"De Alchimia opvscvla complvra vetervm philosophorum," book on alchemy, written in Latin, published in 1550 at Francoforti by Cyriaci Iacobi.
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|English: "De Alchimia opvscvla complvra vetervm philosophorum," book on alchemy, written in Latin, published in 1550 at Francoforti by Cyriaci Iacobi. Courtesy of the General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Original image description from the Deutsche Fotothek: Deutsch: Theosophie & Alchemie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Original image description from the Deutsche Fotothek: Deutsch: Theosophie & Alchemie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
of the Philosophers) was first printed at Frankfurt in 1550 as the second part of an alchemical compendium De Alchimia opuscula complura veterum philosophorum.
The series of 20 woodcuts appears with German text (not the Latin of the text of the book) of some verses, and thus it may have been taken from some other printing project for a book in German.
This brief outline above relating to the “Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain is quite a recognizable pattern (empyrean = star, two serpents and four stars); 1 to 2 to 4: septenary not only found in Jung’s and Edinger’s writings when they discuss the birth of consciousness but also from the central core of the Old and New Testaments: Zechariah 14:4.
This is also found in the first letter of Genesis: BETH?, which in its spelling has a Gematria value of 412: that is a transposition of 1, 2, and 4. This symbolism is additionally elaborated on with the obelisk and round fountain.
At the top of the obelisk is a Lotus Flower, which represents the DOT. The obelisk represents the LINE and the fountain represents the CIRCLE, which again symbolizes the birth of consciousness.
Only a person that understands the deeper esoteric and Kabbalistic nature of the first chapter of Genesis could have known to depict the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire andWater (four stars) as coming from the mouth of God.
That is nigh unto an impossibility to envisage not only from a translated text of the Hebrew but even well educated Jews that read and write Hebrew on a daily basis are unaware of this nuance in the text.
The white area surrounding the Hebrew alphabet’s second letter BETH? [first written letter of the Torah] depicts the seventeenth letter: PEI??: which symbolically represents ‘mouth’: as in the mouth of God.
PEI?? in turn, when scribed, shows the white area in its folds to be a BETH?: second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which symbolically means ‘house: i.e.container’.
The world beyond the mouths of these two serpents is represented by the four nuclear forces: electromagnetism, weak bosons, strong gluons, and graviton: i.e. fire, earth, air and water.
Anything preceding these two mouths: two serpents and lone star represent the empyrean; God: the Trinity in its creative mode.
The four elements (stars) belching from the mouths of these two serpents should not be taken to represent a square nor is the fountain to be seen as a circle.
On a two dimensional surface it may appear that this is so but looking at this image in the light of the concept of a three dimensional reality it can be easily seen that the sphere is within the cube.
In the Zohar there is a reference to the first word of Genesis: Bereshith’s six letters representing the six ordinal directions.: i.e. east, west, north, south, up and down that, in and of themselves, would create a cube or a sphere denoting the time/space continuum.
The math is not too difficult to perform. Since Beth is the first letter #2 the radius of the square is two, the diameter is four, and four squared is sixteen: 42 and cubed is sixty-four: 43.
The math of the sphere: pi x diameter x 4 to obtain the surface area of the sphere = 50.26… Thus the volume of the sphere: 33.51… is not equal to the volume of the cube.
There can only be whole words, verses and chapters in the bible: not portions thereof.
Thus it is found that the surface of the sphere: 50.26… represents symbolically the 50-chapters in the book of Genesis and the volume of the sphere: 33.51… when this quotient is reversed and the decimal point is removed from the equation the calculation symbolically points to the 1533-verses found in the 50-chapters of the book of Genesis.
Thus the concept of the cube and the sphere in the Rosarium Philosophorum is no mere whim. This also answers the question concerning the squaring of the circle.
This is a highly sophisticated method to communicating this science across the epochs of humanity history and it is also is a way of authenticating the document veracity and authenticity. This is a powerful method [magic if you will] of writing a document the uninitiated would be out of his or her depth to fathom.
Beneath the two serpents figure in this image are the Sun and the Moon, which symbolically represent these reptiles. Jung and Edinger saw these serpents as cold blooded and heartless and not warm blooded as human feeling.
This idea should be taken as cosmic law coming directly from the empyrean. The spiritual and cosmic universe would not survive if spiritual and cosmic law changed on a subjective emotional whim.
The Zohar says that Yahweh [Yud ?] represents the Sun and Elohym [Aleph?] represents the Moon. More of that will be explained in the second image.
In this ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain image the lone Star is between the Sun and Moon, which is represented in the three water spouts in the fountain. Here the fountain’s three water spouts (symbolically Trinity) obviously comes from the same source (empyrean) that has three different purposes [three persons in one God] that pour into the one basin of water: cosmic ‘material’ universe.
Nevertheless, the image of the fountain gives off the impression of being self-sustaining; however it is not. Of course a normal everyday fountain in the midst of a city is not self-sustaining for the water is constantly being refreshed as is the cosmic ‘material’ universe being constantly refreshed by the empyrean. The fountain implied this through the three water spouts.
In other words this alchemical image literally says the cosmic ‘material’ universe is not self-sustaining as does the first letter of Genesis: BETH. If the entire material universe was to blink out of existence it would all begin again through the MONAD, which is what BETH and PEI combined symbolize.
The creation of the universe depicted by the belching vapors from the mouths of the two serpents is reenacted symbolically in the fountain’s symbolism: this is a redundancy, and yet, an example of the age old maxim: as above so below.
The fountain represents the constellation of the empyrean’s dynamic forces condensed into a coherent whole that can be understood by the use of the soul/psyche’s cognitive abilities.
The fountain is a way of expressing that the creation process: the fountain does not depict the empyrean: God emitting divine substance into the material universe in a devil may care attitude rather the inclusion of the fountain suggest that there is an intelligent purpose behind the process.
There are three examples of the Trinity summarized in this first image each expressing the same concept differently:
The two serpents: Yahweh and Elohym belching vapors into the material universe, which denotes the first example of the opposites. It is the empyrean that spurs or initiates the two serpents into action.
This will be understood as the commentary continues. Note that this is not the first and only account of the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. Each time that God answers a prayer this process is called forth for those that have been given a psychic numinous luminosity (vision): born again.
The Sun (Yahweh), Moon (Elohym) and Star (Empyrean: God). This will be discussed further in the second image.
The three spouts in the fountain: three different color waters. The basin demonstrates that the belching vapors from the empyrean concretize into Astrological constellations, which more than infers that the whole of the infinite material creation is represented by the Zodiac. Therefore, it suggests that the material universe is the container that holds within its grasp the Eucharist: divine substance. The constellations of the Zodiac represent the chalice at the Catholic Mass.
This woodcut carving image and the Genesis creation account denotes quite clearly that God can be comprehended through the process of understanding the symbolism of mythology that cloths His divine Word.
This is an awesome concept because it suggests that the symbolism that esoterically cloths the process of creation is analogous and equal to the so-called material universe that contains the divine substance.
This more than infers that the soul/psyche is that container: the universe and the world as each individual knows it is in actuality the psychic envelope of the soul/psyche.
In the prologue of the Zohar there is a fanciful tale concerning how the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet coming before the Lord of the Universe to have the world made through one of them.
The Zoharic text narrates how each of the letters of the alphabet is rejected for one reason or another: good or ill until the second letter: BETH of the Hebrew alphabet arrives on the scene and is chosen as the perfect candidate/conduit.
Aleph the first letter is mysteriously not given an audience before Beth is chosen, yet the text says Aleph was chosen to head the Ten Commandments.
Actually, Aleph is the key to why Beth was chosen. Aleph when spelt out is Aleph-Lemmed-Pei. This would read Al-Pei or El/Pei or mouth of God.
This is because El: the Most High God of Melchizedek King of Salem of the Old and New Testaments is in the empyrean, whereas, the mouth is the portal [liken to a spout?], whatever that may be, to the cosmic ‘material’ universe.
The word Aleph has the Gematria value of 111, which is the numerical value of all three letters: Aleph #1, Yud, #10 and Qoph #100 that has the common denominator #1, which are the letters of the Holy Trinity.This letter Aleph is most likely where Catholicism obtained its concept of the Trinity because it is well worked out in the reading of the first verse of Genesis from the first word of Genesis.
The first verse of Genesis was conceptually structured from the nuances in the first word: BERESHITH long before it was penned in detail.
When the first word of Genesis: BERESHITH is analyzed from the text of the original Hebrew the story outlined in the prologue of the Zohar concerning the legend of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet comes to life as the source for the myth in the Zoharic text.
