4027. As much attention we roosters and chickens give to the act of running around with our heads cut off after we are dead, still, none of us can ever know for sure what it is really like, because while we are doing it we are already dead. It is for this reason that we have to learn all the movements in advance and practice them till we can do them almost without thinking.
In the words of the art historian Jörg Völlnagel, “the Splendor Solis is by no means a laboratory manual, a kind of recipe book for alchemists. Rather, Splendor Solis sets forth the philosophy of alchemy, a world view according to which the human being (the alchemist) exists and acts in harmony with nature, respecting divine creation and at the same time intervening in the process underlying that creation, all the while supporting its growth with the help of alchemy”