In ancient or medieval alchemy, the philosopher’s stone was described as going through many color changes during its creation. Alchemist’s who wrote about “How to make the philosopher’s stone”, often depicted it as white, yellow, saffron, or even red. The Philosopher’s stone of alchemy was said to be wrapped in wax before the alchemist could attempt the transmutation of “quicksilver” or lead into gold. Quicksilver in alchemy was according to my theory or understanding, used to describe molten metal and not elemental mercury. Such hidden code words were used to keep outsiders from learning the craft or secrets of alchemy.
The Philosopher’s Stone of alchemy is often described as a saffron colored material ranging from yellow to orange yet many alchemical manuscripts describe that in the final stages of the creation of the philosopher’s stone the color becomes blood red. The basic colors of the great work of alchemy are usually depicted as black white yellow red. Ancient alchemy formulas also described secondary colors like the green lion of alchemy or a peacock’s tail. Once the alchemist finished making the alchemy Philosopher’s stone the saffron colored material was believed to have changed to that of a transparent, red, glass like Philosopher’s stone described as gold digested to its highest degree. The final alchemical stage in the great work of alchemy making the Philosopher’s stone was said to be wrapping the Philosopher’s stone in wax. Many alchemists believed that the Philosopher’s stone of alchemy must be wrapped in wax in order to transmute lead into gold. Article written by Steven School. Do not try this at home.
Colors to be observed in the
Operation of the Great Work.
The Great Work of Alchemy is often described as a series of four stages represented by colors such as black, white, yellow, purple and red as well as all the colors of the peacock’s tail. Alchemy of Steven School. Do Not Try This At Home.