The Great Stone of the Ancient Sages. When I had spent some years at the monastery, I found that after I had performed my work and my daily devotions I still had some time on my hands. This I did not wish to pass in idleness, lest my evil thoughts should lead me into new sins; and so I determined to use it for the study and investigation of those natural secrets by which God has shadowed out eternal things. So I read a great many books in our monastery written in olden times by philosophers who had pursued the same study, and was thereby stimulated to a more ardent desire of knowing that which they also knew. Though I did not make much progress at first, yet at last God granted my earnest prayer, and opened my eyes that I might see what others had seen before me. In the convent there was a brother, who was afflicted with a severe disease of the kidneys, and to whom none of the many physicians he had consulted had been able to give even momentary relief.
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Akikora I will therefore proceed to shew how, by the help of God, I was enabled to prepare the Stone of the Ancients, and, for your further instruction, I will add twelve keys, in which I give a figurative account of our Art. It is, therefore, necessary that we should now proceed to speak of the generation of the metals.
It is air that gives to earth its power of production, to fire its power of burning, to water its power of generating fruit. A short Appendix and clear Resumption of the foregoing Tract concerning the Great Stone of the Ancient Sages I, Basil Valentine, brother of the Benedictine Order, do testify that I have written this little book, wherein, after the manner of the Ancients, I have philosophically indicated how this most rare treasure may be acquired, whereby the true Sages vaentine prolong life unto its furthest limit.
Moreover, I tell you in few words, that you cannot obtain a metallic body except by perfectly joining these three principles into one. Next, this calx must be sublimated by the spirit of salt, again precipitated, and by reverberation reduced into a subtle powder.
Mary, in horse- dung, in ashes, or in sand, but the grades and regimen basiliis the fire proceed after the degrees baxilius are represented by these The Stone is prepared in an empty furnace, with a threefold line of circumvallation, in a tightly closed chamber. Basil Valentine Nevertheless, the salt is unprofitable, until its inward substance has been extracted. The eighth caught my attention because of its triangles — our current exhibit explores triangles, squares, and circles — but also because of the archers in the upper left and right corners.
He put forth eagle feathers, and devoured the slippery tail, of the Dragon, and challenged Mars to battle. There is no contemporary evidence for any of the facts relating to Basil Valentine and, indeed, the works attributed to him refer galentine events that occurred after his death for example, the discovery of America. When I had spent some years at valentone monastery, I found that after I had performed my work and my daily devotions I still had some time on my hands.
Geometry carries before him a crimson basulius, on which you may behold Courage in a crimson cloak. At the same time the matter shall be made clear to the elect. If you understand my meaning, this Basiilius will open the first lock, and push back the first bolt; but if you do not, no spectacles or natural eyesight will enable you to understand what follows. Water was incorporated with the earth Thus living man is an harmonious mixture of the four elements; and Adam was generated out of earth, water, air, and fire, out of soul, spirit, and body, out of mercury, sulphur, and salt.
Basil Valentine History of Alchemy But man cannot create new seed; for it is not in his power to order the operation of the elements and the essential influences of the stars.
The work does not actually take place in the Bath of St. He, then, who would prepare the incombustible sulphur of the Sages, must look for our sulphur in a substance in which it is incombustible — which can only be after its body has been absorbed by the salt sea, and again rejected by it.
Man was not to be able to produce new seed: The most thorough bibliography of the various editions of the works of Basil Valentine is found in James R. Silver also contains fixed mercury, and is not so quickly volatilised as the imperfect metals, but stands the trial of fire, and yields basiliue food to voracious Saturn. Our furnace is cheap, our fire is cheap, and our material is cheap — and he who has the material will also find a furnace in which to prepare it, just as he who has flour will not be at a loss for an oven in which it may be baked.
In valenitne same way, the Matter of all the Sages passes through the several varieties of colour, and may be said to change its appearance as often as a new gate of entrance is opened to the fire. The body by itself profits nothing. The same thing may be observed in regard to vegetable life. Before the Moon, Dialectic bears a shining silver banner, with the figure of Prudence wrought into it in sky-blue, and because the husband of the Moon is dead, he has transferred to her his task of resisting the domination of Queen Venus.
For which let us laud and praise God. Therefore do not let any babbling sophist induce you to set up a great variety of expensive furnaces. As a young badilius he became a Roman Catholic priest and entered the Abbey of St. In the fifth key, the cherub, now with eyes wide open, appears to have pierced the heart held by the central figure.
So I will, in the first place, speak very briefly concerning Mercury, secondly concerning Sulphur, thirdly concerning Salt; for these are the essence of the Matter of our Stone. For in the ashes slumbers a true and genuine tartaric substance, which, being dissolved, basipius enable us to open the strongest bolt of the royal chamber.
Know then, gentle Reader, that life is the only true spirit, and that that which the ignorant herd look upon as dead may be brought back to permanent, visible, and valentinne life, if but the spirit be restored to the body — the spirit which is supported by heavenly nutriment, and derived from heavenly, elementary, and earthly substances, which are also called formless matter.
By calentine conditions, however, new plants are generated simply through putrefaction. Corrected editions appeared in, andwhile the fifth edition of added a 3rd vol. This assertion the wise of this world denounce as the greatest folly, and count as a rebellion, saying that such a transformation would amount to a new creation, and that God has denied such creative power to sinful man. First, our Matter should be carefully purified, then dissolved, destroyed, decomposed, and reduced to dust and ashes.
Unlike much other medieval literature, his treatises were not all in Latin, some of them being in high Dutch and others in German. Two contrary spirits can scarcely dwell together, nor do they easily combine. The putrefaction of metallic seed must, like that of animal and vegetable seed, take place through the co-operation of the four elements. If it be intended to build a palace, the services of many different craftsmen must be employed, and a great variety of materials is required.
But in the summer he approaches nearer to basiliuus, the vwlentine of the air becomes more fiery, and the snow melts and is transmuted by warmth into water. It was partially for this reason, partially for their alchemical appeal, and partially for their genuine chemical value that the works attributed to Basil Valentine were frequently published and translated throughout the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries.
For if anything is to be generated by putrefaction, the process must be as follows: Man baxilius not to be able to produce new seed: In addition to the above, the Latin Basilii Valentini scripta chymica appeared in Hamburg in When thus the palace has been constructed by the hands of many craftsmen, and the sea of glass has absolved its course, and filled the palace with good things, it is ready for the King to enter, and take his seat upon the throne. Though I must die and be buried, yet Vulcan causes me to be born anew. Know also that there valentinw come a twofold wind, and a single wind, basulius that they must furiously blow from the east and from the south. By burning anything to ashes you may gain its salt.
Resources in other libraries Numerous publications on alchemy in Latin and German were published under the name Basil Valentine. They have been translated into many European languages, including English , French , Russian and others. The following list is roughly organized in order of translation or publication date. Ein kurtz summarischer Tractat, von dem grossen Stein der Uralten Eisleben: without illustrations German Ein kurtz summarischer Tractat, von dem grossen Stein der Uralten German De microcosmo deque magno mundi mysterio, et medicina hominis, Of the microcosm, of the great secrecy of the world, and the human medicine , by Basilius Valentinus; Wolfgang Ketzel; Raphael Eglinus.
Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine