“Before the dawn of the Microcosm, Azoth was the Flying Eagle and the Royal Lion; it was the Mastodon of the Earth and the Leviathan of the Sea. When the human−headed Sphynx appeared−−−Azoth became Man among men, and Spirits among Elementals. Every substance can and should become Azoth by adaptation.
In Azoth is the Principle of the Light, which is the Quintessence of Splendour and Gold. This is the grand Secret of universal Transmutation.”
~Eliphas Levi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual