St. John’s Crystal Gold
A mysterious and possibly symbolic operation, described by
alchemist Thomas Vaughan (1622–1666), who wrote under the
name Eugenius Philalethes
‘‘In regard of the Ashes of Vegetables, although their weaker
exterior Elements expire by violence of the fire, yet their Earth
cannot be destroyed, but is Vitrified. The Fusion and Transparency
of this substance is occasioned by the Radicall moisture or
Seminal water of the Compound. This water resists the fury of
the fire, and cannot possibly be vanquished. ‘In hac Aqu⒠(saith
the learned Severine), ‘Rosa latet in Hieme.’
‘‘These two principles are never separated; for Nature proceeds
not so far in her Dissolutions. When death hath done her
worst, there is a Union between these two, and out of them shall
God raise us to the last day, and restore us to a spiritual constitution.
I do not conceive there shall be a Resurrection of every
Species, but rather their Terrestrial parts, together with the element
of water (for ‘there shall be no more sea’—Revelations),
shall be united in one mixture with the Earth, and fixed to a
pure Diaphanous substance.
‘‘This is St. John’s Crystal Gold, a fundamental of the New
Jerusalem—so called, not in respect of Colour, but constitution.
Their Spirits, I suppose, shall be reduced to their first
Limbus, a sphere of pure, ethereal fire, like rich Eternal Tapestry
spread under the throne of God.’’ (See also alchemy)