Of The Spirit Of Saturn Or Tincture Of Lead

Saturn to generate his Metal Lead, is placed in the upper Heaven above

all Stars, but he possesses the lowest and vilest degree in the

under-parts of the Earth, even as the supreme Light of Saturn is

mounted aloft in the highest supremacy of all the Celestial planets, so

hath its Children of the lower Region succeeded it in Kind; and Nature

hath permitted that Vulcan should conduct them to their like, if

Saturn be cont
nt; for the upper light gives occasion thereunto,

having generated an unfixt Body of Saturn, penetrated with open pores,

that the Air can pass through this Saturnine Body, that the Air can

keep it aloft, but the fire can quickly assault it, because the body is

not compact by reason of its unfixedness, so that it must decay, which

must be in all points observed by him that will attain to the search of

it; for there is a great difference between the fix'd and unfix'd

bodies, and of the causes of their Constancy and Inconstancy. And though

Saturn hath an especial ponderosity above other Metals, yet observe,

when they are poured forth together, after their union in the Flux, the

other Metals alwaies settle at the bottom, even as it likewise comes to

pass in the pouring of Antimony through with other Metals, whereby it

is evident, that the other Metals fall through equally, and are more

compact than Saturn, for it must give place and preheminence to the

other Metals, leaving the victory with them; for it must vanish and be

quite consumed with the unfixt inconstant Metals; in it all the three

properties of the three principles are most course; and because its Salt

is very fluxible above that of other Metals and Planets, so is its Body

more fluxible, inconstant, unfixt, and volatile, than any other

Metallick Body. As Saturn steps to its regeneration, so know that in

like manner, as common Water is forced by the natural coldness, by the

change of the Heavens, whereby it becomes a coagulated Ice, in like

manner is it to be made evident, that by reason of the great coldness

which is found to be in the Salt of Saturn above other Salts; Saturn

is also coagulated and made corporal; Ice dissolves into water by heat;

so likewise the coagulated Saturn is made fluxible by Fire, it hath

most of Mercury in it, but it is inconstant and volatile; it hath

least of Sulphur, and therefore according to its small quantity its cold

body cannot be made warm; it hath little Salt, but fluxible, otherwise

Iron would be more fluxible and malleable than Lead, if the Salt alone

could cause a malleableness and fluxibleness, because Iron contains more

Salt than any other Metal: Seeing then there is a difference to be found

in this point, you must therefore observe and remember the difference,

and how to distinguish between Metals.

All Philosophers have wrote as well as I, that the Salt gives the

Coagulation and Body to every Metal; and it is true; but to prove it by

an example, how and after what manner this Relation is to be understood:

Plume Allom is esteemed to be only a meer Salt, and is approved to be

such, which in this particular may be compared to Iron, that the Salt of

the Plume Allom is found to be a thing unfluxible as Iron is. On the

other side, Vitriol likewise is a Salt, manifesting it self in a small

quantity, but fluxible and open, therefore its Salt cannot yield such a

hard congelation unto its appropriated Metal, as the other can; although

all the Salts of Metals grew out of one certain Root, and out of one

Seed, yet nevertheless you must observe a difference in their three

Principles, as also you must observe & remember, that a difference is

found in one Herb from the other, and likewise how man differs from

other Creatures and Animals in Qualities, Original, and the three

Principles; for one Herb is indued with more of this, another with more

of that kind, which in like manner is to be understood concerning Man

and other Animals. The Soul of Lead consists in a sweet quality, as also

doth the Soul of Tin, and sweeter yet, that nothing almost may be

compared to it, being first of all purified to the highest by

separation, that the pure be well separated from the impure, that a

perfect accomplishment may succeed in the Operation: Otherwise the

Spirit of Lead is by nature cold and dry, wherefore I advise, that it

be not much used by Men and Women, because it over cools Nature, so that

the Seed of both cannot perform their Natural Function; nor doth it much

good to the Spleen and Bladder, but in other cases it attracts

flegmatick Humours unto it, which raise up much Melancholy in Men; for

Saturn is a Ruler, and such a Melancholicus, whereby a Man is

confirm'd in his Melancholy, wherefore its Spirit is used, for one

Melancholy Spirit attracts another unto it, whereby Mans Body is freed

and delivered from its infused Melancholy. Externally the Soul of

Saturn is so healing, in all Sores old or new, Cuts, Thrusts, or

Accidents by Means or Nature, so that no Metal can do the like; it is

cooling in all hot, tumified Members; but Noble Venus hath the

pre-eminence to mundifie and cauterize all putrid Sores, and to lay a

ground for their Cure, which have their access from within; for in her

essence she is hot to dry up, but Saturn on the contrary is found to

be cold in his Essence.

The Celestial Light of the Sun is much hotter than the Light of the

Moon; for the Moon is much lesser than the Sun, and according to its

dimension and division it contains an eighth part of the greatness in

its Circle; if then the Moon in this her Magnitude of the eighth part

could excel the Sun, as the Sun excels the Moon, all Fruits and

Productions of the Earth must perish, and there would be a perpetual

Winter, no Summer to be found at any time: But the Eternal Creator hath

in this case well ordained a certain Order and Law for his Creatures,

that the Sun should give light by day, and the Moon by night, and so all

Creatures should be served. Those Children which are subject to the

influence of Saturn, are melancholy, churlish, continually murmuring,

as old covetous people, who do no good to their own Bodies, and yet

never have enough; they put their Bodies to much labour, torment

themselves with thoughts and whimsies, seldom recreate themselves, or

are merry with other people, nor do they greatly regard the natural love

of fair Women.

In brief, I tell thee that Saturn is generated of little Sulphur,

little Salt, and much unripe gross Mercury, which Mercury is to be

esteemed as a Froth that floates upon the Water, in comparison of that

Mercury which is found in Sol; and is much more hot in its degree,

and therefore the Mercury of Saturn by reason of its great coldness,

hath not so quick a running Life as that which is made of Gold, wherein

more heat is to be found, whence that running Life hath its original:

Therefore in the inferiour world we must take notice of little Vulcan

in the augmentation and transmutation of Metals, as I have described

those three Principles of Saturn, as concerning their descent, nature,

and complection. And every one must know, that no transmutation of any

Metal can follow out of Saturn, by reason of its great coldness, only

and except to coagulate common Mercury; for the cold Sulphur of Lead

can qualifie and take away the hot running Spirit of the Quicksilver,

if the process be rightly ordered, wherefore it is not amiss to observe,

that Mercury is so detained, that the Theory should agree with the

Practick, and meet together in a certain measure and concordance. You

must not therefore quite reject Saturn, nor in all points scornfully

neglect him, because its Natures and Virtues are known yet but unto few;

for the Stone of the wise hath the first beginning of its Celestial,

high-shining Colour only out of this Metal, and from the influence of

this Planet, the Key of Constancy is delivered unto him by putrefaction,

because the red cannot be made out of the yellow, except before-hand a

white be made out of the beginning of the black.

I could yet treat variously, and at large of many wonderful works of

Natural and Supernatural things. But because other Labours prevent me

therein, of making a longer Narration, I therefore put a Conclusion to

this Treatise at present, referring the other concerning the concealed

Secrets of Minerals until I have a purpose to write further, in a

particular Treatise of Antimony, Vitriol, Brimstone, Magnet, and

which in especial are endowed before others, and depend upon those, out

of which Gold and Silver have their beginning, middle and end, together

with the true transmutation particularly; which virtues and power they

have received out of one thing, wherein all these lie to be generated

invisibly concealed, together with all Metals; which matter is publick

before the eyes of all men, but because the vertues and powers are very

deeply buried and unknown to the most part, therefore this matter is

likewise esteemed as nothing, or of no value, and unprofitable, out of

ignorance; even as the Disciples of the Lord going to Emaus, their

eyes were opened at the breaking of Bread, that they knew wonder above

wonder, what the rich Creator hath placed in the vile creature, the name

is Hermes, who carries a flying Serpent in his Shield, having a Wife

whose Name is Aphrodita, who can know the Hearts of all men, and yet

all is one, and one only thing, one only Essence, which is common in all

Places, and known every where, every one grasps it with his hands, and

uses it in vile matters, and of small value; he values the vile at a

high rate, and that which is high he casts away; it is nothing else but

Water and Fire, out of which the Earth is generated by the help of the

Air, and is yet preserved. Praise be to the most High for his Gifts: At

present enough is revealed what my intent was to shew in this Treatise,

and so I depart hence; for in separation all is to be found.