PDA

View Full Version : Récréations Hermétiques in English?



amoodikh
07-30-2013, 11:55 PM
I am interesting to obtain Recreations Hermétiques in English.

Kind regards,

amoodikh

Illen A. Cluf
07-31-2013, 11:28 PM
I am interesting to obtain Recreations Hermétiques in English.
Kind regards,
amoodikh

It has been translated into English and is awaiting a final check before it will be published by an acquaintance.

amoodikh
08-01-2013, 12:08 PM
Thanks IIIen for your feedback. Please adivse once it is ready.

sam
01-30-2015, 02:11 PM
It has been translated into English and is awaiting a final check before it will be published by an acquaintance.


any update on that?

-sam

Illen A. Cluf
01-30-2015, 04:40 PM
any update on that?

-sam

We currently have a reasonably good draft translation of the complete work, which just needs a final edit. We are a little concerned about publishing this and other fascinating books in process (e.g. the very large, uncondensed work of Petrus Bonus), based on a recent discussion by an author of alchemical texts who could not even retrieve the cost of publishing his books.

In other words, it will likely cost us, in total, more to publish it than any total returns that we may receive, let alone likely not ever being able to recover any of the incredible amount of time and effort that it took to translate/edit it. There are also often addiitonal costs, sometimes quite substantial, associated with obtaining the source materials in the first place. For example, I recently contacted a University for digitized copies of only two pages of a manuscript, and the total cost alone for those two pages was $103. It leaves us (and other potential authors of additional works) in a real dilemma.

We are willing to entertain any possible creative solutions to this problem.

Illen

sam
01-31-2015, 06:11 PM
We are a little concerned about publishing this and other fascinating books in process (e.g. the very large, uncondensed work of Petrus Bonus), based on a recent discussion by an author of alchemical texts who could not even retrieve the cost of publishing his books.
Illen

very understandable your position, and I think I recognize the author you mention.:rolleyes:

well, that seems the perfect first object for the proposed crowd funding.
what amount would you aim at for the entire project, assuming nice layout and print thru LULU (but not thru a publishing house because that would create all kinds of legal problems) - so the amount should reflect the sum you really want to gain for your work - not including any possible additional sales later (after the patrons get heir books) because those may or may not materialize.

what market price for the individual book you suggest?

-sam

Illen A. Cluf
02-01-2015, 04:14 AM
very understandable your position, and I think I recognize the author you mention.:rolleyes:

well, that seems the perfect first object for the proposed crowd funding.
what amount would you aim at for the entire project, assuming nice layout and print thru LULU (but not thru a publishing house because that would create all kinds of legal problems) - so the amount should reflect the sum you really want to gain for your work - not including any possible additional sales later (after the patrons get heir books) because those may or may not materialize.

what market price for the individual book you suggest?

-sam

Great questions, sam. I will continue to discuss these questions with my partner and get back to you. Now that most of the work has been completed, I'm eager to get this book out as soon as possible so that I can focus on the next project(s).

Ilen

sam
02-01-2015, 06:31 AM
If I may make a suggestion:

dont go too low on the price or the total amount. If you do you'll blow it for all future projects because sponsors will be spoiled and think someone who actually asks for a fair payment is a money grabbing hog.

from the bad experience I have I will not ever publish an alchemical text in booklength (even a short book) below 50 bucks. The way I see it those interested will purchase anyway, even if alchemy is only a hobby. people spend fortunes on mindless hobbies like stamp collections. We should not become overly moderate here I think.

btw: if you are willing to commit to the crowdfunding scheme with this project and give it a fair chance, say, 3-4 month for reaching the financial goal, I would go ahead and start preparing such a site for alchemy literature as proposed by me in the other thread.

you can pm me if you like or discuss it here or in the other thread.

-sam

guthrie
02-01-2015, 10:29 PM
We currently have a reasonably good draft translation of the complete work, which just needs a final edit. We are a little concerned about publishing this and other fascinating books in process (e.g. the very large, uncondensed work of Petrus Bonus), based on a recent discussion by an author of alchemical texts who could not even retrieve the cost of publishing his books.

In other words, it will likely cost us, in total, more to publish it than any total returns that we may receive, let alone likely not ever being able to recover any of the incredible amount of time and effort that it took to translate/edit it. There are also often addiitonal costs, sometimes quite substantial, associated with obtaining the source materials in the first place. For example, I recently contacted a University for digitized copies of only two pages of a manuscript, and the total cost alone for those two pages was $103. It leaves us (and other potential authors of additional works) in a real dilemma.

We are willing to entertain any possible creative solutions to this problem.

Illen
I sympathise, but that's the experience of a lot of other people, such as Adam Maclean who has been translating and transcribing works for years, he can't make much money out of it at all. It's a labour of love.
Have you tried something like Kickstarter? Not sure enough people would be interested to do anything, but you never know.
Adam has also put the price up on his book copies, because he sees some of the older ones for sale second hand at vastly inflated prices, so there are some people out there who will pay a lot for them.

Illen A. Cluf
02-01-2015, 10:52 PM
I sympathise, but that's the experience of a lot of other people, such as Adam Maclean who has been translating and transcribing works for years, he can't make much money out of it at all. It's a labour of love.
Have you tried something like Kickstarter? Not sure enough people would be interested to do anything, but you never know.
Adam has also put the price up on his book copies, because he sees some of the older ones for sale second hand at vastly inflated prices, so there are some people out there who will pay a lot for them.

Thanks for your comments, guthrie. We're not looking for any real profit, just enough to cover our expenses and if a little is left over, then a very small portion for the incredible amount of time it took to translate it and edit it several times. We don't ever expect to be reimbursed for all the time it took, so from that perspective, it's a "labour of love" and a way to help others. I have actually transcribed an important document for Adam Maclean in the past. It was done without any expectations for any type of reimbursement, so was it entirely a labour of love. We have been thinking about raising the price of the book in order to help deter purchasers from making it freely available to others. It's much more unlikely for those more serious alchemists who purchase a book for a higher price to upload it for free than if the price was minimal, as we initially hoped to do. However, we still don't want to raise the price too high, so that those with less finances could also afford it. It's a fine line.

Kiorionis
02-01-2015, 11:24 PM
I'd have to say I'm one of those with less finances, and probably wouldn't pay more than $75 on any alchemy book, unless it was an out of print, 1000 copies available sort of thing that a dream-character told me I needed to buy :)

Illen A. Cluf
02-01-2015, 11:30 PM
I'd have to say I'm one of those with less finances, and probably wouldn't pay more than $75 on any alchemy book, unless it was an out of print, 1000 copies available sort of thing that a dream-character told me I needed to buy :)

We were thinking more in the order of about $40 - $50. We have another project of an important work that could end up with up to about 500 pages which is already partly done. That one, obviously would be more in the $75 - $100 range because of the volume and amount of time to decipher the old handwriting.

sam
02-02-2015, 04:04 AM
We were thinking more in the order of about $40 - $50. We have another project of an important work that could end up with up to about 500 pages which is already partly done. That one, obviously would be more in the $75 - $100 range because of the volume and amount of time to decipher the old handwriting.

well, if you google the specialised publishers you find very often books in the 50-100 and even 200 $ range. the 200 $ books are often limited to 50 pcs and are bound in leather etc. so I think there are even collectors out there that just want nice pieces for their showcase library - like stamp collectors, who never ever enter a lab or do any alchemical research. and why not. but those customers should be satisfied too. and with the CF approach we could easily offer different level perks to patrons who invest 200 $ like a limited edition in leather. why not?

-sam

psykopanther
02-02-2015, 10:46 PM
You could you draft it in a capable book format and pop it on amazon, they do publish books also. Cheaper I heard. Check out all the forgottenbooks.org publishes on there now. Cheap. Of course you can set you price above what it costs to pay for your time. Or just lock it with a pdf so it cannot be edited and accept PayPal or whatever for digital distribution of it. Everything turns to digital in long run. Think of rams collection.

Illen A. Cluf
02-03-2015, 12:40 AM
Well, I'm not really into making a profit, just trying to recover costs and some of my time. The key is to be able to get the important material out to others at a reasonable price so they can also learn from it and hopefully engage in subsequent discussion. I never really was into "collector books", but I can see the attraction for others.

The "Hermetic Receations" is a truly valuable book, and likely comes closer than any other alchemical book with regards to openly revealing almost the entire detailed process, step by step. It also defines many of the allegorical terms and phrases used by the sages, such as"Green Lion", "magnesia", "Hermetic Seal", "foliated earth", "Reign of Jupiter", "head of the raven", "Rebis", etc., etc. Thus it likely comes closer to an almost complete understanding of alchemy than any other book that I have come across (and I have read many). Not only that, but it comes packaged with an associated second treatise ("Scholium" or "Commentary") which succinctly provides all the key points in the first treatise, very concisely, point by point for 150 separate points. Most of these points provide very helpful clarification of the entire process. Almost the only thing missing is an open declaration of the starting matters.

psykopanther
02-03-2015, 04:48 AM
well just sell the electronic copy for what you need to for you time into it. What ever you decide to do, I would like to either pay for it or donate to ya for a copy. Although i do agree "paper" books are what i would really have, I cannot go spending lots of money for one book. But I am really trying to gather a good hard copy collection for my retirement and i can spend my days enjoying my Land and reading the arts. :)

sam
02-03-2015, 07:01 AM
well just sell the electronic copy for what you need to for you time into it

I strongly advise against that. Going electronic from the start almost ensures that the copy will be "shared" if not outright uploaded for distribution.
I did it once and ONE DAY LATER someone in the relevant forum announced proudly that he had cracked the amazon encryption (really a joke, any dunce can do it with calibre and one plugin) and if anyone wanted a copy. All in the open, there is not even a hint of shame anymore. the only way to avoid the entitled crowd is to a) print it hard copied and b) make it expensive because THOSE buyers usually know the value and wont just blindly share.

I know it sounds hard, but that the reality today. Once we get rid of the banksters globally and live in a moneyless society I am all for sharing with everybody.

-sam

guthrie
02-03-2015, 11:07 PM
I'd say 40 or 50$, especially if it got you a paper copy, would be an okay sort of price. Sam is correct about the electronic copy. People writing say fiction can survive ebook pirating because it often leads to someone who enjoyed the work actually buying the next book for real, or else they sell enough copies to make up for the occaisional pirated one. Plus there are so many pirated books anyway you don't have time to read them all.

thoth
02-03-2015, 11:44 PM
You could print two versions, one in fine leather, and one hardback.
That way the collectors will pay way above normal, while others still get to acquire the knowledge. (it would have to be a good quality leather production to work)

Some collectors would buy more than one copy of a leather limited copy, ESPECIALLY for something that has real knowledge, which will definitely be collectable, which you have.

I regret not buying a leather version of Dwellings of the philosophers. My normal hardback is a prized possesion but a leather one would be be nice. Even the hardbacks are worth multiple of the original price.

Anyway, I will be buying it regardless of the price

Illen A. Cluf
02-04-2015, 01:21 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. We haven't yet decided on how we will publish it (possibly Lulu?), but that decision will come quite soon. I just finished a final draft tonight, and my partner, who is extremely knowledgeable in alchemy (both theory and practice) will be reviewing it carefully to see if the language is consistent with alchemical practice. He's also preparing an Introduction.

We are also looking into having a very respected long-term alchemist and author of important books/articles review it as well. We want to ensure that the translation is as true to the original language and intention as possible. It will never be perfect (what translation ever is?), but we hope that it will be as professional as possible. We have already gone over the text numerous times over the past 2 or 3 years, making corrections/improvements each time. This has been long in the making and not rushed.

We hope you will find it as valuable and incredibly informative as we did.

Illen

Andro
02-04-2015, 04:08 PM
I think this is a very important book, complementary to the ICH & Cyliani lineage, as well as St. Didier and Fulcanelli, among others.

It contains valuable clues that are not mentioned in the other works, and possibly also some interesting variations within the same lineage.

I would highly recommend having/reading it.

I was quite close to commission a professional translation myself (from a French-to-English Alchemical Translator), but I'll wait a little more for this one and hope it works out well for everyone.

Dendritic Xylem
04-15-2016, 04:29 AM
Was this ever made available?

I would love to get a copy.

Illen A. Cluf
04-22-2016, 12:48 AM
Was this ever made available?

I would love to get a copy.

Not yet. It is finished, but I'm still waiting for my friend to publish it. I'll check with him regarding the status.

Philosophical
09-12-2016, 01:36 AM
Hello Illen,
Sorry to be a pest but did you hear back from your friend? I'm also very interested in this text.

Illen A. Cluf
09-12-2016, 04:24 PM
Hello Illen,
Sorry to be a pest but did you hear back from your friend? I'm also very interested in this text.

Yes, the translation is currently being checked by a well-known alchemist fluent in both English and French. We hope to have it published this Fall, depending on when he completes the check and our subsequent edits.

Kiorionis
09-12-2016, 05:18 PM
Well let him know we're patiently waiting ;)

Aham
01-15-2017, 06:55 PM
I too was wondering if this text is now available. Please let us know. Thanks.

Illen A. Cluf
01-15-2017, 07:12 PM
I too was wondering if this text is now available. Please let us know. Thanks.

Funny you should ask! We just received the corrections for the translation 6 days ago. The well-known Alchemist who checked the corrections is an extremely busy man and wasn't able to complete it until now.

We are currently reviewing the corrections and will be sending it off to our Publisher in the very near future. This book will not only include the only English translation to date (and an exceptionally good translation), but also the most correct and exact transcription of the original French version to date. There have been two earlier transcriptions, but both contain errors and/or omissions or modifications.

I will continue to report on the status. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Schmuldvich
01-15-2017, 07:13 PM
I too was wondering if this text is now available. Please let us know. Thanks.

Is it hard to find right now? I did a quick Google search and could not easily find an English version online right now, so I uploaded my copy for you. Here you go, "Recreations Hermetique" in English: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ww9s7800syj491a/Recreations+Hermetique.pdf

This is the version Illen says has errors and omissions I believe, but in the meantime, until his version is available, this should keep you busy. Hope this helps!

Illen A. Cluf
01-15-2017, 09:00 PM
Is it hard to find right now? I did a quick Google search and could not easily find an English version online right now, so I uploaded my copy for you. Here you go, "Recreations Hermetique" in English: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ww9s7800syj491a/Recreations+Hermetique.pdf

This is the version Illen says has errors and omissions I believe, but in the meantime, until his version is available, this should keep you busy. Hope this helps!

I haven't checked, but if this is our version, it should not be public. If it is our version, it is blatant plagiarism, and we will pursue charges.

If it is ours, it's obviously a very early version, very crude and incorrect. Not only that, but this version is also not by any means complete. It's missing the most important part - the "Scholies" (Commentary) - a complete separate Part which is like a "Key" to help unravel the first part.

Aham
01-15-2017, 09:32 PM
Thanks Schmuldvich. :)

Aham
01-15-2017, 09:39 PM
IAC, I look forward to the version you guys publish. Sounds like a hardcopy worth having. Keep us updated. Thanks.

Illen A. Cluf
01-15-2017, 09:55 PM
IAC, I look forward to the version you guys publish. Sounds like a hardcopy worth having. Keep us updated. Thanks.

Thanks, Aham - it will be a very high quality text, and as accurate as possible - of academic quality. It's also an extremely important text, one even used by Fulcanelli. The person editing the work was a personal acquaintance of the late Eugene Canseliet, the direct student of Fulcanelli, and the person who published his books. We're hoping that he might also include a Foreword to the book.

I believe the Publisher wishes to publish a very high quality limited edition hard cover version, and later a paperback version for those who cannot afford the higher quality version. We're trying to encourage him to keep the costs down as low as possible.

Our key goal is to bring this work out for analysis, and to recover some of our costs in producing the book, if possible, so that we can also introduce other important and hard to find texts in the future.

Schmuldvich
01-15-2017, 11:44 PM
I haven't checked, but if this is our version, it should not be public. If it is our version, it is blatant plagiarism, and we will pursue charges.

I have no idea if this is yours or not, Illen. If it is let me know and I will gladly take it down. I am not blatantly plagiarizing anyone even if this is yours (highly unlikely it is). No need to get all defensive.

thoth
01-16-2017, 08:17 PM
- it will be a very high quality text, and as accurate as possible - of academic quality. It's also an extremely important text, one even used by Fulcanelli. The person editing the work was a personal acquaintance of the late Eugene Canseliet, the direct student of Fulcanelli, and the person who published his books. We're hoping that he might also include a Foreword to the book.

I believe the Publisher wishes to publish a very high quality limited edition hard cover version, and later a paperback version for those who cannot afford the higher quality version. We're trying to encourage him to keep the costs down as low as possible.
re.

Now you really have whetted my appetite. A leather hardback would be very nice.

