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I was wondering how many would dare to answer these questions,and chance being wrong. I will give the correct answers when I see fit,I do have them, but I am doing this for many reasons.My main reason is so others will receive a vary knowledgeable lesson.Name the Question(s),answer how you wish.Alchemical Q & A Challenge ;)
Q1.What is the chief study of a Philosopher?
It is the investigation of the operations of Nature
Q2. What is the end of Nature?God, Who is also its beginning
Q3. Whence are all things derived?From one and indivisible Nature
Q4. Into how many regions is Nature separated?Into four palmary regions.
Q5. Which are they?The dry, the moist, the warm, and the cold, which are the four elementary qualities, whence all things originate.
Q6. How is Nature differentiated?Into male and female.
Q7. To what may we compare Nature?To Mercury.
Q8. Give a concise definition of Nature.It is not visible, though it operates visibly; for it is simply a volatile spirit, fulfilling its office in bodies, and animated by the universal spirit-the divine breath, the central and universal fire, which vivifies all things that exist.
Q9. What should be the qualities possessed by the examiners of Nature?They should be like unto Nature herself. That is to say, they should be truthful, simple, patient, and persevering.
Q10. What matters should subsequently engross their attention?The philosophers should most carefully ascertain whether their designs are in harmony with Nature, and of a possible and attainable kind; if they would accomplish by their own power anything that is usually performed by the power of Nature, they must imitate her in every detail.
Q11. What method must be followed in order to produce something which shall be developed to a superior degree than Nature herself develops it.The manner of its improvement must be studied, and this is invariably operated by means of a like nature. For example, if it be desired to develop the intrinsic virtue of a given metal beyond its natural condition, the chemist must avail himself of the metallic nature itself, and must be able to discriminate between its male and female differentiations
Q12. Where does the metallic nature store her seeds?In the four elements.
Q13. With what materials can the philosopher alone accomplish anything?With the germ of the given matter; this is its elixir or quintessence, more precious by far, and more useful, to the artist, than is Nature herself. Before the philosopher has extracted the seed, or germ, Nature, in his behalf, will be ready to perform her duty.
Q14. What is the germ, or seed, of any substance?It is the most subtle and perfect decoction and digestion of the substance itself; or, rather, it is the Balm of Sulphur, which is identical with the Radical Moisture of Metals.
Q15. By what is this seed, or germ, engendered?By the four elements, subject to the will of the Supreme Being, and through the direct intervention of the imagination of Nature.
Q16. After what manner do the four elements operate?By means of an incessant and uniform motion, each one, according to its quality, depositing its seed in the centre of the earth, where it is subjected to action and digested, and is subsequently expelled in an outward direction by the laws of movement.
Q17. What do the philosophers understand by the center of the earth?A certain void place where nothing may repose, and the existence of which is assumed.
Q18. Where, then, do the four elements expel and deposit their seeds?In the ex-centre, or in the margin and circumference of the centre, which, after it has appropriated a portion, casts out the surplus into the region of excrement, scoriae, fire, and formless chaos.
Q19. Illustrate this teaching by an example.Take any level table, and set in its centre a vase filled with water; surround the vase with several things of various colours, especially salt, taking care that a proper distance intervenes between them all. Then pour out the water from the vase, and it will flow in streams here and there; one will encounter a substance of a red colour, and will assume a tinge of red; another will pass over the salt, and will contract a saline flavour; for it is certain that water does not modify the places which it traverses, but the diverse characteristics of places change the nature of water. In the same way the seed which is deposited by the four elements at the centre of the earth is subject to a variety of modifications in the places through which it passes, so that every existing substance is produced in the likeness of its channel, and when a seed on its arrival at a certain point encounters pure earth and pure water, a pure substance results, but the contrary in an opposite case.
Q20. After what manner do the elements procreate this seed?In order to the complete elucidation of this point, it must be observed that there are two gross and heavy elements and two that are volatile in character. Two, in like manner, are dry and two humid, one out of the four being actually excessively dry, and the other excessively moist. They are also masculine and feminine. Now, each of them has a marked tendency to reproduce its own species within its own sphere. Moreover, they are never in repose, but are perpetually interacting, and each of them separates, of and by itself, the most subtle portion thereof. Their general place of meeting is in the centre, even the centre of the Archeus, that servant of Nature, where coming to mix their several seeds, they agitate and finally expel them to the exterior.
