Alchemy

Alchemists are often described as the first chemists. They developed an extraordinary language (rather than the chemical symbols we use today) to describe all manner of things, from chemical reactions to philosophical tenets. Click on ‘What is alchemy?’ to learn about the three aims of the alchemists. Click on each of the alchemical symbols for more information and to see alternative symbols.
1
H
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2
He
3
Li
4
Be
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5
B
6
C
7
N
8
O
9
F
10
Ne
11
Na
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13
Al
14
Si
17
Cl
18
Ar
20
Ca
21
Sc
22
Ti
23
V
24
Cr
25
Mn
27
Co
28
Ni
31
Ga
32
Ge
34
Se
35
Br
36
Kr
37
Rb
38
Sr
39
Y
40
Zr
41
Nb
42
Mo
43
Tc
44
Ru
45
Rh
46
Pd
48
Cd
49
In
52
Te
53
I
54
Xe
55
Cs
56
Ba
57
La
72
Hf
73
Ta
74
W
75
Re
76
Os
77
Ir
81
Tl
84
Po
85
At
86
Rn
87
Fr
88
Ra
89
Ac
104
Rf
105
Db
106
Sg
107
Bh
108
Hs
109
Mt
110
Ds
111
Rg
112
Cn
113
Uut
114
Fl
115
Uup
116
Lv
117
Uus
118
Uuo
 
 
58
Ce
59
Pr
60
Nd
61
Pm
62
Sm
63
Eu
64
Gd
65
Tb
66
Dy
67
Ho
68
Er
69
Tm
70
Yb
71
Lu
 
 
 
 
90
Th
91
Pa
92
U
93
Np
94
Pu
95
Am
96
Cm
97
Bk
98
Cf
99
Es
100
Fm
101
Md
102
No
103
Lr