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    11. Cycles of Nature
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    If thou desire to see the secrets of Nature now open thine eyes.
    The Chemists Key, by Henry Nollius, 1617 AD
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    Following on from the previous chapter on yin-yang, we have the cycles of Nature.

    I'm sure we can all agree that Nature operates in cycles. We have days, months, years, which are all cycles. Then we have the water cycle, with water being evaporated by the sun, forming clouds and then raining down again. It is these cycles that cause growth and development, most obviously in plant life, but also in all other forms of life, and the Earth itself. Similar cycles also occur in larger systems, such as solar systems and galaxies. All these cycles are due to the yin-yang principle, which I explained in the previous chapter.

    But have you stopped to think what the effect of these cycles is? I will illustrate it for you as simply as I can:
    Imagine you have a handful of damp soil, which you put into a closed system in which there is sun and then rain, as there is on Earth. Every day there is sunshine (yang) which evaporates off the water, which then condenses at night (yin) and rains back down onto the soil. What will happen?

    Well the first and most obvious effect is that the soil will arrange itself in layers with the lightest particles at the top, and the heaviest at the bottom. We have gravity to thank for this of course. The hot air and water vapor will rise, and with it the lightest of the particles, which attach themselves to the water. The lighter the particle is, the easier it attaches itself to the water, and the further the water will lift it while evaporating. This causes the heavier particles to sink as the lighter particles are picked up and placed back down on top of them. Everything will arrange itself in order of density. This you can already see by considering that the top layer of the Earth is a soft soil, with heavier minerals as you dig down. This is also very easily proven with a little experiment, which is also the First Part of our work in making the Stone.
    The smallest and lightest particles of all will attach themselves to the water and not let go, since they are so volatile, and these particles are the life-energy we are looking for.

    But something else happens too. With the particles continuously being moistened and then heated and dried (calcined), they will slowly break down (decompose/putrefy) into smaller particles. So over time you will end up with more of the lighter particles (less dense) and less heavier particles (more dense). The particles will get lighter and lighter until they are broken down into what they are made of, the original life-energy. The life-energy itself is infused into the water and so penetrates all of the particles as they are moistened by the water, and the life-energy also aids the putrefaction by encouraging the elements to break down into its own form.
    So you can assume that eventually, after a very long time, the entire mass is converted into life-energy, which is what we call the Philosophers' Stone. But I don't recommend using soil for this process, since it will take too long.
    Then there are life forms which use this life-energy and the lightest particles to grow and live. Plants grow in the top (lightest) layer of the soil, and use the life-energy which is more concentrated there for their development, which they collect and form into matter for their own use. Animals then eat the plants to absorb their life-energy, and other animals eat those animals for the same reason. Once eaten our stomachs digest what we eat into even smaller particles, which is just another process of putrefaction.
    Plants love to grow in dead plant matter, since this is already full of life-energy, which is now happily decomposing into lighter particles and back into the wonderful life-energy.
    I'll give you an illustration of how this works inside your body: when you eat an apple, you first chew it. The chewing is the first stage of decomposition, it breaks it down into smaller pieces. Then it goes into your stomach and is digested (dissolved) by your stomach acid, this is again decomposition for breaking down the matter in order to extract and reuse the particles inside of it. What you get is a range of matter: sugars, proteins, vitamins, etc. and life-energy. The most important of these is the life-energy, but since we do not normally have enough of this, we use the determined and more dense particles (sugar, protein, etc.) where we can, for the required needs of our body. The life-energy can be made into anything we are lacking, it can be formed into any other particle required by our body. It can even be made into water if we have not had enough to drink, or oxygen if we are not breathing enough. This is why when you ingest the Stone, you don't need to eat, drink or breathe, because your body will make this into exactly what it needs.

    Scientists have found evidence of biological transmutation already, in many incidents it has been proven that animals can produce minerals that they have not ingested. This supports the existence of life-energy.

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    Crabs, shellfish and crayfish have shells made largely of calcium. A crab 17 cm by 10 cm has a shell weighing around 350 grams. Periodically these animals shed their shell and create a new one. This is called molting. When molting, a crab is very vulnerable and hides away from all other creatures so it can not get calcium by preying on other creatures.

    According to French chemist C. Louis Kervran of the Conseil d'Hygiene in Paris, seawater contains far too little calcium to account for the rapid production of a shell (the calcium content of sea water is about 0.042% and a crab can form a new shell in little more than one day). If the entire body of a crab is analyzed for calcium, it is found to contain only enough calcium to produce 3% of the shell (even taking into account the calcium carbonate stored in the hepato-pancreas just before molting).

