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Preface to the English Translation

The Ccelum Philosophorum, or Book of Vexations* concerningr the
Science and Nature of Alchemy, and what opinion should b«
formed thereof, Regpilated by the Seven Rules or Fundamental
Canons according^ to the Seven commonly known Metals ; and
containing a Preface, with certain Treatises and Appendices ..,
The Preface of Theophrastiu Paracelsus to all Alchemists and redden
thh boak. The
FLrst Canoo : concerning the nature and properties of Mercury. The
Second Canon : conceraing the nature and properties of Jupiter. The Third Canon :
concerning Mar» and hU
propertie*. The Fourth Canon : concerning Venui and her properties.
Fifth Canon :
cofvoeming the nature and properties of Saiunu The Sixth Canon :
concerning Luna and the
properties thereof The Seventh Canon : concerning the nature of Sol
its propertiesCertun treatise and appendices art&ing out of the Seven Canons. God
Nature do
nothl.jg in votn. Note on Mcrcurius Vi\Ti&, What is to be thought
concerning the congelation of Mercur>'. Concerning the Recipes of Alchemy. How to conjure
crystal so that
all things may be seen in it. Concerning the heat of Mercury. What
materials and
instruments are required in Alchemy. The method of seeking MineraU.
Alchemy is.






The Book concerning the Tincture op the Philosophers, written
against those Sophists born since the Deluge» in the life of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God
The Preface. Chapter 1. : concerning the ArcoDtua and QuiDtesMQoe.
Chapter It. :
conceruing the definiticvi of the Subject and Matter of the Tincture of
the Philosophers.
Chapter III. : concerning the Procen of the Ancients for the Tinctoj^ of
the Philosophers,
and a more compendious method by Paracelsus, Chapter IV. : concerning
the Process for the
Tincture of the Philosophers, as it is shortened by Paracebus. Chapter
V. : concerning the
conclusion of the Process of the Ancients^ mode by Paracelsus^ Chapter
VL : concerning the
Transtnutation of Metals by the Perfection of Medicine. Chapter VII. :
concerning the
Renovation of Men.
The Gradations of Metals

Preface. The First Gradation. The Second Gradatioin. The Third
Gradation. The
Fourth Gradation. The Fifth Gradation. The Sixth Gradation. The Seventh
The Eighth Gradation. The Ninth Gradation. The Tenth Gradation. The
GrodoCion. The Twelfth Gradation. The Thirteenth Gradation. The
Fourteenth Gra-

vi. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.
The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists 36
Concerning the Sulphur of Cinnabar. Concerning the Red Lion. Concerning
the Green
Concerning the Transmutations of Metals and of Cements ... 41
Concerning the First or Royal Cement. Concerning the Second Cement.
the Third Cement. The Fourth Cement. The Fifth Cement. The Sixth Cement.
The Aurora of the Philosophers, by Theophrastus Paracelsus, which
he otherwise calls his Monarchia ... 48
Chapter I. : concerning the Origin of the Philosophers' Stone. Chapter
II. : wherein is
declared that the Greeks drew a large part of their learning from the
Egyptians ; and how it
came from them to us. Chapter III. : what was taught in the Schools of
the Egyptians.
Chapter IV. : what Magi the Chaldaeans, Persians, and ^Egyptians were.
Chapter V. :
concerning the chief and supreme Essence of Things. Chapter VI. :
conrrming thr chief
errors as to its discoveij. ai)d JtBOyJcdge. Chapter VII. : concerning
the errors of those who
seek the Stone in Vegelable^t. ChapteTVlII. : concerning those who have
sought the Stone
in Animals. Chapter IX. : concerning those who have sought the Stone in
Chapter X. : concerning those who have sought the Stone, and also
Particulars, in Minerals.
Chapter XI. : concerning the true and perfect special Arcanum of Arsenic
for the White

Tincture. Chapter XII. : General Instruction concerning the Arcanum of
Vitriol and the
Red Tincture to be extracted from it. Chapter XIII. : Special
Instructions concerning the
process of Vitriol for the Red Tincture. Chapter XIV. : concerning the
Secrets and Arcana
of Antimony, for the Red Tincture, with a view to Transmutation. Chapter
XV. : concemini( the Projection to be nuule by the Mystery and Arcaniun of
Antimony. Chapter
XVI. : concerning the Universal Matter of the Philosophers' Stone.
Chapter XVII. : concerning the Preparation of the Matter for the Philosophic Stone. Chapter
concerning Instruments and the Philosophic Vessel. Chapter XIX. :
concerning the Secret
Fire of the Philosophers. Chapter XX. : concerning the Ferment of the
Philosophers, and
the Weight.
Concerning the Spirits of the Planets 72
Prologue. The First Treatise. - Chapter I. : concerning Simple Fire.
Chapter II.:
concerning the multiplicity of Fire from whence spring the varieties of
Metals. Chapter
III. : concerning the Spirit or Tincture of Sol. Chapter IV. :
concerning the Spirit or
Tinctiu-e of Luna. Chapter V. : concerning the Spirit of Venus. Chapter
VI. : concern]
the Spirit of Mars. Chapter VII. : concerning the Spirit of Jupiter.
Chapter VI
ceming the Spirit of Saturn. Chapter IX. : concerning the gross Spirit
of Mercur^ The
Second Treatise.— Concerning the Philosophers' Mercury, and the Medium
of Tinctures.
Chapter I. : from what Tinctures and Leavens are made. Chapter II. :
cor.cerning the
Conjunction of the Man with the Woman. Chapter III. : concerning the
ForPi of the Glass
Instruments. Chapter IV. : concerning the Properties of Fire. Chapter V.
: Concerning the
Signs which appear in the Union of Conjunction. Chapter VI. : concerning
tiie Knowledge
of the Perfect Tincture. Chapter VII. : concerning the AugraenUtion or
tie Multiplying
of Tinctures. The Third Treatise.— Chapter I. : concerning the
Buildjja^of the F'urnace
with the Fire. Chapter II. : concerning the Conjunction of the Man with
the Woman.
Chapter III. : concerning the Copulation of the Man with the Woman.
Chapter IV. : concerning the Philosophic Coition of the Husband with his Wife. Chapter V.
: concerning the
Black Coloiu-. Chapter VI. : concerning the Bud appearing in the Gla5s.
Chapter VII. :

concerning the Red Coloiu-. Chapter VIII. : concerning Increase and
The Economy of Minerals, elsewhere called the Genealogy of Minerals 89
Preface to the Reader. Chapter I. : concerning the Generations of
Minerals. Chapter
II. : concerning the Ultimate and Primal Matter of Minerals. Chapter
III. : concerning the
Field, the Roots, and the Trees of Minerals. Chapter IV. ; concerning
the Fruits and the
Harvest of Minerals. Chapter V. : concerning the Death of the Elements,
especially of
Water. Chapter VI. : concerning the Death of the Tree of Minerals.
Chapter VII. :
concerning the variation of the Primal Matter of Minerals, in proportion
to the different
Species and Individuals thereof : also concerning the various colours,
etc. Chapter VIII. :
concerning the Natural Dispenser of Minerals, and his Ministers. Chapter
IX. : concerning

Table of Contents.


the Virtues and Properties of Salt* in Alchemy «kJ in Medicine. Chapter
X. : concerning
Mumia. Chapter XL : conrertiing Dry Salt. Chapter XII. : concerning Salt
Chapter XIII. : concerning the III Effects of Nutrimental Salt. Chapter
XIV. : concerning
Vitriol. Chapter,XV. : concerning the Specie^t of Vitriol and the Tests
of it. Chapter XVI.:
concerning the Virtues of Vitriol, crude or calcined, in Medicine.
Chapter XVI L: concerning
the Threefold Sulphur of Minerals. Chapter XVI 11. : concerning Anenic
used for Alchemy.
Chapter XIX. i concerning Quicksilver. Chapter XX. : concerning Cachimie
axid Imperfect
Bodies. ConclusioHv
The Composition of Metals ... ... 114
Concerning the Naturb op Things.
Book the First : concerning" the Generation of Natural Things 120

Book the Second: concerning the Growth of Natural Things... 128
Book the Third: concerning the Preservation of Natural Things 130
Book the Fourth: concerning the Life of Natural Things ., 135
Book the Fifth: concerning the Death of Natural Things ,.. 138
Book the Sixth : concerning the Resuscitation of Natural Things 146
Book the Seventh ; concerning the Transmutation of Natural
Objects ... ... 151
Book the Eighth : concerning the Separation of Natural Things 160
Conceraini; the Separation of Metals from their Minerali. Concerning the
Separitlion of
Mioerals. Coocemins the Sepantion of Veg«tih1es. Concerning the
Separatioa of AnimaU.
Book the Ninth : concerning the Signature of Natural Things ... 171
CoQCeming Monstrous Signs in Men« Concerning the A^ttral Sign» in Che
of Man. Concerning the AslnU Signs of Chiromancy. Concerning Mineral
Signs. Coo*
ceming certain particular Signs of Natural and Supernatural Things
The Faracelsic Method of Extracting Mercury from all the
Metals ,., ,,. .., 195
Thb Sulphur of the Metals ... ,,. ... ... 197
The Crocus of the Metals, or the Tincture 199
The Philosophy of Theophrastus concerning thb Gekeratioks of
the Elements.
Book the First; concerning the Element of Air,., , ... 201
Book the Second: concerning the Element of Fire ... 210
Treatise the Fir^t : concerning the Separation of Air and Fire. Treatise
the Second ;
concerning the Sun, Light, Ddrknesa, an4 Night. Coocenmig Wtndsv
Concerning ibe
Temperate Stars. Concerning Nebula. Conoerning Mcta^ Minerals, and
Stones from the
Upper Regions. Cooc«ming Metals CoooerninK Stones from Ahove Couceming
and Beryls.
Book the Third: concerning the Element of Earth

Book the Fourth : concerning the Element of Water, with its




viii. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.
Appendix I. : a Book about Minerals 237
Concerning Silver. Concerning Jove. Concerning Sntum. Concerning Iron
and Steel.
Concerning Venus. Note. - Of Mixed Metals. Concerning Spurious Meuls.
Zinc. Concerning Cobalt. Concerning Granates. Note concerning Gems.
Quicksilver. Note concerning Cachimis, that is, the Three Imperfect
Bodies. General
Recapitulation concerning Generation. Of the Generation of Marcasites.
Schedule by Paracelsus.
Appendix II. : concerning Salt and Substances comprehended under
Salt 257
Correction and Addition on the Subject of a second time correcting and
reducing Dry
Appendix III. : concerning Sulphur 265
Concerning the Kinds of Sulphur. Concerning Embryonated Sulphur.
Mineral Sulphur. Concerning Metallic Sulphur, that is, Sulphurs prepared
from the entire
Metals. Concerning the Alchemical Virtues of Sulphur, and first
concerning Embryonated
Sulphur. Concerning Mineral Sulphur. Concerning the Use of Sulphur of
the Metals in
Appendix IV. : the Mercuries of the Metals ... 278

A Little Book concerning the Mercuries of the Metals, by the Great
Paracelsus, most excellent Philosopher and Doctor of both Faculties.
Mercury of the
Sun. Mercury of the Moon. Mercury out of Venus. Mercury out of Mars.
Mercury of
Jupiter. Mercury of Saturn.
Appendix V. : De Transmutationibus Metallorum 283
Concembg the Visible and Local Instruments : and first of all concerning
the Spagyric
Uterus. The Phcenix of the Philosophers. A Very Brief Process for
attaining the Stone.
Appendix VI. : the Vatican Manuscript of Paracelsus. A Short
Catechism of Alchemy 288
Appendix VII. : the Manual of Paracelsus 306
The Work on Mercury for Luna and Sol. The Work of Sulphur. The Fixation
Spirits. A Cement of Part with Part. The Solution of Gold by Marcasites.
A Great
Secret. Method of calcining Mercury. Digestion of the Moon. For the
White and Red.
For Multiplication. Red Oil which fixes Luna and Sol. The Gradation of
Luna. The
Oil of the Philosophers. Corporal Mercury. Mercury of all the Metals.
The Foundation
of the Philosophers. MerciuTr of Saturn. Fixed Augment. Merctuy of
Jupiter. Mercury
of the Moon. To convert Metals into Mercury. Augment in Luna. Mercury of
Sol or
Luna. Oil of Arcanum. Water of Mercury. Elixir at the White. Concerning
Luna and
Venus. Notable Elixir. Rubification. Sal Ammoniac. Sal Borax. Cinabrium.
Factitious Corals. Pearls from Chalk. Ruby. Aqua Ardens. Calcination of Sol
and Luna.
Sublimation and Fixation of Sulphur. Oil of Vitriol. Sal Borax of the
Fixation of Arsenic. Coagulation of Mercury. Glorious Oil of Sol. Lac
Virginis. The
Process of Sulphiu-. Operation for Sol. To make Precious Stones. Water
which makes
Luna into Sol. Fixation of Sulphur. How every Stone can be transmuted
into a clear one.
The Adepts' Fire. Sol produced with Pars cum Parte. Concerning Cements.
Method of
making Luna. Water of Luna. True Albatio. Rubification of Merctiry. Oil
of Mercury
and the Sun. Quintessence of Luna, etc. Fixation of Orpiment. Spirits of

Augmentation for Sol. Fixed Luna. Secret Philosophical Water. The
Hermetic Bird.
Attinkar of Venus. Cement Regal. Philosophic Water.


THERE are many respects in which Paracelsus at the present day seems
to be little more than a name. Even among professed mystics the
knowledge concerning him, very meagre and very indefinite, is knowledge that has been obtained at second hand, in most cases from Rliphas
Levi, who in his Dogme el Riiuel de la Haute Magie^ and again in his
de la Magie^ has delivered an intuitive judgment upon the German **
of Arcana,** expressed epigramaticafly* after the best manner of a
But, whencesoever derived, the knowledge is thin and phaxitasmal.
is indeed cited as an authority in occult science, as a great alchemist,
a great
magician, a great doctor ; he is somehow supposed to be standing
of the *' wisdom of a spoliated past/* and to offer a peculiar instance
malignity on the part of the enemies of Hermetic philosophy, because
persons have presumed to pronounce him an impostor. Thus there is a very
strong opinion concerning him, which occultists and mystics of all
schools have
derived from a species of mystical tradition, and this represents one
side of
modern thought concerning him. It is not altogether a satisfactory side,
because it is not obtained at first hand. In this respect, however, it
compare, without suffering by comparison, with the alternative opinion

* The cure of Paracelsus were iiLtr«cuJou<tr and be deserved that there
shotild be added to his tiame of Pliilippus
Theophra&tus Bombast that ofAureoIus Paracebiui, wiih the addition of
the epithet of divine.— -/'cr/mr df la Ifantt
Mmgitt c. X. PoracektL^t that reformer in magic, who has surpaivid all
other initiate!^ by his una&si^itcd practical
iuccck&.-'/^iVm c. 5. Paracdsua, the most subLime of the Cbristuui
msig\.—/Hd.^ c t6* Paraceltus was a man of
inspiration and of miracles, but be exhausted ki« life mth bis devouring
activtty, or» rather, he rapidly outwore arut
destroyed its vestment : for men like ParaceUus can both use and abuse
fearlessly \ they well know tliat they caJI tio
more die than grow old here ht\ow*~Kituti tie As Hnntt Ma£ie^ c a.
Paracelsus was naturally aggressive and

combative ; his faniiliar, he said^ was concealed in the pommel of his
great sword, which he never put ajside. His life
was incessant warfare » be traveJled, be disputed^ he wroiei he taught.
He was more attentive to physical results than
to moral conquests ; so he was the ^r^t of practical magicians and the
Last of wise adepts. His philosophy was wholly
sagadiy I and be himself called it PhUosephm Sagmx. He has divined more
than anyone without ever completely
anderttanding anything. There is nothing to equal his intuitions unless
it be the temerity of his commentaries. He
was a man of bold experiences ; be was drunk of his opinions and bis
talk ; he even got drunk otherwise, if we are to
believe bis biographers. The writings which he has left behind him are
precious for science, but they must be read
with caution ; he may be called the divine Paracelsus, if the term be
understood in the sense of a diviner ; he u aa
Oracle, but not invariably a true master. He is great as a physician
above all, for he had discovered the Unt venal
Medicine ; v^t be could not preserve his own life, and be died while
still young, worn out by bis toil and excesies*
leaving a name of fantastic and doubtful gIor>', based out diicoi-eries
by which his conteroporariei did not prolii. H«
died without having uttered his last menage, and he is one of those
mysterious per&onages of whom one may affirm, as
of Enoch and S. John : be is iMt dead, and he will revisit the earth
before the last dsiy\—//uUirt dt At Magitt
Uv. V.« c S' His success was prodigious, and never hsts any physician
apf^aiched Paracekus in the multitude of hL<
marvellous cures.— />c)p«r de ia Hmnte Mm^^ c. i<.

X. The Hennetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus,
obtains among non-mystics, namely, that Paracelsus was a great
though at the same time it is true that he was a great physician, at
least for
the period In which he lived. This judgment as little, perhaps less than
other, is derived from any solid knowledge concerning the man or his
writings.* At the same time it is noticeable that even hearsay
admit that Paracelsus performed notable cures. How it comes about that
application of what would be termed a distracted theory both in medicine
physics enabled its inventor to astound his age by what seemed miracles
the healing art would be a crux for such criticism if the criticism knew
about it. It is not a crux for the mystics, because by these it would be
that Paracelsus was a veritable adept, that his Hermetic teachings
require to

be interpreted, and that the key to their meaning would lay open for
who possess it an abundant treasure of sapience to which the literal
significance is only a btsarre veil. Between these views it is
unnecessary to
make choice here. It is proposed to enable those who are interested in
either to judge this matter for themselves by placing completely before
for the first time, and in an English dress, the Hermetic writings of
Paracelsus. It is proposed, also, by way of a brief introduction, to notify
a few
facts In connection with the (ife of the author, which may be useful at
beginning of an inquiry.
There are, however, many debateable points in connection with the life
Paracelsus to which a reference in this place scarcely requires to be
What proportion of his long designation belonged to him by birth or
to what countries he actually extended his travels during incessant
which terminated only with his life, under what circumstances he died
what was the precise manner of his death, all these are points about
there is considerable uncertainty, and they are at this day not likely
to be settled. Theophrastus and Bombast seem to have been assumed names, to one
which an unfortunate, and in some respects an undeserved, significance
been since attracted. The surname of Paracelsus was conferred by his
in alchemy, and it signified that he was greater than Celsus, the
physician of
ancient fame. To the style of Hohenheim It is believed that he had only
a doubtful right. His alternative designation of Eremite suggests the
monastic state, but the reference is simply to his birthplace, Maria
or Notre Dame des Eremites, a short distance from Zurich. He appears to
have been christened Phillppus Aureolus, and in his writings he

* M. Louis Figoier, the French sdestLst* who otherwise might perhaps be
regarded as exhibiiing more than Gallic
accuracy, may be cited in ihi* connection. Rererring to the fact that
Paracelsus has Laid some stress upon an optnioo
not uncommon among ald&etnistSt tuunely* that astrology and magic are
ooUaterally a help to the seeker after the Great
Work, be goes on to itfllnii that the writing;} of ParaceUus are fiUed
with foolish invocations to the inmible worldt

According to one account he was descended from the ancient and honourable family of Bombast. born one year after marriage.while. XL describes himself as a Helvetian and a German. but the precise meaning attaching to this highsounding dignity is uncertain and the authority is suspicious. His father was a physician of repute. but other dates have been indicated. which if only pani^ly true . in his writings. Wurtemberg. that tha fullgtnous Swiss physician enjoys otily a contested authority among alchemists. Louis FiEmosubsequently tuies. who is said to have been in possession of a large collection of curious books» and has also been described as a grand master of the Teutonic order. near Stuttgart. but it has also been hinted that his parents were not married. which had abode during many generations at the castle of Hohenheim. there is not a single treatise comprised in the great Geneva foliot nor is there any other extant work attributed to Paracelsus. but this is most probably romancing. following the tradition which is most generally accepted. but with sufficient distinctness. He was born in the year 1493. whkbT io for jia tl is pocslble to jttdgCi as not true at alt Preface to tlu English Translation. the earliest being 1490. but there is reason to suppose that this was merely a hypothetical explanation to account for his beardless and somewhat feminine appearance. and for that hatred of women which seems to have been one oi his social characteristics. He Is said also to have been emasculated in his childhood. and addt that he was a theoretical writer who did not apply himself manualty to the accomplishment of the Mmgmtm £>/««. and that the great master of Hermetic medicine was a natural son. which contains any invocations at alL M. and can be traced indirectly. as a fact. and known to the present editor. apparently on the sole authority of bis intuition as a Frenchman and a man of parts.* About 1502 . " Paracelsus is reputed to have been their only child. His mother is variously identified as the matron of a hospital and ** superintendent of the university of Einsiedeln.

while. They taught that the Gnind MagUterium could convert a million tirue^ its own weight intogoJdf and declared that any perw^n taking weekly a smalt portion of the philosfiphical ttone wilt be t\'€t preserved \a perfeet health. m'ho are supposed to have worked with success. Morien.the family removed to Carinthia. supposed to have been attained under the * So free wafl Paracebus oTaU wnourous wealuiesses. which are said to have inflamed him with the ambition of curing diseases by medicine superior to the fnateria at that time in use. sulphur. This doctrine. . They «peak of Geber. surgery. and Isaac himself was a follower of Geber. on the other hand» their references to aquaforlb ant! aqua rcgia.— Z^^^pftv d* Im t Contemporatry with Bo&Uiiu Valentinus were I&^inc ihe HolLnnder nnd bb sou. that salt. and lua life will be prolonged to the very tasl boor vrhkh God has aisigticd to him. from the fact that they do not cite any philofiophers subi<c}ucnt to that period. Boylc. From him Paracelsus is supposed to have received the first rudiments of education. and medicine.— Zfrcf ^ Akhtmyttkmt . The two Isioacs were particularly skilful In the manufacture of enameU and amfidal gem stont%. and he entered the university of Basle at the age of sixteen. however. Da^tin. which were discovered in the fourteenth century. but not of more modem authorities. and tbeir operations were bifEhty esteemed fay Paracelsus. Morien. that he made even hit «ex teem doubtful. They are placed to the fiA^eenth century by conjecture. To the first of these sciences he had previously had some introduction through the works of Isaac the Hollander. by no means originated with the first alchemist of Holland. It was from the same source that he derived the cardinal principle which is enunciated everywhere in his writings. however. They were the first akbenusts ofHoUand. prevent \a from ai&igmns their labt>ur« to an anterior epoch. and Arnold. when he betook himself to the study of alchemy. and mercury are the three elementary constituents of all substances. namely. t The actual initiation of Paracelsus into the mysteries of alchemy is. and there the father continued to practise medicine till his death in 1534. and RuockeL In praciicaJ chemistry they followed the traditioiu of GcbcTt and cheiir akliemiea] experimetits are the mo^t plain and i^plidt to the whole raxige of Hennetic literature. and Arnold. They woiiccd prindpalJy to metaUi describing minutely the particulars of ever)' proce$«^ Their lives are almoi^t unknown^ . .

" About 1516 he is still found at Basle pursuing his researches in mineralogy. and material worlds. he is reported to have been made prisoner by the Tartars. This was imparted to him by a generous Arabian. to have been brought before **the Great Cham/' to have become a favourite at the court of that potentate. astrological predictions. Though his father was still alive he appears to have been without any means of subsistence." the '* universal dissolvent. like many distressed students of that period.xii. and that was nothing less than ** the supreme secret of alchemistry. and Russia. in so far as he is remembered at all. and commenced his nomadic life. and supported himself. who at the present day. where he appears as an army surgeon. a wealthy physician of that city. in all probability. by psalm-singing. It is not an unusual device to account for obscure periods in the lives of Hermetic philosophers by extensive eastern travellings. Italy.'^ who is regarded as an adept of a high order. He wandered through Germany. In the last mentioned countr>% if it be true that he ever reached it. under the guidance of Sigismund Fugger. he had apparently something to learn. In spite of the tuition of Trithemius. However this may be. and where also his wonderful cures began. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Parcuelsus. Sweden. he fled. which an apparently inaccurate tradition represents to have begun at the age of twenty years. and had been previously the instructor of the more celebrated. by necromantic practices. He is said to have . having got into some trouble with the authorities. though less illustrious^ Henry Cornelius Agrippa*t From this mysterious ecclesiastic. and. he is supposed to have acquired **the Kabbalah of the spiritual^ astral. It is easy to see that the greater part of this nomadic legend is purely fabulous. and so also. medicine. surgery. Subsequently." the Azoth. chiromantic soothsaying. France. is best known by his treatises on cryptic writing. is his subsequent journey to India and Egypt. Paracelsus ultimately returned to Europe. tuition of the Abbot Trithemius. and passed along the Danube into Italy. about whom no other particulars are forthcoming. it is even said. Hungary. alcahest. and to have accompanied his son on an embassy from China to Constantinople. or sophic fire. and chemistry. the Netherlands^ Denmark.

a poet an astronomer. as above indicated. where he made astounding pHrogreu tn hb studtes. when he is supposed to have been at work with Sigismund Fugger. He took monai^tic vows im 148a. he professed internal medicine. he betook himself to Lou vain. in his lectures. He became familiar with oriental languages. XllL as a youth.re-entered Germany in 1526. and in the year following he became tbc abbot of a convent at Spanheijn^ which he transformed speedily into a saiictuar>' of art and the sciences He subnequently was made superior of an abbey at Wurtbcmrg. Ckr<ffUfU^A Mystica. Having exhausted the possibilities of his teacben. and surgery. will be found approximately correct. He was a theologian. and began his instruction by burning the works of these masters in a brass pan with sulphur and nitre. denounced the antiquated systems of Galen and other authorities. is of a magical character. It is to the period immediately succeeding his return that most of his biographers assign his induction into a professorship of physics. and if this be accepted the date 1516. at the university he entered * Tntlbetiuiu was a monk of the Benedictmc order. and there it would appear be remained dlJ his death in the ytM 1516^ His works are chiefly historical. thence to Heidelbergt and ^ubsequemly bo Mayence. and alchemy. but the value of his mineral medicines was proved by the cures which he performed*"^ These cures only increased the . t Agrippa^ who seem* to h«ve divided with Parac«l*tt* the reputation of the TrisjnegKt\i« of hi« time. but. This was a position of some importancei and It was offered him at the instance of Erasmus and Ecolampidus* ** There. and one. pagan and Chrbtian phDosopby. at the age of thirty-two. He created innumerable enemies by his arrogance and his innovations. astronomy. and a necfo«nanccr. there are some upon secret writing which are exceedingly curtotis. w. who began life us a mendicant child leuing forth ixk search of knowledge.n* Horn in S4S& and died in i535« Preface io the English Translation. He was received into a convent at Tr^'e». medicine.

also drinking to excess*! The testimony of Oporinus on this point is ver)' clear. in which he promised to teach the greatest secret of medicine. He betook himself once more to a wandering mode of life. though not altogether a happy. * Paj^celtiK. indignant at the insult. and a second time he was forced to flee the place. as usual. but the manner of his death. Paracelsus shouting after them : * If 3^ou will not hear the mysteries of putrefactive fermenlation. by whom he was denounced as an impostor. departed precipitately.hatred of his persecutors. One writer supposes the event to have been accelerated by a scuffle with assassins in the pay of the orthodox medical faculty. In 1528 he proceeded to Colmar . according to one account. and there is also no doubt that this was immeasurably increased after death. with the medical faculty. For the ten years succeeding this date there are no certain records of his movements . There can be no doubt that Paracelsus obtained a wide. like that of his birth. reputation during the brief period of his turbulent life. in 1530 he is found at Nuremburg. you are unworthy of the name of physicians/ " It will be easily understood that the Hermetic doctor did not long retain his professorship at Basle. though it has been indignantly repudiated by some of his later defenders. in embroilment. he died on September 24 of the same year.^ By an alternative statement it occurred on a bench at the kitchen fire in a Strasburg hostelry. who was lh« first who made kiKtim rinc^ has obuuned an immenise and de^rvcd reputation by . He began by uncovering a dish which contained excrement. invited the faculty to a lecture. andi according to the accusations of his enemies. In 1541 Paracelsus was invited by Archbishop Ernst to settle at Salzburg^ and there. still performing cures which were astonishing for the period. has been the subject of contradictor)^ recitals. but the tables were turned on his opponents after his successful treatment of several aggravated cases of elephantiasis. and Paracelsus. he commonly lodged at inns and other public places. He came into conflict with the municipal authorities. with characteristic defiance. The doctors.

. near the quoyt and hU body wa* buried in the p^veyanl of St. . SeViftstian. at least. and as a consequence of his celebrity many fictitious treatises were in due course ascribed to him. VAlckimit it Us Akkimistei^ trouii^me i^/ittan. in a fmall room of the White Hor*e Inn. afier a short sickness (at the age of forty •eight years). In that place Paracelsus obtained at last the fruits of his long labours and of a widespread fame. in extent. t He proceeded to Maehren. t Marvellous Paracehus.-datine. Duke Ernst of Bavamf who was a (prcat lover of the secret arts. Theophrastus of blessed memory and immortal fame. The commentaries on his medical system became a literature which. to which place be was invited by the Prince P. He died. In the course of these inquiries it seems to have become evident. 99. He was termed the noble and beloved monarch. Kaemthcn. abounding tn complicated and oPten Inoperative preparatian»t he sub^tituieil the simple medicaincDU furiiuhed by chemtstn't ftn<} ^'^''^^ ^'^ ^^t t<> op^ti the audacious path to the application of this science to human physiology and pAthology. The collection of his genuine writings was made with devout care. that his prescriptions in many cases were not to be literally understood. the Philosopher Trismegistus.— i7«^7Mr tit ia Hautt Magie* lotroduction. out of the mystic physics of his alchemical teachings the Rosicrucian doctrines developed in the first • part of the following centurj-.* Students attracted by his doctrines travelled far in search of like-minded persons to compare obser\'ations thereon. and Hungary. But he was not destined to enjoy a long time the re&t he «o richly deserv«d. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. ICrain.— |Janin. It is in no sense inexact to affirm that he founded a new school both in medicine and in alchemy. To the old tbci:?peutic> of the Galcnisti. too. is formidable . even when they were apparently the ordinary formulas and concerned with the known materia of . and finally landed in Salxburg. the German Hermes. pp. xiv. our dear preceptor and King of Arts. . aW^y^ drunk and atwaj-s luddj like the heroes of Rabelais. The works of Benedictus Figulus arc evidence that he was idolized by his disciples."iinii's Pittitcfhitji. and to sift the mystery of his instruction.— Louti Figuier.introducing into medicine the um ofcbetnicaJ compounds furnished by melals. from the experience of his followers.

and demands an expert in the medical literature and medical knowledge of the past The translations which follow are concerned only with the Hermetic writings of Paracelsus. It was. With Paracelsus the province of alchemy was not limited to the transmutation of metals. It will scarcely be necessar}* to add that in things alchemical the letter of his teachings was found still more in need of interpretation. numbering some thousand volumes— yet the same has only been done from avarice to get riches^ For. Cabala. wulU. . highly fa wu red Monarch and Preceptor. and will perhaps be more wisely surrendered to other hands. these precious and revered writings were ordered by 0<^ in our latter time%. . deceived by the de\-il) have hitherto been totally suppressed. dear friends. and vaults and behind locks and b<^ts. . part of the history of medicine. Now. for it is. only a few of which (and those to be reckoned the ^-ery worst) having appeared in print. They comprise what Paracelsus would himself have comprised in a collection of his alchemical writings. for whose use and benefit Theophrastus wrvte. and Theology. PhiSoMpfay. and the whole . . . will not supprcM his Life.gethcr «ith al! true Sons of the Doctrine. t<. gi>en him by God. and it would be interesting to trace here. Particularly his theological works (because they annihilate the god!e». however. shut Trutb away v. . were it possible within the limits of a preface. at the La>t D«y. for the use and weal of the whole of Christendom. Lak ov part iu them. while Christendom at large.medicine. through Theophrastus. For although they have been collected together from all countries b which Tbeophnstus has lived and travelled— the books he has written in Aurooomy. or * More especially. The very curious influence exercised by Paracelsus for something like two hundred years over certain sections of restless experiment and speculation is still unwritten. to the exclusion of many formidable treatises on surgical science. . or man. broadly speaking. in the main. But. shall demand an account of them for having .«i»c. . haWng been trafficked in and sold for great sums they have become kcattered amv«ig t^K ccmris of princes and nobles. 1. bi> «e!]-u.i WjLe». the development of hidden possibilities or virtues in any substance. A» rvgji/<!» vai dear. for our port. and this in itself is much more than is ordinarily understood to be within the significance of the term. .«ritod pi. whether by God. . outside those limits. have we to complain of the devilish cunning w-ay in which the wtyks of Theophrastus have hitherto hecn supprea^cd. the Angels. A task so ambitious is. and on the causes and cure of disease. . we. Chemistry. and do not »uit chilii/en of tbi» »«jfld— Urllyvtrrers.

XV. A Gulden and BUsud Casktt 0/ yatmrg i MmrtnU Preface io the English Translation.^^iour vA. uatLifij. t^ tl«« ^^wy ^A of our life.— Benedictus Figulus. 1658. A careful reader will probably regard with suspicion the ** Aurora of the Philosophers. in Latin. it included the development by man's skill and art of whatsoever was capable of improvement in the products of Nature* Thus the Hermetic and Alchemical writings of Paracelsus have a wider scope than might at first be inferred from the title. The text which has been adopted for translation is the Geneva folio. but will heartily defend bis h'. a complete and faithful text of all that Paracelsus is known or supposed to have written on the subject of alchemy and Hermetic medicine." at least in its present state." There is nothing else in these volumes. It included also the natural evolution which takes place round us. It aims at providing. The purpose of this translation is altogether of an unpretentious kind. and it is unnecessary to enter into the question which has been raised by some of his biographers as to his employment of scribes under him." which from internal evidence is unlikely to have been the work of Paracelsus. except the uncertain ** Manual. who reduced his dictations to writing and have possibly maJtreated their master. It does not attempt Io distinguish between the works which have been falsely attributed to him \ concerning this question there are no satisfactory canons of criticism. and that for the first time. Nature. Finally. The bizarre mixture of Latin and old German in which Paracelsus originally wrote . In four volumes. and dealt with the first matter as developed into the universe by Divine Power.Firmament. for those which have been indicated by the old author of the OnomasHkon are of an arbitrary and unpractical kind. whether in the formation of metals within the earth. and he will possibly reject altogether the treatise ** Concerning the Spirits of the Planets. Thus it Included the philosophy of creation. or the formation of animals in the matrix.

not only as regards modern knowledge. as it stands. attributed to Paracelsus. but as regards the science which preceded hini^ and it is hoped that such a work will be ultimately performed. The Hernutic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. has been truly no light undertaking. it is proposed. the development of alchemical symbolism. (V) The whole Paracelsian . entire and unabridged. methodically and historically. anticipated that this inquiry will fix for the first time the true objects of Hermetic physics. The less ambitious but indispensable preliminary of this inquiry has been alone attempted here. It seems also desirable to state that a comparison of the medical and chemical knowledge possessed by Paracelsus with the chemistry and medicine of to-day is outside the purpose of this edition. and will further trace. and the simple provision of a text. because it is outside possibility within the limits of two volumes.presents many difficulties with which it is unnecessary to grapple. It is xvi. and treating directly of alchemy. and for its general revision and collation. with the growth of chemical knowledge from the Byzantine period to the dawn of the Reformation. The editor has accomplished his task with the collaboration of other specialists. and the transcendental doctrines and physics of the Magnum Opus . nor should it be regarded as the exclusive work of one hand. and the place which must be assigned to Paracelsus in connection therewith. after a reasonable interval. Should this translation be regarded as final by students. and is responsible only for certain portions of the actual translation. consists of (a) the large body of literature. that these two volumes of uncriticised text should be followed by one other which will contain all the materials requisite for understanding Paracelsus. as intelligible as the circumstances will allow. There is no doubt that it would be an interesting as well as an important task to establish the exact position of Paracelsus. or at least as a satisfactory foundation for a full and complete comprehension of the sage of Hohenheim. The work. and should the encouragement which is indispensable to an undertaking so long and costly be adequately given. as the Latin collected edition appears to represent in a very satisfactory manner both the letter and the spirit of the originals.

THE CCELUM PHILOSOPHORI OR BOOK OF VEXATIONS . you . the present edition is practically inclusive of everything except the exoteric medicine of Paracelsus. Regulated by the Seven Rules or Fundamefital Canons according to the seven commmily known Metals. (c) So much of the Hermetic philosophy and cosmogony of Paracelsus as has been judged necessary to illustrate his alchemical teachings . and as many others as promise yourselves great riches or chiefly desire to make gold and silver. too. [d) One important treatise illustrating the application by Paracelsus of metallic and mineral substances to the treatment of diseases . and cantatning a Pre/ace with certain Treatises and Appendices. equally. (e) An exhaustive collection of alchemical references scattered through the chirurgical works of Paracelsus. THE PREFACE OF Theophrastus Paracelsus to all Alchemists and Readers OF THIS Book. The Science and Nature of Alchemy.literature of the Great Elixir and the Universal Medicine . By PHILIPPUS THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS. PART I. and what Opinion should bb formed thereof. which Alchemy in difTerent ways promises and teaches . it is thought. is of inferior importance to the modern student. Thus. Hermetic Chemistry. which. YOU who are skilled in Alchemy.

and the fulfilment of the promises made to you . therefore. and others labour in vain. though it be little known and gains small confidence. receipts.who willingly undergo toil and vexations. too» result certain marvellous speculations and new^ operations which frequently }i2 4 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. although the use of such signs. and the defect or excess of materials. But herein will be noticed another way of treating . it would be altogether superfluous to recur to these same subjects in the present book. will not give scope for a pompous parade of words. indeed. and wish not to be freed from them. in this Art nothing is more true than this. or of the unskilfulness of the operator. moreover. and deduced by Seven Canons from the sevenfold series of the metals. is wholly and solely lack of skill in the operator. inverted words. This. until you have attained your rewards. and. materials. whether in quantity or quality. of the stars and planets of heaven. Is this a failure of Nature or of Art ? I say. Since. many secrets of other things are herein contained. but have been discovered and confirmed by full proof and experimentation. and instruments are thoroughly well known to such as are acquainted with this art. but. whereby very many persons are reduced to poverty. whence it ensues that. . the characters of the signs. together with the other names. in the consideration of those Canons ever}lhing which should be separated from Alchemy will be treated at sufficient length.'Vlchemy different from the previous method. that out of thousands of you not even one accomplishes his desire. but it is rather the fault of fate. no . nevertheless. Hence. Moreover. differ from the writings and opinions of ancient operators and natural philosophers. experience teaches this every day. and characters at the proper time is by no means without advantage. All the fault and cause of difficulty in Alchemy. names.

Mars. The concealment must be removed that so the good may be able freely to appear in its own brightness. but it is found by very few. The good is least good whilst it is thus concealed. the five metals. But this should be noted in the very first place : that these Seven Canons cannot be perfectly understood by every cursory reader at a first glance or a single reading. Mercury. and by what method. They remain in the fire : and at the same time. Yet this proverb of the incredulous is not wholly false. Sometimes it may happen that a speculative artist may. the earth. for instance. things are wasted or reduced to nothing. Sol and Luna. If the true process shall have been found. the mountain. and that therefore they can afford to despise what is here contained. He need do nought in order to reduce something into nothing. the perfect metals. Each one of the visible metals is a concealment of the other six metals. thinking they have something far better of their own. The straight road is easy. the substance itself while transmuting approaches daily more and more towards perfection. out of the other imperfect ones which are destroyed. Jupiter. and Saturn. fancy they can easily comprehend all which this book comprises. or the stone in which a metal has grown is such a concealment. by his own eccentricity. . and what are its powers in commixture with them. they assume their own body and become visible to the eyes. the sand. and again bring back something out of nothing. for the good cannot appear on account of that which conceals it. think out for himself some new method in Alchemy. How. be the consequence anything or nothing. Each one of these Canons demands no slight discussion. what it effects with the other metals. puffed up with pride. are not consumed in that same fire. Venus. An inferior intelligence does not easily perceive occult and abstruse subjects. For example.in the course of operation. By the element of fire all that is imperfect is destroyed and taken away. Thus they set down its contents as useless and futile. as.* On the other hand. this comes about can be gathered from the Seven Canons. Many persons. Hence it may be learnt what are the nature and property of each metal. Destruction perfects that which is good .

whether they be dry. moist. still less can it be found for its origin. THE SEVEN CANONS OF THE METALS. when prevented from flowing and surroundedi are not therewith content. These congelations. or congelated or coagulated by natural cold. by which it may be designated . external. All liquefactions are manifested In that vessel. No name can be found for this liquefaction.* A LL things are concealed in a!L One of them all is the concealer of the ^~\ rest.* The three prime substances are proved only by fire. he altogether contemns them. Tract L Fire is the father or active principle of separation. No one of them has . and so all coagulations or congelations enclosed in it. and therefore. COMCBRNING THE NaTURE AND PROPERTIES OF MbRCURY..— Z>r Origine Motborum ex Tnbus Primis SitbsfaHtiis' Paramtfum^ Lib. Fire separates that which is constant or fixed fi-om that which is fugitive or volatile. and simple.— De Morbis Metalltcis^ Lib. PART I. A liquefaction of this kind has no sort of connection with others made by the heat of natural fire.their corporeal vessel. And since no heat Is so strong as to be equalised therewith. can add nothing to. IL. nor have they any capacity for operating. it should be compared to the fire of Gehenna. visible. Celestial and infernal powers do not obey the four elements. and when the impure matter b separated the three pure substances are displayed. In the absence of all ordeal by fire. i. nor take away anything from. which manifests them pure. or cold. Hence one may gather that elcmentur}" powers. on that account. are unable to obtain In Mercury. naked. THE FIRST CANON. in their process of destruction. hot. I. and movable. c. clean." from the Fragmenta Medica. For the vessel is a living and corporeal spirit. THE CCELUM PH ILOSOPHORUM. through their weakness. there is no proving of a substance possible. celestial powers (which are called Quintessence or its elements). For fire tests everything.—" Third Fragment on Tartar.

the more easily he is united thereto by conjunction.Ofigittt M^^^rum Imwni^iiiuM^ Lib. THE SECOND CANON. aiiy mttai can be generated from Merctu^.. On this account his liquefaction is brought about by the application of a moderate fire. a Sulphur of Cinnabar. c. He has affinity with the liquefactions of all the other metals. and lltat ounce far exceeds the entire 3olb«. and althougb the propcrtie* of Mercur>' are present bi it» they are dead. the more in piroportion is the virtue — iJi. etc. Zinc. ~/^jV. for eJcninple. Tract IL. and. he is coagulated by moderate cold. in like manner.the faculty of acting against a Quintessence . Mercury is not Quicksilver. rcfJ* and black Sulphur of Talc. whidu is the end of jUI metolf. a yellow. HcDca tlia lesft there 11 of body. c y There lue two gctiera of Mereun% the /ii«ed Mercury of rarth and another kind which deaccndji from the daily constctlatjon. Lib. Jupiter has nothing of a Quintessence in his composition. or ntarble. in like manner. t Nothing of true value is looited In the body of a subfitance^ but in the virtue. For the more like he is to some other nature. Ul. in potency. and.. For the operation . say.. IV. tXc—l^id. into a single ounce. Lib. but it Iosm» the Mcruumi nature by coagulation. the body of Jupiter) the other six corporeal metals are spiritually concealed. I. Concerning the Nature and Properties of Jupiter. And this is tlie ptlndple of the Qttinteaaenoe. The essences and arcaras which arc latent in all the vi» o petals are to be found in the substance of Mercury. amethyst. a purple mud black Sulphur of the Cachimue.— J7r Mfffhs J\feiafikit. it Is iemi-generated and warkting in coogulntion. Tract 11..— Z?^ Hfdrofixi. which reduces. 6 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Gold. for their vitality i* destroyed by ooag^ulation.. As there i* a red and white Sulphur of Marcaiites. but one more deeply and more tenaciously than another. c* a. t * By the fnedUtion of Vulcan. white Quicksilver ts living. Up lo the h&lf> way point of their generation all metals are Mercury. 4. but each one contains within itself its own powers and means of action. In that which is manifest (that is to say. Arsenic.— /^i</.. Plumbago. or fire. At the same time. aolbs. for Mercury is dead. but is of the nature of the four elementaries. i» Mercury . Mercury is ilTiperfect Ah a metal . so U ihoe a special Mercury of Copper.

or is transmuted. you can summon Sol and Luna from remote positions to a near place. because they are far distant from them. set in order by perfect alchemical labour. how you can relegate Jupiter to a remote and abstruse place. and more true it is found than in some remote body. For more remote objects are on that account held more cheaply and occupy a lower place. Jupiter is found to be from Mars and Venus. Again. which Sol and Luna occupy.* . The remote body does not press upon the other. it contains in its body. since what is present is always preferred before what is absent. and do not see their glory. more amiable. and how. Sol and Luna also may really be present there corporeally before your eyes. In like manner. the more **goldness" or **silveriness. more tangible. This is nothing else but the process of permutation. therefore. This can be proved by various examples. For the transmutation of metals from imperfection to perfection there are several practical receipts. is a point which you. and the greater. since according to the propriety of its position each object turns out better. more distinguished. because they are remote. Hence it happens that men do not aspire to the superior orders of creation. in the same way. Let Saturn and Luna be imposed on him. they do not much fear those of an inferior order. so that. The more remote. where Jupiter is corporeally posited . more acceptable." if I may so say. therefore. At the same time. Note that Jupiter has much gold and not a little silver. Then again separate the one pure from the other. though it may be very powerful. more visible. of the less account is it esteemed in all the respects aforesaid. For this cause an infernal spirit is accounted as nothing. must seriouly debate with yourself. it is not feared. stronger. and none of the living knows their condition or has experienced the misery of their punishment. the more remote a thing is. as an Alchemist. In proportion as the nearer is clear the more remote is occult. This. and of the rest Luna will be augmented. Mix the one with the other.of those nearly allied is easier and more natural than of those which are remote. and the nearer Sol and Luna. in turn.

but combined with a larger proportion of white Sulphur. together with their nobility. But Mars acquires dominion with strong and pugnacious hand. He should.It is very difficult and laborious for a prince or a king to be produced out of an unfit and common man.• Tin. ashes. namely. Concerning the Nature and Properties of Saturn* . be burnt. and imposing on it great hardness and weight. too. The Ccelum Phihsophorum. c. Concerning Mars and I Us Properties. 6. hold the place of Mars. how a manifest thing may be rendered occult. or rendered fragile by old rust. leaving it little efficacy. and Sol and Luna» with Saturn. f THE THIRD CANON.— Z^« EUmento Aqua^ Tract III. and its resolution by Salt. however. or Jupiter. yellow. This last can again be reduced to many new metaUic bodies. This being the case. white. If a metal. stones.f THE FIFTH CANON. and seizes on the position of king. Concerning Venus and Its Properties. Its sublimation is also bjMercury. soot. they have shaken off all their own strength of coagulation and hardness. b pure Mercury coagulated with a small quantity of Salt. be on his guard against snares.* THE FOURTH CANON. colours. It derives its colours. or red. Whatever is combustible can be naturally transmuted by fire from one form into another. they have retained in themselves their colour and liquefaction. which they manifest in this other body. glass. it can again acquire malleability by applications of fire. and an occult thing rendered materially manifest by means of fire. by some examples. The other six metals have rendered Venus an extrinsical body by means of all their colour and method of liquefaction. It may be necessary. into lime. that we should show. It must also be considered by what method Mars may be able to take the place of king. from its Mercur>'. that he be not led captive suddenly and unexpectedly. and earth. On the contrary. and it b sublimed and resolved by these.. in order to understand this. The six occult metals have expelled the seventh from thenit and have made it corporeal.

together with me. cif the Ught red eji^pelled in like aumDO. then cornea Salt* afterwards Mercury^ ttttd* U«tly. it would then use only that which is in me and can be done by me. or at least believe. and thence it ensues that so often as I am put in the fire they penetrate my body and. It would be more profitable it should ascertain %vhat I am able to do with myself. what lies hid In me. the met»] can in no wue be made^ for it depends upon an eqtial weight of each. [is constituents are \\% own body. perish in the fire. It coniaim also a cuprine soltj. Sol and Luna ♦ In the geaicration of Iron there U a largex proportirwii of Salt and Mercury'. When there is mcirc Salt than the composition of Sulphur m| uixc». c..— /^u^. and by means of us is converted into one body. Deserting all the methods of the Alchemists. These are purified and ennobled in my water. They have also added a corruptible body as a place of abode. It 16 formed of the gross redness which \^ purged off from th« pdmal Sulphur. and what I am able to effect. c.* and cachimici have been separated firom thete. and this is to promote Sol with Luna. 8 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.Of his own nature Saturn speaks thus : The other six have cast me out as their examiner.— ^# El^mtnt^ AqutTf Lib. j. Sulphur. Whatever is received into me becomes conformed thereto.frooi the Mercury^ and of the deep ydlow sepanued in the porificfttion of the prime Salt by this same Archeua. while th« red Sulphur from which cxipper proceed:^ U present in a Kinsillcr quantity. but tiot in equal profjiortian w\l\\ Mercury. so that I may be what they neither are nor desire to become. IV. AccordinKly. If there be loo much Salt it becomes too hard. The stone of cold is in me. 4. Tract III. excepted.. They have thrust me forth from them and from a spiritual place. which preponderates . For fIuxibiUr>' proceedi from Mercury and coa^uhition from Sail.* . t Venus is the first metal getietaled by the Archeua of Nature from the three prime principles after the UUurouMte. This Is a water by means of which I make the spirits of the six metals congeal into the essence of the seventh. It would be of little use to the world if it should learn. My six brothers are spiritual. Yet my body is inclined to the earth. My spirit is a water softening the rigid and congelated bodies of my brothers.

The seven corporeal metals mix easily by means of liquefaction > but this mixture is not useful for making Sol or Luna. And the six spiritual metals do not exist without one external and material metaU So also no corporeal metal can have place or essence without those six spiritual ones. The »ame is to be concluded coxiccrurrig Salt anfJ Sulphur. For all metak are latent in Mercury. itself the seventh^ external^ corporeal. But concerning spiritual mixture and * Lead Is tbeblAijkne^ of the three first principles. Jupiter. Saturn. but a peculiar ineUlllc nature in them existing^. It will not thence result that Sol and Luna will so change the other five that. Concerning Luna and the Properties thereof. or Saturn. What is Luna ? It is among the seven metals which are spiritually concealed. and material. Venus. Sol. mix. as copper is the abundant rcdiioiA of the three principles. in any way you can. For this seventh always contains the six metals spiritually hidden in itself. but. purged off from the . nevertheless each remains in its nature whatever it is. at ibe *anie time. This has the closest affinity with Saturn. Mars. Whoever is not able to consider or find this out will neither be able to make Luna It will be asked. or flies from it. The other kind is the white. however^ is by tio means n superfluity. Nevertheless.Two kinds of Antimony are found . Mars. these will become Sol and Luna.-id in their btackne^ . so Le. THE SIXTH CANON. or whence it proceeds. The endeavour to make Saturn or Mars out of Luna involves no lighter or easier work than to make Luna. Thus. one the common black. which is also called Magnesia and Bismuth. It has great affinity with Jupiter. but the latter into the former. it is well to know what is the material of Luna. and they arc all only Mercury. and when mixed with the other Antimony it augments Luna. For example. This is the judgment which must be passed on corporeal mixture. Venus. For in that mixture each metal remains in its own nature. by which Sol is purified when liquefied therein. or fixed in the fire. Mercury. by the agency of Sol and Luna. tbcr« are four colours concealed therein the blacknc**. For though all be liquefied into a single mass. out of Mercur}% Jupiter. with great gain. which. It is not useful to transmute what is perfect into what is imperfect. and Luna.

twelve are thus posited in one corporeal metal. redness. and from a better into the best and most most perfect. cs. with Gemini and Libra. Its hardness and its clear sound* <? . as frequently said above. 9 communion of the metals. And this is the transposition of the metals from one death to another. with +^ (Sagittarius) and Taurus. a black Mercury. the brilliant and altogether royal metaL It is most true. 9 . of which altogether there are twelve. and T. The Ccelum Philosophonim. from the calcination of Mercury \ and a certain yellowness^ derived from Mcrciiry. whitene&&. whereof each possesses two. 9t ^^» ^^^ KSo Luna has from Jupiter. Luna has from Mars. that is. V 1 ^-+ 1 b . whicU contains a precipitate out of Mercury . with gravity. nothing and no other metal than Luna could be made. The cause is that each metal has t%vo good virtues of the other six. its liquidity and bright white colour. with Cancer and Aries.three principles . Mars. therefore. in fact. n. From Saturn. Luna is composed of the six spiritual metals and their virtues. and . Altogether. w^hich thus in a few w*ords may be made known. its . it should be known that no separation or mortification is spiritual. and Sol. its measure of coagulation and its malleability. that the six metals always generate a seventh. into Sol.§. that is to say. Thus the gros&ness and the colours are alike due to Mercury. from a lesser deg^ree into one greater and higher. or produce it from themselves clear in its esse. w^hat is then its property and its nature ? To this we reply : From Saturn. then. -Uid. they would always acquire another much more noble than the former. into Luna . namely. which are compared to the seven planets and the twelve celestial signs. and Libra. ITf.Luna has from Venus. with Leo and Virgo. From Sol.^ c 5. and Lead u. because such spirits can never exist without bodies. Jupiter. These are the spirit of Luna. Luna has from the planet Mercurj^ and from Aquarius and Pisces. A question may arise : If it be true that Luna and every metal derives its origin and is generated from the other six. Mercury. Though the body should be taken away from them and mortified a hundred times in one hour^ nevertheless. its white colour and its great firmness in fire. Venus. its homogeneous body. with Virgo and ^ (Scorpio). I7 .

Saltj aad Sulphur^ tooet clear lo The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. receives a better and more noble body. a heavier. Thtt u Uie asost pure quality oC Mercury. Then comes the Alchemist. and also incorruptible^* * When ihe three prime principles ha^'c been purged of their superfluities. either in colour or suhstJince. who again corrupts. THE SEVENTH CANON. J2. there remAins nothing gro«fi or crtide. when he has crushed the stone. mortifies. except it be Sol or Luna. which in itself is nothing but pure fire. or more homogeneous body to see ? And it is easy to perceive the cause of this. and TTJ. it should be pointed out what kind of a body such metallic spirits acquire In their primitive generation by means of celestial influx. Its liquefaction proceeds from . are safe from the corruption of elementary fire. namely. in such a process ol mortification. Then at last the metallic spirit and body are perfectly united. What in outward appearance is more beautiful. out of which it is made externally into one most compact body. with its composite nature and wisdom briefly summarised* Furthermore. Then this metallic spirit. more brilliant. Such is the knowledge of the natural exaltation and of the course of the spirit and body of Luna. not friable but malleable. and artificially prepares such a metallic body. colder. Concerning the Nature of Sol and its Properties. The seventh after the six spiritual metals is corporeally Sol. more clear and perceptible. and altogether mortifies it with fire. 0. hut only a very subtle tuiturc of a white and purple hue. contemptible as it is in appearance. corrupts it. And from the taid ftuperfluiiiei the imperfect metd^ have tieen generated. Thus once more that spirit of the metal assumes a more noble and more perfect body. liquefies it. putting itself forward clearly into the light. that it contains in itself the congelations of the other six metals. For the metal-digger.spotless purity and great constancy against the power of fire.

because the heat of Mercury is not sufficient to retain Sol in a state of liquefaction. renders it hard. and always holds firmly on to his error. with Pisces and Aquarius. which are cold. Mercury. Mercury itself has no office of itself save always to flow. which is compared to death. I pray you. Saturn. Wherefore Sol has to obey the five metals rather than Mercury alone. will not produce this effect. the cold. consolidation. But in order that Mercury may remain fluid and alive continually. As soon as ever the metal liquefied by fire is removed therefrom. whether this will be affected with heat or cold ? Whoever answers that this is brought about by a cold and damp nature. For example. Hence it happens that in coagulations of the other metals it can effect nothing. but liquid.elementary fire. and immovable of itself. Venus. lives not at all from cold but from a warm and fiery nature. to coagulate and to become hard and solid. Mars. since its nature is not to make anything hard or solid. but rather will harden. when the heat is withdrawn and the cold supervenes after liquefaction. To render fluid is the nature of heat and life. in fact. there is need of the other five metals. Snow or ice. The most manifest proof of this is that Mercury is easily mingled corporeally with the Sun as in an embrace. and immobility. Venus. the six cold metals. is led away by the vulgar. concealed spiritually within it. For Mercury cannot assist with his natural heat or liquefaction. having no knowledge of Nature. . Mars. and that it has its life from cold— the promulgator of this opinion. or is caused by the liquations of Mercury. whose nature it embraces in itself — ^Jupiter. But for Sol. or defend himself against the cold of the five metals. Saturn. if they are to be liquefied must be brought to that condition by the heat of fire. Luna. but cold has the nature of hardness. Venus. So then let him who loves truth withdraw therefrom. In these five metals the cold abodes with their regimens are especially found. say. Hence it happens that Sol can with difficulty be liquefied without the heat of fire. seizing upon it. For the vulgar man judges only falsely. on account of the cold whereof mention has been made. Jupiter. Luna. congelated.

and out of the first. 8. namely.and excellent in form. weight . not indeed alive. The Cctlum Philosophorum. II Whatever lives is fire. fixed and coagulated. and the yellow from Merctiry. Venus. but that celestial fire with us is cold and congealed. and out of brightness. and Luna. separated from all other colours. —Ibid. and becomes more powerful in its operations. and so far shews the colour of sulphur in that yellow and red are mixed therein in due proportion. according to fire. substance. according to dryness. and Mercury. which b the most noble Sulphur. neither is it like that which exists upon the earth.. Saturn. nor is even corrupted. and consisting of purple alone. because all the dull colours are removed. by that same celestial Sun. The five cold metals are Jupiter. which assign to Sol their virtues . Mars. the Sulphur contributing nothing in the matter of colouring. Wherefore the Sun can in no way be overcome by our fire. This only happens. But that gold is not burned in the clement of terrestrial fire. while from the purple there is generated gold. Salt. but hard. but cold the occasion of death. the body itself . These two essences. For one fire cannot burn another. according to cold. and it is the body of the Sun. according to humidity. The celestial fire which flows to us on the earth from the Sun is not such a fire as there is in heaven. solidity . are separated by the Archeus. and colour. sound. but rather if fire be added to fire it is increased. colour . c. . or even consume it . The fire of Sol is of itself pure. because heat Is life. the white and the purple. in gold the purple colour is derived from Salt. which are respectively derived from the Mercury and the Salt. the pellucid redness from Sulphiu-. In Silver the most prevalent colours are green and blue. like snow or ice. On the other hand. is effected by the firmness of Sol. is formed silver. that it is liquefied. Its clayey or yellow appearance b accounted for by the subtlety and clearness of the metal. essence.

Fire. . The End of the Seven Canons. therefore. is coagulated with us. which. Gold is in its I Celestial Dissolved Essence three2 Elementary and Fluid fold 3 Metallic is Corporeal. dissolved in heaven. has not the power of burning fire. THE CCELUM PHILOSOPHORUM. CERTAIN TREATISES AND APPENDICES ARISING OUT OF THE SEVEN CANONS. PART II. because the Sun is fire.

What appears beyond belief or hope emerges into truth after a wonderful fashion. For the house is always dead . and afterwards seek to turn it into Luna. four ounces . one ounce. operates everywhere. THE eternal position of all things.. he could make any quantity of silver and * Verbenas adole pingues. and the properties and power of light. tartar. it is transmuted into Luna without congelation.* Recipe. Whatever. the properties of darkness. The Cesium Philosophorum. If you can discover the force of this illustration you have conquered. whereby. far different and much more concise. Note on Mercurius Vivus. et mascula tura. It works essentially where otherwise there is no hope. It accomplishes that which is deemed impossible. is labour in vain.God and Nature do Nothing in Vain. since it involves a dissipation of Sol and Luna existing therein. without beginning or end. The earth with its frigidity is a coagulation and fixation of this kind of hardness. viii. and by it. a moiety of sulphur . tinges with blackness. 65. independent of time. To mortify or congeal Mercury. Burn fat verbena. and forces productive of death. or produces black. with little waste of Mercury and less expenditure of toil. Eel. in a short time. Whatever tinges with a white colour has the nature of life. n . There is another method.— Virg. What is to be thought concerning the Congelation of Mercury. and to sublimate it with great labour. but he who inhabits the house lives. Any one can at pleasure learn this Art in Alchemy. on the other hand. Mix and liquefy. Tested liquefactive powder. — Salt nitre. since it is so simple and easy . which causally produces life. has a nature in common with death.

These and the like. titrations. soap. then. bolus armenus. woods. vitriols. and so effective in itself. digestions. whereof there are some very far-fetched in Alchemy. fel vitri. . then . and many other things. testge ovorum. Do this. cementings. antimony. calcinations. is this short and easy way. graduations. Mercury. bone dust. purgations. Wait awhile. all these things should be passed by. stones. wax. I beg. concerning herbs. other shells. thucia. salt-nitre. elixir. or of elaborate instruction. chdk. are mere Incumbrances of work . animals. crystal.. than there would be if one wished to write about last year*s snow. minium. chr>*socoll£e. ceruse. solutions. verdigris. shall we say about the receipts of Alchemy. sulphurs. So. rectifications. lazurium. atraments. nor ever will be^ any art so easy to find out and practise. magnesia. etc. The method of making Sol and Luna by Alchemy is so prompt that there is no more need of books. and keep these words well digested^ so that out of Saturn. and Jupiter you may make Sol and Luna. then.gfold. What. copper-greens. which involves no difficulty. jars. concerning preparations. It is tedious to read long descriptions^ and every^body wishes to be advised in straightforward words. and about the diversity of its vessels and instruments ? These are furnaces. proceed as follow^s. amalgamations. arsenic. red earth. pounded glass. calamine stone. Someone may ask. and pitch. Moreover. soot. oils. while this process is described to you in few words. sal ammoniac. probations. again. snail shells. roots. But it is not from these— to say the truth— that the Art of making Sol and Luna is to be learnt. putrefactions. auri-pigments. since even if Sol and Luna could be made by them they rather hinder and delay than further one*s purpose. seeds. saltpetres* alums. then. and you will have Sol and Liinai by help whereof you will turn out a verj' rich man. Then. lutum sapientiEe. salts. with these alchemical books are crammed. crocus of Mars. limes. goldleaf. glasses. so far as Sol and Luna are concerned. because they have no effect with the five metals. waters. %vorms. reverberations. There is not. What. CONCBRNING THE RECEIPTS OP AlCHEMY.

place on it all the planets. For the air. I Keep it. having meanwhile obtained another new. It would be lost labour should one seek further to instruct one who does not understand these. movable or immovable. and the crystal. The crystal is a figure of the air. or the sphere of Saturn. Q. That body is the spirit of heaven. to know and to understand what it is. From it these planets again receive a body and life. and not made public. has entirely disappeared. < f 1 14 TAe Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. the water. it is / well. Let all run. Whatever appears in the air. clear and S entire. perfect. The Art is this : After you have made heaven. with its life to run over the earth. this has been fully and openly explained in the Seven Canons. Then all those planets will remain dead with their old corruptible bodies. or Saturn. liJ Q. If you do not yet understand it. To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly. and live as before. It is Sol and Luna. It is better that it should be kept concealed. the same appears also in the speculum or crystal as a wave. but in an occult rather than in an open sense. one or more. » How TO Conjure the Crystal so that all things may be seen in it. or such. and incorruptible body. as you wish. or are not practised therein. until heaven. so far . Here you have the Art altogether. so that the portion of Luna may be the smallest. It would be impossible to convince such a person that these matters could be so easily understood.and yet whereby Sol and Luna can be made ? Our answer is. Take this body from the life and the earth.

Fill a jar with fragments of lead. and assigns some other nature and form to this one. Those who think that Mercury is of a moist and cold nature are plainly in error. One seizes on the virtue.as vision is concerned. mastery in the way of liquefying and transmuting. ! as in the case of the other metals. and in their place such an extreme cold introduced as to congeal. or as many of them as have been commingled. Concerning the Heat of Mercury. nor congealed. so that it would be necessary to liquefy it by the heat of fire. consolidate. f So then the spirits or vapours of the metals are stirred up by the heat to operate mutually one upon the other. contend with one another. until perfection and purity are attained. and be always ' hard and solid. ' so that each may put forth its powers and virtues in the endeavour to get the ." so that it can neither die. and transmute from one virtue to another. because it is by its nature in the highest degree warm and moist. But it does not require this. like a mirror in which an inverted copy of an object is seen. If it were of a moist and cold nature it would have the appearance of frozen water. and form of another. as I . and altogether mortify the Mercury? Do what I follows in the sentence subjoined : Take pure Mercury closely shut up in a f silver pixis. nor be coagulated. soon as they come into the fire. which keeps it in a state of perpetual fluidity and renders it ** quick. are one. that the \ spirits of the seven metals. in the midst of which place . which is the cause of its being in a constant state of fluidity. since it has liquidity and flux from its own heat naturally inborn in it. But what must be done besides to Mercury in order that its moisture and heat may be taken away. And this is well worth noticing. I life. especially Mercury.

Venus. . so that they go on and advise us to congeal it by means of heat . whereas heat only renders it more fluid. tongs. which well and truly says : Only from metals. but rather. Afterwards. and harden. externally. Note also that the coldness (which Mercury needs in its consolidation and mortification) is not perceptible by the external sense. The Method of Seeking Minerals. It is not an external heat. What Materials and Instruments are required in Alchemy. whence and whereby the Mercury is compelled to congeal. Whence the Sophists (a race which has more talk than true wisdom) falsely assert that Mercury is cold and of a moist nature. externally a sort of coldness is perceptible. Let it melt for twenty-four hours. and cupels made from beechen ashes. bellows. by its unique Art. and contributes the internal coldness of Saturn and Luna (which are both planets of a cold nature). There is need of nothing else but a foundry. for in some things is Luna and in other metals is Sol. teaches how to fabricate Sol and Luna from the five imperfect metals. and with metals. hammers. Nay. perceptible in the same way as one of our The Ccelum Pkilasopkorum. Jupiter. Just in the same way is it with the heat of Mercury.j the pixis. allows no other receipt than this. are perfect metals made. by metab. Mercury. This I takes away from Mercury his occult heat. as the cold of snow or of ice is. that is. cauldrons^ jars. for a natural day. Let them operate finally up to Saturn. lay on Saturn. which is the cause of its fluidity. and Luna. adds an external heat. consolidate. J5 qualities. Sol. as they daily find out to their own loss rather than gain. True Alchemy which alone. in metals. Mars. there is a certain amount of apparent heat.

it is in no way to be despised. . led by a true method of reasoning. but from one more easily than from another. watch these courses. and the labour very great* However. will be able by diligent consideration to prepare metals so that. whereby they have obtained an easier and shorter method of fabricating gold and silver. so. God dowers men not only with gold or silver. He has given to some a singular knowledge of metals and minerals. but from Mars and Venus with diflficulty.The hope of finding these in the earth and in stones is most uncertain. Mars and Venus. but greatly commended. and you have a feasible process. If otherwise. Such a desire or appetite ought no more to be done away with than the lawful inclination of young people. since this is the first mode of getting them. by extracting them from their primitive bodies. He who does not seek it is not likely to find it. The skilful artist. Note. the prosperous or unlucky condition of this or that planeti for these matters can do no good> and much less can they do harm in the art of natural Alchemy. from metals excocted from minerals which are imperfect and called metals). however (how well I remember I). good or bad days or hours. viz. as also their aspects. and out of Jupiter and Cinnabar pure Sol takes its rise. and misery. but by certain arts and knowledge they have extracted them from the five metals generally (that is to say. In such matters it is quite superfluous to 1 6 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and those in the prime of life. without digging and smelting them. It is possible to make them. from Mercury. from all of which. that Sol and Luna can be made easily from Mercur)% Saturn.. but with the addition of Sol and Luna. to matrimony. operate when you please. too. And this is the case not only with subterranean substances. men — apart from avarice or their own aggrandisement — should seek to extract metal from the earth. Jupiter. and Jupiter. however. than they were commonly accustomed to. As the bees long for roses and other flowers for the purpose of making honey and wax. and from each of them separately. Sol and Luna can be made. Out of Magnesium and Saturn comes Luna. but also with poverty* squalor. he can promote the perfection of metallic transformation more than do the courses of the twelve signs and the seven planets. Saturn.

virtue. because the star is the informing spirit of all stones. coals. or your understanding. and there are a great many of these . These coins were originally metallic. and gradually liquefied into one mass. ground. It is highly necessary to have a correct estimation of stars and of stones. intention. clear and pure in its brightness. because their natures are derived from these. concrete. The whole ball of the earth is only something thrown off. through the same fire.* According to this. the same expulsions and repurgations as that celestial stone. and they have been fixed with other stones in the earth. For there is found in the earth old stone money of the heathens.If. not only are they consumed by rust. can choose out for himself a better way and Art. by his own mental grasp. For the Sol and Luna of al! the celestial stars are nothing but one stone in itself. corrupted. but jthrough the transmutation brought about by Nature. the greatest affinity with heavenly stones and with the stars. however. each person. mixed. but this is known to few. beauty. which has its seat and its rest in the mid«t of the firmamental sphere. therefore. Alchemy is nothing else but the set purpose. power of withstanding fire. If metals remain buried long enough in the earth. and the terrestrial stone Ijas come forth from the celestial stone . What Alchemy is. purity. Further it is to be remarked that those precious stones which shall forthwith be set down have the nearest place to the heavenly or sidereal ones in point of perfection. t They have. into a stony work. printed with their different figures. the planets and the stars of heaven will fail you in your work. it has been separated and brought. ashes. and therein find truth. and again coagulated. and incorruptibility. They are found by . they were turned into stone. but by long continuance they are even transmuted into natural stones. there be anything wanting in you or your mode of working. brightness. and subtle endeavour to transmute the kinds of the metals from one to another. for the man who follows a thing up more intently does find the truth.

c 10. on account of the joy which It is effectual in impressing on those who carry it. not from the clear intellect. It Is of an obscure and transparent blackness. and if this be violated by him who carries it. the stone itself does not remain perfect. on account of their colours. Thb teftches you to discern between the true and the false. Such a Light of Nature b tt that it Is a mode of proof iti all clungs. stagnafion^ and decrease. &o to speak. and no further grossoess remains^ a diaphanous and subtle substance remains. beauty. IV. and the common herd {whose property it is to take false views of things) believe that they were produced in the same place where they are foiindi and that they were afterwards polished^ carried aroimd» and sold. 17 men in a rude environment. a kind of lower he&ven. and walks in light. Lib. that full treasure-liouie of a good man.f .* The AdamanL A black crystal called Adamant or else Evax.ms. has produced the gross and rough genera of $tooe&. not from mere phantasy^ whence nothing i& begotten save the four humours and their compounds. This is a green transparent stone. medicine from poifion. out of which the Archeus of Nature generates the predoufi stones or ^<e. and accounted to be great riches. It does good to the eyes and the memory* It defends chastit>^ .~Df EUmento AqtUTf Lib. the colour of iron. by which the sun is separated froin the moont day ffotti tilght. and other virtues. It is the hardest of all . Tract IV. which k otherwise called Spag^iia. what b> useful from what u refuse*— i?^ Caitca* Therefore learn Alchemy. Its size at tlie largest does not exceed that of a hazel nut. A brief description of them follows : — The Emerald. 3f When the occtdt dispenser of Nature in the prime principle$» that is to say. but rather are ba&ed on a fictilioua and in**curt foundation. L. augmentation. the poteiircy called Ares.* Alchemy b. Frotn this Hgbt of Nature we oxxghl to know ami «pcak. but is dissolved in the blood of a goat.. The Coelum Pfnlosophorum. c. with other trifte<i of thi$ kind* These proceed. -^AirAM/rwiw..

. it hardens in the air. not transparent. 14. ** The Carbuncle.^ Z?*" Aridmta. and b>' mature thcorj^ baAed ofi experience. and is not capable of being destroyed in fire. I oMrm that the Magnet i* a stone which not only imdentaUy attracts §tee1 and iron. Lib. according to the fable of the poets» is said to have been a man. or Hyacinth. II The Sapphire Is a stone of a celestial colour and a heavenly nature.Ihtf. c. in men or in fishes. which is the mistress of alt things. Seeing that it grows in animated beings. J | * The body of the Emerald U derived from a kind of petrine Mercury. It is of a white colour. IV. tt The Coral Is a white or red stone. —I bed. It generates milk abundantly in women if they are dcikient Ihereirt.§ The Jacinth Is a yellow.. f The Pearl is a seed of moUture. J T^ie Pearl The Pearl is not a stone. See Htrhnttux Tht9>^hra^t*. 1 1 receives from the tame its colour* ooagnlatcd with spirit of Salt. c n. 12. but 'ha* also the tame power over the mailer of all disease* in the whole body of tjuin*— /3f Coraliis. out of the nature of the ivater and the air. t The most concentrated hardness of all ^toocs combines for the generation of the adamants The white adamant has tU body from Mercury^ and its coagiilalion from the Siptrit of Salt. Tract IV. but properly a depraved (otherwise a transmuted) nature supervening upon a perfect work. is a gem of the same genus as the Carbuncle.. It grows in the sea. It is formed over white Sulphur and white Salt from a pallid petrine Mercury. shining by its own nature like the sun. — Dt Eltm*HH* Aqu<r. The Jacinth. c. ^ In the matter of body and colour the Sapphire i* generated from Mercur>' (the prime principle). transparent stone. because it is produced in sea shells. A solar stone. 1. and so attracts iron to itself.because a .The Magnet Is an iron stone. but is infenor thereto in its natufe... X FortiBed by experience. it is not properly of a stony nature.H The Ruby Shines with an Interisely red nature. There is a flower of the same name which. into the form of wood or a shrub . Hence white Sapphires frequently occiu.

and produced from other stones. c 1 8 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. c 11. pitch. us the art of its IransmutalioQ demonstrates^— /iff/. and whence they are produced : he may know that our metals are nothing else than the best part and the spirit of common stones. and liver coloured. § As a pledge and firm foundation of this matter. note the following conclusion. It is found among rocks. and very like ice. the other a resplendent and brilliant red. extracted. and stone. \X There are two species of red C<)rals -one a dull red» which varies between sub-purple and semx^btack .white Mercury concun in ihe fonnaiion. and perfect. Mercury Is the body and Sulphur the colouring thereof. It is the lowest of all the precious stones.— Ibid. fat.. The Chalcedony Is a stone made up of different colours. But this is least pure. because Sulphur contains in itself a clcnir quality of Ught. There is also a whitish species which is alfnost destitute of eflficacy. and like gold by day.. that is. CIS. oil.. and their body is of petrine Mercury.* The Topas Is a stone shining by night. so long as it remains hidden or mixtd with . It is sublimated. what they are. c* >j. • • The Ruby and similar gems possessing a ruddy hue are generated from the red of Sulphur. as the Coral dimintshs in redne». grease. with a modicum of the spirit of Salt. ^-//r>^n«« Th*ofhrtui%. transparent. AIJ light abounds therein. In Uke manner a tute-coloured Mercury soioctunea producer a day-like hue. occupying a middle place between obscurity and transparency. uncontaminated. The Crystal Is a white stone.. In a word. t The Amethyst Is a stone of a purple and blood colour. D§ C^rmittt. mixed also with cloudiness. | The Chrysoprasus Is a stone which appears like fire by night. so it weakens in its qualities. For Mercury is the body of ever>' precious stone.— M/i/. If anyone intelligently and reasonably takes care to exercise himself in learning about the metals. tt The Carbuncle is formed of the most transparent matter which is conserved in the three principle*. on account of the coagulation. As the colours differ. so also do the virtues.

the stones. is worth more than a cow. t The Topaz is an extract from the minera of Mars. while Marble and Chalcedony are extracted from the same principle through the Amethyst. as water by the freezing and glacial stars. thrown away and despised.— /^iV/. D» Tumorilmt^ ttc^ Morhi Galliciy Ub. stones separated from those of earth.. that is. as it were. which are themselves. be it great or small. Regard must not always be had to the place of digging from which this stone came forth . c. and extracted from them. or not equally good. For there is often found at the very surface of the earth such a metal as is not met with at all. or sand. comparable to the stars of heaven. III. for here the influence of the sky prevails. but an elaborate and perfect metal. Meteorum^ c 7. should be carefully investigated and weighed with a true balance. and is a transplanted Iron. It should therefore be sought and found in the stones. studies minerals and metals must be furnished with such reason and intelligence that he shall not regard only those common and known metals which are found in the depth of the mountains alone. be recognised in them. forcibly drawn out and liquefied. For then it is no longer a stone.— /^V. which often contain much gold or silver. Very often a common stone. Whoever. 6. according to its nature and properties. t The Amethyst Ls an extract of Salt. flint or simple rock. or dust. Herb ends the Ccelum Philosophorum. Everywhere there is presented to us earth. And so every stone which comes to our view. therefore. I The origin of Crystals is to be referred to water. and this you will mark. —Lib. They contain mthin them a spirit of coagulation wh^eby they are coagulated. * The gem Chalced(»iy is extracted from Salt. — CA/rwr/Ya Magna. THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE . in the depths.

Although this would not be attested by those who are falsely considered your authentic fathers and saints. of hohenheim» Philosopher of the Monarchia^ Prince of Spagyrists^ Chief Astronomer^ Surpassing Physician^ and Trimiegistus of Mechanical Arcafta. O Sophist. yet the ancient Emerald Table shews more art and experience in Philosophy. which shall one day be put upon the neck of yourself and your colleagues. O Sophist. THE SON OF GOD . what should be thought of each. By ph. who are your patrons. Look at Hermes.PHILOSOPHERS WRITTEN AGAINST THOSE SOPHISTS BORN SINCE THE DELUGE. at the present time are but mere empty forms and idols. Magic. THEOPHRASTUS BOMBAST. Prince of Philosophy and of Medicine. on the ground that being sprung from rude Helvetia I can understand and know nothing : and also because being a duly qualified physician I still wander from one district to another . PREFACE. If you do not yet understand. IN THE AGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. and others in the first age : see what Spagyrists and what Philosophers then existed. By this they testify that their enemies. and how my posterity in this age of grace will imitate me. and the like. O Sophist. tell me why no prince or king was ever able to subdue the Egyptians. For this purpose I have been chosen by God to C2 . than could ever be taught by you and your crowd of followers. From the middle of this age the Monarchy of all the Arts has been at length derived and conferred on me. Theophrastus Paracelsus. from the aforesaid facts» what and how great treasures these are. what my art avails against you and yours against me . Unless the contents of those books had been known* they would have been obliged to bear still his intolerable yoke. therefore I have proposed by means of this treatise to disclose to the ignorant and inexperienced : what good arts existed in the first age . SINCE you. — a yoke. ever)' where abuse me with such fatuous and mendacious words. Archelaus. Then tell me why the Emperor Diocletian ordered all the Spagyric books to be burnt (so far as he could lay his hands upon them). Alchemy.

fatuous. Leo of Rome. can never. since you deem the monarch of arcana a mere ignorant. and prodigal quack. Those calumnies of yours falsely devised against me have often displeased many courts and princes. and they will thoroughly understand how firm and immovable is that Paracelsic Art against the triflings of the Sophists : though meanwhile that sophistical science has to have its ineptitude propped up and fortified by papal and imperial privileges. — a treasure which neither you. now. nor you. and in order that all who despise the true arts may be reduced to poverty. Although the signed star has been applied to the arcanum of your names. so that since the beginning of the world no similar germination of the intelligence and of wisdom shall ever have been heard of. The practice at the same time following upon the theory will be proved by wonderful and incredible signs. many though they be. so as to be open to mechanics and common people. the knightly order. be they the words of Aristotle. extinguish and blot out all the phantasies of elaborate and false works. many imperial cities. proceeding as it does from the light of Nature. and the nobility. you wormy and lousy Sophist. of delusive and presumptuous words. I have a treasure hidden in a certain city called Weinden. In the meantime. or the dogmas of any among their followers. though I hold my tongue. nor will the resources of those vicious persons. Vice will not be able to suppress the good. cause . the Danube and the Rhine will answer that accusation. My theory. Avicenna. belonging to Forum Julii.20 The Herfnetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Mesva. So then. through its consistency. the virtues and preparation of the celebrated Tincture of the Philosophers for the use and honour of all who love the truth. I determine in my present treatise to disclose the honourable course of procedure in these matters. In that I am esteemed by you a mendicant and vagabond sophist. could purchase with all your substance. Galen. at an inn. By this arcanum the last age shall be illuminated clearly and compensated for all its losses by the gift of grace and the reward of the spirit of truth. it is known to none but the sons of the divine Spagyric Art. pass away or be changed : but in the fifty-eighth year after its millennium and a half it will then begin to flourish. Charles the German. in this mid age.

there is no reason for your belief in him. the true is separated from the false. followed also a lengthy process* Each one of these advanced in proportion to his own method . so much desired by the philosophers. this corporeal regeneration. ihey all arrived at one and the same end. Hermes Trismegistus. With this light we will teach. I will show and open to you. the Arabian* remained firm in his order. the Egyptian. the Greek. that by means thereof the proof or trial of everything may appear. by Divine grace. ^ many ways have been sought to the Tincture of the Philosophers. be he Italian. THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. I will teach you the tincture. 1. observed the same process. say that. Monarch of the Arcana. For every person may and ought to believe in another only in those matters which he has tried by hre* If any one shall have brought forward anything contrary to this method of experimentation in the Spagyric Art or in Medicine. wherein lie hid the foundations of all mysteries and of all works. Gaul.any loss to the upright. Pole. which finally all came to the same scope and end. all you philosophers. CHAPTER h IPHILIPPUS Theophrastus Paracelsus Bombast. who are exalted by me with the most consummate labours. that all those who before me have approached this so difiicult province with their own fancies . and also at an honourable sustenance and means of preserving that life in this Valley of Miser>% Now at this time. astronomers. since. Come hither after me.* the quintessence. nevertheless. at a long fife. by the very best methods of demonstration. Orus. but only to those who walk in this light. or whatsoever or whosoever he be. approached this task in his own method. through the agency of fire. But Albertus Mag"nus. Theophrastus Paracelsus Bombast. Hali. and spagyrists. am endowed by God with special gifts for this end/) that every searcher after this supreme philosophic work may be forced to imitate and to follow me. of however lofty a name ye may be. The light of Nature indeed is created in this way. experimentally. Alchemists and Doctors. German. the German. the arcanum.

ennobled . earthen vessels. up to the present time. Lib« IV. on the other hand. extractions. to their own loss. to the process of the Tincture. incurred the danger of their foolishness. then. aikt it ii more corrtctly termed an Arcanum. solutions. relying on fancy and opinion.and acute speculations have. neveribeless. an old error of the doctors conferred ibe name of virtues upon the potentud tatencev— /*tfrA4Mi'>MM. and instruments of like kind.— £'x//ifoiM Tstimt AMirwwimm. cucurbites. fromtny standpoint. Concerning the Definition of the Subject antj Matter of the Tincture of the Philosophers. coals. Atony things ore elsewhere set forth concerning Lhe Quinlc^i>cnce. reverberatories. there must be learnt — digestions. CHAPTER II. and every instrument which is requisite for this work must be mastered by experience. First of all. So. sublimations. l»ut what i» de« •Cfibed b really a separation or extraction of the pure frozn the impure^ not a true quiutcsi^nce. Before I come. But so long as. fixations. and tongs. On which account. blast-furnaces. then. vessels of Hermes. reverberations. distillations. Thus at length you will be able to profit in Alchemy and in Medicine. you cleave to your fictitious books. fermentations. also marble. such as glass vessels. many rustics have been * The Afcaniun of a substAnce b not the vktue {virttu} but the ct&ence (mi) ami the potency ij^tinfia% ood is stronger than the virtue . the matter of the Tincture (when you understand me in a Spag}'rical sense) is a certain thing . circulators. and since they carried golden mountains in their head before they had put their hand to the fire. this has always been kept in a specially occult way by the lovers of truth. it is needful that I open to you the subject thereof : for. coagulations. then. 22 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. baths. you are fitted and predestinated for no one of these things. but. through the speculative and opinionative art of these many nobles have been changed into clowns.

By means of their investigations and experiments. — Z>^ Icttritiis. but. according to the use of the ancients.— y^/<^. is a very great pearl and a most precious treasure. Sal Nitrum.— Z. and Mercury. .. Par. by the art of Vulcan. Now. For as the artist excocts by means of Vulcan. Vulcan is an astral and not a corporal fabricator. there also the igneous essence is absent. VI. Where the three prime principles are wanting. only the • The office of Vulcan U the separation of the good from the bad. This. or created to open your mouth concerning Alchemical Arts. through the failure of entire knowledge and complete preparation. So the Art of Vulcan. Tract III.which.* passes out of three essences into one essence. that is. Meteorum^ c 4. can be transmuted into a White Eagle. The matter of the Tincture. So also this art might be called the death of things. so heaven performs the work of coction through the Sun.— Z?* Morbts Aletaiiicis^ Lib. 5. which the philosophers have so diligently sought after. The artist working in metals and other minerals transforms them into other colours. nor is his habitalion in heaven only. is the Vulcan of heaven accomplishing coction in the earth. The Igneous Vulcan is nothing else but Sulpbiu-. or it may remain. Vulcan is the fabricator and architect of all things. and the noblest thing next to the manifestation of the Most High and the consideration of men which can exist upon earth: This is the Lili of Alchemy and of Medicine. which is Alchemy. or chosen by Nature for the work of Vulcan. I. or the igneous element. they have not progressed to the perfect end thereof. The Tincture of the Philosophers. i. you are not born by God for the Spagyric art. still it is known by few. in the firmament. is like unto death. Dt CaHuco Atntricis. by which the eternal and the temporal are divided one from another.i^. therefore. that I may give it its proper name.. c. and beyond this the brightness of gold does not shine so much for the Spagyrist as do these two when kept in one. if you do not understand the use of the Cabalists and the old astronomers.. c. but equally in all the other elements. The Sun. But. though it is called by many the Red Lion. so that out of one two are produced . then. by the aid of Nature and the skill of the Artist himself. and in »o doing h» operation Is like that of the heaven itself.

whichever of the patriarchs. CHAPTER ML Concerning the Process of the Ancients for the Tincture of THE Philosophers. however. 1 should scarcely have taken up such great labours as. and the advantage of all good Alchemists. Since. three or four times. for the sake. and separate the false or the erroneous from the true. until at length the dry spirits were elevated. I approach its preparation. They again imbued the capui motiuum with moist spirits. I have undergone willingly. to which at last the Age of Grace will by-and-by give its adhesion. I. If. correct the Spagyrists. so that it scarcely could or ought to be exceeded in fidelity between two brothers. shall have made leaders. I wish to add my own inventions . by right after my long experiences. but the true foundation. They would. and afterwards distilled therefrom the moist spirits. O Sophist. the subject of the Tincture has been sufficiently declared. and after I have laid down the experiences of the first age. the utility. since. The old Spagyrists putrefied Lili for a philosophical month. you. I have found reasons why I should be able justly to blame and to change diverse things. Krs been left for me. which my collea^es must imitate. so that no one should ming-le their shadows with our good intentions. by long investigations. I had found out experiments of the ancients better than my own. and a more compendious Method by Paracelsus. indeed. Although early experience gave this process before fixation. and drew them off from it frequently by distillation until the dry spirits were all elevated. then. none the less our ancestors often attained a perfect realisation of their wish by this method. in the meantime.23 initial sta^e of the Tincture has been given to us . have had a shorter way . Then afterguards they united the moisture that had been drawn off and the dry spirits by means of a pelican. until the whole Lili remained dry at the bottom.

and prolong short human life (as with the patriarcbsX For death was Udd as a punishment upon our first parents. Mems to have been first brought to light by Beticdktus Figulu*. and many otheiSi lia\-e 24 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. it isiomcwhat superfluous to re* produce the Lreattse here. 1893. faithful) has its own peculiar care. in this. last age. C** A Golden and Blisscd Casket of Nature's Manreb. Anstotlc. will. but this. the labour for the Spagyrists before my times has been great and heavy . Hermes. intcrpretixt Ly Tlieuphrjuius PjuraceLu^. by the help of the Holy Spirit flowing into us.of arriving at the treasure of the Red Lion if they had learnt the agreement of Astronomy with Alchemy. Adam and Eve^ and wLU never deport fi-om all Iheir decseodants. Therefore. and other philo»opHer«. but that there is One Thing which may post|)onc decay.* But since every day (as Christ says for the consolation of the * The Book of the Revelation of Hcniie&. as I have demonstrated it in the Apocalypse of Hermes. who have Lotroduoed the Arts^ and Bkore especially hav<« explored the secrtfts of inferior Creation^ ail theskC bavc eagerly sought a roeajis whertby man's body might be prescrk'ed from decay and become endued with immortaJity. Plato." of which an English transtation hoi been very recently publUhed. It shouJd be premised that Benediclus* Ftgului complains bitterly of the mutilation and pervcruon (o which the works of Puracelsus were subjected. it is appended at tbis point. be lightened and made clear by my . the above philosophers. As the collection of Figulus is now so readily accessible. but since this tran»lAiion clatacs to include c^-crj^thing written by the ph>'wcian of Hohenlicim on the subject of Alchemy aiid the Universal Medicine. and appeared as a ^i*t§ d* vitiiUHfg \i% liU *' Golden and Blessed Ci*kcE of Nature's Marvtls. renew youth.) Among the many writings which have been fabulously attributed to Henjio» there does not seem to be any reconl of an A^tdypsty and it U impossible to say what forged document may have been the subject of inter ^ prctation by Paracelsus. To them it was answered that there is nothing which might deliver the mortal body from death . flourishing at different times. concerning the Supreme Secret of the World. and the Rrvilatxan cf Htrmn seems in many parts to betray anoclier hatid| especially in its quotation of autboritic* who are not countenanced by its reputed auibor." By liened ictus FiguUi^ Now first dome into English from the German original published at Frankfort in tbe year i(o8> London : James Elliott and Cck 8vo.

With this. a wondrous closing and finish of philosophical . this invention had died out. so that. could neither eat nor drink on account of old age. since before this corruption nothing could be born from it. therefore. Afterwards they drew off the moist spirits from the matter. and has been philosophically called by the above-mentioned name. Lili. with respect to other elements. this also Hermes and Aristotle call the Truth without Lies. for all those who constantly persevere in their work with patience. in the Middle Age. are held to be the iifth substance (for they are indestructible. This spiritual ence. the earliest age gave the first experience of the Tincture. nor warm and moist like air. fifteen days before his death. was revealed from above to Adam. namely. And just as the Heavens. as being the subject of the Tincture. as it were like the Heavens . At length the imitators of Nature putrefied this matter at its proper period just like the seed in the earth. But when afterwards. an indissoluble uniting of body and souL It is the purest and noblest substance of an indestructible body. and they named it with one word. and prolongs life. the dry were also equally sublimated. and is produced by Art. and never understood by the sophists up to this time. just as the rustic sought this One Thing with great labour. with respect to the other elements. a most particular union of spiritual virtues. and w^as greatly desired by the Holy Fathers . and have found that that which preserves the human body from corruption. drying up all the superfluities of our bodies. For I have tested the properties of Nature. nor dry and cold like earth. from which they understood that the Heavens are a substance above the Four Elements. which cannot be destro>'ed nor harmed by the Elements.theory and practice. nor any arcanum break forth from it. When. their successors by diligent scrutiny afterwards came upon the two names of this simple. in this way. a right commingling of natural forc^. It is the Last and the Highest Thing to be sought under the Heavens. or One Thing. by the violence of the fire. the most sure of all things certain. when he. stable. It is neither hot and dry like fire. conducts itself. perfect equation of all the Elements. the Spagyrists made two things out of one simple. and I know its conjunction and resolution. the Secret of all Secrets. Aristotle prepared an apple. which are the highest and greatest gift for a philosopher. until at length. its essences and conditions. prolonging life by its ^scent. so also this One Thing (compared to the forces of our body) i§ jaj}_ijidestructible essence. and suffer no foreign admixture). nor cold and moist like water. But it is a skilful.

or without the instruction of those who know it. and earthly fortune. And as the Soul is in all the limbs of the Body. with great diligence and labour. As Morienus says : " He who has this has all things. quickly healing all Diseases. and I will herewith shew what powers and virtues it possesses in each thing. expelling all Evil. bringing to the pious earthly honour and long life. and in parables. wondrous strength. inwardly and outwardly. also its outward appearance. The same is of a mysterious nature. man would desire nothing but this one thing. leading to all good things. For eye hath not seen. to the Honour of God. it appears as an impure earthly body. have desired to behold its face. full of imperfections. Eternal Punishment. in every place. that the pious may reverently praise Him in His gifts (which gift of God shall afterwards come to them). people would live wickedly. It then has an earthly nature. The Saints. bringing in Joy. By Avicenna this Spirit Ls named the Soul of the World. bodily health. Love . they straightway concealed it under a strange tongue. For in it are all temporal happiness. producing good and consuming proud flesh. and at all times. which the world cannot comprehend without the interposition of the Holy Ghost. expelling all stench. some of them also flourishing in great riches. In its first state. a Fount of all Joys (beneath the rays of the moon). WTien the philosophers had discovered it.work. seeing that they would provoke God by reason of their avarice and superfluity. boundless power. giving Health. In its second nature. It is the spirit of the fifth substance. and the pearls be cast before swine. the Mover of Sea and Wind. the Supporter of Heaven and Earth. it . and healing generally. by which are discovered the dews of Heaven and the fastnesses of Earth. for it exists in every thing. even in the highest perfection. and wants no other aid. and the qualities of all things are therein. and the world be ruined. as the Soul moves all the limbs of the body. from the beginning of the world. What the mouth of man cannot utter is all found in this spirit. destroying Poverty and misery. Joy. For. nor hath the heart of man understood what Heaven hath naturally incorporated with this Spirit. the Outpourer of Rain. so also is this Spirit in all elementary created things. all work and industry would cease ." This is the Spirit of Truth. lest the same should become known to the unworthy. but to the wicked who misuse it. that it may be more readily recognised. Therefore have I briefly enumerated some of the qualities of this Spirit. By virtue of this essence did Adam and the Patriarchs preserve their health and live to an extreme age. healing all sickness and wounds in the bowels of man. Peace. driving away Hatred and Sorrow. It has the powers of all creatures . an excellent spirit above Heavenly and other spirits. For if everyone knew it. giving man his heart's desire. so also does this Spirit move all bodies. preventing all evil words and thoughts. upholding the strength of all things. its action is found in all elements. It b sought by many and found by fewT It is beheld from afar and found near . nor ear heard.

. Concerning the Process for the Tincture of the Philosophers^ AS IT IS SHORTENED BY PARACELSUS. because (olihough si ill having its cctrnipMoti^) it^ Virttw » greater.The Tincture of the Phiiosopfiers. almost freed from all tmperfcciions. But in its third nature it appears as an aerial body. 25 does at the proper time of year. in which form it docs nuiny wondrous works. Il U much nearer the truth. somewhat mare beautiful than berore. Take only the rose-coloured blood from the Lion and the gluten from the Eagle* When you have mixed these. In its fourth nature it appears in a (tcry form (not quite freed from all imperfection^. they might come to maturity as one after another is wont to ascend and to fall away. and mare effective in works. In this fortn it cures cold and hot fevets. the opportunity is at hand for finding out those things which were occuit to all Spagyrists before me. when Theophraslus Paracelsus has arrived as the Monarch of Arcana. Lastly. But at this time. and i> a specific agauut poisons. increasing the quantity of the blood and seed. cures withered limbs. of an ojly nature. as after the spring comes summer. The ancient Spagyrists would not have required such lengthened labour and such wearisome repetition if they had learnt and practised their %vork in my school. in growing persons removes what is superDuous and makes good defects in the limbs.They would have obtained their wish just as well. restores strength to the sight. they incorporated those fruits and dry spirits. still . and brought the Magistery of the Tincture to such a point that it came to the harvest. and laid itself out for ripening* CHAPTER IV. is of great comfort in all diseases. with far less expense and labour. coagulate them according to the old appeaurs as a watery body. Wherefore 1 say. pro* dudng beauty and strength of body. axidt taken three times a day. and (a small quantity being taken In the food) preventing melancholy and heating of the gall. It expands tlie blood ves^sels. so that frequent bleeding becomes necesaar>'. which it drives from heart and lung^^ healing the same when injured or wounded^ purir^-ing the blcxxl.

