- Returning briefly to a recent subject, my old (1867) dictionary gives for
'vitriol'; "a solid sulphate of any *metal*. This makes it far more
significant I'm sure, but exactly why will take a bit more thought. If
no-one beats me to it, I'll try to summarise all this a bit later.
I've learned that 'salts' both then and now, refer loosly to any mineral in
crystaline form. If you can get it to crystalise, its then a salt. A
metallic salt (and I'm not sure if that's a correct useage, but you know what
I mean) will be a source of the base metal, and, one might assume, will be
held to carry some of the qualities of that metal. It will possibly be
medicinally effective as a powder, or liquid. As a salt it will be called
BTW I often find old old books are better sources of historical references
than newer. This is a copy of 'Chamber's Etymological Dictionary' - worth
looking out for that 'Etymological' bit.
Thanks sammis@... (sas) for the quotation from Andre Gide, Le
Traite du Narcisse about re-crystalising -""Paradise must always be
re-created..." I think its 18th or 19th C stuff, which puts it outside my
period of enquiry, but still v interesting.
In connection with 'Sol et Luna', I found a 13th C. (I think) pavement of
what I presume to be Jesus (labelled) 'annis' - 'first cause', holding in his
hands 'Sol' and 'Luna', and surrounded by the labours of the months - a
zodiac, more or less. Are these then concepts of time?