Although Arne Saknussemm is a fictional character invented by Verne, the theme of a hollow Earth can be found in genuine alchemical writings. In a book named Azoth, published in 1613 and attributed to the mysterious German alchemist Basil Valentine, there are a number of complex symbolic emblems. One of these (see plate 7) shows a bearded face at the center of a seven-pointed star. Between each of the points of this star are words making up an inscription in Latin. when translated it reads, “Visit the interior of the Earth, by rectifying you discover the hidden stone.”
The hidden stone is the philosopher’s stone—the mystical goal of the alchemist. By this time the medieval idea that the interior of the Earth was the location of hell had clearly been replaced, at least among alchemists and like-minded mystics. Guillaume Postel (who, as has been said, was an important influence on Johannes Bureus) suggested that in order to make paradise inaccessible to mankind God had hidden it beneath the North Pole. Thus the ancient myth of Hyperborea, the earthly northern paradise, returned to European consciousness. Could it be that Verne was aware of these mystical beliefs that were current around the time his invented alchemist Arne Saknussemm was said to have flourished?

Mercury is the esssence, or life force, that exist in matter.

The Mercury of metals described as a “metallic nature reduced to its First Matter” or “Prima Materia” or “The Foundation Stone” or the “The leading Stone”.

From primordial unity there arises duality: woman and man, solid and liquid, life and death. These three forces are present in the cosmos (God, nature, man) and are manifested in three principles: sulfur, salt, and mercury.

Three Philosophical Principles The three philosophical principles of alchemy formatting existence are Mercury, Salt and Sulfur. They correspond to Spirit, Body and Soul. They are not the material substances with the same names utilized by chemistry. The principles are called philosophical because they are transcendent and intangible. Transcendent means functioning through all levels of existence in every dimensional configuration potentiated. Intangible means elusive to objective measurement.

Alchemy puts forth the proposition that energy and matter are one and the same thing, though they are polar opposites. The spectrum between these poles manifests as movement through spaceflime continuum. Spirit is the expression of energy, and Body is the form matter takes as it manifests the movement of energy. Each body is individual and unique. The character of that uniqueness is Soul.

Philosophical Mercury, Sulfur and Salt mix to maintain the countless forms manifest as matter. In alchemy the great work is to perceive the Spirit, the Body and the Soul in order to apprehend the nature of things. This is accomplished by determining the relationship of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt in the Elements under investigation. Mercury is the life force, the vital power, the spirit, the volatile. It is considered anonymous and not conscious. Absolute mercury is pure energy. Sulfur is the soul, the personality general and specific, the individual soul is volatile sulfur and the universal soul is fixed sulfur. Volatile Sulfur is imagination; Fixed Sulfur is will. Soul is consciousness also the central point of consciousness. Sulfur is fiery, radiant, burning. Absolute Sulfur is pure essence.

Salt is the body, the manifestation, the shape of matter; body is pure shape which is pure form and is transcendent to matter. Absolute body is pure information.

Four Philosophical Elements The union of the three Philosophical Principles appears to our senses as matter which manifests in four possible conditions or states. Alchemy views the four states of matter as the elemental states, earth, water, air and fire. Science views these conditions as states of matter, solid, liquid, gas and radiation (heat). The four alchemical Elements share certain properties that allow bits in the matter stream to combine into things occupying space through time. The properties are cold, moist, dry and hot. Fire is hot and dry; air is hot and moist; water is moist and cold; earth is cold and dry. Because of their dual qualities the elements can separate or intermingle.

Earth and water are fixed elements that draw down. Air and fire are volatile elements that rise up. Within the constellation of the four Elements a fifth is hidden. It is called the Quinta Essentia or Quintessence. It permeates the whole of creation. The Quinta Essentia is the force that binds everything, the foundation without which the Elements would be dead matter. It is the spiritual core of all things and, according to Paracelsus, the extract of the Elements, that is, their incorruptible eternal substratum. As such it is simultaneously the origin and the goal of all evolution. The Quinta Essentia is the cohesive force of all living creatures and all existing things.