So once the Genesis Formula is read and understood it can be seen that the waters of the ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain is sent back to its original source just as the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are sent back into the empyrean: God for recycling. In every sense the Waters of Creation are the Souls that come into the world.
It must be understood that the concept CHRIST is the controlling factor in all that has to do with the Old and New Testaments for without His intercession there would be no religion anywhere in the world.
To demonstrate this in the Judeao Christian Scripture it is worth pointing out that the last four letters of the Hebrew alphabet spells out the word CHRIST in Greek using Hebrew letters: Qoph ?, Resh (?), Shin (?),Tav (?): spell out krst-CHRIST.Since the letter PEI ?? exudes the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet: BETH ? then it should be looked at more closely.
Each of the 22-Hebrew letters and the five final letters totaling to 27-letters are grouped according to their own common denominators: i.e. BETH ? #2, Kaf ? #20, and RESH ? #200 all have the same common denominator of two: #2.It can only be surmised that this is why these three letters with the same common denominator of #2 are the first letters depicted in the Torah.
Each of these letters is interchangeable, exactly as was seen with Aleph ?, Yud ? and Qoph ? with the common denominator of one: #1.
Not that they were the first but actually depicted visually or abstractly first.
All the Hebrew letters should be conceptualized as seeds having their own seed within themselves.
BETH is spelt: BETH-YUD-TAV and RESH is spelt RESH-ALEPH-SHIN.
When BETH opens up to be impregnated RESH is inserted as a new Heaven and a new Earth: thus the word BERESHITH ?????? is formed.
In fact it can be said that the entire Old and New Testaments are commentaries on the first letter of Genesis: BETH ?or should it be PEI ? (actually it is both: combined)?
Now that it has been demonstrated that PEI ?? is the mystical first letter of Genesis it must be understood that it is the governing factor in the Old and New Testaments.
Since PEI ?? (the 17th Hebrew letter) means ‘mouth’ this implies 32-teeth that reside in the mouth coupled with the knowledge that the seventeenth Tarot Card: is the Star. Is it not interesting that the 18th and 19thTarot Cards are the Moon and the Sun respectively?
The Star sitting between the Moon and the Sun is precisely what depicted here is in the ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain’s alchemical image.
Yet, at the beginning of the Torah before a letter is actually written there is an implied significance to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life [32-teeth in the mouth] and the Star of David via the letter PEI ?? itself.
In the main body of the text of the first chapter of Genesis the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Star of David is much more highly developed esoterically.
The 32-Elohyms used in the text of the first chapter of Genesis when placed in sequential order give off the pattern of these graphic images.
The Elohyms in the categories they are listed under when 180° from another aids mapping the graphic images into the text.
The actual structural frame of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life was literally worked into the text by the ten Sefirahs.
All of this is here discussed only to demonstrate the sophisticated nature of the esoteric science being dealt with.
There is so much that has to be understood about the first word of Genesis BERESHITH ??????as well as the first chapter of Genesis as a whole before this Alchemical ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain image can be fully understood; however, I will not rehash what I have place in other writings but will touch on them generally.
It was mentioned above that the Yahweh and Elohym represent the Sun and Moon respectively. In fact the entire first chapter of Genesis brings this point out about the Sun and Moon quite clearly as having to do with its overall text.
There are 434-Hebrew words in the first chapter of Genesis. There is but one letter in the Hebrew alphabet that has that numerical value 434 and that is Daleth, the 4th letter, which symbolically means ‘Door.Couple this information with the pattern of 31-words in the first day of Creation and 38-words in the second day of creation, which totals to 69-Hebrew words.
Both the third and fourth days of creation have 69-Hebrew words. This totals to 207-Hebrew words in the first four days of creation. The word ‘light’ in Hebrew has a total Gematria value of 207.In the first four chapters of Genesis there are a total of 1449-Hebrew words:
1449 / 69 = 21‘. The twenty-second group of 69-words is found in the first chapter: there are 69-groups of words [142-words = septenary] held together by 80-hyphens: 434 – 69 = 365: Solar Year and 434 – 80 = 354: Lunar Year. Hyphens really have no direct meaning other than to separate words.
The hyphens get their glory from the group of 69-words just as the Moon gets its glory from the Sun as the esoteric science obtains its glory from the surface text of the sacred scriptures.
