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Hermes Trismegistos "Dreimal größter Hermes"
Alchemie (Magnum Opus)

 

Inhaltsverzeichnis (verbergen)

  1. 1. Stationen der alchemischen Umwandlung
  2. 2. Sieben Hermetische Gesetze (Göttliche Prinzipien)
  3. 3. Tabula Smaragdina von Hermes Trismegistos
    1. 3.1 Entsprechungen – Physiologische Alchemie
    2. 3.2 Chemische Entsprechungen – Referenzwerte
  4. 4. Zitate aus Hermes Trismegistos' Werk und Gesetzmäßigkeiten / Principles
    1. 4.1 Zitate allgemein
    2. 4.2 General quotes
  5. 5. Quotes by various authors of alchemical treatises
    1. 5.1 Artephius
    2. 5.2 Francis Bacon [William Shakespeare]
    3. 5.3 Roger Bacon
    4. 5.4 Petrus Bonus
    5. 5.5 Marsilio Ficino
    6. 5.6 Benedictus Figulus
    7. 5.7 Nicolas Flamel
    8. 5.8 Fulcanelli
    9. 5.9 Henry Madathanas
    10. 5.10 Albertus Magnus
    11. 5.11 Michael Maier
    12. 5.12 John A. Mehung
    13. 5.13 Henry Nollius
    14. 5.14 Thomas Norton
    15. 5.15 Paracelsus
    16. 5.16 Eirenaeus Philalethes
    17. 5.17 Johann Friedrich Schweitzer
    18. 5.18 Michael Sendivogius
    19. 5.19 Alexander von Suchten
    20. 5.20 Baro Urbigerus
    21. 5.21 Bernard Trevisan
    22. 5.22 Basil Valentine
    23. 5.23 Ko Hung
    24. 5.24 Shih Hsing-lin
    25. 5.25 Chang Po-tuan
    26. 5.26 Rosicrucians
    27. 5.27 Rosicrucian brother
    28. 5.28 German philosopher
    29. 5.29 German sage I
    30. 5.30 German sage II
    31. 5.31 Anonymous sage
    32. 5.32 Anonymous I
    33. 5.33 Anonymous II
    34. 5.34 Anonymous III
    35. 5.35 Anonymous IV
    36. 5.36 Anonymous V
    37. 5.37 Anonymous VI
    38. 5.38 Quotes by Carl Jung
    39. 5.39 Quotes by Marie-Louise von Franz
  6. 6. Englische Texte – English section on Hermes Trismegistos and Principles
    1. 6.1 Seven evolutionary stages of leadership: Expediency ⇒ alchemical service
    2. 6.2 Writings of Hermes Trismegistos
    3. 6.3 Correspondences of physiological alchemy
    4. 6.4 Correspondences of astrology and numerology
    5. 6.5 Signs of the zodiac – Alchemical process
    6. 6.6 Correspondences of psychology
    7. 6.7 Emotions – Alchemical process
    8. 6.8 Correspondences of chemical references (Lead ⇒ Gold)
    9. 6.9 Correspondences of ancient traditions – Emerald tablet
    10. 6.10 Correspondences of archetypal images
    11. 6.11 Alchemical triple transmutation
    12. 6.12 Timeline of events in the history of alchemy
  7. 7. Links – Hermes Trismegistos' Werk und Gesetzmäßigkeiten / Principles
    1. 7.1 Literatur
    2. 7.2 Literature (engl.)
    3. 7.3 Externe Weblinks
    4. 7.4 External web links (engl.)
    5. 7.5 Audio- und Videolinks
    6. 7.6 Audio and video links (engl.)
    7. 7.7 Audio and video links (engl.) – Barbara Hand Clow
    8. 7.8 Audio and video links (engl.) – Jay Weidner
    9. 7.9 Movies / documentary links (engl.)
    10. 7.10 Interne Links

 

 

Hermes Trismegistus
Bodenmosaik in der Kathedrale von Siena, ~1480

 

 

He who wants to get insight and enlightenment in all truth, think of God’s birth in himself, in the depth of his soul. As soon as he will open himself for that, all energies of the soul come to life, and in one instant
he receives more wisdom than anybody
can teach him.

 

Meister Eckhart O.P. (Eckhart of Hochheim) (1260-1328) German mystic,
Dominican theologian, philosopher

 


 

Stationen der alchemischen Umwandlung

Die Alchemie ist ein Zweig der Naturphilosophie. Im 17./18. Jahrhundert wurde sie allmählich von der modernen Chemie und Pharmakologie abgelöst.


Nachbildung des Alchemielabors von Andreas Libavius,
deutscher Arzt, Philosoph, Chemiker
Rathaus Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Historiengewölbe

Die "Herstellung" (Transmutation) von Gold (Goldsynthese) und anderen Edelmetallen (Edelmetallsynthese) aus Blei ist ein äußeres Nebenprodukt der Alchemie. Alchemisten (Adepten) widmen sich lebenslänglich der inneren  Wandlung.

 

Das Opus Magnum ("Großes Werk das dich vollendet") passiert insgesamt 18 Stufen der Universellen Lehre:
         1.-8. Vorbereitungsarbeit
         9. Materia Prima
         10. Kalzination
         11. Sublimation
         12. Solution
         13. Putrefaktion
         14. Destillation
         15. Koagulation
         16. Tinktur
         17. Multiplikation
         18. Projektion

 

Quelle: Universelle Lehre

 

Anregung versus Apathie
Das Element Silber ist ein natürlicher Katalysator, der Wachstum und Umwandlung beschleunigt.
Silber hat eine chemische Aura, deren Anwesenheit selbsttätig eine Katalyse der Umgebung auslöst.
Hingegen lässt die Anwesenheit von Blei die umgebenden Lebensprozesse erlahmen.

 

Man könnte sagen, dass die Information am unteren Ende der Skala wie Blei ist, während jene nahe der Spitze der Tabelle Platin gleicht. Blei ist relativ unbeweglich. Eine winzige Menge Platin jedoch kann viele Tonnen Erz katalysieren.   Dr. David R. Hawkins, Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 202, 2006

Sieben Hermetische Gesetze (Göttliche Prinzipien)

Die sieben hermetischen Gesetze nach der "Figur" Hermes Trismegistos, eine synkretistische Verschmelzung des ägyptischen Gottes Thot und des griechischen Gottes Hermes, beschreiben folgende Lebens- und Schöpfungsprinzipien:
                1. Spiritualität
                2. Entsprechung
                3. Schwingung
                4. Polarität
                5. Rhythmus
                6. Kausalität
                7. Geschlechtlichkeit

 

Die sieben hermetischen Gesetze (Prinzipien)
nach Hermes Trismegistos
༺༻PrinzipBeschreibung
1.Geistigkeit Eins ist Alles, alles ist eins. Alles ist Geist; das Universum ist geistig. Der Geist herrscht über die Materie.
2.Analogie (Entsprechung) Wie oben, so unten; wie unten, so oben. Wie innen, so außen; wie außen, so auch innen. Die Verhältnisse im Kosmos entsprechen demnach denen im Mikrokosmos (Individuum) – die irdischen Verhältnisse spiegeln sich auch im Menschen und umgekehrt. Veränderungen im mikrokosmischen Bereich wirkten sich demnach auf die Gesamtheit aus, kosmische Verhältnisse könnten zur Deutung individueller Gegebenheiten herangezogen werden (z.B. in der Astrologie durch Deutung des Sternenhimmels, der  analog auf die Wesenheit Mensch und irdische Ereignisse übertragen wird).
3.Schwingung Nichts ruht; alles bewegt sich; alles schwingt.
4.Polarität Alles ist zweipolig; alles zeigt sich als Prinzip und Gegenprinzip; Gleich und Ungleich, Sinn und Widersinn sind identisch, allerdings graduell verschieden.
Gegensätze sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im Grad verschieden; Extreme begegnen einander; alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halb-Wahrheiten; alle Paradoxa können in Übereinstimmung gebracht werden.
5.Rhythmus Alles fließt; aus und ein; alles hat seine Gezeiten.
Alles hebt sich und fällt, der Schwung des Pendels äußert sich in allem; der Ausschlag des Pendels nach rechts ist das Maß für den Ausschlag nach links; Rhythmus gleicht aus.
6.Ursache und Wirkung
(Kausalität) Karma
Jede Ursache hat ihre Wirkung; jede Wirkung hat ihre Ursache; alles geschieht gesetzmäßig; Zufall ist nur ein Name für ein unerkanntes Gesetz.
Es gibt viele Ursachenebenen, und nichts entgeht der Gesetzmäßigkeit.
7.Geschlecht Geschlecht ist in allem; alles hat sein männliches und sein weibliches Prinzip in sich.
Geschlecht offenbart sich auf allen Ebenen.
Referenz: ► Videopräsentation Die sieben hermetischen Gesetze, präsentiert von Sprecherin Julia Philippi,
YouTube Film, 7:17 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 3. November 2012

Tabula Smaragdina von Hermes Trismegistos

Die Tabula Smaragdina ist ein Zitat aus dem Geheimbuch der Schöpfung. Sie dient als Grundlage der Alchemie. Das 1908 von den drei Eingeweihten veröffentlichte Kybalion, das die Sieben hermetischen Prinzipien beschreibt, beruft sich auf dieses Werk. Metaphysiker betrachten die Tabula Smaragdina als Sammlung grundlegender Wahrheiten. In Symbolsprache beschreibt das Zitat alle vier Phasen des Großen Werks der Wandlung (Transmutation).

Der Religionsgeschichtler und Philosoph Mircea Eliade weist darauf hin, dass Gerhard von Cremona in Spanien die Tabula Smaragdina um 1150 aus dem Arabischen ins Lateinische übersetzt hat. Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) rumänisch-US-amerikanischer Professor der Religionsgeschichte, Universität von Chicago, Philosoph, Schriftsteller, Geschichte der religiösen Ideen in vier Bänden, Band 3, Kapitel 1, S. 149, Herder, Freiburg, 2002

Übersetzungsversionen der Tabula Smaragdina

 

  1. Wahr ist es ohne Lügen, gewiss und aufs allerwahrhaftigste.
  2. Dasjenige, welches Unten ist, ist gleich demjenigen, welches Oben ist: Und dasjenige, welches Oben ist, ist gleich demjenigen, welches Unten ist, um zu vollbringen die Wunderwerke eines einzigen Dinges.
  3. Und gleich wie von dem einigen Gott erschaffen sind alle Dinge, in der Ausdenkung eines einigen Dinges. Also sind von diesem einigen Dinge geboren alle Dinge, in der Nachahmung.
  4. Dieses Ding Vater ist die Sonne, dieses Dinges Mutter ist der Mond.
  5. Der Wind hat es in seinem Bauche getragen.
  6. Dieses Dinges Säugamme ist die Erde.
  7. Allhier bei diesem einigen Dinge ist der Vater aller Vollkommenheit der ganzen Welt.
  8. Desselben Dinges Kraft ist ganz beisammen, wenn es in der Erde verkehrt worden.
  9. Die Erde musst du scheiden vom Feuer, das Subtile vom Dicken, lieblicherweise, mit einem großem Verstand.
  10. Es steigt von der Erde gen Himmel, und wiederum herunter zur Erde, und empfänget die Kraft der Oberen- und der Unteren-Dinge.
  11. Also wirst du haben die Herrlichkeit der ganzen Welt. Derohalben wird von dir weichen aller Unverstand. Dieses einige Ding ist von aller Stärke die stärkeste Stärke, weil es alle Subtilitäten überwinden und alle Festigkeit durchdringen wird.
  12. Auf diese Weise ist die Welt erschaffen.
  13. Daher werden wunderliche Nachahmungen sein, die Art und Weise derselben ist hierin beschrieben.
  14. Und also bin ich genannt Hermes Trismegistos, der ich besitze die drei Teile der Weisheit der ganzen Welt.
  15. Was ich gesagt habe von dem Werk der Sonnen, daran fehlet Nichts, es ist ganz vollkommen.
Tabula Smaragdina, chemie.de/lexikon

 

