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The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua
The Chymical Jousting of
With the Seven Lances
That He Brake
(A.A. publication in class C)
He slayeth Sir Argon le Paresseux
Now Brother Perardua, though he was but a Zelator of our ancient Order, had
determined in himself to perform the Magnum Opus, and to procure for himself
one Tincture of Double Efficacy. Not fully did he yet comprehend the Mysterium
of our Art, therefore imposed he upon himself the painful sevenfold regimen.
For without the Bell of Electrum Magicum of Paracelsus how should, the adept
even give warning to the Powers of the Work of his entry thereunto.
Yet our brother, being of stout heart- for he had been a soldier in many
distant lands- began right cheerfully. His head that was hoary with eld he
crowned with five petals of white lotus, as if to signify the purity of his
body, and went forth into that place where is no field, nor any furrow
therein; and there he sowed a scroll that had two and twenty seeds diverse.
He slayeth Sir Abjad the Saracen
Nor for all his care and labour could he gather therefrom more than seven
planets, that shone in the blackness; and each plant beareth a single blossom
that hath seven petalsİ one would have thought them stars; for though they
were not of a verity in themselves brilliant and flashing, yet so black was
that wherein they grew that they seemed brighter than suns. And these were
placed one above the other in a single line and straight, even according unto
seven centers of his intention that he bare about him in the hollow tube that
hath thirty and two joints.
He slayeth Sir Amorex le Desirous
These plants did our brother Perardua pluck, as the mystic rites ordain; and
these did he heat furiously in his alembic, yet with vegetable heat alone,
while he kept them ever moist, dropping upon them of his lunar water, whereof
he had three and seventy minims left of the eight and seventy that his Father
had given him; and these he had borne upon a camel through the desert unto
this place where he now was, which is called the Oasis of the Lion, even as
the whole Regimen that in the end he accomplished is in the form of a Lion.
This then his Lion waxed exceeding thirsty, and licked up all the dew. But the
fire being equal thereunto, he was not discomforted.
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