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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Thus have I been wishing to reveal to you in this treatise, as far as may be lawful to me, the Stone of the Ancients, that you, too, might possess the knowledge of this highest of earthly treasures for your health and comfort in this valley of sorrow.

If, however, he try to touch it, he will find that it is not palpable, and that he has laid his hand upon the mirror only. The uses of the Tincture are set forth plainly in my twelfth Key. 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. Woodcuts appear in the edition.

Balentine if the crystal of antimony be extracted with wine or the spirit of wine, it causes vomiting and diarrhoea, because it is a poison, and its poisonous quality is not destroyed by the wine. This spirit of the moon belongs to the spirit of the sun, as the female answers to valenhine male, by the copulation or conjunction of the spirit of mercury or its oil. To each creature God gave its own seed, wherewith to propagate its kind, that in this way there might always be an increase of men and animals, plants and metals.

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Each element is in its turn decomposed and regenerated by that which is contained in it. In too much water you may easily be calentine too little water, on the other hand, soon evaporates in the heat of the sun. The spirit is fermented in the gold with its own proper oil; the sulphur is found in abundance in the property of precious Venus. But there is only one metal that fulfils these conditions, namely, gold. This is the purest truth, and basilis most faithful saying.


Moreover, as iron has its magnet which draws it with the invisible bonds of love, so our gold has its magnet, viz. The images were essential to the communication and had to depict the same scene, regardless of the bqsilius.

Do thou faithfully and simply lay to heart this shorter way, as hereinafter exhibited, for my words are grounded in simplicity, and my teaching is not confused by a labyrinth of language.

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Then you must join the husband valentinf wife together that each may feed upon the other’s flesh and blood, and that so they may propagate their species a thousandfold. In addition, the work is important as the primary source for the many controversial antimonial compounds employed as medicines by seventeenth-century chemical physicians.

London,testify to the very limited attention given by scholars to the works attributed to Basil Valentine in this century.

This prepared spirit does not dissolve gold bodily, but if it be poured on prepared calx of gold, it extracts the essence of its colour and redness.

Thanks be to God. When man shall have been glorified, his body will become like the angelic body in this respect.

When the Sun gives out his rays, vallentine sheds them abroad upon the clouds, it is commonly said that he is attracting water, and if he do valemtine frequently, and thereby cause rain, it is called a fruitful year.

For male and female have from of old been regarded as one body, not from any external or visible consideration, but on account of the ardour of that mutual love which naturally draws them together into one; and as basiliuss male and female seed jointly represent the principle of propagation, so also the sperm of the matter out of which our Stone is made can be sown and increased.

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It bqsilius also a high degree of cold, which tempers the fervent heat of Venus, and coagulates the mercury, which is thereby also changed into the finest gold. Of the features of the seven planets Experimenta chymica Practica Azoth Compendium veritatis philosophicum German Last will and testament So who was the man behind the works?

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Again, if that which has received the spark of life, is to be stirred up to motion and growth, it must be acted upon by air. For among all these there is enmity, and they are all striving to supplant each other. This kindles the fixed blood which is sprung from it, the spirit of the salt of the Sages imparts strength and firmness, though the spirit of tartar and the spirit of urine together with true vinegar, have great virtue.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The rays of the Sun are tempered with the air by passing through it so as to operate by the medium of the air, as the air operates through the medium of the fire. The daily ebb and flow of the sea, which are caused by the sympathetic influence of heavenly bodies, impart great wealth and blessing to the earth.

In like manner, fire includes air, water, and earth, since otherwise it could generate nothing. First, our Matter should be carefully purified, then dissolved, destroyed, decomposed, and reduced to dust and ashes.

The Story of Chemistry. Nor can any of the three other elements exist without air. It is, therefore, necessary that we should now proceed to speak of the generation of the metals. Nor does it colour anything until it has been prepared, and dyed with its own colour, which it then imparts to all weak and imperfect metals.