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On the Forbidden Letters - by Adam Kadmon
Cannabis quotes in old books
Three things suffice for the work: a white smoke, which is water; a green
Lion, which is the ore of Hermes, and a fetid water... The stone, known from the
chapters of books, is white smoke and water.
Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens
Of this self-same body, which is the matter of
the Stone, three things are chiefly said; that it is a green
Lion, a stinking Gum, and a white Fume. Having twelve pounds of
Green Lion thus brought into gum, thou mayst believe...
St. Dunstan (pseudo), Philosophia Maturata
A green Gum called our green Lyon, which Gum dry
well, yet beware thou not burn his Flowers nor destroy his
Sir George Ripley, The Bosome-Book of Sir
You will see marvelous signs of this Green Lion,
such as could be bought by no treasures of the Roman Leo.
Paracelsus, The Treasure of Treasures
Beware therefore of many, and hold thee to one
thing. This one thing is naught else but the lyon greene...
I know well this Lyon Greene...
Hunting of the Greene Lyon
Upon the delicate leaves thereof it retaineth
for our use that sweet heavenly honey which is called the manna,
and, although it be of a gummy, oily, fat, and greasy substance,
it is, notwithstanding, unconsumable by any fire.
Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
This is called the blessed stone; this earth is
white and foliated, wherein the Philosophers do sow their
gold... The fourth color is Ruddy and Sanguine, which is
extracted from the white fire only.
Jean dEspagnet, The Hermetic Arcanum
O how many are the seekers after this gum, and
how few there are who find it! Know ye that our gum is stronger
than gold, and all those who know it do hold it more honorable
than gold... Our gum, therefore, is for Philosophers more
precious and more sublime than pearls...
Therefore I affirm that the Universal Medicine
for bodies is the philosophic gold, after it has been separated
and drawn to the highest state of perfection. Our common gold
has absolutely nothing in common with the philosophic gold we
use to begin our task. In that respect common gold is dead and
Philip a Gabella, Consideratio Brevis
By gold I mean our green gold- not the adored
lump, which is dead and ineffectual.
Thomas Vaughan, Aula Lucis
Take the fire, or quicklime, of which the
philosophers speak, which grows on trees, for in that God
himself burns with divine love.
It appears then that this Stone is a Vegetable,
as it were, the sweet Spirit that proceeds from the Bud of the
Count Bernard Trevisan, Verbum Dismissum
Trust my word, seek the grass that is trefiol.
Thou knowest the name, and art wise and cunning if thou findest
The Sophic Hydrolith
You ought to know concerning the Quintessence, that it is a
matter little and small, lodged and harbored in some Tree, Herb,
Stone, or the like...
The Tomb of Semiramis
It contains the fire of Nature, or the Universal
Spirit; with Air as its vehicle it contains Water, which must be
separated in the beginning of the work, and also earth which
remains behind in the form of caput mortuum, where the fire has
left it, and is the true Red Earth wherein the fire dwelt for a
while. The subject, duly collected, should not be less than
eight nor more than sixteen ounces: place it in a china or
glazed basin and cover it loosely to keep the dust out.
Sigismond Bacstrom, Rosicrucian Aphorisms and
Long have I had in my nostrils the scent of the
herb moly which became so celebrated thanks to the poets of
old... this herb is entirely chemical. It is said that Odysseus
used it to protect himself against the poisons of Circe and the
perilous singing of the Sirens. It is also related that Mercury
himself found it and that it is an effective antidote to all
poisons. It grows plentifully on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia...
Michael Maier, Septimana Philosophica
Our secret fire, that is, our fiery and
sulfurous water, which is called Balneum Mariae... This water is
a white vapor.
The Secret Book of Artephius
Know the secret fire of the wise, which is the
one and sole agent efficient for the opening, subliming,
purifying, and disposing of the material.
Letter to the True Disciples of Hermes
Study, then, this fire, for had I myself found it at the
first, I should not have erred two hundred times upon the
John Pontanus, The Secret Fire
No philosopher has ever openly Revealed this
secret fire, and this powerful Agent, which works all the
Wonders of the Art.
The Hermetic Triumph
Mercury, i.e. the white flower, can be used and
applied to the tinctures of all planets.
The Little Peasant
Our true and real Matter is only a vapor... This
Green Dragon is the natural Gold of the Philosophers,
exceedingly different from the vulgar, which is corporeal and
dead... but ours is spiritual, and living... Our Gold is called
Natural, because it is not to be made by Art, and since it is
known to none, but the true Disciples of Hermes, who understand
how to separate it from its original Lump, tis also called
Philosophical; and if God had not been so gracious, as to create
this first Chaos to our hand, all our Skill and Art in the
Construction of the great Elixir would be in vain.
Baron Urbigerus, Aphorismi Urbigerani
This stone is of delicate touch, and there is
more mildness in its touch than in its substance. Of sweet
taste, and its proper nature is aerial.
Khalid said: Tell me of its odor, before and
after its confection.
Morienus answered: Before confectioning, its
odor is very heavy and foul. I know of no other stone like it
nor having its powers. While the four elements are contained in
this stone, it being thus like the world in composition, yet no
other stone like it in power or nature is to be found in the
world, nor has any of the authorities ever performed the
operation other than by means of it. And the compositions
attempted by those using anything else in this composition will
fail utterly and come to nothing. The thing in which the entire
accomplishment of this operation consists of the red vapor, the
yellow vapor, the white vapor, the green lion, ocher, the
impurities of the dead and of the stones, blood, eudica, and
Begin in the Creators name, and with his vapor take the
whiteness from the white vapor. The whole key to accomplishment
of this operation is in the fire, with which the minerals are
prepared and the bad spirits held back, and with which the
spirit and body are joined.
In answer to you question about the white vapor, or virgins
milk, you may know that it is a tincture and spirit of those
bodies already dissolved and dead, from which the spirits have
been withdrawn. It is the white vapor that flows in the body and
removes its darkness, or earthiness, and impurity, uniting the
bodies into one and augmenting their waters.
Without the white vapor, there could have been no pure gold nor
any profit in it.
The Book of Morienus
Let it be sublimed in an high body and head...
Geber, Search of Perfection
Our Subject cannot be called the fiery Serpent
of the Philosophers, nor have the power of overcoming any
created thing, before it has received such Virtue and Quality
from our Green-Dragon...
Baron Urbigerus, Aphorismi Urbigerani
© Adam Kadmon, IX/MMX.
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