True, without error,
certain and most true: that which is above is as that which is
below, and that which is below is as that which is above, to perform
the miracles of the One Thing.
And as all things were from One, by the meditation of One,
so from this One Thing come all things by adaptation. Its
father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the wind carried it in
its belly, the nurse thereof is the Earth.
It is the father of all perfection and the consummation of the whole
world. Its power is integral if it be turned to Earth.
Thou shalt separate the Earth from the Fire, the subtle from the
coarse, gently and with much ingenuity. It ascends from Earth to
heaven and descends again to Earth, and receives the power of the
superiors and the inferiors.
Thus thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all
obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong fortitude of all
fortitude, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid
thing. Thus the world was created. Hence are all wonderful
adaptations, of which this is the manner.
Therefore am I called Hermes the Thrice Great, having the
three parts of the philosophy of the whole world. That is finished
which I have to say concerning the operation of the Sun.
The Emerald Tablet of Thoth-Hermes