Around 1755-1757 François de Chazal de la Genesté visiting Paris at the home of the rue de Sorbonne of his brother Pierre meets a mysterious gentleman can also be in the field of relations of Pierre who initiated him as a member of the Societas Rosae Crucis (The dates that Sigismund Bacstrom gives us are false is it an error or a desire to hide the details of this story?). Pierre de Chazal was in the third chamber of the court of the "aydes", whose jurisdiction was to judge the tax affairs thus the fiscal privileges and the validity of the titles of nobilities which gave him a certain power and the entry in circles to be able to. It is difficult to say more at the moment. Anecdotally a close colleague and friend of Pierre whose name recalls a famous writer and alchemist lived in the vicinity of Knight Denis de Molinier rue de Lyon. The most famous testimony on the occult face of François de Chazal is that of his disciple Sigismond Bacstrom Alchemist known for his translations of texts so appreciated by the modern alchemical environment. An important detail seems to have gone unnoticed in the eyes of the researchers is that Dr. Petit Radel who introduced Sigismund Bacstrom speak English with him, he had even lived three years in an English counter in eastern India, and that same Sigismund Bacstrom speak English with François de Chazal and it seems that this is one of the reasons for the quick initiation of this disciple. François de Chazal, according to his disciple, succeeds the Philosopher's Stone two years after his arrival at Port Saint-Louis from the first attempt on the year 1762, and he states that he had found great assistance in the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum of Elias Ashmole (which shows that everything is not explained in the Aphorisms and the process given by the Count ...) which it defines as a work in "Middle English" ever translated into French. Sigismund Bacstrom in a letter to Alexander Tilloch says this: "Every authors in the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum by Ashmole had ANIMAL STONE, except Ripley, who had the mineral and ANIMAL and wrote of all of them. ALI PULI has the animal stone, as you well know, and so Count de Chazal and you and I have seen something true in this”. But what was this Animal Stone, in the aphorisms of the Societas Rosae Crucis of the Count we are thus called: "Our magnet that attracts it (the anima mundi) (although any subject in nature is magnetic) is the man, and chiefly (Hadamah, the dust, the red earth of man), which in the months of March, April, and May, the Sun in Aries and Taurus is abundantly found in the blood of a healthy man " (The Aphorisms and processes of the Rose Crosses by Sigismond Bacstrom can be found easily on several sites on the internet) The count therefore used the human blood as raw material, the use of substances taken from the human body in the alchemy Rose-Croix du The 17th century was relatively common, although many of the classic books of alchemy proscribe materials other than those of the mineral kingdom. Here is one of the rare texts showing the same process as the aphorisms of the Count of Chazal, it is an extract of the Alchemist's Key-Third Treatise containing the Animal Stone of the alchemist Samuel Norton back-to-back - son of Thomas Norton, alchemist and English poet particularly known for his text "The Ordinall of Alchemy" besides being part of the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum and designated by some as a disciple of George Ripley: "The method is complete and easy it is found in Ripley at once in the 12 gates, as well as in her Medulla in the treatise of the animal stone, while touching the matter, she is noted to be in the man, and it is associated with him the little world, and showing the choice of the matter he wanted to have from a man of Mars, who is of a cholera complexion, because the state of the body of the man would be of a healthy and healthy man, with regard to the time and the season of the year, in March, to have proof of a work of this kind. (Note) The work of the blood of man. Take (he says) the blood of a healthy vein (of a man) and removing or taking the superfluous moisture from there put it in a fixed egg sealed to putrefy in the first degree fire where it is allowed to rest a long season until it becomes black. That done, take it out and put it in the ashes, where it dries until it makes bubbles, in which bubbles it will show and appear countless colors until it becomes white. Then, in a strong fire for 30 days make it turn red, because if the red work, it is then a sulfur of nature: and excelling in all other things or sulfur: about it sparkling in a great wonderment. he says: O Wonder more marvelous than all the wonders because it has the character of the perfect sulfur, which makes that the Elixir soaks this sulfur with the vegetable mercury until it is fixed and fluent and give it its ferment of (Sun) in the 4th proportion; fix them under fire which can be multiplied like vegetable or mineral, And it is then the great Elixir, by this way of working up to white sulfur. Hear, hear what Ripley says: Take this thing, this hidden stone, putrify it. Wash it in its own broth until it turns white; That done, you see it ferment nicely. Of all they work then here is the whole and its parts. On this path, therefore, it appears that the stone may be made of the blood of man, which for that reason, that it comes from man; this is said to be the animal; So far, I have shown that I saw him black and besides I am not yet able to say for this quarter of year that I did not see him with this way of working, I have finished the animal touching the blood of the man.” In this text, similar to the process of Count de Chazal, we see the reference to George Ripley, the most famous of the English alchemists, notably to his "The 12 gates of alchemy" found in Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum and his "Medulla Alchymiae". or Ripley's "The Rope of Alchemy" which is the inspiration for this path as these excerpts can show it: "The only thing that, because it is more excellent than all the rest, the philosophers have taken it for the most close; because of the singular perfection which God had given to the Microcosmos or small World, in which are not only the ideas of the Races and effects of the planets, stars and asterisms but also complexions, moods, spirits and natural virtues of the elements. "But understand that this present division, should not be a manual division (but in power and effect), that is why, that this one thing that all men have (its flooding Phlegmatic property being somewhat evacuated) it is placed in Kemia or in suitable vessels, which sealed philosophically; let it be purified in a wet fire a long season, in a black thickness.” Excerpts from "Medulla Alchymiae or The Marrow of Alchemy" by George Ripley Chapter LXXI of the Animal Stone
"In the beginning God created all things of nothing, in a confused mass containing in itself all things indifferently, of which, he made a clear distinction in six days. But it must be so in our Magisterium, because it has its source in one thing; so the Philosophers call it little world, one and triple, Magnesia, Sulfur and Mercury, proportioned by Nature. "Remember that the man who is elsewhere called the male, is the most perfect earthly creature that God has created; to which there is a neutrality of the four Elements proportioned by Nature, which does not cost anything at all, which is carried out out of its mining by Art. “Excerpts George Ripley's "Twelve Gates of Alchemy"
George Ripley suggests that he got his master's knowledge of his nine-year journey to Italy, the Italy’s sanctuary of hermetic knowledge. Egypt and the East. It seems obvious to me that this method of the animal stone is specifically English inspired by the interpretation of the books of George Ripley, so there is a strong chance that also the initiator of François de Chazal was of Anglo-Saxon culture. or English by birth. To conclude many wonders what the library of François de Chazal de la Genesté becomes after his death. François de Chazal of Genesis had initiated Societe Rosae Crucis several close friends science lovers some of whom were members like him of the same reverend Lodge Twenty One to the Orient of Port Louis. Some inhabitants of Mauritius own some books and objects (I was even told about a portrait) that seems to have belonged to the Count, which lets me say that there was a sharing programmed by François de Chazal de la Genesté among his friends of his Rose-Cross circle.
Frédéric Garnier © janvier 2016 article except to the book : « L’Héritage de Christian Rosenkreutz » ARQA edition