QUITE a number of books dealing with the "History of the Rosicrucians" have appeared of late for the purpose of amusing and gratifying the curiosity of the mystery-loving reader; but it does not appear that they have proved to be very instructive, or that they have succeeded in throwing much light upon this perplexing subject; neither is it to be desired that the Rosicrucian mysteries should be publicly bawled out and exposed to the view of the vulgar; because they belong to that which is most holy and sacred in the constitution of man. The scientist, rationalist, and speculative philosopher deals only with, so to say, the candlesticks bearing the candles from which is emanating the light which they cannot see, neither can they see the candle; for the latter is representing the soul, whose light is the spirit. Truly occult and Theosophical books ought to be prayers and poems; calculated to lift the heart and the mind of the reader up to the highest regions of thought, and aiding him to descend into the innermost sanctuary of his own being; so that he may become able to open the senses of his interior perception and grasp himself those divine ideals which are beyond the understanding of the semi-animal intellect; for spiritual truth cannot be brought down to that level; it requires, for its recognition, the rising up in the spirit to its own plane; neither can any man reveal to another the light, if the light does not reveal its presence to the investigator; all that a book can do is to aid the reader in opening his own eyes. Little would it benefit us if we knew of the existence of sunlight only from reading about it in books, and were incapable to see the light and to enjoy the rays of the sun.
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It is to be found everywhere; but if you do not find it in your own house, you will find it nowhere. It is a living substance that can be discovered only in places inhabited by man. In thirty pounds of ordinary mercury, there is usually not more than one pound of the true substance; and a hundred pounds of ordinary sulphur usually contain not more than one pound of that which is useful.
It can only be found above the earth, but not below it. The children play with it in the street, and yet it is invisible. It can be perceived by the sense of feeling, but it cannot be seen with the material eye. Let the fire of the divine Will penetrate deeply within your soul, and elevate your mind to the highest regions of thought. Obtain the sacred Fire.
Then follow Multiplication and Increase, for which purpose weight and measure are necessary. Weigh all things with the scales of justice, and measure them by the rule of reason. The fifth is the Application, that is to say the Projection upon the metals. This will be accomplished by nature without artificial aid. Axiomata Hermetica — 43 Axioms of Alchemy 1. Whatever may be accomplished by a simple method should not be attempted by a complicated one.
There is only one Truth, whose existence requires no proof, because it is itself proof enough to those who are capable of perceiving it. Why should we enter into complexness to seek for that which is simple? The sages say: "Ignis et Azoth tibi sufficiunt. All that you require is the fire and the air.
Fire and Azoth are sufficient. No substance can be made perfect without long suffering. Nature must be aided by art whenever she is deficient in power. Art may be the handmaid of nature, but cannot supplant her mistress.
Art without nature is always unnatural. Nature without art is not always perfect. Nature cannot be amended except in her own self. The nature of a tree cannot be changed by trimming the branches or by the addition of ornaments; it can be improved only by improving the soil upon which it grows, or by grafting.
Nature enjoys, comprehends, and overcomes nature. There is no other actual knowledge than the knowledge of self. Every being can only truly realize its own existence, but not that of any element entirely foreign to it.
He who does not know motion does not know nature. Nature is the product of emotion [sic]. At the moment in which eternal motion should cease, all nature would cease to exist. He who does not know the motions that are taking place in his body is a stranger in his own house.
Whatever produces the same effect as is produced by a compound is similar to the latter. The One is greater than all the rest of the numbers, for from it an infinite variety of mathematical magnitudes may be evolved; but no change is possible without the all-pervading presence of the One, whose qualities are manifest in its manifestations.
No one can pass from one extreme to another except through a medium. An animal cannot become divine before it becomes human. That which is unnatural must become natural before its nature can become spiritual. Metals cannot be changed into other metals without having been first reduced to prima materia. The self-will, opposed to the divine, must cease before the divine Will can enter into the heart. We must become unsophisticated, like children; before the word of wisdom can speak in our mind.
The unripe must be assisted by the ripe. Thus fermentation will be induced. The law of Induction rules in all departments of nature. In the Calcination, the Corpus is not reduced but augmented, in quantity. True asceticism consists in giving up that which one does not want after having received something better. In Alchemy nothing can bear fruit without having first been mortified. The light cannot shine through matter unless the matter has become sufficiently refined to allow the passage of the rays.
