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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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Retrieved from ” https: Now follows concerning Sulphur Seek your Mercury in a similar metal.

Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine

Our furnace is cheap, our fire is cheap, and our material is cheap – and he who has the material will also find a furnace in which to prepare it, just as he who bxsilius flour will not be at a basiilus for an oven in which it may be baked. He put forth eagle feathers, and devoured the slippery tail, of the Dragon, and challenged Mars to battle.

Thus their quickening cooperation takes the form of putrefaction, without which there can be neither generation, life, nor growth. 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.

Out of three, and these are the three principles of all things. This spirit is the root of the life of our bodies, and the Mercury of the Philosophers, from which is prepared the liquid water of our Art – the water which must once more receive a material form, and be rectified by means of certain purifying agents into the most perfect Medicine.

If their Balm were to perish, and the Spirit to leave the body, the body would be quite dead, and no longer available for any good purpose.

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For where there was not first earth, there can be no resurrection in our Magistery. Here you see the perfection of our Art, without any defect, or diminution. 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.

It proceeds from one, and is one matter. When these three are united, we may call them the mercurial liquid: But no such triumph can take place unless the King imparts great strength and potency to his water and tinges it with his own colour, that thereby he may be consumed and become invisible, and then again recover his visible form, with a diminution of his simple essence, and a development of his perfection.

So who was the man behind the works? As a young man he became a Roman Catholic priest and entered the Abbey of St. The allegorical text and fantastic visual imagery of alchemical writings make them difficult to interpret. For this reason it is absurd to suppose that we can make any use of vegetable substances, though the Stone, too, is endowed ‘with a principle of growth.


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.

The fixed part submerges its father, absorbing it, body and life, until the soul basllius returned to it. The Alchemy web site on Levity. According to John Maxson Stillmanwho wrote on the history of chemistry, there is no evidence of such a name on the rolls in Germany or Rome and no mention of this name before But if it be extracted with a good distilled acid, it furnishes a beautiful extract of a rich colour.

Geometry carries before him a crimson banner, on which you may behold Courage in a crimson cloak. One discovery led to another, and, after God had permitted unto me many experiments, I understood clearly the nature and properties, and the secret potency, imparted by God to minerals and metals.


Accepting a fifteenth-century date for Basil Valentine, van Helmont and others were able to accuse Paracelsus of having plagiarized the views of his predecessors. The common spirit of salt, which is extracted according to the direction given in my last declaration, if there be added to it a small quantity of the “spirit of the dragon,” dissolves, volatilizes, and raises together with itself in the alembic, gold and silver; just as the “eagle,” together with the spirit of the dragon which is found in stony placesbefore the spirit is separated from its body, is much more powerful in producing fixation than volatility.

But, after the water has vanished, the fiery life of our sulphurous vapour must triumph, and again obtain the victory. Reverting to his faith in antimony, he has been credited with having been the first to extract this from sulphuret.

It is air that gives to earth its power of production, to fire its power of burning, to water its power of generating fruit. For they do not understand that all things are ultimately traceable to supernatural causes, but nevertheless are, in this present state of the world, subject to natural conditions. In the edition published in Strassburg in call number: For among all these there is enmity, and they are all striving to supplant each other.

The standard collected edition is the Chymische Schriftenwhich appeared first in two volumes at Hamburg in Where there is no soul, there is no hope of redemption. Thanks be to God.

Everything that is obtained from the mines has its value, unless, indeed, it is adulterated. All these were originally published in Germany at the beginning of the seventeenth century, and various passages in them demonstrate that the author understood the distillation of brandy and was acquainted with the method of obtaining hydrochloric acid from saltwater.

Hence the rational soul of man makes him an abiding creature, and, though his body may seem to die, yet we know that he will live for ever. The work does not actually take place in the Bath of St.


Adam was in a basulius — wherein Venus found her like, which bath the aged Dragon had prepared when his strength was deserting him. Another work attributed to Basil Valentine, the Triumph Wagen Antimoniihas a special significance for several reasons.

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Mix the two kinds of blood, and keep the mixture tightly enclosed in the globe of the seven wise Masters There that which valemtine 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. For they are prepared in a great variety of different ways.

Hence the soul has to share the fate of the imperfect body, basilis when the body dies the soul has to leave it. In the course of time these three unite, and are changed through the action of fire into basi,ius palpable substance, viz.

This show is bzsilius because we desided to dig a little further into a mystery than the internet would allow in English. The reason is that the soil in such places is so disposed, and, as it were, impregnated, that it produces these fruits, which is a result of the properties of sidereal influence; consequently the seed is spiritually produced in the earth, and putrefies in the earth, and by the operation of the elements generates corporeal matter according to the species of Nature.

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. Thus the stars and the elements may generate new spiritual, and, ultimately, new vegetable seed, by means of putrefaction. Hereunto I may add, in conclusion, that one work is developed from another.

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. This Tincture Is of a colour intermediate between red and purple, with something of a granite hue, and its specific weight is very considerable. It is the chemist who can eliminate the poisonous nature of antimony and make it into fit medicines for human ailments.

Concerning the First Matter of the Philosophical Stone Seek for that Stone which has no fleshly nature, but out of which a volatile fire is extracted, whence also this stone is valntine, being composed of white and red.