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The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

The following are two of my favourite versions of the famous text called the Tabula Smaragdina or The Emerald Tablet of Hermes. This is a fundamental text of Hermetic Alchemy. In order to give you a bit more of a background on Hermetic Alchemy, I have recorded a video that goes into some detail on the relationship between the occult elements in the alchemical process. Once I understood this basic concept it has had a profound impact on my practice.

From Jabir ibn Hayyan (aka "Geber")

Balinas mentions the engraving on the table in the hand of Hermes, which says: Truth! Certainty! That in which there is no doubt! That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above, working the miracles of one. As all things were from one. Its father is the Sun and its mother the Moon. The Earth carried it in her belly, and the Wind nourished it in her belly, as Earth which shall become Fire. Feed the Earth from that which is subtle, with the greatest power. It ascends from the earth to the heaven and becomes ruler over that which is above and that which is below. And I have already explained the meaning of the whole of this in two of these books of mine.

From Fulcanelli (translated from the French by Sieveking)

This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:- As below, so above; and as above so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles. And since all things exist in and eminate from the ONE Who is the ultimate Cause, so all things are born after their kind from this ONE. The Sun is the father, the Moon the mother; the wind carried it in his belly. Earth is its nurse and its guardian. It is the Father of all things, the eternal Will is contained in it. Here, on earth, its strength, its power remain one and undivded. Earth must be separated from fire, the subtle from the dense, gently with unremitting care. It arises from the earth and descends from heaven; it gathers to itself the strength of things above and things below. By means of this one thing all the glory of the world shall be yours and all obscurity flee from you. It is power, strong with the strength of all power, for it will penetrate all mysteries and dispel all ignorance. By it the world was created. From it are born manifold wonders, the means to achieving which are here given It is for this reason that I am called Hermes Trismegistus; for I possess the three essentials of the philosophy of the universe. This is is the sum total of the work of the Sun.



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