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this has been around for many years, with many translations, ive found versions by isaac newton, h blavatsky and p.f.case.
but it just doesnt really sink in.....does anyone have some insight as to what this is about?
From Idres Shah
1) The truth, certainty, truest, without untruth.
2 )What is above is like what is below. What is below is like what is above. The miracle of unity is to be attained.
3) Everything is formed from the contemplation of unity, and all things come about from unity, by means of adaptation.
4) Its parents are the Sun and Moon.
5) It was borne by the wind and nurtured by the Earth.
6) Every wonder is from it
6a) and its power is complete.
7) Throw it upon earth,
7a) and earth will separate from fire. The impalbable separated from the palpable.
8) Through wisdom it rises slowly from the world to heaven. Then it descends to the world combining the power of the upper and the lower.
9 )Thus you will have the illumination of all the world, and darkness will disappear.
10) This is the power of all strength- it overcomes that which is delicate and penetrates through solids.
11a) This was the means of the creation of the world.
12) And in the future wonderful developements will be made, and this is the way.
13) I am Hermes the Threefold Sage, so named because I hold the three elements of all wisdom.
14) And thus ends the revelation of the work of the Sun.
(Shah 1964: 198).
The Emerald Tablet is an alchemical treatise. "Thrice Great Hermes" is a legendary name often attached to old alchemy texts in order to lend them an air of mysterious depth (cough) and credibility.
"As above so below": Alchemists believed that earthly phenomena were all patterned on supernatural (divine) models -- sort of a fusion of Platonic and Christian concepts. So if the erstwhile sorcerer could only hack into the divine mind, then he could master physical phenomena on earth. Here the author seems to be expressing that airy yearning, without feeling the need to go into the drudgery of specifics.