The father thereof is the sun, the mother is the moon.
The wind carried it in its womb; the earth is the nurse thereof.
It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.
The power thereof is perfect, if it be cast on to earth.
It will separate the element of earth from that of fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with great sagacity.
It doth ascend from earth to heaven.
Again it doth descend to earth, and uniteth in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.
Tabula Smaragdina, 4 – 8
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charlotte, I was just reviewing this last night in MotT with the thought that it describes the philosopher’s stone. Philosopher/Sun/Spiritus/subtleStone/Moon/Materium/gross
well there you have it!
the author does indeed go onto describe the stone, as I’m sure you realised (relevant text in the next post).
Glad you are getting into the book