That which kills, produces life; that which causes death, causes resurrection; that which destroys, creates. Nothing comes out of nothing. The creation of a new form is conditioned by the destruction transformation of the old one. Everything containing a seed may be augmented, but not without the assistance of nature. It is only through the seed that the fruit bearing more seeds comes into existence. Each thing is multiplied and augmented by means of a male and female principle.
Matter produces nothing unless penetrated by power. Nature creates nothing unless impregnated by Spirit. Thought remains unproductive unless rendered active by Will. The virtue of each seed is to unite itself with each thing belonging to its own kingdom.
Each thing in nature is attracted by its own nature represented in other things. Colours and sounds of a similar nature form harmonious units, substances that are related with each other can be combined, animals of the same genus associate with each other, and spiritual powers unite with their own kindred germs.
A pure womb gives birth to a pure fruit. Only in the innermost sanctuary of the soul will the mystery of the spirit be revealed. Fire and heat can only be produced by motion. Stagnation is death. The stone thrown into the water forms progressively radiating circles, which are produced by motion. The soul that cannot be moved cannot be elevated, and becomes petrified. The great Arcanum is a celestial spirit, descending from the sun, the moon, and the stars, and which is brought into perfection in the saturnine object by continuous boiling until it attains the state of sublimation and power necessary to transform the base metals into gold.
This operation is performed by the hermetic fire. The separation of the subtle from the gross must be done carefully, adding continually water; for the more earthly the materials are, the more must they be diluted and made to move.
Continue this process until the separated soul is reunited with the body. The entire process is accomplished through nothing else but Water. It is the same Water over which the Spirit of God moved in the beginning, when darkness was upon the face of the deep. Each thing comes from and out of that into which it will be resolved again. That which is earthy comes from the earth; that which belongs to the stars is obtained from the stars; that which is spiritual comes from the Spirit, and returns to God.
Where the true principles are absent, the results will be imperfect. Mere imitations cannot produce genuine results. Merely imaginary love, wisdom, and power can only be effective in the realm of illusions.
Art begins where nature ceases to act. Art accomplishes by means of nature that which nature is unable to accomplish if unaided by art. There is only one eternal, unchangeable truth. It may appear under many different aspects; but in that case it is not the truth that changes: it is we who change our modes of conceiving of it.
It should be pure of grossly material elements, indestructible by doubt, and incapable of being burned up in the fire of passion. Only at the Centre of the fruit is that seed to be found. Those that are wise are seeking for it in the mercury; the fool seeks to create it out of his own empty brain. The seed of the metals is in the metals, and the metals are born of themselves.
The growth of the metals is very slow; but it may be hastened by the addition of Patience. Use only perfect metals. Crude mercury, such as is usually found in European countries, is perfectly useless for this work. Worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of the Lord. That which is hard and thick must be made subtle and thin by calcination. This is a very painful and tedious process, because it is necessary to remove even the root of evil, and this causes the heart to bleed, and tortured nature to cry out.
This is the Solutio Sulphuris Sapientium in Mercurio. A science without life is, a dead science; an intellect without spirituality is only a false and borrowed light. In the solution the solvent and the dissolved must remain together. Fire and water must be made to combine. Thought and love must remain for ever united. If the seed is not treated by warmth and moisture, it will be useless. Coldness contracts and dryness hardens the heart, but the fire of divine love expands it, and the water of thought dissolves the residua.
The earth produces no fruit unless moistened repeatedly.
In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom
It is to be found everywhere; but if you do not find it in your own house, you will find it nowhere. It is a living substance that can be discovered only in places inhabited by man. In thirty pounds of ordinary mercury, there is usually not more than one pound of the true substance; and a hundred pounds of ordinary sulphur usually contain not more than one pound of that which is useful. It can only be found above the earth, but not below it. The children play with it in the street, and yet it is invisible. It can be perceived by the sense of feeling, but it cannot be seen with the material eye. Let the fire of the divine Will penetrate deeply within your soul, and elevate your mind to the highest regions of thought.
In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom: Containing the History of the True and the False ...