From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) (whorl): Azoth misc Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 11:30:47 -0500 From Sepia: > [taken from http://azothgallery.com/azoth_defined.html] > > > AZOTH. In 16 th century portraits painted of Paracelsus, the pommel of his > sword, upon which rests his hand, bears the inscription "Azoth." From the > poem set beneath a contemporary newspaper "broadside" published of > Paracelsus, we may gather that Azoth was the name of a secret medicine, an > elixir vitae, i.e. infallible remedy or alexipharmakon (~ counter poison), > he kept hidden within his swords pommel. Azoth is also the secret name of > Mercurius, extracted from cinnabar, the universal quicksilver medicine > which comprised the virtues of all other medicines. Hence, it is also the > name for the "philosophers stone." It is spiritus animatus, the animated > spirit. > > [. . . ] > > > "Concerning the nature of Azoth there is much controversy. Some view it as > the invisible, eternal fire; others as electricity; still others as > magnetism. Transcendalists refer to it as the astral light." > > Isaac Myer, in a discussion of Ain Soph and Space, says: "The Ain Soph at > first was filling All and then made an absolute concentration into Itself > which produced the Abyss, Deep, or Space, the Aveer Qadmon or Primitive > Air, the Azoth; but this is not considered in the Qabbalah as a perfect > void or vacuum, a perfectly empty Space, but is thought as the Waters or > Crystalline Chaotic Sea, in which was a certain degree of Light inferior > to that by which all the created (worlds and hierarchies) were made." -- > Secret Teachings of the Ages, Page Number: CXVII Thank you for this--it is particularly interesting to me as I have just finished reading THE ABYSS, by Margaret Yourcenar, an account of a fictional 16th c. intellectual/astrologer/philosopher named Zeno, who is clearly based on Paracelsus. I had mildly wondered why the book had that title--it might have been explained somewhere but if so it went right by me. I have also recently read THE CHYMICAL WEDDING, by Lindsay Clarke. which is very much up the same path (though a contemporary novel). so a post like this is a real pleasure. -alga --