Kiorionis
03-16-2017, 12:30 AM
Illen, it has been 2 whole months since the last update on this much-anticipated release!

Hope everything is going smoothly.

Illen A. Cluf
03-16-2017, 01:00 AM
Illen, it has been 2 whole months since the last update on this much-anticipated release!

Hope everything is going smoothly.

The transcription and two separate translations have been in the hands of the Publisher for some time now. We are awaiting his review.

Dendritic Xylem
04-26-2017, 01:04 AM
I'm interested in a leather bound hard cover edition.

What kind of price are we looking at for that? Around $90, or as much as $500, any idea?

Kiorionis
04-26-2017, 01:50 AM
The transcription and two separate translations have been in the hands of the Publisher for some time now. We are awaiting his review.

Hopefully he decides to publish both translations in the same binding ;)

Illen A. Cluf
04-26-2017, 02:23 AM
I'm interested in a leather bound hard cover edition.

What kind of price are we looking at for that? Around $90, or as much as $500, any idea?

At this time, I do not yet know what editions it will be published in and how much the price will be. Hopefully he'll get back to us soon.

Illen A. Cluf
04-26-2017, 02:24 AM
Hopefully he decides to publish both translations in the same binding ;)

I believe he has used a blend of both translations as well as his own review of the original.

Kiorionis
08-19-2017, 11:00 PM
Awesome! Can't wait ;)

Illen A. Cluf
08-19-2017, 11:12 PM
Very timely! The publisher just sent us the final draft, and I just sent him my corrections yesterday.

This will be a very professional translation, and also involving a very big name in alchemy who reviewed the translation. The book will be very academic in format and I believe there will be 200 limited copies in a finely printed hard cover format. Following that there will be less expensive copies in a paperback format.

This treatise is outstanding for its openness in revealing many of the most highly regarded secrets in alchemy. It is also likely the very treatise that Fulcanelli used to point him to the secrets of making the Stone.

The book will not only include the most accurate transcription of the French version to date, but also the very best professional translation ever made side by side.

Now that the book is finalized (except for some biographical notes) I suspect that the book will be published in the very near future.

This book is a real treasure of secret information revealed quite openly.

Kiorionis
08-19-2017, 11:24 PM
You're such a salesman, Illen ;)

But I am a bit of a sucker for first edition translations

Edit: also, awesome news!

Illen A. Cluf
08-19-2017, 11:34 PM
You're such a salesman, Illen ;)

But I am a bit of a sucker for first edition translations

I enjoy the attraction of first editions (and even have a few rare editions in my 5,000 book collection), but am usually more interested in the content than the presentation.

However, seeing how these rare first editions increase dramatically in value, it is indeed tempting, if not from a financial point of view :-)

Kiorionis
08-19-2017, 11:40 PM
Quite right. As language evolves, it's interesting to see how one text can be adapted by one language from first to second or third editions. And if anything, the mindset of the translators.

And your collection puts mine to shame, haha. I have about 20...

Illen A. Cluf
08-19-2017, 11:53 PM
Only 20 books in total?? I never could understand how anyone could live with so few books :-) I have over 150 physical books on alchemy alone (not including hundreds of electronic books and treatises).

You should see my collection of Grail books - it totally puts my alchemy books to shame :-)

Schmuldvich
08-19-2017, 11:54 PM
I have to agree that "Recreations Hermetiques" is a text of high value and does indeed openly reveal much that has been obscured by the Philosopher's. Funny that this thread is resurrected now as this has been one of the forefront texts of my study that last few weeks. The post I made in Awani's thread recently was wisdom taken directly from "Recreations Hermetiques" except that I left some information out. A few English copies have been floating around the internet for years now. I will post what I have linked in post #29 (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?3709-R%E9cr%E9ations-Herm%E9tiques-in-English&p=47115#post47115) of this thread at the beginning of the year...

Here is "Recreations Hermetiques" in English anyone can download that has been freely available online for years: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ww9s7800syj491a/Recreations+Hermetique.pdf



http://i.imgur.com/GUjPGaC.jpg



I believe this copy was translated from French to English. Do you know what year your copy was originally written, Illen?




The sciences suffer, like all other things, the vicissitudes of time, and degenerate rather than acquire growth. Men in systems, welcomed on all sides, have sown chaos in the vast field of the imagination, and the most bizarre flowers have been the product: these flowers have finally received such favour that the best books, the most beautiful speeches, are considered worthless if they are not thus decorated. The science from which all others are derived, that of Nature, has fallen into such disrepute that today we slap with ridicule all those we know that follow it. By means of the laws of affinity, we claim to resolve all problems. The elements are either multiplied or annihilated, and those who accept them without restriction are placed, along with those who have treated of them, among the ranks of the ignorant, or men without sense. Without denying the similarities, the chemical basis of the new philosophy, I believe them at least unnecessary for the goal that a true friend of truth proposes to achieve. I intend to speak here of the knowledge of first causes on which all science must be founded, and those who pretend to despise them, as a certain Fox from the Fable, which he did, since he could not take the grapes: moreover these laws of affinity that modern scholars make such claims for, although they never lead at all to the source of our admirable fountain of life, are far from being the subject of new discoveries. I am referring to all those among them which are bona fide, that they were at least recognized by the facts, when they were not yet in words. The Elements have a Centrum Centri that all eyes can not see, and they have more than one Centrum Commune which the so-called scholars do not dare approach, for fear the light will reveal their turpitude. This caustic heat accompanied by light, that is commonly called 'fire', is not the element of this name, of which the sages have wanted to talk. We take in this circumstance the effects for the cause, and we go further than the rhetoricians, who at least take the part for the whole. The fire is an eminently subtle fluid, proceeding directly from the light and is called, sometimes electric, sometimes galvanic or magnetic etc., according to its various modifications, or rather, it is the light itself derived from its source and from which it remains detached. It is neither cold nor hot, and heat or cold are not the body, despite what Mr. Azais says, but simple effects of motion or rest. Movement alone produces the heat with all its consequences, good or bad, each of which is able to make the application, and the fire due to its greater subtlety, is also capable of receiving the impulse and switch to other bodies. Light, principle of life and motion, can be regarded as a single act of creation, everything else is merely the consequence. This is what Hermes wanted to show, when he said in his Emerald Tablet: “That which is above is similar to what is below and what is below is like that which is above, to make by means of these two things, the miracle of a single thing.” While all of the things of B. V. is merely an abbreviated citation of this proposal, and the truth which it contains, which all the sages of antiquity recognised, the 'Universe' signifying the returned or reversed unity from which it has received its name. I can still quote to support my assertion, the Gospel of St. John, where he says, "the light was in the darkness, and the darkness did not hold it," because its moral application only justifies the fact that it served as the basis. Gaseous and aeriform substances are of a chaotic nature rather more than the basic elements, and easily reverse the Element to which they are closest. Meteors of all kinds, excepting the fireballs or Air stones, taking their origin from them, but their form is all air, and shows that they are dependent on this Element; but like everything shining is not GOLD, everything that has the lightness and the appearance of the air is not air: this is the Medium in which these substances hold their form to which this name belongs. Water, even the rain and Dew is merely a compound of gaseous substances to which the fire and the action of light have given the form of water, but it is the form and not the substance that must be considered here as Element; gold I understand by 'form' that which makes the link and which also makes that of all bodies, even glass. Air, Water and Earth are only the immediate and subsequent consequences of the training of fire. Light separated from his home, built up by loss of movement and repressed by a new and ongoing emission of its substance, has given itself various forms which we have distinguished. In language, the simplest of these forms were called Elementals. The Earth that we cultivate not is merely the element that we make to represent it. It is not merely made up of a great pile of debris from the bodies of the three kingdoms on the way to destruction; it is true to say that it contains some portions of the first and elementary earth, because independently of that which the water continually supplies her, she retains her own shape by her daily destruction. So the end of all things resembles its beginning and death becomes the principle of a new life; this is what the ancients recognised and experienced, and they have shown this to us under the form of the snake biting its tail, in order to continue the remembrance. So when you read some of the ancients tracts on the study of Nature, do not hear for 'element' the raw substances, indigestible and deadly, as I just informed you, but look into the Centrum Centri by some ingenious methods and by your own resources; for thus the wise really want to prevent abuse and the profanation of this science, by means of which society could be disrupted and destroyed. Do not be afraid to engage yourself in the study of our science, and use all the efforts of reason in order to deepen and know the mysteries, because this is the only way out of the maze in which you may be slightly engaged. You should not really expect any evidence of our claims, because nobody will be tempted to deliver some to you: I am talking about the irrevocable proof which experience gives; but since others have acquired it by the only means which I give you, do not despair of success, I dare assure you, if you decide to follow my advice and not to depart, because I teach you the right way and I want you to get out of the lost steps with which the road is everywhere strewn. “Turn upside down the elements,” Aristotle says, “and you will find what you are looking for.” This proposal, one of the most important, having put the spirits in motion, each went out of in search of a first matter in order to achieve this goal really thinking that the isolated Elements could lead there, while a body which was just made and still in its state of simplicity, was the only one that could reasonably be implemented to seek the point of perfection. By dint of searching, some have finally found it, but finding nothing in nature capable of dissolving it, despite its simplicity, and unable to extract the elements by any other means, they thought proper to trace to their common source, having drawn from there, they finally came happily to the end of their design. Be sure that without the igneous water composed of the pure light of the sun and the moon, it will be impossible to overcome the many obstacles that still multiply before your eyes when you attempt this passage of the famous Strait which leads to the sea of wise. This water that some rightly called Universal Spirit and the English Dikinson has sufficiently known, is one of so great virtue and penetration, that all bodies that are affected easily return to their first state. I have already made known that it was not rain water or Dew that suited this operation. I add here that it is not at all water in a fungal species commonly called Flos Coeli or ‘Flower of Heaven’ and which we take very improperly for the Nostoch of the ancients; but an admirable water drawn by artifice from the rays of the sun and from the moon. I will say again that salts and other magnets that are used to draw the moisture of the air are good for nothing in this circumstance and that there is only the one fire of Nature which can be used usefully here. This fire enclosed at the centre of all bodies needs a certain movement to acquire this attractive and universal property which is so necessary, and there is in the world only one body where it is found with this condition, but it is so common that one encounter it wherever man can go; that is why I think it will not be difficult for you to encounter it. Mr. Bruno Lansac, author of the commentary on the book entitled The light emerging from darkness, cleverly said that the fire lives of air and that in places where the air is most abundant that we must seek the Sulphur of the wise; because he calls this ‘water’ interchangeably ‘sulphur’ or ‘mercury’, as it contains one and the other and enjoys their properties. This is not quite the letter he must take these words. I recommend only carefully follow this author when reviewing the Reigns of Nature where he accurately demonstrates of the use and usefulness of this element for the maintenance of each of them. This well-thought chapter will be of great help to lovers of science, and I cannot commit any more to this subject which is a special study. I said the light was the common source, not only of the Elements but also of all that exists, and that it is to her, as its principle, that all must report. The Sun and fixed Stars which we send up with such profusion are like generators, but the Moon, placed intermediately, the tempering of its moisture, to her imparts a generative virtue by means of which all is regenerated down here. Everyone now knows that the light the moon sends us is merely a loan, as such, from the Sun to which is mingled the light of the other stars. The Moon is therefore the receptacle or common home which you have heard all philosophers speak about: it is their source of living water. So if you want to reduce the rays of the Sun into water, choose the moment when the moon passes us with abundance, that is to say when it is full, or it approaches its fullness: you will have by this means a water ignited from the rays of the Sun and the Moon in its greatest strength. Many people, misunderstanding the unity of the stone, put in a vessel which they call a philosophical egg, just one subject of their choice, they keep it over a light fire or another of their imagining, and expect dissolution in vain. Others make amalgams, and are not better informed. They make no progress for many reasons but the main ones are:


1) - They work on dead matter, and even when it is the real subject of philosophy, the vessel and the fire are not proportionate.

2) - They do not know that from the beginning to the end of work, our material is double - I mean it has an agent and a patient - without which there would be no action in the vessel. The action of the agent is male, and of the patient is female, and both these together, although separated by their nature, constitute a single body that is identified for this purpose as ‘Rebis’ or two things in one.

3) - Finally, their work is quite the opposite to that of Nature, for they can neither dissolve nor putrefy, nor distil, nor sublimate, nor do any of our operations. However, they do not leave off this undertaking, saying to themselves: this work is that of Nature, in which we only need to lend a hand, it is up to her to finish. And walking in blind, and with so much confidence, they are bound to crash with every step they take in such a dark maze.

We read in the Gospel that one does not get Lys on brambles, nor figs instead of raisins. If this is the seed, then this will be the fruit. Now, a bad tree cannot produce good fruits, and for this reason it must be cut and thrown into the fire. But these reasons do not affect them, and they are no less confident of success. But seeing the end of their work going wrong, they should mend their ways and acknowledge their fault; but far from it, they attribute it to some accident they could not foresee, and head off with even more courage to their foolish work. But let these ignorant folk puff vain fumes at their leisure; we will concern ourselves with the choice of proper matter and with its preparation. It is not just to review all the substances of the three kingdoms, but also to examine their composition, in order to know that of which they have been formed. At first sight, this difficulty seems insurmountable. It is great, indeed, but not as much as you might imagine, because:


1) - We do not need for this work neither Alembic, nor Retorts, much less salts, fiery spirits, acids or corrosives etc..

2) - We know, moreover, that all things of this world have the same origin, and they differ only by the mixture of elements, as I have outlined above. It only remains for us in the third place to find the exact point of their formation.

