This is an image from the 1624 alchemical text Viridiarium Chymicum
, which could be translated as The Alchemical Garden
. It depicts the alchemical stage known as fermentation, when the blackness of putrefactio
yields to the inspiration of coniunctio
. It's also a chance for me to play with image uploading, or, more accurately, try to figure out why Blogger won't display my uploaded image file (Note from the future: obviously, this is no longer the case).
Image courtesy of Phil Williams' New Alchemy