    Even in water completely devoid of calcium, shellfish can still create their calcium-bearing shells as shown by an experiment performed at the Maritime Laboratory of Roscoff: "A crayfish was put in a sea water basin from which calcium carbonate had been removed by precipitation; the animal made its shell anyway." (Kervran 1972, p.58)

    "Chemical analysis made on animals secreting their shells has revealed that calcium carbonate is formed on the outer side of a membrane although on the opposite side of the membrane, where matter enters, there is no calcium. This fact has left specialists perplexed." (Kervran 1972, p.58)

    Evidence that Atoms Behave Differently in Biological Systems, by Madhavendra Puri
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    So you can see that the cycles of Nature are in place to purify matter, and break it down into lighter, freer particles and life-energy in order to be used again to create new and better life forms. Life forms grow from these lighter, volatile particles, which they form into matter according to their own needs, and when they die Nature turns it back into the dust from whence it came.
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    God being before all things, when He was alone created one Substance, which He called the first matter and of that substance he created the Elements, and from them created all things.
    The Crowning of Nature, by Anonymous, 16th - 17th Cen. (?)
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    that part of the body which is dissolved, ever ascends or rises to the top, above all the other undissolved matter which remains yet at bottom. Therefore saith Avicen, that which is spiritual in the vessel ascends up to the top of the mater, and that which is yet gross and thick, remains in the bottom of the vessel.
    The Root of the World, by Roger Bacon, 13th Cen.
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    Observe, furthermore, how the seeds of all things that grow, as, for instance, grains of wheat or barley, spring forth from the ground, by the operation of the Stone, and the developing influences of Sun and Moon; how they grow up into the air, are gradually matured, and bring forth fruit, which again must be sown in its own proper soil. The field is prepared for the grain, being well ploughed up, and manured with well rotted dung; for the earth consumes and assimilates the manure, as the body assimilates its food, and separates the subtle from the gross. Therewith it calls forth the life of the seed, and nourishes it with its own proper milk, as a mother nourishes her infant, and causes it to increase in size, and to grow upward. The earth separates, I say, the good from the bad, and imparts it as nutriment to all growing things; for the destruction of one thing is the generation of another. It is the same in our Art, where the liquid receives its proper nutriment from the earth. Hence the earth is the Mother of all things that grow; and it must be manured, ploughed, harrowed, and well prepared, in order that the corn may grow, and triumph over the tares, and not be choked by them. A grain of wheat is raised from the ground through the distillation of the moisture of the Sun and Moon, if it has been sown in its own proper earth. The Sun and Moon must also impel it to bring forth fruit, if it is to bring forth fruit at all. For the Sun is the Father, and the Moon the Mother, of all things that grow.
    In the same way, in our soil, and out of our seed, our Stone grows through the distilling of the Sun and Moon; and as it grows it rises upwards, as it were, into the air, while its root remains in the ground. That which is above is even as that which is below; the same law prevails; there is no error or mistake. Again, as herbs grow upward, put forth glorious flowers and blossoms, and bear fruit, so our grain blossoms, matures its fruit, is threshed, sifted, purged of its chaff, and again put in the earth, which, however, must previously have been well manured, harrowed, and otherwise prepared. When it has been placed in its natural soil, and watered with rain and dew, the moisture of heaven, and roused into life by the warmth of the Sun and Moon, it produces fruit after its own kind. These two sowings are peculiar characteristics of our Art. For the Sun and Moon are our grain, which we put into our soil, as soul and spiritóand such as are the father and the mother will be the children that they generate. Thus, my sons, you know our Stone, our earth, our grain, our meal, our ferment, our manure, our verdigris, our Sun and Moon. You understand our whole magistery, and may joyfully congratulate yourselves that you have at length risen above the level of those blind charlatans of whom I spoke. For this, His unspeakable mercy, let us render thanks and praise to the Creator of all things, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    [...] As it is with plants, so it is with metals. While they lie in the heart of the earth, in their natural ore, they grow, and are developed, day by day, through the influence of the four elements: their fire is the splendour of the Sun and Moon; the earth conceives in her womb the splendour of the Sun, and by it the seeds of the metals are well and equally warmed, just like the grain in the fields. Through this warmth there is produced in the earth a vapour or spirit, which rises upward and carries with it the most subtle elements. It might well be called a fifth element: for it is a quintessence, and contains the most volatile parts of all the elements. This vapour strives to float upward through the summit of the mountains, but, being covered with great rocks, they prevent it from doing so: for when it strikes against them, it is compelled to descend again. It is drawn up by the Sun, it is forced down again by the rocks, and as it falls the vapour is transmuted into a liquid, i.e., sulphur and mercury. Of each of these a part is left behindóbut that which is volatile rises and descends again, more and more of it remaining behind, and becoming fixed after each descent. This "fixed" substance is the metals, which cleave so firmly to the earth and the stones that they must be smelted out in a red-hot furnace. The grosser the stones and the earth of the mountains are, the less pure will the metal be; the more subtle the soil and the stones are, the more subtle will be the vapour, and the sulphur and mercury formed by its condensationóand the purer these latter are, the purer, of course, will the metals themselves be. When the earth and the stones of the mountain are gross, the sulphur and mercury must partake of this grossness, and cannot attain to their proper development. Hence arise the different metals, each after its own kind. For as each tree of the field has its own peculiar shape, appearance, and fruit, so each mountain bears its own particular ore; those stones and that earth being the soil in which the metals grow.
    The Glory of the World, Or, Table of Paradise, by Anonymous, 1526 AD
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    It is then expedient to understand the manner of this Circulation, which verily is nothing else but to imbibe, refresh, or moisten the Compound in due weight or proportion with our Mercurial Water, which Philosophers command to be called Permanent Water, in which Imbibitions the Compound is digested and congealed to its natural accomplishment.
    [...] as the Infant in the Mother's Belly ought to be nourished with natural nourishment, which is Menstrual Blood, to the end it may be increased and grow in quantity and stronger in quality, so ought our Stone to be nourished.
    Verbum Dismissum, by Count Bernard Trevisan, 15th Cen.
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    The steady warmth of the sun ripens every fruit, and the warmer the sun (yet not too dry and alternating with due rains), the better do fruits mature and turn out.
    An Explanation of the Natural Philosopher's Tincture, of Paracelsus, by Alexander von Suchten, 16th Cen.
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    12. Metallic Generation
    The alchemists claim that metals and minerals all grow and develop, and so are life forms, along with plants and animals. Perhaps not life forms in the sense we normally use the phrase, but if we are to define a life form as something which grows and multiplies then we must include metals and minerals in this category.
    The alchemists all agree that metals have the same seed, that is to say that they are all of the same species. The different types of metals are just different stages of the same thing, of which gold is the final and complete development. To put it another way: we could say that the different (elementary) metals are stable energy states which a metal moves through in its continued development. However, this development only continues whilst the metal is in its proper environment, which is inside the earth. Once taken out of the ground a metal can only stay at the state in which we found it in. The Stone gives any metal a sudden burst of energy, which will excel it to its preferred and most stable state: gold (or silver with the less-pure White Stone). This is not a far-out notion, in fact lead has already been transmuted to gold in a lab by firing radiation at it (look it up if you don't believe me), which is a similar but massively less efficient version of what the Stone does.
    I will include some long quotes from the alchemical books concerning the development of metals and minerals below. This will be helpful to understand the development of metals and get an idea how Nature works in regards to that.
    The alchemists wrote a lot about how metals and minerals are generated in the Earth, which they do so as to indirectly teach the reader how to make the Stone, since the Stone is made using very similar natural processes.
    However, the alchemists here are talking in theory and from a time when geology had not been well studied. Geology has come a long way in the past few hundred years, but then again, the science of today does not recognize very obvious natural processes, preferring complicated theories of the scientists' own invention. I expect the truth to be somewhere in between these two extremes.
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    the great process of development into silver and gold is constantly going on. This appears from the fact that miners often find solid pieces of pure silver in tin and lead mines, and also from the experience of others who have met with pure gold in metallic veins of iron --- though this latter occurrence is more rarely observed, on account of the great impurity of iron. In some silver mines, again, quantities of solid gold have been discovered, as, for instance, in Serbia; at first, the whole appears to be silver, but in the refinerís crucible the gold is subsequently separated from the less precious metal. Thus it is the teaching of experience that Nature is continually at work changing other metals into gold, because, though, in a certain sense, they are complete in themselves, they have not yet reached the highest perfection of which they are capable, and to which Nature has destined them --- just as the human embryo and the little children are complete and perfect as far as they go, but have not attained to their ultimate goal of manhood. Gold is found in different forms, either mixed with a coarse rocky substance, or in a solid condition, or amongst the sand in the beds of rivers, being washed out of the mines by water. Golden sand is also found in the deserts of India, where there are no rivers. Silver is never found mixed with the sand of rivers, but mostly in the shape of ore in mines, or like a vein running through a rock. Lead and tin occur mostly in the shape of ore, and sometimes they are mingled with earth. The same facts have become commonly observed with regard to iron and the other metals. When different metals are discovered in the same mine, the less pure of the two will generally have a tendency to ascend and leave what remains more force to develop in the right direction.
    [...] The substance of common metals is the same as that of gold; if, then, the form of gold, or the elixir, be added to them, they must become gold. As the common metals become gold and silver by means of a natural process, it is quite possible that the same result should be brought about by means of the alchemistís art.
    The New Pearl of Great Price, by Peter Bonus, 1338 AD
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    the generation of metals is circular, that is, one passes easily from one to another following a circle, the cousin metals having similar properties; it is because of this that silver changes more readily into gold than any other metal.
    Compound of Compounds, by Albertus Magnus, 13th Cen.
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    Now, since Nature is always striving to attain perfection, and to reach the goal set before her by the Creator of all things, she is continually at work upon the qualities of the four elements of each substance; and so stirs up and rouses the inward action of the elements by the accidental heat of the Sun, and by natural warmth, that there arises a kind of vapour or steam in the veins of the earth. This vapour cannot make its way out, but is closed in; in penetrating through fat, earthy, oily, and impure sulphureous substances it attracts to itself more or less of these foreign and external impurities. This is the reason that there are seen in it so great a variety of colours before it attains to purity and its own proper colour.
    [...] Nature has to purge away the peculiar characteristics of all other metals before she can make gold; as you may see by the fact that different kinds of metal are found in the same metallic vein.
    [...] If, however, this pure quicksilver floats upward in a pure mineral earth, without any gross alloy, it is hardened into the pure and white sulphur of Nature by being subjected to a very moderate degree of gentle heat, and at length assumes the specific form of silver. Like all the other metals it may still be developed into gold, if it remain under the influence of its natural heat. But if the same pure, unalloyed quicksilver be subjected to a higher degree of natural heat, it is transmuted into the pure red sulphur of Nature, and becomes gold without first passing through the stage of silver. In this form it remains, because gold is the highest possible stage of metallic development.
    [...] Those metals, indeed, which have been torn up by the roots, that is to say, that have been dug up from their own proper soil in the veins of the earth, can no longer proceed in that course of development which they pursued in their native abode; yet, as much as in them lies, they strive to be perfected.
    [...] the operation of Nature is progressive, not retrogressive. Hence it is a great mistake to suppose that the work of Nature can be reversed by dissolution in aqua fortis, or by the amalgamation of gold or silver and quicksilver. For if the metal be plunged in a solvent, if water be distilled from it, or if quicksilver be sublimed from it, it still remains the same metal that it was before. The specific properties of a metal cannot be destroyed so as to obtain the first substance.
