Then take all the obtained juice in a stone retort, place in an oven which you can control the gradus ignis ( fire temperature), distill all and in the end increase the fire to make pass vinegar also. Don’t worry about your matter melting in the retort; in fact it is too much terrestrial. Separate also the past liquor, take off from retort the caput mortuum, grind it very well and put it into an alembic, pour over all your spiritual phlegm and place the alembic to putrefy for four weeks at a moderate heat. Then distill its spiritus volatilis from and high alembic which has a suitably wide helm; in fact during fourth fifth rectification almost deposits in form of white salt which tends to displace the helm; for this reason the helm must be wide: After having rectified your spirit, put it in a large vessel with its sal volatilis. Rectify also the remaining phlegm and keep it safe. Then take the remaining liquor, distill it too in a retort and set aside. Then take your caput mortuum which has been in putrefaction and thoroughly filter to achieve a perfect filtration.Pour this clear solution in a retort on sands and distill carefully all the phlegm, but the salt. Take this salt, put in an alembic and pour over the azoth (vinegar), the spiritus and a part of the spiritual phlegm, and exactly as much phlegm as spirit. Others, before doing the above mentioned operation, distill the phlegm of the extracted salt, letting in the retort a quantity equal to that of spirit, which then they add. lastly they add the vinegar and make together digesting for four days and four nights in a well closed and sealed retort. Then they place it in a cold place, to make crystals form, When they think the crystals are not going to form anymore, decant the liquor and take the salt.
They deprive the remaining liquor of phlegm and place again in cellar, so new crystals form again. They go on like that till no other crystals form. Then put all the crystals together in a glass and make them dry little by little; they also eliminate the phlegm. Others pour on the crystals just few phlegm, in this why the crystals don’t get liquefied in it, and put the glass at moderate heat: then make the solution get chilled, pour it into a clean glass and put it in a cold place, so crystals much more beautiful than the previous ones do form, which they take away again; and repeat the operation till the crystals are pure. In fact through these solutions and crystallizations they become perfectly stable and in addition get impregnated of spiritual phlegm. They take half of these crystals, close them in a phial and make them fixed, after having ground them with pure gold; with the other crystals they complete the work.
Some others otherwise close the crystals, put them in a vapor balneum and get them to liquefy alone; then distill the liquor by cohobation. Pour this liquor on the mercurius vivus and distill it too by cohobation, till of the mercurius vivus is distilled the quantity of liquor that match its weights. They pour this liquor alkahest on gold, and carry out the work to perfection and in the best way.
You too can do this way: it is enough you take these crystals, put them in a retort, place the retort in sand balneum and distill a spiritus. Then, if the retort is still entire, pour again the spiritus and distill again by cohobation. Then pour it on the mercurius vivus and go on as I have taught you. Nevertheless this is a long and dangerous work; so the best method of all is the following: take your crystals, and after having dried them in an alembic, do weight them; grind well a pound and mixed to them a pound of purified mercurius vivus till the all become a unique mass: Put this mass in a high alembic ( long neck glass) and put the alembic in sand balneum; place on it a helm, light on a fire which can allow the sublimation and which you will keep always at the same level. In the end all will be risen. Then take the helm off and collect all which is sublimated. Grind with it what has been remained in the alembic and add to what has been distilled. Then put it again in an alembic, place it in the sand, set a helm on it and a gathering container and sublime again. Repeat the operation till all is sublimated, but a few feces. Then sublime the whole for other two times and always remove even the drops which rise together as long as you need that. At this point you have before you two possibilities again: the dry way and the humid way.
If you want to follow the dry path do this way: take 6 ounces of your admirable hermaphroditic salt, the sublimated one, and with it grind 1/2 ounce of pulverized gold, place it into a phial, put the tightly closed phial in our athanor, in this way the varied colors get produced. Passed all the colors, take your lapis, get it well ground and with it grind also one ounce of your admirable salt. Place them together into a phial again and let pass all the colors. Repeat all the operations till your salt is all consumed; so you have again the lapis medicinalis.
if you want to follow the humid path, which is not that much dangerous do this: take your sublimated well ground, place it in a glass bowl, place it in a humid cellar and take care nothing fall into; in this way the sublimated will liquefy and become a liquor in short time. Pour this liquor and what has been distilled in a retort, place in a sand balneum, and distill by cohobation. Then put into an alembic to which you will set a helm, put the same at moderate heat, so the liquor will transform and become pure and limpid. And here ready the famed alkahest of special quality. With that you can open gold little by little, and make them to pass through colors to get the tincture. This path is very secret and hidden and is exactly the one you should use. Be blessed the Saint in Israel who has considered us worthy of this great secret.