Q21. What is the true and the first matter of all metals?The first matter, properly so called, is dual in its essence, or is in itself of a twofold nature; one, nevertheless, cannot create a metal without the concurrence of the other. The first and the palmary essence is an aerial humidity, blended with a warm air, in the form of a fatty water, which adheres to all substances indiscriminately, whether they are pure or impure.
Q22. How has this humidity been named by Philosophers?Mercury
Q23. By what is it governed?By the rays of the Sun and Moon.
Q24. What is the second matter?The warmth of the earth -otherwise, that dry heat which is termed Sulphur by the Philosophers
Q25. Can the entire material body be converted into seed?Its eight-hundredth part only-that, namely, which is secreted in the centre of the body in question, and may, for example, be seen in a grain of wheat.
Q26. Of what use is the bulk of the matter as regards its seed?It is useful as a safeguard against excessive heat, cold, moisture, or aridity, and, in general, all hurtful inclemency, against which it acts as an envelope.
Q27. Would those artists who pretend to reduce the whole matter of any body into seed derive any advantage from the process, supposing it were possible to perform it?None; on the contrary, their labour would be wholly unproductive, because nothing that is good can be accomplished by a deviation from natural methods.
Q28. What, therefore, should be done?The matter must be effectively separated from its impurities, for there is no metal, how pure soever, which is entirely free from imperfections, though their extent varies. Now all superfluities, cortices, and scoriae must be peeled off and purged out from the matter in order to discover its seed.
Q30. What should receive the most careful attention of the Philosopher?Assuredly, the end of Nature, and this is by no means to be looked for in the vulgar metals, because, these having issued already from the hands of the fashioner, it is no longer to be found therein.
Q31. For what precise reason?Because the vulgar metals, and chiefly gold, are absolutely dead, while ours, on the contrary, are absolutely living, and possess a soul.
Q32. What is the life of metals?It is no other substance than fire, when they are as yet imbedded in the mines.
Q33. What is their death?Their life and death are in reality one principle, for they die, as they live, by fire, but their death is from a fire of fusion.
Q34. After what manner are metals conceived in the womb of the earth?When the four elements have developed their power or virtue in the centre of the earth, and have deposited their seed, the Archeus of Nature, in the course of a distillatory process, sublimes them superficially by the warmth and energy of the perpetual movement.
Q35. Into what does the wind resolve itself when it is distilled through the pores of the earth?It resolves itself into water, whence all things spring; in this state it is merely a humid vapour, out of which there is subsequently evolved the principiated principle of all substances, which also serves as the first matter of the Philosophers.
Q36. What then is this principle, which is made use of as the first matter by the Children of Knowledge in the philosophic achievement?It is this identical matter, which, the moment it is conceived, receives a permanent and unchangeable form.
Q37. Are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, the Sun, the Moon, etc., separately endowed with individual seed?One is common to them all; their differences are to be accounted for by the: locality from which they are derived, not to speak of the fact that Nature completes her work with far greater rapidity in the procreation of silver than in that of gold, and so of the other metals, each in its own proportion
Q38. How is gold formed in the bowels of the earth?When this vapour, of which we have spoken, is sublimed in the centre of the earth, and when it has passed through warm and pure places, where a certain sulphureous grease adheres to the channels, then this vapour, which the Philosophers have denominated their Mercury, becomes adapted and joined to this grease, which it sublimes with itself; from such amalgamation there is produced a certain unctuousness, which, abandoning the vaporous form, assumes that of grease, and is sublimised in other places, which have been cleansed by this preceding vapour, and the earth whereof has consequently been rendered more subtle, pure, and humid; it fills the pores of this earth, is joined thereto, and gold is produced as a result.
Q39. How is Saturn engendered?It occurs when the said unctuosity, or grease, passes through places which are totally impure and cold.
Q40. How is Venus brought forth?She is produced in localities where the earth itself is pure, but is mingled with impure sulphur.
