View Full Version : Elixir of Life Symbol

01-03-2009, 07:59 PM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm) created by NiliSabach.

hello everyone.

I am going to get a tattoo soon, and for a few months now I have pretty much a clear idea of what I want-
the alchemy symbol of gold. this symbol (http://www.whats-your-sign.com/images/GoldAlchemySymbol.jpg) is the one I'm interested in.

also, I was reading about the elixir of life, and I keep seeing mentions of a symbol? is that true?
I'm looking for it for days now, internet only though because there are no alchemy books in the local library, and just can't seem to find it !
the thing is, perhaps I'll get a tattoo of that as well, I really like the meaning of it. eternal youth. does anyone know what it looks like? I came across this page (http://alchemymovie.com/pix/alchemy_symbol_raw.gif) which contains a symbol claiming to be it, but I just want to be sure.

I hope this is the right place to ask, from lurking around I saw you guys know exactly what you're talking about.
I'll appreciate any help ! thank you for your time,
The latter of the two symbols you mention is similar to one that is recently mentioned in the Constantine (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=303) thread.

And it seems to be a representation of the perfected stone i.e. what you seek!
actually, I did a little research on this symbol (after watching constantine), and from what I understood, it doesn't mean the elixir of life.

a few quotes from various web pages I googled:
"The symbol to the left is of the The Perfect Red King, or " The Sulphur of the Philosophers". It was derived from the Speculum Veritatis (Mirror of Truth) which was a guide to 17th Century Alchemy. Sulphur is the spirit of life. It is considered the heavenly secret fire, and the divine spark in man"

"This image is taken from the 23rd image in a series of drawings from the seventeenth century alchemical work attributed to Eugenius Philalethes, the Speculum Veritatis (Mirror of Truth.) This simple symbol of a fire triangle, with three radiating arrows below represents the "Perfect Red King," the Sulfur of the Philosophers. In alchemy, sulphur represents Sol, the fiery male element (the counterpart of Luna, mercury, the female element) of the Celestial marriage (conjunctio). Chemically, the red sulfur was a mixture of mercury (spirit) and sulfur (soul), the marriage of which also represented the spiritual goal of alchemical work ".
thanks for your help though ^^

still, anyone has any idea what the elixir of life symbol looks like?
thank you
IMO, the only difference is the form.
The elixir is merely a liquid form of the red sulphur/carbuncle/lion/stone.
I'm not aware of any symbols specifically designated to the elixir form.

Otherwise, a red lion might do, or I've seen the symbol of sulphur inverted said to represent
the finished product.
Here are two of the symbols for the philosophers' stone.
I did find one for the moon/silver elixir, but it's not impressive.
It's like a sun with a moon inside and the remaining planetary symbols outside
around the circumference.

http://i78.servimg.com/u/f78/12/78/17/61/th/rick_s22.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=35&u=12781761)