Alchemical Symbols - The Elements and PrinciplesBack to alchemical symbols page.
The Four Classical Elements:-Earth Cold and Dry. Melancholy.
Water Cold and Wet. Phlegmatic.
Air Hot and Wet. Sanguine.
Fire Hot and Dry. Choleric.
The Three Principles:-Salt. The Contractive force in Nature. Crystallisation, condensation.
Sulphur. The Expansive force in Nature. Dissolution, Evaporation.
Mercury. The Integrative force, interweaving and balancing that of the Salt and Sulphur. Circulation. Dynamic equilibrium.