This spiritual substance is neither heavenly nor hellish. yet the same is not in these bodies and cannot be in them. wherein it haA m. And. illumines the Heavens. and when brooding has embraced the Waters. it removes the diseases of age. and His wisdom U without end. bringing forth leaves and fruit. Hence they are deceived by these names who. and leading earth with iis«lf to heaven. leadbt its burning fire into the water. and does mayn other incredible wonders which may not be revealed to the uTiworthy. say what one wilU there is hut one spirit working everywhere and in all things. is called by these name*. the Angel of God.tUed. That is the spirit which. converts all metidlic bodies into gold. giving the old young hearts and bodies. This spirit in its Aery form is called a Sandaraca.iny virtues. shining like gold and . hiddiett from the beginnitig. For although this spirit which we seek.)'brick. equal to those from the mines. let no one itttagine there be dUTcrcnt spirits. making the old young and reviving thoce at the point of death. think to find thb Spirit of Life in things foreign to our An. For God is wonderful in Hi* works. and henriy body. but fruitful tn works. Hence it is colled the Elixir of Life. the subtlest and purest. and there is nothing like unto tt under Heaven. This spirit b the secret. This ts-ork . without reason. For il healsalldcad and living bodiest without other medicine. by however many name* it be c. when setting iflCoq>orates the purity of Earth. for. For if to such an one there be gi%'en. This spirit is named Raphael. in the aerial a K. This spirit flies through the mid^t of the Heavens like a morning mist. renewing him at once. continues to burn for ever without diminution. a barleycorn's weight of thh fire. in the earthly Alcohoph and Aliocosoph. In its fifth and last nature. yet to the initialed ihey are true and possible. in wine.somewhat watery and not dried enough). For a refioed spirit cannot appear except in a body suiuble to its nature. 50 that it reach the stotnach^ it goes to hiN heart. and has its shining realm in the heaveas. for alt heavenly influences are united and combined therein. Here Christ is my wilne» that I lie not. while from its body there flow whole rivers of living water. and the most select and beautiful of all other heavenly things. A lamp. It converts crystals into the most precious »to>nes of all colours. in the watery an Afoth. and restoring the natural heat of the liver. When applied to the roots of dead trees they revive. whom the others all obey as their King. it appears in a glorified and il]uminat«l form. yet granted by God to a few holy men for the revealing of these riches 10 His Glory— dwelling in fier>' form in the air. the oU of whii^h Ls mingl«J with this spirit. when the hidden sense is properly understood. And although these writings may be regarded as Gsdse by the reader. Given in small dc^es to old people. 'thiii essence also reveals all treasure in earth and sea. seeking without instruction. but an nir>% pure. on accoutit of its qualities.silver. without defects. wherein it possesses all previous powers and virtues in a higher and more wondrotis degree* Here its natural work* are taken for miracles. driving away all previous moisture and poiion. midway between the highest and lowest. when rising.

and Kiag Solomon did many beautiful works to the honour of God. drives away mists. Therewith ^^oscJ^ built the Tabernacle. who by the art of his preparation corrupts a visible body which is externally vile. as experience witnesses. But you must. gives 26 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. from which he excites another most noble and most precious essence. and which caiuiot be pmed enough. in like manner^ have learnt anything from the light of Aristotle. and a most precious treasure In this Valley of Sorrows. For 11 reaches to th« planets. It is the Spirit of God. why do you despise me as though I were an irTational Helvetian cow^ and inveigh against me as a wandering vagabond ? Art is a second Nature and a universe of its own. lurns everything inta Sun and Moon. raises the clouds. and . and thereby gained llieir riches. greatest. which also the whole world desires for ila virtue. as becomes a lover of honour and a doctor. If you look at it from without it seems a paltry thing to transmute another into something far more noble than it was before. Whether you will or not» sophist^ this Magfister>^ is in Nature itself. cleatii» the leper. banishes sorrow^ heals the sickt reveaU all hidden treasures. besiowis. allow thisi and confess that it is a miracle produced by the Spagyrist. If you. which an infinite number have sought after and very few have found. and highest secret of Nature. all health liinJ xibtindance of treasure. Througli this spirit have the phifosophers invented tlie Seven Liberal Arts. Noah the Ark^ Solomon the Temple. come forth. Through the same Mo5» niade the golden vessels in the Ark. generally. which in the Beginning filled the earth and brooded over the waters. and bring that knowledge experimentaily to light. and demonstrates against you and your idols* Sometimes. cures all diseases. brightens the eyes. which the world cannot grasp without the gracious interposition of the Holy Spirit and instruction from those who know it. the Alchemist compounds certain simples. or from the rules of Serapio. process. and. Preserve now the right of the Schools. a wonderful thing of God above Nature. But if you know nothing and can do nothing. for it is the last. which he it* lij^hl lo all thij:i|^!^. therefore. By this Eatm restored the Law.of God is far too deep for understanditig. or from us. and you will have the Tincture of the Philosophers. nevertheless.

although despised by the ignorant. and bringing upon (liemsclvt^ many misrortunes and the punishmei^ts of God. of all things mortal that man can desire in this world. restorest the voice of the dying] O thou treasure of treasures. beauty in its perfection preserved. blooming youth is preserved. having no eqtial ftmong creatures. and glory. which thus hath united and cocnprt^ed in the virtue and power of thh One Spirit the qualities of all existing bodies 1 O umpeakable honour and boundle&s joy granted to mortal man E For the destructible thing. wonderful in virtue and works. strengthening all the world ! O thou tnviticible virtue." the purest and most perfect soul of the worlds (ban which therie b nothing mofe costly under Heaven^ utifathoinable in itature and power. I am unable to speak enough of its virtues. lovely above all things I O thou wondrous power. expellest diseases. possessing this knowledge. to>'ely above all things beneath the circle of the Moon. Abraham. that -proceeding from hiunours — wakest the dead. roost secret of all secret things. riches.ater of life. by which Nature U strengthened^ and heart and limbs are renewed. and in it alone is truth. in that Thou ha:»t given the prophets this knowledge and underslajiding.^ of Natiu-e are restored by virtue of the said Spirit. have had lifelong abundance and riches ." Blessed artThoii. the same also hath all tbitigs. and healing and medicine of all thieigs t Thou last discover)" in earthly natures. the best of atl thing^s. highest of all that i*. called by Aviccnna "an unspeakable substance. mystery of mysteries. in its works is no vanity. and those drowned in worldly godlessness) by which the wise and the pious have praised Thee 1 For the discoverers of the raysierv of this thing to the unworthy are breakers of the seal of Heavenly Revelation. unutterable by the tongue of man. O m>'^ter>' of m^'steries. a power which to ltd initiates grants all material joysl O desirable knowledge. Ix>rd God of our fathers. Therefore is its acquisition very hard.s>iessing the virtues of all bodies under Heaven 1 For from it flow the w. in which stand all joy. and all the saints possessing it have therewith praised God. and abuDdatlce enstired in all things pleasing to men 1 O thou 5ipirituai substance. weakness destroyed. Yea. nothing can compare with ii. Hence it ia called the Stone and Spirit of Truth . of life^ and art of all arts. because. Therefore. and in il are found the properties ofaltChiDgK. ft-uitfulne«ii. that they have hidden these things (lest ihcy should b« discovered by the blind. j-et held by the wise in great praiw:. greatly desired by the whole world ! Oh^ what a wondrous and laudable spirit is purity. to communicate the satiM to .Mii-iain» Moses' ^ister^ was hospitable . Isaac. po. because its good qoaJities and powers are beyond human thoughts. its praise cannot be sufficiently eirpressed. Therefore. For it h. and thus hath it nouriiihed them with honey and water from the rock. O unfathomable »hyss of God's Wisdom. thereby offending Gods Majesty. saith Morienus : '* l^le who hath it. the oil and honey of eternal heating. more than that of gold and silver. and Jacobs and other righteous men. honour. old age driven away. there is iK^thing deeper in Nature. last best gift to Patriarchs and Sages. t beg all Ou-istians.

But if you desire to lead from unity by duality in trinity with equal permutation of each. The Tincture of tfie Philosophers. which were well known to the Magi. And although these may by the Lord God be made manifest to anyone. to pass over in silence for the time being the transmutations of other natural objects. For thus very often out of many things one is made. For many seek. and your Eagle in the South. So! out of Luna . in Carinthia. Jesus Christ. then you should direct your journey to the South . of wen-proved virtue. and more wonderfully than Ovid narrates in his Metamorphoses do they come to the light. though they are known to few. in which lie hidden the secrets and mysteries o^ the world. You will not find better instruments than Hungary and I stria produce. except it be lo one living in Godliness. and in Hungary. but few find it. Therefore is this Art to be shewn to all Gnd-fearing persons. be pimse and glory immortaL Amen. which effects more than Nature of herself can do» as in Gastaynum it is perfectly well known that Venus IS produced from Saturn . But this spirit is one getiius. although ti appear impossible to fools. called the revealing of the occult spirit. and divine. For it embraces the whole world| and overcomes the Elements and the fifth Substance. To our Trismegistus Spogyms. the rumour of this . still. because it cannot be bought with a price* 1 testify before Cod that I lie dot. that no one has hitherto explored Nature so deeply. Hence the impute and those living in vice are unworthy of it. And thus is fulfilled this precious and excellent work. The Almighty be praised for having created this Art and for revealing it to Codfearing men. Luna out of Venus . so in Cyprus shall you gain all your desire. There are still many more of these arcana which exhibit transmutations. That you may rightly uodcrsland me. VtTho has given »uch a treasure to man. for this our work which has been undertaken. concerning which we must not dilate more profusely than we have done at present. and lordly power. and praising Cod. seek your Lion in the East. Amen. wonderful. 27 afterwards corrupts according to his need^ and prepares thence another thing.nobody.

and therewith assumed the condition of a salamander. but the Almighty gives therewith the understanding how to conceal these and other like arts even to the coming of Elias the Artist. it became red as blood. which may be taken derisively by some) that in the fire of Sulphur is a great tincture for gems. But this gradation of metals and gems shall be omitted by me in this place. fixed it by means of a regulated increase of the fire. and at last. Concerning the Conclusion of the Process of the Ancients. exalts them to a loftier degree than Nature by herself could do. As I have begun the process of our ancestors with the Tincture of the Philosophers. Lastly^ the ancient Spagyrists having placed Lili in a pelican and dried it. For then at length you will see that soon after your Lili shall have become healed in the Philosophic Egg. blacker than the crow . at which time there shall be nothing so occult that it shall not be revealed.Art does not on that account at once break forth. since I have written sufllciently about it in my Secret of Secrets. Rightly. You also see with your eyes (though there is no need to speak of these things. it becomes. and also to change your vessels. which. with wonderful appearances. and abundantly elsewhere. passing through a yellow colour^ it turns out more red than 28 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. MADE BY Paracelsus. by permutation into all the colours. afterw^ards. and in the same way it is right and becoming that everyone should proceed who seeks this pearl. in my book on the Vexations of Alchemists. I will now perfectly conclude it» CHAPTER V. indeed. whiter than the swan . indeed. in succession of time. continued so long until from blackness. did they proceed with such labour. It will be very difficult for me to make this clearer to you unless you shall have learnt in the School of the Alchemists to observe the degrees of the fire. .

and it shall be opened unto you. at length. . Nature. nothing in the nature of things shall then at length be so difficult which cannot be made manifest to you by the aid of this Art. Then. When at length you shall have been taught as accurately as possible the Alchemistic Art. According to the former mode it can be applied for the renewing of the body . Since. even as I. a pound of it must be projected on a thousand pounds of melted Sol. I am willing to put them forward and to describe them according to the signs indeed of the work. and as in experience and proof they appeared to me better and more perfectly. Let this have been sufficiently said by me. or the union. CHAPTER VI.any blood. since now we have that treasure of the Egyptians in our hands. If the Tincture of the Philosophers is to be used for transmutation. concerning the process of the ancients and my correction of the Tincture of the Philosophers. which reaches not its end or its aim. so far as relates to its preparation. and you shall find . says the first Spagyrist. have been compelled to do. But a man ought by Spagyric preparations to lead it thither where it was ordained by Nature. herself does not bring forth anything into the light which is advanced to its highest perfection. it remains that we turn it to our use : and this is offered to us by the Spagyric Magistery in two ways. Let your Pharisaical schools teach you what they will from their unstable and slippery foundation. of our duality. seek. knock. have tried each of them in different ways. It is not possible that anything should here be set down more fully or more clearly than I have before spoken. But follow true Art . indeed. Theophrastus Paracelsus. Seek. It would be impious and indecorous to put food in the mouth of a perfidious bird. then. Concerning the Transmutation of Metals by the Perfection of Medicine. according to the latter it is to be used for the transmutation of metals. I. with others before me. as can be seen in this place from the unity. for this will lead you to its perfect knowledge. Moreover. Let her rather fly to it.

For the transmutation of an inferior metal into a superior on^ brings with it many difficulties and obstacles. fatuous. namely. consisting. and more like them. so that the colour of Sol could not mount higher. throug-h the remarkable contempt of the ignorant. that by the Magistery. it soon exists as pure Venus. These things.of Antimony or -er Quartal. This fact has rendered that same Aristotle. nevertheless. or Venus into Sol. . too» on account of the just envy of the artificers. Similarly. or the operation of the Spag^rist. in the mountain commonly called Kuttenberg. in which iron is forthwith turned into Venus of a high grade. have often broug-ht Venus to more than twenty-four (al. And these thing's. and never more returns to iron. with his ill-founded philosophy. 38) degfrees. This work is a wonderful one in the light of Nature. But I myself. moreover. Perhaps on account of their sins God willed that the Magnalia of Nature should be hidden from many men. commonly called Zifferbrunnen. 29 than to sophists. a metal. But though the old artists were very desirous of this arcanum.will a Medicine have been prepared for transmuting the leprous moisture of the metals. when the rustics in Hungary cast iron at the proper season into a certain fountain. and partly. should perish. and another be produced. and sought it with the greatest diligence. which Venus I used in ail respects as other kinds. and more malleable than the other produced by Nature. it is consumed into rust. they obtain a lixivium out of marcasites. namely. very few could bring it by means of a perfect preparation to its end. as the change of Jove into Luna. which formerly existed. those which turn one appearance of a metal into another. in Istria. and when this is liquefied with a blast-fire. remain almost hidden. For truly. are known to simple men rather Tfie Tincture of the Philosophers.

look at Theophrastus Paracelsus. by their carelessness and bad guardianship. The life of many. scab. colic. more surely than one could believe. through its abuse from the carelessness of the artists. has been extended and prolonged to several centuries. the Tincture of the Philosophers is a Universal Medicine. it happened that. as I myself have seen. just like an invisible fire. whose feathers thereupon fell off. grew again. this was eaten up by fowls. nevertheless. and the whole race of internal diseases. And although. though it seems scarcely credible to any one. and. fistulas. indeed. cancer. and they were not able to reduce their projection to work its effects. So. venereal disease. the body at length comes to old age. Some of the first and primitive philosophers of Egypt have lived by means of this Tincture for a hundred and fifty years. For when they were unable to use the Tincture according to their desire. By means thereof I have cured the leprosy. as shall be heard more at large in the following chapter. and Hippocrates stand against me ? This is the Catholicum of the 30 Ttie Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. also lupus. and keeps it so firmly in that condition that it lives on in safety from all infirmities. it still appears as though it were established m its primal youth. the falling sickness.For sometimes* when this Tincture has been prepared by artists. and similar afflictions . noli-metangere. How can your Apollo. dropsy. France. as is most clearly shewn in different histories. Bohemia. Machaon. and consumes all diseases. Sophist. The dose is ver>^ small. came into Medicine and Alchemy. Of this fact Germany. will afford the most ample evidence. Now. In this way transmutation. too. they converted the same to the renovation of men. Italy. CHAPTER VIL Concerning the Renovation of Men. Poland. . by whatsoever name they are called. For its power is so remarkable that it extends the life of the body beyond what is possible to its congenital nature. but its effect is most powerful. etc*. then.

we put. according to their judgment. fourteen gradations. in this place. We will sel down. they named it The Tincture of the Philosophers. and so. by transmutation of graduation » the lesser metals may be brought to the perfection of the greater ones — a perfection which answers any suitable tests. and lastly liquids. To effect this regeneration. and others. and the restoration of youth. That is to say. the new essence itself drives out all that is opposed to it. then. These we arrange in a like order. These we arrange with a triple differentiation. Many others may be found. After this. and are worth writing about. . with some difference.* and those of such a kind that a metal dissolved or digested in them can be promoted to the degree of Sol and transmuted. strong waters. others are oils. WE now purpose to speak concerning gradations. however. so that in a cineritlum. For what can there be in the whole range of medicine greater than such purgation of the body. as is clear from our method of treating them. is the most excellent foundation of a true physician. What avails the ill-founded purgation of the sophists since it removes nothing as it ought ? This. first of all. secondly oils. THE GRADATIONS OF METALa PREFACE. of a mediocre nature. the regeneration of the nature. Into gold. Here ends the Book concerning the Tincture of the Philosophers. Many persons endeavour to transmute the lesser metals into silver. but these we willingly forget. by means whereof all superfluity is radically removed from it and transmuted ? For when the seed is once made sound all else is perfected. Some are strong waters.Philosophers. and have collected those only w^hich arc established by experience. and the rest liquids. in their conjunction. by which all these philosophers have attained long life for resisting diseases. and they have attained this end entirely and most effectually. therefore. and up to this time have been used in secret and kept concealed by true Spagyrists. the powers and virtues of the Tincture of the Philosophers were miraculously discovered.

at the same lime. a quarter of a pound each . which purify and clarify after the method of such waters. ogerta.. It receives its body from Mercur>'. Luna and Venus . Let all be distilled with a very strong lire into strong water. of Antimony.! three-eighths of a pound . Of all products coming fonh out of the three firtt principles. there b none which retains the virtue of Mfcrcury more patently than Antimony. or. and thus you will • The term gmdatioti is uoed by ParaccJ-vus in more than one sense . cacbiroigj taka. Antim^wy ta a mucibge. t Frotn the time of Ba&il Valentine. in Mercury eighty^three pfoperttca or branches. in iron farty-«x grades of bardneaa * in lead eighteen degrees of fluxibility . c. Take of Vitriol. two pounds each . c f* It tran&mtite!* Saturn into Venu««— i>r Aridum. c $. > Again. oneeighth of a pound. understand thai it is derived horn thft pDtt and rough. and thus the remainder of the silver can be obtained. expelled from the prime prlncipleX it retains all the powen and virtues of Mercury. Tract V. —i? ^ EitmuitU A flue. Tract ItL. fimLiium.The First Gradation. and is the mcxt gross nature of Mercury* after it bas been purged out (tltat i*. eic—Df MmHs Mttalikis. Antimony played alnuvt as important a part in the operatiofis of Alchemy as it performed in Medtdne. then put it in digestion for a monthp Afterwards take out the residuum by fulmination. and dissolve therein cemented Luna^ or Part with Part. Alum. It is variouiUy described by Paracelsus. here it b ihe proccs* by i^rKich one «tit>stanc< h developed into another* Care must be taken lo distln^imh between iMs ami the grades of metak. • CAirttr^ia A finery Lik III. find it transmuted. in gold there are said to be twenty-fotir grades . in silver thirty-two grades of sofincss . and Salt Nitre. of Cinnabar. not from the subtle nature of the said Mercury. a pound and a half. that you may ondentand me the better. . of Flos Aeris^ Crocus of Mars. Preface. Thui. of Arsenic. Uut. tweh-e ofmalleation iti copper . Let that which is still in the aquafortis be precipitated and fulminated as above. Sometimes the term h made to include all marcaAttes. and H^ematitis. 32 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. It t» nothinig but Mercury coagulated through the Spirit of Sail and Sulphiu-. --/^i/. etc.

first of all. take two parts of the Caput Mortuum .Care should be taken that the aforesaid simples be prepared and separated. and Sulphur. Again distil it to its ultimate spirit. Mix together the three waters. and Vitriol each one pound. it being one which can be adopted with greater gain and subtlety. of Saltpetre two pounds. The Third Gradation. and of Sulphur half a pound. and add of Salt Nitre. For three of such distillations tinge so powerfully. because any impurity hinders this work of transmutation verj' seriously. by the force of the water. Let these be pounded together. and the water distilled from them . of Vitriol one part. and have remained in digestion until perfect. Distil these from their dregs by strongly driving them into a receiver. there are latent in a composition with these ingredients all the forces of those metals which have in themselves a corporeal matter. each half a pound. Alum. and Antimony. when it has been clarified. for the whole of this water. At length. Let them be pounded together. Arsenic. and of Antimony. Afterwards take two parts of this water. Afterwards pour this on its Caput Moiiuuw^ which has been finely powdered. is to be understood and compounded as follows : — ^Take of Cinnabar. of Verdigris and Crocus of Mars each half a part. Let all these be distilled together into a strong water with a very violent fire. in purgation. just as any other aquafortis. mixed. dissolve half a part with ten parts of flowers of . its powers of operation are incredibly great. as follows : Take of Saltpetre and of Cinnabar each one pound. Afterwards. of Common Alum and Alumen Plumosum each a part and a half. In this second gradation it is worth while to note carefully another process. In very truth. which water preserve. The Second Gradation. in this water. that scarcely any greater or more powerful means of working with strong waters could be found. Do the same with an equal weight of Antimony and Arsenic. The third gradation. In the case of all metals which have been dissolved in it. Distil all again. and distilled to strong water with a very powerful fire. Verdigris. and clarify it. after the manner of Aquafortis. which is reckoned as last among the strong waters. half a part each. Cinnabar.

Let them both be distilled tog^ether over a powerful fire by means of an alembic. To this let there he added the same quantity of Live Sulphur. which do not dissolve after the mode and form of strong waters. The fifth gradation. whereof the oil Is reckoned second in order. and thus accomplish their perfection. in which is latent a wonderful tincture of redness. and this be distilled into an oil. and of sublimated Mercury half a pound. Let us now speak about gradations made with oils. The Fourth Gradation. Put in Luna. is made In the following way . The first gradation of this kind is made with Oil of Antimony. and let it remain in digestion. and the redness will ascend as thick as blood. and let it be digested therein. is made in the manner which follows : — Take of the Oil of the Philosophers one pound. fulminate by means of Saturn. third in order among the oils. The Sixth Gradation. . Let these be formed into a compound. 33 following be the process adopted : —Take of Antimony one pound. The Fifth Gradation. — Take of Live Sulphur* two pounds. separate it in aquafortis. and afterwards rectify to purity and a constant colour. and. lastly. Reduce what remains. Let the The Gradatwns of Metals. The sixth gradation. This tinges and graduates all Luna into Sol^ and brings the latter when pale to the highest degree of permanent colour.brass and crocus of Mars. and of Flax Oil (linseed oil) four pounds. but in digestion. with which mix half a pound respectively of Calcined Alum and of Citrine Colcothan Distil a second time. You will afterwards find more of the residuum transmuted to Sol than you would deem possible to the Art.

Pound • Live Sulphur t» that of which I Dg PrtrpAP^ihtiihtu^ lib. . Put these apart in a glass cucurbite. The SE\TiNTH Gradation. Alum.D 34 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Flos Aeris. Remove the liquids. keeping only the oils. let plates of Luna be digested at the proper time. adding the species as above. Let it be digested in horse-dung for a month» or if longer. let it be putrefied a second time for a month. 1. a quarter of a pound of Vitriol. Take one pound of Honey. and further distilled. Crocus of Mars. Decoct into the form of a hepar and digest for a month . Flos Aens. and add thereto one-eighth of a pound each of the Caput Morhmm from a human cranium. and Alum. Afterwards add one-eighth of a pound each of Sal Ammoniac.. Distil the water from these over a strong fire.and let it be treated just as it was for the compound. Distil whatever will ascend. thendisti! and rectify with water until pure. and half a pound of Sulphur. Afterwards pour it off again from the dregs. nu or pMiiclai wUt cohere without il being iji 4 ili«$Qlv«d or fluid state. When the colours are gone or separated^ keep the red. Vitriol. Lastly. the tenacious and the watei^\ First let us speak concerning the tenacious. Gradations which are produced by liquids are found in two different forms. so much the better* After this let there be added one-eighth of a pound of each of the follow^ing : Salt Nitre. Tract 9. and Cinnabar. and at length reduced by a process of fulmination. and two ounces each of fixed Antimony and fixed Red Arsenic. namely. and rectify it as required. Distil again as before. Crocus of Mars. and in it decoct one-quarter of a pound each of Vitriol and of Alum with an eighth of a pound of lamen. and the Caput Mortuum in powder.

pour it on again. Thb Ninth Gradation. Purify and project into the mixture metallic plates . put into water. Afterwards let the liquid be separated from the dregs. Keep the liquid. Into that liquid put metallic filings. until a thick liquid is produced therefrom. and in the course of its being digested you will find a transmutation. Let this compound also be distilled into a liquid. and afterwards separate the phlcgma. in which dissolve Verdigris. in another part Venus. and thus will be found an excellent transmutation by means of liquid. Now distil the water from the dregs. Let this be subjected to a process of fulmination and quartation. Lastly. and afterwards distil the water from them. By the third liquid the ninth gradation is made in the following manner i Take aquafortis. The Tenth Gradation. Pour this again on its dregs. let the matter be burnt* separated. and affects the very largest amount of metal in proportion to its own quantity. Let all be digested for a month. The Eighth Gradation. then let them remain in moderate digestion until perfect. and let both be kept together in horse dung for the space of a month. Fulminate a second time. Mix these solutions together. and in it let projected metallic plates be digested for a month. in which metallic filings must remain in digestion until the liquid is incorpor^ . and fulminated. Although the liquid may be small in quantity. In one part thereof dissolve Sol. In the following manner the fourth liquid is to be understood : Take the best Aquafortis » and in it dissolve as much Steel as possible. let it be coagulated into a mass» and into one distinct body.these together. and from them will be formed a compound ot one colour. Let these remain in digestion for a month. until an oil is produced from it. distil and pour it over several times. in another part Mars. and let them stand in heat for ten days. ancl once more distil and pour as before. To this add five parts of distilled and prepared Honey. Lastly. nevertheless it graduates most effectually. The gradation by the second liquid is as follows : Take a sufficient quantity of aquafortis.

until the Salts altogether pass over through the alembic into the receiver \ The Gradations of Metals. and distil with an alembic six or nine times. which must be separated and prepared in the usual way. By means of the second aqueous liquid the twelfth gradation is produced in the following manner : Take three pounds of the most highly corrected Vinum Ardens. and Flower of Sulphur. two ounces each of Flowers of Antimony. After this let them be separated in the purest water. 35 placed ready for the purpose. separated by quartification. with two ounces and a half respectively of Sal Ammoniac and of Alum. and let them remain In digestion for four and twenty days. The eleventh gradation is made by the first aqueous liquid according to the formula subjoined : Take four pounds of the most highly purified Saltpetre. Mix these together. Mix all these together. Let these be combined to form a mixture. and distil this six . fulminated by Saturn. Then let both be fulminated together— that Is to say. Afterwards let Luna and the metals be graduated by digestion. The Eleventh Gradation. and A!umen Aochi. Then will be found this transmutation. one pound of the Water of Saltpetre . Add two pounds of Common Salt duly prepared. and repurge this from its phlegma by combustion. Twelfth Gradation. Then take two pounds of this Water . half a pound of the Water of Common Salt .ated. Flos Aens» Flos Martis. the liquid and the metal — by means of Saturn. and fulminated a second time. and three quarters of a pound respectively of Vitriol ^ Alumen Plumosum.

Distil it thirteen times from its dregs. in the Southern Star. Paracelsus the Great NATURE begets a mineral in the bowels of the earth. The best which has been offered to me. and is in the eastern part of the sphere of the Sun. By Philippus Theophrastus Bombast. Afterwards !et them be coagu* lated and fulminated in Saturn. and one ounce respectively of the Flowers of Venus. which also has "been found genuine in experimentation. The other. \\\ this water let metals be digested. Grind and mix all together. are graduated in a wonderful manner. The fourth liquid in this place is the Water of Mercury. The Fourteenth Gradation. The Thirteenth Gradation. so that the colour and substance may be consumed. when they will be fixed and transmuted* as we have said above concerning the others. Afterwards put in Calx Lunae. and place in it two ounces each of Flos Aeris and of Sulphur.times from the Caput Mortimm. which are found in many districts of Europe. Sulphur. digested for a short time. Know^ that in this liquid common Mercur}\ as w^ell as that of metals. Let them be dissolved in horse-dung for a month. By the third aqueous liquid the thirteenth gradation is produced in the following manner : Take one pound of Isteris of Blood. and Antimony. There are two kinds of it. The bowels of the earth thrust this . is now in its first efflorescence. which is made for the fourteenth gradation as follows below : Take one pound of Mercury sublimated twenty times with Sal Ammoniac. and afterwards fulminated. is coagulated according to the conditions of Transmutation. Here ends the Book of Gradations. Metals projected into it. Mars. is externally in the figure of the greater world. This water requires no other labour whatever. THE TREASURE OF TREASURES FOR ALCHEMISTS. and then iet them be resolved into a water.

Spagyric science is able to extract this last from its proper juice when it is not altogether matured. in the bowels of the earth. I assert that in this mineral are found three principles. and in it lie hid all the flowers and colours of the minerals.forth through its surface. as in the beginning of the world Nature proceeds with all growing things. its middle. a whole year would scarcely suffice me. Much has been written about it by the philosophers. and agrees with the element of water. not even the skins of numerous cows would be adequate. for it is of a cold and moist nature. which are Mercury. In the The Treasure of Treasures. in the middle of the autumn. and its end. never even dreaming of making mention meanwhile of a third . though it was unknown to Galen or to Avicenna. in like manner. and when these open the flower appears. just like a pear from a tree. the composition. They believed that Mercury and Sulphur were the mother of all metals. the tree first of all puts forth shoots in the month of March . The tree potentially contains the pear. If the Celestial Stars and Nature agree. So is it with the minerals. and. in order to explain these things. Sulphur. until in autumn the pear grows ripe. its beginning. though they have aimed at it with their missiles. Let the Alchemists who are seeking the Treasure of Treasures carefully note this. and yet when the water is separated from it by Spagyric Art the truth is plainly revealed. then it thrusts out buds. have gone very wide of the mark. and the Mineral Water which has served to naturally coagulate it. all the philosophers before me. we had to describe only the name. These are born. for the sake of our excellent physicians. 37 . But if. So far as relates to the knowledge of it and experiment with it. Now. and coagulation. the dissolution. and so on in due order. I will shew them the way. It is found red in its first coagulation.

At length you will find a volatile salt. which expert artists recognise.following treatise I will describe the proper Water. nitre. t Mix this with the two elements that have been preserved. Distil this in an alembic.^ commence the distillation by means of an alembic with a fire of the first degree. and you will have a white earth. like a thin alkali. which put aside. By means of these three the resolution and composition are coag-ulated Into one. and afterwards the element of fire. and sal ammoniac. This dead earth in the reverberator)^ you will prepare according to the rules of Art. then separate the elements in the following manner. and afterwards add fire of the first degree for fiv^e days and nights. The water and the air will ascend . So the water and the air will again ascend first. from which its colour has been extracted. saltpetre^ alum. When these have elapsed you must apply the second degree for the same number of days and nights. and proceed according to Art with the material enclosed. Concerning the Sulphur of Cinnabar. the water and the earth. Again place it on the ashes for eight days and eight nights. It is what many seek after and few find. and according to the rules of the Spagyric Art. Separate this according to your expenence. Then purify it carefully. containing in itself the Astrum of fire and earth. the fire and the earth will remain at the bottom. The earth will remain in the bottom of the vessel. Then a new earth will be deposited. Take mineral Cinnabar and prepare It in the following manner* Cook it with rain water in a stone vessel for three hours. This collect there. Concerning the Red Lion. Another formula is vitriol. join the element of fire and salt to the alkalised earth. . Pour it on again » and separate carefully the pure from the impure thus» Let it putrefy for a month in horse-dung . If It puts forth its sign. Afterwards join them again. and dissolve it in Aqua Regis» which is composed of equal parts of vitriol. Digest in a pelican to extract the essence. and you will find that which has been neglected by miuiy Artists. the proper Sulphur. and common salt. and gradually treat with the ashes. and the proper Balm thereof.

that is to say..h this operation of the i^uperioir and Inferior Astra. in a cool place. t The earth alw ha» it* Astrum. and in like nuinncr w^irh air and fire. still closely shut. but peculiar to the element. Keep this in its own place. In tlje Astrum of the earth all the celestial operations thrive. enclosed in a retort hermetically sealed. Concerning the Green Lion. . Thus you will have the true aurum poiabile..The Astrum itself is hidden. and repeat this three times. The motion of the earth ia brought about by the Astrum of the earth. • The Sign b nothing else Uutn tlie mark left by an operation.^ Sweeten this with the alcohot of wine poured over it. 38 The Hermetic and Akhemkal Writings of Paracehus. w^hen you see its tincture. Thus it will not be dissolved. -Dt Caducts. . t carefully prepared according to the rules of . by an irresiittble attraction. the air. It* courier tt» order^ ju^t aA muclj as the Firtnament. Without the Astra the elements cannot Aouriah. II. but coag'ulated. So ako there \s> an Aiitrum in the water. Par. Thus will be produced the Tincture of the Sun. . and the earth. the bodies are manifest. Take the vitriol of Venus. Then put the vessel. all things are fecundated. perfect in its degree. Separate it from its deposit by trituration.Afterwards take the lion in the pelican which also is found [at J first. . There arc fotir Astra in man (oorrespotulijiK to those ci the four elcmentsX ^°^ ^^ ts the lesser world. The house consirucled by the architect Ia tbe «ign of hts hatulicrart. . Throug. you must place for elevation that it may be exalted and doubled in its degree. and operates through them. nrherehy hb skill and art arc tleterminecL Thus the dgn is th« achievement ituclf. even as in the earth. . This Oil of the Sun. the element of fire which stands above the water. Place it again for elevation and coagulation.tra of the elements for it^ medium. and led on to their txA. llwt itpper Aitrtim has the As. Consequently.— iV C^iua.^ Exf^iicAti^ Tfitim Ai/wvM^mjW. and then distil in an alembic until you perceive no acidity to remain in the Aqua Regfia. .

Rectify until you find the true. you have VitrioU From this may be prepared the quiiit* CMcncie. PotiibEe Gold. and Venus can by separatton be reduced into Cbalcanthuin. and wtth liquids. Aurum Poi ^ih \^ goXd rendered potable by intermixture wiih other sulbtanccs. where is your treasure? Where are your philosophers ? Where your doctors ? Where are your decocters of woods. The red tincture of the vitriol is so powerful that it reddens all white bodies. This is the Tincture. away * Aurum Fa/tiSt/r. white and red. which is wonderful. Separate. which you will recognise by its great weight. and are they straying in another orbit. When the putrefaction is finished. and whitens all red ones. You will see that it is heavy and large. sufFering no bodies to decay. Resolve^ and set to putrefy for a month according to instructions. The Qdniea^cnce of Gold is the r^ness of gold extracted therefrom and separated from the body of the metal. Oil of Gold is an oil ex> Lrjurted from the preciotisi metal without the addition of anylhing. 11I. Pars. repeating the operation until it comes out whitish. nor allow^ing leprosy. c a. t If copper be pounded and resolved without a corrosive. Ah. or dropsy to take root. namely. Oil of Gold^ and QuLntei»sence of Gold. Happy he who has learnt how to find it and use it for a tincture I This is the true and genuine Balsam. are dktmguUhcd that. that h. and do not despair of the w^ork. IV. clear Green Lion. gout. Go on.—/)/ Mtmi^m Ccntntciis^ Tract IL. w^ho at least purge and relax ? Is your heaven reversed ? Have your stars wandered out of their course. and you w\\\ soon see two colours. Charles the German. such as could be bought by no treasures of the Roman Leo. and you will perceive a blackness issue forth. . transparent gold. you will behold the sign of the elements. and add thereto the elements of water and air which you have reserved. if it has been fermented with Sulphur of Gold.— Ckhufgrn Mttgmi. Treat it again by means of the retort. —JP* j1/<«)M^/# Vtrmium^ Par.Spagyric Art. It is given in a dose of one grain. You w^ill see marvellous signs of this Green Lion. otlt and liquor ihtiTtoL^Dt Afot^tJi TA*tatfu^ Cuprine Vitriol is Vitriol cooked with Copper. J the Balsam of the Heavenly Stars. The red is above the white.» Lib. 6* Chalcanthum is present in Venus. Work upon this tincture by means of a retort.

c. from whence he has sent letters to me. as by a carbuncki and other things makings a show of ornament. in that the one Is conservative of the living. Of her I am born . and pomp? If your artists only knew that their prince Galen —they call none like him— was sticking in hell. they would make the sig-n of the cross upon themselves with a fox's tail. his Quintessence. then. Woe for your necks in the day of judgment ! I know that the monarchy will be mine. and the other of the dead. In the same way your Avicenna sits in the vestibule of the infernal portal . who is himself instructed by Nature. 4. you hypocrites. too. and I have disputed with him about his aurum pi^iabUe^ his Tincture of the Philosophers. and it was first discovered by the Alchemists. impostors who prevail only by the authority of your high positions ! After my death. and is a son of God himself! Come. I have proved the same in the figure of the microcosm. --/^«/. too. and the most invincible magnates of the Christian world. who despise the truths taught you by a true physician. and all the rest. and I know her. and found it in that universe. c. . and Philosophers' Stone. But this kind dilTer^ from what is more commonly called Balsam. his Mithridatic. and shall expose your dirty drugs. beauty. Nothing removes this Balsam but death. O. will be the honour and glory. The confection of Balsam requires special knowledge of cbeinbiry. and ihm in the phyRicaJ body we infer that there is a certain natural and congenital Balsam^ in the absence of which the living and complete man would not be safe from putrefaction. L. and listen.. Ft. Tract IL. Mine. wherewith up to this time you have compassed the death of princes. his Theriac. The Treasure of Treasuresy trom the line of limitation. her I follow* She knows me. Not that i praise myself: Nature praises me. my disciples will burst forth and drag you lo the light. Thus. in corpses which arc anointed with Baliam wc see that corruption is arrested. since your eyes are smitten with blindness. without which putrefaction would immediately supervene.— CAiruriria Magna^ Pt* I L^ Tract IL. outside. j.J There U^ indt'ed» diffused through all thlnifs a Bah^in created by God. The light which is in her 1 have beheld in her.

the Tincture of the Alchemists. and without any delay. too. of the Earth of red Sol two parts . but quickly. For tinctures are also prepared from these : concerning which we now make no mention in this place* becattse we have already dwelt at sufficient length upon them in the book on the Nature of Things and in the Archidoxies. This work. I willingly do this for them. of Sulphur of Sol one part. he who has one to a thousand ounces of the Asirum Soils shall also tinge his own body of SoL If you have the Astrum of Mercur)% in the same manner. It doe* uot »cc«i to be the twvcniJi hook concerning The Nature* of Things^ nor the enduing tract on C*M€**ts. If you have the Astrum of Venus you will. So.But I must proceed with my design in order to satisfy my disciples to the full extent of their wish. now. as Saturn. then. if only skilled in the light of Nature and thoroughly practised in astral matters. you may go on by the Spaygric Art . Mars. 40 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. These facts have all been proved. which enables them to know the nature of every kind of water^ Take. ol this liquid of the minerals which I have described. they finally become adepts in philosophy. and change it into the best metal. Put the^e together into a pelican. the first entity of metals and terrestrial minerals have been made sufficiently clear tor Alchemists to enable them to get the Alchemists* Tincture. Thus you will have the Tincture of the Alchemists. Jupiter. The general qutsktion of lutursJ ikud arlificiA] wcl](hl U dUcu»*ed m the A uritfvt ef tht Fktl*n<>/k*rt. We have not here described its weight : but this is given in the book on Transmutations.. tinge the whole body of Venus. need not be one of nine months . you will tinge the whole body of common Mercury. Luna. in like manner. • ll i* difficull to tdeiitiry U»e lreau*e t© which refercnc* U laade here. four parts by weight . The same must also be understood as to the Astra ot the other planets.* So. Ko detached wrork on TraounuUlUin* b«* come down lo uft. congelate. and dissolve them three times. and the rest.

as lead into copper. but they should always persist and remain together in one cineration. * Know that the Phoenix is the soul of the Iliaster (that is. you can fix this alchemical substance. This book on cements does not state how inferior metals are to be transmuted into others. Here ends the Treasure of the Alchemists. CONCERNING THE TRANSMUTATIONS OF METALS AND OF CEMENTS.. by the balsam of its inward parts. divided in its sphere. in the space of forty days. in the same way also we will fulfil our task with reference to cements. ferment it. where it is nourished by the element of fire. the first chaos of the matter of all things). and. into a sphere and life out of its own heart. V. so that all the cements may be reduced to one mode of fixation and colouring. all the kinds of cements will be comprised.— Liber Azoth^ S.other transmutations.of the Alchemists. and carry the body of the phcenix to the nest of the parent. and quartation. etc. and the young ones dig out its eyes : from whence there emerges a whiteness. coagulate it into a stone. indeed. These two conditions should not be separated.to the recipes and modes of operation.* But it should be noted well that the Sulphur of Cinnabar becomes the Flying Eagle. with which we shall deal singly in serial order according. whose wings fly away without wind. We will make mention of six cements. . under which. By THEOPHRASTUS. The consideration has to be made general in all respects. or iron into copper. putrefy it. just as the properties of true gold are conditioned. according to the property of the cabalists. Praciica Linett Vitte. But this at . exalt it. . It is also the Iliastic soul in vazxi. and produce the Alchemical Phcenix. coloration. . JUST as we have given instructions concerning.

For cements with other recipes cannot perfectly fulfil their operation for transmuting to other metals . but by colouring and tincture. whether from the benignant disposttion of H cavcn or through the rerttlity or their minds. some in flux. others according to the clayey Sol . we see how indefatigalhle was ihcit scaindi after the bc^t method for prcierving and lengthening Ufc But Itelng thcinHelv«s devoid of a perfect instmction in the preparation of medicine*. For there are some bodies which are receptive. by the combined labours of both parties. that is. as being that wherein all cements chiefly lie concealed* and wherein they gain their power of operation. with others this is not necessar)'. but we do not hesitate to publish them.^ — CAimrjIpia Mn^mn. indeed. a^ might have biKn expected. those Tinctures were discovered and improved. and thus. In Hke manner. at the same time. not. was tnarveUoiti^iy propogatct! And iturreased* But that which ihey call the Tincture esccelled all. length aroie a genuine science of pliarmaq^. Fire contains within itself .e the»e in the interests of the physician. there at. which masters all the other metals. The philo»oplieri of old having compounded the Tincture. c. by means of various chemicaJ e}tiperLiTvents devoted to medicine. Sol. by quartation.. and acring thai the floHcr* of the metals were endowed with greater virtue^ than the metals themscK'cs. some in half cement. to tbdr flowers. next began to ihinic of making ute of it for the pur|x»c of Medicitic . some species colour according^ to the red Sol. they did not hesitate lo have recourse to the Alehernists. Tract 111. but in these only there is a complete and rapid work of transmutation into Sol. Some have first of all to be reduced * From all that has coiiw down to us oonoerziing tlve laboitrt and investigations of the old philosopbers. which then. t- 42 The HimuHc and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. who thought it chiefly useful fcKr the transmutation of metaU. the eSicacy of which h lx>rnc witness to by ancient tniuiuscript».least it teaches : how metals may be cemented into the chief metal. Accoirdtngly. gold. toO| diligent attention should be paid to fire. owing to tbe gold-makers. and others which are not so. they attempted to uliH. whereby they transmuted the colours of metals and purged skway their dms^^. In like manner. which manuscripts have been suppressed by the crowd of pseudo-medici .* And notice should be taken what are the bodies which confer their own concordance as though belonging to the same species. ii hati fallen into n certain di^crollt. Vcl.

born with it and impressed upon it. reduce it once more to Luna. the tiles should be taken from a good house . c i. wkat ia Impure it rexiioy«( and tt brings about the nuuiifeslfttion of pure substAnces. and cement it with the same materials and an equal degree of fire. must attend carefully to the method of the process .the whole of Alchemy by its natj%*e power to tinge. which otherwise all flyaway and escape. Among these the first is the Royal Cement.. Indeed. So. yet you must know we make it so for the reason that experience teaches us there is no good in short processes by fire. So. too. we will follow experience as our guide.Vftenvards. which \&^ as it were. that the flowers of brass should be extracted from copper by means of vitriol. in a moderate degree of fire. of each half a pound. Thus : — Take Flower of Brass. and that for many reasons. The instruments. With this powder let plates of Luna be cemented. c. Note. then. for four hours. for the method is even of greater moment than the prescription or recipe. Tract I. . i.— P^ramtrum^ Lib. seeing that the continuance and force of the fire supply the chief fixation for the Royal Cement. IL. Then at length take Regulus.^ Every elaborator of cements. plated and crude from the former process. . as being those wbereby all cements are regulated. too. And although what we here set down is a somewhat lengthy process. must be thoroughly luted and stopped up. too. Paying little heed to the method of the ancients. • Tire lne» everything . etc. having fulminated it again with cinders or ashes. let us proceed to the series of the six cements. such as the melting vessels. repeating the operation four or five times. let them be imbibed with wine and dried. For herein is contained some natural fixation when it is taken thus. and those prescriptions which experience proves to be of DO use we will omit. Antimony. Repeat this process twenty-four times.. Having pounded all these very small and mixed them together. for the roof has the power of fixing the vapours w^hich exist in Luna. L. graduate. Brick Tiles. and fix. it would really be far better If the substances spoken of were left for four days in the same kind of cement. Common Salt. Fire Mparale the fixed rrom the rugttivc — ^/ Motbi* MetalliciSt Lib.

a. Accordingly. Concerning the Second Cement. Wherefore it has to be cemented in order that it may be able to retain its own volatile body. V. Therefore this cement should be considered sufficient for one.What»ocver pertaint to separaiion bclotiEr^ to I be ^ictice of Akhcmy. Unticn he ha^ collected Lhcse substances and has united ihem^ detonation follows. They are all N igromontica who serve Vulcan. The Transmuiaiions of Metals and Cements. \t. . It teairheai how to extract. or in the process of incineration. and with regard to it there are four objects which have to be considered. which other%vise sometimes flies off in the cement. because it is not fixed. coagulate. The first is that Sol is sometimes found in this cement defective in the fourth or middle part. and in which "Kigromancj* is its true name from its earliest origin. and separate ever>' Hubatance in ittt peculiar ve»6cL — Z># Morbh Ta^tartis^ c. but ihc Akhemkt terma it B^mh^fti. There are fooliih people who confound it with (what is now understood as) Kigromancy. 43 Salt corrects and fixes leprous Luna. which l^ the philosophy of Alchemy. asi in magic.^ the AlcheniUt »ccks &aJtpetre lo iiitre^ mercury in dung. or not broug-ht to its degree without its deficiencies^ as we set down in our treatise on Gradations. ^Dt Cfi/ica^ i. but in an akhemiuic lensc and process. but it is the fire that must be specially observed and noticed. aulphur in ftre» m he alkO »eeki th« ftrnuuncntt which is tnvi»ibie Vulcan. To this cement no other metal is applied . These four details should exist and be put into practice together .it from its blackness. yet there is u sense in which it is properly such. cleansing. becauwc lis intilat^ walk about as black ascharcoal burners. WhaUfoever man does the planets do also. of that kind which in heaven is called a ihuiHlerlKjli. For he has the power of producing thunder. or else in aqua fortis. being derived from the word blackness. and after it is fulminated it discloses and exhibits gold. Pnraipns. The cement which vvc wish to put down in the second place is only for Sol.

So far we have set down the two fixations or cementations for Luna and Sol. imperfect colour of So!. of coagulated mercury* one-fourth of a pound . The third is that this white. The fourth concerns the weight in which the Sol is sometimes defective. which ought to be adopted when these metals are to be multiplied. Concerning the Thtrd Cement. having the appearance of Luna^ may be cementedj so that it may retain the colour thence acquired in every specimen. also. fixed and permanent in all cements. in a fusing vessel closely fastened. as the probe may. and so that the colours may remain in the specimens. when it proves its higher quality by its colour. and a higher grade of Sol exists. for many reasons. incinerations. By means of cement gold can be perfected in these four particulars so that afterwards no defect shall be found in it. and it is necessary one should know how to bring it to its perfection of colouring without diminution of its bulk. So you will have the ver}^ best and most abundant cement for rendering Sol free from defects and in its highest degree. When this time has elapsed. For the weight deceives no true artist. Afterwards cement with it gold in ver\^ thin plates or grains. This must be entirely restored to it. and afterwards pour It into a form. Let the preparation of this cement be as follows : — Antimony and Flower of Brass. nor any volatile or unfixed condition.The second object is that a good deal of Sol is found which is defective in colour. without the beat being allowed to decrease. take out the Regulus not acted upon by the crude antimony. . But 44 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. of each half-a-pound . and quartations. let all be mixed together and imbibed with red oil of antimony until the whole is reddened. Let it be liquefied with the addition of copper-green or borax. for many reasons. liquefied by fire for twenty-four hours. so that it is esteemed as somewhat common.

so that it may turn out more fixed and remain on the cineritium. Venus. the loppa (refuse) along with the Regulus. and Jupiter. if besides the above there be taken of Antimony and Salt each one pound . common Salt and Salt of Tartar. have to be cemented. And here mark the difference of the separation by means of the jar. Addition. Quicksilver. The metal enters into the cineritium or the cupella. For where a metal has not been prepared and smeared over for this tincture it is not able to take it. The cement will be more useful. it is fixed for receiving the tincture. or only in a very slight degree. filings of Mars. and Saturn of the same kind burnt in the vessel . Let them be closely shut up and cemented for twelve hours with a most powerful fire. . that all cementings of this kind do not exhibit the Regulus. The following is the method. Having mixed all these together. These should be afterwards treated with Saturn. according to the ordinary method. then the metal will be found fixed upon it.* which is comprised under this cement. or Saturn. When this has been done. but some of them only the loppas. which remains on the surface of the jar. The cement is to be made thus : Antimony. Saltpetre. Take filings of Mars. With regard to this cement it should be remarked that two or three metals can be blended together in one mixture and one body. half a pound each. and Saturn. Let them stand in a fire of liquefaction for twelve hours. one pound . and by a dangerous process. as above. When this time has elapsed. Metal of this kind. Treat them as before mentioned. put them in a dish. This must be noted. placed layer by layer with plates or filings of the metals. which will be better than before. you will cement a second or a third time. the cupella. Venus. and afterwards placed in a colouring cement. too.others. is not among the number of the metals. half a pound each. or the cineritium. one pound . but only among metallic materials and malleable bodies. This third cement is adapted for perfecting the other metals and rendering them fit in themselves for the tincture of the other cements. that is to say. but in the other case it remains on the jar. let all that remains be extracted. which is given it by cementation. which had been originally for the first two hours only a gentle one.

it diflfers in this. or some other metal. that it has not received ductility from the Archeus. by the Spagyric process of addition. c. The following is the prescription for fixing a metal in its own mineral *— Take of the mineral of Mars. — Dt Elemmto Aqiuty Tract III. Transmutation of this kind takes place in minerals and metals before liquefaction. 45 for fixing a metal in a mineral without transmutation . and is opposed to ductility. or may be transmuted into some other metal. the latter for transmuting the metal of Venus into Sol. become a ductile metal. lute them. and let them be kindled in a fire of liquefaction for twenty-four hours. which shews that it is capable of conversion into any metal. to which add two pounds respectively of Antimony and Saltpetre. through the weakness occasioned by its small quantity of salt and sulphur. and losing it by means of liquefaction. well ground. Here it should be noted that metals cannot be better fixed than when they are crude. The fourth cement is that which is composed of minerals containing within them a perfect metal. Then pour them out. one pound . It can. 7. however. as is demonstrated by the philosophy of transmutation. Cover them closely. The former is * Quicksilver is generated from the Mercurial prime principle. The Transmutations of Metals and Cements. Therefore we will here comprise two cements under one.The Fourth Cement. so that the metals may be fixed in their own nature. It must be remembered that there are far more excellent spirits in minerals than in metals themselves. Diminish with some reduction and fulminate with . It is not ductile. They vanish altogether in the process of liquefaction.. as we fully point out in other books. These are they which assist the g-radations and the fixations of minerals when they contain in themselves the tincture and the colours of the matter. Although of all metals it is chiefly assimilated to Mercury. which properties have not yet been destroyed by fire.

The Fifth Cement. as the best metals should. together w^ith their tincture and colouring. add a mixture of metals. since they demand more tincture from the proved metals than that common one does. for no Ttielol tuu greater affinity for Mercuiy than leari {My^esMS. for a transmutation of this kind. and let U cool tomeixrhat. and metals such as Saturn. remove it from the fire. . as of common Mercury. So with other minerals whereof we make no mention here. however. which can be tested in many ways and demonstrated naturally. Prepared common salt. weakened by a solution of Luna to such a degree that it no longer has any corrosive force nor sharpness for dissolving. Let all be liquefied. Vitriol and Alum. For ihe spirits existing crudely in metals take precedence according to their ow^n colours and essences* The following is the prescription for the transmutation of minerals : — Crocus of the flowers of Mars and flow^ers of the Crocus of Venus» each one pound. too. So. it should be understood that both Mercuries. each half a pound. Afterwards let them be liquefied and fulminated in Saturn. Mars. and to recover their corpor. should be first of all coagulated in order that they may be able to resist the cement. Thus you will find metal of the same kind. Of the mineral. MeJt it in a vessel of clay . Into this put either of the Mercuries before spoken of. This fifth cement concerns only volatile bodies. two pounds. The coagulation of Mercury* is as follows :— Take Aquafortis. When this is done there will be found in the vat a transmutation of the cineritium* You can even. It must be remarked that the corporal Mercuries from the metals differ from the common Mercury in their tincture. Jupiter. etc. and cemented for twelve hours. Venus.Saturn. deprived of humidity. the special aptitude existing in them by means of which o\\^ can be more easily transmuted than another. Coagulatiofl U performed thus : Take 3ii. let the water be warmed a little and afterwards stirred to a thick mass.il substance. taking into account. the corporal and the common. with good colour of its own. one pound. of fine lead. Then the Mercury will coagulate and harden into the form of *' Mercury \% coagulated by Lead.

The Sixth Cement. wash until clean. and on the fourth or fifth cement you will find the cinnabar fixed. Let them be placed layer by layer in a crucible . — Borax. Afterwards let them be placed. This having been done. of each two ounces. So you will have the transmutation of Mercur\^ as we said above. Let these be liquefied into one body. in a fusing vessel. and imbibed several times in urine. Crocus of Mars. Then add the following : Calcined Common Salt. Bolus. each six ounces . of each half a dram. two drams and a half. V[ L 46 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Flowers of Brass. of the above-mentioned body. afterwards let them be slowly heated for the first six hours. so that it shall still be one body. and then cement it with the following . it can still be transmuted with the following cement : — Cinnabar and Borax. Cement for four hours. and keep in a state of fluxion. with the junctions closed and luted.When it approftchct congdiitioD. Crocus of the Flower of Brass. gently for one hour. metal. In this way you can proceed to transmutation with other volatile bodies. Take it out of the water . But when it has been cemented otherwise than in the way now described. pour into it the ^aoie quantity of living VLvKxarf^—ArchtdojfU Magkw^ Lib. Sal ammoniac. each two ounces. Let them he well pounded. two ounces. each two ounces. Y^ou will cement by observing" the degrees of fire. H^ematitis and Botus Armeni. and receives it sooner than by . layer by layer. one dram. and then with a stronger heat for the next hour. calcined Vitriol and calcined Alum. Then put it in Saturn and fulminate. It now remains to be said in what way Part with Part comes to be cemented so that it receives more of the tincture. You will then have its transmutation as aforesaid. again sublimate as above by the aforesaid process. and at last for twxlve hours subjected to the most violent heat. mixed. which sublimate after the method of Cinnabar. and Flower of the Crocus of Mars. which reduce and fulminate by Saturn. and for the next six treated with a greater fire.

and made into plates in equal weight. Calamine. because Sol is fixed and graduated by the cement. too. and at length use it for the aforesaid strat^cation. . A The Aurora of the Philosophers. prepared. Bloodstone. afterwards liquefied at the same time. a fourth time for twenty-four hours. Common Salt. and afterwards imbibed with urine. Although many other prescriptions for similar cementations are in vogue. you have selected other metals. In this way you have transmutation. that they may be able to mix and be brought to a state of transmutation* The Transmutations of Metals and Cements. In these few words we would conclude our book on cements. that these should be cemented and both raised to the highest degree. Let them be placed at the fire six hours to liquefy : then renew and liquefy for another six hours. with the following powder : Cinnabar. two ounces each. Alum. half a dram each . Lastly. Vitriol. such as Venus or Mars. we exclude them from our own enumeration. Here ends the Transmutations of Metals and Cements. Flower of Brass. Sulphur. Sal Ammoniac. add more of the powder and more heat. subtilised. After having been well ground and mixed into one body. Do the same a third time for twelve hours . believing that we have treated these matters with sufficent clearness. It should be understood. then stratified in a crucible closely shut. liquefy by a fulmen of Saturn. and re-purified . putting down in this place only those which have been by experiment proved more useful. 47 Conclusion.other like operations of the Artists. If. let them be exposed to a gentle fire. and Crocus of Mars. however.

The Egyptians. and they became so fruitful and successful therein that all the neighbouring countries admired them. to be learnt by their chief nobles and priests. especially in the knowledge of leprosy. Moses and the Prophets. and in constant use by. the sheep with various colours . This is clear from the customarj' name of their kings . and walked in His statutes with great firmness. Such were those Wise Men and Persian Magi who came from the East to seek out the Lord Jesus. pre-eminent in reality as well as in name. because . was instructed in the Eg}*ptian schools. but became. was it with Daniel. Witness his divine predictions and his exposition of those words.* This gift is granted by the Lord God to those priests who walk in the Divine precepts. Ft was a custom among the Persians never to admit any one as king unless he were a Wise Man. So it was in the time of Moses. They abode in His laws. and are called natural priests. Hebrews. For this reason Hermes was so truly named Trismegistus. Thus. learn to know God rightly. so that he excelled in all the wisdom and learning of that people.49 patriarch Jacob painted. too. who in his youthful days imbibed the learning of the Chaldeans. so that he became a cabalist. It is also evident in the Book of Samuel. for they were called Wise Men. Mene. likewise. they held these arts to be the highest philosophy. ** Mene. whereof we shall treat more at large in the Book of Supercelestial Things. Persians. when both the priests and also the physicians were chosen from among £he Magi — the priests for the judgment of what related to health. desired that their priests should learn the same wisdom . that the Be relists did not follow the devil's part. and this was done by magic : for in the theolog>^ of the Chaldeans. at the cost and care of Pharaoh^s daughter. and Egfpytians. The Prophet Elias foretold many things by his cabalistic numbers. by this natural and mystical Art. as it were. partakers of visions and veritable apparitions. Moses. having obtained this magic and philosophy from the Chaldeans and Persians. Tecelphares/' These words can be understood by the prophetic and cabalistic Art. This cabalistic Art was perfectly familiar to. also. by Divine permission. So did the Wise Men of old.

and Pythagoras was also acquainted with it. Anaxagoras. a prophet. Egyptians. the theological study of the law of Moses did not satisfy them^ they trusted to their own peculiar genius. Wherein is Declared that the Greeks drew a large part OF THEIR Learning from the Egvptians . however. a priest. and thence spread into Egypt. When a son of Noah possessed the third part of the world after the Flood. some of them who were wiser than the rest betook themselves to the Chaldeans and • Koworiepn reference is iiiad€ i r oorretpondmg to this title is ex^taai i •Cil9»ed in tbe Pkiia$tfkia Sii^tuf. so that they might draw the same wisdom from their schools. It was the custom of the Egyptians to put forward the traditions of that surpassing wisdom only in enigmatical figures and abstruse histories and terms* This was afterwards followed by Homer with marvellous poetical skill . Such another was Zoroaster. Tbe subjects to whtdi E 50 The Herfnetic and Alchemical Wriitngs of Paracelsus. and fell away from the right foundation of those natural secrets and arts. the wrUSngs c/ Paracelsus. Since. a magician. and a sophist of natural things. this Art broke into Chaldsea and Persia. and how IT CAME FROM THEM TO US. and . Democritus. Thales of Miletus. CHAPTER H. The Art having been found out by the superstitious and idolatrous Greeks. Hippocrates. and from their errors respecting the doctrine of Moses.he was a king. This is evident from their fabulous conceptions. seeing that he comprised in his writings many things out ot the law of Moses and the Old Testament* In like manner.

hAxlft the Magtis of . The Chaldeans. and the theology of the Egy^ptians. and other nations. It originates from divifie virtue. There i&. being educated herewith. there b the Afaguai of Fatth» ihal vs^ one whose faith make^ him whole. These in their turn. Though there were many schools and learned men in Arabia. There h that magic which Moses ptractisedi and ihere is the tnaleficenl magic of the sorcerers. they became more arrogant still than they were before by Nature. and then they attempted to elaborate a certain kind of philosophy \\hich descended from them to the Latins. because of the sacrifice. Plato. What was Taught tn the Schools of the Egyptians. there is the Celestial Ma£\ii . such as Albumazar. different kirid& of Magi So al-^ there is what k called the Magic of Nature . so that the young might be instructed . because their pride pre\xnted this. and among the Greeks. There are. and this system flourishes with the Germans. Podalirius. Geber. Rhasis. were both of them taught in the schools of old. Pythagoras. For this reason Pythagoras could not be • Before all things it is necessary lo have a right under»tanding of the nature of Celesiial Magk. still there were diff"e rent opinions amongst them as to the wisdom of the Egy^ptian on points wherein they themselves differed. Many academies were founded for the propagation of their dogmas and rules. Africa. and by these the philosophy was spread over Europe. and the Egyptians. called their wisdom priestcraft. The Chaldeans and Persians called their doctrine Sophia and Magic* . but mixed with subtle fictions or falsehoods . and Rhodianus . CHAPTER III. Abenxagel.others. The magic of the Persians. Even when they had got some insight from the Chaldeans and Egyptians. Machaon. Democritus. right down to the present day. Arithmetic. and whereupon they disagreed with it. Persians. or Medicine. and without any diffidence propounded the subject substantially indeed. then. adorned it with their own doctrines. and Avicenna among the Arabians . since they would not admit disciples belonging to other nations than their own. And yet none of them were practised in the true Astrology. Geometry. Aristotle. and Greece. Anaxagoras. did not scruple to fix their minds on the same subject. and Eg>'ptians had all of them the same knowledge of the secrets of Nature^ and also the same religion* It was only the names that differed.

But Moses. and that Anaxagoras had received a great many as well. utterly distinct and separate from other true arts and sciences. The Aurora of the Philosophers. 51 called a wise man. CHAPTER IV. because the Egyptian priestcraft and wisdom were not perpectly taught. they assumed the name of philosophy : yet they gathered no more than a few gleams like shadows from the magic of the Persians and the Egyptians. seems to trace out the way to God for men» to shew them how they may act with Him. Many persons have endeavoured to investigate and make use of the secret magic of these wise men . is an art and faculty whereby the elementary bodies. following Pythagoras. divine sophists and cabalists. But the cabala. Many even ot our own age exalt Trithemius. Adam. but it has not yet been accomplished. for the cabala is full of divine mysteries ^ even as Magic is full of . What Magi the Chaldeans. were true Magi. c.r. by a subtle understanding of the Scriptures. and Egyptians were. 6. which he left behind him after his death. Persians. virtues. and prophesy from Him . although he received therefrom many mysteries and arcana. Magic. and therefore we shall leave this philosophical w^isdom of the Greeks as being a mere speculation. and the wise men that came from the East to Chnst. Even they w*ould not be called wise men or Magi . and hidden operations are comprehended. Solomon.Perdition. lib. their fruits^ properties. Abraham. others Bacon and Agrippa. Yet he differed in many respects from the Egyptians. for magic and the cabala* — tw^o things apparently quite distinct — not knowing why they do so. indeed. Of this art and wisdom the Greeks knew very little or nothing at all . but. Is clear from his discussions on the subject of Sol and its Stone. IL.— /*A»Vwtf/*i*i J«/n.

. oil led Gahanala. Tbedre was also an artificial Gamaheus invented and prepared by the Magi. by both of whom it was corrupted. namely. Dut the name was chiefly given to certain »toncs on which various and wonderful images and figures of meii and animak have been found oaturally depicted. Astronomic Magic. for what they \xQ.natural secrets. which otherwise I caJl cabal Utic. c* 7./^iV/. whereby the heavenly virtues acted upon inferior bodies. and afterwards caballio. for a man to project his influence into theste stoineK and Ktme other substances. was formerly called by the M. It li a »pecica. but the result of the providence and counsel of God*--/?r tmnginihks. magically.r^ originally designed. and it pavW suUsequetitiy to the ChaldKaat and Hebrews. or the marriag'e of the celestial powers and properties with elementary bodieSi Hence ensued the excellent commixtures of all bodies. It wu also. of celestial as well as terrestrial bodies : what is latent within them . by one whome knowledgie of the subject was profound* It was of an unknown Ethnic origin.k. This art. since its operation consists in knowing the inner constitution of all creatures. as may sometimes be seen in their operation even with the bodily eyes. likewise vegetables» minerals^ and animals. 13. being no work of man. £2 52 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Such a conjunction of celestial influences. etc. of nuijg. These and the like subjects are the bonds wherewith things celestial are bound up with things of the earth. But they aI*o have their own inherent virtue^ which is indicated by the shape and the special nature of the imprc$sjoci«. and w^ith what properties they are endowed. and this teems to have been more powerfiii^/V Cartim^ Angtlice. formerly ca^llcd cabalistic.. of the sun and planets.— t The object which received the influence and exhibited the sign thereof appears to have been termed Gamftheu^ Gamahey. It teaches of and foretells from the nature of things to come as ivell as of things present. but fatsely. c. . celestial and terrestrial. c. -D* Pt$tilit*tU^ Tract I.igi a Gamahea^t • Learn. It i* possible. 13. what are their occult virtues . ivas in the bcginnifig named caballa. ihtrefore. 7 and c.— /<**rf.

endowed with many arcana and demonstrated by things which are known. which substance they affirm may. Paul testifies to the Romans. Herein is comprised all the occult wisdom of things which God has made plainly manifest to men. Magic. attain to so high a degree of subtlety. Nothing in the nature of things can be assigned or produced that lacks this magister\^ of the Divine Ternary. The Magi In their wisdom asserted that all creatures might be brought to one unified substance. This covenant of the Divine Ternary. also. had its origin in the Divine Ternary and arose from the Trinity of God. as St.The devil attempted with his %vhole force and endeavour to darken this light . This shall be made more clear in another place. such divine nature and . When the Quaternary rests in the Ternarj% then arises the Light of the World on the horizon of eternity. and by the assistance of God gives us the whole bond. Then when the Quaternary and the Ternar}' mount to the Denary is accomplished their retrogression or reduction to unity. we have the secrets of all Nature from the four elements. For God marked all His creatures with this Ternary and engraved its hieroglyph on them with His own finger. signs. both by His word and by the creatures of His hands. The creature teaches us to understand and see the Creator Himself. Concerning the Chief and Supreme Essence of Things. so that they may have a true knowledge of them. introduced among that people human speculations and simple blasphemies against God and against His Son. or that does not even ocularly prove it. is indissoluble. produces a perfect Septenary'. in place thereof. characters. For the Ternary. and. for he deprived all Greece of it. and to their use. with the magical Quaternary. so that there is left in them scarcely the smallest occult point which is not made clear on examination. Here also it refers to the virtues and operations of all creatures. diffused throughout the whole substance of things. it is true. CHAPTER V. and figures. By this. by purifications and purgations. nor was he wholly frustrated in his hopes. since they are stamped and marked with their arcana.

by many industrious and prolonged preparations. they did not call this a supercelestial arcanum according to the institution of the Magi I but the arcanum of the Philosophers* Stone according to the counsel and judgment of Pythagoras* Whoever obtained this Stone overshadowed it with various enigmatical figures. When these were obtained and partially understood they saw with their own eyes. and by a supreme magical separation. attained to secret and abstruse mysteries. .* including in itself the • Man was regarded by Paracelstu as btauelf in a speciAl manner the true Quintessence After G«l had created all the elenienu^ stat^. Concerning the Different Errors as to its Discovery and Knowledge. many wonderful and strange effects. For they considered that by returning to the earth. The Arabs and Greeks. But since the supercelestial operations lay more deeply hidden than their capacity could penetrate. and fictitious titles. deceptive resemblances. to the forming of pian» He extracted the essence out of the four elements into ooie moss . exalted and raised up above the range of vegetable substances into mineral. comparisons. He extincted also the The Aurora of the Philosophers. and above perfect metallic substances into a perpetual and divine Quintessence. above mineral into metallic.occult property^ as to work wonderful results. 53 essence of all celestial and terrestrial creatures. in the course of experimenting. by the occult characters and hieroglyphic descriptions of the Persians and the Egyptians. CHAPTER VI. and every other created thingf and had disposed tbciu according to His will. Ver>* little or no knowledge of it therefore can be had from them. He proceeded^ lastly. a certain perfect substance would come forth. which js at length. so that its matter might remain occult.

The ina&» wa« exlractvd. but the abstruse mind of the philosophers had another intention. These. * All created things proceed from the coagulated. w^ith which a good many have sought to coagulate Mercury. Raymond Lully's **Lunaria" may be cited. says in his " Rosary " that the greatest difficulty is to find out the material of this Stone . The Quintessence is the nucleus and the place of the es^encet and properties of atl things in the universal world. What was extracted from the four After this maimer con&tituletl a fiflli. and G?om tliese He focroed num acconiing to His ima^e. for they have called it vegetable. they called their matter by the name of Martagon. it denotes nothing more than a hidden similitude. animal. notwithstanding that name. and aAcr coagulation intiat go oo to resoluttoa* From resolution . no small error has arisen in the liquid of vegetables. Lib. which is well known to such wise men as have had experience of divine secrets and the miracles of this same Stone. Now. light of Kaiure. Moreover. or that any such preparations should be made . but it was not the intention of those philosophers that you should think they meant thereby any projection upon metals. — /'^V^^^/Am S«£ttx. fat. and tliiaeii> the ftmiament aiid the elements were condciucd. L. grounded on mere similitudes. since they supposed that he who in this way could coagulate it without the aid of metals would succeed in becoming the chief master. although the liquids of some vegetables do effect this^ yet the result is due merely to the resin. and earthy sulphur with which they abound. In like manner. From that mas* two bodies were made— the sidereal and the elementary. all esietice of the superior and inferior globe. and mineral* but not according to the literal sense. For example. when. This attracts to itself the moisture esAcnce of wiidom. are called the ^mntnm tsw. to which they applied an occult alchemical 'operation . all property. All these had God joined in His hand. c. accckrding lo iht.The philosophers have prefixed most occult names to this matter of the Stone. art^ and reason out of ihc »ta». 9. This gives flowers of admirable virtues familiar to the philosophers themselves .* and afterwards to convert it with fixatory waters into Luna. Ail nature came into the hand of God -all potency. Atul tbu twofold essence He congested into one ma&s : which cnaikA Scripture csdU the sUme of the earth. Arnold » observing this.

wherefrom they might make a coagulating and transmuting tincture. on account of the intense heat which exists therein j and they have called that liquid ** Lac Virginis ** j yet this Is a false basis. so that it might coagulate into a hard mass. . keeping them In ashes. boiled it to thickness. take the juices of persicaria. which. being afterwards pounded into a fine black powder. so that the Sal Ammoniac allow^ed an entrance of Ihe tincture into the substance of the Mercury. from which they sought for a soul or quintessence. others the Colcothar of Vitriol. 111. bufonaria. Hence people conceived a vain idea. it is true. cataputia. but without any advantage resulting. of the Mcrcui*y which rises with the substance in th*2 process of coagulation.proceed all procreated i\x\ns^—Dt Tariurv (fragiDenl). the leaves of willow. 1 am w^ell assured that no thick and external Sulphur in vegetables Is adapted for a perfect projection in Alchemyi as some have found out to their cost. But hence arose nothing save a foolish error. and the like. flammula. CHAPTER Vn. coagulated Mercur>^ with the while and milky juice of tittinal. supposing that they would thus arrive at their desired result. CONCERXmc THE ERRORS OF THOSE WHO SEEK THE StONE IN VEGETABLES* Some alchemists have pressed a juice out of celandine. tithymal. dracunculus.. The same may be asserted concerning the juice of celandine. and shut them up in a glass vessel with Mercury for some days. Yet again nothing was accomplished. There are some again who. They brought it by their solutions into a yellow water. although it coli^-urs just as though it were endowed with gold. Tract j. and put it in the sun. instead of the abovementioned substances. At a certain fixed time they rooted up this vegetable. Others mixed Sal Ammoniac with this powder . Certain persons have. should turn Mercury by projection into SoL This they also found to be in vain. 54 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Alt bodies of minerals are coagulated by iolu—Di j^ttSmrafiittj Aquis^ Lib.

They ha%'e also.Thus It comes about that the Mercury is turned into ashes» but deceptively and without any result. have extracted salts. too. too. as we have said before. because their stone contains within itself a body. and spirit. soul. Many. as if it w^ere a thicket of branches and sprouts. and that in it these lie hidden. They say. by a name based only on resemblances. On this account they called their matter vegetable » because. because a certain matter rises out of the philosophical earth. who give it out that he who is able to coagulate Mercury without metals has the entire Magistery. also. oils* and sulphurs no coagulation of Mercur\'. they also in their time produce various flowers. therefore. can be made. But when the philosophers compare their matter to a certain golden tree of seven boughs. though not as to its matter. 55 hinged upon natural v^egfetables. The comparison. So. as vegetables do. So. that the fruit of their tree tends towards heaven. Sometimes. . called this matter Lac Virginis^ and the Blessed Blood of Rosy Colour. Hence the sophists* gathered that this philosophical matter was in the blood of animals or of man. These people wxre misled by the vain rumours of the vulgar. CHAPTER VIIL Concerning those who have sought the Stone in Animals. Out of such salts. and sulphurs artificially out of vegetables. the matter of the Stone shews most beautiful colours in the production of its flowers. too. like a sponge growing on the earth. as In the case of natural trees. is apt. which. suits only the prophets and sons of God. then. they mean that such matter includes all the seven metals in its sperm. but quite In vain. oils. they put forth that the whole thing The Aurora of the Philosophers. or perfect projectlonj or tincture. nevertheless.

they would tinge their metals. Others. and purified in a Balneum Maris until the white matter became as red as blood. and sought to tinge with it. utterly useless for the purpose they had in view. have chosen it for their matter. others in hens* ^%^s^ in milk. again. mixing with it common salt. but they were deceived. again. so that ihey may devour on^ another until only one of them survives. Others have attempted to transmute tiitia by the addition of dragon's blood and other substances. supposing that to be the matter of the Stone. Others have purified the white and yolk of eggs. as they call it. Finally. and make them mad with hunger. and distilled this into a liquid^ with which they moistened the cementary powders. in rebis . from which has been generated a basilisk. This. again. Others.'' and thence came— just nothing. Others. Others have macerated the membranes of eggs in a sharp lixivium. They suppose that this animal. take twenty lizard-like animals. as they learnt from the treatise of Cardinal Gilbert. they burn this animal into a red pow^der. upon melting them. in salt of urine. with which they also mixed calcined ^^^ shells as white as snow. have considered the little stones found in rebis to be the matter. Some persons. which they thought must be gold . mixed with common salt. sal ammoniac. but there is no other reason for it than this : Those fish sometimes in rivers . will bring about the desired transmutation. have macerated the galls of oxen. by means of this Magistery. and also to change copper and electrum into gold. have sometimes. shut them up in a vessel. This they called by the name of **a part with a part. found some gold in them . To these they have attributed the arcanum of fixation for the transmutation of Mercurj'. simply by the digestion of his stomach. This one is then fed with filings of copper or of electrum. and burnt tartar* These they shut up in a glass vessel. Some have extracted salt out oi foetid urine. with all of which they thought they would be able to fix Mercury. having burned the fishes called truitas (? trouts). again. Many. they distilled into a most ofTenstve liquid. more or less. and in the calx of ^^^ shells. This they burnt to a deep red powder. according to the Venetian Art.because they are nourished by vegetables. supposing that. others have sought it in hairs. comparing the white of the ^^^ to silver and the yolk to gold.

which they eat. however. and thence they termed it animal. by means of which he should redeem the world from sin In the same way. Stilly it is evident that the philosophers called their Stone animal. It is likewise composed of body» spirit^ and souL For the same reason they called it their microcosm. On these grounds. because in its blood a soul lies hid.fold. namely. and then chiefly in the courts of princes* The matter of the philosophers is not to be sought in animals : this I announce to all. Hence it comes to pass that this Stone is called animal. in the last times. and streams meet with certain small scales and sparks of gold. tbjLt if il be poured slowly on Iron h produces in the ^nt pkoe * white* oess thcTCoat and then generates nut. and . In Lib.. because in their final operations the virtue of this most excellent fier^' myster}' caused an obscure liquid to exude drop by drop from the matter in their vessels. by whom the redemption of the world should be brought about . tl. Tract U. there should come a most pure man upon the earth. because it has the likeness of all things in the world. animal. vegetable.* So acute is the potency of calcined blood. as Plato named the great world an anima!/* CHAPTER IX. that such deceivers are found. and to be hidden in a triple genus. Hence they predicted that. Hereto are added the many ignorant men who suppose the stone to be three. It is seldom.—^r4<r/rVt in Libr&s eU Turtaro. therefore. 56 The Hef-^nelic and Alchemical Wriiings of Paracelsus. after its own kind^ the blood of their Stone freed the leprous metals from their infirmities and contagion. Concerning this mysterj^ Mercurius speaks as follows to King Caltd :— **This mystery it is permitted only to the prophets of God to know. and that this man should send forth bloody drops of a red colour. they supposed they were justified in saying that their Stone was animal. Concerning those who have sought the Stoke in Minerals.

magnesias. by means of prepared minerals. both in the tripod. in the reverberatory furnace. conjunctions. into sulphurs. then. Wherefore all the preparations of the stone. ammoniacs. and from imperfection to perfection. animal. tutias. etc. 57 together with other sophistical preparations of minerals. but from one essence to another. reached some perfection. although Nature has. salts. Truly. cementations. alums. Albertus Magnus. ascensions. Now. . All these erroneous ways should be avoided. and mineral. the accidioneum. as. in the melting furnace. solutions. boraxes. talc. nitres. orpiments. antimony. realgars. The Aurora of the Philosopfurs. and the like. Now.mineral* Hence it is that they have sought for it in minerals. mercurial waters. cinnabar. calcinations. coagulations. not only from one colour to another. yet philosophers will not have it that the matter of the philosophic stone proceeds out of any of the minerals. vltriois. although they say that their stone is universal. They afhrm that their stone is uniformly vegetable. aquafortis. and incinerations are utterly profitless. as of Geber. In all these Nature has not yet attained to our matter j although in some of the species named it displays itself in a wonderful aspect for the transmutation of imperfect metals that are to be brought to perfection. and the rest. here note that Nature has distributed its mineral sperm into various kinds. the sophists take occasion to persecute Mercury himself with various torments. in the athanor. circulations. Hence. cachymia. long experience and practice with fire shew many and various permutations in the matter of minerals. arsenics. and the purgations and fixations of spirits and metals. atrament^. coagulations. as with sublimations. marcasites. for instance. putrefactions. are sophisticaL Their purgations. this is far from the opinion of the philosophers. And. in dung. sublimations dislillationsj rectificaiion-s. haematites.

Some others have endeavoured to fix Mercury with the sulphurs of minerals and metals. so that it might be resolved into a white water. retort. romances in his treatise on the White and Red Philosophic Stone. phial. that it might be coagulated by water. In this way they attempt to bring imperfect metals to perfection : but they have been obliged to relinquish their vain endeavour* Some have purged vitriol seven times by calcination. to which they have added a third part of quicksilver. alum. Others have coagulated Mercury by water of alum into a hard mass like alum itself . for the white and the redt as by vitriol. This stone they affirmed.. saltpetre. and by such fixations. so that it became a stone. sand. by means of solutions and coagulations. or salts made by a sepulchre. Taken altogether. Then afterwards they have sublimated the Mercury several times from the vitriol and sal ammoniac. etc. but when brought to the test it has shewn itself to be false. concerning all which subjects that sophist. John de Rupescissa.ashes. with his preparations of salts of urine. crocuses. but in projection it has <dl come to nothing. these are merely deceitful dreams* Avoid also the particular sophistry of Geber . all which things are untrustworthy. but have been greatly deceived* It is true 1 have seen Mercury by this Art. being conceived of the vitriol. brought into a metallic body resembling and counterfeiting good silver in all respects . CHAPTER X* Concerning those who have sought the Stone and also Particulars IN Minerals* Some sophists have tried to squeeze out a fixed oil from Mercury seven times sublimed and as often dissolved by means of aquafortis. for example. his sevenfold sublimations or mortifications. with the addition of two parts of sal ammoniac. made some progress in attaining the stone . to be the Red Sulphur of the philosophers. fixatory. solution. and this they have fruitlessly fixed . with w^hich they have. and also in the cucurbtte^ the pelican. and the rest* The same opinion must be passed on the sublimation of Mercury by mineral spirits. or what not. and by sublimation. and also the revivifications of Mercury. and coagulation.

and that by it the copper is deceitfully whitened. Truly in this respect all the philosophers have slept. then. for a day and a night. This. have gone further and dealt with common sulphur. being so yellow. and sold it to the goldsmiths and mint-masters. Whoever. Then afterw-ards they sublimated it . and this has turned out false art . So. Some have taken arsenic several limes sublimated. and frequently dissolved with oil of tartar and coagidatcd. they have boiled in vinegar. or sharpest wines. and to bring it to perfection will be very difficult. then. lixivium. and knows well its tlngeing spirit. for therein nothing perfect or constant can be had. again. Now the sophists have mixed this counterfeit Venus with twice its weight of Luna. but not changed. nay. however. which.with fixatory^ waters. for arsenic cannot be fixed* unless the operator be an Artist. cannot have any hopes of fixing it. more lively. and by it to turn copper into silver. because. until it became white. since by all of them he is stirred up to greater malice. but to no purpose. So. therefore^ is ignorant as to this spirit. is merely a sophistical w^hitening. The sophists propose to thtjmselves very man}^ ways of fixing Mercury. the philosophers' matter is not to be sought from thence. It is therefore in vain to add minerals thereto by sophistical processes. and rather brought to greater impurity than to any kind of perfection. Mercuiy is somewhat imperfect . is rendered 58 The Hermetic and Akhemkal Writings of Paracelsus. Some. or of giving it that power which would make it capable of the virtue of transmutation. This they have pretended to fix. impossible for any sophist. how^ever it is prepared. vainly attempting to accomplish anything thereby. until at last they have transmuted themselves into false coiners — not only those who sold. There is nothing therein that can be stirred up or compelled to perfection. but those who bought it* Some sophists instead of white arsenic take red. it proves to be nothing but whiteness. I give notice to all that the whitening of which I have just now spoken is grounded on a false basis.

59 would require a special treatise. so also there is much variety in the preparation of them. because each * One recipe rcrr the ftxAtion arar&cnic h. give something of an appearance. after which it is converted by itself into an oiL — Ckirmrgia A/i»^ Lib. tn a damp place it will ai^unic the con&Lsitency of a fatty iuid. This they propose to fix with the oil of sulphur by cementation and fixation. with this they have endeavoured to fix Mercury and to turn It into gold . Beware also iy{ sophisticated oils of vitriol and antimony. IL The Aurora of the Philosophers. but still falls short of the desired object. C 9. comes the most excellent and beautiful cinnabar that I have ever seen. From this^ however. . They then pour it into a marble mortar. I shall not make further mention of these in this place. and make it into the form of a hepar. set upcm coals. yet. set it npart to settle. repeating the process several times . It does. Likewise be on your guard against the oils of tlie metals. A^ain : The lixation of onienk Ia performed by &a]t of urine. as follows r-Take equal parts orar&cnic aiiid nitre. — ZV Na/mfaliims Js'e&ut. and the smbstAflcci shall have settled to the bottom of the vctsel like fat melting in a fr>^ing-pan .from common salt and the calx of eggs. As there is an infinite number of metals. though white. »o that tbey may begin to boil and to evaporate* Continue till ebullition and e\'%poration cease. indeed. it has been always combustible. which they have first distilled into a citrine oil with a gentle fire. Place these in a tigilium. Nevertheless. Subsequently pour the compound upon marble^ and it will aoquire a gold colour. then. but in vain. Others have reduced common sulphur to the form of a hepar^ boiling it in vinegar with the addition of linseed oili or laterine oil. But they have found to their loss that they could not do anything in the way of transmuting Luna to Sol as they supposed they would be able. for the space of an hour and a half (the longer the better). or olive oil. still.

perfect or imperfect, as Sol or Luna ; because although the operation of
is most potent in the nature of things, yet the true process is known,
even at
this day^ to very few persons. Abstain also from the sophistical
of common mercur\\ arsenic, sulphur, and the like, by sublimation,
fixation by vinegar, saltpetre, tartar, vitriol, sal ammoniac, according
to the
formuUis prescribed in the books of the sophists. Likewise avoid the
sophisticated tinctures taken from marcasltes and crocus of Mars, and
also of
that sophistication called by the name oi ** a part with a part/' and of
Luna and similar trifles. Although they have some superficial appearance
truth, as the fixation of Luna by httle labour and industrj, still the
progress of
the preparation is worthless and weak. Being therefore moved with
towards the well meaning operators in this art, I have determined to lay
the wliole foundation of philosophy in three separate arcana, namely, in
explained by arsenic, in a second by vitriol, and in a third by antimony
; by
means of which I will teach the true projection upon Mercury and upon
imperfect metals.
Concerning the trlte and perfect special ARCANLm of Arsenic
Some persons have wTitten that arsenic is compounded of Mercury and
Sulphur, others of earth and water ; but most writers say that it is of
nature oi Sulphur. But, however that may be, its nature is such that it
transmutes red copper into white. It may also be brought to such a perfect
of preparation as to be able to tinge. But this is not done in the way
out by such evil sophists as Gcber in **The Sum of Perfection,^'
Magnus, Aristotle the chemist in ** The Book of the Perfect Magistery/'
and Polydorus ; for those writers, however many they be, are either
in error, or else they write falsely out of sheer envy, and put forth
whilst not ignorant of the truth. Arsenic contains within itself three
spirits. The first is volatile^ combustible, corrosive, and penetrating
all metals.

This spirit whitens Venus and alter some days renders it spongy. But
artifice relates only to those who practise the caustic art. The second
is crystalline and sweet. The third is a tingeing spirit separated from
others before mentioned. True philosophers seek for these three natural
properties in arsenic with a view to the perfect projection of the wise
But those barbers who practise surgery seek after that sweet and
nature separated from the tingeing spirit for use in the cure of wounds,

* Concerning the kinds of arsenii:, it )& to be noted that there are
thosrc which flow forth from their proper mineral
Of meul, AtuI :u-e called native smenlcs Next there tat. OLrsenics out
of metals after their kind. Then there are thotte
made by Art through traniMnutation. White or crystallLne arsenic i* the
best for medicine. Yellow and rctl ar»enic are
utUiMMl by chemisits for investigating the transmutation of metaJ^^ iti
which anicmc has a special efBcacy.— /?/ Nnimra'
libus Rettu^ c. 9.

6o The Hermetic and Alcfumical Writings of Paracelsus.
carbuncles, anthrax, and other similar ulcers which are not curable save
gentle means. As for that tingeing spirit, however, unless the pure be
separated from the impure in it, the fixed from the volatile, and the
tincture from the combustible, it will not in any way succeed according
to your
wish for projection on Mercury, Venus, or any other imperfect metal. All
philosophers have hidden this arcanum as a most excellent mystery. This
tingeing spirit, separated from the other two as above, you must join to
spirit of Luna, and digest them together for the space of thirty-two
days, or
until they have assumed a new body. After it has, on the fortieth
natural day,
been kindled into flame by the heat of the sun, the spirit appears in a
whiteness, and is endued with a perfect tingeing arcanum. Then it is at
length fit for projection, namely, one part of it upon sixteen parts of
an imperfect body, according to the sharpness of the preparation. From thence
appears shining and most excellent Luna, as though it had been dug from
bowels of the earth.

General Instruction concerning the Arcanum of Vitriol and
THE Red Tincture to be extracted from it.*
Vitriol is a very noble mineral among the rest, and was held always in
highest estimation by philosophers, because the Most High God has
it with wonderful gifts. They have veiled its arcanum in enigmatical
like the following : ** Thou shalt go to the inner parts of the earth,
by rectification thou shalt find the occult stone, a true medicine." By
the earth
they understood the Vitriol itself; and by the inner parts of the earth
sweetness and redness, because in the occult part of the Vitriol lies
hid a
subtle, noble, and most fragrant juice, and a pure oil. The method of
production is not to be approached by calcination or by distillation.
For it
must not be deprived on any account of its green colour. If it were, it
at the same time lose its arcanum and its power. Indeed, it should be
at this point that minerals, and also vegetables and other like things
which shew
greenness without, contain within themselves an oil red like blood,
which is
their arcanum. Hence it is clear that the distillations of the druggists
are useless,
vain, foolish, and of no value, because these people do not know how to
extract the bloodlike redness from vegetables. Nature herself is wise,
turns all the waters of vegetables to a lemon colour, and after that
into an oil
which is very red like blood. The reason why this is so slowly
arises from the too great haste of the ignorant operators who distil it,
causes the greenness to be consumed. They have not learnt to strengthen
Nature with their own powers, which is the mode whereby that noble green
• The arcanum of vitriol is the oil of vitriol. Thus : after the
aquosity has been removed in coction from vitriol,
the spirit is elicited by the application of greater heat. The vitriol
then comes over pure in the form of water. This
water is combined with the ca^t mortuum left by the process, and on
again separating in a haiiuu$H maris^ the phleg>
matic part passes oif, and the oil, or the arcanum of vitriol, remains
at the bottom of the vessel.— /(m£

The Aurora of the Philosophers.


colour ought to be rectified into redness of itself. An example of this
is white
wine digestingf itself into a lemon colour ; and in process o{ time the
colour of the grape is of itself turned into the red which underlies the
The greenness therefore of the vegetables and minerals being lost by the
incapacity of the operators, the essence also and spirit of the oil and of
balsam, which is noblest among arcana, will also perish.
Special Instruction concerning the Process of Vitriol
FOR the Red Tincture.
Vitriol contains within itself many muddy and viscous imperfections.
Therefore its greenness* must be often extracted with water, and
rectified until
it puts off all the impurities of earth. When all these rectifications
are finished,
take care above all that the matter shall not be exposed to the sun, for
turns its greenness pale, and at the same time absorbs the arcanum. Let
be kept covered up in a warm stove so that no dust may defile it.
let it be digested in a closed glass vessel for the space of several
months, or
until different colours and deep redness shew themselves. Still you must
suppose that by this process the redness is sufficiently fixed. It must,
addition, be cleansed from the interior and accidental defilements of
the earth,
in the following manner : — It must be rectified with acetum until the
defilement is altogether removed, and the dregs are taken away» This is
the true and best rectification of its tincture, from which the blessed
oil is to be
extracted. From this tincture, which is carefully enclosed in a glass
an alembic afterwards placed on it and luted so that no spirit may
escape^ the
spirit of this oil must be extracted by distillation over a mild and
slow fireThis oil is much pleasanter and sweeter than any aromatic balsam of the
drugsellers, being entirely free from all acridity, t There will subside in
the bottom

of the cucurbite some very white earthy shining and glittering like
snow. This
keep, and protect from all dust. This same earth is altogether separated
its redness.
Thereupon follows the greatest arcanum, that is Xo say, the
Marriage of the Soul, consummately prepared and washed by the blood of

• So long as the xiridhy or greenness or vitriol siilnists ther^mt it is
of a soft quality and substance. But if h be
exoocted so thai it i& deprived of its moisture, it is thereby changed
into n hard stone from which ev«o lire can be struck*
When the moisture is evaporated from vitriol, the stdphur which it
coatains predoounate^ over the saltj and the vitriol
turns Tss^.—De Ffstilitate, Tract I.
\ The diAgnmis of vitriol is concerned with it both in Medicine and
Alchemy^ In Medicine it is a panunount
remedy. In Akhemy it hss many additional purpoft»« The Art of Medicine
and Alchemy consists in the preparmtion
of vitriol, for it is worthless \n its crude state. It is like unto
wood, out of which it is possible to carve anything. Three
kinds of oil are extracted from vitriol— a red oil, by distillation in a
retort after an alchemistic method, and this is the
most acid of all substances, and has also a corrosive quality— also a
green and a white oil, distilled from crude vitriol
by descension,— /?/ Vttrioh* Nor let it be regarded a& absurd that we
assign such great virtues to v-itriol, for therein
recides, secret and hidden, a certain peculiar golden forces not
corporeal but spiritual, which excellent and admirable
virtue exists in greater potency and certainty therein than it docs in
gold. When this golden spirit of vitriol is vota*
tilized and separated from iu impurities, so that the es'ience alone
remains^ it is hka unto potable gold.— /># MotHm
Amgmtiumt Mttkodut II,, c i,

62 The Hermetic and Aldumical Writings of Paracelsus.
Iamb, with its own splendid, shining, and purified body. This is the
supercelestial marnage by which life is prolonged to the last and
day. In this way, then^ the soul and spirit of the Vitriol » which are
its blood,
are joined with its purified body, that they may be for eternity
Take, therefore^ this our foliated earth in a glass phiah Into it pour
its own oil. The body will receive and embrace Its soul ; since the body

affected with extreme desire for the soul, and the soul is most
delighted with the embrace of the body. Place this conjunction in a
furnace of
arcana, and keep it there for forty days. When these have expired you
have a most absolute oil of wondrous perfection, in which Mercury and
other of the imperfect metals are turned into gold.
Now let us turn our attention to its multiplication. Take the corporal
Mercur)^, in the proportion of two parts ; pour it over three parts,
equal in
weight, of the aforesaid oil, and let them remain together for forty
days. By
this proportion of weight and this order the multiplication becomes

Concerning jhe Secrets and Arcana of Antimonv, for the Red
Tincture, with a view to Transmutation.
Antimony is the true bath of gold. Philosophers call it the examiner and
the stilanx. Poets say that in this bath Vulcan washed Phcebus* and
him from all dirt and imperfection. It is produced from the purest and
Mercury and Sulphur, under the genus of vitriol, in metallic form and
brightness. Some philosophers call it the White Lead of the Wise Men, or
the Lead. Take, therefore, of Antimony, the very best of its kind, as
as you will. Dissolve this in its own aquafortis, and throw it into cold
adding a little of the crocus of Mars, so that it may sink to the bottom
of the
vessel as a sediment, for otherwise it does not throw off its dregs.
After it
has been dissolved in this way it will have acquired supreme beauty. Let
be placed in a glass vessel, closely fastened on all sides with a verj'
thick lute,
or else in a stone bocia, and mix w^ith it some calcined tutia,
sublimated to
the perfect degree of fire. It must be carefully guarded from
because with too great heat it breaks the glass. From one pound of this
Antimony a sublimation is made, perfected tor a space of two days. Place
this sublimated substance in a phial that it may touch the water with
its third
part, in a luted vessel, so that the spirit may not escape. Let it be

over the tripod of arcana, and let the work be urged on at first with a
slow fire
equal to the sun's heat at midsummer. Then at length on the tenth day
let it
be gradually increased. For with too great heat the glass vessels are
and sometimes even the furnace goes to pieces. While the vapour is
different colours appear. Let the fire be moderated until a red matter
is seen.
Afterwards dissolve in very sharp Acetum, and throw away the dregs. Let
the Acetum be abstracted and let it be again dissolved in common
distilled water*

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This again must be abstracted, and the sediment distilled with a very
strong fire
in a glass vessel closely shut. The whole body of the Antimony will
ascend as
a very red oil, like the colour of a ruby, and will flow into the
receiver, drop by
drop, with a most fragrant smell and a ver>^ sweet taste** This is the
arcanum of the philosophers in Antimony, which they account most highly
the arcana of oils. Then, lastly, let the oil of Sol be made in the
way : — Take of the purest Sol as much as you will, and dissolve it in
spirit of wine. Let the spirit be abstracted several times, and an equal
of times let it be dissolved again. Let the last solution be kept with
the spirit
of wine, and circulated for a month. Afterwards let the volatile gold
and the
spirit of wine be distilled three or four times by means of an alembic,
so that it may
flow down into the receiver and be brought to its supreme essence. To
half an
ounce of this dissolved gold let one ounce of the Oil of Antimony be
This oil embraces it in the heat of the bath, so that it docs not easily
let it go,
even if the spirit of wine be extracted. In this way you will have the
mystery and arcanum of Nature, to which scarcely any equal can be

in the nature of things. Let these two oils in combination be shut up
in a phial after the manner described, hung on a tripod for a
month, and warmed with a very gentle fire ; although, if the fire be
in due proportion this operation is concluded in thirty-one days, and
to perfection. By this, Mercury and any other imperfect metals acquire
perfection of gold,
Concerning the Projection to be made by the Mystery
AND Arcanum of Antimony.
No precise weight can be assigned in this work of projection, though the
tincture itself may be extracted from a certain subject, in a defined
and with fitting appliances* For instance, that Medicine tinges
thirty* forty, occasionally even sixty, eighty, or a hundred parts of
the imperfect metal. So, then, the whole business hinges chiu% on the
of the Medicine and the industrj^ of the operator, and, next, on the
greater or
lesser cleanliness and purity of the imperfect body taken in hand. For
instance, one Venus is more pure than another ; and hence it happens
that no
one fixed weight can be specified in projection. This alone is worth
that if the operator happens to have taken too much of the tincture, he
correct this mistake by adding more of the imperfect metal. But if there
too much of the subject, so that the powers of the tincture are
weakened, this
error is easily remedied by a cinentlum, or by cementations, or by

* Antlniony can be mnde into a pap with the urater of vitriol, and then
purified by ul ftmnioaiac, and tn this nym*
ner there may be obtained fri^m it a ihick purple or reddish liquor.
Thii» h, oil of antimony, ajid it h»A nuiny virtues, —
CkirmrgtA Majpta, Lib, V. Take three pound* of antimony arwi ai mudi of
sal gcmm«^ Distil them together in a
retort for three natural days, ftnd so you will ha\"e a red oil, which
has incredible healinf power in cases of oiberwifie
incarabk wounds.— Cit/mnpjpM Mirn^r, Tract 11.^ c< 11.

64 The Hennetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.

in crude Antimony. There is nothing at this stage which need delay the
operator ; only let him put before himself a fact which has been passed
by the philosophers, and by some studiously veiled, namely, that in
there must be a revivification^ that is to say, an animation of
imperfect bodies —
nay, so to speak, a spiritualisation ; concerning which some have said
their metals are no common ones, since they live and have a souL
Animation is Produced in the Following Way.
Take of Venus, wrought into small plates, as much as you will, ten,
twenty, or forty pounds. Let these be incrusted with a pulse made of
and calcined tartar, and calcined in their own vessel for twenty-four
Then at length let the Venus be pulverised, washed, and thoroughly
Let the calcination with ablution be repeated three or four times. In
this way
it is purged and purified from its thick greenness and from its own
sulphur. You will have to be on your guard against calcinations made
common sulphur. For whatever is good in the metal is spoilt thereby, and
what is bad becomes worse. To ten marks of this purged Venus add one of
pure Luna. But in order that the work of the Medicine may be accelerated
by projection! and may more easily penetrate the imperfect body, and
out all portions which are opposed to the nature of Luna, this is
by means o( a perfect ferment. For the work is defiled by means of an
Sulphur, so that a cloud is stretched out over the surface of the
substance, or the metal is mixed with the loppings of the Sulphur and
may be
cast away therewith. But if a projection of a red stone is to be made,
with a
view to a red transmutation, it must first fall on gold, afterwards on
silver, or
on some other metal thoroughly purified, as we have directed above. From
thence arises the most perfect gold.
Concerning the Universal Matter of the Philosophers* Stone.
After the mortification of %'egetables, they are transmuted, by the
concurrence of two minerals, such as Sulphur and Salt, into a mineral nature,
so that

at length they themselves become perfect minerals. So it is that in the
mineral burrows and caves of the earth, vegetables are found which, in
long succession of time, and by the continuous heat of sulphur, put off
vegetable nature and assume that of the mineral. This happens, for the
part, where the appropriate nutriment is taken away from vegetables of
kind, so that they are afterwards compelled to derive their nourishment
the sulphur and salts of the earth, until what was before vegetable
passes over
into a perfect mineral. From this mineral state, too, sometimes a
metal he essence arises, and this happens by the progress of one degree
into another.
But let us return to the Philosophers* Stone. The matter of this, as
certain writers have mentioned, is above all else difficult to discover


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abstruse to understand. The method and most certain rule for findingout
this, as well as other subjects — what they embrace or are able to
effect— is a
careful examination of the root and seed by which they come to our
For this, before all things else, a consideration of principles is
necessary; and also of the manner in which Nature proceeds from imperfection to the end of perfection. Now, for this consideration it is well
have it thoroug"hly understood from the first that all thing's created
by Nature
consist of three primal elements, namely, natural Mercur)% Sulphur, and
in combination, so that in some substances they are volatile, in others
Wherever corporal Salt is mixed with spiritual Mercur>' and animated
into one body, then Nature bcg-ins to work, in those subterranean places

which serve for her vessels, by means of a separating fire. By this the
and impure Sulphur is separated from the pure, the earth is segregated
the Salt, and the clouds from the Mercur\', while those purer parts are
preserved, which Nature again welds together into a pure geogamic body.
This operation is esteemed by the Magi as a mixture and conjunction by
uniting of three constituents, body, soul, and spirit. When this union
completed there results from it a pure Mercury. Now if this, when
down through its subterranean passages and veins, meets with a chaotic
Sulphur, the Mercury is coagulated by it according to the condition of
Sulphur, It is, however, still volatile, so that scarcely in a hundred
years is it
transformed into a metal. Hence arose the vulgar idea that Mercurv' and
Sulphur are the matter of the metals, as is certainly reported by
miners. It is
not, however, common Mercury and common Sulphur which are the matter of
the metals, but the Mercury and the Sulphur of the philosophers are
incorporated and inborn in perfect metals, and in the forms of them, so that
never fly from the fire, nor are they depraved by the force of the
caused by the elements. It is true that by the dissolution of this
mixture our Mercury is subdued, as all the philosophers say. Under this
form of words our Mercury comes to be drawn from perfect bodies and from
the forces of the earthly planets. This is what Hermes asserts in the
terms: **The Sun and the Moon are the roots of this Art." The Son of
Hamuel says that the Stone of the philosophers is water coagulated,
in Sol and Luna. From this it is clearer than the sun that the material
of the
Stone is nothing else but Sol and Luna. This is confirmed by the fact
like produces like. We know that there are only two Stones, the white
the red. There are also two matters of the Stone, Sol and Luna, formed
together in a proper marriage, both natural and artificial. Now, as we
that the man or the woman, without the seed of both, cannot generate, in
same way our man, Sol, and his wife, Luna, cannot conceive, or do
in the way of generation, without the seed and sperm of both. Hence the
philosophers gathered that a third thing was necessar)^ namely, the
seed of both, the man and the woman, without which they judged that the
whole of their work was fruitless and in vain. Such a sperm is Mercur)',

66 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.
which, by the natural conjunction of both bodies, Sol and Luna, receives
nature into itself in union. Then at length, and not before, the work is
fit for
congress, ingress, and generation, by the masculine and feminine power
virtue. Hence the philosophers have said that this same Mercury is
of body, spirit, and soul, and that it has assumed the nature and
property of
all elements. Therefore, with their most powerful genius and intellect,
asserted their Stone to be animal. They even called it their Adam, who
carries his own invisible Eve hidden in his body, from that moment in which
were united by the power of the Supreme God, the Maker of all creatures.
this reason it may be said that the Mercury of the Philosophers is none
than their most abstruse, compounded Mercury, and not the common
So then they have wisely said to the sages that there is in Mercury
wise men seek. Almadir, the philosopher, says • "We extract our Mercury
from one perfect body and two perfect natural conditions incorporated
together, which indeed puts forth externally its perfection, whereby it
is able
to resist the fire, so that its internal imperfection may be protected
by the
external perfections." By this passage of the sagacious philosopher is
understood the Adamic matter, the limbus of the microcosm,* and the
unique matter of the philosophers. The sayings of these men, which we
before mentioned, are simply golden, and ever to be held in the highest
esteem, because they contain nothing superfluous or without force. Summarily, then, the matter of the Philosophers' Stone is none other than a
and perfect Mercury extracted by Nature and Art ; that is, the
artificially prepared and true hermaphrodite Adam, and the microcosm. That wisest of the
philosophers, Mercurius, making the same statement, called the Stone an
orphan. Our Mercur>', therefore, is the same which contains in itself
all the
perfections, force, and virtues of the Sun, which also runs through all
streets and houses of all the planets, and in its own rebirth has
acquired the
force of things above and things below ; to the marriage of which it is
to be
compared, as is clear from the whiteness and the redness combined in it.

