The first part of the book is a discussion of general alchemical principles and advice about the philosopher's stone. The second half of Ein kurtz summarischer Tractat , under the subtitle "The Twelve Keys", contains twelve short chapters. Each chapter, or "key", is an allegorical description of one step in the process by which the philosopher's stone may be created. With each step, the symbolic names Deckname , or code name used to indicate the critical ingredients are changed, just as the ingredients themselves are transformed. The keys are written in such a fashion as to conceal as well as to illuminate: only a knowledgeable reader or alchemical adept was expected to correctly interpret the veiled language of the allegorical text and its related images. The edition does not include illustrations.
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The explanations of the famous keys are all too briefly spoken of here in the context of a seminar that revealed the work of Valentine, Newton, Flamel, Philalethes, Paracelsus, de Violette, Bacstrom, and countless others. It is offered here as an alternative to the series found on the Alchemy Website: Pay diligent attention to this fact, and observe it well, for here lies the master key of our whole Art.
Antimony, which contains within itself its own vinegar, should be so prepared as to entirely remove its poisonous nature, in order that he who drinks it may not swallow with it any venom, but rather drive away and cast out all poison from his body.
The preparation of Antimony, or the Key of Antimony, is that by which it is dissolved, opened, divided, and separated. Such processes are calcination, reverberation, sublimation, as we have previously declared. In extracting its essence, in vitalizing its Mercury, the process is continued, and this Mercury must afterwards be precipitated in the form of a fixed powder. By our Art it can also become an oil While at the link the tablets are laid out in an order as was presented by Valentine, modern research has revealed another numerical sequence, as shown on this page.
Y ves will now explain the significance of the pictures of Basilius Valentinus and he will also answer questions about yesterdays practice. In this seminar I think you will have a certain amount of knowledge and you will birth certain light concerning the alchemical kingdom. We need to initiate. Transmit this knowledge and this love, and light.
Because when you love others you deposit a seed in their hearts, and it fecundates the philosophical stone. This philosophical stone is the heart.
There is no other path. Just very rapidly I will explain the Basil Valentine pictures. The 12 Keys of Basil Valentine. Here is the antimony, the fire. It gives the Regulus where you can see the antimony here and the 2 natures. Since the antimony Regulus is said - kind of frolics. This is the snake mercury and here is the cock, and we have the double mercury, the animated mercury. And the Red Lion is the Regulus. You see here Vulcan, the heat, the Red Lion which is gold.
This is mercury animated, it has 7 flowers - 7 Eagles. This is the conjunction of earth and sky. It means that to multiply the stone this red powder must be put again in mercury animated. There are 2 stones - Red and White. You put the philosophical stone with gold, it remains two hours and it gives a glass that gives the transmutation powder. There is no time to explain the details. You probably can find them O. This will be a personal job for you.
Note: A comment was made that they may be found, the 12 Keys in the Hermetic Museum.
Valentine, Basil, or Basilius Valentinus
Basil Valentine is the Anglicised version of the name Basilius Valentinus , ostensibly a 15th-century alchemist , possibly Canon of the Benedictine Priory of Saint Peter in Erfurt, Germany but more likely a pseudonym used by one or several 16th-century German authors. According to John Maxson Stillman , who 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 Whoever he was, Basil Valentine had considerable chemical knowledge. He showed that ammonia could be obtained by the action of alkali on sal-ammoniac ammonium chloride , described the production of hydrochloric acid by acidifying brine of common salt sodium chloride , and created oil of vitriol sulfuric acid , among other achievements. The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine is a widely reproduced alchemical book attributed to Basil Valentine, first published in
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Other accounts mention that he traveled widely in Europe and that he made a journey to Egypt late in life. There is no contemporary evidence for any of the facts relating to Basil Valentine and, indeed, the works attributed to him refer to events that occurred after his death for example, the discovery of America. The actual author was clearly familiar both with laboratory procedures and mining techniques, and he refers to mines located in Central Europe and elsewhere frequently in the Letztes Testament. There are long lists of chemical recipes to be found throughout the Basilian corpus, and it is evident that the author was well aware of methods for the preparation of the three mineral acids. He discussed all of the then known metals as well as preparations that might be made from them, and he gave special attention to the precious metals that he believed could be produced through the transmutation of the less perfect metals.