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CIRCU$ TUM MINUS OF URBIGERUS
Circulatum minus Urbigeranum, or the Philosophical Elixir of Vegetables, with The Three certain Ways of Preparing it, fully and clearly set forth on One and Thirty phorisms! "y "aro Urbigerus! #er$ant of %od in the &ingdom of 'ature! Experto Crede! (ondon, Printed for )enry *aithorne, at the +ose in #t! Paul,s Church-yard, ./01! Contained in phorismi Urbigerani!

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TO ALL TRUE LOVERS OF THE HERMETIC PHILOSOPHY. )a$ing in our Precedent phorisms clearly deli$ered such infallible +ules and 2nstructions, as are necessary for producing our %rand Elixir, or Circulatum ma3us, the only real #ecret of the true depts, commanding in all the &ingdoms of 'ature, which will, we 4uestion not, be no less pleasing to all other lo$ers of #ciences, than to our 5isciples6 and being farther inclined fully to inform them, how to preser$e themsel$es and others in perfect )ealth by ob$iating any 5istemper, that may otherwise o$ercome them, before they can attain to the ccomplishment of their 5esires7 We ha$e thought it con$enient to impart li8ewise to them our three se$eral ways of ma8ing our Vegetable Elixir, or Circulatum minus, which may be prepared, and brought to its utmost Perfection in the space of a Philosophical 9onth by any s8ilful rtist, who shall comprehend and follow our certain 5irections, laid down in these our subse4uent phorisms, where the whole Wor8 is so e$idently demonstrated, that none, who is e$er so little $ersed in Chymistry, can be liable to mista8e! 'or do we any way doubt, but all those, who shall with a sincere and upright 2ntention peruse these our plainly-written phorisms, will find themsel$es obliged to bless lmighty %od for his infinite 9ercy in ha$ing inspired us to open their Eyes, that they may see, what is re4uisite for their present )ealth, and future )appiness, both which we heartily wish to e$ery one, who, as becomes a true Philosopher, unfeignedly lo$es %od and his 'eighbor!

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Circulatum minus Urbigeranum !r t"e P"il!s!#"ical Eli$ir !% Vegetables &it" T"e T"ree certain 'a(s !% Pre#aring it.
2! Our Circulatum minus is only a specificated Elixir, belonging to the Vegetable &ingdom, by which without any *ire, or further Preparation of the Vegetables, we can in a 9oment extract their true Essence, containing their Virtue, :uality, and Property7 which is a great Chymical Curiosity, performing Wonders in the Practice of Physic8, and in demonstrating some Wor8s of 'ature! 22! We call it Circulatum, because, tho e$er so often used in any Extraction, or Chymical Experiment what-e$er, it loses nothing of its :uality, or Property7 which is a Prerogati$e, pertaining to the Uni$ersal Elixir, called also the Circulatum ma3us, because it commands in all the three &ingdoms of 'ature6 whilst this, being restrained to one only &ingdom, is for that reason called 9inus! 222! Out of 5iana,s undetermined Tears, when ppollo has appeared, after the #eparation of the three Elements, 5etermination, 5igestion and glorious +esurrection, we can, without the ddition of any other created thing, prepare this our determined Elixir7 Which is the first, noblest, and most secret way of the Philosophers! 2V! The 5etermination of our 5iana,s Tears consists only in their perfect and indissoluble Union with the fixt Vegetable Earth, philosophically prepared, purified, and spirituali;ed7 for the lo$e of which they are forced to lea$e their first uni$ersal undetermined Property, and be clothed with a determined particular one, which is re4uired to this our Circulatum 9inus! V! Our second way of preparing this our Vegetable Elixir is by a right 9anipulation of a Plant of the noblest 5egree, standing by itself, or supported by others7 after the Preparation of which, and its Putrefaction, +eduction into an Oil, #eparation of the three Principles, with their Purification, Union, and #pirituali;ation, the whole is to be turned into a spiritual e$er-li$ing *ountain, renewing e$ery Plant, that shall be plunged into it! V2! The third and common way is only a Con3unction of a fixt Vegetable #alt with its own $olatil sulphureous #pirit, both to be found ready prepared by any $ulgar Chymist, and since in their Preparation the purest #ulphur, containing the #oul, has suffered some 5etriment by their not being philosophically manipulated, they cannot be inseparably 3oined without a sulphureous 9edium, by which the #oul being strengthened, the "ody and #pirit are also through it made capable of a perfect Union! V22! The proper 9edium, re4uisite for the indissoluble Union of these two #ub3ects, is only a sulphureous and bituminous 9atter, issuing out of a plant, li$ing or dead, which is to be found in se$eral parts of the World, and is 8nown to all manner of sea fishermen <the Copa$ian we find to be the best, and after that the 2talian=, by which, after it has been separated from its feculent parts through our Uni$ersal 9enstruum, all the Pores and toms of the fixt Vegetable #alt, which

