The Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus


HERMES STANDING UPON THE BACK OF TYPHON by JAKnnap(1)


I. True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true.

II. That which is below is like that which is above, and that which is
above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of One
Thing.

III. And as all things have proceeded from One, by the meditation of
One,so all things are born from this One Thing, by adaptation.

IV. The Sun is the Father thereof. The Moon is its Mother.

V. The Wind carried it in its belly. The Earth is its Nurse.

VI. The Father of all the Telesme (works of wonder, hidden treasure)
ofthe whole world is here. Its strength and power is complete if it be
converted into earth.

VII. Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross,
gentlyand with unremitting care.

VIII. It ascends from the earth to the heaven, and again descends to
the earth,

IX. and thereby gathers to itself the strength of things above, and of
things below.

X. By this means, all the glory of the world shall be yours, and all
obscurity shall flee from you. It is the strong strength of all
strength. For it shall overcome every subtle thing, and penetrate
everysolid thing.

XI. Thus was the world created. Hence shall wonderful adaptations be
achieved, of which the means is here.

XII. Therefore I am called Hermes Trismegistus. For I hold three
parts of the philosophy of the whole world.


XIII. That which I had to say concerning the operation of the Sun is
completed.

 

(1) Hermes, the personification of Universal Wisdom, depicted with his foot upon the back of the vanquished dragon of ignorance and perversion. In one hand Hermes carries the Caduceus, a winged rod with two fighting serpents entwined about it; in the other, the immortal Emerald, upon whose surface was inscribed in raised letters the sum of philosophy. He is flanked by an ibis, associated with the medical art; and a dog, an animal associated with Hermes for its intelligence and devotion.(MPH, The Secret Teachings of All Ages,PRS)

 

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