“Method to extract every Dye with the previous water.
Take sulphur or Auripigmentum or Ochra or similar……”.
Despite of names which may seem to have come out of some alchemical work, here Hollandus does mean just minerals he prefers not to mention with their real name. So take them simply as “suitable minerals for our purposes”, that’s to say easy to have their “Soul” extracted.
Theatrum Chemicum, page 568: “……from which to extract Tincture/Dye which is Soul, subtly reduce to powder and by means of distilled vinegar grind till a wash powder texture, put into a large recipient and place over a cinder or sand heat, and this limpid urine or above mentioned water has to be in a recipient half full, in order to make flow, close with cork and shake to have it well added, this done on cinders or sand place again, at first at low heat, because they get heated very easily, and mind that the covering is always working with extraction, because tends to bend with air and another glass breaks, always stir the matter with hands to mix up, so vinegar can well operate……”
Vinegar was a common dissolvent for ashes and mineral salts.
“When you see the vinegar color being very bright and saturated, so then pour fiery and limpid with no feces. The poured part has to be kept well closed. Fix as much urine as distilled vinegar and pour into and shake the cork with hands to stir as before. When it gets colored pour again by bending as done before and kept well closed.”
Well closed as it tends to be extremely volatile.
“Take care to pour ever feces new urine with a little vinegar and repeat the whole operation till vinegar will take a saturated color. This done you have extracted all tincture/dye, thus throw away those feces which cannot pass.
Now put your Tincture/Dye in a vessel and let vapors out till a coating-film will appear, without chilling and put the matter out of the coating-film in a pot with well luted alembic, and over a cinders or sand oven get humidity extracted and a white or red tincture, according to the stage of matter remained in the bottom,…….”
First does appear white and then red. But generally colors do appear at the top.
“ ……..and this will be the Quinta Essentia: If you will put a white matter your Quinta Essentia will be white as snow, if a red matter it will be red, and in its virtue gold will shine.”
Johannes Isaac Hollandus is candid, but this part: from Quinta Essentia achievement to a transmutation in gold is a much longer way to go. Of course he has omitted a lot of operations in between. Quinta Essentia achievement is placed at the beginning of Main Work, as you can check in a Opus Magnum scheme.
“ From this moment you can extract in the same way the Quinta Essentia of sublimated Mercury from red or white. The same from Mars (iron) filing, Cinnabar or burned air, as well as from calcinated Gold and Silver, from Copper, briefly from all the things in the word.
Note, to make a stronger urine, for any change of Salt Armoniac and common salt, you can add a drachm one, and a fruitful Tincture you will extract.
Note, from those extracted Tinctures you can obtain stones, by which you can obtain other stones, which is a quite secret art.
In a certain way this red water is as much strong and shining as a Ruby. With this Water wonderful things can be accomplished…….quam non licet revelare.”
Many times we will find this ending sentence: “which is not to be revealed”.
- See also Hortulus Hermeticus, Beware of the Red Laton ;
- See also Basilius Salt, Azoth or Philosophers Gold? ;
- Kamala Jnana, from Black to White ;
- The latin verb candesco means to whiten as well as to become red hot. In this operation the first meaning seem more appropriate to me.
- Hollandus wrote “common water” because he recognizes two kind of waters: common one and the product of continuos sublimations which has much to do with our white Mercurius. See also “Hollandus, de Lapide Philosophico.First Book 1” ;
- The latin verb coquo-coxi as well as to cook it also means to ferment, to ripe, to decompose, to brood;
- The latin sentence is: “per quadrantem horae”. “Hora” in latin cannot of course means “hour”, in fact it signifies “time” in all its meanings. The same for “quart”: it cannot stand for “ quarter of hour” but a quart like a “ quart of pound”;
- See also Cesare Ripa & the Hot Frozen World Machine ;
- “dum usum eius indicem serva”;
- Probably common salt;
- See also Lemery & Aqua Regia First Step: Sal Armoniac ;
- See also Atalanta Fugiens & the Golden Apples and Cabala Mineralis & the Three Salts Enigma ;
- See also Kamala Jnana, Introduction to a Live Secret and Artephius, Secret Book and Secret Fire ;