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 historic (and modern!) times.
"Of the technique of Arriving on the mystery the necessities important that allows you to arrive at this mystery, are: the information of Nature and of one's self. One would possibly not comprehend the 1st completely, or maybe the second one, with no 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 purely to at least one factor (because God and Nature have fun with solidarity and simplicity), such are the stipulations precious 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 way of his religious half he's allied to all immortal creatures, and through his fabric half, to all that that's brief 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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Each animal, the lowest worm, is a little world in which all these things take place. If man seeks the world outside of himself, he will find it everywhere. The Creator has made an infinity of them from the same matter; their form alone is different. Thus humility becomes Man, and glory belongs to God only. Water contains a ferment, a spirit, a life, by which it has become impregnated while wandering through the air, which proceeds from the superior natures to the inferior, and which is finally deposited in the bosom of the Earth.
In vain will one imagine to be able by the aid of chemical art to arrive at and separate the Elements absolutely simple and distinct from each other. The human mind does not even know them. Those to which the profane gives the name of elements, are not really simple and homogeneous: they are so mingled and united as to be inseparable. The perceptible bodies of the earth, the water and the air, which in their spheres are really distinct, are not the first and simple elements which Nature employs in her different generations.
It was less a body than an immense shadow; less a thing, than a very obscure image of a thing, which one could rather call a gloomy phantom of being, a very black night and the retreat or center of shadows, finally, a thing which exists only in potentiality, and which the human mind could imagine only in a dream. But even the imagination could represent it to us, only as a man born blind represents to himself the light of the sun. These votaries of the rabbis have seen fit to say that God drew from the First Principle a gloomy, formless abyss as the matter from which would be derived the elements and the world.
An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art by Antoine-Joseph Pernety