Saturday, 1 December 2012

Is the Legendary 'Philosopher's Stone' Nothing more than a Star of David?

Medieval Alchemists called the Star [of David] the "Philosopher's stone," adding a tiny dot on the upper right hand point to represent the presence of God and guidance of the Divine Spirit.

- The Archetypal Mandala of the Star of David, by Margaret Starbird,

In some alchemic writings the philosopher's stone is symbolized as a circle enclosing a hexagonal star ("the star of David"): the circle alludes to the kabbalistic *Ein-Sof ("Infinite"); the triangle which points upward represents the element fire; and the one which points downward the element water. Fire and water together constitute heaven (shamayim = esh + mayim). 

From the 17th century, this was used by alchemists to symbolize the primeval matter out of which the main element of the philosopher's stone, philosophic mercury, the "quintessence," is extracted.

- ALCHEMY, Bernard Suler,  Encyclopaedia Judaica,

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