  1. Wahr, wahr, kein Zweifel darin, sicher, zuverlässig!
  2. Siehe, das Oberste kommt vom Untersten, und das Unterste vom Obersten;
    ein Werk der Wunder von einem Einzigen.
  3. Wie die Dinge alle von diesem Grundstoff durch ein einziges Verfahren entstanden sind.
  4. Sein Vater ist die Sonne, seine Mutter der Mond;
    der Wind hat ihn in seinem Bauch getragen, die Erde hat ihn ernährt.
  5. Er ist der Vater der Zauberwerke, der Behüter der Wunder, vollkommen an Kräften; der Beleber der Lichter.
  6. Ein Feuer, das zu Erde wird.
  7. Nimm hinweg die Erde von dem Feuer, das Feine von dem Groben, mit Vorsicht und Kunst.
  8. Und in ihm ist die Kraft des Obersten und des Untersten.
    So wirst du zum Herrscher über das Oberste und das Unterste.
    Weil mit dir ist das Licht der Lichter, darum flieht vor dir die Finsternis.
  9. Mit der Kraft der Kräfte wirst du jegliches feine Ding bewältigen, wirst du in jegliches grobe Ding eindringen.
  10. Gemäß der Entstehung der großen Welt entsteht die kleine Welt, und das ist mein Ruhm.
  11. Das ist die Entstehung der kleinen Welt, und danach verfahren die Gelehrten.
  12. Darum bin ich Hermes der Dreifache genannt worden.
Quelle: ► Tabula Smaragdina von Hermes Trismegistos,
Neuübersetzung von Hans Dieter Leuenberger (1931-2007) Schweizer Pfarrer, Psychotherapeut, Esoteriker, 2006

Entsprechungen – Physiologische Alchemie

Alchemie der Körperlichkeit
༺༻Alchemischer
Vorgang
ChakraMetallChakra-EigenschaftOrgan
Physis
Körper-
flüssigkeit
Spektral-
farbe
EdelsteinHeilwirkung
1.(Materia Prima)
Kalzination
1. Chakra
Muladhara
BleiKörperlich, instinktivSacrum, Anus, KeimdrüsenZähflüssiger SchleimInfrarot, dunkelrotGranat, Roter Jaspis, Hämatit, ObsidianMut, Stärke, Erdung
2.Auflösung2. Chakra
Svadhi-
sthana
ZinnSexualität, GeselligkeitGeschlechts-
organe, Milz,
Lunge
Schwarze Gallen-
flüssigkeit
OrangeKarneol,
Fire opal
Warme Energie, Fruchtbarkeit
3.Ab-
scheidung
3. Chakra
Manipura
EisenWillen,
Intellekt
Solar plexus, Gallenblase, Nabel, NebenniereRote Gallen-
flüssigkeit
HellgelbGelbquarz, Tigerauge, RubinEntgiftung, Selbstachtung, moralisch aufrichtend, fröhlich, ausgleichend
4.Vereinigung4. Chakra
Anahata
KupferEmotionen,
Gefühle
HerzBlutGrünMalachit, Smaragd, Jade, Aventurin, Kunzit, BergkristallHerzstärkend, blutbildend, angstmindernd, traumanregend
5.Gärung5. Chakra
Vishuddha
Queck-
silber
Konzepte,
Kommuni-
kation
Kehlkopf, Thymusdrüse, SchilddrüseKlang,
Schwingung
Türkis, hellblauTürkisgestein, blauer Topas, Aquamarin, KordieritNervenausgleich,
Ausrichtung der Chakren,
Kreativität, Channeling, belebende Energie
6.Destillation6. Chakra
Ajna
SilberIntuition,
Hellsehen (zweites Gesicht)
Stirn, Hirnan-
hangdrüse,
Leber
LebenskraftIndigo, dunkelblauLapislazuli, Sodalit, Saphir, Moldavit, Opal, MondsteinLymphfluss stärkend, geistige Klarheit, übersinnliche Kräfte
7.Gerinnung
Koagu-
lierung
7. Chakra
Sahasrara
GoldVorstellungs-
kraft
Gehirn,
Zirbeldrüse,
Kronenchakra
Lebenselixier (Zaubertrank), AmbosiaViolett, ultraviolettAmethyst, Fluorit, Gelber Topaz, Perle, DiamantAllgemeine Ganz-
körperheilung, Verjüngung
Quelle (engl.): ► VI. Correspondences of Physiological Alchemy [VI. Entsprechungen der physiologischen Alchemie],
vorgestellt von Alchemylab.com, Einstelldatum unbekannt

Chemische Entsprechungen – Referenzwerte

Umwandlung: Blei ⇒ Gold
༺༻Alchemischer
Vorgang
ProzessElementMetallChemisches ArkanumProzessfarbeProzessgeruch
1.KalzinationRösten
Verbrennen
Reduzieren, einkochen
Zerreiben
Feuer
Solve
Auflösen
BLEISchwefelsäure
(Vitriol)
Schwarz
Magenta
Beißend
Schwefelgeruch
2.AuflösungAuflösen
Verrosten, korrodieren
Zufüttern, auffüllen
Wasserbad
Wasser
Solve
Auflösen
ZINN
(Hartzinn)
Eisenoxid
(Rosten:
Wasser auf Metall)
Hellblau
Weiß
Bitter, sauer, scharf
Essigähnlich
3.AbscheidungSieben
Filtern
Spalten
Abschneiden
Luft
Solve
Auflösen
EISEN
(Stahl)
Natriumkarbonat Na2CO3
(Blubbernd,
aufwallend)
Rot
Orange
Faule Eier
4.VereinigungFixieren
Zusammenführen, vereinigen
Verschmelzen
Anhäufen
Erde
Auflösen & Gerinnen
KUPFER
(Bronze,
Messing, Gold)
Natronsalpeter
Natriumnitrat
(Vereinigung mit Lebenskraft)
GrünChlorgeruch
5.GärungVerdauen
Faulen, fermentieren
Gefrieren
Salben, wachsen
Schwefel
Coagula
Gerinnen
QUECKSILBER
(Kupfer)
Liquor Hepatis
Schweflige Leberflüssigkeit
(Balsam der Seele)
Blaugrün
Türkis
Faulig, übelriechend
(zugleich)
Wohlriechend, parfümiert
6.DestillationPotenzieren
Begeistern (Hochgefühl)
Kohobieren
Vervielfachen
Quecksilber
Coagula
Gerinnen
SILBER
(Quecksilber, Antimon)
Schwarzes
Pulvis Solaris
(Pulverisierte Sonne)
Weiß
Regenbogen
Frisch
Geruch nach dem Regen
7.Gerinnen
Koagulierung
Läutern
Sublimieren
Vorausschauen (Projektion)
Zusammenschließen
Salz
Coagula
Gerinnen
GOLD
(Silber)
Rotes
Pulvis Solaris
(Pulverisierte Sonne)
Violett
Purpur, lila
Blumig
Himmlisch duftend
Quelle (engl.): ► I. Correspondences of Chemical References [I. Entsprechungen der chemischen Referenzwerte],
vorgestellt von Alchemylab.com, Einstelldatum unbekannt

Zitate aus Hermes Trismegistos' Werk und Gesetzmäßigkeiten / Principles

Zitate allgemein

Einsicht

  • Wer das All erkennt und sich selbst verfehlt, verfehlt das Ganze. Thomasevangelium, Logion 67, Teil der Apokryphen, 50-140, 350 n. Chr., 1945

 

  • Wer sich selbst kennt, kennt das All. Hermetisches Sprichwort

Elementsymbole der Alchemisten:
1. Zinn 2. Blei 3. Gold 4. Schwefel 5. Quecksilber 6. Silber 7. Eisen
  • Die magische Wissenschaft, der so viele Kräfte zu Gebot stehen, und die eine Fülle der erhabensten Mysterien besitzt, umfasst die tiefste Betrachtung der verborgensten Dinge, das Wesen, die Macht, die Beschaffenheit, den Stoff, die Kraft und die Kenntnis der ganzen Natur. Sie lehrt uns die Verschiedenheit und die Übereinstimmung der Dinge kennen. Daraus folgen ihre wunderbaren Wirkungen; indem sie die verschiedensten Kräfte miteinander vereinigt und überall das entsprechende Untere mit den Gaben und Kräften des Oberen verbindet und vermählt. Die Wissenschaft ist daher die vollkommendste und höchste, sie ist eine erhabene und heilige Philosophie, ja sie ist die absolute Vollendung der edelsten Philosophie. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535) deutscher humanistischer Gelehrter, Theologe, Jurist, Arzt, Astrologe, Alchemist, Okkultist, Autor, De Occulta Philosophia,  Buch I, Kapitel 2, S. 13, 1510-1533

 

  • Das Atom ist ein Mikrokosmos des makrokosmischen Sonnensystems. Die gleiche Idee wurde von den englischen metaphysischen Dichtern das "Prinzip der Entsprechung" genannt. Der wichtigste Punkt bei diesem Ansatz ist, dass wir durch das Studium der Zyklen und Muster im größeren Ganzen (den Planeten) etwas über die Zyklen und Muster in uns selbst erfahren können. Stephen Arroyo (*1946) US-amerikanischer Psychologe, Astrologe, Autor, Astrologie, Psychologie und die vier Elemente, S. 55, Hugendubel Verlag, München, 1983

Literaturzitate

  • Wenn der Schatzhalter euch hochhebt, um sein Gold und sein Silber zu wiegen, muss entweder eure Freude oder euer Leid steigen oder fallen. Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) libanesisch-US-amerikanischer Maler, Philosoph, Dichter, Schriftsteller, Der Prophet, "Von der Freude und von dem Leid", S. 49, Erstveröffentlichung 1933, Walter Verlag, Zürich, Düsseldorf, 1998, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1. Oktober 2003

General quotes

Every effort goes with mistakes as fire goes with smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work that corresponds with ones nature because it is full of defects. Bhagavad Gita, chapter 18, verse 48

 

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Engaging in the Great Work

Jesus said, Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.
And when he finds he shall be troubled.
And being troubled he shall marvel.
And he shall reign over the totality {and find repose}.
Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

 

Personal avowals


Alchemical Laboratory, engraving, Project Gutenberg
  • What hinders men from seeing and hearing God, is their own hearing, seeing and willing; by their own wills they separate themselves from the will of God. They see and hear within their own desires, which obstructs them from seeing and hearing God. Terrestrial and material things overshadow them, and they cannot see beyond their own human nature. If they would be still, desist from thinking and feeling with their own self-hood, subdue the self-will, enter into a state of resignation, into a divine union with Christ, who sees God, and hears God, and speaks with him, who knows the word and will of God; then would the eternal hearing seeing and speaking become revealed to them. Jakob Böhme (1575-1624) German Christian mystic, philosopher, theologian, theosophist, article Man in "The Restored Image", compiled in the 1970s, 2006

 

 

  1. I am One who becomes Two;
  2. I am Two who becomes Four;
  3. I am Four who becomes Eight;
  4. I am the One after that.
Hermes Trismegistos' prayer, cited in: G.R.S. Mead, Thrice Greatest Hermes. Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis Vol. 1, S. 121 [1906], Theophania Publishing, 27. October 2010

 

  • This melancholic state is so powerful that, according to scientists and doctors, it can attract demons to the body, even to such an extent that one can get into mental confusion or get visions. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535) German humanist scholar, theologian, astrologer, lawyer, physician, alchemist, occult writer

 

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Material and ephemeral dimensions: two mutually reflecting and mutually supporting

  • Bohm’s holomovement contains:
    1. the implicate order, a "ubiquitous wavelike information field that interpenetrates every point in space-time", not manifest but perfectly real, which co-exists with.
    2. the explicate order we can see and touch.
Bohm et al have given us a mathematically derived model of two mutually reflecting, mutually supporting dimensions, one material and one ephemeral. One is reminded of the beautiful dynamism between Dream Time and the waking world described by Australian aborigines. This is in essence what is meant by astrology’s most basic law: As Above, So Below. Planetary cycles are the explicit representations of the non-explicit cycles that order the experiences of human beings and all the rest of life.
Jessica Murray (*1951) US American astrologer, psychologist, Jungian analyst, linguist, cultural commentor, writer, Physics vs. Metaphysics: A False Divide, 1. February 1997

 

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A circle of 360° represents the Hermetic Seal.

 

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Three kinds of coniunctios (sacred marriages)

  1. The first one is called double coniunctio. It is between 'agens' and 'patiens', between the male and the female, the form and the substance, quicksilver and sulfur, the subtle and the gross.
  2. The second one is called threefold, because it unifies three things: the body, the soul and the spirit. Thus reduce trinity to unity.
  3. The third one is called fourfold, because it unifies the four elements into one, but also includes the three others. Dom Antoine-Joseph Pernety (1716-1796) French alchemist

 

  • The alchemcial process  is a method for self knowledge  that the soul undergoes  far outside its realm of existence. Mary Anne Atwood (1817-1910) English writer on hermeticism and spiritual alchemy

 

  • In heaven there is an upside down fountain. In it a flame is burning day and night. This flame is burning eternally and does not need a wick or oil. Day and night the flame is burning, the entire year, every season, and does not know change. Paltu Sahib (1710-1780) Indian spiritual master and teacher, grocer   

 

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Hephaistos ♦ Zeus ♦ Athena myth

  • Here we have a famous alchemical symbol. The alchemist is chopping the head open of an old man – right where the pineal gland is [located]. And then Athena, or this woman, this Goddess, comes out. What it is saying is when you free your pineal gland your inner power is revealed. And it's strange because the inner power is not masculine. It's feminine, because men actually can't create anything. It's women who create everything. Men create culture for women, but it's women who told me to create culture. […]
    When we understand the secret of the pineal gland then we're going to be liberated. We're going to first understand what a terrible predicament we're in. And then we're going to have an extended life span which is going to stop the freaky kind of life that we're living now where we're trying to get everything done at once, because they're so afraid we're going to die. When we're liberated from this idea of death no one can control us. […]
    In the Iron Age we worshipped death, because the men are in charge in the Iron Age. And uninitiated men worship death. That's the problem with this world right now. Women have abrogated their responsibility and allowed male energy to run rampant across the earth – uninitiated, uncontrolled. And it doesn't matter if it's the gang in the neighborhood or the gang next door. They're all males running around destroying everything. […] In the old days all males when they reached puberty [underwent a socializing initiation]. Video presentation by Jay Weidner SacredMysteries.com (*1953) US American film producer, scholar on hermetic and alchemical traditions, author, sponsored by The New Beginning Conference, Washington DC, March 2009, filmed by Sacred Mysteries TV, YouTube film, Hyperdimensional Alchemy, part 7 of 13, minute 11:15, 14:49 minutes duration, posted 4. March 2012

 

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Sulphur and Wolf are two symbols for Mars, while the King is the transformed Solar Hero.

  • Alchemy gives us some very striking images of the process by which the wolf is transformed into the King. His paws are cut off, and he is placed in a sealed flask or alembic and then cooked.
    Yet he is not killed, for he is recognized as divine – the theriomorphic form of the alchemical gold. There is a strange paradox in this barbaric image which combines recognition of the highest value with the necessity for suffering and transformation.
    The wolf howls and makes a dreadful fuss, but the alembic remains sealed, for otherwise no King is born, and no gold formed. Liz Greene (*1946) US American-British astrologer, depth psychologist, author combining Jungian archetypes with astrology, Howard Sasportas, The Inner Planets. Building Blocks of Personal Reality – Seminars in Psychological Astrology, book 4, S. 187, Samual Weiser, 1. January 1993

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Opposites balancing themselves

 

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Opposition restores harmony.

 

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Enantiodromia

Mystical poetry

  • As there is oil in sesame seed and a spark in flint thus your Beloved is in your body.
    Wake it if you can. As the pupil is in the eye so is the creator in the body.
    The fool does not know this secret and runs outside looking for it in vain.
    That what you seek it in the four corners of the earth.
    It is inside, you do not see it, because it lives behind the veils of illusion.
    Kabir Sahib (1398-1518), source unknown

Quotes by various authors of alchemical treatises

Free of charge source: List of genuine alchemy books, presented by ascension-research.org

Artephius

Artephius (~*1130/1150) Jewish or Arabic hermetic philosopher, writer of alchemical texts

Francis Bacon [William Shakespeare]

Francis Bacon [William Shakespeare] (1561-1626) English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, pioneer of the scientific method, author

  • The New Atlantis, written in 1626, Ideal Commonwealths, P.F. Collier & Son, New York, ~1901

Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon, O.F.M. (1214-1294) [Doctor Mirabilis] English philosopher, scholastic accolade, Franciscan friar, alchemist

  • The Root of the World, 13th century
  • The Mirror of Alchemy, 13th century

Petrus Bonus

Petrus Bonus fourteenth century Italien physician at Ferrara, writer on alchemy

Marsilio Ficino

Marsilio Ficino [Marsilius Ficinus] (1433-1499) Italian Renaissance humanist philosopher, astrologer,
first translator of Plato's complete extant works into Latin, reviver of Neoplatonism

  • Book of the Chemical Art [Liber de Arte Chemica], first released 15th century, excerpted from: Theatrum Chemicum, Vol 2, Geneva, 1702

Benedictus Figulus

Benedictus Figulus (1567-missing since 1619) German alchemist, proponent of Paracelsism, pastor, poet, publisher in the early 17th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • For Adam, created by God full of understanding and perfect knowledge of natural things, doubtless knew those which were capable of prolonging human life and securing immunity from disease. Doubtless he also taught the same to some of his descendants, and they again to others. Hence many of the fathers lived to the age of 700, 800, and more years; but some did not live so long, this secret not being revealed to all. Man the Best and Most Perfect of God's Creatures, first published 1607, Kessinger Publishing, 10. September 2010

 

  • This is its fount and fundament, and the Medicine whereby Aesculapius raised the dead. This is the herb by which Medea restored Jason to life. This is the secret substance brought from Colchis by the Argonauts under Jason with so much journeying and pains, and hence called the Golden Fleece; partly because this Science excels in virtue all others, as the Sun does the stars and gold the other metals; and partly because that Fleece was a Book written with golden letters (according to the testimony of Suidas, Historiographer of the Chemical and Medical Arts) and containing a full account of the preparation of the Medicine. For in that Book is the first material for the creation, restoration, and preservation of our most true Medicine. Man the Best and Most Perfect of God's Creatures, first published 1607, Kessinger Publishing, 10. September 2010

 

  • For of this composition, combining as it does the virtues of all things, there may truly be said that in one drop the whole world is present. Man the Best and Most Perfect of God's Creatures, first published 1607, Kessinger Publishing, 10. September 2010

 

  • The above will be the duty of the true physician and sane philosopher. For thus will he be able to preserve our body from corruption, to retard old age, retain florid youth in full vigour, and, if possible, to perpetuate it, at least to preserve it from death and destruction. Man the Best and Most Perfect of God's Creatures, first published 1607, Kessinger Publishing, 10. September 2010

Nicolas Flamel

Nicolas Flamel (~1330-~1413/1418) French alchemist, manuscript-seller, scrivener, author

  • There is nothing legendary about the life of Nicolas Flamel. According to the records, he was born in 1330 and died in 1418. He was a real person, who became one of the greatest alchemists in the world. The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris contains works copied in his own hand and original works written by him. All the official documents relating to his life have been found: his marriage contract, his deeds of gift, his will. His history rests solidly on those substantial material proofs for which men clamor if they are to believe in obvious things. To this indisputably authentic history, legend has added a few flowers. But in every spot where the flowers of legend grow, underneath there is the solid earth of truth. Reginald Merton, A Detailed Biography of Nicolas Flamel, 2000-2010

 

Fulcanelli

Fulcanelli [Pseudonym] (*1877) French alchemist, esoteric author

  • The age of iron has no other seal than that of Death. Its hieroglyph is the skeleton, bearing the attributes of Saturn: the empty hourglass, symbol of time run out.

Henry Madathanas

Henry Madathanas

The Golden Age Restored, 38 pages, first released 1622, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 4. December 2011

Albertus Magnus

Albertus Magnus, O.P. [Albert the Great, Albert of Cologne] (1193/1206-1280) German Dominican friar, bishop,
Roman Catholic Doctor of the Church, saint, 1931

  • Compound of Compounds, first released 13th century, translated from the French by Lynn Bacarella, produced by Restoration of Alchemical Manuscripts Society (R.A.M.S.), 1978

Michael Maier

Michael Maier

John A. Mehung

John A. Mehung

Henry Nollius

Henry Nollius (*~1619)

Thomas Norton

Thomas Norton (1433-1513) English alchemist, poet

Paracelsus

Paracelsus [Philippus von Hohenheim] (1493-1541) Swiss Renaissance physician, botanist, philosopher, astrologer, alchemist, general occultist

Paracelsus (born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 in Einsiedeln – 24 September 1541 in Salzburg) was a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist. "Paracelsus", meaning "equal to or greater than Celsus", refers to the Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus from the 1st century known for his tract on medicine. He is also credited for giving zinc its name, calling it zincum and is regarded as the first systematic botanist. Paracelsus, by en.wikipedia.org

  • In its first state, it appears as an impure earthly body, full of imperfections. It then has an earthly nature, healing all sickness and wounds in the bowels of man, producing good and consuming proud flesh, expelling all stench, and healing generally, inwardly and outwardly. In its second nature, it appears as a watery body, somewhat more beautiful than before, because (although still having its corruptions) its Virtue is greater. It is much nearer the truth, and more effective in works. In this form it cures cold and hot fevers and is a specific against poisons, which it drives from heart and lungs, healing the same when injured or wounded, purifying the blood, and, taken three times a day, is of great comfort in all diseases. But in its third nature it appears as an aerial body, of an oily nature, almost freed from all imperfections, in which form it does many wondrous works, producing beauty and strength of body, and (a small quantity being taken in the food) preventing melancholy and heating of the gall, increasing the quantity of the blood and seed, so that frequent bleeding becomes necessary. It expands the blood vessels, cures withered limbs, restores strength to the sight, in growing persons removes what is superfluous and makes good defects in the limbs. In its fourth nature it appears in a fiery form (not quite freed from all imperfections, still somewhat watery and not dried enough), wherein it has many virtues, making the old young and reviving those at the point of death. For if to such an one there be given, in wine, a barleycorn's weight of this fire, so that it reach the stomach, it goes to his heart, renewing him at once, driving away all previous moisture and poison, and restoring the natural heat of the liver. Given in small doses to old people, it removes the diseases of age, giving the old young hearts and bodies. Hence it is  called the Elixir of Life. In its fifth and last nature, it appears in a glorified and illuminated form, without defects, shining like gold and silver, wherein it possesses all previous powers and virtues in a higher and more wondrous degree. Here its natural works are taken for miracles. When applied to the roots of dead trees they revive, bringing forth leaves and fruit. A lamp, the oil of which is mingled with this spirit, continues to burn for ever without diminution. It converts crystals into the most precious stones of all colours, equal to those from the mines, and does many other incredible wonders which may not be revealed to the unworthy. For it heals all dead and living bodies without other medicine. The Book of the Revelation of Hermes, 19 pages, pg. 149-158, first released 16th century, Holmes Publishing Group Llc, June 1984

 

  • When the philosophers had discovered it, with great diligence and labour, they straightway concealed it under a strange tongue, and in parables, lest the same should become known to the unworthy, and the pearls be cast before swine. For if everyone knew it, all work and industry would cease; man would desire nothing but this one thing, people would live wickedly, and the world be ruined, seeing that they would provoke God by reason of their avarice and superfluity. For eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath the heart of man understood what Heaven hath naturally incorporated with this Spirit. The Book of the Revelation of Hermes, 19 pages, pg. 149-158, first released 16th century, Holmes Publishing Group Llc, June 1984

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  • [F]or those writers, however many they be, are either themselves in error, or else they write falsely out of sheer envy, and put forth receipts whilst not ignorant of the truth. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

  • CHAPTER I. – Concerning The Origin Of The Philosophers' Stone
    ADAM was the first inventor of arts, because he had knowledge of all things as well after the Fall as before. Thence he predicted the world's destruction by water. From this cause, too, it came about that his successors erected two tables of stone, on which they engraved all natural arts in hieroglyphical characters, in order that their posterity might also become acquainted with this prediction, that so it might be heeded, and provision made in the time of danger. Subsequently, Noah found one of these tables under Mount Araroth, after the Deluge. In this table were described the courses of the upper firmament and of the lower globe, and also of the planets. At length this universal knowledge was divided into several parts, and lessened in its vigour and power. By means of this separation, one man became an astronomer, another a magician, another a cabalist, and a fourth an alchemist. Abraham, that Vulcanic Tubalcain, a consummate astrologer and arithmetician, carried the Art out of the land of Canaan into Egypt, whereupon the Egyptians rose to so great a height and dignity that this wisdom was derived from them by other nations. The patriarch Jacob painted, as it were, the sheep with various colours; and this was done by magic: for in the theology of the Chaldeans, Hebrews, Persians, and Egyptians, they held these arts to be the highest philosophy, to be learnt by their chief nobles and priests. So it was in the time of Moses, when both thc priests and also thc physicians were chosen from among the Magi – the priests for the judgment of what related to health, especially in the knowledge of leprosy. Moses, likewise, was instructed in the Egyptian schools, at the cost and care of Pharaoh's daughter, so that he excelled in all the wisdom and learning of that people. Thus, too, was it with Daniel, who in his youthful days imbibed the learning of the Chaldeans, so that he became a cabalist. Witness his divine predictions and his exposition of those words, "Mene, Mene, Tecelphares". These words can be understood by the prophetic and cabalistic Art. This cabalistic Art was perfectly familiar to, and in constant use by, Moses and the Prophets. The Prophet Elias foretold many things by his cabalistic numbers. So did the Wise Men of old, by this natural and mystical Art, learn to know God rightly. They abode in His laws, and walked in His statutes with great firmness. It is also evident in the Book of Samuel, that the Berelists did not follow the devil's part, but became, by Divine permission, partakers of visions and veritable apparitions, whereof we shall treat more at large in the Book of Supercelestial Things3. This gift is granted by the Lord God to those priests who walk in the Divine precepts. It was a custom among the Persians never to admit any one as king unless he were a Wise Man, pre-eminent in reality as well as in name. This is clear from the customary name of their kings; for they were called Wise Men. Such were those Wise Men and Persian Magi who came from the East to seek out thc Lord Jesus, and are called natural priests. The Egyptians, also, having obtained this magic and philosophy from the Chaldeans and Persians, desired that their priests should learn the same wisdom; and they became so fruitful and successful therein that all the neighbouring countries admired them. For this reason Hermes was so truly named Trismegistus, because he was a king, a priest, a prophet, a magician, and a sophist of natural things. Such another was Zoroaster. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

