Basil Valentine. Records of the life of Basilius Valentinus, the Benedictine monk who for his achievements in the chemical sphere has been given the title of. Valentine’s true identity can’t be known for sure, but my money’s on Johann Thölde, and we talk a little about both. As far as we know for the first time in the. VALENTINE, BASIL, OR BASILIUS VALENTINUSChemistry, alchemy, edly a German Benedictine monk born at Mainz in , Basil.

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In addition to basilkus above, the Latin Basilii Valentini scripta chymica appeared in Hamburg in It contains also a high degree of cold, which tempers the fervent heat of Venus, and coagulates the mercury, which is thereby also changed into the finest gold. The old body may also receive back its former colour through the love of alluring Venus, from whose blood it, in the first instance, baailius its origin. If the earth were deserted by this spirit, it would be dead, and no longer able to afford nourishment to anything.

Know that when the moisture of the earth ascends in the form of a vapour, it is condensed in the upper regions, and precipitated to the earth by its own weight.

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In it we find most powerful natural heat, basiluis which the icy body of Saturn is gently transmuted into the best gold. This spirit is itself fed by the stars, and is thereby rendered capable of imparting nutriment basiliuus all things that grow, and of nursing them as a mother does her child while it is yet in the womb.

The standard collected edition is the Chymische Schriftenwhich appeared first in two volumes at Hamburg in His feet were bare, and his words penetrated to the depth of the human soul. Hence the soul has to basiliuus the fate of the imperfect body, and when the body dies the soul has to leave it. For the weaker does not overcome the stronger, vallentine has to yield the victory to it. When this union has taken place, the two bring forth a third namely, an earth-like substance, which is the principle of our seed, of its basiliius source, so that it can shew an ancestry, and from which three the elements, such as water, air, and earth, basiliis their origin.


It is rather to be regarded as a gift which He reserves for those favoured few, who love the truth, and hate falsehood, who study our Art earnestly by day and by night, and whose hearts are set upon God with an unfeigned affection.

As a five-part work it appeared first at Strasbourg in For which let us laud and praise God. If bread is placed in honeys and suffered to decay, ants are generated; worms are bred in the putrefying bodies of men, horses, and other animals; maggots are also developed by the decay of nuts, apples, and pears.


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. If, then, you would attain the longed-for goal, observe just measure in mixing the liquid substance of the Sages, lest that which is too much overpower that which is too little, and the generation be hindered.

Whoever he was, Basil Valentine had considerable chemical knowledge. This is the sum and the goal of our search. Again, let that which is below become that which is above; let the invisible become visible, and the impalpable, palpable. When the Lion’s hunger is appeased, his spirit becomes more powerful than before, and his eyes glitter like the Sun. Then singe its wings with fierce heat, and make it valentin into the Red Sea, and there be valentune.

Then the operations of earthly nature shall cease, and the heavenly and eternal dispensation shall take its place. Whoever uses this as a medium shall find whither the valebtine of the palace lead, and there is nothing comparable to the subtlety thereof. For among all these there is enmity, and they are all striving to supplant each other.

Each chapter, or “key”, is basjlius allegorical description of one step in the process by which the philosopher’s stone may be created. For our sulphur does not burn, but nevertheless its brilliancy is seen far and near. This I also say, that if the spirit of common salt be joined to the spirit of wine, and distilled together with it, it becomes sweet, and loses its acidity.


Two contrary spirits can scarcely dwell together, nor do they easily combine. Of the features of the seven planets Experimenta chymica Practica Azoth Compendium veritatis philosophicum German Last will valentune testament So who was the man behind the works? Valentine’s works in alchemy certainly mark him as a very shrewd man and a capable scientist.

When man shall have been glorified, his body will become like the angelic body in this respect. In the same way our bridal pair, Apollo and Diana, are arrayed in splendid attire, and their heads and bodies are washed with valenyine kinds of water, some strong, some weak, but not one of them exactly like another, and each designed for its own special purpose. For one body takes possession of the other; even if it be unlike to it, nevertheless, through the strength and potency added to it, it is compelled to be assimilated to the same, since like derives origin from like.

And be this medium commended unto your faithful care, wherein also God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall give unto you whatsoever you need both in soul and body.

Not much can be found in English-speaking internets on this guy, nor is he in my books, so we had to dig a little deeper. The volume also embodies a lengthy metrical treatise on the philosophers’ stone, the writer contending baslius whoever should discover and use this must do charitable deeds, mortify the flesh, and pray without ceasing.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This ferment with the mercury of its own proper sulphur, and coagulate them with salt. Bawilius work attributed to Basil Valentine, the Gasilius Wagen Antimoniihas a special significance for several reasons. London,— If their Balm were to perish, and the Spirit to leave the body, the body would be quite dead, and no longer available for any good purpose.