    [...] The metals which we dig up out of the earth are, as it were, torn up by the roots, and, their growth having come to a standstill, they can undergo no further development into gold, but must always retain their present form, unless something is done for them by our Art. Hence we must begin at the point where Nature had to leave off: we must purge away all impurity, and the sulphureous alloy, as Nature herself would have done if her operation had not been accidentally, or violently, disturbed. She would have matured the original substance, and brought it to perfection by gentle heat, and, in a longer or shorter period of time, she would have transmuted it into gold. In this work Nature is ceaselessly occupied while the metals are still in the earth;
    [...] First, the earth which was created rich, great, deep, wide, and broad, was, through the daily operation of the Sun's rays, penetrated to her very centre with a fervent, bubbling, vaporous heat. For the earth in herself is cold and saturated with the moisture of water. At length the vapours which were formed in this way in the heart of the earth became so strong and powerful as to seek to force a way out into the open air, and thus, instead of effecting their object, threw up hills and hillocks, or, as it were, bubbles on the face of the earth. And since in those places where mountains were formed the heat of the Sun must have been most powerful, and the earthy moisture rich and most plentiful, it is there that we find the most precious metals. Where the earth remained plain, this steam did not succeed in raising up mountains; it escaped, and the earth, being deprived of its moisture, was hardened into rocks. Where the earth was poor, soft, and thin, it is now covered with sand and little stones, because it never had much moisture, and, having been deprived of the little it possessed, has now become sandy and dry, and incapable of retaining moisture. No earth was changed into rocks that was not rich, viscous, and well saturated with moisture. For when the heat of the Sun has sucked up its moisture, the richness of the earth still makes it cohere, although now it has become hard and dry; and earth that is not yet perfectly hard is even at the present time undergoing a change into hard stones, through the diligent working of Nature. But the steam and the vapours that do not succeed in escaping, remain enclosed in the mountains, and are day by day subjected to the maturing and transmuting influences of the Sun and the planets.
    A Tract of Great Price Concerning the Philosophical Stone, by A German Sage, 1423 AD
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    all things are produced of a liquid air or a vapour, which the elements distil into the centre of the earth by a continual motion, and that as soon as the Archeus has received it, his wisdom sublimes it through the pores, and distributes it to each place, producing different things according to the diverse places in which it is deposited. Some think that each metal has its own seed. But this is a great mistake, for there is only one seed. The sperm which appears in Saturn is the same as that which is found in gold, silver, copper, &c.; their difference is caused by the place, and by the time during which Nature was at work upon them, the procreation of silver being achieved sooner than that of gold, and so with the other metals. The vapour which is sublimed by heat from the centre of the earth, passes either through cold or warm places. If the place be warm and pure, and contain adhering to it a certain fatness of sulphur, the vapour (or Mercury of the Sages) joins itself to its fatness, and sublimes it together with itself. If in the course of its further sublimation this unctuous vapour reaches other places where the earth has already been subtilized, purified, and rendered moist by previous ascending vapours, it fills the pores of this earth, and with it becomes gold. But if this unctuous moisture be carried to impure and cold places, it becomes lead; if the earth be pure and mingled with sulphur, it becomes copper. For the purer the place is, the more beautiful and perfect will the metal be. We must also note that the vapour is constantly ascending, and in its ascent from the earth's centre to its superficies, it purifies the places through which it passes. Hence precious metals are found now where none existed a thousand years ago, for this vapour, by its continual progress, ever subtilizes the crude and impure, and as continually carries away the pure with itself. This is the circulation and reiteration of Nature. All places are being more and more purified: and the purer they become, the nobler are their products.
    [...] The substance of stones is the same as that of all other things; and their quality is determined by the purity of the places in which they arise. When the four elements distil their vapour to the centre of the earth, the Archeus of Nature expels and sublimes it in such a manner that it carries with it in its passage through the pores of the earth, all the impurities of these places up to the surface, where they are congealed by the air, all that pure air engenders being congealed by crude air, their ingression being mutual, so that they join one with another, since Nature rejoices in Nature. Thus rocks and stones are gradually built up and generated. Now the larger the pores of the earth, the greater is the quantity of impurities carried upward; and thus the earth is most completely purified under those places where there is a great accumulation of stones or rocks at the surface, and in this manner the procreation of metals becomes easier in these places. This explains the fact that metals are scarcely ever found in plains, but nearly always in the bowels of rocky hills. The plains are often moist with elemental water which attracts to itself the rising vapour, and with it is digested by the rays of the Sun into the rich clay which potters use. In places where the soil' is gross, and the vapour contains neither unctuousness nor sulphur, it produces herbs and grass in the meadows. The precious stones, such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, chrysopras, onyx, and carbuncle, are all generated in the same manner as ordinary stones. When the natural vapour is sublimed by itself without sulphur or the unctuosity of which we have spoken, and reaches a place where there is pure salt water (i.e., in very cold places, where our sulphur cannot exist, for could it exist, this effect would be hindered), diamonds are formed. The unctuous sulphur which rises with the vapour cannot move without warmth, and is instantly congealed, when it reaches a slightly cold place, leaving the vapour to continue its upward movement without it.
    The New Chemical Light, by Michael Sendivogius, 17th Cen.
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    All philosophers affirm, with one consent, that metals have a seed by which they are increased, and that this seminal quality is the same in all of them
    On the Philosophers' Stone, by Anonymous, 12th - 17th Cen. (?)
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    13. The Emerald Tablet
    This chapter is dedicated to The Emerald Tablet, which is the only surviving genuine writing of Hermes, the founder of alchemy in this age. Hermes was called Mercury by the Romans, the messenger of the gods, and it is after Hermes that the word mercury is used so commonly in alchemy. By the Egyptians he was called Thoth (Djehuty). Alchemy is also called the "hermetic" art, after Hermes, and even today the term "hermetically sealed" can be used to describe an airtight seal (necessary in alchemy.)

