Plate III – The Second Treatise
An armored figure stands holding a Sword, suggestive of Hebrew letter Zain (ז), meaning ‘sword’, which implies Discrimination. Seven stars, indicative of the 7 Chakras or ‘Metals’ of the alchemists, surround his helmet. He holds a shield bearing the inscription:
"Ex Duabus Aqui Unam Facite, Qui Quaeritis Sole Et Luna Facere Et Date Bibere Inimico Vino. Et Videbitis Cum Mortuum. Deinde De Aqua Terra Facite, Et Lapidem Multiplicastis."
“From two waters make one, seek how to make from Sun and Moon, and keep giving to absorb into the harmful wine. And you will see in time the Stone multiplied.”
He stands on two water fountains, upon which the right one is topped by a male child, the left one by a female child. The scene personifies the complicated Second Treatise within the manuscript that reiterates the teachings of Roger Bacon’s Mirror of Alchemy centuries before.
The ‘two waters’ are the left and right nerve currents in the sympathetic nervous system. They are dealt with in detail under many names, as: Ida/Pingala; Rayi/Surya; Lily/Rose, Mercury/Sulphur; Moon/Sun, and other terms within the Glossary of this site. It would behoove a sincere aspirant to research these terms so as to be thoroughly acquainted with their qualities and functions. Also, Roger Bacon's Mirror of Alchemy is completely investigated on this site under the Articles tab.
The Three Gunas, Sattva (Mercury), Rajas (Sulfur) and Tamas (Salt), touched upon under Plate I, are dealt with in detail within that article. Follow this up by reading The Mirror of Alchemy and studying its commentary to understand the co-mixture of the Three Gunas within each ‘Metal’.
Being very ‘discriminately’ conscious of our intake of the four elements, and maintaining a disciplined regimen with Meditation, the combination most certainly will fulfill the admonition on the knight’s shield. Such consistency with these combinations will eventually alter the blood chemistry, “...the harmful wine.” Indeed, in time, you will see and feel the Stone’s effects multiplied within your Chariot. The only element lacking is our ardent desire to want it so.
Now, notice the central detail within the illustration; the knight’s breastplate. The colors there appear slightly more vivid than the rest of the composition. The ends on both sides are black to bring out the other three colors: White (left); Yellow (center); Red (right). White and Red are the colors of the two nerve currents. Yellow is the hue of Kundalini; or Sushumna of the Yogis. They are also the same colors represented on the Caduceus of Hermes held up high by the hand of Mercury within many alchemical illustrations: two serpents, white and red, entwined around a central staff colored yellow. All of which is topped by a blue-winged pine cone.
All of this would sum up the distinct message of Plate III and the Second Treatise.