Basil Valentine. Records of the life of Basilius Valentinus, the Benedictine monk who for his achievements in the chemical sphere has been given the title of. Valentine’s true identity can’t be known for sure, but my money’s on Johann Thölde, and we talk a little about both. As far as we know for the first time in the. VALENTINE, BASIL, OR BASILIUS VALENTINUSChemistry, alchemy, edly a German Benedictine monk born at Mainz in , Basil.

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But the same does not fix. The macrocosm-microcosm analogy is employed throughout and the significance of medicine is sought on both these levels.

It is rather to be regarded as a gift which He reserves for those valenhine few, who love the truth, and hate falsehood, basiliys study our Art earnestly by day and by night, and whose hearts are set upon God with an unfeigned affection. But if it be extracted with a good distilled acid, it furnishes a beautiful extract of a rich colour. The University of Chicago Press.

Out of two, for the mercurial substance is twofold. Know that when the moisture of the earth ascends in the form of a vapour, it is condensed in the upper regions, and precipitated to the earth by its own weight. But you should notice that the King and his spouse must be quite naked when they are joined together.

That which is to protect another substance against combustion must itself be safe from danger. But as soon as the spring comes, and the cold is vanquished by the power of the Sun, everything is restored basilisu life, the trees and herbs put forth buds, leaves, and blossoms, the hibernating animals creep forth from their hiding places, the plants give out a valenrine fragrance, and are adorned with a great variety of many coloured flowers; and the summer carries on the work of the spring, by changing its flowers into fruit.

Out of five – that is, the quintessence of its own substance. O principle of the prime principle, consider the end! The gist of the whole bawilius lies in the fact that the small and weak cannot aid that which is itself small and weak, and a combustible substance cannot shield another substance from combustion.

As a five-part work it appeared first falentine Strasbourg in This they continued to do until they filled the whole world. Though I must die and be buried, yet Vulcan causes me to be born anew. Robert Boyle and his alchemical quest: The daily ebb and flow of the sea, which are caused by the sympathetic influence of heavenly bodies, impart great wealth basiilus blessing to the earth.

Amatory Venus is clothed with abundant colour, and her whole body is one pure tincture, not unlike the red colour which is found in the most precious of metals. So who was the man behind the works? Here you see the perfection of our Art, without any defect, or diminution. Thus the power of growth that I speak of is imparted not by the earth, but by the life-giving spirit that is in it.


It is a stone, and no stone; therein Nature alone operates. TENTH KEY In our Valentne, as composed by me and by those who have long preceded me, are contained all elements, all mineral and metallic forms, and all the qualities and properties of the whole world.

At last I determined to devote myself to the study of the powers and virtues which God has laid into metals and minerals and the more I searched the more I found. But when by continued gentle heat, it is reduced to an acid, the spirit is not so volatile as it was before.

If the whole world’s nature Were seen in one figure, And nothing could be evolved by Art, Nothing wonderful would be found in the Universe, And Nature would have nothing to tell us.

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A celestial influence descends from above, by the decree and ordinance of God, and mingles with the astral proper ties. Mix the two kinds of blood, and keep the mixture tightly enclosed in the globe of the seven wise Masters There that which is generated will be nourished with its own flesh and blood, and will complete its course of development when the Moon has changed for the eighth time If thou repeat this process again and again, thou shalt see children’s children, and the offspring of thy body shall fill the world.

He added that he would punish everyone who did not aid the execution of this sentence. The standard collected edition is the Chymische Schriftenwhich appeared first in two volumes at Hamburg in If these three substances be mixed, they are hardened and coagulated into a perfect body, which represents the seed chosen and appointed by the Creator.

There are long lists of chemical recipes to be found throughout the Basilian corpus, and it is evident that the author was well aware of methods for the preparation of the three mineral acids.

The spirit lies hid in mercury, the colour you must seek in sulphur, and their coagulation in salt; then you have three things which together are capable of once more generating a perfect thing. Though I did not make much progress at first, yet at last God granted my earnest prayer, and opened my eyes that I might see what others had seen before me.


Now I will also give my Opinion respecting the Salt of the Sages The effect of “salt” is to fix or volatilize, according as it is prepared and used. When this union has taken place, the two bring forth a third namely, an earth-like substance, which is the principle of our seed, of its first source, so that it can shew an ancestry, and from which three the elements, such as water, air, and earth, take their origin. Take then one part of the prepared ferment for the tinging of a thousand parts of molten metal, and then you will learn in all faith and truth that it shall be changed into the only good and fixed gold.


The King shares his royal dignity with noble Venus, and appears in splendid state, surrounded by all the dignitaries of his court. Whoever gains possession of this Stone, should let his whole life he an expression of his gratitude towards God in practical kindness towards his suffering brethren, that after obtaining God’s greatest earthly gift, he may hereafter inherit eternal life. Cast to him the body of the King, and when he has devoured it, burn him entirely to ashes in a great fire.

In the preface, gentle Reader, and zealous Student of this Art, I promised to communicate to you a knowledge of our Corner Stone, or Rock, of the process by which it is prepared, and of the substance from which it was already derived by those ancient Sages, to whom the secret of our Art was first revealed by God for the health and happiness of earthly life.

This he regarded as the punishment of his sin in having wedded his own sister, and was instant in prayer to God both by day and by night, that the curse might be taken from him. But this can be effected only by the drying up of all water, and the purging of heaven and earth and all men with fire EIGHTH KEY Neither human nor animal bodies can be multiplied or propagated without decomposition; the grain and all vegetable seed, when cast into the ground, must decay before it can spring up again; moreover, putrefaction imparts life to many worms and other animalculae.

I do not here speak according to the customary manner of the Sages. For without air, the quickened substance would be choked and stifled in the germ. Above all, the different preparations of metals are to be found and their effects are to be determined.

The keys are written in such a fashion as to conceal as well as to illuminate: The Sun can heat the earth by shedding thereon its rays, which are intensified by reflection. Its use is one of the arcana of Nature, and a miracle of the philosopher’s art.

Two contrary spirits can scarcely dwell together, nor do they easily combine. The most thorough bibliography of the various editions of the works of Basil Valentine is found in James R. This intermediate agency is quite sufficient to do the work of the Sun, and to mature everything by coction. He is pursued by the ten lepers, who desire to drink his blood; and all that are tormented with any kind of sickness are refreshed with this blood.

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