1702: Marsilio Ficino on the alchemical art

Item 7 from Ms. Sloane 3638. Transcribed by Justin von Budjoss. This text is a translation of a Latin text, Marsilius Ficinus, ‘Liber de Arte Chemica’, which was printed in the Theatrum Chemicum, Vol 2, Geneva, 1702, p172-183. It is not entirely certain if this text was actually written by Ficino, or was later ascribed to him. “An unknown concerning the Chymicall Art. But Lucerna Salis affirms him to be Marcilius Ficinus, an Italian of the Dukedome of Florence or Tuscany, in the year 1518.” Chapter 1. Of the generation of metals in the bowels of the earth. The opinion and determination of all who philosophize rightly is the same: that all metals are generated by the vapor of sulphur, and of argent vive. Because when the fat of the earth being heated, finds the substance of water somewhat globulous, it as well by its natural virtue, as by the rays […] Read More

1536: Coelum philosophorum by Paracelsus

THE COELUM PHILOSOPHORUM, OR BOOK OF VEXATIONS; By PHILIPPUS THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS. THE SCIENCE AND NATURE OF ALCHEMY, AND WHAT OPINION SHOULD BE FORMED THEREOF. Regulated by the Seven Rules or Fundamental Canons according to the seven commonly known Metals; and containing a Preface with certain Treatises and Appendices. THE PREFACE OF THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS TO ALL ALCHEMISTS AND READERS OF THIS BOOK. YOU who are skilled in Alchemy, and as many others as promise yourselves great riches or chiefly desire to make gold and silver, which Alchemy in different ways promises and teaches; equally, too, you who willingly undergo toil and vexations, and wish not to be freed from them, until you have attained your rewards, and the fulfilment of the promises made to you; experience teaches this every day, that out of thousands of you not even one accomplishes his desire. Is this a failure of Nature or of Art? I say, no; but it […] Read More

1687: 157 Canons

These 157 alchemical canons were published, together with the 153 alchemical aphorisms, in Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont, One hundred fifty-three chymical aphorisms. Briefly containing whatsoever belongs to the chymical science. Done by the labour and study of Eremita Suburbanus. Printed in Latin at Amsterdam, October. 1687. To which are added, some other phylosophick canons or rules pertaining to the Hermetick science. Made English and published for the sake of the sedulous labourers in true chymistry… by Chr. Packe. London: for the author, sold by W. Cooper. 1688. This was included in the earlier compendium by Benedictus Figulus, Pandora magnalium naturalium…, Strassburg, 1608. To the Lovers of Hermetic Studies. ALL the Books of Philosophers, which treat of the abstruse Hermetick Medicine, are of nothing but a Spagyrical Labyrinth, in which, for the most part, the Disciples of Art fall into various Ambages and Deceits; so that even to this day, […] Read More

1697: On the Philadelphian Gold

A Conference betwixt Philochrysus and Philadelphus On the Philadelphian Gold. Philochrysus: This was upon me to ask you. You may remember then that you told me how the description of your city which we then read, was more literal, than is easy to be believed, and withal more mystical than it is possible for the wisest of mortals to comprehend. And in particular you told me that it was built first of true and substantial Gold; secondly of fine Gold; thirdly of transparent or glassy Gold; and fourthly of living Gold. I desire now that you would answer me to all these particulars in order. Do you then say that this city is built of true Gold, and that it is not only metaphorically said to be built of Gold? Is it as real and substantial, is it as visible and palpable, and has it as many good qualities as […] Read More

1700s: Freher’s Process in the Philosophical Work

The Process in the Philosophical Work considered as thoroughly analogical with that in Man’s Redemption through Jesus Christ; and represented by positions given thereof, as to its principal points in Behmen‘s Signatura Rerum, chapters, vii, x, xi, xii. 1. Adam’s primeval state in Paradise, and the manner of his spoiling himself, his whole created being, by his lustful imagination after the knowledge of good and evil, is rightly by this author, not only spoken of in the first beginning of his description, but also frequently repeated and variously expressed throughout his whole discourse. For if Man understandeth not his own corrupted nature, and that curse which he himself lieth under, how can he be imagined to be able for an understanding of the nature and curse of the Earth? Or upon what ground can he presume to deliver such or such a particular thing from that curse; or to […] Read More

1516: The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists by Paracelsus

�The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists. By Philippus Theophrastus Bombast, Paracelsus the Great NATURE begets a mineral in the bowels of the earth. There are two kinds of it, which are found in many districts of Europe. The best which has been offered to me, which also has been found genuine in experimentation, is externally in the figure of the greater world, and is in the eastern part of the sphere of the Sun. The other, in the Southern Star, is now in its first efflorescence. The bowels of the earth thrust this forth through its surface. It is found red in its first coagulation, and in it lie hid all the flowers and colours of the minerals. Much has been written about it by the philosophers, for it is of a cold and moist nature, and agrees with the element of water. So far as relates to the […] Read More

Alien Experiences

 by Misty http://www.angelfire.com/nm2/aona/aliens.html When I was living in London in the early 1980s, I used to watch the sky quite frequently for UFOs and saw them night after night positioned silently outside. Sometimes more than one was there and they used to put on a little dance show for me. Up and down and sideways, like they knew I was watching to show me that they weren’t stars. They were slightly bigger than a star and while the stars moved across the sky during the night, these didn’t. It was very surreal, because people didn’t think much about UFOs then. I was struggling to believe there was life out there myself, except that three of my friends, who visited frequently, swore that they too saw the UFOs silently sitting outside. One friend still to this day claimed recently that she doesn’t believe in aliens but she definitely saw UFOs […] Read More