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Outline of alchemy

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Outline of alchemy

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to alchemy:

Alchemy – A philosophical tradition recognized as protoscience, that includes the application of Hermetic principles, and practices related to mythology, religion, and spirituality.



Influences upon alchemy – alchemy developed dependent on a number of influences and experienced regional and period-specific variations:

Related fields


Mandala from the Musaeum Hermeticum incorporating the septenary, four elements, tria prima, and hieros gamos.


Magnum opus – great work of alchemy consisting of:

Alchemists also engaged in practical and symbolic processes including:


Mandala illustrating key alchemical concepts, symbols, and processes. From Spiegel der Kunst und Natur.

Alchemical symbol – 1. Glyphs

2. Imagery

3. Visual Symbolism

Scientific connections

Alchemical apparatus. (Carlo Lancillotti, 1681.)

Substances of the alchemists





Heating devices

Alchemy organizations

Alchemical texts



Hermes Trismegistus – traditionally credited as the author of the Hermetica and legendary founder of Western alchemy. (Maier, 1617)

The most influential names in the history of alchemy include:

See also

External links

  • This outline displayed as a mindmap, at
  • The Alchemy website
  • Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
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