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No. 8. A Treatise on Salt

The author of this work, discusses the threefold aspect of the salt principle in alchemy, and where it is found in Nature, of how it is dissolved and then divided into four elements. He draws parallels between the white stone born out of the salt and Christ's Beatitudes and some verses from the Book of Revelation. He shows how one can lead from the white stone to the red, the goal and conclusion of the work of alchemical philosophers. This work echoes Michael Sendivogius' treatises on Sulphur and Mercury.

A certain thing is found in this world,
Which is also everywhere, and in every place,
It is not earth, nor fire, nor air, nor water,
However it wants neither of these things,
Nay, it can become fire, air, water, and earth;
For it contains all nature, in itself purely, and sincerely,
It becomes white and red, is hot and cold,
It is moist and dry, and is diversifiable every way,
The band of sages only have known it,
And they call it their salt.