The liberation of the Quintessence from the substance under investigation is the immediate goal of many alchemical procedures. The Quintessence is a manifestation of concentrated vital life force or vital energy. The Quintessence fuels the transcendent metamorphosis of the soul which is the ultimate goal of alchemy. To this end the adepts always proceeded in the same manner: solvite corpora et coagulate spiritum: dissolve the body and coagulate the spirit.

The Three Essentials are the alchemical principles of Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt. Again these terms are not the common materials we associate with these words, such as table salt or the mercury in your thermometer. They describe subtle philosophical principles active in Nature. Alchemical Salt, or the Body of a thing, provides the matrix wherein the Sulfur and Mercury can act. It is a passive medium, the Virgin Earth, subject to the fixed energies of Water and Earth. The Salt is influenced by psychic and instinctual forces of the subconscious as well as the conditions affecting the various states of matter. The Alchemical Sulfur, or Soul of a thing, conducts the volatile principles of Fire and Air expressing consciousness, intellect, and the “True Will” or personal fire. Alchemical Mercury, or the Spirit of a tiling, is the vital force or life force, and predominates in the elements of Air and Water, reflecting intellectual, instinctual and psychic energies. It forms the link or bridge, between the higher forces of Sulfur and the lower body of matter, the Salt. In mythology, Mercury is the messenger between the world of the Gods and the world of mortals — the physical world.

Thoth then revealed yet another level of meaning within the Caduceus: a symbolic representation of the nature of human consciousness itself, and another aspect of the key to alchemical transformation. The Greeks knew Thoth/Hermes/Mercury as the messenger of the other gods, a divine agent whose function was conveying “messages” between the divine and the human realms. As an archetype, Mercury is symbolic of the intellect, language, and mental functioning in general, as well as the faculty of speech.
The purpose of the brain (mercury) is to act as a bridge, a tool, between self-consciousness (sulphur) and the body (salt). The energies of the body are needed and useful, but they must be purified. If they are destroyed, then consciousness cannot manifest. If they dominate, then consciousness is dramatically reduced. The actions of mercury (mind-brain) must be to constantly unite these two expressions of energy. These attributes are meant to demonstrate that the physical body, when in harmony with the mental and emotional qualities of consciousness, becomes a living Philosophical Stone. They also give us keys for our meditations when working with the ideas surrounding the three essentials. These essentials have specific areas of concentration; however, each psychic center has its own “essentials.” For example, salt or matter is assigned to the stomach or navel. This means the psychic centers at and below the stomach are concerned with the material functions of the body. However, to carry this out, they also need energy (mercury) and specific intelligence or direction (sulphur).


