Friday, October 10, 2008

Hexagrams Represent Planets-1

The five colorful alchemical hexagrams represent the planets (not including the yellowish Sun and the silvery Moon)

Picture is from Wikipedia entry: “Odd people” uploaded by Mattes 

Source: Basilius Valentinus, Azoth ou le moyen de faire l'Or caché des Philosophes, Paris, 1659.

It seems that using hexagrams to represent the planets was a conventional theme for the 17th century illustrators of alchemical books.