Consider the Heavens and the Earth which first existed - that Heaven, serving as the agent or male, and the Earth, as patient or the female, gave birth to all things. However they were not distinct from one another and they formed first a dark and abominable mass. But the light having been separated, and both having been established, the mass was shaken and gave signs of life. The elements were formed, the universe and everything in it appeared afterwards, and this order of things, so admirable, remains since then and will remain so until it pleases the Supreme Mediator to change it. Life, as we see it, is a battle of two substances, or a continuous exchange of light and darkness. One of these substances alternately takes the place of the other. It is sometimes based on the male and sometimes the female, so that when it pleases the divine Author, everything changes into a pure light or all returns into the Cimmerian darkness. This shows that light and darkness are one and the same thing, changing shape and value through the development or the strengthening of the substance, that there comes a mutual attraction from which appears, with the movement, the reversal of the primary substance. Now consider that in the same way and by the same matter out of which the world was created, the work of the wise is revealed, and that is why it has been called the little world or microcosm. So, I told you in a few words all you need to do for this great endeavour. So take the first earth that is only pure light surrounded by darkness, and reduce it into its principles with the stone snatched from the top of the mountain without hands, in order to recognise in it three distinct substances which are salt, sulphur and mercury, which being skilfully joined with the two of which the matter is composed, namely the Heaven and Earth, they form a wonderful Quintessence whose virtues are infinite and incomprehensible. This wonderful stone appeared in a dream to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and it came to crush and pulverise a large statue he saw standing before him, whose head was of purest gold; whose chest, shoulders and arms were of silver; its belly and thighs of brass; and its legs of iron and clay. There it was mixed with the human seed, but it was not at all fitting for them, any more than iron cannot be mixed with clay. Nebuchadnezzar, rightly frightened by this sight, summoned all the wise men of his realm, and demanded from them, under pain of death, that they discern his dream and give a correct interpretation, but none of them could figure it out. There was in the whole realm only one young man named Daniel being filled with the spirit of God, who could satisfy his request (Daniel 2:18). This dream can be fully applied to the Work of the wise, and serve as a Parabolic figure. It will be seen, for example, in the Magi of Babylon, the crowd of false scholars who strive in vain to understand the science, nevertheless wanting to convince people that possess it, and leading those who rely on them too much down dead end pathways. Put good faith in Daniel, a son of wisdom, to which all the secrets of Nature are known and which can provide a proper explanation. The statue will be our metallic tree from the top to the root in which are still confused Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury as primary original metals. The iron and clay mixed with semen represent the Work of Nature done with human hands, and the Stone cut from the top of the mountain without hands, that is to crush the foot of the statue and reduce it to fine powder, would be taken either for that lightning which Jupiter launches or for the scythe of Saturn that you must exchange skilfully with the trident of Neptune, (by means of a certain key that I will give you) until Pluto showing jealous and blowing from the bottom of caves, in turn, shows his power by draining the water, and reducing the tree to ashes and dust which you shall sow, and of which will come precious stones. The ancients, jealous of their secret, discussed the matter in its various aspects, in order to deceive the credulity of greedy and ambitious people who dream only of power and devastation. They were mistaken about the philosophic first matter which one can only obtain after considerable time and long work. By no means sharing their jealousy, I wanted to let you become familiar with this much sought after subject and purposefully make it completely naked before your very eyes in order to provide you with a longer look at it. I hope you will thank me for my openness, and that you'll get the greatest advantage possible, however, I’m advising you to add to my words a little grain of salt, so that you can make them more sensible. The dissolution is the first thing you need to undertake, because you have to release the bodies in order to make the enemies face each other. So the fire and water will be greatly needed here, especially since these elements are already enemies by their Nature and are just waiting to try out their strength. The spirit which I mentioned above, is a fire overcome by the water which you will use for this purpose. You fill the Vessel of Nature and you distil on a slow fire in order to de-phlegm it. You will find at the bottom something that is fixed which you will keep for reaping. You will pour the new spirit on top to the same extent as before, and so continue distilling until the vessel cannot hold any more, and that everything else remains fixed to the bottom. By continuing the fire to the same degree, you will soon see within your vessel some agitation caused by a gentle South-west wind that will be followed by a rain very pleasant to view. As the wind and rain continue to increase, you will no longer see the ‘ship’; it’s like a sea that will be more and more agitated until the elements are finally pacified, and everything is back in the order of nature. However, the day has given way to night, darkness grows and the ‘ship’ is a perfect black. This is the fiftieth night, and she appeared to the sailors three times (triple) who have suffered due to fatigue. The day begins to dawn, the horizon is clear and cloudless, the day will be beautiful. This manner of expression is common to nearly all ancient writers, and it is not uncommon to find readers who take these statements literally. The wind and rain are realities for them, and their credulity extends for them to the smallest details of the allegory. This one, I'll put in the right direction, so as to facilitate the understanding of others. The vessel / ‘ship’ of Nature is the prepared earth which must drink its spirit. It is called a vessel, and indeed it is, since it contains (something). The spirit that is added is not a foreign thing because everything originated from it, and it is that from which our earth is formed, so as it is said ‘the child goes back into the womb’: which can only be done by tearing the entrails. It is also necessary that our earth be divided into its smallest parts to reveal its great wealth, and for this to happen you should soak it often with the spirit and let it dry out just as often. In this operation, phlegm will evaporate, but the spirit remains and becomes incorporated with that salified earth until such time as the saturation is complete; then the added spirit can no longer be contained. That which was set on the earth reacts and forces it to dissolve. The salt would be [dissolved] as well, and that is why this dissolution is compared to a sea. Now because the spirit which was added is joined to an altering and corrupting moisture, there appears from the fermenting mixture a movement, which is followed by putrefaction, and consequently regeneration, since fermentation changes the bodies of Nature, and in putrefaction, they only exchange their clothes for new ones, and all the more rich and brilliant, because the Spirit of original engine is more elevated. What the Matter may contain of moisture, without pouring outside, this is the measure to be observed for the imbibitions, and what we call the weight of Nature. That which is being used as a vessel, also serves as an oven, as the spirit that you introduce is a natural fire which cooks and digests it for further use. It should not be less than fifty washings because from each ablution until the perfect drying is counted as one natural or philosophical day; so that our ‘days’ can last one week depending on the season, and the quality and quantity of the matter being subjected to the work. The great secret of the Sages to shorten the time, is to divide the matter, so that the days are shorter in length. Although we do not use any vulgar fire for our Work, it is nevertheless certain that we need a temperature high enough so that evaporation can take place and that the matter does not languish, and be lost. It is therefore useful and necessary during the winter, and in the workplace, to make a little fire, but not enough so that the matter is overheated, which would be worse than having none - because the spirit would be cast out and could not be replaced. It is not necessary for the temperature to rise above fifteen degrees of Réaumur (18.75 C, 66.75 F).

When one has done the work well and the matter dissolves, it turns black by degrees. We did add in at various times the spirit to maintain its fermentative fire, and when the matter begins to ferment, it must abandon its own fire until perfectly white, where it happens by itself. The matter is not a liquid like broth, but thick and black as pitch or boot-black polish; it swells, rises in the bowl, and produces bubbles which may be compared with fish eyes which we should not burst because they contain the animating spirit. After fermentation, the matter collapses and is at this point shining like pitch, and this most beautiful black is the sign of putrefaction known as raven's head. It then dries slowly and goes to a grey ash. Soon a halo (circular hair) of the most dazzling whiteness appears on the circumference of the vessel. This circle will widen more and more until everything is perfectly white. Before the whiteness comes, there appear some colours on the matter, of which the green dominates, but they are not very pronounced and are only transient and of short duration. They may be compared to Iris or rainbow trout. Only in subsequent operations do they have a very strong character. You have reviewed, without noticing, our different kinds of fire; the first, up until the fermentation, is called a Bain-marie, or sea, because it operates in some way, like a saline solution. The second is called the heat of manure, and you now know why. The third is called the fire of ashes, and finally the fourth the reverberatory fire. We have other kinds of fires, but the one who knows the first certainly knows all the others. In fact, we will mention them in passing. Notice here that this work resembles that of gardeners who water their gardens. What happens in this instance? Topsoil, as I have already observed from the beginning, is formed as remnants of the body, altered, broken down by drought and damp recessive conditions, provides a salt and a spirit which feeds Plants by the means of the water it absorbs, and that is the driver. Let us return to the whitened matter, which is still far from the end to which you have to lead it. However, the main lock is open, and you just have to enter the sanctuary, but always proceed with caution in order not to fail and be forced to stop half-way. This white powder or regenerated matter is Mercury, though still a child, and to whom we must give the wings of an eagle at head and heel, that is to say, from head to foot, so that she can fly and soar to the highest region which is heaven. We must sublimate it many times so that, in its dissolution in the astral spirit, it will leave behind an earth which will precipitate which you must collect that with great care. Philalethes calls these sublimations ‘eagles’, especially since each time the mercury acquires greater subtlety; it is like comparing the earth that the Mercury casts back to the tail left behind by the common mercury, until it is sufficiently purified. "Wash, he says your mercury and purified by salt and vinegar until it leaves no tail behind him, running on a flat surface." We will soon know what he meant by salt and vinegar, though we have an idea already. When one dissolves the mercury in the astral spirit, and one has separated the earth by decantation and washing, in order to lose nothing, we put the solution in a cool place, and it makes a deposit of three salts namely: a fluffy one, which floats on the surface and is mercury; the second which is needle and nature of Nitre, and that is between two waters; and the third is a fixed salt and mineral that is deposited in the bottom. In the state shown here the Mercury would extract the tincture of plants, and would make a medicine. It is itself a medicine, because if we put the value of a grain at the foot of a tree almost dead and watered it, it would have a renewed vigour - but it would eat its ‘seed corn’ and stop there, but we must continue the work. As for the other two salts, they are reduced into mercury similar to the first, continuing the operation. To this end, while the salts are separated, dissolve the second species in the astral spirit in order to irrigate the fixed salt, then dissolve it, do fermenting and putrefaction: and since it would not be in sufficient quantity to complete the operation, we complete the imbibitions with the Mercury dissolved, and we proceed as before, by the weight of nature. The weight, if we pay attention, here is different from the first, for the earth needed only to be watered, but here it is necessary that salt be dissolved and fixed until it can no longer receive any moisture; it ferments, it putrefies and gives the same results as above, that is to say, a Mercury that you wash and from which you separate the earth in order to join it with the first. To sublimate the Mercury, you separate it into two, you dissolve one half by the astral spirit, and you will do this by using its ablutions on the fixed part - as I have just taught you. You will continue your ablutions until perfectly dissolved, and then you will leave to ferment and putrefy as before. You have here the mercury of the second eagle. If you go up to the seventh, inclusive, the mercury will be very clean [suitable] and able to dissolve gold, and it will dissolve it without heat or boiling – similar to the way ice melts in hot water. You take it up to the ninth inclusive, and you give it all the excitement of which it is capable in order for it to be able to make for greater things. But I warn you that if you want to go further it will dissolve to the flint [silica] just by casual contact and you will no longer be able to find a vessel to hold it. For each sublimation or eagle, you separate the black feculent earth like you did the first time, and you will join it to the first to make some use of it - as I will show you in the second work - because the first was used entirely in the production of our mercury, but it [the second work] is one that requires more time. It is also the most difficult. This is why it is compared to the labours of Hercules, and this, to be sure, is a fair application: but when it [the second work] is finished, the rest is regarded only as woman’s work and child's play. It is no more an effort, in fact, than those who wash brass, or make IMPAST [dough], which is quite applicable, or to women who take care of laundry, or children who make dumplings and clay dolls out of soggy ground. The time of this great and important operation is about two common years. And when it is completed, this apprenticeship of our masonry, because is it quite true that this apprenticeship ends, it gives way to a guild-fellowship with tests that are much shorter and less severe. You have finally in your hands the Universal Mercury concerning which wise men have said so much, and by its means, you may attack the core of Nature, and extract the medicines or tinctures of the three kingdoms by giving them at the same time fixedness and perfection that otherwise they could not have. This Mercury is truly the force of all forces referred to by the learned Hermes Trismegistus, the fiery dragon that destroys everything, the spirit of wine, or rather the water of life of Raymond Lulle, and the Cosmopolitan vinegar. It dissolves and fixates at the same time, because it comes from the union of two fires in opposition to each other, although having the same origin. The first is an acid fire and cold. It is that which dissolves and produces fermentation, while the second is alkaline and hot, it produces putrefaction and fixates the compound. This is why Basil Valentin at the end of his Twelve Keys warns you to distinguish between the cold and the hot in the application of your fires.

It is not, however, that the heat comes from fermentative alkali rather than acid, since it is a mere effect of the movement, as you may have noticed at the beginning of this treaty, but because the presence of this alkali determines it and conserves it during the putrefaction. Mercury being only half the generation, we must now proceed to the exaltation of Sulphur. As did Flamel and Trevisan, you can take the gold leaf and extract the tincture by projecting it in your Mercury which you have previously dissolved. This path is not the most noble, but it is the shortest; it is only a special tincture which is obtained, but the mercury universalises it in the work and it yields the same result. It is much nobler, no doubt, to take from the matter this Universal tincture. So you take all your earth derived from eagles, and you will proceed with them by new imbibitions with the astral spirit, until they turn red and are a reddish brown. This is what philosophers call the calcination. The Mercury dissolved and projected over-top will extract the Tincture by means of which you can proceed with the Philosophical marriage that will make the perfection of the work, and complete the works, except that of the multiplication - which is only a short repetition. This Tincture is the crown of the King that you have to pull from the ashes; this is why the sage Pythagoras and many after him have repeated "Do not despise the Ashes, because the crown of King is contained therein." From there comes the custom to keep the ashes of the dead. This is why BV said without preface that "the crown of the King is pure gold" and elsewhere he says: "It is a crown taken from the ashes.” You also need to know that the Mercury which effects the extraction of this Tincture is called Dry Water which does not wet the hands, because, although it is a salt that wets not at all, it alone has the power to dissolve all bodies, just as water does to salts and gums. On the surface, the water is called a solvent, but in fact it only divides. Dissolution takes place in all of nature only by means of fermentation, and Mercury works in the same way, but in the higher things where the presence of water is of no effect; there, it performs these functions, and as it does, it separates bodies or substances working to put them in their place and make them undergo fermentation, only because of dissolution. Moreover dissolution is itself only a more extensive division of the bodies, or an absolute disjunction, and the exact mixture of all their parts. It happens in this circumstance that the separate parts, with natures opposite to each other, collide and are engaged in a kind of battle which we have given the name of fermentation, after which they unite again, but only after being purged of that which was foreign to them, which causes corruption, and prevents the union being perfect; but after their complete separation, the union is so intimate that all the efforts of Nature to separate them would be null and insufficient. So will the bodies and souls of the righteous be after the judgement and their purification. After the extraction of the Tincture, there remains behind a refractory earth that we call ‘damned earth’, because, just like sin, it is the cause of death and suffering. We must reject it carefully because this is what prevents the ingress of the Tincture, and which causes here below the antipathy and enmity between beings. The boiling action which usually accompanies fermentation is figured in our books as a struggle between two champions, one of which must overcome the other, and put him to death, but no one should take this literally. This boiling must be attributed only to the release of the gases which are looking to be balanced, either by mixing or by extension. Similarly, when we talk about the Hermetic Seal, do not interpret it as the exact closing of the vessel: a foolish closure which would do more harm than good, due to the fact that that it would prevent the manipulation, as well as the separation and conjunction, of the substances in due time and proportions. We therefore call it the union of several substances in one, in a way that they can no longer be separated, because for us, or in our language, to open is the same as dissolve, and to close is the same thing as fixing. We have seven seals corresponding to seven planetary bodies, and who knows one, knows all the others. We also use a lot of terms familiar to vulgar chemistry, therefore you must know once and for all, that distillation cohobation, sublimation, calcination, reverberation, waxing, etc., are for us, from the beginning to the end, one and the same operation, which is to dissolve and coagulate, which is the same as wetting and drying, and that is something any apprentice can do. Now that you have the solution of the principal Enigmas that obscure our language and prevent or at least delay the intelligence, I will explain what is our philosophical marriage between Gabertin [or Gabritius, the fixed part] and Beya [or Beza, Mercurial water]. You must know by now that the red Tincture, which is the fixed Sulphur of the philosophers, and which they sometimes call Lion, and sometimes spirits of wine, or very sour vinegar and sometimes orpiment, has the function of the male here and is called Gabertin. The Mercury or the white Tincture, which they call Moon, silver, Water of Life, vinegar, arsenic, magnesia, leafy Earth, etc. has here the office of female and is called Beya. You should know that these two substances, Sulphur and Mercury, that the little peasants call the two flowers, together constitute a single Mercury, the said hermaphrodite, or rather androgynous, meaning male and female. In the operation that I will describe, they are doing the functions alternately, consequently they have often given to one another the same names, but particularly that of Mercury, yet still making a small difference essential to know. So they put before the name of Mercury the first term to express the white tincture. They call it the Green Lion; the Sulphur - Red Lion. If they name the Mercury as: water-of-life, vinegar, arsenic, magnesia, Moon, silver; then they name (by an accurate comparison and proportion) the Red Tincture as: Spirit-of- wine, very sour vinegar, orpiment, realgar, lively gold, the Sun etc. For final comment, let me just note that the Mercury is only a salt inverted in this mercurial substance; the Sulphur itself is never without salt, nor is the salt without Mercury, which makes you see clearly three substances in one - substances which we have named for our convenience. To proceed with the philosophical marriage you separate your Red Tincture into two, and you let some dry out, putting the other part aside for need. How many people failed as a result of having ignored this precaution! They believed that to whiten the red, and redden white, was just the ordinary and necessary result of the progress of the Great Work, and that all this was done by itself. Thus, they know that red is nourished by the white and the white by the red - and that white is taken for the milk used to feed the newborn child, or for the virginal dress. As for the red, it expresses either the increase of the fire, or the change of clothing - it is taken by some for the Royal Coat. So you will proceed to the imbibitions on the half of your Sulphur which you have left to dry out, with the white Mercury, following the weights and measures which you have already used, and will continue like this until fully saturated so that the material remains liquid at the bottom of vessel, that is to say a slurry. If you have operated well, in forty days you will get the dissolution of the body after which will come the fermentation and the putrefaction. In the fermentation, the matter swells, rises and makes a little noise like an anthill, and when the putrefaction does happen, the matter collapses and turns black. It is only when it has reached perfect darkness, called head of the Crow that it is in full putrefaction. This is only the first matter of our work, matter not found anywhere in the land of the living, which we do not create, however, but it is said to have flown over our heads, because that mercury having been sublimated nine times, the Sulphur is still high above. The philosophers take the dissolution for the reign of Mercury; it is during this Reign that our metallic principles combine with each other, but it is only here like an appetiser; it is here only for the Reign of Saturn or during the blackness that they start to count, or that they take the beginning of the work, because the three principles are linked in an irrevocable manner and that the Seal of Hermes is accomplished. This is the vessel of Nature which has to be closed, and not a crystal egg or any other matter, and the closure does not include the throat of a vessel so that the air cannot penetrate there, but as the intimate conjunction of Salt and Sulphur and Mercury, so that we can no longer separate them with any art whatsoever. There is no need for external fire to reach the white, the matter by drying out arrives there of itself. First, it takes the colour of grey ash which we compare to Tin, which we call the seal of Jupiter, then it comes by degrees to the whiteness, but before you get there you can see circularly on the matter various colours - reds, yellows, blues and greens which we compare to the iris or the rainbow, and which others call the tail of the Peacock. These colours, which do not last very long, are replaced by a film of a blackish brown which streaks on drying and allows us to see the matter under a grey colour: soon after, you can see on the edges of the vessel a circular capillary [halo] of a great whiteness; then, the reign of Jupiter, that was foretold in the grey, and which the philosophers compare to the fire of ashes, eventually will give way to that of the Moon. This circle expands successively until the perfect whiteness of the matter with which philosophers call with reason Moon or Silver, since the weight of this white medicine projected onto 10 of silver, and then onto 100 of another imperfect metal, transmutes it into silver more pure that which comes from mines. The silver that would be used in this circumstance, taking here the place of ferment, and without it there would be no transmutation. It is in this sense is to be understood that saying of the Sages: that without gold, no gold is feasible; they hear of the ferment. This whitened earth has the appearance of a powder glittering with diamond and is divided into small plates: this is the reason why the sages have named their leafy earth in which they recommend to sow, their GOLD. It is seen as only one half-generation, which is why we must continue the work if we want to reach perfection. We must give this earth the cultivation needed before planting the gold otherwise it will not bear fruit at all. We start again therefore the imbibitions with the white mercury, according to the measure previously observed. By means of a well observed fire, the matter spirits away/subtlises more and more, covers itself with greenery, after which it begins to go yellow and it takes on an orangey colour which it could not exceed further if the fire was not increased. This greenery, as sung by the poets, and thus recommended by all philosophers, is the reign of the beautiful Venus, which is followed by that of Mars which is the colour orange. You remember having two parts of your Red tincture: you just whitened the first, it must now blush. Take the Tincture in reserve, dissolve it by projecting over the philosophical mercury and proceed with this Tincture to the imbibitions, until the matter comes to a beautiful red and dark purple poppy. Such is the medicine of the first order, both to the White and to the Red, which cures any diseases when we use it without addition of metal, in a vehicle suited to the evil, according to the required caution, and which with the addition, as ferment, both perfect metals, transmutes into gold or silver all the imperfect metals, such as the copper, lead, tin etc. Prior to attempting a projection, it is necessary to test the matter on a sheet of red-hot copper. If it melts without smoke it is in the desired state, otherwise we must continue the fire.


