The Emerald Tablet of Hermes
The most famous piece of
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
is one of the most mysterious, cryptic and enigmatic texts. The
text is actually derived from the Hermetic tradition - an ancient
Greek and Egyptian philosophical texts which are attributed to the
mysterious figure known as Hermes Trismegistus. The texts are a
combination of the Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth and the Greek god
Hermes. In these texts, Hermes discuss with his disciples, the
true nature of the cosmos, nature, the mind etc. These teachings
can be found in the ancient texts of the Corpus Hermeticum. These
texts are dated back to the 2nd and 3rd century AD, and their
origin is probably Egyptian.
The Secret of The Prima Materia
The Emerald Tablet is the most famous piece of Hermetica and is
said to contain the secret of the Prima Materia - the base of all
matter and existence which is formless and beyond definition (that
is the reason for the endless similes in the Alchemical language).
The Prima Materia or the Aether is also described by the ancient
alchemists as the Anima Mundi or the “World Soul”. It is the soul,
or oneness that connects everything and IS everything. The
European alchemists believed it to be the secret recipe for the
creation of what is known as The Philosopher’s Stone - a substance
that is said to possess the power of transmutation of matter (such
as turning lead to gold) and give immortality and rejuvenation,
therefore known as The Elixir of Life.
Over the years and upon contemplating the words of this text, one
can actually discover the many layers and hidden meanings of these
words of wisdom. The text speaks volumes of ancient Taoism and
different concepts of Buddhism. It was none other than Sir Isaac
Newton, one of the greatest and most influential scientists in
human history who claimed that many of his ideas came from the
Corpus Hermeticum and the Emerald Tablet (which he translated)...
Emerald Tablet Translation of Isaac Newton from 1680.
1) Tis true without lying, certain & most true.
2) That wch is below is like that wch is above & that wch is
above is like yt wch is below to do ye miracles of one only thing.
3) And as all things have been & arose from one by ye
mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one
thing by adaptation.
4) The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
5) the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
6) The father of all perfection in ye whole world is here.
7) Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
7a) Separate thou ye earth from ye fire, ye subtile from the gross
sweetly with great industry.
8) It ascends from ye earth to ye heaven & again it descends
to ye earth and receives ye force of things superior &
9) By this means you shall have ye glory of ye whole world &
thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
10) Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every subtile
thing & penetrates every solid thing.
11a) So was ye world created.
12) From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof ye
means (Or process) is here in this.
13) Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of
ye philosophy of ye whole world.
14) That wch I have said of ye operation of ye Sun is accomplished
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