Known to scholars since the 7th-10th century, the Emerald Tablet of Hermes is the point of origin for Hermetic philosophy and alchemy. Legend has it that the text was carved by the Thrice-Great One himself (Hermes a.k.a. Thoth) from a single piece of green crystal. Supposedly, it was placed in the king’s chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. According to www.alchemylab.com,
The Emerald Tablet is an ancient
artifact that reveals a profound spiritual technology, which has survived to this day
despite centuries of effort to suppress it. Encoded within the tablet’s mysterious wording
is a powerful formula that works in very specific and comprehensible steps on all levels
of reality at once — the physical, the mental, and the spiritual — and shows us how to
achieve personal transformation and even accelerate the evolution of our species. The
source of alchemy and the Hermetic sciences, the tablet’s universal approach made it
forbidden knowledge, condemned by patriarchal powers for thousands of years, from the
Egyptian priesthood, to the medieval Church, to our modern politicians and religious
leaders. To ensure the survival of such “dangerous” principles, which guide
people to higher states of consciousness, the ancients concealed their knowledge in a
succinct declaration that has become a time capsule of wisdom for future generations.
The text is the source of the famous maxim, As above, so below; As below, so above. This is one of the touchstones of Hermetic and alchemical doctrine. This phrase, and the other teachings of the Tabula Smaragdina, as it is known in Latin, has given us a model to follow, that we may drink deeply of Soul and Her truths. The following translation comes from www.azothalchemy.org:
Jungian Analyst, Dr. Edward Edinger, says this of the Emerald Tablet:
It is the cryptic epitome of the alchemical opus, a recipe for the second creation of the world, the unus
mundus (Anatomy of the Psyche, p. 231).
There is a great light hidden in the words of the Tablet that I feel can lead us to a revelation regarding the nature of matter and the role it really plays in the cosmos. My thoughts have not yet coalesced sufficiently to offer a formal treatise; I am still ruminating.
We would do well to meditate on these words, for they could quite possibly hold the key to a new world.
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