By Philip Wheeler

Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine is among the most vital alchemical works to be had to fashionable scholars. First released in 1599 with out illustrations, it completed wider distribution as a part of the Tripus Aureus (Golden Tripod) compendium edited through Michael Maier and released at Frankfurt in 1618 via Lucas Jennis. Lucas Jennis supplied twelve engraved plates, one for every of the keys. those plates drew upon the allegorical descriptive imagery of the textual content and further coherence to the symbolism.

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If too much seed be cast into the field, the plants impede each other’s growth, and there can be no ripe 44 of 95 Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine fruit. But if, on the other hand, too little be sown, weeds spring up and choke it. If a merchant would keep a clear conscience, let him give just measure to his neighbour. If his measure and weight be not short, he will receive praise from the poor. In too much water you may easily be drowned; too little water, on the other hand, soon evaporates in the heat of the sun.

Add to it a sufficient quantity of the volatility of the bird; then the Cock will swallow the Fox, and, having been drowned in the water, and quickened by the fire, will in its turn be swallowed by the Fox. 34 of 95 Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine FOURTH KEY All flesh that is derived from the earth, must be decomposed and again reduced to earth; then the earthy salt produces a new generation by celestial resuscitation. For where there was not first earth, there can be no resurrection in our Magistery.

The twofold fiery male must be fed with a snowy swan, and then they must mutually slay each other and restore each other to life; and the air of the imprisoned fiery male will occupy three of the four quarters of the world, and make up three parts of the imprisoned fiery male, that the death–song of the swans may be distinctly heard; then the swan roasted 45 of 95 Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine will become food for the King, and the fiery King will be seized with great love towards the Queen, and will take his fill of delight in embracing her, until they both vanish and coalesce into one body.

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