Emerald tablet

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment


The name Trismegistus means “thrice greatest Hermes”, and was the name given by the Greek to the Egyptian god Thoth or Tehuti, a lord of wisdom and learning. The Greek believed the two gods inseparable. Thoth governed over mystical wisdom, magic, writing and other disciplines and was associated with healing, while Hermes was the personification of universal wisdom and patron of magic. Thoth wrote the record of the weighing of the souls in the Judgment Hall of Osiris. Hermes led the souls of the dead to Hades. Originally, the Blazing Star represented Sirius, or the Dog-star, the forerunner of the inundation of the Nile …

Magism was a science and its dogmas were supposedly engraved on tables of stone by Hanoch and Trismegistus.

This magical system that can be perceived as giving rise to the twin branches of magic and alchemy, is known as Hermetism. And there is more to that.

The Emerald Tablet

True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true. That which is above is like that which is below and that which is below is like that which is above, to accomplish the miracle of unity.

Everything is formed from the contemplation of unity, and all things come about from unity, by means of adaptation. The father thereof is the Sun, the mother the Moon. The wind carried it in its womb, the Earth is the nurse therof. It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.

Its power is complete if turned to Earth.

If it is cast upon Earth, it will separate the element of Earth from that of Fire, the impalpable separated from the palpable. Through wisdom it rises slowly from Earth to Heaven. Then it descends to Earth, combining in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.

Thus you shall have the glory of the illumination of all the world, and all obscurity will fly far from you. This is the power of all strength – it overcomes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid substance. This was the means of the creation of the world. In the future wonderful adaptations will be achieved, and this is the way.

I am Hermes the Threefold Sage, so named because I hold the three elements of all wisdom. And thus ends the revelation of the work of the Sun.

Triune Sky Gods

In most Indo-European cultures, the triune sky god was worshiped as the supreme godhead in all his aspects. Teutates, was the supreme god of heaven, the oldest and wisest, Father of the gods. His warrior son, Esus, was the protector and savior, while Taranus brought the blessings of the Father to earth in the form of rain, fertility and, on occasion, justice (for men).

The “(for men)” may suggest women were not treated justly. I hardly think that was the case as druids came and come in male and female form and the Northern cultures seem to have been predominantly aural until Christianity got woven in. More likely, men needed a “court” more often than women, not accepting not getting their way … Courts and “justice” could well be considered attempts at rewriting wyrd instead of taking responsibility for ones own life , and the effects of ones own actions on self, life, and others.

And druidic society can be perceived to have three ‘functions’:

  • Sacred sovereignty – kings, queens, priests and priestesses
  • Force – warriors (do not read “soldiers” here please, and do not imagine only men playing the part)
  • Fecundity – farmers, workers and producers

The first function is the magickal-religious one fulfilled by priests and rulers. The second function is defense-conservation, or the path of the warrior, and the third encompasses all others.

“One” might add that in the amount a society needs kings, queens, priests and priestesses (strong leaders to do the thinking and healing for us) and warriors (to protect from possible threats in some future) can be perceived as observable (perhaps measure) of its immaturity. And I find myself wondering if people that found themselves born and stuck in the first two roles were not the most immature, possibly creating each others job so as to not have to spend their own time and energy on details and production. Of course, that would require considering a context filled with these patterns, to mirror with for confirmation. Where else does the threat come from, but from another nearby kingdom (ego)?

Around 2,000 years ago, this Triune view permeates Northern European society in all things, from common law to bardic wisdom to religious observance.

Assigned significance

In Celtic traditions, the womb-tomb is the domain of the Crone and a place of great power. We are not judged in death by the Lady and the Lord. We judge ourselves and through the quiet of Morrigan’s realm, we move into a new life. That is the balance of the god of self-sacrifice and the resurrecting goddess.

Thenthere is where transformations can take place, where energies of death are given quiet and return to form as energies of life. When this power is confronted and recognized, we are given freedom from fear, a new sense of independence and a recognition of personal responsibility. Those threats aren’t real. Threats are nothing but self-fulfilling prophesies, and only if we believe them. Threats and Masters of Universes are illusions, spells cast on us by unwholly people.

Child-like is not the same as child-ish. And we, we merely entertain ourselves when believing sorcerers. 🙂


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