Dictionary of Occult – Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils
ABSORBENT EARTH – TERRE ABSORBANTE
ABSTRACT See DISTILLATION and SEPARATE
ABYSS – ABÎME
(Lord of chaos)
Silgil given by HOMER 1723
as alternative, indicating chaos coniusum, the first of the ten links in the so-called Golden Chain, presumed to be linked with the three elements within Boehme’s first Divine Outpouring (sec GRAY 1952).
See also CHAOS, and HOLY DEITY.
ACETUM See VINEGAR
Achaiah Angel of Patience, the 7th name of God. Bible scripture according to the name Achaiah: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy”. The names meaning is The Forbearing or Patient God (Deus Longanimis, in Latin). Alao, he is one of the Seraphims.
vocale : Achèyah
évocation du 0° au 4°59′ du taureau
domine les 6° bélier / 18° gémeaux / 0° vierge / 12° scorpion / 24° capricorne
chaque jour durant 20′, 2h aprés le lever du soleil.
Il règne sur le physique et les actes de ceux qui sont né du 21 au 25 avril.
Mediaeval sigils for the binary alpha Virginis, Somestimes called Arista or Spica, given by HERMETIS 13C
and EVANS 1922
in a form adopted as a variant for the modern sigil SPICA.
ACID – ACIDE
gives the sigil for ‘marin acid’ wich is probably derived from that given by GEOFFROY 1718 for ‘acid of sea salt :
GEOFFROY 1718 gives the sigil for acidic :
SCHEFFERS 1775 gives the sigil for Acidum Salis :
for Acidum fluoris mineralis :
for Acidum Arsenici :
Acidus sacchari :
Acidum urinae or Phosphori :
and the sigil for Acidum aereum :
and the sigil :
for Acidum aereum (but see CARBON DIOXIDE).
The sigil for Lavoisier’s Acide Nitreux is recorded by CROSLAND 1962
See also ACIDUS and AQUA FORTIS.
Sigil given by HOMER 1723 for ‘corporeal acidic aspect of the Spirit of the World (Anima Mundi)’ :
The third of the ten links in the so-called Golden Chain, presumably linked with the three elements within Boehme’s first Divine Outpouring (see GRAY 1952).
(The gud burner)
SCHEIBLE 1848 gives two simple variants (among several complex sigils) for this demon :
ACQUISITIO See AQUISITO
CIRCLOT 1962 gives the sigil
to represent ‘the active, dynamic principe’.
KOCH 1930 gives
for ‘active intellect’.
(Walks the earth)
A sigil given by SIGMA 17C among a list of precious stones, to be interpreted as diamond or adamantine
Almost certainly it is the quality of ‘hardness’ which is intended.
One of the numerous SECRET SCRIPTS derived from the Hebraic tradition of alphabets (see HEBRAIC SCRIPT), but adapted for the Roman alphabet. The version below is that recorded by CHRISTIAN 1870, with variant characters by RIVIERE 1938 :
This script is almost identical with the Rapaelic script.
Two of the more simple sigil for this demon are recorded by SCHEIBLE 1848 :
(The hunter demon)
Mediaeval variants for the ‘angel’ of Sagittarius, given by BRAHE 1582 :
See SPIRIT OF SAGITTARIUS
Verdigris ‘specifically from copper’ is given the four sigils by SCHNEIDER 1962 :
but these are almost certainly a confusion with traditional sigillic forms for AIR.
AES See BRASS, COOPER and CRUDE METAL
AESTAS See SUMMER
Sigils are given under a variety of alchemical names, such as Burned Brass, Burned Copper or Crocus Veneris.
See also CROCUS MARTIS.
AES VIRIDE See VERDIGRIS
Mediaeval sigli for the semi-precious stone, sometimes called Achasses or Achates, recorded by SIGMA 17C :
The second spirit is a Duke called Agares, he is under ye power of ye East and cometh up in the form of a fair Old man riding upon a Crocodill, very mildly, carrying a goshawke on his fist. he maketh them runne that stand still, and fetcheth back ye runnawayes. he can teach all Languages or Tongues presently, he hath the power also to destroy dignities, both supernaturall & Temporall; & cause Earthquakes. he was of the order of Vertues; he hath under his government 31 Legions &c: & this is [his] seale or Character wch is to be worne as [a] Lamen.
(Lord of calamity)
This is the presiding intelligence of Saturn (along with the spirit ZAZEL) , but the sigil given under this name by HEYDON 1664 is intended to represent the letter A in the secret ‘Alphabet of Angels and Genii’ :
AGNI See TEJAS
The 23d spirit is called Aim, a greatt duke and strong, he appeareth in ye forme of a very handsome man in Body, [but] wth 3 heads, The first like a serpent ye second like a man wth 2 starrs in his forehead, The Third [head] is lik [sic] a Catt; he rideeth on a viper, carring a fire brand in his hand burning, whereth [wherewith] he sets Citties Castles & great places on fire he maketh one witty [in] all manner of wayes, and giveth true answares to privy matters, he governeth 26 Legions of Infernall spirits; his seal is thus to be made, and worne as a Lamen before you.
The most common sigil for this ‘second element” is :
but this is by no means representative of the mixture of gases we know to today under the name ‘Air’ : in the esoteric tradition, Air is, as WELLING 1735 puts it, ‘The Spiritual and Invisible Air which existed before the descent of Lucifer’ : the Occult Air. A modern sigil is given by DE VORE 1947, within an astrological context :
whilst a ‘cabbalistic’ form is recorded by SHEPHERD 1971 :
There are very many mediaeval variants, of which the following are the most common :
See also ELEMENTS
Sigil originated to serve modern chirognoray, intended to denote the male Air hand font, given in GETTINGS 1965 :
The female Air hand form is represented by the sigil :
Whilst in practical terms any of the sigils in the forms intended to denote AIR may be vised to represent the astrological Air triplicity (Gemini, Libra & Aquarius), AGRIPPA 1510 gives a composite sigil derived from the sigillic forms most frequently used for these zodiacal signs :
AKASA See AKASHYA
Sometimes called Asasha or Akasa, this is without doubt the oriental equivalent of the European invisible ‘fifth’ element, the QUINTESSENCE ( see BLAVATSKY 1888) :
The sigil is described as ‘a transparent white circle with dots’, the latter representing chhidra, holes or spaces in substance. A sigil is given by AVALON 1919
and is associated with the Visuddha or throat chakra.
See ETHERIC and QUINTESSENCE
Sigil given in ONOWASTICUM 1574, the substance being described as a ‘sweet salt’ :
Mediaeval sigil for the double star delta Corvi sometimes called Algorab, given in HERMETIS 13C
A variant of this sigil was given by AGRIPPA 1510 and printed in AGRIPPA 1531, with slight variations in a form which is now regarded as standard in
European occultism :
Appartiene al Coro dei CHERUBINI
Angelo Custode delle persone nate dal 6 al 10 Maggio.
Domicilio Zodiacale dal 16° al 20° del Toro.
évocation du 15° au 19°59′ du Taureau,
domine les 9° bélier / 21° gémeaux / 3° vierge / 15° scorpion / 27° capricorne
chaque jour durant 20′, 3h aprés le lever du soleil.
Il règne sur le physique et les actes de ceux qui sont né du 6 au 10 mai.
Mediaeval sigil for the fixed star alpha Aurigac, sometimes called HIRCUS, Amalthea and CAPELLA, given by HERMETIS 13C
which records also a related variant :
Sigils for ‘whiteness’ or ‘paleness’, sometimes also used for ‘white of egg’ .
See alsc ALBUMEN
Generally this sigil was restricted to ‘white of egg’ or ‘glair’.
Sigil for one of the sixteen geomantic figures, for which a multitude of variants (dots, stars, floral devices, etc.) is used in the same four-fold arrangement
Albus is linked by AGRIPPA 1531 with the element Water, the planet Mercury, and the zodiacal sign Cancer. The following sigils are derived from late-mediaeval sources, and are sometimes jsed to denote the planet MERCURY, as for example in TRITHEMIUS 1503.
See also ALBUM
ALCALI See ALKALI
Sigil given by HOMER 1723 as ‘corporeal alkali’ of the eternal becoming of God, the fourth in the ten links of the so-called Golden Chain, associated with the second (female, creative, expansive) of Boehrae’s Divine Outpourings (see GRAY 1952) :
A large number of apparently unrelated secret scripts called ‘Alchemical alphabets’ have been preserved in occult, and alchemical texts, the general idea being that sigils normally used to denote substances or processes are substituted for the letters of the alphabet. VIGNERE 1586 records a fairly typical example, which is given here, along with a number of variants to it from SELENUS 1624
The following three, all preserved by SOMMERHOFF 1701 are again fairly typical of these scripts, combining astrological and alchemical sigils apparently without any real feeling for ‘meaning’ or secret symbolisra:
See also SECRET SCRIPTS.
