Cannabis and Alchemy
- One last hint....
These blear'd eyes
Have wak'd to read your several colours, sir,
Of the pale citron, the green lion, the crow,
The peacock's tail, the plumed swan.
Thou hast descry'd the flower, the sanguis agni?
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.
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
Having twelve pounds of Green Lion thus brought into gum, thou
St. Dunstan (pseudo)
A green Gum called our green Lyon, which Gum dry well, yet beware thou
not burn his Flowers nor destroy his greenness.
Sir George Ripley
The Bosome-Book of Sir George Ripley
You will see marvelous signs of this Green Lion, such as could be
bought by no treasures of the Roman Leo.
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.
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.
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 clearly useless.
Philip a Gabella
By gold I mean our green gold- not the adored lump, which is dead and
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 Vine
Count Bernard Trevisan
Trust my word, seek the grass that is trefiol. Thou knowest the name,
and art wise and cunning if thou findest it.
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 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.
Rosicrucian Aphorisms and Process
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
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
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 veritable material.
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.
"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
Khalid said: "Tell me of its odor, before and after its confection."
Morienus answered: "Before confectioning, its odor is very heavy
"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 foul earth.
"Begin in the Creator's 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 virgin's 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
"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
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