    Some believe Hermes was Noah of flood fame, others believe he was Enoch. Regardless, Hermes was the person who carried the knowledge of the sacred sciences over the last big catastrophe to save it from destruction (which leans towards him being Noah.) It was also Hermes who began the vow of secrecy, reserving alchemy only for a limited elite of the wise, but with the understanding that the secret will be released again at the end of the age.

    There are many legends surrounding the tablet, the name of the tablet itself comes from a legend of it being found written on a tablet made of emerald in the crypt of Hermes. Though in reality it appears that The Emerald Tablet has been in continuous circulation passing through the hands of the alchemists since the beginning.

    The Emerald Tablet itself is the central and most concise of alchemical texts, and it is also the most accurate, explaining the full theory, practice and philosophy in just a few words.

    I will list 5 different translations of each line, including my own, and provide commentary.
    Line 1. Arabic translation.
    Line 2. Newton's translation.
    Line 3. Beato's translation.
    Line 4. Contemporary rendering of the Latin text.
    Line 5. Author's translation (bold).
    It contains an accurate commentary that can't be doubted.
    Tis true without lying, certain most true.
    This is true and remote from all cover of falsehood.
    [It is] true, without error, certain and most true,
    A fundamental truth, without error, perfect and complete.
    This line is informing us that what is being said is a fundamental truth, not only a relative truth. Relative truths can change, such as "the sky is blue", it is not always true. Fundamental truths never change, are always true, and therefore can be applied on any level, or in any situation.

    It states: What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above. The work of wonders is from one.
    That which is below is like that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
    Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected.
    That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles of the one thing.
    As above, so below; the greater and lesser; macrocosm and microcosm: they are the same. Following this principle, all things were made from the One.
    There are two statements on this line. The first is telling us that every level follows the same fundamental principles. Things above us (macrocosms: planets, solar systems, galaxies) and things below us (microcosms: the Philosophers' Stone, atoms, etc.) follow exactly the same principles. They may look different from our perspective, but they all operate in the same way. This is very important to understand, if you can grasp this fact then you will start to see it everywhere. It is because of this that we know how to make the Stone and why it works. On a different level, it also tells us that spirituality, philosophy and the physical world again follow the same principles. If something is true spiritually then it must also have a physical counterpart. There is nothing which applies to one and does not apply to the other.

    The second statement tells us that creation and perfection (purification, evolution) is caused by the previous statement. Things would not grow and evolve (both physically and spiritually) if it were not for the fact that each level is a mirror of all others. It tells us that this comes from one, in accordance with one. One is God, one is everything, one is nothing, one is the only thing whose existence is self-supported, the existence of everything else comes from this one, all following the same principles. One is the only thing that exists, whereas everything else is a distorted reflection of the one.

    And all things sprang from this essence through a single projection. How marvelous is its work! It is the principle part of the world and its custodian.
    And as all things have been arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
    Also, as all things are made from one, by the consideration of one, so all things were made from this one, by conjunction.
    And as all things were from the one, by means of the meditation of the one, thus all things were born from the one, by means of adaptation.
    And as all things arose from a thought by the One; thus all things were formed as an adaptation of the One. This is the fundamental principle.
    Here we are told that all things (literally everything, on every level) come from the one. It is important to also remember the previous line, that all principles apply to every level. Therefore we know it holds true to both the spiritual and the physical. The biggest mistake of both modern science and spirituality is to assume that the two are separate.

    On a spiritual and philosophical level it tells us that God created all things by adapting himself. God did not change himself, but each level below him is a distorted reflection of the level above. So all things are God by adaptation. It also says that it was the meditation, or thought, of God which began this, it implies a single thought. You can imagine this like a ripple on the surface of a flat lake; one single movement in stillness (emptiness) creates a series of ripples, each a reflection of the former. The ripples all follow exactly the same principle, but they become distorted as they get further away from the source. Each ripple creates the next ripple as a slightly more distorted reflection of itself.

    On a physical level it tells us that everything is actually made of the same stuff. It is interesting to note here that we have discovered this with science (everything is made of energy) but it is not entirely obvious just by looking around you. Because the physical follows the same principles as the higher existences, we must accept the existence of a physical substance (particle) which is the root of what everything is made out of. We can't just call it energy, and be happy that it is only a concept. It must be physical - all spiritual things have a physical counterpart and vice versa. This thing is the life-energy I have been talking about. So this line is also telling us about the life-energy, and how everything in the physical world is made from life-energy by adaptation.

    Its father is the sun and its mother is the moon. Thus the wind bore it within it and the earth nourished it.
    The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
    The father of it is the sun, the mother the moon. The wind bore it in the womb. Its nurse is the earth, the mother of all perfection.
    Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the Wind carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
    Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, it is carried by the wind, it is nursed by the earth.
    Firstly, we have the reference to the sun and the moon. This is clearly symbolism for the polarity of yin (moon) and yang (sun). However, you should consider that the sun and moon are more important than just symbols of polarity. There is a reason why we have one sun and one moon from our perspective on Earth, it is not just chance as science might make you believe. Again, yin-yang is a fundamental principle and therefore applies on all levels, including in this physical reality. Therefore the moon and sun are literally physical counterparts of the yin-yang principle. It is interesting to note how the sun and moon appear to be exactly the same size when looking up at them from Earth, this is a big coincidence if it is only a coincidence. It means that the sizes and distances of the sun and moon are in perfect harmony with each other, which could be one of the major factors which has made the conditions optimum for life on Earth in this physical plane and at this time.

    The sun and moon also symbolize (they are literal counterparts of) fire and water (from the level above.) Polarity again, and we are moving towards more physical symbolism, closer to our own level. These again are counterparts of the two substances from which we make the Stone (now on a microcosmic level), which come themselves from one single ingredient. I hope you can see how in this manner, the theory and practice of making the Stone applies on all levels, from the very physical and chemical level, to the philsophical and macrocosmic spiritual level.