Moreover. Therefore.Paramirum Aliud^ Lib. The limbus was the first matter of man. . v. man. Thomas Aquinas. c a. IV. so that it may be born into the philo- • Man himself was created from that which is termed limbus. Whosoever knows the limbus knows also what man is. it should be remarked that those common preparations of Geber.CHAPTER XVH. Poiydorus. Rupescissa. . and such men. Albertus Mag^nus. What Nature principally requires is that its own philosophic man should be brought into a mercurial substance. air and water. having no reference to our universal substance. . sublimations. sublimation. The Aurora of the Philosophers. Hence.. II. 67 sophic Stone. The limbus is the seed out of which all creatures are produced and grow. which needs only the most secret fire of the philosophers. water and air. and contains in himself heaven and earth. The limbus has its ground in the word of God. and tliese things he also himself is. From the fact that the philosophers make mention of certain preparations.— /^/V/. .— //ir Grntratione Siultprum. dr Liinbo. — Paragmnum Alteruffiy Tract II. are nothing more than some particular solulions. Man was fashioned out of the limbus. — Paramimm Aliud^ Lib. This limbus contained the potenc>' and nature of all creatures. the lesser limbus. distillation. or world in miniature. There Is a dual limbus. and calcinations. that also is man. Whatsoever the limbus is. . man himself is called the microcosmus. man also remains in the limbus. and this limbus is the universal world. such as putrefaction. Concerning the Preparation of the Matter for the Philosophic Stone. The limbus of Adam was heaven and earth. Let the fire and Azoth therefore suffice for you. as the tree comes forth from its own special seed. and that Great Limbus from which he was produced— /^r PotUigra^ s.

it ascends. By this process they thought that they were going to separate gold after this fashion into a subtle.calcination. And although it be no contemptible arcanum to reduce this perfect metallic body into a volatile. Still. thinking that this is the true volatile matter of the philosophers. it copulates by itself. dealbation. rectifications. and not the onerator. and elementarj^ power. Rupescissa. only in a philosophical vessel. and afterwards by circulation and rectification to combine them again in one— but in vain. each by itself. rubification. and the rest. you should understand that in their universal substance. but these elements cannot afterwards by circulation in a pelican. is made crocus-coloured and black by itself. nevertheless. to be baked. All these operations are a single operation and produced by the fire alone. yet. and copulations of which she brings about without the aid of any operator or manual artifice. coagulation. marries itself and conceives in itself. spiritual. provided only the matter be contained in the secret fire and in . as by earthly glasses and instruments. as they themselves call it. every element separated in this way can again be separated into another element. and the like. be again brought back into one . This process of the monks. It is therefore to be decocted. dissolved the body oi Sol. such as Lully. ceration^ fixation. The white and the red spring from one root without any intermediary. The reason why they could not compass their intention is that Nature refuses to be in this way drag^ged asunder and separated by man's disjunctions. but they always remain a certain volatile matter. some philosophers. is erroneous. grows white. in a certain sense. though it is not so. but not common fire. nevertheless. She alone knows her own operations and the weights of the elements. be separated from another. and with a similar fire. and rendered it volatile. It is dissolved by itself. yet they are wrong in their separation of the elements. or by distillation. by a highly graduated essence of wine. have. Nature herself fulfils all ihe operations in the matter spoken of. and it descends. For although one element may. to be fused . spirilual substance. grows red. and aurum potabile. Richard of England. so that it should ascend through an alembic. the separations.

namely. The exsiccation they call coagulation . giving it out that the matter is to be decocted in a triple vessel. that the matter in its first separation and first degree requires a metallic vessel. who again joins together what he has put asunder. therefore. it grows black. beginning to pass into corruption. In this manner it is the terms o^ philosophical operations are to be understood. leading. which man does not know. Concerning Instruments and the Philosophic Vessel. This operation they term putrefaction* and they call the blackness by the name of the Crow's Head.its proper occult vessel. and not otherwise. and in the third degree. This is the opinion of the philosophers.writers romance in their frivolous and false recipes about this volatile gold. is impossible by man. The ascent and descent thereof they term distillation. Nature herself has within herself the proper separator. CHAPTER XVIII. ascensioHt and descension. Worst of all is that wiiich is said by another. however misFa 68 The Hermetic mid Aldiemkal Writings of Paracelsus. they say fixation is present. for fixation. Sham philosophers have misunderstood the occult and secret philosophic vessel. . When it ceases to ascend and re\ mains liquid at the bottom. without the aid of man. in Its second degree of coagulation and dealbation of its earth a glass vessel . an earthen vessel. and of that famous English golden work which he is falsely supposed to have accomplished. and worse is that which is said by Aristoteles the Alchemist (not the famous Greek Academic Philosopher). and the dealbation they call calcination . but it is not true. It may appear to take place. The separation of the elements. She knows best the proportion of everj' element. while because it becomes fluid and soft in the heat they make mention of ce ration. and when with a moderated philosophical heat it is cherished on every side. that when they have put their matter into the more secret fire. whatever may be said by Raymond Lully.

narrower. Otherwise it would be impossible for the Oriental. For invisible celestial influences and the impressions of the stars are in the very^ first degree necessary for the work. indeed. so that the vessel is shivered into a thousand pieces. our philosophic vessel must be made with the greatest care. then. maybe able to raise this vessel with themselves in proportion to the altitude of heaven. or lower than is fitting. higher. will violently excite the matter and urge it on to excessive operation. separated from their body. necessarily our vessel must be so fashioned that the matter in it may be governed by the heavenly bodies. Enough has . very severe). the heat of our secret philosophic fire (which is. and from a definite quadrature of the circle. If the vessel be wider. so that the spirit and the soul of our matter. the The Aurora of the Philosophers. and than the dominating operating spirit and soul desire. if it be of greater capacity than is required in due proportion for the heat to have eff"ect on the matter. 69 work will be wasted and thrown away* So. then. because it must be made according to a truly g^eometrical proportion and measure.Nevertheless* hereby the philosophers understand one vessel alone in all the operations up to the perfection of the red stone* Since. with imminent danger to the body and even the life of the operator. On the other hand. What the material of the vessel should be is understood only by those who» in the first solution of our fixed and perfected matter have brought that matter to its own primal quintessence. our matter is our root for the white and the red. and Egyptian stone to be realised. By this Anaxag^oras knew the powers o^ the whole firmament » and foretold that a great stone would descend from heaven to earth. Chaldean. which actually happened after his death* To the Cabalists our vessel is perfectly well known.

bellows. cape!s. The instruments for the first purification of mineral bodies are fusingvessels. This is a well-known sententious saying of the philosophers. and also that the sun and the other planets may exercise their operations around the elemental earth." Fire alone is the whole work and the entire art. while their course in their circuit is neither hindered nor agitated with too swift a motion. cucurbites. bocias for aquafortis and aqua regia . others in juniper ashes. cineritiums. in tartar. . Others have got their heat from lamps. and also the appliances which are required for projection at the climax of the work. ** Let fire and Azoc suffice thee. elevated above the philosophic earth. tests.been said on this point. Others. it may be able to operate on the fruit of its own earthly body. tongs. first of all in heaps of ants' eggs. in order that the separation and purification of the elements^ when the fire drives one from the other. In vain some have attempted it w'ith the heat of horse dung. nitre. the matter sends forth and rejects from itself. It should be such as Nature requires^ and it must be sought out and investigated from ever)' possible source. etc. in all these particulars which have been mentioned it must have a proper proportion of rotundity and of height. Concerning the Secret Fire of the Philosophers. vitriol. The method of describing the form of the vessel is difficult. without a medium. CHAPTER XIX. and that each may have power to occupy the place to which it adheres . The operator must also v^ery accurately note wiiat. Some have sought the ^x^ in quicklime. may be able to be accomplished. too. from the height of the philosophic heaven. Moreover. Some have placed it in a bath. cementator}^ vessels. By the coal fire. they who build their fire and keep their vessel in that heat are in error. In its first solution. but they have not dissolved it. they have sublimated their matter. so that. It should have this form. cupels. asserting that this is the secret fire of the philosophers for making their Slone.

and above our philosophic matter. Finally. digesting. If you are a true philosopher you will understand. without intermission. This heat. temperately but continuously. Another cites. Salmanazar remarks: **Ours is a corrosive fire. in truth. just as by its continual motion it tends to the generation of metals. as an illustration. **Make a fire. that unless the fire has warmed our sun with its moisture. must urge it to the motion of a perfect generation. '^ This is what he says. this is the matter of our fire. If this dew of chaos and this moisture of the cloud fail. as for cooking. All these matters shew quite openly to us the occult fire of the wise men. not burning. enclosed. I have mentioned every mode of fire and of exciting heat. Almadir says that the invisible rays of our lire of themselves suffice. namely. who has written on the. we shall not be partakers either of the Red or the White Stone. What blasphemy is this ! Is it not a manifest lie that God is not able to do without the elemental heat of boiling water? All the heats excited by those means which have been mentioned are utterly useless for our work Take care not to be misled by Arnold de Villa Xova. a mistake has been committed. Again. continuous. Alniadir says." Again. but not volatile or boiling. shut off from the air. 70 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. by the excrement of the mountain. as it were. that the heavenly heat by its reflections tends to the coagulation and perfection of Mercury'. says this same authority. glowing above our vessel. but use it daily. in which cloud the rays of this fire are hidden. the heated chaos from the opposite quarter. for in this matter he will deceive you. vaporous. have sought it in boiling water. . Thomas Aquinas speaks falsely of this fire.again. that it be kindled by the quiet spirit of sensible fire. with a moderate ascent. Now. which drives upwards. subject of the coal fire. but altering and penetrating. which brings over our vessel an air like a cloud. saying that God and the angels cannot do without this fiie.

but in vain . vitriol. in the ** Book of the Seven Treatises. the second artificial.CHAPTER XX. as that of the sun is nothing but sun. and amplifies unions. but. Hermes. Of this. Arnold says : If more or less earth than Nature requires be added» the soul is suffocated. tutia. simply in the way of natural successes. Concerning the Ferment of the Philosophers. Philosophers have laboured greatly in the art of ferments and of fermentations. etc. that fermentations of this kind do not succeed according to the wishes of the zealots in the way they desire. altogether retards the flux of the tincture. It should be remarked. also. He says. auripigment. the father of all philosophers. saying that they consist only of their own paste . consoles bodies. Some zealots of this Art seek the Art in common sulphur. The natural attains its result in the earth by Nature and concordance. which seems important above all others. therefore. arsenic." most clearly discloses the secret of ferments. Nevertheless. The Aurora of the Philotoplters. this must be noted in two ways. concluding that the ferment is nothing but paste. that this is the key and the end of t^e work. and the Weight. Others affirm that the ferment is the soul. it effects nothing. 71 The first is natural. With reference thereto some have made a vow to God and to the philosophers that they would never divulge its arcanum by similitudes or by parables.. But. and that of the moon nothing but moon. and no result . and more at length he says that the ferment whitens the confection. and if this be not rightly prepared from the magistery. as is clear from what has been said above. hinders combustion. to come at length to the weight . since the substance which is sought is the same as that from which it has to be drawn forth.

weight consists of Sulphur as the director of the work . the matter is burnt up . if it be too slack. for which we give God undying thanks. may remain therewith together with its fire. and necessarily observes it by reason of its weight. it is too strongly impressed on the tincture . nor any fixation. in and through all. the body will turn out pallid. for the soul strongly desires Sulphur. and a deficiency makes it too dry and too hard. say the philosophers. even to the ultimate degree. soul.is perceived. If there be over much air present. If more or less of this be taken it will bring a corresponding loss. A superfluity renders the matter unduly moist. Therefore. CONCERNING THE SPIRITS OF THE PLANETS. it there be too little. Now have we opened to you our treasure. it should be closely shut up with its seal in the vessel of the philosophers. to which a third part of the regimen has been entrusted. In these few words we will conclude the arcanum of the Stone. without variation of any degree. It is the same with the water.* . In these things elemental heat consists. if the fire be too strong. In this the Philosophic Sun will rise and surge up^ and wi!l illuminate all things that have been looking for his light I expecting it with highest hope. Between the spirit. nor of dissolving or heating the other elements. an arcanum which is in no way maimed or defective. and committed to the secret fire. It is comprised in the magical art of ponderations. Artificial weight is quite occult. and may consist of a weight equal to the matter itself. You can understand it thus : Our matter is united to a red fixed Sulphur. In the same way. which is not to be paid for by the riches of the whole world. it has not the power of drjing. so that it may perfect to infinity the operation of the Stone. Here ends the Aurora of the Philosophers. after the matter has been adapted and mixed in its proportionate weight. and body.

but also to heal all infirmities which to the pretentious and presumptuous physicians seems impossible . he will not shall cast in their lot assuredly born in himself. but also all others who with him." For nothing in Heaven or on earth is found so occult that He who created all things does not see through its properties. healthy. and from Him we can be taught absolutely what he means when he says. is able to teach every one certainly and perfectly . Him alone will we imitate. so that he cannot know or understand anything of which he receives from God. that is. and perfect age. He. but only that Nature. with His own finger. and Leader into this most veritable Art. This Art was bestowed by the Lord our God. the supreme Creator. and know and perceive all. as iron into copper. For man is ignorance. and will sanctify all our ways. But if any one shall follow his own mere private only greatly deceive himself. therefore. from God. and understands from opinion. When. who also alone knows what nature and properties He has placed in every creature. that we might diligently learn from them. so that in this work we may be able to bring our beginning to its desired end. HAVING first of all invoked the name of the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. engendered and written on the bodies of these metals. therefore. and will bring them to great trouble. and through Him learn and attain to the knowledge of that Nature which He Himself has. We will therefore take Him to be our Master. in the body of the metals from the beginning of Creation to this end. Hence it will come to pass that the Most High Lord God will bless all His creatures in us.PROLOGUE. and to attain the deepest joy and charity in our hearts. it will be necessary that he should learn the same from the Master thereof. graven. who created all things . Operator. and — what is more still — to preserve men to a long. any man desires thoroughly and perfectly to become acquainted with this Art from its veritable foundation. **Of Me ye shall learn all things. as if in a book. in which we shall not only teach how to change any inferior metal into better. He who learns . we will enter upon this work . and silver into gold. copper into silver.

with His own finger. both in style and in the method of treatment. In the first of these we will lay down what it is which the Art itself embraces. of 1570. Such teachers are Aristotle. who follow the subtleties and crafts of their own inventions and opinions. and God the Holy Ghost. they learnt anything" from Nature.* But he does not attribute the power and virtue of God to creatures or to visible things. Galen. has impressed upon metals. dreams. before they came to the final issue. cause. that ali art must be learned from the Trinity. This it is which has moved and incited us to write a special book concerning Alchemy. Even if. who based all their arts simply upon their own opinions. entitled De TroHsmutatioMibus Mttaltorumy Frankfort. and. thirdly. and their followers. that is. Concerning the Spirits of the Planets. we will aJso divide this our alchemical work into three short treatises. and what is the property and nature of every metal. but one God. it corresponds closely to the Aurora. from God the Father. at any time. three distinct persons. and. and of all who followed this Art with love and earnest desire. basing it not on men. 73 nothing^ from these is like the heathen teachers and philosophers.* This treatise is not included in the Geneva folio. what tinctures are to be produced from the Sun and from the Moon. A considerable portion of the work enters into the Paracelsican congeries. . nothing" perfect can be discovered. God the Son. Jesus Christ. and upon those virtues and powers which God. by what method a man may work and bring similar powers and forces of metals to a successful issue . 1C81. Seeing. but on Nature herself. He teaches and proves that God is the only author. The initiator of this impression was Mercurius Trismegistus. and the rest. and inventions. Hippocrates. and origin of all creatures in this Art. He is not without due cause called the father of all wise men. By means of these. Secondly. as did the heathen mentioned above. then. Avicenna. then. and others like them. The edition made use of for this translation is the Basle 8vo. they destroyed it again with their own fantasies.

apparent. they are lighted up. « Man of himself can discover nothing. therefore. which always exists in one and the same property and mode of operation. nor can it receive its life from anything else. No operation can be completed without it. It heats the furnace and the vessels. Concerning Simple Fire. but all others which stand in need of this can get fruition of it and have life from it. and manifest. \Vh^\ things soever are found by the enlargement of this light of Nature within us. so also in this Art nothing can be produced without this simple fire. both occult. and heats all things in the world. and convert into Ealscliood. common to all fires which lie hid in secret. all are from God .* AJl arts which flourUh on this earth are divine. . . Thu^ are all artA and operations corrupted at thii day. so that in the sun God Himself is burning and shining. what is its subject. it is necessary to state clearly what this Art comprises. It abides by itself. and what its peculiarities.— Pamgnuivm^ Tract IV. When. just as the sun heats the vast universe. But the sun receives light from no other source than God Himself. For as nothing can be produced in the world without the sun. . neither can it be comprehended in anything else. IN the first place. and the Moon. however. CHAPTER I. Jupiter. Venus. . It is the Great Arcanum of Art. just as the sun is appointed by God. . Mercury. as said above. Saturn. from no other principle do they originate. The Holy Spirit is the entjirger of the light of Nature.f The fire in the furnace may be compared to the sun. and are in themselves dead.t embracing all things which are comprised therein. of vivifying. . they live and work according to their special properties.* It possesses. a state and power. as the spheres of Mars. Who rules it. adulterate. which can shine only as they borrow their light from the Sun. and needs nothing . First and chiefly. the principal subject of this Art is fire. Just so is it with this Art. Even ko is Alchemy debased and given over to tying tongues and depraved ^ruf ts%on. the &anke does the devil »cck to corrupt.

so . and is. reducing into the ultimate matter. The Sun produces gold . just as the sun is seen to operate in the whole world. Therefore. copper. This may be seen in the case of metals where no one has another exactly like itself. namely.ti^. and Saturn yet another.. Jupiter. gives the following variation in the reading at this point : Just so in the Spagyric art is this fire of athanor and the secret fire of the philosophers. Having first written concerning the simple fire which lives and subsists per scy it now remains to speak of a manifold spirit or fire which is the cause of variety or diversity of creatures. but it can be. and so there is a distinction between fire and the firmament. Met tor urn y c.— Z. i. first of all. consumes and devours everything. the Moon another and widely different metal. Mars. Tract i. we have undertaken that this shall be made clear. — Lib. the sphere of the vessel. Fire is a matter which cooks and disintegrates. like death. namely. Mtttorum^ c i. iron . a visible and sensible death. another. tin . namely. Concerning Ote Spirits of the Planets. t The congeries Dt TranstHutationibus yteteUlcmm^ to which reference has already been made. and is seen by no man. which heats the furnace. which latter is an element.wherefore. 75 another and identical in every part. II. Venus. so that not one can be found exactly like * Fire is not to be regarded as an element. and the stars are the fruits thereof. fire cannot be an element. fire and death are alike. Concerning the Multiplicity of Fire from whence spring the varieties of Metals. CHAPTER II. in this sense. The other death is invbible. For fire. — Fragmenta Modus Phtirmacandi^ Lib. and. lead. silver . But that fire which is an element b the firmament. and the fire of the matter. X All arcana derive from the firmament.

in like manner. that this variety of metal is occasioned by the mixture of the elements. tbeOf b mamifoicl which b varied according to the divenlty of the subject wlit»^to it Dow«. variety' of form is introduced among creatures. so all other things var>% For this transmutation takes place in the elements^ on the bodies whereof it is impressed by this fire. Sol is produced . The spirit or tincture of Sol took its beginning from a pure. Venus . where it is a little more dense. Let us now come to the spirits of the planets. * That fire. the flame of fire another. because that the spirits of these elements are found to be diverse and without likeness : whereas* if they were born of simple fire they would be so much alike that one could not be distinguished from another. etc. lias a mediated heat flowing from an immediate source into the subject-matter of the instrument. but from the courses of the seven planets. And this is the reason why the universe contains no likeness amongst its individuals. or of the metals. But the manifold fire intervening. subtle. and why no one is like another. oa th« fire of Ashe^. Where there is no great mixture of the elements. coals another. so that no metal appears in its mineral exactly like another. and by means whereof it is aftcrwaunds kindled in other &ubjeci:s. but from the regimen of the elements. Luna .that all these are unlike.* CHAPTER III. Concerning the Spirit or Tincture of Sol. ashes another. sand. sand. Hence it may be easily gathered why so many and such varied forms of metals are found. therefore. and perfect fire. It should be known. oiul from hence tnto the matter . For example. the Venter Equinus produces one kind of creature through the moderate heat generated by its corruption . For as the heat is changed every hour and minute. and so on. and the cause of this diversity is the manifoldness i:il fire. and thus according to the diversity of mixtures are produced different metals.. In the same way does it hold good with men and other creatures. th« bath. filings. where still more so. which is various » not from the son. another. the Balneum Mtiris produces another . This variety of creatures is not produced by the first simple fire.

For we know with reg'ard to the body of Mercun' that it cannot . Ever)' moment. 76 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.iitulcrlying the Art> In that manifold fire there is a dtfTcrence of position* This h. the mineral of each metal is not like another. and not by ijie sun. and. from that which U still more imperfect. and more beautiful. no two leavcft of the satne tree. no distinction of forms could occur either in metals or in any other created thitig»« Why there are in use no more than se^-en metals. is explained in adept pbilc»iophy but not in Alchemy. But this statement concerning the seventh Huidic metal seems to be at variance with other teaching of Paracelsus. nay« though both may be members in ihe same imlividuaU One metal produces gold from that which generates silver . and enables it to sustain the fire without injur}^ This body has not such power and virtue in itself. 3. nor is consumed by it. and at the same time the form of decompoAed things from their compounds^ though not from the dimples. for the reason that nothing in the riatarc of things can be: seen which is In all respects like to any other thing. by iixl* dispoaitton of things. for which reason it far surpasses all the other spirits and tinctures of the metals* It remains constantly and fixed in the fire. If they were generated from the simple fire aloue. Where the ifiiAturc of the dements is not *u grtat» there is generated Sol . the heat in the elemcntiti ^ivHca. Each OfW Of these is varied according to the diffetence of the place whence it proceeded and was created. Ics* pure. nor do the spirits of them in all respects agree one with the other. where it is a little greater. Venus . No two men. and &o of the rest. but rather by its ag^ency it becomes clearer. or any other accident. of Venu^ or of Man. B'u>imilarity proceeds not from the jfimt fire of created things. of whicli six are solid and the seventh fluid and thin. to which a congeries that has been subrtect to editing must naturally defer. though boih come under the same species. and for this reason : that the body which it once assumes it defends from all accidents and diseases.— />* Tratummtttiiffhi^HS MtitUifirum^ c. with* but the interventioo of the manifold. as they can injure the other spirits or tinctures oi metals. purer. according to the mixture of the dements. but derives it from the spirit afone which is shut up within it. is generated Luna . are found exactly alike : and so of the rtsx. another brings forth the metal of Saturn. but from the di£fcrijig rule over the elements by means of the planets. no two members of the same body. nor does it fly therefrom. Nothing either hot or cold can injure it.

therefore. not from the w^isdom of men and of the world. melt it several limes . but Jlces from it*—/?/ TranxmuiatioHtbui MetnUeirum^ c. but not tbat which ha* been whitened ariificially . and of the White Tincture which. but when in Sol it does not fly ofl' but remains hxed and constant. let it be corrupted . nevertherless. any one can infer that it would have some similar effect in the bodies of men when it is received thereiii. t IiJ Lhe cotleciion of treatises to which reference b here niade. Theri again d'tstil . then let the residue be cleansed with sweet water. and all who build and rest their hope on that wisdom are miserably deceived. reduce it to on exceedingly subtle powder . After having spoken with sufficient clearness concerning the tincture of Sol. in like manner. is produced from the perfect spirit. lo. though it be less perfect than the spirit of Sol \ but. there is ihc follDmng process for the manufactim: of ii tincture of gold :• Let the body be first deprived of iLs metaltic nnd malleable iiaturc . indeed. CHAPTER IV. even rustics. and I he colour extracted by mean> of spirit of wine^ when the desired tincture will remain at the bottom. and with His trutli . mix it with the sap of raphanumH. this affords a most certain proof that it receives such a constancy from the spirit or tincture of SoL* If. it excels in purity and subtlety all the other tinctures of the metals which follow it in order This.sustain or endure the hre. this spirit can be in Mercury. \n our Chirurgia Magna we have said concerning the tincture oi So! that it will not only restore and preserve from weaknesses one who uses it. but also conserve him for a long and healthy life. it remains to put forward something about the tincture of Luna. which is foolishness with God. Concerning the Spirit and Tincture of Luna. but flies from it .t In like manner^ the strength and virtue of other metals may be known from true experience. To compose the Water of Salt : Take very white sail. Shake it. It does not • II is well imdentood ihat the body of Sol Is Merctuy^ wKkh cannot at all stand iHe fire. Dl>c|l^ after rc^u^Kluiiont with an equal portion of the sap of blood. that is to say. is well known to all who handle Luna.

77 acquire rust. The powder thus prepared must be washed wiih sweet distilled water until it no longer &avours of salt. and the desired sjMrit will remain at the bottom. keep it for a month in a warm bath to dcgesi^ when the colour will be separated and commingled with the spirit. Concerning ike Spirits of Ike Planets. it will do the same in the bodies of men. melt the powder.five timei». even those which are . As the sail does not penetrate inlo its lubtiitancc it is cosily removed by ablution. Thin plates of gold which ha%'e been purged by antimony arc easily reduced to pov^-der in this water. which U highly attenuAling.Ckirtirgia Magna ^ Part !L. what it will be able to effect when extracted from it into another body. Perform its gradation in a retort of the proper sitt. let ic be poured into a circulnior>' vessel of appropriate sijret that Is. Having separated all these things. Seal all apertarcs of the vessels^ io that nothing can escape. enclose it In a glass. of «uch capacity that the wine can be shaken therein. a. Tract HI. all of %vhich Saturn draws with himself when flying from the fire. To compose the Spirit of Wine : Take one sextariu^ (about a pint) of generous wine . Evaporate the spirits accoTding to art. and abstract the spirit by a alow fire. but causes (ong^ life. Will not that in the same way protect and defend from accidents and infirmities? Surely if it produces this Mercury in its own body. c.se to urge the fire. Hence it is quite clear that if this in its own corruptible body by itself produces Mercury. A* soon tu it hu piused away (which you will ktiow by the usual signs). and cures diseases and infirmities. for the residue is a simple suhUmale. . Place it in a Balneum Maris to the depth which the wine occupie^^ and decoct for ten da>'s. Then place in a cucurbiie.* Hence it may be g-athercd that this tincture is far more excellent than those set down below. A white powder will remain aL the bottom.t And it not only preserves health. nor is it consumed in the fire like the other metals. and it will be separated into a metallic water. Pour the spirit of wine upon the above vmeutioncd powder (which ^iboutd be hke alcohol) to the height of a palm. but not this one. for it preserves in the fire the body it has assumed without any accident or loss.. cea. Thiii is done most com^enieotly by elevation.

but they do this vainly as those who beat the air. b able to protect from aJl injury by iire or other ocdd^its the body into wbich it enters. On this account it remains in the fire more constantly than the rest. Concerning the Spirit of Venus. it accomplishes as much also in man as is by Nature conceded to it. the spirit of Ltioa. With these they endeavour to accomplish results which are firm and fixed. nor can the air or the water injure them. too. CHAPTER V. that is to say. Wherefore those are mere ignorant physicians who waste their skill only on vegetables. its body has^ on account of the spirit which has been infused into it.— Ciw. and lo render it coMt&tent* it U easy to gather from this. The air also and the moisture of \Vater are not so injurious to it as to Mars» just as it remains more fixedly and for a longer time in the fire. This spirit further breaks up the bodies of metals so that they lose their malleability. then. then. \ In the bodies of men. But why speak at length about these? They have not learnt better in their universities. Venus has this force and property. they would think it a great disgrace. so much the better and more perfectly it cures. includtng itself. that is to say^ Mercury. which are easily cormpted. that is. Therefore they remain in their former ignorance. • Molten lead destroys ail the metaU.frw# Paraucfiiicnt c* to. it produces this effect in its own body. It preserves wounds in such a way that no accident can affect them. so that it is not so soon burnt. or colourless Tincture. it is more perfect than the spirits and tinctures of the succeeding metals. nor does it so soon pass away as the other spirits which follow. in Venus. It also drives away all such diseases as are under its degree.beyond its own special grade. For the higher. by tneaiis of the ftre. Now w^e proceed to speak of a red spirit. ejrcept Sol and Luna. If they were compelled to go back to the beginnings learn and study. to which also it is subject* though. more subtly and more perfect a medicine is. which is produced from a thick elemental mixture of the former. nevertheless. t Since. if it produces such an effect in . as herbs and the Jike. We have before made mention of a White Spirit. Since.

\ so that it is not melted in the fire as they are. then. Still. even among tho4t which are perfect. since the spirits of Sol and Luna are costly. So far we have said enough. if ii be mixed with certain metals. to use the more perfect spirits. so each is comI pelled to do what he can. i On the other hand. \ CHAPTER VI. that the physician who desires to use these should be experienced. it produces inconvenient results. Speaking of the Spirit of Mars. this comes from a more dense and combustible mixture of the elements than was the case with the others which precede. and have a good knowledge of metals.f Every 1 one is not of such wealth that he can prepare these medicines.Ihecase of an inttable and voUtile body Ukc Mercury. every one ^ must take according to his means whatever he can get and pay for. and more than enough. so that it is not every one who can use them for curative purposes. how much more powerfully it will act when diM:ngaged from its own body and projected Into the human hody— /h'd. it is hurt by the water ' and the air more than they are.* It is necessary. Concerning the Spirit of Mars. as experience proves. so that they are no longer malleable. — 78 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. It is far better. which may be taken without any such fear of danger. Every one will easily be able to gather from what has been said that metallic medicines far exceed vegetable and animal products in their strength and power of healing. concerning the spirit of Venus. it tears asunder iheir bodtes. So. and it is also burnt in the fire. then. or capable of being treated in any way until they are set frc« from it. But Mars is furnished with greater hardness than the other metals. when it is taken for a disease to which it is not suitable. insomuch that it is altogether destroyed by : these influences. » its spirit is less perfect than that of any of the above. True. But in hardness and . therefore.

then. I Nevertheless. Concerning the Spirit of Jupiter. In that case he may be compelled to do what he has learnt to do. unless gold and silver are too expensive for a patient's resources. together with a nature of peculiar * In these cases it produces contraction of the limbs. . lo. But when it is used and applied for wounds which do not exceed its degree. it is of powerful cleansing qualities. destroying and decomposing them by admixtiure with them. especially when it is taken for a disease to which it is not adapted. t It would. but even those I which rank below itself. it produces this effect on metals.j dryness it exceeds all the metals above or below.§ Since. it surpasses any other metals in hardness and dryness. then. it produces a struggling .. Sol and Luna. that i^. however. — Ibid. as Jupiter. Saturn. so far as regards those things for which it was appointed by God and by Nature. c. that is. and this in the case of the perfect no less than of the imperfect metals. I. For not only does it render I the perfect metals. Concerning ike Spirits of the Planets. ii. be safer to use only the spirits of the perfect metals. CHAPTER VII. this is a sign that it has the same effect on the bodies of men. many tinctures can be extracted from Venus. proof against the hammer. \ Under favourable astrological circumstances.— C^n^/rirW /'arncelsica^ c.— Z?r Causis et Origiug Luis Galiictt^ Lib. and the like. this spirit is endowed with no less power and potency than are of those above. it contorts the limbs with great pain. or too difficult in their preparation for the talent and skill of any particular physician. So. — IhU. Concerning the spirit of Jupiter this should be known. to treat such cases with vegetable and animal preparations. that it is derived from the white and pale substance of fire.

so that they are completely cut off from their perfect workings^ and lose them» so that they are unable to fulfil the necessary requirements of Nature. whereby it cures fistulas. An example of this may be seen when it is joined with Luna^ for it can scarcely be brought to its former malleability. it will do the same in human bodies* In these it corrodes the limbs with severe burnings and decay. If it produces this effect in the bodies of metals. whoever would use it must know what diseases it cures. it has the least power of remaining and living in the fire.* The same effect it produces in all other metals» with the single exception of Saturn. It» therefore. however. Being mixed with cold. Consequently. If this be well considered it can do no harm. and renders them capable of being^ broken with hammers. CHAPTER VIIL Concerning the Spirit of Saturn. and which do not exceed the degree which God and Nature have given to it.79 crepitation and fragility. which come under its own degree and nature. It drives the same kind of diseases from man as it expels impurities from Luna. especially those which are of its own nature. fistulas. t It has the same effect on men. and this has the effect of thoroughly purging them. and what effects Nature has assigned to it. Saturn is added to them. it is o^ that nature that it takes away their malleability'. cancer. When. and other similar ulcers. . it brings more harm than it does good. The spirit of Saturn is concrete and formed from a dr)% dark. Nevertheless this spirit has in it the virtue of removing cancer. Hence it results that. amongst all others. against what it should be taken. w^ith great pains. and similar ulcers. not malleable like Mars. Nevertheless. it cannot act mildly4 It has the very greatest powers and virtues. heats other metals. But if it does not go out altogether at the same time. Sol and Luna have to be pro%^ed and purified. except with the greatest labour. cold admixture of elements. as Jupiter and Mars.

Concerning the Gross Spirit of Mercury. has no determinate or certain form in itself.. and so if it be too weak. I It dUiort* the limb* . just as a woman to a man. body. and in like manner it does with the other metals. Hence it happens that it admits every metaU j'Jst as wax receives all seals. but the metal itself by which the beforenamed tinctures arrive at their working. But if moderation be not observed it is impossible to perfect a tincture of this kind. only with great labour can It lie separated therefrom.—/^/*/. also by what . It agrees with them and takes their properties to itself. — Ihid^ 8o The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Parcuelsus. and. so far as relates to its • By mlxturt wlilb other metaU it comjpu and decomposes them. of whatever form. but seeing that lhi< spirit \% coagulated with a much more intense cold than others. save only that Sol fixes Mercury and becomes fixed. For Sol is the body of Mercury. if Luna. The common Mercury is inconstant and volatile . So this dense elementarj' spirit may be compared to the other spirits of the metals. nevertheless it is subject to all the abovementioned . the operation will be fruitless . Sol will be produced from it . and generates again not only the aforesaid metallic spirits and tinctures. t It leaves thetn broken and decompo*ied after washing. Luna . If the fire which ought to vivify this tincture be too fierce. Therefore it is necessary at this point to know what is the mean in this Art. with more severe pains than even tin and Iron . For this reason. The spirit of Mercury » which is only subjected to the spirits above. it does not act ao violently. For if it receive into itself the spirit of Sol. and what powers and properties it has .CHAPTER IX. it is appropriated to the spirits spoken of above. espectally Lurui.— /^iV/. .

For there is between these two mercuries as much agreement as between a man and his wife. whereby are made tinctures and fermentations of the metals. except that the body of Sol remains fixed in the fire^ but the quick mercury is not fixed. is appropriated to the other as grain or seed to the earth. after preparation.means it is to be ruled. The one. which we will illustrate by an example. the Philosophers* Mercury. then at length it exhibits its transmutation. The End of the First Treatise.Ibid. . and shall receive its strength. but when the spirit has been educed from its own metal and projected. From what Tinxtures and Leavens are Made* Whoever wishes to have a tincture of the metals. their tinctures. THE SECOND TREATISE. from the aforesaid spirits. into Mercury. With these few words we would conclude this first tract. must take Philosophers' Mercury.* * It is prepared. so far as the body b concerned. not by corporeal admixture. then.. They are both produced from the gross spirits of metals. or bring them to their perfect operation. etc. and how to tinge the tinctures. and project it to its own end .clear their properties and natures. — CHAPTER I. IN the first treatise we have written concerning" the spirits of the nnetals.* Hence will ensue that the Philosophers* Mercurj^ will be dissolved in the quick mercury. *CONCERNIKG THE PhILOSOPHER*S MERCURYt AND THE MEDIUM OF TINCTURES. just as his wife is prepared for a husband. and what each separate metal generates* In this second we will treat of the medium of tinctures. tliat is. so that the Philosophers' Mercury shall kill the quick mercury and render it fixed in the fire like itself. so that they may germinate and become apparent. that is. . in seven chapters. making. as follows . into the quick mercury from w^hence it proceeded. however.

into its own nature and substance.! • NQtwitbstanding. etc. since more or less than the proper quantity may . like an uncultivated field or soi^ if it be maceraEed or revivified by the philo&Qphic plough (ike mfe remaining fixed and incorrupt during the proccsn). as to those ca«poreal ones above-mentioned. If anyone sows Sol he will gather gold. CHAPTER II. In this way we say here tinctures are produced from the metals. never attains to resurrection. corn. the tincture <af mercury is a supreme secret. therefore.-^£>/ TraHsmHtathnibui Mttaihrnm^ c. nc\^rlhcleiS the common mercur>'. if the fire be too intense it cannot generate . t The dead wife of the metal. Concerning the Conjunction of the Man with the Woman. and the medium wbereby tinctures of tliis kind iwe advanced lo their generation.thus: If anyone has sown barley he will gather barley. Without this medium it will he impossible for aiiyihing good or perfect lo be accomplished in tinctures of this kind< Moreover. ]Oi G 82 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus.— i?< VUtrum CvriHon*^ c. For the resurrection of the metal* i* an immortd regeneraiioti. not as yet fixed. None otherwise is it in this Art. if corn. On this aiicount. to. and this latter united with the fixed. and this with the dead body of the metal Now. it must of necessity be known how much of it must be taken. while from Luna he will collect silver. it is united io the aforesaid corporal spirit by the griidca of fire. which are subject lo the metals just as common mercur>' is to all metallic spirits. if too slack^ the same re»tdt en!ities. from the Philosophers' Mercury and not from quick mercury. The crass spirit of mercury can no more generate ihL* tincture in its ^iib^tance than a concubine oin bring forth legitimate olfsprtng In the same way must it be judged concerning the crass spirit of tnercur)% until tbe metallic and corponU spirit is produced by means of the natural matter. and so with regard to the other metals. In order that the Philosophers' Mercury and the quick mercury may be joined. Ajld although the inercurj. But this produces the seed which it had before conceived. \\\vs cannot be done with the crafss spirit of mCTcury. it cannot be united lo dead bodies so as to bring about their fixation^ but only to cjclracted spirits. that is.or qutck^ilver of Sol exists and t» fijted.

that is. For if the heat be excessive. or three to four. the woman. just as when seed is sown under a tree. where they are too small the germ is suffocated so that it cannot come to fruit. and when once this has occurred it cannot again be remedied in the same operation. because by the intense heat the matter is dispersed and burnt. namely. so that the outside shall not exceed the inside. so that it cannot live until it is fixed by the Philosophers' Mercury. you will save the matter from being dispersed. Wherefore it should be clearly ascertained how much of the one and the other ought to be taken. After you have placed the matter in the proper vessels. When the matter has been rightly joined. Let the receipt be as follows. it is necessary that you should have properly-proportioned glass vessels. CHAPTER III. Concerning the Properties of Fire. Concerning the form of the Glass Instruments. If they are too large. it is also destroyed so that it is able to produce no fruit. the phlegm. On this account the mid region of the air has been arranged by Nature between heaven and earth . the artificer would bring this work to its legitimate end. if. from being impeded. . namely : Take one part to two. nor can it arrive at a satisfactory issue. so that nothing could be produced from it. and you will not err. since the body cannot be altogether dissolved. may arise through the vessels . indeed. otherwise the sun and the stars would burn up all the creatures on the earth. thus. CHAPTER IV. so that no advantage arises from it. neither larger nor smaller than is right. but perishes without fruit. having proceeded rightly. therefore. For by superfluity the seed is suffocated. no conjunction will take place. you will cherish it with natural heat. but will arrive at the desired end. and prevent the phlegm. Wherefore note what follows. is dispersed. But by defect. No slight error. or the germination.hinder or altogether destroy the whole business. it cannot germinate. whence it ensues that the seed cannot be born . or among thorns. that you take three ounces and a half and four pounds .

and begins to embrace it. that between the matter and the fire you interpose an airy part of this kind. When this is perceived. just as they appear in the tail of the peacock. otherwise this work will never be carried on to its desired and perfect end. Sometimes. is ruling it and fixing it That is. therefore. 83 lis. Afterwards. the fixed Mercury acts on the quick. or a certain distance. is it necessary to buiJd the fire for this work In just proportion. Concerning the Signs which appear in the Union of Cokjunxtion. therefore. when the drj-ness begins to act upon the humidity. neither too large nor too small . CHAPTER V. various flowers of different colours simultaneously rise in the glass. In the very first place. too» the glass looks as though it wxre entirely covered with gold. those colours disappear. nor to disperse. it is a certain indication that the seed of the man is operating upon the seed of the woman. In the very first place. and still less to burn. care should be . Afterwards. In this way the heat will not easily be able in any way to do injury. and such as no one has ever seen before. and cannot grow of itself unless it be vitalised by the heat of the sun. when the humidity has died out before the process of drying. and the matter at length begins to grow white. and continues to do so until it attains the supreme grade of whiteness. own humidity j so it will be dried or fixed. For if the heat be insufficient neither will the spirit rest acting in no way upon Concerning the Spirits of the Planets. For the spirits of metals are of themselves dead» and resti and can effect nothing unless they are vitalised* None otherwise in the great world the seed cast into the earth is dead.Take care. When the regimen of the fire is moderated. the matter is by degrees moved to blackness.

or in the production of a human being. For it should be known that everything which is born quickly perishes quickly. CHAPTER VII. according to the opinion of those who think that such a process is in all respects like what is perceived in the growth of corn. Both herbs and men afford a proof of this. the latter process occupying nine months. the former ten or twelve. If the Stone emits smoke it is not yet perfect. Sol and Luna do not ripen so soon. until it comes to the grade of a perfect Stone. the longer time is necessary for its production. The higher and more perfect anything is and should be in its nature. wherefore it must be left longer in decoction. or the grain from the womb of the earth. Do this . G2 84 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. In proportion as they arc quickly produced or born is their life short. or are born so soon. and place it glowing over the fire on a plate of copper. you may believe it to be perfect. separate a morsel from it with the forceps. When you wish to augment or to multiply the tincture which you have found. In the preceding chapter we have said how the matter itself is graduated. as the child from its mother's womb. When the White Stone of Luna stands forth in its whiteness. whence it ensues that they exhibit a long life for men and preserve them from many accidental diseases. It is not so with Sol and Luna .taken not to hasten the matter unduly. join it again with the common mercury. Concerning the Augmentation or the Multiplying of Tinctures. Proceed in all respects as . In this WQ will make clear by what means it may be recognised when it is perfect. but they have a more perfect nature than men . CHAPTER VL Concerning the Knowledge of the Perfect Tincture. In the same way proceed with the Red Stone of Sol in its due gradation. But if it emits no smoke.

with the other planets^ should be produced. so as to have as much of the matter as you desire. With these fill the long furnace. with the Fire. so that one part of it will transmute an infinite number of parts of quick mercury into the best Luna and the most perfect Sol. At the bottom let a little mound be raised. which contains water. which must tlien be closed. and to each hole let its own furnace be applied with a copper cauldron. right up to the holes. and it will tinge a hundredfold more than it did previously. The End of the Second Treatise. This we shall make clear at sufficient lengthy and in what manner Sol. so that the coals may not adhere to it. Concerning the Building of the Furnace. If the fire is too great. round within and plain. For in the same way as God created the heaven and the earthy the furnace with its fire must be constructed and reg"uhitedj that is to say. . and will now begin the third. With these few words we will conclude this second treatise. Afterwards. In this third we will say how the tinctures of Sol and Luna are made. but in breadth only one palm . with the furnace and fire* CHAPTER I. with the fingers and thumb extended. in the folio whig: manner : First. Thus you have the whole process from the beginning to the end. and break them into lumps the size of a walnut. so as not to burn out. add coals below. Mercurius Hermes Trismegistus says that he who perfects this Art creates a new world. four fingers in breadth. let a furnace be built at a heig^ht of six palms.before. The longer it remains in the fire. sloping on all sides to the border* Let holes be left open underneath. Then take the best and most lasting coals. the more highly graduated it becomes. You can repeat this as often as you wish. namely. THE THIRD TREATISE. IN the second treatise we have described the method by which the tinctures or fermentations should be produced.

that is to say. so that it shall not be excessive or defective. that they may meet the air and the heat may be increased. just as the husband loves his wife and she her husband. according to the true requirements of its nature. to such an extent that they have no difference. and to all the instruments and other things which it encloses. Dissolve this with its wife. the Philosophers' Mercury pursues the quick mercury with the most supreme love. life» and heat to the whole furnace itself. let the coals be stirred with an iron rod. In this way you will be able to regulate the fire. And there is another firmament in this place. Concerning the Copulation of the Man with the Woman. Conceal both in a glass vessel. etc. with quick mercury. For this reason. The furnace then is to be placed as the sun in the great world. Concerning the Conjunction of the Man with the Woman. but the woman volatile in the fire. thoroughly fastened. namely. Take Philosophers' Mercury. man and the woman meet and are joined together. and he fixes her and renders her constant in every consideration as a consequence. seeing the man is fixed. . Then.put a stove before it : if too little. This is compared to the firmament. we now propose to describe more at length how the 86 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and their nature is moved with the greatest affection towards us. prepared and purified to its supreme degree. so that the woman may not escape or evaporate .'\fter these things follows the form of the world. otherwise the whole work will be reduced to npthing. ' CHAPTER III. so that the woman may dissolve the man. but adapted to the movement of the matter. which affords light. CHAPTER II. and of the fire. and he with her. So then each Mercury is blended with the other. and the man may fix the woman. the matter contained in the glass. . as the woman with the man. save as regards their powers and properties. the woman is united to the man in such a way that she dissolves the man. This is the manner. Since we have treated of the furnace in which the tinctures are to be prepared. so far as the body is concerned.

Concerning the Philosophic Coition of the Husband with His Wife. by constantly continuing the fire. CHAPTER V. Concerning the Bud appe^uiinc in the Glass. until the peacock's tail is quite . in order that he may operate upon her and impregnate her. it is necessary that the man should perform his operation on the woman. that is. know for a certainty that she has conceived and become pregnant : and when the seed of the man embraces the seed of the woman. Concerning the Black Colour. the dry acts on the moist these colours appear. 87 CHAPTER VI. When you have seen the different colours* it is necessary that you persevere in the work. CHAPTER IV. But when the peacock's tail begins to appear. when many and various colours shall be seen in the glass. and extending its wings until it shall have conquered. without which she can bring forth no fruit. therefore. and this blackness will appear and disappear through being consumed. and that the seed of the woman may be coagulated into a mass by the seed of the man. it may be known that the woman has become impregnated. this is the first sign and the key of this whole work and Art. When. as one worm eats another. As soon as the blackness appears and is manifest.When you have placed the husband and the wife in the matrimonial bed. it is a sign that the Philosophers' Mercury is acting on the common mercury. Therefore preserve a continuous natural heat. and goes on consuming until not one is still left. Concerning tht Spirits of the Planets. As soon as you see the woman take a black colour.

prepares for himself a fixed. and adorned with many virtues. Let it be dissolved in its own moisture. long. the gallic disease. of which the universe has not the equal. and the vessel attains its degree of perfection. like the colour of a ruby. and the oriental King is born. that he transmutes Venus. can remove. If it remains firm and fixed there. as Augurellus witnesses. . the more is it tinted with yellow and saffron colour. Then at last the fermentation is prepared for gold. He also frees the bodies of men from an infinite number of diseases. then it is a fermentation brought to the highest perfection o^ Luna* That King has strength and power. and many mineral ailments which no herbs or roots. Mars. sitting in his seat. Wherefore it is an unspeakable treasure on the earth. Jupiter. Saturn. just as a little leaven seems to transmute into leaven the whole of a large quantity of flour. After the King has assumed his perfect whiteness. He is a King worthy to be praised. the fire must be continued perseveringly. and healthy life. and Mercury into Luna. while the matter of Luna becomes white and glittering" as snow. as fevers. It will act on its own humidity more quickly than it previously did. and afterwards subjected to the regimen of fire as before. which will stand all tests.consumed. this being the colour which succeeds the white . the longer such action lasts. CHAPTER VHL Concerning Increase and Multiplication. or anything of that kind. the falling sickness. and powerful above all the princes of this world. not only for transmuting metals. leprosy. and will transmute into its own substance. The niultiplying of this fermentation should be noted. but also for healing all infirmities. and tinges it. until the whiteness takes a yellow tint. for so long as any heat acts on the white and dry matter. which is performed in the following manner. and so great power. Then at length you may break off a morsel of the reguluSi and place it on a heated copper plate. Whoever uses constantly this medicament. CHAPTER VIL Concerning the Red Colour. until it arrives at redness.

lest it should get into the hands of wicked men. these Fathers. this* Art will be more constantly and more fully revealed than to any others. For with a man of this kind more wisdom is found than with a thousand sons of the world. by whom this Art is in no way discovered. PREFACE TO THE READER. that. be sure that you will hear pronounced against you the severe sentence of God. you will treat and preserve this divine mystery in the most secret manner possible. the supreme avenger. abstain most from all vices. by the special grace of God. And from this God alone let him implore grace. since theor}^ cannot be more lucidly taught than by its . who by its aid would be able more abundantly to fulfil their own wickedness and crimes. Whoever shall have found this secret and gift of God. the Father and Son. ask you.Conclusion. This secret was accounted by the old Fathers who possessed it as among the most occult. let him praise the most high God. whoever have attained to this gift of God. and our Saviour ! Here ends the Book concerning the Spirits of the Planets. imitating 88 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. The merciful God grant that this may be so for the sake of Jesus Christ His Son. ALTHOUGH order seems to demand that we should have treated of the generation of minerals and metals before speaking" of their transmutations : still. for if you tread it under foot. with the Holy Spirit. by which he may He able to use that gift to God's glory and to the good of his fellow-man. We. THE ECONOMY OF MINERALS/ Elsewhere called the Genealogy of Minerals. or scatter your pearls before swine. therefore. But to those who.

namely. Concerning the Generation of Minerals. it has diflTerences sulficiently marked to require that both vertion* fihould be pro%-iiied li will. When I had most carefully read through the writings of the ancients concerning the generation of minerals. For these it is best that from the very first they should have a finger in the pie (as the saying is). be fmuid in an appendix at the end of thi^ wlume. and is^ inde«d. to provide some such anchorage for this purpose in the case of those who are studying Alchemy* CHAPTER I. A corresponding tr^atiie. as if to a safe anchorage. and certainly no one wilJ be able to follow up Alchemy without making mistakes before he gets at the truth* No one. It is true that these demonstrations do a very great deal for those who are some way advanced rather than for initiates. I have thought it best for those who study this art to begin from the very beginning. but only in elaborate facts . For. aocordingly. so that we may recall those who are venturing forth in this art to the genealogy of minerals. again.practice. will ever enter the true path so long as he holds back from the goal through fear of making a false step. of is8|. It seemed opportune. it was thought well to let artificial Alchemy precede the natural. It will not be so easy to learn if we fail to compare alchemical with natural methods. enlitkxt />/ MmemlihHs. I found that they had not under- * Thb treat L»c in the rec«niiOQ here chckhcn for tramlation is not found in the Geneva fulio. Nobody ever acquired even the easiest art without making such blunders . then. in port^idetnicaJ with that siven in the text. which U indiuied in the Geneva edition. Alchemy is a subject which is not comprised in mere words. Dul at the vune lime. just as is the case with the rest of those arts. under ihe title of A Book . nay» even necessary. goes over much the %a«ne ground. and U trausUted from anulber collection of Hxc works of FamocUus. above all else. familiarity' with which is gained rather by putting them in practice than by any mere demonstrations. So. the Frankfort 8vo. or fails to correct his own errors by imitating the course of Nature. and gradually learn from the very mistakes they make.

But the end is visible from the issue towards which w^e see that disease tending. then. otherwise it will often happen that the true use of this creation of God turns to its abuse. its end should first of all be noted down. undertakes any work with anything ought thoroughly to understand that with which he works. lest on account of his imperfect knowledge or utter ignorance of the matter. then. through abuse of the matter and of appliances. stood the ultimate matter thereof » and. out of the material he has. Whosoever. things may turn out ill. Of this latter there is no knowledge. in consequence. This is. and every man ought to apply himself to that pursuit whereto he feels in his own conscience called. In this place. It is this which makes manifest whatever is hidden in anything. and he who observes it is virtually blind. For a rough example. and how. because it was secretly introduced. and preserve that material for the purpose for which God created it. Know. We may bring forward an example from Medicine. He alone should handle such tools who knows how to use them. much less did they understand the primal matter. where a disease has to be studied from its issue and not from its origin. take the case of an axe or club in the hand of a man who does not know how to use the ovk^ or the other. and from this you will easily understand the primal matter whence they derive their orig-tn. I therefore determined first of all to lay before you the ultimate matter of minerals. and not to learn some other fanciful thing suggested by the devil. If the beginning of any matter is to be described. and the devifs work rather than God's be done. as though towards a mark set up for it to aim at* Now a thing cannot be better judged than by getting to know for what end it was created by God . that the ultimate and also the primal matter"*^ of everything is fire.Iktxnit MtnemtK go The Hermetu and Akkemical Writingi of Paracelsus. as it were. On this account God wills that everything He has created ^ould be possessed by one who knows how to use it . to construct something that shall be to his neighbour's benefit. we understand . They become mere instruments of destruction. the key that locks the chest. therefore. so that he may accomplish his task in the order prescribed by God.

and remains in its pure virtue. as would be the case with resins» It is also proved not to be Salt. c. It at once makes it clear that its first beginning ^vas Mercurial Water.. every body mode from the 6r*t tnntier \^ compelled to metamorphose into the ultnnaie m-ftt" ter» Thtti the great ultimate mutter bat iL* beginning in the end of the increase of the firet matter. -y^.. contains within itself Sulphur and Salt. 91 but Mercur>^ holds the principal place therein. Salt.V/. II* For exajnpte. as w^ould be the case with earth and stones. IIL Tfu Economy of Minerals. In this way the Most High has created all things with their own nature : the birds of the air for one purpose.. and that from it should be every day produced minerals for the use of men. for exiunple. it is true. Thus it becomes the mother of those things which are developed in her. has been educed into iu ultimMe mattcT. albeit the oifspring is quite unlike the mother. which is different from that of the fishes in the sea.— CA/rvr^/ii Sfttgnn^ Pt. Mineral Fire.^ Tract II. gold. Every metal. as it were in her matrix j that is to say. Fart IIL. not Sulphur. 1 1. And so . it has seemed good to God to create water an element. since its resolution is not accompanied with flame. v»'iihout any admixture. this should be regarded as the first and predominating ont* Vou have an illustration in the case of a metal dissolved in the fire. so that among the three universal things which I have discussed elsew^here in different places. Ub.by the ultimate matter of ever^lhing that into which it is dissolved by fire . and Mercury are formed into metals* stones. * 1 call the ultimate ni»tter of jinything: thfli ttale in which the substance has rcAched tl5 highest grade oTcxnltAtijoci and |>crrcction^ a^. because the first sign of its resolution is not a crumbling besides liquefaction and flame. and all mineral substance. Now. when it has been separated frotii jill superfliutles foreign itiattefi etc.

of the rest. Everything is to be committed to His divine will, Who makes
ever)''thing as it is, and wills that what He makes shall be eternal.
As, therefore,
water is not like its metallic offspring, nor the son like the mother,
in the same
way the earth itself is, as it were, wood and not wood, because it comes
that same source. In the same way, stone and iron are produced from
which, however, becomes such w^ater as never before existed : and the
too, becomes something which in itself it is not. So also man must
that which he is not,*
In a \vord» w^hatever is to pass into its ultimate matter must become
something different from what its origin was — varied and diverse,
though from
one mother. Thus God willed to be One in all, that is, to be the one
and ultimate matter of all things. He is such, and so wonderful, an
artificer of all things as never has existed, nor will another ever
exist. As,
then, you have now heard so far concerning the mother of the minerals,
will in the sequel teach you more fully* The ancients have falsely
that this is the earth j but they have never been able to prove it.
Concerning the Ultimate and Primal Matter of Minerals.
The first principle with God was the ultimate matter which He Himself
made to be the primal, just as a fruit which produces another fruit. It
seed ; and this seed ranks as primal matter. Likewise, out of the
matter of minerals the primal element was made, that is, it was made
seed, w^hich seed is the element of water. This resolves it, so that it
water. It has been entrusted to it by Nature, or so arranged that it
produce the ultimate matter, and this is in water. Nature, therefore,
under its own power and separation whatever there is in water ; and
whatever relates to a metal it puts on one side by itself for each
particular metal.
So also for gems, stones, the magnet, and other things of that kind^
separately and according to its own kind. For as God has appointed to
wheat its proper time for harvest, and the autumntide for fruits, and to

things like these in their elements, so for the element of water He has

* It U needful far nuvn to be bom a <»ccoi>d time from a virgin, not
frDm a wife, by water and by the spirit. For the
spiifit vivifies that flcsJj whereii) iberc is m) death pv»»ible for
evcx^ The 6«>h wherein death abides profiu nothing,
and nothing towards ftteriud talvalioD can it confer upon man*—
*AVbVtfA^M Sag^Jt^ Lib, IL, c. x.

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willed that there shall be a proper season of har\^est and autumntide ;
and for
all other things, each according to its kind, He has foreordained times
for the
collection of their fruits. So, then, the element of water Is the
mother, seed,
and root of all minerals ; and the Archseus therein is he who disposes
everything according to a definite order, so that each comes to its ultimate
which at length man receives as a sort of artificial primal matter :
that is,
where Nature ends, there the Art of man begins, for Nature's ultimate
is man's primal matter. After such a wonderful method has God created
as the first matter of Nature, so soft and weak a substance, yet from it
as a
fruit the most solid metal, stones, etc— the v^ry hardest from the ver>^
softest : —
and so that from the water fire should issue forth, beyond the grasp of
intelligence, but not beyond the power of Nature- God has created
offspring from that mother, as appears also in men ; if they be looked
at even
in their mother, each will be found peculiar in his intellect and his
not according to his body, but according to his own state of

Concerning the Field, the Roots* and the Tkees of Minerals.
The Most High created the element of water to be, as it w^ere, a field
which the roots of mineral trees, springing forth from their seeds,
should be

fixed, and thence the trunk and the branches should be thrust forth over
earth. He separated it, therefore, from the other three, so that neither
in the
air, nor in the earth, nor in heaven, but placed on the lower globe, it
exist by itself as a free body» to be on the earth and to have its
centre there
where it was founded, created after such an admirable order that it
bear man upon it like the earth ; so that man borne in a ship should
speed over
the water and get possession o( it. What is more marvellous still is
though it surrounds our globe in every direction, the water does not
fall down
from its own limits, though the part at our antipodes seems to hang
just as our part seems to them, and yet each remains spread out a plane
surface on its own sphere, wherever you look at it, as if some pit
should be
imagined which, descending perpendicularly to the abyss, should find no
nor be sustained by the earth. It is even more wonderful than the ^gg in
shell, provided with all that it requires. The generations of minerals,
from the element of water are protruded into the earth, just as from the
element of earth all fruits are pushed forward into the air, so that
nothing but
the root remains in the earth. Exactly so, all metals, salt^ gems,
stones, talc,
marcasites, sulphurs, and every similar substance, pass from their
mother, the
water, to another mother, namely, the earth, in which the operation of
trees is perfected, while their roots are fixed in the water. For as
those things
which grow from roots in the earth are finished in the air, in like
manner, those
which derive their origin from the water are altogether completed by
in the earth, so that they reach, as the others did, their ultimate
matter. The

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ancients, led astray by this opinion, because they saw that metals were

in the earth, were so little advanced that they did not see their error
wheat on
the subject of minerals, they wrote that out of the earth grew nothingf
wood, leaves, flowers, fruits, and herbs, and that everything else was
from water. No less mythical was the saying of that man who asserted
a!l things which were produced ow the earth had their origin from the
air, because
they are in the air and are perfected there, though he saw their roots
in the
earth. Because he did not see the roots of minerals with his bodily eyes
would even feign that they are fixed In the earth. Such is the physical
of the Greeks, deduced only from what is seen, recognising nothing
occult by
mental experiment. It is just a fiction of lazy men who presume to
about natural science from eyesight alone ; and who do not experiment so
to observe those occult things u^hich underlie the things which are
the one over against the other.

Concerning the Fruits and the Harvest of Minerals.
Just as all the fruits of the earth have their harvest and autumn on the
earth and in the air, according to the predestined time in their
generation^ so
the fruits of the water, that is to say, minerals, are gathered at their
time of maturity* When the mineral root first germinates they rise to
own trunk and tree, that is, into the body from which minerals or metals
subsequently produced ; just as a nut or a cherry is not immediately
from the earth, but first of all a tree, from which at length the fruit
generated. In like manner, Nature puts forth a mineral tree, that is, an
aqueous body, in the clement of water. This tree is produced in the
earth so
far as it fills the pores thereof, just In the same way as the earth
itself fills the
air. From this are eventually produced fruits according to the nature
property of its species, at the extremities of its branches, just as
occurs in
trees which we see on the surface of the earth. We must seek, then,
first of

all, for the aqueous tree, and by-and-by for its fruits, by a method not
borrowed from agriculture, and in the following manner. Some of the
trees produce their fruits covered up ; for instance, chestnuts under a
bark, walnuts under one that is green and bitter, under that a wooden
covering, and under this again a bitter membrane, and then at last the
So it happens in minerals, the kernels of which, that is to say, the
metals, are
separated just like those others by barks. Other trees produce their
naked, such as plums, cherries, pears, apples, grapes, etc., where there
is no
such separation as that just described. So also some aqueous trees
their gold, silver, corals, and other metals of that kind, free and
according to the condition and nature of the water. As we know by the
what fruit lies concealed within it, and as the spirit is known by its
body, just
so» in the case of minerals, the spirit oi the metal is recognised,
though hidden,

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I \ beneath its corporeal or mineral bark. The spirit of the aqueous
i « produces the body, of one kind in the mineral, of a different kind
in the fruit.
\ Although, then, gold may be in a mineral body, nevertheless that body
is of
•. no moment ; it has to be separated from the gold as impure, while the

* itself is pure. There are, therefore, in a mineral two bodies, of
which one is
- the fruit, the pure body of gold, wherewith its spirit is inseparably
J incorporated. So the fruits are first introduced from the element into
tree, as the spirit into an impure body, and with that at last into the
earth, as
something noble and pure. The same thing is seen in man, to whom have
I been given two bodies, one corrupt, but the other incorrupt, which
will be
{ eternally united with him, since it is the image of God, and by its
\ especially man differs from all other creatures.*
Concerning the Death of the Elements, especially of Water.
Elements die, as men die, on account of the corruption in them. As water
at its death, as it were, consumes and devours its own fruit, so does
the earth its
own fruits. Whatever is born from it returns to it again, is swallowed
and lost, just as the time past is swallowed up by yesterday's days and
the light or darkness of which we shall never see again. It is no
to-day than yesterday, not even by a single grain, and will after a
years be of the same weight still. As it gives forth, so, in the same
it consumes. The death of the water, however, is in its own proper
element, in
that great terminus and centre of water, the sea, wherein the rivers,
and whatever else flows into it, die and are consumed as wood in the fire.
indeed, are not the element of water, but the fruit of that element,
which is the
sea ; trom this they derive their origin, and in this they receive both
their life
and their death.
Concerning the Death of the Tree of Minerals.
After Nature has planted the mineral root of a tree in the centre of its

matrix, whether to produce a metal, a stone, a gem, salt, alum, vitriol,
a saline
or sweet, cold or hot spring, a coral, or a marcasite, and after it has
forth the trunk to the earth, this trunk spreads abroad in different
! * The flesh and blood which man received from Adam can in no wise
enter into the kingdom of God. For nothing
I • can ascend into heaven which did not come forth out of heaven. Now
the Adamic flesh is earth. Thus it cannot enter
I ; heaven, but is again converted into earth. It is mortal, subject to
death, and nothing mortal can enter heaven. There
; is no Are which can purge it from its stains in such wise as to make
it fit for heaven. It admits not of purging or glori' fying. At the same time, man cannot enter heaven unless he be true
man, clothed upon with flesh and blood. For it b
\ only by flesh and blood that man is distinguished from the angels,
for, otherwise, both are of the same essence. Herein
/ man hath more than the angels, in that he is endowed with flesh and
blood, and for man was the Son of God bom into
> I the world ; for him He died upon the cross, that so man might be
redeemed and made eligible for the kingdom of heaven.
' But when God had thus shewn His love for man, hb flesh still excluded
him from heaven, whence He gave him another
flesh and blood which was built up of the Son, and then thb creature,
not of the Father, but the Son, enters heaven.
For the Adamic flesh b of the Father, and returns whence it came, though
had Adam not sinned his body would have
remained immortal in Paradise. But Christ, compassionating our calamity,
gave us a new body. Of the spirit who

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the liquid of whose substance -both of branches and stalk — is formalJy
a water, nor an oil, nor alute^ nor a mucilage ; in fact, it can only be

as wood growing out of the earth, which is, nevertheless, not earth,
sprung therefrom. They are spread in such a manner that one branch is
separated from another by an interval of two or three climates and as
regions : sometimes from Germany to Hungary, and even beyond. The
branches of the different trees of the same kind are extended over the
sphere of the earth, just as the veins in the human body are extended
various limbs far apart from each other. But the fruits put forth by the
extremities of the twigs, by the nature ot the ultimate matter, soon
fall to
the earth. There is a momentary coagulation of them, and then at length,
when all its fruit is shed, this tree dies and is utterly consumed by
its offspring being left in the earth, Afterw^ards, according to its
state of
nature, a new tree appears. So, then, the first matter of minerals
consists of
water ; and it comprises only Sulphur, Salt, and Mercurj-. These
are that element*s spirit and soul, containing in themselves all
metals, gems, salts, and other things of that kind, like different seeds
in a bag.
These being poured into water, Nature then directs everj' seed to its
and final fruit, incessantly disposing them according to their species
and genera.
These and like things proceed from that true physical science, and those
fountains of sound philosophy from which, through meditative
of the works of God, arises the most intimate knowledge of the Supreme
Creator and of His virtues. To the minds and mental sight of true
philosophers, no less than to their carnal eyes, the clear light appears. To
them the
occult becomes manifest. But that Greek Satan has sown in the
field of true wisdom, tares and his own false seed, to wit, Aristoteles,
Avicenna, Rhasis, and that kind of men, enemies of the light of God and
Nature, who have perverted the whole of physical science, since the time
when they transmuted the name of Sophia into Philosophy,*
Concerning the Variation of the Primal Matter of Minerals, in
We have before said that the primal matter exists in its mother, just
as if in a bag, and that it is composed of three ingredients meeting in

giv«s life Cometh forth a living 1Ie«h, "vthcrcin 15 no death but life.
This 1% the flesh whereof maxi has ne«d, that he may
become a new man, and in this f]c$h ^ud in that blood, at %i\t last day,
^hull he arise, and «haJl possess the kingdom of
heaveii with Christ. Now, thi* fle>ih which ho* iu life from the »piril
WTii first bom, without the generation of male
tecdf firofn a daughter of Abraliam. by promi^* and became man by the
Holy Ghost. So, alio, we who aspire to the
kingtioni most be bom again out of a virgin and faith^ incarnateti by
the Holy Spirit. Thus man mu-tt to eternity be
flesh and blood ; thu* is there a dual fl«h-tbat which is Adamic and i»
nothiitg, and that of the Holy Spirit which is
HWx^c.—Phihs^Jfhiii Sagax, Lib. 11., c a.
* So high axui so lofty is human wisdom that it hath in its power all
the stars, the firmament itself, and universal
bettven. And a& the power thereof pervades all the earth, so also it
extendi over heavea. The Sun and Moon arc in
subjects. Even as the liand changes and compels the ^il, su also the
inner microcosmus compeb the lenith to obedi*
^XiXK*—I>i Fiitt^ Lib. 1 [., c. 9.

96 The Hermetic and A/chemical IVriiings 0/ Paracelsus.
But there are as many varieties of Mercury, Salt, and Sulphur as there
diflferent fruits in minerals. For a different Sulphur is found in lead,
gold ; in sapphire^ and other gems ; in stones, marcasites, and salts ;
a different Salt in metals, salts, etc. So, too» is it with Mercury :
one kind
exists in gems, another in metals. Besides, in respect of the
composition of
these, different individuals are found under the same species. Gold is
sometimes found, on^ specimen heavier or more deeply coloured than another :
so of the rest. Moreover, there are as many Sulphurs of gold» Salts, and
diversities of Mercury of gold^ and of the others, as there are greater
lesser degrees. Nevertheless, ali which among them receives
from the subject always is comprised under the universality of one and
the same
Sulphur, Salt, and Mercur)', mysteriously comprehended in universal
Nature. In
this respect Nature may be compared parabolical ly to a painter, who
from some
few^ colours paints an infinite number of pictures, no one exactly like
The only difference is, that Nature produces living pictures, but the
artist only

imitates these. He represents the same things to the eye; but they are
things. Now, all natural colours proceed from the Salt of Nature, in
which they
exist together with the balsam of things and coagulation. Sulphur
exhibits the
substance of bodies and their building up; Mercury, their virtues and
God alone assigns life to all, so that from ever\' one should be
produced that which
He, from all eternity, had predestinated to be thence produced, as He
determined and willed that all should be. Whoever, therefore, wishes to
understand the bodies of natural things, let him learn from natural
Sulphur that
which he may first of all ha%'e well understood, if he seeks natural
colours as the
foundation from Salt. But if he wishes to know the virtues of things, he
scrutinise the arcana belonging to the Mercury of that thing whose
he wishes to learn. AH these matters does that one and the same
Nature at once embrace in one, and separate ; at the same time
removing, or completely blotting out the colours from such. Consider, I
beseech you, this tiny grain of seed, black or brown in colour, out of
grows a vast tree, producing such wonderful greenness in its leaves,
variegated colours in its flowers, and flavours in its fniits of such
infinite variety ;
see this repeated by Nature in all her products, and you will find her
marvellous, so rich, in her mysteries that you will have enough to last
you all
your life in this book of Nature without referring to paper books. If
God, then,
shews Himself to our discernment in Nature so powerful and so wise, how
much more glorious will He reveal Himself by His Holy Spirit to our mind
we only seek Him ? This is the way of safety which leads from below to
This is to walk in the ways of the Lord, to be occupied in admiring His
and to carry out His will, so far as is in us, or as it should and can
be in us.
This has been my Acadcmia, not Athens, Paris, or Toulouse. After I had
many deceitful books of wise men I betook myself to this one alone, from
which I learnt all that I WTite, which also I know to be true. Still, I
there are many more things which I do not know> but which will surge up

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the surface in God's own time. There is nothing so occult which shall
not be
revealed when the Almighty wills it so to be.
This, however, I know, that after me will come a disciple of this
one who does not yet live, but w^ho will disclose many things.

Concerning the Natural Dispenser of Minerals, and His MmtsxERS.
In the manufacture of minerals by men for preparing them and adapting
them for use» not one man alone, but many in succession^ are required,
each of these has his own special gift and duty. Who is benefitted by a
being dug from the bowels of the earth, unless it be its separator,
or liquefactor? What is he, again, without the smith? He, too, is of
no avail without some buyer, nor the buyer unless there be someone
who knows how to adapt those metals for use* Nature does not
need all these ; but still she needs her own people. Among these is,
first of all, Archcus, the dispenser ol minerals, who has ministers
him** He himself, the minister of Nature, has the following: the first,
exhibits the corporeal matter into which the operation falls, namely,
mineral Sulphur, is this or that condition and nature ; a second, who
the properties and virtues, and operates o\\ the previously existing
matter, say,
for instance, Mercury ; a thirds who, by compaction and coagulation,
all the single portions together into one body, that is to say, the
Salt, which
is the confirmer of the w^ork. When all these are brought together into
and enclosed in an athanor, Archeus decocts them, exactly as the seed in
earth ; and not only so, but they are decocted mutually together, one
with the
other, in the following manner : The Sulphur submits its body to the
two, that they may do with it what they will, and lead to that end
whereto is
destined that which has to be done. Mercury is added with the properties

its virtues, and this is decocted by the other two. When all the
decoctions of
this kind are fulfilled^ then, at length, the salt begins to operate on
the other
matters associated with it, and on itself. By first condensing,
congealing, and, lastly, coagulating, it strengthens the work for its
and harvest, so that nothing is wanting except a harvester and a smith.
Briefly, then, we have gone through the whole genealog}^ of minerals,
It remains that we specially, but still concisely, hear the force and
virtue of
each in Alchemy and in Medicine respectively, so far as it is necessar)'
to learn
these for the aforesaid faculties. I would admonish my readers to put
for awhile the mere dreams and opinions of others who romance about
things, until they see that they are only philosophers on paper, not in
who have been taught by men like themselves, and with the same amount of

♦ Archeus %% Nature antl the dUpcii^er of ihtngs.— ^ ««i>/<t/i><w» r« L
ihrfit timai tU Tttrt/trfi. The Atiatomy of the
Arch«tjs u the anatomy of life. - Frag-mtnta Auaiomitr. Archeiu U the
tepamior of the etement* and of all tliOM
thing^s whicli exist in them, dividing each thing from the i^»t, and
gathering it into itn own placc^— i?/ EUmttkto Aiftm^
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gS The Hermetic and Alchemical Wriiings of Paracelsus.
learnings to think by rote and not by experience, while they shew
to others such as they really are. Though they may not care to see, I
still pJace them so that at least they may perceive the light and nature
life more easily, without being disturbed through the darkness of death.
Beginning, then, from the first principles of minerals, which are Salts,
we will
run through each, that is to say, right up to the ver>' end of the

Concerning the Virtues and Properties of Salts in Alchemy and

Marine Salt. Now. The first of these is Marine Salt. therefore. and unless these are kept in their regular course and motion. one from muria. Mineral Salt . There are. and. the other only by Nature. acting through the excrement or through the urine.* which drives away the corruption of the warm Sulphur with the moist Mercury. Hence its necessity in all foods. This last and the first are decocted by Art. But. two descriptions of Salt to be put foripvard by us. and if the stomach receives those foods it is unable to digest them. and the third Mineral Salt. but that which is decocted is first of all turned thereinto. in His goodness and greatness^ willed that man should be led by Nature to such a state of necessity as to be unable to live naturally without natural Salt. the second is Spring Salt. the other from wholly refined salt. before it is separated from the water into cojigulated salt. moist foods for nourishing the Mercor}^ and salted foods for keeping the Salt in a faculty for building up the body* Its power for conservation is chiefly seen in the fact that it keeps dead flesh for a ver>' long time from decay . since it is necessar)' that these prime constituents should be nourished with something like themselves. Spring Salt is chiefly conducive to health . first. in the second place. Where Salt has not been used with foods there is no correction . lastly. all the vital faculties are prostrated in their endeavours . This and the Marine Salt are not comprised under the nature of muria (brine). it follows as a matter of course that man must use ardent foods for the sustenance of his internal Sulphur . There is in Salt an expulsive force. Coming. consideration should be given to that condition which is common to every Salt. out of which two ingredients man is by Nature compacted. hence it is easy to guess that it will still more preserve living flesh. Salt is the balsam of Nature. to its ktnds^ there are three which are considered specially useful for man*s life. at length.IN Medicine* God.

and driving them out by resolving them into urine* The urine is only the salt of the blood. orpimeni). or bftlsam of salt. 3.. mountain salt. or the members be deprived of their due nutriment. atumen entaJii olumen itsnetum. aikI if they subsist unbepa^at«^d in a single CAWtuce they are called the tincture of Nature. If it does. etc. sometimes receive such. In order that such a fault might be avoided. this natural conjunction can only be made when tempered with a proper quantity of alimentary salt. and does not receive unsalted nutriment. dl»tiUalion. there arc arr^cnic. c»encc. otherwise through the stoppage they easily remain and adhere somewhere. there lies hid in Salt a solvent faculty for opening the obstructions which accidentally occur in the pores of the skin. Besides thejie. or the balsam of Mercury. arc aubject to calcinationt reverberation. tbe liquor of Mercury. ihey are called by one universal name. asphalt. liquor of Nature. sea salt. that is^ the salt from the natural salt which is associated with the microcosmic salt. Every physician ought to know the power there is in Salt as a medicine. and are sultject to catcination. Now. tiquor of sulphur. carabe. rciilgur* ogertum.. The Economy of Minerals. Salt has been appointed as an addition to alimentary foods. reverberation^ or sublimation^ Now^ if all these thtngi. etc. — /'f^afmemia Mfdica^ No. sub&ist in a proper proportion or. Moreover. which arc also <. and if ihey subsist wholty In one essence they are called the balsam of Nature. so that the natural outlets may not be obstructed. or bal&am of sulphur. spring *alt— all these specie* Ofiginatc from the lialt of the three prime principles. pitch. through extreme hunger. it passes away to decay. These. and so they both act powerfully for the expulsion of the excrements. especially when he wishes to purge the natural Salt* Let him more freely prescribe this. black auripigment (thai is.i]bjeci to the vame prucesies. especially the kind . Firudly. The blood Is in its own nature salt. or liquor of 5ah. antimony^ mercury. ibere are the various species of sulphur. Alumen sci:$&um. ^o to !^f>cak. in like manner. sal gemnwE:.• VirTiiic vitriol^ red vilriot^ cupmc vkriolj rock aluitif alumen plumo&um. rock sail. 99 and in their powers of expulsion. petroleum.

If after one or two baths the tumours return. There are various species of dry Salts. that from gems. and then as a lotion. Note the common virtue of each. for consuming all unnatural leprous liquids. Although this has been reduced to Muria. Muria and dry Salt. as it dries up too much. it drives them awav and prevents any more from coming. such as the common sort used with food. Its heat should be so tempered that a patient could sit in it . moist tumours of the tibia. stones. which. It has not the same power as the natural in curing moist gout. it would be best to live for a time in those places where the decoctions of Mtiriae and Salt are made. First of all. It does more in on^ hour than dry Salt could effect in a month. If any one of them be mixed with Sulphur and applied to w^ounds as a plaster. CHAPTER X. The operations of these three different kinds of Salt should be carefully watched in practice. it keeps them from worms.that comes from gems. and earths. dropsy. People who are of a spare habit should not use it. Concerning Dry Salt. It should be noticed that a bath of this kind is only adapted for stout people. and even if the worms have already been produced. and that which comes through the cones of congelated bodies. Concerning Muria* I just now mentioned two kinds of Salt. Muria has the greatest power of drying up all superfluous moisture. and other tumours as well. The proof of perfection in Muria is that an ^%^ shall swim on its surface when thrown into it. CHAPTER XI. has the faculty of attacking and expelling this natural Salt. above all others. By H2 . a method which opens the eyes far better than any letter or description.is in a bath without injury. in a word.

even the dry and specially nutritive ones. and would be a constant treasure if they only knew how to prepare it chemically. They will exhibit artificial Muria very little less strong than the natural in external surgical cases. It should be remarked. because it is fed by the salts of nutriment in the human body. congelated by Nature alone either into cones or into the salt of a gem. concerning pure Salt. and let Muria afterwards be dissolved . and this can be increased by dissolving Salt in it. the Water of Salt is made from the same kind of Salts calcined into a spirit in a vessel where gold is dissolved into an oil and separated from it so that it remains excellent and potable— Drinkable Gold. This Salt is not like those before named. that this is particularly adapted for the ordinary cementations of silver. The power of Muria is much stronger. and without the use of any medicament. unless any complication prove an obstacle to the free action of the natural balsam. even though the alcali be decocted from them. scabies. especially if these Salts are corrected by addition. or increased in power by the following method : Take equal quantities of dry Salt and Salt of Urine. let them be calcined together for two hours. The aforesaid Salts will never be found in any other things. and renders the metal malleable without the customary burnings. cleansing alone. The same is useful for curing baldness. if they are resolved in baths. it is an excellent artifice for gilding silver or iron. damp place. or by the preceding. There is also another kind of salt which is called nitre. as we have heard from jewellers and ironmasters. For Alchemy. In Salts of this kind is a great remedy for ulcers. Nature heals wounds. or let them be put by themselves in a cold. Concerning Salt Nitre. but is called the alcali of natural things or Corporeal Salt. It does the same with copper by means of a cement reduced to a regulus. Before it arrives at this final condition. CHAPTER XII. too. and the like.icx) The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Parcuelsus.* as much as you will. but much weaker in internal cures. and other ailments of that kind. t It is composed .

possessing a hermaphroditic nature. It shews itself very clearly in the form of cones or of clods. 2. The Economy of Minerals. Tract III. which is an universal natural balsam. ex^sitio. the superfluity is decocted into urine. provided it be thoroughly separated from the superfluous nutri mental Salt not yet digested by the animal decoction • Every urine is a resolved salt.. and the salt of nutriment in those bodies combined. Lib. from the salt of the liquor of the earth. so that from them results one single and perfect salt through the chemical separation brought about by artificial decoction from its earth. falling on the earth. It is an essential spirit and excrement of all salts. For the earth whereon they make water is afterwards cooked and the salt nitre obtained from it. — De Pestiiiinte. The two constituents are more and more closely united. It would be idle to recount how g-reat was the \Ho!ence which a first experiment demonstrated therein with disastrous result. — Fragmenta Medico^ Ue Tarato Nitreo. t Nitre forms in the pens and stables where cattle make water.naturally of the natural salt of animals' bodies..rtrv. Tract I. whence it has been deservedly called terrestrial lightning. a single salt. as was stated above. which afterwards . when it was compounded with sulphur and formed into blastingf powder.. For all urine is salt. and. Nitre is excrement and the dead body of csile and nutrimental matter. One salt having thus been formed from two. In the same way. lOE Vhea It is driven off into the urine* In Alchemy its use is ver}' frequent. — /?r Tartttro^ Lib. L. And this dead body is thai out of which putrefaction grows. returning at length from this by resolution into the earth again— there is produced. c. annotationes in c. IL Salt passes into urine. Tract III. i. is again decocted in due course. — De Tar. I. by which all things are built up in their special combinations.— Z?^ Judicio Urinarum ^ Lib.

unless it makes a thorough transit. eructations and heartburns arise. both in Alchemy and in Medicine. however. named Vitriol. possessed of such virtues and powers as can scarcely be described to the full by any. Enough has been said on the different species of salts. Neither the one nor the other is particularly useful as an internal medicine. too. CONXERNING VlTRIOL. If. Its corrosive nature causes it sometimes to perforate the intestines.* Nature produces from the bowels of the earth a certain kind of salt. All salt used with food which has not been digested by the stomach. with many other affections of the stomach. especially the urinary organs. generates colic and suffering in the bowels which are very difficult to cure. nor is it a \ety safe remedy. gravel. Concerning the III Effects of Nutrimental Salt. it remains unexpeiled in the stomach. that the undigested Salt is coagulated in the mesaraic veins. or else the three are subjected to a process of extraction. unless the two are mixed with Salt of Copper. .percolating through the pores of the earth is coagulated in the form of cones of ice adhering to the rocks. from which circumstance it changed its name of Nitre into Saltpetre. as is shewn by anat€>my. CHAPTER XIII. and iis named Vitriol It excels all others by its utility. except in the way of reducing too obese bodies . and that not only in this particular part of the body but in others also. and formed into one body for employment in this special way. In it are contained peifect cures for the jaundice. It sometimes happens. We now pass on to that salt which is more mineral in its character. CHAPTER XIV. their virtues and their faults. calculus. forming a granular deposit. which also on being expelled has passed dcnvn into the intestine. from which proceed many severe diseases which are little understood.

In the light of Nature it is the . for the benefit of 102 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. others when it is reduced to a green oil. It ts reallv very much the &am« as if a woman should be produced from a man. that is to say. whatever other remedies are not able to effect against diseases. he will find more power and wealth in this treasure of Nature than India. it possesses when in the form of a white oil. puts olT it&elf and becomes . Eg^-pt. CHAPTER XV. such as ringworm and leprosy. and arising from obstructions. that each separate kind of cnide vitriol makc^ copper out of Iroti. of att Srubmit to you. There is no need for the true physician to turn his eyes hither and thither. As from one log of wood different images are carved. he can keep them fixed on the ground. varying according to the method of its preparation. and Greece could bring him. It can serve for a fourth part of all the diseases and all the drugs ever thought of. Nature has her own peculiar privileges conferred upon ber by God. beneath his feet. Some of its powers it puts forth in a crude state. Like a modest maid. this it does from the very foundation by remo\'ing the cause of the ctisease. others when it is calcined. By way of saying sometbing about the bidden alchemicaf powers in Vitriol. on account of their own weakness. and many other diseases which are v-ery ctifficult to treat. others in the form of a red oil . Concerning the USE OF. for there.* An important variation of this and th« folio wing chaptcn on vitriol occurt in the Geneva folio. . In both faculties. it produces marvellous effects. so from this body various most excellent medicines are prepared. In these mattcr^^ however. concerning crude vitriol. Barbary. fevers^ worms. as it were. the falling sickness.subject of no small wonder to observe bow any metal. but Nature or Vitriol b>' the operaiion of the Alchemist. and in like manner concerning iu crude form. I would f\n\. It assumes new powers with every fresh form of preparation which it receives. It i* not the AJchemist wKo do** ibL*. others.VITR10LATEP OIL IN AtcWEMV . others when it is reduced to water. In a word. as we shall describe at greater length below. in Medicine and in Alchemy.something else. again. not only for internal disorders but also for surgical cases.

Let these be botkd together and constantly well stirred with wocd. in doe coarse. etc. Secondly. I taj this c oo c t ra ing aransomtauoD in order to make yon ondcrstand hov that cnvioos phikMophcr. . in his philoBOphr* 1>3S no sure foondaiioo^ but b simply farcons.CONXERKING THE SpECIES OP VlTIUOL AND THE TeSTS OF FT. From thi^ power of craiBmntacion we can easily gather that many other transmutatioas are posstbte. poor over them one measure of acetxun and a qiuuter of a pound of vitriol.\nd thb is the mgth od of pro\-iRg that such copper is made from iron. For these arts are not without their EUasi. expend ics^. Then you wilt see an amalgam left. £\-«rything in thb operation depends on skill in working. First. The following is the recipe for transmntatKO : Take raspings or filings of inm. and you will find pure and good copper. with one oonce and a half of sad annooiahc. half a poond. The species of Vitriol are as varied as the mines or sources from which it is extracted. I viU lay befare yon. It cannot be denied that many arts are still occult. the more deeply it does so. Ha\-ing continued the decoction for ten or twelve hours* then separate as much of the qukksihrer as is left from the iron. But this is the highest of all kinds. Put both into an iron pan or pot. when it is taken internally in a crude form it drives out intestinal worms better than any other medicine. This . The tests of its greater or less excellence vary in equal proportion. true that the grades are fixed. the recipe itself^ so chat in an parts of the German nation yon may know how to make copper oat of iron. Of this copper take half an ounce and the same quantity of silver. poor in sooke more and add fresh vitrioL Bv this dccoctioa the iron is traxkUBUtcd into ccpper. thoagh they are at present anknown to a&. withoot any other metal. and wash it carefully so that it may be quite deaik Receive the quicaathrer in a b^ made of soft leather or cotton and squeexe it out. soch as copper^ tin. Let that ««»»«Ty. if it tinges an iron plate to the colour of copper. If the copper is made it all passes away to the quicksilver. and that these are not rereakd by God bfcacse we are not worthy of knowing then. and the silver will forthwith ascend to the sixteenth degree. however. It is not. and the more effectually it does this the better it is man. God twanifr<»% the lesser^ bat the greater is kept occult until the tine of knowledge and of Ellas who is to cook. Let them pass into a state <^ flux or liquefaction. Of coarse the change of iron into copper b not of the same importance as the change of iron into gold. one pound : add quk^sihrer. Anstode. But whoever can work well with regale will be abundantly rewarded. the better it is considered. If the acerom be ^^p'-^'H.

The species. subjected to a strong fire. A third test is when it transmutes iron into copper. while this rust is immediately reduced to the best and most permanent copper.b where most operators £ul. and no oMre vitriol The Economy of Minerals. If the copper be dissolved in aqua fortb and granulated. therefore^ are reckoned according to the tests. This should be selected in preference to all the others. That which is of a pale sky blue colour should be selected before all others for the preparof the green and the white oil. and besides these there is a fountain in Hungary. even with slight liquefaction. its whole substance is Vitrioli and any iron thrown into it is at once consumed and turned to rust. for there is the greatest affinity between these two metals. That which is altogether ccerulean is not so strong in medicine as that which under the same colour has red and yellow spots mixed together. all the copper becomes vitrioL There b no more copper left. . also. txumed into copper. So. By the abo>i-e>mention<d process you can always make copper out of iron. the better should it be esteemed in both faculties. exhibits copper of itself. The nature of \itrioI b such that if its colcothar be calcined it b at once. but of great excellence in Alchemy. That which inclines to a red or dark yellow colour is best for preparing the red oil from it. Nor is this remarkable when by means of borax water quicksilver is made in like manner from lead. . This is comparatively weak in Medicine. A fourth test is when its red colcothar. 103 considered to be as a medicine. or rather a torrent. The more perfectly and the more rapidly it does this. CHAPTER XVI. which derives its origin from Vitriol. I mentian thb to confirm the transmutation of one body into another. There are other kinds of cachimiaB which convert metals . nay. by means of fire and bellows. We must not omit to speak of its colours. copper b made oat of vitriol.\ remarkable cuprine nature b in ic and there b also an equally remarkable Wtriolic nature in copper. The last test is when with gall nuts it makes a very black and dark ink.

unless it be reconverted into vitriol by » suffidcnt quantiry of aquafo'tts. then at last man will use his Intdlt* gence and live as a man. instead of indulging in revelry and debauchery. Thl^ kind of kinship between vitriol and copper is remarkable. with every good dispo!<iition. Will this not move you lawyers? Lbten to what Christ says : '* Woe unto you. you who think so ntuch more of your returns and your salaries than about your iiick fulk^ . but like it.CONCERNIP^G THE VIRTUES OF VlTRIOL. for the sake of your own conscience. the sapphire »tone. say. to stronger ones in distilled wine. and it would be much more to our credit if we looked into these and investigated ibeni. still nouecAn deny that ibcrc \h btent i« vitriol a lincture. Since. anotlier shall l>c finished olTby diseasctand the remaining third only iball be saved ajid stur>'ive. this matter [ Note other f^cts about the oil of vitnol. If the oil uf quicksilver and this oil of vitriol be joined and ihus coagulated according to their own special process^ a sapphire of marvellous nature and condition is produced. Whatever is of the iiAture of copper gives gocxl vitrioL Thus verdigris gives good Mid highly Ki'^duaied blue vitriol. which ]« of mutrh higher esfcelltncc than inoii people iraaj^ne. It purges remains. and the love of your neighbour. Hence it is evident that stupendous «ecrtts lie hidden m Nature and in the different creau'ofls of Nature or of God . At present the palm b given to debauchery. Let love constrain you^ so that by night and by day you may be occupied hereini. nor will he act the swine. that when you sec those unlucky and unhapi>y creatures suffering from critical di:^a!»c. not a« a brute . For the most severe pains in the stomach and discomforts arising from the inordinate use of food or drink* exhibit crude Vitriol to the extent of six cometz or three drops. To weak patients it should be administered in wine or in water. of live in caves and dens of the earth.. you will seriously milect and not despise or lightly e&teetn the gifts implanted! by God in vitriol. IN MeUICINE. It must needs be that the present condition and order of things go to destruction and be aliogctbcr eliminated. Then . then* I have so far communicated to you these facts about vitriol. with a wonderful tinge. In the present condition of depravity the world cannot last or the arts Bourish. Although for us to discu«>s these nuiltcrs at any length would perhaps be ridictiItjus. until one-third part of mankind or of the populaiiun of the world shall be killed. It ij» not. concerning which I have much more to 6ay.11 lost will flouri*h the Golden Age : that is. Happy he who understands. but all ready to do anything for his neighbour's good. indeed. CrUDE OR CaLCINED. lawyer* 1 " This saying is not effete. for God's glory. I now pray you all. Nor do y^u theologians place a stumbling block in the way. otherwise no good ihiug can be compassed. three grains. and none be found takmg his ease.

As the Acetum wastes pour on fresh. nor digridion purge so strongly or cure so perfectly as this. out every failing from the roots. too. in the treatise entitled De Naturalibus Rebus. its acetosity and its saltness. Its medicinal virtues are contained in other medical books. then. God wills that the lesser operations shall be performed first. Let us see. as is understood in other arts. Throw in an ounce and a half of Sal Armoniac. nor have they the same faculty for driving out worms. without the admixture of any other metal. unless as an adjunct to surgical treatment for putrid ulcers of the first grade of malignity . take one pound of iron filing. On this account it is a much nobler medicine than others. with a quarter of a pound of Vitriol. or. Its colcothar. for instance. that is to say. as they call it. Although. These properties accrue to it from its twofold nature. Sometimes medical topics tempt one to stray from one's set purpose. nor colocynth. or Grilla. as. You only sell this treasure ! I04 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. the purgation by Vitriol is of all methods the best.These are they who pass by on the Jericho road. and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Be you like the Good Somaritant and follow the example of hU virtue. driving it up and down. Here we had intended only to treat and to bring to one focus what it does for Alchemy in the way of transmutation. and that the greater ones should remain occult until the Elias of the Art arrives. Neither hellebore. Over these pour one measure of the strongest Acetum. giving the formula at the outset. Boil all together. it is not so difficult a work to transmute iron into gold. and half-a-pound of Mercury. what Vitriol does in Alchemy beyond the transmutation of iron into copper. Then God will so enlarge your gifts that in helping the skk you ^all suffer no lack' All that you need shall be given you. but its oil may be taken for those of the second or third grade. and also Vitriol. as we described above. In arcana it is called Vitriol Grillus. then. After twelve hours let the chief part of the Iron which has been transmuted be entirely separated with Mercury from the other part of the Iron which has not . Now. its red Caput Mortuum^ should not be taken internally. For curing the falling sickness. All arts have some one person specially their own.

been transmuted . there will remain a paste of amalgam. As we said above. and both are coagulated together. Verdigris. Having dealt with the Salts. in like manner. let us now pass on to Sulphur. exhibits a Spagyric Vitriol of highest degree. It has as many diiferent virtues as it has variety of sources : for every metal or mineral contains Sulphur in itself. So also from the colcothar of vitriol Venus is made (as we have mentioned above among the tests). though not fixed but ready to be fixed in regale^ so that therefrom the industrious Artist may have moderate gain for food and clothing. which is not brought back to vitriol of itself except by a special water. though he can who understands its arcana. six degrees being held back. and when this is reduced by fire it exhibits the purest copper. Sulphur should properly be called the resin of the earth. Concerning the Threefold Sulphur of Minerals. As often as Oil of Vitriol is mixed with Oil of Mercury. The Economy of Minerals. having" been washed to that whiteness which is seen in snow. operates in a wonderful way. that minerals were likewise enclosed in their rinds^ and that the chief excellence lay concealed in their nucleus. they change to a stone of wonderful tint and condition. Half an ounce of this is at once mixed with an equal part of silver. by means of the Isopic art. and when the Mercury has been pressed out by a leather. very like a sapphire. when cleansed from impurities. Its arcanum alone. This does not return again to copper. Vitriol is also made from Venus. under the similitude of chestnuts and other nuts. In Vitriol so great and powerful a. dissolved by means of aquafortis and granulated. thoug-h its crude form is useful in neither. tincture lurks as an inexperienced person could scarcely believe. it must be understood that it is the interior one . so w^ith regard to Sulphurs. which is sustained and nourished by the external integuments. 105 CHAPTER XVJl. and in it are latent numberless virtues available in both faculties.

so that nothing shall perish with the gold. of red talc. The second kind is where it assumes a metallic or mineral appearance. one containing more than another. on which account it is to be sought before all others in Alchemy » because it easily admits of fixation. it fixes the gold in cements. There is also a third kind. is made volatile . as in the embryonate of Venus. I could say more than this. whoever wishes to turn his hand to these things. o{ gold or iron marcasite. which we have said to be a resin of the earth. and afterwards coagulated. and cleverly withal. But sometimes it is not found mixed naturally with other ingredients. and in other metals where it is not yet mature or volatile. the other is a pure and living fire which destroys with equal facility a log of w^ood or a disease. on account of its specific origin. passing from the fixed stage." It is of universal application in both faculties. as being the Sulphur of gold. This. the third. One. but only gold. it has to be extracted from its minerals by means of aquafortis. Now. etc. The external Sulphur. as it were. let him first of all remember and carefully note to separate Sulphur of this kind from gold with the greatest activity. but I must be silent. these rarely lack gold. the mother and the father of other sulphurs. is our mineral. which cannot have a better name in the art than ** animated *' and ** Spagjric. and is Spagyrically termed enibrj^onated. it contains no silver. If it were not diametrically to oppose the will of . There are two conditions of this embryonated Sulphur which are worthy of notice. but it is now embrj'onated . is Animated Sulphur. in which the embryonated lies concealed. The extraction of the embryonated Sulphur is brought about either by sublimation or by descent.which excels the others. extracted from the nuclei of minerals or of metals. nay. In order to better comprehensioni the first Sulphur. when set aside according to its true concordance^ contains within itself a golden nature. so that being unable through its great subtlety to stand the heat of the fire in preparations of this kind. But gold is vainly sought therefrom unless it shall have previously existed there by Nature. stone. which is rcpurged from these and exists SpagjTically pure from all superfluities. we name universal.

