SYMBOLISM. Alchemy

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SYMBOLISM: ALCHEMY

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The word alchemy conjures up images that are magical and mystical.

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Alchemy differs significantly from modern science in its inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic, religion, and spirituality.

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Alchemy is an ancient art. The philosophers stone, sits at the heart of it.

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The mysterious stone was said to transform base metals such as lead, into gold.

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However, the gold in this instance symbolizes not just the valuable metal, but the transformation of the spirit, e.g. enlightenment.

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It was also to represent eternal life.

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Alchemists are concerned with their own spiritual and personal development.

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The motto of the alchemists is ‘solve et coagula’ meaning ‘solution & coagulation’

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The early alchemists were secretive about their work.

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Their secrets are still held within symbols, pictures, riddles.

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Alchemical symbolism features birds, animals, colours and parables, as well…

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