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  1. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Sorry I had missed that first paragraph. I have a new puppy that thinks he's a shark right now. I don't have a good grasp of classical mythology.. I pick up bits and pieces on a "need to know basis".

    The only reason I could identify him by lion skin and labours is.. astronomy/constellations.
  2. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Yes. The lion skin, the labours.. these are references to Hecules right?
  3. Florius Frammel's Avatar
    Florius Frammel -
    I'm afraid I don't understand your question. Do you maybe want to say you prefer the name Herakles?

    Anyway, it's this guy:

  4. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
  5. Florius Frammel's Avatar
    Florius Frammel -
    Yes, I agree with your opinion on the damages.
    The same issue counts for the text. The words of two pages got blended into each other what makes both unreadable. I especially like the image with the Hydra in the flask. It was the second labor of Hercules after he first killed the lion with his bare hands (without the secret solvent). His problem in this task was, that once he cut off a head, another one grew immediately. A crab came to help the Hydra and Hercules trampled on it with his foot, cracking and killing it.

    Many see in these first two labours the most important steps of the very beginning of the great work, still in the realm of ordinary chemistry/spagyrics. So this author, like some others, seems to also point to the necessity of having a closed vessel in this second step, which already looks as if it's already a cooking of the lion's skin one needs to get hold of in the first labour.
  6. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Thanks for the feedback. It mentions "war damage", and a "failed restoration" in 1961. I assume the glued pages is a result of the latter. There is also very bad bleed as well, I'm not sure how that's explained by either of those. Without careful inspection it's hard to tell if you're looking at the "postive" image, or the "negative image" bleeding from the other side. Some of them (flask images mainly), it seems that there are seperate flasks on either side, that coincide and bleed into each other, ruining both
  7. Florius Frammel's Avatar
    Florius Frammel -
    Wow. This is a very beautiful version. The accompanied texts seem to be different from and more practical than the usual text of the Splendor Solis.

    For 16th century german it's incredibly good readable. Unfortunately there are some pages in the middle where it looks like that there were two pages glued together which makes those parts unreadable.

    The latin text is interesting too. Anyone interested in a transcription/translation collaboration? I'd do the readable german parts.
  8. Seraphim's Avatar
    Seraphim -
    Those are really nice images, thanks for sharing. Will have to read Lambspring again, I didn't understand it.
  9. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Well this is embarrassing. I have an english translation of Lambspring posted with really nice images, but I've never read it.

    Excellent quote.

  10. Seraphim's Avatar
    Seraphim -
    I enjoyed the quote, thanks for sharing. The Salamander is interesting imagery. It reminds me of both earth and water for some reason but I don't know the proper meaning.

    Yes sorry, it is from the Talmud.

    Here is another quote about the Salamander which references its blood.

    "In all fables we are told
    That the Salamander is born in the fire;
    In the fire it has that food and life
    Which Nature herself has assigned to it.
    It dwells in a great mountain
    Which is encompassed by many flames,
    And one of these is ever smaller than another -
    Herein the Salamander bathes.
    The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest -
    In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified.
    Then he hies him to his cave,
    But on the way is caught and pierced
    So that it dies, and yields up its life with its blood.
    But this, too, happens for its good:
    For from its blood it wins immortal life,
    And then death has no more power over it.
    Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth,
    The same has not its like in the world.
    For this blood drives away all disease
    In the bodies of metals,
    Of men, and of beasts.
    From it the Sages derive their science,
    And through it they attain the Heavenly Gift,
    Which is called the Philosopher's Stone,
    Possessing the power of the whole world.
    This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts,
    That we may remember them for ever."

    Zoroasters Cave
    "I tell thee that our Semen is the true Salamander, conceived by fire, nursed by fire, and
    perfected by fire. Idem."
  11. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Nice one. The Ginzberg quote had come up in relation to the Phoenix. The salamander bit was an extra bonus. The salamander imagery has kind of puzzled me. I've noticed it all over the place. The usual alchemical creatures are pretty normal/mainstream, but the salamander seems kind of out of place (other than the dragon). Maybe it was a more popular creature to know about in the past?

    That's quoting the Talmud, right?
  12. Seraphim's Avatar
    Seraphim -
    That is very interesting about the Phoenix and Salamander thank you for sharing Greg. Found this about the Phoenix also.

    Sanhedrin 108b

    As for the phoenix, my father discovered it lying 'in the hold of the ark. "Dost thou require no food?" he asked it. "I saw that thou wast busy," it replied, "so I said to myself, I will give thee no trouble." "May it be (God's) will that thou shouldst not perish," he exclaimed; as it is written, Then I said, I shall die in the nest, but I shall multiply my days as the phoenix.'
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
    Updated 12-25-2019 at 10:53 PM by Seraphim
  13. Kiorionis's Avatar
    Kiorionis -
    That’s some amazing imagery!
  14. Seraphim's Avatar
    Seraphim -
    That is nice and cool pics thanks for sharing. Dr. Bob was on some good stuff it looks like. I like the angels wings and the crow on the drivers side with the Light and the old school flames look cool too. The way he painted "S)He is Coming" is also interesting.
    Updated 08-20-2019 at 12:26 AM by Seraphim
  15. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
    -Douglas Adams
  16. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    Well except for his end, right? I hope a hanging is not in my future. I actually have used "Kasaubon/Casaubon" as an alternate nickname quite a bit. I think Eco said it was after Isaac, but Eliot's seems so on the nose for Eco's book:

    In George Eliot's Middlemarch, Edward Casaubon spends his life in a futile attempt to find a comprehensive explanatory framework for the whole of mythology. He is writing a book which he calls the Key to all Mythologies. This is intended to show that all the mythologies of the world are corrupt fragments of an ancient corpus of knowledge, to which he alone has the key. Poor Mr Casaubon is, of course, deluded. His young wife Dorothea is at first dazzled by what she takes to be his brilliance and erudition, only to find, by the time he is on his deathbed, that the whole plan was absurd and she can do nothing with the fragments of the book that she is supposed to put into order for publication.
    Of course, this "ancient corpus" has a name, which I only learned much later.. the "Perennial philosophy". not unconnected to how i came to study in the first place.
  17. Florius Frammel's Avatar
    Florius Frammel -
    And I thought you'd prefer "Belbo" ;-)
  18. vigilance's Avatar
    vigilance -
    ha. I'd prefer to be Morpheus.
  19. theFool's Avatar
    theFool -
    shall we call you Neo as nickname?
  20. Seraphim's Avatar
    Seraphim -
    Greg thanks for sharing.
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