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Aleilius
11-06-2010, 06:06 AM
The symbol for sal ammoniac is a six pointed star.

http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp/docs/pix/mod/salarmon.gif

I will give a cookie to the person that can tell me why the alchemists picked this symbol to represent sal ammoniac. :cool:

Salazius
11-06-2010, 09:08 AM
Because philosophically speaking it can be linked to the North Star ! Polaris ! (IMO)
Another possibility is : this form is an equilibrium, SA can bring equilibrium in Matter as medium agent.

solomon levi
11-06-2010, 10:46 AM
I thought it might have to do with the cubic structure of chloride salt

http://www.deimel.org/images/plain_cube.gif


Or with snowflakes how they sublimate on glass panes.

What kind of cookie are we talkin' here?

Aleilius
11-06-2010, 11:25 AM
I thought it might have to do with the cubic structure of chloride salt

http://www.deimel.org/images/plain_cube.gif


Or with snowflakes how they sublimate on glass panes.

What kind of cookie are we talkin' here?

SL, yes, continue those line of thoughts. You're close!

We're talking about an arsenick laced cookie, with corrosive sublimate frosting, and 24kt gold sprinkles!

solomon levi
11-06-2010, 09:04 PM
SL, yes, continue those line of thoughts. You're close!

We're talking about an arsenick laced cookie, with corrosive sublimate frosting, and 24kt gold sprinkles!

LOL! That would go great with the Antimony butter and jelly sandwich I had for lunch!

True Initiate
11-07-2010, 03:29 PM
LOL! That would go great with the Antimony butter and jelly sandwich I had for lunch!

As a apperitif i suggest alchemical made beer.

http://img217.imagevenue.com/loc933/th_43257_AlchimisteBeer_122_933lo.jpg (http://img217.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=43257_AlchimisteBeer_122_933lo.jpg)


This beer was made from philosophical beer-nuts and colouring was done by dissoving 24kt gold leaves in it. Beer also contains large quantity of universal mercury so to make your stone it is enough to drink it it before sleep and in the morning you will have a fixed Golden Water that turns to Gold everything it touches.
Multiplication is done by combining Beer and Golden Water together and drinking it yet again and allowing to ferment once more in "our" beer belly.

Besides look what happened to my toilet this morning:

http://img191.imagevenue.com/loc373/th_44327_gold_toilet_ashtray_thumb3461210_122_373l o.jpg (http://img191.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=44327_gold_toilet_ashtray_thumb34612 10_122_373lo.jpg)

Golden water also contains large quantity of philosophical Sal Ammoniack.

Weidenfeld
11-07-2010, 05:51 PM
You should be aware that for this specific substance there are more than 30 symbols, but the star like one is the most commonly known. You should also be aware that "Sal amoniacum" (arabic nusadir) and "Sal harmoniacum" (Lull's one) are not the same and that in former times salmiac and rock salt usually were intermixed. The star symbol might be the result of the combination of the common cross (+) and St. Andrew's cross (x).

Rueb
11-08-2010, 02:08 AM
http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/1f739/index.htm

Aleilius
11-09-2010, 04:54 PM
You should be aware that for this specific substance there are more than 30 symbols, but the star like one is the most commonly known. You should also be aware that "Sal amoniacum" (arabic nusadir) and "Sal harmoniacum" (Lull's one) are not the same and that in former times salmiac and rock salt usually were intermixed. The star symbol might be the result of the combination of the common cross (+) and St. Andrew's cross (x).

Hi Weidenfeld, yes, you are correct.

http://www.vitriolum.net/images/aleilius/salammoniac_symbols.jpg

Also this:

http://www.vitriolum.net/images/aleilius/salammoniac_salt.jpg

Aleilius
11-09-2010, 05:02 PM
SL was pretty much spot on with his crystallization post. I believe the way sal ammoniac crystallizes from a supersaturated solution is the entire reason for why the alchemists gave it a star/asterisk symbol.

Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRNiagLn9Co

solomon levi
09-15-2011, 06:18 PM
I've been seeing other adaptations of the sal ammoniac cube/asterix.
I'm very attracted to a hard angled triskele that follows the lines of the cube.
Here's an older version of it with legs:

http://z.about.com/d/altreligion/1/0/4/Q/2/trinacria.jpg

See the cube?
This can also be drawn with three 7's (777).

http://www.seiyaku.com/images/cross/triskele.png

I also like the cube used by B.O.T.A.


http://www.eternalbodhi.com/Tarot/adytum.gif

Anyway, I'm seeing a lot of this symbolism in my visions,
the tai chi/yin-yang symbol as the three principles/gunas.

solomon levi
11-02-2011, 07:05 PM
http://www.google.com/search?q=antahkarana+reiki&hl=en&sa=X&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&biw=1013&bih=606&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=fZKxTr7FA6SqiQLb0KkM&ved=0CCQQsAQ

I was just looking at reiki symbols and this came up among them.
It's wild because this is what I had been focussing on for quite some
time as given me by my Muse. To me it simply meant "sal harmoniac":
the pure salis centrum, virgin earth, prima materia, seal of solomon, etc.

But check this out:
http://www.reikiwebstore.com/ProductPage.cfm?ProductID=297
http://spiritualreiki.blogspot.com/2007/06/antahkarana-ancient-symbol-of-healing.html

This is so wyrd.