The inference is that the surface text represents the intellectual ‘literal’ realm of Yahweh (Sun) and the esoteric knowledge of abstractions is of Elohym’s (Moon) realm: this twain of literalism and abstractions can never meet: they will always be at war and the victor will assimilate the other just as the dominant personality exerts itself in any marriage: this concept is also seen in the surface text of the Torah in relationship to the esoteric science’s married to the text.
It should be mentioned that the fifth and sixth days of creation have a combined total of 206-words, which coincide with the 206-bones in the human body.
The first two verses of Genesis have 21-words but the first word can be seen as two: BERESHITH = ‘created six’, thus pointing to the 22-letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The inference here is that the 207-letters of the first four days of creation that represent LIGHT mingle with the 206-words, which represent the skeleton of the body.
The word Yahweh has a Gematria value of #26 that reduces to the lowest common denominator of #8 and Elohym has a Gematria value of #86 that reduces to the lowest common denominator of #5: these two numbers #5 and #8 are a set in the sequence in the Fibonacci sequence concerning the Golden Ratio, which has to do with all organic life on earth: hence this is the foreshadowing of the human, vegetable and animal kingdoms.
In the creation and maintaining of the cosmic material universe organic life was already foreordained before the foundations of the earth. Combined Yahweh #8 and Elohym #5 totals to #13, with a lower common denominator of #4: symbolically Door #4 or Water #40: as in waters of creation: symbolically the waters of the ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain[i].
This is why the breath (spirit) of God coming from the MOUTH (Pei) of Godbrooded over the face of the waters in the second verse of Genesis. Combined the forces of creation [Yahweh and Elohym] will not interact unless the spirit or breath of God [third aspect of the Trinity] moves over the still waters: as in initiating action.
Unless there is a consensus in the Trinity as to how the opposites are to interact there cannot be a material creation. This is why creation is depicted as a fountain in this alchemical image: so that it can be envisage as the divine waters being continuously replenished.
Thus God: Trinity is the sole cause of the creation of the opposites. To create a universe of opposites organic life had to be the prerequisite for creation. The only thing that creates life is the interaction of the opposites otherwise there would be no creation to speak of or to maintain.
Thus here it has been established that humanity: Adam was not created for the world but rather the world was created for humanity: Adam.
When the nuances in the Sun and Moon symbiotic relationship is considered the initiate can envisage why mathematics is cold. When the Moon is out during the night time hours the universe can be studied mathematically objectively; however, the warmed of the Sun implies organic life: subjective thinking because the universe is hidden behind the glare of the Sun during the day time hours: out of sight out of mind.
The basin of the ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain is quite unique for it stands on the earth on three animal paws: nature. With the sun and the moon above and the sky between the earth and the water depicts the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water as suggested by four stars squared.
The six stars on the front side of the basin infer six stars on the backside of the basin, which infers that the basin is in fact a symbolical representation of the Zodiac. Therefore, the basin is a collection or circle of animals as is the Zodiac cycle. Since the basin’s legs are depicted as animal paws touching the earth it suggests that the Zodiac impels but does not compel: they are not grasping claws.
The three paws suggest that the Trinity takes on anthropomorphic tendencies by immersing/concretizing itself symbolically into the mythology of Astrology.
This is further collaborated by the fact that the three spouts pours water: or let’s say the empyrean’s substance into the basin, which flows to the outer rim concretizing into the mythology of Astrology/Zodiac. The empyrean’s substance or primordial ooze would therefore be the hierarchal circle of angels emanating out from the empyrean: God’s creative abode.
The number three as in three spouts, three paws and the Trinity in relationship to the symbolism of the Zodiac implies Quadruplicities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable interlaced with the Triplicities of Astrology: Earth, Air, Fire and Water (four).
This ‘Mercurial’ Mandala Fountain is going out of its way to point to the Trinity immersing itself into Astrology, which is abhorrent to the majority of modern Christians.
This is because few people know or understand what Astrology is. It is not a fortune telling tool though it is a predictive tool for it is conceived abstractly from mathematics.
Astrology merely aids the initiate into decoding the esoteric science embedded mathematically and symbolically into the world literature. As a predictive tool an initiate can foresee patterns that must emerge somewhere in the immediate text.
Astrology is a product of the Universal Mathematical Matrix: The Prima Materia (Perennial Matrix).
Images @ Eminpee Fotography- Church Window.