A sigil is given by KOCH 1930, though without a stated source :
SCHNEIDER 1962 gives the sigils
for spiritus vini rectificatissimus, but see SPIRIT OP WINE.
HERMETIS 13C gives the sigil for alpha Tauri :
In esoteric alchemy, tho symbol is used for the human physical body, in which the Great Work of transmutation takes place : in exoteric alchemy, the tern refers to the vessel used for the process of distillation. The latter meaning is probably intensed by the fallowing mediaeval sigils :
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, for which very many derivatives have been compounded within the tradition of secret SCRIPTS, amongst which a selection from BARTOLOZZI 1675 may be regarded as the most well known :
See however HEBRAIC SCRIPT. The letter and its sigil derivatives have been used generally to suggest, the idea of ‘beginning’. WIRTH 1927 equates aleph with the first arcanum of the Tarct pack, the JUGGLER, and thus with zodiacal Taurus, the constellation Orion, and with rhe Mercury of the Alchemists. He traces a graphic etymology with the forms which demonstrate a vestigial bull’s head, or that of an Ox :
See also SAL ALKALI
Sigils recorded from Greek manuscript by BERTHELOT 1885, for ‘dyer’s bugloss’ :
The sane source gives a relatari sigil for Laodician Alkanet :
ALL THINGS See HOLY DIETY
The 52d spirit [in order] is called Alloces — he is a great & mighty strong duke, appearing in ye forme of a souldier ridding on a great horse; his face is like a Lyons, very redd, having Eyes flaming, his speech is hoarse & verry Bigg; his office is to teach ye art of Astronomy, & all ye Liberall siences, he Bringeth good familiars & ruleth 36 Legions of spirits, his seal is Thus made, & [is] to be worne, &c.
A variety ox sigils used from early Christian times, and based on the firsc letter of the Greek alphabet, generally intended to convey the idea of ‘creative beginning’ and frequently used conjointly with OMEGA, ‘the end of all tilings’ :
Many related sigils have beer, adopted for Christian use, with graphic etymological roots which go back to pre-Christian traditions. TESTA 1962 records a series of sigils from such early Christian sources, all of which are related to the alpha
a scries which culminates in the form of the triple alpha, symbolic of the Holy Trinity
See also MORTAL ADAM
ALPHABETS See SECRET SCRIPTS
Mediaeval sigil for the fixed star alpha Coronae sorealis, sometimes called Alfeca and ELPHEIA, given by HERMETIS 13C :
A variant from mediaeval sources is recorded by EVANS 1922 under the (erroneous) name Lucia corona Scorpionis :
From such sources AGRIPPA 1531 derives his sigil which has entered the European occult stream :
Mediaeval sigil for the fixed star alpha Bootis, sometimes called Arcturus and Alchameth, given by HERMETIS 13C
EVANS 1922 records a mediaeval version :
From such sources AGRIPPA 1531 derived his sigil which has entered the European occult stream :
An enormous number of sicils for this mineral salt, has survived from mediaeval times, of which those reproduced from a mediaeval manuscript by CARRONELLI 1925 are the most wiuely used in the alchemical tradition :
See also ALUMEN PLUMEUM, CALCINATED ALUM and POTASH
ALUMEN CALCINATUM See CALCINATED ALUM and POTASH
A large number of variations exist, mainly related to the four sigils recorded by SHELTON 17C
and DIDEROT 1763
The following sigils are mediaeval variants :
Alc. ALCHEMY 1650 gives two sigils
but see WHITE AMBER and YELLOW AMBER.
Mag. The most common mediaeval characters for the ‘angel’ of Gemini are given by BRAKE 1582 :
However, the name is used also for one of the geoir.antic spirits for which AGRIPPA 1531 gives the sigil
and HEYDON 1664 :
TRITHEMIUS 1503 gives a variant :
The 67th spirit in order is called Amduscias, he is a strong & great duke appearing at first like an Unicorne, But afterwards at ye Request of yeExorcist he standeth [110r] before him in humane shape causing Trumpets and all manner of Musicall Instrument to be heard But not seene also [causing] Trees to bend and Incline according to ye Exorcist [Exorcist’s] will; he giveth Excellent familiars & ruleth 29 Legions of spirits his seal is Thus formed and is to be worne as a Lamin &c.