Multiplication

Multiplication is nothing but a repetition of all the work, from the philosophical marriage. It is only necessary to have the care of sharing in two its matter in the circle of whiteness and in that of the redness, to be able to proceed to the imbibitions on the remaining half with parents of the same blood. The Mercury as well as Red tincture in their first state, would be too imperfect here to be able to join with our medicine. You will be careful, for each dissolution by the Mercury, to separate a damned earth which is precipitated, which you will reject with less hesitation, which is absolutely refractory, and which prevents the ingress of the matter in the metals. With all the conditions I described above, without omitting anything, you will surely arrive at the end so desired by Philosophy. However, do not try to override the sacred number nine, because the matter, if it is fixed, would have acquired such a great fluidity and expansion, that no vessel could contain it, it would be entirely lost. On this, my brother, thank God for the favour which he has given you, and I thank him for having been useful for you in your intentions, if they are upright, and that you remained in the paths of the good.


The End

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 12:04 AM
Hi Schmuldvich, coincidences seem to be piling up recently! I have been aware of that translation for some time, but it is incredibly poor quality, and very inaccurate in many places. It looks like something that was directly extracted from Google Translate.

This book that is being published is of the most professional translation quality and extremely accurate. It has taken over four years of endless work to get it right, even in some of the most subtle nuances. It has also been reviewed by four separate persons, some of whom are very fluent in both English, old French, and alchemy.

One of those who reviewed, and provided valuable input to the translation, was a direct student and close friend of Eugene Canseliet, who, in turn was not only a direct student of Fulcanelli, but who was responsible for publishing Fulcanelli's two books after Fulcanelli "mysteriously left" for good.

Schmuldvich
08-20-2017, 12:06 AM
Hi Schmuldvich, I have been aware of that translation for some time, but it is incredibly poor quality and very inaccurate in many places. It looks like something directly from google Translate.

This book that is being published is of the most professional translation quality and extremely accurate. It has taken over four years of endless work to get it right. it has also been reviewed by four separate persons, some of whom are very fluent in both English, old French, and alchemy.

One of those who reviewed the translation was a direct student and close friend of Eugene Canseliet, who, in turn was a direct student of Fulcanelli.

Very cool! I look forward to reading it!!!

Do you know what year the manuscript your version is being translated from?

Do you know the year of the version that I posted above?

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 12:28 AM
Nobody is sure of the exact date that this treatise was published. It is believed that it was likely during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The text was actually first discovered by Eugene Canseliet (1899-1992), the only direct student of Fulcanelli. The French version was originally published in 1964, but it was full of errors. The transcription that we include in the book has corrected all these errors and is the most accurate version to date. It is also an exact transcription of the early French, along with Footnotes which includes the modern version of the French words. Opposite to the French transcription, page by page, is the English translation.

We have also included the "Scholies" or "Commentaries", a treatise that followed Recreations, and which is not often included in previous editions. Although no author is acknowledged, we beleieve that the author is the same as the author of Recreaitions, because of some unique expressions and references that are used by both. Either that, or the two authors knew each other very closely. In many ways, the "Scholies" reveals even more direct secrets than Recreations.

Kiorionis
08-20-2017, 12:36 AM
Only 20 books in total?? I never could understand how anyone could live with so few books :-) I have over 150 physical books on alchemy alone (not including hundreds of electronic books and treatises).

Haha well I get by somehow. But those 20-some are strictly the alchemical ones I consider useful.

The rest of my library is comprised of ancient and medieval philosophy, physics, mathematics, astrology, the general sciences, medicine and a fair amount of fiction.

Schmuldvich
08-20-2017, 12:46 AM
Nobody is sure of the exact date that this treatise was published. It is believed that it was likely during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The text was actually first discovered by Eugene Canseliet (1899-1992), the only direct student of Fulcanelli. The French version was originally published in 1964, but it was full of errors. The transcription that we include in the book has corrected all these errors and is the most accurate version to date. It is also an exact transcription of the early French, along with Footnotes which includes the modern version of the French words. Opposite to the French transcription, page by page, is the English translation.

We have also included the "Scholies" or "Commentaries", a treatise that followed Recreations, and which is not often included in previous editions. Although no author is acknowledged, we beleieve that the author is the same as the author of Recreaitions, because of some unique expressions and references that are used by both. Either that, or the two authors knew each other very closely. In many ways, the "Scholies" reveals even more direct secrets than Recreations.

Nice!! Looking forward to it!

While we're at it, are there any English translations of Canseliet's work available online?

Here is another translation that has been floating around the internet for years, which I greatly prefer, though still not perfect. This one has a couple more goodies!

"Recreations Hermetique" in English...








http://i.imgur.com/pj5RGtm.jpg

"Recreations Hermetiques" by Anonymous

Science feel like things the vicissitudes of time and escalate rather than acquiring the increase. Men systems, welcomed on all sides, created disorder in the vast field of imagination, and most bizarre flowers were the product: these flowers have finally become so for the best books, the most rhetoric are deemed worthless if they are decorated.

Science from which all others derive, Nature one, fell into disrepute such, we hit all those ridiculous now that we know are delivered.

Using the laws of affinity, it claims to solve all the problems; Elements are either multiplied or destroyed; and those which admit no restrictions are placed with those in the Treaty, among the ignorant or men beside ourselves. [remember that Berthelot was opposed to the atomic theory]

Without pushing the affinity, chemical bases of the new philosophy, I think the less useless to the point that a true friend of truth is intended to achieve. I hear here from the knowledge of root causes on which all science must sit, and that affects to despise as some fox in the fable, which was whether he could take grapes: moreover these laws the affinity that modern scholars have argued as well that they do not lead to the source of our wonderful fountain of life [this is the animated Mercury], are far from being new discoveries: I appeal to all of them who have in good faith; and were recognized at least by the fact, when they were not yet in words.

The elements have a Centrum Centri that all eyes can not see; and they have a more Centrum Commune which called scholars do not dare to approach, for fear of revealing their turpitude (light). [centrum centri this is symbolized by the Sun sign: this is the SULPHUR, considered as a principle but not as the vulgar sulfur]

This caustic heat, accompanied by light, that fire is commonly called, is not the element of the name, which the sages wanted to talk. We take this occasion the effect for the cause, and it goes beyond the rhetoricians, who take at least the part for the whole.

Fire is a highly subtle fluid, proceeding directly from the light and which is called, sometimes Electric, Magnetic or sometimes Galvanic etc., according to its various modifications, or rather, it is the light itself derived from its source and she remains detached. It is neither cold nor hot, and heat or cold are not the body, despite what Mr Azais but mere effects of motion or rest. [there is no question in body effect but, as well dist Chevreul, organoleptic properties of matter, that is to say psycho sensory effects by which we think we see reality, then that it corresponds to only our perceptions, cf. Chevreul]

The only movement produces heat with all its consequences good or bad, each of which is in this condition to the application; and fire due to its greater subtlety, is also adapted to receive the pulse and to switch to the other body.

Air, Water and Earth are only the immediate consequences and subsequent formation of the fire. Detached from the home Light, accumulated loss of movement and repressed by a new and continuous emission of substance, has given itself forms we distinguish. In language, the simplest of these forms were called Elementals. [the Elements applied to alchemy, cf. Atlas Chevreul, in alchemical idea, V]

Light, principle of life and movement, can be considered the sole act of creation; everything else is the consequence. This was wanted to demonstrate Hermes, when he said in his Emerald Tablet: "What is above is similar. what is below and what is below is like what is going on, to do with these two things, the miracle of a single thing. "

The All in all things of BV [En To Pan Chrysopée of Cleopatra, cf. Chemistry of Veterans Berthelot] is only a short quote from the proposal and the truth it contains all the sages of antiquity have recognized, the universe returned or reversed signifying the unit received its denomination. I can still quote in support of my assertion, the Gospel of St. John, which says: "the light was in darkness, and the darkness did not grasp" [cf. The outgoing light from the Dark soy itself to Crasselame with a comment from Bruno Lanssac]; because its moral application only justify that served as a basis.

Aeriform and gaseous substances are rather chaotic nature qu'élémentaires and are reversed easily by the element they are closest. Meteora of all kinds, not excepting the fireballs or stones Air [cf. the black stone that holds Pessinus Cybele - symbol of athanor - in his hand, see our symbols] of them take their origin, though their form is any air, and shows that they are under the control of this Element ; but, as everything that shines is not OR, everything that has the appearance of lightness and air, not air; it is the medium in which these substances derive their form this term that belongs . [so Philaletes wrote a chapter in his Introitus named Air des Sages]

Water, even of rain and dew [on the dew of the Wise, Mutus Liber and see our alchemical emblems] is a compound of gaseous substances which fire and light action gave the form of water; but it is the form and not the substance to be considered here as Element, or I mean by making it as the link, and which is also that of all bodies, even glass. [glass is omnipresent throughout the alchemical symbolism; it is not for nothing when you consider that the material of the stone is only the 3rd oleum vitri work, cf. alchemical stained glass Bourges - on the glass, see the Art of glassware Loysel and Twelve Lessons on glassware Péligot]

The Earth we grow it is not the element that we represent him. It is the fact that a large pile of debris the bodies of the three kingdoms in the path of destruction [referring to the breakdown products of feldspars, whose last representative was none other than clay, cf. Studies metamorphism Daubrée and Delesse Mercury and our nature]; it is true to say that it contains some portions of the earth first and elementary because independently of the water supply it constantly, it takes the form itself by its daily destruction. So the end of all things is like its beginning and death becomes the principle of a new life: that is what the ancients have recognized and experienced, and that we have shown in the form of the serpent biting its tail to perpetuate the memory. [the serpent Ouroboros immortalized by the coverage of the Origins of Alchemy Berthelot]


http://i.imgur.com/hroHTXt.jpg

So when you read some of the ancient treatise on the study of Nature, do not hear element for flood substances, stodgy and deadly I just point out to you, but look at the Centrum Centri-by some ingenious processes and your own fund [the secret is to revive the dead, that is to say, to revive the metallic lime; the dissolving of metals is the way to resurrection that alchemists called their Mercury]; because the wise and want both to prevent abuse, the desecration of this science, by which the company could be disrupted and destroyed. Do not be afraid to indulge in the study of our science, and use it to deepen and know the secrets, all the efforts of the reasoning, since only this way out of the maze in which you you may be slightly engaged. Please do expect no proof of what we say, because no one will be tempted to administer: I mean this gives irrevocable proof that the experience but as others have gained by the only means that I give you, do not despair of success; I dare assure you, if you decide to follow my advice and you will not depart: because I teach you the right way and you want to get out of Lost which the road is strewn everywhere.

"Return the elements, says Aristotle, and you will find what you want." [parable of the Flood faced by disiciples of Hermes. Fulcanelli devotes several pages in his trilogy: literally, back elements, that is to say retrace his steps or anastrojh: this is the subject of réincrudation] This proposal, one of the most important having put minds in motion, everyone began looking for a raw material to achieve this goal thinking that isolated elements could lead to it, while a body that was just made, still in his state simplicity, was the only one that could reasonably can to get the point of perfection. By dint of searching, some have finally met; but finding nothing in nature capable of dissolving, despite its simplicity and that can extract the elements in any other way, they caught sight will go back to their common source having drawn there, they finally came happily obtained their purpose .

So be assured that no igneous water composed of pure light of the sun and the moon, [it is the starry metal and water, one in which, through hard work, the first sign that the Adept will be this alternation where matter is star or flower] you will be unable to overcome the many obstacles still multiply your eyes, when you attempt the passage of this famous Strait [this is an allusion to the journey of the Argonauts In the episode of Symplegades Cyanean or rocks that signal the end of putrefaction, cf. Pernety, Fables Egyptian and Greek] which leads to the sea wise, this water a few rightly called universal spirit and the English Dikinson enough is known, is a great virtue and penetration, that all the body that are affected, easily return to their first being [wet metal radical].

I have already made known that it was not rain water or dew that suited this, I will add here that it is not either a water fungus species commonly called Flos Coeli or Flower of Heaven and that we take very improperly Nostoch for the elders, [we have seen this nostoc repeatedly: it is cited by Fulcanelli, and Peter E. Canseliet Dujols in its hypotyposis; we must see the allegory of the Moon or sputum white foam that hides the secret of capturing the White Sulphur cf. fugiens comment to Atalanta] but admirable artifice of water drawn by the sun and moon. I still say that salts and other magnets employed to pull moist air are good for nothing in this circumstance, and there is the only fire of Nature which we can here usefully serve. [remarks are obviously envious since alkali plant is of necessity] This fire shut up in the center of all the body needs some movement to acquire this attractive and universal property that is if you need, and it does there is in the world one body where it is with this condition, but it is so common that the encounter wherever man can go; This is why I believe that it will not be difficult to meet. [the two bodies that hear the author are appointed by alchemists Magnet and Steel; they are the subject of one of Cyliani allegories in his Hermes Unveiled, cf. Material]

Bruno de Lansac, author of the commentary on the work entitled The light coming out of darkness, says wisely saw that fire air and that the places where the air is most abundant to look Sulfur wise; because it calls this water either sulfur or mercury, especially since it contains both and enjoys their properties. [it is not something other than Fulcanelli says when he writes that the alchemists speak of their material such as SULPHUR MERCURY or in the form it affects; he speaks of course of the lively Mercury, ie philosophical] This is however not quite to the letter that we must take these words. I only recommend to closely monitor this author when reviewing the Kingdoms of Nature it is a clear demonstration of the use and usefulness of this element for the maintenance of all of them. This chapter will be well meditated a great help to lovers of science, and I can not too strongly urge them to make the subject of a particular study.

I said that the light was the common source of not only the elements, but of all that exists, and that it is to her, as was his principle that all must refer. The Sun and the fixed Stars that send us so profusely are like generators; but the Moon placed intermediately, the moisture attrempant, conveyed a generative virtue by which regenerates all down here.

Everyone now knows that the light that the moon sends us, is only a loan so the Sun, which mingles the light of other stars. [passage cited by E. Canseliet in his Alchemy explained on his classical texts. This is apparently Canseliet that drew attention to this anonymous text] Moon is therefore the common receptacle or fireplace which all philosophers have heard: it is their source of living water [cf. Atalanta, XLV]. So if you want to reduce water the rays of the sun, choose the moment when the moon transmits us abundantly, that is to say when full, or it approaches its full: you will have by this means the igneous water of the Sun and Moon rays in its greatest strength [cf. zodiac alchemical].

But it is still necessary to fill some of the provisions, without which you would need a clear and water.

There is only one proper time to do this harvest astral minds. This is when nature regenerates; because at that time the whole atmosphere is filled with the universal spirit. Trees and plants which turn green again and the animals that engage in urgent need of generation, we are particularly known its benign influence. Spring and autumn [attention is drawn to the first three signs of the work: see the emblem of the Hermetic Triumph Limojon] are therefore seasons that you should choose for this work; but spring is especially preferable. In summer, because of the excessive heat that dilate and hunt mind, and winter because of the cold that keeps him and prevents him from exhaling are appetizers. In the south of France work can be started in March and resumed in September [that is to say that the dissolution begins at Aries and it ends in Libra; cf. our scheme of the zodiac and propitious times for the work]; but in Paris and the rest of the kingdom, it is rather that in April we can start the sap and the second is so small that it would be a waste of time to take care of in the fall.

We now know that the astral influence is felt preferably to the North; it is to the north [referring to Seven oxen around the North Star, allegory often used in the texts, see commentary on fugiens Atalanta; there is also a reference to the Magnet] that constantly rotates the magnetic needle, and that it is also to the north that the fluids Electric, Magnetic and Galvanic carry all their efforts, so as to this region that you turn your device, because experience has shown that any other side you would find not the spirit.

It is also necessary that the sky is pure and he has no wind other than the agitated cool night, [nox arcana, cf. alchemical emblazoned on the dew of May and the symbolism of Zeus] because without it we would get a very small mind and incapable of action.

We can start work as soon as the sun has set, and continue throughout the night; but should be discontinued when it rises, because its light disperses the mind, and no longer collects a useless and harmful phlegm.

Philosophers have held very far these secret things; they have spoken very obscurely, and still under the veil of allegory. On Espagnet [The Secret Work of Hermes, Natural Philosophy Restored], the Cosmopolitan [Alexandre Sethon, New Light chymical Twelve or treaties; see also the apocryphal Salt Treaty] and some others were ingenious descriptions of the spring season.

Nicolas Flamel, to designate the northern region, feigned a trip to Saint-Jacques de Compostela, [Fulcanelli again has shown that this trip was perfectly fictitious; the nickname flamel, cf. Hieroglyphic figures, the Desire Desire, or the flamel Testament Nicolas Alchemy] where he returned with a Jewish doctor turned [it is Master Canches or Mercury dying in large vomiting] who, having taught the biggest features of the work, died at Orleans, where he had him buried at Holy Cross.

We see the sky the Milky Way which runs from noon to the north where it forms two branches whose direction is variable due to the movement of the earth, and whose Compass follows the variation. The Milky Way is commonly called the Way of Saint-Jacques, because the pilgrims and the means, and that it serves as guidance during the Night for their big trip; it is also the Hermetic philosopher guide that recognizes in the south where it originates, and follows to the north where his mouthpiece. The converted Jewish doctor is the Mercury that he is on his way, and as is known, reveals all the secrets of art, when it is possessed. [Fulcanelli had read this text as found in Myst. Cath. absolutely similar story. Recall that Chevreul had it in his library mss the Jardin des Plantes, cf. Chevreul funds] Flamel designates him as doctor because it purges the metals from their leprosy and is truly a medicine. [this is where the adepts placed antimony as "false friend". This metalloid still finds its supporters ... Newton has devoted much of his own studies, cf. symbols and alchemical manuscripts of Newton] He actually a converted Jew, because the Light rises in the East and it is just a job. Finally, he killed and buried in Orleans on St. Croix to announce its attachment: that the cross marking the four cardinals points of the atmosphere shows more positively. This is a lie of the author of the book entitled Hermippus Redivivus [it is a treaty that is not included in major collections: Johann Heinrich Cohausen: Hermippus redivivus, or the triumph of the wise old age and the grave; containing a method to extend the life & the strength of man; Translation of the Englishman, according to Dr. Cohausen, and the second edition of London. By the square. Paris [Brussels]: Maradan 1789] tending to accredit fool system that the quote he made the alleged travel N. Flamel and he dares to support the relationship that was made by him, saying his two followers friends and affirming its long existence.


http://i.imgur.com/LSjcR6K.jpg

BV told Adolphe [there is a passage from the Ashdod] coming out of an underground in Rome, and holding in his hand a small lead box containing the parabolic figure of the old Adam:

"In my extreme delight, I looked to the south where the lions are hot, and then I turned north where are the bears. "

Saint Didier, author of the Hermetic Triumph, in his Letter to the disciples of Hermes, said that

"The study of this science is like a path in the sands where you have to drive by the North Star."

This star has always been considered as the guide some of our philosophy, and it was she who led the shepherds to the manger where the Saviour of the world was based. There are books entitled The North Star or philosopher, but the abuse which makes this emblem too many pseudonyms of authors, to give relief and make search, the review covered both défaveurs of it has lost much of its price. [again, another passage where Fulcanelli many rambled, as Canseliet. This transposition of the Christian world in the field of hermetic had its heyday in medieval alchemy time and was then taken by the scholastics of the Renaissance, Marsilio Ficino and as Pico della Mirandola. See the Chrysopée Lord of the pseudo-Lully; see also our St John the Baptist or our Isenheim Altarpiece]

Be aware that the astral mind being the foster father of the stone, it is necessary to collect a large amount. This harvest can be done in one go, so we will use them all the time that the work will last at least three years [that is to say, three years hermetic which do not correspond to the time " legal ". There appears flaw read three airtight days]; because it does not have to stick to what the authors say about the time their speech being only puzzles or allegories fabrics which I will explain elsewhere. Returning to the main topic of philosophy.

All the wise men agree, and this is an undeniable truth that the work is one thing you do adds nothing and abroad which there is nothing to subtract the filth and superfluities. Thus speaks B. Trevisan; and that he has borrowed from the philosophers who preceded him, was supported and unanimously repeated by those who followed. [which would tend to mean the opposite, though Trevisan is part of the least envious followers. We have shown in our Fontenay that add nothing to the material equivalent to having a Mercure "white" ... which we could not do anything if we do not mix, specifically, the sun's rays and Moon. This has been the subject of mythological analogies drawn from fables of Diana, cf. symbols]

Many people, hearing this wrong unit of the stone, put in a vessel they call a philosophical egg, one subject of their choice, they take on a light bulb or that they imagine, and wait and vainly dissolution. Others make amalgams, and are not better informed. They make no progress by many here are the main reasons:


1) - They work on dead matter; and when it will be on the real subject of philosophy, the vase and fire are not proportionate to it. [referring to the nature of the vase and the weight]

2) - They do not know that from the beginning to the end of the work, our material is double-I mean she has an agent and a patient without whom there would be no action in the ship that made Agent Male office and that of female patients, and both together, although separated by their nature, are only one body that is appointed for this purpose Rebis or two things in one. [This is one of the most important points of the work that is exposed. Again, you'd read the Cathedrals Fulcanelli of the Mysteries. The concept of agent and patient is fundamental home. The agent will be deemed to solar ray igneous and patient, Salt, that is to say the White Sulphur]

3) - Finally, their work is quite the reverse of that of Nature; for they can neither dissolve nor putrefy or distilled, or sublimate nor any of our operations. However they do not leave to undertake, saying to themselves: this is the work of Nature that we only need to lend a hand, it is to her to finish. And walking in blind, and with so much confidence, they are bound to run into each step they take in an obscure maze. [same comment, with stylistic devices that are found in E. Canseliet.]

We read in the Gospel that does not come from Lys on Brambles nor figs instead of grapes; such is the seed, and that will be the fruit, but a bad tree can not produce good fruit, and that for this it must be cut down and thrown in the fire; but those reasons do not affect them, and they are no less confident of success. However seeing the bad end of their work, they should make amends and acknowledge their fault; but, far from it, they attribute it to some accident they could not foresee, and recover with greater courage still in their stupid book. But let these ignorant swell at leisure vain smoke and we occupy more than choosing a due matter and its preparation.

It is under review the substance of the three kingdoms, as examine their composition, to know what they were trained. At first sight, this difficulty seems insurmountable. It is large, indeed, but not as much as might be imagined; because :


1) - All we need for this work, nor Alembic nor Retorts, let alone salts, ardent spirits, or Corrosive acids etc. [this is wrong for the work of the second work where one prepares Mercure items]

2) - We know moreover that all things of this world have a common origin, and that they differ only by the mixture of elements, but as I have portrayed above.

It remains for us in the third place that look exactly the point of their training.

Consider that Heaven and Earth have existed first; Heaven for an agent or male, and patient Earth or female gave birth to all things. [This is one of the great Hermetic truths. Its application to the chemistry was immediate: Heaven symbolizes the Mercury which is dissolved or Sulphur dye. The Earth is the receptacle or Toyson Gold Gideon; SEL is the Paracelsus or Arsenic Geber. This is the BODY of Fulcanelli] However they were not distinct from one another, and they first formed a dark mass and abominable. but the light having been separated, and both having been established, the mass moved off and gave signs of life. The elements were formed, the Universe and everything in it seemed then, and this admirable order of things remains since then, and remain so until it pleases the Ombudsman Sovereign to change it.

Life as we like to consider it, is but a battle of two substances, or a continuous interchange of light and darkness, one of these substances alternately takes the place of another, and is sometimes function male, sometimes female, so that when it pleases the divine author, everything turns into pure light or back in the Cimmerian darkness [Cimmerian darkness, cf. Fulcanelli, Dwellings of the Philosophers, vol. II, p. 140 and t. I when he wrote "the Cimmerian mountains." See also some details of the voyage of the Argonauts, especially when they go to Crete and the words of Denis Zachaire when he evokes the great eclipse of the Sun and Moon which Llull speaks], which shows that light and darkness are that same, changed shape and value by developing or tightening of the substance, that there comes a mutual attraction where spring, with movement, elementary inversion of the substance.

Who habet aures audiendi, Audiat

Now consider that the same way and the same material of which the world was created, the work of the wise is revealed, and that is why it has been called the little world or microcosm. So I said to you in a few words all you have to do for this great company.

So take the land first which is only one pure light surrounded by darkness, and then decrease in its principles with the torn stone without hands from the top of the mountain, in order to recognize in it three distinct substances are salt, sulfur and mercury, which are skillfully joint with the two which matter is formed, namely Heaven and Earth, form an admirable Quintessence whose virtues are infinite and incomprehensible. [§ everything is woven cable and it starts with a phrase which resonates two thousand years of hermetic. This land first or Adamic earth is none other than the White Sulphur mining: it is this pure light, the whiteness that made the importance of the ancient land of Chios and Samos, cf. chemistry and alchemy. As for the stone torn from the top of the mountain, it is similar to that resulting fumes indicate that Pliny in his Hist. Nat., Of "that stone which is not stone" in short this vitriolic material where you can see a guhr, cf. Vitriol Tripied.]

This wonderful stone appeared in a dream to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and came shatter and pulverize a large statue he saw standing before him, and whose head was of the purest gold, chest, shoulders and arms silver belly and thighs of brass, the legs of iron and clay there was amalgamated with human seed, but that was their adherent point either as iron can not be mixed with clay . .


http://i.imgur.com/RBxuITK.jpg
(Above: the two materials: porch Stock Exchange Bourges - cliché Alain Mauranne We see the two rams of tradition, Ares usual veiling Aries, here the alchemical torque shows us such a painting represents the famous ram Chrysomelle, both seen by John the Baptist and John the Evangelist)

Nebuchadnezzar just scared of this vision, summoned all the wise men of his kingdom, and demanded of them, on pain of death, they devinassent his dream and might give a correct interpretation; none of them was able to overcome. There was throughout the UK that a young man named Daniel and filled with the spirit of God, which could satisfy his request (Daniel, c. 2, v. 18).

This dream can be applied entirely to the work of the wise, and serve him Parabolic figure. We'll see, for example, the Magi of Babylon, peat false scholars striving in vain to hear the science, still trying to persuade that they possess, and resulting in lost track those who engage in them too good faith in Daniel a son of wisdom, to whom the secrets of nature are known, and can provide a healthy and true explanation.

The statue will be our Metallic Tree [this is the Arbore solari, cf. Fontenay] from its top to its root wherein are still confused Saturn and Jupiter Mercury as the first origin of metals [in fact, these three planets, more than metals, are hieroglyphics some salted mediators, what forget too. See Saturn rather the sign of a sulfide or sulfate; Jupiter some mineral or metallic lime. Finally, Mercury has the form in which lime must be primed]. Iron and clay mixed with human seed will represent Nature Artwork featured with hands; and the Stone cut without hands from the top of the mountain, and from breaking the feet of the statue and reduce to fine powder, will be taken or lightning that launches Jupiter, or the scythe of Saturn that you must skillfully exchange against the trident of Neptune, [that is round or carousel, if preferred, elements of the work, which is thus named: the zodiac solves the problem, applied to the microcosm of the alchemist] through some key I give you until Pluto showing jealous, and blowing from the depths of his cave in turn shows his power, by drying the water, and reducing tree ash or dust you he will sow and many precious stones. [Everything is said here. This is the dry track assation phase that marks the track of Pluto or if you prefer to Ploutos because of the desert, born the heavenly Jerusalem, cf. wet metal radical]

The Ancients, jealous of their secret, discussed the matter in its various aspects, in order to deceive the credulity of avaricious and ambitious people who dream only power and devastation. They confused with the philosophy about their raw material that gets only after much time and long work. Being in no way involved in their envy, I wanted to let you finger the subject as desired purpose and put it naked before your eyes, to deliver you to search the longest. I hope you know me appreciate my candor, and you will reap the most advantageous party, however, warning you to add my words a little grain of salt, you make them more susceptible.

Ferrara painted thereon as a stone which is not stone, which is hard and soft, and which is of no value; but if you want me to believe you will attach more about this said that the count of Treviso, because it was less envious than anyone, having painted this very topic at length in his Arca Aperta

(B. Husson points out that the author made a confusion and restores the exact quote from "The outgoing light by oneself of Darkness" which refers to Arca Aperta Here's the quote:. "The Count Bernard, defending take to the philosophical work animals, plants and minerals, adds, and metals only as if to say metals that have remained alone and agent, as explained by the author of the book entitled Arca Aperta, having made an extensive description of materials that are not propes our work, in his work. ")

and having made an extensive description of materials that are not our own work, in another work. Then I give you the advice of the illustrious commentator outgoing light from darkness, Bruno de Lansac, "Choose, he says, a material that has the shiny metallic"

(B. Husson again restores the exact quote Bruno Lansac: "We must take the metal especially gasoline there is not only power, but in act and that there is a metallic splendor") [gloss metal does not necessarily mean the metal, but the brightness.]

and I will add her not be metal or mineral, otherwise it would be useless. You know, moreover, that this is only the brilliant character of matter and which detects the eyes of the wise, and you shall observe to take the fruit instead of the root; because not only is it immature, but in an opposite hypothesis, it would still give you that you do tireriez sauvageon any party.

Dissolution is the first thing you need to undertake, because it takes the body to turn loose the enemies faced. Or fire and water are much needed here, especially as these are already enemies of their nature and just waiting to try their forces.

The mind, which I mentioned above, is defeated by a fire water you will use for this purpose. [Here some explanations are necessary, otherwise nothing understandable: the mind is seen in the direction of animated Mercury; Fire is the Sulphur, defeated first by water or Mercury - the common way -. Note that the Mercury participates WATER and FIRE. But it is then, sulfur has been brewed and, accordingly, it is said philosophical. Instead of the common Mercury - but not vulgar point there is a nuance - proceeds from the UAE and AIR. Look on it Atlas Chevreul, in alchemical idea, V] You emplirez Nature Vase [which contains the olei vitri] and you slow fire to distill the déflegmer. You will find at the bottom something fixed you keep to withdraw. You will pay over new spirit in the same proportion, and you will continue as distillation, until the camel can do more to contain, and that everything remains fixed to the bottom. By continuing fire to the same degree, you soon will see some agitation in your power vessel, but also in action, and that there is a metallic splendor.

Agitation caused by a small Southwest wind [cf. Atalanta fugiens comment on the winds of the work] which will be followed by a very pleasant rain in sight. The wind and rain from growing you will not see that in the vessel like a sea that will be more and more agitated until finally pacified the elements, everything is in order of nature. But the day gave way to night, darkness grows and the vessel is of a perfect black. This is the fiftieth Night, and she appeared three sailors because of fatigue they wiped. The day dawn, the horizon is clear and cloudless; the day will be beautiful.

This manner of expression is common to almost all ancient authors, and it is not uncommon to find players who take these words literally. The wind and rain are realities for them, and for them credulity embraces the smallest details of the allegory. This one, I'm going back in the right direction, will facilitate their understanding of others.