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is extremely fortified by it, being dilated, it is made capable of recei$ing its own #pirit, and uniting itself with it! V222! To fortify the #ulphur, and 9ethod is to be used, but to 9atter in a moderate digesti$e and as the #alt grows dry, the you find it so fully saturated the 9atter! open the Pores of the #alt, no other imbibe the same with the bituminous )eat, as if one would hatch Chic8ens, 2mbibitions are to be repeated, until that it refuses to imbibe any more of

2>! 2n the Course of 2mbibitions the whole 9ass is at least nine or ten times a day to be stirred with a #patula, or some other 2nstrument of dry Wood, by which reiterated 9otion, the bituminous 9atter recei$es a better ingress into the "ody, and perfects its Operation the sooner! >! %reat care is to be ta8en, that in the performance of the 2mbibitions, no 8ind of #oil or 5ust fall into your 9atter, for the pre$ention of which your Vessel may be 8ept co$ered with a Paper, pric8t full of holes, or any other suitable Co$ering, and that nothing come near it, which has its own internal #ulphur7 for the Pores of the #alt being $ery much dilated and opened, it may easily determine itself to any other #ub3ect, and so spoil your Underta8ing! >2! 2f in three, or four Wee8s time at farthest, your fixt Vegetable #alt does not manifest its full #aturation, it will certainly be in $ain for you to go on any further with it7 for you may assure yourself, that you either err in the 'otion of the #alt or of the real sulphureous 9edium, or in the 9anagement of the 2mbibitions! >22! When your 2mbibitions are fully performed, your #alt will then be in a con$enient readiness to recei$e its own #pirit, by which it is made $olatil, spiritual, transparent, and wonderfully penetrating, entring on a sudden into the Pores and Particles of e$ery Vegetable, and separating in a moment their true Essence or Elements! >222! lthough the #alt is fully prepared for the +eception of its own #pirit, yet unless you well obser$e the right Proportion of them <which is, that the $olatile always predominate o$er the fixed= you will ne$er be able to ma8e any perfect Union between these two #ub3ects, contrary in :uality, though not in 'ature! >2V! "efore you begin your 5istillations and Cohobations, after the ddition of the Vegetable #pirit to its own #alt, a Putrefaction of eight to ten days is to precede, during which time, the sulphureous #pirit, strengthened by the bituminous 9atter, and finding its #alt fit for Con3unction with it, has the power to enter into its Pores, to facilitate its Volatili;ation, and Union! >V! 2f after six or se$en 5istillations and Cohobations of the distilled upon the +emainder, you do not find your #pirit to be extremely sharp, and the +emainder in the bottom altogether insipid, it will be an e$ident #ign, that you fail in the true 8nowledge of the Vegetable #pirit, which, being exceeding $olatil, has in its 'ature power to $olatili;e its own "ody, and unite itself inseperably with it, finding it capable of its +eception!

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>V2! 2t is to be obser$ed, that in the Progress of your 5istillations the sulphureous 9edium does not in the least ascend7 for as it is a real 9edium, concurring to unite the "ody with the #pirit, before the #pirituali;ation of the "ody, and without the Concurrence of which no perfect Union of these two #ub3ects is to be expected6 so on the contrary in the Progress of the Wor8 its Concurrence would be highly disad$antageous to them both, and totally sub$ert your Operation! >V22! The ascending of the sulphureous 9edium, when the #pirit begins to carry o$er its own "ody, to unite itself inseparably with it, e$idently and certainly signifies, that you do not regulate your *ire, as you should, and that, instead of gi$ing a gentle $aporous )eat to facilitate the Union, you gi$e a $iolent one to destroy it! >V222! When your #alt is brought to its perfect #pirituali;ation, and real Union with its own Volatile #pirit, then you will ha$e in your power your Circulatum 9inus, or Vegetable Elixir, and 9enstruum, with which you will be able to perform wonders in the Vegetable &ingdom, separating in a moment not only their Principles or Elements, but also at one and the same Operation the Pure from the 2mpure! >2>! 2f into this your Vegetable Elixir you put any green Vegetable, shred in pieces, it will in less than half a 4uarter of an hour without any external )eat putrify, and precipitate itself into the bottom 4uite dead, <which is nothing but the cursed Excremental Earth= and on the top will swim a yellow Oil, containing the #alt and #ulphur, and the Elixir will be of the Color of the Plant, comprehending its Vegetable #pirit6 which if it does not, ,tis a sign, that your Operations ha$e not been Philosophical! >>! Only one drop of this yellowish Oil, gi$en in 5istempers according to the Virtue and :uality, attributed to the Plant, e$ery 9orning and E$ening in a %lass of Wine, or any other con$enient Vehicle, will infallibly and insensibly cure those 5istempers, and corroborate the $ital #pirits, if constantly ta8en to purify the "lood in sic8ly and infectuous Times! >>2! 2f you put Coral into this 9enstruum, you will see an admirable Experiment7 for although its Pores are compacter, than in any other Vegetable6 yet it will on a sudden transmit its internal #pirit into the 9enstruum, and sending its #oul and "ody, li8e a blood-red Oil to the Top, will at last fall to the "ottom li8e a greyish Excrement! >>22! 2f 9yrrh, loe, and #affron, of each an e4ual :uantity, are put into this 9enstruum, the truest Elixir Proprietatis <as Paracelsus terms it= which is a most excellent Cordial, and almost of as great Efficacy and Virtue, as the Uni$ersal Elixir itself, and curing all curable 5istempers, will presently swim on the Top, and its Caput 9ortuum will separate itself into the "ottom! >>222! This Vegetable 9enstruum dissol$es not only all sorts of %ums, or any other 8ind of #ubstance in the Vegetable &ingdom, but also all sorts of Oils and "alsams, coming out of Trees, separating their true Essence, by which you may perform wonderful things both upon li$ing "odies, and dead ones, the last of which it preser$es fore$er without opening or any further Preparation of them!

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>>2V! Though this 9enstruum is only specificated upon Vegetables, it will ne$ertheless in a moment draw the Tincture out of 9etals and 9inerals6 but it will not separate all their Principles, not being the appropriate 9enstruum for such Operations6 and though such #ulphurs are highly balsamic for the (ungs and #pleen, yet since our Elixir Proprietatis far exceeds those praeter natural Preparations, we only gi$e this as a curious Chymical Experiment! >>V! #ince this Vegetable 9enstruum is Eternal, you must obser$e, that you lose nothing of its :uantity or :uality in separating of it from the Oil, and #pirit of the Vegetable, which is done by a gentle 5estillation in "alneo $aporoso, the Vessel being $ery well luted and dryed before! The 9enstruum, coming o$er with the *legm of the Vegetable, from which it is by a 5estillation in "alneo to be separated for farther uses, lea$es the Oil at the "ottom, united with its own #pirit, which will easily go o$er in any common )eat, not lea$ing any thing behind it7 which is a 9ar8 of its #pirituali;ation, Purification, and +egeneration, that it has recei$,d from the 9enstruum! >>V2! Out of this Oil or Essence of your Vegetable so prepared, or by any other Philosophical way, <as we ha$e mentioned in our second 9anner of ma8ing this our Elixir= if you 8now how to putrify it naturally without any *ire, and to separate all our Principles out of it, purifying and uniting them inseparably together, being all made spiritual and transparent, you will then ha$e out of this second +egeneration the greatest rcanum in the World, as upon Vegetables, so also upon 9inerals and 9etals, except %old and #il$er! >>V22! 2f this regenerated Essence be determined with our first 9atter, it will then be in a Capacity radically to dissol$e all sorts of 9etals or 9inerals, and principally %old, which is imperceptibly dissol$ed in it, li8e 2ce in common Water, and can ne$er be separated common %old again, neither by 5estillation, nor 5igestion7 out of which, after a Philosophical 5igestion, #eparation of the three Principles, with their Purification, Union, 5igestion, and third +egeneration, you may prepare the great 9edicin of 9edicins, of e4ual Virtue and :uality with the %rand Elixir upon human "odies, and with our 9edicine simplex, upon 9etals or 9inerals! >>V222! The determinating this regenerated 9enstruum with our first 9atter is to be performed by its malgamation with it, in which the Vegetable 9enstruum, drawing out of it all its :ualities and Properties, and uniting them with its own, is made capable of the same Virtue and Property, as our 9ercury simplex, in dissol$ing and $olatili;ing e$ery created thing, that shall come near it! >>2>! #ome are of Opinion, that both the Elixirs may be produced out of se$eral determined things, as )uman Excrements, 9ay-dew, <which they call also their 9enstruum from abo$e, or Water from the Clouds= ?c! as also that the %rand Elixir may be prepared out of this, or any other Vegetable regenerated 9enstruum6 but since we 8now, that such 9enstruums, which they call their Philosophical 9ercury, although they may dissol$e and $olatili;e 9etals, yet cannot meliorate any of them, this 5issolution and Volatili;ation being neither natural nor Philosophical, we therefore with good +eason 3udge all those Opinions to be only false #uppositions and ill-grounded and imaginary 'otions!

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>>>! We with our 5i$ine 9aster )ermes, absolutely affirm, that, lmighty %od ha$ing, after he had created all things, commanded e$ery one of them to procreate out of its own 8ind, our Elixirs are not to be produced by any of those sophistical ways, as we ha$e fully made appear in these and our precedent phorisms, in which we ha$e gi$en ample 2nstructions for the preparing the Uni$ersal Elixir out of our undetermined 9atter, and the specificated one out of the +oot of Vegetables! >>>2! Out of the true ffection and Charity, we ha$e for all (o$ers of rts, we ad$ise e$ery one, who shall desire to prepare either of these our Elixirs, only to follow our 2nfallible +ules, being the Compendium of the whole Practice and Theory according to all true Philosophers, and not to mind any other7 for some ha$ing deli$ered things by )earsay, others from +eading, and $ery few from their own Practice, they may easily be imposed upon and deluded by any Pseudochymist or pretended dept! Experto Crede!

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!"orisms of Urbigerus
Aphorismi Urbigerani, Or Certain Rules, Clearly demonstrating the Three Infallible Ways of Preparing the Grand Eli ir or Cir!ulatum ma"us of the Philosophers,

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an+ all 'ell,'is"ers t! !ur Hermetic Art. *inding you, dear #ons who ha$e through our means attained to the true 8nowledge of our first 9atter, worthy to recei$e our farther 2nstructions in the remainder of the Process, to extirpate all such mbiguities, as you may ha$e concei$ed in our bsence, to facilitate your (abors, and to precaution you in the bringing your Wor8 to its )ighest Perfection! We here, according to your desire, expose to you, and for your sa8es, to the Public, all the most infallible +ules, necessary for pre$enting of Errors in this great Underta8ing nd tho you, e$er - honored Coadepts, could ne$er yet so far pre$ail on yoursel$es as to come to a +esolution of presenting the World with the full Practice of this our rt, 3oined to the Theory, we are ne$ertheless most certain, that we shall not recei$e any +eprimand from you for bringing to light these our +ules which we ha$e so penned, that e$en those, who 8now not our Person, will not only soon percei$e, that all we ha$e written, is the real Truth, clearly exhibiting both the Theory and Practice of the whole )ermetic rt, but also conclude, that these Operations must of necessity ha$e $ery often passed through our own hands from our gi$ing such positi$e +ules and infallible 2nstructions, elucidating all the most obscure and intricate Enigrns of time Philosophers, and warning them of all the ccidents, that may happen is the wor8ing of our #ub3ect! We are, we say, confident, you neither will, nor can blame us for this7 since you will easily discern, that our 5esign is purely to instruct our 5isciples, and pre$ent all the Well-wishers to this most noble rt from being imposed upon, and cheated, by any false pretended dept7 to the end that those, who shall from the 5i$ine "enignity, by the help of these our phorisms, or otherwise, ha$e recei$ed the blessed 8nowledge of our first 9atter, which is the $ery same in all our three ways of producing the grand Elixir, may through these our certain +ules obtain the accomplishment of their 5esires! )a$ing in our Tra$els fortuned to meet with some Persons of true Principles in Philosophy and +eligion, we could not but embrace them and instruct them towards its farther Perfection, which cannot be attained without the true 8nowledge of our Celestial rt! by which comprehending all the 9ystery of 9ysteries, we learn also how to ser$e!

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-!+ in Fait" an+ Trut". nd since we ha$e no Obligation to any li$ing #oul for time 8nowledge, we possess, ha$ing attained it all by the only "lessing of lmighty %od on our 2ndustry and Experiences being therefore at more liberty than those, who recei$e such a *a$or from us, or some other dept, ,tis our 5etermination, whene$er we meet with Persons so 4ualified, always to do the same! Wherefore being at present in England though we are no 'ati$e of this &ingdom we thin8 it necessary to set forth these our phorisms in the English tongue not in the least doubting, but that the &nowing, minding only the sense, will easily pardon any 2mpropriety, they may find in our Expressions7 and when Pro$idence shall carry us into any other Country, we, ha$ing attained to some competent &nowledge of most European (anguages, shall again ta8e care to publish them in the #peech of the Place, where we shall be! that we may the sooner obtain the effects of our 5esires, which aim at nothing, but the undecei$ing of the World by setting down certain and e$ident 9ar8s, distinguishing the Worthy from the Unworthy, and at the bringing of 9en to lea$e their unnecessary *orms, by instructing them in the true way of #er$ing %od, being the only means to render them happy both in this World, and the next!

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A#"!rismi Urbigerani
Or Certain Rules clearl( +em!nstrating t"e T"ree in%allible 'a(s !% #re#aring t"e -ran+ Eli$ir !% t"e P"il!s!#"ers.

2! The )ermetic #cience consists only in the right 8nowledge of the first 9atter of the Philosophers which is in the 9ineral 8ingdom not yet determined by 'ature! 22! n undetermined 9atter being the beginning of all 9etals and 9inerals, it follows, that as soon as any one shall be so happy, as to 8now and concei$e it, he shall easily comprehend also their 'atures, :ualities, and Properties! 222! lthough some Persons, possessed with foolish 'otions, dream, that the first 9atter is to be found only in some particular places, at such and such times of the year, and by the Virtue of a 9agical 9agnet6 yet we are most certain <according to our 5i$ine 9aster )ermes= that, all these #uppositions being false, it is to be found e$ery where, at all times and only by our #cience! 2V! The )ermetic rt consists in the true 9anipulation of our undetermined #ub3ect, which before it can be brought to the highest degree of Perfection, must of necessity undergo all our Chymical Operations! V! Our Chymical Operations are these malgamation #ublimation, 5issolution *iltration, Cohobation, 5istillation, #eparation, +e$erberation, 2mbibition, and 5igestion! V2! When we call all these Operations ours, they are not all to be understood according to the common Operations of the #ophisters of 9etals, whose 2ndustry consists only in disguising of #ub3ects from their *orm, and their 'ature7 but ours are really to transfigure our #ub3ect, yet conser$ing its 'ature, :uality, and Property! V22! This our #ub3ect, after its ha$ing passed through all those artificial Operations, which always imitate 'ature, is called the Philosophers #tone, or the fifth Essence of 9etals, being compounded of the Essence of their four Elements! V222! Time 9etals and 9inerals, which 'ature already determined, although they should be retrograded into running 9ercury Water, and Vapor6 yet can they by no means be ta8en for the first 9atter of the Philosophers!

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2>! Our true and real 9atter is only a Vapor, impregnated with the 9etallic #eed, yet undetermined, created by %od lmighty, generated by the Concurrence and 2nfluence of time strums, contained in the "owels of the Earth, as the 9atrix of all created things! > This our 9atter is called undetermined, because, being a 9edium between a 9etal and a 9ineral, and being neither of them, it has in it power to produce both, according to the #ub3ect, it meets withal! >2! #uch a 9etallic Vapor, congealed and nourished in the "owels of the Earth! is called the undermined, and when it enchants the #erpent with the "eauty of its termined and additional *ire, the determined %reen - 5ragon of the Philosopher and without the true 8nowledge and right 9anipulation of it nothing can be done in our rt! >22! This %reen-5ragon is the natural %old of the Philosophers, exceedingly different from the $ulgar, which is corporeal and dead, being come to the period of its Perfection according to 'ature, and therefore incapable of generating, unless it be first generated itself by our 9ercurial Water but ours is spiritual, and li$ing, ha$ing the generati$e *aculty in itself, and in its own 'ature, and ha$ing recei$ed the 9asculine :uality from the Creator of all things! >222! Our %old is called 'atural, because it is not to be made by rt, and since it is 8nown to none, but the true 5isciples of )ermes, who understand how to separate it from its original (ump, ,tis called also Philosophical6 and if %od had not been so gracious, as to create this first Chaos to our hand, all our #8ill and rt in the Construction of the great Elixir would be in $ain! >2V! Out of this our %old, or undetermined %reen-5ragon, without the addition of any other created thing whatsoe$er, we 8now how through our Uni$ersal 9enstruum to extract all our Elements! or Principles, necessary for the performance of our great Wor87 Which is Our first way of preparing the %rand Elixir and since this our first Chaos is to be had without any Expense, as costing only the trouble of digging it out of the 9ines, This is not unfitly called the only way of the Poor! >V! The Operations in this our first way being in a manner the same with those of our second, which is, when we 3oin our determined 5ragon with our #erpent, we shall <to a$oid +epetitions= in the subse4uent phorisms gi$e 2nstructions for them both together! >V2! Our #erpent, which is also contained in the "owels of the Earth, being of all created things whatsoe$er the nearest sub3ect of a *eminine 'ature to our 5ragon, through their Copulation such an astral and metallic #eed, containing our Elements, is also to

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be brought forth as can, though with somewhat more of Expense and Time, perform the whole 9ystery of )ermes! >V22! #ince our #erpent is of all created things the nearest sub3ect of *eminine 'ature to our 5ragon, she is after her Copulation to be ta8en for the "asis of our Philosophical Wor87 for out of her "owels, without the help of any other 9etal or 9ineral ,we must draw our Principles or Elements, necessary to our Wor8, being retrograded by the Uni$ersal 9enstruum! >V222! This *eminine #ub3ect cannot be retrograded, unless to free her from her 2mpurities, and )eterogeneous :ualities, she is first actuated by her )omogeneous ones, that she may be in better Capacity to recei$e the spiritual (o$e of our %reen 5ragon! >2>! fter our #erpent has been bound with her Chain, penetrated with the "lood of our %reen-5ragon, and dri$en nine, or ten times through the combustible *ire into the elementary ir, if you dc not find her to be exceeding furious, and extremely penetrating,, ,tis a sign, that you do not hit our #ub3ect, the 'otion of the )omogenea, or their Proportion! >>! 2f this furious #erpent, after it has been dissol$ed by the Uni$ersal 9enstruum, filtrated, e$aporated, and congealed nine or ten times, does not come o$er in a Cloud, and turn into our Virgin 9il8, or 9etallic argentin Water, not corrosi$e at all, and yet insensibly, and in$isibly de$ouring e$ery thing, that comes near it, ,tis plainly to be seen that you err in the 'otion of our Uni$ersal 9enstruum! >>2! The #erpent, of which 2 now spea8, is our true Water of the Clouds, or the real Eagle and 9ercury of the Philosophers, greatly different from the Vulgar, which is corporeal, gross, dead, and full of )eterogeneous :ualities, and a #ub3ect fallen from its #phere, li8e unripe *ruit from the Tree6 but ours is spiritual, transparent, li$ing, residing in its own #phere, li8e a &ing on his Throne >>22! Though the $ulgar 9ercury is such an unripe fruit, corporeal, and dead6 yea, if you 8now how to amalgamate it with our 5ragon, and to retrogradate it with the Uni$ersal 9enstruum, you may assure your self, that out of this also you shall be able to prepare a #ophic 9ercury, with which you shall certainly produce the great Elixir, disco$er the #ecret of #ecrets, unloc8 the most difficult (oc8s, and command all the Treasures in World! >>222! Our 9ercury is called the 9ercury of the Philosophers, because it is a #ub3ect, which is not to be found ready prepared to our hand 7 for it must of necessity be made by our Philosophical Preparations, out of the first Chaos, and although it is rtificial, yet it is naturally prepared, 'ature, which is imitated in the Preparation of it, contributing li8ewise thereunto!

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%lass, and which is most agreeable to the Practice of the most ancient Philosophers! (>>>! "efore you come to the Union of your Elements, your clarifyed Earth is before all things to be digested in a moderate and continual )eat of shes, to free it from any unnatural 9oisture, that it might ha$e attracted after its Purification, to be in a fit Capacity to recei$e your 9ercury simplex, by which it is to be nourished in its 2nfancy! (>>>2! 2f your clarifyed Earth, after it has been digested the space of a whole 9onth, does not appear exceeding dry, subtil, and frangible, it will signifie, that you ha$e failed in the Purification or Clarification of it, or that the external 9oisture, it had attracted, is not yet parted from it! (>>>22! Ta8e great Care, that you do not begin your 2mbibitions of your Earth, before you find it to be $ery well purifyed, clarifyed, dryed, and brought to be $ery subtil, and extremely frangible7 for it would be a great 5etriment as well to your Wor8, as to your 9ercury6 and, although it should not spoil your Wor8, yet it would be to you a great loss of Time! (>>>222! fter our clarifyed Earth had been brought to a perfect Purity, 5ryness, and *rangibility, it is to be imbibed with the eighth part of our 9ercury simplex, or Virgins 9il8, which will in a $ery short time be soa8ed into it, as into a #ponge, which shews the hungry #tate of our 2nfant, and then the *ire is to be continued, till the 2nfant is hungry again! (>>>2V! 2f in the space of two or three days, or four, at the farthest, the 2nfant does not shew it self to be extreme hungry by becoming $ery dry and frangible again, it will become an e$ident sign, that you ha$e o$ercome it by your excessi$e feeding of it! (>>>V! %reat care is to be ta8en also in the feeding of the noble 2nfant7 for if you do not well obser$e all our infallible +ules, you will ne$er be able to bring it to a perfect 9aturity7 for in the 'otion and Proportion of our 2mbibitions, and the 9anagement of them, the prosperous and unfailable End of our Wor8 is to be expected! (>>>V2! ,Tis always to be obser$ed, that the *ire be $ery moderate, as long as you are ma8ing your 2mbibitions, for fear or forcing any part of your 9ercury to lea$e the Earth7 for as a moderate )eat ma8es the Union between the #oul and the "ody, and perfects all the Wor87 so on the contrary a too Violent )eat disunites and destroys all! (>>>V22! The 2nfant being dry, the 2mbibition is to be repeated again, and this 9ethod is to be used, until the 9atter has recei$ed its weight of the 9ercury7 at which time if you do not find it to flow li8e Wax, and be whiter then any #now, and $ery

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fixt, you must proceed with your 2mbibitions, until you percei$e the same! (>>>V222! The 2mbibitions are not to be made any oftner, than once e$ery three or four days, in which time you will find your 9atter, ha$ing soa8ed up all your 9ercury, to be in great want of *ood, which must be supplyed, until it be saturated7 the 9ar8 of which will be, when it flows li8e Wax again! (>>>2>! Aour 9atter being brought to a perfect *luxibility, uncomparable Whiteness, and unalterable *ixedness, 8now then, that you ha$e perfectioned the white Elixir, which, being fermented with fine #il$er in *ilings, will be in a Capacity to transmute all inferior 9etals into the finest #il$er in the World! >C! "efore the white Elixir is fermented with common #il$er, you may multiply it, as well in Virtue, as in :uantity, by the Continuation of 2mbibitions with the 9ercury simplex, by which it may by 5egrees be brought ad 2nfinitum in its Virtue! >C2! The white Elixir being brought to its 5egree of 9aturity, desiring to go on to its highest 5egree of Perfection, instead of fermenting it with #il$er, it must be cibated with its own *lesh and "lood, which is the double 9ercury, by which it being nourished, multiplyed in :uality and :uantity, and digested, the whole Wor8 is accomplished! >C22! s soon as the first 2mbibition is made, you will see a great lteration in your Vessel7 for there will be nothing seen but a Cloud, filling the whole space of the Vessel, the fixt being in contro$ersie with the Volatil, and the Volatil with the fixt! The Volatil is Con4ueror at the beginning, but as last by its own internal *ire, con3oyned with the external, both are united, and fixed inseparably together! >C222! 2t is to be obser$ed, that the %lass Vessel, which must be o$al, with a 'ec8 half a foot long, and $ery strong, be of a fit bigness, and of such Capacity, that your 9atter, when it is put into the Vessel, may ta8e up only the third part of it, lea$ing the other two $acant7 for, if it should be too big, it would be a great hinderance in performing the Wor8, and if too little, it would brea8 into a thousand pieces! >C2V! fter you ha$e cibated the noble Elixir with your double 9ercury, before it can come to its perfect *ixedness, it must of necessity wander through all the #tates and Colours of 'ature, by which we are to 3udg its "eing and Temperament! >CV! The constant and essential Colors, that appear in the 5igestion of the 9atter, and before it comes to a Perfection, are three, $i;! "lac8, which signifies the Putrefaction and Con3unction of the Elements6 White, which demonstrates its Purification6 and +ed, which demonstrates its 9aturation! The rest

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of the Colors, that appear and disappear in the Progress of the Wor8, are only accidental, and unconstant! >CV2! "y e$ery Cibation of its own *lesh and "lood, +egeneration of its Colors, and 5igestion, the 2nfant will grow stronger and stronger, that at last being fully saturated and digested, it is called the %reat Elixir of the Philosophers, with which you will be able to perform, Wonders is all the +egions, as well nimal, as 9ineral, and Vegetable! >CV22! When your Elixir is brought to a *luxibility, and a perfect *ixedness, if you desire to ma8e a 9edicine upon 9etals, you must determinate or ferment it with common %old in *ilings, in which 5etermination it will $itrify, and then you will ha$e an incomparable 9edicine, capable to transmute all imperfect 9etals into the purst %old, according to the 5octrine of all the Philosophers, though our self ne$er designed any thing, but an uni$ersal +emedy for the Cure of all curable 5iseases, incident to )uman "odies, as is well 8nown to our *riends, who ha$e en3oyed the "enefit of these our (abors! >CV222! 2t is to be obser$ed in the *ermentation, that the Elixir exceed not the *erment in :uantity, otherwise the #ponsal (igament of it cannot be actually performed, and when the *erment is predominant o$er the Elixir, all will be presently turned into dust! >C2>! The best 9ethod of *ermentation is to ta8e one part of the Elixir, and put it into the midst of ten parts of %old in *ilings, cast through ntimony, to free it from all its 2mpurities, and to 8eep it in a circulary *ire for the space of six )ours, so increasing the *ire by 5egrees, that the last two hours it be in a good *usion, and when cold, you will find all your 9atter exceeding frangible, and of the Color of the %ranate-#tone! C! Common 9ercury, amalgamated with (ead, is counted the most proper #ub3ect for ma8ing Pro3ection, which being in *usion, your fermented 9atter being di$ided into three parts, one part of it rolled, in Wax, is to be flung upon the malgam7 then presently co$er the Crucible, and continue the *ire, until you hear the 'oise of the #eparation and Union7 then the second and third part, as before, and being 8ept for two hours in a continual *ire of *usion, let it cool by it self! C2! Whoe$er shall presume to prepare the %reat Elixir according to our most #ecret Ways without following and obser$ing all these our infallible +ules, will certainly find himself mightily mista8en at last, ha$ing after a great deal of Troubles, Charges, and Pains, reaped nothing but 5iscontent6 and on the contrary they, that shall wal8 in our true and infallible Paths, shall with $ery little Trouble and Expences attain to their desired End, which we cordially wish to all those, who are sincere well-wishers to the )ermetic Philosophy!

