“Mercurii Germen”, or the Mercurius seed, lays on this wet dragon, which represents our Primitive Mercurius. As well as Hermaphrodite, because of its fixity-volatility features (10), that’s to say active and passive agents are already within it. The biting tail is here an allegory for continuosly self repeated fixed-volatile actions (11).
We can notice a little hole in the alembic ( which in reality cannot exist ), but is a sign that our black little dragon has now to undergo distillation. To this extend it is useful to remember that in Alchemy the selective distillation was useless and not wanted indeed. All inside the flask should have to rise. As I mentioned above, Glaser did only look for volatile salts, while Lancillotti introduced the concept of a partial rising of Caput Mortuum along with easier volatile substances. This leads to the alchemical theory of volatile substances as lifting agents.
Hullandus method is a middle of the way. But he appears to me as searching for eccessive complications. Was really necessary all that work with previous salts extractions, then soluted and finally separately distilled? Or could the urine operation be performed in a single vessel and, moreover in a single process ( although through series of repetitions of the same process)? In Cabala Mineralis water colors sequence all appears so easy. But it is not, of course.
The child inside the alembic does represents our putrified urine, defined as “Mercurius Hermogenus”, or Mercurius generator of Hermes. The translation in a more intelligible lexicon is easy: from that Primitive Mercurius we can extract our Secret Fire/Mercurius. So vapors do accumulate in the head and then should pass in the recipient flask (commonly a recipient flask gathered distillation products through the opening in the neck upper part, as we can see in Pernety planche number 7 ). The whole operation is described as “ Mercurii Germen. Aqua viva, volatilis, partes novem. Fixa pars una Mercurii: Hermogenitas Aqua Viva Aenata”, or “the Seed of Mercurius, Living Water, volatile, nine parts. Do fix one part of Mercurius. Living Trumpeting Water generator of Hermes”. Seed of Mercurius: from the substance inside alembic will being born all our following matters, because all the matter we will use is just that one. Hence this is a flowing volatile and living substance. Nine parts: a partition should not be involved in that stage, but a series of repetitions. Nine seem reasonable indeed.
What comes next is the more difficult part of the whole work. Since causing the volatile Mercurius inside the recipient flask to acquire a fixity is a quite hopeless operation. As a matter of fact the operation is known in Alchemy as “Secretun Artis”, or secret of the Art. For that reason Hollandus has divided his work in all those stages and operations: to manage and fix volatile substances. Nevertheless the caduceus inside our flask does suggest a successfull fixation of volatile Mercurius. In fact the motto below the image says. “ Mercurius Noster Aqua Viva Pontica” , or our Mercurius the living Aqua Pontica, or the Water making a bridge between two sides, the volatile and fixed, the water and earth. Our Mercurius Philosophorum indeed. But has the fixation been performed inside the same flask without dangerous, and quite impossible, extravasations?
Alembics were commonly without holes, but to suggest the putrified urine to be poured inside. But what about the gathering flask? Is it really joined to alembic as the image shows? This is not a useless question. This is just the question.We know we must fix our volatile substance without pouring them in another vessel, because of the operation difficulty. Are alembic and flask placed in next pages as separated representations?.
“Fixa pars una Mercurii” or Do fix one part of Mercurius. This is really puzzling, indeed. Why just one part? Perhaps because we already need to start making partitions?Perhaps because it would result impossible to fix the whole? And furher perhaps because this fixation is being performed by means of an imperceptible and partial operation?
Some times ago I published an article on those kind of troubling volatile substances fixations (12). Be aware that very hardly an allegory is to serve a single concept, but at least three, and the Trumpeter cannot make an exception. The Flask is over fire or heat conditions. We don’t see bubbles formation in the apparently liquid substance, but a kind of tempest on surface. Something seems to rise upward from the bulk liquid mass. Is it a chance occurence that the caduceus is placed within this tempest. Ripples can be caused by an object dropping into liquid or a slight breeze. No object can be seen fallen from the closed mouth. So a slight breeze remains. And the alembic protruding duct line gets directly to ripples. Or at least another pipe, since alambic and flask are in separated pages. Christophle Glaser refers to the possibility of such an operation, defined as “venting” (13). Generally inside flasks substances were allowed to rise, in fact due to long necks a chimney effect was provided. Zephirus allegory too doesn’t serve a single concept.
Once achieved a stabilized Mercurius Philosophorum, or Aqua Pontica, we know that it retain its dissolving action to perform all the Main Work. The preliminary works on urine can be considered as finished. We are now to afford all washings.
To be continued at Cabala Mineralis or the She Horse on Urine Work part 2 .
- See also Lemery & Aqua Regia First Step: Sal Armoniac and Universal Sal Armoniacum & Hollandus Sal Armeniacum ;
- See also Black Haida Crow destructing Matter Shell ;
- See also Glaser and the unladylike, but volatile urine salt and Lancillotti and the Magisterium of Urine on Caput Mortuum , Hollandus, How Urine Salts Extract a White and Red Dye ;
- See also Phantom Play’s Tribute to the Raising Benzoin ;
- See also Giorgione, Tempest and Aqua Pontica ;
- See also Weidenfeld and Basilius Oleum Vitriolis ;
- See also Atalanta Fugiens and Terra Alba Foliata ;
- See also Atalata Fugiens and the Golden Apples ;
- See also Atalanta Fugiens and Mercurius Duplicatus and Cabala Mineralis & the Three Salts Enigma ;
- See also Fulcanelli and the Antimony of Wises, Wenceslaw Laviunius and the Sky and Earth Properties and Stoll, the Lacinius Translator on Male and Female Elements ;
- For other Ouroboros allegories see also Codex Marcianus Ouroboros and Cesare Ripa and the Hot Frozen Ouroboros World Machine ;
- See Philosophia Reformata and the Angel with a Trumpet ;
- See Glaser 2 and the Three Active Principles ;