By Antoine-Joseph Pernety
This can be a hugely suggested 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 historic (and modern!) times.
"Of the technique of Arriving on the mystery the necessities beneficial with a view to arrive at this mystery, are: the data of Nature and of one's self. One would possibly not comprehend the 1st completely, or maybe the second one, with out assistance from 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 in simple terms to 1 factor (because God and Nature appreciate team spirit and simplicity), such are the stipulations worthwhile for acquiring the divine revelation. guy being the epitome of all Nature, needs to learn how to be aware of himself because the precis, the miniature of Nature. by means of his non secular half he's allied to all immortal creatures, and by means of his fabric half, to all that that's temporary within the Universe."
- Antoine-Joseph Pernety, who was once among different issues a Benedictine Monk, and Librarian of Frederick the nice, King of Prussia.
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Thus the animals were the fruit of light, and having all the same principle, how could they, according to the common opinion, be antipathetic and contradictory? It is from their union that all bodies are formed according to their different species, and their diversity arises only from the greater or less proportion of each element in their composition. The First Light had scattered the germs of things into the matrix which was fit for each one; that of the sun has fertilized them and made them germinate.
It should not be surprising that all the waters, united, have been able to cover the entire surface of the earth, and to cause an universal deluge, since they covered it before God had separated them, (Gen. chap. ). These humid masses which hover over our heads are like travellers, who go to collect the riches of all countries, and return to benefit their native land. Of Fire Some of the ancients placed Fire as a fourth Element, in the highest region of the Air, because they regarded it as the lightest and most subtle.
It diffused Light instantly, reduced from latent into actual existence the germs of things, up to this time confused in chaos, and, by a constant alternation of coagulations and resolutions, it maintains all individuals scattered through all the mass; it animates each part of it, and by a continual and secret operation, it gives movement to each individual, according to the genius and species to which it has appointed it. It is, properly speaking, the soul of the world; and he who ignores or denies it, ignores the laws of the Universe.
An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art by Antoine-Joseph Pernety