Friday, February 11, 2011

The Golden Tractate of Hermes Trismegistus #2

Take of the humidity, or moisture, an ounce and a half, and or the Southern redness, which is the soul of gold, a fourth part, that is to say, half-an-ounce of the citrine Seyre, in like manner, half-an-ounce of the Auripigment, half-an-ounce, which are eight; that is three ounces. And know ye that the vine of the wise is drawn forth in three, but the wine thereof is not perfected, until at length thirty be accomplished
Understand the operation, therefore. Decoction lessens the matter, but the tincture augments it; because Luna in fifteen days is diminished; and in the third she is augmented. This is the beginning and the end. Behold, I have declared that which was hidden, since the work is both with thee and about thee - that which was within is taken out and fixed, and thou canst have it either in earth or sea.
Keep, therefore, thy Argent vive, which is prepared in the innermost chamber in which it is coagulated; for that is the Mercury which is separated from the residual earth.
He, therefore, who now hears my words, let him search into them; which are to justify no evil-doer, but to benefit the good; therefore, I have discovered all things that were before hidden concerning this knowledge, and disclosed the greatest of all secrets, even the Intellectual Science.
Know ye, therefore, Children of Wisdom, who enquire concerning the report thereof, that the vulture standing upon the mountain crieth out with a loud voice, I am the White of the Black, and the Red of the White, and the Citrine of the Red, and behold I speak the very truth.
And know that the chief principle of the art is the Crow, which is the blackness of the night and clearness of the day, and flies without wings. From the bitterness existing in the throat the tincture is taken, the red goes forth from his body, and from his back is taken a thin water.
Understand, therefore, and accept this gift of God which is hidden from the thoughtless world. In the caverns of the metals there is hidden the stone that is venerable, splendid in colour, a mind sublime, and an open sea. Behold, I have declared it unto thee; give thanks to God, who teacheth thee this knowledge, for He in return recompenses the grateful.
Put the matter into a moist fire, therefore, and cause it to boil in order that its heat may be augmented, which destroys the siccity of the incombustible nature, until the radix shall appear; then extract the redness and the light parts, till only about a third remains.

ARGENT-VIVE. Quicksilver.
The manner of our work; the bulls, our furnace,
Still breathing fire; Qui argent-vive, the dragon.  
A dictionary of archaic and provincial words, obsolete phrases ..., Volume 1 
By James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps

Ensign of the White Squadron - 1702-07
The title of admiral is also given in modern times to naval officers of the highest rank : of which we have in England three classes, namely, Admirals of the Red, of the White, and of the Blue. Admirals of the Red bear their flag at the main-top-gallant-mast-head : those of the White, at the foretop-gallant-mast-head ; and those of the Blue, at the mizentop-gallant-mast-head. After the union with Scotland in 1707, the use of the red flag was discontinued, the union jack being substituted for it ; but it was resumed at the naval promotion which took place in 1805, after the battle of Trafalgar. There are also vice-admirals and rear-admirals of each flag, the former ranking with lieutenant-generals, and the latter with major-generals in the army. A full admiral ranks with a general. The title of flag-officer belongs to nil the three primes. That of admiral of the fleet is merely a honorary distinction, with sea-pay of (jl. a day. According to the Navy List for July 1854, there were on full-pay 21 admirals, 27 vice-admirals, and 51 rear-admirals; the numbers on reserved half-pay were respectively 6, 14, and 33, besides 10 flag-officers on reserved half-pay with servicepensions. There were also 132 retired rear-ndmirals, 33 on the usual half-pay, and 99 on that of captain. The fullpay of an admiral is 5Í. a day ; of a vice-ndmiral, 4/. ; and of a rear-admiral, 3/. An allowance of 3/. a day for table-money is made while commanding-in-chief, or while their flag- iri flying- within the limits of their station.
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