Then take one pound of your sal naturae, have it ground in a glass mortar reducing in powder, mix in it the same quantity of its earth, that’s to say of the earth from which it has been extracted, but this earth must get red hot before, wet it with distilled rainwater and make some spheres, place them under the sun and have them repeatedly wet with distilled rainwater as the spiritus aeris can drop in it even more. After four weeks take these spheres, put them into a resistant and well circled retort, fill it half, place the retort in a good oven, set a large, resistant and clean gathering container and distill a spiritus salis volatilis; move in the gathering container even that which deposits in the retort neck. Do the same with all the spheres, so you will get a lot of sal volatilis et spiritus. Then take all the distilled and put in a high alembic and gently distill all the phlegm in the water bath. When no more phlegm will rise, put the alembic in cinders and distill also the spiritus, then pour it in the alembic cohobating over and over; and keep in in a clean glass. Then increase the heat so sal volatilis rises in the alembic and gets sublimed. You should sublime repeatedly alone till in the alembic will not appear and residue any faece, keep with care also this.
Then take your caput mortuum and extract from it with distilled rainwater a sal fixus, which you have to liquefy and make coagulated repeated times till it will get clean and transparent. Grind these crystals till powder and put them in a high alembic, pour over as much spirit as is the sal volatilis and let to digest together till all is transformed into a water; in this way the menstruum universalis is ready. When the whole is transformed into a water, you can also pour it in a retort and super distill and cohobate per gradus till all is risen: in this way it is ready.
Then take two ounces of this menstruum and one dram (1/8 of ounce) of pure gold well calcined, put together in a little alembic and make them to digest well closed, so the gold melt as ice in warm water, but let in the bottom a grey earth. Separate the clear solution from the earth, which must have a gold look, and pour it in a transparent and resistant phial. But 2/3 of the phial should be empty. Close it hermetically through fusion or in another way, place it – in the name of God – in our athanor at moderate heat for forty day and forty nights, till everything gets putrefied and becomes black, the black called our philosophical crow head. Then put the glass in cinders, increases the fire of a degree and let for forty days and forty nights. The heat should match that produced on the tiles of a roof by the July sun. So all the peacock colors will appear. Then for forty days and forty nights increase the heat of a degree, be careful the glass doesn’t turn red hot; in this way your tincture will turn as white as snow and the moon will start to appear, like a white silver coin. Then have the glass sunk even more and increase the heat for twenty five days and twenty five nights, making it red hot; so it will turn red. Keep this heat for another twenty five days and twenty five nights, so it will turn blue red, and it will clot in the middle of the glass as an egg yolk, it will be transparent as a ruby and around excrement will separate; in this way you will have the real quinta essentia, better the real semen auri ( seed of gold). In this way you have prepared once again the blessed stone of the ancient, whose you can operate miracles, both in medicine and operating on the mercurius vivus and other metals. You have to further know that here, as I have taught you, you have the real menstruum universalis, which is sweet and not corrosive, and these are the most important liquors – extracted both from the earth and rain – to get to the philosophical king.
With the above mentioned menstruum you can extract the tincture from the mineral of the white gold and from the mineral of the red gold. You can put the extracted in an alembic and from it distilling the menstruum again; a substance of the consistency of a thick oil will residue, which at cold temperature will tend to harden like the cooked sugar. Put this matter into a well circled retort, place the report on a sand bath and to gather a distilled set a clean glass gathering container. When yellow drops start to pass and white spirit to appear, the oil rise too. Then set a large gathering, sold it well, carefully set the fire so the spirits don’t incrinare the container. When both spirits and oil will have been past, a black matter will residue. In the end, to not lose any matter, don’t increase the fire too much. Pour in a phial both the spiritus and oil and put them in a stem balneum so the liquor will get limpid, a part of the oil will float and the other will deposit, separate these two parts with a funnel because this is the blood, and keep all carefully.
Then take the black residue and get it calcined; mind it should not liquefy, but become white and turn into cinders. take a part of these cinders and pour over a quantity of your spirit corresponding to three times its weight, let to digest together into a retort in a sand balneum, and distill little by little. In the end increase the fire slightly, in this way the oil rises as a red blood with the grey earth, this blood, joined with his white woman, is called man or sulphur, and has become a powerful medicine called aurum potabile, which keeps the man healthy. And a single drop removes goiter, fistulas, stroke and other diseases.
Then go as the following: pour all this oil, heavy like lead, together in a phial, add one ounce of very subtle calx of pure gold and place well closed in cinders heated with first degree fire. You will see the gold going up and down, the gold will open and become a black mass. Eventually all the colors will pass and you shall be able to set all the heat degrees according to the colors. If you correctly work the operation must overall last thirty weeks long. In the end a fixed and red stone will form. Unfasten it, take a part of the stone and four parts of purified mercury, put together in a phial; but before you have to grind your medicine till powder. Close well the phial, place in sand balneum and heat for four weeks. In this way the tincture will start to liquefy, to incorporate the mercury and turn it into a red powder. So you will get a tincture, which before you have to ferment with gold, and then you can have it to act on imperfect metals. Nevertheless to know how you can prepare a tincture even starting from the vegetal reign, particularly from grapevine, hear how you should operate:
is the power of the Highest, and if the same had not created the grapevine, in the art many things would lack, as in the wine a great mysterium is hidden. Wine makes us forgetting our pains and delight the heart, with the golden sulphur that it brings along the wine takes effect on the spirit. So starting from wine one can get prepare a great mysterium.
Consequently pay attention to the following: take some good old wine which has to be strong, have much spirit, have come to age and be clear and limpid. So take some 24-30 measures of this wine. Put in into large alembics, keep them carefully and let putrefy for a month at a moderate heat. The month past, set gathering containers, sold very well and start to operate distilling one third. Then put the alembics in a warm place for fourteen days and fourteens nights. Have the spirit rectified for seven times till he become so volatile and deprived of phlegm that it fly away in the air or burns without leaving residues. keep it in a cold place inside a large clean glass.
Then take your alembics and put in balneum mariae again, set a gathering container and begin to distill, in this way a volatile vinegar will rise; take just a fourth, to leave into the alembic three fourth and keep carefully the distilled. Keep all the residuals together in an alembic and keep on distilling till it residues a juice as thick as honey. Pour it in a retort, place in a sand balneum, set a gathering container and distill all that wants to pass, but a brown salt. Add the distilled to the volatile vinegar and distill repeatedly together in the sand, till all the phlegm has been separated; as first a volatile azoth always rises, then the phlegm and lastly the oily vinegar. When it has get rid of all the phlegm, keep that also. Take off the caput mortuum form the retort and get calcined just a little; then take it, put into an alembic and pour the phlegm over, as much as to extract all the salt. Place the extracted into an alembic and distill all the phlegm till residues a white salt. Put this salt in a large alembic with a bit of phlegm, so to it liquefy in it, add all the vinegar as well as the rectified spirit, close well the alembic and place at a moderate heat to well coagulate. Then place this alembic in a cold place in the humid sand and make it to rest; in this way crystals will form. Distill partially the residual liquid in the water bath to form other crystals. Add to these the previous ones, and repeat the operation till all the crystals can form, add to these a small quantity of phlegm so they don’t liquefy in it. heat at moderate fire for four days and four nights, then pour the clear solution in a clean alembic. Place it well closed in cold sand, so to have other crystals formed much more beautiful than before. Take them, distill partially in the water bath the distilled residual and put the residual in cellar again, so you have other crystals. When all the crystals have been formed, take them, have them liquefied again in your spiritual phlegm and let other crystals to form, in this way they become very pure, like a diamond. So you have carried out the operation again and you have the lapis medicinalis again.
With that vitriolum vegetabile you can go as the following: take these crystals, crush them, grind them, put them in a phial, seal it and place in a steam balneum, till they liquefy becoming a liquor. In this liquor melt some pure and well ground gold, set in the proportion of one ounce and 1/2 of liquor and one dram (1/8 of ounce) of gold. Pour this solution in a phial, seal it and place it in our scalable athanor. Let the color to pas till the substance clots in a red carbuncle; so you have the lapis medicinalis of the second order. With the liquor, if you want, you can improve your tincture, grinding it very well, putting it in a phial again and pouring over the quantity of liquor adequate to get a creamy texture. Allow again the color to pass in the athanor. So you can repeat this operation countless times, so to make the mysterium more penetrant.
You can also pour your liquor on mercury, so it will be able to open the mercury and in the bottom some feces will deposit. With that liquor and gold you can go as I taught you; in this way you obtain the lapis medicinalis of third order.
But if the time for the crystals transformation may seem too long for you, do the following: take your crystals, grind them till powder and take some dry clay, leached and burned, mixed to the salt, wet all with the spiritual phlegm that I have said to set aside and do some little balls, when they are well dried filled a retort with them, place in a sand bath and fit a large gathering container: When all is dry, increase the heat little by little for 48h; the first and second degree you must go very carefully, instead in the end you can greatly increase he fire. So you get a penetrant spirit. Remove the gathering container as long as it is warm, plug it soon and place in a cool place. Then take the caput mortuum, leach all the salt, filter all the salt and let it evaporate till is very pure. When is dry put it in a phial, pour over the fiery super distilled liquor, closed the phial and place it in a steam bath for fourteen days and fourteen nights; so the salt will liquefy. So you have again an universal liquor which you can use as the previous and this is the fastest method overall.
Now, if after having taken two drams of your lapis medicinalis vegetabilis, two drams of the lapis medicinalis microcosmi ( extracted from the blood) and two drams of the lapis medicinalis macrocosmi, all three of the first order, after having ground them together and having transformed them in a liquor in the steam bath, melt in them some gold, pour the clear solution in a phial, have it sealed and let pass the whole through the colors and will achieve the mysterium magnum, the real quintessence which has the power to renovate the human body, as you will particularly be taught in the right place.
If instead you cannot take any of your philosophers stones of the first order, take one dram from each of your lapis of the second order, grind them together, put them in a phial and pour on an over rectified spirit of wine. Then pour together in a small alembic all the clear extracted, set the helm and gathering container and distill the whole at moderate heat, till a red power will residue. In the end slightly increase the fire, so the mass will clot; and this is a medicine more powerful than the precedent. here you have a treasure that can deeply renovate you because it enters the bone marrow and can strengthen your spirit, your mind making it able to read in the inner of the created things and operate wonders both in magic and other things.
To be continued at Testamentum Fraternitatis Roseae et Aureae Crucis. Part 4 .