THOSE who have studied the writings of the ancient alchemists have always been much mystified by what is said concerning the Philosopher’s Stone and the process of transmuting the base metals into gold. These claims have naturally given rise to a great deal of vague speculation. From time to time, students have asked for a direct statement from the writer concerning this subject of paramount importance, and as we are standing upon the three-hold of a new age where this precious jewel with all its power will be evolved and possessed by a considerable number of people, we feel that it Is important to divest the subject of all the mystery that garrounds it and speak in plain terms concerning the matter. Then all who really wish to take the trouble involved, for it involves arduous labor, nothing worth having being ever gained without cost, may know how to make for themselves this great gem. We are taught that in the beginning God created Heaven and Earth—the whole universe in fact, and we understand that this great creative force expresses itself either as will or imagination. By imagination the Great Architect of the Universe must first have visualized everything as it now is, or as it was first created, and then by His will the physical atoms were marshaled into this matrix of thought, thus gradually bringing the universe into manifestation as designed by its creator. Nor is this process complete, but will continue until the whole has become perfect as originally designed.
The divine Hierarchies who have carried out the plan of the Great Creator also use the same dual creative force when fashioning the crystal in the mineral, the leaf of the plant, or the shape of the animal. Their powerful imagination pictures in the archetypal region of the earth that which they desire to create, and their concentrated will moulds the coarser matter into this matrix until it assumes a definite physical form as desired. Man. the spirit, has a like creative power, and has through ages, under the guidance of the Gods, leaned to build bodies of increasing value as instruments for his expression. But his pilgrimage through matter was undertaken for the purpose of making him an independent creative intelligence, and to attain that end it was necessary that he should at the proper time, be emancipated from the guardianship of the Gods, so that he might learn to create, not only for himself, but also to aid and to teach others in the great School of Life.
During the course of his evolution, man has become more and more enlightened concerning the mystery of Life; but nevertheless, it is only a few hundred years ago when life and liberty were endangered by the expression of opinions in advance of the commonly accepted views. It was for this reason that the alchemists who had studied more deeply than the majority, were forced to embody their teachings in highly allegorical and symbolical language.
Their teaching concerning the spiritual evolution of man, and their use of the terms Salt, Sulpur, Mercury. and Azoth, so mystifying to the masses, were nevertheless rooted in cosmic truths, highly illuminating to the Initiate. The students of the Rosicrucian teachings who have learned how the world came into being and the process of gradual creation should have no difficulty in properly understanding every part of the alchemists’ language. We know in the first place, that there was a time when man-in-the-making was a hermaphrodite, male-female, and able to create from himself, and we remember also that at that time he was like the plant in other respects.
His consciousness was lie that which we possess in dreamless sleep and which is possessed by the plant. The vital energy which he absorbed into his body was used solely for the purpose of growing, until the time of propagation came, when a new budding body was cast off to grow also. There was no incentive to action, but if there had been, man would have had no mind or will to direct it.
For the emancipation of humanity from this negative condition, one-half of the creative force was turned upward under the direction of the angels for the purpose of building a larynx and a brain, that man might learn to create by thought as do the divine Hierarchies, and express the creative thought in words. Thus man ceased to be physically hermaphrodite and became uni-sexual. He can no longer create from himself physically as do the hermaphrodite plants, nor psychically as do the Elohim, the male-female Hierarchs. in whose image he was originally made, and thus he occupies at the present time, an unenviable intermediate position between the plant and the God. At the time when one half of the human sex force was diverted for the purpose of building the brain, men were helpless and lacking in knowledge of how to overcome conditions. They did not even have the consciousness to know that there was a difficulty, and had no outside help been given the race must have died out.
Therefore the Angels from the Moon. who were the guardians of mankind, herded the sexes together in great temples at times when the intert-planetary lines of force were propitious to propagation and thus they perpetuated the race. It was also proposed that when the brain had been completed, the Lords of Mercury, Elder Brothers of our present humanity who excelled in intelligence, should teach us how to use the mind and make it truly creative so that we would no longer be dependent upon the separate sexual process of generation now in vogue.
Thus by the work of these two great Hierarchies, we were raised from unconsciousness to the first stage of creative intelligence, from plant to God. We have also learned that this plan was frustrated by the Lucifer Spirits, stragglers from the humanity of the Moon Period, who live upon the planet Mars. They needed a physical field of action, but were unable to create one for themselves, hence for selfish reasons they taught humanity how by co-operation of the sexes a new body may be created at any time ; and in order to give an incentive they instilled into mankind the animalistic passionate nature which we now possess.
Thus to the ancient alchemists, the Angels from the Moon which rules the saline tides of the sea were designated by the term “Salt.” They had found that a certain amount of salt in the blood is necessary to the mental processes, also that excess of salt in the blood produces insanity, as best proven by the experiences of shipwrecked senors who become lunatics when they drink water containing the lunar element Salt. Thus also they established a connection between the Moon and mind. The fiery Lucifer spirits who have taken such a baneful part in man’s evolution became associated with the fiery element “Sulphur.”
The alchemists said that man is rendered unconscious and dies by continuous inhalation of this element; so man, the spirit, was rendered unconscious of and dead to the spiritual realms by the teachings which were instilled into him by the Lucifer spirits. The metal Mercury, they contended. is the most elusive of all metals. It will penetrate and evaporate through most substances with which it is brought in contact; and therefore they likened it to the Lords of Mercury who are past masters in penetrating the secrets of nature by the mind.
Mercury is also capable of freeing the spirit from its physical prison house.
By the process of generation carried on at a propitious time under the guidance of the Angels, man was treading the path from plant to God, following the highway of evolution as originally planned. From this path he strayed into the byway of degeneration, led by the Lucifer spirits, and is therefore now as it were in a slough from which he cannot extricate himself save with the help of others further advanced than he. When this becomes apparent to him and he starts to search for light, he stands at the pathway of regeneration guarded by the Lords of Mercury who with their wisdom will guide him toward the desired goal.
The method as outlined by the ancient alchemists we shall discuss when we have summed up in a few words the points made. These must be firmly fixed in mind to appreciate the full value of what follows. The creative force used by God to bring a solar system into manifestation, and the force used by the divine Hierarchies to form the physical vehicle of the lower kingdoms over which they rule as group spirits. expresses itself in a dual manner as Will and Imagi-nation, and is the same as the united creative force of the male and the female which results in the creation of human body. At one time man was bi-sexual, male-female, and therefore each was able to propagate his species without assistance from any-one else. But one-half of the creative force has been temporarily diverted upwards to build a brain and larynx in order to enable him sometime to create by his own mind, to form thoughts and speak the word of power that shall make his thoughts flesh.
Three great creative Hierarchies were particularly concerned in bringing about this change: the Angels from the Moon, the Mereurions and the Lucifer spirits from Mars. The Alchemists connected the Angels from the Moon, which rules the saline tides, with the element salt, the Lucifer spirits from Mars with the element sulphur, and the Mercurians with the metal mercury. They used this symbolic presentation partly because of the religious intolerance which made it unsafe to promulgate any other teaching than that sanctioned by the orthodox church of that day, and partly because humanity as a whole was not yet ready to accept the truths which were em bodied in their philosophy. They also spoke of a fourth element, Azoth, a name composed of the first and last letters of our classical languages and intended to convey the same idea as “alpha and omega”
—that of all-inclusiveness. This referred to what we now know as the spiritual ray of Neptune, which is the octave of Mercury and which is the sublimated essence of spiritual power. The alchemists knew that the moral and physical nature of man had become gross and coarse on account of the passions inculcated by the Lucifer spirits, and that, therefore, a process of distillation and refinement was necessary to eliminate these characteristics and elevate man to the sublime heights where the splendor of the spirit is no longer obscured by the coarse coating which now hides it from view.
They therefore regarded the body as a laboratory and spoke of the spiritual processes in chemical terms. They noted that these processes have their inception and their particular field of activity in the spinal cord that forms the link between the two creative organs, the brain, which is the field of operation for the intellectual Mercurians, and The genitals, which are the vantage ground of the sensuous and passionate Lucifer spirits. This tripartite spinal cord was to the alchemists the crucible of consciousness; they knew that in the giympethetic section of the cord which governs the functions that have to do particularly with the up-keep and welfare of the body, the Lunar Angels were specially active and this segment was therefore designated as the element salt.