The vase Nature is the land that must be prepared to drink her mind. It is called a vessel, and it is indeed, since it contains. The spirit is added him is not a foreign thing since everything is out of it, and our earth is formed; that is why it is said to bring back the child in the womb: what can do that by ripping his guts. [This operation is one of the major operations - literally - of the work and it is that of dissolution. The repair period is that of the so-called réincrudation] We also need our land is divided in its smaller parts to reveal his great wealth, and so it shall be, if you often Soak his mind and that you let dry out as often. In this operation, phlegm evaporates, but the spirit remains and incorporated with the land he salified until saturation is complete; then the spirit is added that can no longer be contained on one reacts land set and forces him to dissolve and would salt; which is why this solution is compared to a sea; and because the spirit is added is joined to an alterative corrompante and humidity, it follows from the fermentation mixture a movement which is followed by putrefaction, and therefore regeneration, because the fermentation exchange bodies of Nature, and putrefaction, they do that exchanging their clothes against new and even more rich and brilliant, the Spirit Engine is a more upright origin. [but here the secret is kept. Because everything what is stated the author is conceivable only through the wet, when we know that the latter does not lead either to an impasse or to auric dissolutions, cf. our wet]

What the Material may contain moisture, without pouring outside, that's the extent [nature of weight compared to the weight e art: Followers believe that the weight of nature is known to God. But moisture in question has nothing to do with ordinary water: it is igneous water or, if preferred, aqueous fire issue ... Also it would -it some interest in bringing this famaeux weight nature of the extent of the fire. E. Canseliet ensures that here, watching melodic lines is not to neglect] to observe for imbibitions, and what we call the weight of Nature.

The material used as a vase, also serves as a furnace, because mind you enter there is a natural fire that cooked and digests to serve me, to the end, philosophical expressions.

It should not be less than fifty ablutions; because each ablution until the perfect drying, is counted as a natural or philosophical day; so that these days can last a week following season, the quality and quantity of material subjected to work. The great secret of the Wise to shorten the time is to divide the material, so that the days are less in length.

Although we may serve our common point of light for our operations, it is nevertheless certain that we need a temperature high enough that evaporation can take place and that the material does not languish and be lost. It is therefore useful and essential in the winter and in the workplace, to do a little fire, but not enough for the material to be heated, which would be worse than to have none; because the spirit would be hunted and could not be replaced. It is not necessary that the temperature rises five degrees Reaumur (18 ° C). [Again, this may not be realistic. Hunting spirit, hermetic language, is to burn the flowers, not having seen the extent necessary: ​​it is somehow distasteful]

When operated well and that the material dissolves, it turns black as. It is added to it in these various times that the mind needed to maintain its fermentative fire; and when the material begins to ferment, it must abandon its own fire until the perfectly white as it comes of itself.

The material is not liquid as a slurry, but thick and black as pitch or boot polish; it swells, rises in the cup gives desbBulles as compared to fish eyes and that we should not die because they contain the animating spirit. [cf. our symbols: this is one of the darkest points of the tradition]

After fermentation, the material collapses; it is then shining like pitch, and the finest black; it is the sign of putrefaction that is called Raven head. It then dries slowly and passes to gray ash. Soon a circle of hair more brilliant whiteness appears around the ship. This circle widens increasingly until everything is perfectly white. [this is the famous color schemes that are one of the mysteries of the magisterium thicker. It is remarkable that Chevreul is not perceived the importance of these colors, he, who, however, has so worked in this field, cf. biography ... Again, nothing real appears to exist and everything must be understood with the mind: this is what suputait Fulcanelli. Also there will we see the symbolic steps of the work. We have already had occasion to say that this capillary circle - the colors of the peacock's tail. - Distinguishes the beginning of radical conjunction of principles, such as leaves to hear the text of the Rosary.]

Before this happens whiteness, it seems some colors on the matter, which dominates the green, but they are not very pronounced, and are only temporary and of short duration. Nevertheless, compared to Iris or the rainbow sky. Only in subsequent operations they have a very pronounced character.

You have reviewed, without noticing, our different kinds of lights, first, to the fermentation, is called a double boiler, or sea, because it operates in a way that a saline solution [attention is made on the soda ash or soda, as well as admirable Glauber's salt or sodium sulphate]. The second is called heat manure, and you now know why. The third is called fire ash; and finally the fourth fire streetlight. [manure called the barn; it is an indication of saltpeter. Fire ash speaks for itself: it evokes the ashes of plants and refers to the fixed alkali addition it evokes the fire ashes, that is to say, the animated Mercury] We still others species lights, but who knows the first, undoubtedly knows all the others. Moreover we will post them in passing.

You will notice here that this work resembles that of the gardeners who water their gardens. What happens in this circumstance it? Topsoil which, as I watched you from the beginning, is formed as remnants of the body deteriorates and breaks down by recessive drought and humidity, and salt and provides a spirit whose plant feeds by means of the water it absorbs and which is the driver.

I return to the bleached material which is still far from the goal where you have to drive it.

Nevertheless, the main lock is open, there is more to enter the sanctuary, but always with caution in order not to fail and be forced to stop in so good way.


http://i.imgur.com/nldP9Ej.jpg
(post Bourges: the opening of the Philosophical Egg; Gemini of the work - cliché Alain Mauranne)

This white powder or reclaimed material is Mercury still a child, and to whom we must give wings of an eagle head and heels, that is to say from the feet to the head, so that he can fly, and rise to the highest region which is heaven. We must sublimate it as many times as in its dissolution in the astral spirit, it will leave behind land that will rush you and it will gather with great care. Philalethes calls these sublimations eagles [see the Air of the Wise]; especially as mercury acquires whenever great subtlety, and compares the Earth that Mercury throws back to the tail that leaves behind the vulgar mercury, as it is not purified enough. "Wash, he said your Mercury and purify by salt and vinegar until it leaves no tail behind him, sinking on a flat surface. "We shall soon know what he means by salt and vinegar and we already have an overview.

When Mercury dissolves the astral spirit, and we were separated by decantation and the earth lotion, to lose nothing, we put the solution in a cool place, and he made a deposit of three salts namely, a cottony, swimming at the surface and is mercury; the second is routed and nature of Nitre, and is between two waters; and the third which is a fixed and mineral salt that settles at the bottom. [it seems that here it is referred to the second work, when preparing the Mercury and Sulphur. Preparation of White Sulphur can be performed by alum and vitriol: a white powder is deposited, which is a fixed earth whose nature was not yet known at the time of Lemery, cf. chemistry and alchemy]

In the state shown here Mercury, it would pull dyeing plant, and would make a medicine. It is medicine itself, because if you put in the value of grain at the foot of an almost dead tree and that the arrosât, it would take a new force; but that would eat his wheat grass to stop there; we must continue the work.

The other two salts, they are reduced to similar mercury first, continuing the operation. To this end, when the salts were separated, the second species is dissolved in the astral spirit to water the fixed salt dissolve, to ferment and putrefy: and as he was not in great abundance enough to complete operation, it completes the imbibitions with dissolved Mercury, and we proceed as before, by the nature of weight. [astral spirit by means of dissolving metals; it is the common or green Mercury Lion]

Weight, if we are careful, here differs from the first, for the land needed only to be watered; but here it is necessary that the salt has dissolved and fixed until it can no longer receive moisture, it ferments, it rots and gives the same results as above, that is, -dire Mercure, then wash and you will separate the land to join it to the first.

To sublimate Mercury, ye separate it into two, you dissoudrez a half by the astral spirit, and you will by its means ablutions on the fixed part, as I have just taught you. You will continue your ablutions until complete dissolution, and then you let ferment and putrefy as before.

Here you have the second eagle mercury; and if you go to the seventh inclusively, this mercury will be very clean to dissolve gold, and it will dissolve without heat or boil, and how the ice melts in hot water; you will drive to the ninth inclusive, and you give him all the excitement he may be able to operate for greater things. But I warn you that if you wanted to go further, it would dissolve to the flint by the simple touch and you will not find more to contain the vase. [we pay here in the fully chimeric part of alchemy]

Each sublimation or eagle, you will separate the féculeuse black earth like the first time, and you join the first to make use as I will show you the second work; because the first was used entirely to how our mercury, but it is one that requires the most time. It is also the most difficult, which is why it is compared to the labors of Hercules, [on travux Hercules, cf. Fontenay Castle and Charles of Lorraine] he is surplus to the fair app: and when it is finished, the rest is looked more than a woman's work, and a breeze. It is more effective than washing brass, or make a impastation, which applies very well or women caring for laundry, or children who make meatballs and clay snowmen or soggy ground. Lavare and impastare, in hoc consistet sapientum magisterium.

The time of this great and important operation is about two common years. And when it is over, learning our masonry because it is only this one true, this apprenticeship finished, he gave way to fellowship whose events are much shorter and less severe.

You finally have the hands that universal Mercury which the sages have talked so much, by his means, you can attack to the heart of Nature, and retrieve medicines or dyes of the three kingdoms, giving them the same time a fixity and perfection they could not have. This Mercure is truly the strength of all strengths mentioned by the learned Hermes Trismegistus, the fiery dragon that destroys all things, the spirit of wine, or rather the water spirits of Raymond Llull [ cf. Chryspoée collarbone and the Lord], and vinegar of Cosmopolitan [New Light chymical]. It dissolves and sets at the same time because it comes from the union of two opposing fires from each other, although having the same origin. The first is an acid and cold fire, it is the one that dissolves and produces fermentation; the second is alkaline and heat it produces decay and fixed compound. Therefore BV at the end of its twelve key alerts you to distinguish the cold with hot, in the application of your lights.

This is not yet the fermentative heat comes from the alkali rather than acid, since it is a mere effect of the movement, as you may have noticed at the beginning of this Treaty; but because the presence of the alkali determines and keeps for putrefaction. [Mercury is an alkali salt]

The Mercure is only a half a generation, now we must proceed with the exaltation of Sulphur. And did Flamel The Trevisan and you Can take gold leaf extract and tincture projecting it in your Mercury you have dissolved before. This route is not the most noble, but it is the shortest; it is only a special dye is obtained, but the mercury universalized in the work and the same result.

It is far nobler probably pull of matter that universal dye. So you take all your land from eagles, and with them you will proceed with new imbibitions with the astral spirit, until they turn red and are a reddish brown. This is what philosophers call the calcination. Dissolved Mercury and projected it will extract the dye, by means of which you can proceed to the Philosophical Marriage will make the perfection of the work, and will finish the work, except that multiplication is repeated as speed .

This tincture is the crown of the King you must shoot ash, why the sage Pythagoras and after him many repeated "Do not despise the Ashes because the crown of King contained therein. "This is where comes the custom to keep the ashes of the dead. BV said without his preface that "the crown of the King is very pure gold"; and elsewhere he says: "It is a crown pulled ashes. "[This is one of the most exact formulas to describe the work of the alchemist] Gold is this tincture which we speak, and ashes is the land of eagles you apart. [designing and gold is the Sulphur and the ash is the same material of which Mercury is made of the EAGLES Philaletes]

It also requires you to know that Mercury, which is the extraction of the coloring, which is called dry water does not wet hands, because, although it is a salt that wets point he only virtue to dissolve all bodies and water makes salts and gums. [This is a valuable indication of the form in which this Mercury. Fulcanelli in his trilogy, did well to see that it was a salt; this salt is also the SCEL of the work, which is not - mind you - an allegory but the exact truth] On the surface, the water is called a solvent, but in fact it does that divide. The dissolution occurs throughout nature only by means of fermentation, while the Mercury provides the same opportunities; but in the higher things where the presence of water is void, and shall act, and as she does, that separate substances or substances for them to be taken, and put them through fermentation, single cause of dissolution. Furthermore dissolution is itself a more extensive division of bodies, or an absolute disjunction, and exact mix of all their parts. Sometimes in these circumstances that the disjointed parts and an opposite nature coming together to meet, collide and are waging a battle in which case we gave the fermentation name, [it is the battle of the two natures , one of sulphurous origin, or rather another mercurial lunar origin; one is also called SULPHUR RED or dye and one SULPHUR WHITE, cf. chemistry and alchemy] after which they unite again, but after that was purged from their abroad that causes corruption and prevents the union to be perfect; but after his complete separation, the union is so intimate that all the efforts of Nature to separate would be null and insufficient. So will the bodies and souls of the just judgment and after purification.

After extracting the dye, it remains behind a refractory land we call earth damned, because as sin, it is the cause of death and suffering. We must reject it carefully because it is that which prevents the ingress of dyeing, and causes down here antipathy and enmity among beings.

Boiling which usually accompanies the fermentation is depicted in our books as a battle between two champions, one of which must overcome the other, and put him to death; but do not take [this] quite literally. The boiling must not be issued until release of gas looking to get in balance, or by mixing, or by extension.


http://i.imgur.com/L6yq1Lf.jpg
[I](the image of the Green Lion; Residence Besançon, Boulot - cliché Alain Mauranne)

Similarly, when we speak of Hermetic Seal; it does not have to hear the exact closure of the vase fool fence and that would be more harmful than useful, since it would prevent manipulation as well as the separation and combination of substances in due time and proportions. We call and the meeting of several substances in one, so as not to separate them, for home, or in our language, open is the same as dissolving, and close, the same as set. We have seven seals corresponding to the seven planetary body, and knows one, knows all the others.

We also use a lot of terms familiar to the vulgar chemistry; must it be known once and for all that distill cohober, sublimate, calcining, reverberate, incérer etc. are with us from the beginning to the end a single operation, which is to dissolve and coagulate, which is the same as wet and dry, and that any learner can do.

Now that you have the main Enigmas solution that obscure our language and prevent or delay at least understanding, I will explain what it is that our philosophical marriage Beya and Gabertin. You must know by now that the red dye, which is the fixed Sulphur philosophers, and sometimes they call Lion, sometimes spirits of very sour wine or vinegar, and sometimes done here orpiment male function and is called Gabertin. Mercury or the white Tincture they call Moon, silver, water spirits, vinegar, arsenic, magnesium, leafy earth etc. Here is the office of female and is called Beya. [all names are mixed in here u inextriquable network: the lion is the hieroglyph of Mercury is unprepared, and it is then said green, be prepared and then it is the Red Lion. The very sour vinegar Artephius is the first form of this Mercury, very Pontic, which corresponds to senex Mercurius Jung. As to the Moon, it corresponds to the moon or sputum to the white foam and it is the ground which falls within the transaction processing by the alum vitriol.]

He must also know that these two substances, sulfur and Mercury that the little peasant called the two flowers, [the small peasant, cf. 1, 2, 3, 4] together constitute a single Mercury, said hermaphrodite, or rather androgynous, meaning male and female; in the operation that I will describe, they are alternately functions; therefore they are often given to one another and the same names, but especially that of Mercury, however, in making a small difference essential to know; they then put before the name of Mercury the first word to express the white dye. they call it Green Lion, Red Lion and Sulphur. If they call Mercury water spirits, vinegar, arsenic, magnesium, Moon, silver, they call [same remark as before: very sour vinegar has never meant that the first Mercury; we insisted several times on the confusion, moreover, between the White Sulphur obtained under a mercurial product and Mercury itself. Confusion holding, in truth, what a body, moreover very widespread, is a white Mixed containing sulfur and one of the main parts of Mercury, cf. Fontenay] a fair comparison and proportion red dye, Spirit of wine, very sour vinegar, orpiment, realgar, bright gold, Sun etc.

For last observation, I would point out that mercury is only a salt invert this mercurial substance; the Sulphur himself is never without Salt, nor the salt without Mercury, which makes you see clearly up in a three substances, substances which we call, for our accommodation. Salt, Sulphur and Mercury. [Note that we did not write a specific section on Salt; However, we find many details on this compound in chemistry and alchemy and in many other pages]

To proceed to the philosophical marriage, you separate your two Red Dye, and you let dry out some, putting each other apart for the need. How many people have failed, for ignoring this precaution! They believed that bleach the red, white and blush, was only an ordinary and necessary result of the march of the great work, and that all this was done to oneself. Let them know that red is fed white and red white; white is taken for the milk we feed the newborn child, or the virginal dress. As red, it expresses or increase the fire, or the clothing of change, it is taken by some for the Royal Coat. [Another secret of the most important of the work, which joins the mystery of color. Never has any follower clearly expressed the hidden operation by the "partition" of the stain. Canseliet spoke in his Alchemy explained on its classic texts, from "glass provision", which must mean that the sulfur embedded in the oleum vitri - which is the nature of vase - must be gradually separated, but it is only a conjecture]

So you will proceed to imbibitions on one half of your Sulphur, you have left dry, with white Mercury, according to weights and measures you already use and will continue so until complete saturation and that matter remains liquid at the bottom of the vessel, that is to say muddy. If you have surgery, you will get in forty days the dissolution of the body after which will come the fermentation and putrefaction. [on these 40 days, cf. wet metal radical]

In the fermentation, the material swells, rises and makes a little noise like an anthill; and when the decay will happen, the material collapses and black. It was only when she arrived at the perfect blackness, named head of the Raven, she is undergoing putrefaction. This is only the raw material of our work, that material found nowhere in the land of the living, however we do not create, but which is said to have flown over our heads, because that mercury having been sublimated nine times, the sulfur is still high above.