  • 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
    When a son of Noah possessed the third part of the world after the Flood, this Art broke into Chaldaea and Persia, and thence spread into Egypt. The Art having been found out by the superstitious and idolatrous Greeks, some of them who were wiser than the rest betook themselves to the Chaldeans and Egyptians, so that they might draw the same wisdom from their schools. Since, however, the theological study of the law of Moses did not satisfy them, they trusted to their own peculiar genius, and fell away from the right foundation of those natural secrets and arts. This is evident from their fabulous conceptions, and from their errors respecting the doctrine of Moses. 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; and Pythagoras was also acquainted with it, seeing that he comprised in his writings many things out of the law of Moses and the Old Testament. In like manner, Hippocrates, Thales of Miletus, Anaxagoras, Democritus, and others, did not scruple to fix their minds on the same subject. And yet none of them were practised in the true Astrology, Geometry, Arithmetic, or Medicine, because their pride prevented this, since they would not admit disciples belonging to other nations than their own. Even when they had got some insight from the Chaldeans and Egyptians, they became more arrogant still than they were before by Nature, and without any diffidence propounded the subject substantially indeed, but mixed with subtle fictions or falsehoods; and then they attempted to elaborate a certain kind of philosophy which descended from them to the Latins. These in their turn, being educated herewith, adorned it with their own doctrines, and by these the philosophy was spread over Europe. Many academies were founded for the propagation of their dogmas and rules, so that the young might be instructed; and this system flourishes with the Germans, and other nations, right down to the present day. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

  • CHAPTER III. – What Was Taught In The Schools Of The Egyptians
    The Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians had all of them the same knowledge of the secrets of Nature, and also the same religion. It was only the names that differed. The Chaldeans and Persians called their doctrine Sophia and Magic; and the Egyptians, because of the sacrifice, called their wisdom priestcraft. The magic of the Persians, and the theology of the Egyptians, were both of them taught in the schools of old. Though there were many schools and learned men in Arabia, Africa, and Greece, such as Albumazar, Abenzagel, Geber, Rhasis, and Avicenna among the Arabians; and among the Greeks, Machaon, Podalirius, Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, and Rhodianus; still there were different opinions amongst them as to the wisdom of the Egyptian on points wherein they themselves differed, and whereupon they disagreed with it. For this reason Pythagoras could not be called a wise man, because the Egyptian priestcraft and wisdom were not perpectly taught, although he received therefrom many mysteries and arcana; and that Anaxagoras had received a great many as well, is clear from his discussions on the subject of Sol and its Stone, which he left behind him after his death. Yet he differed in many respects from the Egyptians. Even they would not be called wise men or Magi; but, following Pythagoras, 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. But Moses, Abraham, Solomon, Adam, and the wise men that came from the East to Christ, were true Magi, divine sophists and cabalists. Of this art and wisdom the Greeks knew very little or nothing at all; and therefore we shall leave this philosophical wisdom of the Greeks as being a mere speculation, utterly distinct and separate from other true arts and sciences. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

  • CHAPTER IV. – What Magi The Chaldeans, Persians, And Egyptians Were
    Many persons have endeavoured to investigate and make use of the secret magic of these wise men; but it has not yet been accomplished. Many even of our own age exalt Trithemius, others Bacon and Agrippa, for magic and the cabalah – two things apparently quite distinct – not knowing why they do so. Magic, indeed, is an art and faculty whereby the elementary bodies, their fruits, properties, virtues, and hidden operations are comprehended. But the cabala, by a subtle understanding of the Scriptures, seems to trace out the way to God for men, to shew them how they may act with Him, and prophesy from Him; for the cabala is full of divine mysteries, even as Magic is full of natural secrets. It teaches of and foretells from the nature of things to come as well as of things present, since its operation consists in knowing the inner constitution of all creatures, of celestial as well as terrestrial bodies: what is latent within them; what are their occult virtues; for what they were originally designed, and with what properties they are endowed. These and the like subjects are the bonds wherewith things celestial are bound up with things of the earth, as may sometimes be seen in their operation even with the bodily eyes. Such a conjunction of celestial influences, whereby the heavenly virtues acted upon inferior bodies, was formerly called by the Magi a Gamahead, or the marriage of the celestial powers and properties with elementary bodies. Hence ensued the excellent commixtures of all bodies, celestial and terrestrial, namely, of the sun and planets, likewise vegetables, minerals, and animals. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

  • [I]n the last times, there should come a most pure man upon the earth, by whom the redemption of the world should be brought about; and that this man should send forth bloody drops of a red colour, by means of which he should redeem the world from sin. The Aurora Of The Philosophers, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

 

  • And although these may by the Lord God be made manifest to anyone, still, the rumour of this Art does not on that account at once break forth, but the Almighty gives therewith the understanding how to conceal these and other like arts even to the coming of Elias the Artist, at which time there shall be nothing so occult that it shall not be revealed. The Book Concerning the Tincture of the Philosophers, 48 pages, first released 16th century, edited by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 8. December 2005

 

Creating a clone of a man called by Homunculus Paracelsus

  • [W]e must by no means forget the generation of Artificial men. For there is some truth in this thing, although it hath been a long time concealed, and there have been no small Doubts, and Questions, raised by some of the ancient Philosophers, Whether it were possible for Nature, or Art to beget a Man out(side) of the body of a Woman, and naturall matrix? To this I answer, that it is in no way repugnant to the Art of Alchymie, and Nature, yea it is very possible: But to effect it, we must proceed thus.
    Let the Sperm of a man by itself be putrified in a gourd glasse, sealed up, with the highest degree of putrefaction in Horse dung, for the space of forty days, or so long untill it begin to bee alive, move, and stir, which may easily be seen. After this time it will be something like a Man, yet transparent, and without a body. Now after this, if it bee every day warily, and prudently nourished and fed with the Arcanum of Mans blood, and bee for the space of forty weeks kept in a constant, equall heat of Horsedung, it will become a true, and living infant, having all the members of an infant, which is born of a woman, but it will be far lesse. This wee call Homunculus, or Artificiall (Man?). And this is afterwards to be brought up with as great care, and diligence as any other infant, until it come to riper years of understanding. Now this is one of the greatest secrets that God ever made known to mortall, sinfull man. For this is a miracle, and one of the great wonders of God, and secret above all secrets, and deservedly it ought to be kept amongst the secrets until the last times, when nothing shall be hid (the apocalypse), but all things made manifest. Michał Sędziwój [Michael Sendivogius] (1566-1636) Polish medical doctor, pioneer of chemistry, alchemist, philosopher, Michał Sędziwój [Michael Sendivogius] (1566-1636) Polish medical doctor, pioneer of chemistry, alchemist, philosopher, quoting Paracelsus: A New Light of Alchymie, 116 pages, first published in 1608, Also Nine books of the nature of things, written by Paracelsus, A. Clark for Tho. Williams, London, 1674, J. Mead, Quarto, Edmonton, 2001

Eirenaeus Philalethes

Eirenaeus Philalethes [Pseudonym of George Starkey] (1628-1665) British physician, alchemist, author

  • Hermes, surnamed Trismegistus, is generally regarded as the father of this Art; but there are different opinions with regard to his identity. Some say he was Moses; all agree that he was a very clear-sighted philosopher, the first extant author on the subject, and was also of Egyptian extraction. Others say that Enoch invented the Art, and, before the coming of the Flood, described it on the so-called emerald tables, which were afterwards found by Hermes in the valley of Hebron. Many assert that it was known to Adam, who revealed it to Seth; that Noah carried the secret with him into the Ark, and that God revealed it to Solomon. But I do not agree with those who claim for our Art a mystical origin, and thus only make it ridiculous in the eyes of a scornful world. If it is founded on the eternal verities of Nature, why need I trouble my head with the problem whether this or that antediluvian personage had a knowledge of it? Enough for me to know that it is now true and possible, that it has been exercised by the initiated for many centuries, and under the most distant latitudes; it may also be observed that though most of these write in an obscure, figurative, allegorical, and altogether perplexing style, and though some of them have actually mixed falsehood with truth, in order to confound the ignorant, yet they, though existing in many series of ages, differing in tongue and nation, have not diversely handled one operation, but do all exhibit a most marvellous and striking agreement in regard to the main features of their teaching – an agreement which is absolutely inexplicable, except on the supposition that our Art is something more than a mere labyrinth of perplexing words. Metamorphosis of Metals, 1694

 

  • Among those who devote themselves to the transmutation of metals, however, there can be no such thing as mediocrity of attainment. A man who studies this Art, must have either everything or nothing. An Alchemist who knows only half his craft, reaps nothing but disappointment and waste of time and money; moreover, he lays himself open to the mockery of those who despise our Art. Those, indeed, who succeed in reaching the goal of the Magistery, have not only infinite riches, but the means of continued life and health. Hence it is the most popular of all human pursuits. Anyone who has read a few "Receipts" claims the title of a Sage, and conceives the most extravagant hopes; and, in order to give themselves the appearance of very wise men indeed, such persons immediately set themselves to construct furnaces, fill their laboratories with stills and alembics, and approach the work with a wonderful appearance of profundity. They adopt an obscure jargon, speak of the first matter of the metals, and discuss with a learned air the rotation of the elements, and the marriage of Gabritius with Bega. In the meantime, however, they do not succeed in bringing about any metamorphosis of the metals, except that of their gold and silver into copper and bronze.
    When captious despisers of our Art see this, they draw from such constant failures the conclusion that our Art is a combination of fiction and imposture; whilst those who have ruined themselves by their folly confirm this suspicion by preying on the credulity of others, pretending to have gained some skill by the loss of their money. In this way the path of the beginner is beset with difficulties and pestilent delusions of every kind; and, through the fault of these swindlers, who give themselves such wonderful airs of profundity and learning, our Art itself has fallen into utter disrepute, though these persons, of course, know nothing whatever about it. The beginner finds it extremely difficult to distinguish between the false and the true in this vast Labyrinth of Alchemy.
    [...] It is possible indeed that some dull person may allege in refutation of our reasoning his inability to accomplish those chemical transformations on which it is based; but such operators would be vindicating too great an honour for their ignorance if they claimed to advance it as an argument against the truth of our Art. They must not make their own little understandings the standard or measure of the possibilities of Nature. At any rate, my word is as good as theirs (and better, since they can never prove a negative), and I do most positively and solemnly assert that I have with my own hands performed every one of the experiments which I have described; and I know many others whose experience has shewn these things to be true. How can our opponents hope to prevail against eye-witnesses by bare negation?
    [...] study Nature, read the books of genuine Sages, who are neither impostors nor jealous churls, and study them day and night; let him not be too eager to carry out every idea practically before he has thoroughly tested it, and found it to be in harmony not only with the teaching of all the Sages, but also of Nature herself. Not until then let him gird himself for the practical part of the work, and let him constantly modify his operations until he sees the signs which are described by the Sages. Nor let him despair though he take many false steps; for the greatest philosophers have learned most by their mistakes. Metamorphosis of Metals, 1694

 

  • They are ignorant mechanics who, not having skill and brains enough for an honest trade, must needs meddle with our Art, and, of course, soon lose all they possess. Others, again, are only just less ignorant than these persons; they are in too great a hurry to make gold before they have mastered even the rudiments of natural science; of course they fail, spend all they have, borrow money from their friends, amuse themselves and others with hopes of infinite wealth, learn to talk a barbarous semi-philosophical jargon, and afford a capital handle to those who have an interest in abusing our Art. Again, there are others who really have a true knowledge of the secret, but who grudge others the light which has irradiated their own path; and who therefore write about it in hopelessly puzzling language, which the perplexed beginner cannot possibly understand. To this class belong Geber, Arnold, and Lullius, who would have done much better service to the student, if they had never dipped pen in ink. The consequence is that every one who takes up this study at once finds himself lost in a most perplexing labyrinth of falsehood and uncertainty, in which he has no clue.
    [...] Some boastful and arrogant sophists, who have read in books that our Mercury is not common Mercury, and who know that it is called by different names, do not blush to come forward as pretenders to a knowledge of this Art, and take upon themselves to describe this solvent as diaphanous and limpid, or as a metallic gum which is permiscible with metals, though they do not in reality know anything whatsoever about it. The same may be said of those who would extract our Mercury from herbs or other still more fantastic substances. These gentry know not why the Sages do not use Mercury such as is sold by apothecaries as their substance. They are aware of the fact, but are unacquainted with its causes; and the consequence is the idea which they have that anything which changes the nature of common Mercury, will convert it into that of the Sages. But in regard to these foolish persons, I have already expressed our opinion. Metamorphosis of Metals, 1694

