1. The principles of all the metals are Salt, Mercury and Sulfur.
2. Mercury, Sulfur, or Salt alone cannot give origin to metals. However, when united, they give birth to diverse mineral metals.
3. Therefore, it is logical that our Philosophical Stone must inevitably have these three principles.
4. Sulfur is the fire of alchemy, Mercury is the spirit of alchemy, and Salt is the mastery of alchemy.
1. We must work with the matter of our blessed stone, with the goal of perfecting our internal bodies.
2. In the mines, we see how the crude elements are transformed by heat until they are converted into Mercury.
3. In the mines, we see the fire transforming the grease of the Earth into Sulfur.
4. The heat acting upon these two principles engenders all the metals of the Earth according to their purity or impurity.
The Furnace and the Receptacle
1. In Light of Lights, Aristotle stated,
"Mercury must be baked in a triple receptacle of very hard glass."
2. The receptacle must be round with a very small neck.
3. This receptacle is the virile member. The semen is within our sexual organs. It is the crude matter of the Great Work.