Table of Contents
"Metamorphosis of the Planets"
by John de Monte Snyder. "A Wonderful Transmutation of the
Planets and Metallic Formes into their first Essence (with an
annexed process), being a discovery of the three keys pertinent
to the obtaining of the three principes. Likewise in what manner
the most generall universal is to be obtained is in many places
of this treatise....". 1663, (second ed. 1700). [Preface,
31 Chapters, A Momento] R.A.M.S. 1982. 89 pages. (METAMORPHOSIS:
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The Preface. p. 3.
Concerning the three Worlds p.8.
How to know the world from the world: That is, How the Hermaphroditiack
little irrational mineral world is to be distinguished from the
Lunary feminine birth. And farther how the nethermost is like
the uppermost. p.11.
Of the double and universal nature of the Hermaphroditick little
How the double nature or young hermaphroditick world falls in
love with the Universal property. And how thewith Venus, and etc.
and is forsaken by her. p. 15.
How all the Planets offer their services to the Monarch of this
World, and after the common guise of the world pretend kindred
in hope to obtain great favour. And how Mercury and Jupiter fell
at strife about it. p.16.
How Jupiter and the changed Mercury strove one with another in
presence of the Monarch: And how Mercury convinced Jupiter. p.18.
How Jupiter during a cessation of speech was, as it were, commanded
to keep company with his Brother Saturn. And how Saturn by this
fellowship and conjunction, made his musters, and obtains the
How the Philosophers awake out of their sleep and explain themselves,
and how the limber Jupiter is condemned. p.25.
How after this sentence was fastened on the Tree of life every
ones eyes were opened, and how the Tree of life was known by its
three ends standing out of which were formed diametrically and
perpendicularly; and how they who had laboured in vain complain,
and purpose to revenge themselves on the Philosophers and etc.
How Mercury after he had transmuted himself into the Mercury of
How Mars out of wrath broke in pieces his Sphere, and at length
out of vehemency of passion was transmuted into the Shape of his
King at whose side he stood, and what afterwards was done with
How the Dragon who had his habitation in this new Martial world,
by the ordination of God was seized by a powerful Eagle, taken,
and imprisoned; and lastly how the preparation of the true work
was demanded of him. p.34.
How the true natural Venus out of desperation precipitated her
self into a deep water, and how the same was rescued by the Eagle
and changed into the highest character, and what further ensued.
How Mars by the help of his Pegasus indeavoured to ravish Venus
and how Phoebus hindered the same. p. 39.
How Mars revenges himself upon Phoebus, stirs up Vulcan against
him. How Vulcan burns up Phoebus together with the Queen in the
fire, and how both their Souls appeared to Mars, and hproceeds
with these souls to make the same corporeal. p.40.
How Mars by the advice of a certain Philosopher, with the soul,
of his transformed Venus, whereto the soul of the Sun was joined,
attempted to awaken a new Venus, and wherein he failed. And also
how by violence he wrested from Vulcan the dead body wherein the
clarified body was hidden. p.42.
How Mars adjured Vulcan, that he would help to promote the business,
and how Vulcan instructed him concerning the strange colours,
which made Mars suspicious. p.44.
How Vulcan opened the last gate, and how Mars was slain by the
King, such and likewise what strange wonderful colours appeared.
How Mars after he was subject to the King and also spoiled of
his purple garments, saught and found opportunity to revenge himself
upon Phoebus who formerly hindered him from bringing his beloved
Venus to his will, and also gave occasion to this his misfortune,
servitude and captivity, and the loss of his purple robe. p.49.
How Mars with cunning, and the relation of a wonderful adventure
concerning Heliotropla, wherein the Chymical Mystery is expressly
and visibly delineated, revengeth himself upon Phoebus, and how
Phoebus sinketh in the fountain, and becomes a ferment of the
last Monarch. p.51.
How Diana was by Cupid deceived and gotten with Child, and how
she was forsaken by her Nymphs because she had lost her virgin
form or crown and etc. And how by the conjunction of the uppermost
Moon with the nethermost Moon which Diana had on her head she
was changed into the Saturn of Philosophers and etc. p.55.
How Diana after that she was as is above mentioned turned into
the first matter being gotten with child by Cupid, brought into
the world a Salary birth. p.60.
How Phoebus fell down backward from the Chariot, How Pluto assalted
him with his hellish poison, and how he was turned into a three-headed
worm. Also how his brethren forsook him and delivered him to Vulcan
and etc. p.63.
How Phoebus came into AEgypt and was chosen king, and how his
brethren as was prophesied, humbled themselves before him, and
how Phoebus changes his name and nameth himself the revived Cross-bearer.
How the revived Cross-bearer shewed himself in his former shape
when Pluto with the Hellish Venom turned him into a three-headed
worm, and how Vulcan delivered him from his curse and original
sin, and annointed him with -the blessed oil which Mercury brought
with him for the health of his Brethren, and inflamed him through
the blood of Mars and Venus, so that he was reduced into a true
universal most general Medicine. p.72.
How Saturn being about to try whether his brethren were in truth
amended and turned into the Sun, was by the command of the Emperour
annainted, and in respect of the exuberant medicine tinged his
Brother Jupiter into the Sun and etc. p.74.
How the two worlds strive one against another,and out of them
as out Of two contrary natures the spirit of Mercury is made.
And how the Lunary world is provoked to the fight by Neptune and
otherwise, and so qualified to the contention, and etc. p.76.
How the Lunary glittering light is exalted and clarified, and
how the same became an Hydra and an Eagle, and also how thereby
the world gave up its spirit which appeared in the shape of a
very heavy mist or cloud. p.78.
How out of the above mentioned cloud the Philosophic Virgin is
born, and how she distributes her milk and blood for the comfort
of the needy. And also how to bring the soul into the Metallick
body, namely salt, and etc. p.79.
How the Mother of Nature committed to the Virgin her Children,
and how the Lion and his Sister are not to be overcome but only
by the double infernal thunder. p.81.
How Bacchus and Vulcan jeered the Laborant; How nature teacheth
him to offer unto Bacchus, and how the Lyon having thrice conquered,
at length fighting with his father was overcome. p.83.
A MEMENTO p.87.