Hermes Trismegistus

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Hermes Trismegistus is the central figure of the hermetic tradition of Alchemy. Trismegistus means ‘thrice great’ or ‘thrice hero’. There are many speculations on the significance of his name, but no real conclusions. A reference to a deity going by the name of ‘thrice great’ was found on a clay tablet written in Mycenaean Greek, dating back to between the 16th and 12th centuries BCE. In Hermeticism, Hermes Trismegistus is regarded as an enlightened being who was reincarnated several times. His earliest incarnation is said to have been a contemporary of biblical Adam. Or in other accounts, Abraham. While he is said to have lived […]

‘As above, so below’

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‘As above, so below’ is from the Emerald Tablet, an original alchemical text attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. It echoes that phrase from The Lord’s Prayer as taught by Jesus Christ: ‘on earth, as it is in heaven’. It also relates to Plato’s theory that everything manifest in existence is mirrored by ‘a world of ideas’. Which is also where the notion of ‘archetypes’ derives from. This correspondence flowing through several religious and philosophical traditions suggests the hermetic Prisca Theologia. Which states that if we look carefully with an open mind, we will perceive a thread running through all religions. Which thread forms ‘the true theology’.‎ […]

Emerald Tablet

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The Emerald Tablet, also known as the Tabula Smaragdina, is an original alchemical text attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Despite the fact that it was written somewhere between 500 and 800 CE, many centuries after Hermes’s supposed last incarnation. However, this kind of discrepancy is something we often encounter with so-called ‘holy texts’: the actual author attributes authorship to ‘the spirit who really wrote the book via divine possession.’ Many alchemists regarded the Emerald Tablet as the foundation of alchemy. Numerous serious and profound thinkers and alchemists rendered translations of the text and wrote commentaries on it. Including Sir Isaac Newton, whose translation is available here […]