On can also follow another path, provided that you have prepared the spirit, vinegar and spiritual phlegm – as I have taught you – as well as the salt, which has to be well dried. Do weight the latter and grind accurately one pound. Now I’m going to reveal you a prodigious thing. Take the magnesia or bismuth; if you don’t have some bismuth, even if this would be the best, take a mineral of the red gold, also of that one pound, grind it very well, mix with it and liquefy them together in a good crucible. Then take the substance, which you will have left to chilled down, and crashed it very well; place in an alembic, pour over some phlegm, close the alembic and put to putrefy at moderate fire for four days and four nights. Then remove the alembic from fire, let to chill and pour the clear solution into another alembic. Pour again on the substance a part of the distilled phlegm and repeat the entire operation till all the salt is extracted. Pour together the limpid and clear solution in an alembic; put in the sand, place the helm, set the gathering container and distill till all is dry. Then pour again the phlegm on the salt and extract again; other feces will form. Pour again in a alembic or a glass retort all the clear extracts, but a thick salt. Pour on it the spirit as above rectified and the azoth, let them to digest well closed together for four days and four nights, then put in a cool place and wait for the crystals to form. Go on like that. When all the crystals will be formed, you note the same thing which has already been told you; just that these crystals have many colors and are far better than the previous ones. It after they have been joined to gold and passed through the colors together with it, it is obtained an excellent lapis medicinalis. In the final work the substance energetically expands.
As for the Opus Maximum, it consists exactly in the same operation, but here they take also other two things.
Some take just urine and feces and let putrefy together, others add to them also some hairs. After having made them putrefy for some time, they separate the spiritus, azoth and sulphur, and the salt also. If you want to follow this path, do operate only with vitriolum microcosmi, so follow a quick path. If instead you want to cover the salt fixum with azoth and spiritus, follow a long and dangerous path. Otherwise you should regularity as I taught you. Nevertheless I recommend to take only urine and feces. If the smell doesn’t repulse, you can transform your sal fixum in metal.
Now let’s take into consideration the chaotic universal salt which God has assigned to earth as a magnet, whose our father Hermes says: ” The creatures of here below are companions of those that are above and these in turn to those. And as all have being born by the Word of the unique Creator, so by law of nature all the things are being born by this unique thing.”. That’s to say: what the Highest has put in the earth is the beginning and the end of all the things, the “fiat”. Old Saturn (Archarion’s note: the earth and its coagulating magnetic force) brings in the womb a son who is brought to life by what is above. This giver life is the universal spirit that hovers and is attracted by the magnetic salt, so it multiplies itself and comes all that our Creator gives birth.
Its father is the sun and its mother the moon, the air brings it in the womb, its nurse is the earth. In fact all the things that have happened and are going to happen have begun from these two, from the sun and moon; so he says: causa omnis perfectionis ea (res) est per universum hoc, its signum is: quod est inferius, est sicut id, quod est superius et vice versa (5).
To be continued at Testamentum Fraternitatis Roseae et Aureae Crucis. Part 3 .
- See also The last Lady of Rennes , Pompeii Mysteries Villa: a Gentle Flowing with Mystica Vannus , Rossetti and the Mystery of Platonic Love, part 1 , The Incantation of Leyden Papyrus ;
- See also Dionysus, Universal Dissolvent and Kykeon ;
- See also Opus Magnum scheme ;
- See also Cabala Mineralis or the She Horse on Urine Work part 1 , Lancillotti and the Magisterium of Urine on Caput Mortuum , Hollandus, How Urine Salts Extract a White and Red Dye , Glaser and the Unladylike, but Volatile, Salt of Urine ;
- See also Kriegsmann: Sun, Moon, Wind and Earth in Tabula Smaragdina ;