From one comes two comes a third thing.

This is Alchemy.

Origin, Separation, Conjunction


Unity, Duality, Harmony

"An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher’s Tincture of Theophrastus Paraceslus" by Alexander von Suchten, 1550

Having taken the [one] right philosophical matter, you are now to extract from it [two] things contained therein, viz., the Eagle, and then the Body, which, as Everlasting Balsam, contains also the [third] thing, the Spiritual Soul, the Golden Glitter, or true gold seed.

"The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers" by Paracelsus, 1600

This spiritual Essence, or One Thing, was revealed from above to Adam, and was greatly desired by the Holy Fathers; this also Hermes and Aristotle call the Truth without Lies, the most sure of all things certain, the Secret of all Secrets. It is sought by many and found by few. In its [first] state, it appears as an impure earthly body, full of imperfections. In its [second] nature, it appears as a watery body, somewhat more beautiful than before, because (although still having its corruptions) its Virtue is greater. But in its [third] nature it appears as an aerial body, of an oily nature, almost freed from all imperfections, in which form it does many wondrous works.

"Twelve Keys" by Basil Valentine, 1618

Our Stone, as it has been bequeathed to me by the Ancients, is derived from [two] things, and [one] thing, in which is concealed a [third] thing. This is the purest truth, and a most faithful saying. For male and female have from of old been regarded as one body, not from any external or visible consideration, but on account of the ardour of that mutual love which naturally draws them together into one; and as the male and female seed jointly represent the principle of propagation, so also the sperm of the matter out of which our Stone is made can be sown and increased. Know that our seed is produced in the following way. A celestial influence descends from above, by the decree and ordinance of God, and mingles with the astral proper ties. When this [one] union has taken place, the [two] bring forth a [third].

"Book Of Alze", 1625

I shall speak not only about our [one] ore, but also about our union or conjunction of water and mercury. These [two], body and spirit, have a [third] thing which represents their common substance.

"Dwellings Of The Philosophers" by Fulcanelli, 1929

The matter, long subjected to the action of the flame, yields its impure scorched parts to it. Thus fire, by its frequent reiterated action on water, forces the latter to better defend its specific qualities by abandoning its superfluities. The water contracts, tightens itself to resist Vulcan’s tyrannical influence; it is nourished by fire which aggregates its pure and homogeneous molecules, and finally it is coagulated into a dense corporeal mass. The [one] body on which we operate, is more earthly than heavenly. It is useful to know that the brief but violent fight fought by the knight only ceases with the death of both champions (hermetically, the eagle and the lion) and their union into a new body whose alchemical signature is the griffin. The combination of the [two] initial matters, one volatile, the other fixed, produces a [third] body, fixed, which marks the first stage of the stone of the philosophers.

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Quote Originally Posted by Chasm View Post
Our matter begins as [one]

It is separated into [two] components
(Many scripts begin here)

The two components give rise to a [third] component
(A philosophical marriage occurs)

All components recombine and morph into a fixed component
(This component is the regenerated matter, fertile soil)

The two things are begotten of one thing. The coction of the two yields a third thing.