 

  • It is prepared from one substance, with which the art of chemistry is conversant, to which nothing is added, from which nothing is taken away, except that its superfluities are removed. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • You must not yield to despondency, or attempt to hasten the chemical process of dissolution. For if you do so by means of violent heat, the substance will be prematurely parched up into a red powder, and the active vital principle in it will become passive, being knocked on the head, as it were, with a hammer. [...] Patience is, therefore, the great cardinal virtue in Alchemy. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • [T]he external fire of the furnace should be neither too violent (in order that the equilibrium of chemical forces in the substance may not be disturbed), nor yet too gentle, so that the action of the inward fire may not languish for want of outward heat. It should be just such as to keep up an equable vital warmth. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • The first colour which appears after the silver colour of the amalgamated body, is not perfect blackness, but only a darkish white; the blackness becomes more pronounced day by day, until the substance assumes a brilliant black colour. This black is a sign that the dissolution is accomplished, which does not come about in one hour, but gradually, by a continuous process. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • If that substance which Nature supplies be taken in hand by Art, dissolved, coagulated, and digested, its perfection is increased from a monadic to a denary virtue; by repeating the same process, it is increased a hundred-fold, and then a thousand-fold, etc. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • This wonderful Medicine penetrates each smallest part of the base metals (in the proportion of 1:1,000) and tinges them through and through with its own noble nature: your arithmetic will fail sooner than its all-prevailing power. Each smallest part that is pervaded with the vitalizing power of the-Elixir in its turn tinges that part which is nearest to it until the whole mass is leavened with its marvellous influence, and brought to the perfection of gold. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • Know, then, that it is called a stone, not because it is like a stone, but only because, by virtue of its fixed nature, it resists the action of fire as successfully as any stone. In species it is gold, more pure than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of very fine powder, impalpable to the touch, sweet to the taste, fragrant to the smell, in potency a most penetrative spirit, apparently dry and yet unctuous, and easily capable of tinging a plate of metal. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • But why is it called a Stone, though it is not a stone; and how is it to be found? The Sages describe it as being a stone and not a stone; and the vulgar, who cannot imagine how so wonderful a thing should be produced except by art-magic, decry our science as impious, wicked, and diabolical. Some silly persons clamour for an Act making the profession or practice of this Art punishable by statute law. Now, one can hardly be angry with the illiterate and ignorant persons who raise this cry; but when it is taken up by men of exalted station and profound learning, one hardly knows what to say. These men I also reckon among the rude multitude, because they are deplorably ignorant of everything pertaining to our Art, and yet, forgetful of their dignity, they join in the hue and cry against it, like so many cowardly village curs. It is neither religious nor wise to judge that of which you know nothing; and yet that is exactly what these people do, who claim to be both Christians and scholars. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • But as soon as the highest degree of intense blackness has been reached (there being no idle intervals in our work), that colour begins little by little to yield to another [white]. The time during which this blackness is developed is very long, and so is the time during which it disappears; but it is only for one moment that the blackness neither increases nor decreases: for things find rest only in that which is the end of their being, but blackness is not the end of our substance.
    [...] In the course of this change from white to black, the substance naturally passes through a variety of intermediate colours; but these colours (being more or less accidental) are not invariably the same, and depend very much on the original proportion in which the two substances are combined. In the second stage, during which the substance changes from black to white, it is already far purer, the colours are more lucid, and more to be depended upon. In the two phases there are intermediate colours; but in the first they are more dingy and obscure than in the second, and very much less numerous. In the progress of the substance from blackness to whiteness (i.e., the second phase of our Magistery), the most beautiful colours are seen in a variety such as eclipses the glory of the rainbow; before the perfection of blackness is reached, there are also some transition colours, such as black, azure, and yellow – and the meaning of these colours is that your substance is not yet completely decayed; while the body is dying, the colours are seen, until black night shrouds the whole horizon in pitchy gloom. But when the process of resurrection begins (in the second phase), the hues are more numerous and splendid, because the body is now beginning to be glorified, and has become pure and spiritual.
    But in what order do the colours of which we speak appear? To this question no definite answer can be given, because in this first phase there are so much uncertainty and variation. But the colours will be the clearer and more distinct, the purer your water of life is. The four principal colours (white, black, white, red), always follow in the same order; but the order of the intermediate colours cannot be so certainly determined, and you ought to be content if within the first 40 days [weeks] you get the black colour. There is only one caution you should bear in mind, in regard to this point: if a reddish colour appears before the black (especially if the substance begins to look dry and powdery at the same time), you may be almost sure that you have marred your substance by too violent a fire. You should be very careful, then, about the regulation of your fire; if the fire be just hot enough, but not too hot, the inward chemical action of our water will do the rest. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, 1694

 

  • Know that our Mercury is before the eyes of all men, though it is known to few. When it is prepared, its splendour is most admirable; but the sight is vouchsafed to none, save the sons of knowledge. Do not despise it, therefore, when you see it in sordid guise; for if you do, you will never accomplish our Magistery – and if you can change its countenance, the transformation will be glorious. For our water is a most pure virgin, and is loved of many, but meets all her wooers in foul garments, in order that she may be able to distinguish the worthy from the unworthy. The Fount of Chemical Truth, first released 1694, translated by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), The Hermetic Museum, Vol. II, 1893, presented by sacred-texts.com

Johann Friedrich Schweitzer

Johann Friedrich Schweitzer [John Frederick Helvetius] (1625-1709) Dutch physician of German extraction, alchemical writer

Michael Sendivogius

Michał Sędziwój [Michael Sendivogius] (1566-1636) Polish medical doctor, pioneer of chemistry, philosopher, alchemist

Alexander von Suchten

Alexander von Suchten (~1520-1575) German alchemist, physician, poet


 

  • The present time is not ripe for the knowledge of these mysteries, for it has never tasted rest. When the time comes – before the Day of Judgment – in which the secrets of all hearts are laid bare, at that time, says Paracelsus: I order my writings to be judged. An Alchemical Dialogue, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2005, reprint 10. September 2010

 

  • Adam, our first father, who had knowledge of all arts, also received that of Medicine from God, and it was kept secret by the learned (as the great gift of God) until Noah's time. When God destroyed the world by the Flood, the art of Medicine, with many other controlled arts, was lost. No one remained who knew them except Noah, called by some Hermogenes, or Hermes, to whom Antiquity ascribes the knowledge of all things celestial and terrestrial. The same Noah, before his death, described Medicine, skillfully concealing it among another matter. After his death this knowledge returned to God, and thus, through the Flood and Noah's death, was taken away from the Human Race.
    [...] Whence came the idols which, before Christ, were in Europe, Africa, and Asia? Our human reason has speculated them out, and thus also has it happened with Medicine. After Noah's time, men, harassed by diseases, sought refuge, one in herbs, another in animals, a third in stones and metals, and thus one thing after another was tried, without full knowledge of the same, which had some appearance of virtue. But there was as yet no doctor. The sick were carried to some public place, those who had had similar complaints shewing them the remedies used by themselves, which the patients tried on chance. Such was Medicine until the time of Apollo, i.e., 1915 B.C. This Apollo was a clever and learned man, and carefully noting those things which proved efficacious in diseases, he began to visit the sick, and thus became a public physician, to whom, after his death, a temple was erected and divine honours were paid. In such honour was medicine then held which today begs its bread. Aesculapius succeeding his father, also treated the sick with skill and knowledge inherited from his father, and to him there was a temple erected, as to a god. After his death the kings commanded that all medical discoveries and observations should be written down and publicly exhibited on the walls of the Temple of Aesculapius. 457 years after came Hippocrates Cous, who was commanded to arrange the experiments in the Temple of Aesculapius, which he did; and, from these experiments, first invented methodical Medicine. Hence from him Medicine, as now taught in the schools, derives its origin. When Empirical Medicine thus came into great honour in Greece, many physicians arose, as Diocles, Chrysippus, Coristinus, Anaxagorus, Erostratus.
    500 years after Hippocrates came Galenus, a plausible man who described the Hippocratic Medicine, painting it in beautiful colours, inventing causes and symptoms of diseases, ascribing virtues to herbs, and teaching the cure of feverish illnesses by cold, that of cold ones by heat. Thus did Human Speculation, from experiments, deduce the Science of medicine – yet, at bottom, it was no Science, but mere opinions, accepted as Truth itself. But God, who is not always wrath with man, has, in our own time, chosen Philip Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, to rekindle the light of Medical Science, and to expose the deceit practiced in his day. Therefore, this Theophrastus is the True Monarch of Medicine, and will remain so until the end of time. An Alchemical Dialogue, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2005, reprint 10. September 2010

 

 

  • [E]verlasting fire, of which many Alchemists boast, the fire used aforetime by the Jews for their burnt offerings, which burnt continually without becoming extinguished, which also was hidden by the Prophet Jeremiah before the first destruction of Jerusalem, and afterwards was discovered by Ezra. An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher's Tincture of Theophrastus Paracelsus, 16th century, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 23. May 2010

 

 

  • Compare Aurel, Augurell, Book III:
    "Ye scarcely will anyone so exactly compute the years,
    As not either to diminish or add to their number
    For suitable material will sometimes accelerate the process, and unsuitable retard the same.
    Or intense heat will by a little exceed the measure, but water by much.
    And time and place will vary".
An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher's Tincture of Theophrastus Paracelsus, 16th century, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 23. May 2010

 

  • Theophrastus shews you two ways – one Ancient, the other discovered and used by himself – saying the Ancients had a very long way "before accomplishing the aforesaid separations and achieving their object". In the beginning they, out of a Simplex – or also out of a Subjectivum like God Himself – and also Theophrastus, have made two things, viz., "Water and Earth". And he continues to say: "that Artists have to these two Simplices given the name Lili – afterwards using the said Simplices and not one". But know it is indifferent whether you, in the beginning, use one or two things. If our matter is found in one thing, it will equally well be found in two (Nature having already converted the original One into Two).
    [...] Now, I wot there is no one who would not wish to know this shorter method; and that you may not have to complain of Theophrastus, he shews you another short way, admonishing you also to let the above tedious process be, and to take from the Lion nought but his rosy blood, and from the Eagle the white gluten. These two bodies you must coagulate together and bring into one body, as it were male and female seed. An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher's Tincture of Theophrastus Paracelsus, 16th century, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 23. May 2010

 

 

  • Aurel. Augurellius says likewise, in his third book:
    "First mingle a little of the prepared medicament with the yellow metal, and thou wilt presently see the same take to itself the strength of the Blessed Powder. Or, when thou shalt have collected again, by great and difficult art, the teeming seed from the pure gold, Then quickly mix with it an equal portion of purple powder, And warm the same with gentle heat, simmering for two months; In which space of time thou mayst behold produced the whole series of colours, Which, otherwise, thou hadst marveled to see in three years. As often as thou repeatest the operation again and again, so often shalt thou increase the virtue and quantity of thy powder". An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher's Tincture of Theophrastus Paracelsus, 16th century, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 23. May 2010

Baro Urbigerus

Baro Urbigerus [Baron Urbiger] 17th century writer on alchemy,

Bernard Trevisan

Count Bernard Trevisan (1406-1490) Italian alchemist

  • Verbum Dismissum, first released in the 15th century, produced by Restoreration of Alchemical Manuscripts Society (R.A.M.S.), 1982

Basil Valentine

Basil Valentine [Basilius Valentinus] Benedictian monk, alchemist, German speaking author

Ko Hung

Ko Hung, Chinese alchemist

  • On The Gold Medicine and On The Yellow and The White, 4th century

Shih Hsing-lin

Shih Hsing-lin, Chinese disciple of Chang Po-tuan
Hsieh Tao-kuang, Chinese disciple of Shih Hsling-lin

  • ???, 11-13th century

Chang Po-tuan

Chang Po-tuan, Chinese alchemist

  • Wu Chen P'ien, Essay on the Understanding of Truth, 1078
  • Three Alchemical Poems, 11th century

Rosicrucians

Rosicrucian brother

Brother of the Rosicrucian Fraternity

German philosopher

Anonymous German philosopher

  • The Golden Tract Concerning the Stone of the Philosophers, 16-17th century

German sage I

Anonymous German sage

  • A Tract of Great Price Concerning the Philosophical Stone, 1423

German sage II

Anonymous German sage

  • A Very Brief Tract Concerning the Philosophical Stone, 15-17th century

Anonymous sage

Anonymous sage and lover of truth

  • An Open Entrance to the Closed Palace of the King, 1645

Anonymous I

Anonymous

  • On the Philosophers' Stone, 12-17th century

Anonymous II

Anonymous

  • The Glory of the World, Or, Table of Paradise, 1526

Anonymous III

Anonymous

  • An Anonymous Treatise Concerning the Philosopher's Stone, 12-17th century

Anonymous IV

Anonymous

  • A Magnificent and Select Tract on Philosophical Water, 13-17th century

Anonymous V

Anonymous

  • The Crowning of Nature, 16-17th century

Anonymous VI

Anonymous

  • I will enumerate some of the true Sages (besides those named in Holy Scripture) who really knew this Art, in the natural order of their succession. They are Hermes Trismegistus, Pythagoras, Alexander the Great, Plato, Theophrastus, Avicenna, Galen, Hippocrates, Lucian, Longanus, Rasis, Archelaus, Rupescissa, the Author of the Great Rosary, Mary the Prophetess, Dionysius, Zachaire, Haly, Morienus, Calid, Constantius, Serapion, Albertus Magnus, Estrod, Arnold de Villa Nova, Geber, Raymond Lully, Roger Bacon, Alan, Thomas Aquinas, Marcellus Palingenius; and, among moderns, Bernard of Trevisa, Frater Basil. Valentinus, Phillip Theophrastus (i.e., Paracelsus), and many others. Nor is there any doubt that, among our own contemporaries, there might be found some, who, through the grace of God, daily enjoy this arcanum, though they keep it a close secret from the world. The Sophic Hydrolith. Or, Water Stone of the Wise, first released 17th century, edited/translated by A. E. Waite (1857-1942), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 4. December 2011

Quotes by Carl Jung

Personal avowals

  • Only by discovering alchemy have I clearly understood that the Unconscious is a process and that ego's rapports with the unconscious and his contents initiate an evolution, more precisely a real metamorphoses of the psyche. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968
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Risking confrontation with oneself

  • Whoever looks into the mirror of the water will see first of all his own face. Whoever goes to himself risks a confrontation with himself. The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it; namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor. But the mirror lies behind the mask and shows the true face. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 9 (Part 1). The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious, edited by Gerhard Adler, translated R. F. C. Hull, S. 43, Princeton University Press, 1935, 2nd revised edition 1. August 1981

 

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Shadow work

  • Nothing in us ever remains quite uncontradicted, and consciousness can take up no position which will not call up, somewhere in the dark corners of the psyche, a negation or a compensatory effect, approval or resentment. This process of coming to terms with the Other in us is well worth while, because in this way we get to know aspects of our nature which we would not allow anybody else to show us and which we ourselves would never have admitted. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, edited by Gerhard Adler, translated R. F. C. Hull, Mysterium Coniunctionis The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 14, S. 706, 1st edition 1955, Princeton University Press, 2nd edition 1. August 1977

 


The Gate to Eternal Wisdom
Heinrich Khunrath, Amphiteatrum Sapientiae, Hanau, 1606
  • Alchemy, as a nature philosophy of great consideration in the Middle Ages, throws a bridge to the past, the gnosis, and also to the future, the modern psychology of the unconscious. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

  • [T]he real root of alchemy is to be sought less in philosophical doctrines than in the projections of individual investigators. I mean by this that while working on his chemical experiments the operator had certain psychic experiences which appeared to him as the particular behaviour of the chemical process. Since it was a question of projection, he was naturally unconscious of the fact that the experience had nothing to do with matter itself (that is, with matter as we know it today). He experienced his projection as a property of matter; but what he was in reality experiencing was his own unconscious. In this way he recapitulated the whole history of mankind's knowledge of nature. [...] Such projections repeat themselves whenever man tries to explore an empty darkness and involuntarily fills it with living form. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, part 3, chapter 2.1, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

  • When the alchemist speaks of Mercurius, on the face of it he means quicksilver (mercury), but inwardly he means the world-creating spirit concealed or imprisoned in matter. The dragon is probably the oldest pictoral symbol in alchemy of which we have documentary evidence. It appears as the Ouroboros, the tail-eater, in the Codex Marcianus, which dates from the tenth or eleventh century, together with the legend 'the One, the All'. Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus proceeds from the one and leads back to the one, that it is a sort of circle like a dragon biting its own tail. For this reason the opus was often called circulare (circular) or else rota (the wheel). Mercurius stands at the beginning and end of the work: he is the prima materia, the caput corvi, the nigredo; as dragon he devours himself and as dragon he dies, to rise again in the lapis. He is the play of colours in the cauda pavonis and the division into the four elements. He is the hermaphrodite that was in the beginning, that splits into the classical brother-sister duality and is reunited in the coniunctio [Sacred Marriage], to appear once again at the end in the radiant form of the lumen novum, the stone. He is metallic yet liquid, matter yet spirit, cold yet fiery, poison and yet healing draught – a symbol uniting all the opposites. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, part 3, chapter 3.1, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

  • Now, all these myth-pictures represent a drama of the human psyche on the further side of consciousness, showing man as both the one to be redeemed and the redeemer.
    1. The first formulation is Christian,
    2. the second alchemical.
    • In the first case man attributes the need of redemption to himself and leaves the work of redemption, the actual opus, to the autonomous divine figure;
    • in the latter case man takes upon himself the duty of carrying out the redeeming opus, and attributes the state of suffering and consequent need of redemption to the anima mundi imprisoned in matter.
In both cases redemption is a work.
  • In Christianity it is the life and death of the God-man which, by a unique sacrifice, bring about the reconciliation of man, who craves redemption and is sunk in materiality, with God. The mystical effect of the God-man's self-sacrifice extends, broadly speaking, to all men, though it is efficacious only for those who submit through faith or are chosen by divine grace; but in the Pauline acceptance it acts as an apocatastasis and extends also to non-human creation in general, which, in its imperfect state, awaits redemption like the merely natural man. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, part 3, chapter 3.3, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

  • [A]lchemy seems like a continuation of Christian mysticism carried on in the subterranean darkness of the unconscious. [...] But this unconscious continuation never reached the surface, where the conscious mind could have dealt with it. All that appeared in consciousness were the symbolic symptoms of the unconscious process. Had the alchemist succeeded in forming any concrete idea of his unconscious contents, he would have been obliged to recognize that he had taken the place of Christ – or, to be more exact, that he, regarded not as ego but as Self, had taken over the work of redeeming not man but God. He would then have had to recognize not only himself as the equivalent of Christ, but Christ as a symbol of the Self. This tremendous conclusion failed to dawn on the medieval mind. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, part 3, chapter 5.1, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

                                            Quotes by C.G. Jung, the persona, presented by psikoloji.fisek.com

 

Quotes by Marie-Louise von Franz

 

  • [T]he mystery of the structure of the universe, was in themselves, in their own bodies and in that part of the personality which we call the unconscious, but they would say in the life of their own material existence. [...] They thought that instead of taking outer materials you could just as well look inside and get information directly from that mystery because you were it. After all, you too were a part of the mystery of cosmic existence, so you could just as well watch it directly.
    Even further, you could ask matter, the mystery of which you consist, to tell you what it is, to reveal itself to you.  Instead of treating it like a dead object to be thrown into a vessel and then cooked in order to see what came out, you could just as well take a block of iron, for instance, and ask it what it was, what its kind of life was, what it was doing, how it felt when melted. But since all these materials are within you, you can also contact them directly and in that way they contacted what we would now call the collective unconscious, which to them was also projected into the inner aspect of their own bodies.
    They consulted these powers directly through what they called meditation and therefore most of these introverted alchemists always stressed the fact that one should not only experiment outwardly but should always insert phases of introversion with prayer and meditation and a kind of yoga. With yoga meditation you try to get the right hypothesis, or information, about what you are doing or about the materials. Or you can, for instance, talk to quicksilver, or to iron, and if you talk to quicksilver and iron then naturally the unconscious fills up the gap by a personification. Then Mercury appears to you and tells you who the sun God is. A power, the soul of Gold, appears and tells you who and what it is. Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, author, Alchemical Active Imagination, Spring Publications, Dallas, 1979, Shambhala, revised paperback edition 2. December 1997

Englische Texte – English section on Hermes Trismegistos and Principles

Seven evolutionary stages of leadership: Expediency ⇒ alchemical service


Evolutionary stages – Alchemical transformation by service in leadership
Stage
Chakra
Type
Vertical action-logic
Timeframe
Soul age
Time awareness%PerspectiveOrder of consciousnessExpression of powerEnergetic flow
1.OpportunistWeeks to monthsUnaware of time5%1st personDependent
Socialised mind
Coercive
Might makes right.
Power motivated by personal needs
2.DiplomatMonths to 1 yearAware of time12%2nd personDependent
Socialised mind
DiplomaticSocial norms ruling personal needs
3.Expert1-2 yearsDurational time38%3rd personDependent
Socialised mind
Logistical
System is right.
Craft-logic ruling social norms
4.Achiever2-5 yearsOne-dimensional
Linear time
30%Expanded
3rd person
Independent
Self-authoring mind
Systematic-productiveSystem effectiveness ruling craft-logic
5.Individualist5-10 yearsPresent time
Here and now
10%4th personIndependent
Self-authoring mind
VisionaryRelativism ruling systematic effectiveness of any single system
6.Strategist10-20 yearsTwo-dimensional
Nonlinear time
4%Expanded
4th person
Inter-independent
Self-transforming mind
PraxisMost valuable principles ruling relativism
7.AlchemistUp to100 years, multigenerationalThree-dimensional
Nonlinear time
<1%5th to nth personInterdependent
Self-transforming mind
Mutually transformingDeep processes and inter-systemic evolution ruling principles

 

Insight"We’ve found that leaders who undertake a voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities, but also those of their companies."
Article by David Rooke, William R. Torbert, Ph.D., US American professor, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Massachusetts, Seven Transformations of Leadership, presented by the bimonthly management magazine Harvard Business Review (HBR), published by Harvard Business Publishing, S. 1-9, April 2005
Statistics 55% of the leaders operate preconventionally, perform below the level of integrity.
30% of the leaders operate conventionally, perform above the level of integrity.
14% of the leaders have attained a post-conventional level.
Less than 1% of the leaders operate at transpersonal stages.

 

Source: ► Article Transformation in Leadership, Part 1: A Developmental Study of Warren Buffett, presented by Integral Leadership Review, Edward J. Kelly, date unknown ~2012
Based on:
Seven vertical action-logic stages of development (of mental complexity) – originator William R. Torbert, Ph.D., US American teacher, consultant, artist, author, 2004
Three orders of consciousness: Adult Levels of Development: Socialized ◊ Self-authoring ◊ Self-transforming – originator Robert Kegan, Ph.D. (*1946) US American developmental psychologist, professor of leadership studies and adult learning, Harvard University, co-director for the Change Leadership Group, author, 1994
Reference: ► Robert Kegan, Ph.D. (*1946) US American developmental psychologist, professor of leadership studies and adult learning, Harvard University, co-director for the Change Leadership Group, author, The Evolving Self. Problem and Process in Human Development, Harvard University Press, 1982, reprint edition 1. July 1983
See also: ► Chakra system and ► Chakras – Alchemical process

Writings of Hermes Trismegistos

The Seven Hermetic Laws, rediscovered by their author Hermes Trismegistos,
describe the following principles:
༺༻ThemeText
1.SpiritualityThe all is mind. The universe is mental.
2.CorrespondenceAs above, so below; as below, so above.
3.VibrationNothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.
4.PolarityEverything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.
5.RhythmEverything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.
6.CausalityEvery cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.
7.GenderGender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.
Source: ► Three Initiates, The Kybalion, chapter II, presented by sacred-texts.com, 1912
See also: ► Three Initiates (anonymous authors), The Kybalion. A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece, 1908, Merchant Books, paperback, 1st edition 7. February 2013

 

Inscription on the Emerald tablet

 

  1. True, without falsehood, certain, most certain.
  2. What is above is like what is below, and what is below, like that which is above. To make the miracle of the one thing.
  3. And as all things were made from contemplation of one, so all things were born from one adaptation.
  4. Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon.
  5. The wind carried it in its womb, the earth breast fed it.
  6. It is the father of all works of wonder in the world.
  7. Its power is complete if turned towards earth, it will separate earth from fire, the subtle from the gross.
  8. With great capacity [wisdom] it ascends from earth to heaven. Again it descends to earth, and takes back the power of the above and the below.
  9. Thus you will receive the glory of the distinctiveness of the world. All obscurity will flee from you.
  10. This is the whole most strong strength of all strength, for it overcomes all subtle things, and penetrates all solid things.
  11. Thus was the world created.
  12. From this comes marvelous adaptations of which this is the procedure.
  13. Therefore I am called Hermes Thrice-Crowned because I have three parts of the Wisdom of the whole world.
  14. And complete is what I had to say about the work of the Sun.
Source: ► A Commentary on the Emerald Tablet, presented by Levity.com, alchemy web site

 

Emerald tablet by Hermes Trismegistos

 

  1. A fundamental truth, without error, perfect and complete.
  2. As above, so below; the greater and lesser; macrocosm and microcosm: they are the same. Following this principle, all things were made from the One.
  3. And as all things arose from a thought by the One; thus all things were formed as an adaptation of the One. This is the fundamental principle.
  4. Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, it is carried by the wind, it is nursed by the earth. Its power is complete if it can be turned into earth.
  5. Separate the earth from the fire; the subtle from the dense, the light from the heavy; with care and wisdom.
  6. It repeatedly ascends from earth to heaven, and then descends from heaven to earth, thus receiving power from both the high and the low.
  7. Then you will have the glory of the whole world. All ignorance will flee from you.
  8. It is true force and the most powerful, for it conquers all subtle things and penetrates all solid things. This is how the world was made.
  9. Each level is a reflection of the one above; the microcosm is in accordance with the macrocosm. Now you know how all things are made through adaptation from the One.
  10. This is the path of knowledge. Hence I am Hermes Thrice-Great, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
  11. I have said all that is needed concerning the operation of the Sun.
Source: ► Anonymous, The Book of Aquarius. Alchemy and the Philosophers' Stone,
released 20. March 2011, updated 13. June 2011, classic reprint, Forgotten Books, 1. June 2011

 

Emerald tablet by Hermes Trismegistos

 

Three are the natures of Mind,
carrier it of the Will of the Great One.
Arbitrator of Cause and Effect in thy life.
Thus is formed the threefold being, directed from above by the power of four.
Above and beyond man’s threefold nature lies the realm of the Spiritual Self.
Four is it in qualities, shining in each of the planes of existence,
but thirteen in one, the mystical number.
Source: ► Blog entry Who is Hermes? – The Emerald Tablets, presented by The Unicus Magazine Blog, Robert M. Stanley (*1959) US American corporate journalist for HONDA research and development, researcher of UFOs and ETs, editor of UNICUS magazine,
owner, operator and radio host of The Unicus Radio Network, author, 6. September 2012

Correspondences of physiological alchemy

Physiological alchemy
Alchemical
Operation
ChakraMetalChakra featureOrgans
Physis
Body fluidSpectral colorGemstoneHealing effect
Calcination
1. Solve
1. Chakra
Muladhara
LeadPhysical, instinctualSacrum, anus, gonadsThick mucusInfrared, dark redGarnet, Red Jasper, Hematite, ObsidianCourage, strength, grounding
Dissolution
2. Solve
2. Chakra
Svadhisthana
TinSexuality, socialityGenitals, spleen,
lungs
Black bileOrangeCarnelian,
Fire opal
Warm energy, fertility
Separation
3. Solve
3. Chakra
Manipura
IronWill,
intellect
Solar plexus, gallbladder, navel, adrenalsRed bileBright yellowYellow citrine, Tiger eye, RubyDetoxification, self-esteem, uplifting, cheerful, balancing
Conjunction
Conjunct
4. Chakra
Anahata
CopperEmotions,
feelings
HeartBloodGreenMalachite, Emerald, Jade, Aventurine, Kunzite, QuartzStrengthens heart/blood, releases fear, enhances dreams
Fermentation
1. Coagula
5. Chakra
Vishuddha
MercuryConcepts,
communication
Throat, thymus, thyroidSound,
vibration
Turquoise, light blueTurquoise,
Blue topaz, Aquamarine, Iolite
Balancing of nerves,
aligning chakras,
creativity, channeling, vitalizing energy
Distillation
2. Coagula
6. Chakra
Ajna
SilverIntuition,
second sight
Brow, pituitary,
liver
Life forceIndigo, deep blueLapis lazuli, Sodalite, Sapphire, Moldavite, Opal, MoonstoneSupporting lymphatic system, mental clarity, psychic powers
Coagulation
3. Coagula
7. Chakra
Sahasrara
GoldImaginationBrain,
pineal,
crown of head
Elixir, ambosiaViolet, ultravioletAmethyst, Fluorite, Yellow topaz, Pearl, DiamondGeneral whole body healing, regeneration
Source: ► VI. Correspondences of Physiological Alchemy, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown

Correspondences of astrology and numerology

Astrological and numerological correspondences
༺༻OperationPlanetDay of weekPlanetary influenceZodiacNumerologyOctave
1.CalcinationSaturnSaturdayLimitation
Suppression of emotions
Aries, SagittariusMonadDo
2.DissolutionJupiterThursdayExpansion
Creation of sociality
Humility
CancerDyadRe
3.SeparationMarsTuesdayAssertiveness
Driving energy
ScorpioTriadMi
4.ConjunctionVenus
(Earth, Sun)
FridayPleasure, love
Feeing of emotions
Confidence
TaurusTetradFa
5.FermentationMercury
(Venus)
WednesdayIncreased consciousness
Inspiration
Leo, CapricornPentadSo
6.DistillationMoon
(Mercury)
MondayPurification of instincts
Wisdom
Virgo, LibraHexadLa
7.CoagulationSun
(Moon)
SundayVitality
True Individuality
Gemini, Pisces, AquariusHeptadSi
  Source: ► II. Correspondences of Astrology and Numerology, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown
Siehe auch: ► Nummerologie – Numerology und ► Astrologie – Astrology

Signs of the zodiac – Alchemical process

Alchemical process along the zodiac
The alchemical process in the zodiac
StageSun signAlchemical processDescription
1.AriesCalcination – calcinatioOxidization
2.TaurusCongelation – congelatioCrystallization
3.GeminiFixation – fixatioFixation
4.CancerDissolution – solutioDissolution, melting
5.LeoDigestion – digestioDismemberment
6.VirgoDistillation – distillatioSeparation of the solid from the liquid
7.LibraSublimation – sublimatioRefinement through sublimation
8.ScorpioSeparation – separatioSeparation, division
9.SagittariusCeration – ceratioFixing in a waxy state
10.CapricornFermentation – fermentatioFermentation
11.AquariusMultiplication – multiplicatioMultiplication
12.PiscesProjection – projectioScattering of lapis as dust on the base metals
Source: ► Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, Psychology and Alchemy
Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 12
,  "Quartering of the philosophy", S. 229, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968
Siehe auch: ► Philosophie – Philosophy

Correspondences of psychology

Psychological and alchemical correlations
Alchemical
operation
Psychology
Aspect
Psychology
Function
Purification
of
Needed
is
Conscious stateIntention
Aspiration
Negative qualitiesPositive qualities
CalcinationEgoThinking functionThoughtsFire
Solve
Materialistic, neuroticPenitence, maturity, planning, hope, integrationStubborn, slow, resigned, cold, fearful, phlegmaticPractical, patient, prudent
DissolutionIdSub-
conscious
Feeling function
FeelingsWater
Solve
Emotional blockages, nightmaresBeauty, friends, romance, pleasureExcessive, greedy, selfish love, limited view, melancholicGenerous, sociable, optimistic
SeparationEssencesIntuitive functionWillAir
Solve
Mindful
Aware of opposites
Affluence, wealth, courage, powerCruel, violent, angry, controlling, willful, cholericCourageous, daring, initiating, determined
ConjunctionEssences unitedSensation functionBodyEarth
Conjunct
Blissful
In love
Enraptured
Fertility, marriage, homemakingLustful, wanton, possessive, passionate, sanguineSensitive, loving, kind, appreciative, cheerful
FermentationInspirationReligious fervorSoulSulfur
Coagula
Higher consciousness
Beyond physical desire
Wisdom, Intuition, Speech, Divine unionTricky, lying, sneaky, not connected to worldIntelligent, hopeful, lively, imaginative
DistillationDivine
cons-
ciousness
True objectivitySpiritMercury
Coagula
Equanimity
One-pointedness
Point source of consciousness
Knowledge, journey to the other side, psychic powersUnemotional, detached, aloofReflective, intuitive
CoagulationTrans-
personal
Self
God
The Stone
PresenceSalt
Coagula
Union with God, nirvana, satori, synchronicities, aware of non-selfSuccess, illumination, truly righteous, creative realizationArrogant, proud, over-confidentGenuinely confident, authentic, whole
Source: ► III. Correspondences of Psychology, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown

Emotions – Alchemical process

Emotions transformed during the alchemical process
StageAlchemical processMetalLevelEmotional expression
LoC acc D. Hawkins
1.CalcinationLeadLower sub-primal levelsShame [20], guilt [30], apathy [50], grief [75]
2.DissolutionTinLower primal levelsFear [100], desire [125], anger [150]
3.SeparationIronLower identity levelsPride [175]
4.ConjunctionCopperHigher empowerment levelsCourage [200], neutrality [250], willingness [310], acceptance [350]
5.FermentationMercuryHigher understanding levelsReason [400]
6.DistillationSilverHigher illumination levelsLove [500], joy [540], peace [600]
7.CoagulationGoldHighest enlightenment levelsEnlightenment [700]
See also:
Map of Consciousness by
Dr. David R. Hawkins
Signs of the zodiac – Alchemical process
Chakras – Alchemical process
Siehe auch: ► Emotionen – Emotions

Correspondences of chemical references (Lead ⇒ Gold)

Chemical correspondences
༺༻Alchemical
operation
ProcessElementMetalChemical arcanumProcess colorProcess odor
1.CalcinationRoasting
Conflagration
Reduction
Trituration
Fire
Solve
LeadSulfuric acid
(V.I.T.R.I.O.L)1
Black
Magenta
Biting, brimstone
2.DissolutionDissolving
Corrosion
Cibation
Bain Marie
Water
Solve
Tin
(Pewter)
Iron oxide
(Rusting: water on metal)
Light blue
White
Acrid, vinegary
3.SeparationSifting
Filtration
Fission
Cutting
Air
Solve
Iron
(Steel)
Sodium carbonate
(Bubbling)
Red
Orange
Rotten eggs
4.ConjunctionFixation
Reunion
Amalgamation
Conglomeration
Earth
Conjunct
Copper
(Bronze,
brass, gold)
Sodium nitrate
(Union with life force)
GreenChlorinic
5.FermentationDigestion
Putrefaction
Congelation
Ceration
Sulfur
Coagula
Mercury
(Copper)
Liquor Hepatis
(Balsam of the soul)
Bluegreen
Turquoise
Putrid
Perfumed
(at same time)
6.DistillationPotentizing
Exaltation
Cohobation
Multiplication
Mercury
Coagula
Silver
(Mercury, antimony)
Black Pulvis Solaris
(Crushed sun)
White
Rainbow
Fresh
After rain smell
7.CoagulationSublimation
Projection
Fusion
Salt
Coagula
Gold
(Silver)
Red Pulvis Solaris
(Crushed sun)
Violet
Purple
Flowery
Heavenly scented
Source: ► I. Correspondences of Chemical References, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown

Correspondences of ancient traditions – Emerald tablet

Correspondences of various ancient metaphysical traditions
 ༺༻OperationEmerald tablet
Hermes Trismegistos
Yogic pathBuddhismKabbalahBible
Church
Revelation
1.CalcinationIts father is the Sun.Yama
Abstention
Asceticism
Concentration
Malkuth MatterEphesusSeal of the White Horse
2.DissolutionIts mother the Moon.Niyama
Personal improvement
Asana
Free body energy
Access state, meditation,
the Jhanas
Yesod
Foundation
LaodiceaSeal of Silence
3.SeparationThe Wind carries it in its belly.Pratyahara
Control of mind and senses
Mindfulness
Basic insight
Dukkha
Hod, Netsah
Splendor, firmness
PergamosSeal of the Red Horse
4.ConjunctionIts nurse is the Earth.Pranayama Union of the two parts of Life ForceNirvana
Brilliant lights
Rapture
Tifereth
Magnificence
SmyrnaSeal of the Black Horse
5.FermentationSeparate the Earth from fire, the subtle from the gross.Dharana
Fixing mind on object,
concentrate
Avatar
Realization of Higher Reality
Gevurah, Hesed
Beauty, strength
ThyatiraSeal of the Pale Horse
6.DistillationIt rises from Earth to Heaven and descends again to Earth.Dhyana
Meditation: Undisturbed flow of thought
Effortless insight
Anatta
Anicca
Binah, Hokmah
Intelligence, wisdom
PhiladelphiaSeal of the Upheavals
7.CoagulationGlory of Whole Universe, greatest Force of all powers.Samadhi
Union with object of contemplation
Nirodh
Beyond consciousness
Kether / En Soph
Crown or God
SardisSeal of the Souls Slain
Source: ► IV. Correspondences of Ancient Traditions, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown

Correspondences of archetypal images

Correspondences of archetypal images
༺༻Alchemical
operation
Mythological
archetype
ArchangelImageShamanismAnimal totem
1.CalcinationCronus, Satan,
Apollo, Hephaestus
CassielHellfire, funeral pyre, cremationNot doing
First attention
Lizard, bear, crow
2.DissolutionDionysus,
Rhea, Demeter
SachielFloods, melting, tears, intoxicationStalking
Personal power
Fish, frog, turtle
3.SeparationOsiris, Prometheus,
Heracles
SamaelSwords, dismemberment, divorceSeeing
Second attention
Owl, beaver
4.ConjunctionCupid (Eros), Aphrodite,
Zeus’ wives, Epimetheus
AnaelGlue, chains, sexual acts, angels, UFOs landingPath of heart
Leaving the Tonal world
Spiritual warrior
Deer, buffalo
5.FermentationIsis, Athene, Hermes, JesusRaphael, MichaelThunderstorm and lightening, grapes, wine barrelsMeeting the ally
Entering the Nagual world
Snake Rainbow Man, Wolf, coyote
6.DistillationDaedalus, Leda and the Swan,
Diana and the Stag, Pegasus
GabrielDew, rain, baptismal font, lotus flowerClear determination
Magical will
Mountain lion, White buffalo
7.CoagulationGanymedes,
Christ,
Krishna
Michael, RaphaelWings, gold, stone or egg, diamond, heavenImpeccability
Projection
Shamanic flight
Eagle
Source: ► V. Correspondences of Archetypal Images, presented by Alchemylab.com, issuing date unknown
See also: ► Archetypen – Archetypes

Alchemical triple transmutation

The alchemical thread goes back to the first Gnostic groups in Egypt. Alchemy comprises a triple transmutation of the inner human, the outer human conditions and time.


Lotus flower
  1. The inner transmutation is one's refining of the psycho-sexual energies and fluids. – IRON AGE
  2. The outer transmutation is applying the inner change to transmute physical states. – BRONZE AGE
  3. The third transmutation is applied to the whole Earth. – SILVER AGE
    This means the changeover from the Iron Age to the Golden Age. – GOLDEN AGE

 

The four ages (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron) relate to the 26,000-year cycle of precession.
The "Fall" occurs when the celestial axis / earth's rotational axis (the Tree) points away from the center of the galaxy.
"Resurrection" ("redemption") occurs when the Tree points towards the center of the galaxy as the "sparks of light" (fragments of God) return to the source.

Timeline of events in the history of alchemy

Historic events of alchemy
Year·ADAuthor/sWork / Legend
1144Robert of ChesterDe compositione alchemiae, earliest dated Western alchemical treatise
1148Hildegard of BingenWriting on science
1150 Turba philosophorum translated from Arabic
1225Michael ScotLiber introductorius, Liber particularis
1230Bartholomew AnglicusDe rerum proprietatibus
1231 Roman de la Rose, first mention of alchemy in French literature
1235Robert Grosseteste (~1175-1253), Bishop of LincolnDe artibus liberalibus and De generatione stellarum, discussing transmutation of metals
1240Thomas of Cantimpre, DominicanLiber de natura rerum, mentioning alchemy
1250Vincent de BeauvaisEncyclopaedia Speculum Maius, mentioning alchemy in many places
1256King Alfonso the Wise of CastileOrdering translation of alchemical texts from Arabic.
He is supposed to have written Tesoro a treatise on the Philosophers' stone
1257Bonadventura d'Iseo, Franciscan friarLiber Compostella provides some alchemical recipes
1264Albertus Magnus, O.P., Bishop of RegensburgWriting De mineralibus
1266Roger Bacon, O.F.M.Opus maius
1267Roger Bacon, O.F.M.Opus tertium
1270Saint Thomas AquinasSumma theologia, sympathetic to the idea of alchemical transmutation
1272Provincal Chapter at NarbonneForbidding the Franciscans to practice alchemy
1273Dominican order at PestWarning friars not to study or teach alchemy
1275Ramon LullArs Magna
1300Arnald of VillanovaWriting a number of important treatises on alchemy: Quaestiones tam essentiales quam accidentales, Epistola supe alchemia ad regem Neapolitanum, De secretis naturae, Exempla de arte philosophorum
1310Dante AlighieriBeginning his work Divine Comedy
1313Friars MinorsConstitution generales antique forbidding the friars to practice alchemy
1314Roman Catholic ChurchDestruction of the Knights Templar
1317Pope John XXII
Cistercians
Papal Bull against alchemical counterfeit Spondet quas non exhibent.
Banning alchemy
1318Adolf Meutha, monkDriven from the Cistercian Monastery at Walkenried for practising alchemy
1320John Dastin, alchemistWriting his alchemical letters to Pope John XXII
1323Dominicans in FranceProhibiting the teaching of alchemy, University of Paris
Demanding the burning of alchemical writings
1329King Edward IIIRequesting Thomas Cary to find two alchemists who have escaped, and to find the secret of their art
1330Pope John XXIIGiving funds to his physician to set up a laboratory for a "certain secret work"
1335Petrus Bonus of FerraraPretiosa margarita novella
1339Pope Benedict XIIOrdering an investigation into the alchemical activities of some clerics and monks
1352Pseudo-LullianLiber de secretis naturae seu de quinta essentia
1356Pope Innocent VIImprisoning John of Rupescissa, Catalan alchemist
1357HortulanusCommentary on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes
1358Francesco PetrarchDe remediis utriusque fortunae, discussing alchemy
1370William LanglandPiers Plowman criticises alchemists as deceivers.
1374John of Livania, Canon in TrierWriting three books on the vanity of alchemy
1376DominicansThe Dominican Directorium inquisitorum, the textbook for inquisitors, places alchemists among magicians and wizards
1380King Charles V the WiseIssuing a decree forbidding alchemical experiments
1388Geoffrey ChaucerCanterbury Tales, discussing alchemy in the Canon's Yeoman's Tale
1403King Henry IV of EnglandIssuing a prohibition of alchemy and stopping counterfeit money
1415Early German MSBuch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit paralleling the Christ and the Philosophers' stone
1450Cosimo de MediciAsking Marsilio Ficino to set up the Platonic academy in Florence, beginning of printing
1456Henry VI of England12 men petitioning him for a license to practise alchemy
1470 Der Antichrist und die fünfzehn Zeichen [Book of the antichrist] associating alchemists with demons and Satan
1471George Ripley
Marsilio Ficino
Compound of alchemy
Translation of the Corpus Hermeticum
1474Christopher of ParisElucidarius
1476George RipleyMedulla alchemiae
1477Thomas NortonWriting of his work Ordinal of Alchemy''
1484Avicenna
Hieronymous Bosch
De anima
Garden of earthly delights
1485GeberSumma perfectionis
1488Hermes TrismegistusThe figure of Hermes Trismegistos is put into the mosaic pavement in Siena Cathedral.
1494Sebastian Brandt (1457-1521)Das Narrenschiff [The ship of fools] discussing methods used by cheating alchemists
1497Unknown DominicanTractatus contra alchymistas, questioning the genuineness of alchemical gold
1499 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
1505BergbüchleinProviding first published information on traditions of mining
1519BraunschweigDas Buch zu distillieren
1530Georgius Agricola BermannusBook on mining and extraction of ores
1531Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von NettesheimThree Books of Occult Philosophy
1532 Splendor solis, earliest manuscript
1540Vannoccio BiringuccioDe la Pirotecnia
1541 In hoc volumine alchemia, first alchemical compendium
1546Petrus Bonus of FerraraPrinting of Pretiosa margarita novella of 1335
1550 Publishing of Rosarium Philosophorum
1555 Alessio Piemontese Secreti, 1st edition
1556Georgius AgricolaDe re metallica
1560Adam von Bodenstein
Giambattista della Porta
Beginning his work of editing various writings of Paracelsus
Magia naturalis
1561Peter PernaPrinting of Verae alchemiae artisque metallicae, compendium of 53 alchemical treatises
1564Nazari
John Dee
Metamorfosi metallico et humano
Hieroglyphic Monad
1572Peter PernaPrinting of the compendium Alchemiae quam vocant
1574Peter PernaPrinting of the collected works of Paracelsus in Latin
1580Rabbi Loew of PragueMaking the Golem
1582ReusnerPandora
1589Edward Kelley (1555-1597)Embarking on his public alchemical transmutations in Prague
1591John DeeReprinting of Hieroglyphic Monad
1595 Libavius Alchymia
1599Basil Valentine
Barnaud
First appearance of his work Book of Lambspring
included in Triga Chemica
1600Giordano BrunoExecuted by the Roman Inquisition
1602 Publication of first volumes of the Theatrum Chemicum, compendium of alchemical texts
1604Basil Valentine
Simon Studion
Triumphal Chariot of Alchemy
Naometria ms. Novum lumen chemicum
1609Khunrath
Oswald Croll
Amphitheatrum sapientae aeternae, main edition
Basilica chemica
1610Jean BeguinTyrocinium chymicum
1611Ben JonsonPlay The Alchemist
1612Nicolas Flamel
Ruland
Jacob Boehme
Figuring hierogliphiques (first publication)
Lexicon alchemiae
Aurora
1614Isaac Casaubon
Rosicrucians
Redating the works of Hermes Trismegistus
Fama fraternitatis
1615./.
Steffan Michelspacher
Confessio fraternitatis
Cabala, Spiegel der Kunst und Natur
1616Christian RosencreutzChymische Hochzeit
1617FluddUtriusque Cosmi historia, first volume
1618Theophilus Schweighardt
Maier
Speculum sophicum rhodo-stauroticum
Atalanta fugiens
1619SiebmacherWaterstone of the Wise
1623Jean d'EspagnetEnchiridion physicae restitutae
1624StolciusViridarium chymicum
1625 Musaeum hermeticum
1629FluddSummum bonum
1631Arthur DeeFasciculus chemicus in Latin
1640Albaro Alonso BarbaArt of metals
1650Arthur DeeFasciculus chemicus issued in English
1651John FrenchThe Art of Distillation
1652Ashmole
Thomas Vaughan, editor
Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum
English translation of Fama and Confessio
1654Pierre BorelBibliotheca chimica
1666HelvetiusCrassellame Lux obnubilata, account of the transmutation in the Hague
1667Eirenaeus PhilalethesOpening entrance to the closed palace of the King
1670Montfaucon de VillarsSatirises sectret knowledde in his Comte de Gabalis
1672 Bibliotheque des philosophes chimiques
1673William CooperBeginning to publish works on alchemy, especially those of Eirenaeus Philalethes
1674Knorr von RosenrothKabbala Denudata
1677 Mutus Liber
1682GichtelEdition of the Collected Works of Jacob Boehme
1690Christian RosenkreutzPublication of the English translation of the Chemical Wedding
1702MangetBibliotheca Chemica Curiosa, alchemical compendium
1710Samuel RichterBeginning to form the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross
1719Georg von WellingOpus mago-cabalisticum, 1st edition
1723KirchwegerGolden Chain of Homer
1728Friedrich Roth-ScholtzDeutsches theatrum chemicum
1735Abraham EleazarUraltes chymisches Werck
1752 Hermaphroditisches Sonn- und Monds-Kind
1758Dom PernetyDictionnaire Mytho-Hermetique
1776Adam WeishauptForming the Order of Illuminati of Bavaria
1779BirkholzDer Compass der Weisen
1783James PriceCommiting suicide after performing some alchemical experiments
1785RosicruciansGeheime Figuren [The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians]
1802Karl von EckartshausenChemische Versuche
Source: ► AlchemyWebsite.com

 

Links – Hermes Trismegistos' Werk und Gesetzmäßigkeiten / Principles

Literatur

  • Rosarium Philosophorum
  • Atlanta fugiens
  • Philosophia Reformata
  • 22 Tarotkarten des Visconti-Tarot

Literature (engl.)

Blending Pythagorean geometry, hermetic wisdom, and secrets of Freemasonry

The purpose of this book is to release one particular secret, which has been kept hidden for the last 12,000 years. The Philosophers' Stone, Elixir of Life, Fountain of Youth, Ambrosia, Soma, Amrita, Nectar of Immortality.
The Book of Aquarius, free PDF e-book version, 163 pages, June 2011

Externe Weblinks


External web links (engl.)





Referencing: Anonymous, The Book of Aquarius, Free PDF e-book version, 163 pages, June 2011

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Video presentation by Dennis William Hauck, US American alchemist, author, International Alchemy Conference, Los Angeles, 23-25 October 2009, YouTube film, posted 19. September 2009

Audio and video links (engl.) – Barbara Hand Clow

Audio and video links (engl.) – Jay Weidner

Movies / documentary links (engl.)

 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 

 

1 The acronym V.I.T.R.I.O.L.U.M., used by alchemists, is formed by the Latin expression "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam", what means "Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone which is the true medicine".

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