The Smaragdine Table of Hermes Trismegistus


  • I speak not fiction, but what is certain and most true.
  • What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below for performing the miracle of one thing.
  • And as all things were produced from one by the Meditation of one, so all things are produced from this one thing by adaptation.
  • Its father is the Sun, its mother was the Moon. The wind carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
  • It is the cause of all perfection throughout the whole world.
  • Its power is perfect if it be changed into the earth.
  • Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with judgement.
  • It ascends from earth to heaven and descends again to earth; thus you will possess the glory of the whole World, and all obscurity will fly away.
  • This thing is the fortitude of all fortitude, because it overcomes all subtle things, and penetrates every solid thing.
  • Thus were all things created.
  • Thence proceeds wonderful adaptations which are produced in this way.
  • Therefore am I called Hermes Trismegistus, possessing the three parts of the philosophy of the whole World.
  • What I had to say concerning the operation of the Sun is complete.