Since the beginning of Alchemy, Alchemists have used symbols to represent different elements. Alchemy symbols sometimes contain hints of the quantities the elements were thought to have, as well as the history of the element.
Using symbols helped Alchemists keep their work private, as much of it was a carefully guarded secret from non-alchemists who wouldn’t recognized the symbols.
Because early alchemy also drew much of its information from astrology, many alchemy element symbols are connected to planets of other celestial bodies.
Alchemy symbols continued to be used until the 18th century, becoming more standardized as time went on.
Today people enjoy alchemy symbols for their history, interesting shapes and connection to a different way of thinking about the world.
You may recognize a symbol in the below chart that we use in our logo!