This volume is attributed to "Balinas" or Pseudo-Apollonius of Tyana. He tells his readers that he discovered the text in a vault below a statue of Hermes in Tyana , and that, inside the vault, an old corpse on a golden throne held the emerald tablet. 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 one only thing And as all things have been and arose 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 is its nurse. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
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Blavatsky From Isis Unveiled Tradition declares that on the dead body of Hermes, at Hebron, was found by an Isarim, an initiate, the tablet known as the Smaragdine. It contains, in a few sentences, the essence of the Hermetic wisdom.
To those who read but with their bodily eyes, the precepts will suggest nothing new or extraordinary, for it merely begins by saying that it speaks not fictitious things, but that which is true and most certain. And as all things were from one through the mediation of one, so all things were generated from this thing by adoption [i.
The wind carried it in its belly. The earth is its nurse. This is the father of all the perfection of the whole world. Its power is entire when it is converted into earth. You must separate the earth from the fire, the subtil from the thick sweetly with great genius. It ascends from earth to heaven, and again descends to the earth, and receives the power of things superior and inferior. Thus you will have the glory of the whole world, and thus all obscurity will fly from you.
This is the strong fortitude of all fortitude, because it vanquishes every subtile thing, and penetrates all solid substances. Thus the world was fabricated. Hence admirable adoptions will take place, of which this is the mode. I am therefore called Hermes Trismegistus possessing three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
That which I have said concerning the work of the sun is complete. Within it was the following Latin version of the Emerald Tablet: Verum, sine mendacio, certum, et verissimum: Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius.
Et sicut res omnes fuerunt ab uno, meditatione unius, sic omnes res natae ab hac una re, adaptatione. Pater eius est sol; mater eius est luna. Portavit illud ventus in ventre suo; nutrix eius terra est. Pater omnis telesmi totius mundi est hic. Virtus eius integra est, si versa fuerit in terram.
Separabis terram ab igne, subtile ab pisso, suaviter, magno cum ingenio. Ascendit a terra in coelum, iterumque descendit in terram, et recipit vim superiorum et inferiorum. Sic habebis gloriam totius mundi. Ideo fugiet a te omnis obscuritas. Haec est totius fortitudinis fortitudo fortis, quia vincet omnem rem subtilem, omnemque solidam penetrabit. Sic mundus creatus est. Hinc erunt adaptationes mirabiles, quarum modus est his. Itaque vocatus sum Hermes Trismegistus, habens tres partes philosophiae totius mundi.
Completum est quod dixi de operatione solis. Verum, sine mendatio, certum et verissimum: 2. Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius. Pater eius est Sol. Mater eius est Luna. Portavit illud Ventus in ventre suo. Nutrix eius terra est. Virtus eius integra est si versa fuerit in terram. Separabis terram ab igne, subtile ab spisso, suaviter, magno cum ingenio. Sic habebis Gloriam totius mundi.
Hinc erunt adaptationes mirabiles, quarum modus est hic. Completum est quod dixi de operatione Solis. Contemporary English Translations from the Latin This is a contemporary rendering of the Latin text: 1. It is true, without error, certain and most true, 2. That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles of the one thing. And as all things were from the one, by means of the meditation of the one, thus all things were born from the one, by means of adaptation.
Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the Wind carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth. The father of the whole world or of all of the initiates is here. Its power is whole if it has been turned into earth. You will separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the dense, sweetly, with great skill. It ascends from earth into heaven and again it descends to the earth, and receives the power of higher and of lower things.
Thus you will have the Glory of the whole world. Therefore will all obscurity flee from you. Of all strength this is true strength, because it will conquer all that is subtle, and penetrate all that is solid.
Thus was the world created. From this were wonderful adaptations, of which this is the means. Therefore am I named Thrice-Great Hermes, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
It is finished, what I have said about the workings of the Sun. A second contemporary translation of the Latin version: I. True it is, without falsehood, 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 accomplish the miracle of One Thing. And all things have proceeded from One, by meditation of One, so all things are born from this One Thing, by adaptation.
The Sun is the Father thereof. The Moon the Mother. The Wind carried it in its belly. The Earth is its Nurse. The Father of all the Telesme of the whole world is here. Its strength and power is complete if it be converted into earth.
Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with unremitting care. It ascends from the earth to the heavens, and again descends to the earth, IX. And thereby gathers to itself the strength of things above, and of things below. By this means, all the glory of the world shall be yours, and all obscurity shall flee from you.
It is the strong strength of all strength. For it shall overcome every subtle thing, and penetrate every solid thing. Hence shall wonderful adaptations be achieved, of which the means is here. Therefore I am called Hermes Trismegistus.
For I hold three parts of the philosophy of the whole world. That which I had to say concerning the operation of the sun is completed. It states: What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above. The work of wonders is from one. And all things sprang from this essence through a single projection.
How marvelous is its work! Its father is the sun and its mother is the moon. Thus the wind bore it within it and the earth nourished it. Father of talismans and keeper of wonders. Perfect in power that reveals the lights.
It is a fire that became our earth. Separate the earth from the fire and you shall adhere more to that which is subtle than that which is coarse, through care and wisdom. It ascends from the earth to the heaven. It extracts the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of the lights.
Therefore the darkness flees from it. The greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle and it penetrates all that is coarse.
The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm. The scholars made this their path. This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom. This is his last book that he hid in the catacomb. Additional English Versions Truly, without Deceit, certainly and absolutely — That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, in the accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing.
And just as all things have come from One, through the Mediation of One, so all things follow from this One Thing in the same way. Its Father is the Sun.
The Legendary Emerald Tablet and its Secrets of the Universe
One of the most important characters in the mythology of alchemy is Hermes Trismegistus Hermes the Thrice-Great. The name of this figure is derived from the Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth , and his Greek counterpart, Hermes. The Hermetica, which is said to be written by Hermes Trismegistus, is generally regarded as the basis of Western alchemical philosophy and practice. In addition, Hermes Trismegistus is also believed to be the author of the Emerald Tablet. Legends of the Emerald Tablet The Emerald Tablet is said to be a tablet of emerald or green stone inscribed with the secrets of the universe.
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
Other translations of the Tablet may have been made during the same period by Plato of Tivoli and Hugh of Santalla, perhaps from different sources. The date of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar is uncertain, though c. Holmyard was the first to find another early arabic version Ruska found a 12th centruy recension claiming to have been dictated by Sergius of Nablus in the Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani Second Book of the Elements of Foundation attributed to Jabir. Scholars have seen similarities between this book and the Syriac Book of Treasures written by Job of Odessa 9th century and more interestingly the Greek writings of the bishop Nemesius of Emesa in Syria from the mid fourth century. However though this suggests a possible Syriac source, non of these writings contain the tablet. Balinas is usually identified with Apollonius of Tyna, but there is little evidence to connect him with the Kitab Balabiyus, and even if there was,the story implies that Balinas found the tablet rather than wrote it, and the recent discoveries of the dead sea scrolls and the nag hamamdi texts suggest that hiding texts in caves is not impossible, even if we did not have the pyramids before us.
Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus