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1. Whatever may be accomplished by a simple method should not be be attempted by a complicated one. There is only one Truth, whose existence requires no proof, because it is of itself proof enough to those who are capable of perceiving it. Why should we enter into complexity to seek for that which is simple? The sages say: Ignis et Azoth tibi sufficiunt (the Fire and the First Matter are sufficient). The body is already in your possession. All that you require is the Fire and the Air. 2. No substance can be made perfect without long suffering. Great is the error of those who imagine that the Philosopher's Stone can be hardened without being first dissolved; their time and labor is wasted. 3. Nature must be aided by art whenever she is deficient in power. Art may be the handmaid of nature, but cannot supplant her mistress. Art without nature is always unnatural. Nature without art is not always perfect. 4. Nature cannot be amended except in her own self. The nature of a tree cannot be changed by trimming the branches or by the addition of ornaments; it can be improved only by improving the soil upon which it grows or by grafting. These are operations of art. 5. Nature enjoys, comprehends, and overcomes Nature. There is no other actual knowledge than the knowledge of self. Every being can only truly realize its own existence but not that of any element entirely foreign to it. 6. He who does not know motion does not know Nature. Nature is the product of emotion. At the moment in which eternal motion should cease, all Nature would cease to exist. He who does not know the motions that are taking place in his body is a stranger in his own house. 7. Whatever produces the same effect as is produced by a particular compound is similar to the latter.
10. An animal cannot became divine before it becomes human. Each thing is multiplied and augmented by means of a male and a female principle. Thought remains unproductive unless rendered active by Will. that which destroys creates. The creation of a new form is conditioned by the destruction (transformation) of the old one. like children.The One is greater than all the rest of the numbers. 12. . 13. We must become unsophisticated. The Law of Induction rules in all departments of nature. In the Calcination. 15. the Corpus (body) is not reduced but augmented in quantity. 14. whose qualities are manifest in its manifestations. The Light cannot shine through matter unless the matter has become sufficiently refined to allow the passage of its rays. The self-will. that which causes death causes resurrection. Yet no change is possible without the all-pervading presence of the One. True asceticism consists in giving up that which one does not want after having received something better. That which is unnatural must become natural before its nature can become spiritual. before the wind of wisdom can speak in our mind. Nature creates nothing unless impregnated by Spirit. opposed to the divine Will. Nothing does come out of nothing. It is only through the seed that the fruit bearing more seeds comes into existence. No one ran pass from one extreme to another except through a medium. 11. must cease before the divine Will can enter into the heart. Matter produces nothing unless penetrated by power. 8. In alchemy nothing can bear fruit without having first been mortified. Metals cannot be changed into other metals without having been first reduced to First Matter. That which kills produces life. Everything containing a seed may be augmented but not without the assistance of Nature. 9. for from it an infinite variety of mathematical magnitudes may be evolved. The unripe must be assisted by the ripe. Thus Fermentation will be induced.
adding continually Water. animals of the same genus associate with each other. the results will be imperfect. It is the same Water over which the Spirit of God moved in the Beginning. and the store. wisdom.16. when darkness was upon the face of the deep. 19. and power can only be effective in the realm of pompous illusions. 22. The separation of the subtle from the gross must be done carefully. and which is brought into perfection in the saturnine object by continuous boiling until it attains the state of sublimation and power necessary to transform the base metals into gold. 17. This operation is performed by the Secret Fire. and spiritual powers unite with their own kindred germs. the moon. Each thing in Nature is attracted by its own nature represented in other things. substances that are related with each other can be combined. Only in the innermost sanctuary of the soul will the mystery of the spirit be revealed. which are produced by vibrating motion. Stagnation is death. 18. 23. The stone thrown into the water forms progressively radiating circles. Continue this process until the separated soul is reunited with the body. The whole method is begun and finished by only one method: the Boiling. The great Arcanum (Secret of Secrets) is a celestial spirit. that which is spiritual comes from the Spirit and returns to God. That which is earthy comes from the Earth. Art begins where Nature ceases to act. Fire and heat can only be produced by motion. The virtue of each seed is to unite itself with each thing belonging to its own kingdom. Where the true principles are absent. the more must they be diluted and made to move. . A pure womb gives birth to a pure fruit. Mere imitations cannot produce genuine results. The soul that cannot be moved cannot be elevated. Merely imaginary love. 20. 21. The entire process is accomplished through nothing else but Water. Each thing comes from and out of that into which it will be resolved again. Colors and sounds of a similar nature form harmonious units. and it becomes petrified. that which belongs to the star is obtained from the stars. for the more earthly the materials are. descending from the sun. Art accomplishes by means of Nature the which Nature is unable to accomplish if unaided by art.
and the metals are born of themselves. The foundation of this art is to reduce the Corpora (body) into the Argentum Vivum (Quicksilver or the Living Mercury). In the solution. Use only perfect metals. and this causes the heart to bleed and tortured Nature to cry out. . Crude Mercury. It should be pure of grossly material elements. and incombustible. A science without life is a dead science. Fire and Water must be made to combine. The Hermetic art is not attained by a great variety of methods. such as is usually found in civilized countries. the fool seeks to create it out of his own empty brain. 26. 29. 25. indestructible by doubt. unchangeable Truth. Solutio Sulphuris Sapientium in Mercurio (The sulfuric solution produces mercurial wisdom). the solvent and the dissolved must remain together. just as worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of the Lord. 27. Only at the center of the fruit is the seed to be found. The seed of the metals is in the Metals. and incapable of being burned up in the fire of passion. it is we who change our modes of conceiving of it. 28. There is only one eternal. It may appear under many different aspects. The substance of the Philosopher's Stone is mercurial. indestructible. for the Stone is only One. 32. is perfectly useless for this work. 31. but in that case it is not the Truth that changes. an intellect without spirituality is only a false and borrowed light. thought and love must remain forever united. This is a very painful and tedious process because it is necessary to remove even the root of evil. The substance of which the Arcanum is prepared should he pure. but it may be hastened by the addition of patience. That which is hard and thick must be made subtle and thin by Calcination. Those that are wise are seeking for it in the Mercury of their lives.24. The growth of the metals is very slow. 30. Do not seek for the seed of the Philosopher's Stone in the Elements.
warm. 41. and afterwards the golden glow produced by the Light of the Secret Fire illuminating the purified soul. If the seed is not treated with warmth and moisture. It ought to be hermetically sealed. A seed is useless and impotent unless it is put in its appropriate matrix. it will be useless. penetrating. a yellowness. The Earth produces no fruit unless moistened repeatedly. uninterrupted. . The One. in that which is dry. living. white. All operations must take place in only one vessel without removing it from the Fire. 35. If the gold has even once lost its brightness. 34. 38. A soul cannot develop and progress without an appropriate body. because it is the physical body that furnishes the material for its development. and the same one used by Nature. allembracing. is perfect. because if the spirit were to find a place to escape. but the Fire of divine love expands it. light. The substance used for the preparation of the Philosopher's Stone should be collected only in one place and not be dispersed in many places. The Fire must be moderate. moist. The vessel should be well closed. The body itself is a product of thought. slow. 37. Coldness contracts and dryness hardens the heart. And furthermore should it be closed. equal. The moistening takes place by the Water with which it has the closest affinity. 40. from which all things me produced. 36. No revelation takes place in the darkness except through the Light. 39.33. and in that which is white. it is difficult to restore it. inexhaustible. Active heat produces in that which is moist blackness. whiteness. and has therefore the closest affinity with the mind. Everything dry naturally tends to attract the moisture that it requires to become complete in its constitution. enclosed. so that nothing foreign and impure can enter and become mixed with it. and the Water of thought dissolves any residue. and therefore all things contain within themselves the tendency and possibility for perfection. It is the Fire that descends from heaven to bless all mankind. the power would be lost. First comes mortification and Calcination. so that the Water may not run out of it nor the Air escape.
most of the labor is lost. . and to reject those that are not worthy to be admitted. 42. If the vessel is prematurely opened. 43. Do not open the vessel until the moistening is completed. limitation exists only in the capacity of the form to receive it. The more the Stone is nursed and nourished. the more will it increase. Divine wisdom is inexhaustible.There should always be put at the door of the laboratory a sentinel with a flaming sword to examine all visitors.
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