Q41. What power does the vapor, which we have recently mentioned, possess in the center of the earth?By its continual progress it has the power of perpetually rarefying whatsoever is crude and impure, and of successively attracting to itself all that is pure around it.
Q42. What is the seed of the first matter of all things?The first matter of things, that is to say, the matter of principiating principles is begotten by Nature, without the assistance of any other seed; in other words, Nature receives the matter from the elements, whence it subsequently brings forth the seed.
Q43. What, absolutely speaking, is therefore the seed of things?The seed in a body is no other thing than a congealed air, or a humid vapour, which is useless except it be dissolved by a warm vapour.
Q44. How is the generation of seed comprised in the metallic kingdom?By the artifice of Archeus the four elements, in the first generation of Nature, distil a ponderous vapour of water into the centre of the earth ; this is the seed of metals, and it is called Mercury, not on account of its essence, but because of its fluidity, and the facility with which it will adhere to each and every thing.
Q45. Why is this vapor compared to sulfur?Because of its internal heat.
Q46. From what species of Mercury are we to conclude that the metals are composed?The reference is exclusively to the Mercury of the Philosophers, and in no sense to the common or vulgar substance, which cannot become a seed, seeing that, like other metals, it already contains its own seed.
Q47. What, therefore, must actually be accepted as the subject of our matter?The seed alone, otherwise the fixed grain, and not the whole body, which is differentiated into Sulphur, or living male, and into Mercury, or living female.
Q48. What operation must be afterwards performedThey must be joined together, so that they may form a germ, after which they will proceed to the procreation of a fruit which is conformed to their nature
Q49. What is the part of the artist in this operation?The artist must do nothing but separate that which is subtle from that which is gross.
Q50. To what, therefore, is the whole philosophic combination reduced?The development of one into two, and the reduction of two into one, and nothing further.
Q51. Whither must we turn for the seed and life of meals and minerals?
Q52. How does Nature operate by the help of Art?
Q53. How is the seed subsequently nourished and preserved?
Q54. What is therefore performed by the artist in the mineral kingdom?
Q55. What correspondence have the metals among themselves?
Q56. When the Philosophers speak of gold and silver, from which they extract their matter, are we to suppose that they refer to the vulgar gold and silver?
Q57. What is the object of research among the Philosophers?
Q58. What is this Stone?
Q59. In what does the secret of accomplishing this admirable work consist?
Q60. What are the precautions which must be made use of to guard against failure in the work?
Q61. Why does this medicine heal every species of disease?
Q62. How can you demonstrate to me the truth of the art in the matter of the tincture?
Q63. What road should the Philosopher follow that he may attain to the knowledge and execution of the physical work?
Q64. What was the matter of the chaos?
Q65. Give me an example to illustrate what you have just stated.
Q66. What profit may the Philosopher derive from these considerations, and what should he especially remark in the method of creation which was pursued by the Supreme Being?
Q67. How many heavens can you enumerate?
Q68. Why is the rarefaction of the waters confined to the first heaven?
Q69. Why does each celestial body invariably revolve about an axis?
Q70. Why do the superior waters never descend?
Q71. What is the matter of the firmament?
Q72. After the separation of the waters from the dry earth, what was performed by the Creator to originate generation?
Q73. What is the action of this central fire?
Q74. How is the sulfur of Nature subsequently formed?
Q75. How is the salt of the sea produced?
Q76. What should be done by a truly wise Philosopher when he has once mastered the foundation and the order in the procedure of the Great Architect of the Universe in the construction of all that exists in Nature?
Q77. With what is this grand and sublime operation performed?
Q78. What kind of mercury, therefore, must he make use of in performing the work?
Q79. Why is the latter unfitted to the needs of our work?
Q80. What must he subsequently do?
Q81. How do you denominate the body of which we have been speaking?
Q82. As you have told me that Mercury is the one thing which the Philosopher must absolutely understand, will you give me a circumstantial description of it, so as to avoid misconception?
Q83. How many species of moisture do you suppose to be in each composite thing?
Q84. How many species of Mercury are there known to the Philosophers?
Q85. How many operations art comprised in our work?
Q86. What precaution should be taken in reading the Hermetic Philosophers ?
Q87. What books should be read in order to have an acquaintance with our science?
Q88. When may the Philosopher venture to undertake the work?
