According to legend, bold explorers crossed your step never to be seen again walking this Earth's grass.
The fall of your four sisters in the night of times hinders the wise in unraveling your secret.
Walled up and forgotten, you lie in Rome; for some years now you are flanked by Bes.
The children of Bastet attend you and guard you, and noble hearts watch over them.
THE TEXT ON THE DOOR:
TRIA SUNT MIRABILIA DEUS ET HOMO MATER ET VIRGO TRINUS ET UNUS
(“Three are the wonders: God and Man, Mother and Virgin, Triune and one.”)
CENTRUM IN TRIGONO CENTRI
(“The center is in the triangle of the center.”)
HORTI MAGICI INGRESSUM HESPERIUS CUSTODIT DRACO ET SINE ALCIDE COLCHICAS DELICIAS NON GUSTASSET IASON
(“The dragon guards the entrance of the magic garden of the Hesperides, and without Alcides (Hercules), Jason may not taste the delights of Colchis.”)
QUANDO IN TUA DOMO NIGRI CORVI PARTURIENT ALBAS COLUMBAS TUNC VOCABERIS SAPIENS (Lead)
(“When in your house black crows give birth to white doves, then you will be called wise.”)
DIAMETER SPHERAE THAU CIRCULI CRUX ORBIS NON ORBIS PROSUNT (Tin)
(“The diameter of the sphere, the circle's tau and the orb's cross profit not the destitute.”)
QUI SCIT COMBURERE AQUA ET LAVARE IGNE FACIT DE TERRA CAELUM ET DE CAELO TERRAM PRETIOSAM (Iron)
(“He who can burn with water and wash with fire makes a heaven out of earth and a precious earth out of heaven.”)
SI FECERIS VOLARE TERRAM SUPER CAPUT TUUM EIUS PENNIS AQUAS TORRENTIUM CONVERTES IN PETRAM (Bronze)
(“If you make the earth fly over your head, with its wings you may convert torrential waters to stone.”)
AZOT ET IGNIS DEALBANDO LATONAM VENIET SINE VESTE DIANA (Mercury)
(“When azoth and fire whiten Latona, Diana comes without tunic.”)
FILIUS NOSTER MORTUUS VIVIT REX AB IGNE REDIT ET CONIUGIO GAUDET OCCULTO (Antimony)
(“Our dead son lives, returns from the fire as a king, and enjoys conjunction in hiding.”)
EST OPUS OCCULTUM VERI SOPHI APERIRE TERRAM UT GERMINET SALUTEM PRO POPULO (Vitriol)
(“It is an occult work of the true philosopher to open the earth, and so germinate health for the people.”)
SI SEDES NON IS (SI NON SEDES IS)
(“If you sit, you don’t go” – “If you don’t sit, you go”)