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Michael Maier - Atalanta Fugiens

Michael Maier - Atalanta Fugiens

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An introduction into the world of spiritual alchemy, and the chemistry of nature.
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The Hunger and Voracity of a wolf is remarkably knowne to be very great,
inſomuch that when his prey is wanting he will feed even upon the Earth; with
which he is likewiſe ſaid to fill his belly when he is about to ſet upon large herds of
Cattle, that ſo being made heavier by that burden he may reſiſt more ſtrongly and
not eaſily be ſhaken off from his hold. When he enters a fold he doth not only kill
enough to ſatiſfye his hunger but through greedineſſe deſtroys the whole flock. He
is Sacred to Apollo and Latona becauſe he ſtood by her when ſhe was in Labour,
for Latona could not have delivered young unleſſe he had been preſent. Hence
likewiſe the wolf is thought acceptable to Apollo becauſe he celebrated his
birthday, as alſo becauſe his Eyes ſhine and caſt forth light in the midſt of the
night. Therefore the breathleſſe body of the King is thrown to the wolf when he is
ravenouſly hungry, not to the end that the wolf ſhould wholly conſume and
annihilate the King, but that by his own death the wolf ſhould reſtore ſtrength and
life to him. For there is a certain amatorious Virtue in the Tayle of the Wolf which
is infuſed into the half dead King which makes him very deſirable to all men upon
the recovery of His former Health and Beauty.
The Hyrcanians nouriſhed Doggs for no other Uſe but that they might caſt their
Dead Bodyes to be devoured by them, as Cicero tells us. And ſo the Maſſagetes
give men that dye of diſeaſes as a prey to doggs. But the Philoſophers give their
King to a Wolf, nor indeed are they pleaſed with the Cuſtom of the Sabeans, who
carryed out their dead in the ſame manner as dung and threw their King upon the
Dunghills; nor that of the Troglodytes of the Red Sea, who tyed the Necks of their
dead men to their feet and hurried them along with Jeſts and Laughter, and ſo put
them into the ground without any Conſideration of the place of Buriall. But the
Philoſophers choſe to follow the Cuſtom of the Magi, who did not bury their dead
bodyes till they had firſt been torn to pieces by wild beaſts; or of the Indians, who
being Crowned and ſinging the praiſes of the Gods commanded themſelves to be
burnt alive, leaſt old age ſhould come upon them. But theſe cuſtoms were impoſed
upon them all without any hopes of Reſurrection or Renew all of Life. Thinges are
far otherwiſe diſpoſed among the Philoſophers. For they certainly know that from
their King devoured by a wolf there will appear one that is Alive, Strong and
Young, and that the wolf muſt be burnt in his ſtead. For when the belly of the
wolf is ſo gorged he will eaſily be ſlain, but although the King be dead he hath a
Martiall or Cygnean Virtue that he can neither be wounded nor conſumed.
But where is this Wolf to be hunted, or whence this King to be taken? The
Philoſophers anſwer that the wolf wanders up and down in the Mounteins and

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Valleys that he may ſeize his prey, which muſt be drawn out of their dens and
preſerved for Uſe. But the King being fatigued with the long journey he has taken
from the Eaſt at length falls down, and his death is then haſtened by his grief
ſeeing himſelf among Strangers, deprived of all his Honours and ſo little eſteemed
as for a ſmall price to be ſold into ſlavery. But it is neceſſary that the Wolf muſt be
taken out of a Cold Region, for thoſe that are bred in Cold Countryes are more
fierce than in Libya or Egypt by reaſon of their greater hunger occaſioned by the
externall cold. Hence the devoured King revives with the heart of a Lyon and is
able afterwards to conquer all beaſts. And although he is the meaneſt in Aſpect
among his ſix brothers, being the Youngeſt of them all, yet after many miſeries and
tribulations he ſhall at laſt come to the moſt powerfull Kingdom. Hereupon
Gratianus in the Roſary ſaith: In Alchymy there is a certain noble body which
moved from Maſter to Maſter, in whoſe beginning there ſhall be Miſery with
Vinegar, but in the End Joy with Gladneſſe. And Alanus in the ſame place ſays:
There is one thing to be choſen out of all, which is of a Livid Colour, having a clear
liquid metallick Species, and is a thinge Hot and Moiſt, Watery and Combuſtible,
and is a Living Oyle and Living Tincture, a Minerall Stone and Water of Life of
wonderfull efficacy.
It is not always ſafe for Kings to travell out of the Confines of their Kingdoms, for
if they endeavour to conceal themſelves and yet happen to be known by their
Adverſaries, they are taken for Spyes and impriſoned; if being known they would
proceed without an Army they are in the ſame manner of danger. And ſo it has
happened to this Indian King, or if he had not been prevented by death it would
ſo have happened. This capture is the firſt Sublimation, Lotion and Nobilitation
which the Philoſophers uſe, that the ſecond and third may be performed with
more happy ſucceſs. For the ſecond and third without the firſt are of no moment,
the King being as yet Puſillanimous, Drowſy and Sick. For He muſt firſt require
Subſidies and Tributes of his Subjects by which he may purchaſe himſelf garments
and other neceſſaryes, and afterwards he will be rich enough and able to new
clothe all his Subjects as often as He pleaſes. For great thinges being generally
ſprung from ſmall beginnings can afterwards raiſe up ſmall thinges, or even
ſuppreſſe great ones if ſuch their pleaſure be. As appears by ſome Cities, which at
firſt were ſmall but were governed by mighty Kings, and ſo from Villages became
populous and Magnificent Towns.

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EMBLEMA XXV.

Draco non moritur, niſi cum fratre & ſorore ſua interficiatur,
qui ſunt Sol & Luna.

(The Dragon does not dye unleſſe he be ſlain by a Brother and a Siſter, which are Sol and Luna.)

EPIGRAMMA XXV.

Exiguæ eſt non artis opus, ſtrauiſſe Draconem
Funere, ne ſerpatr mox rediuiuus humo.
Frater & ipſa ſoror iuncti ſimul illius ora
Fuſte premunt, nec res fert aliena necem.
Phœbus ei frater, ſoror eſt at Cynthia, Python
Illâ, aſt Orion hac cecidêre manu.

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