The Seven Principles of Hermes Trismegistus are contained in the Kybalion, written by The Three Initiates. The Three Initiates is a pseudonym for attorney William Walker Atkinson. Walker was one of the greatest writers of his day on the topics of yoga, metaphysics and hermetics.
- 2.1 Principle of Mentalism
- 2.2 Principle of Correspondence
- 2.3 Principle of Vibration
- 2.4 Principle of Polarity
- 2.5 Principle of Rhythm
- 2.6 Principle of Cause and Effect
- 2.7 Principle of Gender
The most well-known quote of Hermes Trismegistus which sums up his whole philosophy is “As above, so below.” Which corresponds to the mono-myth of Joseph Campbell, “The visible world is supported by an invisible world. As Joel S. Goldsmith would say, “The material world is the form of God. The symbolism of Freemasonry can be summed up with the aphorism “As above, so below.”
This blog is now headed into 2019 in a new direction with Hermes Trismegistus. To a hermeticist a purely literal translation of the Holy Bible would be considered vulgar. It is fairly easy to point out inconsistencies in the Bible. However this is mainly due to the fact that the Bible functions on many different levels. It can be used to teach Sunday School or it can be used for mystical oneness with God. The Bible is like a secret laying out in the open.
Why Study Hermeticism?
The study of hermeticism can provide answers and bring meaning to my life. What type of people practice hermeticism in addition to the Freemasons? Rosicrucians are some of the better known organized hermeticists. There is a Rosicrucian Temple in the Larchmont district of Los Angeles that was my first encounter with this esteemed organization. I made contact with the Rosicrucians through MeetUp.com. When you enter the interior of the Temple please remember to walk along the lines and angles of the black and white checkerboard floor or every Rosicrucian Temple. The black and white checkerboard floor of Masonic and Rosicrucian Temples replicates the floor of King Solomon’s Temple.