Alchemy and Five Elements

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Alchemy Guild LogoAir is one of the Four Elements of alchemy. Air in the alchemical sense carries
the archetypal properties of spirit into the manifested world. It is associated with
the operation of Separation and represented by the metal Iron.

Earth is one of the Four Elements of alchemy. Earth in the alchemical sense
carries the archetypal properties of manifestation, birth, and material creation. It
is associated with the operation of Conjunction and represented by the green ore
of copper.

Fire is one of the Four Elements of alchemy. Fire in the alchemical sense carries
the archetypal properties of activity and transformation. It is associated with the
operation of Calcination and represented by the metal lead.

Water is one of the Four Elements of alchemy. Water in the alchemical sense
carries the archetypal properties of cleansing and purification. It is associated
with the operation of Dissolution and represented by the metal tin.

Quintessence (Quinta Essentia) is the fifth Element with which the alchemists
could work. It was the essential presence of something or someone, the living
thing itself that animated or gave something its deepest characteristics. The
Quintessence partakes of both the Above and the Below, the mental as well as
the material. It can be thought of as the ethereal embodiment of the life force that
we encounter in dreams and altered states of consciousness. It is the purest
individual essence of something that we must unveil and understand in order to
transform it.

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