Alchemy

Thought to be the living substance latent in all things. The alchemists' quest wasn't a hungry hunt for gold, as it is commonly understood - what they were serving for was the quintessence - or 5th element. Beyond water, air, earth and fire. The elusive link between spirit and matter. Thought to be the living substance latent in all things. The alchemists' quest wasn't a hungry hunt for gold, as it is commonly understood - what they were searching for was the quintessence of all things- or 5th element - beyond water, air, earth and that permeated all life. Some believed that stars were made of quintessence, as was the human soul, luminous but invisible.