He has summoned the spirit of transmutation whereby the mineral Sulphur is joined to linseed oil. but both oi such a nature that one will not mix with the othen The white liquid sinks to the bottom. but to no purpose. that this Art is the father which arranges all things. and remaining there for three years at least. But any crystal or beryl placed therein at the proper time. and thence. it would be the easiest thing possible to make all rich alike by a very io6 Tlu Hermetic and Alckemical Wriiings of Paracelsus. which has not been sufliciently tinted by Nature. The same result follows with a jacinth . and to fulfil the wishes of everj^body. few words. and wherever it is placed it can be found at night without a light. because the matter is weak and useless for this Art. is. and putting pride and self-sufficiency in their piace» together with petulance and incontinence. that nothing can be generated from the woman without her husband. They have seen. taking away humility and piety. rendered so clear and bright that it shines by night like a natural carbuncle. one as white as milk. the red floating on the surface. thick and oily. with a translucent green tint inserted. But since riches altogether lead aside the poor frora the right path. It is also a most excellent tincture for dlher gems. and from thence afterwards a twofold liquid. The leader of our Art has directed his disciples to a recognition of this fact. in course of time. one would rather hold one's tongue. To come to mineral Sulphur.God. as well as for . \cry red and as thick as blood . I know that nothing has been done or can be done in this way. Likewise a ruby. is transmuted into a stone very like a jacinth. therefore. Attempts have been made to go farther. the other like oil. by means of decoction a certain form results in the shape of a liver or a lung. leaving poverty as a bridle against these faults in those who are at once poor and greedy of wealth. and make a white tincture from the white liquid . and in the sapphire the coerulean colour is increased beyond the natural hue.

and lays aside the calx of Sol. whoever has the Tincture of Sol. With the Sulphur of Saturn [it is transmuted into] the best steel . They have failed . exalts its own body to such a degree that Venus. must first learn by means of Alchemy carefully to accomplish its preparation. or minium. and Saturn is strengfthened and fixed by its own [sulphur]. so that it will stand the test of lightning. so that it bears the ignition of Venus. will be able to bring the body of gold beyond Its natural degree. but does not fix it. Enough on this topic. Some persons have tried also to extract tinctures from the metals. is taken for the Lydian stone. from twenty-four to the thirty-six. So. The Sulphur of Sol tinges Luna. or spirit. so that it no longer affords any ceruse . In the greater virtues it is not so much to be trusted for acting. not of virtue. It is well nigh the most difficult of all alchemical operations so far as preperation is concerned. This oil excels only in tints. so intensely that it cannot ascend higher. This. If this be placed therein» it grows black. because there is a tincture of colour only in it. so that it stands lightning. is very certain.Luna. with an equal weight of this Luna. into excellent iron. 107 Sulphur. but. but it would not be well to set down here the cause of their failure. and beyond. though it be not fixed until it has arrived at its complete stage of perfection. tin is fixed with its own Tlie Ecofwniy of Minerals. though it still remains constant and fixed in antimony and in every quartation. There occur also with the other sulphurs transmutations oi things put in them into some other bodies than their own. nevertheless. The Sulphur of Mercury renders its own body malleable. that is to say. with the Sulphur of Jupiter. But this experi- . The Sulphur of Venus fixes copper. however. it does not tinge. too. The Sulphur of Luna. too. but not its ashes. Whoever wishes to work with this tincture.

What lA electrum 1 what is gold ? juid what i* silver T and thAt in this way no rash measure* may be taken. These difTerent kind^ of electrum certain aldsemicat Kiolssta and artist a reckoned as silver. In like manner.^ and ^o that tilver cotild be produced from copper. from copper. that the true arcanum of the stone was contained in these. b made orichakum. Cokcekming THE AjLCHfiMICAL ViKTU£5 IK Aasenic. They had wrought a transmutation in themselves rather than in the metals ! And what wonder? They approached this work without judgment. and the red tincture in the calamine stone. they took it for silver or for ||old. namely.* It seems right to connect Arsenic generically with Sulphurs rather than with Mercuries. 1 point otit this tn order (bat error may be Avoided. with desire of gold. swelling with jaundice. meanwhile. and this b called red electrum. thought the white and red elect rum were silver and gold until they found out the contrary by tests.— A Certain name was invented and put forth by our anceston. tb« Geneva fdio offers considerable VAmtiom from the text as it stands abo\'«. too. And not content with that they went on perversely in order to arrive at fixation. and to treat it immediately after Sulphurs. as so many of those who embark in the Art at the present day do. when they saw in arsenic the white Tincture of Venus. COKCERNIKG ArSENIC USED FOR AlCHEMY. When its redness is removed it i* called electrum. It should be remarked. or rather sophists. . Electrum is a metal proceedings from another metal. and a sort of yellow dropsy. and that doe consiideration may be given to the question*. and persevered until they had neither house nor possession left. and did nol leave off Ihcir investigations so long as a house or a court remained. and unlike the metal Trom which it descends For example : Copper turns to white metal. believing. Also. labouring at chemistry. and jtomeltmca took in place of gold . not a mere boaster or charlatan. nor did they understand or believe: anything ctte save that thk wa& silver . Omitting the name of electrum. and possessing no knowledge of minerals and metals. CHAPTER XVIII. there has forthwith followed the ruin of those * In thk c&i«. that Sulphur demands a ver)^ expert operator.ment does not turn out as desired. Some old chemists. and learnt that they had been engaged in a vain work. electrum. by means of cadtnia. Since the time when the name of electrum given by the ancients passed into oblivion. that is.

but nothing of a fijted character is present. Take the metal arsenic. It has been a constant custom in alchemy that io8 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and such is its proper name. There is a good deal of seduction for juniors to desert the method of their elders. and Is prepared to abide by his own opinion. because they have no knowledge . converts the whole copper into white electrum more worthless than its own copper. steel. There are nuiny recipes of this kind which it is not neceasary to recount. No one need Incur great expend for this substance. a residuum is Irfi .Now. and it is rendered so subtle tliat nothing whatever remains. and because it is nol fixed it is consomed. etc. and devote time and labour to a more useful work? The ancients called Electrum by its proper name. and no longer resembling that from which it was made. whereupon there began for die aJcbemists destruction^ exile. to keep one*s money. because they knew the Electrum itself. cement the same with Venus in the usuaJ manner. then. and in this way many are deceived. What need is there to deprave metals at great expense? Would it not be better to leave the copper in its own natural essence. and ki incur loss. and no longer remains in the right path. but electrum . who aUo have well weighed their own error in seeking it in vain etsewbere. For example : arsenical metal» prepared according to the form of metallic preparation. but judges lUiiig^ for himielf. and you will fim! a targe quantity of electrum to the copper. The ancients called this substance electrum. the moderns. It is not that silver is produced. but rather commoner^ So by dissolving it in graduated water it leaves a calx. cemented with Venus in the accustomed manner. Our forefatlier& avoided all loss because they knew what they were about . and disappointed hopes. To define Electrum : it is a metal made from some other by Art. but it vanLshev. So. They are well known to artistic who follow me in this chapter. That has been the destruction ot modern chemists. it is better to leave copper as copper ip its own form* In no respect \% its electrum better. who changed that name into fictitious g^old and silver. The modems call it silver — its improper name. misery. All that conies of it is. t will lay before you a certain mulicament. he labours in vain^ thus atoning for his fault and incurring grievous loss. that electrum lost its name and was called silver. but also in iron. because it costs a good deal to make electrum. and when the pupil wishes to be more learned than the master. the moderns falsely call it silver* The ancients were not losers. Eventually matters came to this crisU. tin. the rij>iug getieration do not know. Thus not only in copper. prepared in a metallic way .

as has already been ftttid. and ver>^ seldom lacks gold. and time* Now. One thiiig is wantiDf to them for a foundation— to know electrum and other substances when they see them. however full of braln». a«d lU circulation in a reverbcratory of reeds for some weck»» or b>' some similar process.^ Moreover. do not get at the foundMion of the matter. li regjirds only electra. like r«l glas^ for its hardness. Arsenic haA been rendered like crystal. or may be remlcreH. namely. or lead by attraction . too. aiid in potency i» equivalent to tbe ipecie^s already mentioned^ Some have precipiuicd it. and it ha*. but only at the electric Mtageofit. oo. by deitceat. by another method of preparation. liejice ofjemlors have tried to fix arsenic. light weight. into silver. or a projection. a red colour . and to transmute it into another essence. since in Alchemy all mistakes are constantly propped up with some new hope. By this method it is rendered red and yellow. it has been attempted lo deal with this. Thence it ensued that the Arsenic became red and brittle like coral. It is nearly always found golden.of Electrum^ throw away their faculties. There i» no place for ihe virtues of this arsenic in medicine. labour. from its ore. and the heads. red and beauiiful'. and that this gold. and prove of greater efficacy. Then they understand of them- . contain gold . \t was tried to fix Arsenic by means of reverberations for some weeks. can sometimes be separated in a cement. Hereupon followed the reverbcraliwn of arsenic. Then by descent and precipitation they elTected nothing more than by their calcinations. the chance that it may be. but of no use in Alchemy except for Electrum. Wherefore it is neccsj. Thus it happens that in Alchemy obstinate men are deceived because they do not learn thoroughly from the foundation all the terms of the^Art. It is true that Arsenic does» in its own natural condition. and fragility.>ar>i' that e%-ery* ot3e it) the^ things should be farsighled. as it generally is. but it does not therefore follow that this is produced by his operations and his tinctures. led many artists astray. which. as was just now said. as is the case with many investigations shall be made with persistent good hope. and bj"" other devices. He who has not full knowledge and comprehension) of at! iiainct doc* nothing. or otherwise. It means only that the gold which was there before has been derived by a process of separation. approached. or even reached. on account of their ignorance and inexperietice. by the industry of the artist. better. and yet not all the operators in this way have reaped the fruit of their labours or arrived at the result they contemplated. copper.

So. The Economy of Minerals. because. Arsenic. by means of Alchemy » it is brought to a solid substance and into a metallic colour. This cannot be properly termed a metal. So far. if an operator is skilled in separating gold from arsenic. Whoever has prudence ought to be sufhcienily skilful for this purpo^^ If lie has it not. or from gold. or what it is advisable to write. It is of a wonderful naturet . or it shall is«ue forth from a tincture. Concerning Quicksilver. To follow \\{\& up so that a tincture shall be produced. such as silver. Having dealt with salts and sulphurs. lead. etc. or by another process. Nevertheless it often happens that arsenic ib auriferous in itA nature. perhaps tin. according as anyone has experience therein. nothing which it U lawful and expedieTil to make known. but the gold is in the arsenic. is nothing . CHAPTER XIX. is rarely without gold. copper. Otherwise error is apt to arise easily in both faculties. atui of excellent quality too. but it is called a metaj for this reason. The num who follows no other guide is not in a «taie of sulucrviencc to any. which comes from auriferous districts. at least. The only point of importance is that the separation shall be properly made. It can only be known as the chief material of Alchemists. have I g-iven concerning Arsenic what I know. which will stand the test. separation. or lead. whether by a cement or by Aome method of projection. copper. who are able from it to make gold..selves whether they can progress with electrum or not. especially. so that he may understand. Let everybody first of all diligently examine its name. and kindred proce&ses. without doubt he will find it to be gold. sometimes being fixed and sometimes not fixed. then. log other substances. Vou should follow the guidance of your own ]udgtu«nt. let him altogether abstain^ No faculty can subdue itself . whether with refcreuce to medicine or to alchemical operations. and the whole matter lies in depurgation. which is only at lengfth discovered by the result. silver. I know nothing mtirc of arsenic and it* species l>eyond what t hfive put forward . but rather a metallic water. we come to Quicksilver. and contains gold in it^ Now. too. and even iron. but failure must ensue if due order and a genuine mode of procedure have not been preserved. so that be can reduce that gold to some metal.

mercury* and rulphur. it shews itself to be the first material of Alchemists in metallic degrees. But before he deals with the metals themtelvc*. gold.itures. Archeus (the occult nirtue of Kature) in^titut(» the iirM operation of inctal% so as to produce them and distini.i)lsh them into their forms and n. First of alt^ when the salt^ xi^ separated from Are. 1 say these are metallic bodies since they have chiefly the first metallic matter. These things being so ordered. especially those which liquefy by heat without fire. for instance. and Xh at lirst divided into two genera. a separation of uietals follows. the $pirit of Milt. to which they fly.> (tbc occult dispenser of Nature). brilluncy. Out of ihe^. firstly. Salt. as it were. or any other property. but in such a maJiner that these three arc one. In a word. cobleta. that U^ tnalier abundant in tnetals^ being something which metab are unable to bear or conUiin vrithin them. CHAPTER XX. copper. It consists of Sulphur. silver. auripigments. tDarcaJiiie b produced which h* unfit to become % metaU and yet in thai marter it so rc!iide» that at first out of Arc« there grows that matter of the metals^ And it \% the first matter.'"' chiseta red and white. nor is it a metal. . the spirit of mercury. whether you have regard to colaijjr.inscrutable save after great labour. and arc incorporated with them as metals. such are marcasites. granata. after whi(^ the superfluity emerg4^ along a simple line into its own ylLadum (chaos). and purges the three. and the «pirk of sulphur. gem-like bodies. an animal without feet. Of these all mctaU and minerak consiiit. form. Concerning CACHiMii© and Imperfect Bodies. But since together with them there is incorporated a metallic enemy. etc. etc. and in others by flux. he ej«:ts the superfluity which abounds in tall. various talcics. and Mercur>% The first and last matter it discloses in liquefactions of the metals. iron. and derive their origin from the first three metallic bodies. but metallic . or convert into their own form. perfect and imperfect antimoniacs. they can only be separated • Marcasites arc to be found in all genera. and the heaviest of all metals. and the chief arcanum in medicine. cmisi^ting of three things. arsenicals. For they are DOlhing else than the superfluity of mctaU. It is a water which wets nothing it touches. There is another kind of mineral bodies which is not saline.

I lo TJu Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and passes into a state of flux. each of the minerals^ that ijt to say mercury* sulphur. it barely admits of malleation. etc. but of no brightness or metallic glitter . consL4iing of s^Jt^ sulphur* and mercur>'. antimoniacs. the white and the yellow. for this is derived from the spirit of salt* \\x*A a» gravity ih derived from mercury in all three. It avoids mixture with anything else. not that which is commonly so known. as marcasites.nurcftsite* aiKi cachlmias Here it is coagulated into a mineral. For Hulphur and cachimlee acquire their colour from salt. settles in its o^m place. cobleta . In its preparation it is almost as wonderful as Mercury itself. auripigmentals. Some of those spoken of consist chiefly of Sulphur. But if the separation be properly effected. chiseta. as all belonging to talc. nor the process of its separation. according to the imperfect metallic Sulphur arranged in them. »aJt. . but a peculiar kind in which various metals are found to be adulterated. Its ultimate matter has not yet been discovered. There arc different enemies of this kind which practise robber)' against the metals. others in the body of Mercury. but these cannot be perfectly welded until some method of separation is discovered. An imperfect metal is made from cobleta. just as if anyone seeking refuge with a companion should be robbed in his house and killed b}' the very man whose help he asked. It differs much in colour from the others. by means of Alchemy when set free from the tjTanny of this foe. of a liquefiable nature and not malleable. t. as is the case in iron and steel. is of a blacker colour than lead and iron. so that scarcely anything can be made from it. This admits of liquefaction. and remains a special glass much to be admired among minerals. of which the last has not yet been found. There is no doubt it is a promiscuous race from the male and female. Metallic grains are found also in torrents. Of thejie three all minerals consists— Z'<' Eiematfo A^ttoTract Iff.. the white from the predominance of mercury. as arsenicals. which also they need for many purposes. There are two colours of marcasites. Others in Salt. c. There is another similar body called zinchinum . Yellow inarcasite obtains its colour from the predominiuice of sulphur .

The Economy of Minerals. will predominate. sometimes sulphur. a. which in sulphur and such mercury is of this property. III . then coagulate. They are liquefied and bear the hammer . Some times mercury."*" CHAPTER XXI. as two very light things which first fly away. and that which predominates forms a mineral^ In marcasites sulphur and mercury prevail. Colours. such as silver and gold. on account of their outer form. But cachimia is more fixed and solid than marcasite. Some granates of another kind are clear as crystal. which are all derived from one matter. which is separated by Archeus into Yliadum. sometimes salt. Perfect and Imperfect . so that it may receive no injury from the fi)-e. as they are accustomed to do to copper and to lead. all of which are. are fixed in it. and FIRST concerning SaTURN. yellow. is owing to the imequal manner in which the three prime principles are combined. which flow to them. but still are not capable of being made into any implement. receiving them from sulphur and mercury as one or the other predominates. so in cachimiae. The properties of these bodies cannot be known unless they are revealed by Alchemy. comprehended under two names. After the superfluity more completely departs". Many contain adulterated metals. Thus marcasite is the superfluity abounding in the first matter of metals in Arcs. nevertheless. Concerning Metals free by Nature.and are called granates. Mercury a similar one. there is more salt and less of the other principles. Saturn has obtained a body the blackest and densest of all (though white. tabulated and fissile. also. out of the nature of salt. Thus originate cachimis. They consist of a certain dense kind of Sulphur. and Salt one * A^ in the generation of marcasites. and there is gold and silver in them.^ c. The superfluity Is ejected from the prime principles. It has all colours. by reason of its fixed salt. and become very heavy. though they are not altogether absent. OR LeAD. The multiplicity of these genera. and red inhere therein). whence afterwards are generated about thirty forms of marcasite and cachimis. white and red. —Ibid.

These can be separated one from the other. and Mercury'. not that other gold out of which is made iron. to minium. Its Mercur>\ too. Tin is made up of white fixed Sulphur and fixed Salt but of Mercury not fixed. darkness. transmuted separately into its mercurial part. contrary to tin and lead. they wou!d be able with due cause to rejoice . and the female iron. and purified from all the acridity. and these in Art become twenty-four grains in the highest grade of perfection. and it marries itself : that is. like the rest. Lastly. and of the tree from which gold is to be produced. is by Nature perfectly separated from all terrestrial and accidental superfluity. not in Mercury. steel the male. And because it is fixed in body. not. [ When these three meet together in one. so that nothing of this kind appertains to it. to g^Iass. This Sulphur is one part of the primal element. Iron is coagulated into the hardest metal of all. This is its universal test. and when this is absent it is no longer a metal but an evanescent body* Iron and steel are not of the Hque* fiable Sulphur. and lastly. the spirit passing" away by the fire . Nature exhibits thirty-two grains of gold. two metals are found in one.above all others fusible. and vitriolic nature of Salt. etc. now that it rejoices in its lucidity and transparency. bitterness. copper. By corruption It is easily reduced to its spirit. from which gold is generated. and into extreme perspicuity. and if Alchemists could have this as something easily discoverable in its tree and root. Gold is generated from the very ' purest Sulphur^ perfectly sublimated by Nature. always of one and the same condition or degree. it easily loses its metallic fusion. to white or yellow cerussa. each for its special use. purged from all its dregs and spurious admixtures » and exalted to such a transparency that no metal can corporeally ascend higher. acerbity. The cause of this is that the gold is . for it is the true Sulphur of the philosophers out of which gold is made. the gold is decocted into a mass. however. Salt is the third part of| the primal essence of gold. Salt. as roses from rose-seeds — gold which is brought to its supreme crj^stalline brightness. which Mercury of the Philosphers is the second part of the primal matter of gold.

But it is especially inequality in the weights of the three primals which has effect. errors occur by means of these hindrances .The old philosophers called this state esse. it happens that the degrees of the gold are deteriorated or diminished too . but these can be removed by means of antimony. essence. In Sulphur nothing should be looked for but a body. in which. in Salt confirmation. but 1 1 2 The Hernutic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. but beyond that the matter is occult. in the decoction oi the preparation. Directly one of these leaves his feeding-place he grows lean. of the stars or of the elements sometimes hinder the generation of gold. Natural objects clearly shew that they are compounded of the four elements . With too much Mercury it grows yellow.nourished in its tree as a cow in its pastures. or an epicurean in his cook-shop and eating-house. and quartations. which do not exist anywhere else as it does therein . because the trinity acquires a condition of unity in which the natural motion reposes and settles the degree. in Merciii*)' all virtue. as. The accidents. so that it becomes ruder and less tractable in its nature. and with a too plentiful supply of Sulphur it is rendered red. and so is it with gold . just as much as in the work of man. But that magnetic virtue should deservedly be called a fourth esse{nQl element) since it attracts the medicine to the Mercur>' in which It is found. and nnedicine. property. however. And as some of these feeding-places are occasionally inferior. In Nature. for instance. though these are corrosive rather than nutritive or strengthening. Too great a portion of Salt renders it too pale. or rather the incidents. we try to keep some of the elementary powers. so that Nature's sum total of twenty-six is reduced in Art to ten. They are made up only of the three we have spoken about I which possess a magnet common to them all* This. but rather as in a dead body from which the spirit has departed. it is diminished by eight degrees. . cements. In the ultimate separation. attracts to itself the Irinitj^ of essence. the remains of the fire of wine in Acetum.

and when these fade the fruit is not always found at the extremities of the twigs. By the preponderance of Sulphur everything is burnt up. like so many worms. so that they are held as one. when both are welded for use. then. iron. The difference of fixation between gold and silver can easily be learnt by considering that gold is masculine. when by its superfluity it has suppressed the other ingredients. as the female. tin. The last contains within itself the male and female. that is. which can no longer be corrupted . occasionally in its very midst. red Salt. on which flowers are produced (as we see on the earth). and Mercury. except when this is done chemically for purposes of the Art. If. the Mercurj' loses most of its weight. naturally prepared and fixed to the highest degree of purity and transparency. silver. but sometimes a hundred paces farther off in the tree. not in antimony. and the female will afford no scoriae at all. or in royal cement. as steel and iron are . On malleation and fusion they differ from each other only as steel and iron. and if it be again reduced to a metal after separation. Copper is produced by the brow^n Sulphur. and has the male virtues ver)^ strongly fixed.however. they are not commonly separated. Salt. in ashes. the gold grows up to a tree. steel. has them weaken They are of one and the same primal matter. just as on earth by the too great heat of the sun. the scoria . Silver is composed of white Sulphur. and dilTer as to colour and fixing in no other way than as the male and the female. the Salts preponderate. are seven in number. The metals. or in quartation. consumes the flowers of the tree. or some degrees towards the surface of the earth* It will sometimes happen that nothing but Mercury is produced. and yellow Mercury decocted into a metal. This contains within itself its masculine element. while silver. . and are not separated by Nature. next after gold. however. and can be separated in the same way. their corrosive nature. and copper. lead. so that two different metals are thence produced. it returns to masculine copper. exclusive of Mercur)% namely gold. All these matters being thus arranged by Nature. spreading forth first from the root by the trunk to its branches and twigs. and since they possess the same malleability and power of being wrought.

loo. as is the case with gold. A fitting treatise on the natural generation of metals was absolutely necessary in order that it might be understood what is meant by the regeneration of metals brought about through Alchemical Art. then. iron. Here ends the Economy of Minerals. Often the two are found together. Whoever has not understood in this way will be little likely to get at the knowledge by his own unaided endeavours. the one not hindering the other. silver. So. each by itself. and what instruments she employs. as gold and silver naturally mixed with others. The opinion of all those who philosophise on this Art is that the Artist in this profession ought in all things exactly to imitate Nature. . also steel and iron together. or being separated one from the other. that metals are not always found with their mascu- The Ecofiomy of Minerals. THE COMPOSITION OF METALS* T F any one denies that there is great efficaqr in the Composition of ^f etats I so far as relates to supernatural affairs. 1 1 3 line and feminine portions separated by Nature. just as we see on the earth diflferent fruits engrafted on the trunk of one tree. and hring^ forward so many proofs as shall support our own opinion and force him . on account of their subtlety.It should be remarked. as gold and silver in one metal. and steel. Sometimes two adulterated metals are found. Let him who investigates this difficult and abstruse matter be not so much the disciple of Art as of Nature. Conclusion. or tin and lead. we will answer him. especially when several of diverse primal nature meet in one body. it was necessary to say and to understand how Nature works in the innermost parts of the earth.

altered. quintessences. Moreover. and. Go1d» indeed. even supernaturally so. if we rightly consider it. power. It has been seen good to call this body electrum. will be of no avail unless you first prepare them according to our method in which we will instruct you. and we are not prepared to deny that leprosy. calces. and united in the fire. The other metals. salts. transmuted into another essence. after being deprived of their metallic nature. since you will hear of them when we come to treat concerning the Life ol the Metals. but we%\ill pass over these for the moment. balsams. and operations.to subscribe thereto. and these not by any means to be despised . than exist in a latent form grafted by Nature on metals in their rude condition. compounded. Nor are we unaware that exterior ulcers and wounds are ctxred by copper and mercury. that is. f But metals cannot be used in medicine without injury. if you have not pre* viously reduced them to their arcana. even though it be present in them. mixed together. you must certainly hold that in one body were conjoined and linked together all the virtues of the seven metals. can be thereby removed from the human frame. But we greatly desire that our electrum should be compounded. shew themselves to be much greater. and then administered them to the patient. moreover. is the noblest of all. the most precious and primar^^ metal. Vou can hope for little result from them unless the preparation which Alchemy teaches shall have preceded their administration . If we consented to pass * A considcmble poitioD of tbu tract belongs more properly to tbe lecUoo concerned «dtb Hermetk Medicine. For if the seven metals were. the supernatural force or effect of the metals. have each their own excellences. The work Dr Com^ctitionf Mttathrum \h printed in separate form in the Easle Svo^ hut jt . oils. which is somewhat shortly discussed in the foreKoing treatUe. since it can afford great and mar%'ellous results in proportion as it is revealed by practice. Its efficacj-. but U U intcrted nt thU point for the further illustration of the subject of electrum. In those solid and rude metals are only those powers wherewith God and Nature herself have endowed them. crocuses or the like. in all its forms. tinctures. in just and due order. too. unless they be first comminuted.

remarkable coins. but that what had been hidden by the more than Cimmerian darkness of the sophists should now. and has nothing of a cbemioU nature. which of old w*ere hidden in the earth.ur as the Archidoxi$ Mtigka: are concerned. bells. also. made out of this. directly it is taken in hand it betrays the poison by breaking out into a sweat and projecting spots. this promiic b not fulfilled. efficacy. since they admit of no comparison with our electrum* If any appliance used for food or drink be made of this material and diligently w*atched» it will be impossible for any poison or drug to be placed in it.really conttituie« the sixth book of the Arxkid^jtii Ma^um^ && they Are found in the Geneva folio. we should consider that we were doing it an injurj^ : but since its operation and mighty power surpass belief. We do not . dishesi and other utensils made of the said material* There still remain in our age many necklaces and ornaments. after a long season. It is just a mark of the ignorance of our age that it cares nothing for such objects as these. But possibly. and as though in difficulty . shekels. which is devoted to the sigils of the planets. seals. understood them. Possibly Poracdjius intended to cany his subject further than the seventh book. figures. We will defer for the moment any mention of the rude and solid metals. such as rings^ bracelets. The Composition of Metals. we deem it necessary to pronounce an culogiiim on its virtues and efficacy. a reference Is intended to the first book C^nctrmng th* Nainrt m/ Tkingi. When they were dug up nobody. and influence of the planets and the stars of Olympus » that for very pity. come to light again. t So f. or very few. For this reason our ancestors used to have their drinking-cups. 115 over its praises in silence. because in our electrum there is so much sympathy towards man through the force. and in their ignorance they gilded them over or tinged them with silver. But God would not have it that such a mystex*y of Nature and such a great treasure of His ow^n should be hid any longer.

There is latent m it an operation and a conjunction of planetary influence which make us the more easily believe that the old Magi in Persia and Chaldsea attempted and accomplished much by its aid. If an epileptic patient put such a ring on the third finger.assume to exhaust the virtues of our electrum. it is a preservation and an antidote against evil spirits. for the same we have seen with our own ^y^s and know by experience. so to avoid such a result it will be safest to pass over these matters in silence. without any suspicion that we are romancing or making up a story. the ring would forthwith give an indication by bursting out in a sweat. since I would not pass over or omit any word in favour of electrum. If we sought to enumerate all the cases specifically. too. These people. to g^ive any occasion of olTence or allow persons to make a . for instance. should be added something which we do not give from the report of others. as we shall shew more fully in our book entitled *' Sympathy. Lastly. too. and would receive w^hat we said with idiotic laughter. however. the crowd o^ fools would be offended." I 2 [i6 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. since they came under our own eyes we shall be able to speak the more freely concerning them. The ribald genius of the sophists would be hurt . however. and as if seized with a sudden sympathy would put forth spots and become depraved in appearance. even though he be so overcome by the violence of the paroxysm as to be prostrated on the ground. We have seen rings. that we can altogether pass unnoticed certain stupendous effects of our electrum . we should indeed enter upon a marvellous chronicle. which removed all fear of paralysis or spasm from those who wore them on their fingers. Not. so that it would presently break forth in an eruption. never suffered from apoplexy or epilepsy. If the abovemcntioned ring be worn on the third finger by a man in whom any ailment is latent and growing. he comes to himself and gets upHere. Over and over again we have been on our guard against scandalising this impious crowd . Not.

would not hesitate to proclaim me Arch-Necromancer. I did not. So. that the material of which it was composed was this electrum of ours. and then drove them away again.handle of this* it will suffice to have touched the subject In few words. At length I began to speculate more thoroughly about this circumstance . For if. But I cannot refrain from telling a miracle which I saw in Spain when I was at the house of a certain necromancer. perhaps. much more can it be that an invisible man can do this. however. a visible man can call another visible man to him by a word. and stands to him in the light of a subject. who are my deadliest enemies. Think not this story a mere fable : the thing really happened. then. whatever he wished. At its stroke all the adulterers and adulteresses in the king's palace were so excited and alarmed that suddenly. Nor be so dense as to hesitate as to whether such properties can exist. as if struck with lightning. you will easily come round to our opinion if you settle it that the interior or . as you know to be the case. the stroke of this bell was so powerful that he produced in the midst many visions of spirits^ of men. I saw many instances of this. not by the aid of a word. visions of many different spectres and spirits. but what I particuaJarly noticed was that when he was going to do anything new. can effect so much. since he commands both the visible and the invisible man. and as soon as the sound and tinkle were heard^ spirits appeared in any form he desired. they rushed over the bridge into the river. and even of cattle. two pounds. he renewed and changed the characters and the names. The Sophists. and force him to do what he wants— when a mere word. and to bring. too. He had a bell weighing. There was more in that bell than one can put into words. You will therefore have no difficulty in believing that Virgirs bell (Nola) was of such a kind as this. Moreover. but by the direction of his thought The inferior always obeys the superior. and of this be ver^^ sure. without the aid of arms. In the interior of the bell he had engraved certain words and characters. and there came Into my mind— ideas which we will pass over in silence here. get so far as to induce this man to impart to me the secret and mystery of the names and characters. and by a stroke of this bell he used to summon.

and thus unfold itself. In the finding of which Thomas of Aquinum and Rupescissa and their disciples. namely. For if gold be placed above mercury. can afterwards be increased and augmented with other Mercurius vivus under the same constellation* This is. then.invisible man is a kind of constellation or firmament. The process Is the same with silver. the two metals will become fixed. an illustration. though they worked hard. Let any one reduce to an amalgam gold and mercury. a great arcanum of Nature. making a conjunction of Sol and Mercury. again. That. that things may be so constellated by celestial impression as to make the operation and virtue which Nature originally determined. as is shewn in other books of the Archidoxis Magica. and discloses or reveals himself only by imagination. And let nobody think it an easy matter so to blend Mercurius vivHS in the fire with harder metals and those of tardier solution— as silver. but with a preponderance of SoL Let him mix and blend them. visible man. This is the Magnesia of the Philosophers. that there are stars in man and that their constellation is so arranged by the Olympian spirit that the man can be led and changed into quite another man. For he remains latent in the senses and thoughts of the exterior. indeed. if you wtlh you can make a tincture on Mercuriusvivm. with little labour. I say that The Composition of Metals. really arise from the good aspect of the higher stars. the gold w*ill be rendered fragile^ and will melt with the greatest ease like w^ax.* I will subjoin. . were unsuccessfu!. 117 the same thing occurs with metals. if you wish. so that the white fume of the mercury touch and penetrate the body of the gold. With these. There will be a similar composition and union of gold or silver with mercury without this conjunction. and soon. So. You will concede^ therefore.

although it Li dry. since they arc mere signs or figure*. words. ^igns. which arc the best reservative^. that the mutaiiosu of time bave singuJar foirce and opemnon. h For it h certain that in the very signs themselves of the planets. and si^lu have a recondite and latent force. even when he docs not take it internally. bcnei^t the liead. no one caa prove thill the metaU are de%'oid of life* Their oili. but we wit! apeak onty of tho«e things which ore difficult. ha>* cnontious power In nourkhlng and su^iLunlng human life. hcrbst and fniitSii have a life of their own. it is altogether ccrtAin. and herein altogether surpais in strength all other simpler. and quintessences. days. Further. asi indeed. inasmuch as metaSs are t>f«: {>ared and elaborated according to time* The efBcacy of time i^ welMcnown. when it is dead. I prove by the example of the kingfisher. together with the observation of the timeft. . or a third the veins T And especLallj'^ in the ca»e of thos^e who dislike to take other remedies into the body. It L^ found that these words have th« same eflfect when they are written on paper. however. with this distinction. Objectors may say that words or characten^ have no force. you remove its skin. harmanisie and agree. . seasonably applied. I therefore boldly assert that Dietali and clones.* Moreover. and not uttered. But how is it that the serpent in Ilelvetia.. Yet none of these results are possible without the air_of the Father of Medicine Himself. you will see that. contrary to their nature. for if. atki hang it up. if they are harmonised and carried . but carries it suspended like a seal from his neck. axe almost contrary to their evidence. By this it ts shewn that characters. then. if the nature and property of the melal. let it not be considered incredible that a man should be cured by medicine. How. if they were devoid of \\it^ could they awaken in the diseased and half-dead membei-s and bodies of men a fresh and vital strength^ and at the very oiitwt re^itore ihem 7 . JesuA Christ. or Suavia. So. and not to be grasped by the 5ienses. and.^AtrA/dijjtn Mag-icfft Lib. the moment they hear the wordv they draw in their tails. That even in dead things there is a certain force. it will annually cast its old feathers and produce fresh ones of the same colour.. without doing harm to any man ? . even xigns. characters. and letterii. and that none at least can compare in eflicacy with the cro*5. another the vision. but. and houra. nor ajoything to do with superstition. Otytt^ Osi . Further. the sigiufication and fomution of the character^. Algovia. sutphurst saU*... lie motion! ass. and exprn mentally proved. why should not a sign or seal compoM^I after this manner have ii<i own force and operation ? And why. and tht* U especially the case when certain mctaU are melted and elaboratttl logelher. undenptand^ the Greek phrase Cj/. Now. equally with root. »hould not such and such a medicine. and lettej^ have their virtues and eificadcs. aft also the influence and operation of the heaven and of the sphere of the planets. also. not in the lex%t opposed to Nature. »top up their ears. the one and true Phj'sician. 15 entirely the ca&e with all our remedies. although in none oftheiw countries ii Greek so common that venomous reptiles can acquire it ? How is it that. indeed.

Nothing aflfects metals in the fire save what is of extreme cold and unable to bear the vehemence of the fire. which with its fume penetrates all other metals. as regards their course. So is it w^ith Mercury in reference to the other metals* Just as it is easy for a spirit to penetrate walls. But this is most important of all : 10 know that the seven planets have greater force in nothing than they possess in their proper metals. do not lose sight of the fact that Mercury is a metallic spirit. and that it cannot be coagulated except by extreme cold. as will be more copiously described in other books on Metallic Transmutations. there reside great force and virtue. which is seen to exhale copiously irom metals in the fire. and. For none can deny that the superior stars and inllucncea of hcas-en ha^e very great weight in transient and mortal aifairs. and be endowed with life and reason. as though they were subataniially present. rule. —y^j'#^. copper. breaks through them. as it were. Many tinctures and Elyxeria {sc) of metals are prepared thus for transmuting metals. a stone. th»t is to say. and sway according to their will the animal man. UK VII 1 1 8 The Hertnetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. If the superior stars and planets are able to control. so it is not difficult for Mercur}^ to penetrate metals. We assert that the most extreme heat resides in Mercury. although he be made according to the image of God. wherein ihey may efiTectually operate. and steel — that they may quickly liquefy. with all their virtue and efficac>'.* The same is the case with common mercury. gold. according to a favourable hour and time. Metals will coagulate this by their fume. Such a metal is arsenic. how much more ought threy to rule an inferior thing. which being liquefied ascends as a spirit from metals while they are in a state of flux. and disposes them to its own nature. even as they arc in the firmament T It i* possible to man himself to bring these into a certain medium.ncr. stones. calcines them. or which ihey to occupy. iron. and images. or an image. after the manner of aJi influence. How many are the wonderful operations and effects of Mercurj^ on the metals ! We cannot detail them all. whether this medium be a metal.about in the required mar. Moreover. and that every spirit is more powerful than a body. upon which they^ impress themselves. metals. But shall w-e send you away empty to some other source? We know from experiment that if Afercuru/s vivas be .

Taurus. begin with the Mcjon in the nindi grade of Leo. or as snow and ice melt before the sun. according to the metzd into which you would convert Venus. We have mentioned this • The fourth Tliook of ihc AtxhtdeisU Mag^iar U eaUiled. Vcnu*. as the case may be„ hnd in the hour of Sol. Luna. or Sagittarius. To tran. Jupiter. as the case may be. Saturn. Jupiter. Libra. or Mercury^ begin with the . according to the metal into which you would convert Lunnu To iran^mnte Venus into Sol. Cancer. even if it be only applied to the flame of a candle like so much wax . or Mercury. Jupiter. or Gemini. Mars. Aquarius. Venus. Mars. Places.To transmute Mercury into Sol. Arieif Pisces. Virgo. Scheme op the TiSANSMUTATtON ok MerAL&— To utuismute Sol tfito Luna. Mars. To convert Mars into Sol. Venus. Mars. To transmute Luna into Sol. Luna. Saturn. Luna^ Mars. namely. Afterwards by digestion for a certain time it can be changed into Mercury. SaUira. and alwa^'s in the hour of that planet into which you i»ish to convert gold or any of the other mctal^K. Jupiter. Cifitceming tht Traiumtttatiam »f Atttalt and tJuir Time* It \% litenJIy a* follows :— If you se«k to chiuige gold into silvett or any given metal into any other metzJ. or Saturn. or Mercury. or Virgo. Venus. as th*^ case may be. Saturn. Luna. Capricorn. Luna. Cancer. Sotum. or Mercury. Luna. Venu4. Venus. begin with Luna occupying the sixth grade of Cancer^. or Saturn. begin with the Moon in the eighty-first grade of Leo. Taurus. as llie case may be. have regard to the following tahulation. In the hour of Sol. according to the metal into which you would convert Saturn. begin with Luna occupying the twentieth grade of Lea. iron. Man. Jupiter. Scorpio. Mars. Jupiter. Pisce*. Taurus. in the hour of Sol. Jupitnr. Sagittarius. Pisces. Venus. Jupiter. Scoq>io. as the ca^ may be^. copper. Venus. Aquarius. it is melted in the fire as easily as lead. begin with the Moon in the first grade of t*eo. Venus. Luna. Mai^. or Mercury. or Mercury. or Virgo. Mars. Mars. or Virgo. Saturn.sublimated from some one of the metals which'has been several times calcined. Mercury. Aries. Luna. and in the hour of Sol. and in the hour of Sol. Jupiter. Luna. or Mercury. begin with tbc Moon in the twelfth grade of Leo. ScoqJto. Luna. or Aquarius. Taurus. Mars Jupiter. To tnuumute Saturn into SoJ.^. according to the metal uito which you would convert Met* curjf. or Mercury. Cancer. and if then the calcinated metal which remains at the bottom be again reduced to its metal. Saturn» or Mercury. Saturn. according to the metal into which you would convert KCars. Venus. Venus. silver. as the case may be. Sagittariu. Saturn. or steel. Jupiter. Nor is it of small moment so that yo« may be able to arrive at the end of your ptLrpO!se more quickly and thoroughly. or Mercury. Canoer.sjnule Jupicer into Sol. Jupiter. though it were gold.

because the goose does not know its price and value. 119 fact in our book on the Resuscitation of Natural Things. as we promised at the outset. both as to health and disease. arc ruled and led by the power and operation of the Urmament. compounded. of Jupiter. of Mars. occupations. It w^ould infinitely prefer a turnip. and in the hour of Sol. and conjoined according to the revolution of the heaven and the conjunctions of the planets. make a beginning in the hour of the Moon. It will now be for you to keep this great secret and mystery of Nature. Libra. Aristotle. understand the rest of this scheme for the conversion of metals* For all terrestrial alTairs. Luna. and other philosophers boast about this. But let us proceed to the practical work of our electnim. or Mercury. and to take care that it does not fall into the hands of my adversaries . It is no injustice to conceal secret mysteries from them* Let us not seem to cast pearls before swine or give that which is holy to dogSi since God sternly forbids us so to do. And so. We would have it prepared. Saturn. Venus. as the case may be. yet I am well assured that it was never prepared or seen by them. For all men. Cancer. by the dispensations of Almighty God. This is the Mercury of the PhiloLSophers. Virgo.Moon in the third grade of Leo. Aquarius. and matters of butioe^. For example : If you wish to change gold into silver. of Luna» of Venus. In this way you will prepare the Mercury of Gold. wlicn the Moon occupies the sixth grade of Cancer. Mars. AUhough in their books Arnold. or Pieces. A pearl or a precious stone will not please a goose. The Composition of Metah. according to the metal into which you would convert Jupiter. are most conveniently and happily executed in harmony with the motions of the heavens and the planets. So is it necessary before fiJl things to have regard to this operation in the healing art Simples very frequently push forth their virtues according to a certain rule of time. likewise. and of Saturn. . We may fitly say the same of the sophists. since it would be an indignity for them to get to know it.

Luna. Have all instruments and materials ready. Let them be dissolved singly first . have ready the appliances you require. before the actual moment of conjunction. and afterwards let them both be coagulated. . if the heat be too great. to melt in one vessel fine English tin. before this occurs. fire. Mercur\% or Jupiter. Then there will be need of attention when the conjunction of Jupiter with Mercury or Saturn is about to take place.We will proceed in this way. let the lead be melted in the fire. or. In a like way proceed with other metals which are to be joined and copulated with the former. or Mars — with one of the three former. So will you have prepared our electrum. until you have reduced and united all the seven according to the due conjunctions of the planets. concerning which enough has now been said. Let this be done at the very moment of conjunction. slackening the heat a little. so that you may not be ignorant of the time or pass it by. These are. pass oflf in smoke. and Mercurius vivus^ Take care that nothing be wanting which the work in hand requires. Take out suddenly the cauldron with the liquid lead J pour in the Mercury. Then when the conjunction is just going to take place. then when liquefied pour them into one at the very point of conjunction. and be . you must diligently observe the conjunction of Saturn and Mercury . a cauldron. Venus.not quite hot when it shall have fused. and pour al! into one crucible* When they have coagulated into one body you will have three metals softer and more easily melting over the fire. At the moment of conjunction move the metals from the fire. or for lack of which the action may be hindered or retarded. Then notice when there is a conjunction of any of the other four planets — Sol. When they are united let it not escape your notice that in the very first place these are to be dissolved and conjoined. and in the other lead with Mercury. and keep them. You must take care. and. First. lest the Mercury which you pour in escape. lead cut up into minute pieces. Let everything you will want be ready to hand as I before admonished you. Saturn.

For putrefaction brings forth great effects. and mere poison. from one quality to another. from one virtue to another. generally. then. bad. for example. For putrefaction is the change and death of all things. But putrefaction originates . it is in the highest degree necessary that we should thoroughly * There is another aspect in which generation is also twofold. where Christ says. and. unwholesome. many things are bad. without the belly. So. the other which is brought about by Art. as. become. from one essence to another. from whence there issues forth for us regeneration and a new birth ten thousand times better than before. from one odour to another. that of wood and other things takes . unwholesome. as we have a good example in the sacred gospel. THE generation of all natural things is twofold* : one which takes place by Nature without Art. it cannot bear fruit a hundred fold. from one colour to another. poisonous. and hurtful. into something else. For it is known and proved by daily experience that many good things which are healthful and a medicine. after their putrefaction. and the first initiative to generation. though. Concerning the Generation of Natural Things. it might be said that all things are generated from the earth by the help of putrefaction.from a moist heat. For putrefaction is the highest grade. and the destruction of the first essence of all natural objects.CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. putrefaction in glass transmutes all things from one form to another. from one force to another. BOOK THE FIRST. so. that is to say. lose all their evil effect. in a word.'* Hence it may be known that many things are multiplied by putrefaction so that they produce excellent fruit. on the other hand. Since. by Alchemy. also. putrefaction is the first step and commencement of generation. which after their putrefaction become good. ** Unless a grain of wheat be cast forth into a field and putrefy. For as putrefaction in the bowels transmutes and reduces all foods into dung. For a constant moist heat produces putrefaction and transmutes all natural things from their first form and essence. as well as their force and efficacy. from one set of properties to another. and make notable medicines.

too. But the worms which destroy wood are the product of a monstrous sperrn. which procreates all things as a hen procreates her ^gg^. to be renovated and restored* This is the very greatest and highest miracle and mystery of God.natural and monstrous. Par. For you must know that in this way men can be generated without natural father and mother j that is to say. but by the art and industry of a . By this process all birds can be killed and again made to live. but by any similar heat. But there are many kinds of putrefaction » and one produces its generation better than another. You see an example in eggs. 121 understand this process. There Is also a monstrous <:perm in . We have also said that what is moist and warm constitutes the first grade and the beginning of putrefaction. For by such a degree of heat e^gs can be brought to maturity in glass. provided the phlegm be once more enclosed in its jar or receptacle. Any man. renovated and restored. Hence there are two generations . can bring the Qgg to maturity under his own arm and procreate the chicken as well as the hen. which God has disclosed to mortal man.place naturally out of seed. then that phlegm can again be brought to maturity. so that they become living birds.. Concern ing the Nature of Things. whatever it eventually turns out to be. be putrefied with the highest degree of putrefaction in a venter equin us so as to become a mucilaginous phlegm. and then. and so. which is indeed a great and profound miracle of Nature. not only by the heat which comes from the hen.— /*<f»7ix"n«/»A/»rw/// Lib. IV. This is to revive the dead by regeneration and clan6cation. which by continuous heat put re lies and is quickened into the living chicken. and can promote its likeness. -Every sperm in living things has within it another sperm which is mon* strous. and by the heat of ashes. can become a living bird. And here something more is to be noticed. If the living bird be burned to dust and ashes in a sealed cucurbite with the third degree of fire. II. one more quickly than another. still shut up. wherein is mucilaginous moisture. not in the natural way from the woman.^11 minerals.Wherefore by and in putrefaction everything becomes mucilaginous phlegm and living matter.

like a woman. then the seed necessarily putrefies. a man. and. barley . or a lettuce. not a rose. with all other fruits which have seeds and are sown. Whatever the seed is. during its formation. It is also possible to Nature that men should be born from animals. but still it cannot be produced without heresy and impiety. woman is so active that in conceiving seed into her body she can transmute the fcBtus in different ways : since her interior stars are so strongly directed to the fcetus that they produce impression and influence. is born from it. as will hereafter be described. Wherefore an infant in the mother's womb is.* . from corn comes corn . Imagination is very frequently the cause of this : and the imagination of a pregnant 122 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. So the pregnant mother forms the fruit in her own body according to her imagination. In like manner. Neither on this account should the same judgment be passed on a w^oman as on a man. as much in the hand and under the %vill of the mother as clay in the hand of the potter. and that animal. a nut. For always. oats. too. from oats. and not contrary to Nature. but the result must be assigned to imagination. such a fruit is produced from it. that is. So. through the continuous heat of the body. If this were not so it would be against the light of Nature and contrary^ to philosophy.skilled Spag)Tist a man can be born and grow. From the seed of an onion an onion springs up. and shuts it up there. it is possible. If a man have connection with an animal. receives the seed of the man with appetite and lust into its womb. such is the herb which springs from it. as the imagination of the mother was strongly directed towards the embrj^o. who from it forms and makes what he likes and whatever pleases him. as if she had acted contrary to Nature . from barley. Thus it is. and not an animal. whatever seed is sown. that from a woman and a man an irrational animal should be born. and this result has natural causes. she should not on this account be deemed heretical. too. Thus it often happens that from the seed of a man are begotten cattle or other horrible monsters. and as her stars are.

frogs. as those who have experience of such matters are aware. For many monsters are produced amongst animals. by a process of putrefaction. Addiinmrnta %H Lib. and many worms» such as canker-worms. ants. which is a monster above all others. and o^ diverse colours j sometimes worms with fishes' tails or birds* wings. therefore. as you see in the case of serpents. too. and than which none is to be more dreaded. all of which are produced out of putrefaction. Thus you see with regard to the basilisk. so you should know that from dilTerent herbs. L The imagination of man is an expulsive virtue.— It is necessary that you should know what can be accomplUhed by a strong imaginalion. as has been said. another in another. a. D* PyromaHiku Ptti*. but those which are produced in other ways. and other unwonted shapes. .~-/^V Pnte^ s. or many tails. And this im- . It is not.e than imaginatioru . Here. Paracelsus lay^ «pecidl stress on the power cxerd>i«d by the itnaginalion. with which nothing else in the world can be compared. in locusts. by some unknown means. v. This poison.But as you have already heard that many and various things are generated and quickened out of putrefaction. L The imagination dwelling in the brain is the moon of the microcosm*—/?/ Fesfiiitatt^ Tract !!. only animals which have no parents. or are born from parents unlike themselves. which are not produced by putrefaction. bees. the like of which one had never before seen. There are those monsters. but one contains far more and more potent virus than another.» c. and other creatures. for instance. with many heads. too. It i» the pdnciplc of all magical action. it carries in * Here. since a man can be killed by the very sight and appearance of it. that are called monsters. AU our sufTering^* all our vices are notlting els. as elsewhere throughout his writingSi. basilisks. spiders. animals are produced. . and one is in one form. many feet. frequently. toads. since they often appear in very wonderful form and horrible aspect . for It possesses a poison more virulent than all others. you should learn that such animals as are produced in and by putrefaction do all of them contain some poison and are venomous . but are made by art in the glass.—/?* P*st*^ Lib.

which can impress ilsel Ton heaven. and it is a poison that acts on the imagination. as well as by her look. this done. So. just as the mirrors are affected In this way* But — to return to my proposal of writing about the . — Dt Puti^ Addifamruta in Lib.cs from iitar to star.similar qualiiiei. Generous wine loses its potency. IIL Imagination can distort and deform the fostos. when there are no physical peculiarities In the parent. and other strongly smelling substances being carried and handled by such a woman lose their odoun Gold. on the other hand. if she looks at a wound or a sore. an illustrious soldier. the power of reftuxliiig that imprecision. In like manner. she affects many objects. and. she affects it in a similar way. heaven has. desire^ or incliimUon nourished by the ijtiagination of a pregnant woman can be and is ohtn impressed upon the fu^tuii. . .— Z>r Ptstt^ Lib. also. too. and in this manner many wonders ar« produced. and also by her touch* You see that if she handles wine during her monthly courses it soon turns and becomes thick* Vinegar which she handles perishes and becomes useless. who aliso carries poison in her eyes. musk. ProL So. c s. corals. too. in such a way that from her very glance the mirror becomes spotted and stained.agination is such thai It penetrates and asccntJs into the 5U|>erior heaven^ and pa. It is alito possible for such a woman. such as Plato or Aristotte . » Whatsoever there ii in us of immodcmte and inhuniant all ihat is an imaginAttvc nature. by pcTsis-temly thinking upon a wise and great man. civet. that it will exliibit . and prevents its cure* By her breath. Any strong appetite^. not altogether unlike a menstruous woman. Itkc HofThammer . But there must be something also in the mother wlttch shall correspond to ihe special talents which she has imagined-— Z?# Oriiine M9rb0ruM Invhibiiinm^ Lib. L. such as Julius CsBfiar or Dajrbajpofisa . -'/^fVi^ Concerning the Nature of Things.sj. 123 Its eyes. so to work upon the plastic ten* dencicsof her oHi^pring. or a paintert tike Durcr . This same heaven il overcome*^ and mtxieratcs. amber. IL. rendering them corrupted and weak. a strong imagwation is the f^ource of both good and evil fortune. a great musician. and many gems are deprived of their colour.

from the blood of the semen . all monsters are hateful to animals duly begotten from their own likeness. monstrous human growths seldom Il%^e long. too. so much so that scarcely any one of them exceeds the third day in the presence of human beings. aa . or head. forsooth. on the contrary. to go on with our treatise about monsters. hands. which are produced by other methods than propagation from those like themselves. You must know that it gets that power and that poison from unclean women. briefly. unless he had first clothed and protected himself with mirrors ? I would persuade no one to do so. and by the divine arrangement. namely. if it be placed in a glass receptacle and allowed to putrefy in horse dung. 0\m^ can only conjecture that they are shapen by the Devil. or have any member duplicated.. which they derh^e from her evil desires. cuts off their fingers. and none of them can be saved when they do not bear the likeness of God. the sooner death comes upon them . even to take it and at once kill it. and wish to advise everj* one to be cautious* But. as has been said above. since from no monster was any good work ever derived. So.basilisk — how it carries its poison in its eye. from that putrefaction a basilisk is produced* But who would be so bold and daring as to wish to produce it. and born for the service of the Devi! rather than of God . rarely live long. All men.It is. and thoughts in conception. especially near or amongst other animals. brands their cheeks. unless it be at once carried into a secret place and segregated from all men. know that monstous growths amongst animals. marks his own sons. too. through the imagination of the mother. and a certain sign of hidden wickedness and craft. from the menstrual blood. gouges out their eyes. but. So. For the basilisk is produced and grows from the chief impurity of a woman. The more wonderful and worthy of regard they are.* • A special IrcAtiwe on tbk subject and cugnatc matters is found diewhere in tlie Geneva folio. For as the executioner marks his sons when he cuts off their ears.For that is a presage of the Devil. It should be known. since by their engrafted nature. should be avoided who have more or less than the usual numbers of any member. too. lusts. so the Devil. therefore. and all kinds of diabolical craft. evil and sin. They displease Him. that God abhors monsters of this kind.

Let the semen of a man putrefy by itself in a sealed cucurbite with the highest putrefaction of the venter eqttinus for forty days. This we call a homunculus . having all the members of a child that is born from a woman. This is a repellent subject.foJJtnrs. but much smaller. There is. nay. for example. and deserves to be kept secret until the last sperm of fUhes of unlike spedes coming togetlier contrary to tbc genuine order of Nature.Thus mon^ten are sometimes found in the sea exhibiting the form of miin. it becomes. you must proceed thus. which yet have not been generated ex SMi^fmr'a from men. it be every day nourished and fed cautiously and prudently with the arcanum of human bloody and kept for forty weeks in the perpetual and equal heat of a venter equinits. transparent and without body. while there was no little doubt and question among some of the old Philosophers. this is one of the greatest secrets which God has revealed to mortal and fallible man. the syren. that it is perfectly possible. If now. after this. that this is in no way opposed to Spagyric Art and to Nature. hut ci4ru>e by the conjunction of diverse fishes. that the (ir^t birth may be <forrectly understood. and it should be afterwards educated with the greatest care and zeal. . or until it begins at last to live. . although for a long time it was held in a most occult manner and with secrecy. For there is some truth in this thing. found that remind its portly of a human being. an arcanum above all arcana. nevertheless. The ssune also takes place in the sea. which can easily be seen. and partly of an animal. * Even among metj moasters are someiimes. In order to accomplish It. Now. But neither must we by any means forget the generation of homunculi. move. After this time it will be in some degree like a human being. until it grows up and begins to display intelligence. but are born frotn the 1 24 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. thenceforth a true and living infant. of which . but. and be agitated. It is a miracle and marvel of God. I answer hereto. whether it was possible to Nature and Art. There iltc many monsters in the «ca which are not products of the original crciLtion. but re(|uire» to be fully explmued. that a man should be begotten without the female body and the natural womb.

Monsters are likewise generated in the air. marine moa&ier^ of i\\\s kind are produced.Eutut seeds dispersed in this manner. and the marine man are of this class. Bui if the cock emit his sperm without the hen doing likewise. As ofien as they unite. itfaetnidcf. certain monsters ore drowned in the sea. For a sperm falls from the stars. The sperm of spiders. yet resemble him more than any other Aninuih However.The sperm of the cock uniting with that of the hen produces an egg. For example. if a spcnut constituted in exaltation. Such births are more venomous and impure than are other worm^ There fore* houses ovight to be scrupulously cleaned. were to perish by immentOG. and hence other living things are produced. a certain operation would undoubtedly follow ftiQcn the nature of the fish and the sperm. Now. . toads. The winds nho in their counM^s bring many strange things from other regions to which they arc indigenous. partaking of the nature of each. indeed. For the air is efficadous ag. . generated as yet. The asp is another instance of this unuatuml generation. Other marine animals are also found. but meimwhile moving alive until he dies. when spermatica ofthi^s kind acquire digestion. they lack mind or souh They have the Aairte Teblions to man Vks the ape» and are nothing but the apes of the sea. not. produced by die union. from the droppings of the stars from above. without corresponding exactly to man. and other creatutne!^ floating in the air are resolved. But there are many genera of fishe<^ and many modes of generationr which do not alwa>'Ts result from the sperm familiar or customary to them. You can now understand tlie ftbomlnalJe manner wherein unnatural monsicr^ are . which. After the same maJineTt lizards unite with geckoes. Tl>ere the animals both of land and sea congregate. and something will lie generated unn&tumJIy. the marine spider. Another such monstrous generation li the monachus or monk-like fish. If they are generated in any other way^ It most be set down to Aodomia. however. whence it may be gathered that the majonty of cnarine animals which recall the human form are in this manner produced. The marine dog. and by reason of this conjunction a birth ukes pbce. were again exalted within it. There is another kind of basilisk. Vett having the ruiture of a fish. hut of difiercnt forois. and an asp. the egg witl be imperfect. .the tipprr parts arc thoM of a woman and the lower those of a fish* This docs not form part of the original creation. but it a Hybrid oJTspting from ibt union of two fishes of the same kind. . In this way grasshoppers and other monsters are begot* ten. But there may be a third causey namely. like the rest of the brutes. of a cock and a toad. the most fruitful matrix of monstrous growths. their generation being of one only and not of two. The earth Is. and the copulation produces a peculiar worm. having liieen consumed by a fi?-h. a dragon. and known as a_ dragon. and are devoured by the fishes. The basilUk is generated from the sperm of a toad and a cock. and. hut happen in various other %^'nys. they live in the waters and rejoice therein. or else so constructed as not to fa%'Our the accumulation of much filtb. « From all that has been set down we may leom thai whoever lives for his body alone U a basilisk.. .

and I there is no need for them to learn. since from such homunculi when they come to manhood are produced giants. pigmies. and are I born by Art. namely. nevertheless. but like spirits. These three substances he names Spirit. and Body» But he did not point out how this was to be . and in the day of the resurrection shall they be buried in the deepest parts of the earth. Sulphur. because in their ^irtue they are not like men. but since we have written sufficiently of these in our book on The Generation of Metals. Here. it was. Mercury. by Art acquire their body. but with distinct and peculiar colourings. Hermes truly said that aJt the seven metals were made and compounded of three substances. over which shall walk tho?ie who have riseru — Dt AmmalfSttt mattM tje S&damhw. bones and blood. flesh. but all things shall be made manifest. and know all secret and hidden niatters*j^ As by Art they reacquire their life. For if a man live* in sperm. too. Soul. therefore Art is incorporated in them and born with them. that all the seven metals are born from a threefold matter. and are called the children of the w*ood-sprites and the nymphs. who get great victories over their enemies. and in like manner also tinctures and the Philosophers* Stone. it would be necessary to speak about the generation of metals. fAnd although up to this time it has not been known to men. and other marvellous people. his very sperms turn into worms. known to the wood-sprites and nymphs and giants long ago^ because they themselves w^ere sprung from this source . 125 timeSi when there shall be nothing hidden. KnoWi then. Concerning the Nature of Things.generated. since they are sprung from Art and live by it. and only in a short space point out what we there omitted. as a rose or a flower in a garden. who are the instruments of great things. and remain worms. but others are compelled to learn from them. and Salt. we will treat the matter very briefly here. In this way.

For Mercur}* is the spirit. It unites those two contraries. and any Sulphur. they have appeared with Mifficient frequency. But it must not be understood that from any Mercury. and any Salt. but that he was silent. — /)^ Homttmnlu <t AfemstHt. Sulphur is the soul. these seven metals can be generated. but all these seven metals must be generated in the mountains by the Archeus of the earth. in like manner. greasef butter^ oil."md syrens. spirit. ASt for example. ex ipso ibi monstrum. and in such a ntarr-elloa^ manncTt that there can be no doubt of their existence. or what he meant by it. aut simile aliud geDeratur. and Salt. soul. ac inde morbi multi. t As a sure and fundaroentaJ conclusion to those things which have been advanced. and fatnos of staDCSf whicb« while still combined 1 26 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. it should be known that they signify nothing else than the three principles. namely. t The * Elsewhere Pxiracclsus state:^ that infants a}« bom from S)iphx^ and dwarfs from plgtnles.re rare. The metal between the spirit and the body. but he makes no mention of them. and Salt is the body. Mercur>'. alchemist will more easily transmute metals than gfenerate or make them. taxndiv ssyientes. though possibly he might also have known the three principles. With regard to the generation of homunculi there b al^o the following passage r— Borro hoc etiam . iique diJSciles surgunt. glt(t«n. from which all the seven metals are generated. donee generatumexcernatur.sciendittn e^t. is the soul. the Tincture or the Philosophers' Stone by the Art and the industry of the Alchemist in the fire . nymphs . f^f/^miis^ Saiatftatuirts^ tie. sodom* itas hujusomodi sperma quandoquc etiam in o& eja£tiLari« Quod si in «tomachum tanquoni in matricem redpiatur.understood.D^ Ny»*^kit. Now% in order that these three distinct substances may be rightly understood. Nevertheless^ live Mercurj^ is the mother of all the seven metals. I do not therefore say that he was in error. the body and the spirit. let it be notJ^«tj to tho^e who desire to be acquainted with the true essence and origin of metals^ that our metals are nothing else than the most poteiit iU)d beat p«tl of comtnoa ttocia-^tbe spirit. . Albck these o. which indeed is Sulphur. or. Sulphur. and changes them into one essence. and body. aui homunculu^. and desei^^es . Of these monsters are producetl. concerning %vhich Hermes speaks.

and thus can be born again anew at the last day. and is ruby coloured and clear as the ruby itself. and for coagulating quick mercury into fixed and approved gold. therefore. and so also. So gold tinges other metals to Sol. for if. so that a most noble body shall be produced. contains in itself all the colours which it renders up from itself in the fire . he had no inadequate conception of the truth. Now^ they are born. Sulphur. Mercurj'. Luna is regenerated. It will afterwards tinge all metals to Luna. yet still with . and Salt. incorporate and unite them. in like manner.to be called the Mother of Metals. no more need be known than we stated at the beginning concerning the metals. and you should be contented with this secret alone m the transmutation of metals. it contains in itself all metals w^hich without fire it does not yield up from itself. and. not as common metals. Concerning the generation of minerals and semi-metals. but as metals w^hich tinge . But the regeneration and renovation of metals takes place thus : As man can return to the womb of his mother. it can also link together the spirit and the body. it is nothing but the Quintessence of Sulphur. And since Sulphur is that soul. be burnt wnth any fire. when Hermes said that the soul was the on!y medium which joins the spirit to the body. but thai soul is another combustible and corruptible body. as has been said. and. from these principles in their perfection. as it were. since it is itself entirely fire. that they are produced. and be regenerated and clarified by fire. like fire. but from the more imperfect and weaker Mercury. namely. to the earth from which the first man sprang-. so also all metals can return to quick mercury. in truth. though notj like the metals. and in like manner it must be understood of all other metals. if they remain for forty weeks in perpetual heat» like a child in its mother's womb. Sulphur. For it is an open metal and. and Salt. that is. from those three principles. which is extracted by the spirit of wine from Reverberated Sulphur. Now. can become Mercury. It cannot. Yet it is not common combustible sulphur which is to be esteemed the soul of metals . however. it hastens on and prepares all things. This is indeed a mighty and excellent arcanum for transmuting white metals. in an occult manner. Hold this in commendation as a treasure for making you rich .

For all stones are produced by the mucilage of w^ater. but prepared and complete metaK agreelnfi. t This is patent to the eyes : for every stone placed in water soon draws the mucilage to itself. because they are very often found more easily. For this reaston they ajre lo be sought. if anyone desire to invcstiEate and to know mineraU arid metals. found.their distinct colours. and thencCt also. and are altogetber wanting in perfect Lon.* The generation of common stones is from the subtlety of water. now. not clean. and known in atones. a stone will be produced of the same kind as would of itself be produced and coagulated in the water. rock or ilint» should be diligently examined as to its property and nature. also. If. Min^r^ Dt C^ntracthriA^ Tract 11. each according to its own form and essence. nor in the depths of mountains. Hence the gems are afterwards developed. 127 according to their own distinct colours. he should clearly realLse that they are not alwajii lo be sought in the common and familiajminerar. by the mucilaginous Mercury. for very often a small fijul despised pebble tSi of greater value than a cow. and Salt. The generation of gems takes place by. When this has been effected ihcy are no longer itones. and out of this the Archeus subsequently procreates gems after such a manner that hardness and very great transparency are first prepared. more diaphanoas in its nature than are other stones. not pure. Sulphur. there is common dust and sand which are abounding in Sol and \. So. a certain subtlety remains.VkX\7^—Chirurgia. and Salt. as also pebbles and sand are coagulated from the same source into stones. with the celestial Stan I which stoneSt indeed. tanctniio* Concerning the Nature of Things. Sulphur. from the clear and crj^stalline Mercury. that mucilaginous matter be taken from such stones and coagulated in a cucurbite. but after a long period of time. For this rea^sn. Furthermore. mtist be separated and extracted by pounding and liquefaction. also in the ttone. . are secreted from the terrciitnal stars. are not good. * The generation of gems in Ares occurs after this manner : When the gross genera of stones have heen all extracted out of Ares. any stone that may oflTer Itself to the eye. the subtlety of the earth. and in greater abundisnce. upon the surface of the earth than in its IjoweU. and flows out from. Very great subtlety and artifice . Mhethcr great or small.

so that he shall render the fruitless fruitful.are employed over this generation. — Dt EUmento Aqutt^ Tract IV. by the Divine institution. For what is rain but the imbibition of the earth ? What are the heat and glow of the . The hardness is from salt. too. can produce the same effect. so that all God's creatures are compelled to. this is possible to Nature. the fowls of the air. c la t The body of every kind of stone is sulphur. None can deny that the earth is rendered fruitful by the rain. we see with our eyes. live. then. BOOK II. the sooner the fruits of the earth come forth and ripen. and are taught by daily experience. and the density from mercury. and handed them over to him as if they were his own property. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. especially all the earth. Since. by manifold imbibitions and distillations. that all natural things grow and mature by warmth and moisture. Wherefore man ought to rejoice because God has illuminated him and endowed him. Since. and well known to everybody.. Concerning the Growth of Natural Things. so that he might use them for his necessity. and make all increase and grow ? The Scripture says that God subjected all created things to man. obey Him and to be subject to Him.. and everything on the earth without exception. while all fruits increase and grow. together with all things which are born. IT is clear enough. and move in it and upon it. who will deny or refuse to believe that man possesses this same power by a prudent and skilful pursuit of the Alchemical Art. that he might have dominion over the fishes of the sea. as that of metals is mercury.— /^f</. that the oftener and the more plentifully the rain moistens the earth. whatever be the time of year. as is plainly demonstrated by the rain followed up with sunshine. the unripe ripe. and all must confess that every kind of fruit is ripened by the sun. c. let none wonder that the alchemist. and the sun dries it again with its heat and glow. then. 5.

zincs. all stones and clays. from seed and root. talcs. be so ripened as to Concerning ike Nature of Things. granites^ antimony. if this takes place with herbs and flowers. all of which carry with them immature Sol and Luna. humidity and warmth mature all things and make them grow. in the case of a man buried in the earth itself. which again extracts the humidity ? Wherefore I say that it is possible by such co-optation in the middle of winter to produce green herbs. that many substances grow and increase perpetually in size. arsenics. also. can all marchasites. for example. hair. granites. therefore. I ig be made equal to the richest veins of gold and silver^ only by such cooptation. gems. flowers. after a long timCi in the c^ase of a criminal on the gibbet. the Elixir and Tinctures of metals are matured and perfected. and proceeds from natural causes. Since. It should be known. as metals. It is only natural. too. So also it can be brought about that Sol shall grow and . and fruits. So. the imperfect metals whereof can be ripened with mineral water by the industry and art of the skilled alchemist. marchasites. the nails. cachymiae. or up to the time of the man's decay. and nails grow . and hair grow . and hair grow up to the second year. talcs. as the ignorant read it. as. bismuths. and virtue. both in water and on land. beard. beard. let none wonder that.sun other than the sun's process of distillation. As long as there is moisture in the body. etc. cachimiae. antimonies. too. nor let this be taken for a sign of innocence. in each of which they remain good and effective. it will take place in many other similar things too. such. corals. weight. So.. in all minerals. nails. and. Now. by means of earth and water. pearls. bismuths. what is more. the beard. for instance.

save that the calcination may be different. whiclT^place in a cucurbite. placed in a cucurbite* and sprinkled with Its own running water until the cucurbite is full. and full of mangels. Do this until you see the Sol rise in the glass and grow in the form of a tree with many branches and leaves. If you are practised in Alchemy you will do what is right in these details. It is also possible for gold to be so acted upon by the Industry and art of the skilled alchemist that it will grow in a cucurbite with many wonderful branches and leaves. The process is the same with the other metals. If you afterwards break the cucurbite on a stone you will have a flint in the shape of the cucurbite. and once more extract by distillation as before. This may again be extracted by distillation. Extract it again with the third degree of fire until nothing more ascends. and some other aqua fortis may have to be used. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. if only it be buried in land looking east.increase in weight and in body. still it is a very wonderful thing. Know also that any flint may be taken out of river water. just as though It had been poured into the glass. Though this may be oi no profit to you. and be constantly fertilised with fresh human urine and pigeons* dung. by means of Alchemy. pouring in good and fresh aqua regis and water of gradation so that it exceeds four fingers across. which experiment is very pleasant to behold. until the stone be dry. In this way. Repeat this until the cucurbite is filled with this stone. and once more extracted. This I leave to your experience. The process is as follows : Let gold be calcined by means of aqua regis so that it becomes a chalky lime . Let the cucurbite be again filled with this water. Again pour over it distilled vi^ater. or the Philosophers* Tree. in a few days you will see that a very large stone can be made. such as the Archeus oi the waters could scarcely make in many years. as long as a single drop ascends. . Thus there is produced from Sol a wonderful and beautiful shrub which alchemists call the Golden Herb.

remain for a long while in the earth fruitful and uncorrupted. All roots.BOOK III. then^ that the enemy of all natural things should be recognised . until new apples are produced. that is. one mineral over against another. force. one stone over against another. so there is always one thing placed over against another — one water ov-^er against another. who knows nothing about the devi!? Wherefore since God has made known to us the enemy of our soul. It is therefore necessary that such enemy should be known. the devil. So also many other fruits. and especially apples. and that it may not be hurt or corrupted by it. each several thing is preserv^ed and guarded from loss : that many things. have to be kept for a long time in the earth. especially. IN order that a thing: may be preserved and defended from injur}% it is necessary that first of all its enemy should be known. Concerning the Preservation of Natltral Things. A g-ood deal depends upon this. . in its substance. and by what means. for who can guard himself against loss and adverse chance if he is ignorant of his enemy ? Surely. and of all natural things. herbs and flowers and all fruits keep undecayed and green in water. one metal over against another — and the same in many other matters. of our health. In like manner. which is the enemy of our body. Who. or in any other way suffer loss. that was never sad or sorrowful ? And who knows rightly about what God is. one poison over against another. virtue. There are many enemies . no one. can be preserved in water» and protected from every decay. Who knows what joy is.No one who has never been sick knows how great a treasure health is. all of which it is not necessary to recount here. He also points out to us the enemy of our life. can know the good without a knowledge of the evil ? No one. He has made known this enemy to us and also how and by what means we must escape htm. in fact. death. and it is just as necessary to know the bad as the good. for instance. so that It may be shielded therefrom. For as there is no disease against which there has not been created and discovered a medicine which cures and drives it away. that is. the enemy of medicine. But it ought to be known how.

indeed. and not as a quintessence . Therefore you will keep this occult. which moves of itself. so that they may be thereby the better kept from loss* The principal enemies of metals. and not only so. are all strong waters . which very soon putrefy and become rancid. which we teach you in our Chirurgia Magna how to make. and is driven to the surface. but remains fresh and exceedingly red after many years. It is of such great and wonderful virtue as would be incredible were we to mention it.t This water at once mingles with the blood. just as well as on the first day . In the conservation of metals the first thing to learn is what are their enemies. as a great secret in medicine. Now this blood is the Balsam of Balsams. w^hich. or have none at hand. but {so to say) it preserves all other kinds of flesh and bloody and especially the body of man. and so conserves the blood that it never putrefies or grows rancid. is a great marvel. But if you do not know ho%v to prepare this water. and add to the blood a sufficient quantity of the water of salt. Camerning the Nature of Things. as aforesaid. to protect other blood.So also flesh and blood. better than the common mumia does. And not only does this process preserve flesh and blood. '3' and conserved for ever from decay and bad odour without any balsam. Draw off this water by a dexterous inclination of the vessel. but by the co-optation of renewed and fresh spring water they can be transmuted into a quintessence.* But in order that blood may be preserved of itself from decay and ill odour. also. all aqu® regiEC. pour on a sufficient quantity of the best and most excellent balsam. and is called the Arcanum of Blood. can be kept in cold spring water . and in order. all corrosives . from all decay and from many diseases which arise from decay. then. you must use this process : Let the blood be separated from its phlegm. which produces the same effect.

It is the chief enemy of iron and • According to one eirpknatton . or induces in them a reddish colour. Now. it takes away their whiteness and reddens them. that they mortify all metals.~/'araMvrnirf^ D* Ofigimi Marh^mms Lib. exercises a hostile force upon the metals with which it is conjoined. which wx call the soot of Mercury. moreover. for it exerts hostility on It as on Mars. then hi* ffower hursts forth in potencies and nacural arcanin. In the same way. it robs metals of their genuine colour and substitutes another. The virtues of all herb* are found in ihJA Munna. Moreover. ^umia w mati himself. calcine them. and with which it is mixed . From gold it takes away the agreeable yellowness and golden tint. corrupt them. . which beak wounth. Munib k balsam. a. in that it invades and dissolves them so that it makes an amalgam from them. or if the rod be anointed with mercurial oil. ILtC. makes all metals immalleable and fragile . steel. t This process will be fbumi in Uie tecofid footnote o«i p. Antimony shews its hostility in this : that it spoils all metals w4th which it isHquefied in the fire.Hid. K2 132 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings 0/ Paracelsus. and Mars. and so al>o all other creature* whatsoever — /^iV. like the sulphur. shew their hostility in this circumstance. its smoke. and reduce them to nothing. Crude sulphur shews its hostility by its smoke . and makes it as uncomely as possible.and salts.— Z?^ Origin* McrhttrtttH iHtfttibiifum^ LiK IV. on the other hand. From white metals. as Luna. it deprives and robs them . it calcines them and whitens all red and gold coloured metals. and renders it white. the mag-net should be guarded and kept from Mercur)-. too. it can afterwards be broken like glass and cut off. renders it black. Whoever se<ki opoponax will Mnd it in Mumia (that is„ in the Mumin which 1% inait). for by its smoke it takes away the colour and redness from Venus. For every magnet . 76 of the present volume. This is indeed a g^reat secret and must be kept strictly occult. Jupiter* Saturn. Quicksilver. for if common mercur)* touches a steel rod. thi* is Mumia : If a mjui be deprived of life.

not salted. though blackened and stained. it ought to be known concerning gold that it cannot be better and more beautifully preserved than in boys' urine. and this happens not only in the magnet but in all other natural things. herbs^ roots. men. strengthen them in their nature and virtue. or in the water of sal ammoniac alone. so that the foreign spirit w^hich is in an alien body. but of all natural bodies. you have now heard about the enemies of the metals. and is an enemy of all the metals. which guard the metals from all loss and corruption. as you see in the case of Saturn. w^ith time. weak. is renewed. or which is anointed with mercurial oiI» or only placed in Mercur>% never afterwards attracts iron** Let no one be surprised at this . lard .which common mercury touches. it acquires such a high grade of colour as cannot be surpassed. It breaks up all the members of gold. Since. if it be mixed with either of them in fire or Bux. and. in addition. hard and unfit. It also hates tin. there is a natural cause for it. In these. always attracts a body agreeing w^ith its own nature. which is not of its own nature. First. more than it does any other metal. Wherefore also the spirit of iron in the magnet attracts the body of Mars to itself. while they graduate them more highly in colour. Of iron and steel the best and most useful conservative and preservative is fresh. and mutually hate one another from their inborn nature . seeing that Mercury extracts the spirit of iron which the magnet holds latent in itself. such as minerals^ stones. which is the principal enemy of Sol^ from its congenital nature. then. in which has been dissolved sal ammoniac. renders it deformed. After this it should be known that metals exercise hostility amongst each other. Silver cannot be better preserved and conserved than if it be boiled in common water or ace turn in u^hich have been dissolved tartar and salt. unmalleable. If It is boiled thus. moreover. In this way any old silver. learn. and animals. about their preservation and conservation. for it renders them degenerate. and destroys and corrupts it even to the death. therefore. This should be known not only of the magnet.

Shauld anyone make use of a magnet while he is wearing a sappfalrc. of which there are more than a hundred. Moreover. c. or anointed with oil of salt. Lead cannot be conserved better than in cold water. and other fruits and growing things. They must not be placed on glass. ^IZ that for the future it gives forth no vitriol or verdigris. and all those substances which are of a salt nature. not only does not its force decrease.— l>r Mitrhis AmtHtium. also^i I is affirmed that if Ute magnet be steeped in Karllc it mil be deprived of its attractive virtue. like silver. which easily absorb all mustiness and mould just as if a skin were wrapped . rcsIn. but it grows more and more every day. so •So. But for the conservation of the magnet nothing is better than filings of iron or steel. If the magnet be placed in these. and there* Concerning the Nature of Things. and guarded well from the air in wooden chests.from a gelded sow. it is well to know that they must be kept in a warm and dry place. Copper can be conserved and preserved if only it be mixed with sublimated Mercury. 5. it will eflfecl nothing till the gem be removedl. it can be so renewed and fixed that. roots. nor does it become of a green colour. such is its nature. and are comprised under the name of salt. or metal » By these they are dissoh^ed and turn into water and amalgam . it never rusts. and occasionally reduced to a flux. stone. but this does not occur in wood. As to the conservation of salts. if iron be liquefied with fixed arsenic. The same quality «eems to reside in carabc^ coagulale of gum. In like manner. This protects all iron and steel from rust if they are anointed therewith once every month. you should learn the method of conserving certain waters and liquids by means ot pressed herbs. and in a damp place.

Let the vessel be filled to the top and then some drops of olive oil added. In this way also two waters. No water or liquid. so that they shall not mix . or still more. and neither can mingle with the other. and not only two. or out of the water. and bugs. The oil will float at the top. so. but three. preventing them from decaying or worms breeding in them when felled. in the ground. in this way. air. two liquids. the water prevents the oils from blending. will protect the liquid or the water a long time from mustiness or mould. It is none other than the oil of sulphur. whether they be in water. four. can ev^er become mouldy or smell badly. and moreover. whether exposed to rain or wind. if only oil be between them. or other liquids. Let the sulphur which remains at the bottom* and fs of a dark reddish colour. on the other hand. if it be covered with oil. the process for making which is as follows : — Let common yellow sulphur be pulverised and placed in a cucurbite. Over it pour as much aquafortis as will cover four fingers across. or out of the ground. All timbers can be conserved. so that all the water or liquid may be covered. but drives away and puts to flight moths. and. the last time until it is completely drj'. under water. five. as in buildings or bridges. or ice. two wines. so that they may not eat them or settle in them. The method of conservation in this case is that grand arcanum against all putrefactions. can be kept separately in one vessel. with other wornis. ambergris. narrow at the top and wider below.around them. under the ground. for they are separated by the oil as by a wall. nothing is better than mastix. camphor. in summer or winter. snow. For the conservation and preservation of cloth and garments from moth. be placed in marble or . fleas. Let these waters. or musk : but the best is civet^ which not only preser\'es from moth. As the oil does not allow the waters to mix. For oil and water are two contraries. so that they shall never decay. be placed in a glass vessel. and so remarkable a secret that no other can compare with it. which does not suffer them to be conjoined and united. Abstract this by distillation three or four times. lice.

vinegar. so that one measure has two or three drops. Thts» therefore. so also with linen cloths and other similar things. it is necessary to know their chief enemy. The conservation of potable things. The wine is changed and becomes thick. They corrupt these things if they handle or have anything to do with them. the chief preservative of wine is sulphur and oil of sulphur* by means of which alJ wnne can be preserved for a verj^ long time. if a few drops of it are put in. can be conserved and preserved from decay in this oil of sulphur. it afterwards tinges the timber which has been anointed with it so that it can never be obliterated. under w^hich we comprise wine. so that it neither thickens nor is in any way changed » The means of conserving beer is by oil of gar}^ophyllon.This is none other than unclean women at the time of their monthly courses. too. Many other things. beer and hydromel turn sour. If we wish to keep these five unharmed and in their virtue. Moreover. fishing-nets. and turned into an oil. and milk. The preservative for hydromel is the oil of sugar^ which must be used in the same way * as the oil of garj'ophylion or the benedicta. or Breathe on them. in chariots. should be noticed. This is a great secret in the conservation of timber so that it may never decay and may be protected from worms. which preserves beer from acidity. Better still is the oil of benedicta garyophyllata. especially ropes and cables in ships and on the masts of ships. beer. if they look at them. hydromel. and other like things which are being frequently used in water and rain. vinegar is weakened and loses its acidity.134 The Hermetic and Alcheviical Writings of Paraceisus. birdcatchers* and hunters* snares. also. milk also becomes sour and clotted. should be well known before anything is said specially about the conservation of one of these things in particular. and would otherwise be liable to decay and break . For if sulphur be prepared as aforesaid. . glass and easily dissolved into an oil.

fishes in the sea. But as to what and of what kind the life of each particular thing is. and in the body nothing but death must be looked for. Honey has no special preservative^ only it must be protected from its enemy.The preservative of vinegar is oil of ginger. but also all corporeal and substantial things* For here we should know that God. On this account there is nothing corporeal but has latent within itself a spirit and life. the whole honey is turned into ants. which protects all cheeses from worms. So it is that the spirit holds concealed within itself the virtue and power of the thing. For in the body is death. as men. and perishes entirely. For the body can be destroyed and corrupted in various ways. If it be placed against the cheese and touches it. a spirit and a spiritual thing. is none other than a spiritual thing** But not only that lives which moves and acts. The presen^ative of cheese is the herb liypericon or perforata. . Concerning the Life of Natural Things* NONE can deny that the air gives life to all corporeal and substantial things which are born and generated from the earth. created no body whatever without its own spirit. at the beginning of the creation of all things. and the body is subject to death. These two must be used as described above. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. they die and drop out of the cheese. and if some have been alread}' produced. and not the body. For what is the body without the spirit ? Absolutely nothing. an invisible and impalpable thing. which spirit it contains after an occult manner within itself. worms in the earth. and of milk the expressed oil of almonds. no w^orm is produced in it. birds under the sky. it should be known that the life of things is none other than a spiritual essence. animals. as just now said. BOOK IV. which. If ever so small a quantity of bread made from flour be put or fall into it. Its chief enemy is bread.

ITicfc in al«o a life of the animal kind. Tract I. of roots. of liquids. salt.EttU Asirvrttm^ c 6. Hence it is evident that there are different kinds of spirits. blood. however. but as briefly as possible. of flesh. and gifts or virtue*. the spirits of salts. that is to say. into chaos. But this has reference to the animal life only ^Li6*rAfittA. which proceeds from the nature of God . human and metallic. Imt I ^pcsik here as a phy^iciaiir and not as a iheolagin. and is bound up with life. it leaves the body separate and dead. a celestial and invisible fire.a which »u&taim the Itody i* the life.hutiwury. There b a Iwofold lire in nmn : there b the life of the soul. of all corporeal things. and not from man^ Thi* fife con!&ist!i in four thiDE. the life of each natural thing. and marcasites. lib. which is of air aud firc> and the same i» dotntcittd in the body.s. and a spirit of salt which tinges. Now we will go on to its species. etc. then. Since. There are celestial and infernal spirit^i. conipleicion». In ant^lhcr sen-ie the lift of man is s-ifd t he triplex —nccrocomic» cagastric. ami ratTCiiTy. The life. gems. just as there are different kinds of bodies. — Z?*. arsenical spirits^ spirits of potables. Wherefore you may know that the spirit is in very truth the life and balsam * Life is a veil or covering which eudose^ three pniKipIes— sulphur. oi all men is none other than a certain astral balsam. although it could be put forward under many distinctive titles. I am unable to name it more clearly. which i» eanh and water.Pfs/t7i/ai^. 136 The Htrnieiic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. -/>«' GfHrr^ti<fH£ f/^mmn. So b m^n dowered wjib an animal and a sidereal life. It also keeps its ow^n body alive. but ibe Tifc itself is from Cod. and *alnitric. natural Apet:ic^. the chief and . but in the removal of the body from it. bones. and here will describe to you in detail.but not the spirit : for it always remains a living spirit. and into the air of the higher and lower firmament. Tw. I The life of the body is fire-— i)*.n. and returns to its own place whence it had come. -ParitinirttM. an included air.* a balsamic impression.

the best are here pointed out. and it is even the custom still. ill-smelling fatness. So it came about that iti very ancient times. This is shewn from their fluxion. and defends him from excessive heat. which. The life oi pearls is their briglitness. in summer the hairless part is turned within. that which remains at the bottom Is called dead earth. it warms him and protects him from the cold . like mercury. because everything which passes into flux in the fire does so on account of its hidden fatness. The life of gems and corals is mere colour. within it gives heat^ but without it causes cold . cachy- . That is to say. The life of metals is a latent fatness which they have received from sulphur. we will be silent as to the rest and the inferior names. but if he wears the hairless part against his naked body. Whilst it flames and sends forth its evil odour it may be said to live. The life of all salts is nothing else but a spirit of aqua fortis : for when the water is abstracted from them. The life of the magnet is the spirit oi iron. and in this respect it is aptly to be compared to a garment of skins. The life of mercury is nothing but inner heat and outer frigidity. and the hairy part outside. which can be taken from them by spirits of wine. For if a garment of this kind be worn by a man. Unless this were so no metal could be reduced to a fluid state. so is it with mercury. causes both heat and cold. The life of flints is a mucilaginous matter. which they lose in their calcination. but in the cold winter season the hair}^ part is turned within and the hairless pari outside. As it is with the garment of skins. as we see in the case of iron and steel. The life of sulphur is a combustible. The life of marcasites. as much against the heat as against the cold . that these coats of skin are worn both in summer and in winter. wherefore they are of a drier nature than all the rest of them. it causes cold. which can be extracted and taken away by rectified tnnum aniens itself^ or by spirit of wine. which have the least Sulphur and fatness of all the metals.

of the dung of men and animals. realgar. as sugar. turpentine. manna. which has the power to tinge. is a mucilaginous. and no longer of any value. apples.'^ny wood that is deprived of resin . auripigment. in the in^irroiv. sweet. with the power to tinge . civet. the things are dead. is their strong and fcetid smell. or sublimation. which they spontaneously lose if they are deprived of water and earth. The life of herbs.ire prcscn-ed and fiusmtied fay a certain baUain. They all give excellent varnish . is a metallic spirit of antimony.— Ckintrg'iA Magnm^ \aK V. they are dead. and other fruits of this kind. The life of sweet things. fistula cassise. granites. The balsam of man cxiiti ftlike in all hb inciiilier«. Of arsenicals. and whatever emits a strong. orpiment. »i.1 balsam. Concerning ike Nature of Things. and lose their glitter. is a subtle sweetness. The life of aromatic substances. * Thi: l!t^li »i>d tiliLKxi of nvsit\ . in the bonCT. by >alt Is miui |»rcMrrvctl a* by . and gum. ambergris. is nothing else than the liquid of the earth. is nothing but that grateful odour itself. vismat (rude tin). fatuous. talc. z witter. glittering fatness. honey. The life of resins.mia. and i^ spt-cialistd ihcmn-ui ihc IjIockI. to wit» musk. .— ZV Af<tr6is 7'a*£nrtUt c. roots. as caraba. cobalt. and pleasant odour. for if that sweetness be taken away by distillation. and the like. the arteries. zinc. and similar matters. 137 The life of wavelike substances^ that is to say. When this is lost they are dead. when they no longer furnish this. If they lose this they are dead and useless. Now« ihis balBam is the body of iAu Sot iheriifare. The life of wood is a certain resin.. the life is a mineral coagulated poison. etc.

as is evident to the eyes. if it be shut up or deprived of the power to send forth its air. is of itself dead . sufficient to extinguish a candle or to lift a light feather.* For it should be known that many things which in life were good. however. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. BOOK V. and all power of doing harm is taken from it. and gives life to all other things. then it is dead. and the generation of a new and different nature. The life of flesh and blood is none other than the spirit of salt. So. Some air proceeds from all fire. must be suffocated. on the other hand. therefore. Concerning the Death of Natural Things. or after they have been mortifiedj they display a manifold power and efficac^^ and do much good. an overthrow of their potencies for evil or for g'ood. an overwhelming and blotting out of their former nature. too. but appear altogether fatuous and powerless. the life of fire is air. retain little or none of that virtue when they are dead. THE death of all natural things is nothing^ else but an alteration and removal of their powers and virtues. All live fire. but from my . and had their own virtues. We could recount many examples of this» but that is altogether foreign to our purpose.is unable longer to flourish. Vet. But concerning the life of the elements there is this to be known. The life of bones is the liquid of mumia. and spontaneously. So. The air lives of itself. as the water is separated from them. but its own element is its invisible and occult life. The life of water is its flowing. The earth. in order that you may see that I do not write from my mere opinion^ however plausible. since no one can any longer be drowned in it. When it is coagulated by the cold of the firmament and congealed into ice. for the air makes the fire blaze more strongly and with greater impetuosity. many things in their life are evilj but in death. which preserves them from ill odour and decay.

by the industry of a skilled alchemist. For their manifold virtues are not to be investigated. while they are still living. how small is their virtue. that is. in %vhii:h the cdotir^ lire contained^ even as In a seed there are green. and are ratljer a poison than a medicine. and crude antimony . they bring more evil than good. which tirr. in like manner. and what rapid efficiency they afford and display. yellow.experience. they are corrupted into their first substance and prudently prepared (that is. The cause of this assertion is that they value at nothing the preparations of the alchemists. and turned into oil . and turned into oil). live and crude sulphur. Concirning the Nature of Things. nor can anyone search them out. hi thAt uhat wft* first hidden from the Minaes is now revealed to them-— Z?*? IctfritiU. nor anything ought to be sought or found in them. if the Mercury be coagulated. calcined. But if. calcined. and every faithful • Death is the mother of tinctures. how lightly and tardily do they exercise their influence. Venus be sublimated. sublimated. reverberated. therefore. and till the sun has prepared and produced therti. For look at Mercury. U9 . Indeed. what power and virtue. as they are brought from the mines. so that none can fully speak or write of it. black. the sulphur be sublimated. resolved. it is well that I should adduce one example with which I will quiet and silence the sophists who say that nothing can be gained from dead things. reverberated and turned into oil . blue^ and ptirple colours^. Every alchemist. by which many great secrets of this kind are discovered. nevcriheIcsSi invisible uniil the «eed has perished in the earth. precipitated. and. you see what usefulness. for tinctures proceed from the mortification of the body.

with regard to the death of man. beyond a doubt. study. which should be blown a little until the mercury begins to smoke. it should be understood that. too. one by mercury. then. and spirit. But the calcination of metals is not of a single kind only. ought to seek into these three things during his whole life. soul. one by ihzfuligo mercttrii and quick me^cur}^ Calcination by salt is when the metal is formed into very thin plates. and a white cloud issues from the mouth of the vessel. body. so that at the last day he may be regenerated in a new^ a heavenly. as we said. resolution. resolved in aqua fortis. as by calcination. and the entire separation of the three substances. what its death is» and in what way it is mortified. First of all. and afterwards set on a moderate coal fire. Calcination by strong waters is when the metal is granulated. Calcination by sulphur is when the metal is formed into plates^ stratified and reverberated with sulphur. the earth. Most assuredly they will nobly compensate him for all his labour. But let us come to particulars. and specially describe the death and mortification of each natural thing. narrow at the top but broad below. But the death or mortification of the metals is the removal of their bodily structure. and even lip to his death should play with them and find his pastime in them. and stratified and cemented with salt. cementation. For. and purified flesh. into which he must return. will be his mother. Then let . the extinction of his natural light. the taking away his air. reverberation. and of the sulphurous fatness which can be removed from them in many ways. the evanescence of his balsam. For one is produced by salt. it is nothing else but the end of his day*s work. and sublimation.physician. and precipitated therein* Calcination by ih^fuligo mercurii is brought about thus : Let the metal be formed into plates . the^e words apply to regeneration. and expense. let the mercury be put into an earthen vessel. and therein lose his earthborn natural flesh. For since the natural earthborn man comes from the earth. and the return to his mother*s womb. one by strong w*aters. as Christ said to Nicodemus w^hen he came to Him by night.

however. So. is mortified copper . But beyond these mortifications of the metals. you must know that there are many other mortifications of the metals. there are others w^hich are to be esteemed as more important. from which its tincture. and then extinguish them m vinegar made from w4ne. another way of making the Crocus of Mars which partly surpasses the former. and is carried out with much less expense and labour. all precipitated. it should be known concerning iron that it can be mortified and reduced to a crocus in the following way : Form very thin plates of steel. which should be taken from the plates. I40 The Hermetic and Akhimical Writings. also. red lead. In the same way you should be informed that if any plate of iron or steel . destructions and whitenings of their life. For instance. or yellow lead are mortified lead .the plated metal be placed on the orifice of the vessel Thus the common mercury penetrates the metal and renders it as friable as a lump of coaL Calcination by quick mercury is when the metal is cleft into small particles. This produces the most beautiful crocus. This is the most excellent Crocus of Mars. made into plates. and formed into amalgam with mercury. crocus. First of all. and distil therefrom the moisture of the vinegar. or granulated. of Pardcehus. quintessence. or sulphur has been withdrawrn. all Sol. resin. Afterwards let the mercury be pressed out through a skin. sublimated. all lazurius is mortified silver. When you have enough of this red vinegar. or even burnt brass. There is. and the metal will remain within the skin in the form of lime or sand. because it no longer has the form of gold^ but is a white metal like fixed silverBut now let us go on to lay before you by what means the mortification of the metals is brought about. thus : Stratify very thin plates of steel with equal quantities of sulphur and tartar* Afterw^ards reverberate. is dead. Coagulate the residuum into a dry powder. beat them red hot. Keep on doing this until you see the vinegar has become very red. it should be known that all vitriol. For beyond the fact that ail rusting of iron and steel is a death. pour it all out. calcined cinnabar is mortified mercury \ all white lead.

Let them be again smeared as before^ until the plates are entirely consumed. and again proceed as before. so use in preference the first two methods. repeating the process until the water becomes quite green. and to say nothing about the others. there is no more beautiful. can also be accomplished in various ways . and there are various processes w^ith this metal. and thence is produced a ver>^ beautiful vitriol. Wash off this greenness w^ith clear spring water. for they can only be used in Alchemy and not in medicine . Such is the result* too. water of salt nitre. all of which mortify iron. or sends forth much vitriol to the surface. and avoid the rest. The best. let the greenness be taken off with a hare's foot. as white lead is scraped off leaden plates. sublimated mercury. and as soon as the greenness has been extracted. and reduce it to a crocus . or by drawing it off. Wherefore it will be %vell to make a note of the best and most useful. it renders also a beautiful crocus. and the plates have been dried. too. easiest. Then remove the water by tilting the vessel.be smeared over with aqua fortis. For Alchemy. but one is better and more useful than another. to reduce it to vitriol. such as you cannot fail to admire* Water of saltpetre is made thus : Purify saltpetre. or aqua regis » or water of sal armoniac. water of salt. liquefy and pulverise it. but none of these methods is to be compared with the tw^o mentioned above . and most reliable method oi reducing copper to vitriol is as follows . water of sal ammoniac. dry the plates %vith a rag . water of alum. and you will have an excellent medicinal vitriol. Coficerning the Nature of Things. again smear the plates with water of salt or saltpetre. verdigris. noble. . The mortiiication of copper. Let plates of copper be smeared with water of salt or of saltpetre. Proceed thus : Let plates of copper be smeared wnth one of the aforesaid waters. with oil of vitriol. or by some other means at pleasure. or burnt brass. or better vitriol than that which is made by aqua fortis. and hung or exposed in the air until the plates begin to become green.

141 Afterwards dissoh^e it by itself in a vessel with boiling water. and afterwards put in a reverberator}^ or in a potter's furnace. and is highly esteemed by all physicians. with a sufficient quantity of salt to make the three together the consistence of thick paste. and because the air has the power of transmuting a black colour into such a beautiful green. or of aqua fortis. for the most part. for if you suspend or expose those plates in the open air» in a few days the substance will turn green. And this need not cause surprise. they flow from the blackness of dead earth. every dead earth or caput mortuum^ as soon as ever it comes out of the fire into the air. The changes of these colours are very diversified. and will become excellent verdigris. and loses its own colour which It had assumed in the fire. immediately acquires another colour. flux of powder. because the verdigris first becomes green in the air. Do not let this circumstance cause you any anxiety or detain you at all . and you will see a black substance adhering to the plates. We will therefore describe two only. Thus you have water of saltpetre. This is water of sal ammoniac* In order to make verdig-ris from copper there are several ways not necessary to recount here. Water of sal ammoniac is made as follows : Calcine sal ammoniac and resolve it in a case on marble. comes black from the fire. and the more ingredients there are . Mix thoroughly. for the same time as the potter bakes his vessels. though. one for Medicine and the other for Alchemy. with a twofold method of preparation. According to the material such are the colours produced. The verdigris used in medicine admits of the ensuing process : Take plates of copper. For here it should be known that. You who are skilled in Alchemy see that every dead earth. as daily experience in alchemy proves. which may be called the balsam of copper. and smear them with the following compound : Take equal quantities of honey and vinegar.

and as a consequence of death. white. or let it evaporate in an open vessel. which stratify on a large tile with equal portions of sulphur and tartar. Let these plates. in cements and colourings of gold. with the matter which adheres to them. and extinguished as before . into plates. as vitriol makes them . Keep doing this until the plates of copper are nearly consumed. we will say about verdigris that which we dedicate to Alchemy. or in any way you can. smeared with salt reduced into a paste with the best vinegar. Sometimes they only appear red. which in all strong waters. while still glowing. Then let the vinegar be extracted by distillation. pounded and mixed. expose the plates to the air. The process of its preparation is as follows . green. and let it coagulate into a . For in the death of all natural things new colours appear. be extinguished in vinegar wherein sal ammoniac has been dissolved — half an ounce in a pound of vinegar. break the tile . but so that the plates may not melt. for a few days. and the matter on the plates will be converted into most beautiful verdigris. Let the plates be again heated. Form very thin plates of copper. each according to its own nature and properties. Then take them out . taking care that the copper plates do not melt. But in order that copper may become ms ustttm^ which is also called the crocus of copper. Reverberate for twenty-four hours with a strong fire. or else knock them off by beating the plates.in it the more varied are the colours displayed in the air. tinges gold and silver with a deep colour. but continually scrape off into vinegar the scales which adhere to the plates after they have been extinguished. as in the rainbow or the peacock's tail All these colours display themselves after death. and they are changed from their first colour into another. the following process must be adopted : let copper be formed 142 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Moreover. cerulean j sometimes mingled. in waters of gradations. sometimes only yellow. then put on a large tilei placed in a blast furnace^ and for a quarter of an hour burnt with a strong fire.

here should be noted a great secret concerning precipitated Mercury* If. it be sweetened with water of salt of tartar. you get sufficient gain from it — more than you could compass by the highest artifice of any kind. v. brightens up despondent alchemists. Sweeten this precipitate as much as possible j and finally distil the rectified w^ine from it seven or nine times. then.very hard stone. For it is an augmentation of Sol. it compensates for these and returns to you what you have spent. Thus you will have the crocus of copper used in Alchemy. therefore. This is the principal arcanum for all wounds and ulcers and the Gallic disease. is brought about by vitriol and salt. in order that it may be sublimated. it enters into the composition of Sol. but is altogether sweet. and to thank God and me • It b also stated that there is nothing in medicine to compiafe wuh precipitated mercury for the cure of ictericiii. In order that Mercur>^ may be reduced to a precipitate. The mortification of Mercury. Many persons commonly make ms tistum^ or the crocus of Venus. An. d$ UUritiii. and by it gold is rendered constant and good.%. insomuch that no physician need wish for better . until it burns in the fire and does not escape. Although. or as often as necessary.* nothing more need be done than calcine it in the best aqua fortis . to rejoice over it. from Venus by the extraction of alcohol (others of vinum aceti)^ like the crocus of Mars . Moreover. then let the graduated aqua fortis be extracted from it five times. The medical preparation of the precipitate of mercury as a healing unguent ha* been boastfully claimed to their own credit by many* persons. much labour and toil may be required for this precipitate. Moreover. moreover. When it is mixed with these two and then sublimated it becomes as hard as crystal and as white as snow. after its colouration. then you will have the precipitate as sweet as sugar or honey. You ought. and it. Then you have the diaphoretic precipitate of Mercury.Halation^i £» L ib. — Fragmenta Mgdic*t. though they are all filched from . more or less. but I much prefer this method. by distilling it until the water no longer ascends acid. until the precipitate acquires a beautiful red colour.

you will find the very best cerussa adhering" to the plates. -CAimf^fta Atagfitt. with salt and yellow sulphur. the vessel being well closed so that no spirits may escape. Precipitated mercury of the metah is the reduction of the metals into their first matter* which afterwards l& deposited below. after ten or fourteen days. Lib. Lib.thft writing* of the ancient arti&ts and Spagj-mts. and sublimate with great fluxion. in order that it may be reduced to white lead. Dt lftif>QiiHmii in A^eriyo GtiUico. Thus the cinnabar ascends into the aludel and adheres to it. has much greater efficacy*— /?* Tumoribus^ttc. —/^*d!. or. Vigo was not free from tbe disgrace of this faUehood.^ M&r^i Galiici. I have already said that this most be done in sharp aqua fortis. X* The bloodlike redness of the precipitate of mercury has caused it to be Ignorantly confused with the ruddy powder into which the sweet balsam of mercury is reduced when it Li prepared without sublimation or culeination by means of the water of eggs. and replace the plate over the vinegar until you have sufficient cerussa. then put it in a cucurbite . the other for Alchemy. But in order that Mercury may be calcined. Scrape this off with a hare*s foot. behind the fire. and liquefy it. The preparation of cerussa for Medicine is as follows : Suspend plates of lead in an unglazed vessel over strong^ vinegar made from wine. place an aludel above.* you must first of all mortify it. All cavernous ulcers (except those of the eating and siireading kind) are completely cured by its use. is two-fold. which must be abstracted by distillation. The mortification of lead. and the precipitation is made* But in order that Mercur)^ may be reduced to cinnabar. Precipitated m^ercur)' ts certainly aii andent remedy. as hard as hsematite. in winter. but has lain hidden for a long time by the perftdy of ph>'?»icLaii5. Reduce it to a white powder. as is customary. Then. Place the vessel in warm ashes. when outwardly applied. 143 for it.The other preparation of cerussa for Alchemy is like the formerj save that a quantity of . But experience teaches us that the oil of argent vi%'e. IL Conciming the Nature of Things. one for Medicine.

mixed with Mercur>^. which you will wipe off with a hare*s foot. Otherwise it would melt and produce yellow glass. It is made up only of the ashes which remain in the liquefaction of lead ore.. too. The mortification of silver so that lazurium.. c 8« Cinnabar i .Then.the best sal ammoniac must be dissolved in the vinegar. stirring it continually with an iron wire until it grows red. which dealers sell in the shops. over a moderate coal fire. but neither for Medicine nor for Alchemy. the lead must be calcined with salt. c 7. Such minium is useful only for pictures. In this way you wnlt have a very beautiful cerussa. careful watch being kept lest the heat should be too great or the stirring neglected. I. most subtle for purging tin or lead.. is of no use. may be produced from it. or some similar substance. and suspended In a glazed jar over the best vinegar in which auratae have been previously boiled. .. 144 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. * The pii^'sidans of Montepe&sulano and Salema committed the error ofsupposmg that cuinnhiir was dlfTercot from merctiiy. In all other particulars proceed as directed in the case of cerussa.xtracted from Sotuni and Mnrs by meant ofcnercur)-. Mmrhi G^Uticiy Lib. and reduced to ashes. Afterwards dissolve in it sal ammoniac and calcined tartar. and the potters buy it for encrusting vessels.Ihd. In this way you will have excellent yellow lead. after fourteen days. In order to reduce lead to a yellow colour a process is required not altogether unlike the preparation of minium* Here. you will have the most precious and beautiful la>:urium adhering to the silver plates. It must first be calcined to ashes. But if we wish to make red lead out of the lead. and should be used in Medicine as well as in Alchemy. This minium is at once the best and the most valuable. III. Lib. The other. or for removing whiteness from copper. Afterwards it must be stirred continually with iron in one of the wide dishes used by those who test minerals. and afterwards burnt laterally in a glazed jar. is brought about as follows : Let Luna be made into plates. when it Is clear that dicy are the ftatne^ — Dt 1 vmoribus^ ^/f. We do not deem it necessary here to repeat the method of mortifying .

evaporate that rain water to perfect dryness. In these two arcana. as they are taken from the wine-press. indeed. resin* crocus. Then the sulphur of gold rises up to the surface like grease. In order to extract vitriol from Sol. Sol Potabilis. When. and let it stand there for a fortnight or three weeks. and. the lazurium from the plates of Luna — all these being comprised under one process. The mortification of sulphur consists in taking away its combustible and foetid fatness. This you can easily resolve on marble in a damp place. stirring it continually with some sort of spatula. as. the cerussa from the plates of Saturn.gold so that it may be reduced to Us arcana. and reducing it to a fixed substance. we will not describe those virtues here. which remove with a spoon. proceed thus : Take two or three marks of pure gold. These preparations are manifold. quintessence. reduced to a fine powder. ought to delight every physician. the Crocus of Sol. because we have sufficiently indicated them in the book on Metallic Diseases and elsewhere. therefore. that is to say. After the sulphur is taken away. but not with the same preparation. the Quintessence of Sol. These concern the vitriol of Sol* and the sulphur of Sol. So also proceed with other vitriol. Remove this with a hare's foot. and sulphur. in a wide glass cucurbite closely sealed at the top. a diaphoretic virtue is latent. and abstract from it the very acrid aqua fortis by a threefold distillation. adhering to the plates of Sol. which are by no means the least among such secrets. as you have been told in the case of the other metals — the crocus of Mars from the plates of iron. and for the most part we have already given such secrets in other bookSi as the extraction of the Tincture of Sol. These have been given in the Archidoxa and elsewhere. the resin of Sol. for instance^ to tincture. vitriol. After* . the Mercury of Sol. which is vitriol of Sol. and you will find a most subtle colour. you have enough of this vitriol of Sol. the vitriol of Venus and verdigris from the plates of copper. Bury this in a glowing heap of grape -berries. and the vitriol of Sol will remain at the bottom. the vitriol of gold and the sulphur of gold. Then open it. But the secrets omitted there we will impart here. However. This is accomplished in the following way : Take common yellow sulphur. which form into plates and suspend above boys' urinei mixed with grapeberries. boll it well in distilled rain water.

The mortification of all salts. When you have it In that form you ought to rejoice . Then it will become. The mortification of pearls is that they be calcined and resolved in sharp vinegar in the form of milk. except if* goW. red • ArtiTKial vudd% are from. for if these are taken away. yellow j thirdly. * . 145 as cinnabar. is the removal and distillation of their watery and oleaginous part. It la the same with aLI the other vitiiolates of metals. Reverberate this sulphur in a closed reverberatory. This reverberated sulphur tinges any silver very deeply so as to turn it into most precious gold. the addity be extracted from. afterwards. the mincralii of metnlx and cognate substances. If. as the crystal. and whatever is of a salt nature. and the human body it tinges into its most perfect condition of health. But note be« that whal is uiually called vitriolated acid U really vitriolated capper of Venus For copper Ls vitriol. which docs not know vitriol— Z?# Morbfi Tartartis. In aJl mrtak there are vitriolated acid». Of so great virtue is this reverberated and fixed sulphur. with sweet water. The mortification of gems and corals is that they shall be calcined^ sublimated^ and dissolved into a liquid. copptr^ then he who u&es it digests copper. The mortification of the magnet is that it be smeared with oil of mercury . or caput moritmm. therefore. . c.wards sweeten the sulphur ivhich remains at the bottom. and besides of the spirit of salt . at first white. they are called afterwards dead earth. i6» Concerning the Nature of Things. and is of a black colour. as in the case of antimony. repeating the process of distillation continually until nothing but sweet %vater proceeds from it and there is no more smell of sulphur. for it is the beginning of wealth for you.

aunpigment. orpiment. how death is latent in all natural things : how they are mortified and reduced to another form and nature. zinc. and you will have dead earth wherein is no virtue.or touched by common mercury. The mortification of bones is their calcination. is sublimation. and gum is their being reduced to oil or varnish. The mortification of undulous things is a coagulation of the air» The mortification of aromatic substances is the removal of their good odour. Let whatever remains at the bottom of the sublimatory be washed. The mortification of water is produced by fire : for the heat of fire dries up and consumes all water. Thus you are sufficiently informed. So the mortification of fire is by water . their being sublimated with salt and vitrioL Then their life. The mortification of arsenicals. are turned to oil or liquid on marble* and fixed. that is. Afterwards it attracts no iron. realgar. and the like is that their oil and water shall be distilled from them. The mortification of carabae. The mortification of flesh and blood is the removal of the spirit of salt. cobalt. is when they are made fimd with salt nitre. for the water extinguishes the fire and takes away from it its force and effectiveness. Whatever else is necessary to say . The mortification of sweet things is that they shall be sublimated with corrosives and distilled. granites. The mortification of flints and stones is calcination. which is the metallic spirit. and antimony. in few words. the liquid squeezed out in a press. The mortification of marei^sites. The mortification of woods is their being turned into charcoal or ashes. The mortification of herbs. roots. turpentine. as also what virtues flow from them. talc. vismut. ascends with the spirit of salt. etc. resins. and afterwards the alkali extracted. zwitter. that the salt may be removed from it. cach^^mise.

for Christ Himself has said — ** If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed. so that I may not be exposed to the lies and misrepresentations of my enemies the quack doctors (by whom I am constantly ill judged). as if I myself pretended to usurp some divine power. on this point be understood with the greatest discrimination » and in no other way than according to my fixed opinion* as Nature daily and clearly points out and experience proves . Concerning the Resuscitation of Natural Things.we will set down in our book concerning the Resuscitation of Natural Things. since death is twofold. Beyond this man by his condition has no power. would be possible. and break again when restored. a thing can be resuscitated but not from the other. it would do so and place . and if any one strove to do more he would be arrogating to himself the power of God. Therefore^ at this point. or he had such faith that he could remove mountains. rather divine and angelic than human and natural. since Scripture says. but a profound and great secret. Do not. believe the sophists when they tell you that a thing once dead or mortified cannot be resuscitated. unless God were with him. that is to say. From the one. God alone can resuscitate. violent or spontaneous. or to attribute that same to Nature which she never claims. To such a man this. But whatever man destroys man can restore. THE resuscitation and reduction of natural things is not the least important in the nature of things. however. I would. or that it must be done by His divine command. or whatever mortifies by Nature according to its own predestination. It is indeed true that whatever perishes by its own natural death. then. and when they make light of resuscitation and restoration . U CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. and still greater things. BOOK THE SIXTH. and yet would labour in vain and be confounded. for their mistake is great. So whatever Nature consumes man cannot restore. and say to this mountain : Depart and place yourself yonder. the most careful observation is necessary.

and herefrom there is no resuscitation. For though the spirit of life has gone forth from such a body. One is . For the one can be revived and brought back to be a metal. dispensation of God arrangfes* But this. but not so the other. then. too. indeed.itself there . Let him be cast to the worms. in the instance of metals you see that when a metal has a tendency to die it begins to be affected with rust. and as the pleasure and Concerning the Nature of Things. happens from different diseases and accidents. So. The lime and the ashes of metals also are two-fold. So. In v^zy deed these differ as widely as possible. and can be fashioned into the most valuable mumia. but is mere ashes and no metal. in which life is latent. which also. It is dead. One is volatile. What further good or use is there in him ? None. and nothing impossible. as may be proved by many arguments which we will set down at the ^nd of this book. nor should it be thought that these are only two names for one thing. and all things shall be possible. too. Whatever dies by its own nature has its end according to predestination. to you. and death is in itself : nor has it any longer the balsam of life.*' But let us return to our proposition. What is the difference between dying and being mortified. as a balsam conserves other human bodies. and such rust can never be brought back to be a metal. The whole of his body is useful and good. and when the whole of the metal is consumed with rust the whole is dead. and there is the greatest difference between these two. nor is thereany preservative which can be used against predestination and the cognate end of life. But the case is not the same with a man who has been slain with a sword or has died some violent death. but has perished in itself. there is the greatest difference between dying and mortifying. Examine the case of a man who has died by a natural and predestined death. But what is mortified can be resuscitated and revivified. and from which of these conditions is resuscitation possible ? The matter is to be understood thus. still the balsam remains. and that which has been so affected is dead . the other is fixed.

then they are perfectly volatile. and more especially does it retain the salt which of its own special nature is capable of flux. and it is this which gives the fluxion. Among sham physicians a vast error is prevalent. Saturn. If you would understand the difference and its cause. or passes out per anum with the dung. and so on. so that both ascend together. Jupiter. For two notable and necessary facts must here be observed.dead. know that in the ash there is less fatness and more dr)'ness than in the lime. that either calcined or pulverised Sol. when given to men. Venus. This is the chief point. The salt must be extracted . In place of Sol Potabilis. 14^ The Hervietic and Alchemical Writings 0/ Paracelsus. Mars. you should take no metallic arcanum or medicament into the body unless it shall have first been rendered volatile. the other is mortified. and at last even death. And as with Sol. or else by the great internal heat of the body it is reduced. and still retains its resin and its iTuxion. and Mercury* But to return to our proposition. since wo little depends upon it. namely. Wherefore the first step and beginning: of preparing Aurum Potabile is this . The ash ts volatile and cannot be brought back to be a metal.. the Tincture of gold. whence ensue many and various diseases. becoming volatile and inseparable. not considering the difference or the e%ils resulting therefrom. thereby reducing them. they have palmed off on men a leprous Calx of Sol. so that it incrusts and clogs the bowels. and also makes all metals pass into flux. in the same way you prepare potable Luna. so that it cannot be brought back to its metallic condition. Hence it follows with the ashes of metals that they cannot be brought back into metals. so also io the case of other metals. afterwards such a volatile substance can be dissolved by spirit of wine. and must be very carefully noted. the Quintessence of gold. Just as you prepare gold. is congregated into one mass in the bowels. But the lime of metals is fixed and can be brought back again into its own metal. and so is vainly and uselessly taken. and to prove by illustrations and by adequate reasons that mortified things are not dead and compelled to . The lime is fatter and more moist than the ash. but only to glass or scoria.

just as a sleeping person is awakened by a shout. and this is their resuscitation. too. if these little worms are — as they ought to be— brought out by putrefaction and nourished. and to be born again as infants. The former is a reduction to argenium vivum^ and such. that the resuscitation and renovation of metals are twofold : one brings back calcined metals by a process of reduction to their original metallic body . and life would never be found in them. recalled. with the aid of nigromancy. it they are drowned in water so that no life could be discerned in them. but can be brought back and resuscitated and vitalised by man. wliicli. who are all born dead» and are first vitalised by the horrible noise of their parents. If it be cut in pieces. and putrefied in a venter equinus^ the whole serpent will revive in the glass in the form of small worms or the spawn of fishes. And just as with the serpent. is the latter process. KnoWj then. so many animals c^in be resuscitated. So you see in the case of the serpent. But if they are sprinkled with salt and placed in the warm sun. but the experiment did not turn out according to their intention and it w^as unsuccessful Let us. and restored. So Ihe lions are stirred up . It is advisable to begin with metals. By this process. and never would revive of themselves. would continue dead. pass by these examples. Calcine a metal by means . they recover their former life. except those which are produced from putrefaction. not that they are sleeping in the same w^ay — for one who sleeps a natural sleep would necessarily wake — but this is not the case with lions.continue in death. because metallic bodies more frequently resemble human bodies. and these pieces be put in a cucurbite. the other reduces metals to their first matter. Vou see the same thing in all animals. Unless they were stirred up with this noise they would remain dead. more than a hundred serpents will be produced from the one. any single serpent being as big as the original one. Now. however. like flies. If this were not done they would remain dead. Hence it is understood that they acquire their life and are vitalised by that noise. Hermes and Virgil endeavoured to renovate and resuscitate themselves after death. according to natural guidance and rule* You see this in the case of lions. or behind a heated furnace. and were so left. and come to the practical method of resuscitation and restoration. This can be accomplished by putrefaction alone.

But the resuscitation and restoration of sublimed Mercury is brought about in hot water. If. When elevated. like wax or ice. Luna. so that the boiling water may resolve from it the spirit of salt and of vitriol. such Mercurius vizms be sublimated anew with fresh salt and vitriol. for in this way all the impurity and blackness and poisonous nature are taken away from Mercur}*. namely. This is called the Philosophers* Mercurius of Metals. pound it again with the metallic calx. It is necessary.Concerning the Nature of Things^ 149 oi the fultgo Mercurii. Many alchemists have sought itt but few have found it. Put this calx and a sufficient quantity of the quicksilver into a sublimatory. into its first matter. Jupiter. and the Mercurius vivus runs together at the bottom of the water. Mercurius of Gold. and renovation of Mercury cannot be accomplished without sublimation . and the thing is then done. for unless after calcination it be sublimated . So is now prepared Mercurius vivus from all metals. Venus. The resuscitation. Let this metal be placed in digestion for such time as may be required. now. Mars. w^hich it raises up with itself in the process of sublimation. and sublimate as before. and the ashes of Saturn. and let them stand for some time. elevate the Mercury from the calx. and again be resuscitated in boiling water. Saturn. and the whole will be changed into iMefcurius vivtts^ that is. The resuscitation or restoration of calcined Mercury is produced by distillation in retorts. by means of sublimation. Repeat this until the metallic calx liquefies over a candle. and rejoice over it exceedingly . that it should first of all be very minutely pounded. and if this be repeated seven or nine times. how^ever. Venus. restoration. until the two are coagulated into one amalgam. or sulphur are left. it will be impossible to purify and renovate it more effectually* Preserve this as a great secret in Alchemy and Medicine. Then. For only Mercurius vivus ascends into the cold water.

and reduced to coals. and all ash is Salt. and afterwards reduce it as you would any other sublimated substance. Mercurius. that a thing which had altogether lost its form. It was from the beginning wood. and again you will have Mercurius viims. indeed. Then make pills. The resuscitation of cinnabar. pound it very fine in a marble mortar. you will see it begin to revive. Truly in the light of Nature this is a great mystery. and is reborn. the fat is Sulphur. the same weight of each. The resuscitation and restoration of wood is difficult and arduous . Sublimate it. is effected as follows : Take any one of these substances. and place it in a cucurbite with the resin. fat. is in its nature much higher than the original one. place them in a venter equinus^ and putrefy for the time required by each respectively. and restored wood. which. but mortified. This is really wood. then ash. what flames and is burnt is Sulphur. or precipitated gold. therefore. but not to be accomplished without exceptional skill and industr>% The following is the method of its revival : Take wood which has been first of all carbon. or poured into a rich soil. Let them be mixed and liquefied over a gentle fire* Then there will be produced a mucilaginous matter. Now. lazurium. and ash. If afterwards that matter be buried. and a tree or a little log will be produced from it. At its orifice arrange an iron plate which has several little holes. aurum musicum. and so you will have the three principles together from w hich all things are born and generated. phlegma. so that it may fall into cold water. destroyed. to ashes — to nothingness . namely. and is called resuscitated. For that which smokes and evaporates over the fire is Mercury. when you you have these three principles together.it will never be revivified. and make it into a paste with white of eggs and smegma. and let it be fastened with lute. and yet from that nothingness it is made something. poss-ible. liquid. renewed. which place in a strong earthenware cucurbitc. indeed. The phlegma is 1 50 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. in order that they may be revived into Mercurius vivus. and had been . Distil by descent over a strong fire. and the ash is Salt. the size of a nut. and oil of its tree.

After this it is most necessary to know the steps to transmutation. another colour. but assumes another guise. we should point out what transmutation is . It is difficult to explain this specifically here . another nature or set of properties : as if a metal becomes glass or stone .reduced to nothingness. and is so changed that it bears no resemblance to its anterior shape. thirdlyt by what means. paper . IF we are to write concerning the transmutalion of all natural objects. in order that we may speak generally concerning the resuscitation and restoration of natural things. and in what manner. Distillation. then. so we will conclude this book. They are the following : Calcination. another essence. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. takes place when an object loses its own form. hide. recovers that form and becomes something from nothing— something which afterwards is much nobler in its virtue and its efficacy than it had been at first But. tinctlre. and in the following book make these things more clear with regard to the transmutations of natural things. another virtue. of a truth. . coagl'lation. Solution. BOOK VIL Concerning the Trankmltation of Natural Objects. Transmutation. in the first place and before ail else. how^ many there are. the rest which may be included among the steps are comprised in these seven. and many such things. For although some persons reckon a greater number. it is just and necessary that. in the second place. there are. Putrefaction. There are not more than seven. it is broug-ht about. rag". if stone or wood becomes coal . this should be understood as the principal foundation — that to each thing may be again conceded that which had been taken from it and separated in mortification. and. if clay becomes stone and slate . only seven principal steps . All these are transmutations of natural objects. Sltblimation. w^hat are the successive steps thereto . glue .

For» as from all phlegmatic and watery objects. Under this are included Exaltation* Elevation. and fat earth is hardened into stone . and many things are fixed and become per- . and is separated from its body. therefore. What is calcined is not on that account reverberated or cemented. Sublimation* is the second step. strong. tenacious. so. also very important for the transmutation of many natural objects. the spiritual is raised from the corporeal. for by Reverberation and Cementation many corporeal objects are calcined and reduced to ashes. and this is done ill a naked fire. and all corporeal objects. toJLv (K*j[Ua' 152 The Hermetic and Alchemical WHtings of Paracelsus. in the process of Sublimation. as we see in the kiln of the lime burner and the potter respectively. Here. minerals. By Calcination all metals. and it is not altogether unlike Distillation. The first step. glasses. Calcination is the principal step. but all stones are reduced to lime. then^ is Calcination. stones. By means of this all • Due of the Ft^^mfntn Mrdkn coritairicd in the ftrnt vrrlumc: of tli« t^eiieva folio. water ascends in distillation. soft. otMerve» thAl it i«. For in Sublimation many excellent virtues and wonderful qualities are found in minerals. and Fixationt . subtilised. become carbon and ashes . ^txxss uf calcioaikm frutn ihc standpoint of Kemictjc Medkine.* under which are comprised Reverberation and Cementation. and the pure separated from the impure.eiiunc]itly nec«»iMii> for ih« [thy^ddn Mhoconoerr» himftclf with Alchemy lo ufidrr«(fu»dl culdniittoh arid Ihe virtue »hlch rc%idvi» lh«rcin. in dr)^ substances such as minerals. especially metals.If anyone ascends that ladder. and exposed to the air. he will arrive at so wonderful a place that he w^ill see and experience many secrets in the transmutation of natural objects. Mcberj explaining iIm. Among these three there is little diflTerence so far as relates to Calcination.

the other in the fire. and this takes place in a damp and cold chamber. Thus it will afterwards become a stone and an oil when and as often as you wish. For if. Solution. and calcined bodies. too. or water . The cold process of Solution dissolves all salts. This is one of the greatest and most complete transmutations in all natural objects. many sweet substances become sour or bitter \ whilst many bitter things are made sweet as sugar.»inplc» the •i. as. Let it be again sublimated as before. and do not disclose it to sophists. which is of great and wonderful powers. you put it in the air. For everything that is dissolved in the cold contains the sharp spirit of salt.arc jwjiar^teil Trora llio^e elcmcni"* which are ihe source of tltcir poverty ttnd boAcn^Sf btit in addition to ihis* lh« prote»> h^a* many other viriues^ For cx. may be coagulated to a stone in the fire. in marble or glass. corrosives. under which term are comprised Dissolution and Resolution. for instance^ when you dissolve the matter which remains at the bottom. having refrigerated it. so that they remain in the fire in the following way : Let the body which is sublimated be ground again and mixed with its own dregs. that every metal which is brought to a state of Sublimation by means of sal ammoniac may afterwards be dissolved into an oil in the cold^ or in the air. however. and let this be repeated until it sublimates no longer. Moreover. on the other hand. and. is twofold : one by cold» another by heat . or otherwise in the air only. but all remains in the bottom and is fixed. which it often acquires and assumes in Sublimation or Distillation. to transmute a metal into a stone. If you once more put it in the fire it is again coagulated into a stone. it is there immediately resolved into an oil. one out of the fire. But this consider a great secret and mystery of Nature. so. Whatever salt and corrosive quality there may be it resolves into an oil» a liquid.manent. namely. as in Sublimation many corrosives become sweet by the conjunction of the two natures. or in a glass vessel. This step frequently follows after Sublimation and Distillation. The third step is Solution. Here it shoidd be remarked.uhlim^itbii of qukkiiKcr ha& . contrariwise. And everything which is dissolved in the cold or in the air is again by the heat of fire changed • By sublimalion the lower minci-als .

the chain would be broken and the captive would escape. is of great drj^ness^ and holds concealed within itself acorrosive fire. . this the air and the co!d again dissolve. For if one of the links of the chain were taken away. Thus. f ExaltAiion.\. is Solution to be understood* Putrefaction* is the fourth step. So whatever is dissolved In fire.this operation. but not fire. as has been said. has in itself sweetness and cold. and in no other way. the sublinuiilon of ftn»enjc rekn!>«:j» a fervid spirit into the atmosipherti which cures quartan fever and other acute dl».* c. And so. But the Solution of heat dissolves all fat and sulphurous bodies . Concerning the Nature of Things. For these steps should follow one another in turn. or the rounds of a ladder. and by its heat. under which are comprised Digestion t and Circulation. conjttnction.—Paranih'nm. and many would fall headlong from it and endanger their lives. like the links in a chain. Tr^ict 1 1 T. oppo^itiop. that whatever the air or the cold chamber dissolves. 153 into dust or stone. too. In hke manner. and whatever the heat of fire dissolves this the cold coagulates into a mass. otherwise the whole work of our mystery . if one of the rounds of the ladder should be removed from the middle and put in the highest or the lowest place. tliat even the air in it> vicinity has a recreative efTcct. the ladder too would be broken. So understand here that these steps follow one another in a just order.^Sortis M^tatluis. and whatever the heat coagulates.civscs — i?*. 5. and kindred proccsi*^ are not malcrially |tcrfortii««l< but after a mode which i* altogether ^^r\i\\s.nil the nrtueaof mercury arc present. Now Putrefaction is a very important step which might deservedly stand firsts only that would be contrary to the just order and to the mystery which lies concealed here. Ym in the air perraeaied hy iuercur>. c 6. Tract III. This also should be known. and is known to very few.

many things in Distillation are fixed by Cohobation. and in all phlegmatic substances the oil and the water are separated.. «o that it labours to return into its es^nce^—£)^ Tmrittrit^ Lib. Under it are understood Ascension. it dige^vts. etc And putrefac lion produces a fucceuion of coloun^ rapidly. In »o far a& it h. iJi the sen^sc that it does not cajst otft anything excretnentittously . When this is fixed it is called colcotar. Lib. Putrefaction h the jtcporatton of virtuei and at the loine tiniie U almost a con^r\*ation. Tract I. Putrefaction takes away the acridity from all corrosive spirits of salt.-i» become vitiiitedi digestion cause» it to purge kitelf. Tract IL.^11 living things die in it. Alum. — Dt Mods PkarvHiumudiy Tract IIL The firmiiuient produces cotour3>i corruptions.— /7# Tartarp. what u bad and unproAtabIc in a tubataikce i^ separated so that the substance rciuaiiu in itjk es^nce. oil is extracted from all fat substances. especially if the substances to be fixed contain water within them. of nature. and Fixation. By Distillation all waters. Distillation is the fifth step to the transmutation of all natural objects. Putrefaction U a new quatitaitve generation. Tract 11. . liquids. and bears another new fruit. c 7. There i* tui excrctnent^l ^{jiaraLton. II. and oils are subtilised. is • Putrefaction U the handmaui of tcporation. putrefies^ generates. Putrefaction is of so great efficacy that it blots out the old nature and transmutes everything into another new nature. and then all these dead things regain life. ]V. the. separates the pure from the impure. renders them soft and sweet. IL. — D* SatmraiituM Agnth. and all our toil and pains frustrated and rendered void. the impure lower. as it was created. 3.. each by itself.— ^Afiix/'A4ir3ivarAN<f/. that the earth sepaj^itcs nothing. and augment. AM putrefaction *!<• e^^ntLilly and ex€csi\-ely cold. Tract 3* f Digestion i* putrefaction. and digestions of nutximent.would be perverted. Imbibition. Moreover. as %'itriol does..— /^/</. if it is fixed with its own water. .^ by the power and inini'*lr>' of the «>tar^. Between digestion performed in the earth and the digestion which take* pUice in the body of man. thert: i* thi» difference. c. the water from all liquids. By the process of dij^e&tioii. Lib. and places the pure higher. Lavation. Cohobation.— Z?* PfitUitaie^ Tract I. all dead things decay. transmutes their colours.

This. called Zuccari. requires no nutrimental siipptm after (he manner of human t>eing». many sweet things. as corrosive. sulphur. Many aromatic things lose their pleasant odour. sharp. in Distillation many bitter. however. There is. augments. Is resolved into a liquid. Vet tlitb iiv not precL»ely a deprtvalton of the earth. such as honey. . One. and acrid things become very sweet. And just as Sublimation alters things in their quality and nature. a twofold process of Coagulation.Wt Uicre \a a *cparaijoJi of seed into sail. and» on the other hand. which coagulate all waters into snows and ice. Another is produced by the upper firmament of winter stars. another of the fire. indeed. 154 T^^ Hcrmeiic and Akhemual Writings of Paracelsus. two by cold. so does Distillation* Coagulation is the sixth step. indeed. or bitter. The process of Cohobation is that a caput mortuum is frequently imbibed with its own watefi and this is again drawn oflf by means of Distillation. the others by cold are not fixed. is twofold. The Coagulation by fire is produced by the artificial and graduated fire of the alchemist. The Coagulations by fire are fixed. sugar. is of great power luid an excellent arcanum in medicine for exting-yishingthe microcosmic fire in men of a metallic temperament^ as we write more at length in our books on Metallic Diseases.uid mercury'. sugar. and if it be putrefied for a month it produces a water as sweet as sugar. one by cold. Many excrementitious things lose their excessive stench in distillation. . which.The etutbumureover. or sharp. one of the air. and two by fire. Each of these. become sharp. and mercury'. Moreover. is produced only by common air.— /7r P$tiiUtaie^ Tract \\. too. like honey. another by heat . as oil of vitriol or vinegar. as gall or gentian. again. that is. or without fire. but the Aeed h ^wn in it just as the maile leecl U sown in the female wooib. or manna. li«cau«e Uie earth contain* in it»eJlf iah.* And just as you have heard of vitriol and alum. The earth gcneralia. so also salt nitre and other watery minerals can be fixed by cohobation. since it passes out into the water. sulphur. or manna . so that there are really four processes of Coagulation. ajad multiplier try metuin of its own indwetlmg Archetu^.

which I leave to the experience of the school of Vulcatt. tlial the aquobity rauit be jtcparatcd from the alum.. which. . flints.. into another. and whatever is coagulated by such a fire is also ^^yi^^. that no corporeal matter can be resolved into water unless it originally xvas water. So every mucilaginous matter or spermatic lentor caJi. unless it was originally a corporeal matter. namely. indeed. Whence the matter standi thus. 155 into water.i^ alum after \\% cxcoction. de>ipoiIcdt however. Tract IV. of iu medicinal arcana. and the elemcjiU in like manner. the quality wiihdraw^ into one ptacu.-itul proper elenicnt. and such is the case with all mineral substances. Now. and must l>c reciilied therein till it 1% almost like <iugar. II. the element of alum \% mosit akin to ibc clement of water For the element of water ntivo cunsihta in lU Hylc^ . And as you have heard concerning Coagulation. which concludes the work of our mystery. though originally its matter was mucilaginous. by the heat of fire.guUUun MiiiulUfieoiiaty cxi»t.* Tincture is the seventh and last step. and other bodies. so know also concerning Solution. The dose is one :«^ruple. be coagulated into a body and corporal material.. -/V Mitr^ii MttiMilkU^ Lib.and is fixed and permanent. as it \s trnpcwihle to emunerale them iti this place. But it should also be known that fire coagulates no water or moisture. but cannot again be resolved • Medicines arc ihtrcFort: chfwcti which are free from cuaguUntiaiii such ai alunu Id wlucb hiimittily iititl co. they mui»t be again exlingui. If the «ymptom& of liie elcmtntary' disease again prc^nt themselves. it [>a!»cs into its purt . whereto^ indeed. with reference to transmutation. and it is coagulated by the Archeus of the earth and by the work of Nature into metals. stones. makes all imperfect things perfect. and constant.i. c 6- Concerning the Nature of Things. For whatever such a fire coagulates. that becomes permanent. irilieic Imo be !>«piUtLted one from another. For water alrme prevail against the microcoMOtc fire. but only the liquids and juices of all natural things. the Archeus of the earth rules and graduates in much the same way as the alchemist . . and when it Has been vrporatcd from its coagulates. For this reason no phlegm can be coagulated. it can be again restored by the in dust rj^ of an experienced alchemist.shed as before* There arc many such arcana. But alum does not ftuflfer this privation.'Another Coagulation is produced by the /Etnean and mineral fire in mountains.

and changes them to another colour. and info their supreme health and purity. of metals. Yk^x example : salt* inrhen it bdi««clvcd . From a liquid. For it w^ould be just as though one were to cast saffron. irvhcther these be li<iiiid» ur wtid^^ po^^^cs^ing a defined «1l){Lp«!:. with or without fire. human bodies. for unless this were so. and aTierward^ iMs cooguhite must pa»s Into a Tuiuld. utid freed from their coagulation. it would not tint the ice so quick ly with its colour as if one were to put it into other water. and the warmer the mass is kept. minerals. the solid can never be «) perfcctJy liquefied a* ttal lo strive to return lo it** -Kjlidity. waters. just as fermentation penetrates the whole mass and imparls acidity to it. for fermentation is a Tincture of the farinaceous mass and of the bread. all fat substances — in a word. it is necessary that the body or material which is to be tinged should be open. must he liquefied by fire. since everything which penetrates another matter. may be called a Tincture. And. into coagulated water or ice .transmutes them into their noblest essence and highest state of health. oils. t • All created tlii[i£» proceed from a coagulate. so that it is no longer like what it was before. and in a state of flux . liquids. or tinges it with another colour or essence. thcDi all procreated thing^^ proceed. salts. So then there are manifold tinctures. And here it should be known that the more hotly they are liquefied the more rapidly the tincture runs through them. the more perfectly it ferments. the tincture could not operate. although it might tinge the ice. Wherefore. and not only lor metallic and human bodies. For a Tincture colours all things according to its own nature and its own colour. and the better bread it gives. For if the tincture is to tinge. of all things which. which we wish to tinge. it would at the same time reduce it into water. that is to say. Further. can be brought or reduced to a state of fluxion. TtncfufCs thervjore^ is the noblest matter with which bodies^ metallic and hutnan^ are tinged^ translated into a better and far more noble essence. and the better it is covered up. But there are many and various Tinctures. metals also. or some other colour.

. that they proceed from three priiiciplcji . Hut thi« U not the solidification of which mention i?i made here.uJ<stancev Moreover. The result i» that here n certain Liiid of generation lakeii pbu. w kh idl olbcr *. earth. fluxible.tral the *>lher. bt> jnfrri. ll^e one freciucnily prevails over the other. and as sulphur is kindled. Great attention must be paid to tbi* *olidific*iti<*ti and dts-solution. stones. supematurab from God.— W//»i/ Ffiagmen^nn* tic Tnrtafv. like aquafortis. and just as vinttm ardens burns. which is distilled from the dregs of cerevtsia. 156 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. The right and |iroper itndcri>randing of tht uniinal condition of bumiin nature is contiiincti iti an tmder^tanding of the tincture of the Animal man. as you see in the case of vinum ardens. good and liad. Sulphur u never liquerted ao completely as not to leave some Mj'tidity adhering to it. which is made from the dregs of wine. all fruits. but that fraiti* which tt«y proceed is a solid. . and incombustible.e. Nothing exiaLs which is not a ^olid. In con»ei}iicncc t>f tViLs nature a most supreme ami exhaustive iniestjgaiion «"f ptiilnwpby i. fntni ibe ». and all growing things. no wilid Is *o corn* pletety (fisaolved but that it will actuatty return into it* original *hape. ^is in tht: digestion wliich endued after the first dtvsoUuiou into fmtts that which finally remaios becoinci die principle of tartiir.s pemusstili^le. Thi^ is also the C2ue with salt aiul iticfcui^'. It Is the sasxm. . of the nature it retains. aLv>. aj>d if it be not followed again by a Mfconti digeiitioti. ivv for examplet seed. and other substances. but is above it aud was before it« For fruits were produced from that liquids and were again solidified. and in the case oi cercvisia ardens. No>ne the les<i has mnn.in water.t. of a sharper aJso and more penetrating' nature. Moreover. there will be produced thence an acetum of so fiery and acrid a nature. Man ha* two liuctures^ one* ai» regard*.ir». so. that it would consume al! metals. Tract I. as vinum ardins is commonly distilled. hxtk tinctured knowlcdgCf which ia bad *ind good^ being tinctured from the »tar?i ais rcgartis his earthy nature and condition. . Understand. tlicreforCt of things in general. It is also to be remarked that some dregs are of a more fixed substance than their liquid.>r l« log. t The brutes tbems>elvi^ have an intuite knowledge. seeks to revert into its oriKtnj^l iiate.— Z>r t'tuUitutt. by mean?. tincture must be of a fixed nature. if from the dregs of iiceium another aceiam should be distilled. Understand that any *olid proceed* from one of the three principle*' sulphur* mercury. and salt whichsoever it may Ue. .

too. ifseparaicd from the body. indeed » tinges with a permanent colour things which do not enter the fire. and the like. For colour and body a« two different ibings. and of changeless colour* But the Tinctures of human bodies^whereby those bodies may be tinged into their supreme state of health. their own easy and gentle flux must be produced \ lastly. and that without any smoke. w^hich. in the case of Luna and Sol * These are now the Tinctures of the metals^ which must first of all be turned to alcohol by the step of Calcination. incombustible. and will penetrate the metal as oil penetrates paper. fixed. and for thw reason admit of separation. so that a while body reinaliiSi will l>e a perfect wofk.so that if a little of it be thrown on an ignited plate of metal it will presently float like wax. that is. so it does not seem necessary for us to repeat them here. which can be graduated and intensified in many ways. seeing that every extracted colour may be called a Tincture. that their lost powers and colours may he restored. and tinge all metals to white and red. by the step of Putrefaction and Distillation the Tincture is evoh'ed. in this book to know the degrees of fire. Unit-??. sulphur. But concerning Tinctures nothing more need be written. or keep their colours fixed in the fire. by the second step of Sublimation. Alt these things are in the hand and power of the dyer or the painter. • t call the tbcture of gold the colour of the body itself. pearls. vitriol. Afterwards.* Ihi* be done. ^vhich. while no one gives the same result as another. and all diseases may be expelled. as every skilful alchemist finds from his daily experience and the practice of his art. One is the live flaming fire w^hich reverberates and calcines all bodies. antimony. the pure (tbc colour) i* &cparated front the impiarc (ihe body). the preparations whereof w^e give in many other books. or water a sponge. that is to sjiy. and each degree has its own peculiar operation. and they themselves invigorated and renewed — are these : Gold. who prepares them according to his own pleasure*! It is especially necessary. all the latxitir will .

t TinctuTM operate approximately oi follows . ju Mittmony purges away iitt the drosA of gold. z. for it cannot become more sublimated. which. as gold. In another way. on %vhich the tinctures of metals are probed. in like manner it become* manifest thai tfic tincture:! thert»<«lveii have obtained a nature similar to cement. sublimations. and coagulations are produced. — /^/V. etc. wc niuM immediately Uastcn to the clarification of the colour. this separation is accompUiihed. which cements. Otherwise. ashes . 15. have no figure of man. —C4/r«r»3f/rt Aft^iin. colours. in another. Another is the fire of the candle and lamp. in a word. When. accordingly.. so wc must believe that tlnciures operate.^ c. and purges metals from their scoriae. and to the highest grade of cxaltatian. scobs (i>. the balneum maris. But the grade to wblcli the tincture can be exalted U f)vc time-^ double. graduates more highly Sol and Lunai takes the whiteness from Venus. or steel plate.. In yet another way operates the balneum ron's^ in which take place many solutions of corporeal things. by which many distillations.mm out useless. Tract II L. which fixes all volatile bodies. again. Concerning the Nature of Things. or crystal^ and displays its operation . and in another way operates the invisible fire. Ju»t as you *ee fire complelely coiisutne firewood and similar |jodie». which also is shewn by a mirror. and. that Is. by which we understand the rays of the sun. for the^' anticipated a medicine in their idm^t sacred conjanctiont but all in rain. perfects it. Another is the fire of an ignited iron plate. alkali) of iron produces heat. Part IJ-. and rallies it dj the bighesi grade by cementation. In which the principal putrefactions and digestions take place. inasmuch as they perform operations complelcly similar to thoste of the latter tuvd of fire* The ancient arti»t. 8.'« manrelinu->kly wearied theDiselvcs at conjoining lincturca mitb fire. Another is the coal fire.c.». fi\'< time* into five times twenty-four. renovates all the metals. Thuft.cts thQ itenfer cquinNS. in another. which also is useful for other purposes. in another way» sand .

thirdly. Mix them . is the great secret in Nature. Sol and Luna. moreover. you must have the Philosophers* Stone. Therefore proceed thus : Take some iron filing. Yet it is not-n^t. into the two perfect metals. Saturn. then. I have placed before yoo and disclosed the steps of Alchemical Art. of stones . Before all. place them . Mars. of Mars into Venus. like native lead. thirdly. the three principles in any corporeal substance can be separated on a table. and without fire. and can only be produced with difficulty. By this fire. But in order to transmute the five lower and baser metals. and heavy copper. and has its own weight as well as any native copper. then. concerning which fire the ancients wTote scarcely anything. and all fat and fluxible things — all combustible things. but rather rest satisfied with what we have written in other books on the Transmutations of Metals. This may be effected in diflferent ways : Firstly* if iron filings are heated in water of vitriol . Iron filing can also be reduced and transmuted as if into lead. and the same quantity of the best liquefying powder. for instance. Of so wonderful a virtue is this fire» that by means of it metals are liquefied. flows V'ery well. and the degrees of alchemical fire. and describe generically* the various transmutations of natural objects. Jupiter. and Mercury. on account of the many hindrances and difficulties. as many falsely say. secondly. if iron plates are cemented with calcined vitriol . indeed. which. it is not necessary to labour further about this. sufficiently unveiled and described the secrets of the Tinctures. but it does not flow easily. of various objects after their kind. in the seven steps. point out to you. as.contrary to Nature or the will of God. The transmutation of metals. or. indeed — can be reduced to carbon and ashes on a table. But since we have already. if glowing iron plates are ex* tinguished with oil of vitriol In these three ways iron is transmuted into the best. Venus. But there are further transmutations of imperfect and impure metals. natural. so that it becomes entirely soft. secondly. one should speak of the metals . indeed. I will. Since.and effect.

cement. or any other copper. when you will have the true leaden regulus. indeed. On the other hand. If. Then you will see as much native lead as you please transmuted into good. lastly. or stratify with the crocus of Venus. which. lastly pour into the regulus. first cement. For you see how great a transmutation of gems lies hid in oil of sulphur. liquefy. Then granulate. nor is any great skill required. So all its blackness and darkness are taken away from the lead. This is the process : Calcine plates of lead in vitriol.Afterwards increase the 1 58 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writivgs of Paracelsus. As you have now heard in brief a summary of some transmutations of metals. like gold. cemented. and it becomes in whiteness like the best English tin. Understand in like manner concerning the magnet. not so much as to melt the iron. and. and stratify with sal ammoniac. take plates of Saturn. moreover. are various and by no means alike. take the same quantity . Of this. as soft and ductile as native lead can be. it be cast. know concerning the transmutations of gems. Lastly. cement. sublimate copper. and ductile copper. lastly. fire vigorously.on a tigiilum in a blast furnace. so that the iron may glow and melt. . lastly. as white as Luna. It can be transmuted into ten times its power and virtue in the following way : Take a magnet. so. it is changed into a splendid amber or red colour. it is very easy to turn lead into copper. heavy. If you wish to change Saturn into Jupiter. such copper. and reduce it by fixed arsenic to a white substance. and you will find a regulus of lead on the tigillum. now. But in order to transmute Venus into Saturn proceed thus : First of all. as above. cast. and . and in course of time graduated with distinct colours so as to become like a grained jacinth or ruby. and. be made into plates and stratified with tutia and calamine. and of good reduced powder. make a strong fire. and. and if. Any crystal can be tinged and transmuted in it. but let it stand as if in a cement a whole hour. let the tigillum cool of itself.

or Mercury coagulated with Jupiter and reduced to alcohol. and do other wonderful things which a common magnet could never accomplish. Thus you will make a magnet so powerful that with it you can pull out the nails from a wall. Having thus bored them. Moreover. like the cyanean or Turkish stone. with green juice into the likeness of an emerald. dry them as you did the . Concerning the Nature of Things. in the transmutations of gems. and especially metals and minerals. with Brazilian wood into a red amber like the grained jacinth or ruby. with the dye of a pine into black amber. or pearl shell. Extinguish this immediately in the oil of the crocus of Mars. At the same time pound it in marble very fine^ so that it becomes a thick amalgam* which must be dried in the sun or behind a warm furnace until it becomes like cheese or hepan Lastly » from this mass make as many pearls as you wish. afterwards coagulated. can be tinged with fixed colours. with lazuleum into a cerulean amber like sapphire. but still not red hot. can be made entirely like true ones in appearance so that by means of their brightness and beauty they can scarcely be distinguished from genuine ones. it must be known that the world is situated in the two grades of tincture and coagulation. or with ceruse made to resemble alabaster — so all other liquids. 159 Similarly pearls^ too. which is made of the best Carinthian steel. and transmuted into gems.heat it in the coals to such a degree that it may be at a high temperature. and fix them ow hog bristles. Into this put and mix some fair white talc. and afterwards coagulated into a beautiful yellow amber. with a purple colour like amethyst. so that it may imbibe as much as it can take. For as the white of an ^^^ can be tinged with saffron. with verdigris into green amber. Proceed thus: Purify as much as possible the white of eggs with a sponge.

is converted Into stone in a manner calculated to cause wonder. they can be spun and woven like cotton. and silk is produced out of linen with a very sharp lixivium made from lime and the ashes of woad. dry them thoroughly. If they do not shine sufficiently anoint them externally with the white of an ^%^^ and again dry them. with white of ^^^^ Dry them again. Almost in the same way corals are made by those who wish to deceive people as wnth the pearls just spoken of. into which coagulation Luna or Sol may be put. So. In the same way glue is made from hides. learn that any wood. and by the way. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. CON'CERXING THE SEPARATIONS OF NATURAL THINGS. but not in virtueIt should also be known that the white of eggs by itself can"be coagulated into a very fine varnish. and these are called stone coal. any liquid into gum. those which I know and have experimented on. too* stones are transmuted into coals by ^tnean fire. as you did the pearls. the first separation began with the four . BOOK THE EIGHTH. Proceed thus : Pound cinnabar with white of eggs in a marble mortar for an hour. Any oil or spermatic mucilage can be coagulated into varnish . All these are transmutations of natural objects : whereof we have now said enough. and you have prepared them. paper from linen rag. TheQ form from thence pilules or small branches* as you will j lastly. and anoint them externally. like true ones in form though not in virtue. and therefore write our finis. Afterwards dry it like potter's earth. There are many other and various transmutations. First. and thus they will become like native coral in appearance. IN the creation of the world. whereof I will tell you briefly. Thus they will become most beautiful pearls.amber. If the downy parts are taken from feathers and dressed with this lixivium. if at a particular time it be put in the water of the salt of a gem.

From that chaos God built the Greater World. a. as in a faculty of digestion. which by itself is not a metal. sulphur. lead. when the first matter of the world was one chaos. namely. by alchemical art. but an equable and perpetual disposition of all things. whence. whether two. as by daily experience in Alchemy is made evident. Fire was the warm part. Water the moist. Air. the ultimate matter b formed. four. Earth. Then sometimes from a single matter two. etc. three. there is electrum. And here it frequently happens that corporeal matter of this kind can be known by nobody. Tract III. nor be designated by an express name. or more. salt.— CA/r»ryrtf Afagna^ Partlll. you should know that it is nothing else but the segregation of one thing from another. be anatomised and separated. that you may learn our method in this Eighth Book as briefly as possible. iron. —Modus Pharmacaudi. three. quicksilver. If this. Earth was but the dry part of the Greater World. . By way of example for you. four. and yet only a single matter is touched and seen. all the seven metals. Now. materially and substantially separated and segregated. 5. and unless there be separation in the smaller world. Water. Fire. in the microcosmos. when two.— Dt Moritis Tartareis. c. as mercury.elements. there can be no metal. and sometimes in another. but still conceals all the metals in one metal and body. proceed. you must know that we do not propose to treat herein concerning the Separation of the Elements in all natural things. which is man. or of the pure and noble spirit and quintessence from the dense and * Separation is grotmded in heat. copper. and by itself. The office of the Archeus is the sequestration of the pure from the impure. sometimes in one way. gold. separated into four distinct elements. silver. and. Lib. and the extraction of the pure from the impure. until the process of separation is instituted. and these pure and unmixed. Air only the cold.* where some one thing is singly. that b. or more have been mixed : I mean the segregation of three principles. But in order to understand what separation is. there can be neither health nor dixeane. tin. For unless there be separation in the greater world. four. But here we touch only on the separation of natural things. lastly. three. or more have been mingled in one body. proceed from it.. five. since we have fully and perfectly taught concerning these arcana in our Archidoxa on the Separations of the Elements.

From these the Cabalistic Art was elaborated by the ancient Magi. Hence we have spectres. which. and is seen even after death. that is. and supernatural apparitions. the greater world. and the spirit. which is treated of more at length in the books on the Cabala. but those among the soluble natural elements which have been investigated by us shall here be set down and described according to their species. is not buried. the Celestial and the Terrestial. and perpetually act contrariwise one to the and doing so until they mutually destroy each other. visions. the sidereal and celestial body.J After this separation has been made. or more from dissolution and liberation of things linked and bound together. was founded. the other sinks down to the earth. But the Sacramental body. that is to say. nature adverse. as to the ark from . being buried in the earth. four. like an eagle . like lead^f The elemental body decays and is consumed. the body. the Sacramental and the Elemental One of these soars on high. that he might be its Separator* But the separation of the Microcosm begins from death. i6i nental one : or the which are by other* gfo on body . three.Concetfting the Nature of Tkifigs. the three substances separate one from the other. and for his sake the Macrocosm. occupies no place. by the death of the man. since he is the Microcosm* the lesser world. It becomes a putrid corpse. each wending its way to its own place. There are many and various modes of separation! all of which are not known to us . that is to say.* For in death the two bodies of man separate from each other. then. the soul. does not decay. This body appears to men. never again comes forth or appears. The first Separation of which we speak should begin from man. and the preparation of two.

comment. Ttte first of the5« is Christ. namely ^ inurliit . and that whatsoever G<^ our Redeemer operates^. consists in eternal s>trength. But he who i. Hence God ordains man to gain a wider experience from that which is nalitrdlly formed. but that there i:s a twofold flesh. laeemcd good to me that man should hrsi of all Ife described according to hU nature and con> dition.• There arc Iwo kinds of death -one from the YU. He does through the man of new generation. Afterwards wc must become acquainted with the squK which U by no means mortal. he shfttl *ec God* hts Redeemer. to pass from one to the other. Death b inherent in natural strength. The second is from Adam. whose flesh and blood we are. Therefore if man coniidcr*.tture. b a short treatise.-* bom from on high is aoiuainted wiih supernal things. mere mortality. and one from ihc Ens. becau^ that Is not of a mortal hut un eternal body. and it produce* men skilled only in natural light. For in a new body and a celestial philosophy is hTe eternal. but life. c a. except that she admires ihe Creator in man. and to emuliate N. It is not cabalistical in the sense which properly attaches lo that term. within bini^lf who and what he i. and these same have the knowledge of things above. . The instruction of Nature is from the earth) and she kno\%'5 not God.sidereal Ixxly. in Ljh.ind bhxxl unto life eternal. thr other from on high. and i* like a seed in wnler^ Tlic other body is suitable for the jjcrformance of works Divine^ for a niort&l body can accomplish nothing of tho«^ thing-^ which are cele&ttab It care« only for things enrthly and things of the firmament. from whom wc derive. etc» "Phihuf^km Sagaje^ Lib* 11. with ihai which comes from the En* it is u&ele^s to attempt to copc. which forms a detached portion of the book entitled £?* Fettiiiitite. so that it m^iy become more clearly ■ntcttlgible what is to Ijc sought in the mortal body. but {% the eiemal maiu Vou must further know thai the ^oul \% flesh and bloody and that it con^isLs of flesh and bloxl.v.. « The sole work on the cabala which h^s been preser^'ed in the name of Paracelsus. which He imi^irts who ai*o is from on high. Nor yet docs man recognise God according to Nature or in Nature.—Dt Tarinre.ind elernAJ* The mortal take* it^ c«ucnce from mortal flesh . on the contrary. the eternal is perfect fleOi . Only this body is s*curc from the devil.iiJus. For they arc from Him who Cometh from on high. and what will be his future candiiion^ he will thence readily under* stand that in this ^*odyt incaruatc from the Holy Spirit. Hence there are two insintctionSt one of the earth earthy. forsooth mere mortality. With tliat which comH from the Y1U(lu& medicine may oitempi to do bftllle . that i& to &ay. in us. In it* general outline it srrms to Ije fairly in harmony with the great body of cabatistical cosmogony. and wh*t oIao i* to l»e sought jn ihe . therefore. M^ t It \\^s. nor does it exhibit any special aoi^uainiancc with that section of Jewish trMJitional literature to which it is referred in name. do follow Hira. All who are reborn in flesh and bloody conceived and incarnate from the Holy Ghost.

Of these three the world is built up and composed. juices. blood. Salt. vitriol. and perfect knowledge of all natural objects. the calx or ash. Animals in their separation give water. and then of each one of these the water. Mercun»'. Asia. spathus. tripolis. Salt. air^ and iu« have their origio Grtan three lhkig>» which. zinctum. boasts to be a separator of such natural things. flesh. By the separation which is instituted in these. electuaries. From this should be known the separation of the metals from their mountains. resins. bismuth. and Salt. granite. sand. marchasite. Europe. This separation is a sort of prefigii ration of the three principles. etc. cobalt* talc. chrj^socolla. many come forth from one matter. so that the universal world is thus divided into three portions. Mercur}% Sulphur. Whoever. lastly. the oils. cachimia. powders. too. and. Salt. the separation of metals and minerals. fireclay. body. gums. and Africa. therefore. which the mighty ocean has separated into three parts. skin. Sulphur. and other like things . the spirit to the first matter of the aerial chaos. oils. bones. g)'phus. cceruleum or lazulum. verdigris. which it first of all came forth : the body to the earth. auripigment. What has now been said concerning the separation ot the Microcosm should also be understood of the g-reater world. he must be a skilled and practised alchemist. Vegetables in their separation give waters. the Mercur>% Sulphur. These principles are Mercury. cinnabar. etc. glass. the resins. You see that from minerals come forth metal. realgar. arsenic. howevcrt are not to . ashes. water. that is to say. because they. etc. pyrites. scoriae. as the first matter of the elements j the soul to the first matter of the sacrameats . needs long experience. fat. Besides this. sulphur. Sulphur. litharge. antimony. red earth. hair.1 62 The Hemutic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. can be separated from every terrestrial and elemental thing. to know what is or is not and It U bneAy as followv Earth.

animate ojkI inanimate. while sulphur and salt are the seed. sulphur odour and the power of putrefaction. At the same lime. which. This mother was water. Now. and thence all other creatures. increase. its respective autumn. ialu The*e. in water and earth. When ihe whol« world was tbnaed the Spirit of God was borne over the waters. sutIltner^ and autumn. mercury. out of which all animals and man himself are formed. even as a pregnant woman who desires to bnng forth. and ts elsewhere treated at considerable length in the text of this translation. air. Know also that God has put much sulphur and salt into earth and water. and dUsolved in dre. The manner of the nativity of everything has its aimlogies in the great world. The Sun and Moon a^isiduotisly labour to generate these three things copiously. Salt gives savour and form. for by the word fittl water was fir»t created. according to the tnllnile varieties of creatures. truly. and all creatures are trans* ported with siagular delight. which is fervid. and sulphur of spring and summer. :ind is thereby governed. It is of aatuntn and wtater. It i« aXv> a subject of water. »utphur. these the true matter. not ejtactly to cast light upon the question. and every oeature. axe the true principle. When the death of winter has paiaedt »11 things that are capable of receiving life are set in motion by the amenity of May. sulphur. But the Sun is king and lord of sulphur. sulphur gives body. antnwleand inan lin ate. Now. and salt recognire two rulers. whence they receive nourishment jutd savour. further. fcs born. but to exhibit the prime^-al my^ter>' of Raracelsican philosophy with all its available variations. 163 . In which it \a dissolved and liquefied. wmteTt earth. and the fceius. the Sun U ibe ruler of spiii^ and autumn. Salt ha» the Moon. Thei« three are called. which is mercury. But mercury needs daily nourtshmetit^ and also continual augmentation from sulphur and salt. therefore. The seed is brought by the porenu. Concerning (he Nature of Things. and its peculiar har>esi> So are there various springs. summers. The doctrine of the three prime principles recurs conrinually in the writings of Paracelsus. mcrctiry. igneous. and salt. Salt give« form and colour to all creatures . These two are fiuher and mother. Thus for perfect generation in all things there are three things required — spring. and also to mature the same^ The Sun and Moon are the poreitts of alt creatures.be regarded as of prior creatioo« for they xr^ and have b«eo fire. mercury. This is especially the csu^ in man bimseir Now. and digestion. Tlie three hav« all proceeded from one mother. are the most certain mark of every true phy)dciafl« Salt is the body of autumn and winter. But all things are nothing else save sulphur. and autumns. from which mediating stai% all crealtues are produced. the obscurity which involves the subject seems to warrant the citation of passages such as the above. have their proper sulphur and salt. every individual being has Assigned lo it its own May for its conception and birth.

odour. By extraction. the mineral from the animal and vegetable substance. the fat from that which is not fat. the Mercury from the Salt . coagulationi pulverisation. the heavy from the lighter substance. By reverberation are separated colour. metals are separated from minerals. By reduction. fatness. the fluxible is separated from the solid. He must also have investigated in every object its natural colour^ odour. metal from ash. extraction. and what thing" is hea\^ier than another. All powders which are of unequal w^eight are separated by the process of jaculation. lavation. and whatever is otherwise combustible. By washing or ablution. the pure from the impure.combustihie. the mineral from its metal. the spiritual and the corporeal. calcination. and the rest. Sulphur from Mercury and Salt. and the pearl from its dense body. ashes and sand are separated. and one metal from another. fat. reverberation. . sweet nesSi Its grade. the spirit and the quintessence from their body. odour. whatever. reduction. in a word. By resolution. inflammability. and so on* By sublimation are separated from each other the fixed and the volatile. what is fixed and what volatile^ what does or docs not pass into flux. acidit\% austerity. water and oil are separated from all corporeal substances. all moisture and wateriness. the Sulphur from the Salt. the pure is separated from the impure. water from earth. the pure from the impure. By pulverisation are separated one from the other dust and sand^ ashes and Hme. By putrefaction. natural colour. it is necessary to know the grades of separation. that they consist of distillation. By distillation. the fat is separated from the lean. there is in the substance w^hich is fluxible or inconstant. sublimation. the metal from its mineral ore. salt and fatness from others. one metal from another. the vegetable and animal portion from the mineral. complexion^ and quality* Moreover. By coagulation is separated moisture from mere humidity. By calcination are separated water)' moisture. resolutioni putrefaction. acridity » bitterness. and the light is separated from the heavier. just as the chaff from the corn. Salt from Mercury. the decayed from the undecayed.

litharge. Mineral ores of this kind will sometimes contain more than one metal. tin and silver. For this reason. as salt oi alkali. therefore. for instance. lead and silver. and then only fine silver and gold remain in the vat. too. iron. copper and silver. after being dealt with in the reverberatory. It must be remarked that the separation of metals is rightly the first of all. such as copper. but the matter of the mineral will float on the surface and will become ash.But now. tin» lead. the metal is thoroug^hly digested and (so to say) refined or purged from all its dirt and scoria. All the imperfect metals in it are separated. Then the metal as a regulus will subside to the bottom of the vessel. The separation of metals from their mineral ores can be effected in many ways. discarding mere theor)*. and come down to special details. this way. and let them liquefy in a furnace. be resolved in a small vat after the proper fashion and mode. Put them into a vessel or dish. sal gemmae. etc. A similar result Is attained. and so they pass away in smoke together with the lead (of which there should be added twice as much as of the regulus). In M2 MW4 27/tf Hernutic and Alchemical IVritings of Paracelsus. let us approach the practical work of separation. and the sign of this circumstance will be apparent if the metallic regtilus. You must then work this metallic regulus in a furnace by means of a reverberatory. we will treat of that first. until all the pure metal is liberated without any dirt or ash. Concerning the Separation of Metals from their Minerals. or by liquefaction with certain liquefying powders. saltpetre. copper and gold. sa! Jlttxum^ fei vitn\ ash. by ebullition or excoction. as is very often the case : for example. etc. may be found in one mineral ore . if the metallic rex is liquefied and poured upon .

It will there be burnt. Two or three metals in admixture can also be separated in acrid and strong water. is an arcanum.the lumps. should be amalgamated. mixed together. can be diverberated and depressed with salt according to the usual method. In this way. as gold. For this is the nature and quality of Merctmus vivus^ that it is amalgamated with metals and . aurichalcum. and in the course of that operation it will attract to itself. etc. Volatile and fugitive metals^ such as gold and silver. Sulphur. white magnesia. When this has been done» throw in for every pound of the metal one ounce of the most perfectly sublimated and refined sulphur. metals can also be separated by fluxion according to the following process. part with part. worthy of the highest esteem. and substances prepared from these. iron. whilst it will leave the heavier at the bottom. But if both metals are resolved together^ one of them in that resolution. and extracted by means of Mercurius vhms. too. as before. copper. So in the one regulus two metals will be found. must be abstracted and separated from their extraneous substances by means of AfercHrius rivus. but opposed to each other. Besides this. therefore. if they are to be separated from their minerals. silver. and one can be extracted from the other. and whatever transmuted metals of this kind there are. In the same way sulphur acts w'lth these metals. and so separated. By that method of fusion the intermixed metals are separated..'Xfterwards the Afcrctirtiis virus must be abstracted and separated from the calx of the gold or silver by the grade of distillation. while the lighter mounts above. lead ashes. not. as red electrum. other metals. tin. separated. laton. . since they can neither be treated in the fire nor with strong waters. That which is best and weightiest alw^ays sinks to the bottom. even as oil cuts off two bodies oi water. and extended and resolved. one metal j the lightest. and separated by the sulphur as if by a wall. so that that they cannot join and be commingled. Reduce the metals to a state of flux. on the surface. lead. as sand or calx. Let them stand in this way until cool. casting brass.

according as the metal is more or less akin to its nature. and written with pen or pencil on cloth. Mercury^ for its part. then red metal. by which means nothing but Mercurius vivus alone will pass over. The separation of metals in aqua fort is. and lead can be separated from copper. tin^ too. of which a strip is to be inserted. or other material. and lastly white. all metals can be extracted and separated on^ from another in turn. leather. with very small outlay of labour. next latoii. and you can afterwards reduce it to a metallic body. By this process w*ith Ale re urius vivus. Afterwards. and this without any fire or water. stone. aqua regis. parchment. does not take more than one metal with which it is amalg"amated. then fine silver. is effected in the following manner : Let the metal which is mixed . In this scale the principal is fine gold. solely by the amalgam of Mercurius vivus^ as we have said. So amongf transmuted metals the first is part with part. gold and silver leaf. and the last iron. by liquefying it with salt of alkali. can be resolved with Mercurius vivHs^ but so that afterwards the Mercttritts vivus can again be separated . the third lead. that amalgam must always be vigorously pressed out by means of goat *s skin or a cotton rag. or some other substance. paper. wood. afterwards casting brass.ind segregated from these metals. from iron and steel covered with tin. The metal which was attracted will remain on the skin or the rag like lime. then lead ashes. m the hands of a skilled and active alchemist. the fifth copper. as also every metal after being ground or pounded. the Concerfiing the Nature of Things. after their calcination and pulverisation* In the same manner. but more quickly or more slowly with one than with another. and similar strong corrosives. Again. By this device Mvrcun'us vhms is separated from all the metals more quickly and conveniently than by the method of distillation. 165 fourth tin.wholly united with them. or from copper vessels.

In this way the silver will be calcined. be abstracted through a glass funnel from the silver calx into a separate glass vessel. together with the resolved copper. so that it will occopr the bo tt om of the glass vessel like sand. or with hot salt water. By this method the two metals. put it into a glass vessel. and add as much common aquafortis as necessary. then put into that resolution a small copper plate. Moreo%'er. and contains gold in it. for this water does not approach for the purpose of resoUing any metal but fine gold alone. or into grains . while the copper will be resolved and converted into transparent water. it wipes away and sunders the gold. and to drive that to the bottom like black sand. But if you wish to separate the silver alone without distillation. gold and silver. This same aqua regis also separates fine gold from gilded denodia. If it be silver. and will go to the bottom in the form of white VrniQ.and joined to another be taken and reduced into very thin plates. while the gold will be calcined and sink down to the bottom In the form of black sand. The separation of hidden gold from any metal is effected by the degree o( extraction through aqua regis . nver water. and thereupon the silver will sink in the water. Let these stand. Let it be put into a separating vessel. If this water. two metals mixed tc^ether can be separated one from the . will be separated. or the silver which contains copper within itself. while it will begin gradually to consume the copper plate* The separation of silver and copper by means of common aquafortis is accomplished in the following way : Reduce the copper which contains silver. all the silver will be resolved Into water. and both be macerated until all the metal is resolved into a transparent water. If it be smeared over these. also. then the resolved copper can be reverberated with common rain or 1 66 The Hermetic and AUhemical Wriiings of ParauJsus. and occupy the bottom of the glass vessel like snow. and a sufficient quantity of common aquafortis be poured upon it. Into very thin plates. or most mmute portions. and to bring it back to calcination from its state of resolution.

and other minerals. Concerning the Separation of Minerals. litharge.. etc. minium. in white marcasite. arsenic. Now. be cemented and reverberated together. the spirit of metals. and oi one metal from another . Next to this is fine silver. and the like.* It should be known. that fine gold is the most fixed and perfect of all metals. Concerning this first essence. and have shewn how it was to be done.the degree of reverberation. Mercury. that is. atramentum. I say. as is evident in marchasites. it will be necessary also that we treat of those things out of which metals grow and are generated. the first essence of lead. while the silver is consumed by the cement. In cinnabar is found the first essence of silver. such as are the three principles. So. too. or tin from copper and iron. lazurium. In cobalt. But if gold and silver be mixed together in one body.. auripigment. verdigris. In zinctum. vitriol. The more fixed any metal is the less is it affected or consumed by the cement. bismuth. In antimony.other with a cement b}. as iron and copper. is altogether consumed in the cement by the degree oi reverberation. the first essence of iron. such as tin and lead. etc. among which is found the first essence of metals. and follow^ing the alchemical art and practical experience. which is generally called ** part with part. too. and so is copper from silver or iron. red talc." or if silver contains gold. zinctum. h metal which has very little fixation. So far we have explained the separation of metals from their earth and matter. etc. or gold silver. and so on in order with the others. In these the first essence of gold is found by the degree of sublimation. the first essence of tin. and is extracted from the fine gold . etc. next in order.. using the greatest brevity consistent with accurac>'. and can be consumed \yy no cement. still existing in a volatile state. white talc. in itself — if these mixtures. it should be known that it is a fugitive spirit. or lead from tin .. granites. the first essence of silver is found. In zinctum. as a child lies hidden in the womb of . Sulphur. the first essence of copper.. then the gold always remains entire and inviolate. and Salt. especially if they are not in a similar d^^ee of fixation. cachimise. etc.

When all thes^ separations are made according to Spagyric Art. as is detailed in the case of metals.its mother. sometimes to alcohol. needs great experience and knowledge of the Spagyric Art. It is sometimes assimilated to a liquid. as the Spagyric Art teaches. therefore. fourthly their sulphur. 167 If he has not diligently laboured in alchemy it will avail him nothing* and his labour will be in vain. intleed. How the first essence is to be separated from all mineral bodies has been sufficiently explained in the books of the Archidoxis. remarkable and excellent medicaments are the result » both for internal and external use. Concerning the Nature of Things. CONCERKING THE SEPARATION OF VEGETABLES. afterwards the Mercury. But when laziness has grown to such an extent among physicians » and all work and every pursuit are turned only to insolence. is also arranged in many ways. With all minerals the process is one and the same. woods. The separation of those things which grow out of the earth and are combustible. But as to the separation of minerals^ it should be remarked that many things of this kind are separated by means of sublimation J as the fixed from the non-fixed ^ spiritual and volatile bodies from the fixed. flowers. through all the degrees. lastly their salt. etc*. 1 do not wonder. grasses^ roots. and that coals stand at so low a price. and to separate it. and need not be repeated here. If smiths could do without coals for forging . By distillation is separated from them first the phlegma. herbs. such as fruits. Whoever. is anxious to have the prime essence of any body. that preparations of this kind are everywhere neglected. after this the oil. leaves. and so throughout all the divisions.

flowers another. In the meantime. Reduction. Tincture. But they devote themselves diligently to their labours. Resolution. and to repeat the same thing here anew is vain. stalks. I extol and adorn. the water. not the workman the work. Alchemical Art by the help of distinct degrees has before been said generally. they rejoice to be occupied at the fire and to learn the steps of alchemical knowledge. etc. there is no doubt that all the coal merchants would have been before now reduced to extreme beggary. and that fine words ^o a very^ little way towards curing sick folks. Sublimation. spirit. They put their fingers among the coals. leaves. with rings ostentatiously displayed on their fingers. fruits. Extraction. Herbs require one process. roots another. with the eulogium rightly due to them. seeds. leaves another. trees. They are clad in leathern garments. sweating whole nights and days over fiery furnaces. Of this class are : Distillation. not into gold rings. and sleek gloves on their hands. oil. But how all these separations are made according to Spagyric and 1 68 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and do not look proudly with sleek countenance. These do not give themselves up to ease and idleness. fruits another. roots. Passing by all these vanities. strutting about with a haughty gait. Coagulation. or silvered poignards fixed on their loins. Like blacksmiths and coal merchants. and the dung. and the like. let it be known that all cannot be separated by one and the same process . from herbs. the Spagjric physicians. flowers. Calcination. To go on to specialities and briefly explain the practical method. they are sooty and dirty. Putrefaction. seeds another.. and wear a girdle to wipe their hands upon. Reverberation. In presence of the sick they do not chatter and vaunt their own medicines. woods. They perceive that the work should glorify the workman. the lute. and stems another. liquid. therefore. . dressed in silk. that is to say. trees.and fashioning metals as easily as these physicians do without them in preparing their medicines. according to the grade of distillation. These do not kill the time with empty talk. Fixation. Separation. but find their delight in their laboratory.

. and trunks of trees. and then how each is separated by Spag}'ric Art. however. CONXERNING THE SEPARATION OF AnIMALS. etc.. The ash which is left is called dead earth. pour forth varnish. that they can bear scarcely any combustion or heat of the fire. nor can anything more be produced or separated from it. Ebch of these substances must be minutely cut up or pounded before being brought into the still. but acquire therefrom an unpleasant odour. So much has been said as to the distillation of waters and vegetable substances. bones.woods another. and the like. therefore. It is necessary to preface the separation or anatomy of animals by shewing how the blood. intestines. by distillation. are not separated like waters and oils. that all oils. and the like. fruits. for the most part. need the second. Timber and the like require the fourth. if they are prepared or coagulated according to Spagyric and Alchemical Art. flesh.. flowers. And here it should be known that some oils. which might also be called a sulphur . alkali could be extracted and separated from them with simple warm water alone. This also is to be noted. seeds. skin. Herbs. Roots. ascend in the still . electuary. they have to be distilled by descent. As regards the separation and distillation of oils the same process must be followed as we have spoken of in the separation of waters. And in this grade of distillation the four degrees of fire have to be considered. as also distillation is generally made by aqua fortis and other violent waters. hard eggs. require the first degree of fire. The first degree of fire is the Balneum Marice. The third is in sand. like waters. in this case the process has to be changed. or a kind of resin. This is the distillation made in water. etc. except that. Of this kind are the oils of almonds. They cannot. The second degree of fire is distillation made in ashes. in like manner. and if the species left in the still were calcined and reduced to ashes. Leaves. just as liquids. In this part the separations . Liquids. the fourth in free fire. gum. branches. are squeezed out from their corporeal substances and separated by means of the press for this reason. etc. require the third. nuts. but are squeezed out from their corporeal substances under a press. stand each by itself. etc.

It forlher cures the itch. and others of a like nature. these three be again united in the proper way. by the method of calcination they are reduced or burnt to a white ash. and if. This. The same also thoroughly cures wounds oi . For when the blood has been separated in this manner. It is also useful for convulsed tendons of the hands or feet. This fatness being separated from human fleshy a most excellent biilsam is produced. and all kinds of leprosy. and a specific so potent that any fresh wound can be healed and consolidated in twenty-four hours by a sing^le lig^ature* The second separation is that of fat from flesh. if the members affected be anointed with it w^hile warm. lastly. allaying the pains *i^{ gout. with which you will be able. so that they are like to butyrus. The first draws forth from the blood a watery and phlegmatic moisture. The third separation is that of the watery and phlegmatic moisture with fatness extracted from the bones* For if these two are separated from human bones by Spagyric Art. therefore. if they are daily anointed with it. — Dt Saturn Kerum^ Hook III. and of the very first efficacy in all accidents and wounds. and then put on the specific in the form of a plaster.* an That U. and if. according to the process handed down in the book on Conservations. without pain. moreover. of contraction. there will be formed a wonderful arcanum and specific. ihe FrfsertmtionsoJ jSatnml 1 hingi. to entirely cure any fracture of the bones after binding them up only thrice. is the chief surgical specific. provided only that you treat the fracture by setting it according to the rules of surgical science. and according to the degree of distillation. Concerning the Nature of Things. 169 excellent Mumia* comes forth.are principally four.

the mumiA of ihe »ged. ihc mumia uf ihe ligaments cures wound'^ uf the ligaments. and when coagulated in the rays of the sun it comes out as a clear and transparent paste.iiion l*>'aiirnctinK the munni. When this paste has been prepared. niffif^ is required. just as two sheets of paper are stuck together with paste. with which a wound or ulcer can be quickly healed and the lips brought together.> often occ«L«ioned. etc. in the shortest possible time. . Hence it follows thai the mumta of the flcs^h curc» wgund$ of the fle»h. in the arteries and ligaments. is of singular efficacy for burns. and separated from the human body according to the prescribed method. if only you apply to the wound two or three drops o{ that resolved substance. In this way the bare flesh will be covered over with a cuticle. For mercury i« extracted both in a sweet and faicicr fotm. however. Many other separations also of one thing or another might be recounted here j but since we have made mention o{ them in other places. that w. and tendons. the v-einis. L. extracted. and falling off or roughness of the nails. This arcanum. and ^o nJio in the marrow. dccording to the nature of the flesh . The corruption of the munvia.Tlie forrntr Is ad. with the ^treJ^gth thai U rei|Utred. The fourth and I<ist separation is that of resins and gums from the skin. if it be spread over them with a feather. — Chirnrgia ANuor^ Lib. impcdeiii the cure of wounds. The noUcr the animal organism i^^ by !»o much is the muinia of the organism enhanced in power and eflkacy* The mcdi* cament» which Ijcticl^t wcHind* perform ibis op<r. i& delVctcnt in virtue and strength. Mumia w ihc h"quor difFuscd through the whole bodyt the limbs. . • Mttmia la that which cures all bounds.. it would be in vain idly to repeat them now. ox any contusion of the bones. It l» divided a* fDlb^'^ : in flesh. swecl mctcury.i|)lcd to wounds and ihc biter to ukcr*. .the skull. intestines. For the resin is extracted and separated from these by the degree of extraction according to Spagyric Art. c 1. nccording to the nature of the bone . uf i^^norani ph^siciaiu. a most excellent styptic arcanum and specific issues forth.i to iSe pUce where it?. according to their tiaturc . b)' the mLttakeii. in bcme. . etc 1 hw^ the body which has sustained an injury carries^ ttii own cure with it . and the skin. which i. too.

and come to judgment!'' \ Hereupon the Twelve Apostles shall sit down on thrones prepared from the clouds. sceptres. I Here it is only necessary to write down that which we have not mentioned elsewhere. but the four trumpets shall I be blown by the angels towards the four parts of the earth. \ but His Cross. the goats from the sheep. and treasures. No crowd of horsemen • with far sounding drums shall accompany Him . diadems. with which princes. and the reed and \ sponge on which they stretched out that which they gave Him to drink. . or other royal jewels. and shall judge the twelve families of Israel. \ But at last. in the third generation. and Caesars bear themselves pompously. Then from the tribunal of God shall issue forth a voice to those standing on the left hand. will be brought about the . at the end of all earthly things. kings.( 1 70 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. **Rise. and these together with the buried dead shall immediately rise again. and nails piercing His hands and J feet. and before Him shall be . and crown of thorns. not swords. of God shall come in His majesty and glory.' borne. * ^ Go away. on that great day whereon the Son . ye dead. final separation. and 1 the rods with which He was scourged and beaten. Then the cursed shall be thrown down like stones and like lead . but the blessed shall fly like eagles. the cursed from the blessed. chains. and at their tremendous sound all who are among the living shall be slain. In that place the Holy Angels shall separate the bad from the good. and the spear with which His side was wounded. / For a voice shall be heard.

then. Moreover. is with the signature of things. only three signators exist. they shall be glorified. and so I will pity you ! " When all these things are finished and done. what signator exists. from eternity to eternity. into everlasting fire. COxNCERNING THE NATURE OF THINGS. did not set Me free. it should be remarked that the signs signed by man carry with them perfect knowledge and judgment of occult things. from universe to universe. On the contrary. IN this book. . BOOK THE NINTH. that signs are threefold. as well as acquaintance with their powers and hidden faculties. as. I was sick and you visited Me . first of all. ye blessed and elect. Archeus. For I was hungry and you did not feed Me . I was a stranger and you received Me . I was sick. but you did not visit Me. to set forth how they are signed. all the elementary subjects . prepared from eternity for Satan and the devils. as being about to philosophise. I was naked and you clothed Me . for instance. and naked. yet never consumed. In a word. and in eternal joy they shall worship God their Creator. which has from the beginning been prepared for you and for all the angels. Man. For I was hungry and you gave Me food . that is. the second Archeus signs . Amen.* CON'CERNING THE SIGNATURE OF NATURAL THINGS. The first things signed man signs . and how many signs are reckoned. So will I receive you also into My Father's house. Be it known.ye cursed. in which are the many mansions of the saints. here you shall meet with no pity ! *' Contrariwise to those standing on the right side it shall say thus : ** Come. all sacramental creatures shall return to the primal matter of the sacraments. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink . You pitied Me . the third the Stars of the Supernaturals. shall return to the first matter of the elements. into the Kingdom of My Father. Therefore. you were not touched with pity for Me. and the Stars. In this way. our first business. I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink . did not clothe Me. and a prisoner. I was in prison and you came to Me. then. and shall be turned about for eternity.

necromancy. When these are understood you will more rightly attain to the others. pyromancy. and the . This is. it is known that • Note with reference to the books De Natura Rerum. In a similiar fashion. For this science is a natural one. As the splendour of the sun flows in upon the crj'stal. waters. This science is everj'where and by all rejected and cursed as diabolical. But above all notice the property of bery k. It is universally boasted concerning faith that it can accomplish many things. and put forth true judgments and disclosures in geomancy. what else is there in the stars than that by faith in Nature they are conquered ? And as by the word of faith the mountain is cast into the sea. and words make the dead alive. he can bring them to such obedience that they favour his will. In these are beheld the past. t Among the branches of astronomy there is one which is called Nigromancy. In most editions. mirrors. yet only by those who are ignorant of it.t and other astral sciences. for in method and design these treatises are integrally connected with the rest of the Nature oj Things. from which the translation has been made. for he is wise who rules the stars — he is wise. present. know that it is owing to natural faith that by a word the stars are brought down. so that they may perform their operation according to our imagination. all things which exist in Nature are known to the constellations. in order that we may explain all the signs as correctly and as briefly as possible. Moreover. for in this maimer are constituted visions in glasses. but the Geneva folio. For virtue works in a word. and when the stars are subject to man. In the other cases the treatises on Separations and Signatures are regarded as independent works. Now. gives nine as above.The signs of the stars give prophecies and presages. astronomy. the Berillistic art. I say. indeed. bom of the stars. For instance. for Christ Himself bears wiines« H) it. whether natural or supernatural. who can bring their virtues under his rule. not far from the truth. because the constellation impresses the image and similitude of its influence upon the crystal in the likeness of that concerning which inquiry is made. seven books only are included under this heading. and future. This must take place by a compulsion of the constellation. chiromancy. as is recorded in magic. They point out the force of supernatural things. so the constellation pours it from above upon the object. It has gained this name because it is exercised by night rather than by day. Let no one be surprised at this. it is above all else necessary that we put forward those whereof man is the signator. hydromancy. There can be no doubt that the classification adopted by the Geneva folio is correct. And since faith is an operative principle it is evidently nothing else but a virtue and an eflicacy.

that he may be distinguished from the enemy. white. Jews wear a yellow sign on their cloak or on their coat.rest. office. but also of discrimination. 172 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Here comes in the German proverb : ** Nowhere is money more acceptable than where it is struck. —yij:///V/i//<7 Totius Astronoftiitf. nevertheless. intelligence. The mechanic marks his work with its peculiar sign. too. that he serves one or another. except that it may be clear he is a messenger. and many more of them might be enumerated. with regard to money. since we have proposed to ourselves to describe other signs of natural and supernatural things. blue. Why is a seal appended to letters except . and of the union made in conception. For what purpose does the courier carry the insignia of his master or his city on his garment. or of the kings . These are signs which relate to rank and office . But. Hence it is known that one is on the side of Caesar. So. we will not overload our book with those signs that are foreign to our purpose. and so thus procures for himself a safe passage ? So. Next in order. and which lead to a knowledge. degree. dignity. What is this but a sign by which anybody who meets him may understand that he is a Jew ? So. another a Gaul. black. that he comes from one place or another. age. not only of rank. it should be remembered that every coin carries its proof and sign by which it may be known how much that coin is worth. every magistracy decks its ministers with its own proper colours and adornments. after due inspection has been previously made. An instance of this is found in the cloths marked with distinguishing signs by which it may be known that on examination they have been found good and genuine. too. according to the quality of the power. the lictor is known by his parti-coloured tunic or armlet. too. so that everyone may understand who has produced it. where it circulates and is passed. green. the soldier carries a sign or symbol. etc. that one is an Italian. or name. It is necessary more clearly to explain those signs which man affixes. or red." The same is to be understood of the customary signs which are affixed by jurors and those appointed for the purpose. to what power it belongs.

One man has a finger too many. If that were not done. who could distinguish one from the other among so many different waters. in that way signify their contents. Such. crocuses. oils. Another brings with him from the womb a distorted foot. Thus also rooms and buildings constructed by men can be signed with a Concerning ike Nature of Things. syrups. many things are designated. is the condition of the vessels and boxes in drug-shops. too. all the waters. back. seeds. though lettered outside with only one word. by a few letters. which are all distinguished by peculiar names or labels affixed to them. powders. names. and the like ? In the same way. too. useless. ointments. A receipt without a seal is dead. arm. In the same manner. one by one. Without this safeguard it is impossible to remember each separately. Concerning Monstrous Signs in Men. the alchemist in his laboratory. So also .that there may be a certain force which none will dare to violate ? The seal is the confirmation of the letter which gives it authority among men and in trials. oils. phlegmata. another has a weak or a hunched back. spirits. 111 number^ so that the ag^e of any of them can be at once known by the first glance at the number affixed* I determined to lay these signs before you in order that when you had mastered these. ! might be more readily understood by you in the rest. so that he can select from among them whatever he wants. or words. another a finger too few j and the same may be the case with the toes. and then all the different kinds of these. Many men come to the light deformed with monstrous signs.marks with their own proper names and labels. liquors. just as books which. powders. or other member . liquors. alkalis. and that the meaning of each might be plainer and more evident. empty.

and again : **lame limbs.*' These are signs of vices. Hence. the more wicked**. all of which are to be regarded as monstrous signs of secret sins m the parents. the stars o^ the microcosm also move by imagination. but frequently also from the stars of the human mind. possessing both pudenda.there are born hermaphrodites. many monsters are born. Loss of fingers tells of cheating gamblers. or appetite. But let us dismiss these matters and return to the monstrous signs brought about by wicked parents. That of two fingers points out perjur)^ The loss of an eye indicates that people engage in sharp and subtle crimes. hands. rise and set just as in the firmament above. androg>'nl. . by a cross burnt into the heel of their feet. So you can recognise those who are called mamelukes. men. that is to say. then her bosom is borne round in its motion just as the superior firmament. and rarely denote anything good. If there is a stigma burnt into the face of a woman. The cutting off of the tongue designates blaspheniers and calumniators. If the pregnant woman begins to imagine. or in defective ears. terror. The primary cause of these things is alarm. or Imagination. so also bad parents mark their ofTspring with mischievous supernatural signs that people may be more cautious when they see the example of wicked men w^ho carry tho stigmata in their forehead or cheeks. eyes. with the Phantasy. or children signed with marks o^ monstrosity in the womb of their mother. fingers. Hence has grown up the old proverb : *'The more distorted. as in the case of the greater firmament. Estimation. and sometimes lacking both* Of monstrous signs like this I have noted many. through fear or fright on the part of those who are pregnant. or tongues. by which the imagination is aroused. It should be known that all monstrous signs are not produced only by the progenitor. or deniers of the Christian religion. indicates theft. or if there be a lopping off of the ears. each movement rising or setting* For. both in males and females. The loss of a hand indicates violators of peace. Each of these signs of infamy designates some particular vice. lame works. which perpetually at all moments. male as well as female. for the most part. Just as the hangman brands his sons with degrading signs. because they denied Christ their Redeemer. it.

for instance. Now if anyone at this point argues against us. *'The signs of physiognomy are from the stars. and perish. or the desire of the mother is not satisfied. and is not subject to themr Nay. and also who is governed by the stars. and is unable to get it. saying. and the rest. and are forced . Yet. crept in with it when every fool and every clown took upon himself to judge offhand about everything. This science of physiognomy was held in the highest esteem by our ancestors. and are impressed on^ the foetus in proportion as the stars of the mother press frequently or with violence on the foetus. until there comes a sort of bounding^. as It were. That desire abides with the unborn child throughout all its life. however. who it is that can rule and coerce the stars. Turks. The wise man can dominate the stars. If the mother. Many errors. suffocated in themselves. too. this difference must be noted at the outset. The signs of physiognomy derive their origin from the higher stars.1/4 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. but no one has the power of compelling or urging on the stars. whose custom it is to sell men and slaves j nor was it altogether lost among Christians. It is marvellous that these mistakes were not found out from the evil deeds and limited powers of the men themselves. '^ he does not speak amiss. that the stars compel one and do not compel another. Tartars. For these things adhere to. so that it is impossible ever to satisfy it. the stars are subject to the wise man. which we must not discuss here at too great length* COKCERNIKG THE ASTRAL SiGNS IN THE PhVSIOGXOMV OF MaN. and among the first by the heathens. The same reason explains other matters. tongs for this or that kind of food. without being able to do so. in which the stars of the imagination produce an influence and an impression on the pregnant woman. just as though one should impress a sea! or stamp a piece of money* Whence those signs and birthmarks derived from the lower stars are called ** impressions/' About these matters many men have philosophised and tried to form from them a solid judgment. This ought to be known. which had not yet been perceived by anyone. the stars are.

the wisdom of man was not made servile. he received from God in Paradise the privilege of ruling over and dominating all other creatures. a fisher the fishes. so conquer him that he becomes the offspring of the Sun. then. a fowler the birds. where no work and much reward shall be given to me. nevertheless. or reflect that he is a lesser universe. This right was afterwards lost by the Fall. nor did he lose his freedom. and not of obeying them. and can thus subject himself to another planet. just as a thief does the gallows. a robber the wheel. by continuous labours? I will seek release from my master. and has the whole firmament with its powers hidden within himself? Thus man is called animal and unwise and the slave of all earthly things. and a hunter the wild beasts. So it was that God crea^ted man last. At length he holds this discourse with himself: ** Are you going to spend all your life underground and endanger your body. And although he is the son of Saturn. It is right. and rii Concerning the Nature of Things. nayi your very existence. and where I shall not be oppressed by the mountain overhanging me/' In this way he can constitute himself lord where . when. The stars compel and coerce the animal man. and Saturn is his parent. where I shall have plenty of food and drink. Yet. and managed his department righteously at peril of his life. still he can withdraw himself from him. when all other things had been made before him. What other reason is there for this. save that man does not know or estimate himself or his own powers. and follow another where my life shall flow pleasantly on. that the stars should follow him and obey him.to obey him. who for a long time has hired out his labour to the master of the mines. so that where they lead he must follow. It happens much in the same way to him as to the miner. not he the stars. not he the stars. where my garments may shine. and tnake himself its son.

Venus. Jupiter. wastes all his goods unjustly. gambling. he was not able to bear his fair fortune. but. so that you hear even from the boys in the streets : ** Look at yonder worthless man. In place of wine he has to drink water. can withdraw himself from that benignant planet and subject himself to Saturn or to Mars. yet he could have turned his mind to the examples of other men. when he could have been master. though having got good food and ample pay. wasting away with hard labour and scanty food." How often must such a man thus address himself : *' What have I done ? How have I thrown myself headlong down by wasting prodigally the substance I had collected and acquired? Who will restore it to me? If I could only recover what 1 have lost. and so 1 would learn wisdom from my own loss. Had he not been foolish and wicked. until at last. thinking thus within himself: ** See how rich this man w^as . and whilst his daily labour increases his income is diminished. who. Now he has to live frugally and sordidly. feasting^ keeping evil company. scorned dominion and preferred to be a slave. Moreover. who. so also the animal man who is the son of Sol. and rescue himself from the prison of an evil planet. quite another mode of life should be begun. a servant of servants. he w^ould not have left to the stars so unquestioned a dominion over himself. or Mercury. and being tired of their soft life. Such. and without any great bodily labour . and can free himself from a malignant planet and subject himself to another better one. from slavery pass by virtue to freedom. out of mere levity. fleeing from a college of religions. This man is like one who. too.*' It is to this that a bad star or a bad parent has led him. w^hen all is gone. becomes a soldier. "*This or that man lived splendidly. so that he cannot now even aspire to his dominion. /\nd. he comes to want. but he would have struggled against them. and compensate for my e\il deeds .otherwise he would remain all his life a slave and mercenary. a beggar. or in other respects a man of no esteem. although of himself he had not known how to fight against his stars. is the rich man. who must afterwards spend all his life in pain and care. as you have now perceived that man rules the stars. but by foolish and shameful enterprises he involved himself in mere poverty ! '' Again. and in miserable conflict with discreditable poverty he deservedly rouses laughter and contempt in all.

but that they. He who once throws the dice will throw them again* The man who has once thieved and cheated the gallows tries to steal a second time. and with the help of his star. If in my first misery I have not been deserted. The hunter exerting his wisdom by means of his star so collects the wild beasts that he has no need to pursue them . This rs the reason why he has to spend his life in misery and so to die in diishonour. so also the Star of the Microcosm governs and subdues the celestial star. I shall not be in my second or my third. relying on his own prudence. In order to grasp these things it must be remembered that stars are of two kindSf terrestrial and celestial. So he thus thinks within himself : ** My undertaking has succeeded once and again » why !>hould it not succeed a third and a fourth time? If God has once restored what had perished. to the fisherman at his ease and relying on his wisdom. contrary to the guidance and impulse of Nature.'' All this does the animal man who is the servant and slave of the stars . not from his own» He who has wasted his substance once will waste it again* He who perishes once. the latter to wisdom. anyone can free himself. they pursue him. And so also with other living creatures. perishes again. the fishes will swim of their own accord. And as there are two worlds. and by the assistance of his star conquering another star. Who. should .176 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. has no need to pursue birds. like other creatures. by wiser counsel for the future/' But it is well to know that nobody g^rows wise from his own loss. so that he can catch them with his hands. then» would bear so disgraceful a slavery and not extricate himself from so squalid a prison ? For by bringing to bear his own wisdom. He who is wise has learnt wisdom from another's loss. Look at the matter thus : A fowler. In like manner. the lesser and the larger. The former belong to folly. for the birds will follow him. who is swayed backwards and forwards by the stars like a reed in the waters. and though their nature rebel they will fly together to unaccustomed places. and the lesser rules the larger. He will restore it a second and a third time. God did not create the planets and stars with the intention that they should dominate man.

and.^\nd although the higher stars do give the inclination. crooked^ or sharp-pointed nose . among which we understand those signs of men the like whereof neither the father nor the mother have borne in their body. 177 appetite. a long. hollows in the jaws. if one or more appear in a man. . Of these signs. That signature is predestined. so spare ourselves the labour of repetition. . save only a predestined mandate and ofBce. These are called mothers' marks. but the inner force and power is put forth through the external signs.obey him and serve him. yet that power and that dominion are nothing. and is not without its own peculiar force. a mouth large and drawn down . a flat or broad nose. It is attested by a man's nature and condition of life. sign man and other earthly bodies for the manner of their birth. liut dissimilar in power and effect. Only you must judge them according to the rules of physiognomy. a long neck. be sure that he will not lack the qualities signified thereby. or red. But to return to our proposition concerning the physical signs of men : know that these are twofold. yellow. like indeed in outward form. high cheekbones. Some are from the upper stars of heaven . since it is our purpose to treat of physiognomical signs alone. as it were. others from the lower stars of the microcosm. too small or too large . small or large ears. or uterine marks. etc. hair thick or fine» abundant or scanty. We have spoken of these before. an obbng face. her fear or dread. as often as the mother affects by her imagination or Concerning the Nature of Things. Every superior star signs according to birth up to mid-age. in which there is nothing occult or abstruse remaining. Of this class are black or grey eyes. the unborn child in her body with supernatural signs by means of their own close contact. But whatever the lower star of the microcosm signs from birth has its origin from the father and the mother. black.

formidable to his foes. fraudulent. a healthy brain and head. and often impending blindness in old age. who cannot be deceived. point out a hero. bellicose. and the like. crafty. and of quick invention. let us repeat a few of these signs and their signification. a constant mind free from doubt and fear. Black eyes not only denote a healthy constitution. for the most part. shirking work. seeking to gain his livelihood in laziness. brave. capable of enduring misfortune^ and whose departure from life is. but also. They indicate bad hearing. and so on. brave man. voracious man. which do not move readily. truthful and loving virtue. of a tragic character. attention. which turn up. clever man. ambiguous and inconsistent. somewhat deeply sunk. treacherous memory. Grey eyes are the sign of a crafty man.and have had experience in the art of signature. Glittering eyes. Eyes which move quickly hither and thither. healthy and hearty. At the same time. diligence. then. to the practical portion of our subject. retentive memory. Red eyes show a bold. and to both sides. and adroit. according to which you can judge a man by outward signs. desirous of ease. theft. clever and profound deliberations. indicate an amorous heart. provident. Large eyes denote a greedy. under the glance oi men. quick man. . indicate weak sight. factious. faithless. denote a false. especially if they project far out of the head. Small eyes. Descending. Eyes which are constantly w^inking indicate weak sight. by gambling* usury% impurity. a highminded. they denote brave men. Depressed ears are a bad sigm For the most part they point out a man who is malicious. and a man who readily exposes himself to danger. Large ears indicate good hearing. Eyes continually cast dow*n show a reverential and modest man. a timid and careful man. down. and unjust. Bright eyes. Weak eyes denote good counsels. for the most part.

contemptuous. fatuous. when the upper is larger than the lower. or curled. inconstant. An oblong chin. and fearless. It denotes a strenuous. yet for the most part of heavy. shew^ an irritable man. contentious person. a bird by its feathers. since experience teaches us that this can be marvellously varied according as it is black. both of the head and of the whole body* This is why people who buy horses pluck their tails so as to judge of their soundness. Concerning the hair of the head or beard. hair is rendered soft or hard according to people's wish. but still just. pugnacious. shews an irritable man. untruthful. wide mouth shews a gluttonous man. So swine are judged by their bristles. or white. . stupid. red. Still it cannot be denied that hair firmly fixed on the head she\vs good health. Hollow cheeks denote a talkative. fish from their fins and scales. ingenious and inventive. given to mockerj'. A pointed nose indicates a changeable person. false^ lustful. are woefully deceived when they rashly pass judgment from the hair. shameless. insipid. a man who says one thing and means another . yet of good odour. provident man. So. quick at anger. with a long face. unchaste character. and hoary. imputing to the stars what should rather be ascribed to men. yet repenting of his passion . yellow.N 1 78 The Hertnciu and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. A cleft chin shews a faithful man. officious. A long nose curved downwards is a good sign. A flat nose indicates a malignant man. the signs are not very plain. like a pig. occult and cruel. A large. Hence it is that many persons. courageous . one who is slow at his work. A long nose shews a man slow in business. of abstruse and diversified speech . Lips larger below shew a dense. Lips drawn together. and so on. A small mouth indicates the contrary. slow person. too. who are In other respects well-skilled in physiognomical science.

prudent and attentive. fortune^ victory. but rather at other bodily sig^ns which are fixed. a man cannot be so easily known or judged from these. Experience teaches us that these can be changed every moment. Muscular arms also shew a man who is strong and robust in beating. and light spirits. Comerning the Nature of T/iings. n9 This is what astronomers hitherto have not observed with sufficient accuracy. but generally a man of somewhat short life. however. soft hands. folly. or soldier. Hard hands bespeak a laborious. likewise. vivacious.* . For if red hairj motion of the forehead and eyebrows. but above middle age they denote a sickly man who is still. such as any one could easily shew himself by his own activity. so. and lead him to an erroneous judgment. indicate of necessity a generous. the contrary. mercenar}' man . and command higher pay. truth. Large and conspicuous veins in a man below mid age signify that he is full of blood and bodily juices . Concerning the Astral Signs of Chiromancy. and cannot by any artifice be counterfeited or changed. frequent agitation of the mouth. one who is easily satisfied with food and drink. it denotes a careful man. and the rest. falsehood. throwing* and the like. Broad shoulders and back shew a man w^ho is strong for carr}^ing and moving things. active man. With reference to manners and gesture. thrusting. A short body and long legs denote a good runner. The signator's business Is not always to look at the manners and actions. and so stand better when put to the proof. must judgment be passed on other manners which betoken wisdom.If the neck is unusually long. transcending the limits of Nature. strong and deliberate step. so as to deceive the signator.

But neither is this science free from its errors. It would have been better. Chiromancy is a science which not only inspects the hands of men. ^irhetber in leaves or in human haniis. flints. that the planets should cast lots and see which two ought to retire. not according to Nature. whatever has lines. and wrinkles. and. a jcior who is ignorant of chiromancj^ because. if it did so happen that a man was born with seven fingers either on one hand or on both. so this matter has no relevance here. moreover. could not be done. which astronomers have alleged against it. the presence upon the hand . for it deals also with the trunks of trees^ and with the iracery upon the let £vcry' peculiarity of line. however. and all of them ought to be learnt and judged from the seven planets. It happens. then it might be possible to assign a finger to each of the planets. then. ha£ its special tneaiung. when.Concerning the signs of chiromancy it should be held that they arise from the higher stars of the seven planets. and rivers =in a word. but. This. earths. Besides. the middle * It U a great ti chiromancy is concerned only with the hands^ for tc includes the «igiufiauice of the lines upon the entire nfincd lo ihc body of tnan. veins. giving the thumb to Venus» the index finger to Jupiter. How can these things be made to agree ? Now. very often that a man only has seven fingers on his two hands* the others being lost by some accident* But still the stumps exist. it also considers all herbs. Now. there are on one hand only ^\q fingers but on both hands ten. so one wonders who took it upon him to allot the planets by name. indeed. For they have assigned the fingers of both hands to the planets and the principal stars. for easample. if there were s^\^n fingers on each hand. because the planets had neither dice nor lots up in the firmament . and from their lines and wrinkles makes its judgment. while the planets are only seven in number. So here. moreover. woods. No man dcscrv*^ t. again J no comparison can be instituted. that would be a monstrous birth. notwithstanding. the persons were not born in this way. and therefore not to be assigned to the stars.

1 have frequently in<ticated that chiromanc)' »s tl*e invifnires* of arts. then. a number of them are cut oflf and the tree is enlarged in size. or keep up continual strife with him . In the same way. JL. and that which is without is an evidence of thai ^Uich h. along with the new flesh new lines come into existence* and the old ones are altogether blotted out.^ the sweet flag)i which is a medicine of apoplexy. And now let us pass on to the practical part of this science of chiromancy. — i)«ii' AUi Libri dt Podjgricu M^t^U^ Lib. Vrrf. So with the old lines of the hand. or those which were there originally enlarged. if it be cftbeilistically treated. I. Meanwhile. and these leaves are the cure of colic* So also the //«/« AMCffTft is the Unc ot ^ipopIexy« and this line is found in the aconis (r'./># frsU.r. Lib. . Would one be surprised. Mars and the Moon were. banished. itHft* ttrxhitetttr^ indicate that the penon will be likely to die of the colic . and the little finger to Mercury. or destroyed by an inundation. finger to Saturn. but Uien lliercare cer: >ich pos&caidi corresponding line». the ring finger or medicus to the Sun. if in righteous indignation Mars bade his sons kill that allotter. Thus by the same sign Nature indicates the exlsteiice of the disease and its renrcdy. But as ph^'siognomy is both outward and inward^ so there is an internal and external chiromancy. N2 1 80 The Hennetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. so to say. and in a few words disclose our opinion. Men would make another road near it. It often happens that the original natural lines of the hands are changed by injuries or chance accidents. I would ha%'e you know . Then the same thing happens as with trees* If the growing tree puts forth many leaves. or appear in other places. Sometimes when wounds or ulcers have healed. or become larger or smaller. The second mistake is this. by hard work lines are obliterated. .. . or took his wits away altogether ? And this is the first error which we say has been committed in chiromancy. or who would wonder if the Moon weakened his brain. It is just as if a road were blocked with some obstacle.of chose line LJLHicd. Eui the ph^-^ician who U ignorant of the sign U ignorant of everything. or covered by a mountain falling on it. within. .

stones. and xxo longer has life in it. and withers along with the herb. Someone in arguing may urge and assert that no herb as long as it adheres to its root can be more than four or at the most five months old. And first it should be remarked that all herbs. reckoning from May to autumn. and so is exalted right up to the production of the seed. must not be discussed in this place. as concerning the chiromancy of herbs. To this I answer that a unique virtue exists in the root. Then for that herb there is no renovation. But how that spirit is taken away with the herb from the root. of whatever kind they are. but I acquiesce with the observations and descriptions of the ancients* But in this practical chiromancy I have undertaken to write only of those matters which the ancients have not mentioned. woods. which is the supreme force of the herb. or from the root into the earth. for whom such secrets are not only a Concerfiing the Nature of Things. so far as relates to hands. iSi . every year that herb is renewed. and the like. But as long as that spirit. It is Nature *s sublime myster>% not to be put forth for the benefit of sophistical physicians. from which the herb is born and sustained to its predestined time. and appear greater or less in some than in others. and thus the herb withers. unless it happens that the spirit is taken away. I make no change therein. And this is the sign or indication that the virtue goes back again into the root. that is. If their lines are unlike.that. this is through their age. so that its virtue goes back either into the root. or with the root from the earth. We expressly avow that the chiromancy of herbs confers no other advantage beyond enabling us to know the age of any herb or root. after which time every herb perishes and drops away from its root. belong to one and the same chiromancy. The root is dead. remains in the root. which is the first essence and spirit of the herb.

Steel cannot be conquered by iron. not letters. Now here is a matter which. as we have said* Now chiromancy supplies. has never been thought out by unskilled sophists. five months or years. but for recent ailments old herbs and medicines should be administered. the blind leads the blind and both fall into the ditch. not characters. as fire will be extinguished by water. The more powerful conquers » the weaker is subdued. What we here omit we will give in the Herbary. For if old be joined to old. of herbs and similar bodies. The very first thing you physicians ought to know is that the medicine must always be younger than the disease. For as a disease of one month or one year is more easily cured than one of two. but only as mud sticks to the shoes. But in order to know what is the chiromancy. . long experience is required. if the disease be of iron. The older anything is the larger and more visible are the lines exhibited. And on this account for old ills young herbs and those which have fewer years should be given. while by their ignorance they have lost more patients than they cured.* The younger and less full of years herbs are the more do they excel in their force and their faculties* For just as man is enervated by old age. three. in order that it may get the better of it. Thus. the disease will be expelled. They are in the body and they fill the limbs. not numbers. up to this time.mockery but a cause of contempt. so also is it with herbs. Hence the diseases are often doubled. that medicine turns into a poison^ and afterwards diseases are redoubled and made more severe. If the disease be more powerful than the medicine. and the virtue and operation of the thing are less active. This is the reason why many medicines arc inoperative. and fails in his natural powers. so a herb of owe year more quickly cures its disease than one of two or three years. only lines and veins and wrinkles ^ as a means of reckoning the age. since the number of years is not written upon them but has to be di%ined solely by chiromancy. If the medicine be more powerful than the disease. and be stronger in expelling it. the medicine must be steel. four. and what the age.

that by means of chiromancy all minerals and metallic bodies of mines. irill be fouod in the aecood vol aoie of the Geneva folio. may be known from their external sig^s. but also the exact depth and richness of the mine and )aeld of metal are made manifest. and the magneu The portions of this tm^itifte to which reference it made 1 82 The Hernutic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. that is. still. For the older its veins. I could not pass by these matters in silence. Now. in this chiromancy three things are necessarj' to be known. too. from the mineral of iron. It i& aui incomplete treatUe which di<«tuscs the virtues of bl&ck be!kbore. then. roott. common »ali. is clear. and goes on growing in substance. even when placed outside its matrix. by which not only those things which are hidden within are brought forth. etc. the richer and more abundant in metals is the mine* On this subject one would reason that all metals. Minerals and metals. cannot grow less. Concerning Mineral Signs. the age» depth. it was no part of my original plan to write in this place anything about medicine. veins. The mineral of copper * The H*r6«rim TAf^/Arvsit\ coticcmtns the nrtue» of hrrbft. measure. and lodes. So the mineral of copper. So also that of iron from that of tin and of lead. and w^eight up to .Although. perucariii. The mineral of gold mineral of silver differs from the differs from fire and dry material. show their have received at once from the Archeus and telling its genus by differences of colour differs from the mineral of silver. each one and of earth. And so with the rest* None can deny. as was said just now in the case of herbs. so long as they remain in their matrix. for the sake of true and genuine physicians. multiplied. and breadth of the veins. that any growing thing. Whence this. apart indications and signs which they from the higher stars. and feeds. That is the chiromancy of mines. so long do they continually increase. carduu^ aiigcUciu* corab. but is thereupon increased. which lie hid in secret places of the earth. therefore.

and animals. and have accomplished many other things.* * Men or abnomuiJI height. however. vegetables. They deserve consideration on account of the great ochievemeitts they accomplish. they finish witliout OfTspring aa to body and btood. and it is actually the . together with which. therefore. as is sbewn by ilie union of man with God. White it 1% impossihie to give a clear account of the way in which sunb moiiiilcrs originate. so long as they remain below^ the earth in their own chaos* This relates so far to metals and stones. which is the end of those elements. cannot decay. being monsters. other than the elements themselves have. They are the offspring of animal men. Bodies so situated. They are not a luiu* ttaturo'^ but are the product of a singular counsel and admontlton of God. arvd of the nymphs with man* Whatsoever good deeds they may perform they are not on that account partakers of salvation. many of w^hom have supported themselves for a hundred years in mountain-caves. Hence it follows that all things which are below the earth are in the least possible degree subjected to the elements. God. could have endowed these creatures with »ouls. from which the posse^io<n of a boul might be argued. but it applies also to men. That which is not so subjected has no period^ no terminus. nor do they gatlier rust and corruption. Their parents have not the same kind of soul as ihemielvcs. concerning each of which I have written a book. have studied the truth. produced in a singular manner by God. wind nor air. are naturally begotten. who. and it should! be noted that both giant» and dwarfs are possessed of remarkable strength. by which they may be destroyed. This predestined time is a third part of the destined age of all minerals. even for the matrix. as did the giants and the pigmies. at the last day. which are the three chief genera of all terrestrial things. although ihey have performed! many great deeds. arc dtslingubhed b)" Paracelsus from another geniUi of s^iaats who belong to a wholly different onier of eiistence* Concerning ihe generaiton of giants and dwarfs. That which is still in its matrix grows until the matrix itself dies. it may be compared to the generation of erratic stars and comets in the Urmameni. For they feel neither heat nor cold. These beget various tnonster«. and hence it follows that they have derived no souls from their pjarents.its predestined time. Moreover. k is to b« umlerstood that giants are bom of sylphs and dwarfs of pigmies. moisture nor drought. had he so willed. nor perish. provided only it be subjected to the external elements. it will perish. For there is a predestined period of living and dying.

that is. beings of fSah and blood. if we ej^cept those thing>> which ijcrtain to the ivilnrc t>f GocL Endowed with ^wh grc. though ihey Itcar the likeness of men. but are hidden. At the same time. But where those veins are increased by other accessory ones. and post things. hut are cqu. like oilier creatures of this kind. are not of the generation of Adam. and not such creatures as they appear. 183 In pursuit of our present purpose. or in any other way are frequently cut off. . . so that they are rendered rich mines.ally diverse fromi humanity and from all animals. like nymphs^ sylphs. When the tracts of the veins are stretched to a very long distance. the finnanieni of ihe Microco«m^ Pygmies. namely. It is not altogether beside the subject that many metallurgists praise those mines whose course is straight down. They know all future. they for the most part vanish more and more. Herein they ser\e man by revelations. . they are as agile and sia ift as a spirit. so that they cannot be worked without great expenditure of toil. etc They have reason in commcm with man. But then reasoning and experience in the mines themselves also teach us that very often veins which stretch from west to east. and salamanders. the older they may be known to be.Although sometimes good mines are found with a very deep descent. I pass on to a very brief practical exposition concerning^ the chiromancy of mines* The deeper and broader the veins are. Hut it should be understood that they are what they seem to Ije.result of a bintrrf conjunction in. which fact they indicate by their depth. which are not preicnt to the eyes themselves. so the mines themselves gape. For as the courses of the veins gape. save only the >ouL They have the knowledge and the reason of spirits. and yield most ample treasure. . then. it is a bad sign. that is a fortunate sign. . indicating that the mines are good not only on the surface. Pygmies and *fltniei arc regarded as spirits. and which verge from east to west. or from south to . and then gape. prej»ent. premonitions.-it Concerning the N'aturt of Things. but that they increase in depth and are multiplied.

You must understand \\\\% a» follows : The tpirii ho* whatsoever it «mh€». or a Utile taller..Whererore God hath produced them thdt XMkXi ttuiy learn frotn hb acquaintance with thcin what great thing* God urorks in those creature*. Metallurgists especially regard brilliant. nor is there any need of further discussion on this point. contrariwise. or blue colour. To hope or to wiOi wilt proHt him nothing. their sleeping and waking hotir». for if a gnome de&ires a certaiii ftum of cnone>% he obLaini it and ha* it. if the earth which is dug out lacks metal. the ca»e is exactly the lame with them as with men. constants atnl faithful in tlieir oflice. but is fat. as are green earth or chrj^socolla. auripowen. but the gnomes have wbolcver Ihey »eek without any labour in getting or preparing it. . and no pause be made in the digging. is to be preferred before another. that is a very good sign» indicating that the metal of which this is a vein is now not far off. red. • . but the)' require to be served in turn. is a favourable sign of good metal lying hid there. and of a white. Tlii* is to them only as our atmosphere . black. . which thry coin lheim>clve%. sandarach. For the gneaacft abound in money. Moreover* they have a sun and a ArmafncJit no les* than wr ^lave. they ibide by their bargain. they remain sure. then that. and he aimt firork for all be wonts . The devil at time* enters into gnooies and miaiitcr* unto them IT the gnomes haii-e once bound tbeimielves to our &er\ ice. that U. Gnomei ('''m pignnio) are Uke unto men. from north to south. . . When miners come upon clayey soil. from which issues a vein of pure and fresh metal. abound in metal no less than others. then.north. In like manner. indeed. too. clayey. copper green. No one vein. Hetite it fotloVfTh . Then with regard to those signs which concern the colourKS of minerals and inner earth. green. or. glittering. the giiome« have the esarih which is their chooo. Cooceming their day and night. one may dispose of them briefly. especially in obuining money. but of stunted stature. The lot of man ift stxy hard.. and those thiu^i^ ought to be given liO them which they rcquesL If the pacts into which we enter with them ore fuliillod on our part. They ore about half tli* mm of man. . Then the work which has been begun should be briskly carried on. In tlm mantier they gi^-e money to many men inhabiting the mountains to penuade them to go away again. it is not as «Afth to them \xv our sense. lazurium. and primary colours. cinnabar. they lead and attract mAO to moke experiments and to believe about Htm.

also of their extent.ZV tjttim^ti* et Sttiitmatitirh. and. eructates from the lower earth some metal or other through a hidden burrow. aftd ihe which they are found in the men. or lazurium with chrysocolla and aurlpigment. pig-ment. or the two together in combination. and of that special kind of metal. as it were. sometimes silver. That is a good sign when it appears.. Diggers. for all iheae things are to them chao«« that ist nothing. etc. auripigmcnt. adheres to the stones or rocks. So cinnabar and sandaracha point out sometimes gold. are found mixed and combined^ excellent and rich minerals are generally indicated. and their baUlaltoti The gnomes pas* through Malid rocks of t^ alls like spirits.\nd the moon. The more cross the rh^'kos. and other titntlnr consiruclions earth. too. the more subtle is the creature. therefore. mark copper metal. cases. and vkt iv'M. atinut a cuUt in height. the whole Armament Wfore their c^ ts. . lazurium^ or white arsenic. Nearly ever}' one of these points out some special metal and mineral. . 184 The Hermetic and Alchemical WriUngs 0/ Paracelsus. moreover. . like talc. or litharge of silver. If. They are most certain signs that lodes of some particuliar metal exist. Here. too. So. and green earth indicate generally copper. Hetitc it \% ibal very often RTches. . When stones and earths of a ferruginous colour are seen they certainly designate Iron mineral. Copper green. Fur they liave the sun. when chrysocolla with lazurium. . too. In the same way. it is a sure and a good sign* Then as to coruscations. should not relax their labours in face of such a sure and remarkable hope of hidden metal. chrysocolla. or litharge of gold. even as have «e men* .. for the most part portend gold. So. slight metallic foliage. These should be carefully and closely watched. it should be remarked. It should be remarked that it sometimes happens the Archeus of the earth occasionally thrusts forth.that thry see through the earth just as do we through sun vhineii for tJiem through the earth as it doca for tjs through tlie air. red sulphur. litharge of gold and silver. The gnooies dwell in the mountain diaos in couMrwcl iheir dwellings. the work of thc»e the air. The gnotnes lui^>e a crass chao4 mid are therefore Mibtic ..

but are still in their first essence. the metal is not yet perfect and matured in its ore. Now let us explain what this coruscation is. whenever they appear. vl hite. scattered in a long train and when lighted at one end^ exhibits a protracted fire. for example. and red. a straight line drawn from any hour or part of the mountain map towards the nearest hour opposite. Then. too.^dd to this that a slight and subtle coruscation constitutes the best sign.that metals of this kind have not yet come to perfect maturity. A red coruscation denotes red metals. like white Luna. for instance. And so. In addition to this. it must be known that the coruscation is threefold in colour. be they great or small. So. sometimes from east to west. A white coruscation points out white metals. this coruscation. like the man's sperm in the matrix of the woman. or scintillation. so that from them may be recognised the metals too Concerning the Nature of Things. as. It appears sometimes during the night in mines like scintillating fire. In this way all the metals which they indicate to us are recognised. too. In the same way. where there are fewer flowers you get better fruit. For whatever God has created for the use of men that He has put in man's hands as a property. It is just as you see in the case of trees . from west to east. or. such as tin. as certain gifts of God coming out of the earth. of this colour or of that. is borne along its own track. afford most reliable indications of metaHic lodes. but still exists in its first essence. All these coruscations. divides into two parts the map which is marked off into twenty-four hours or parts. just as gunpowder. lead. or vice rersa. from south to north. A yellow coruscation reveals golden metals. like copper and iron. In whichever direction the coruscation extends. it should be known that so long as these effulgences appear. in that direction also extends the metallic lode. silver. so . . yellow. contrariwise. small and subtle coniscations indicate subtle and excellent metals^ and vice versa.

such as are spectres. hour. buried their treasures. Visions. In like manner. and only marked the place by proposing to themselves a certain fixed day. however. they deceive ten or twenty times. for example. so that. This art they called Sciomancy or the Art of Shadows. We are now no . Just in the same way. they themselves can find them again and dig them up. not to let yourselves be beguiled by divinations obtained through uncertain arts. the methods by which all spirits and sidereal bodies might be distinguished. and the like. The old Chaldeans and Greeks.* If they once point out rightly. and many occult matters were revealed. men themselves. be It in crystals. or the like. mirrors. and in that spot they hid or buried their treasures. if in time of war they feared siege and exile. visions. They waited until the sun or the moon cast a shadow there. are not altogether to be rejected. or some other object. if they bury treasure. which have deceived many miners. however. Be sure that the devil gives these signs merely from fraud. They hav^e their place. as. These are the infallible cabalistical signs . if need be. No temple is ever built where the devil does not have his chapel . no confidence should be placed in other deceitful signs of 'the devil. You must take particular care. The ceremonial necromancers have foully abused the commandment of God and the light of Nature itself tn this way. mark the place by the addition of some sure signst They bury them at landmarks. Here His marvellous predestination ought to be recognised. and minute of the year. And although He has created it hidden. These are varn and misleading J and among the first of them are the divining rods. or statues^ or fountains. but he sows tares along with it. and with intent to trick you. out of the way of Nature. no chapel where he has not his altar. and should be carefully watched.that it should not remain hidden. From these studies of shadows many arts arose. the same in all. That is the meaning of visions and supernatural apparitions. but only when produced by a different method. Good seed is never sown. yet He has added these parlicular outward signs leading to investigation. which appear by night or at unseasonable times. waters.

For as soon as ever a little morsel of it is thrown into the fused metaJ. as the ancients used them in the Old Testament. that is.longer living in the first but in the second generation. as is handed down in the books on The Lord's Supper. I forbear to repeat it here. and how fraternally He associates with us. such as coruscations. all these things. and members of Christy since He is our head. and asking. He lives in us. and especially to the coruscations from metallic veins. that is.- 1 86 The Hermdk and Alchemkal Writings of Paracelsus. for these people were living in the first generation. that so we may live in Him. which transmutes all imperfect metals into good silver or gold (white metals into silver. in our regenerate state. if it be astrally perfected and prepared. These men were foresh ado wings for us who were to live under the New Testament. and live under the New^ Testament. the ancients. red into gold). much about this in the book on Visions. accomplished by means of ceremonies and conjurations. By us Christians then. knocking. so that to us as Christians nothing shall be impossible. by which we can gain all we desire. Having written^ however. Know that as all metals which are still in their first essence exhibit their coruscations. so also the Tincture of the Philosophers. under the Old Testament. removes all these particular signs. who belong to the second generation. by means of His angels.* and other cabaiistical institutions. or the first generation. See how wonderfully. We are very angels. Christ. therefore. faithful Christians. so that . we should seek it in faith by praying. t But to return to our subject of mineral signs. we Christians. Whatever. that is. science. the Son of God. ceremonies and conjurations are no longer to be used. ought to obtain by prayer. works in us. In these three primar>' points consists the whole foundation of magical and cabalistical * EUewbere ParacoUus say* iHul il b ttalh wbicb twm» and direct* the divtnatory rad in the hand. their signs. in His love for us.

fear.the two meet in the fire. are driven away and dispelled. Hence it happen.^ divinatory spirits. and consterDation. No man holding such a conv^sation should be disturbed. neither precisely good nor evil. w^hich is a sign that this gold or silver is free and purified from all admixture of other metals. for th« two caimoi operate together. are not thus to be invoked or shout«l at* because they may be in communion M^ith a spirit whose voice is oot heard For. Such conversations arc not. and is. this is a sign of a bad apparition. for thus all noctumjd divining spirits. and aJ) waking visions. has its own peculiar stars* Gold has the stars of the sun . so long as his accents are cheerft:!* but if he answers with trembling. who are intermediate spirits. The man in baptism receives a oaine^ but not so the spirit. But how our Philosophic Tincture is rendered astral is a thing that ought to be learnt. closed by the power of such an intelligeocet as b wetl known to those who divine by nigromancy by nvouis of the spirits of the air. promiscuously* who talk in their sleep. It was profoundly investigated by the ancient Magi« who by thb means could extract from the spirits of the departed a knowledge of those secrets which they had conceakd . spirits at night. irfaidi rBc u p cra t» its waited energies ^o* the d*y pertaiii» to bodies. although the spirit voice may be much clearer than that of humanity. silver the stars of the moon . aJu-ay-% conducted with the bodily organs of voice on the part of the sleeper. But it should be noted. so long as it lies hid in its first essence. it b not audible commonly by humanltyr for the material ear can be. some arise afid walk th^cin.^ that if such a man be called b>. Hence slecp-iAalkcrs should fay no means be left alone in their ro<!ffn»« ftod this b espectally Ibe case with Ihote who ate afflicted by the Sagse. night to spirits . and all formidable spectres. For some speak and give aiiawers in their sleep . and such a person ought to be awakened b>' shouting. just as fine gold or silver flashes in the vat or vessel. a natural coruscation or brightness arises. however. because it U of greiat unportaDce that sisch perso«» should be addressed by njune. Every metal.his natne. but all ihi^ is done by the spirit gorveming the body. Viliatsoever is done by the body during »Ieep is really performed \*f the «pirit. Therefore the spirit is terrified when the man b called. bodies work in the day. The »[eep of the body b the waking time of the spirit. be wakes up because the spirit in him is terrified by being called by the name of the maii« for spirits arc no less tcrrilicd by Ihe vvfice of a man than are men by the voice of a «piTit. ur. being contranes^axui mutually incompatible things. that all men. copper • Nit oral sleep U the rest of the body. but also with those of the spirit^ in which case there is no audible sound* and this lost kind of speech u not only more frequent but of greater Lmportonce.

entitled De Ctrna Dtrw/Ht\ exists in tbc Harleian collection among the MSS. then we must. etc. lead the stars of Saturn . and is a large volume^ verj* legibly written. There is. our gold and silver. In this way they bccanve acquainted m iih the m^'steries of Alchemy.of the Brilbh Museum. Theolog]. bowevcr. ^Vstrology. and so makes them all astral. In order to acquire the arcane method of communication with such intelligences. namely. and has recouj:se only to faith And imagination. Put this image at night under your head and sleep upon it. and afterwards segregates . and that the unconquered star of the metals subdues all of them. are* much more noble and more excellent for the composition of medicinal arcana. make an image of that man with whooi we desire to communicate. their stars withdraw from every one of these. quicksilver the stars of Mcrcur)'. Medicine.PkiL'iopkias Tract V. which are tinged and prepared with our tincture. No danger attaches to this experimeni.from the whole world while they yet lived in the Ijody. iron the stars of Mars . a more certain and better manner. but it requires great confidence In the validity of the operation. 187 the stars of Venus . That num him^lf will then appear to you spiritually^ and will itmwer your questions. t A work of Paracelsus. For this reason. teaching you whatever he can. Conctrning the Nature of Things. No printed copy is knottii !o the present editor. tin the stars of Jupiter . Astronomy. and are coag-ulated into a fixed metalUc body. by direct communication of their spirits with the •pints of those who had professed these science on earth. 1 have several times had practical evidence of its truth. converts them into its own nature. the 6[rst reqttisite b to implore by faith the mercy of God in the matter . As soon» however. />. and ali»o the question to be a!»ked. and leave their body dead.'. ft is numbered 508.. Hence it follows that all the bodies alike are dead and inefficacious. as they have come to their perfection. than that gold itself which Nature generates in mines. also with faith. On the body of such image the naine of the man must be written. This dispenses with the image.

like snow^ in a deep frost. and suffused with a clay like colour. very cold to the touch. fluid as resin. and of corrosive sharpness. and deepest redness. The star of lead is like cobalt. by the star of quicksilver. How all these stars are prepared by SpagjTic art. heavier than other lead. is of a substance fixed above all consistency. of changeless increment. but transparent. easily melted as resin. The wliite tincture. I would have you know that our red tincture. So by the star of silver. like emerald. in weight like the adamant. like crystal. turns all red metals into gold by tingeing them. clear as granatum. into copper . therefore. So far as relates to the true signs of these. it is no part of our present purpose to declare. of fixed substance. all white metals are turned into silver . The star of tin is whitcflowing as resin. which contains wuthin itself the stars of gold. is much nobler and more fixed than common mercur}% In the same way you may judge of other metals. of most rapid penetration.from other metals. fusible as resin. and you . but extremely warm within the fire. equal to gold in weight. in the same way. into corporal Mercury' . and much heavier than its own metal. volatile. that every alchemist who has the star of gold. its powder recalling the colour of the safTron. moreover. penetrating. So also corporal M^rcurius^ made astrally from another metal. I assert. From this description you will know the stars of the metals. brittle as glass. somewhat dark. The explanation belongs to the book on the Transmutation of Metals. clear as crystal. which contains the stars of Luna. The star of quicksilver is of a white. by the star of copper. and so with the others. and of a substance which easily flies before fire. brittle as glass. glittering colour. clear as crystal. of fixed substance. The star of iron is of remarkable redness. brittle as glass. The star of copper is of supreme citrine colour. clear. and much heavier than its own metal. is. very subtle. brittle as glass. fluid as resin. but very heavy in weight. black. of consummate whiteness. fusible as resin. and its entire body that of the ruby. Its tincture is fusible as resin.

whether it has any Mercury. every earthly body exhibits its own peculiar and distinct signs in the fire. and other accessory metals. sends forth limpid. clear sparks. and not yet mixed wnth corporeal sulphur. such as minerals and metals. and no Mercury. you must take at first.wUl understand that for the preparation of either tincture. and the like. When this appears» it is certain that the lead. These send forth only smoke. it will be burnt up like straw. but the first essence of gold or of Luna. or very little. If a mistake is made at the outset. Moreover. If it smokes before it bursts into flame it is a sign that it contains more Mercury than sulphur. 1 88 The Hermetic and Alchemical Wriiings of Paracelsus. this fact applies to metals. on the other hand. not the body of gold or of Luna. as with fat itself. and so the gold and silver are thoroughly purified. In the same way. it burns with a flame and blazes forth without any smoke. as yet in their first essence. flowers. flameSi brightness. resin. As soon as these appear^ unless the iron be at once removed from the fire. etc. and no flame. sparks. This you see take place with herbs. the red or the white. the genuine sign is a brightness above the vessel or vat. all the subsequent work and labour will be thrown away. lies hidden within it. . which rise to a height. which is completely fused in the furnace. If. in the reverberation of gold or silver. taste. it is a sign that much Mercury and very little sulphur exists therein. and the like . it is a sign that a good deal of sulphur. and of which of these three principles it has most. colours of the fire. This you see take place with fattj^ substances. have disappeared in the fumes. smell. Among these are. sulphur. For instance. But if without any flame nothing goes forth through the fumes. and also with other vegetable substances and volatile bodies. that each of them in the fire puts forth some peculiar sign by which it can be recog^nised. or salt. oil. Iron.

a cow. waters. neither smoke nor blaze — shew an equal mixture of Mercury and sulphur. minerals. and were derived from a predestinated knowledge. First of all. should rightly understand what we say. and of the fire. roots. stones. of the air. a horse. In this treatise it will be \^ty necessar}^ that you who boast your skill in the science of signatures. that is to say. trees. who also wish to be yourselves called signators. speak of some peculiar signs. it cannot be denied that genuine names flow forth from the Hebrew language. Concerning Certain Particular Signs of Natural and Supernatural Things. ihe signatorial art. concerning which nothing up to this time has been handed down. 189 Indeed. ** This is a pig. to animals. metals. Now these names were based upon a true and intimate foundation. . of the water. Concerning^ the Nature of Things. and a fixity and perfection beyond all consistency. and we will put forth our opinion comprised in the fewest possible words for your comprehension. In this place we are not going to speak theoretically. not on mere opinion. power. Whatever names he imposed upon these were ratified and confirmed by God. So it was that after the Creation he gav^e its own proper name to everj^thing. All of these Adam the Protoplast truly and entirely understood. and the like. We must nowj in due course. but practically. Adam is ihe first signator. too.Minerals and metals which in the fire emit neither fume nor flame— that is. So when we say. a bear. know that the signatory art teaches how to give true and genuine names to all things. and property of the ver>' thing to which they belong. The names which are given in the Hebrew tongue indicate by their mere bestowal the virtue. a dog» a fox. and are bestowed upon each thing according to its nature and condition. as well as to other fruits of the earth.

Hepatica. and untamed animal . not from any one inborn virtue and faculty. a horse. and is of more use to anyone else than to himself. Ophioglossum. Then. accommodating himself to all. one faithless in its nature . again. a voracious and insatiable one . one that is placid and useful. a strong. as the Morsus Diaboli. Calcatrippa {consoiida regalis)^ Perforata. a bear. many herbs and roots got their names. etc. from the urine and the circulation thereof. . of which I could cite a vast number. and appearance. in like manner. a bear. Petfoliata. Hippuris. Dentaria. Syderica. Prunellaj Heliotrope. a fox. hurting no one. on account of his endurance. The sanguinar}' herb is thus named because it is better than all others to stop bleeding. all diseases which lie hid in men are recognised. or a sheep. victorious. Satyrion or Orchis. from the blood and its circulation. form. but separately in the Herbary. and his stomach knows no moderation . Hence it happens that sometimes a man is called a pig on account of his sordid and piggish life . Victorialis. a fox.a sheep. because he is bigger and stronger than other people . a dog. Cynoglossum. and not easily offending anybody .'* the name of a pig indicates a foul and impure animah A horse indicates a strong and patient animal . From the liver of a slaughtered animal all its flesh can be judged whether it is fit for food or not. In the same way many herbs and roots have obtained their names. a cow. because he is not faithful to anything beyond his own mouth. for which he is remarkable beyond all else \ a cow. And so with many other herbs. because. Pentaphyllum. as I have shewn more at length in my Herbary. because he is never tired of eating and drinking. and many others which need not be recounted here. The same is true as to the signs of animal matters. because he hurts nobody but himself. The scrofulary [chelidonium minus) is so called because it cures the piles better than any other herb. because he is versatile and cunning. but also from their figure. a dog. a sheep. Buglosum. all of which were named on account of their virtue and faculty. a crafty and cunning animal . and shews himself unaccommodating and faithless to all. So the euphrasia or herha ocularis is thus called because it cures ailing eyes..

the blood. As many branches as the horns have. The origin of the blood is in the liver. which is purple and bright. the age of the stag can be set down as twenty or thirty years. so many years old is the stag. they have their true and natural colour. is the signator and signifies on the knots. nevertheless. so in seven years all of them fall out. For this reason. So. It is no marvel that the liver indicates this by natural signs. When the horse is first born it has fourteen teeth. Since there is an addition of a new branch to the horn every year. as well as 1 IQO The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. If both are sound. but livid and yellow. moreover. and hence it flows forth through the veins over the whole body. just as from morbid blood no wholesome flesh can be coagulated. But. from which it can be told how many will have. the Archeus umbilical cord of the foetus by means of children the mother has had or signs which are worthy of our wonder. rough and perforated. even without the liver. can be distinguished. with no extraneous colour. But. there are other when. . These extraneous colours always indicate sickness and disease. For this reason a horse more than seven years old can only be judged by one who is very skilled and practised. on this account. for example. such as yellow or livid. it is inferred that the animal was sick and that. from a sickly and ill-affected liver no healthy and fresh blood can be produced. and is coagulated into flesh. the signator marks the horns of the cow with circles from which it is known how many calves she has borne.For if the liver be not clear and of a red colour. of which it sheds two every year. too. Every circle indicates one calf. the flesh. The same signator signs the horns of the stag with branches by which its age is known. The same signator thrusts out the first teeth of the horse so that for the first seven years its age can be certainly known from its teeth. its flesh is unwholesome.

It i» . especially on the ocean. but afterwards. Omitting the two latter. which she marks. Adam wsis originally created in such a manner that he was without inherent vice of body or soul . wind with rain. by which their impurity can be known. So far we have confined our remarks to natural signs. The same signator marks the tongues of pigs with blisters. and so nuikes recognisable to all. or by the judgment of Cod. so that every practised fowler can judge its age from these. At sea this is a sign which generally portends tempests and storms. And since there is nothing hidden in man but must be revealed. but when he distinguished between good and evil. Hence proceed many arts. Brightness and clear whiteness are a good sign. The two mixed. So also he signs the circle of the moon with distinct colours. so is the whole body. pyromancy. as Magical Astronomy and the like. so that Nature treau him even as a flower of the field.The same signator marks the beak and talons of a bird with particular signs. hydromancy. the property. that is to syiy. such as geomancy. rain. Man was therefore made subject to the rule of Nature. after the same way that flowers and all growing things are distinguished each from each. so that one person can be discerned from another. greenness or blackness. each one of which has its own special interpretation. or the proper mark. Redness generally indicates coming wind . Adam was well pleasing to God before he knew good and evil . With regard to supernatural signs this is a matter of special science and experience. Natiur then commenced to mark each person according to his constitution. For the most part they presage quiet and serene weather. God repented haWng made man. If the tongue is foul. which is to be understood as follows : According to the soul. this must be made known by three different methods— either by the signs of Nature. whereby the tempests of the sky can be prognosticated. the body is constituted. the signs which are exhibited by Natim:. The same signator marks the clouds with different colours. Man also is marked like a flower of the field. and the nature of any man. chaomancy. and * Whatsoever Nature generates is formed according to the essence of the virtues. For this proverb b often quoted— the more distorted the more wicked.* Now here it is most necessary to have certain knowledge. I will speak of the first.

and external sign** For we investigate the properties of all Lcrbs and stones by their »||pied sign {^signHfH st'gnntuw). necromancy. Similarly^ nothing can lie hidden in man which is not outwardly marked on him. bring forth many new growths. so also one star expels the other. nor can it be in any way perfectly dealt with here. that ever>' stone or gamaheus possesses only the power and properties of one planet. requires great experience and knowledge of Nature. one ascendant the other. OS the physician has hi» own knowledge^ so. Or as when one is keeping a house another comes upon him. It i& the same with the heart (r^r) and seed <A mjtn : out of that seed Nature produces a body lo tliAt anyone can see what kind of heart has been there. make hills and valleys. But to know how these signs and images of the gamahei may be distinguished one from the other. one planet the other. and these stars sign in a supernatural manner. but the one thrusts out the other.Concerning the Nature of Things. and makes himself master. while the other is reduced to slavery. produce earthquakes and landslips. the aitronoraer explores from the signed (tjt ti^attf). u the proper time. But this must be noticed. for. And. nevertheless. We men In this world explore all things ubich lie hidden tn the mountains by mean^ of tracer. manifcfriii it Above the earth. For as one house cannot have two masters. the iatent nature of thiii seed. as in the higher firmament. produce gamahei on nude figures and images having remarkable powers and potencies. They change the earth. indeed. And though.* The stars of geomancy sign or impress their marks on the terrestrial bodies of the whole world in many and various ways. So now . which they receive from the seven planets. one is oppressed by the other. also. and so can be endowed only by that one planet. yet art in man sufficiently dctnonstralc* and proves tbo«e things. so is it here also. knoii'ii to ail iLhal if a ^attA. each of which has its own particular stars. arranging ajl things by his will and pleasure. and what they signify in magic. one influence another. two or more planets may be conjoined in earthly bodies. just as the shield or target receives the pellet or the dart from a slinger. be cast into the earth and concealed therein. thrusts him out by force. and anyone may sec clearly what manner of »eed bos lain in that place. One remains master j the other becomes a slave. although there be a j^reat dilTcrerLce betiA-een herb« or trees and men.

It is equally forbidden to the spirits to teach these arts. He in no wise created us that we might devote ourselves to the investigation of what is to comc^ but ordered rather that. but instilled hy spirits* who. indeed. which they have arranged according to thetr pro|iefty.£x^icnli0 T9tiut Aitr&n^mm. then added fitting disciples to these. not from the devil. the man . after they had descried some one or other discoverer suitable for iheir puiposes.then are tbrce things by which the nature of man and of evcr>'tbing that grows i« revealed t Chiromancy. and Necromancy. which coDcemt the cxtrerailies^ ». To these tbey ndded trni]«i]ationi. arts not invented from the light of Nature or of men. have by lying arts invaded their iroaginalion. Such \m the condition of the mother which manifests that which is latent in anything. tas God is not the author and teacher of inquiries into the future by means of such devices. the hnndt. though they themtelve* neglect the mandate. or know anything of the arcana and mysteries of Nature. . and by the metallurgist. Thui. also. There are some. by the astronomer.indmenl«. Pyromancy. true that the spirits extracted them frum God.and have rai*. that all things have seed. and afterwards she produces itnd numifestt the essence of the tbtng. and Necromancy are thus noticed : Spirits which are (normally) unable to communicate vi^bly with men. Geomancy is the art of pdbts. having sixteen signsand figures. for example. for Nature first fabricatoi (he form. Now. not from God. asironomert or doctor. a false pretence that these arts proceed from God when they emanate from spirits alone. whicb regards the constitution of the face and the parts belonging to the head . It is. Hydrotnancy. in order that man may act disobediently towards God. that ist tbe metal. the veins. but here. The foundation is in this. but they are deceived. directing His attention lo Hi* camm. that is. The first discoverers were obieued by the devil. cultivators and admirers of tbe MttI arts. And this is ihe reason why ihcy are silent and tell lie* when it is least becoming to do so. Proportion. and sought out through hi» power and instigation arts of tbi^kind. Physiognomy. rmmely. . Pyromancy. therefore. the feet. we should seek out the knowledge of H imi^lf and His manifest wilh It is. indeed. and in seed all things are contained. regards the varieties of sortilege discussed in this book from a totally different standpoint.ed up therein Ceomniicy. Hydromancy. • The Libtir fkUosophia^ in a treatise Di Artw Frfuaga. the remedy . by their frauds. He who is incapable of understanding these three things cild b« in no sense a natural philosopher. who. hiding the matter. that i» to iay. they have devised the four above-mentioned methods for inquiring into tbe future. and plunge into ^superstitions. which considers the condition of the whole body. communication with such spirits is forbidden. the lines^ and tlie wrinkles . they pay no attention to the command. The four arts of Geomancy. But we on the earth derive them from spirits. alTirm that they have been revealed from Cod .%. These three should be combined : according to these three every created thing can be Tcco^ised : by the physician.

let me add an example.imt neto^or^' inter | retaljoti. To the planet Mars are subject munitions (as they call them). debaucheries. the sceptre. and similar things. and all arms. that is. all the riches. And so is it ii^-ith their signs. amatory exercises.whatever sign falls indicates the o^our.'* o^n bcm^. \^ith » ^vifbiriciti . to each of which aitribctte a geomantic Mgn. and travellers. and every requirement of art. form. Now. To the planet Jupiter are subject all judgments and laws. travelling. spears. so one planet strikes out the property of the other and brings in its own. all breastplates. and one element another. As water extinguishes fire. musical instruments. all mechanical instruments. and have taught tbe erection of the whole fifrure. To the planet Luna are subject all agriculture. ornaments. as some think. fixing. the decorations of temples. and what kind of tunic does he wear ? Take the ie\-en cdcnrs. treasures. with everything relating to war. navigation. and whatever else belongs to this class. and everjrthing concerned ii-ith matters of this kind. which are manifold. the throne. 192 Tfu Hemutic and Alchemical Writings o/ Paracelsus. ornaments. all the domination. To the planet Venus are subject all things relating to music. If their direction be right. all the royal power and majesty. but you did . the figure ako is correct and valid. cuirasses. But the spirits kn<nr exactly bow many points are required to make a figure which will explain the matter. the whole Levitical order. etc Tbc iBcthod b as follovs : They guide the hand and mark the points until a judgment is made oocKcming the p copo a c d matter. if I knew what colour it were. loves. To the planet Sol there belong the croi^^n.! in it. points. To make myself more easily understood. For example. suppose I ask who is standing at the door. and not onlj characters.creta (r'V). and consuit that figure. cmld b« undtTsiool» cicb rccocni***. Then. but all those which are found in the entire map of the planets. all ministers of the church. one impression another. and paraphernalia of this world. certain rules by which each fjjjnn. To the planet Mercury are subjected all literary men. everything which is cognate with those planets or subject to them.

Also. since they know all things. We have finished. And as the art comes forward and succeeds. say. Accordingly. Moreover. which. Every rhombtts b described by guiding the hand. it b easy for them to describe the figures and to guide yctir hand. now with the exaltation. and directed your hand to these points. We now see for what reason astronomy b called Pyromancy when the operation proceeds pyromantically. Their devices are favoured by their dupes. In dib manner Geomancy b constituted. so that men may be inx'olved in errors and loss. water. namely. and supposing the tunic itself was red. For it b the property of ^irits to lie. for in the case of twenty prophecies. for example. they %k-ill be imputed to the stars or the elements. Astronomy. etc All these are humim superstitions : for. that you should say such and such a prayer at the beginning. thb or that event will take place. and it leads the infant for example. lies. Now one thing b wanting. the spiriu suggest to astronomers that if a conjunction of thb or that star takes place. that b. and. as. b impossible to find. and conunence under good auspices. I might so direct your hand. but it b as much an art as a superstition. there wouM remain the oaXcnx red. The sfnrits do likewiie with all the figures . and. thefts. many superstitions are added thereto by men to augment it. forming certain points in one line that. now the fault lies with the house. as it was called at first. The spirit has its Pyromancy. now another . but as no one can trace my actions. indeed. they will never cease from inquiring until the other nineteen lies have been fulfilled also. then. if only one be fulfilled. as the whole foundation b on falsehood. Hence it comes to pass that people pay more attention to the stars than to God. Nor without reason. will bring about such and such effects . Again. as if it arose from the nature of the earth. If it be made according to spirits it b Pyromanc>'. It b the spiriu who cause the astronomical and other predictions to be fulfilled that the credit of the art may be sustained. not because Nature herself will accomplish such things. Meanwhile. while. for the earth also has its ou-n hea\*en or stars . Geomantia.DOC know. intent on vain fantasies. but the spirits . being everywhere. with the foundation so far as they are concerned. but I myself urill see to it. For Geomancy has been named from the earth. that it should be performed »hen the sky b clear and i«rene. into whoredom. nor have yet discovered the truth. Thb b an astute feat of the devil. that you should not operate for your own purposes. But Pjromancy comists in the spirit being connected with the ascendant. etc In thb discipline men ha\-e laboured for many thousands of years. The same spirits make their way into the third element. For the natural has its art. they are so deluded by the spirits themselves that they cannot arrive at the xxMt/undamentum. or in the quiet and sOence of night. if a natirity be constituted out of the stars it b astronomically erected. not knowing the foundation on which the art depends they increase it. then you would reply rightly : It b a red tunic But I knew that before. by obliterating or wiping off. b so constituted that the ascendant b twofold— natural and of spirits. they forget the true God.

miners. inundations. Chaomancy exhibits its signs by the stars of the air and the wind. with all the tools used by them. among spectres by salamanders. by waves. and Manna fall upon the trees. well-diggers. Notice. and the like . and notice the direction of the wavy movements as the water quiets down. So also Tereniobin. and frequently voices and answers are heard. Penates. If the stars of chaomancy are excited the Necromicae fall down from the upper air. ethnic. Similarly. washing away of territory* In magic and necromancy by nymphs. which ♦ct down. and supernatural monsters In the waters and the sea. to which the wind is opposed. lorindi. Pyromancy is an art consbting of signs and figures harmonising with the universal figure of the heaven. Lemurs.who are pyromantically recognised have devbcd them. crackling. . Pyromancy puts forth its signs by the stars of fire . and Sy Ivans are seen. who. in mines by coruscations j in the firmament by stars. and houses are thrown down. stalks. 193 To the planet Saturn are subjected all those who work In and under the earth. and so forth . Undines. new floods. nostoch. and other similar spirits which appear in the form of fire* Hydromancy gives its signs by the stars of water. the tremor. in the element of water there b a star wherein the pyromantic spirits dwell who have instituted Pyromancy. discolorations. flames. in common fire by sparks. visions. chiefly in the times of the Greeks. by discoloration. Tronosia. the loss and destruction of all tender and subtle things. promptly subjected themselves to the spirits. thunder and lightning. sextons. Concerning the Nature of Things. Trees are plucked up from the earth by their roots. The process i« as follows : Take a basin full of water. by shaking off and stripping flowers. the rest. as metallurgists. comets. fronds. also. being easily led into all manner of delusions. leaves. droughts.

but it is highly displeasing to Cod that urc should be occupied with such trifiings. even if men arrived at perfection in this art. . This is Necromancy. Now. to whom few things are forbidden. but these are not the rciil names of the spirits. Suppose I tle^ire to marry. whnt solid advantage would it confer on them b^it a futile prediction and a pretext for wasting time. lliose. that the spirits display what they wish accordmg to their own pleasure. fasts. indeed. And although others define diiTerenlly what is meant by Necrv. good or bad. Now^ the spirit moves the bubbles^ originates the shaking. and consult*an'omen as 10 the result. make good sorcerers in the art. livid. for shades only are in the air. Consequently.ly iiive«tiguled by men. it may be by the devil's arrangement* In any case» how will it help me ? If I escape this evjl. or compelled by force and con jural ion to produce prodigies. for he may possess a more reliable spirit. and this. and the spirits are rejoicing meanwhile that. The pronunciation of various word% is committed to mcmor>'. which is the nrt of the air. On the other hand. the cb-sh of arms Is heard. marking the body of the sick and those about to die with red. The^c four give four figures. therefore. Vet. In addition to the methods which have been already mentioned there i* Necromancy. about and the bubbles. etc. even if I get an answer I shall lie uncertain of its tnutJi . the spirits delight by means of ve. A part of their deception is to make men fancy that the spirits mitsi be propitiated by prayers. and purple spots. conjurations. and other ceremonies arc nothing but a cloak to superstition. a bad sorcerer has a mute and mendacious spirit* Among spinu one inay be more mute and lying thao another. and the figures give twelve. it k just a5i likely to speak fal&ely as truly. it would be seen that it wa4 a hoiuc of the spirits. which we also call Evestra. the calm.iting and deluding men to cau^e ihcra to hate one another. we have become their Accomplices The prayers. When.Necromancy puts forth its signs by the stars of death. one sorcerer is sAJd to be more certain th:in another. According to the necessity of the sign. They also sign the hands and fingers of men with clay-coloured spots. Wondrous shades arc likewise occasionally visible in water. and they . The cause of all the*e things Is. the rest. through God. to do this or that . all th^e things are sheer superstition. Men appear walking in the air. which arc sure signs of something. It is alio thought that men can compel spirits. so thill ther« may result a figure which indicates what Ls desired. therefore. art more c! o*. it will take shape in another way. rule* and sucb thingji Ajre found. this is genuine— that it is the art of shades. . But i f the prediction be fultiUcd. » their first object. it does not follow that he has greater skill. see figure* in the air» as ill heaven sometimes figures appear which have a certain signification. in oppoisiiion to God. and these things are known by the shades . Now. which are certain signs of death on the third day from their appearance. no faith can be placed in these arts. Were the foundatiuci of i\\\9. who have well-disposed spirits. Some people. Near the figure*. at night.

and devices. voices are heard from graves. pounding. then the dead give forth miracles and signs. hurtful. in your . which may be the cause not only of misfortune. frauds. concerning the nature of shades. since they belong only to the ancient school and to the Divine power. these lieings would be a]wa>^ in our midst.are altogether unimportant. presaging it for him in whose dress the spectres appear. but nothing seen. 194 The Hermetk and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. yet they i^alute one another by dilTerent luunes at different times. imaginations. but otherwise. enticing us to desert God. and devote our mind to them. and the dead appear in the form and dress of the living. Concernmg these signs much more could be set down than has so far been said. tumults and tremblings arise in the charnel-house. beryls. Did God permit it. where only a disturbance or sound is heard.ir name. But since these bring with them bad. falling. * In certain cditiotis the following dedScitiod U prefixed to the Nine Books containing the f/ainr*^/ Thim^. and dangerous phantasies. but even of death. the deceased bleed. devoid of use and profit. stones. dead things are seen. John WincJceUictn of Friburg. mirrors. So now we bring this our book to an end. destructive to Ixxiy i^nd soul. striking. throwing. that I should satisfy your Iriendty and ii^iduous prayers and petitions which you have addressed to ine in your several letters. We are forbidden to reveal them. are seen in visions. He who is favoured by spirits sees many thingi. All these are sure signs of death. we pass them over in silence. For although each spirit has his own pcculi. and waters under different appearances.* Here end the Nine Books concerning the Nature of Things. whatever is seen in a figure or image is to be considered such. and since. intimate friend and dearest brother. Evestrum and Tarames give signs by knocking.-^ Theophrastu* ParaccUtis gives greeting to the honourable and prudent gentleman. and so make game of men. and superstitions. Now. and so on. praise and hooourtin a wortl. or for some one in the place where they are heard. immediately to happen » When the stars of necromancy are moved. disgraceful allurcmenLs. But if we carefully regard what they have performed during a given year we shall sec that it has been mere triflijig. little or nothing. bU iaitimaie frtend and dearest brother :— It is nght. sprung from the root of Lie* itself. health and property.

although this book be very small. and. yet it i* full of many great mysteries for herein I shall not write from speculation and theory. although you vi ill greatly wonder at its matter. as also from the light of Nature. noble gem« and precious thing. Sitice. it U not meet for me to conceal from you. and in one or more processes require of me a further explication. that I should furnish you with AH excellent and clear intlructton concerning certain matters. in spite of the fact that 1 have not personally verified them alt. which have formed the chief clement of your curriculum. in ca« I Jihould not see you in person again. but am indeed of ncccMity grateful. since I know how richly you have been endowed by God with the arts and with good sense* Moreover. But with regard lo the second requei^t you have made to me. write to me secretly. you know myself and my feeling*. nor will I burden you and render it tedious . I know that you bear and behold Mth delight anything that is fresh or marvellous in this ait. but exclusively keep it in great secrecy for ^'ou and for yours. I know. but practieally from the light of Nature and experience itself. much less to have. and 1 will put the matter more clearly before you. but will dedicate lo you a specbd Ireatiiie OQ those points. me in brotherly fashion. above all. therefore. Cut if in certain places yoti do not righil'y understand what I say. and secrets. 1 hope and am confident that you will look upon the present work. will by no means publish it. which person* are not worthy to read. But do not so act. and give you a sufUclcnt instruction and understanding. but that you will easily comprehend without it. And. But. And. )'ou have displayed. indeed. although 1 do not believe that there will be any need for thi^. and know these things by expo-ience from and by means of other persons.latest letters of all^ you have earnestly and courteously requested that I should at length come to you. know. I am rightly powerle^ to forget either your fidelity or your beneHls. containing few and scanty words. I neither can nor wHll refuse you. wherefore you will easily and quickly take my meaning. contemners of natural blessings « arts. have proved. not only benevolence. also. nor think that they are mere theories and speculations. if it w^^re consisstent with my convenience. as a memorial of myself For herein I shall not only answer and clearly explain those points Concerning which you have consulted me and nskcd. I must ledve a brotherly farewell to you and your*. but am compelled to gratify you therein \ for I am well acquainted with your disposition i moreover. that th[» course ts. before sophists. ThU work satisfies all your requests. that you have devoted a great portion of your life to the arts. but fraternal fidelity towards me. and understand them. by reason of various bimlraiices. and. and will fittingly regard it as a treasure. notwithstanding. I both possess. that is. exactly as a vast hidden treasure. impostiible. wherea^ they are of practice and proceed from experience. more than you have requested of me. and will doubt whether things are just as I have described them. which treatise I shall name Cttne^rnhtg^ ik* Naturt of Things^ and shall divide it into nine books. which b not to be cast before swine.

in fact. as is the ca^: with all fools . but not with that of another . One workman cannot use the tools of another. and so in the same way a fool can use no better instrument than his own key. and In the bottom there remains a black mass of fluid like wax. alcoholise them. namely. it is my special request that il should remain only in your family. Grind these well together. which is grcivtcr than theirs. who despise all thingi« which do not agree with them. !lnce I have addressed this book out of love to you alone. Such Mercury is of unspeakable power and possesses divine secrets. SaltNitre. do that which I expect of you. so sliall you do well and riglitly. and to no one else. and Alum . a damp and viscous vapour. TO extract Mercury from metallic bodies is nothing else but to resolve them. Farewell. command your children and heirs to preserve il lalso in secrecy. After death. who are ple. Furthermore. as it was in the centre of the earth before the generation of the metals. nor U any sound sweeter to hU ear than the tinkling of his own bells* Wherefore. or to reduce them into their first matter : that is* running Mercur\'» such. dearest friend. and sublimate in a sublimatory by means of sand for nine hours. containing invisibly within itself natural Mercury and sulphur.u^ed only with their own trumpet. remove the sublimate with a feather. regarding that as of small account and even as folly. MrHierefore. It must. and not to part with it until your dying day. however they may boast. therefore. under the care orilod*~Given at ViWwus^ in the year 'S37' THE PARACELSIC METHOD OF EXTRACTING MERCURY FROM ALL THE METALS. as I ha>e entreated you . in similar fashion. Let the aforesaid mercurial w^ater be thus prepared : — Take three pounds of Mercury sublimated seven times by Vitriol. I request you to keep the book as a precious and secret thing. w^hich w^as not known to John of Rupescissa^ or to others. and sublimate with the rest as before. until it will no longer sublimate.by much •rpeech. ajid cover them with calumny \ who also are pleased only with that which Is their own. one pound and a half of Sal ammoniac. Repeat this operation four times. Having . When the mass has cooled. and do hate all wisdom. dearest friend and most intimate brother. The reduction spoken of is made by merctirial water. be carefully studied and treated with unwearied assiduity. the principles of all metals. that Is to say* what is in their own head. three times sublimated from salt. clear and white. because il does iheoi nogoodf nofl" do they know the tjse of it. and at no time become so public as to fall into the hiuids of sophists and mockers. be faithfully adnionisl^cJ.

No . imbibe it again and dry it. Then you will sec your body at the bottom of the vessel transmuted into a subtle vapour or Mercury* Having made a solution of the whole mercurial water. preserve the rest. The principal is gold . for gems are tonics and preventives. * For example. wheresoever located in the body. take it out . Vou will thus have the true Mercury of the body. from its first matter. until it will scarcely coagulate any further. &% far as possible. the use whereof in desperate 02 196 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. cases.cooled this. grind it again. repeating this process nine or ten times. are most successfully healed. not to be revealed to unworthy persons. for it is by far the chief of all waters. an ounce and a half in weight. For this reason there is no more excellent medicine— speaking of vulnerary potions than is internal Mumia. and Imbibe it in a glass dish several times w'lth the prepared water of Sal ammoniac. separate it. the second are gems. and put in it plates of the purest gold or silver carefully cleansed. a tonic. if it be reduced to a precipitate to prevent vomiting. provided only it be carefully employed. Carefully preserve this w^ater. It should at the same time be remembered that all sores are. and dissolve it into a beautiful oil. and keep it carefully in a glass vessel. that is. however. Place this In a closed vessel for digestion over hot ashes during a period of eight hours. Take eight ounces of it. Grind it very small on marble in a damp place. to be cured from within. which you must rectify from all its dregs and residuum by distillation in ashes. is a laxative. This is accomplislied by the upward separation of its laxative part. and an astringent. is marvellous and celestial*. When it is spontaneously coagulated. Take it away . and on that account. therefore. by sublimation in an alembic over a slow fire. the red Meroiry of Gold constitutes a good medicament for the cure of wounds and of the plague. Gold. The medicaments for the plague are divided into those used for the accidentia and those adapted for its cure. For in every preparation of gold the chief point is to remove superfluity from it In the plague there is no necessity for purging. Understand concerning the cure that the spirits of gold and of gems are the best medicines whereby all plagues.

So also is it drawn from the mineral of marchasite and cobalt. Then place it to digest in horse-dung for nine days. according to the nature and property of each. This. But now. so that such sulphurs may not be incorporated with it and become corrosive so as to cause injury to sick persons. The more common mode of extraction is to take Acetum carefully distilled. Internal Mumia is the perfect curative. which also has itself been distilled by means of an alembic. and also on account of the lime of which such lixivia are composed.wound is properly healed from without. The coloured Acetum distil in the ashes until it comes to a superfluous oil. THE Sulphur of the metals is an oiliness extracted from the metals themselves. Otherwise. The lixivium also ought to be rectified from all earthy deposit by means of sublimation. which you will rectify in a bath. It is to prevent this that the separation spoken of should be made. which has stood for twenty-four hours on a Caput Mortuum made out of distilled Vitriol. tus from the golden and silver marchasites and others. The subsequent digestion requires a double space of time. out of which we make a clavellated corrosive substance. endowed with very many virtues for the health of man. and Alum. The Sulphur thus extracted can be washed with sweet water and precipitated. THE SULPHUR OF THE METALS.* Another sulphur is drawn from metals before they have undergone the fire./^wrw/ww/ di FtsU. You will then have the ver}. or in the sun.truest Sulphur of the metallic body. these having been fused and depurated. you may draw forth . Nitre. Salt. which you will rightly use at your discretion. which take rank and exceU lence according to the nobility of the mineral. you must pour on the pulverised metallic body in a glass vessel so that it shall stand above it by the height of seven fingers. there is no more sublime incamativc than gold itself —/"r. But other sulphurs are less suitable for the internal bodily use on account of the alkali of the ashes. The extraction can also be made by means of a sharp and thoroughly separated lixivium. So far concerning the crude materials. I say.

r( iai utility in dropsy. as it were. in which dissolve three handfuls of ground Salt. boil it and skim it carefully. The consumption of the rust is made by the imbibition of those things which produce rust. noble. The best is that of Chalybs. i% ^v\k\ Id Im> nf n|. whidi dispeiMM thin fiiin nf (hr InnI) . In like manner. and is. There is no more certain. THE Crocus of the Metals is of four kinds : of the Sun^ of Venus. It resolves and breaks every metal changing it from its metallic nature into some other. until it changes from its own colour to another. — /->/ Hydrflpni.ils. From this you can . indeed. of Mars. a Aun. treatise on Alchemy. filed iron is consumed by rust. and causes it to pan* off in vapour.their sulphur. or better way than by the water of salt or by its oil. and by a decoction extracting the colour of rust. and at last into the hues of most brilliant violet. or a sulphur and a crocus most excellent for all medicinal as well as alchemical purposes. and of Chatybs. THE CROCUS OF THE METALS. reducing the aforesaid bodies to dust. In this again dissolve a handful of bruised Vitrio!. aitd. and boil until it can be pulverised. or M)lar heat. according to the different intention and industr}* of the operator. The dust thus produced reverberate over a powerful fire» continually stirring it with an iron rod. OR THE TINCTURE. Such a water extracts from the ver>' foundations and roots their natural liquid out of all metallic bodies. with two or three ounces of bruised Sal Ammoniac. Take old Urine poured away from its deposit. When you have strained it. 198 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. for it is of a dr>'ing nature. several cups of it. It is extracted by reverberation or by calcination. prepared in the way 1 have clearly described in my * The Sulphur of Met. and then carefully skim again* With this liquid imbibe some filings. that Sulphur which can also be cxtruetcd from iiiiiirraN.

or Flower of Brass. if it be reduced by the reverberatory into alcool. and.By artificer^ and mechanics certain arcana are discovered in the thing^s which they daily use.. pour on it plenty of distilled Acetum. both within and without the body. or truest quintessence of the Sun. TLe Crocus of Iron.sfully treated by the Oil of Iron. is destroyed. \i suppose 1 tociire the same ulcers that are »ucce&. is extracted by separation of the elements you will collect what at the bottom of the glass. Gently pour off the coloured Acetum.— Ckirurgia Magni^ Tract II. Pars. Lib. the Crocus will remain at the bottom* This IS changed into the liquid. from which. c lo.. and when it remains produce with spirits of wine or distilled acetum. but of an active and skilled. V. whereby the metallic nature. the Crocus and Flower of Mercury may be successfully made use of for the cure of ulcers. Let this powder be afterwards washed nine times with warm water from al! acridity. this being again separated. The Crocus of the Sun should be extracted by the water of salt. operator. or malleability. For making the crocus of Venus. X. Moreover. and have dried flowing «ounds. and stir it well three times ever)" day. if you wish. and have reached their proper maturity. When the residuum has been washed with warm water. and sublimating with five different grades of fire. by means of elevation. and thoroughly sublimate it in ashes until it is dry. Workers in iroo ha^-e used their burnt . the Crocus can be extracted with spirits of wine .pro\ided they have ceased to flow. by means whereof you will be able to w^ondrous effects. You will then have the prepared Crocus of Venus.— Z>r Tumorlbtu et Ptutulis yforbi Galliciy Lib. and then dried. Thus workers in brass have stopped the flow of blood with burnt brass.* * TLc iic^w of Llood from wounds can be stopped by mean^ of the mo&t skilfully rr«-erberated Croca» of Mars.easily. you can easily extract an oil according to the instructions giv^en in the great work on Surger}% where also its use is explained. draw off the Tincture. But there is need not of a merely imaginary. III. With this you 200 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Parcuelsus. take one or two pounds of copper-rust carefully akoholised. can produce man^ellous effects.— CA/rv^'a Magna.

For this will not pass away. And the seed does not give those very things from which the infant is produced after this year of the world . — Ckirurgia Vuinrum^ c. which is a^ully applied to the cure of corrosive ulcers. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THEOPHRASTUS CONCERNING THE GENERATIONS OF THE ELEMENTS.iron. for woimds. which is nothing. such as minium. which need not be described here. ft Vicer. provided only one year of the %vorld has elapsed* The four elements are the growth produced from ihc Iliaster. Iliaster. Concerning the Element op Air. which is called Crocus of Iron. was divided. Although another world follows after. Notwithstanding. Potters also have made some discoveries with what they call sil^-er or golden litharge. and the said Botin is then again extracted. ha\% resulted from the various attempts of the alchemists upon various substances. But this Iliaster again attracts to itself the four elements. which is the daughter of this one in name. the strength of Venus is feeble unless vitriol be added to it. many more. Of this family nothing is found surviving after death . that is dissolved and becomes what it was before the four elements were produced. or the like. Many are the inventions of the \-ulgar which have been called experiments . But I regard that as vitriol which is extracted firom the body of Venus. in essence. Lib. The Crociis or Flower of Copper. is usually prepared in two wajs. 9.* BOOK THE FIRST. IN the beginning. but the four elements are both mothers and daughters. one of which is that the greenness is abstracted by means of distilled Botin. X. but will remain like the • The philo4opby of Paracebu* concerning the seneration of the four element* and oono^ninfi the ihree prime . still. and so whatever is in it perishes at the same time. and the like. ceruse. What the seed gives forth it does not receive in the same form into itself again.— Pr Tumor. it is not so in form. but its end is the same as its origin . Merit Galiici. thus giving and arranging the four elements*t It was even as the seed from which springs the stem. TEXT I. Thus.

an e*act OOmprehension of the true principles which obtained in the tmiver«al gcnesist was enough to po^esa anyone with a full Mid practical illumination conoemlng the arcanum of philosophy. Similarly. whence frtiSt^ procectl iiimply fijt the »<« nf man* 2oa The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. which he designed to be the mother of all thinp. Hence ymj mtut know that these four bodies. The trcati^e^ whidt have been wlecled fur the pttTpoie are tmulated from tha second volume of the Geneva folio^ and the copious note* which ha%c been added Are detived from anala^tu writitiga which ParaceUm left unfiiiished. t When God determined to form the world atMi deliberated with Hb Divine Prudence concerning ita nature ami ihe maniMf of its creation* He divided it into four porti or bodie»^.principlcj. e)(i«t that they may prodtsce fruit. and. but Sttb|ect to him whom God intended to create after Hh own linage^ even the majt Adaiii. on the other hand. Thu»^ for cianipJe. the matter hiod been deliberaterl on and decreed by God. and fiirnikh the ncccaoitie* for man's. ai the Scriptitre ^th. iwe of them. mothers. TEXT II. free by itself. wmter. who is not only the father of His own Son. the four said bodies were creaced^thiikt is heaven. became initiated thereby into the secret of the Mjfstrriuin MttgHiiim . and »tibac()uenlly the two oiben. ftourubinent. . The cj>»mological philosophy of Panu:clsu« 1% the tinpffliry complement of his alchemy. and whether or not their combined ttudy b likely to chrow light upon either. SulphuTt Mercury. or matrices. have come down to us in an imperfect state. permanent and transitor}^ blessed and damned together. heaven wajs created hrUt then earth. but also of all things. Such is also the lot of this world. All alchemy iml^s on it. heiiv«n i* a lurlv. and Sail. an opporttiflily most be offered to the student for the comp»ri^>n of the f^o. soul. mortal and immortal. it is quite certain that the Eternal Father. the earth brimcs forth ila peculiar prodticts^ but it i» man and noi the earth who iriakes. the confection of l!)e Phttuaopher^' Stone. Wberi^ therefore. appears to have been regarded by him^etf and by lili edttor» a* on e^untlal pun of hl» doctrine and practice of alche^l}^ To include it iii the first «cction of this translation 14 tty no rncan^ ottUide the issues of Ifermetic Chemistry.VlagUterium. Now. created Domor^ that is. or which* for some other rea&on. Paracelniu waa not the first adept who ttj^Anied i)se process in the Bocompltslimcnt of the AfAj^Ht/m 0/mt m offering a rigorous analog. air« For.with the creation of the greater world. which IS indeed made and created but not mortal. earth. He who succeeded in accomplishing the Grand .

the firmament and the water. but not a nut. those who say that the four elements exist in all and everything. earth. water. This is how matters stand. TEXT III. whilst a year revolves. or that fire is an element. and lightning from that in the fire which is warm and Aty. that the element of water is not water only. but a mineral as well . but not snow. So also from fire four complexions proceed. from the sand the thistle. So then that is an element which produces. All these things are in all these four elements. warm and dr}^. For that philosophy is vain which gives it out that the earth is an element. to which He also gave His own Divine will. Vet these primal natures differ. But seeing how wonderful these things are. grows out of that which in the earth is warm and dr)'. but the same things can be read in the Paramira. but a grape as well. The earth is an element. Snow. is produced from that in the earth which is of a similar nature. and so w ith the rest. we ought to make it a matter o^ knowledge and of philosophy. dry. fire. from the sky chaos. cold and moist. at this point.* He formed the natural from the nonnatural. and following that nature He willed that yet another nature should be produced. And the speech is inconsiderate of those who assert that an element is simply endowed with a complexion. and from the fire snow. or a compound of these. w^arm and moist. for example. From these four matrices ever}'thing in the whole world is produced. cold.heaven and earth. and how unlike they seem to the first source from which they sprang. And an clement is a mother. We will not further discuss this subject here. indeed. from the water cachimise. from that lo the fire which is cold and dry. Whatever is or is produced cold and moist. and whatever is produced from it. advance mere nonsense. and there are four of them. I would have you then. So^ too. He produced another nature. moist. Whatever thing which is w^arm and dry grows out of the earth. which man now moderates and possesses. before all to be advised not to determine the elements according to their com* . From that which had never perceived any nature. So is the w^ater and all produced therefrom. so that from the earth springs the pear-tree. You can understand it thus r the earth is cold and dry. that the element of earth is not earth only. It is the same with the other two elements. warm. wherein His majesty Himself carries on the Divine rule. air.

203 plexions. seek for. not materially. warm. Concerning ike Generations of the Eiements. earth. while these tw^o hold air and fire. which is a firmament producing day and night. These nutriments are twofold. but according to their formSj that is. The earth is material. what are the four matrices which they have within them. The two former nourish us as if spiritually and invisibly . dr)% cold. understand this. cold. that the one might support. but not corporeally. The Iliaster w^as originally distributed into four parts— the air. Thus the . The air sustains fire. Now. the other of earth and water. And such is the element. One is constituted of air and fire . or dry. Air and fire hold w'ater and earth. which is a heaven embracing all things . and is moist. conglutinous. These four elements are divided into two classes. The fire is a firmament. and is the element of fire. sensible. cold and heat . the earth water. Such it is whether it be warm.^ But more compleldy and copiously in the ireiiise^ an4 frggmcnu of t»atLt«i from «4iicli the cn«ujiis n^es Havc been rendered. the two latter materially and corporeally. in order to advance towards the established principle \vith regard to the elements. in another cold. as shall hereafter be set forth. though it be in one place warm. clayey. the other in earth and water. which affords fruits of all kinds and a solid foundation for our feet . The air is a heaven which comprises all things. and nourish the other. tangible. fire. or moist. The water is humid. one found in air and fire. and water from w^hence are given forth all minerals and half the means of nutriment for living things. whether it be cold or warm. TEXT IV. So then all things were created in due order.

. For the orif in uf ilii*. it is the footstool of God. Tu pfiy metre ey«ict attention to these nuroben. whence i& produced iomcthinc turns into substance and body. Still we must not philosophise further concerning the four elements than Nature teaches and points the way for us.*rkd luakeof it miuluDi. each enclosed with two elements. but so that it should be something mortal and perishable created by God* To rightly understand this you must know that from that centre the world arose and was made material. a sponi. and to also have wateff heaven.i|»le 204 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. So also the four ekmeius of UM]ie» are distinct and nepaiAtei as though ipOtneone vi ere lo take lead . which bcrijy of all the four elements is di^tingukhed iriiu three %pect^t »o tliai the creative J^At resulted in a tripte body^ Thui the earth and the other cIctncntA arc all threefold. Beyond is nothing. and oonstituted nil things out of three. all the four bodies of the four elements are made of nQiUing. TEXT V. ik-ater. The air it one body^ the earth is another. llie ]fini. therefore. air have ea£h their peculiar bodies^ butt indeed. So thcitt these three specie* are dUtributed tnio four elemBcils^ a peculiar body i)cJii>i3 A»s)|iT»ed to each. that is. an outer and an inner. Hul the ei»nU ha^ three I'odiitt.number is tiituicdiately fr^tn Gud. and what the light of nature suggests to as. and touch. Earth. on this seat sat the prophets . there is such a distinction between the elenienr« thai the fuur thiitg* are not one body. but dwells without us.c aootber. they are made only by the Word of God. the water a third. and Air* and yet a piece of wood iJ^one hoA^* a metal anotberi a stone anutlicr. gla. At the Mttie Lime. So also would be hea\xn if the»c four bad a like body.^ There was the throne *6ut iKTw w^ roust anderstand wbai u tlie nature of tbe tx>dy of heaven. ThU notbliig. He who created these things is not among us. Here. In the beginning the body of the four elements was Ibunded with that form and amplitude in which the heaven lies extended . But He w^ho was begotten of Him is amongst us. so far as we know. and it was made corruptible or perishable so far as the air surroiuids it. and spirit of Saturn.cs. of God and the centre of His Kingdonit from which centre the world was created. Ceru*e. On this seat Christ hung from the cross . Within is what we see.lliastei was divided into one domor^ of which there are two globules. and tefMurated all tJiree. God Himself chose three.

material and corporeal things are made God. the stone. each things however. but in it lay hidden all herbs. Mercury. which things the supreme Creator alone carv^ed and fashioned most m the Desty being three. and His throne. On the one hand. and ever}'thtng else. and His work^ the centre of His Kingdom. every slonc has one element. It is even as with wood which is thrown away and is only wood. This body He made up of three ingredients.that h fal^^e. It should be known. cold. contains in itself one complexion and not more. stones. of plants. day.All things are synlhesijEcd in three. frigid and dryt warm and humid^ warm and dry» Yel that is not a . and Salt. in the four elements. so the world is His house. ^hai they dogmaliie concerning the four things or elements^ to ibe effect that each thing constnts of four elements. and is reduced again into that three. even while not yet formed.that is. For iniOance. that God has made the centre of His heaven. of instruments. still we must believe that it will not perish as it was produced* Of man the heart will endure : of the world the flower will be permanenL TEXT VL As to the manner in which God created the world. These three have io themselves the force and the power of all perishable things. In them lie hidden the mineral. gems.herb has only one element— that is. He originally reduced it to one body. perishable. minerals. Sulphur. frigid and humid. and before the philosophy itself is unfolded. But although it be thus made and created. butt on the other hand. and there U nothing on earth which con^Uts not of and in three. waters. and the word is the beginning of beav'eQ and earth and of all CTeatures. of the water^ But in addition to this it receives a complexion. yet in it are hidden all forms of animals. nor can it have any other dement than that which it receives from iu mother. while the elements were developing. cver>. For as corporeally He is called the Son. which any one who can carve what else would be useless. of the earlb. it is evident thai each creature can he distributed into three. invents and produces. So the body of Iliaster was a mere trunk. Of these three are composed all the things which are. at the outset. then. and chaos itself. each in its place. so that these three should constitute one body. then. take the following account. and even Himself. heat. night. Nowr^ the word aL*o was threefold. the fruit. or are produced.

salt. Hence the elements only recur into three. and ImJsam. 205 subtly. The case is the same with the other elements. TEXT VII. aaltt and balsam. which three make a perfect body^ and these same are found b)' art in all bodies of Nalor^. From these He afterwards took away the fire. but the three offices are comprehended under the one name of the first matter* This first matter has been distributed by God among four parts or elements. so here eadi species is separate by itself as to its oflice. with its oince. EarUi b threefold in its body— fire. For instancei nutn b taken from the slime of the earth. having been in this way set apart and separated^ there remained also four storehouses for keeping the four elements. All bodies conilht of thcsie three. So. These three arc the lirst matter and have only one name. So all things consist of one body. fire. Yet it again becomes an eletnentt that Is^ it returns to the element with the duitinction which suJ^-siste between an elcmejit and flesh. the fashion of the prime matter of water* earth. from the remainder issued forth the other three elements.whole clement. The three first things are three parts. salt and balsam. it is qulntc5«ence. while the other two remained.all element* and all fruits thereof. and as in the Deity there are three persons. earth. air. and are formed from one matter which ts in itself triple. namely. The four fields. and so on in due succession. and yet there are four bodies. Whatsoever resides in the first matter of the earth is being leparated or has been separated into earth. ha'^-ing been originnlly formed out of the word. and the four elements are all di^lributcd into four bodies. First of all He produced and separated the air. but the element U not itHme. This being formed. However. namely. having removed and cast away all that was extraneous.while that which grows from it is similarly distributed into three s[>ecies. everything has Icen ordained into its predestinated form. but the clement is the matrixt ai water or earth. and these three arc the prime matter of the elements. fire. and so of the rest. and heaven is diverse. therefore. earth having been ordained to be earth. for the number three cctistitutes otity three species in reality. The first matter is as GlkI . and the things which arc generated from balcam are Concerning the Generations of the Elements. . water. The body of a tree is fire.

whereas it is a rude body. kaIi. in the following w^ay : From the air proceeded chaos. were joined in one. tn likt manner. and baUam. fire. From the earth. Afterw^ards the earth. nothing being corrupted or intermixed. the throne. containing many sul«tance. From the water. fife is also called sulpUiU' . For instance. grasses and fruits. Each was disposed in its own place . of w)iich the fruits arc the sun. the earth is called an element. and. the moist. From the fire. invisibly. te»ch u» bow to extract anything out of fruits except Sre* sait. and afterwards the others also w^ere removed in turn. and for separating earth from heaven. In the fire. indeed. It i» Uie ume with h»v«n. also. So also the cj'c is a coDiddcrable port in man.the hot J the cold. and its true element i^ hidden ihenin. Il IS the same with the other dements. ialt. oorporaj. b a small thing. the cold withdrew from the heat. In like manner. It U the same with ihaac fruits which bave waicr for their mAlrix. These are now conjoined Iliastri. etc« It la in like manner with snow ajid rain. lastly. minerals and stones. liov^e%«r. then afterwards the fire. and the fire.s. and bals^un become icponte. but the force which sees is vcr^' small in respect of the eye. the air was prepared before all else . which are. the dr)% Each of these was far from being unimportant. the water. The art^ therefcrv. the earth and the water. according to the matrices of their fruits. like tlie spirit in man. but are yet spirits accordinfi to their nature and . atid bakam^ « hich al&o j^tt so separated frocn one KHOtber by (he force of fire that the fire. Now^ man lias a Ixu-ge body. The air is by itself. These four Iliastri having been created and arranged according to elements. Now. and the water. In water gold was separated from the rest of the metals. First the air was arranged . 1 1 is necessary. the sun and the moon. the foundation. balfn . the chain. These two were linked together in union. afterguards the fire . The reason why the body i* called roan is becau!« the man remains hiddeii in the body. from the Iliaster of the earth beech wood was extracted and the wood of apples removed. that is. But that which b the man hinuelf^ {larocly. the light from the darkness. that we should have a clear idea what «n dement i». Of these the succession was so arranged that from the superfluity w*as continually produced something else. being separated from the two former. soul and spirit. night and day. salt. of Nature doe« not* tiian. atid Uquor^ mercury. too. In the air. chaos was set in order for preserving all things. then the earth . trees and herbs.

so b it with heaven. Yet they differ in their properties. By the demonstration of the name which He has given to it Cod teaches that He has ciidowed the Brmament with xixi^tt^t tliat it may be as a sure shell. what there U else is its body. So there are four elements. And. under>tand that it proceeds from the element itself. The soul of mu^k is in its odour. subsisting in a corporeal body. three in the earth. and afterwards sundered it in three primal elements. Thus it was that God made the material centre of His throne. nothing in the four Iliastri can grow. whether the egg be put up or down. Wherever we dwdl. In man the tongue speaks and does not speak. V'et there is a certain dtHcrencc hctween the natural and the supernatural spirit. they lose their name of Iliastri and are called elements. for the spirit speaks in it. moreover. Tlie firmatstent b the h«a\-en aiid its whole substance. 2o6 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Parcuelsus. that is. wherein all the creatures of Nature are Urmly contained. but the second b altogether destitute of a body. Without these three. and three in the water. then. but only three primary ones . and so. as you bear that thb or that proceeds from an eletnent. three in the air. For a circle has neither summit nor base. from which constantly emerges everything that is born. r. But while they grow they are elements. and can call oiifsdv«» dweUcfk 00 high or dwellers below. one Salt in all. as the egg in iu shell.lubtttance. we live at a high level or a low. These four elements were sundered into their own places and seats. so that none of them should be mixed. Everywhere there is only a single triad of the primaries. for the first b corporeal and material. just as the yo!k rem^uns immovable in its plaae. one Sulphur in all. So oflen. The body of the natural spirit b clothed by Nature with another body of its own elementJiut concerning heaven it b to be noted that God has given it the name of firinaincnt. . whote intimate permixtore and union with the body causes it to he thought that tlie body does everything The odour of the boK tree is the spirit of the box tree . All these were removed. just as a sculptor when making a statue throws away what does not suit the intended image. Thus^ all fruits* like their demeni^ have spirit as wdl as body^ and the true fruil b not teen by th« eyes. one Mercury in all. In ooralt the colour is the spirit.>Z.iArr M*t*»rmm^ c. three in the fire. and not from its body. TEXT VIII. Tbe Uiree other ekaikemt are included in the fimnamcnt.

nothing downwards. The element of the air was appointed for no other purpose than to be the abode of the other three. nor is there any bottom or profundity. nor is broken. leaf. as it were. and to state m what they excel. Whatever is warm. and then the globe shall by them be so utterly consumed that not a single ash shall remain. day. or the like. For the manner of this destruction shall be such that nothing shall collapse outwardly from the circle. even as a house upon its foundations. because all things tend upwards. and no more . and out of one is made a statue. all one stone. yet all are stones. each to be conserved. herb. grass. to tell of their possibilities and performances. cold. was relegated to the earth.Whatever is growing. a third on the earth. a second on the fire. TEXT IX. So God disposed the world in a quaternar}\ He was satisfied with this number. Nowhere was there any deficiency. Moreover. betook itself to the fire. adding such explanations as the nature of insensible things requires. Whatever is mineral withdrew into the water. so ruling and sustaining the air that it does not yield. the air and stars rushing towards the globe of earth. We will begin with the air. And now it is further necessary that in the course of our philosophising we should go on to treat of these four under the name of elements. out of another a pitcher. One portion of nutriment He conferred on the air. * The elements and all that exists are built upon the element of air. but all inwardly to the centre. within its close in the following way. And all these three are one. these being sufficient. It is just as when a stone is divided into four parts. Whatever is air spread itself out over chaos. concerning that Which sustains the air. nay. This power is situated in the exterior part of the air in which the Triune God dwells.* The air encloses in itself every mortal thing. We should philosophise. and out of the fourth a milestone . though He could have made eight parts. For the air is so compacted and con* firmed in its circle that it can no more be broken or dissolved than the external kingdom can perish till its time arrives. when it will collapse inward towards the centre. Of these Iliastri there are four. each in itself. it cannot fall. And this is the highest secret . night. a fourth on the water. out of a third some other kind of a vessel. For it is impossible that perishable thingii should fall into the sphere of the imperishable. though divided into four portions. however. and conclude our philosophy with the water.

or egg-shell. is like a skin in which is stored up a body. TEXT X. From this same element. no water could flow. Concerning the Generations of the Elements. and within which nothing can break in. 207 and shuts it off from what is immortali as a wall dhidcs a city from the fields. And just as there is nothing in an egg to one who looks at it from without. or outside the eggf» which agrees with what is inside. from which all draw their life. no wind could blow. holds together and binds. flows forth a power by which fire is to the air. no sun could shine. and puts forth the air which nourishes the four elements.of philosophy— that the circle rushes to the centre because there is no profundity outside. and is attracted by the four elements. which it inserts between the pellicle and the There joined which. beyond which nothing can burst through. The first element brings air. it earth. no rain or snow could fall. no earth could sustain. while the water and the fire each do the very same thing. and w^herein the earth is contained and preserved. so does the earth. Thus it is like a chain without materiality or visibility. and at the same time sustains the life of man. This is truly air itself. again. to wit. That is a palpable error which lays it down that winds are caused by the air. then. but fire gives the winds. or wall. — AHms Libtr Primut MeUorum^ De Biemento Aerit. as a dam does a marsh. They burst in upon us like poison. Moreover the air is breath. no summer could flourish. This does by means of its chaos. so the sky is a shell dividing heaven and earth. . so that it may not fall down. It strengthens the world and keeps it tog-ether. For as the lungs ever)^ moment inhale air. from what is outside it. Without it none could liveWithout this no element could advance. The air. too. is this sky. The air. not as a means of life. a skin. the whole world. just as the egg-shell separates the ^^g. All this force proceeds from the air. or mound.

and do not know which is up and which is down. so this globe of earth and water is balanced in the air. There is at least only this difference : that the chaos is unlike the albumen or the sperm. which is placed in it as the seed of the cucumber is placed in its mucilage. And as the chicken is sustained in the c&g" ^►y its albumen without touching the shell. Otherwise. As a ship is borne up by the ocean^ so is this globe by the air. It bears up even the firmament itself.is also a middle space extending from heaven to earth. It is an intangible albumen." So we are prisoned within a shell. TEXT XI. As the chick in its albumen. though it appears of a slight green tint. in which are balanced the fire. Let us give an example. and move therein like a bird in its flight. it should. While discussing the powers of this element. or the generating seed in the sperm. be pointed out that the air and its chaos and the sky exist in a round form which is inherent in them. so the stars lie in this albumen. in all its powers and energies it corresponds exactly to those things which have been enumerated. Walking over the . In no other way are they borne up than in what is clear from the illustrations which are named. And as every morsel of flesh lies in its own liquid. f f I 208 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings 0/ Paracelsus. moreover. having the power and property of sustaining. This chaos is invisible. and the water. in that it is impalpable and extremely subtle. It is one vast and marvellous albumen which invisibly supports the globe of earth and water. so chaos sustains the globe and prevents it from tottering. No one can point out or distinguish what is above or what is below.* The rotundity prevents there being any **up" or ** down. If it could be brought about that one should be shut up within an eggy it would be impossible to know which part looked towards the sky and which towards the earth. the earth. so that the earth shall not fall from its position.

which God made and I graved as a mason does the statues on a tower. it must be seen / how these flourish in the element of air. Mercury. in fire and water. the sun and moon. too. is found the true basis of all geometry. the geometrician. Here. and everywhere there is height. The cause lies in the rotundity of the globe and of the sky. and not only man walks. tree. From this line nothing falls away or emerges.whole world. and make up that ■ element. and thus it is natural to every mortal body that all things g^ow in a threefold line. For in heaven and earth. we look up to the sk)-. beyond a doubt. but also trees. earth. fire. Here. too. secondly. the diameter and the meridian — a threefold line — ^and other similar ones. I Now. as to the philosophy of the three prime elements. all I the stars. and other things. so he founded also the semicircle. Of this geometry God alone is the artificer. where man stands like the straight line looking up to heaven. and Geometry. I beast. All things tend towards this aerial geometry. be it water. whilst at the same time everywhere there is depth. Originally the sky is nothing but white Sulphur coagulated with the spirit of Salt and clarified by Mercury. By the elementary geography of the air are conserved the structures of the air. Sulphur. and the hardness of this element is in this pellicle and shell thus formed from it. the trees of the earth. are found all lines and all circles. Then. Cosmography. As God created the circle of the globe and the sky. the mason. man. and springs take this course. from the three primal parts it is changed into two — one part being air and the other chaos — . and Salt are so t prepared as the element of air that they constitute the air. ! TEXT XII. are the true Geography. as the minerals of the f water and the rest. that is. veins of metal.

It never reaches the sky . dryness. So. where more is set down than can be here comprised. Whoever wishes to understand more clearly about it. then. It is. Earth and wato. nor is it any longer the same as it was before. The third remnant of the three primals has passed into air. coming forth from its element as smoke from wood. which oxsaoals that which is called heaven by the ij^norant. remains in its air to the end of its elements. nothing but the smoke of the three primal elements of the air. and becomes Sulphur. being encompassed by the element of air. Co7uerning the Gtfierations of the Elements. It is clear. 209 resolved. The Sulphur resolves itself by the spirit of Salt in the liquor of Mercury. which b like a vast chaos. . so that they may perust in their coarse and centre. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GENERATION OF THE ELEMENTS. All density. nay. and the air is by itself. Between the circle of the air and the globe of earth and water which is at the centre. and what its motion is.in the following way. and the mid space. in fact. which maybe compared to the albumen interposed between the shell and yolk of an egg. are * Air preserves the elements and all creatures. and is the albumen of the heaven. which are substantially consumed and turned into air. and diaphanous. and Salt.constitute one globe. That is all nothing. ^ibid. Mercury. subtle. Such is the air. resting on nothing. but free on all sides. making out its cause to be the mobility of the sky. Many of the ancients and later writers. thus : If wood is burnt it passes into smoke. let him read about the properties of fire. Within this chaos all creatures are induded and involved. which of itself is a liquid distributed from heaven to earth. Land and sea are the centre of a circle of which the air is the circumference. even some now living. nothing further arises from the element of air beyond what has been mentioned. a sustaining operation intervenes. a chaos. and all its subtle nature. ascribe wind to the air. So this passes into air. just as the wood which becomes smoke.

rain. But. as many have foolishly said. in the element of fire we find nothing but heat and cold.BOOK THE SECOND. 7. Therefore it is called an element. so. The element of fire is not by its constitution warm and dry .* We shall next philosophise as to what concerns the element of fire. It is not. They are quite beside the mark. These two constitute and surround the entire globe. First of all.UtW. according to the position in which the elements have been arranged. is sustained in the element of fire. next to it is the fire. but that which burns and is contrar}* to it. then. whatever withdraws from the globe and from the air. winds. who seek the element of fire in the element of earth or of water. . brightness. TREATISE I. Fire is ducposed and digested by God into the stars. The next place to this the fire occupied. tempests. c. night. The air is first in position . Afterwards these two were sundered the one from the other. called the element of fire because it can only burn. as we pointed out in the former book. so that the air occupied the first place. Though these probably produce something of a warm complexion. air and fire. however. .. For as the earth gives heat and cold together. It is an element from which should proceed day. but rather because in it the whole firmament subsists. TEXT I. and all impressions. still that warmth does not constitute the element of fire. were divided. WE have spoken thus far concerning the element of air. from the Iliaster were separated the air and the fire. It is not the element of fire which burns. though it be the element of * Fire and air constitute the chaos which encircles the globe of earth and water. light and darkness. white or red. the cold and the moist come from the element of fire. From the air were produced the heavens . these two elements. therefore. is congelation. It is also the place and portion of the four parts of creatures. from the fire came forth the firmament As in the air there is only chaos and nothing besides. The two superior elements send down their impressions upon the two inferior. This element is not. called an element because it is fire. By a process of separation. CON'CERNING THE ELEMENT OF FlRE.

it cannot give a body . As the earth is nourished by the sun. Each has its own Tristo within itself. The material fire is brought to the globe just as rain to the earth> Both come from one element divided as to their nature.That fire remains in the element of water.Concerning the Gemrations of tlu EUvienU. Therefore. can kindle and burn It. because material fire Is called an element when \l is not really an clement. So neither is Sulphur without its terrestrial quality. 2\ 1 earth. TEXT 11. So. because it is of the same nature as that by which the element of fire moistens the earth w^ith rain. so is it to be understood also of fire. is in the four elements . But the fire which is extracted from stones and metals has penetrated thither from the sun by means of its own Ares. and shews itself in steel and in those stones w^here it exists. Of the three primaries. So Mercury could not give a body unless it contained in itself the element of water. Salt could not coagulate unless the element oi fire were in it. but it works together with it. of itself. So also the water is like the element of fire In a place where it rains. as is demonstrated in the Nature of Things. So is it with the air. as the rest do. It is not even produced by the element of fire. like the other elements. but It Is like elementary fire in that position when it looks towards the sun. Material fire> which we use. and so with the other elements. and exists in them thus : The element of water requires the element of fire for its operation. . too. Yet there is a difference. impalpable. it is called Tristo. so is the qw^ element by another. As the element of fire moistens the earth. the sun can shew its element In wood. and it is its nature and property to do so. it kindles wood also by a mirror in the sun. The air is without material or body.

cold. neither are the stars . Here it is sufficient to know that this element. and the gnome lives within the earth. that one lies still. heat.Having thus far explained the separation of the two elements. As birds fly in the air. nor P2 2 1 2 The Hernutic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. On this topic one need not philosophise more deeply than to say that all these things are arranged and constituted bv fate. For just as it is appointed that man walks on the earth. as snow. and yet there is one mode of progress for all. neither injuring the body of the other. What these produce and send on the earth. so the fire and the air are mingled in one. Whatever virtue they are endowed w*ith beyond this is only trifling. the fish swims in the water. They move freely in the air. not leaning or propped up on any foundation. so has it been arranged concerning the elements. does one collide with another. rain. so manifold is their nature and condition. in the air. or an apple from its tree. to wit. so the sun moves in the sky. For as the water and the earth are comprised in one globe. the firmament. This is more fully shewn in the treatise De NaturA. hail. Beyond these there is no element of ^t^. one is in this mode. night. winter. day. Every star has its own special orbit. summer. the moon. is nothing but stars. that is. This element of fire is placed in the element of air. it remains to speak of their order* which is as follows : — Originally the distribution of them was made into the sun. another flies. so is it with the stars. and the like . fire and water. another in that. all these things come from the element of fire. not moving from one seat or place. And as men by Nature are not precisely alike. wind. and the other stars. the bird flies in the air. as an infant from its mother. . For as no one man walks exactly like another.

Hence now follow day and night. which were distributed into many parts. there is none in the sun. In the beginning the first element. Heat is universal in the white brightness. Darkness. Herein shall be stated in due succession what was added or subjected to the element of fire. While the white brightness w^as conglobated into one form. Concerning the Sun. that is. For just as the wind blows from its cave. or as from the ground a stalk rises above the earth. it will be day wherever that globe is. and besides this is no white brightness at all in the whole element. winter and cold from the stars. and not in any element besides. For since all the white brightness was coagulated into one globe. it must also be known that in the element of fire two natures exist. Moreover.JREATISE THE SECOND. so heat goes forth from the sun over the globe* . Where that globe is not. to the moon and the other stars. In the sun is an expulsive heat. The red transparency was also extracted and transferred to the stars. . in the stars an expulsive cold — thus : The sun emits from himself heat to the earth by means of his rays. was extracted from the Iliaster. for the red brightness transfers no light to the white brightness. and therefrom w\as made a material body. Hence it is clear that summer comes from the sun. All coldness is in the stars . and Night. cold in the red. and afterwards the element of fire.All fire which is warm is in the sun. the air. Light. First of all the white brightness was drawn out.* IN the first treatise It was stated that the prima! Iliaster was furnished with all the colours^ and with brightness and splendour all mingled together. From this a separation was made. a warm and a cold one. there is no white brightness. From thence the four elements were secreted. Therein is all the white brightness of the element of fire. that is to say. the red brightness was divided into many parts. the sun. but it is night and darkness .

The &m i* di&tribuied amotii. All fruits are then in a state of repose. not because the sun is low and depressed (for it is the same sun which can by his rays shed heat everywhere). and the north wind blows. in this way. but with us the fallow season. When it radiates upon the earth there i» day^ but elsewhere night n:ig^n». In the meantime. so that during the whole year there shall be no sterility. the red into one port^ the white into the other. The white n from mercury and «iji« the red from pure kulphtir. On the other hAnd. Such a perfect and condensed splendO'ur would tva illuminate the esirthf but one weaker and more divided. Thc«c two coloun inhere in the iluve principles by reason of the pre> dominant fire in the luhstancc. But below us. instead of into 40 many.^ All the clarity which in the element produccit night is 6^^ anil twofolil— white and rcJ. This fallow season he makes more or less. were the white «tAr distributed after the manner of the red. the harvest and autumn of the cold stars are substituted. Now the snow falls. But if the nxli Uic the white. the sun is warm while with us he is cold. The siajnc are divided. and have been harvested. but because his harvest is not then imminent as in June. were compacted and digested into A Kingle unr. a greater and a lesser heat. which r<?ceiv«» its motion according to the will of the Creator. Then follow the east and the south winds. The matter stands thus : For us Germans if the sun is supreme his heat is greatest with us. aniy in ralphur. for this reason : because it is his harvest-time. for aJI the brilliance of day is in it. lliere would be a faint and perpetual daylight. Then the autumn and harvest are at hand. and unless the sun were lying fallow. which are . The red briUiauce of the other stars i« the light of the fire in red.iU<-'Pr 514 ^^ Hermetic and Alchemical Writings o/ Paracelsus. where there t^^^ no mcnniry or f>. The sun divides his heat in two modes. Heat is the fruit of the sun on the globe. and it has no other fruit. Everything which has to produce fruit needs rest and sleep . the red splendour would be et^ually great with reference to rtdnns as ii^ the white with reference to whiicne&^t. and without its radiation there is no brilliance upom canh. in Ethiopia and other places which verge towards the antarctic pole. Hence it follows that the sun has two operations. but fruits shall be constantly produced. while the sun is lying fallow. In winter the cold comes on. The uni^-ersal splendour of the mercury hx\ bowevcr* been concentrated from the three prime principles into one orb or «ar. The motion of thb star Lakes place round the globe. aII the »tar«t the second into oi\t only. Hence it is granted to the stars to lose their coldness. its heat would be equally intense with us in winter as it is in summer.

snow. Such. and this is in the sun . though not on account of their dry nature. and the whole year.the attendants of the sun. Coldness never coexists with dryness. This is the true state of the case. that is. But what is the dryness of snow. is the method of the sun for rendering moist. indeed. In one is dryness. as metals and stones coming thence. as does tallow. indeed. So is that coldness foreign too. too. These things are only given as illustrations. where that moisture is quite foreign. It is true. There is no other dryness in the whole element of fire save that which the sun has in himself. In this way is there transition from one autumn to another through the year of the sun and the year of the stars. There is dryness. but on account of their cold nature. Thus must their nature be understood as frozen water. which does not last ? In what respect is a metal dry which returns to its original matter ? And so of the sun. Moreover. Thus the element of fire is divided into two. so that it liquefies. in the stars. sleet. What is it if. Concerning t/te Generations of the Elements. that is. By its heat it melts wax. too. Heat consumes all moisture and brings back dryness. 215 . hail. whereby they are able to coagulate so that a thing seems dried up. and this is in the cold. Moisture is in cold. for instance. But what has this to do with the matter ? Nothing. Thus are produced winter and summer. which are of red brightness. on this subject it must be remarked that drj-ness and humidity occur thus : Dryness is in heat. hoar-frost. the dryness is only as when one sweats in the sun. Where is his humidity? It does not last. What is cold is dissolved if heat coagulates itself. in the cold stars. in the other is humidity. night and day. that a humid body on the earth can be dried by the stars. lightning and the like. Humidity cannot coexist with heat. in the sun. If coldness sometimes seems to be dry.

