The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
- It is true without lying, certain and most true.
- That which is below is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of the one thing.
- And as all things have arisen from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
- The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
- the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
- The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
- Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
- Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
- It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
- By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
- Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
- So was the world created.
- From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
- Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
- That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.
The Emerald Tablet is a text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. The compact and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition. Interpreting the layers of meanings of the Emerald Tablet, from individual words to the overall meaning, is fraught with possibilities, but certainly alchemy’s magnum opus and the ancient, classical, elemental systems are the basis of any sound explanation, as they provide a key to the ideas of earth, fire, sun, moon, etc., common to all translations. Because of its longstanding popularity, the Emerald Tablet is the only piece of non-Greek Hermetica to attract widespread attention in the West. The reason that the Emerald Tablet was so valuable is because it contained the instructions for the goals of alchemists. It hinted at the recipe for alchemical gold, as well as how to transform one’s consciousness.
This particular translation was accomplished by Isaac Newton.