Détails : Symbols of alchemy provide us with a wide variety of insight into the potential transformation of the human landscape, both internal and external. Putting the science of alchemy together with its underlying philosophy of inner transformation, we open a broad range of power in our lives. Understanding this tradition's symbolic meanings is a first step in accessing that power. In the world of alchemy, signs are rife with deeper, hidden meanings. Many symbols are used to define elements as well as conditions of the spirit. Planetary symbols and animal signs also are used to define elements. The roots of alchemy can be traced back to Egypt. Ancient Egyptians were master metalworkers who believed that magic powers were contained in all matter. This is significant as we discover the double meanings behind elemental symbols. When Egypt was conquered by the Arabs, they took the science with them to Spain. From there, the science of alchemy, along with the knowledge of alchemy signs, spread to England, France and Germany. Alchemy can be credited for being the foundation of modern-day chemistry. But more than science, alchemy represents the spiritual progress of humanity. Ancient alchemists were evolved thinkers who combined efforts to transform matter to another form - all the while having an internal goal of transforming the heart and soul of humankind into another form. Alchemy symbols provide us with understanding and clarity of thought when focused upon. When we focus our minds on symbols, answers inevitably come.