Dom Pernety here wants to make a point and goes beyond putrefaction. Mercurius of Wises or Mercurius Philosophorum, or matter considered during putrefaction. During Main Work alchemists stand by observing Secret Fire performance: once extracted from Materia Tertia or raw matter, this strange ineffable and undetectable substance begins operating on itself. And Matter turns black. This phase is being known as second Putrefaction. This is exactly what Solve et Coagula means and what Putrefaction is about.

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A Christian mystic and according to Michael Maier one of the great alchemists; comment by Nettle] departed from his desert attracted not by the promised recompense, but by the desire of manifesting the power of God, and of showing how wonderful He is in all His works. He found Calid, and demanded as the others a suitable place to work, in order to prove, by his works, the truth of his words.

Morien, having finished his operations, left the Perfect Stone in a vase around which he wrote: Those who have all that is necessary for them, have need neither of recompense nor of the aid of others. He then departed without saying a word, and returned to his solitude. Calid having found this vase, and having read the writing, understood well what it signified, and after having tested the Powder, he banished, or put to death, all those who had wished to deceive him.

It also comes at no surprise that the feather who wrote these pious words was guided by the hands of a monk. A Benedictine monk, who was born today, years ago at the dawn of the early 18th century on the 23rd of February, under the sign of Pisces, in Roanne, France, baptized Antoine-Joseph Pernety. During his lifetime he became known as Dom Pernety and would become one of the most influential occultists of the western hemisphere in the last centuries — if we judge by the impact his work had.

Likewise, the story reads as an allegory on Dom Antoine-Joseph Pernety himself, his life and his work: leaving the silence of his Monastery not earlier than at the age of 50 after decades of deep study and contemplation, Dom added value, wherever he went and initiated deep change and transformation wherever he decided to activate — both to last for the centuries to come. But he did it so gentle, so quiet that he always managed to leave the scene as quickly and unobserved as he had entered it in the first place — no matter how much he had stood in the spotlight in between.

Masonry owes him new rites — some of them, such as one of the highest degrees of the Scottish rite, have repercussions until today — and especially the deep carving of hermetic thought and alchemical symbolism into the stone of masonry. And while he prepared the ground for his teachings on masonry, he also seemed involved in the building of inner schools — or as it may be described: hermetic orders with Masonic rituals. For alchemical students two of his works are an essential read until today.

Image: by David McSpadden However, at the beginning of all work stood a long phase of learning and contemplation. At the age of about 17 he joined the Benedictines in the congregation of Saint-Maur. Thus, it was seemingly the right climate for polymath Pernety and his various interests, among them what we call today science and study of nature.

The first book he published, was a translation of a German mathematical textbook at the age of He published several other books, for example a manual for Benedictine monks in , he wrote on art, the Americas, the human physiognomy and as a naturalist on the journey to the Falkland Islands.

But his main concern was the great work, i. But also by serving as an invaluable prime source for recommendations on what to read or not. Tractatulus Chemicus. Tractatus ad Assem Philosophum. This list is far from being complete, even though it seems to be a list of essentials or favorites Pernety calls witness in his Treatise to prove the similarities in thought between apparently unrelated authors Overall, to Pernety it seems, that all these authors and many more agree in principle.

We are nowadays used to a constellation in which science attacks alchemy and the relatively large amount of space Pernety devotes to gathering witnesses and to prove the validity of his subject suggests, that this was also a common case back then. They invent new ones daily, and the last seems to be conceived only to contradict and destroy those that have preceded it. Image: Pollution caused by inorganic compounds. License Creative commons. It should be underlined here, that these are not the words of a reactionist, unable to cope with progress and filled with bitterness about being marginalized, but rather the prophetic vision of someone, who was not only at the current state of the science and — when he wanted in the very center of society, arts, science and religion —, but one of those few driving and expanding the current state of the science in a manner, only a handful in each generation can hope to achieve.

Drawings by Dom Pernety of the fauna encountered on the journey to the Falkland Islands and to Santa Catarina Maybe it was this travel, which made him realize the boundaries of his monastery, maybe he had found in the meantime what he had searched for and was now ready to share it with others, maybe he just felt that he needed more companions and a different environment for the second part of his quest for the red lion.

He would find masonry as a fruitful soil for his thoughts to plant, and a large part of his followers he recruited exactly here: among the freemasons. Sometimes, a flaming star is used instead of the eye: all three are attributed to the three pillars. He settled at Avignon. As vibrant as Avignon was for Pernety, the papal bull against masonry was enforceable and consequently, Pernety was forced to move on. Soon Pernety was again in the middle of the occult circles of the city with a small, but select audience, and furthermore, he started to translate the works of the Swedish scientist and philosopher, Emanuel Swedenborg, into French.

As Mont-Thabor did not fell into the jurisdiction of the pope, the papal bull was not enforceable and soon hundreds of masons would gather around Pernety and his lectures.

Grabianka followed soon after, but not before paying a visit to the Swedenborgians in London. Still deeply influenced by Christianity, their doctrines were a mixture of Swedenborgianism, Roman Catholicism, and occultism. Hotel de la Bastide in Avignon — here found Pernety a new place in the aftermath of the French revolution and allegedly died on the 16th of October The Illuminates were dispersed in the aftermath of the French Revolution due to the Republican Terror.

Things had changed without Pernety. In Grabianka closed the temple in Avignon with its remaining 15 members and moved to St. The Scottish rite remained relevant until the early 20th century and many elements have been preserved with the Martinists. According to A. But you may also find someone to testify, that the last time he met the Dom, the latter has been quite alive and well. Not to bad a legend for an alchemist. Pernety related each alchemical process to a sign of the Zodiac: 1.

Congelation — Taurus, 3. Fixation — Gemini, 4. Solution — Cancer, 5. Digestion — Leo, 6. Distillation — Virgo, 7. Sublimation — Libra, 8.

Separation — Scorpio, 9. Ceration — Sagittarius, Fermentation — Capricornis, Multiplication — Aquarius, Projection Pisces. Image: Astronomical Clock in V3nice, St. Creative Commons.


Antoine-Joseph Pernety, The Illuminates of Avignon and the Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone

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Dom Pernety, Laton & Putrefaction




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