The 7 Hermetic Principles
1. The Principle of Mentalism
The all is mind; the universe is mental.
2. The Principle of Correspondence
As above so below: as below, so above.
3. The Principle of Vibration
Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates. – The Kybalion
4. The Principle of Polarity
Everything is dual; Everything has poles; Everything has its pair of opposites; Like and unlike are the same; Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled.
5. The Principle of Rhythm
Everything flows, out and in; Everything has its tides; All things rise and fall; The pendulum swing manifests in everything; The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
Every cause has its effect; Every effect has its cause; Everything happens according to law’ Chance is but a name for law not recognized’ There are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.
7. The Principle of Gender
Gender is in everything; Everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
Hermes Trismegistus may be associated with the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. Consequently, the two gods were worshiped as one, in what had once been the Temple of Thoth.
Hermes, the Greek god was combined with Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom, to become the patron of astrology and alchemy. In addition, both gods were guiding souls to the afterlife.
The Hermetic teachings are found in all lands and all religions, their appeal is universal. In early days there was a compilation of certain basic hermetic maxims, axioms, and precepts, which were passed from teacher to student, which is called the “Kybalion”.
The Hermetic literature among the Egyptians, was the oldest Hellenistic writings on Greco-Babylonian astrology and on the developed practice of alchemy.
In tradition, Hermetic philosophy rationalized and systematized religious practices and explained personal ascension of the physical being.
As a divine source of wisdom, Hermes Trismegistus was credited with tens of thousands of highly esteemed writings, which were reputed to be of immense antiquity.
The Seven Great Hermetic Principles
The principles of truth are seven; He who knows these, understandingly, possesses the magic key before whose touch all the doors of the temple fly open. – The Kybalion
These seven Hermetic principles are the basis for the entire field of Hermetic philosophy.