The segment governing the motor nerves which expend the dynamic energy stored in the body by our food they saw clearly to be under the dominance of the martial Lucifer spirits, and they, therefore, named that segment sulphur. The remaining segment, which marks and registers the sensations carried by the nerves, was named mercury, because it was said to be under the dominance of spiritual beings from Mercury. The spinal canal, contrary to the ideas of anatomists, is not filled with fluid, but with a gas that is like steam in that it may be condensed when exposed to the outside atmosphere, but may also be super-heated by the vibratory activity of the spirit to such an extent that it becomes a brilliant and luminous fire, the fire of ‘ purification and regeneration. This is the field of action of the great spiritual Hierarchy from Neptune and is designated Azoth by the alchemists. This spiritual fire is not alike in every man nor is it as luminous in one as in another.
The state thereof depends upon the spiritual advancement of the person in question. When the aspirant to the higher life had been in-structed in these mysteries of symbolism and the time had come to speak to him plainly, the following teachings were communicated to him, not necessarily in these words nor in this manner. But at any rate he was given to understand and it was made clear to him that—”anatomically man belongs to the animals, and that below that kingdom in the scale of evolution are the plants. They are pure and innocent, their propagative practices are untainted by passion, and their whole creative force is turned up wards toward the light, where it manifests as the flower, a thing of joy and beauty for all to behold.
Yet the plants are unable to do otherwise, for they have no intelligence, no consciousness of -the outside world and no free-will in action. They can only create in the physical world, however. “Above man in the scale of evolution are the gods, creators upon the spiritual and physical planes. They also are pure as the plants, for their whole creative force is also turned ‘upwards and is expended in whatever manner their intelligence directs; and knowing good and evil, they always do good by choice. “Between the gods and the plant kingdom stands man, a being endowed with intelligence, creative power and free-will to use it for good or ill.
At pressent, however, he is dominated by the passion instill-ed by the Lucifer spirits and sends one-half of his creative force downward from the light to gratify his senses. In his innermost soul he realizes that this is wrong, and hence he hides his creative instinct in shame and is outraged when it is dragged into the light. This condition must be altered ere spiritual progress can be made, and, therefore, you must carefully consider the similarity between the chaste plant and the pure spiritual gods who both turn their whole creative power upwards towards the light. In the course of evolution you have risen above the plant, which has creative power only in the physical world, and have become like the gods possessing creative power, on both the mental and physical planes of being, besides intelligence and free-will to direct it.
This was accomplished by the diversion of one-half of yotir sex-force upwards for building a brain and larynx, organs which are still fed and nourished by this uplifting half of the sex-force. But while the gods direct their whole creative force to altruistic purposes by the power of mind. you still squander one-half of your divine heritage upon desire and wigs-gratification. If, therefore, you would become as they, you must learn to turn your whole creative energy upward to be used under the direction of your intelligence entirely. Thus only can you become as the gods and create from yourself by the power of your mind and the Great Word whereby you may speak the creative fiat. Remember that physically you were once hermaphrodite like the plant and able to create from yourself.
Look into the future now through the perspective of the past and realize that your present uni-sexual condition is only a temporary phase of evolution and that in the future your whole creative force must be turned upwards so that you shall become a hermaphrodite spiritually, and thus able to objectify your ideas and speak the living word which shall endue them with life and make them vibrant with vital energy. This dual creative force thus expressed through the brain and larynx is the “elixir-vitae” which springs from the living stone of the spiritually hermaphrodite philosopher.
The alchemical process of kindling and elevating it is accompliahed in the spinal cord where the salt, sulphur, mercury and Azoth are found. It is raised to incandescence by high and noble thought, by meditation upon spiritual subjects, and by altruism expressed in the daily life. The second half of the creative energy thus drawn upward through the spinal canal is a spinal spirit-fire, the serpent of wisdom.
Gradually it is raised higher and higher and when it reaches the pituitary body and the pineal gland in the brain, it sets them to vibrating, opening up the spiritual worlds and enabling man to commune with the gods. Then this fire radiates in all directions and permeates the whole body and its auric atmosphere, and man has become a living stone, whose lustre surpasses that of the diamond or the ruby. He is then “The Philosopher’s Stone.”
There are many other symbols and similes taken from the world of chemistry and applied to the processes of spiritual growth which eventually makes men living stones in the temple of God. But enough has been said in the foregoing to show what was meant by the ancient alchemists by such terms and the reason why they clothed their teachings in symbolical language. The way of initiation is, however, and has always been open to anyone who really and truly seeks for enlightenment and is willing to pay the price in the coin of self-denial and self-sacrifice.
Therefore, seek the temple door and you shall find it; knock and it shall be opened unto you. If you seek prayerfully, if you seek persistently and if you labor manfully you will in time reach the goal and you will become The Philosopher’s Stone.

