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 that in which death and life, destruction and resurrection dwell, is a round sphere, with which the goddess of fortune drives her chariot, and imparts the gift of wisdom to men of God. For one body takes possession of the other; even if it be unlike to it, nevertheless, through the strength and potency added to it, it is compelled to be assimilated to the same, since like derives origin from like.
This is the sum and the goal of our search. But when by continued gentle heat, it is reduced to an acid, the spirit is not so volatile as it was before.
It is the chemist who can eliminate the poisonous nature of antimony and make it into fit medicines for human ailments. Then the air will breathe new life into the body, and you will have that which can only be regarded as that Great Stone which in a spiritual manner pervades human and metallic bodies, and is the universal and immaculate Medicine, since it drives out that which is bad, and preserves that which is good, and is the unfailing corrective of all imperfect or diseased substances.
For Mercury was in the beginning water, and herein all the Sages agree with my dictum and teaching In this oil of Mercury dissolve its own Mercury, from which the water in question was made, and precipitate the Mercury with its own oil. Then the operations of earthly nature shall cease, and the heavenly and eternal dispensation shall take its place.
Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine
Put the whole into a smelting pot and subject it to the action of a gentle fire for twelve hours, then let it be melted for three days and three nights more. Moreover, as iron has its magnet which draws it with the invisible bonds of love, so our gold has its magnet, viz. Among the mineral substances I found one which exhibited many colours, and proved to be of the greatest efficacy in art. It is subjected to continued coction, till all moisture and clouds are driven off, and the King attains to indestructible fixedness, and is no longer liable to any danger or injury, because he has become unconquerable.
And his prayers, together with my own diligence, so prevailed with God, that there was revealed to me that great secret which God ever conceals from those who are wise in their own conceits. Unlike much other medieval literature, his treatises were not all in Latin, some of them being in high Dutch and others in German.
I do not here speak according to the customary manner of the Sages. Retrieved from ” https: Thus our Body has been rendered fit for the first stage of our work.
Maturity and fixity are obtained by living fire. Behold, I write nothing more than I am willing to hold by after my death and resurrection!
You must, therefore, strongly fortify it with three impassable and well-guarded walls, and let the one entrance be well protected. Only our threefold furnace affords facilities for properly regulating the heat of the fire.
Out of five – that is, the quintessence of its own substance. The Gods revealed to me this matter in a profound sleep. This I did not wish to pass in idleness, lest my evil thoughts should lead me into new sins; and so I determined to use it for the study and investigation of those natural secrets by which God has shadowed out eternal things. What do you want to develop from this seed, and what use do you wish to make of it? O principle of the prime principle, consider the end!
Therefore, I pray you, let us be avenged on him, shut him up in prison, and keep him there till he dies and is decomposed, nay, until not a drop of his blood is to be seen.
In the same way, the vegetable salt of wine fixes and volatilizes according to the manner of its preparation. This fact is not noticed by the farmer, simply because it is a thing that he has always been used to, and for which he is unable to find an explanation.
Nor can any of the three other elements exist without air. Then we have a twofold mercurial substance; but you must know that gold must first be dissolved in a certain water, as explained in my second Key, after the purification described in the first Key, and must be reduced into a subtle calx, as is mentioned in the fourth Key.
For the spirit of the salt of tartar, if extracted by itself without any addition, has power to render all metals volatile by dissolution and putrefaction, and to dissolve quick or liquid silver into the true mercury, as my practical directions shew.
In the convent there was a brother, who was afflicted with a severe disease of the kidneys, and to whom none of the many physicians he had consulted had been able to give even momentary relief. A celestial influence descends from above, by the decree and ordinance of God, and mingles with the astral proper ties.
Saturn is the prefect of the royal household, and in front of him Astronomy bears a black standard, with a representation of Faith in yellow and red garments. As far as we know for the first time in the English-speaking part of the internet.
Retrieved from ” https: It proceeds from one, and is one matter. Then its own sulphur can more easily enter into its substance, and have great friendship with the same, for they have a wondrous love towards each other. And though the substance remains the same, its properties have become very different. He showed that ammonia could be obtained by the action of alkali on sal-ammoniac ammonium chloridedescribed the production of hydrochloric acid by acidifying brine of common salt sodium chlorideand created oil of vitriol sulfuric acidamong other achievements.
I write about it, not for my own good, but for that of posterity, and though my words be few and simple, that which they import is of immeasurable magnitude. They have been translated into many European languages, including EnglishFrenchRussian and others.
Basil Valentine is the Anglicised version of the name Basilius Valentinusostensibly a 15th-century alchemistpossibly Canon of the Benedictine Priory of Saint Peter in Erfurt, Germany but more likely a pseudonym used by one or several 16th-century German authors.
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Before the Moon, Dialectic bears a shining silver banner, with the figure of Prudence wrought into it in sky-blue, and because the husband of the Moon is dead, he has transferred to her his task of resisting the domination of Queen Venus.
Otherwise the palace would not be worthy the name. Afterwards this becomes, by sublimation with spirit of wine, of a blood-red colour, and is called potable gold. Then I saw that there was no hope of repentance for mankind, that they were getting worse day by day, and that for their impenitence Valenitne everlasting punishment was hanging over them; and I made haste to withdraw myself from the evil world, to bid farewell to it, and to devote myself to the service of God.
The final keys may be descriptions of methods based on other writers’ textual precedents.
For this blood is the heart’s blood of your parents, and though it may seem to be of two kinds, vet, in reality, it is only one.