Full text: Bacon, Francis: Sylva sylvarum

The fourth is, the Emiſſion of Spirits, and Immateriate Powers and
Vi [?] rt [?] ues, in thoſe things which work by the univerſal configuration and Sym-
pathy of the World; not by Forms, or Celeſtial Influxes, (as is vainly taught
and received) but by the Primitive Nature of Matter, and the ſeeds of
things. Of this kinde is (as we yet ſuppoſe) the working of the Loadſtone,
which is by conſent with the Globe of the Earth; of this kinde is the motion
of Gravity, which is by conſent of denſe Bodies with the Globe of the Earth: Of this kinde is ſome diſpoſition of Bodies to Rotation, and particularly
from Eaſtro Weſt; of which kinde, we conceive the Main Float and Refloat
of the Sea is, which is by conſent of the Univerſe, as part of the Diurnal
Motion. Theſe Immateriate Virtues have this property differing from others,
that the diverſity of the Medium hindreth them not, but they paſs through all
Mediums, yet at determinate diſtances. And of theſe we ſhall ſpeak, as they
are incident to ſeveral Titles.



The fifth is, the Emiſſion of Spirits; and this is the principal in our in-
tention to handle now in this place, namely, the operation of the Spirits of
the minde of Man upon other Spirits; and this is of a double nature; the
operation of the Affections, if they be vehement; and the operation of the
Imagination, if it be ſtrong. But theſe two are ſo coupled, as we ſhall handle
them together; for when an envious or amorous aſpect doth inſect the Spi-
rits of another, there is joyned both Affection and Imagination.



The ſixth is, the influxes of the Heavenly Bodies, beſides thoſe two mani-
ſeſt ones of Heat and Light. But theſe we will handle, where we handle the
Celeſtial Bodies and Motions.



The ſeventh is, the operations of Sympathy, which the Writers of Na-
tural Magick have brought into an Art or Precept; and it is this, That if
you deſire to ſuper-induce any Virtue or Diſpoſition upon a Perſon, you
ſhould take the Living Creature, in which that Virtue is moſt eminent and in
perfection; of that Creature you muſt take the parts wherein that Virtue
chiefly is collocate. Again, you muſt take the parts in the time, and act
when that Virtue is moſt in exerciſe, and then you muſt apply it to that part
of Man, wherein that Virtue chiefly conſiſteth. As if you would ſuper-
induce Courage and Fortitnde, take a Lion, or a Cock; and take the Heart, Tooth,
or Paw of the Lion; or the Heart, or Spur of the Cock: Take thoſe parts im-
mediately after the Lion or the Cock have been in fight, and let them be worn
upon a Mans heart or wriſt. Of theſe and ſuch like Sympathies we ſhall ſpeak
under this preſent Title.



The eighth and laſt is, an Emiſſion of Immateriate Virtues, ſuch as we
are a little doubtful to propound it is ſo prodigious, but that it is ſo con-
ſtantly avouched by many: And we have ſet it down as a Law to our ſelves,
to examine things to the bottom; and not to receive upon credit, or reject
upon improbabilities, until there hath paſſed a due examination. This is the
Sympathy of Individuals; for as there is a Sympathy of Species, ſo (it may be) there
is a Sympathy of Individuals; that is, that in things, or the parts of things that
have been once contiguous or entire, there ſhould remain a tranſmiſſion of
Virtue from the one to the other, as between the Weapon and the Wound. Whereupon is blazed abroad the operation of Vnguentum Teli, and ſo of a
piece of Lard, or ſtick of Elder, & c. That if part of it be conſumed or pu-
tre [?] fied, it will work upon the other parts ſevered. Now we will purſue the
inſtances themſelves.



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