    The wind is the carrier and the distributor. It is easier to explain this to you from a one up macrocosmic perspective (one level above us): the level of the Earth. On the Earth we have the water cycle where the water is evaporated and forms clouds. The clouds then rain back down onto the Earth. Without this life could not exist because it is necessary to grow plants, which animals need to eat (or animals eat other animals who eat plants). But there is an important and often overlooked factor: without the wind all the water would just go up, and then come back down in the same place. This means that there would be no water on the land, as it would only rain on the sea, since water on land eventually runs into the sea. In which case there would be no life on land and we humans would not exist, so we have wind to thank for our existence. The wind is absolutely necessary for the natural distribution of things (water, seeds, etc.) This also applies to making the Stone, without the movement of the water vapor (caused by heat and cold) the process would not work. The formation of the Stone is a reflection of the operation of the Earth, and all other levels too. This is what I mean when I say that we must follow the guidance of Nature.

    Just as the earth is the nurse for plants - they grow from it and are supported by it. In the same way the Earth supports and cares for us humans. In the same way the earth is the matter which allows us to capture and contain, in a way "tame", the life-energy in order to make the Stone. The earth is never the active force, it is a passive (feminine, yin) force. It is the matrix. Earth does not actively do anything, it only supports and nurses those that depend upon it, protecting them and lifting them up. So earth is truely the nurse of all things. In this physical world the earth is solid matter, but it has its counterparts on the other levels too.

    Together we have fire (sun), water (moon), wind, and earth. These are the 4 elements. Everything is made through the actions of these four elements as they act on and move between one another (in the same way the yin and yang are always pulling back and forth.) The ancients did not literally believe that everything was made of these four elements in the sense that everything is made of H2O, mud and air, as history books might try to tell you. These are the states of matter: earth, water and wind are solid, liquid and gas, and fire is heat. So it is actually saying that everything is made of solid, liquid, gas and heat. These are the states of matter on our physical level, with counterparts on the other levels.

    Father of talismans and keeper of wonders. Perfect in power that reveals the lights.
    The father of all perfection in the whole world is here. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
    Its power is perfected if it is turned into earth.
    Its power is whole if it has been turned into earth.
    Its power is complete if it can be turned into earth.
    Here we are told that it can be perfected if it's turned into earth. This is written on physical terms, saying that if we can turn the 4 elements into earth, which is the element of the physical level we are in, then we will perfect it. "It" means the power, which I call life-energy. So if we can convert the life-energy into a physical form (into earth) then we have perfected it on this level. Again: if we can turn the energy from the 4 elements into earth then we will have converted and perfected the energy for use on this here physical level. It must be turned into earth if we are to use it on this level since for a physical world we need a physical Stone, which is the counterpart (reflection) of the One on this level.

    So you can see how the Philosophers' Stone is the physical manifestation of the power of God.

    It is a fire that became our earth. Separate the earth from the fire and you shall adhere more to that which is subtle than that which is coarse, through care and wisdom.
    Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
    Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle and thin from the crude and coarse, prudently, with modesty and wisdom.
    You will separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the dense, sweetly, with great skill.
    Separate the earth from the fire; the subtle from the dense, the light from the heavy; with care and wisdom.
    These are direct instructions on how to actually make the Stone, which of course is the same way that all things are perfected on all levels. With great care and wisdom (the wisdom is required to work out the method) you must separate the lighter particles from the denser particles. This is literally how you make the Stone, as you can see in the practical instructions, particularly the First Part of the Great Work.

    I will also interpret this from a spiritual perspective just for you to see how it applies on every level: realize which of your desires are promoting freedom, and which are promoting restriction, then separate the free from the restrictive. Focus on the free and positive desires (positive energy, good intention) and they will grow and expand, converting the remaining negative thoughts (negative energy, bad intention) into their own free, light and positive form.

    I hope you can see how the same fundamental principles apply to every level, and how the Stone is a real and physically obtainable substance which follows the exact same principles.

    It ascends from the earth to the heaven. It extracts the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of the lights.
    It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
    This ascends from the earth into the sky and again descends from the sky to the earth, and receives the power and efficacy of things above and of things below.
    It ascends from earth into heaven and again it descends to the earth, and receives the power of higher and of lower things.
    It repeatedly ascends from earth to heaven, and then descends from heaven to earth, thus receiving power from both the high and the low.
    Again, direct instructions for making the Stone, now focusing on the Second Part of the practical operations. The Stone is repeatedly evaporated (ascends) and condensed (descends), from this it becomes more purified and gains power (more life-energy.)

    The repeated change of state, between solid, liquid and gas, allows the substance to become purer and it increases the amount of life-energy.

    From a spiritual perspective you could say that our moving between the astral and physical planes, repeatedly dying and being born again, is an example of us perfecting ourselves, following the same principles.

