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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The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. He was a german Alchemist, Salt extractor, Author and publisher. It is a stone, and no stone; therein Nature alone operates. For the phlegmatic or humid quality of the Moon may be heated with the ardent blood of Venus, and the blackness of Venus removed with the strong salt of Mars.
Salt of tartar by itself is a powerful fixative, particularly if the heat of quicklime be incorporated with it. Whoever gains possession of this Stone, should let his whole life he an expression of his gratitude towards God in practical kindness towards his suffering brethren, that after obtaining God’s greatest earthly gift, he may hereafter inherit eternal life.
Those interested in a traditional alchemical life of Basil Valentine may turn to the final leaves fols. In the preparation of Saturn there appears a great variety of different colours; and you must expect to observe successively black, grey, white, yellow, red, and all the different intermediate shades. Nothing can be perfect or lasting without a soul. No fruit can grow from a flower that has been plucked before the time.
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.
But you should notice that the King and his spouse must be quite naked when they are joined together. Geometry carries before him a crimson banner, on which you may behold Courage in a crimson cloak. Then you must join the husband and wife together that each may feed upon the other’s flesh and blood, and that so they may propagate their species a thousandfold.
Take a quantity of the best and finest gold, and separate it into its component parts by those media which Nature vouchsafes to those who are lovers of Art, as an anatomist dissects the human body.
If you do not understand you will attain nothing. It is air that gives to earth its power of production, to fire its power of burning, to water its power of generating fruit. The old body may also receive back its former colour through the love of alluring Venus, from whose blood it, in the first instance, derived its origin. Valenine, also, that all animals are, like man, composed of flesh and blood, and also possess a vitalizing spirit, but are destitute of the rational soul which the Creator gave to man alone.
Then when you know how to extract the metal from its body by purification, avlentine destruction of the first Mars, and reverberation, without the use of any corrosive the method of doing which I have indicated in my third Key — you must dissolve that Mercury in its own blood out of which it was made before it became fixed as indicated in the sixth Key ; and you have then nourished and dissolved basiliuz true lion with the blood of the green lion.
If the whole baeilius 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. The University of Chicago Press. Let me sum up in few words what I have to say. It proceeds from one, and is one matter.
The volatile mother when prepared surpasses the sun in summer. Of the two was born an incombustible oil; for Mercury became so proud that he hardly knew himself.
If any strange water be mixed with it, it is spoiled, and becomes positively injurious. He showed that ammonia could be obtained by the action of alkali on sal-ammoniac ammonium chloridedescribed the production of hydrochloric basiliud by acidifying brine of common salt sodium chlorideand created oil of vitriol sulfuric acidamong other achievements.
So I will, in the first place, speak very briefly concerning Mercury, secondly concerning Sulphur, thirdly concerning Salt; for these are the essence of the Matter of our Stone. Therefore, I say that though Saturn may seem the vilest thing in the world, yet it has such power and effficacy that if its precious essence, which is excessively cold, be reduced to a metallic body by being deprived of its volatility, it becomes as corporeal as, but far more fixed than, Saturn itself.
Now, the spirits of metals have this property of fixedness in a greater or less degree; they are more or less volatile in proportion to the mutual fitness of their bodies and souls. Only our threefold furnace affords facilities for properly regulating the heat of the fire. For when a thunderbolt blazes amidst a tempest of rain, the two spirits, out of which it is formed, fly from one another with a great shock and noise, and circle in the air, so that no one can know or say whither they go, unless the same has been ascertained by experience as to the mode in which these spirits manifest.
That there can be no perfect generation or resuscitation without the co-operation of the four elements, you may see from the fact that when Adam had been formed by the Creator out of earth, there was no life in him, until God breathed into him a living spirit. For which let us laud and praise God.
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. Robert Boyle and his alchemical quest: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This I baailius say, that if the spirit of common salt be joined to the spirit of wine, and distilled together with it, it becomes sweet, and loses its acidity. Give the animal from the east wings, that it may be on an equality with the bird basilous the south.
Visually he refers to the woodcuts.
Books by Basil Valentine
This page was last edited on 23 Juneat These things represent a liquid key, comparable to the celestial influence, and a dry water joined to the terrestrial substance: 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.
If you are a true lover of our Art, you will carefully weigh and ponder these words, lest, with other sophisticators, you fall into the dangerous pit prepared by the common enemy of man. You need not look for our metallic seed among the elements. They have been translated into many European languages, including EnglishFrenchRussian and others. But observe, likewise, that the spirit of salt also destroys the moon, and reduces it to a spiritual essence, according to my teaching, out of which the ” potable moon ” may be prepared.
As the physician purges and cleanses the inward parts of the body, and removes all unhealthy matter by means of his medicines, so our metallic substances must be purified and refined of all foreign matter, in order to ensure the success of our task. Coagulate and fix it by means of continuous warmth. 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.
It was partially for this reason, partially for their alchemical appeal, and partially for their genuine chemical value that the works attributed to Basil Valentine were frequently published and translated throughout the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries.
Thus you have two substances in one, and it is called Mercury of the Sages, but is yet a single substance, which is the first ferment. When you have accomplished the same thing in our Art, you have before your eyes the light of wisdom, which shines in the darkness, although it does not burn.
Then light the lamp of wisdom and seek with it the gross thing that was lost, shewing only such light as is needed. This assertion may appear incredible, but it is nevertheless true.