Q89. Explain me this theory in a clearer manner.
Q90. Have those persons a proper acquaintance with Nature who pretend to make use of vulgar gold for seed, and of vulgar mercury for the dis solvent, or the earth in which it should be sown?
Q91. In seeking this auriferous seed elsewhere than in gold itself, is there no danger of producing a species of monster, since one appears to be departing from Nature?
Q92. What follows from this doctrine?
Q93. Give me an example taken from Nature.
Q94. Is it necessary that an amateur of this science should understand the formation of metals in the bowels of the earth if he wishes to complete his work ?
Q95. How, then, does Nature deposit metals in the bowels of the earth, and of what does she compose them ?
Q96. What do you mean by this double vapour, and how can metals be formed thereby?
Q97. What is contained in this vapour?
Q98. What does this vapour represent?
Q99. And one cannot, notwithstanding, make use of vulgar mercury in the process?
Q100. Whence comes it that common mercury is without its external agent?
Q101. How many species of gold are distinguished by the Philosophers?
Q102. What is astral gold?
Q103. What do you refer to under the term Elementary Gold ?
Q104. Give me some description of Vulgar Gold ?
Q105. Of what species of gold is the Stone of the Philosophers ?
Q106. What is actually the living gold of the Philosophers?
Q107. What other name is also given by the Philosophers to their living gold ?
Q108. Where must we look for our living gold, our living sulphur, and our true fire ?
Q109. By what is this fire nourished?
Q110. Give me a comparative illustration of the power of this fire ?
Q111. What should be done by the Philosopher after he has extracted his Mercury ?
Q112. Cannot Nature perform this of herself?
Q113. What do the Philosophers understand by their gold and silver?
Q114. Whence are they derived?
Q115. When this operation has been duly performed, to what other point of the practice must they next apply themselves?
Q116. When should your matter be combined with the living gold?
Q117. What is contained in the centre of the radical moisture ?
Q118. What must be done to apply it to the Great Work?
Q119. Does Nature, in her work in the mines, possess a menstruum which is adapted to the dissolution and liberation of this sulphur?
Q120. Can you elucidate this doctrine by an example?
Q121. In what does the whole secret of the seed consist ?
Q122. What do you understand by the seed in the work Of the Philosophers ?
Q123. How do you set free the sulphur from its bonds?
Q124. What is the earth of minerals ?
Q125. What pains must be taken by the Philosopher to extract that part which he requires?
Q126. By what indication may the Artist be assured that he is in the right road at the beginning of his work?
Q127. How many solutions do you count in the Philosophic Work?
Q128. How is the metallic body reduced by the first solution into mercury, and then into sulphur?
Q129. How is this operation performed?
Q130. How is the second solution performed ?
Q131. What is the name which is applied by Philosophers to the Matter during this period?
Q132. To what does the third solution refer?
Q133. What fire must be made use of in our work ?
Q134. What is the potency of this fire?
Q135. Why is it also termed Mercury ?
Q136. Where is this fire concealed ?
Q137. Who is it that is familiar with, and can produce, this fire?
Q138. What is the essential potency and characteristic of this fire ?
Q139. How may this fire be most easily distinguished?
Q140. What must be added to this fire so as to accentuate its capacity for incineration in the feminine species?
Q141. How many philosophical fires do you enumerate ?
Q142. Explain to me these three species of fires.
Q143. Where is our matter to be found?
Q144. What kind must be preferred before all others ?
Q145. Is everything contained in this subject?
Q146. Is this subject exceedingly precious ?
Q147. What does our Matter contain?
Q148. What operation is it most important to be able to perform?
Q149. How is that done ?
Q150. What is in the first place extracted ?
Q151. What follows?
Q152. What then?
Q153. When must the Philosopher begin his enterprise ?
Q154. When may he take his rest?
Q155. At what hour is the end of the work ?
Q156. What is the pass-word of Magnesia?
Q157. Give me the greeting of the Philosophers.
Q158. Are you an apprentice Philosopher?
Q159. What is the age of a Philosopher ?
I claimed to be seeking answers,but I did not say to how many questions.LAUGHING
'tis a joke with many riddles :)What is the germ, or seed, of any substance?