    Therefore the darkness flees from it.
    By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
    By this means you will acquire the glory of the whole world, and so you will drive away all shadows and blindness.
    Thus you will have the Glory of the whole world. Therefore will all obscurity flee from you.
    Then you will have the glory of the whole world. All ignorance will flee from you.
    This is saying firstly that you will have the "glory of the whole world", which is the highest honor in the physical world: the Philosophers' Stone, which is the physical counterpart of the power of God.

    Secondly, all obscurity, or ignorance, will flee from you. This applies of course on every level. It means that you will now understand so much about the workings of Nature, and no longer be ignorant, and new knowledge will come to you easily - it will be easy for you to see the truth from the lies. It also means, from the physical standpoint of making the Stone, that once past a certain point of purity, the Stone will very quickly be able to become more pure. Once it gets passed a tipping point, the Stone will convert impurity into its own pure form, as opposed to being diluted or corrupted by any dense or impure particles (exponential development.)

    The greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle and it penetrates all that is coarse.
    Its force is above all force, for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
    For this by its fortitude snatches the palm from all other fortitude and power. For it is able to penetrate and subdue everything subtle and everything crude and hard.
    Of all strength this is true strength, because it will conquer all that is subtle, and penetrate all that is solid.
    It is true force and the most powerful, for it conquers all subtle things and penetrates all solid things.
    The Stone will convert all subtle and undetermined things into its own form, and for solid (determined) things it will penetrate them and bring them towards their true perfection. This is why it will protect a life-form from decay, and it will turn any metal into gold. It penetrates all things and encourages them to reach their full potential.

    Again, it is the manifestation of the power of God in a physical form.

    [Line not present in Arabic translation]
    So was the world created.
    By this means the world was founded
    Thus was the world created.
    This is how the world was made.
    The world was made following these exact same principles. As were all worlds, planes, universes and realities.

    The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm.
    From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
    And hence the marvelous cojunctions of it and admirable effects, since this is the way by which these marvels may be brought about
    From this were wonderful adaptations, of which this is the means.
    Each level is a reflection of the one above; the microcosm is in accordance with the macrocosm. Now you know how all things are made through adaptation from the One.
    All things: all matter, all worlds, all frequencies, all universes, all planes, are adaptations of the same thing, following the same principles. It starts with the One, and from there each level is a distorted reflection, an adaptation of the same thing, each level being a reflection of the level above. This is how all things are made. This is why the physical world exists. This is what it is. This is what all things are.

    The scholars made this their path. This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom.
    Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
    And because of this they have called me Hermes Tristmegistus since I have the three parts of the wisdom and Philosophy of the whole universe.
    Therefore am I named Thrice-Great Hermes, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
    This is the path of knowledge. Hence I am Hermes Thrice-Great, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
    Alchemy is the path of knowledge. One of the more difficult paths to enlightenment, reserved for the wise and intellectual. Traditionally that was so, but now is the time of alchemy.

    Hermes is "thrice-great" (three times great) because he was the custodian of the three sacred sciences: alchemy, astrology and geometry. The three sacred sciences are all related to each other of course, since like everything else they follow the same principles.

    This is his last book that he hid in the catacomb.
    That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.
    My speech is finished which I have spoken concerning the solar work.
    It is finished, what I have said about the working of the Sun.
    I have said all that is needed concerning the operation of the Sun.
    According to Hermes, this should be all that is necessary to fully understand. That is assuming you already have a good understanding of philosophical principles. I hope that my commentary has helped you to understand The Emerald Tablet and see the truth of alchemy.

    It is the operation of the sun because the sun is a level above us and a symbol for the Stone. The same principles apply on every level.

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    A fundamental truth, without error, perfect and complete.
    As above, so below; the greater and lesser; macrocosm and microcosm: they are the same. Following this principle, all things were made from the One.
    And as all things arose from a thought by the One; thus all things were formed as an adaptation of the One. This is the fundamental principle.
    Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, it is carried by the wind, it is nursed by the earth.
    Its power is complete if it can be turned into earth.
    Separate the earth from the fire; the subtle from the dense, the light from the heavy; with care and wisdom.
    It repeatedly ascends from earth to heaven, and then descends from heaven to earth, thus receiving power from both the high and the low.
    Then you will have the glory of the whole world. All ignorance will flee from you.
    It is true force and the most powerful, for it conquers all subtle things and penetrates all solid things.
    This is how the world was made.
    Each level is a reflection of the one above; the microcosm is in accordance with the macrocosm. Now you know how all things are made through adaptation from the One.
    This is the path of knowledge. Hence I am Hermes Thrice-Great, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
    I have said all that is needed concerning the operation of the Sun.

    The Emerald Tablet, by Hermes, translated by Author
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