Please, never try to ingest our Mercurius Philosophorum but in tiny weights. If not, it is too much dangerous. It is perfectly able to kill. Said that, we have to remember that our Mercurius Philosophorum is always contained in a molecular substance, so it depends from that also, of course. Be aware of what you ingest, as a rule.
“Chapter X. On the Water of Life subtlety.
Anybody eager to analyze the nature of wines ( which are the base matters to extract the Water of Life from) will discover that, a part from a great quantity of phlegm, they always tend to rise up and fly away, to get rid of all their wastes, leaving the wine’s body as without Soul and Life. If you put some Turpentine into wine, it will dissolve it, especially if you put an egg yolk inside. Some painters make a gloss by dissolving Water of Life, Turpentine and the mentioned egg yolk, a hard gum resulting. Some apothecaries use to dissolve those resins like mastic, galbanum, bdelium and oppoponax with this mixture.
The unique way to store the wine is inside a glass bottle closed by wax enclosed in pig’s bladder. Wine can affect either metals or earth, which in fact are not used to keep it. In fact it can eat and erode metals and especially earth in a mixture with saltpeter and niter.
In order to see the great subtlety of this spirit, you can do the experiment of Passevins ( pass wines). Get a round, or oval, glassware vessel ( perfume bottle-shaped) , with a neck high just one or two fingers. Get also an equal size glass, on whose aperture you can put the vessel. That done, fill the glass with good wine and the round vessel with water. Then place your finger in the mouth of the latter and place it upside down over the glass, so that the glass aperture get in touch with the wine. Get your finger away and see that water and wine don’t mix at all, you will see the wine rise through the water like a color wine thread, or like a tiny smoke the wine will pass through the water and gather at the top of passevins. As though the water has given way to the wine, by means of a pretty miraculous transposition. In the picture the passevins shape and working.
Chapter X. On Passevins and their reason to be.
I have produced this wonder to show you the water of life subtlety. This kind of perpetual fountain is similar to those of Cardanus, but not so beautiful like that of Poliphilus in Hypnerotomachia…”
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili’s fountain is an allegory of the eternal source of our alchemical Water of Life/Mercurius. Surely Brouaut would have had plenty of fountains examples if he had simply meant an hydraulic rising system, as the Passevins (8).
“Nature and human ingenuity give many systems for the water to rise. For instance there are lifts in vacuo, and mills mechanically perpetual, but the most wonderful device s in my opinion (Brouaut) the Passevins: the wine going up and the water down. Not only, but the wine rises despite of its phlegm.”
Pay attention here, since Brouaut present a fundamental aspect for the alchemical Water of Life to take form.
“The art of sublimation presents a whole series of miraculous cases, for instance during the sublimation, or distillation of saltpeter: the water, when is very clear, distilling through the filter brings along a lot of terrestrial phlegm, which we can see during the repetitions of Calcination, Solutions and Distillations. “
Brouaut goes on with other irrelevant considerations. But he has pointed at the core of the issue: the rising of heavy salts with a volatile substance. If you are not new to this site, you should have recognized what I mean. Our Secret Fire, coming from stars and still dwelling in terrestrial bodies, is extracted by salts volatilization. This operation is almost impossible in wet paths without being accompanied by volatile and raising liquids. The repetitions of these processes might take to Alkahest , or Universal Dissolvent/Mercurius. We have already seen similar processes in Lemery’s Saltpeter distillations (9). These are called preliminary works (see an Opus Magnum scheme) or Labors of Hercules. As we will see, the following parts of Brouaut’s treatise is about that. But let’s put an end to the first book with the eleventh chapter’s synopsis.
Chapter XI. How the Water of Life, because of its subtlety, transcends the Elements.
In this chapter Brouaut, quoting Cardanus de Subtilitate or the subtle things, states that the Water of Life and Ether are alike things, between mortal and immortal, so they cannot do any hurt to human healthy. Brouaut has already cited Ether in the meaning of the substance believed to occupy space beyond the sphere of the moon, rather than the chemical ether. He ends the first book emphasizing the ethereal aspect of this real fifth element, above and beyond Fire (10). Even so, without the ethanol volatility nothing can be done, as Starkey teaches in his method to get Alkahest (11). The following second book will start to be more technical.
To be continued at Brouaut and the Anatomy of Wine.
- See also Hollandus, How Urine Salts Extract a White and Red Dye , Guido Montanor & Regimens of Fire , Kamala Jnana, from Black to White , Stuart Chevalier, Lessons on the First three Elements , Lemery, Saltpeter & the Blood of Salamander , Cabala Mineralis or the She Horse on Urine Work part 2 ;
- See also Michelangelo & the Mumia Skin in Last Judgement ;
- See also Basilius Valentinus & Salt, Azoth or Philosophers Gold? and Basilius Valentinus & Solve et Coagula Tree , Giorgione, Tempest & Aqua Pontica ;
- See also Baro Urbigerus & the Circulatum Tree ;
- See also Kriegsmann/ Sun, Moon, Wind and Earth in Tabula Smaragdina ;
- See also Atalanta Fugiens & Coral from Waters , Cabala Mineralis or the She Horse on Urine Work part 1 ;
- See also Fioravanti & Metals Calcination ;
- Aldus Manutius & Hypnerotomachia Poliphili ;
- See also Lemery & the Spirits of Salt Armoniac , Lemery & the Spirits of Common Salt with Wine ;
- See also Two Stars in a Venetian Geocentric Sky , Stuart Chevalier, Lessons on the First three Elements ;
- See also Starkey Pyrotechnie & Volatilization of Alkalis 2 ;