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ca n be s een i n metal s tha t h a v e t r a v e lle d d o wn t o t h e d e p t h s o f th e eorth, nev erthel es sg o ld , wh e n f o u n d a p p a r e n ilg in ju s t su ch a s tate of des truc t io n , in d e e p m in e r a l d e p o s it s , h o s n o m e d i c i nal pow er at al l . F o r , s s h a s b e e n n o t e d , a s lo n g a s g o ld is b o u nd together i n i ts n a t u r a l s t a t e o f p e r f e c t io n , it is n o t e ffe cti v e for ei ther of th e a b o v e - m e n t io n e d p u r p o s e s d e f in e d b g th e P hi l os ophers . T h e P h ilo s o p h e r s a p p lie d a lt t h e ir d il i g e nc e and effort to b r e o k u p o r d is s o lv e t h e s t r u c t u r e o f g o ld , us i ng thei r ow n s k ill, t h e a id o f n a t u r e , a n d e s p e c ia llg th a t i ngeni ous art of pg r o t e c h n ic s o r o lc h e m g " wh ic h c a n b e co n sideredthe mother of o ll a r t s . ile x t t h e g p la n n e dt o r e n e w o r e nhanc e gol d, rai s i ng it to E state more perfecl than p e rfe cti on. Fi nal l g, w hen t h e g h a d c o m e t h r o u g h a ll t o ils a n d d o n g ers ,theg w oul d ac hi e v e t h e ir f e r v e n t h o p e a n d p u r p o s e b g th e g rac e of God. L a ter, theg mus t hav e r e r liz e d - t h is is e a s u t o s u r m is e th a t no door c s n be open e dwit h o u t a k e g . F u r t h e r m o r e , g o ld ca n n o t natural l g be c o m b in e d wit h 0 r im p r o v e d b g a n g

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when th e P h i l o s o p h e r s h o w g o ld a n d o th e r m e ta ls c on sid e r e d th e m were fo r m e d ,t h e g d i s c o v e r e d th a t th e m a tte r co m p o sin g c am e p a r t l g f r o m t h e h e aye n s a n d p a r tlg fr o m th e e a r th . So t heg c a l l e d t h e f o r m e r ' t he h ig h e r p o r t' o n d th e la tte r - th e lower p a r t , ' e y e n w h i l e th e g r ye r e o b se r vin gth e sim ila r t enden c i e s o f e a c h . T h e gn o te dth a t th e two kin d s n e ce ssa r ilg hod b e t w e e n t h e m E p u ll o f d e sir e o r r e cip r o ca l lo ve . t h e g s s i d t h at th e lo we r p o r t, wh ich th e g ca lle d A c c or d i n g l g f emini n e ,w a s b o u n db g n a tu r a l a ffe ctio n to th e h ig h e r p a r t, a n d th e g nam el gt h e f i r m a m e n t , w hich th e g ca lle d m sscu lin e ; s aid t h o t n e i t h e r c o u l d f un ctio n with o u t th e o th e r - lt is fo r t his r e a s o n t h a t r a g s o f in f lu e n ce co m in g d o r vn f r o m th e heav e n s a r e k n o w ns s s c t ive - th e r a g s th a t, fir st Iin kin g th e s t ors to g e t h e r ,p E s sf r o m th e h ig h e stfir m a m e n tto th e e a r th ' s to m e e t a t s urf ac ea n d t h e n d e s c e n d th r o u g hsp e cia lp o ssa g e s its verg centre. Afterward, once the terrestial Arthaeushas enf old e dt h e m a n d s t i r r e d th e m in to swift m o tio n , th e g Er e driv en b a c k u p t o c o m b i newith th e m o istn e sso f te r r e str ia l s ubs t a n c e , w h i c h i s c alle d p a ssive . T h e n , b e ca u se th e dif f ere n t p a r t s o f t h e e a r th wh e r e th e g sp p e srh a ved iffe r e n t qualit i e s - i n a c c o r d o n c with e va r isu so th e r in flu e n ce s - th e g f or m a n dp r o d u c e m e t a l s an dm in e r a lso f m a n gd if f e r e n t kin d s. in The tfgsle.rg: l{e must look for the hidden Sendivogius s our c eo f a ,l i g u i d w h i c h c sn b r e a ku p o r d isso lveg o ld with o u t ong v io l e n t o r l o u d a c t i v i tg - so m e th in gin , fr ct, a s g e n tlea n d nat urs l E s i c e m e l t i n g i n h o t wste r . lf g o u ca n d isco ye rit,

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out bg u n u s u a lm e s n s ;t h e b e st kin d is e xtr o cte db g fo r ce o f t he s t e e l f o u n di n r o m s ' b e llie s. F e w p e o p lekn o w th a t th e r e is o nu c l e u so r h i d d e ns uste n a n ce o f life in a ir , g e t e ve r g o n e hos s e e n , c o n t i n u e st o s ee , a n d lo ve s th e sh e ll o l' sh a d o wo f t he ob j e c t . I n t h e E p i f o gu eh e a lso ssu s: lfa tu r eh o s its o wn s pec ifi c l i g h t , w h i c h i s n o t p e r ce p tib le to o u r e g e s. l{ o tu r e ' s s hado ws p p e s r st o o u r e u e s o s E b o d g . An d if th e lig h t o f nat ur es h i n e su p o ns o m e on ea , t o n ceth e sh a d o w is lifte d fr o m his eg e s a n d h e c a n s e e w ith o u t im p e d im e n th t e p o in t o f th e m agne tc o r r e s p o n d i ntg o th e ce n tr eo f e o chr o g in th e skg o n d on ear t h . F o r t h e l i g h t of n o tu r e p e n e tr a te s r s fa r a s th o t, rev eol i n gw h a t i s w i t h i n . He a l s o s s g s : E v e r gc r e o tu r em a ke s u se o f it, b u t in visib lg A nd ev e r g t h i n gi n t h e w or ld is m a d efr o m it a n d live s in it.

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