So. in cold . Death exists in all things for this very purpose. we will. But the spirit remains. The stars moisten the rain. It is the veritable death. water. They are consumed by the heat of the sun so that they do not increase in volume. Danube. By . namely. It perishes ejitirely in its own form. what is wet. that is. the sun is the death of aqueous nature. Thus. too. So. then. glass . pre-eminent over all the other elements. etc. and moisture never grows dry. In this way. wine. fire . describe the sun. But now to philosophise more about the sun. both of the sea and of the Rhine. The whole white light is therein. It dries wood so that it never afterwards grows damp again. which always remains moist. lest a too copious supply of w^ater should cause inundation.he moistens fal ? No sooner has he withdrawn than it is drj' again. both the daily raiji and whatever water is poured out by the three other elements is consumed by the force of the sun. but it would all be consumed. composed of ignited white Sulphur. So. so dry and so warm that there Is place for no humidity. it is always moist. It regulates its course by Divine providence. then. that they may not increase too much but may keep within bounds. too. that which is dry remains in heat . It is the same. In like manner. so long as it is ashes. always wet. Nile. and Tiber. which is invisible. But what does the star do ? It wets Salpalla so that it never again returns to dryness. Afterwards it is no longer moistened. wine. and coagulated by the most subtle spirit of salt. the waters have their death. and this the sun consumes. but always remains moist. and it is not true to say. and is never again dried. which decides when and how all things should exist. Wherever it is poured out. Out of these three the sun exists. ill the first place. So man has his own form of death. white light and heat make up Magdalion. congested into one body of noblest Mercury. glass. So dryness has its death. with fire. the account of which is as follows : All heat is drawn together and rounded out into Magdalion. lime remains lime . wherever it breaks forth. consuming and taking away the other three elements— alike with man on the earth and with the bear in the cave. thiit what the fire consumes reappears elsewhere. dryness never grows wet. But in order that the element oi fire may be more thoroughly understood.

this it is arranged that the sun going round the globe rounds out its
circle for
the sake of this autumn and harvest of the sun. In this course is
nothing but
day and night, summer and winter, light and darkness ; and the darkness
which falls upon some lands is intercepted from others in due
From this impetus and motion no wind is aroused ; but the sun moves and
proceeds just as a ball is driven along the surface of the earth,
without any
wind arising, or as a ship in the sea, which does not of itself generate
wind. So neither does the sun produce wind. It does not grow warm by its
motion ; for, although the globe should roll on for a hundred years, it
not of itself grow warm. If it be warm, it must have been warm before.
the sun going upon its course is a globe, and may be compared to birds
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mode of motion. It even diminishes heat^ that is to say, if it be
fallow. But
its brig-htness remains always and under all circumstances. For
is fixed, and will remain from the first point of time to the latest in
one shape
and appearance and one proportion of light, of Sulphur, Salt, and
These have only one year of their fixation, which will endure from the
lliastcr to the last Iliaster, wherein the world will be renewed. I say
there is
one year, the year of the sun. In like manner all the stars have fixity.
is the year of lire, or the stellar year, yielding place to the time of
the year,
as if to its own daughter.
But, now, in due course, we must speak of the other stars in which exist
coldness and red brightnessi as, for instance, in the moon, planets, and
rest. In this red brightness is a different kind of rest from that in
the sun.
For the moon has no fallow season, but simply dies and departs. The seed
only is left there, from which the new moon is born. And the generation
of such a nature that it gains its power of increase from the sun.
grows does so by force of the sun's heat, and without that heat nothing
grows at all. When* therefore, the Creator made the moon after such a
manner as that she should wane and wax, He did it for this purpose, that
the moon, like seed, should be united with the sun, and should thence

her power of increase. Thus it is that she increases and comes to
fulness, and
then afterwards wanes. For whatever increases, the same also decreases.
As man by disease w^astes away and dies, so the decrease of the moon is
sickness even to death, wherein she passes away, leaving only her seed
The moon is, in fact, the phoenix of the firmament, from which, when it
a new" oxi^ constantly issues forth. So, in like manner, there are other
and they are made up of the redness of Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt. And
there is a cold of Sulphur, Mercurj^ and Salt, too, which has its origin
in that
virtue from which the sun, too, received its own. Thus it is that the
has such strong influence over the earth o\\ account of her coldness and
humidity. She is superior to all the other stars in this element of the
of fire. The other stars, too, are composed of these three primal
elements ;
but, still they are divided into many parts. For the cold in the element
fire is divided into a thousand essences and natures. Thus, in some
stars are
produced winds circling over the entire globe ; in others, snow, rain,
and the
like, have their origin. In truth, so manifold are they, that manifold
and virtues flow down from them to the earth ; and this could not
be the case if there were but o\\^ Magdalion, like the sun, possessing
only a
single nature, heat. Therefore, in the stars there are many cold
Now, cold produces many more forms of eOBuence than heat. A warm man
is a healthy man. A cold man is exposed to more misfortunes than tw^enty
warm ones. Since, therefore, cold has a nature w^hich is contrary and
to the sun, the element of fire is divided into many stars, so that each
should exist by itself without the impediment of another nature. From
come forth warm winds, warm showers, warm tempests, and the rest,

Concerning ike Generations of the Elements,


coruscations* dragons, lanceaB, and the like. Yet, all these are cold
without ardour. On the other hand, what is warm and burns has its origin
from accident, as the special chapters demonstrate. An entire section
on the properties of the stars, as to the necessities they produce, and
what is necessary for a description of their natures.
Concerning Winds.*
Through the course of the globe, there are scattered the windy stars
continually bring round their autumn and harvest. They surround Zedocli
a circle and at the same time embrace the globe above and below. As,
therefore, the firmament goes round the globe in Its rotundity, and the round
lies therein, so the stars consist in the circle of Zedoch, and the
globes touch
Zedoch in the midst. Tw*o winds, therefore, proceed to the two sides,
separate above and below, that is, one part to the arctic and the other
to the
antarctic pole. These stars are actual stars of the winds, because ihey
upon us annually, and have their own year, which is the year of the
The other stars of the wintls blow above and below us, not according to
year, but sometimes they blow^ and sometimes they do not, and infringe
one region only, wherever that may be. The true stars o\ the winds blow
according to its year continually, above and below, across the whole
and are without hail, without lightning, without frost, without

* Since the mftieorological principles hAV« now been abundaaily
ftxpUJnecl imd reoognii>cd, die next Uilog U to
impart some informauofi oonceming meteoric things generated, or theif
generations But h-c witt Hr^t write of the ri^
Of gcncfMtun of the wjnd*„ proceeding from their predestined circle!*.
There are four parts of the orb and circle of the
winds \ one looks to the estsx^ another to the west, a ihirj to the
south, a fourth to the north. The manner uf I he
circles is as follows. As in the middle of the firmam^iiat there are
placed two elements, earth and water, bjk! the
eletneni ofaif stands betwecii the clement ot heaven and the lower
globe" as, I say* the earth i* placed in the middle,
«fkd the heaven surrOuDd» it completely, vi tliere proceeds or advnfioes
a circle txaAivcrsely on a level iit the middle of

heaven, earth, and water, similarly surrounding. ... In the «ame way you
will further note that heaven gc»e*
round the world with a certain circle. In this circle iiand the mother
of the wiod«, and the places whence arise the
prcd»tiaatcd winds. If these are about to emerige from that circle, they
blow upon the gluhc through the i*lcment of
air. But while they are airiving at the rotundity of the terrestrial
globe and dash upon it^ it b povuble that the wind*
may be either stirred tip below the globe and impelled luwards those who
live below us, or mjiy be driven aliove the
globe to the dwellers on higher ; or again tnay be divided and driven in
either direction through the heights and
the depths of the globe. Thus the winds are impelled through the air
beyond land and tea, and persbl until they
axe worn out by reai^n of the distance, the way, or the viulent motion^
etc. Each of these four p<u^ ha» a nature
peculiar and proper to itself, for the oriental part is wann and ^ry^
not being so on account of the »un, vt becatiae it
iMCupka the eaftt* but becauise such a nature is derived from the three
prime principles. Tlierefore, alsto, in the trme
•Otttb-eatt wind and its satelUtcs no other nature and operation arc
perceived than %t arm and dr>\ On the other hand,
the westt wuid. by the tetllng of Ihe sun. b cold and humid, not bccau!
>e it rises from the west (for the completion of the
e:ut and the we>l ts one and the «ame), but because: the matter of 1 he
winds has been created cold and humid in the
west. From the north blow winds of a cold and dry nature, which they aJ
%o impart to tho^e regions, not that the winds
are so aH'cctcd by the regions, but the regions receive that nature
fro«i the winds. The south wind i^ warm and
huniid^ not l>ecau4e much water is accumulated there, or that moist and
bumid ptices abound there, but because such
U the peculiar nature of ihb wind, and it b imparted to the region that
it occupies. For thw b to Ije observed,
that the winds acquire no property from without^ but are tempered from
themselves, and are ivot aifected by their
regions. The generation*, therefore, of the wind^ flre circular, from
their proper uAiure. They atr produced from their
siars, and the star* are ibcir mothers. Stars of thb kind are imiumemble
in the four quarrets From these all the
wirul» proceed. For although winds are also stirred up by the star* of
rain or hail, yet ihe>' are not enumerated with
the circle at the four cardinals. And since we have already spoken of
the place and di^pertiion of the winds, because
they ftow from the farthest heavea across sea and land, it must now be
added that iboAC stars liave the power of
generating winds, and disposing of them according to their nature aiKl
quality. As a tree puts furtli its fruit out of tl«
internal tiaiure. which consists in wood and tmrTOw, so abo tbe same b
to be understood of the stars. But the
seed of the winds b the fintt matter of the three principles, salt,
sulphur, and lH)Uor. These three .\re the mothers
from which are bom those foetuses which we call wu»ds. In the nortbem i|
Uitrtefs tliey ore of a cold and dry
nature ; in the south, warm and humid ; in the ea&t, warto and dry ; in
the west, co^d and humid. For as b the

nature of the three principles, so are f^eir fn*ft*, Moreoscr, yuu
mu^t \,Vl(^v( that the wind> ari*e from their stars Kj*

2i8 Tfu Hertnetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus,
There are very many which surround the whole Zedoch, like the Galaxy,
over against the Galaxy is Deneas. Concerning the elementary nature of
these stars it may be said that they are all humid. Antiquity has given
these four names which we retain, though not with the ancient
All those stars which are situated at the north throughout the' entire
are called Boreas. Censeturis is dry and cold, yet not altogether dry.
It is
cold and congelated, that is, its humidity is coagulated, whence it
appears dry.
Zephyrus comprises the western stars, all being humid and cold, but not
congelated. So it is that by comparison with these Boreas is accounted
on account of its congelation. The other stars in Zedoch, Eurus and
are altogether cold. As soon, however, as the winds issue forth from
stars, they become warm by the sun whose beams they pass through, and
they are held to be warm, which they are not by their own nature. Eurus
accounted dry, but is not so. The sun consumes the humidity which it
possesses until it comes to that moisture contained within it, which the
cannot take away. Auster is called humid, and is so because the sun does
not take away so much of its humidity as in the case of Eurus. That is
prevented by the sea, which supplies to the sun sufficient moisture for its
consumption. So Auster with its humidity bursts forth on us throughout
lower and the upper part of the globe.

rule of time and sexson. For they retain the nature of the three
principles. The variations of their strength are in
proportion to the distance they have travelled . . . Boreas is affected
by the summer but not by the winter stars,
and if it be impregnated with sulphur it produces sulphureous maladies ;
if with salr, it dries up and cracks the skin.
The south wind at its proper season, namely, in spring, is most
healthful. These riLsings of tlte winds we are able to
prove by a terrestrial example. Water boiling in a jar emits a wind ; so
do all boiling substances, whether dry or
humid. Moist coction, as of water, produces a moist wind ; the dry
coction which is known to the alchemists occasioa^

a dry wind. There is no other generation of the winds than when the
three principles are set in motion and driven to
their work by Vulcan. This action produces wind, and imposes its own
nature thereon, whether warm, cold,
humid, or dry. We must understand that God has constituted a generation
of the firmament of such a nature that the
three principles sliould generate and produce all things in their places
to which they were ordained by God, and
should by their operations tend towards the centre of the earth. Above
all things, therefore, it is necessary that the
three principles should be rightly recognised. These three principles
are all of an igneous nature till they arrive at
their operation, that U, at their ultimate matter. Sulphur is a fire
which bums ; salt nitre bums also ; and it is in like
manner with mercury. Now, fire cooks wind, and in the generation of
winds the stars are vials and cucurbites, containing in themselves meteoric sulphur, mercury, and salt, which operate
in these phials by means of our ethereal
Vulcan. From these ethereal operations ethereal works are produced, such
as the winds. . . . From earthly
examples we understand the operations of the firmament, not, indeed,
according to one grade, for as the heaven is
higher than the earth, so also is it stronger ; and as the heaven has
more of clarity than has earth of grossness,
so much more sublimely graded and intense is its operation. That which
is unseen by the eye is judged analogically by
things which the eye beholds. But you must know that the hour and time
of the generation of those winds must be
fundamentally understood by astronomy and all its branches. If the winds
blow, they advance to places suited for
them. Much concordance produces strong wind. To frequently concord and
generate is frequently to excite winds.
Many species and a strong Vulcan generate mighty and violent winds,
which root up trees and demolish houses. For
the wind is, according to its own nature, as corporeal, and substantial
as stone or any matter hurled down from a
great height. And although a stone is one body and wind is another, yet
the latter is capable of great bodily
destruction, for therein are invbible as well as visible corporeities
created by God, diverse in appearance but equal in
virtue. Concerning the origin of winds it is then to be concluded that
they are generated in windy stars above, and by
the operation of Vulcan they are matured at their proper time, when they
dash forth into the centre of the globe, trans*
forming all obstacles into their own nature and property. As Boreas
coagulates, so the south wind dissolves, the
east preserves, the west putrefies. They perform their operation
according to their implanted nature. But if they
blow at those times when their innate malice is removed from them and
modified, they effect nothing of importance.
Among other things, the wind exercises great force upon the waters of
the sea, stirring up tempests, and so
petletrating through everything that it enters through the depths of the
sea into the earth itself, whence it again issues
through mountains, caverns, etc. In this way tremblings of the earth are
generated, although this is not the sole

cause of such occurrences. Wind has the power of penetrating all stones,
all metals, and all things without exception.—
Liher Meieorum^ c. 5.

Concerning the Generations of the Elements,


As to how wind proceeds from the stars* this must be held to be the
method. As the son pours its heat on the world, so In these stars there
is no
other nature and property except to produce winds, which are decocted
Sulphur, Mercun , and Salt, and issue forth according- to Adech. Their
is daily; hourly, blowing gently and peacefully over the whole world. So
the rcspecti%^e winds must be learnt in the course of our exposition as
to the
other windy stars.
Concerning the Temtiirate Stars*
The following is the theory concerning the stars in the firmament.*
Evcr\' star has in it a certain amount of frigidity. This causes winds.
Cold is the parent of all winds. But the nature of cold is that some
cold produces winds with rain» some with snow, some with hail and the
like. The truth is that all winds, intermittent and temporar}f\ proceed
not from Zcdoch, but are collected from all quarters out of particular
The mode in which all winds arc generated is as follows:— By means of
frigidity the stars periodically beget their own vacuum, which is
manifold in

* The philosophy oonceramff the ttan In Uie firnuunenl ami, ^vmnSXyi,
csoneermng ih« cdHiAdtuUon of heaven,
\%. dUcusMid elsewben At greater length by PoraceUuA, jin<l \t%
connection wUh the four clciiic (its, »& ToIIomi: Of the
ttement^ it has been snid thait they are four. Man hns^ need of the^e.
But the>' are divided into four complexions,
which are by no means as the ancientsi have imagined them^ as^ Tor
cxanple, that the earth \% cold and dry. Tlii* \%
VKiihout foundaiian ; certainly in some ptaces it ia cokJ and dr^'. but
in others it i^ cold and ivet, while in yet othen it is
warm and dry. Neverthelesss, it Vk an clemeni, that l$, the muther uf
frutu It is called an element, inasmuch as it is
the mother of these thinffs^ not on account of the complcicion. The ca«
is the lame with water. This \s specified to

be cold and humid. It ought certainty 10 be humid, but not equally cold.
At the liAnie time, that humidity is often dry
and wartn, by reavm of the %irtueu The body itielf, iu it* corporal
naturvi i» humid. The earth Is dfy» so that its fruit
can be corvcetved in it and come forth from it. So, a!«o, the heaven isi
not of one complexion, hut of many complexions.
It \% not fire, but is undentood a» fire, becau^ie tl proceeds
Lherefn>m. The fi(re tliereof is at tinie» a w^^ier, at others a
lire, now^cold, now warm, etc. We must cmisider. therefore, that the
elements arc only matrices, nor arc they restricted
to one complexiotu For, as the offspring ii, so is that which generated
and produced it. Thus, a flaxnnnita proceeds
from a flammula, and soialrum from solairum. Accordingly, hearken
concerning the*e ihingv It pcrlaini» to thr: eaiih
to bear and *u»tatn man and his dwelling-place, as abo rocks, stones,
sand», and all groiA-ing things. Hence it 11 cicdir
that the cirlh is nece^i&arily compact and volid, so as to be capable of
bearing them. Consequently it is bard, and
requires to be cut ajid ploughed, h is, En like manner, exiually
neces&ary for water to be moi<»t, so that fishes may
move ftcid swim through it* which can by no means take place on land.
The same ought aUo to produce salt and
siones. Now, all thc»e lhing^ mu?it be humid in their fir»t matter, and
mtist pas* from humidity into a coagulate.
liut that which is bom from the earth has seed, that \i^^ a dr>' body,
such a^ are seeds, roods, trees, etc. For all these
things are dry and compacted from the first matter. Bui in the fir»l
matter of water |here is no compact body, the
whole being li'iuid. The matrix hereof b from the clcmctit of water. In
this clement grow those ultimate matters, the
pHnciple of which is liquid and humid. The third body is the atr This
element bos oeeid of another kind of body,
which must not be humid like water, or solid like earth. Out of this
element whatsoever things sire htvn have
their ingress in the body of the air, just as the C^ in w^ter. Man has
been surrouudcd by an aeriform vehicle that he
may walk in it, as the fish moves in water. Thus the air also ^mtains
all tree* and whatsoever gnows. It U ncccssAr)-,
tlterefore^ that the air shouki beafihaos; not earth, not water, hut
something per>»picuous, duiphanous» imipafpAble,
invtJiible, so that the palpable and the visible may be inibphered
(liieraJly, feuihta) by it, and may be seen ibrtrugh it
as through glass. Furthermore, the hea%'en is a body of this kind, not
humid as the water, not pen^picuous a» air, nor
iotid as the earth, but one of another ef%ence, so th^t heaven i« not
eartliy* but ts yet compact in its essence, not.
however, with terrene compactness. It is also tenuous and permeable as
water, but still Is not water ; it is likewise
limpid and perspicui^us vk-ithout being air. It Is most comparable to
smoke, which is diverse from other budies in
re^ipect of ci»rporality and substance —that is, ti is not like siune or
wood, earth, water, or air, but i* a botty without
mixture or aOintty with others. It is in like maimer with heaven, and
the bodies which are boni therefrom are at once
bodies and not bodies, compact and not compact, permeable like water, >
et not water, perspicuous and impalpable as air.

yet not air. Such a body is the sun, such is the moon, and such are the
other stars. ' Heaven is without complexion and
the element of Are, and the matrix out of which fire is generated and
grows. For as fire has a certain corporality, so
hav« heaven and the star«, which take their nature and substance from
heaven. Consider, therefore, that such corporality
is derived from heavenn the pectdiar quality thereoT, and the very
cletnoit of fue ; and whaLboevcr fire is about to do.
the wune Ss performed by heaven, wtiencc fire proce««l«. But we mast
make inquiry* concerning the colour of heavca»

220 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracchus.
character. But as to the winds, the foJ lowing is the received theor)\
stars have their own emunctories^ by means of which they excrete those
things produced in them to which the emuiictories refer. The duration of
wind is as long as that required for the purpose of emptying. The stars
Zedoch perform this process of emptying every day, and raise up winds in
the world for moderating the heat of the sun and dispersing the cold in
frigid portions of the earth. They mitigate both heat and cold, and are
most perfect moderators of summer and of winter alike. When these winds
do not obviate such a result chaos is frozen just like water. The reason
water is frozen is that the winds of Zedoch do not penetrate it. They
chaos, and therefore do not allow it to be frozen. There is no other use
winds except to mitigate each season of the year, and to moderate their
excesses, which might otherwise do damage.
The common nature of all the stars comprised in the sky and the firmament is that, every day^ nay, every hour and moment ^ they exude. For
stars attract to themselves the heat of the sun, just as the fruits of
the earth
absorb the same. The solar heat causes the stars to be resolved from

That of earth tends towards black. Whaitsoever b of iunoth«r colour
thcFelii belongs to minerA. So water has its own
colour alike through all thiiig!i. ItA colour* however^ lias no nsune,
for it is neither white, nor grey, nor blue, nea
^reen. nnd yet it can be called al) tbe^e. Earth, too, b really neither
black nor purple, and yet up to a certain point it
corrc^pwndA with borh. The case i.s the «Ame with air, which is pure and
pellucid in chaoft, aad yet is tietthcr white,
n'^ blue, nor citrine, etc.^ while it U ii^till partially assimilated to
thejMr. So aUo heaven has ili special colour - like blue,

like retJ. Jikc grreJit and yet n*?ne of the^^e colours i* present
therein oihcrAvise than appiiref)tly>^ For elcroeulary bodies
are so Tormed a& to have no iterfect ci:>lour b)' which they may be
uamed> But the tilings which are produced from them
hive iljtir di^linct^ detennin.ite coloum, amtl to these names can be
given. Tbus, many colouri are produced from ibc
dccnent^, ajid they are therefore composed of many, even of that nuuibcr
which tht:y produce from them^lvcs. From
the earth proceedl hlue, red, bkcktc:c^» while from water alt colours
come forth>and so also from air and heaven. Accord.
iT^gly, ctjli>un are collected from many into one, heaped together and
mixedt and such mixture produces no express,.
det«fmiTuite,and definile colour. Give heed to an example taken from
heaven and ixs fruits. For ye «;e that evcrj'thing
which grows from the earth has its palpable foot and root .aj« are tree*
and hcrlis, etc But the star* are the fruits q^ heaven,
yet they do not put forth their root*; tn heaven, for they stand
immov;ib1e below the heaven, without any support or attach*
mcnt. Earth and heaven are oppo:iiic in thi* re!*pect- one yields* its
fruits with rx>ls, the other without; one tend^
upward'** the other downwards, and as fishes rest upon nothiuf*, and,
without feet, swim about in the water, *.o in like
manner, itars swim about in the heaven, that Li, in the bctdy of heaven,
preserving tliat order which God has prcscrtlied
ibera.fiome moving at a bigcr. some at a lowert level, at different
distance* ♦ipart, and with a quicker or slower motion. The
details of this queylion mti«t be referred to astronomers, but thU, at
least, should be remembered, that heaven is a body
which, like water^ is capable of nmtaining a swimming thing, yet it is
not water, but dry, while that which float* in it
is alio d^)^ It \a not strictly swnmming« but has analogy ihercwtch ; it
is not going or running, since it \% not effected
by handv or feci ; it U the miraculous work of God, and an element which
conlaiiis and includes, all the rest^ and drives
tbem in a round or a circle. The star* were born from heaven, and stand
(herein a* if they flew like a bird through the
iiir, according to the order and circle, even a&God has destined and
formed tbem to motion. Having been once formed,
they henceforth remain for ever the same. The trees and fruits of the
earth fall and arc re-l)Om, The stars can
perish opice only^ namely, at the end of the world. \Vhate\'cr cUe is
formed in the elements is eaten awtiy by mould,
motli, and death. It i« only the stars of the celestial heaven which
remain in immunity, and yet their fruit.s riseatxl fall,
as rain, snow, etc. But they have a unique and spccint colour, which is
licry. Thus, earth chiefly di^ptaj's greenness,
though it has also other coluurs^ The sun is peculiar in colour, and if
the same be igneous, it i* not after the manner
of wood, but of an element We must rct>cai concerning fire that it has
l>een enumerated as one of the
elements, but with manifest absurdity. The earth, indeed, eichibita
itself as an cJement, water in like manner, aiKl
so also air* But consider the fourth elemeuu Tbts cannot be fire, for it
confers nothing elemental and no fruits upon

maUt nor does it possess any .ifSnky Vi'ith man^ or vicf vertn, but it
has an altogether fatal power, whereby the soul is
separated from the body. It is, therefore, necesa^ary that heaven should
be regarded as the fourth element, for this is
akin to man, nor can man dispense l herewith , whereas he can dispense
with fire and can live without it* The pr^ssibility
of his di<ipensing with fire shews that it is not an element, but such
rather Ls that heaven which brings forth day and
night, summer and winter, increasing all fruits, and helinng the other
elements. The Scripture states that God created
the heaven and the earth fir^t. In heaven are the other elements, and
even as Uie jar is made ready before the wine it
pressed out, so the clemcul of beavcn is in reality the first element,
which we have here named for the fuurth.— Z/Arr

Cimtertiing the Generations of the Elements,


frig'idity* This resolution is one and the same with that of a cold
which exudes on account of the vapour which it has acquired from
Sulphur, and Salt. That vapour exists in all elementated bodies. For as
man, by natural exercise and the process of excretion , purges the
from his nostrils, so do the stars also and all the elements underg-o
excretions. This vapour flows down every day from the stars » and falls
on the
earth- During the day it is consumed by the sun. But by night it glides
down to the earth before the sun rises^ and is called dew. Through the
winter, or during a cold autumn, it is frozen, and becomes hoar-frost.
is nothing else than the exudation of the stars in the whole firmament,
thus falls drop by drop. For as boiling water evaporates upwards towards
the sky, or sends its dew on high, so the stars send their exudation
Concerning Nebul.e,
Nebula is nothing else but a vapour of this kind, differing from the
former only in this, that while not yet quite matured, it is excreted by
stars. When it falls to the earth like hoar-frost, it rests on the earth
and the
w*ater, and is like smoke. It cannot be completely resolved into hoarfrost or

^<^^. A certain part of the vapour passes into dew, the rest into
Nebula is imperfect dew which has not yet fully matured. If it is thin
it falls
to the earth and vanishes. But if it is dense, but not yet prepared, it
descends to a higher region of its own, where it is consumed by the
If, however, it be mixed with rain-clouds, then rain is produced from
it, but
oi a more subtle kind than other rain. Very often nebula? of this nature
descend and produce a spell of rainy weather. For if the stars are rainy
they cannot be resolved into dew, but only into nebula. But if sometimes
they bring clear weather, the cause is that the nebula, being more
in its preparation, disappears on the surface of the globe.*

* Earth IS blacki grou rough, c]aye>', Impure, Hlrty. and noUiIng could
be cruder. Waler U more subtle, {mre, t
and clear, so that the eye can penetrate far into its depths. The air »
completely pellucid antl intangible, so per- *
fectly purified that nothins foreign can be seen in it. Heaven U,
however, by far superior to the air, but* thoujgb it
\s the clearest of all the elements, it is yet a body, which is proved
by the fact that its fruits are bodies, such as rain,
«rtow, hail, the thunderbolt^ etc., for a body can only be geiMrated
from a body. Ltut inasmuch as the heaven is more
subtle than the earth, so arc it^ fruil» in comparison, and not only in
stiblkty but in operation. We have said enough
of the heaven, but there remains something to be imparted concertung the
fitars and their risings. The star* bear the
same rdation lo the *ky a* do trees to earth. But whereas trees have
their root* iu the earth, the stars are without
foundAtion in heaven. The reason is this : trees do not need to be
removed from the place where tliey are pbuited^ but
the Stan must describe their orbit, for which reason they are separated
from the heaven, while at the same time they
are in the heaven. At the same time, they do not remove from their own
mansions any more than the tree from its
garden. Now, so often as there is a new genus among tree*, there is
likewise a new genus among stars. The same
must be understood of herbs and all things that grow on the cartlK
GT\>\*ing thingi correspond exactly to the tutmlter
of influences and stars. Ever>' genus corresponds to its like. But zs,
some trees produce pears and others apples^ wa
some stars yield rain, others snow, hail, etc., and in tiiis fashion is
generated whatsoever foils^ from heaven. The
qualities which arc specialised on earth exist more strongly in the
heaven, because that element is superior to earthly
things. And as the magnet attract* towards itself, so al.>o the stars
attract in the heaien. Accorfluj-gly, as certain
natures on earth are dry and other* humid, so throughout the whole
Unnameni some stars are drier than other*. ConcerfUAg ihe operations of the si.ors, they are produced out of
congenital properties, and they arise from the three prime

and they are the same in the first three.* 1"^ H E metals which come from the upper regions derive their origin from the seven planets. we must not assign a diverse origin to day and night. The day arises from the . But these planets are manifold. They are only called seven because they produce seven metals. however. in their species. also. TEXT I. made by attraction from the earth. perpetual winter would prevail. and Saturns. many moons. and CONCERNING METALS. So. the summer stars were to arrive. There is not one and are strengthened by their own heat till they reach the supreme grade. Then the winter stars rise in their turn. just as in the element of water. whether high or low. when again they gradually fail. MINERALS AND STONES FROM THE UPPER REGIONS. whkh arise at the beginning of summer. Unless. the sun being supreme among those of the calorific kin^d. and then again pours itdonra. There is no star which attracts rain. The opetation of rain proceeds from a nature congenitd thereto. Mercuries. and are succeeded by another summer. for the sun. Jupiters. There are many suns. Were the summer stars to fail. From these seven kinds of planets proceed the seven metals. do the lower. Those are not planets which the astronomers point out . again. afterwards die out. Concerning Metals. therefore. In this way the metals which are found do not stand the test of the lower metals. display their own nature. of its motion^ or other moclcs of generation. Even summer and winter are produced from the stars. many Marses. The var>'ing cold of winter and the varying heat of summer are occasioned by mutations in the potency of the respective stars. The summer stars. The only difference is that in the first three they are volatile. Neither. there would be no summer. derive their increment from the sun. not fixed.ptindpteiit* That meteorology is false which makes absurd statements about the heat of the sun. metals stand the test of the superior ones. and is furnished with no small escort. The moon is chief among the stars of winter. and one kind of metal is ascribed to each planet. and they are in error when they assign these to the metals : nor are they unanimous among themselves in what they do say. dispenses an even heat.

and formed like a thunderbolt. fluxible as copper. but the night from the light of the moon. therefore. salt. Their fall is solely owing to some miraculous conjunction of elements. So. The sun is a perspicuous and duiphanous salt. but differentiated beyond all recognition from those of earth. Its brilliancy has been extracted from the mass of the first matter of heaven. — De Mit^vris. Afterwards the brilliance of the red was put into a body of sulphur. salt. are only metals. several impressions of this kind would fall hourly. has God imposed upon the stars. or have a g<:neral holiday. again.. which produces them in bodily form. that. The bodies of the three prime principles are the cause of those bodies whence day and night proceed. for as in heaven there are stones. So the nocturnal stars take the place of the receding sun. nothing whatever would be visible. It is the peculiar nature of certain stars to produce darkness. so also there are metals. while liquor is the body of darkness. And whereas that is a white brilliancy which has been digested into the sun. Fiery thunderbolts. or hardness in tlie one as in the other* Neither are they uniform in colour . Lib. being puritied from all obscurity. and liquor. to make the sun thereof. mixed with colours. with their corruscations. Such a course. others are present to fulfil their operations. God has ordained that when some are absent. If it were possible for the stars of mercury. going round the whole firmament. and sulphur to be joined in a like copulation.light of the sun. 3. 223 the same ductilitj% or fluxibility. Concerning the Generations of the Elements. I J. clarified and extracted from these principles. which is the . there is a distinct difference in them. c. -/^</. Many marvellous matters are carried up into the heaven and fall down to us. harder than all iron or steel. so has a red into the moon and stars. * Metallic natures also subsist in the element of fire. The departure of the sun by no means causes night. The transparency and perspicuity of the white were extracted in sulphur. except in the case of the thunderlx>lt. there is a volatile nature of this kind in the element of fire. they retain their order and continual progress. But the disposition of things is not favour. which is so gross that unless the moon interfered with her presence. Thus salt is the body of the sun.iLle herein. For lest they sliould cease. sulphur that of the moon.

and Mercury. When. When these are brought to their effect (just as in the case of the sun) it casts them forth. have come down from the sev^cn stars. In the same w^ay. the star oi the moon makes a composition of Mercur)'. the three primals have completed their effect in the metallic star— as when. also. in the element of fire. and lights upon the globe. and all have come down from thence. These stars do not reach our earth.metallic operation and nature of all the seven stars. It purges itself according to its own stars. come down from the stars« and not from the element of water. And all the metals which are coagulated without fire. but they come forth just like kidneys. All those grains. and are rough in external appearance. These metals. Mars. exist in commixture with Sulphur. It must be remarked. however. just like those in the element of waiter. and coagulates of itself purely and entirely. who shapes therefrom the form of his own gift* Then at length the star throws off its efilux. and few^er still in Europe. is no rudeness or density to mix itself up. each one embraces the . Mercur}% and Jupiter. Many such metals lie under their own stars. and the earth strikes against them just as rivers do. Their origin is in the stars. by Adech. and Salt. But where they are found is neither their source nor their root. ^vhether they lie above them or not . then they are digested into a perfect metal. in the star of the sun. just as the aqueous metals have not a firmamental fixation. then. is coagulated in the cold. some in Asia. a composition has been formed of the Mercury of the sun with the solar Sulphur and Salt. so that these meials are not found amongst us. a few in Africa. which are among the seven metals. Salt. save that the igneous metals have not a watery fixation. however. The same thing takes place with Saturn. Venus. that out of the seven kinds of the seven stars. as if from some furnace. For there. just like rain and similar e01uxes. This is shaken in falling. which also falls down from them to the earth at the same time. and are rounded in shape like pulse. of whatever kind they are. warm and liquefied. TEXT 11. Sulphur.

But these three primals. in copper there is redness. There are many stars which consist of ruby Sulphur. though it does not fully and perfectly arise from any of these. There. talcs. 224 '^^^ Hermetic and Alclumical Writings o/ Paracelsus. For instance. There are also stars which contain the primals of copper. Hence it will be inferred that the superior metals excel those of the lower earth by many degrees. too. many of this kind appear rainy. from Jupiter. So. if only the Salt predominates. a brightness rises thence like each i mis. a clay-coloured one mixed with white . granates. in goodness. many of sapphire Salt. The names of the seven metals. bear reference to the seven metals not of the earth but of the stars In the same way. For Sulphur. and Mercury in the element of fire possess a powerful force for generating gems. a red body . Concerning Stones from Above. where in one Ares the seven are latent. Hence. one that is saffroncoloured. from silver. salt. TEXT III. if the metallic body be wanting. become green. If these are prepared they manifest themselves. It has its colour but not its body from copper. vitriol.* In the same way there are also other stars which cast forth from themselves gems. Salt is the body. if they have not a metallic body. Salt.three primals of one metal . from iron. therefore. solidly coagulated with pure Sulphur and with the spirit of Mercur}-. and many which are powerful in emerald Mercur}-. nor perfectly bears reference to the same. or alum. lazurium is produced . it produces various . and in nature. and sometimes marc^ites. In the emerald Mercury is the body. in purity. from mercur)-. many liquids fall down from the stars. having the nature but not the body of copper. and so in all respects deserve greater praise. In this way. all the colours of gems which proceed from fire are found in proportion to the nature and condition of the three primals which are found united in the ratio of colours in the metals. also. In like manner. not as in the element of water. from gold. and other forms of stones. from lead. From these stars are generated sapphires of lazurium. being not yet m a state of coagulation* If the earth be moistened with these. the same . a purple body .

even as a cloud Is precipitated downward in the form of rain. and yet they have a form. and they ultimately fall to the earth. and is afterwards coagulated into an earthy one. Concerning Crystals and Beryls. stones are generated in their own stars. These are so high and so lofty that we cannot behold their form. 225 TEXT iV. for with every peal there is a stone. Thus. white. which produce snow» in the following manner : Fn the snowy starSf the power of congelation is so strong that sometimes they are of a . just as metals are ejected. such as are conspicuous in certain stones. the carbuncle or jasper is a golden stone . so that the air can retain them no longer. Furthermore. either lightly or deeply impressed. and those which are of a metallic nature are exceedingly precious. After this manner. and so are found in theloftiest parts of the earth. These stones are very rare. the green which is their colour. any number of thunderbolts may be generated. the sapphire lazurius is a silver stone . black. the ruby and chalcedony are iron stones . rare. The generations of these stones take place as follows. — ///^. etc. it more frequently happens in the '««a than with us. then. purple or blue. according to the ratio of their generation. Concerning ike Generations of the ElenunU. but it will remain aerial until it comes in contact with a contrary nature. If the principles of thunderbolts are present. and so on. Although this be considered wonderful. But where stones are generated they fall. the matter of these stones may collect into one place in the absence of any tempest. That which is from Sulphur has for its prevailing colours.colours. Hence it is gathered that in the element of fire generations of stone also take place. red. the emerald is a copper stone . • In the height of the firmament stand the three principles from which impressions arise. red. the jacinth is a mercurial stone. which closely adjoin the planets. and unheard of. coerulean. Equally. too. The matter of such stones exists first of all in an aerial condition. saffron. however. the white sapphire is a stone of Jupiter. that which comes only from Mercur>' is marked by many colours. and then are ejected. We see. when it will at once begin to coagulate and to fall. Of cr>'stals and beryls it should be known that they are generated from the snowy stars. saffron.

and citrines of this sort. but the water is extracted from the snow. the power of congelation subsists. however. a star of this nature. if snow falls. In snows of this kind are produced stones. Now. Here. Very often. the snow is not liquefied. this should not take place. the frost collects and drives together all the water contained in the snow. while the snow is falling. the citrine. stones are formed from it before they fall on the globe. for this reason. pure and dark together. and that because it is derived from snow-water. into one centre towards the bottom of the earth. that is. but goes on to the end of the intention or operation. which. wherever they meet in one place on the earth. so. too. and. then the water which is in combination with the snow is coagulated into a stone. is not itself snow. it is true. But their shape and species and angularity are bestowed upon that in proportion as the Salt in them exists in a subtle or a dense state. But. does not again liquefy like other frozen bodies. coagulates it into ice. if this water is caught by an intense frost midway. ciystals. and so becomes twofold. moreover.double nature . large or small granules are found in proportion as the frost has caught the snow in falling.S. are partly snowy. if this seizing has not been so sudden. are found in places which are not snow>^ The reason of this is. They are nothing but coagulated snow-water. and frost accompanies it. a place be given to him on the globe where Boreas predominates. happens only through the snowy star. berj'ls. but the snow is dissolved with them. however. and when it is massed there. which has gained at the same time the power of congealing and also of producing snoW| easily generates the crj'stal. The fact that the snow remains. such as crystals and the like. . nor is it dissolved. because S. and the beryl. one and the same star contains within it both snow and congelation. that. which are frozen. For. wherein. Now. Thus. that they have been coagulated in the higher regions and have fallen down in that form. of Mercurj* and Salt have clarified and purified themselves. also. while the sun or the solar nature does not prevail strongly. Other waters. This.

but each subsists separately by itself in its own place. divided one from the other. Those. PeR SETO philosophise concerning the element of earth. it should be known that all the force and nature which lay hid in the Great Iliaster for nourishing not only man. and consisted of all trees. because therein consist all the force and power of nourishing things which are due to living beings. first the earth was completed. its matter was first made on the following principle : Its three primals were separated. But concerning the earth. These three— Sulphur. from the two primal elements into another form and nature. But they were so divided from the other three elements that this virtue exists in the element of earth alone. and not in any other element. Therefore this Iliaster is peculiar to the clement of earth so as to afford aliment. Nevermore. taken out of the great Iliaster.THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GENERATION OF THE ELEMENTS BOOK THE THIRD. Salt. afterv^ards the water. For there the clement and the three others were one Iliaster. They were. but the element of water was segregated. TEXT I. so that in the beginning not only the element of earth. in which the four elements existed. as if out of the great Iliaster. an element. TEXT II. therefore. For this cause the earth is called. can the four elements from henceforth be joined or stand together. but cattle. and these were afterwards joined together into one globe. by means of food and other necessaries. were collected into the element of earth. Co%CEMXlSG THE ElEXEVT OF EaRTH. and is. and Mercury — are the earth. out of that nature which is the element of earth. however. which is the centre of the exterior elements. and the Iliaster was divided. then. COXCERXIKG THE EaRTH. From the«^ two elements. and other growths. labour in vain who endeavour to separate the . herbs.

The seed is here invisibly proceeding from the nature of the element. But in order that this seed may be rightly understood according to its distribution. again. herbs. of herbs. And as the air was made heaven. so did separation bring. and that into bolin. this. one passes into meligia. a second in the herb.* Of herbs. as the abode and seat of the same» in which it is elaborated and prepared. botin into a second. TEXT IIL Fn this element of earth was hidden the seed of wood. another into a lily with thorns — and so with the rest. one in wood.four elements.it about that this element should pass into matter and end in a globular form^ and that in it should be included all the virtues of trees. into balsam. was the matter of the earth produced. which alone is that seed. the firmament. in such form as it now is and is seen. but each genus exists solely and separately. Each of these. Concerning the Generations of the Elements. this into cedar. or to seek besides these a fifth essence. with others. But originally that force is separated into its own genus. fungi. it should be remarked that in the separation of the great Aniadus the nature of trees was collected into one place. etc. the great Aniadus so disposed of herbs that into one portion . So. Equally. and is formed and planted according to the will and pleasure of its cultivator. too. so that from it should be procreated in the world all those genera which had been silently sown and had lain hid within it. the sea. and also the force whereby the stem rises. passes separately. a third in fungus. of roots. the water. too. 227 From these three primalSi disjoined from the other elements. that into anthos. again. the fire. so that the two do not remain joined in one. and ebony into a third. of fungi. too.

And this gtaAs is the ultimate matter of any salt of wood wbaooever. the pine. in like manner. proceed. so is the bark formed fro«n the hardest parU of the sulphur which exists in a growing thing. TEXT IV. and the same abounds in »alt.— T?** Bkmmto Ttrwtt^ Tr»ctll.Tex I. And as there is no outside in ajiy body without hardness.* as also the fruits. From the sulphur which b &uM:cptible of coogulAtion. aiid it goes on burning «o long Ja there \\ sulphur in it. This U to be understood also coooemijig other trees.of earth was cast grass. For salt is fluid. the one fruit or the other cannot . in a second the plum. For so to each land is given its own herb. iind is not coaguUted. And that truly is salt which the sulphur in trees coagulates into wood.. from the AntaduSt and derive theix cpecial form and character therefrom. We should pay attention to what has been the distribution made by the Aniadus.son of it* subtlety penetrates through the pores outride the bark* either by liquefaction or by a natural resolution. and its own tree. there exUt two kinds of sulphur — ooe poshes away lato coaguUttODi the ocber is ftepArated thrrefrom. soil be unsuitable and the climate ill-adapted. just as they also require an appropriate climate. the shoots. ftod the fir. which i» united through Mcrcurj'. the cause may be supposed to have been that the fig and the orange require their soil to be of a peculiar kind which should be favourable to their increase. It U owing to thU sulphur that wood bunu. into a second trefoil. The harV is aof htng else but sulphur coagulated afier the manner of resin « and it i« educed into this form by the AniaduiL For it b a bard congealed sulphur. But the other jsulpbur which i» not susceptible of coagulation gives terebinth* resin of the fir and pine^ which inhert^ cbiefiy in the wood. If now the * In th« boiin. The branches. As to why the Aniadus thus fell among trees so that in one soil should be produced the orange. Q2 228 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. in a third the fig. But iill three are of one generation. Whatsoever remains is saH^ and this is in the form of ashe&. the woodt of the trees Vk prepared. whence rIass is made. and in a fourth acorns. and by rea. proceeding from the Aniadas. The sulphur which vs in botin u more subtle than the sulphuis of the (ir or pine. while that of the pine is more subtle than that of the lir. and into a third lavendula. etc.

herbs and trees are produced which. but variety and change accrue to it from the climate. Here the gifts of herbs are twofold. not by its own nature. This material seed is the cause why the sun cannot burn up the whole genus of this or that flower or tree. or from seed entrusted to the earth. or some other genus . but allows it to come to a condition of vigour : unless perchance it happens that the force of the sun is less than suffices for fertility. The proper seed is when the earth puts forth a herb which springs from itself. But we must proceed with our philosophy of the earth. that is to say. on account of the aforesaid defect in the soil. In this way all growths are produced by the element out of the soil in two ways . nor anything of this kind. therefore. sown outside it. TEXT V. The fruits proceeding from the element of earth are twofold. The earth either produces them of itself or by means of seed. Seed that is sown is foreign and not proper. But herbage and grass do grow. Neither spelt. it is. none of these things will be produced. for the seed is ready.emerge. For the soil is everywhere one . but its seed of necessity perishes and never bursts forth. not like apple trees and cherry trees. whence apple trees and pear trees. to find out whence come those seeds which do not issue from the earth itself. Herbage and grass. Here the philosophy of this treatise is deep. to hand. but this rarely happens. Thus in the work of planting. So there remains another philosophy by which we learn whence are produced spelt. grows spontaneously out of the earth. You must know that the seeds of all these growths are propagated from Paradise. which is varied by the variety of the climate. If neither spelt nor wheat be sown. dried up by the climate and oppressed by the unfavourable constitution of the soil. which either encourages or impedes the growths themselves. nor lily. For though it be present there and lie in the earth. then planted and cul- . nor wheat. nor pear-tree. which Nature produces from the tree or flower. The sun burns up the genus of lilies. but all have to be sown. are growths of the earth itself. would not otherwise be forthcoming. nevertheless. either from the proper seed of the soil.

this is nothing more than its Aniadic nature. and becomes that which it is before. which arranges all forms and directs them into their essence for which they were created. its mind. and the parasite is its disease. * Every seed is threefold . This shoot or growth is formed by the great Aniadus. its sense in the stalk. and is taught in the Paramirum. but not yet manifested. their wood.* But as to how much of an element is taken from the earth. From these three burst out the leaves. For the seed is that which is of itself. it must be known that the seed takes from the earth nothing more than its increment and formative power. TEXT VI. II. These fruits of Paradise come to be understood in the same way as we understand that Christ was God and yet a mortal man. and their roots. which are the root. which are distinct in themselves. which is the bark. that b. Philosophise as we will about its growth. Gums are its excrement. so that it lends towards the end destined for it. and yet co-exist in a »ngle seed. It has its head and hair. Its . so are these three to be understood as one only.. as in man hearing. X- Concerning the Gepurations of the Elements. and is like a man. An illustration may be taken from trees. 229 that may be understood from the fact that in the beginning the three primals of the earth mix with the seed. but the same is a conjunction of unity. and not divided. But even as the seed appears one. As to the method whereby the seed passes into its shoot. its signs. It has its figure.tivated far and wide. Every individual thing is united in its seed. but three substances exbt and grow therein. the seed is one. Out of this proceeds first the root . afterwards. c. The other is from Paradise. After this appear the flowers and fruits. from this. which have their bark. vision. From the root and stalk issue forth the branches. It has its skin. the lesion whereof is followed by death. and the power of speech. the stalk. Lib. Its leaves and flow^ers and fruit are for ornament.— /^omMrfnMW.

the roots. In the nucleus is a species of seed. . the Aniadus. or a fig. like turbiih. then. and colocynth . so that it is no more left on the earth than as though it had never grown there. it is worth while to know how all these things take place. as apples. and shapes the fruit into the form of an apple. Now. as pot-herbs and cabbage . trees. A pear-tree will stand for ten or twenty years. whatever is of a laxative nature degenerates into another growth. leaves. then. but all are removed like dust. Thus are growing things consumed and eaten away so that no relic remains. The very remnants are so dispersed by a strong wind that not a fragment survives and remains at the expiration of a year. After that time it dies. operates the first preparation. as vegetables and fruits . mace . others in the flowers. as parsnip and gentian . fire destroys wood. the rhabarbarus. others in the leaves. That is. or a pear.death and passing away are the period of its years. grass. After these. carraways. as happens to wood in the fire. others are drink. others in the fruits. as cinnamon. as into the mountain brook-willow. etc. the power of this element should before all else be learnt : because some growing things are food and aliment. others have their virtue in the root. Since. herbs. Its decay is the element of fire. the extremities. . as grapes and berberis . So. nuts. as in wine there is a species of drink. Whatever is left in the field decaying and passing into rottenness is consumed by the sun and the movement of the galaxy. and man directs the second for his own convenience. TEXT VII. Thus a shoot or a tree growing in the earth dies according to the time appointed for its death. as ox-tongue . as pepper. or 230 The Hertnetu and Alchemical Writings 0/ Paracelsus. others purge the body. others strengthen it. etc. pears. and vegetables are produced out of the earth. others in the seeds. and the like. corn. It is the Aniadus of the Earth who thus distributes them. before man. The nutrimentat virtues he arranges in three parts. the seed. hellebore. Thus the apple is a fruit on the tree because the Aniadus thrusts it forth.

Thus the avena is sulphur. as in the tare. however. just as the virtues of the elements which have flowed down from the great Iliaster. In the same way the power of the element of the earth either makes for health.P'f » . THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GENERATION OF THE ELEMENTS. and strengthening power. Of this kind are vegetables and cereals. For as in the element of fire everything by itself is divided from another.. as in the lily of the valley and narcissus : or in its stench. as in the comfrey and the red artemisia : or in the odour. liquorice root and flowers. and subsequently the esile sulphur is collected into the grains of the cereal. and bees their honey. And yet it often happens that two or three natures link in a single substance. goodness. One of these is for use. So in cassia there are heat. being the three principles duplicated according to nature and essence. warmth to pepper and grains of Paradise. but it is not edible. the other b not. »*. is edible. The non-esile sulphur is first of all developed into stalk. Hence it is that pears and figs derive their sweetness. in persica and gamandria : or it is of a consolidating nature. or distributed for the use of those who live on the earth. In mace there are odour. etc. and a laxative nature.hermodactylos. * As out of the element of earth trees pass off into wood. Such is the case with many others.. as in the dane-wort. The seed. so in the same element there is a certain sulphur which can be separated and passes off into food. so also the virtue of the element of earth is divided to its own growth. Dry tmd humid sulphurs are united. foenograecum. coolness into nenuphar and camphor. In this way the mighty gifts are learnt. and yet one does not on that account destroy the other. Text I. sweetness.— Z7^ EUmento Ttrrm. Tract III. Whatever is of a sweet nature passes into sugar. Bitterness turns to amarissima. These are all either produced from the Aniadus.

that is. and what the element is pef se. the first things to be considered are : What is its origin. Out of this seed is produced the stalk. It is called an element on account of the water and its fruits. such as stones and metals of various kinds. Now. just as seed lies in the soil. so its tree is a flowing stream. the fruits of each element are borne by some other element. For. whilst it remains tying in the earth. and yet. All things are one tree. from one stalk. bringing forth stalks and fruits. not on account of its own complexion and quality. one root. as the fragments from the firtrees fall down from above to the earth. which sustains growing things such as trees and fruits from the tree of the element of water. and pervades all the pores of the globe with its distillation. Concerning thb Element of Water with its Fruits. The element itself is never seen by any. but they are not the element itself. there is an element of water. All the humour of the whole globe is Abrissach. TEXT h CONCERNING the element of water. There is no element but requires a body by which it may be sustained. as the element of earth bears its fruit in the body of chaos. the earth is a body. The element of fire sustains the fruits of the earth. Chaos bears impressions. water. with one origin. it must be laid down that it is latent in its workshop. and its fruits. which falls down from the branches of this tree. In this way takes place the generation of the element of water. From it emanates nothing but water. Thus. For. AH the water and all its fruits come forth from the element of water . And the streams of the whole globe are the branches of this one stalk. From this workshop proceed the stalk and its branches and fruits. so. into what divisions it is broken up. just as is the case .BOOK THE FOURTH. in like manner. distributed throughout the whole earth. in this way. nevertheless. Concerning the seed of the element of water. the water those of the air. breaking out of the soil into the light. as from the seed of the element issues its tree. the earth bears up the fruits of water. so these branches from the water fall down into the hollows of the earth. The element of water is a seed from Yle.

too. The course and progress of the stalk of the tree is. where it is fixed in the earth. . as the element of water lies in the middle of the globe. and was never before seen. whence proceeds the element of water. all water that flows forth from it is new.with the other elements. For. so. 232 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. neither do the fruits of the element of the earth grow farther than to the prescribed limit of the Yliadum. then. the tree is distributed by this triple line over the universal globe. fire and air. is produced and perishes. where they all meet. every tree would spring right up to the sky. From this root very many branches are born. the element of water. So. unless the Yliadum were so placed in that position. That which is above is the chaos in which fire is sustained . that the tree has its exit and end of itself. which is the lower chaos of the earth. For. not occupying more of the earth than the height to which growing things rise. TEXT II. tending towards the light. as also its seats and termini. the branches run out from the root in its circuit on all sides towards the plains and towards the light. and. And all the stalks belong to one tree. which is born of the root along a triple line in the circle of the outer firmament of the two elements. extending itself further outside the earth than from above. But concerning its course and goal. or Yliadum. another the Nile. another the Danube. unless the Yliadum were opposed. But how far it extends since it lies in its Yliadum. It does not go on to its own body. Chaos. Thus. this must be sought from philosophy. So. that it goes on to its Yliadum above the plain of the earth. because all the branches reach their Yliadum in the sea. the truth is. is twofold. So. So the stalk and its branches grow out from the centre of the globe until they reach the two external elements where the line ends. the element of earth would extend its fruits to the mid heaven. there are also smaller branches. So. all born out of that root which rises from the seed. not old. One branch is the Rhine. where its height ends. therefore. etc. rises and falls.

no extraneous agency being accessory thereto. And this clissus in water is the same as in other fruits. should be understood. Now. Nothing is free from this consumption. it grows putrid and is consumed of itself. so is it compelled to reach one summit or canopy. in like manner. This is the operation of its nature. the canopy of the stalk. so. It should be understood. in which the tree of the element of water and its branches are distributed. If it comes to its canopy. does the water. as will hereafter be shewn where we speak about the subject of salts. Concerning the Generations oj the Elements. going and returning. What fruits lie hid in it remain to be seen. The sea itself is of itself neither the stalk nor the tree. so their death. As the thing proceeds from nothing. but composed of the branches. that is. Putridity is a kind of consumption. The cause of its ebb and flow is that all the fruits (or the humours) flow down by night. and the passing away of that thing to which it appertains. TEXT III. which is not first or proximately bom from the root. that is. is on account of its position and because salt waters flow together into it. which is the sea. clissus. that everything. but by day they swell to a height. but. when it comes to its Yliadum. that is. then. so it returns to nothingness again. then.For. Why it is salt. Hence it is clear that the element of water itself is subject to putrefaction or corruption. As the fire consumes and extinguishes itself. to the sea. as it were. As Nature produces things. but through its own nature and arrangement. m so that it is consumed just as if it had never existed. so does she again remove them. since it is well to know all these things. as also concerning their nature and the generation of the outgrowths. their consumption. This is the way. is subject to putrefaction and is consumed. increasing and decreasing. as there is one root. The nature and property of this .

TEXT IV. minerals. 0t G*H<tHhuM Saiium^ c t * t Metakt mlnerab. and stones. twelve * The fruiu or waler are born rrom the vecd of Are». and collocates it iuto it^ place. for the Vliodum of the earth. In that hour they are consumed. And each of these has many genera ranged under it. while they are all generated out of water. Sweet water is the stalk. J Some are metals. in this way. the operation oX Nedcon goe» on into Yliodunit tog«th«r with it« maturation to whidi it vk ordain^. and. In tl)« vxA of the eleiueiii of water Archeui IT move* everything. one of gems. scparatci the gertiu of&alt from all other nature*. Archeu^t who b the Mporator of the elcmenLs and of atl thiugs whidi lie in them« divides one thin^ Tivm the other. and in like manner the gem» of tweet water and thingj^ which are of an acid <|uaJity« When he ha£ divided these things and educed them into Nedeon. and some it altogether throws away.element is that some of its fruits it bears within itself. and alum. and the proper corruption which takes place in their own ekflie/it. there are three fruits of salt — salt. lastly. Afterw^ards Its nature is manifold in the matrix. admit of more kinds. But in order that all things born of water may be understood in its death. gems. one of minerals. But even these. t Each of these. again. therefore^ four kinds of growths out of the seed of the element of water. Concerning the death of fruits it should be said that they all flow into Drachum. It must also be separately learnt concerning this in how many modes of nature and essence its effluents and streams arise. 111. vitriol. many of alum. *. nine marcasites. many of vitriol. again. we will consider that the following are the fruits o{ the element of water :* — Salts. and stones. One matrix is of salt. some cachimiae. some marcasites. da yet owe their development and per* faction to the element of earth. others it casts out. . as lastly it should be understood and held on the subject of Drachum. eveti as the fruit at last passes into putrefaction on \i% own iTtc*—Dt t^atHraiikitt A^mi$^ Ub. There are many kinds of salt. There is a twofold corruption of these MibstAOce«~utie which re«nlt« from a too prolonged connection with the foreign etement. There are seven metals. For instance. There are. pass aivay to their canopies. and ordains it imo its Nedeon. but not the fruits. it should be realised that the branches. v. is divided in a different way. By way of simplifyng any study concerning the origin of fruits. singly. one of stones.— /> EUmfnto Agt*^.

and await their autumn-tide. on a third something else. yet all are but one tree. then different things are found proceeding from the element of water — on one stalk salt. Hence viedol adheres to the nature of Venu«. Now. therefore. then at length the . on a second a mineral. As. The same is the case with the rest. fixed silver and not fixed. But vitriol is the ultimate in the separaiioQ of jnincrals. li a» foltowv To* a& salt U extracted tclely according to it» own essence. therefore. as the founder has arranged. As to their origin and progress.e otit of salt»i mmc is more akin to mineral virtue ttum vitriol.* For example. So salt has its own mode of egress. But with regard to their division and separation. cachimiae. But the form which is manifested in saJt. and by rc4i*oij of thi» ^34 '^^ Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. the bark. and »^tare the nature of metab. their autumn and the rest— as. and Venus is both copper and zinc. the fruit. It is followed as closely a* possible by the separation of meials| of which Venus is the Ant. So m every vitriol there U copper. from Yle into its own stalk. If. So from one seed is born one tree. the origin of vUrioK as also of alum. for example. if these are brought to their Yliadum. even as in vitriol and alum^ is known from ihk| that all the fruit* of the element of water are mloerab. their harvest and ingathering — suffice it to say that all the fruits proceeding from the element of water are divided into their branches and trees. But from all tho»e things winch arii. even to the boundary of its Yliadum. It is partly salt and partly mineral. «o also are ftep4tratcd vitriol and alum. in the earth every seed produces its own fruit. So there is a vast variety of marcasites and cachimiae. all such fruits consist of one root. out of which each nature is separately born according to its condition. So also from one root innumerable fruits are produced. the distribution proceeds in this way. the leaves are all separate. but each fruit passes to its own Yliadum and triple line. and in this the wood. so the seed of water is the seed of numberless things springing forth from it. and fruit is produced after its kind. because the salts are DUunraUt and all minerals lie hidden in one mass and Ares. together with sweet waters. Such also is the case with the others. So in turn every metal by itself is manifold : as fixed gold and not fixed.

The medium which unifies and conglutinates copper with vitriol is a phlegma. v. which is by far the largest. APPENDICES. For this reason it acquires a certain fiery quality tmd brilliancy. APPENDIX I . [In the Geneva folio of 1658. t' I. there are many treatises included which conspicuously overlap each other . by no means has affinity with metals. is combined with vitriol. on the other hand. and having a body which is devoid of earthy quality. which arises solely from a permixture of metallic bodies. in like manner.— Z7r EUmentc Aqua^ s. which come forth in the first generation of metals. unlike vitriol.autumn and harvest come for the fruit of every branch. consisting solely of acetosity. and derives its body from the liquor of the metals. which fruit is in itself of this autumn-tide and this generation. which are devoted to precisely the same . there are many treatises. i. its generation instructs us that it is wholly vitriol. At the same time vitriol in itself remains a salt. De Generibns Salium. metallic affinity vitriolic salt is of venereal nature. as it is also the best. collected edition of the works of Paracelsus. independent in themselves. but is a free salt. Here ends the Philosophy of the Generation of Elements. Alumen. i: J. Copper. Hence it exhibits a similitude Math marcasites and cachimiae. Indeed. and further.

having regard to the metallorgical importance which. and come to the resolution of ^^J writing about minerals in general. As far as one can judge from their writings. how will they be more worthy of credit about the beginning? I repudiate their writings and their letters. it has been thought well to include in an appendix the treatise which here follows*] A BOOK ABOUT MINERALS. attaches to both these works. I found that they were involved in many errors. that is. and everything bearing on the generation and nature of minerals. But. the Philosophia Sagax occupies. what. if the ultimate matter be not understood. that not a few persons have the priority of myself in publishing on the origin of minerals. what is the beg^inning. the}^ have never fully understood what the ultimate matter was. When I read their works. these authors are detected as in a state of hallucination about the end. and hence may more rightly understand 238 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writinp 0/ Paracelsus. but without experience of light ? Since. f~^ INCE I have considered well beforehand. It is necessary that a physician should first be familiar . It is much after the same manner that the Economy 0/ Minerals corresponds to the Liber Mineralinmy but. in order that you may have proof positive in a short space as to my possessing much greater dexterity for writing about this matter than those my predecessors had. 1 would have you know before all else. will happen to the first matter? Whoever can describe the beginning will probably be certain about the end and ultimate. pray. a similar ground to the Explwath Totius Asironomicey and the latter js substantially identical with another astronomical interpretation included in this translation.subjects. and at equal length. from the Hermetic standpoint. so that you may plainly know on what basis I treat this subject. the ultimate matter. all that relates to minerals. Now. this is not the foundation. For example. indeed. I will first of all explain to you the ultimate matter of minerals. What is a theologian who is ignorant of the end? What is an astronomer who is full of boasting. then.

at His coming. no less than in other things. as being the principle of all those things w^hich spring from four matrices. the issue is evident. if man ought to lay out before himself the works of God. we now understand both the Father and the Son. sapphire. I point out this. and by means of him from whom I myself received it. revealed all things. since those three substances just spoken of are in the air.with the disease with which he has to deal \ when he knows this^ the method of treatment will spontaneously unfold itself. otherwise he will be sure to abuse them. I shall do this not of myself* hut from my experience. From them this birth must be understood. Already in other philosophic paragraphs I have named these three substances. who was not understood until He sent the Holy Spirit. In the generation of minerals it is necessarj^ to explain that iron. so that it may also be more exactly understood for what purpose the matter has been framed. etc. flint.. Sulphur. or of their birth. are nothing else than Sulphur. therefore* as the foundation. namely^ that every matter must be thoroughly known at its commencement. and Mercury. Now. I make this clear from the example of Christ. Everything produced by Nature is frail and corruptible. lead. who. from the same ultimate. I here repeat. the four elements. not the beginning. and it can be ascertained by Art from what it has issued forth. and Mercury. that the last must be known before the first. by the Holy Spirit. emerald. whatever God has created ought to be in the hands of a man who knows how he ought to employ it. What good is an axe to a person who is ig'norant of its purpose ? Let him hand it over to one who knows all about it In the same way. steel. though He came after Christ. such as . it is necessar)^ that they should not be hidden from him . But to know a disease is the end. because the ultimate matter is made up of those things which teach the beginning of their mother. What I said in my first paragraph. namely. that is. Now this fits in exactly wdth the philosophy of minerals. By Him we understand Christ. and from the last the first should be understood. Men should know and learn these things. But when I propose to write about the origin of minerals. Salt. not in the entranceThe entrance is dark and dubious . The art resides in the departure. not mere trifles and phantoms conjured up by the devil. So. In this knowledge lies hid. that is. Salt. duelech. And here is a proof from Nature. and rlghUy use them.

so that they might forthwith grow* and thus adapt themselves to human needs. balsam. and Mercur>\ These three are the body. so God willed that each should be produced according to its own nature. namely. it should first of all be realised that the element of water is the mother of all minerals. He destined for this office.fire. though earth is not wood. by the aid of Art you resolve steel. Sulphur. So also is the earth related to wood. and out of these three all A Book aboul Minerals. that it should be the Matrix of the Metals^ by means of these three substances spoken of— namely. by which you may know that in the ultimate matter there are three substances. or corals. nothing more of that mineral remains. And though the fruit be unlike its parent. All these depend on the power of God. One is a bird of the air. and ever^^where there is one body and three substances. you will still And Sulphur. When these are extracted by Art. so do the natures of other created things. And just as these differ one from the other. another a fish in the water. wood . and Mercury. who willed that His good pleasure should be fulfilled in them. Salt. stones. Fire. and all minerals. Water. you can gather that those things are three. Nevertheless. but all is dissolved. pearls. Furthermore. that the dissolution of substances reveals particularly what they are. how God created Nature shall also be stated. Seeing. I say. On this basis nothing shall be found lacking* In the beginning it pleased God to make one element— water — whereinto He infused the power of generating minerals. Salt. though water itself is utterly unlike these. then. Now. neither more nor fewer. If. and Mercury. gold. mercury^ etc. and what is in them. 239 mtnerals have been formed. Concerning these three substances I will now begin my teaching. Salt. gems. In this arrangement so much foresight and discrimination were observed that from the one element of water were produced metals.

Water becomes that which of itself it is not* It becomes earth. They have metals. this nature. So in the sky. too. The principle. iron. %ve will. Now. one thing is wood. that it should produce the ultimate matter. are from water. another a herb. and many things of this kind. stone. another a flint. Their meaning was good . besides 240 Tht Htnnetic and Akhemical Writings of Paracelsus. In the same way. they have stonesi they harv^e flints. He is all things. in the ensuing discourse. the Master of all things. another the rainbow. God determined that there should be water. In like manner on earth. One is a metal. one is snow. another thunder. in water is the primal matter.comes from it. another lightning. was first of all with God. as in the case of seed. He reduced this ultimate matter into primal matter. So in the case of minerals. He alone is in all things. The things whereof I write were supposed by the ancients to spring from the earth. has seed.Then He conferred upon it. which it is not. In this point they were defective. Salt. Then. Fire. that is. the element of water. and Mercur)^ These have certain different natures In them. and another a fungus. Such an artificer has God shewn Himself. He is the primal matter of all : He is the ultimate matter. then. they have gems. which is to produce other fruit. as also in the materials for estab> lishing that proof. as will hereafter be pointed out. That which is metallic He . which is in water* This water He subjects to special preparation. So is it necessary for man also to become that which he is not* Whatever is destined to pass into its ultimate matter must necessarily differ from its beginning.. The beginning is of no avail. another a stone. the three first substances. too. but the position was incapable of proof. The seed here is the element of water. the ultimate matter is reduced to the primal. speak before all else concerning the properties of the matrix. the ultimate matter. namely. another a flower. whose works no one is able to rival. that is. The seed is in the primal matter. etc. when we come in due succession to explain minerals. It is just in the same way as the fruit.

So. The ultimate matter of Nature is the primal matter of man. And the first thing which moves our wonder in this respect is that it surrounds and encircles the globe and yet does not fall away from its . Moreover. So. so that there might be a certain harvest and definite autumn for all things. in the earth. if God created time— harvest for the corn and autumn for the fmits—He also appointed its own special autumn for the element of water. He founded it with such wonderful ingenuity that together with the earth it should carry men. Thus. gentle. but according to his nature. Yet its offspring or fruit is hard. You judge a man by his mother. then. as metals or stones.separates into metals and arrang-es each meta! separately by itself. In no other way can reason grasp that these things are diverse in substance and in body. That which is stony in like manner. this is not beyond the capacity of Nature. who might walk and move upon it. is the matrix. and potable. or marcasites. God has produced a wonderful offspring from that mother. then. than which nothing is harden The ver>^ hardest. God has appointed that the primal matter of Nature should be water. The same is the case with marcasites and other species. the root of all minerals. But when the element of water becomes the matrix of minerals. the water is an element. The Archeus is he who in Nature disposes and arranges all things therein. by an admirable design. stones. That which belongs to gems He also digested into its own nature. Thus all metals according to their body are water. not according to his bodily organization. the seed. in the sky. and He separated it from the other three elements into a peculiar body which was not in the air. so that everything may be reduced to the ultimate matter of its nature. different from these. where Nature ends man begins. which is soft. God created the element of water. This he placed on the lower globe so that it might be above the earth and occupy the cavity in the earth where it lies. Every one has his own special feelings and properties. that it might be the element of all metals and stones . derives its origin from the very softest — the fire from the water — in a way beyond the capacity of man to grasp. but was something special. therefore. From Nature man takes these things and reduces them to their ultimate matter* That is. too. but according to their special properties they are metals.

at its centre of greatest depth. sulphurs. into the earth. so that the part lying under us is turned upwards just as we are. marcasites. salts. there go forth metals. Moreover. so that the water receives no support from the earth on which it lies . and none of them remain in the earth. so. but the root of minerals is in the water. Then our wonder is increased. So. etc.^all proceeding from the matrix of this element into another matrix.appointed station . but it stands freely and firmly in itself like an ^%%y nor does anything fall away from the shell. which A Book about MineraU. as you see. stones. as the root of trees and herbs is in the earth. In like manner is completed on the earth that which grows in the water. Now. gems. but go out of it and separate themselves from it. But they are brought to perfection above the earth. talcs. all fruits grow out of the earth into the air. and in the same w-ay hangs suspended downwards. 241 exhibit themiieives under multifanous natures and forms. that is. where the water completes its operation. and pass on to th^ir ultimate matter* which is entirely in the air. in this element are the generations of all metals and stones. and hence the doctrine of those writers is clearly erroneous who advance the . and this is a clear miracle of God. when the root is in the water the growth takes place on the earth. then. growing out of the water. seeing that the bed or pit of this genuine element. is quite bottomless.

but first of all the tree is produced. The growth of minerals follows the same course. but their perfecting in the ain In the same way. Indeed. so. or other growth.the opinion that minerals grow out of the earth. that is. herbs. This idea is worth nothing. it first rises into its own special tree. and this . the nut or the cherry does not spring straightway out of the earth. When a root of this kind is born. il might be said of the growing things of the earth that they grow^ in the air since they live in the air . grasses. from which the particular mineral. how many soever they be. metal. should be produced in the earth. in the water Nature first puts forth a tree. and that all these minerals. and afterwards the fruit . woods. existing in the water as the primal matter of those same minerals. Everj^thi ng else is from the water* Otherwise. In like manner. also. which is the aqueous body. also. recognise the earth as their mother. and hence we learn that their origin is in the earth. convincing us that they are aqueous. and proceed from the water. its body. nothing grows from the earth save leaves. and after the predestined period they burst forth into harvest. and the like. that which originates in the water acquires its perfection in the earth. just as all fruits of the earth are generated in the earth. and generate that which is in them. by the same method of reasoning. but this is clearly fallacious* Their roots are found in the earth. or autumn.

Again. and elsewhere some sort of gem is protruded. there is a similar property. there again some genus of sulphur breaks forth. nature. as it were. on the shoots oi the trees appertaining to the element of water. so similar fruits of the water are found at the extremities. and afterwards their fruits. lastly. . When this tree is now put forth into the earth. a thin skin encloses the kernel. Here the metal grows in its own special kind. like as some trees put forth many frtiits. and condition. Thus. too. according to their nature and condition. just as the tree fills the air. and. that is. should first be sought. the rustic who pursues his culture in the element of water will be taught and instructed. so that the illustration from the earth may hold good— in this way : There are some trees which bear their fruit.afterwards grows out into the earth . there some sort of salt is produced. the fruits are forthwith born. have a bark. The chestnut. in this case too. thorny in appearance. should be g^iven in this method of generation. therefore. not nakedly* but under mixed conditions. congenital with the tree. so. as the husbandR 242 The Hermetic and Akhemical Writings of Paracelsus* man who plies his craft in the soil is taught how he should pursue his husbandry and where fruits must be found. it occupies the pores of the earth. while. the nut» and other similar growths. And. Careful attention. and inside another. and others only few. just in the same w^ay as many cherries or pears are found on one tree. Trees of this kind.

There are two bodies. Now. so is it with all growths. On the other hand. just as in the case of fruits. in the element itself there is a body and a spirit. in like manner. as you see in the kernel a body and the kernel itself. These are all so arranged by Nature that there may be different sorts of trees and of barks. the fruit another. and geographical position. although there may be gold in a body. climate. strangling. carabe. That which lies hid within has to be extracted from the bark or shell. The mineral has one body. and then the spirit in the body. That is the same as saying that. and it must be separated by the goldsmith. and a stone in another. From these nothing is thrown away. in which other created things have no share. These have to be removed in order that. there are metals. so that eternity. plums. But He made man more carefully. Just as man is a twofold body. eating into. tn which the mineral lies. gold. there is another kind which puts forth its fruits nakedly. and within the first shell that which is precious and good. as cherries. it is the spirit that makes the body. And yet further. and so on. and minerals lying hid in fiesh and skin. water is its own death. also. grapes. He has made man in one way. because impure. We . because He would that man should be created in His own likeness. so gold has a body which is not impure. so be well assured that. a tree in another. The same judgment is to be passed concerning the death of elements. Indeed. and consuming its own growth. the desired fruit may be extracted. which also depend upon the variety and division of water. and the body is worthless.So. and within this another body which is good. the ore of silver. after separation. might reside In man. so that the body has first to be sought for. and the like. coral. a dense body which is worthless. but all is useful and good* So in the aqueous fountain are found pure and naked silver. Whatever God has created He perfects its corporality by a similar process. which need not be separated from that gold* So then the fruits are first developed out of the element into a trce^ afterwards into a body. similarly. such as are the ore of iron. because water has its own death no less than other things. and so it makes also the mineral (or the nutriment). In the second is incorporated the fruit of the mineral.

be they metals* marcasites. they are its fruits. passing away even as wood is consumed in the fire. so that no part of it any longer sur\^ives* So yesterday perishes and no man will ever see it again. inasmuch as it consumes and mortifies its own fruits. new fruits emerge from the earth.have proof of this in the earth. The Rhine. These all come forth girt about with death. That which grows from it returns to it and perishes. that is. in the open sea. and yet it is not heavier by half an ounce then It was yesterday^ nor is it heavier to-day than it was a thousand years ago. any more than he know^s whither yesterday has gone. which return to the earth. That death is in the great centre and terminus of water. metals. as an infant who brings along with it death bound up with life. into which all water flows Whatever passes hereinto dies and decays. By the same method of reasoning. It is that out of which all grow and into which all must perforce return. while the old ones perish^ so. the lilbe. the element of water is its own death. salts. and other rivers are not the element itself. too. God has gifted His elements with this peculiarity. A Book about Minerals. and thus they acquire death whence life is allotted to them This death will be . and it is in like manner with the night past. gems. and are consumed by it. but whither those superfluities have gone no ijian knows. that they should give fruits and consume their superfluities. And as. and they die in the terminus of the w^ater. stones. the open sea. the Danube. year by year. The element is in the open sea. 243 Its weight remains one and the same. In like manner. every day new minerals are begotten. or springs. In like manner also pass away all things born of the earth. bring with their ow^n beginning their own death too.

Now. and its branches are like in kind. Such is its distribution throughout the whole world. another to the Valley of Joachim. be it gem. or sixty miles. and its branches are that same liquid. sweet or brackish. with regard to the tree of the element of water. As soon as ever these fruits drop on the earth they are at once coagu* 244 7J^ Hermiiic and Alchemical IVrUings of Paracelsus. That tree sends forth its seed into the earth. and spreads forth its branches. the mineral tree is formed into a body of this kind. In this way innumerable trees are interwoven. and afterwards divided into its ramifications. be it coral or marcasite — she then raises up. running out and separately extending itself to a space of twenty. When Nature is about to put forth any growth into the world — be it gold. granate . which is not water. nor seed (or stock) and yet it is of the earth. bitumen. One branch turns to the German Alps. that its stock has the form of a liquid. therefore. Know. so that one branch very often extends from another into a second or third. onQ after another on all sides. oil. That liquid is the stock. or mucilage. silver. another to Lungia. It has the appearance of wood produced from the earth. just as a tree is wood. mark this. a tree on the earth. and each has its own body. wherever the earth extends. emerald. lated. forty. so that its root is fixed in the centre of the sea (or of the matrix). their extremities extend to the uttermost parts of the earth. but still it is not wood.more fully described hereafter in distinct paragraphs. and another to Transylvania. So. when it is pointed out separately how each mineral comes into being and dies. be it a spring. As trees grow forth in this fashion. sometimes they remain in the earth according to the nature and condition which is special to each tree. from the element of water. then. and there i% produced from every such tree just what should be produced . sapphire. warm or cold . copper . Hence it follows that at the extremities of the branches the nature of the element of w^ater pours forth its fruits on the earth. Sometimes they crop up to the surface of plains under the open sky .

gems^ and the like. By such investigations as these the mighty works of God are explored and understood. it is about to be^et those fruits which it cannot help producing. True. spirit^ and true essence of the element These three substances contain within them all metals. That enemy bursting in has devastated everything and begotten other noxious philosophers whose system is destitute of all knowledge of Nature. and how much. Thus. These are the elements from which issue forth fruits destined for the ser\ice of man. Albert us. his Creator has done for his sake. Salt. It perishes like all other things and itself passes on to the consummation where all thing^s find their end . Ever>' different kind has been created by God.«ther in m^ater* and that this primal matter is neither more nor less than Sulphur. as though this were the bag filled with seeds of all kinds to be sown. too. if any person had different seeds^ as many as ever the world produces^ mixed together in a bag. has gifted the four elements with these miracles of creation. then each genus 9Ji^ species gives birth to that which is like itself. according to His marvellous plan. Every man is bound to learn all he can about these. which are now made the soul. the enemy has intruded and sown his tares in this philosophy. bringing e**ery separate seed to its own vigour and perfection without injur). while. and Mercury. And when. Nature. would by-and-by allot to each its own fruit. thereforei that philosophy is worthy of all praise which puts forward only the works of God for our consideration.to the others. Here.God. accofxfingr to its nature. Surely. and if he were to cast these forth. or to sow them in a garden. and is without any foundation at all. being equal to the occasion. who are mere tares of the field. Such as this are Aristotle. at the predestined period. Lacking all light . When its fruit has been completely shed^ that tree withers and dies within itself. and Avicenna. a new growth emerges thence. Exactly the same is it with the element of water.in proper kind and quantity. with their accomplices. salts. From this you may learn that the primal matters of all minerals are put ti^. even' genus and species is brought to its own nature and perfection. so that he may know what. lastly.

The same remark applies to metals and gems. another in lead. one Salt* one Mercur}\ Add to this> that all these are still more specially divided. Such. . Its professors are the busy-bodies who. and the rest. an apple. fountains. that they embrace as many . amethyst.of experience. Mercuries of gold. etc. namely. and divides that genus into other and vaiious species. so many are the different kinds of Sulphur. Salts of sapphire. flint. Thus. but so many Salts. another in gems^ another in stones. being compounded of three parts. There is one kind in metals^ another in gems* and so on as before. therefore. And there are not only so many Sulphurs. there is a different kind in stones. There is one kind of Sulphur in gold. another A Book about Minerals. All these things Nature holds. another in the ruby. all comprising metals. Salts of gold. tin^ and so on. Furthermore.\s many sapphires as there are. so many Sulphurs of sapphire. you have heard that the primal matter is conjoined in the matrix as in a bag. such philosophy violates in the most disgraceful way the light of Nature. and Mercur>'. So far. another in iron. as in one closed hand. just as many Sulphurs of gold. The same is true of turquoise and all other gems. exhibit themselves to the devil as sons of perdition. is the case with Mercury. One essence is Sulphur. mixing themselves up with all good things. the best and noblest that she has. another in silver. There are. salts. cr^'solile. another in salts. In this way the three primals are to be understood. . Yet these things are still only three. as also a pear. So. some more valuable^ others more common.'^s many as are the fruits. from which she puts forth every separate kind. too. There is one Salt in metals. another in the emerald. Salt. as it were. 245 in alum. there is one kind in the sapphire. and Mercuries of sapphire are there. magnet. is not on^ but manifold. she contributes metals to one genus. Gold is not one but manifold. another in vitriol.

while the painter produces only dead ones. So he will have laid the foundation for examining the mysteries of every growing thing as Nature has infused these mysteries into each separate species. and flowers. the reasoning about colours leads to a similar conclusion. too. So. and build. God gives life to those whom He has predestined to derive it from these as it has seemed good to Him. and from the contemplation of these one ought not to withdraw by night or day. one with the other . Sulphur gives body.i inter's are mere shadows. This mystery of Nature. he who desires to know colours must seek his knowledge from Salt. as it exists in flowers. Thus. gives balsam and coagulation. Mercury gives virtues. to form^ colour. the necessary virtues are derived from Mercury. and one Mercur}'^ As a painter with one colour depicts numberless figures and forms. and to whom God gives the power. one Salt. Vou see and know how it wakens our wonder wlien from a dusky black seed emerges a tree adorned with its bright and joyous colours. and arcana. but constantly to take delight in the study of them. This is in the truest sense to walk in the ways of God. In this alone they differ. yet with a little effort it is possible for any one who w^ill. nor can one exist without the other. fruits. again to separate them. power. colours. Then again. is so sublime and great that no one can fully investigate it. Nature produces these things with life. then. . the p. and yet they are only composed of one Sulphur. virtues. no one of which is like another. So these three ought to be combined. with leaves. and endow them. 246 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. so Nature is like that painter. Now Nature herself extracts the colours from the Salt» giving to each species that colour which is suitable. Again. He who wishes to learn virtues let him scrutinise the secrets of Mercury. But you should know that Nature has mixed up such bodies. On that head. notice this brief information. God is very much to be admired ill His works. Nature*s productions are substantial . substance. whoever wishes to learn the bodies of all things must before all else make himself acquainted with Sulphur. The body which is appropriate to each it takes from Sulphur.created species as grow . that all colours proceed from Salt. Salt gives colour.

nor stones. There is also another genus given to us. Further still.Moreover. but which he employs for building houses or other receptacles necessary for human life. another genus is composed of Salts. stones. the magnet. etc. so that a man may be able easily to carry them about with him. but something special and by itself. Of this more need not be said than that it is useful for buildings and for making cements. talc. if I advise you in one course of the order obser\'ed in this book about minerals. Some of these are fragile. and of practical use as well. salts. and clay-coloured. nor gems. There are also different kinds of marcasites. coloured like gold and silver. It gives also sand. and in proportion they are subservient to human convenience. springs. nor stones. the cornelian. of which there are four sorts. a special order has been assigned to springs. which also are put in man*s hand that he may seek what he will. gems. But there are very many species in which God has held several things in reserve. This order is different to that which has been pursued by others. but in order that they may be worn. for example. others durable. and extract from them whatever God has conferred upon them. These are created in a special form. red. gems. sulphureous minerals. the . some of which do good to the internal organs of the body. with a supply of silver. some acid whilst others are sweet. and these are not of one kind but distributed according to their own essences and also according to the uses which they supply for men. others help it externally. So. Then. There are also things that belong to a different genus . of which there are two. some gems are useful to man not m their metallic form. white. First the metals will be treated. This genus comprises neither metals. of more than one species. or minister to human health. Some are warm and others cold. there is another kind of stones which man does not use as he uses a metal or a gem. which also are useful for purposes which are subserved neither by metals. There are so many different species that one could not exhaustively define them. namely. Such as these are the sapphire. also. again. Moreover. nor marcasites. two. it will be in consonance with my subject. which are neither metals. black.

and though I shall only describe those which are known to me. that there are three parts in this Art* to which the perfections of minerals are compared. Yet neither do others know them. For it is true that nothing is so occult that it shall not at length be made manifest. in all their parts. Besides this there is another genus not like the above-mentioned. as the eagle-stone and the buccinae. and especially one genus which is allied to no other. because the lower globe and the higher sphere. Other colours are also found. beyond what is natural. however. above. patellae. below. and it can also be applied to external uses. and forms such as are described in the paragraphs devoted to the subject Moreover.clay-coloured and the black . by the will of Nature. Some one %vill come after me whose great gift does not yet exist. H7 side» are crammed with such as have been mentioned. in which the health of men is to be found. be fully competent to write about these* But still it is true that many are hidden in the world about which I know nothing. therefore. I have found out much more. which. becomes an instrument of various forms and properties. and he will manifest this. and there are also carabse. cockles. These three artifices in the nature of the element are congenital with the three primals. For as man has . many kinds of fruits are produced . There are more of this nature. 1 should. The origin of these from the element of the water. etc. and on every A Book about Minerals. From the element of water. you can find in my succeeding paragraph. corals. namely. after these there remains another genus. You should know. too. It is» indeed^ true that many and various things are about to be revealed by God^ concerning which none of us has hitherto even dreamed. Of these the red and the white are well known.

Everything is appointed to its own purpose. so also here. and that is the Archeus of Nature. who will arrange and set in order what ought to be joined together. nor every Salt for its unification . cooking bread. nevertheless. by which he excels. just as a baker. This is Salt. This. to fashion the thing. Salt. as the primal matter whose duty it is to supply what is lacking. First of all there is need of a body in which the fabrication shall be begun. If Nature does not supply this work. again. Others must be added. This is Sulphur. is of no practical use unless there be someone to buy it and to apply it to its purposes. and everything . nor every Mercury for its virtue. seller. He afterwards requires his operatives to co-operate with him. One is ordained by God for this conjunction. congelation. so that what should be done may find accomplishment. for example. unification. But what can it do of itself? Nothing. But it is not every Sulphur which is a body for gold. where it is not one thing only which makes a mineral. one doing this thing. another that. has appointed that the Archeus should set in order those things which are to be conjoined. Such is the condition of all things* The same thing likewise occurs in Nature. but just as there are many blacksmiths. Then there is necessary a property orvirtue. God. Lastly. so also Art affords to them in the matter of the three primals. or a vinedresser seeks out and joins what has to be joined for the purpose of cultivating his vineyard. Nature. and Mercur}\ Those three perfect all things. and user. she deputes it to man. This i5 Mercury. And it should next be understood that no man can bring to perfection any thing or any work by himself. Thus at last the thing is brought about as it should be. buyer. this is nothing without a smith to forge it. analogous to the fuser. has need of a dispenser. and bring it into that condition for which it is appointed* Hence it follows that three things must be taken which reduce every mineral to its appointed end* These are Sulphur.his gifts in the arts. joins together what has to be joined. without some one to help him. unless there be added one who will fuse and prepare it* Secondly. No one is superior to another save that man alone who knows how to conjoin what should be conjoined. is ready to hand. Iron ore. therefore. there is required compaction.

Now. and are only approved by those like them. out of the other two Mercury is decocted for its properties. which is brought about by means of Salt. so that already the autumn is ready and he is at hand w^ho is to beat out the metal. where they are decocted. conservation. iron. there follows. jacinth. 248 The Hermetic and Alchemual Writings of Paracelsus. you may be assured that there is a great number and vast variety of them. lastly. Of this class are gold. and do serve his purpose. coagulates* Now it is strengthened. And this teaching. Let this brief account suffice for every generation of metals. lead. silver. These are called . next congeals. instruction shall be given in the particular chapter. or what not. the Salt first unifies. then he takes and combines the three simples. if the Archeus has his lead ore. Concerning the generation of metals. hoping that they may search into and gather these things by more exact study. They prepare it according to their judgment for that which it ought to be or to become. as seed in the earth. and lastly. concerning minerals is necessary in order that everything may be more rightly and plainly understood. iron. but do not take their ease quite so much. Salt. and Mercury. sand. so that those may be present which ought so to be. in what way they are conjoined. which are of this nature. copper. When these decoctions have been made. how it is to be dealt with. They are puffed up with vast selfesteem.finds out what is necessarj' for its own special purpose. and that you may not be led aw^ay by the deceits of the old writers and their followers. who are as unskilful as themselves. granate^ dueiech^ marble. In this way all is coagulated . indeed. il. Concerning each one separately. cachimla. A metal is that which fire can subdue. and out of which the artisan can make some instrument. They are decocted again in such a way that Sulphur may add its body» in which the operation consists. namely. and it be necessary to form a tree in gold. Next. Afterwards he casts them into his Athanor. tin. Sulphur. that is.

Nevertheless. brazier. or goldsmith. themselves also metals. and yet they are metals. But come. either in the writings and philosophy of the ancients nor by the common people. the tinman. silver^ iron. The custom is passing away. Join and compare lead with Saturn. To these belong zinc and cobalt (which are subtlued and forged by force of fire). If you join Venus and copper you will soon see how they square and agree with one another. a stone. too. lead Saturn. and see what fruit will arise. silver is Luna. such as gold. people reckoned quicksilver as one of them* According to their comparison of things. H9 perties. and provided with its pro- A Book about Minerals. but of kinds not yet known. But there are also. etc. gold is Sol. not being a metal. as also certain granates (accustomed to be so called) of which there are many kinds. a marcasite. bismuths. not yet born. The rest are pretty completely neglected. lead. copper is Venus.Such philosophy is nothing but rubbish and con- . The assertion that quicksilver is a metal has no truth in it. Only the principal ones are known. and other cachimi^e. and tin Jupiter. arrange these things. as are many different sorts of marcasites. these metals are for other operators. But many more are those which up to this time are not as yet known to me. not having full knowledge of metils. gifted with its ow^n body like the rest. From this it arose that. and nobody cares about their properties — neither the smith nor the ironworker. copper. which produce metals. certain metals which are not reckoned as metals. or a sapphire. Compare tin and Jupiter. w^hich are more ready and convenient for use. No one is competent Lo learn save in one way and by a single art. of arranging seven metals for the seven planets. besides these. It is a peculiar growth of Nature. It belongs to another class of minerals . tin.metals by every one. and notice what happens.

They are quite incongruous. mercurialis is Mercury^ heliotrope Sol. from which gold is produced.you " Fathers **— that you can fly away to the sky and have the power of comparing earth with heaven without any astronomy or philosophy. and purged from all dregs. is the first matter of gold. It is true that the Philosophy of Plants has arranged seven herbs according to the seven planets . with a higher and more exalted body. copper. though they do not altogether agree thereto . This is the Sulphur of the Philosophers. it would certainly be the cause of effusive joy on their part.fusion. that is. and lunaria Luna. when you cannot even get a glimpse of what lies hid in so common a growth as the heliotrope? This distribution. such as it is in the auriferous tree at its roots in the mountains. Not the slightest vestige of any foundation or light appears in it. Such remarks are merely barbarous. Every mineral can be thoroughly known and discriminated if subjected to a sufficient examination. and 1 have given them above. If Alchemists could find and obtain this Sulphur. so that I should augur from this that a great number of metals still remain. I think it very likely that a large number stil! remain* For by provings of the metals. Of the same kind is the assertion that quicksilver is Mercury. But do you think. blackness. therefore. and the number and species whereof shall be given in due course. so transparent and lustrous (if one may say so) as no other of the metals can be. the true opinion is that it is Sulphur sublimated to the highest degree by Nature. they are reckoned according to the nature of the six metals. etc. The chapter on metals teaches you that those metab are six in number. so far as they are known to me. This is . and see how they square one with another and agree. To these are added a few others —some three or four. one of the three primals. quality. Sulphur. many proofs present themselves which are metallic. According to them. and filth whatev^er.which are known to me. Compare the complexion. should be admitted by nobody. but these are the mere dreams of physicians. but ought to be relegated to those w^ho do not judge according to the light of Nature. with no stability or power of proof in them. and not philosophy at all. but by their own long stoles. not that other Sulphur from which come iron. nature » working. With regard to the generation of Gold. properties. One has not the least likeness to the other. and various virtues and essences.

a little bit of their universality. but is carefully illuminated in itself to the very supreme point. which is decocted in the way of which we have already spoken. then. twenty-four degrees are found for establishing the best gold. admixtureSi is changed into a mercurial body with consummate clearness* This is the Mercury of the Philosophers which generates gold. and advanced to the highest transparency of the beryl. as if gone out of its kitchen. but Nature of herself gi%'es thirty-two degrees to the finest gold. Its grade is not one only. separated to the highest degree. But there are diversities in the kitchens. the genus of gold is not single. These three ingredients in conjunction are gold. This happens from some impediment w^hich occurs from the stars or other elements which aid in the decoction. and vitriolic character. as a rose from a rose-seed. The cause of this is that gold in its tree is like a cow in the pastures. according to metallic nature. acelosity. or like Epicurus in the kitchen. The grades below this are too pale and not recognisable. and so highly separated and purified from all its acridity. aluminous. so neither does gold always attain its complete grade. As soon as he has gone out all vigour and animation become fallen and diminished. crystallized to the highest degree. and is the second part of the primal matter. Mercury. and free from all earthly and accidental 1t$o The Hermetic and Alchemkal Writings of Paracelsus. is salt. The third part of the primal matter of goldp or of the tree from which gold ought to grow. that it no longer has anything of the kind appertaining to it. Accordingly as the gold falls into this %y\\^ or the other. So is it with gold : because if it be reduced so as to be the first matter of man. As one man is more dense or more subtle than another. but manifold. . Moreover. In our Art. it at once loses eight out of the thirty-tw*o degrees to which allusion has been made. so it is either increased or diminished in degrees from twenty-six degrees as a maximum dow^n to ten degrees as a minimum. For it is the nature of gold to be either light or dense. too. Moreover. some being better and others worse. bitterness.

the irrelevant weights are removed and the twenty-four degrees remain. of a golden nature. Yet it may be that gold which is too pallid in its decoction may be graduated. has been added. Indeed. and. Too much Salt causes too great paleness. or by other means. Too much Sulphur confers excessive redness. say. how^ever. the Alchemical to wit. Let not the Alchemist. which is done in this way. or Salt. it persistently retains both its colour and its weight. 25' Gold becomes white by Sulphur in the manner already detailed. that the other tincture. its colour is changed by the tincture which is composed of Mercury and Salt. Sulphur takes the tint of other colours. by regal cement. For though the whole be red. by quarta. that sometimes the weights are unequally divided. the tincture of Alchemy can easily change its colour. This is a property of good gold. Nature sometimes errs as well as men. in this case. the body is Sulphur. or white. as it is called. It is necessary. A Book about Minerals. But if the superfluous weight be removed (as it can be by Art). If this happens ^ the grade is unequal. antimony. For the weight in excess is unfit to assume its degree and to be reduced to a just standard. or clay-coloured. should tinge the Mercury and Salt from whiteness to redness. But the other twO| Mercury and Salt. And it must be remembered. from w^hich fault and error are sure to arise. Too much Mercury makes the gold too much the colour of corn. or Mercury. But a principal item of knowledge w^ith regard to this is that it does not lose its body in regale. attempt rashly to graduate gold. therefore. When. In this way gold assumes the colour which .principally for this reason that too much body. by antimony. These so tinge a suiphurous body that it loses its redness and grows white. are white. then. But what is not good of its kind cannot be exalted. and quarta. It reaches a point from twelve to twenty-four. too.

In the same way man also ought to act in the generation of Nature.it ought to have. So when Art separates. indeed. not only are those things . For this is the rafionaie of creation. and that it shall first of all be tested in man. So also is redness. all this is due to Mercurjv Whatever property there is in Sulphur belongs to all alike. nor takes any heed of its medicine. In what relates to the nature. Attention also must be paid to the ftict that at this juncture Nature takes the lead in matters of the kind described. Thus. force. only in Mercury. that in all the outgrowths from the four elements of Nature. together with its medicine. In Sulphur there is nothing save a body. if only Nature has gifted him with the astral mysteries of the arts* This method of treatment. it deserts the body. and conserves Mercur}' so that its virtues and properties shall not putrefy or decay. and that by a tincture. still. as neither can the properties of Sulphur be discovered. But all these are readily found in Mercury. so that one shall be made of a melancholy or a sanguine temperament. which contains all things.Sulphur and Salt are so far available that the one gives the body in which is gold. So in Salt. Another fact which should be accepted is that the white complexion also is changed by corporal transmutation. this virtue is incorporated with gold. in her mineral working. and if it be separated after coagulation in Salt it cannot be detected by Art. in Salt nothing. and virtue. but only in Mercury. as being superior to Nature in this respect. There is nothing in it except body where Mercury^ is not present. This transmutation can be effected by means of Alchemy. and these are subject to the primary colours. In like manner^ it deserts Salt. But know that Salt is a balsam. these medicines must not be sought therein. acts exactly as she does with man in his generation. And although the body has some influence as a body. just as there are in man himself. I now relegate to astronomy. the other adds strength. These two colours separately inhere in redness. Yellowness inheres in whiteness . Nature. however. but under the condition that it shall be directed to the complexions. and Salt as Salt. just as cattle may be made black or white. And it should be realised that there are complexions in gold and in other metals.

that it is sometimes overloaded with impediments. and the nucleus too. When the flower falls the fruit is born in its place. in its ultimate separation. too. it leads one astray. while yet immature. namely. just as the actual flowers on trees are eaten by worms. loses much of its weight. This. at first the gold becomes a tree after its kind. too. When Nature is thus prepared and lead to such increase. and besides these there is the magnet. The flower in the earth. Besides. though they ought rather to call it the quart-essence. the natures of which vary one from the other. it is true.present w-hich are of themselves seen and understood. that the fruit flourishes sometimes at the distance of several hundred ells in the interior of the tree itself. but these also contain within them the magnet which. But Mercury itself. and others midway between the two. they are eaten away. Hence they are found distributed in different ways. The gold. this fact also deserves to be well weighed. as the ancients term it. then the fruit. . is at the extremity. just as their own peculiar mode of growth is assigned by God to other trees. If this takes place. For the mineral 252 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. There are many mishaps of this kind. There is thus some difference amongst auriferous trees. And as the flower is at the extremity. is chilled by Mercury or burnt by Salts. that is. If corrosive salts fall on the flowers. does not always burst forth where the flower had stood. attracts to itself the essences of the three primals. so that occasionally nothing takes place except a generation of Mercury. so there is the same method observable in the generation of gold and of all metals. in decoction and preparation. The magnet has attracted this and it is found in Mercury. some straightway in the open air. consists of three . The flower follows . like that in any other tree. but this is the nature of the auriferous tree. and afterwards are generated the branches. This spreads itself. the Quintessence. with regard to gold. which is a medicine.