Rel . Mediaeval sigil recorded by CAPPELLI 1949 :
it is very likely that the cross which is so commonly tound on magical invocations and large-scale sigils was intended to evoke the power of Amen :
Mag. SIGNA 17C gives the sigil :
Geo. Sigil for one of the sixteen geomantic figures, for which a multitude of variants (stars, dots, floral devices, etc.) is used in the same four-fold arrangement :
Amissio is linked by AGRIPPA 1531 with the element of Fire, the planet Venus and the zodiacal sign Libra. The following sigils are derived from late-mediaeval sources, and are sometimes used to denote the planet Venus as for example in TRITHEMIUS 1503.
HEYDON 1664 gives
but this is probably wrongly copied from the source above.
Alc. Sometimes referred to as volatile alcali, the mediaeval sigil is recorded by GESSMANN 1906 :
Two common sigils are also used, though these are so ubiquitous, and are intended to cover so many other denotations and connotations, that they render most texts obscure. PORTA 1593 gives the triangle
for example, whilst the star is also quite common, as for example recorded by CARBONELLI 1925 for SAL AMMONIAC :
(Demon of the Lines)
Mag. Supposed by HEYDON 1664 to be a geomantic spirit, for which he gives the sigil
but this is wrongly copied from the Hebrew of AGRIPPA 1531, who gives the sigil
for the genius of LOETTTIA and of zodiacal Pisces.
The 7t spirit is Amon. he is a Marquis great in power & most strong, he at first appereth like a wolf with a serpents taile, vomiting out of his Mouth fleames of fire, but at ye command of ye Magician he putteth on ye shape of a man, with dogs Teeth beset in a head like a Raven, or in a Ravens Head, hee telleth [of] all things past & to come, and procureth love, and reconcileth controversies between freinds & foes,1 & governeth 40 Legions of spirits, his seal is thus, wch is to be worne as afforesaid.
Alc. Mediaeval sigil recorded by GESSMANN 1906
The 58th spirit is called [named] Amy, he is a great president, & appeareth at first in ye forme of a flaming fire, But after a while he putteth on ye shape of a man, &c: his office is to make one wounderous [wonderfully] knowing in Astrology & all ye Leberall [liberal] siences; he giveth good familiars & can bewray Treasures, wch are kept by spirits; he governeth 36 Legions of spirits, [&] his seal is This, wch wear as a Lamin &c.
(Demon of lust)
Mag. The most common mediaeval sigil for the angel of Venus is given by TRITHEMIUS 1503 :
though in theory any of the common sigils for VENUS may be used, as for example in SHEPHERD 1971.
BARRETT 1801 confuses this sigil with that for the Archangel MICHAEL :
SCHEIBLE 1848 gives several other variants, including :
See SPHERE OF VENUS
The 65 spirit is called Andrealphus, he is a Mighty great Marquiz appearing at first in ye forme of [a] Peacock, with great Noises but afterwards he putteth on humane shape, he can teach perfectly geomitry, & all Things belonging to measuring, [&] also Astronomy, he maketh men very subtile and cunning therin, he can Transforme a Man into ye likness of a Bird & he governeth 30 Legions of spirits his seal is This, wch is to be worne as a Lamin &c.
The 63 spirit is called Andras, he is a great Marquiz appearing in ye forme of an angell wth a head like a Black night Raven, ridding upon a strong black woolf, wth a sharpe bright sword flourishing in his hand, his office is to sow discords, if ye Exorcist hath not care he will kill him and his fellows, he governeth 30 Legions of spirits his seal is Thus to be [made, and] worne as a Lamin before [thee] on your Breast.
The 72d spirit in order is called Andromalius he is a great and Mighty Earle appearing in ye form of a Man, holding a serpent in his hand, his office is to bring a theefe & goods yt are stolen, Back; and to discover all wickedness, and understand dealings, & to punish Theives [thieves] & other wicked people, & to discover Treasure that is hidd, &c, he ruleth 36 Legions of spirits his seal is This, wch make & wear as a Lamin in time of acction &c.