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A P!stscri#t c!ntaining An E$#lanati!n !% t"e Figure #re%i$t t! t"e A#"!rismi Urbigerani. )a$ing in our One )undred and One phorisms so perspicuously laid open all the 5ifficulties, and so amply taught the compleat Theory and Practice of the whole )ermetic 9ystery, that any ingenious (o$er of Chymistry will not only be enabled to understand the most abstruse writings of the Philosophers, but also to effect any real Experiment, which is to be expected in the Progress of our Celestial rt6 and yet being apt to belie$e, that such, as are not our 5isciples, may perhaps meet with some of the Philosophical *igures, the meaning of which they may not so easily comprehend, we ha$e 3udged it highly expedient, in the *ront of this our little "oo8 to place this our *igure, by which, being a perfect Compendium of all the Philosophical Emblems, the rest may be without any great difficulty understood! 'ow since this our *igure, mystically representing all our #ub3ects and Operations, cannot but admit of many and $arious 2nterpretations, all which if we should here set down, our phorisms <where they are already deli$ered, and of which this would then be a +epetition,= would be altogether useless and insignificant7 we therefore at first esteemed it $ery superfluous to gi$e any farther 2llustration of it! "ut our desire being to do all the good, we can, to the Public, we ha$e on second Thoughts resol$ed with our wonted "re$ity to deli$er the following Explanation for the better Comprehension both of it and our phorisms! The Tree is a #upporter of the 9otto, ,Virtus unita fortior,7 which, being to be read from the side of the #erpent, representing by the )alf-9oon on its )ead the Planet, under whose 2nfluence it is born, is to be referred to it according to its particular 9otto, which signifies, that, if you ta8e it alone, it can do little or 'othing in our rt, as wanting the ssistance of others! "y the %reen 5ragon is to be understood our first undetermined 9atter, comprehending all our Principles, <as is demonstrated by the )alf-9oon on its )ead, the #un in its "ody, and the Cross on its Tail,= and denoting by its 9otto, that it can perform the whole wor8 without being 3oined with any other created or artificially prepared thing7 which is our first way! "ut this our 5ragon, when copulating with our #erpent, is forced to comply with her, degrading it self from its undetermined "eing for the production of our second way! pollo with the #un on his head, and 5iana with the )alf-9oon, embracing each other, shew our third way, and the Continuation of our first and second! The +i$er, into which they descend, signifies the #tate, they must be reduced into, before they can be in a Capacity of being born again, and before in any of our three ways they can be brought to a perfect #pirituali;ation and Union! pollo and 5iana, coming out of the +i$er in one wonderful "ody, 5iana ha$ing obtained all, represent our )erculean wor8s, ready finished and the beginning of their Con3unction, and by their going to set their foot on firm ground,

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where she is to sow the noble *ruits for the Procreation, is to be understood the Continuation of their Con3unction, till they are fully united and perfected! 2n this #cheme also, as well as in our phorisms, are mystically exhibited all the principal Points of *aith and +eligion, comprised in the Volumes of the Old and 'ew Testament7 whence it manifestly appears, that the Contemplation of 'ature truly leads to the Comprehension of those hea$enly Verities, by which alone we can expect to arri$e at the En3oyment of that blessed 2mmortality, to which, as to the true and ultimate End of our Creation, all our Endea$ours are to be directed! ,Finis,

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