Hermetics: The Emerald Tablet Of Hermes by Raymond Towers Part 2

See my last post for Part 1 of this article.


8) It ascends from the earth to the heaven and becomes ruler over that which is above and that which is below. (HAYY)

8) It rises from earth to heaven, so as to draw the lights of the heights to itself, and descends to the earth; thus within it are the forces of the above and the below; (ANON)

8) With great capacity it ascends from earth to heaven. Again it descends to earth, and takes back the power of the above and the below. (LATI)

8) This ascends from the earth into the sky and again descends from the sky to the earth, and receives the power and efficacy of things above and of things below. (BEAT)

8) It ascends from ye earth to ye heaven again it desends to ye earth and receives ye force of things superior inferior. (NEWT)

8) Ascend with the greatest sagacity of genius from the earth into the sky, and thence descend again to the earth, and recognise that the forces of things above and of things below are one, (KRIE)

8) In great measure it ascends from the earth up to heaven, and descends again, newborn, on the earth, and the superior and the inferior are increased in power. (BACS)

8) Ascend with the greatest sagacity from earth to heaven, and unite together the power of things inferior and superior; (BLAV)

8) It arises from the earth and descends from heaven; it gathers to itself the strength of things above and things below. (FUL1)

8) It climbs from the earth and descends from the sky, and receives the force of things superior and things inferior. (FUL2)

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. (SHAH)

8) It ascends from the earth to the heavens (and orders the lights above), then descends again to the earth; and in it is the power of the highest and the lowest. (CHIN)


9) Because the light of lights within it, thus does the darkness flee before it. (ANON)

9) Thus you will receive the glory of the distinctiveness of the world. All obscurity will flee from you. (LATI)

9) By this means you will acquire the glory of the whole world, and so you will drive away all shadows and blindness. (BEAT)

9) By this means you shall have ye glory of ye whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you. (NEWT)

9) So as to posses the glory of the whole world− and beyond this man of abject fate may have nothing further. (KRIE)

9) By this wilt thou partake of the honours of the whole world. And Darkness will fly from thee. (BACS)

9) Thus you will possess the light of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly away from you. (BLAV)

9) By means of this one thing all the glory of the world shall be yours and all obscurity flee from you. (FUL1)

9) You will have by this way, the glory of the world and all obscurity will flee from you. (FUL2)

9) Thus you will have the illumination of all the world, and darkness will disappear. (SHAH)

9) Thus when you have the light of lights darkness will flee away from you. (CHIN)


10) The force of forces, which overcomes every subtle thing and penetrates into everything gross. (ANON)

10) This is the whole most strong strength of all strength, for it overcomes all subtle things, and penetrates all solid things. (LATI)

10) For this by its fortitude snatches the palm from all other fortitude and power. For it is able to penetrate and subdue everything subtle and everything crude and hard. (BEAT)

10) Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtile thing penetrates every solid thing. (NEWT)

10) This thing itself presently comes forth stronger by reasons of this fortitude: it subdues all bodies surely, whether tenuous or solid, by penetrating them. (KRIE)

10) This is the strength of all powers. With this thou wilt be able to overcome all things and transmute all what is fine and what is coarse. (BACS)

10) This thing has more fortitude than fortitude itself, because it will overcome every subtile thing and penetrate every solid thing. (BLAV)

10) It is power, strong with the strength of all power, for it will penetrate all mysteries and dispel all ignorance. (FUL1)

10) It is the power strong with all power, for it will defeat every subtle thing and penetrate every solid thing (FUL2)

10) This is the power of all strength− it overcomes that which is delicate and penetrates through solids. (SHAH)

10) With this power of powers (the elixir) you shall be able to get the mastery of every subtle thing, and be able to penetrate everything that is gross. (CHIN)


11) The structure of the microcosm is in accordance with the structure of the macrocosm. (ANON)

11a) Thus was the world created. (LATI)

11a) By this means the world was founded (BEAT)

11a) So was ye world created. (NEWT)

11a) And so everything whatsoever that the world contains was created. (KRIE)

11a) In this manner the world was created; (BACS)

11a) By it the world was formed. (BLAV)

11a) By it the world was created. (FUL1)

11a) In this way the world was created. (FUL2)

11a) This was the means of the creation of the world. (SHAH)

11a) In this way was the great world itself formed. (CHIN)


12) And accordingly proceed the knowledgeable. (ANON)

12) From this comes marvelous adaptions of which this is the proceedure. (LATI)

12) And hence the marvelous cojunctions of it and admirable effects, since this is the way by which these marvels may be brought about. (BEAT)

12) From this are do come admirable adaptations whereof ye means (Or process) is here in this. (NEWT)

12) Hence admirable works are accomplished which are instituted (carried out− instituuntur) according to the same mode. (KRIE)

12) The arrangements to follow this road are hidden. (BACS)

12) From it are born manifold wonders, the means to achieving which are here given (FUL1)

12) From it are born wonderful adaptations, of which the way here is given. (FUL2)

12) And in the future wonderful developements will be made, and this is the way. (SHAH)

12) Hence thus and thus marvellous operations will be achieved. (CHIN)


13) And to this aspired Hermes, who was threefold graced with wisdom. (ANON)

13) Therefore I am called Hermes, because I have three parts of the wisdom of the whole world. (LATI)

13) And because of this they have called me Hermes Tristmegistus since I have the three parts of the wisdom and Philsosphy of the whole universe. (BEAT)

13) Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of ye philosophy of ye whole world. (NEWT)

13) To me therefore the name of Hermes Trismegistus has been awarded because I am discovered as the Teacher of the three parts of the wisdom of the world. (KRIE)

13) For this reason I am called Chiram Telat Mechasot, one in essence, but three in aspect. In this trinity is hidden the wisdom of the whole world. (BACS)

13) It is for this reason that I am called Hermes Trismegistus; for I possess the three essentials of the philosophy of the universe. (FUL1)

13) That is why I have been called Hermes Tristmegistus, having the three parts of the universal philosophy. (FUL2)

13) I am Hermes the Threefold Sage, so named because I hold the three elements of all wisdom. (SHAH)


14) And I have already explained the meaning of the whole of this in two of these books of mine. (HAYY)

14) And this is his last book, which he concealed in the chamber. (ANON)

14) And complete is what I had to say about the work of the Sun, from the book of Galieni Alfachimi. (LATI)

14) That wch I have said of ye operation of ye Sun is accomplished ended. (NEWT)

14) These then are the considerations which I have concluded ought to be written down concerning the readiest operations of the Chymic art. (KRIE)

14) It is ended now, what I have said concerning the effects of the sun. Finish of the Tabula Smaragdina. (BACS)

14) This is the sum total of the work of the Sun. (FUL1)

14) This, that I have called the solar Work, is complete. (FUL2)

14) And thus ends the revelation of the work of the Sun. (SHAH)


* Holy trinities: The concept of a major god with three faces, or aspects, or a triumvirate of gods is prevalent throughout historically mythologies. In the Bible, we have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is a clear corruption of the Father, Mother and Son trinities that came before it, most prominently from Egypt with Father Osiris, Mother Hathor and Son Horus. This is verified by the Catholic version of Father, Virgin Mary and Jesus. Julianna Montagrier will also include Zeus and Hera (Greek) / Jupiter and Juno (Roman) into this list, with the third deity being their many offspring. The Celts had gods with three heads on a single body, with the most well known being the Three Mothers. All of these can be understood as being aspects, parts or fragments of a greater whole, much like a prism breaking up light into multiple colors.

The best defined versions of a holy trinity can be seen in Indian mythology. The male god Brahma can be divided into three parts, and is done so on more than one occasion, as seen below:

Creator: Brahma – Sun – Prana

Sustainer: Vishnu – Air – Food

Destroyer: Shiva – Fire – Time

The female triad is seen as Tridevi, made up of Lakshami, Saraswati and Durga.

They [Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva] exist through each other, and uphold each other; they are parts of one another; they subsist through one another; they are not for a moment separated; they never abandon one another. — Vayu Purana, 5.17, Translated by Jan Gonda

Because Indian Hinduism is the most spiritual and enduring religion in recorded history, along with early Egyptian, it can be safely assumed that the metaphysical and cyclical aspects of Creation, Sustenance and Destruction reflect well with the Hermetic principles of As Above, So Below, implied Reincarnation and the idea that Spirit transcends Body. The Hermetic Body is born, lives and dies, while the eternal Spirit returns to the Above for a time, before it cycles back down into a new Body to live again. The idea of a Hologram Universe is also seen in Vedic literature:

‘What is whole, this is whole; what has come out of the whole is also whole. When the whole is taken out of the whole, the whole still remains whole.’ – describing Brahman, the Supreme Being, Ramayana, Part 2 by Rajagopalachari, Brahman can be seen as the All, or Source

In essence, esoteric concepts are given human names and attributes. The simple-minded will see only the surface, while the more profound will find the secrets hidden behind the colorful facades. What this means is that there truly is nothing new under the sun. The Truth is out there to be found by those who genuinely seek it, but The Powers That Be are doing their utmost to prevent that from happening. This is why occult wisdom such as The Emerald Tablet Of Hermes was written in such a way that the layman would not easily understand it. Only the so-called alchemists and magicians, and the students from the Mystery Schools, were privy to this knowledge. It is occultists such as these, the Knights Templar, Galileo, etc., who have been thoroughly persecuted by the greatest enemy of spiritual Truth that humanity has ever come across, namely the Roman Empire and the Holy Church Of Rome.


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