Occ. A Greek sigil is recorded by BERTHELOT 1885 :
whilst a common mediaeval sigil (an abbreviation, in fact) is given by CHASSANT 1884 for angelis ;
KIRCHER 1655 gives the form
whilst OLIVER 1826 gives the sigil
as ‘an ancient Egyptian symbol for the angel’ – SUCHER 1975 appears to link the sigll for LEO with tho sphere of the Angels, which is traditionally the SPHERE OF THE MOON :
ANGELIC SCRIPT See CELESTIAL SCRIPT
ANGER See WRATH
Ast. A modern sigil for this astrological concent is given by DE VORE 1947, for both ‘angular houses’ and ‘lingular signs’ :
Haniel (Hebrew: הניאל, “Joy of God” or Hebrew: חַנִּיאֵל, “Grace of God”), also known as Anael, Hanael or Aniel, is an angel in Jewish lore and angelology, and is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels. Haniel is generally associated with the planet Venus, and she is the archangel of the Sephirah Netzach. The name Haniel probably derives from Hebrew hana’ah, “joy”, “pleasure” (qualities associated with Venus) + the suffix -el, “God”. Haniel is one of the archangels encrypted in the Sigillum Dei Aemeth of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly.
vocale : anyel
évocation du 0° au 4°59′ de la balance,
domine les 6° taureau / 18° cancer / 0° balance / 12° sagittaire / 24° verseau
chaque jour durant 20′, 12h aprés le lever du soleil.
Il règne sur le physique et les actes de ceux qui sont né du 24 au 28 septembre.
ANIMA See SOUL and ANIMALIA
Oca. Sigil given by KOMER 1723 as tho sixth of the ten links in the so-called Golden Chain :
In the Theosophic tradition (see BOEHME 1730) the term animalia does not imply brutish, as derived from ‘animal’, but rather soul-enfilled, as fron the Latin anima : in later theosophy the term would refer to a being possessed of an astral body.
Occ. Sigil given by KIRCHER 1655 under this heading, but probably the author had in mind the idea of the ASTRAL WORLD :
Rel. A mediaeval contraction is given by CAPPELLI 1949 :
Alc. Mediaeval sigil recorded by SHELTON 17C :
Occ. Sometimes called anfc and ansstcd cross, it is one of the siqils used from earliest times against barrenness (see BUDGE 1930) :
BLAVATSKY 1898 sees it as a form DE VENUS
und claims that it symbolics ‘that mankind and all animal life had stepped out of the divine spiritual circle and fallen into physical male and female generation’ . Additionally, BLAVATSKY 1888 claims that it is the ‘sign of life, the living, an oath, the covenant… It is the hieroglyphic : RU
set upright on the Tan-cross’. The same source gives
as the earliest Ankh-cross, a loop which combines both a circle and a cross in one image, and which is called Che Ankh-tie, the pasa of Siva. TESTA 1962 gives several forms of the Ankh-cross, of which the following three are representative :
STEINER 1906 calls the ankh the Tao, the ‘I an’ which streamed through the whole world in early days.
See also CROSS, ORIGIN and RU.
Alc. In the early alchemical sense, this word was intended to meam calcinate, to ‘burn’ or ‘set on fire’, and it is in this sense that the mediaeval sigils recorded by GESSMANN 1906 must be taken, for they almost certainly do not relate to the enamelling or encaustic processns as such :
See also CALCINATE.
ANNULOS See PLANETARY SYMBOLS.
ANNUS See YAER
Alc. SOMMEKHOFF 1701 records that the ‘Philosophic year’ is actually an ordinary month – a ‘mensis vulgaris’ for which he record the sigils :
See MONTH and YEAR
ANTARES See COR SCORPIONS
Alc. A large number of sigils lor the stibium of the early alchemists has survived, and a list of frequently used forms is reproduced by CARBONELLI 1925 :
ALCHEMY 1850 :
CROLLIUS 1670 :
ALCHEMICAL 17C :
SHELTON 17C :
SIGNA 17 C :
DIDEROT 1763 :
GESSMANN 1906 :
LUEDY 1928 :
SCHNEIDER 1962 gives the sigils
for ancimoniura spagyrice pracparatum – a specialist alchemical form, perhaps – for which SOMMERHOFF 1701 records a large number of forms, not very different from those used for simple ‘antimony ‘ :
A Greek sigil is given by BERTHELOT 1865 :
Alc. GESSMANN 1906 :
ANTIMONY GLASS See ANTIMONY VITRUM
Alc. SCHNEIDER 1962 :
Alc. FRANCKLYN 1627 :
SOMMERHOFF 1701 :
GESSMANN 1906 :
SCHNEIDER 1962 :
Alc. SOMMERHOFF 1701 :
GESSMANN 1906 :
(Of hell’s electorate ‘Musician’)
Mag. Mediaeval sigil for the demon, given by SCHEIBLE 1848 :
Occ . Sigil for the tattva which forws the manifestation of the Third Logos on the Astral Plane (see HOULT 1910) : AVALON 1919, who records the sigil, says that it is white in colour :
This is the oriental equivalent of the esoteric water element, and is associated with the svadhishthana or Spleen chakra.
