By Lyndy Abraham
This dictionary files alchemical symbolism from the early centuries advert to the late-twentieth century, to be used via historians of literary tradition, philosophy, technology and the visible arts, and readers drawn to alchemy and hermeticism. every one access contains a definition of the emblem, giving the literal (physical) and figurative (spiritual) meanings, an instance of the logo utilized in alchemical writing, and a citation from a literary resource. There are fifty visible photographs of image woodcuts, copperplate engravings and painted by hand logos, a few reproduced the following for the 1st time.
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26-7), he is referring to the generation of gold in the earth, and the generation of the mercurial serpent through the heat of the secret ‘ fire or ‘sun’. With the phrase ‘operation of your sun’ Lepidus also alludes to the final law of the alchemical Emerald Table: ‘That which I had to say about the operation of the Sun is completed’. an ancient symbol which is used in alchemy to represent the fixation of the volatile spirit. One of Nicolas Flamel’s hieroglyphs displays the serpent nailed to a wooden cross, symbolizing the completion of the crosslet crow, crow’s head, crow’s bill ‘ crucible.
From this coniunctio the third principle, the ‘ philosopher’s stone, is generated: ‘The Earth therefore doth not germi nate without the watering humidity of May dew, that doth wash, pene trate, and whiten Bodies, like rain water, and of two Bodies make a new one’ (Artephius, in fc, 103). In agreement with ecclesiastical symbolism, the alchemists’ cleansing water is ‘a dew of grace’. John Dee quoted on the title page of his alchemical work, Monas hieroglyphica, the biblical words, ‘De rore caeli, et pingedine terrae, det tibi Deus’ (‘God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth’ (Genesis 27:28)).
See grave. the repeated distillation of the matter for the Stone by returning the distillate to the liquid being distilled. This process is known as the *cibation or nourishment of the ‘ infant Stone with its own ‘ blood or mercurial water. 26-7). See cibation, imbibation. coition see chemical wedding. colours One of the ways in which the alchemists divided the opus alchymicum into stages was by identifying the various colours through which the matter of the Stone passed in the alembic. Roger Bacon wrote: ‘thou shalt knowe the certaine maner of working, by what manner and regi ment, the Stone is often chaunged in decoction into diverse colours.
A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery by Lyndy Abraham