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Azoth

Azoth In Alchemy, a name for MERCURY, especially the hypothetical “mercury of the philosophers,” or the spiritual essence of mercury. Azoth is a corruption of the Arabic word for mercury, al-zauq. It was considered to have great occult powers because it contains both the first and last letters of the Greek, Roman, Hebrew, and Arabic alphabets. Azoth also is a name for celestial dew. A woodcut of Paracelsus shows him holding a roundheaded staff bearing the name Azoth.

Taken from :The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written byRosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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