2. The second degree of the Chaos is in the creation of the first Lion, the first tree, and so forth, and even of the first man, as far as the body is concerned. By their creation, we mean their production as specific beings, even though the substance they were made of was already there before they were produced from it. The first degree transmits its influence into the second degree, by imparting its potential and habitual content, its disposition and capacity, like images reproduced in space. Therefore, the second degree is an instrument of the first degree, for without the second degree, the first degree could not operate perfectly, nor would the purpose for which the first degree was created be fulfilled. And this is because without the second degree, species would not exist in their individuals, nor could potential forms proceed into act, and so forth.
3. Now the third degree of the Chaos is in the succession that follows the second degree, such as the second humans, the second Lions, the second trees, or the third ones, and so on in an endless succession up to the present.
4. The second degree was the medium through which the first influenced the third, and this third degree has developed into an endless sequence, namely from the third to the fourth, the fourth to the fifth, etc. up to the present. Now the virtue of the first degree proceeds into the third degree, as the second degree multiplies its likeness through successive degrees. Like wax assuming the shape of letters on a seal, so does the third degree receive the impressions of the second through the virtue of the first. Therefore, each successive degree in turn receives its benefit from the first degree. And thus the first degree consists of universal form and matter, whence particular forms and matters descend, in accordance with the natural agent in every degree, where the end is successively pursued from one degree to the next.