2010年12月10日

ALCHEMY


Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 14:29:22 +0100
From: Michael Roe


Besides the sunflower, the VMS contains many images that also occur in other alcehmenical works:

* On folio 79v the dew (or divine radiance) falls down onto the recumbent female figure. (My guess is that is also an allegory for the chemical process of fractional distillation)

* f68r1 and f68r show the Sun over the Moon and then the Moon over the Sun (Solar dominant over Lunar and Lunar dominant over Solar)

* f66r is the first ``alchemical'' folio after the simple ``herbal'' material at the beginning of the MS. This folio shows a recumbent female figure.
By itself, this could mean almost anything. But the following folios have alchemical images, so it is tempting to also interpret this as an alchemical image, the female/lunar principle about to be transformed by the process which is described in the following folios.

* A four-fold division of the cosmos is a recurring theme in the VMS, and also in alchemical texts. See for example f67v2 and f85-86r2.

* Plants with faces occur in alchemical MSS (e.g. the Rosarium Philosphorum refered to by Rene), and also in the VMS.

* f82v shows what appears to be a rainbow (It's a pity that I havn't got a color reproduction of this ---- it would be useful to check the colours!)

Then there's the dragon (f25v), the serpents (f49r) ...

There are probably many others that I've left out.

The image that should be there (if the alchemical interpretation is correct), but which seems to be missing is the union of the male and female principle.
So maybe it all means something completly different.


Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 16:46:33 -0500 (EST)
From: Karl Kluge


My previously announced silly idea: in the centre circle of the there are some objects (reportedly


*My* previously announced idea is that this (mega-foldout on ff.85-86) represents the old alchemic notion of how the four elements earth, air, fire, and water are created from the qualities wet, dry, hot, and cold. The circle in the upper right with the T-O map and little castle would be earth. The structure is then something like this:

dry
fire O -- O -- O earth
|\ | /|
| \ | / |
| \ | / |
hot O--- O -- O cold
| / | \ |
| / | \ |
|/ | \|
air O -- O -- O water
wet
posted by ぶらたん at 21:48| Comment(0) | 錬金術
HPへ戻る