By Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont & Allison Coudert
F.M van Helmont's "Alphabet of Nature" was once one of the books released approximately language within the early glossy interval. The language debate,as it has grow to be referred to as, used to be a subject of compelling curiosity to significant figures corresponding to Reuchlin, Rabelais, Paracelsus, Agrippa, Postel, Boehme, Kircher, Hobbes, Descartes, Comenius, Spinoza, Locke, Boyle, Newton, and Leibniz. At factor have been profound questions about even if language is normal or man made, ordained through God or created through guy. The solutions given entailed an online of results which may result in arrest, imprisonment, even execution. it really is accordingly no longer marvelous that van Helmont wrote his publication whereas imprisoned within the dungeons of the Roman Inquisition
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Abraham Abulaﬁa (1240–1291), a Kabbalist who perfected this technique, describes the process as well as the effects. He directs the would-be adept to bathe, don white garments, and sequester himself at night in a lonely house illuminated by many candles. At this point, the adept should: take ink, pen and a table to thy hand and remember that thou art about to serve God in joy and gladness of heart. Now begin to combine a few or many letters, to permutate and combine them until thy heart be warm.
Fundamenta illarum, Visus, Auditus, Odoratus, Locutio, Commestio, Coitus, Opus, Ambulatio, Ira, Risus, Cogitatio, Somnus. . Duodecim Simplices sculpsit, incidit, composuit, ponderavit & transmutavit, & creavit cum illis duodecim signa in orbe: Videlicet, Arietem, Taurum, etc. , p. 870: “viginti duae literae, Fundamenta, collocatae in sphaera a cum Ianuis ducentis triginta & una. Sphaera directe rotata, bonum signiﬁcat. Retrograda econverso, poneravit scilicet Aleph cum omnibus, & omnia cum Aleph & sic de singulis.
2r If anyone is eager to understand the language of nature, He will recognize that this guide has been written for him. Here the motions of the tongue emerge with the names that belong to them. And the action of the mouth directs the movement of the hand. If you rush through things hastily, Do not turn these pages, and do not waste your time reading this rapidly. But, if you look at the mouth and tongue and slowly observe their operation, Then the whole matter will be easily revealed. The sweetest music cannot be understood at ﬁrst glance, But if you go note by note, the song will soon come to you.