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Have yet pa· tience, your labour aren't in useless: the beautiful tree will in time yield end result. " D. Stolcius von Sto/cenberg, Viri· darium chymicum, Frankfurt, 1624 Lambsprinck, De Lapide philo· sophico, Frankfurt, 1625 358 OPUS MACNUM: Animal riddles Opus MACNUM: Animal riddles 359 Animal riddles Animal riddles AA The ascent BB The descent C Mercury DD the cast physique is dissolved E The salt be· comes water FS The Salt physique is made risky I and ascends Hieronymus Reuss· ner, Pandora (die edelste Gabe Gorres). Basle, 1582 at the best ofthe mountain the place the prima materia is located ,the 'philosophers' vulture' (their Mercury) sits screaming in· cessantly: "I am the Black ofthe White and the pink of the White and the Yellow of the purple; i'm the bring in of the reality and no liar". Maier took this speech from the ' Rosarium philosophorum', a 14th·century anthology of alchemistic theories. The passage con· 360 OPUS MACNUM: Animal riddles tinues: "And be aware of this, that the summit of paintings is the raven, who flies with no wings within the blackness of evening and the holiness of the day" (Rosarium philosophorum, Ed. J . Telle, Weinheim, 1992). This refers back to the part of nigredo, during which the cast elements of the problem succumb to putrefaction. Michael Maier, Atalanta fugiens, Oppenheim. 1618 OPU MACNUM: Animal riddles Animal riddles Animal riddles "I got here to an un derground apartment ( . . . ) and on its roof I observed photographs of 9 eagles", writes the Arabic alchemist Senior Zadith (c. goo960), who's usually quoted within the Aurora consurgens. The eagles consult with the 9 techniques of sublimation. The bow and ar row symbolize the following levels of fixation. The depiction is heavily associated with Arab legends of the invention of the Emerald drugs of Hermes Trismegistus, which the previous guy is maintaining on his lap. On them, the airtight axioms are represented hieroglyphically. Aurora consurgens, early sixteenth century OPUS MAC;NUM: Animal riddles "The hearth supplies shape and makes every little thing excellent, because it is written: He blew into his face the breath of existence ( ... ) the fireplace makes refined all earthly issues that serve mat ter. " with out aid of the sunshine factor. And the sunshine issues can't be pressed down with out the presence of the heavy factor. The 'Turba' speaks therefore: Make the physique religious and what's mounted make unstable. " "No factor that's heavy could be made gentle Aurora consurgens, early sixteenth century OPUS MAC;NUM: Animal riddles Animal riddles Animal riddles "Two birds within the wooden are named and just one is un derstood", ac cording to Lamb sprinck. the 2 younger ofthe chook Hermeti represent the risky and strong elements of quicksilver, that are united by means of repeated sublimations. Spirit and soul may be extra to the physique and brought away (solve et coagula). "It could be a nice ask yourself that lions develop into one. " Lambsprinck, De Lapide philo sophico, Frankfurt, 1625 Lambsprinck, De Lapide philo sophico, Frankfurt, 7625 An eagle has younger. One is fledged, however the different, that's featherless, pre vents it from flying.