Ast. A sigil given hy THIERENS 1931 for the esoteric planet, which he distinguishes from the common sigil for the SUN (Helios) :
Occ. A late-mediaeval secret alphabet which has been recorded in a number of versions, as for example that given by VIGNERE 1586 to a Greek alphabet (the claim that it was the script of Apollonius of Tyana is of course entirely suppositious) :
A version constructed to the Roman alphabet by RIVIERE 1938 is worth recording for it shows the dependence upon the earlier form :
AQUA See WATER
AQUA FOETIDA See AQUA MERCURIT
Alc. A large number of mediaeval sigile have survived, but usually these consist of a graphic play with either A or F, or with the single letter F and the common sigil for WATER
SOMMERHOFF 1701 records a number of sigils for a formula for aqua fortis simplex :
Alc. SOMMERHOFF 1701 records the following siqils for aqua foetida :
AQUA PLUVIALIS See RAIN WATER
Alc. A largo number of mediaeval sigils has survived, but the majority of these consist of a graphic play with the letter R and the most common sigil for water :
Asc. Sigils for zodiacal sign of the Waterearer, also used indiscriminately for the constellation of the same name. The printed version is baaed on the most common mediaeval version, given by HYGINUS 1482 :
and derived ultimately from Egyptian formis (see NEUGEBAUER 1959). Said by AGRIPPA 1510 to be based on the shape of waves, though this is not a water sign. The graphic form is also, rather foolishly, traced by certain modern astrologers to the idea of ‘electric waves’ .
Ancient Egyptian (demotic) : BERLIN 42AD
NEUBAUER 1959 :
DIGBY 12C :
ASTRONOMICAL 1400 :
JANUA 14C :
LEUPOLDI 14C :
ASTROLOGICAL 15C :
QUADRANTIS 15C :
TABLES 15C :
SIGILLIS 17C :
WELLING 1735 :
CARRIGHTERUS 18C :
LUEDY 1928 records a related sigil from the Syrian alchemical – astrological tradition :
DEUTSCHE 1980 :
A sigil for the constellation Aquarius is given by LEUPOLDI 14C
See also SPIRIT OF AQUARIUS
AQUA VITAE See WATER OF LIFE
Geo. Sigil for one of the sixteen geomantic figures, for which a multitude of variants (dots, stars, floral devices, etc.) is used to denote the sane four-fold arrangement :
Aquisitio is linked by AGRIPPA 1531 with the element of Air, the planet Jupiter and the zodiacal sign Aries, The following siyils are derived from the late mediaeval sources, and are sometimes used to denote the planet JUPITER, as for example in TRITHESMIUS 1503.
AGRIPPA 1531 :
Mag. Mediaeval sigil for the planetary spirit of Saturn, given by TRITHEMICS 1503 :
SCHEIBLE 1348 givesa variant :
AKCHAI See SPHERE OF VENUS
Demon of Sorrow
Qcc. These spiritual beings are traditionally linked with the sphere of Mercury (in the mere ancient cosmologies), but SUCHER 1975 appears to link these beings with the sigil for CANCER :
See ANGEL and SPHERE OP MERCURY.
Occ. In her complex numerological study, BLAVATSKY 1888 lists a number of graphic archetypes which combine in various ways to express occult or hermetic ideas – in this she was following a tradition perhaps introduced by AGRIPPA 1510 and developed by GABELLA The nost Important of these archetypes are the central point (.), the three the five and the seven which may be symbolised by ( ).
A further set of four archetypal sigils are explained at length by WIRTH 1927
See in this connexion HERMETIC TETRAD.
The basic archetypes give rise to such symbolism as is found expressed in the sigils for BODY ERECT, CROSS, DECADE, DEITY, ETHERIC, OGDOAD, ONE, SEPTENARY MAN, and so on.
