By Antoine-Joseph Pernety
This can be 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 important as a way to arrive at this mystery, are: the data of Nature and of one's self. One won't comprehend the 1st completely, or perhaps the second one, with no 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 in simple terms to at least one factor (because God and Nature relish solidarity and simplicity), such are the stipulations priceless for acquiring the divine revelation. guy being the epitome of all Nature, needs to learn how to comprehend himself because the precis, the miniature of Nature. by way of his non secular half he's allied to all immortal creatures, and by way of his fabric half, to all that that's brief 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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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. But the Fire of Nature does not differ from the Celestial Fire; this is why Moses makes no mention of it in Genesis, because he had said that Light was created on the first day. The fire which we use ordinarily is partly natural and partly artificial.
This is why the absence of the sun and of light has such a great effect upon bodies. Heat penetrates to the interior of the most opaque and hardest substances, and animates the hidden and torpid nature. Light penetrates only transparent bodies, and its property is to manifest the perceptible accidents of the composites. Thus the sun is the first natural and universal agent. In departing from the sun light strikes the dense bodies, the celestial as well as the terrestrial; it places their faculties in movement, carries them with it, reflects them and diffuses them in the upper Air as well as in the lower.
These actions one calls first impulse,29 and those which one makes without reflection, such as coming, going, eating, when one is worried by some serious affair which occupies him entirely. The animal obeys always, infallibly, his natural inclination, because it tends only to the preservation of its transient, mortal existence, in which lies all its happiness and welfare. But Man does not always follow this inclination; because, while he is disposed to preserve that which is mortal in himself, he feels also another desire which disposes him to work for the felicity of his immortal part, to which he is certain that he owes the preference.
An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art by Antoine-Joseph Pernety