By Antoine-Joseph Pernety
It is a hugely advised paintings on alchemy. Althought it does not precisely supply away any "secrets" it is helping clarify a lot of the worldview of the alchemists of old (and modern!) times.
"Of the technique of Arriving on the mystery the necessities beneficial so as to arrive at this mystery, are: the information of Nature and of one's self. One won't comprehend the 1st completely, or maybe the second one, with out the help of Alchemy. the affection of knowledge, the horror of crime, and of falsehood, ... the organization of the clever, the invocation of the Holy Spirit; to not upload mystery to mystery, to connect one's self simply to at least one factor (because God and Nature relish solidarity and simplicity), such are the stipulations worthwhile for acquiring the divine revelation. guy being the epitome of all Nature, needs to learn how to recognize himself because the precis, the miniature of Nature. via his religious half he's allied to all immortal creatures, and via his fabric half, to all that that's temporary within the Universe."
- Antoine-Joseph Pernety, who used to be among different issues a Benedictine Monk, and Librarian of Frederick the nice, King of Prussia.
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He furnishes a proof of this, not only by having reasoned as they on this matter, but by the great number of quotations which he has made from them in his Treatise entitled: Fundamenta Chemiœ dogmaticœ et experimentalis. He gives to Mercury the name Dry Water, name which the Hermetic Philosophers give to theirs. Basil Valentin, Philalethes, and several others, are quoted in this respect. He even distinguishes the common chemist from the Hermetic Chemist, (part I,. page 124), by naming the first Physici communes, and the second Chymici alii.
He gave him a soul, a mind and a body ; and of these three things, united in the same subject, He constituted humanity. Copyright © Flaming Sword Productions 1997 The Great Art page 33 He composed this body of a clay extracted from the purest substance of all created bodies. He drew his mind from all that which is most perfect in Nature, and He gave him a soul made by a kind of extension of Himself. It is Hermès who speaks: “Mens, ò Tat, ex propriâ essentiâ Dei est. Aliqua siquidem est Dei essentia.
28 Descartes placed the seat of the soul in the brain, in the small gland Glandula pinealis, situated between the Optic Thalimi and Corpora quadrigemina. B. Copyright © Flaming Sword Productions 1997 The Great Art page 36 This spirit, which is usually called instinct, when animals are spoken of, determined and almost absolutely specified in each animal, is not so in Man, because the spirit of Man is the epitome and quintessence of all the spirits of animals. So man has not a particular character which is peculiar to him, as each animal has: every dog is faithful, every lamb is gentle, every lion is bold, every cat is treacherous; but man is all at the same time, faithful, indiscreet, treacherous, intemperate, gentle, furious, bold, timid, courageous; circumstances, or reason, decide always what he is at each instant of life, and one never sees in any animal those varieties which one finds in Man, because he alone possesses the germ of all.
An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art by Antoine-Joseph Pernety