Aurora Consurgens - Pseudo Aquinason the problem of opposites in alchemyIThe Aurora or Area Horaof the blessed Thomas AquinasHere begins the treatise knownas Aurora Consurgens All good things came to me together with Her, that Wisdom of theSouth1, who preaches abroad, who utters her voice in the streets, cries out at the head of the multitudes, and in the entrance of the gates of the city utters her words, saying:
Cometo me and be enlightened, and your operations shall not be confounded; all that desireme shall be filled with my riches. Come, children, hearken to me; I will teach you theScience of God.
Who is wise, and understands this, of which Alphidius says, that men and children passher by daily in the streets and public places, and she is trodden into the mire by beasts of burden and by cattle? And Senior says:
Naught is more base in appearance than she, and naught is more precious in nature than she, and God also has not appointed her to bebought for a price.
She it is that Solomon chose to have instead of light, and above allbeauty and health; he compared not like unto her the virtue of any precious stone, for allgold in her sight shall be esteemed as but a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay;and this not without cause, for to gain her is better than the merchandise of silver and themost pure gold. And her fruit is more precious than all the riches of this world, and all thethings that are desired are not to be compared with her. Length of days and health are inher right hand, and in her left hand Glory and infinite riches. Her ways are beautifuloperations and praiseworthy, not unsightly nor ill favoured, and her paths are measuredand not hasty, but are bound up with perseverance and day-long toil. She is a Tree of Lifeto them that lay hold on her, and an unfailing light. Blessed shall they be who retain her,for the Science of God shall never perish, as Alphidius bears witness, for he says:
He whohath found this Science, it shall be his rightful food for ever.
And Hermes and otherPhilosophers say, that if a man who has this Science should live for a thousand years, andevery day must feed seven thousand men, yet should he never lack. This Senior doesconfirm, saying:
That such a one is as rich as he that has a stone from which Fire isstruck, who can give Fire to whomsoever he will and as much as he will and when he willwithout any loss to himself
. The same is the intent of Aristotle in his second book
, when he say:
To the size and the growth of all things in nature a limit is appointed,but Fire by the addition of combustible matter waxes without end.
Blessed is the man thatshall find this Science and into whom this prudence [of Saturn] flows; in all your waysthink on her and she shall direct your steps. As Senior says:
But the wise man and thediscerning and ingenious in judgment understand her
, when his spirits have beenenlightened by the
[attributed to Albertus Magnus]. For then everyspirit bursts into flood and follows its desire; blessed is he who meditates upon my words.And Solomon:
My son, put her about your neck and write in the tables of your heart and