It is known only to a few natural practitioners that the great physician, Paracelsus, was an alchemist. Alchemy was the forerunner of today’s modern organic and inorganic chemistry and was thus in accordance with general chemistry. Here, dyestuff, cleaning agents and medicaments were developed. The search for life-prolonging formulas accompanied alchemy over centuries. The most important healing agents which were created in the course of time received the names “Arcanum“ which means, basically, main agents. This article and my book, “The Homunculus” are concerned with one of these main agents.
Besides the study of medicine, Paracelsus was a pronounced expert for metallurgical processes and the associated mining processes. But also, the domains of astronomy and astrology, which in those days were still not separated from each other, made Paracelsus a universal scholar. The joining together of the previously mentioned cognitions is indispensable for the understanding of the alchemical processes.
After studies of more than 15 years of Paracelsus’ writings and the writings of other alchemists of this time, I encountered Prof. Manfred Junius, whom I consider to be the greatest alchemist of our time. Linked by bonds of friendship led to a fruitful cooperation in putting the findings that were gained into practice. This was not so easy as there were no „cooking recipes” which were already clearly formulated. One reason for this was, amongst others, the persecution of the alchemists by the Catholic church which also ended the life of Paracelsus who had reached the prime of his work. For this reason all alchemist writings were handed down in a form which was encrypted beyond recognition by any non-adepts. Processes were allegorized by pictorial metaphors and poems. This way, for example, a glass flask with a long neck is a swan. Ethanol is described as Mercury and essential oils as Sulphur, all of which had nothing in common with the original meaning of the terms, and which can quickly lead to confusion.
The cancer medication of Paracelsus requires two months to produce. It is produced amongst others from 40 different plants, amongst them sage, the remedy for convalescence, as well as the expensive saffron. In alchemist-spagyric tradition, the essential oils of the plants are obtained by careful distillation. Later and separately, alcohol is produced by fermentation. The next step is the incineration of the plant residues and the separation into the Caput mortum and the Sal Salis. Thus, both the water-soluble salts and trace elements are united again with the other fraction in a “celestial marriage”. Natural honey and the Aurum potabile also play an important role during production. The gold is reduced to small pieces and is dissolved in acid. After evaporation of the acid, the coupling of the metal with the corresponding cinnamon oil takes place in order to enable the so-called bioavailability.
One of the most essential components is also tartar, of which Paracelsus writes, “I call myself vegetable yet am able to separate any metal“. Working with tartar should take place under greatest precaution as its vapours are very toxic. The processing takes place as with plants. It is not rare that die-hard chemists can only shake their heads and do not want to believe that dry distillation of tartar is possible, and that also its salt can be fractionated. In the end, during the already mentioned celestial marriage, the components are united and an exaltation (increased effect, also called maturization) is carried out over weeks.
All described processes in alchemy are subject to clear astrological connections, all the way from the harvest to work in the laboratory to the administration of the medication. As the “Aqua vitae“ contains gold in the form of “Aurum potabile“ it should always only be applied during the hours of the morning. Gold is assigned to the sun, the rational mind and the masculine principle – as opposed to silver which is assigned to the moon and thus to the female cycle, the emotions, and the night. If one would take the Arcanum too late it would cause a sleepless night. The composition of the individual herbs does not only lead to the substitution of trace elements, minerals and other vital substances, but also has specific coarse matter and subtle influences on cancer. Here the signature of the plants is considerably involved, too. It is not for nothing that in natural healing the parasite, mistletoe, is employed in cases of a parasite tumor. Thus, here as also in homeopathy, the principle of analogy is working, with the exception that the energetic proportion is of considerably higher value than in the case of a classical potentiation; this can be verified by means of high-frequency photography. The reason for this lies in fractionation, maturing, and in the subsequent amalgamation of the substrates which during processing is certainly carefully aligned to astrological principles.
The renewed connection of the cancer patient to the natural life-rhythm of the stars, to the world of plants and animals, gives him the chance to heal. Here, the Arcanum acts in a transforming way, as a catalyst for this process, so to speak. But it would be best to follow the holistic way of Paracelsus’ thinking in order to understand that, although this medicament is an essential component of cancer therapy, it is by far not the only one.
Paracelsus divides his therapy into five sub-sections which he assigns to the respective type of physician.
The first type of physician suppresses the symptoms of the illness with corresponding antidotes. Thus, fever is suppressed with the corresponding antipyretic medium or painkillers are administered. Paracelsus only allows this kind of acting at most in acute occurrences of illness because Paracelsus, as well as Hahnemann, seemed to have had a strong aversion against allopathy. He writes with regard to this, “He who wants to cure something warm with something cold, dry or moist does not understand the nature of a disease.” Thus, according to his opinion, the antipathic methods for the relief of acute situations should be used, but in any case therapy has to continue with subsequent methods because sheer suppression of the symptoms never leads to successful healing of an illness. “It repels the disease and allows other evils to occur from this.” “Arcana and diseases, – those are Contraria. Arcanum is health and the disease is opposed to the health. These two drive each other away, one drives away the other.“
…to be continued
..taken from 1/VIII Paracelsus “Health & Healing”, November 2010
Prof. E.h.Iwailo Schmidt BGU