To round off our brief but succinct survey of the Alchemists,
we shall give some examples from the works
of those savants that we have so far considered.
Next up, Paracelsus…
“… It is necessary to state clearly what this Art comprises, what is its subject, and what its peculiarities.
First and chiefly, the principal subject of this Art is fire, which always exists in one and the same property and mode of operation, nor can it receive its life from anything else.
It possesses, therefore, a state and power, common to all fires which lie hidden in secret, of vivifying…
Just as the sun heats all things in the world both occult and apparent, but receives light from no other source, the ‘fire in the furnace’ may be compared to the sun. It heats the furnace and the vessels just as the sun lights the visible planets.
As nothing can be produced in this world without the sun, so also in this Art nothing can be produced without this simple fire. No operation can be completed without it.
It is the Great Arcanum of the Art!
It embraces all things which are comprised therein, neither can it be comprehended in anything else.
It abides in itself and needs nothing, but all others which stand in need of this can get fruition of it and have life from it, which is why, first of all, we have undertaken that this shall be made clear…”
Concerning the Spirits of the Planets
It leads also, presumably, this fire, away from the Tower of Babel!