The Moon; Yesod (Tree of Life), Malkuth, Quintessence (“fifth element”), “the seed”, VITROIL, Inner Earth, Alchemy

The ninth sphere on the Tree of Life is the Circle of Yesod: the sphere of the subconscious mind. This is the sphere of the Moon.
We journey into the subconscious mind via the “ether,” the very essence of mind and matter. Ether is the fifth element, which stands above the four elements of matter: fire, water, wind and earth. Yesod, the sphere of ether, receives transmissions from all the other spheres, transforms the information, and in turn, transmits it back to matter: our physical thinking being. As such, our material world is trans-formed through the vehicle of our subconscious mind.

Yesod represents the fifth element, Aether, and Malkuth the four elements

Malkuth consists of the four elements precipitated within a fifth, which is the crystal retort of alchemy.

The four elements are to be found below the moon, while the fifth is to be found above it. Anything that is found above the moon is either the fifth essence or that which is part of it.

The ether and the firmament are two parts of the fifth element with seven luminous bodies called the planets. In the firmament there is an infinite number of fixed stars. All the stars, both planets and fixed stars, have been formed by the fifth element, and not the other four.
Malkuth. The Tenth Sephira is Malkuth, “The Kingdom” and “The Bride”. Malkuth has been also called “The Holy of Holies” and represents “the World of the Ultimate Becoming”.

quintessence (“fifth element”)

Scriptures says; “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so hall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

And the meaning of VITROIL is; “Visit the interior of the Earth and by improving yourself you shall discover the hidden Philosophers’ Stone

Fire is the One Only Thing, the Undivided Light. from which all Is derived. Fire is energy and energy Is matter. This most subtle Fire Is variously called Celestial Fire. Heaven. Universal Fire. Astral Gold. Divine Will, and many more. it is described as the purest grade of fire; not burning, but gender invisible and known only by its operations. It is the source of all other forms of fire and its visible representative for us is the Sun. Remember, there is the “Sun behind the Sun,” or spiritual source of which our visible star is condensed. This Celestial Fire is said to have two main aspects, the Universal and the Particular.

The Universal Fire is diffused everywhere and excites movement in bodies. It warms and preserves the Germ of all things. It develops the Particular Fire. The Particular Fire (also variously termed Innate Fire, Central Sun. or Central Fire) is implanted in each mixture with its Germ. It acts little, except when excited. It does then what the Sun, its father, does in the large universe. This is the Divine Spoilt hidden in all things. the reflection of Celestial Fire. Called the Quintessence, it is the “most purified and fixed pan of a matter.” teemed by the perfect balance of the Four Elements. This harmony between opposing forces of the Elements. brings forth a whole new and exalted state. the Fifth Element or Quintessence. Its action is digestive and maturing. It drives the transpiration and subtilization of the elements upward to regenerate fire. Michael Sendivogius, in his work “The New Chymical Light” (1608) called it The Seed:

‘The Seed is the Elixir or Quintessence of anything, its most perfect digestion and decoction. Or again the Balm of Sulfur, which is the same as the Radical Moisture in metals.’

The Four Elements by their continual action project a constant supply of seed to the center of the Earth. where it is digested. and whence it proceeds again in generative motions.

This is the fountainhead of all things terrestrial. The Seed. which is a product of the Four Elements is projected in all directions from the Earth-center. and produces different things according to the quality of the different places.’ As the Celestial Fire begins to coagulate or condense, it forms “an invisible most subtle humidity” as the Element Air. This process of Inspissodon or thickening continues and the Air condenses into the Water Element. then Water condenses into the Earth Element. The Fire trapped within (the Central Fire) now reflects and drives this process in reverse. The Earth volatilizes and becomes diickened Water. The Water volatilizes and becomes vaporous, and the Air becomes ratified into the Fire Element where it is regenerated by the Celestial Fire and the cycle begins anew.