Philosophers are for the dissolution Mercury reign; it was during this reign that combine metallic them our principles, but it is here as appetizers; it is only here that Reign of Saturn or during the dark they start to count, or they take the start of the work, because the three principles are bound irrevocably and that the Seal Hermes is accomplished. [traditionally texts evoke the top of a mountain where takes place the radical combination of materials; violet color is then - alluding to OVI, lime metal] This is the Nature vessel must be close and not an egg crystal or any other matter; and closing does not include the throat of a vase so that air can penetrate there, but the intimate junction of Salt and Sulphur and Mercury, so that we can do more separated by such art whatsoever. [Batsdorff in the Ariadne thread, discourses of this nature Envelope Sealers]

There needs no external light to reach the whiteness, the material in drying it happens by itself. First, it takes the color of gray ash as compared to the tin, and is called the seal of Jupiter; Then she comes by degrees to the whiteness; but before we get there we see a circle on the material various colors, red, yellow, blue and green which are compared to the iris or rainbow sky, and others call the tail of the peacock. These colors, which hardly last, are replaced by a film of a blackish brown that streak by desiccation and lets see the matter in a gray soon after, you can see the edges of the vase a capillary circle of great whiteness ; then the Reign of Jupiter, announced by the gray color and philosophers compare fire ash, eventually, to make way for that of the Moon. This circle is enlarged successively until the perfect whiteness of the material philosophers call rightly or Silver Moon, since weight of Medicine projected on the white 10 silver, and then 100 other imperfect metal , transmutes it into pure silver than the mines.

The money is employed on this occasion takes place here close, and without him there would be no transmutation, it is in this sense that we must hear what the Sages say: that without gold , no gold is not feasible; they hear about the closing. [Chevreul has shown any analogy that existed between this ferment and leaven the dough, cf. alchemical idea.]

This bleached earth has the appearance of a shiny diamond powder and is divided into small blades: this is because the sages have named their land foliage in which they recommend to sow their OR, it is not as we see only half a generation, that is why we must continue the work if we want to reach perfection. [Fulcanelli wrote that we must "enter" gold and texts compare to that of ripening ears of wheat, cf. Theatre of Terrestrial Astronomy Edward Kelly]

You have to give this land to the culture required before sow gold, otherwise he would not fructifierait.

So we start the imbibitions with white mercury, according to previously observed measure. Using a well-observed fire, matter steals more and more, is covered with greenery, after which it begins to turn yellow and takes an orange that she could not overcome if the fire was increased .

This green as sung by poets, and if recommended by all philosophers is the reign of the beautiful Venus, which follows that of Mars is orange.

You remember giving two shares your Red dye: you just blanch the first, it must now be ashamed. So take the tincture in reserve, dissolve it projecting above the philosophical mercury and proceed with the tincture to imbibitions until the material reaches a beautiful red and dark purple poppy.

This is the medicine of the first order, both at Blanc Rouge, which heals all diseases when in use without metal addition, in an appropriate vehicle to evil, according to the prudence required, and with the addition, as close, two perfect metals, transmuted into gold or silver all the imperfect metals, such as copper, lead, tin, etc.

Previously than attempt a projection, try the material on a red-hot copper strip to fire. If Smokeless background is in the desired state, otherwise it should continue the fire.


[B]Multiplication

Multiplication is nothing but a repetition of all the work, from the philosophical marriage. You only have the task of sharing his two terms in the circle of whiteness and redness that, in order to proceed with the remaining half imbibitions with parents of the same blood. Mercury as well as the red dye in their first state, here are too imperfect to be able to combine our medicine.

You will carefully each dissolution Mercury, to separate a damned land rushes and you will reject with the less scruple, it is absolutely refractory, and prevents the ingress of matter in metals .

With all the conditions I have described above, without omitting anything, you will surely reach the desired goal if Philosophy.

However, do not try to override the sacred number nine, because the material if it is fixed, would have acquired a great fluidity and expansion, that no vessel can not contain it, it would be entirely lost.

With that, my brother, thank God for the grace he has made you, and I thank him for this helps in your plans, if they are rights, and that you remain in the paths of good.


[I]END


How much does your translation differ from this one?

Schmuldvich
08-20-2017, 12:48 AM
And here is the appendix to the French edition of "Recreations Hermetique" translated into English with the "Scholies" or "Commentaries" I believe Illen was referring to, which alone is worth great study...!










"Recreations Hermetiques (appendix)" by Anonymous

(From the same anonymous author) [in these scholia, the author speaks in veiled material of the work. Thus, the scholium 4 which speaks of clay; of 6, which refers to alkali; of 10, wherein the red sulfur is mentioned; followed by 11, where land is mentioned as aluminous clay first, which is not wrong; referring to the 14 marble; scholium 21, referring to the magical steel, cf. New Light chymical of Cosmopolitan; 35: dew of heaven, cf. alchemical emblems; 42: reference to SEL by mentioning the acid and alkali; 55: coal is raised, reducing body by excellence ... The rest of scholia is an indigestible hodgepodge of text who gets the body elements without more intelligence. ]


1st - Everything was beautiful from the beginning: the universe and everything in it came out of the Waters.
2nd - Water is a compound of various principles, if it was not, she would not feel fermentation or putrefaction.
3rd - The Water fermented, rotten and dried form as a slime can be called dry water.
4th - This Limon, that dry water is the clay which the Colossus of the world was formed.
5th - Clay is a smooth Earth, gray and heavy that we made the bricks.
6th - The alcalescence and not fat as its creaminess, and soap making.
7th - That's what makes it miscible with fats, but not an intimate way: at the slightest heat, the fat separates.
8th - Clay is not formally an Alkali; but it has an adjoining quality of his nature. He holds the intermediary.
9th - He often goes to the state of chalk or lime, but imperfectly, it retains more or less of its original form.
10th - Yellow earths, red, green, etc. are of this nature, but with added mineral stain.
11th - This dye is produced by mutation of a portion of the first land in vitriol the nature of the iron or copper.
12th - The dual action of the Spirit Air and mineral spirit operate these various mutations.
13th - The Spirit Astral, air and universal introduced in this topic, depending on its purity, gives a more or less noble.
14th - stone, marble, salts, crystals and minerals originate from this Earth.
15th - Clay is the natural first matrix and the world: the astral Spirit is the seed.
16th - The astral spirit is unequivocal sunlight and stars including air and both are filled.
17th - In our Earth system, the sun is the father of this spirit, the Moon is the mother.
18th - The Moon is called the mother of the astral Spirit, because his vivifique Light draws its source from the sun.
19th - However all the stars attaching their light, its real name is the Universal Spirit.
20th - We need that spirit is a fire, is dissolved by another fire, and becomes water.
21st - This Spirit is collected in the great sea of ​​the wise is the air by means of a magic steel that is of the same nature.
22nd - The central fire shut up in all bodies is a magical steel.
23rd - This magic word makes you see that it is not a real steel, but they do call and compared.
24th - All bodies who draw life look for their food. The animal kingdom is where this attraction is most visibly.
25th - As soon as the astral mind is drawn, it is reduced to water whose wise make their secret fire.
26th - Although all time are capable of this attraction, spring is the most suitable season next fall.
27th - At both times, the Nature regenerates, and the air is charged with the vital spirit.
28th - The Moon is the mother of this in mind, it is only when it shines it gives us.
29th - Therefore, the more its light is, the more this spirit is abundant.
30th - The Earth is round, and its movement is from west to east.
31st - The spirit pushed towards the poles by this movement, and finding that his rest to the north, he takes refuge.
32nd - North is his country, it is in this region of the atmosphere we must make harvest.
33rd - As soon as the sun appears on the horizon, it drives the mind, we must stop work.
34th - Esau sold Jacob his birthright for a mess of pottage, and divide their land.
35th - We must make it rain on earth the dew of heaven, that is to say, the mind, and that it is soaked.
36th - That the earth is neither too watered or not enough, but it remains wet.
37th - the earth can hold moisture is the weight of Nature. The land that is contains the vase.
38th - We must make water to earth after his perfect drying.
39th - and dry, make up the natural day.
40th - is called cohobation wetting and drying each distillation.
41st - Each imbibing the centrai fire fire Secret retains the spiritual portion, phlegm dissipates.
42nd - Or rather acid and Alkali does conjoin never to separate, because of the conformity of their nature.
43rd - As Alkali dominates, takes the reign of drought, but the predominant acid in turn makes reign moisture.
44th - Prédomination the acid results in the dissolution of the body, and causes the fermentation.
45th - This fermentation is a struggle between acid and alkali during which they kill each other.
46th - The acid has yet overcome the fixed since led him to dissolution; but also defeated the fixed volatile spirit which remains without action.
47th - Acid and alkali together forms an androgynous or hermaphroditic in nature.
48th - The completed fermentation, putrefaction comes after, and puts the seal on the first job.
49th - There were 50 or Goddesses Nereids humidities 50 Danaus daughters who married the son of 50 Aegyptus.
50th - It takes 50 ablutions of the spirit on earth, or 50 marriages of acid and alkali, the sky with the earth, for the dissolution.
51st - The alkali making female function, overcomes 49 times the male who is the spirit; but in the 50th the forces coming to miss him, he remains spouse.
52nd - Ablution is stopped as soon as fermentation occurs. This fire is compared to water bath.
53rd - Increasing the heat in the putrefaction is compared to that of manure.
54th - It is only in the putrefaction that the combination is effected. The principles contained in one substance can not be separated, and it is called Hermetic Seal.
55th - Coal that is black is made of gray ash, and the ash is pulled a salt by continuation of the fire.
56th - The body blackened with rot becomes gray and is compared to ashes, then white is the true nature of salt where saltpeter wise, that is to say the salt of their stone.
57th - Wise men still compare their material with soap, because regardless of its particular properties such as soap is composed of an alkali which fat Sulphur is attached.
58th - In ashes, say the sages, is contained Diadem of our young king; in the remaining land after the mining of salt, is sulfur.
59th - Sulfur is manifested in the earth with her concoction with our mind or Secret Fire.
60th - Philosophers call, external fire, the administration of the mind to the body, the acid Alkali or excitement produced between salt and wet.
61st - Geber defines sublimation rise by fire of a dry thing with adhesion to the ship, to express rot and exaltation of the substance, the fire, the dry thing and the vase is all the same thing.
62nd - The salt of the wise needs to be exalted to become their mercury. They have nine sublimation.
63rd - Sublimations are like the first work by the administration of external fire.
64th - Mercury must be done by the Mercury, that is to say, the fire must be of the same substance that the body submitted to the work.
65th - For this to be so, it must be dissolved in mind some of the salt to the imbibitions.
66th - To this end, we made, in each sublimation two units of the salt, to remain dry, and the other is dissolved to soak.
67th - He thus made a new dissolution, fermentation and putrefaction especially prompt that salt is higher in dignity.
68th - These sublimations that Philatèthe called his eagles, can not override the number nine.
69th - Each sublimation of nature or sea salt cure, it always separates, through dissolution, some land that we must meet in the first.
70th - These are all combined land that we put our mind to have sulfur.
71st - In this concoction, there is neither dissolved nor fermentation or putrefaction waiting, the body that blush increasing and reaches a brown color which is the last.
72nd - To have this blood-red dye which is solar gold, or the very sour vinegar, wine or spirit R. Lull etc. must be paid over the red earth, the philosophical Mercury up to two or three fingers; Then she gently separates and floats like a mercury Quintessence.
73rd - When dissolved with the astral spirit, the salt that is mercury, there must be dissolved in a cool, mercury then collects on the surface of the mind as a cream, but it is a salt , or dry water, although the liquid does not wet the hands.
74th - It remains in mind two kinds of salts other than mercury: namely a nitrous salt and a fixed salt.
75th - By subjecting these salts work eagles, and working the one by the other, they both arrive in perfect shape mercurial.
76th - There are two pathways for sulfur; the wet and the dry.
77th - The wet method is the one I have to teach, it is the longest, but the most noble, because of the difficulties overcome.
78th - The dry, as Flamel and B. Trevisan is followed, leads to the goal; special though.
79th - It involves separating the Tincture of common gold with mercury 7th eagle.
80th - This saves time on both sublimation of mercury and the whole concoction from the land of eagles.
81st - When we process the wet, we must reject the land that remains after the extraction of the tincture. It's a damned and damaging earth.
82nd - Whatever path you follow, proceed to the marriage of Sulphur and Mercury.
83rd - These are New Heaven and a New Earth that you're getting married together, and that will produce a new Jerusalem with a very powerful king.
84 - Take some of your Sulfur Dye or let it dry and he will form a land t soft and pleasant to the touch, a brown red.
85th - Make your imbibitions with Mercury, as in the first operation following the weight Nature.
86th - After 40 imbibitions that are deemed to 40 days the body will dissolve, ferment and rot.
87th - These two dyes, one red the other white as the Little Peasant appoints two flowers and others have called Big and Small Lunaire.
88th - We must bring this red stain the whiteness by imbibitions with mercury.
89th - These imbibitions must be made so that the land remains firm, though wet.
90th - Science remains in the principles; but the art is knowing dissolve and rot.
91st - This one is a master who has reached the degree of putrefaction, as though it is the lowest of the work, he is deemed the highest because of the difficulties it has to get there.
92nd - The main step is taken to arrive at the whiteness is a sovereign medicine against all kinds of ailments.
93rd - It's not that there are still some difficulties to overcome, but they are not insurmountable.
94th - For we can not due to the whiteness, it must first dissolve and black.
95th - It has to be a radical dissolution, which the body is reduced to its most minor parties, although it is not like the river or similar water.
96th - It is wrong that some philosophers spoke of black white, for though the whiteness kind of darkness, it is nevertheless the red that 1'a bleached and therefore even blackening first.
97 - Moreover this darkness is a dark veil that covers the white as well as red.
98th - Called the Seal of the dissolution Mercury bath-Marie, the bath of the King. As for putrefaction which darkness is the symbol is the goat manure or horse, and the Seal of Saturn.
99th - The dissolution is taken by some to the raw material of the wise, and putrefaction by others, given the essential and inseparable meeting of the two substances.
100th - Anyway, the dissolution is properly the chaos of the sages, in which heaven and earth are contained, and putrefaction is their material principle.
101st - It was only after 40 imbibitions the body dissolves, ferments and rots.
102nd - Called Crow Head, Lead Saturn or philosophers that first darkness.
103rd - As the first work we cease to administer the external fire when dissolution is complete.
104th - Matter is driven by his own fire until the white circle is the moon philosophers, Diana, Latona or bleached Laton.
105th - The whiteness begins with a capillary circle extending daily to the center; but before reaching the whiteness, the material changes from black to gray, which is the intermediate color and is called the ash fire, and the Seal of Jupiter.
106th - The white to gray transition is marked by the appearance of several colors, among which dominates the green: what made the whiteness give the Lion Green name.
107th - The wise call these colors Iris, Peacock or Swallowtail.
108th - Comparing this work until whiteness, fire Réverbère.
109th - The whiteness, which we said to be the reign of the Moon, is a half-generation. Sages call it earth with leaves for two main reasons.
110th - One is that when you look closely, it looks like sheets of glossy Talc.
111th - Second is that the rot where she just passed is the symbol of winter during which the ground is covered with leaves which formed a new earth in the spring, which is called earth ground leaves.
112th - The material can not go further with its own fire, you have to start the external fire.
113th - To prepare in advance for the multiplication must be separated into two matter.
114th - One puts one hand side, and the other leads to redness, continuing the job.
115th - Therefore is taken here labor imbibitions with mercury, observing the weight description.
116th - It must be like the first time that the land remains intact vessel at the bottom.
117th - The material gradually loses its whiteness and arrives at a green color which is compared to the vitriol, and called the Seal of Venus.
118th - By the continuity of the fire, it acquires a saffron yellow is the Seal of Mars.
119th - Matter can not by the same degree of heat gain greater redness, must increase.
120th - Fire is increased by soaking the body; Red Mercury set aside.
121st - This manner is continued until the material has acquired a brown Red.
122nd - Before reaching this dark blush, it passes a beautiful color purple.
123rd - The matter came to very dark reddish brown, OR fluid is true sages, their sun, their universal medicine.
124th - Except multiplications, there are more difficulties to overcome.
125th - It has two medicines; one white and the other red to cure any disease.
126th - These two medicines are not only useful to men, but to plants and minerals.
127th - Almost dead tree washed down with water in which is dissolved a single grain weight of this medicine, back to life, will blossom and bear fruit.
128th - It is with this medicine endless wonders above the natural power.
129th - If you are planning a grain of white medicine in ten good money, everything will be medicine, including a 100 grain transmute imperfect metals, silver better than mine.
130th - A red medicine grain projected on good molten gold, make gold in the same proportion.
131st - To larger beads and more beautiful than the natural, one needs only to dissolve with mercury and then molding.
132nd - It similarly increases the weight and beauty of diamond and precious stones.
133rd - We make artificial Ruby, although purer than natural by adding red dye.
134th - there is only God who can recall the body from death to life.
135th - Red dye is the seventh and final seal of Hermes which belongs to the sun.
136th - Multiplication is performed with parents of the same blood.
137th - Called one blood relative of the white and red dyes of the same operation.
138th - Mercury has not been coupled with red dye, is not unique to multiply.
139th - The Red and white medicine 1st degree relatives are of the same blood, and may multiply.
140th - It is with this intention that separates the two medicines in the Circles of whiteness and redness.
141st - The procedure is to first increase taking a share of red dye is dissolved with the white in reserve.
142nd - It must first dissolve the white with mercury to make the imbibitions.
143rd - It then restarts the first job with the same conditions and observing the weight of Nature.
144th - The separate pure from the impure shortens each time in half the time of the transaction.
145th - The projection of this second medicine is made out of 100 silver or gold, as close, and then a thousand imperfect metals.
146th - Weight and under the medicine increasing ten to each multiplication, a ounce, the ninth, transmute one million in pure gold or silver metal.
147th - The virtue of this medicine is so great that it can change in an instant face all sublunary Nature.
148th - That's the bad guys do not approach the wise hold it so hidden.
149th - After the ninth multiplication medicine can not be contained; it creeps through glass, such as oil through the paper.
150th - The entire work was completed in 150 days, except multiplications that can lead to two hundred.


http://i.imgur.com/pj5RGtm.jpg


Are these the "Scholies" or "Commentaries" you were referring to, or does your translation differ significantly?

