An Alchemical Treatise on the Great Art by Antoine-Joseph Pernety

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The warm and the dry, masculine and formal qualities, have come to it from Light, from which it has received its forms. Thus it is only after the retreat of the Waters that the Earth was called arid or dry. We see continually that heat and dryness give form to everything. A potter would never succeed in making a vase, if dryness does not give to the clay a certain degree of adhesion and solidity. If the earth is too moist, too soft, it is a mud, which has no determined form. Such was chaos, before the heat, or Light, had rarefied it, and caused the evaporation of a part of its moisture.

This Spirit gives them life and preserves them. The Soul, diffused through every body, gives movement to all the mass and to each of its parts. Whence have come all kinds of living beings, quadrupeds, birds, fishes. This igneous Spirit is the principle of their vigor; its origin is celestial, and it is communicated to them through the germ which produces them. The order which reigns in the Universe is only a consequence of the eternal laws. All the movements of the different parts of its mass depend upon them.

F. Jollivet-Castelot: Comment on devient Alchimiste, Paris, 1897. The Universal Sulphur is invariably considered as the father. To a certain point of view, Mercury is the mother, and Salt the child. Stanislas de Guaïta: La Clef de la Magie Noire, p. 727. Copyright © Flaming Sword Productions 1997 The Great Art page 46 composed of an oily viscous Earth and a limpid Water; Sulphur of very dry, very subtle Earth, mixed with the moisture of the Air; Salt of a thick, ponderous Earth and a crude Air which finds itself entangled with it.

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