Alchemical Celestial Tree

Alchemical Celestial Tree

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Caption: The celestial tree, from a work long attributed to Basil Valentine, a 15th century monk, whose very existence is now doubted. The astrological symbols show the mystical nature of alchemy. Alchemy was the pseudo-scientific predecessor of chemistry. Among other pursuits, alchemists searched for formulas that would turn base metals into gold.

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