By Antoine-Joseph Pernety
This can be a hugely instructed paintings on alchemy. Althought it does not precisely supply away any "secrets" it is helping clarify a lot of the worldview of the alchemists of historical (and modern!) times.
"Of the technique of Arriving on the mystery the necessities worthwhile so as to arrive at this mystery, are: the information of Nature and of one's self. One won't comprehend the 1st completely, or maybe the second one, with out the help of Alchemy. the affection of knowledge, the horror of crime, and of falsehood, ... the organization of the clever, the invocation of the Holy Spirit; to not upload mystery to mystery, to connect one's self in simple terms to at least one factor (because God and Nature get pleasure from team spirit and simplicity), such are the stipulations useful for acquiring the divine revelation. guy being the epitome of all Nature, needs to learn how to be aware of himself because the precis, the miniature of Nature. by means of his religious half he's allied to all immortal creatures, and by way of his fabric half, to all that that is temporary within the Universe."
- Antoine-Joseph Pernety, who was once among different issues a Benedictine Monk, and Librarian of Frederick the nice, King of Prussia.
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Extra resources for An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art
Of Nature To this First Motive or principle of generation and transformation is joined a second material one, to which we give the name of Nature. The eye of God, always attentive to His work, is, properly speaking, Nature herself, and the laws which He has placed for her preservation, are the causes of all that which takes place in the Universe. The Nature which we have just called a second material motive, is a secondary nature, a faithful servant who obeys exactly the order of her Master, (Cosmopol.
Our artificial and common fire has properties exactly contrary to the Fire of Nature, although derived from it. It is the enemy of all production; it is maintained only by the ruin of bodies; it is Copyright © Flaming Sword Productions 1997 The Great Art page 44 nourished only by rapine; it reduces all to ashes, and destroys all that which the other forms. It is a parricide; the greatest enemy of Nature; and if we did not know how to oppose obstacles to its fury, it would destroy all. Is it surprising that the “broilers”33 see all perish in their hands, their property and health vanish in smoke, and useless ashes as their only resource?
25 What Pernety calls MIND answers to the Astral Body of the Kabbalists; the “Perisprit” of the Spiritists, equilibriating term between the material body and the pure spirit. It is the hvr Ruah, of the Kabbalah, the Linga Sharira of Eastern Philosophy. B. 26 Physicists and particularly Spagyric Philosophers call this the Universal and Particular Agent; it is that which induces movement in Nature and causes the seeds and germs of all sublunary beings to reproduce and multiply their species. Pernety in Dict.
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