Malkuth is the essence of the Philosopher’s Stone, the power of the immortal essence condensed to reign as the final state of Man
Scriptures says; “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so hall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

And the meaning of VITROIL is; “Visit the interior of the Earth and by improving yourself you shall discover the hidden Philosophers’ Stone
For the Christian Alchemist or Son of Adam to understand, as a Kabalist, as a Hindu listen, Patala, called the seven lower regions bila-svargas (“subterranean heavens”) are planets or planetary systems below or resident within the element of earth as states of superconsciousness resident in Malkuth, the Kingdom, which is the key to the medicinal powers latent in the shut entrance to the closed palace of the king. It is the reflection of the seven states of superconsciousness resident in the dark palace of matter, or realm of outer appearances, as degrees of subtlety as the forces resident within the form. These forces or worlds empower the stupor of man, desire, and the wealth, when purified it is the desire that forms the gold and jewels in nature, where light is shut up in matter eternally, and wherein the ageless state of eternal youth and the life conforms without diseases, in the Kingdom of the Philosopher’s Stone. Malkuth is the pure state. It is the invisible state of purity as a world unfamiliar to the Earth as a sphere of composting and reincarnating energies. It is rather its perfected state or heaven. It is the state that drives or rather draws the outer form towards its perfection or future state wherein the substance is graced by its immortal perfection “On Earth as it is in Heaven” beyond the state of imperfection and mortality. It is the essence of the future state of divinity where mortality finds faith and favor in its immortality that is a never-ending state that is changeless as defined by the Philosopher’s Stone.

In the alchemical tradition the anima mundi is the divine spark in matter. While the Church looked upwards towards heaven, towards the ethereal world, the alchemists looked into matter. And part of their work was to discover how to liberate this spark, how to liberate the light hidden within matter, which is the secret within creation. This divine spark is in every cell of creation. And really, the mystery of turning lead into gold is about revealing what is hidden within the darkness of matter. And so they kept alive, in this underground stream, the prin-ciple of the anima inundi, the soul of the world.They understood that there is a direct relationship between our individual soul and the soul of the world. In fact, our individual soul is a spark in the anima mundi, a spark of light in the soul of the world. It is not just our own individual soul; it is part of the soul of the world. One of the great tragedies is that we forgot this—that, as Jung said, “Man himself has ceased to be the microcosm and his anima is no longer the consubstantial scintilla or spark of the Anima Mundi, the World Soul.”

The final excerpt from this central section is headed “A philosophicall worke” (pp. 478-84), and is again extracted from Coelson’s Philosophia Maturata° (1668). It details some of the key beliefs which underlie the ehymical opus, and, in particular, the Paracelsian concept of the tria prima – the three principles present in all matter, namely Salt. Sulphur. and Mercury. or. as they are called in this work. “philosophical Niter,” “subtile Salt,” and “fixed Salt”:

The earth contains in it the seeds of all things and their operations. It is the center foundation and Mother of all things. Therein are great secrets: and the first begotten heavenly spirit of Nature is secretly shut up and hidden therein; Also in the center thereof lyes hidden a virgin Earth consisting in the 3 principles. If thou knowest how to separate them out of it and to joyne them againe philosophically thou shalt have the greatest treasure. (p. 478)

The excerpt moves on to instruct the reader in the best method to separate these principles from earth, the prima materia, or “first matter” from which the chymical opus proceeds. We are advised to take a portion of fresh earth, “which is sufficiently impregnated with the beams of the Sun and Moone and other stars” (p. 478). and to “divide it into eaquall pans measured” (p. 479). The three principles are then extracted by subjecting the prima materia to simple processes of “boyleing, filtrating, evaporating, congealing” (p. 479). recipes for each of which are then given. The final outcome of this work is the Philosopher’s Stone itself; this part of Coelson’s book is missing from Wigges’s manuscript.
Scriptures says; “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so hall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

And the meaning of VITROIL is; “Visit the interior of the Earth and by improving yourself you shall discover the hidden Philosophers’ Stone
He who overcome shall then recieve the “hidden stone”


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