Friday, March 16, 2012
Alchemy Symbol Meaning in Tattoos
Alchemy Symbols & Universal Meanings
Ancient Alchemy Symbols and their oft times cryptic meanings began out of necessity as alchemists disguised their practices from the hugely powerful European church. At the height of its practice, alchemy was considered heretical craft by the church, punishable by death or worse, torture. The church body at the time viewed alchemy as a way for the practitioner to ascend to salvation outside of the "traditional" church methodology.
Although ancient alchemy symbols were born out of this necessity, the foundation of alchemical practice is based on inner transformation and the achievement of that transformation. As a means for this transmutation, the alchemist utilized the changing properties of matter in addition to the philosophical meanings of the symbols themselves.
The very act of turning base metals to gold is a symbol of (wo)mans ascension and achievement of enlightenment.