MAST (M.A.S.T) also known as The Mystical Alchemical Symbol Translator is a tool designed for scholars and anyone interested in antiquated alchemical texts and the subject of alchemy. This tool allows the user to select a symbol he or she might find when researching alchemy texts and get some information about the selected symbol. The information displayed includes the what the symbol represents, the etymology of the illustrated symbol, as well as other interesting facts which contextualize the symbol.
Currently version one of MAST only comes with one symbol table, a table attributed to a 1609 manuscript by University of Marburg professor named Oswald Croll.
Using MAST is very simple. All you have to do is press a token illustrated with the symbol you are interested in knowing more about. When the token is selected, the display screen (Complete with a print of Merlin the magician of Arthurian legends and lore) will give the alchemy symbol, the element name, an origin of the name, and interesting facts about the selected symbol's element.
Whether you are searching for the elixer of life, turning metal into gold, hermeticism / hermetic secrets, or most probable: a fun tool that coincides with historical research of antiquity... MAST is a must download.
Future versions will have a much larger selection of symbols, with scrolling text panels allowing more information to be recorded. Future versions will also have a scrolling token table for larger, clearer selection buttons.
For those that are unfamiliar alchemy predated chemistry and the scientific method. While the practice of alchemy did eventually evolve into the science of chemistry, it was far from being scientific. If you are interested in learning more about alchemy, check out authors like Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa, and Albertus Magus.
Some of our favorite pop culture figures of today have been heavily influenced by the history of alchemy, most notably Harry Potter.
Stories of witches, warlocks, magicians, and wizards are also heavily reliant on the history of alchemy, and some people still believe that there are world domination cults and Illuminati conspiracies based in these ancient mystical arts. Rosicrucian literature is often linked to alchemy, and indeed one of their three famous tracks is called "Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz". The Rosicrucians were a secret society, and many secret societies breed much conspiratorial thinking... and most secret societies still around today can be in some way linked to practices going back to the days when eccentric and perhaps wise men experimented with metals and metaloids in very strange ways indeed. It is the symbology of the alchemists that seems to pepper the world of secret societies, but I don't know much more about that... if I did it wouldn't be secret.