Alchemical Map of the Path to Enlightenment
An incredible image of the search for the Philosopher’s Stone from Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae, 1595.
The alchemical picture below is taken from Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae, from circa 1595 AD. The text surrounding it is in Latin. Khunrath, a practicing alchemist, is considered by some to be the link between the magician John Dee and the birth of Rosicrucianism. (For more on this fascinating period of history, check out Ultraculture’s book The Angelic Reformation.)
Alchemy, of course, was much more than the material quest to transform lead into gold. It was a metaphorical system of turning unenlightened humans into enlightened ones, of turning the lead of the base human state into the gold of spiritual awakening—or, at least, that’s one interpretation. Clearly that’s what Khunrath is talking about with the image below:
I. Philosophers Stone is. This, indeed,
3. Wise men, so many and so great, the authors of the most influential, (of whom, in this regard, the monuments found everywhere) in a single, harmoniously, with the mouth, even an oath, the most holy, not lightly asseuerarunt: Who will have all brought with the truthful (for those who are wise and good men) and they are considered as long and are, of them, until the contrary, a sufficient degree; may have approved of. But when? And when the artist is to believe in his art to anyone else, why should I not, in this matter, the faith is to be applied shall be those, who did not know how? For of all the artificers, and the best and most truly, by reason of what he has done, to discuss, to speak and to judge they know.
4. Nature, of God in the world of this machine, the minister of an idle, never, often, in their own operations, (as they delivered them unto THEOSOPHY experienced and confirmed) ways, and the ways in which, day and night for a long time  urges us faithfully, and the faith, of him, he made his farm. The nature of a parent, about his son in a catholic, catholic testifies, in his own.
5. The mind, higher and brighter spark of the human spirit, by divine and immortal, that which God has given the condition of the race, in order that from what is implanted to himself the nature of his desire, he can be certain that all those in strength, to the highest and the best things to tend to, it desires indefinenter: whom the appetite of good (for it is by God) stimulus, rather than the mind, (unless they know not experienced) irrequietudinem, that the burning desire, the Stone of the Philosophers of having, if it would not be in the nature of things, God himself who, for them too, (this is not out of the sch corrupt the word) who are more shrewd, others are wiser and more godly, or were introduced in vain. But all in vain!
6. The consent symbolic, is it true and admirable, (in Nature) Stone, of this, when the most holy divine Triunitate; created with all the residue of the whole, nor not to speak of God, who became incarnate, that is, by sending the promise and Maschiach, and religion of the Christian sacraments and the mysteries of the deep and high, as well, must be true, to believe and to confess, all of sound mind, may justly be obliged to use. If I speak the truth without, be ashamed. Judge, but not knowing.
7. Finally, (with the Creator, even out of the creature on the testimony of the divine Paul, would wish to be known to the Romans, I.) O God, and he wanted to and was able to (wanted to experience testifies) to his organs, to some people, (for it is not gives to one, the God of all things) from there as far as from the beginning of the world, and still wants to bestow upon us with kindness, (for his mercy endureth for ever) so that without doubt, what is the wonderful wisdom of the Creator, the power infinite, immense, kindness, etc.. that is, what sort it is God himself who, type of marvelous, out of the creature, not, indeed, out of the world of a major, or simply through itself alone, and the portion of it, in all directions, the knowledge of the particular, but also, the son of the elder was out of the world, (the art, that is, interpretations physicochemiae ) in a subject in a catholic, catholic, are much more and more explicitly that, to the human race, in the presence, be made known to: yhvh joined the ranks of  triune, and the good and the author of so great a gift, it is more clearly let him learn to acknowledge, admire, and respect only, we should praise a grateful mind, to meditate more deeply, and to Him is inseparably associated with the and reunited.
2. What is the Philosophers Stone?
3. Why is it said Stone, the Philosophers and why?
4. What is ruah Elohim Ruach Elohim, which hung over the water, Genesis. 1.?
V. What is heaven?
6. How Ruach Elohim, through the medium of Heaven, the concept of, and the body is true, and under the sense of falling, etc. he was made.?
7. How and where to light macrocosmou born son, etc..?
8. How manifested regeneratorie, etc..?
9. What is the advantage of it, and who they use, and so on?
X. Can they multiple Philosophers Stone?
Wise men say, yes. In the quality and in quantity: and there is nothing of the work than physicochemici, Catholics, when the Stone of glorified before the fermentation, and paid for a second time in the Azoth, by the government of the second, repetition; Too often repeated, the more quickly and more perfectly, the work of solved: and this is so on to infinity.
Corollaries, FINISHING place added two:
1. The expenses of this work, to the far end of the fermentation (except food and clothing) to the highest value does not exceed 30 talerorum, knowing that I had been informed by the knower fraternally. They were just setting.
2. As part of a tenth of the world is accustomed to spend with God, the pious causes, nine of the world use, so, on the contrary, should THEOSOPHY, only a tenth of this part of the Stone, uses Ladina keeles spend, while nine others only God, the neighbor, the needy. That Almoners of God, this big one in the hospital, is proper. Seal of nature and art, the simplicity.