Of this class are cachimiae. As trees are burnt up by a blazing sun. Concerning Silver. and the firmament. 253 and silver. have been restored to a fixed nature. The light of philosophy teaches us all these matters. fixed Salt. and others. But there are other impediments which are wont to effect the degree. but not in the sub- . they are fixed from their special nature nearest to gold in a fire of ashes. and Mercury. are of one and the same primal matter j but the same distinction supervenes as exists between a man and a woman.The earth. indeed. The minerals of gold. Herein lies the difference between the fixation of gold and of silver. and send forth their tinctures. that gold is male and possesses masculine virtues. All these are rejected in the Art. which insinuate themselves into the workings. Of the generation of Jove it should be known that it is produced from fixed white Sulphyr. and they are abundantly established by experience. resins. are forced to submit to hindrances of this kind. because Jupiter is fixed according. but not with antimony. and other marcasites. Here is the difference in fixation between gold and silver. Gold A Book about Mi?ierais. and from Mercury that is not fixed . Concerning Jove. and for this reason. regale. Salt.to body.which is not occasionally shaken with its tempests. so here also it takes place in the water. therefore. as is the case with a woman. and the air may destroy it. but silver less. Since gold is male it can bear more fixation. and quarta. which. in this respect. There is nothing in existence . Unless these are fruitful they bring forth no good. that is. while silver is female and is possessed of feminine virtues. being most subtly prepared and rendered transparent. Silver is generated from white Sulphur. Thus the matter of silver is comprised in its primals.

On account of its density it consists of the thickest Mercury and the most fluid Salt. spirit of Saturn. These same. Concerning Iron and Steel. Salt. that is. It is coagulated into a hard metal. it becomes ceruse.else but white Sulphur. and the body reduced. and Mercury. Copper is generated from purple Sulphur. and from all together its vitreous nature. the female to her sex. Now. Afterwards it ceases to be a metal . are the three most dense natures of all the metals. and Mercury. For two metals are joined together in one. being the very opposite of tin and lead. It consists of three colours. Salt. it is nothing. On the other hand. and the female no longer emits scoriae. copper contains within itself its own female element. and copulated in itself. for the metallic spirit is separated therefrom by Art* As soon as ever this has been done. iron is generated from the least fluid Sulphur. it comes out male. and dense body beyond all other metals. iron and steel. therefore. Saturn is born from a black. and finally glass. If these three colours be mixed with one another. the lemon colour it gets from Sulphur. It loses ad its fusion and malleability. If these are separated by Art.stance of Mercury. The female can be applied to her uses. It gets its spirit from Salt. moreover. Iron is feminine and steel m<Lsculine. The nature of each constituent is such that the male does not suffer itself to be again destroyed. just as all the metals have. Concerning Saturn. and yellow Mercury. and the male to his in like manner* Concerning Venus. be in their turn separated. red Salt. and the white from Mercury. the male and female grow together. the male to his. that is to say. They differ from one . sulphurous. This conjugation resembles that of gold and silver. and Salt. and dried Mercury. They can. so that there is received into Saturn the most fluid body of Sulphur. lead ochre. its scorise. copper is produced. If this metal be dissolved and ceases to be lead.

therefore. There are seven well-defined and publicly known metals : gold. species. and there is the same marvellous kind of implantation here in Nature. lead. Such. Concerning Zinc . does each grow up together by itself. and the arrangement would be inconvenient. But if— as cannot be the case — iron and steel. It may easily be that six or seven different fruits shall be grafted together on the same tree . lead. that the male is not always solitary without a consort. iron. Only. tin. the last being reckoned as one metal. Such and so many in number are the metals. is often the case with tin and lead. and each consigned to its own nature. and male and female copper respectively. but it is better that each should be separated into its own body.another in fluxibility and malleability. namely. and male 254 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. two metals are produced. silver. But where they are thus joined no good result ensues from them. steel. Note. from what has been already said. since the male and female are wrought together and not separated. but still they are mixed so that one does not impede the other. Only gold and silver mix with the other metals. You perceive. iron and steel. from which each retains its own special nature. tin. as iron and steel differ. as they ought to be. but often they co-exist. Metals can be adulterated. copper. They do not square into one body . If that separation be made. and properties. female copper. as I have reckoned them up. Concerning Spurious Metals. for the reason that they are the most subtle. differing altogether in essence. iron. Thus they are eight in number. there would be only six. when such a primal matter is present. too. nor are they of their own accord separated one from the other. and copper. as in the cases of gold and silver. gold. silver. steel. Of Mixed Metals. are reckoned each as one metal. which grow together in one working.

Its colours are different from other colours. . beyond that of lead and iron. nor its method of preparation. It stands alone by itself. because it is generated from three fluid primals. It allows many mixtures of silver and gold. which penetrate it as they do copper or lead. It does not admit of admixture . Note. ^Concerning GEXfs. so that it resembles no other metals in the condition of growth. it is not likely to be made clear at all. Such. until Art shall discover the process for separating them. is this metal that its ultimate matter. The metal of itself is fluid. It is of peculiar nature and origin. but not to such an extent as to fit it for practical use. 255 Concerning Granates. to me at least. Besideis these^ there is another peculiar metal which is found in streams and marsheSi in the form of a seed like a large or small bean. I say. It is of no practical use. It is founded and wrought by itself. nor does it allow the fabrications of other metals. with a peculiar black colour. Many metals are adulterated in it. and is malleable. Unless Alchemy shall disclose its nature. It is produced from citron-coloured Sulphur. possessing no brightness or metallic sparkle. They are not capable of being wrought. There is little doubt that the male and female elements are joined in its constitution. there is a certain metal. A Book about Minerals. It does not admit of hammering. Moreover. but not so as to fit it for making instruments. It is capable of being wrought. as in the case of iron and steel. not commonly known.Moreover. another metal is produced from cobalt. called zinc. It is fluid like zinc. but remain such as they are. Concerning Cobalt. is not yet fully known. nor is it known what properties it comprises. only of fusion. The ultimate matter of this substance has not as yet been discovered.

all marchasites. and of another genus than marchasites. up to the point that they are known to me. It is produced from Sulphur. wherein are latent both silver and gold. that is. moreover. at all events. a remarkable medicine. There is. that it is the primal matter of the Alchemists in generating metals. the generation of the others cannot be explained in any way save by experience. In this way none can err. As water is to other substances.. but does not moisten. is clear. indeed. of which 1 shall give several instances. The things which belong to this genus possess peculiar qualities. For example. So far it should be a metal as Alchemy reduces it to malleability and capacity of being wrought. and. though it has no feet. and iron can be made from it. and it is a mineral water of metals. Its nature is manifold and marvellous. etc. what is their species. and runs about. all the metals have been thus described. Note. a certain genus which is neither hammered nor founded . Possibly also tin. then. moreover. which is finally proved by the primal matter in Vulcan. but is not a metal. This. following that guide. There are. Concerning CACHiMiiB. with this remarkable nature that it is a f!uid. So far. copper. moreover. the Three Imperfect Bodies. of a metallic nature. Mercur>% and Salt. The right opinion about it is that it is the primal matter of the Alchemists. lead. red and white. and can only be studied with great toil and constant application. %vho know how to get from it silver. which are multifold. which is supplied by the ultimate matter. which are many» . according to their substance and origin. which are also multifold.There are other transparent granates in the form of cr^'Stal. the genera of antimony. as the event proves. By means of this the first three are found out. Attention should be paid to a certain genus of minerals which is. and whence they are derived. CoNiERNiNG Quicksilver. so is this with reference to metals. It is the heaviest of all the metals. Indeed. gold. but sometimes it has. Commonly it has no consistence. as also pyrites. and based upon that foundation. white and red.

auri pigments. in human beings only seven planets . talcs. others are in the body of mercurj% as antimony. cobalts. which differ with the reg"ions in which they are found. etc. There are. General Recapitulation concerning GeNERATroN. It is en tit led an Autograph Schedule by Paracelsus. that it is concerned with a metallic growth which bears the same relation to metals as tumourous fleshly excrescences bear to natural flesh. silver. and auripigment . Mer- . as the fungus bears to the herb. Ai the conclusion 0/ the BooK ABOUT Minerals there folkms in the Geneva foiw a briej frapnenf which is concerned ivith the three firime principles in their comuction with man. Metals such as gold. arsenical ta. Of the Generation of Marcasites. pyrites. Concerning these we must set down that they are to a certain extent metallic.perfect and imperfect . as marcasites. next the varieties of arsenicalia. are incorporated with them. which is destined to become marcasite by a natural necessity. yet others are in salt. and many cachimiae of this kind. It is generated from imperfect metallic sulphur. sulphurs. arsenicalia. This chapter and text is entitled Concerning the Three Imperfect Bodies for this reason. cobalts . But because they incorporate also a metallic foe. or the ape to the man.. which come from Sulphur. as talc. in that they have a proximate metallic first matter. To these also pertain 256 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. metallic and brilliant. Of these things some are in the body of sulphur. antimonies. copper. There are also other minerals. auripigments. I am acquainted with alf of these. and descend from the first three metallic principles. citrine and white. pyrites. four of which are bodies per se^ not forming part of anything else. but these same foes are of great capacity* These are generated in the following order : Marchasites. lead. nothing can be extracted from them without alchemy . Marcasite is of two colours. those of the three primals to wit. then. talcs.

Sulphur. APPENDIX II. which will be found in the second volume of the Geneva folio. not a part . forming a species. because they are either themselves minerals or form parts of minerals. Salt. sal gemmae. and Salt. and mercury* The treatise concerning the first of these substances. is derived from a collection entitled De Nahiralibtis Rebus. and mercury of the vulgar kind. a marcasite is a species. however. bears with it three parts. differs from the former Yliadus. not a manifest body as planets have. for instance. Wherefore the Yliadus is to be understood in a twofold sense. it is requisite to accentuate the distinction by contrasting at some length the references to the principles which are contained in the text of the present volume with the knowledge exhibited by Paracelsus on the subject of ordinary salt. and are specially called mineral. The Yliadus. as. and one to the spirits.] . and Mercury . The origin. nature. and operation of the three prime principles are. Every planet has a perfect Yliadus* The other parts have not the same. as the salt of a gem has Arsenic. and several parts. of no less moment. because the former has his substance and mineral perfect. and fiquid Mercury. The corporal Yliadus is partaker with the spirits of the Yliadus . There are two minerals. one referring to the body. sulphur. but the spiritual is not partaker with the former. which enter partially into their composition Gold. howe%'er. for instance. [The alchemical importance which attaches to a proper conception of the four so-called e!ementar>^ substances is explained in a note appended to the Philosophy of Paracelsus Concerning the Generation of Elements. As these principles are evidently to be distinguished from salt. Minerals have such species.cury. which has been here selected for translation. cachimia? # is a species. sulphur. and all species comprised under minerals are made up of these three parts. But spirits have species in them. fixed Sulphur.

nor can he escape it except in so far as God has endowed him with a congenital balsam which also itself consists of three ingredients. mercy r)% and salt. Ff they do not. it is necessary that S 258 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. These are the body of every single thing. so also salt naturally infused into us by God preserves our body from putrefaction. and in salt its own salt. As. then. This is salt. but has most urgent ne^d thereof for his food and eatables. Man consists of three things : sulphur. Let that theory stand. as the conservative element which prevents the body born with it from decaying. he is therefore subject to decay. therefore. whether endowed with sense or deprived thereof. Hence p also.CONCERNING SALT AND SUBSTANCES COMPREHENDED UNDER SALT. since man is divided into species. In sulphur is its own sulphur. all created things. and of neither more nor fewer constituents. that is» liquid. in mercury' its own mercury. all substances^ consist of these three. and that one of these is salt. where salt is deficient. The causes of this compulsion I will briefly explain. preserving man from decay . GOD has driven and reduced man to such a pitch of necessit}' and want that he is unable in any way to live without sa!t. it is inevitable that these first creations perish and die in their three species. it is necessary that all gfrowths of the earth should gather their nutriment from those three things of which they consist. natural salt is . there that part which is without salt decays. This is man's need and condition of compulsion. they should be sustained and conserved by their nutriments each according to Its kind. that man consists of three bodies. Now. These nutriments are earth and rain. which is the nutriment of natural things. So from this liquid. Nature contains all these things in one. For as the flesh of cattle which is salted is made free from decay. Of these consists also whatever anywhere exists. Herein there are threefold nutriments.

flowing streams. Without nutriments of this kind he cannot live. u^hichever species is neglected . that species in the body perishes. Hence by parity of reasoning it is clear that man himself also must be nourished in the same way : that is to say. The condition of man is similar. and when one part perishes the rest perish with it. but nevertheless nature does crave for these things. he wants moist foods for keeping up his supply of mercury. whatever is humid is mercury. The reason man desires food is on account of his sulphur. become fatter. Hereupon depends the diversity of human aliments. salt everywhere. So there are In like manner. since in other matters they neither know nor can Ao anything. stronger. Now. Why he needs drink. there are ardent foods such as flesh-meat. from these three. And this is not the case with men only . Man has need of ardent foods for the sustentation of his sulphur . so that the animal decays and dies. with regard to the nature of man. a fact not be wondered at. and the congenital salt its nutrimental salt. If this order be violated. humid foods. but animals. so that hand. . This order must be kept in due series. and the reason of his desiring salt is on account of his salt in himself.decocted. more useful. some defect arises in ovi^ of the two species. mercury its nutrimcntal mercury'. Whatever burns is sulphur. These facts are little known. and that which is the balsam of these two is salt. whether it be water or wine. man may be sustained and conserved in his species. The appetite of the nature with which he is born requires some satisfaction proportioned to his need. Its nature is no longer supported by those necessary aliments which it requires. The Academics know nothing of this philosophy. all the world over. seas. etc. whereby. These things are distributed everj^where the supply of them is ready to Now. as springs. and more healthy with salt than without it. bread. there is over the whole world. fish. that his sulphur must receive nut ri mental sulphur. too. It is reported. and eats salt to cherish his nature of salt. is on account of the mercury . the following should be accepted. If the due quantity of salt be not supplied.

as the body li%'es.indeed. as well as that of other creatures. Now. for the sake of securing fuller intelligence of the matter. and with what gifts it is endowed by God. but constantly catches at and seeks for that which its necessity and use require. and thus compels cattle. If the balsam is dissolved or corrupted (and the various modes in which this may take place are given in my Theory of Medicine). I have said of salt that it is the natural balsam of the living body. then neither the external nor the internal body of man decays. Concerning Sali and Substances comprehended tinder Salt. not to mention man. the idea of a natural balsam. Such an ordinance is natural and prudent. salt and food in one. both for preserving the health of men and for warding off many diseases. If the salt has not undergone corruption. so long the aforesaid salt is its balsam against putridity. to lick salted things. according to the mode in which the salt has been corrupted. Nature never rests at ease. therefore. Putting aside. concerning the salt in food. By this balsam the whole body of man. its strength and power increase. I have discussed the subject of salt at some length. that in certain newly-discovered islands men prepare no food cooked with salt. it remains . 259 For ourselves » custom and necessity alike prescribe that we eat salt in our food. so long. and when once this dissolution begins. But since nothing is so good as not to ha%'e some evil combined with it. moreover. nor supply such food to their animals. and that they have cooked their food mixed with this. and with these a third. how it is an aliment. Bui if there accrue to man any decay or — if I may so term it — any cadaverousness. Hence we must conclude that salt is like a balsam in man . if ever>*thing in creation is to be dissolved. In this Avay three nutriments meet j that is to say. but it is quite certain that their own nature and that of their cattle needs the salt water of the sea. it is clear that even the verj^ balsam itself contains the elements o^ dissolution. nameljt drink. the reaison is that. as in the disease called Persian fire. I would point out. is kept and conserved. then forthwith corruption and decay begin. By these nature is nourished and sustained. That is. and that the natural salt which man eats is his food and aliment.

which is prepared either from water.for us to recount the evil there is in salt» so that in this way the good and evil may be conjoined. In this case there is no need to speak of sea-salt. but a necessary food and a medicine useful for old and young alike. Thirdly. there are some springs which are sweet yet salt at the same time. If salt can preserve the dead body or corpse. which is salt of itself. there are also mineral salts. insomuch as they have that nature not in common with the sea. or out of a saline and mineral » preserves . Then there is sea salt. If by its power and efficacy salt preserves the dead body from worms. the Generation of Minerals. much more the living body. of a different kind from other metals or minerals. These have a special nature. there is no need to discuss that subject here. with the appearance of a stone. but of themselves contain a different kind of salt. All salt. That topic belongs rather to the Book on S2 26o The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. As %vine differs from water. Whatever is written about white salt applies also to sea salt. As to the way in w^hich salt Is prepared. The nature and condition of salt are very remarkable. since it is clear enough. Other waters are sweet . Neither is this the place to describe how it grows. so the sea in its nature differs from other waters. The best salt is from springs. My intention is to enlarge upon the virtues and vices of salt. and for this reason. Next comes that from minerals. And as salt is divided into many kinds. this is salt. There is sea salt. that it is not only an aliment. Secondly. Of rock salt not decocted again it is not treated here so much as of salt which has been so decocted. Salt must be supplied to all. But there are three kinds of salt. much more will it preserve the live flesh. and the one separated from the other. not salted by others. so also is it sundered into many and various proper* ties distinct from one another. The harder it is the better.

as being much more available than all other salts for expelling the natural salt. The blood becomes disorganised. so that they may not be deprived of their due nutriment. Urine is the salt of the blood . If these two functions do not proceed regularly. Moreover. the other of salt which is entire and definite. Where salt is not incorporated or united with the food it is not attracted by the blood. Whatever is sluggishly and faintly attracted occasions decay in the blood. let every physician know that. The description of salt. everj'thing is wasted. it is a corrective of foods. If. a natural conjunction cannot be effected. Moreover. It is peculiarly the duty of physicians. since natural salt is wont to issue forth or be expelled by means of salt. however. and the expulsions are not genuine. and its assimilation imperfect. If any obstructions of the pores or other accidents arise. From salt proceeds an expulsive force in the excrement and the urine. salt is not supplied in due mode and sufficient quantity. When salt is defective food is not corrected. Natural salt is united with nutrimental salt. foods should be salted. and that conjunction causes the excrements to be expelled. not to neglect the three species of salt and the operations of each. in order to avoid this. Now. It is a great advantage if the salt called sal gemma* is used. that is. the use of salt should be so much the more frequent. but diligently to use them. Now. for the strongest foundation is in liquid. But salt which is decocted passes into a liquid before it is separated from the water into coagulated salt. there is a solvent power in salt. its decoction is languid. 0\\^ is that of salt from liquid . there* fore. Sea-salt and rock-salt do not become liquid. is twofold. and for the sake of those particular members. it is certain that those liquids in man which take nothing unsalted cannot be fed. then. so that they pass away in the urine. .the common order and virtue of salt . salt takes away or removes these. It should be known at the outset that this is the nature of every salt in its kind . if the food is not properly salted. it is the salt of natural salt. For example * if the stomach takes food which has no salt.

infesting the natural humours. humid. and flaccid. A sound and firm nature consists in a dry body. Of this class are moist gout. one as a liquid the other as a solid or dry substance. but are fat. whatever leprous humour not existing naturally it touches. Nevertheless. and humid one. It produces such effect in this way : the liquid itself is like a warm bath or hot springs* If it be so refrigerated that the patient can sit in it. so much more of a drj-^ing nature is there against superfluous humours than in dry salt. as to how long and to what extent the treatment should be continued. as you will learn in its addition and correction. A long life is better than a short one.I have said above that the description of salt is twofold. To speak summarily. and the pleasures of this world must not be considered. This. thus they will be dried and become healthy. the liquid itself in one hour has more effect than the dried salt would have in a whole month . But if it happens that after a bath of such kind in progress of time the superfluous humours again invade the body after an interval. it should be known at the beginning that . Concerning the liquid. But now. these are purged when the liquid is exhibited. 261 and sustain a vessel or an ii^gg when thrown into it. its virtue is as follows : whatever diseases are produced from humours. A dry and muscular body is the best and healthiest. it consumes. If the liquid be prepared of such a consistency that it will bear up Concerning Salt and Sidstances comprehended under Salt. that all salt dries up every description of humour that proceeds from the body. and legs swollen by the influx of humours. What diseases are of a kind to need this treatment 3'ou must learn from physicians. care should be taken that the patient spend his life and dwell near salt springs. E\'en if dry salt be reduced it is not of equal excellence. dropsy. should all be washed in that bath . however. he should wash in it as is customary in hot springs. adipose. note this fact. the feet cease to swell and are reduced to their natural condition. turning to dry salt. Thus those humours are absorbed. humid tumours. should be done on the advice of a prudent physician. Whatever bodies are not so constituted. and the like. It is accordingly of great importance that the liquid of salt should be correctly described. not a fat.

The following is a recipe for correcting and reducing back again dry salt : Take common salt and the salt of urine in equal quantities. be calcined according to the rules of Alchemy for two hours. should be noticed the possibility of correction by which dry salt may be to a certain extent reduced to this form. and a patient washes therein. Correction and Addition on the subject of a Second Time Correcting AND Reducing Dry Salt. In conclusion. Salt is useful in many other cases than we have so far recapitulated in external diseases of the body. it should be remarked that in process of time the liquid removes and cures baldness and mange. And here. Besides this. preserves them from putrefaction and from w^orms. sal gemmae. . The less salt there is in other things the fewer similar virtues can be found . as common table salt. Thus you will have the reduced liquid. not even a balsam does any good. they are healed by the operation of Nature herself. for it is a potent cure of scab and itch. it should be known that any kind of salt put into water and used for washing wounds. and so effectually removes any worms which may have been produced. that none are ever generated again. in which case. rock salt. clear salt. and sal stiriatus. This is of such powerful virtue that in surgical cases it differs little from the true liquid of salt. Let them 262 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. So also in virulent ulcers salt is a singular remedy. So many virtues be hid in the use of salt. even if they are very severe. that no addition is advisablej since the virtues peculiar to salt are found in no other substance.and administering it you will observe the method first mentioned* It should be known. Afterwards let them be resolved in a cell in the usual manner. for the most part. For internal disarrangements of the body it is much slower in operation. if salt be put into a bath. If wounds are kept pure and clean. also. earth salt. provided only they have not assumed a poisonous aspect. too. In applying. In this respect the liquid is more powerful. he is freed from all sorts of scab. Whatever be the case with these.there are several different kinds.

sal stiriatus. indeed. But if without such extraction the gold be resolved. corporal. but alkali. But if it be again extracted and carefully prepared. they are not salt. and a constant and priceless treasure to other artificers for the same purpose. But salt is nutrimentah feeding and nourishing even alkali. Besides the conditions of salt already mentioned. The same is true concerning the water of salt. save only that the salt should be kept by itself without any addition. Therefore^ no addition can be made» or any other correction. they must be skilled in Alchemy for the work of preparation. The urine being collected and prepared so as to form another salt. of a peculiar kind. If alkalis be decocted these are not a genus of salt. that is. In whatever place the urine of men or animals is deposited. This spirit resolves gold into an oil. there salt nitre is afterward produced. which is nothing else than natural. as was said on the subject of calcination. It is this. the fact is that these are most of all adapted to Alchemy. silver. nevertheless. and the salt of gems. and that. In these salts. so that silver can be cemented in them after the common mode. and stand for some time. one other property remains. salt nitre is salt formed from the natural corporeal salt and the salt of food. It is also the best purifier of copper if it be reduced to a cement. Now. which is distilled into a spirit from the calcined substance. But. is called salt nitre. and nutrimental salt meeting with other humours.and therefore every accessory preparation is useless. any Luna. then it is a most subtle object of art for goldsmiths in gilding. Concerning clear salt. if the urine be excreted into nitre. then the spirit of salt meeting together in its^ operation. that is. If these two are joined in man they expel from him what is superfluous by means of the urine. Now. becomes very malleable. prepares one salt out of two. and without the aid of fire is wrought almost as easily as lead is. There is a difference between salt and alkali in that alkali is natural salt in bodies derived from the three species. potable gold of the most excellent character will be the result. This the Alchemists afterwards .

That they clarify again. By means of this salt many of the arcana in Alchemy are brought about which need not be described here. Butt so far as relates to the art of Vulcan. so that the true and genuine salt may again be extracted from a certain part^ and the rest mixed with the salt of the nitre* Now. incorporated with the corporeal salt so that afterwards it cannot be separated. so that it can be detected as such. 263 in a crude state. but this could not be accomplished on account of the violent chemical action produced. and separate that which is not salt from the salt which has been produced. clarify by alchemical art.extract from the nitre. therefore. Alchemy found it lying hid in nitre. since. Hence it is with good reason called terrestrial lightning. not to write on this subject at all. the Alchemists discovered gunpowder. In I he preparation. the reason w^hy the genuine salt can be again extracted by decoction is. that this salt is not digested in man or in the animal. as one may say. but is passed out Concerning Sali and Substapices comprehended under Salt. This subject relates in no w^ay to the health of men. it cannot be denied that great secrets be hid there. however. reduced it to the form of a coag-ulated salt. a separation of the salt may be brought about. We have not yet got at the true foundation or any good end. simply from its excrements. and then evolved the latent virtue from it. so that no one may be led astray. It is best. But that which has been digested is mixed. but purely to igneous preparations. only for purposes of Alchemy and the manual art. such a generation is . and then the salt nitre manifests its conditions. and by an internal motion. Having accomplished this afterwards by the addition of carbon. and gradually so augmented this by new inventions that now it breaks through walls like a thunder-bolt. which demand a chapter to themselves. The nature of man is indeed wonderful. No salt in the universe is like this one. and. but passes into the form of salt nitre. They tried to distil sulphur and salt nitre together. from the body of man or brute.

But these matters must be referred to metaphysical science in the Paramirum. unless you wish to make him lean and dried up. a different nature and condition. From this salt all growing things have proceeded. 264 The Hermetic and Alchemical Wriiings of Paracelsus. one must speak of the losses and injuries of salt. It destroys man's life with such swiftness that no defence is sufficiently strong against it. however. can be observed in the species and powers of salt. it is very useful for gunpowder. that from this salt another salt is found also in the earth. In the probation of salt the nature of each can be easily discriminated. for it is well to write of the evil as w ell as the good. Let this be understood concerning salt. too. Salt nitre and saltpetre. Now. so far as they relate to health and other matters. table salt and salt nitre. deposits in them stalactites and long dependent grow^ths with the form and appearance of salt. It is called saltpetre. In the beginning of this chapter I said that Nature had incorporated salt in the liquid of the earth. A certain difference. If these are taken and prepared by the art of salt. iLnd m ]t« transit causes so serere a colic and bowel coa:p!a:r. It acquires another spirit. I do not think It advisable that the salt which is formed from the salt nitre and saltpetre for food should be given man to eat.t that it can scarcely be cured even by the most cskrtfiil trcatssccr. Otherwise. because it adheres to rocks. from which circumstance the name originates.contrived that when it proceeds from living beings it is so violent against life that nothing more destructive can be imagined. and it is the balsam of salt which I have mentioned. they put forth two kinds of salt. For Nature having pores. are distinguished by a certain diflercnce. It should be known. At the same time. that if it be not digested it is driven from the stomach through the intestines. cavities. It acquires such a . and like salt nitre. and cataracts in the earth. too.

and other ailments. not only for remedying. GOD created the resin of the earth and endowed it with many unspeakable qualities. What seemed to me useful I have done my best to impart as the result of my experience. Now. but they are not all relevant. In the case of these patients the physician must take great care to obser\'e whether that salt has proceeded from salted. It has been often discovered b}' anaromy that a separated salt of this kind has produced perforation of the bowels. but also for alchemical operations* Other virtues also are conspicuous in sulphur. whence arise many unusual diseases. APPENDIX III [The treatise which follows constitutes the seventh chapter De Natural ibus Rebus^ and may be compared with The Economy of Minerals^ c. heat of stomach. Salt is not added in equal portions to every kind of food . AH this we leave to be weighed by the prudent physician. or dried foods. not only local but extending over the whole body. if it remains in the stomach it causes cra\-ing. and many of them would be injurious. and this circumstance should be diligently considered b}. all of which arise from crude salt adhering to the orifice of the stomach. It also happens sometimes that this salt enters the mesenteric veins.] CONCERNING SULPHUR.the physician. which is a resin of the earth. therefore. Besides this. It is an addition of considerable importance to the Hermetic Chemistry of Paracelsus. Many more things could be s^d of it here. so that I have been unwilling to discuss them. It will be suitable. The same may also occur in those parts to which the urine penetrates on its passage to the emunctories. ftmoked.strong corrosive force that it seems as thou^ it wished to ear away all the intestines.diseases. as it is a German growth. and is there granulated and constipated. We thought it should be specially described. 17. thenj not only to discuss the . we will conclude as to the matter of salt in its kind.

but also to treat of its alche mistical and other uses. and thoug^h ambition led them to keep on compiling books. When every simpleton is made a doctor and everj' trifler poses as an alchemist. but they understood nothing. Unless God Himself interposes and hinders. They piled up heaps of matter. and I realised that scarcely any exist which are superior to them. that they cannot be thoroughly in%'estigated by any — because. alchemy. After long experience gained in both faculties. these powers of sulphur were discovered and understood by me. Much has been written and published on the subject of sulphur. and what is comprised in it as regards medicine. This is accomplished by Vsopus. such excellent virtues are latent therein. I. Sulphur transmutes them . and if Aristotle were alive at the present day. If God does not hinder.medical %*irtues of sulphur. but deduced nothing^ from the source as a good writer should do* They did not understand the subject themselves . those books were without spirit or life. I repeat. Sulphur confutes Aristotle when he says that the species of things cannot be transmuted. a mere dead letter. as an experienced man. And the foundation is that so many arcana and powers of both faculties are contained in sulphur. any defect is in the artificers. who handle their sulphur so that the result does not correspond to its innate virtue. will lay before you what 1 have learnt about sulphur. or which can even be compared to them in medicine and in Alchemy. and in other respects. that is» the art of separating^. One who practises as a physician or an alchemist does not use Sulphur as it exists per se^ but rather as it is separated into its arcanum. they are deservedly the subject of universal wonder. he would be completely put to the blush and made ashamed of himself. in fact. Many authors have undertaken to describe everj'thing. but no one has ever yet reached the source of its true power. so that ihe natural light in man cannot sufficiently admire them. the operations of sulphur are stupendous. which was anciently . and so cleansed from its imparity that it becomes to its virtue whiter than snow. 266 The Hermetic and Alckeniical Writings of Paracelsus. this fact accounts for science not being brought out into open light.

and so that it may be clearly known what is its use in medicine. Each of these comprises an . then. Nor do I speak of metals and stones only. There are as many kinds of sulphur as of stones. So. not simply per se. But. bismuth. Concerning the Kinds of Sulphur. but with a skin and a shell. which arises from the generation of a single product. for example. in Alchemy. In the perfection or generation of metals. the embrj^onlc sulphur of gold. each bearing relation to the nature of its own metal. it is remarkable for common use and for all external purposes.called the Ysopaic art in Alchemy and in all kinds of sequestration. All bodies having their own substance are made up of the three constituents just mentioned. etc. alum* marcasite. antimony. salt. and in other respects. These I will detail separately. however. because no metal is without sulphur. etc. As often as you get new metal. Vou see a nut generated. Hence it has diverse modes of operation. so often you get sulphur . Hence arise different names of sulphur. silver. but of stones. When these points are established 1 will go on to specify its daily uses. in order to be quite accurate in explaining Sulphur. sapphire. Even when crude. such as vitriol. On this account they have an embrjonated nature. Every metallic body consists of three things. when we shall have explained accurately and in due order its use in medicine. the superfluous sulphur is removed. all its operations will be understood by everybody. 1 adduce this illustration to shew that there are as many kinds of sulphur as of metals. so that they will be able to handle it without danger of error. and also how far it is serviceable for Alchemy. as is explained in the treatise concerning generation. and you know that these are superfluous save for the embryonic conservation of the kernel.It is not produced from one matrix^ but from many. The sulphur is distinguished by the name of the embr)*o. and mercury. And this is true not only of metals. marble. sulphur. but also of all the different corporalities. be it metal or stone. so that no physician may make any mistake. and comprises many natures^ differing one from the other. I will differentiate it first according to its nature.

hyaciothus from hyacinthus. bright. separated from other substances by its own . a certain spirit of that body. It sometimes happens that embryonal sulphur of this kind produces metals of fair quality. and other arts. we will here point out only what experience has taught and confirmed in the science of finding out secrets of this kind. the embrj'onate sulphur of Mars is different from the embryonate sulphur of vitriol or of jaspis. as it were. This I will now describe. Similar preparations arc also sometimes made in the sulphureous embryos of gems. And not only the spirit^ but with that same also a corporality. and other matters of like nature. so that it is a thing growing by itself. in investigations of this nature.embr>^o. and will set forth its virtues in medicine. without any embrj^onic nature and condition. which cannot sustain any fire. and a precious stone. Let the alchemist. and one peculiar to itself. and the like. in gold from gold. Alchemy. to the alchemical process. For instance. however. each of which contains in itself a sulphur of this kind. concerning one kind of sulphur. latent in it» all which things have been discovered and investigated by art* But this stone was like that from which it was produced. therefore. give his attention to finding out the embryo. The same holds good concerning growing bodies of the earth. then. in lead from lead. Sulphur. Besides this there is another generation of sulphur. granate from granate. which takes its name according to the speciality of its own generation. something is united therewith which is. herbs. by which are separated mutually from one another dead sulphur. lest by chance he light upon something else. then. Let so much be said. like a beech or an oak. but a subtle and ephemeral one. has still another generation. Apart from the Vulcanic operation it is produced in those metals whence it arises. per se. One thing should here be mentioned. gems pure and Concerning Sulphur. Relegating these things. as to its origin. of a weak character. as woods. because in that generation whereby they are produced.

that is. thus far. So. and how they are to be recognised. it is sufficiently clear what are the different kinds and conditions of sulphur. no one exactly like another. from all which the sulphur withdraws. gold is dissolved from its corporality. but this sulphur is so excellent an arcanum that nothing like it can be put forward.— so also in mineral sulphur there is a body which is extracted. one copper. various secrets are here used . Of these three. one gold. the alchemisti and the soap maker respectively* Concerning Embryonated Sulphur. — as silver or Iron from its ore. we have put forward a triple 268 Tlu Hermetic and Aichemical Writings of Paracelsus. Thus you see in all those things in which Nature abounds for us. This is called mineral sulphur. I should wish you to know of another kind which is a special secret. is prepared.special genus. and extracted. since one sort is of a higher. sulphur. that the genus is distributed not into one but many species. the sulphur of vitriol. ought to be in this place since this matter relates to Vulcan. . as tin from its zwitter. Of this kind are the sulphur of gold. as also silver. the sulphur of jaspis. indeed. And in truth. And as the Vulcanic art teaches how to separate minerals so that the taie body may be taken away from the false. and gems. Of this sulphur there are many different kinds. There is not only one lead. another of a lower grade. I will point out how they are useful to the physician. as follows : — In alchemical separation. or they have more or less of transparency and clearness. from its generators. This sulphur is a mineral /^r 5^. there is not only one sulphur. Concerningf embryonated sulphur it should be known that it has different virtues according to that from which it is derived. From this. etc. That body is mineral sulphur. So. nor. But beyond these. For this reason medical properties also should be sought therein. so that the particular species which is sought may forthwith be found. And this difference should be especially kept in view by alchemists. every metal.

also. where the same diversity is once more observed. so do the properties differ. tin. They would not even know that if they had not heard it talked about. content with one thing — ^if money flows into your pockets. Over this. for example. the Creator of yourselves and of all Nature. Moreover. This. so that you may not treat men as though you were robbers. so neither is it in embryonated sulphur that one must seek the virtue of gold. which now we are going to say should be noted before all else. sometimes like crystalline. the kernel differs from its integument . A nwl^per se^ is simply the kernel. silver. Many virtues are hidden in these sulphurs. But the kernel contains in itself an integument which corresponds to the nut. and discover what is this arsenic in embryonated sulphur. grows a green rind or bark. which is of a nature altogether different from the nut. note this with reference to the embrj^onated sulphur of the metals* It can be clearly seen how it firmly conserv^es and restores its own . Over against this. all these things ought to be known thoroughly from Nature herself^ if we would not lend ourselves to robbery. so do their virtues differ. so do their properties. a dry shell is produced. but another virtue must be selected for medicine. Yon care nothing for God. essence. so also is that arsenic sometimes like realgar. The virtue of the nut is not to be looked for in the shell. copper. As is that which is generated. substance. As the bodies differ. Yet. They only know the sulphur of the hucksters' shops. As in foods. and corporality differ. more subtly in one than in another. etc. You Academicians think nothing of this. has these two eoatingSr And as the chestnut differs from the bark when masticated in the mouth. again. finally. I adduce these facts in order that you physicians may understand that you ought to be naturalists— not sophists — ^so that you may know natural substances. sometimes like auripigment. I say this in order that you may understand how embr}^onated sulphur is also a similar impurity from its embryo and differs from its true products by as wide an interval as its form. namely.Let us use an illustration to explain our meaning. The chestnut. but would have a good conscience towards God. each differing from the other. that with all these sulphurs the spirit of arsenic blends. emerald^ or jacinth .

and yet without any corrosion. the sulphur of tin to the liver. When this is extracted you have no less virtue than in the stone itself. and to administer them to their patients when necessity requires. They suit all operations . In the same way. the sulphur of silver to the brain. 269 among the ancient and rival physicians no recipes are found against suffocations of this kind. these will be dealt with under the head of mineral sulphur. For all the seven members require minerals only. still they one and all decline learning how to prepare these embryonate sulphurs. the sulphur of copper to the kidneys. if there be a flux of humours in them which threatens such suffocation. not. all gems are by Nature enclosed in some thing which is their embryonate. I wTite here. Moreover.particular member. In that embryonate. sulphur lies hid. Of the . which is able to do what these metallic embryonated sulphurs do. there are also the sulphurs of gems in which precious stones lie as a chestnut within its thorny bark.The constitution of eaglestones is well known. the sulphur of iron to the gall. indeed. but the metallic are stronger than the mineral sulphurs. the sulphur of quicksilver to the lungs. as in the suffocation of these members. but for using in place of medicine. and no other remedies for their ailments. because no medicine has been found for suffocations. for wearing. Although Concerning Sulphur. also. Thus the sulphur of gold is beneficial to the heart. concerning this one sole virtue. But all these avail in one disease only. So it is well known that in the sapphire is concealed the virtue of removing anthrax. therefore. As to their other virtues. the sulphur of lead to the spleen. and must be used with greater caution. and reducing it to an eschara above all other corrosives.

if the generated be dissolved and reduced to a Vulcanian preparation. I would be understood thus. But if the kernel of the nut be corrupted or dissolved. and gradation cause it to accomplish the same result. therefore. then. separation. I took an illustration from the difference of the shell and the kernel in a nut. of which there is more to be said in 2 70 The Hermetic and Akhankal Writings of Paracelsus. and an alkali formed from it. They are not. The application. so that it is no longer useful for food. with the same mode of operation. I say that the virtue of the embryonate is like that of the generated.same nature is its sulphur. Suppose the kernel is burst. it produces the same effects. it is true. When. Laid on thus. if it breaks forth with an abscess. the nut still has the same properties as its shell. but also with cancer and Persian hre. the shell becomes an alkali too. In proportion as the degrees hereof are graduated in the operation. . they produce a similar clear and bright sulphur. so is it to be understood here. that from those gems which we Germans have we extract the virtues which are applicable to these special uses* If you have these virtues in gems you will have them also in sulphur. antimony. but still they are there. it should be known that if they are extracted from their bodies and from the matters adhering to them. But with regard to embryonated sulphurs in cachimiie.. in like manner. and both tinge with a black colour those substances which were not previously black. indeed. such as marchasites. Care must be taken. if. therefore. The same must be understood of all the embrj^onates of gems and the rest. The correction and gradation alone tend thereto. And this is the case not only w^th anthrax. especially at the beginning. otherwise none of these results could be brought about As in the beginning. talc. so are all other embryonates. Let us take a further illustration. the operation ilself and the virtue answer to that degree. etc. it be extracted from the body and be used as a plaster. equally strong in the sulphur. As this is extracted.

kind of cough. and the drunkards rushed into their place. Then the virtues in all things would so shine forth that all men would admire God. being such a profound artificer as He is. which are species of vitriol. What shall 1 say ? The arts have perished. mockers. This fate awaited the Science of the Secrets of Nature. Whatever can be naturally supplied in any way. etc. all the sciences also perished together by the same fate . swaying all rights by their mere nod. they are specially useful in all phlegmatic cases. that here the somniferous . namely. empyemata^ and ever}. who by their exactions and their usuries make more than enough gain for themselves and their lords. Here I will lay down a general rule for you. ajid in their place arose scribes with long garments. from different species of alum. One ought to grieve from the heart that there is to-day no Magus flourishing among princes. and in their place a den of robbers has been substituted* Next in order. peripneumonia. that it rivals those which are generated if it be corrupted tn the preparation. may be the same as it was \n the time and age of the Magi. as from salt. with this special property. who. since He has hidden so many miracles in Nature. from vitriols. that this sulphur brings to its condition. that all sulphurs formed from vitriol a ted salts are stupef active. Know this. from the sal gemmae. but all things on every side have degenerated into mere trifling and ineptitude. and have the mastery. I have no greater desire or longing than that the state of the world to-day. But the virtue is this. Secondly. and magnates. kings. among its princes. and rapacious wolves. threw all things into a state of terrorism. which cannot properly be recounted here. narcotic. concerning the embr\'onated sulphur in vitriol and its cognates. and sleepproducing. especially in phthisis. however. anodyne. in order that man may trace them out* The Magi passed away. or of Magic. and thieves. and now nothing remains but whoremongers. robbers. while wolves sit at our councils. that they all produce a wonderful sulphur when animated bodies are separated from their embrj^onates. that after the passing away of the Magi.their alchemical operation.

but safely. in all diseases curable by anodynes. This ought to be the first remedy and preventive in all ailments. and the more confidence should be placed in this present soporific. Physicians are agreed that soporifics of this kind produce many wonderful eff'ects. What other means can raise physicians to a higher position. Concernin|^ this sulphur there cannot be two opinions . and does not act as an opiate. and of which the whole remedy has been placed by God in these anodynes. being' followed up by the quintessence as a tonic. Concerning Sulphur. because it is fixed of itself. without any illetTect. since we know that there are many diseases which are not curable without anodynes. soothes all painsi reduces all fevers. however.. too. prepared. How it is found and prepared is described in the alchemical process. and prevents the severe symptoms of ever>" disease. so that poultr)' will eat it* It sends them to sleep for some timei but they wake up by-and-bye without feeling any evil effects from it. yet without evil consequences. as is the case with henbane. 271 it has a certain amount of sweetness in it. This is the reason why 1 write the more carefully about this sulphur. on the contrarj% there is so much poison that. concerning this same sulphur. effectually. they cannot be used . mandragora. is worthy of the highest praise. therefore. Hippocrates.condition is so placid and gentle that it is free from all harm. decocted. beyond all Apolles^ Machaons. Such a sleepproducing stupefactive. it lulls all passions. and corrected by Nature herself. Then. because all philosophers aioi at these . In opiates. pepper. and Polydorcs? And this is called the philosophers* sulphur. except in the form of a quintessence. Here. quietly. it may be mentioned that of all the productions of vitriol it is the best known extract. etc.

there is no knowing what position might have been reached. but the body is fixed against the element . and purify it. Now. This sulphur is only fire. It is vegetable. is opposed to that which is not fixed against it. For this reason the element of fire is a great arcanum in all diseases. which also perishes with the wood. to make men live in health and resist disease. Give your utmost attention that you may learn how to graduate. so does the other invisibly. and available only for those substances which have to be prepared by fire* Everyone knows that this sulphur indicates the virtue of other sulphurs in that way. that. separate. namely. So diseases are not fixed . since they have no consciences. with their blind eyes. or which in burning can be reduced to ashes. not fixed. if this our philosophy had found a place and acquired development in the schools of medicine. then. That is why they have given it this name. because it is not an element of fire. This sulphur exists in all substances which are wooden. In the meantime. that is. As fire consumes wood visibly. you must take care that it be reduced to its proper volatility. and they have found this faculty in its highest degree in this sulphur.results — to prolong life for many centuries. The sulphur being reduced to subtlety and volatility. and the element of fire. consuming all things. and pilferer of people's purses* One may now say. at least. what can one do but let them pose as sham physicians ? But whoever wishes to be a true physician must . Whatever physician has not this element of fire in its arcanity— if I may coin that word — ^cannoE boast that he is a true and tried physician. were banished. which is not fixed by Nature. so every sulphur is an invisible fire consuming diseases. But if you contend that sulphur is fire in its medicinal effect. As it is itself fire. and its own body is separated from it. while these people would have avoided any number of homicides of which they have been guilty by their rashness. it shall be so subtilised that it will leave its own body. then at length the consuming body must be consumed. that sulphur is the element of fire. if sham physicians had acted thus. so that it may vanish like flame. which none can kindle save in w^ood. He is a mere tyro. Besides this there is another kind of embr^^onated sulphur in wood. it is opposed to diseases. that is. while the trif^ers and mountebanks.

if it be elevated several times from vitriol (the oftener the better). or abscesses. so that it remains sound and uncorrupted. There he will find. That is 272 The Hermetic and Alc/iankal Writings of Paracelsus. to know something of its virtues. Concerning Mineral Sulphur. best aloes [aloe epaticus)^ 5i. Of the mode of separation from its scoria it ts not necessary here to speak. and a curative in childhood. and a curative in every kind of cough. the other insensible fire. especially if it be prepared according to the following prescription* Rec. (half). It must not be used in its crude form for medicinal purposes. If it be taken daily it preserves the health. if it be raised in the second or third degree from aloes and myrrh. It ts an excellent preservative in the plague. It is so powerful a preservative for wine that it leaves nothing impure in the wine. j of Roman myrrh. not only truth. but has to be separated from its fseces. in pleurisy. Taken in the morning it prevents the pestilence for that day. 5^. or pleurisy. be used in a crude state. It must not^ however. the one in wood. in all abscesses and putridities of the body. but made volatile. There are. Jss.hunt out the virtues of the elements in natural things. whether recent or of long standing. %u and a half. however. to say. The following is a brief dissertation on mineral sulphur. In this way it is a preservative in all fevers. but how^ to cure his patients. one fixed. In this way it is a remarkable medicine. the sensible as well as the insensible. It is also a preservative against the falling sickness. it then takes into itself the essence and virtues of vitriol. the other pure fire. the other in diseases. has a like consummation. then. and is wholesome for those who drink it. one is living fire. This is treated of in the book on ''The Generation of Minerals. Each^ however. but . In business and commerce it is a corrective of wine." It is well.1 oriental safTron. and prevents anything untoward from happening. two kinds of embr} onated sulphur. Moreover. Of purified sulphur as above described. Mix and make into a powder.

If wine is treated herewith it does not produce gravel or calculus. and so are avoided in medicine. or of equal efficacy with it. and the more it inclines to gold colour. etc. a very few pages of this our writing would suffice to establish this point in discussion with the academic doctors. realgar. Nothing can be found like it. . it should be observed that there are several kinds of sulphur. Crude sulphur has the property of bleaching red colours with its fumes* It turns red roses into white ones. 273 less degree^ purple. but prepared. the yellow. Pearls are not to be cast before swine . at length it throws off all its dregs and poisonous character. that I here sound its praises. and these would rather see people sicken and die than yield a jot of their opinion. If it be used medicinally in an elevated state it produces whiteness. There is. white. apoplexy » abscesses of any kind. Moreover. But to return to mineral sulphur : observe once more that it must not be used in a crude state. therefore. etc*. If one had time. that which is red in a greater or Concerning Sulphur. what remains is a pearl of price and the most desirable of medicines. but only externally. the better it turns out . The others contain a good deal of arsenic. It is not without reason. The more yellow sulphur is. black. fluxions. differing in colour. But so far as concerns alchemy.drives it all out. although they are not able to be of the slightest use to the sick. the better and more wholesome it is. The more carefully it is prepared. coughs. these others are better on account of the ingress w^hich they have through such spirits of realgar. the yellowish. and everything in it that is useless retires from it . when it is prepared. for instance. ash-coloured . but of these colours none is any use except the yellow. fevers.

like apothecaries. even in the form of fumes. they jumble a lot of things together and say *' Fiat unguentum.'* This has been so far esteemed learning : and the world has returned to such a condition that medicine is mere trifling. and not. As the magnet attracts iron to itself. In this way. are the primal material of the metals. rosemary. as w*e have said. so that it moves from its position and does not remain where it w^as. with the addition of some grains of juniper. In these cases the coloured sulphurs are better than the yelIow» on account of their subtle arsenical spirits. an art or a science. indeed. sulphur. so that the useless may be separated from what is useful. This treasure is so precious because it removes externally those blemishes which have an internal origin. so that they are no longer metals but a certain destroyed matter which has lost its former condition. not. A single experiment in the Vulcanic art opens up these marvels of Nature. The blindness lies in the fact that no one attempts their preparation. On this subject it should be remembered that every metal is made up of three constituents. but exhibited externally. etc. Concerning Metallic Sulphur : that is. it is worth mentioning that this sulphur removes skin diseases and other external affections of the body. sal plumosum. salt. so here are magnetic powers which cannot be aJtogether explained.Moreover. it preserves and conserves. who have the preeminence. taken internally. sal gemma?. God has supplied medicine in sufRcient quantity. Since these three.worm. a far more healthy system would be set on foot. then. If these sulphurs are sublimated with vitriol. several times. if medicine were handled by artists. . They think it suffices if. Alchemy has devised certain arts and modes whereby metals are drawn out of their bodies.. Sulphurs prepared from the Entire Metals. that when it is granulated it is a most useful medicine for man. etc. with regard to sulphur. and mercury. as it once w^as. then. alum. but the mere sophists. they become so subtilised that they completely eradicate skin disease and ring. Yet. Note. It is not the artists in medicine.

Whatever forces ! have assigned to sulphur generally. all these same things the sulphur of iron does. These should convince the physician that God has set a remedy over against every disease. but the effect is marked. of lead. T 274 ^^ Hemutic and Akiiemical Writings of Paracelsus. Hence. We will speak here of the sulphur. should get possession of these sulphurs. Whatever iron does. and will remain such so long as he lives. from silver the virtues of stiver. these also exist in the metallic sulphurs . It this be true. at all events for those who are unacquainted with the Cabbala and i^nth magic. In like manner is it with the sulphur of castrum. and endowed with the condition of the metal. so that the metallic is more excellent and more noble than other sulphurs. so that the sulphur remains solitar>' and by itself. and the mercury respectively. and the more so because the metal has acquired a special nature from that which makes it a metal. whereby he may understand all the secrets of Nature. leaving the other two on one side. whatever the crocus of Mars does. . sulphur acquires from gold the virtues of gold. This destruction having been made. Of these virtues some are conferred on sulphur. The dose of them is small. and of other metals. It is a difficult matter to have understood medicine^ and to have visited its innermost shrines. Thus it will be made clear that Nature has such resources as to heal even the lepers.it follows from hence that these three can be destroyed and dissolved and so subjected to art. therefore. The physician who is unacquainted with magic is a mere tyro. graduated to their very highest degree (if I may so say). from iron the virtues of iron. the physician should be produced by magic. And the physician ought to know that all the virtues of sulphur are present in this kind of sulphur. that they can be reduced to another essence and transmuted. as does the salt. Sulphur is separated from other metals in this very way. the three primals can be still further separated by art. Everv* physician. whatever the topaz of iron does.

but they should be of such a kind as not to take away or change the power of the sulphur. It is likewise so fixed for retaining all volatile gold that it cannot otherwise be restrained. There are many kinds of these strong waters. as is often the case. because there is no tincture in it. and so produce in cements a volatile subtle gold In metals. It is. indeed. labour in vain. For if they be extracted by art. but must be ex* traded with strong waters. in such a way that they bear separation in strong waters and put forth their gold. unless it be extracted. if it be too subtle. If. 275 sulphur. they will not. VmruEs of Sulphur : and First Concerning Embryonated Sulphur. which we will not recount here. Sometimes. that is discovered by fulmination. been tried for making a tincture out of Concerning Sulphur. and afterwards be fixed. it contains gold. therefore. without the admixture of other bodies. They admit of fixation. from those things in which it is latent. The extraction of embryonated sulphur is brought about by sublimation. indeed. it will not admit of sublimation or descension. Unless gold were contained therein. but in alchemy they will be very convenient sulphurs for other preparations. nor is it taken in separation on account of its tenuity of subtle corporal! ty.Concerning the Alchemicai. These have not succeeded. and sometimes by descent. according to its concordance. Othenvise. from this sulphur nothing can be hoped for in alchemy. Many processes have. if the sulphur be properly ripened and there be a plentiful supply. according to their own concordance. so that by means of other bodies it may be reduced to water and then coagulated again from the water. be golden. nothing can be .

much could be here imparted in few words. not only in this art. The devil. even those which regard the soul. And unless God opposes (for He does not wish all to be rich. can be obtained from it.. For the sake of this mineral sulphur the alchemical art has made many attempts to form something from it which shall be more than sulphur. but I make no remark on his deceits. that it may hunt out and discover those facts in the secret things of Nature which God has hidden. mixes himself up in all matters. There is none of a silver character.sought there. Now. Here art is the man and the father who brings all things to perfection. Now this itself is a miracle— to make something more out of a thing than the thing of itself is. but. they are rarely deficient in gold. Whoever wishes to treat this. nor ought it to be attempted that gold should be produced in other bodies. As far as concerns antimony. But now that stage of the operation has been reached . indeed. therefore it is better to be silent and let these people remain poor. and Himself knows the reason why goats have not longer tails). but she begets them with the man. let him take care to separate the sulphur so subtly that nothing shall depart from the gold. gold. But since riches lead the poor man astray. something which is not in the sulphur itself. marcasite. and take away his modesty and humility. since this would be the very potency of art. made experiment as to what can be formed from sulphur. and one kind more so than another. Next in order I will impart to you some marvels. With this spirit there goes together for the most part another bad and false spirit. adding haughtiness and pride in their place. etc. but works constantly and unremittingly. the great Master of the art Himself has. If this begetting is to be accomplished it must be by means of two. but in others too. Concerning Mineral Sulphur. however. and how^ . The woman by herself cannot beget children. only golden. This. red talc. though I am aware that this discourse concerning the wonderful use of sulphur in alchemy will be unacceptable to many* It is known to all that the spirit of the sciences does not take holiday. But concerning this false spirit I keep silence. how^ever. by superintending the art. God has allowed to be done by art.

.when the spirit of transmutation has given its prescription for making the liver or lung from the oil of flax and sulphur. have tried to make a carbuncle of it by placing a jacinth of good quality for some time in the oil. But it is found out by operating that this liver is given by milk. if it be placed in this oil for some time. either by the ancients or by those of more T3 276 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paraalsus. Over glass and similar substances it has no powder. the white subsiding to the bottom and the red ascending to the top. Any crj^stal or beryl which has been previously %vell polished. it is true. Alchemists* indeed. namely. a higher one. mixed with green. In the same way it colours other gems. therefore* that the milk is dead. than that to which they could he exalted by Nature* Concerning other gradations and colourings of gems nothing more has been heard or written than that the red blood of sulphur colours and tints them. If there be placed in it a ruby which is not highly graduated. And this colouring does not take place only in the ways that have been mentioned. indeed. which differs in no respect from common milk. In a space of nine years it becomes so clear and bright that it shines in the darkness like a burning coal. And here observe that all silver. Art. This milk and that blood have not confounded their colour and essence in the process of distillation. if it be placed therein and left for a due time. But my experience says that this cannot be done. which gives the !iver-mark. It also gives a red oil. and nothing is contained in it. but is thick and fat. recent times. has urgently sought to form silver out of the wiiite or the milk and gold out of the red. like blood. for three years. becomes a jacinth. by-and-bye grows black. But it so exalts gems that they attain their highest degree of excellence. This has been proved experimentally. The distillation of this liver or lung is manifold. and can be seen everyw'here. I say. But concerning this red oil. but these have remained distinct and separate. But I am certain that this has never been able to be done. but the same oil tinges a sapphire also a blue colour.

the higher and greater will be the result. I would have you know that many have tried to extract from it a tincture with which they should change things from one tint to another. This has not been successful. that if copper and silver are mixed in Concerning Sulphur. but of mere colour. I cannot say anything. So far as relates to alchemy. I speak of the colourings only. For this is the most perilous work of all in alchemy. it reaches its proper limit. but both seem to be equally pure and choice silver. needing for its accomplishment great experience and continual practice. whilst it abides and remains in antimony and quartarium. But the sulphur of silver. that they should be exalted to the highest degree. Concerning the Usb of Sulphur of the Metals in Alchemy. high. that he can do it. about which I must not say more here. This is a tincture not of virtue. by the sulphur of copper. beautiful. So. then. but be sure. But that this should take place in colours I do not think possible. Of the virtues themselves and how they are graduated. but is a volatile and immature substance. and quick in operation it is. and added something as to their use in medicine. too. But whoever has the sulphur of gold can by means thereof graduate other gold from 24 to 36 grains or more. In this way metals and stones are formed. If. however. for a reason not to be mentioned here.and deposits a calx of gold. that if it be duly graduated. It should not depend on mere hearsay^ but on manifold practice. remark concerning sulphur. In the same way. the metal copper can be brought to such a state that . they cannot be discriminated by the needle or the Lydian stone. I have several times in this chapter mentioned sulphur prepared from the decomposed metals. 277 equal proportions. by its own despatch it hastens on other things. so exalts silver in its whiteness. which until the proper season is not fixed. Let him who is about to make the attempt not think. the more subtle. so that gold cannot mount any higher.

a ready and skilled artist. as there is no other extant work attributed to him which treats individually of Mercury. From the sulphur of Saturn is made fixed Saturn. Miracles will abound for such an one. If the sulphur of gold is applied to silver it colours it. unskilled both in philosophy and medicine. . This is the power exercised by the sulphur of the metals over its own special metals. you have learnt how many kinds there are. This is per se. The subject demands a careful workman. some of which are absent from the Geneva folio. and essence of sulphur. but has no power of fixation . which will bear the lightning. APPENDIX IV. Among these there is one upon the Mercuries of the Metals. nor minium. then. and what are the nature. and it will be consequently of the more value to practical students of early chemistry. which fills a somewhat curious lacuna in the writings of Paracelsus. Whoever wanted to say all that can be said about sulphur would consume a great deal of paper. and bears the fire as well as copper does. and conscious of none of Nature's secrets. From the sulphur of Mars is made the best and most excellent steel. So far. properties. which gives neither white lead. He who knows nothing about sulphur is a man of no worth. It is entirely devoted to experiments. the best tin.it is proof against lightning. and included several other treatises of great importance. and this is always the case with the transmutation of sulphur into some other metal. and retains its own colour. From the sulphur of Jove. one who does not shout or traffic in trifles. who does not deal with his art by mouth and tongue only. IN the year 1582 an octavo edition of the Archidoxorum Libri Decern was published in Latin at Basle. nor any other spirit. however. The ashen fire. but puts it to the test of work itself. The sulphur of quicksilver reduces quicksilver to such a point that it can be wrought with the hammer. THE MERCURIES OF THE METALS. while concerning Salt and Sulphur there is an abundance of material which not a little embarrasses selection. it does not bear. even though it be not graduated.

of sal ammoniac. which has previously been slightly pounded. so that aqueous matter may swim upon the top to the height of two fingers. and Ji. dissolve in this water §i. Subsequently dry the calx over a slow fire. For this purpose wash six or seven times with sweet water until no sharpness of the aquafortis any longer remains. Therefore . of salt nitre. Extract aquafortis out of 4 lbs. In this water dissolve Jii. Thereunto add an equal proportion of very finely pounded sulphur. or alchemistic furnace. The furnace must not be of sufficient heat to burn the finger when placed therein. weigh it. of green vitriol. a double quantity of vitriol. After the dissolution has taken place let the calx subside . of crude sal ammoniac. and white calcined tartar to the weight of all the aforesaid things. by the Great Theophrastus Paracelsus. At the expiration of the time specified break the glass.A Little Book concerning the Mercuries of the Metals. After it has subsided with a little copper. of gold. which has previously been well and most exactly purged by antimony. of alum. 279 is friable into smal! grains. or calx of silver which The Mercuries of the Metals. together with salt water. and then reduce the calx by washing to a sweet condition. more or less. is not visible. and pour upon the top exceedingly strong vinegar. with 3 lbs. effect separation by drawing off the aquafortis . Seal the vessel effectually. and you will find that a third part of the weight has been extracted. and place it in a cupel. 5ii. Pound all of them very finely. when the matter will be in the form of washed silver. for thirty days. most Excellent Philosopher AND Doctor of both Faculties. place in a glass vessel. Mercury^ meanwhile. Let there be hence produced aqua regis through V.

shall have been produced. and at the same time well purified* Sprinkle one of such plates with strong vinegar. alum en. Mercury of the Moon. and increase it more and more until the whole of the said upper jar shall become white with heat. About the upper jar kindle a slow fire. such as the workers in iron are accustomed to use. Let it cool a little.respectively of calx of silver. and a live matter. of mountain or mineral cinnabar ground to a very fine powder. which must be filled with pure water. which ought to sink to the bottom. and after it subsides. whereby any impurity which may chance to remain is separated. mouth dow^nward. and thus out of Sii. sulphur. on the top of another jar. Afterwards place this jar. This is . cinnabar. and the Mercur)of the Moon will be found in the lower jar. and vitriol. Let the jar remain for two hours. of the Moon is produced 51. in such a way that it may be easily removed. including the calx of silver. with welding sand. and the aquafortis has been affused but not sweetened by w^ashing. Next cleanse the remaining matter with fresh and clear water . for Mercury is compelled by pounding-. and pound with a wooden pestle. Furthermore. which is altogether like crude Mercury. Then dissolve with aquafortis separated by the separation of solution. or body. cover the surface of the matter. when the gold will be no longer fixed but voluble. at the top of the jar. and set aside in a humid place for a short space of time. dry it perfectly . and can be sent through the corium. more or less. at a white heat. and afterwards 5i. When ground subtly place all these in ajar. until it becomes completely blue. and you will have Mercury of the Sun. and hidden in the earth by descent. and a half of Mercury. it is not so quickly produced or composed as Mercury' of Saturn. and dried gradually.place the said matter in a mortar. Let this process continue until Mercury shall become complected. pour vinegar again upon the calx. Then take 5ii. and then separate until the whole becomes completely blue. Nevertheless. Let silver be reduced to thin plates. or compound.

of Gluten of Sulphur. Wash this tn fresh spring water. of subtly ground arsenic.again pressed through the corium. When removed there will remain an excellent. and a half of Mercury are obtained . Then take out the copper. and it will flow together. This is the Mercury' of Venus. Place the said tigillum on the hottest part of a brick furnace for nine days. Let them all be distilled through the alembic until no further water can be extracted. and is so soluble that it escapes in boiling water. From one pound of Venus 111. so that the pure may be separated from the impure. such Mercury is altogether thin and subtle. layer upon layer. It is sufficient if the cucurbite be at a white heat. Leave each of these together for the space of fifteen days. when it will be of red colour approaching blackness* Pound it with salt in a mortar as soon as it has been removed from the tigillum. and let there be added to each 5 v. Wherefore the said water is only tepid. remove the water. Jti. iii. and a half of copper. of Vitriol ^ of Arsenic \ each Iss. Mercury out of Venus. be sufBcient to swim over the powder to the height of two straws. . brilliant^ whitish calx. Seal the upper orifice of the tigillum. Take of the Calx. Take copper reduced to thin plates and purged to the utmost of all dross. of Alum J Mix each of these. so that nothing may evaporale. Sprinkle this upon hot water. 51. and there will collect on the side of the top of the alembic a white powder. and confect with salt on a tigillum. Divide it into small particles. Jii. Macerate the powder in strong wine. Let the measure of wine 28o Th€ Hirmetic and Alckemkal Writings of Paracelsus. of Sulphur. with half a measure of the best vinegar. when very finely pounded. Then add fire.

Reduce Mars into coarse filiogs^ but avoid chalybs. keep the matter . Place it in the tigillum. of vitriol. compound delicately to the form of fine flour. Then let it cool. of spume of glass. Place on a smooth stone in a humid spot* and the water will flow out. This take. wherefore Glings de calcaribus are the best. Out of ten pounds of Mars one drachm and a half will be obtained. and let the tigillum glow for an hour.Mercury out of Mars. so that nothing may escape. Seal up securely. Dry. But leave it for ten days . The Mercuries of the Metals. and a grey powder will be found. and repeat this process till there is enough of the white calx. . and there will adhere a whitish cuticle. dry it so that no excremental or gross part may remain. At length the water becomes clear. Separate the water gradually by straining . and subject to all the processes to which the Calx of Lead is subjected. 4ften*'ards wash Mars in such a fashion as to avoid separatmg the turbidity. leave for ten days or longer — the longer the better.. It is black and dull in colour. crush it iii the hands» and you will have live Rfercury. Add thereto Ji. and sprinkle well with salt water . but avoiding the addition of Succinum. Take thereof ten pounds. Place in good distilled vinegar for twelve hours. and again dry the filings . Jupiter is calcined in the following fashion : Take filings corresponding ill grossness to the back of a knife. Take of this viscid matter J v. 281 . Jss. separate a similar cuticle a second time. which is Mercury of Mars. of pounded sulphur Sxxx. Mercury of Jupiter. Again moisten. of sal ammoniac » and ^v. for the turbidity sinks to the bottom in the form of a red viscosity. Remove this carefully with the hare's foot and set it apart. break it..

five ounces. produce water as follows : Take of white vitriol. mix it well with common salt. Calcine this lead in the following manner with salt : Melt the !ead. of Mercury. Dry the calx gradually by continual agitation. otherwise it must be purged in the following manner : If it has been calcined. let the calx boil for two whole hours in a lixivium composed of willow ashes. so that it becomes an ashen-coloured powder. Mercury of Saturn. and one measure of vinegar. the same may be separated. till no saltness remains in the lead. otherwise called succinum. to six pounds of calx of lead. When it has been dried. the fire is preserv^ed in good order and grade until no more of the calx of lead remains. Calx of lead may be dissolved with three measures thereof. put a copper operculum over it. or so place the calx in water that it protrudes abo %^e it. Again take this water and add to it a small quantity of fresh matter. the larger the better. for othenvise much crude matter of Mercury will flow down at the same time. — Let not the fire in the operculum be too great or fierce. or in a wine cellar. Therefore. and in front of it so p!ace a wooden receptacle that it will receive whatever shall flow out. and it will be reduced to a powder like sand. for one pound of the metal produces less than Jvi. From ten pounds of Saturn are made eight pounds. in which have been first dissolved one ounce of alumen and eight ounces of salt In coction it is purged of all sulphur and other viscous matter. Cleanse the salt away ten or twelve times. Place it in a similar marble. Jupiter does not yield so much Mercury as Saturn. as often happens. Note. Leave it for thirty-six hours. which will concrete in the form of flour at the bottom. Mercury of Saturn which flows into that wooden receptacle should be well washed and purified. Dissolve the vitriol in vinegar. so that if perchance crude Saturn flows down at the same time. When the said matter receives the heat Mercury comes forth . or any other in w^hich there is no silver. and often eight pounds and a half. or perfectly saturate. Put it obliquely in a humid place. Take Villarensian Lead. Then take a light marble vessel. and make a small charcoal fire at the top of the operculum. Sprinkle the calx of lead with this water. To the said marble apply a copper operculum corresponding to the size .or white vitriol* Put green copper rust in place thereof» and the work will be accomplished. pour it into a wooden receptacle.

which antedates by nearly a century the Geneva edition of the writings of Paracelsus. as taught and practised by Paracelsus. some references have been already made to this work. Then take greyish powder made from lead. saturate with stale wine. To this water add semi-vitrified calx of lead. and add to it the following water . \\\. 5^5. or crocus). and affords a tolerably representative notion of the opinions and experiments of . DE TRANSMUTATIONIBUS METALLORUM. and the calx will sink at the bottom. As its title indicates.of the marble. While in many respects the digest was passably well done. Let the front part be open for the passage of the Mercury. If the crude Mercury flow forth at the same time. it attempted to collect and digest into a single methodical treatise the whole substance of alchemy. 5i' of Salt Nitre. together with succinous matter. of Mountain Verdigris. Jii. Set the same apart. of Rock Salt. it remains after passing through the corium. APPENDIX V. IN the year 1581 a Congeries Paracehicce Chemim de Transmutaltonibus Metallorum appeared in octavo at Frankfort. for another confection. because it never turns putrid. and there will proceed water of yellowish colour (golden. which operculum should be at its sides and ends of the height of a spithmia. and should be shaped like a frying-pan. then distil. and ss. 282 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. and must be cooked out from the rest. In the notes to the Aurora of the Philosophers^ Co^werm'ng Ike Spirits of the Planets^ and elsewhere. Pound these substances minutely. and thus thou hast Mercury of Saturn by the most simple way. and a centenarius of fire should therefore be maintained in an equal and moderate grade. Take of Alum. Afterwards gradually pour off the water.

Coticerning the Spirits of the Planets^ only partially corresponds to what is stated in the following excerpt. and these it is desirable to cite. can be distinguished from editorial interpolations and extensions. In the present instance. There are a few paragraphs in the Congeries which it has not been found possible to identify in the collected editions of Paracelsus. however. in more than one instance. For these the importance of a perfect text of the old alchemical processes. as it is concerned with a matter which. an adaptation of autograph manuscripts. the difficulty of distinguishing between the text and its editor. it is perhaps needless to say that. The 284 The Herfneiic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. as it was included in the compass of a small volume. white the specific direction contained in the third treatise. in all probability. and the purpose of this appendix is of a far less pretentious character. makes it needless to tabulate the readings. or at least they offer very conspicuous differences. it is really very meagre. in so far as there are substantial variations. such as it is. one point in which it may be of value to the student. The Congeries is. at least as regards its form. w^hich constitutes the fourth chapter of the Congeries Paracelsias Chemiw. There is. they may be useful in so far as they vary from the readings of the Geneva folio and some other less carefully supervised editions. must have struck the reader . Perhaps. whether in the case of Paracelsus or in that of any other recognized master. of this point. the value. is likely to be appreciated only by that ver>^ small circle of readers who believe that in ancient practical alchemy there are chemical secrets hidden which are unknown to the chemistry of to-day. which The Aurora of the Philosophers ailirms it is difficult to describe.Theophrastus. The first has regard to the erection of the philosophical furnace. is no doubt very high. and where its readings. after all. which is by no means invariably the case. editorial argfument which follows is also worth inclosion.

Just in the same way the centre of our matter is kindled by the centre of our world. but it is not every one who will acknowledge that this fcetus exists in the centre : least of all will those disciples of the philosophers who have no other knowledge of the Actn^an fire than that which comes from the fleshly eye. concocted ^ and finally digested for . No philosopher will deny that the sun generates a sun like itself . to harmonize Paracelsus with himself. This terrene sun of the lower. in every case. This takes the place of the uterus in spagyric generation* Hermes Trismegistus. which is a fire. In order to exercise the ingenious it will not be amiss to examine this comparison. We have said that the first actual instrument is the fire. in which human philosophy reaches its extreme point. or. we must describe in order all the instruments. intimating that the spagy-ric athanor ought to be constructed in exact imitation of the heaven and earth. cast d^own by the stars in their different influxes. both actual and local. deserves to be called its restorer* He asserts that this spagyric work. and I think I shall be able thereby to profit my readers. which are required in this art. namely. in which the seeds of the sun and the moon. no less than Paracelsus in spagyric medicine. Who does not see — ^I ask you. discharging after a manner the function of the natural sun. though he was not the inventor of this art. The first local instrument is the furnace. or elementar\% machinery is kindled by the fire of the higher sun. my brethren^that the form of the whole created universe has the similitude of a furnace. Concerning the Visible and Local Instruments : and first of ALL CONCERNING THE SPAGYRiC UtERUS. are decayed. designated by the ancients under the alchemical name of athanor. just like rustics in this respect.of the present translation. originated in the meditative contemplation of the greater world. to speak more respectfully ^ the form of that which contains the matrix of a woml>*-the elements. Before we come to the matter. that is to say. or athanor. that it is not altogether easy.

and let it be polished. when put in. When the heat shall appear to exceed what is proper. it can be controlled by applying a small brick or tile to the mouth . To every furnace let a brazen vessel be fitted. and let the rounded interior be the height of one span. on the other hand. but let the top be kept shut. the lower part a little broader than the upper part inside. if it be too slack. and all has been carefully prepared. but even to boys. when you are going to work. Let us come. if you like. ha%^ing broken coals into pieces the size of walnuts. 285 four fingers. or a little larger. fill up the turrets with these and kindle the fire at the door beneath . w^herefore we will not insist upon them further. First let a furnace be built seven spans in height. Then. may not stick through the roughness of the surface. let the coals be stirred up w^ith an iron rod beneath the grating. Experience teaches the uses of those things which are necessary in prepa- . To equalise this let there be two or three holes. I will not say to philosophers. with which two or three lateral or uterine furnaces — or. as the o^gg in the hen^ so is the glass in its uterus for the work of the magtstery. Let the others be shut up . so that the coals. a single one — shall correspond : the breadth of the mouths should be Di Transmutatiouibus Meiallorum.the generation of all things? These things are transparently clear. and these are to be filled with water. to the construction of our athanor. thus stirring up a heat that shall destroy the whole work^ and burn everything together. The fire can be still more readily controlled by registers (which are called governors). so that the coals at the top or in the middle may not be kindled. then. but may be able easily to fall down through the grating while they are being burnt.

not to pass over even a little word which you have not thoroughly appropriated. . acts just like a hen which hatches its animated ^g^. What are you which I am not. answers you and his other calumniators in his living works. my brothers. my one-eyed friend. envious people that you are. and sink down with it to the abyss whereto you would consign me ! " Thus seems Paracelsus to thunder forth in his tomb. but only in the same way as you have judged that the other writings of Paracelsus are contradictory. saying — ** You. even when judged by yourselves. *'how he contradicts himself! Just now he told us. even of those whose deserts were small. but to avoid judgment to-day is difiicult . and gives life to the rest of the stars and to the elements^ so the spagyric fire. 286 The Hermetic and Alchemical Wriiings of Paracelsus. Henceforwardsi just as the sun in the great universe shines. as formerly happened to Goliath fighting with the boy David? Take care. lest you collide with this stone of ours as the great mystery. The fire. I say. then. But 1 hear a giant roaring like a lion against the furnace. who adjudge me to err. It is easy to carp. Open the other eye. Let them all remain at rest. fighting with my pigmy homunculus. now he is teaching the use of coals for this art of his ! ** You have touched the matter. no doubt. as Nature teaches in all things. not to build a fire with coals . *'See. giants. or you will act the part of a blind man passing a judgment about colours. though dead. and those like you. Have 1 not often admonished you. speak unfairly of the dead. with all the instruments. and seeking Paracelsus to devour him. in almost all my works. Can you not see what is the meaning of this partlcle^simple and without middle meaning — added to the interdiction of coals ? Do you not see how Paracelsus. yourselves err. illuminates. the heat will cause a fermentation. and by-and-bye this will affect the matter lying hid in the ^%%. at the last it will be impossible. having been regulated to a just proportion. and warming the seabath.rations before you have arrived at this stage. illuminating its athanor. We must not. lest the same thing happens to you. and all await their deeds. or what am I which you are not ? Again. and that w^th considerable seventy." says he.

be turned by the good God into open folly. nor he. and that through our own efforts. being at the present day very celebrated among these people. to err ? We are all men . let us in the presence of God and men retract. Hence it has come about that everybody tries to get credit for himself by tripping up or blackening the character of somebody else. The following passage appears as a sequel to the Treasure of Treasures. before that. then. at least if we are all foolish together. a few ver^^ wise. and that without reserve. and error happens to men more than it does to brutes without reason. and nobody even approaches wisdom. and vice versd. If. nor I. which. are worthy of the name of philosophy. as it is mine. who still preserve no medium. you have admonished him according to the discipline of true philosophy. Let us look to it. The wisest of men are ever ready to acknowledge their common error. and you err. Many are wise. with a certain amount of modesty. This is the chief end of their study and toil. by which error on our part it seems only too likely that we may mislead others. Every made course seems the straight road for them. It is yours to confess it.what has happened to both of us save that which may occur to another. . namely. I confess that I err in very many things. but stubborn men and fools are not ready to do this. that they do not take a comprehensive glance at %vhat is without and within . But this philosophic discipline (alas. and our own conscience tells us that we have done so. not enviously to disclose those things of your brothers which have not been duly done. in a somewhat modified form. But these wretched people do not consider that no great ill can be done which will not incur a greater punishment still. If we act in a contrary manner. that it should be so !) is impugned even by the most learned : and so much has the dogma of heathen philosophers prevailed. we have erred at all. then» lest what we parade as wisdom may» even in this our day and generation. not to judge. Be it your duty. otherwise neither you. occupies the thirteenth chapter of the Convenes* It may be entitled The Phoenix of the Philosophers. they display nothing beyond a mere ambition for honour and renown. and mine to admonish. who are stirred solely by the promptings of Nature.

that it is the Flying Eagle. I have proposed to describe in verj^ few words that which has been discovered by me through practice and experience. sulphur and quicksilver ? What. Verj^ lately. Its young peck out their mother's eyes with their beak. and bear the body of the phcenix to its nest. The last citation wiiich it will be necessary to make is the fifteenth chapter of the Congeries. According to the Cabalists this refers to the sulphur of cinnabar. affects the bodies of men. is electrum De Transmutaiionibns Metallorum. since it has the greatest affinity therewith. when electrum was being treated.— why should not this be electrum. otherwise the element of mercury. and . why not cinnabar? Whether each is made by Nature or by chemistry. joined artificially with philosophic Mercury of Luna. It is an exceed ing^ly concise abridgement of the fifth book of the Archidoxies as regards the section on the Stone of the Philosophers^ and it is inserted at this point as an illustration of the method of the editor. therefore. too. mercury. then. the component parts do not differ. and not without cause. and there is produced a whiteness in its separated sphere. to which Paracelsus alludes. thereforej this process for its attainment. whose feathers fly without the wind. Take. I neither am nor wish to be a teacher or a follower of that Stone which is taught in different ways by very many. It is called A Very Brief Process for Attaining the Stone.The exposition of the cabalists has. though it is not prepared by the same process. I referred the reader to cinnabar. under the name of the PhtDenix. This^ no less than the other. What is cinnabar but a composition or mixture of two minerals. In this consists the life of its heart and the balsam of its intestines. 287 but a mixture of two or morej whether minerals or metals ? The sulphur of Sol. Leaving. in %vhich is nourished the element of fire.

which contains all the mysteries of demonstrative physics and of the most secret cabala. but remains in the same condition. as will be seen in the next appendix. THE VATICAN MANUSCRIPT OF PARACELSUS. as a substitute for the incomparable treatise of Paracelsus.separate the pure from the impure* Afterwards let it be reverberated even to whiteness. and sublimate this with sal ammoniac until it is resolved. all superfluous qualities both from sensible and insensible things. This catechism. APPENDIX VI. an operator who is unassailable by fatigue. exists in the library of the Vatican. being afterwards coagulated into a body. and in the highest degree diligent and expert. or in any way consumed. contains all the veritable principles of the great work. there has been at least one Manual attributed to Paracelsus. A transcription of it was made by Sendivogius. Let it be calcined and dissolved again." The manuscript to which reference is made in this interesting citation. and digested in a pelican for one month. which has been in print for four centuries. there must be placed in the first rank the Chemical Pathway^ or Mamial of Paracelsus. and this was made use of by Baron Tschoudy for the compilation of the Hermetic Catechism contained in his work entitled The Burning Star. . at the same time. This is no longer burnt. although. so that they cannot be reduced to nothing or be altered . after so satisfactory and explicit a manner that a person must be absolutely wanting in that quality of intelligence which is requisite for ocultism if they fail to attain the absolute truth when jhey have studied it. unique and priceless. as we have often said. is still an unedited treasure. This manuscript work. but it takes away. IN the nineteenth chapter of his Rituel de la Haute Magie^ Eliphas Levi observes that "amongst the rare and precious books which contain the mysteries of the Great Arcanum. Although I have here set down a very brief way and process. and one that is involved in many intricate circumstances j demanding. it requires long labour. which we point out to instructed cabalists. The bodies penetrated by it are permanent in the cineritium.

. as suggested by Eliphas Levi. Though it may not initiate the reader. and are suppressed in the translation which follows. and later on there was another edition at Paris. into the mystery of the Great Arcanum. The work of Baron Tschoudy was published in two volumes at Hamburg. over and above this. He will find it an exceedingly^^ succinct. must make shift with the Hermetic Catechism. the student who desires to make acquaintance with a work of Paracelsus which adepts in the Art of Alchemy seem to prefer before all published writings of the same author. whatever the quality of his intelligence.In the absence of the Vatican treatise. is an unprofitable subject of speculation in the absence of the original text. The catechism itself. and in part for other reasons. Q» What is the chief study of a Philosopher? A* It is the investigation of the operations of Nature. A Short Catechism of AkhemyK 289 which is the most important section of the Burning Star^ teems with analogies of this kind. and simple presentation of the fundamental alchemical theories. attempt to trace back Free Masonry to its historical origin. though somewhat romantic. Having regard to its period. in part because they exceed the intention of the present work. it is. it is a sensible. in its way. are the creation of the editor. A Short Catechism of Alchemy Founded on the Manual of Paracelsus preserved in the Vatican Library. while. Whether this merit belongs to Paracelsus or his interpreter. which^ of course. in 1 785. more especially Alchemy. very lucid and direct. which few persons have had the opportunity or disposition 4^ to consult. it constitutes a valuable hand-book of the analogies which subsist between that system and Hermetic science.

^ A. into how many regions is Nature separated ? A. for it is simply a volatile spirit. What should be the qualities possessed by the examiners of Nature ? A. and persevering. To what may we compare Nature? / A. Into four palmar)^ regions. they should be truthful. For example. From one and indivisible Nature. Q. Into male and female* Q. Give a concise definition of Nature. if they would accomplish by their own power anything that is usually performed by the power of Nature. That is to say. and animated by the universal spirit — the divine breath. The manner of its improvement must be studied. and this is invariably operated by means of a like nature. which are the four elementary qualities. The philosophers should most carefully ascertain whether their designs are in harmony with Nature. Which are they ? A. Q. What matters should subsequently engross their attention ? A. To Mercury. Who is also its beginning. if it be desired to develop . which vivifies all things that exist. Q. A. Q.Q. they must imitate her in every detail. Q. fulfilling its ofHce in bodies. Whence are all things derived ? A. the warm. Q. What method must be followed in order to produce something which shall be developed to a superior degree than Nature herself develops it. What is the end of Nature ? A. though it operates visibly. How is Nature different iated ? A. and the cold. and of a possible and attainable kind . The dry» the moist. They should be like unto Nature herself. Q. Q. It is not visible. patient. simple. God. whence all things originate. the central and universal fire.

With what materials can the philosopher alone accomplish anything? A. It is the most subtle and perfect decoction and digestion of the substance itself. where it is subjected to action and digested. After what manner do the four elements operate ? A. Where. casts out the surplus into the . By the four elements. What is the germ. Q. U 290 The nermeiic and Aichrmical If filings of Paracelsus. do the four elements expel and deposit their seeds? A. In the ex-centre. What do the philosophers understand by the centre of the earth ? A. more precious by far^ and more useful^ to the artist. engendered ? A. of any substance ? A. or. Q. Before the philosopher has extracted the seed. In his behalf. subject to the will of the Supreme Being. then. or germ. or in the margin and circumference of the centre. according to its quality. Q. Q. Q. and through the direct intervention of the imagination of Nature. depositing its seed in the centre of the earth. each one. Where does the metallic nature store her seeds ? A. and is subsequently expelled in an outward direction by the laws of movement Q. which is identical with the Radical Moisture of Metals. or germ. Nature. Q. will be ready to perform her duty. rather^ it is the Balm of Sulphur. and the existence of which is assumed. after it has appropriated a portion. or seed. than is Nature herself. the chemist must avail himself of the metallic nature itself » and must be able to discriminate between its male and female differentiations.the intrinsic virtue of a given metal beyond its natural condition. which. With the germ of the given matter \ this is its elixir or quintessence. By what is this seed. A certain void place where nothing may repose. By means of an incessant and uniform motion. Id the four elements.

and formless chaos. scoriae. Two. After what manner do the elements procreate this seed? A. and will assume a tinge of red. and when a seed on its arrival at a certain point encounters pure earth and pure water. but the contrary in an opposite case. one will encounter a substance of a red colour. Now. \xi order to the complete elucidation of this point. of and by itself^ the most subtle portion thereof. and set in its centre a vase filled with water. and the other excessh^ely moist. In the same way the seed which is deposited by the four elements at the centre of the earth is subject to a variety of modifications in the places through which it passes. fire. and will contract a saline flavour . another Will pass over the salt. for it is certain that water does not modify the places which it traverses. Moreover. 291 being actually excessively dnr. and each of them separates. even the centre of the Archeus^ that servant of Nature. but are perpetually interacting. where . they are never in repose. a pure substance results. so that every existing substance is produced in the likeness of its channel.region of excrement. Then pour out the water from the vase. Q* Illustrate this teaching by an example. especially salt. but the diverse characteristics of places change the nature of water. one out of the four A Short Catechism of Alchemy. They are also masculine and feminine. surround the vase with several things of various colours. and it will flow in streams here and there . it must be observed that there are two gross and heavy elements and two that are volatile in character. each of them has a marked tendency to reproduce its own species within its own sphere. * Q. Their general place of meeting is in the centre. are dry and two humid. in h'ke manner. A» Take any level table. taking care that a proper distance intervenes betw^een them all.

because nothing that is good can be accomplished by a deviation from natural methods. that dry heat which is termed Sulphur by the Philosophers. The matter must be effectively separated from its impurities. which adheres to all substances indiscriminately. By the rays of the Sun and Moon. whether they are pure or impure. properly so called. therefore. Q. and may. None . which is secreted in the centre of the body in question. What is the second matter ? A. Of what use is the bulk of the matter as regards its seed? A. By what is it governed ? A. Q. for . cannot create a metal without the concurrence of the other. What is the true and the first matter o^ all metals ? A. Q. in the form of a fatty water. they agitate and finally expel them to the exterior. on the contrary. is dual in its essence. be seen in a grain of wheat. lis eight-hundredth part only — that. or is in itself of a twofold nature . Q. for example. The warmth of the earth— otherw^ise.coming to mix their several seeds. and* in general* all hurtful inclemency. namely. Q. moisture. y. nevertheless. or aridity. The first matter. Q. should be done? A. one. What. cold. It is useful as a safeguard against excessive heat. Q. Would those artists who pretend to reduce the whole matter of any body into seed derive any advantage from the process. against which it acts as an envelope. The first and the palmary essence is an aerial humidity. their labour w*ould be wholly unproductive. blended with a warm air. supposing it w^ere possible to perform it ? A. How has this humidity been named by Philosophers ? A* Mercury. Can the entire material body be converted into seed? A.

It resolves itself into water. What should receive the most careful attention of the Philosopher ? A. What is their death ? A. and this is by no means to be looked for in the vulgar metals. it is no longer to be found therein. and possess a soul. which is entirely free from Imperfections. as they live. What then is this principiated principle. on the contrary. for they die. out of which there is subsequently evolved the principiated principle of all substances. the end of Nature. Q. Because Ihe vulgar metals. sublimes them superficially by the warmth and eoerg>' of the perpetual movement. What is the life of metals ? A. Into what does the wind resolve itself when it is distilled through the pores of the earth ? A. and see rite must be peeled off and purged out from the matter in order to discover its seed. are absolutely dead. Assuredly. the Archeus of Nature. in the course of a distillatory' process. how^ pure soever. cortices. Their life and death are in reality one principle. which also serves as the first matter of the Philosophers. It is no other substance than fire. For what precise reason ? A. ua 292 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. Q. which is made use of as the . After what manner are metals conceived in the womb of the earth ? A. When the four elements have developed their power or virtue in the centre of the earth. by fire. and chiefly gold.there is no metal. Q. these having issued already from the hands of the fashioner. when they are as yet imbedded in the mines. because. though their extent varies. Q. whence all things spring \ in this state it is merely a humid vapour. while ours. and have deposited their seed. are absolutely living. but their death is from a fire of fusion* Q. Now all superfluities. Q. Q.

the Moon. passes through places which are totally impure and cold. and humid . Are Saturn. and so of the other metals. How is gold formed in the bo%vels of the earth ? A. the moment it is conceived. What power does the vapour. separately endowed with individual seed? A. it fills the pores of this earth. abandoning the vaporous form. receives a permanent and unchangeable form. not to speak of the fact that Nature completes her work with far greater rapidity in the procreation of silver than in that of gold. becomes adapted and joined to this grease. etc. . each in its own proportion. pure. the Sun. Q. It occurs when the said unctuosityj or grease. Venus. How is Saturn engendered? A. One is common to them all . which it sublimes with itself. where a certain sulphureous grease adheres to the channels. which the Philosophers have denominated their Mercury. She is produced in localities where the earth itself is pure. How is Venus brought forth ? A. which. 293 Q. is sublimed in the centre of the earth. which have been cleansed by this preceding vapour. which we have recently mentioned. and when it has passed through warm and pure places. Q. Q. which. but is mingled with impure sulphur. is joined thereto. and gold is produced as a result. their differences are to be accounted for by the locality from which they are derived. Jupiter. and is sublimised in other places. then this vapour. assumes that of grease. Q. of which we have spoken. and the earth whereof has con* sequently been rendered more subtle.first matter by the Children of Knowledge in the philosophic achievement? A. Mars. A Short Catechism of Alchemy. It is this identical matter. from such amalgamation there is produced a certain unctuousness. When this vapour.

or living female. that is to say. the matter of principiating principles is begotten by Nature. The seed alone. Nature receives the matter from the elements. Q. in other words.possess in the centre of the earth ? A. which is diflfcrentiated into Sulphur. and not the whole body. it already contains its own seed. What operation must be afterwards performed ? A. so that they may form a germ. Q. like other metals. What. is therefore the seed of things? A. and into Mercury. By the artifice of Archem the four elements. Because of its internal heat. this is the seed of metals. They must be joined together. Q. must actually be accepted as the subject of our matter ? A. in the first generation of Nature. or living male. Q. or a humid vapour. The seed in a body is no other thing than a congealed air. which cannot become a seed. and of successively attracting to itself all that is pure around it* Q. but because of its fluidity. whence it subsequently brings forth the seed. therefore. and it is called Mercury. seeing that. By its continual progress it has the power of perpetually rarefying whatsoever is crude and impure. and in no sense to the common or vulgar substance. Q. and the facility with which it will adhere to each and every thing. Why is this vapour compared to sulphur? A. after . absolutely speaking. distil a ponderous vapour of water into the centre of the earth . What is the seed of the first matter of all things ? A* The first matter of things. How is the generation of seed comprised in the metallic kingdom? A. From what species of Mercury are we to conclude that the metals are composed ? A. Q. which is useless except it be dissoh^ed by a warm vapour. otherwise the fixed grain. not on account of its essence. What. without the assistance of any other seed . The reference is exclusively to the Mercury of the Philosophers.

Mercur}-. Q.which they will proceed to the procreation of a fruit which is conformed to their nature. and then is succeeded by Jupiter. and. It is necessary for a proper comprehension of the nature of this correspondence to consider the position of the planets. Q. Q. By the warmth of its body. Q. is useless. Venus. next by Mars. and to pay attention to Saturn. by the Moon. therefore. To what. What is the part of the artist in this operation? A. unless by Nature or Art it is placed in a suitable matrix. How is the seed subsequently nourished and preser\ed ? A. the Sun. but on the surface and not in the bowels of the earth. Q. and nothing further. Q. What is therefore performed by the artist in the mineral kingdom ? A. The development of one into two. which has permeated the pores of all bodies by its x-iolence. Whither must we turn for the seed and life of metals and minerals ? A. and the reduction of two into one. is the whole philosophic combination reduced ? A. Ever}' seed. He finishes what cannot be finished by Nature on account of the crudity of the air. and by the congelation of the pure particle. Q. The artist must do nothing but separate that which is subtle from that which is gross. What correspondence have the metals among themselves ? A. It must be obser\'ed that the influential virtues of the planets do not ascend but descend. lastly. ik 294 The Hertnetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus. which is the highest of all. The seed of minerals is properly the water which exists in the centre and the heart of the minerals. and ex- . or fixed grain. How does Nature operate by the help of Art ? A. whatsoever its kind. where it receives its life by the coction of the germ.

By no means . So. from which they extract their matter. A Shoj't Catechhtn of Alchemy. perfectly purified and educed into a sovereign fixation. vulgar silver and gold are dead. not Venus into Mars. the one being second after the firmament. Proficiency in the art of perfecting what Nature has left imperfect in the mineral kingdom. It consists in knowing how to educe from potentiality into act ivity the innate warmth. but to all these changes the Philosopher should strive to administer the Sun. When the Philosophers speak of gold and silver. or the fire of Nature. which is enclosed in the centre of the radical humidity. Q. which causes it to perform such great things for health. Q. It is clear that there is a large correspondence between Saturn and the Moon. ?95 . the other second above the earth. in the middle of which is the Sun .perience teaches us that Mars can be easily converted into Venus. Q. while those of the Philosophers are full of life. and the attainment of the treasure of the Philosophical Stone. while the Moon is lowest. Jupiter can be easily transmuted into Mercury. also. What is this Stone ? A. because Jupiter is superior to Mercury. which is of a lower sphere. What is the object of research among the Philosophers ? A. The Stone is nothing else than the radical humidity of the elements. and Saturn is highest of all. but it is never ameliorated by its inferiors. are we to suppose that they refer to the vulgar gold and silver? A. Q. life being resident exclusively in the humid radical. In what does the secret of accomplishing this admirable work consist ? A. The Sun enters into all.

What are the precautions which must be made use of to ^ard against failure in the work ? A. by observing how the chaos was evolved* Q. in itself a pure fire. and to that alone. because water alone enters into all created substances. That precisely which was followed by the Great Architect ot the Universe in the creation of the world. their quicksilver. How can you demonstrate to me the truth of the art in the matter of the tincture ? A. What was the matter of the chaos? A. Give me an example to illustrate what you have just stated* A. this term being a proper subject for the impression of all forms. which contains all the virtue of the compound. has the faculty of combining with these in fusion. which is a ripe and decocted quicksilver. Firstly. lieing composed of the same substance as the metals. Q. but simply because it powerfully fortifies the natural warmth^ which it gently stimulates. which is the sole substance that transmutes them. which are rejected in projection. which all finish in a strange term. It is not on account of the variety of its qualities. while other physics irritate it by too violent an action Q. What road should the Philosopher follow that he may attain to the knowledge and execution of the physical work ? A. and can transmute them into its nature. It could be nothing else than a humid vapour. can easily communicate to them its own maturity. namely^ quicksilver. after it has attracted their crude humidity. that is to say. and. one nature easily embracing another which is like itself Secondly^ seeing that the imperfection of the base meta!s is owing to the crudeness of their quicksilver. Why does this medicine heal every species of disease? A. Q. Q. the rest being nothing but scoriae and excrements. An example may be found in the special productions of composite . Great pains must be taken to eliminate excrements from the matter^ and to conserve nothing but the kerne!.Q. the physical powder. its truth is founded on the fact that the physical powder.

In this heaven the waters are . Q. that this light in the same moment dissolved the 2g6 The Hermetic and Akiiernkal Writings of Paracelsus. whence issues. He will then easily perceive that In the generation of all composite substances. nor of anything except light as the universal form of things. Nevertheless. three are admitted. and how the necessity for the moon arose. which was owing to the space intervening between the things above and the things below . In the first place he should observe the matter out of which the world was made j he w^Ill see that out of this confused mass. and what should he especially remark in the method of creation which was pursued by the Supreme Being? A. it should be observed that Holy Scripture makes no mention of anything except water as the materitU subject w^hereupon the Spirit of God brooded. darkness which covered the face of the earth. Moreover. wherein Nature is an undeviatlng copyist of her Creator. the empyrean. which is the chaos of the particular matter. for the moon is an intermediate torch between the superior and the inferior worlds. and that it served as the universal form of the matter. the complete form of the plant. receiving the celestial influences and communicating them to the earth. which is the firmament that divides the waters from the waters. was subsequently produced . the Sovereign Artist began by extracting light.substances. Finally he will understand how the Creator. of which the first is the space that is above the clouds. by the action of this light. What profit may the Philosopher derive from these considerations. The Philosopher will equally understand after what manner. and a separation of light and darkness. Q. in the gathering of the waters. or firmament which divides the superior and inferior waters. a species of irradiation takes place. produced drj' land. Properly there is one only. the seeds of which invariably begin by resolving themselves into a certain humour. how the sky was studded with luminous bodies . How many heavens can you enumerate ? A. by a kind of irradiation.

if the power which impels its motion be always equal. which is more suitable than water as a medium of light. Q. while the third is the abode of the supercelestial waters. and by virtue of the same law which will cause any heavy substance suspended from a thread to turn with the same velocity. Why does each celestial body invariably revolve about an axis ? A. He placed it in the central fire. Q. Because it is in the nature of rarefied substances to ascend. It is properly air. Why do the superior waters never descend? A. and because God^ in His eternal laws. It is for this reason that a skilled chemist can derive more profit from the study of rarefaction than from any other science whatsoever. What is the matter of the firmament ? A. Q. and moderated this fire by the humidity of water and by the coldness of earth. and fall upon the fixed stars. has assigned its proper sphere to txttything.rarefied. He created a certain light which w^as destined for this office . and it is also in this space that the planets and wandering stars perform their revolutions* The second heaven is the firmament of the fixed stars. After the separation of the waters from the dry earth* w^hat was performed by the Creator to originate generation? A. so as to keep a check upon its energy and adapt it to His design. What is the action of this central fire ? A Short Catechism of Alchemy. Q. Because of their extreme rarefaction. Q. 297 . It is by reason of the primeval impetus which it received. Why is the rarefaction of the waters confined to the first heaven ? A. Q.

Because the wise artist must take notice that vulgar mercury has an insufficient quantity of sulphur. which is contained therein. but is extracted from bodieSj yet not from vulgar mercury. as far as may be possible. By the interaction of the central fire and the mercurial vapour. What kind of mercury. which it exalts into vapour . By the action of the same fire upon aqueous humidity. point by point. he is in search of nothing but the true Mercur}-.* of Nature and the first matter of the three kingdoms. He should. and abominations. %vhen the aerial humidity. or minute body. and he should consequently operate upon a . so to speak. as such. What should be done by a truly wise Philosopher when he has once mastered the foundation and the order in the procedure of the Great Architect of the Universe in the construction of all that exists in Nature? A. he should separate the light from the darkness : he should form his firmament for the separation of the waters which are above from the waters which are below. Q. With one single corpuscle. because. is not found on the earth.A. as it has been falsely said. Q. Of a mercury which. With what is this grand and sublime operation performed? A. which contains in itself all that is required by the Philosopher. Why is the latter unfitted to the needs of our work? A. must he make use of in performing the work ? A. but whence a certain tenebrous and mercurial humidity is extracted. the entire sequence of the creative act. has been exhaled* Q. become a faithful copyist of his Creator. now this vapour is the mercur). It continually operates upon the nearest humid matter. contains nothing but fiEces^ filth. as a fact. which. Q* How is tlie salt of the sea produced? A. therefore. How is the sulphur of Nature subsequently formed ? A. and should successively accomplish. Q. Q. In the physical chaos he should make his chaos such as the original actually was .

will you give me a circumstantial description ot it. or Iliaste^ or Hyle— that confused mass which is known but universally despised. it is considered to be the radical moisture of substances. so as to avoid misconception? A. Q. In respect of its nature. in which the entire virtue of the subject is resident— lastly. causing corruption and blackness by its humidity. and as this is after congelation. is the oil. As you have told ipe that Mercury is the one thing which the Philosopher must absolutely understand. the Radical. in regard to its motion.arc there known to the Philosophers ? A.