The Emerald Tablets – As Above, So Below

By Cayelin K Castell

Truly, without Deceit, certainly and absolutely,
That which is above is the same as that which is below and
That which is below is the same as that which is above
In the Accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing.

An alternate Version of the Emerald Tablets begins like this

Truly, without Deceit, certainly and absolutely,
As Above, So Below, and As Below, So Above,
in the Accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing.

And just as all things have come from One,
through the Mediation of One,
so all things follow from this One Thing in the same Way.

Its Father was the Sun, the Moon its Mother.
It was carried in the Womb of Air,
and the Earth was its Nurse.

It is the Father of every Willed Thing in the whole World.
Its Power is perfected if it becomes as Earth.
Separate the Earth from Fire: the Fine from the Gross,
gently and with great skill.

It rises from Earth to Heaven,
and then it descends again to the Earth and
receives Power from Above and from Below.

Thus you will have the Glory of the whole World.

All Obscurity will be clear to you.
This is the strong Power of all Power because
it overcomes everything fine and penetrates everything solid.

In this way was the World created.
From this there will be amazing Applications,
because this is the Pattern.

Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes,
having the three parts of the Wisdom
of the whole World.

Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun.

Translated From the Emerald Tablets
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The Tabula Smaragdina as it was called in Latin or the Emerald Tablet is considered the basis of Alchemy and Hermeticism. These writings remind us we live in a world filled with Magic and Mystery that is more readily available to us when we are conscious of the possibilities and have the wisdom to choose wisely.

Shamanic Astrology recognizes the infinite number of valid evolutionary paths or mystery schools available to us that are found in the natal chart, our divine blueprint.

In the “As Above, So Below” mysteries described by The Emerald Tablets of Thoth and Hermes we are reminded that what is happening in the Great Above is being informed by what is happening in the Great Below and what is happening in the Great Below is informing what is happening in the Great Above and this is the miracle of the ONE. They are not separate but interrelated through Great Mystery itself.

Knowledge of the natural cycles of the Earth and Sky empowers our ability to be conscious co-creators of reality itself – to inform and be informed by Great Mystery – to inform and be informed by the Above and the Below.

The Celestial Timings are an invocation to these possibilities as well as a way to consciously tune into the Timings and intentions of the Sun, Moon and planets. This helps us to know and fulfill our part with in the overall divine pattern, thus living in greater harmony with the miracle of the One!

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