Arthur Edward Waite
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An ancient alchemical treatise translated from the Latin, the chief readings of the shorter codex, parallels from the Greek alchemists, and explanations of obscure terms.
The Twenty-third Dictum. CERUS* Understand, all ye Sons of the Doctrine, that which Theophilus saith : hath told you, namely, that there exists an affinity between the magnet and the * The name Bellus. substituted by the second recension is The Turba Philosophorum. 79 by the alliance of composites existing between the magnet and the iron, iron, while the ruled for is fitly copper one hundred days :* what statement can be more useful to you than that there no is affinity
posterity. must you is know remains vinegar, and water. becomes it it brilliancy like ye see thus, direct I becomes to you is it turned assume the aforesaid become hidden into ye see it and colour, Then gold. a thus, until it it and disintegrated is repeatedly cook and imbue shall rule when red, because When colour. when marble, which, is cooked till it becomes earth, red Willingly ; the copper be congealed, and it a coruscating stone with a let Finally,
therefore, And he : be- It hoves you, investigators of this Art, first to burn coppert in a gentle fire, that required in the hatching of like For behoves you to burn it with its humidity lest its spirit be burnt, and let the vessel be closed on all eggs. it sides, so that its colour [? heat] may be increased, the body of copper be destroyed, and its tingeing spirit be concerning extracted,! * which the In the second recension the name is Morfoleus. " the humidity." the
body into a spirit having strength colour, and unalterable and incorruptible, so that what formerly was volatile sul- phur * is now made sulphur Otherwise : not-volatile, " which flower of copper they have called our water, and fiery venom extracted from iron." The Turba Philosophorum. and incombustible sons of learning, make your 155 Know, also, all ye that he who is able to ! red by the and then from that fugitive spirit body mixed with it, body and that spirit can
(it is too complicated for combine with the humour of reproduction here), 2 parts : the Sulphur (another abstruse recipe) You ; cook over a fire a potent substance, having the colour of cinnabar, coral, or minium. This carefully regulated. will find great wonder, this indescribable marvel, corallos (Coral Democritus, says The body coral." of : Gold)." " Here is And how he is called Chryso- Synesius, quoting expresses himself: (metal) of magnesia, alone (produces) Chryso-