above - represented in swirling
lines below the branch (Air/Fire/Earth)
Below represented as
swirling dotted lines above the Mountain (Fire/Air/Earth)
Above represented in the Flaming Wand held by the Alchemist (Air/Fire/Earth)
Below represented by the purging fires of the Volcano.(Fire/Earth/Water)
Above represented as the clear liquid in the Alchemists Flask.(Water/Earth)
Below represented by the snow & the downstream Flowing River.(Water/Air/Earth)
Above Represented by the sediment immersed in water at the bottom of
the Alchemists Flask. (Earth/Water)
Below represented by the
The following, is a list of Symbols, which can be found on
the card the Alchemist. It is not possible to describe each
here in full detail, but further exploration of the Keywords
below, will help expand the Symbols relevance to the cards interpretation.
Symbols: To Calcinate, To Coagulate, To Distill, Putrefaction,
To Fire, To Filter, To Liquefy, To Dissolve, To Mix, To
Precipitate, To Powder, To Boil, To Sublime, To Infuse.
Drapes: Symbols - Copper, Iron, Lead, Tin, Sulphur, and Mercury.
Lemniscate Banner: A-L-C-H-E-M-I-S-T
Branch - Sun, Moon.
Leaves - Planets
Philosophers Stone, Apex
The Earthly Physical World, The Spiritual
Heavens and Cosmos
Conscious- Sub Conscious - Unconscious
Oceans, Snow, Stream
Numbers One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight,
7 Metals associated with the 7 Planets:
Gold Sun, Silver Moon, Mercury Mercury,
Colours Red, Black, White, Light Blue, Dark
Blue, Yellow, Light green, Dark Green, Light
Dark Brown, Gold,
THE ALCHEMIST transmutation, suspension,
inversion, thought before action, male,
arms, mouth. Mercury,
Moon, Tails, Serpent, Lion, Flask, Wand,
Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
Hermes, Thoth, Wings Bat, Dragon, Angel,
Pelican, Butterfly, Balance, Flight, Attainment,
+ 20(-) Feathers.
An act in the process of obtainment.
Keywords: Ignition, Knowledge, Initiate, Create, Conductor, Manipulation,
Process, Action, Transformation, Transmutation, Metamorphosis, Liberation,
Attainment and Inversion.
White cardboard. Coloured Pencils: Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Brown.
Marker Pen: Black. Gel Pen: Gold, Silver
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