The Phial Of The Four Elements





Take a phial, six or seven inches long, and about three quarters of an

inch in diameter. In this phial put, first, glass coarsely powdered;

secondly, oil of tartar per deliquum; thirdly, tincture of salt of

tartar; and lastly, distilled rock oil.



The glass and the various liquors being of different densities, if you

shake the phial, and then let it rest a few moments, the three liquors

will entirely separate, and each assume its place; thus forming no

indifferent resemblance of the four elements, earth, fire, water, and

air: the powdered glass (which should be of some dark colour)

representing the earth; the oil of tartar, water; the tincture, air;

and the rock oil, fire.





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