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Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet is described as a finely crafted sacred object onto which was written the secrets of alchemy. It's origins are not clear, but it is generally described as being created by Hermes Trismegistus ("Hermes thine Thrice-Greatest"), whom in-turn is suggested to be either the Greek god Hermes, or possibly the Egyptian God Thoth.

Alchemy is commonly associated with the turning of lesser metals such as lead into gold. However, alchemy is often also seen as much a study into philosophy as much as Renaissance-era chemistry.

The following translation of the emerald tablet was found amongst the alchemical papers of Sir Isaac Newton, an English physicist, mathematician, and astronomer:

Tis true without lying, certain and most true.

That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing. And as all things have been and arose from one by the meditation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.

The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.

It ascends from the earth to the heaven and again it desends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior. By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you. Its force is above all force, for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.

So was the world created. From this are and do come admirable adaptations where of the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.

That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.


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