Yarker’s Introduction to the Golden Tractate

For the sake of accuracy, we have typed the Introductory Essay verbatim, in every respect. With Bro. Yarker’s statement regarding the Rosicrucian Societies, those who are well informed on the subject will take issue and it is clear to members of the Fraternity who have investigated the historical side of the Fraternity that Bro Yarker was not only badly informed in this particular area but also that he berates with a decided pro-Masonic leaning, conveying the idea that the Rosicrucians were a sort of appendage of Freemasonry whereas we have every reason to believe that Freemasonry owes its origin to the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. – Frank Modica. Introduction. In order to form a just estimate of the following Treatise, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus – as the Greeks termed Thoth – it will be necessary to consider that in all time there have been two opposing schools of science, or, as […] Read More

The Denials and the Mistakes of the Nineteenth Century

At or near the beginning of the present century all the books called Hermetic were loudly proclaimed and set down as simply a collection of tales, of fraudulent pretences and most absurd claims, being, in the opinion of the average man of science, unworthy of serious attention. They “never existed before the Christian era,” it was said; “they were all written with the triple object of speculation, deceit and pious fraud”; they were all, the best of them, silly apocrypha. In this respect, the nineteenth century proved a most worthy progeny of the eighteenth. For in the age of Voltaire, as well as in this, everything that did not emanate direct from the Royal Academy was false, superstitious and foolish, and belief in the wisdom of the Ancients was laughed to scorn, perhaps more even than it is now. The very thought of accepting as authentic the works and […] Read More

650 C.E.: TABULA SMARAGDINA HERMETIS TRISMEGISTI

The Emerald Table, which is a seminal text for Islamic and Western Alchemy, first appeared in the following works: Kitab Sirr al-Khaliqa wa Sanat al-Tabia (c. 650 C.E.), Kitab Sirr al-Asar (c. 800 C.E.), Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani (12th cent.), and Secretum Secretorum (c. 1140). TABULA SMARAGDINA HERMETIS TRISMEGISTI (Latin version of H. Khunrath) Verba secretorum Hermetis – Verum, sine mendacio, certum et verissimum : quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius; et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius. Et sicut omnes res fuerunt ab uno, mediatione unius, sic omnes res natae fuerunt ab hac una re, adaptatione. Pater ejus est Sol, mater ejus Luna; portavit illud Ventus in ventre suo; nutrix ejus Terra est. Pater omnis telesmi totius mundi est hic. Vis ejus integra est si versa fuerit in terram. Separabis terram ab igne, subtile a spisso, suaviter, cum magno […] Read More

1536: The Aurora of the philosophers by Paracelsus

BY THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS. WHICH HE OTHERWISE CALLS HIS MONARCHIA.1 CHAPTER I. CONCERNING THE ORIGIN OF THE PHILOSOPHERS’ STONE. ADAM was the first inventor of arts, because he had knowledge of all things as well after the Fall as before2. Thence he predicted the world’s destruction by water. From this cause, too, it came about that his successors erected two tables of stone, on which they engraved all natural arts in hieroglyphical characters, in order that their posterity might also become acquainted with this prediction, that so it might be heeded, and provision made in the time of danger. Subsequently, Noah found one of these tables under Mount Araroth, after the Deluge. In this table were described the courses of the upper firmament and of the lower globe, and also of the planets. At length this universal knowledge was divided into several parts, and lessened in its vigour and power. […] Read More

1536: The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers by Paracelsus

THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS WRITTEN AGAINST THOSE SOPHISTS BORN SINCE THE DELUGE, IN THE AGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD; By PH. THEOPHRASTUS BOMBAST, of HOHENHEIM, Philosopher of the Monarchia, Prince of Spagyrists, Chief Astronomer, Surpassing Physician, and Trismegistus of Mechanical Arcana.� PREFACE. SINCE you, O Sophist, everywhere abuse me with such fatuous and mendacious words, on the ground that being sprung from rude Helvetia I can understand and know nothing: and also because being a duly qualified physician I still wander from one district to another; therefore I have proposed by means of this treatise to disclose to the ignorant and inexperienced: what good arts existed in the first age; what my art avails against you and yours against me; what should be thought of each, and how my posterity in this age of grace will imitate me. Look at […] Read More

1572: The Practise of Mary

THE PROPHETESS IN THE ALCHYMICALL ART. (source: Alchemy Virtual Library – www.levity.com/alchemy) (British Library MS. Sloane 3641 folios 1-8. Also in Auriferae artis 1572, Alchymia vera 1604, Arnaldus de Villa Nova Opus Aureum 1604, Lumen chymicum novum 1624 and Theatrum chemicum 1659) Aros the Philosopher had a meeting with Mary the Prophetess the Sister of Moyses, and approaching to her, he paid her respect and said unto her. O Prophetess, I have truly heard many say of you that you whiten the Stone in one day. And Mary said, Yea, Aros, even in a part of one day. Aros said: O Lady Mary, when will the Work be which you affirm? How shall we whiten and afterwards add blackness? Mary said; O Aros, oftentimes Nations have dyd about this part. Know you not, O Aros; that there is a water or a thing which whitens Hendragem? Then Aros answering […] Read More

1200s: Tract on the Tincture and Oil of Antimony by Roger Bacon

Preface Dear reader, at the end of his Tract on Vitriol, Roger Bacon mentions that because of the multiplication of the Tincture that is made from Vitriol, the lover of Art should acquaint himself with the Tract De Oleo Stibii. Therefore I considered that it would be good and useful that the Tract De Oleo Stibii follows next. And if one thoroughly ponders and compares these tinctures with one another, then I have no doubt that one will not finish without exceptional profit. Yet, every lover of Art, should mind always to keep one eye on Nature and the other on Art and manual labour. For, when these two do not stand together, then it is a lame work, as when someone thinks he can walk a long path on one leg only, which is easily seen to be impossible, Vale. Joachim Tanckivs De Oleo Antimonii Tractatus. ROGERII BACONIS […] Read More