The 7 Hermetic Principles
The greatest natural laws were handed down in the 7 Hermetic Principles.
These are the Principles, taught by Thoth, that governs our material and spiritual life.
Whether Thoth was an actual god or a wise men we do not know. But what is certain is that the wisdom is true enough to stand the test of time.
Knowing these principles, the Universal Laws, shall open your insights to the deeper spiritual nature of reality.
When you understand and practice the 7 Hermetic Principles, you will be less a victim and become more aware of yourself.
The Principle of Mentalism
“All is mind, the Universe is Mental.”
The law of mind states that everything is mental in nature.
All that is physically created is mental in essence because the essence of everything is mind.
This explains many circumstances such as psychic phenomena.
Even our actions arise from thoughts. What we think we shall become.
When we have the right thoughts, the right action will follow.
The Principle of Correspondence
“As above, so below; as below, so above”.
The ancients believed that the macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm, and vice versa. The Bible has also said that God created mankind in his own image.
To solve complex paradoxes, we look at what is above us and below us.
Because what works for the planets also works for the atoms. And what works for the solar system and atomic system also works for the human system.
All things have its equivalent part – physically, mentally, and spiritually – which are in harmony with another.
Physical, mental, and spiritual are not separated but flows in the same line with different degrees of existence.
The Principle of Vibration
“Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.”
The Principle of vibration is one of the accepted laws of the modern science which states that all of life are vibrations at different frequencies.
You vibrate. Trees vibrate. Sounds and thoughts vibrate. Some vibrate slower and others vibrate at a high frequency.
Higher frequency vibrations are in the realm of the unseen while lower frequency vibrations resides in the physical world where our sights can translate the “visible light.”
Do you see how water evaporates?
When water is heated, the molecules becomes excited and vibrate so fast that the molecules break free of their bonds and turn into vapor and rise up to the sky.
Even though the water turns into vapor, it doesn’t mean that the atoms of water are lost. It is in a different state of vibration.
Everything is in motion.
We either vibrate at a state of harmony or a state of chaos. This is within your control.
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.”
Everything has its polar opposites. We live in a world of Dualism.
There is hot and cold, light and dark, good and evil, etc.
We cannot have one without the other?
However, what appears as dualism is but unity in disguise.
If we look at a thermometer, when does hot start and cold begin?
They are both of the same quality but in different degree.
The key to understanding polarity is in our mind.
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 wring to the left; rhythm compensates.”
There is a rhythm. There is a cycle. What flows in, flows out.
What swings forward will swing back. And what comes up goes down.
You can enjoy the fruits of the highest highs.
But you can’t overcome the destruction of the lowest lows. You can only neutralize it to a degree.
Here you have to understand that no matter how high we are, we will eventually hit a low tide.
The seasons change and the summer will become winter. There are days when crops are greatly harvested and days when the seasons are too rough to plant.
If you understand this law, then you can learn to enjoy the rise and neutralize the falling season of our life.
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.”
Who can forget that for every cause there is an effect?
There is no such thing as coincidence. Everything is done by the law of cause and effect.
What comes to us may appear coincidence because we are not clear on what the cause arise from.
When we are aware of this law, we can become causers instead of the effect of the cause.
By dominating our moods, characters, qualities, and powers, we become masters of ourselves.
In careful consideration of the cause, we can lead a better effect.
The Principle of Gender
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
Also known as the Principle of Generation, it says that everything contains two elements: masculine and feminine.
In the physical, we understood this to mean “man” and “woman”. But even so, a man can have masculine and feminine qualities and so can a woman.
To understand this principle on a higher plane, it goes beyond man and woman and into the realm of polar extreme energies.
In Taoist alchemy, masculine and feminine are believed to be the same energy in two different forms.
Everything in creation and generation has gender.
To create, there must be infused masculine and feminine force.
In physical world, we create babies by infusing the masculine sperm and the feminine egg.
In the mental sphere, we bring forth action by infusing our Will and assertion with our creative force.
The planets as well as the atomic system as come into life through the gender.