The third process of Separation consists of the separation of the ashes into basics.

  The alchemist views this process of Separation as a process of further purification of the ash in order that it might be closer to the essence of the First Matter.

  This process involves the separation of the ash into the basic elements from whence it derived its first form.

  The process of separation does not require active participation on the part of the alchemist. It is the action of the Mercury in the process of Solution which brings about the separation.

  Left to its own devices, the Mercury of desire separates from the Sulphur of thought to reveal the Salts of the basics.