ARCTURUS See ALTAMECH
ARENA See SAND
ARGENTUM See SILVER
ARGENTUM MUSICUM See STLVER PAINT
ARGENTUM PICTORIUM See SILVER PAINT
ARGENTUM VIVUM See QUICKSILVER
Of hell’s electorate ‘Historian’
Mag. Several mediaeval sigils have been preserved for this demon (or spirit), the more simple of those recorded by SCHEIBLE 1848 being the following :
Ast. Sigils for the zodiacal sign of the Ram, also used indiscriminately for the constellation of the same name. The printed sigil is derived frcm the manuscript tradition, such as LAMBECIUS 1500 and AGRIPPA 1510 . The sigil is said by AGRIPPA 1510 to be based on the shape of the Ram’s horns, but this is unlikely. SUCHER 1971 suggests that it is a pietograph of exploding and imploding spirit, whilst: GABELLA 1615 explains its form as a graphic expression of the equinox, and gives it a curious sigil which is linked with one of the sigils for FIRE.
Ancient Egyptian (demotic) :
Graeco-Byzantine c.500AD : NEUGEBAUER 1959
LEUPOLDI 14C gives a sigil for the constellation for which
AGRIPPA 1510 qives a variant :
LUEDY 1928 records a related sigil from the Syrian alchemical- astrological tradition :
See also MYSTERIOUS PLANETS and SPIRIT OP ARIES
ARISTA See ACUIMER
Alc. SHELTON 17C
Alc. A multitude of sigils and variants exist, of which the most common are the mediaeval ones reproduced by CARBONELLI 1925 :
ALCHEMICAL 17 C
A number of sigils are recorded by BERTHELOT 1885 froni ancient Greek manuscripts :
See also ARSENIC SUBLIMATE, ARSENIC SULPHURUM, RED ORPIMENT, RED SULPHURET OP ARSENIC, WHITE ARSENIC and YELLOW ARSENIC.
Alc. SOMMERHOFF 1701
ARSENICUM ALBUM See WHITE ARSENIC
ARSENICUM CITRINUM See YELLOW ARSENIC
ARSENICUM RUBRUM See RED OKPIMENT
Alc. Mediaeval sigils given by GESSMANN 1906
Alc. Two ancient Greek sigils recorded by BERTHELOT 1885 :
The ascendant (Ascendant-symbol.png, Asc or As), is the zodiacal sign and degree that is ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of an event. According to astrological theory, celestial phenomena reflect or determine human activity on the principle of ‘as above so below’.
Ast. Three variant sigils of circa 500AD, graphically derived from the word horoscopos, the name originally given in the Greek astrological tradition to che degree of ecliptic ascending in a given chart, arc listed by NEUGEBAUER 1959 :
Sometimes an abbreviation for the word Ascendant, and even for ‘first house’ prima domus, is also used :
Thu sigil recorded for oriens in MANSIONIBUS 1492
appears to be part of a secret alphabet (since the letter ‘d’ is named septentrio, yet is a letter never used for the Imun Coeli) .
Ast . The north NOTE of astrology has from ancient times been signified by the sigil
but the following form is copied from an dncient Greek text by OMONT 1394
This is said to be the kephali or anabibazon, the equivalent of the modern CAPUT of modern astrology, but the sioil is probably a mistake, the correct form being given in the same manuscript for the CAUDA, the Greek oura or katababazon.
Alc. VALENTINE 1671
See also ASHES OF LEAD and ASHES OF WOOD
ASHES OF HARTS EASE
Alc. CROLLIUS 1670
ASHES OF LEAD
Alc. Mediaeval sigils given by GESSMANN 1906
ASHES OF TIN
Alc. SOMMERHOFF 1701
ASHES OF WOOD
Alc. Mediaeval sigil given by GESSMANN 1906
The 32d spirit
Mag. Three of the most common mediaeval sigils for the ‘angel’ of Taurus, recorded by BRAHE 1582
See also SPIRIT OF TAURUS.
The 29th spirit
Ast. Modern sigil given by NEROMAN 1937
Occ. Mediaeval sigils given by KIRCHER 1655 for the sidereum, by which he probably meant the ‘astral world’ , rather than the stellatum, or zone of the fixed stars
See also ANIMALIA and ANIMATE WORLD.
Ast. A fifteenth-century contraction for astrologus is recorded by CAPPELLI 1949
Les symboles de Jupiter
Les symboles de la Lune
Les symboles de Mars
Les symboles de Mercure
Les symboles de Saturne
Les symboles du Soleil
Les symboles de Vénus
Les symboles de Pluton
Les symboles d’Uranus