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 12:57 AM
Aw, that's better! Good range of subjects. The majority of my books are non-fiction (history, archaeology, religion, philosophy, science, theosophy, Grail, UFO, esoterics, Kabbalah, homebrewing, winemaking, alchemy, conspiracy theory, supernatural, mushrooms, geography, statistics, lucid dreaming, eastern philosophy, nature, programming languages, chemistry, mathematics, logic, astronomy, surveying, medicine, alternative health, physics, planning, Egyptology, woodworking, survival, skydiving, scuba diving, various languages, mythology, literature, ancient civilizations, etc.). I do have some fiction - mostly science fiction, fantasy, historical novels, etc.

I was born with an extremely obsessive, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of all sorts, that seems to know no limits. Wish I could slow down and relax :-)

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 12:58 AM
And here is the appendix to the French edition of "Recreations Hermetique" translated into English with the "Scholies" or "Commentaries" I believe Illen was referring to, which alone is worth great study...!










Are these the "Scholies" or "Commentaries" you were referring to, or does your translation differ significantly?

Yes, those are the Scholies, although extremely poorly translated. E.g. "That's the bad guys do not approach the wise hold it so hidden." Don't even bother reading that version - it will only confuse you and distort what was actually written.

The actual translation (as one example of how very poorly it is translated), is: "It is in order to keep the wicked away that the wise keep it so hidden".

Schmuldvich
08-20-2017, 01:17 AM
Yes, those are the Scholies, although extremely badly translated. E.g. "That's the bad guys do not approach the wise hold it so hidden." Don't even bother reading that version - it will only confuse you

I think it's great!! Not perfect, but great! I ended up printing it out for more study the other night



http://i.imgur.com/RorgIdY.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/nlqbfdL.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/COaRku5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KLcpzXQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/bGuDJZq.jpg

Sorry for the bad quality pictures...


What is the source material (manuscript?) of the version you guy are about to publish?


...Is it from any of these?




Ms. 362 de la Bilblioteca central del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Paris

Récréations Hermétiques, in Deux traité alchimiques du XIX siècle, présentation et commentaires par B. Husson, L'Omnium Littéraire, Paris 1964, pp. 237-258.

Récréations Hermétiques, in Anthologie de l'Achimie, avertissement, introduction et commentaires par B. Husson, Belfond, Paris 1971, pp. 301 - 321.

Cent cinquante scholies, dans La Tourbe des Philosophes, 1981, XIV, pp. 34 - 43 e XV - XVI, pp. 47 - 56

G. Pasquier, L'entrée du labyrinthe ou Introduction à l'Alchimie suivie des Récréations hermétiques et des Scholies, deux manuscrits d'alchimie du XIX siècle, Editions Dervy, 1992, pp. 91 - 156


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Here's an Archive.org link: https://archive.org/details/RecreacionesHermeticas

Original French version (?) plain text with pictures: https://web.archive.org/web/20160309131145/http://herve.delboy.perso.sfr.fr/recreations_hermetiques.html

And an Italian version: http://www.labirintoermetico.com/01Alchimia/ricreazioni_ermetiche.htm



http://i.imgur.com/xoiT47J.jpg

True Initiate
08-20-2017, 02:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahJYUVDY5ek&spfreload=10One of those who reviewed, and provided valuable input to the translation, was a direct student and close friend of Eugene Canseliet, who, in turn was not only a direct student of Fulcanelli, but who was responsible for publishing Fulcanelli's two books after Fulcanelli "mysteriously left" for good.

Was it Jean Laplace? Why is this collaborator of yours such a mystery?

Kiorionis
08-20-2017, 03:08 AM
I agree with Illen, that translation posted above is terrible.

Can't wait for the real thing ;)

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 03:36 AM
...Is it from any of these?



Yes, of course.

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 03:38 AM
Was it Jean Laplace? Why is this collaborator of yours such a mystery?

No, and he's not meant to be a mystery. It's just that the agreements haven't been finalized yet, so it's premature to mention names.

Schmuldvich
08-20-2017, 03:51 AM
Yes, of course.

Nice!!! I am interested!

Will it be hardcover?

True Initiate
08-20-2017, 04:54 AM
This text is a prime example of translators forcing their false interpretations onto the readers. The text in blue is from original author, the text in red is inserted by the translator who wants to explain the original author. What a disaster!


The elements have a Centrum Centri that all eyes can not see; and they have a more Centrum Commune which called scholars do not dare to approach, for fear of revealing their turpitude (light). [centrum centri this is symbolized by the Sun sign: this is the SULPHUR, considered as a principle but not as the vulgar sulfur]

This caustic heat, accompanied by light, that fire is commonly called, is not the element of the name, which the sages wanted to talk. We take this occasion the effect for the cause, and it goes beyond the rhetoricians, who take at least the part for the whole. [it's actually a heat Pontic principle whose sages tell us what excluded any acid, any etching, etc. Alchemists call the solvent metal and allows them to prepare wet metal radical]

Fire is a highly subtle fluid, proceeding directly from the light and which is called, sometimes Electric, Magnetic or sometimes Galvanic etc., according to its various modifications, or rather, it is the light itself derived from its source and she remains detached. It is neither cold nor hot, and heat or cold are not the body, despite what Mr Azais but mere effects of motion or rest. [there is no question in body effect but, as well dist Chevreul, organoleptic properties of matter, that is to say psycho sensory effects by which we think we see reality, then that it corresponds to only our perceptions, cf. Chevreul]

And later:

We now know that the astral influence is felt preferably to the North; it is to the north [referring to Seven oxen around the North Star, allegory often used in the texts, see commentary on fugiens Atalanta; there is also a reference to the Magnet] that constantly rotates the magnetic needle, and that it is also to the north that the fluids Electric, Magnetic and Galvanic carry all their efforts, so as to this region that you turn your device, because experience has shown that any other side you would find not the spirit.

The original author does a great job of explaining the enigmatic drawing on the title page of "Compass of the Wise".

http://s3.postimg.org/m1z8aplqr/beff9b64a8f7c741f9365d41d5d45c53--hermetic-freem.jpg

True Initiate
08-20-2017, 06:35 AM
All what is left to do now is to identify those mystical unicorns called spirits.
Let's ask Fulcanelli:


Hermetic philosophy teaches us that bodies have no action on bodies and that only spirits
are active and penetrating. It is they, these spirits, these natural agents, that provoke in the midst of matter the transformations which we observe there, yet wisdom demonstrates through experimentation that bodies cannot form among themselves anything but easily reducible, temporary combinations. Such is the case of alloys, some of which are liquefied by simple fusion, and of all saline compounds.

Similarly, alloyed metals maintain their specific qualities in spite of the diverse properties which they take on in the state of association. We can then understand of what usefulness the spirits can be in releasing the metallic sulphur or mercury when we know that they alone are capable of overcoming the strong cohesion which tightly binds these two principles between themselves.
It is essential first to understand what the Ancients meant by the generic and rather vague term of spirits.
For the alchemists, the spirits are real influences, although they are physically almost immaterial or imponderable. They act in a mysterious, inexplicable, unknowable but
efficacious manner on substances submitted to their action and prepared to receive them.
Lunar radiation is one of these hermetic spirits.

The other spirit is Sun's radiation of course!

JDP
08-20-2017, 07:00 AM
All what is left to do now is to identify those mystical unicorns called spirits.
Let's ask Fulcanelli:


Hermetic philosophy teaches us that bodies have no action on bodies and that only spirits
are active and penetrating. It is they, these spirits, these natural agents, that provoke in the midst of matter the transformations which we observe there, yet wisdom demonstrates through experimentation that bodies cannot form among themselves anything but easily reducible, temporary combinations. Such is the case of alloys, some of which are liquefied by simple fusion, and of all saline compounds.

Similarly, alloyed metals maintain their specific qualities in spite of the diverse properties which they take on in the state of association. We can then understand of what usefulness the spirits can be in releasing the metallic sulphur or mercury when we know that they alone are capable of overcoming the strong cohesion which tightly binds these two principles between themselves.
It is essential first to understand what the Ancients meant by the generic and rather vague term of spirits.
For the alchemists, the spirits are real influences, although they are physically almost immaterial or imponderable. They act in a mysterious, inexplicable, unknowable but
efficacious manner on substances submitted to their action and prepared to receive them.
Lunar radiation is one of these hermetic spirits.

The other spirit is Sun's radiation of course!

Neither one is really a "spirit", and, of course, "lunar light" is only reflected sunlight. I have never seen any evidence that "lunar light" has any effects on anything. Solar light certainly can affect many substances, but even modern science has no problem accepting this fact. As for the alchemists, what they understood by "spirits" within the context of their "art" were volatile substances.

True Initiate
08-20-2017, 07:24 AM
As for the alchemists, what they understood by "spirits" within the context of their "art" were volatile substances.

This is your own opinion! I agree with Fulcanelli!

JDP
08-20-2017, 09:17 AM
This is your own opinion! I agree with Fulcanelli!

Not "my opinion" but what the alchemists themselves say. When they mention "spirits" they talk about things like mercury or arsenic, and explain that they do not resist the fire and "fly away" from it. Thus the name "spirit" applied to such substances.

And anyone knows that the moon does not have any "light" of its own, it's just reflected solar light:

https://www.livescience.com/45979-why-does-the-moon-shine.html

So no, Fulcanelli did not get this one right.

Illen A. Cluf
08-20-2017, 01:10 PM
Nice!!! I am interested!

Will it be hardcover?

Yes, the first run will likely be a fine hardcover limited edition of 200 copies, with foil stamping on the cover and spine. Subsequent to that, there may be another printing of a more affordable paperback version.

True Initiate
08-20-2017, 07:23 PM
So no, Fulcanelli did not get this one right.

He is not speculating about does a Moon emit it's own light or not but he talks about Lunar influences called by the ancients Lunar spirit, Lunar water, Dew of May, Lunar mercury, arsenic etc. He used the term radiation but as all other terms used by philosophers they are only allegorical puns. If we wanted to use technically correct term without any philosophical double meaning we should call it Lunar waves.

Dendritic Xylem
08-29-2017, 05:01 AM
I want the limited edition if the price is reasonable. I'm not too cheap...I expect it to be triple digits if it's leather bound and gold stamped.

Illen A. Cluf
08-29-2017, 08:40 PM
I want the limited edition if the price is reasonable. I'm not too cheap...I expect it to be triple digits if it's leather bound and gold stamped.

Thanks. I just got back from holidays and haven't heard back from the Publisher yet. Once I do, I'll let you know the price, etc.

Illen A. Cluf
09-21-2017, 10:17 PM
Thanks. I just got back from holidays and haven't heard back from the Publisher yet. Once I do, I'll let you know the price, etc.

I'm very happy to announce that the book is now available for pre-order. please see:

http://rubedo.press/hermetic-recreations

This is a very important book, likely used by Fulcanelli.

Illen

Weidenfeld
09-22-2017, 07:23 AM
I'm very happy to announce that the book is now available for pre-order. please see:

http://rubedo.press/hermetic-recreations

This is a very important book, likely used by Fulcanelli.

Illen

It seems that the pre-order function doesn't work or am I mistaken ?

Weidenfeld

Illen A. Cluf
09-22-2017, 01:00 PM
It seems that the pre-order function doesn't work or am I mistaken ?

Weidenfeld

Did you click on "Add to cart"?

Kiorionis
09-22-2017, 03:45 PM
Awesome news!

Illen A. Cluf
09-22-2017, 09:02 PM
Awesome news!

We're amazed at how many pre-orders have already taken place after only being announced today!

I think the very reasonable price for such limited editions is a factor.

Schmuldvich
09-22-2017, 09:12 PM
We're amazed at how many pre-orders have already taken place after only being announced today!

I think the very reasonable price for such limited editions is a factor.

Congrats!

What was your role in the group?

Illen A. Cluf
09-22-2017, 09:27 PM
Congrats!

What was your role in the group?

Thank you! Every one of us played a most important role. My main role was transcribing the original French text into the most accurate transcription to date, as both previous published transcriptions contained many errors. I also spent more time translating the French to English than the other participants (several years), although others perfected the more difficult parts of the translation afterwards, using their more subtle knowledge of French. I also played an important contributory role in the commentaries and footnotes.

In short, it was a group effort, involving one of the most acknowledged names in modern alchemy (a direct student and close friend of Eugene Canseliet, who in turn was not only the direct student of Fulcanelli, but who was responsible for publishing his books).

Dendritic Xylem
09-23-2017, 07:04 AM
I added it to the cart, but when I hit "checkout" it just goes to a completely blank web page.

Please don't tell me the first edition has already sold out.

Illen A. Cluf
09-23-2017, 01:38 PM
I added it to the cart, but when I hit "checkout" it just goes to a completely blank web page.

Please don't tell me the first edition has already sold out.

No, it is not sold out yet. I will let the Publisher know.

thoth
09-23-2017, 03:58 PM
I just ordered mine now.
I did have problems using a different browser.

Google chrome worked for me, and when you add to cart, you then need to click on the "cart" link on top right (to right of "Rubedo Press"). The "cart" link is in very faint text so easy to miss

Illen A. Cluf
09-23-2017, 05:54 PM
I just ordered mine now.
I did have problems using a different browser.

Google chrome worked for me, and when you add to cart, you then need to click on the "cart" link on top right (to right of "Rubedo Press"). The "cart" link is in very faint text so easy to miss

Thanks for providing a temporary solution, Thoth! I still haven't heard back from the Publisher on this issue, although he's been notified.

Dendritic Xylem
09-23-2017, 06:52 PM
Yes, the browser seems to be the issue. I was using firefox on lubuntu. But chrome works. Thanks everybody.

Illen A. Cluf
09-24-2017, 01:26 PM
Thanks for providing a temporary solution, Thoth! I still haven't heard back from the Publisher on this issue, although he's been notified.

I have heard back from the Publisher. He's made some changes, but is unable to address every browser. Here's what he wrote:

"The website is configured to function optimally across platforms and devices, but unfortunately I cannot ultimately control how different browsers handle or mishandle the website. The best I can do is to make the cart more visible. It now has an icon with a red indicator for added items, which should be more than enough to get people's attention. The cart is also located at the top right-hand side of the header, which is where people generally expect to find carts. It's a little more ostentatious than I would like, but if people aren't seeing it, then I guess we have to make sure it is noticeable."

"If anyone is still having problems, please be sure to give them my email: ac@rubedo.press

"I am happy to deal with it directly."

Thus, I would advise trying a different browser and if it still doesn't work, contact the Publisher directly at the email address above. He will be more than happy to resolve the issue directly.

Weidenfeld
09-25-2017, 11:46 AM
Firefox (Win 10) seem to be the issue .... Android Chrome solved it !

Kiorionis
09-25-2017, 11:29 PM
I had no problems pre-ordering a copy.

Illen A. Cluf
09-30-2017, 12:14 AM
A very inspiring little documentary from the Publisher of the book, Récréations Hermétiques, in New Zealand, showing the book at the end.

https://vimeo.com/236019098