The ninth week you can start to drink a glass of wine, to get your stomach used again to rich food and to digest it. past ten weeks, get outdoor, in the beginning for a quarter. Do that for some days till your body get used again to live at open air . Then leave that place and look for another one where nobody knows you.
In this way our ancient changed and renewed all their nature, all their strengths and even their minds; in fact they did become clever and learned and acquired the faculty to attract the supernatural strengths. Furthermore they even picked up very powerful heavenly strenghts, they penetrated in all the spirits of nature and nothing remained unknown to them. The whole nature and all the creatures must be at their service, even before them the spirits of darkness quivered and run away. In fact if where there is such a man there is also a spirit of darkness, he can order it to move out at once. Furthermore he learn the language of nature, so he can talk to everything and can read in them, he foresees the future and know what to do. Fire and air, earth and water must be at his service for whatever he wants and – as I’m going to show you in the next chapter – he can force them, in the name of God, to carry out his orders.
How to shake Sky and Earth.
If you want to shake Sky and Earth, that’s to say all the elements, do as I’m telling you. In march, when it rains and the moon is full, start to pick up the rainwater in stone vessels and keep it with care in a cool place till it will come in useful. Then, when you want raining in your room, thunders and lightnings even when the weather is fine, do the following: take a leak proof stone vessel, put it in a movable oven which you will place either indoor or outdoor, pour in it two measures of the above mentioned rainwater. Keep to hand a bowl prepared with the electrum, as we have taught you in the divine magic. This bowl must be empty, as inside you have to put two ounces of pure sulfur and three ounces of purified saltpeter. Seal the bowl with a linden wood plug and plunge it into water. Then heat with a fire that keeps the water only slightly evaporating; in this way the sun and moon will attract it to them and after a while the sky will be covered with clouds. Then increase the fire to make the water in the glass to start boiling, in this way the air will become hot and dark and after not long it will start to rain. So increase the fire a little more to make the water to noisily boil: throw inside one grain of lapis microcosmi and get hold a pear wood stick to shield you from the storm so it cannot cause any damage. So in the air thunders and lightnings and scaring quivering will occur. This will last as long as there is water into the bowl. When this will be completely evaporated the sky will clear again and the dark clouds suddenly disappear. If you instead want the sky to send ice and hail as well, pour in the bowl, wherein you have already put one grain of lapis, just one measure of cold rainwater, so cold and hot very soon will start fighting each other; in this way it will start to rain and hail. Nevertheless as soon as the water will heat, again and start to boil, the thunders will get back; and this stops when all the water will evaporate. He who doesn’t understand these phenomena think it is magic, and tend to attribute them to he hell, while they are natural at all, in fact in nature it happens the following:
Rainwater has in within the spiritus universalis, the spirit which is in the air attracts it powerfully in the bowl, which is made out of electrum which has been melted accordingly to the asters position. Thus the planets of the constellation got affected and attract the sulfur and saltpeter, that get dissolved and dispersed making noise, rain, lightning and thunders. In fact the planets clash each other and shake and fight one against the other. but in order not to make disasters, throw in the bowl one grain of your lapis microcosmi and shield yourself from he bad weather thanks to the power the Highest has granted you and with the rod you holds. You could also shake the skies and damage everything, but this is against the divine justice. You can operate in the same way in your room too; in this case you shouldn’t take the same quantity of water, as one pound is enough, and you should proportionally decrease the weight of sulfur and saltpeter. You see, thus, what a magus can do. Now I will tell you what a magus can do to make grow and multiply trees, herbs, wheat and flowers.
What a magus has to do to extraordinary grow up and multiply trees, fruits, herbs and flowers.
To grow up and multiply by means of magic all the trees, all the fruits, herbs and flowers to produce one hundreds, even thousands times more, you must do the following: take some red tincture, melt in the dew or in rainwater ( for 1/8 ounce of tincture 20 pounds of water). Soak in this water some wheat, or just wet it, let it drying and then sow it in a good soil; so every grain will produce 50-60 ears and will give many fruits. The same will happen other seeds.
To make fertile the trees melt 1 dram of lapis in one pound of rainwater, dig up a hole beside a tree in the nearby of the same room. Take a vessel with a little hole on the bottom which allow you to fit a straw. Puts this straw in the hole made in the root, close well with wax and pour the solution in the vessel. Do this operation in the beginning of the spring when the trees start to blossom; in this way you will see wonders: these trees to become very green and covered with flowers and fruits. The same will happen with other plants. But if you want to make a tree or a vegetal to grow, and have it to blossom in a room during the winter, put it in your room close to the window, not too close to a heat source though, melt your stone in your rainwater and with this solution water sometimes the plant; one-two times a week water it with the liquor which you have extracted from the magnesia; so the tree will begin to grow and blossom. Take care not to water it too much, keep it just humid; so very soon it will produces a great quantity of fruits. Let them hanging on the plant till they grow ripe. The same happens with the flowering plants.
Our beloved ancient also took an earth from stables, made it leaching, and boiling the lisciva till a salt will residue. Then they made this salt to slightly get red hot and melt it in the potable water, so it was ready. With this lisciva they wet the fruits, which they then sew, and watered the trees, but with caution; in this way they obtained the multiplication. In the beginning of spring in dry days they watered with it the meadows in the evening, so that the sun could not draw it to itself and come down more easily to the land down to the roots; in this way they multiplied their meadows. They masterly used this method with all kind of seeds, and they made the simplest flowers to become very beautiful, and very sweet the sourest fruits, and bigger the little. They transformed their meadows, gardens and fields in flourishing paradises laden with fruit. They got a quantity of fruit thousand times more as they well knew what is hidden in the grease of the earth, or better in the marrow of the earth, and knew that this concentrate magnetically attracts the sky dew with strength to and within itself. Thus they found the mysterium magnum, or better the Hightest’s blessing, everywhere they went. They touched with their hand that ( as Hermes says) what is below is as what is above; they had the evidence that with that substance one can do wonders.
(Archarion’s note: Eckartshausen, in addition to be a very learned theorist, looked for evidence to his ideas through practical experiments. One of these experiments which – as one can infer from the letters the naturalists exchanged – did succeed, was about the chemical separation of the corruptive matter which master our earth. The wises filled a flowers vase with some purified earth as suited, they put in it a unique grain of wheat and placed the vase outdoor. Given a faster germination and an increased growing than that observed in the common soil, this grain produced 100 ears whose grains presented thickness, sizes and beauty superior than those of all the species of known wheat. The single grains had a golden color so beautiful and natural that they looked as coated of pure fine gold. Their taste was way sweeter and more agreeable that the common wheat and they lacked that gluing substance that the wheat flour commonly leaves on the tongue. To the chemical examination the so called gluten, which the main cause of flour fermentation and putrefaction, turned missing. A chicken, fed uniquely with grains made out of this flour and water for two years, was killed. To a blood examination the so called blood gluten, which is the cause of the fast putrefaction, turned missing; additionally the blood didn’t coagulated, but kept liquid and fresh. Important experiments have been done also with flaxseed. The flax produced in this purified earth did present a beauty and strength never seen and, like the straw of the wheat grown in that same earth, was refractory to common fire. From the prefaction by Joseph Hahn to Karl von Eckartshausen’s Erlösung).
The translation of a fourteenth chapter owing to another edition will soon appear on a coming article in Alchemy & Magic category.
Previous chapters at Testamentum Fraternitatis Roseae et Aureae Crucis. Part 5.
Next Chapter at Testamentum Fraternitatis and Mirrors through Constellation.
- See also Elias Ashmole and the Prophetic Red Stone ;