The Hermetic Maxim: As above, so below; as within, so without; as the universe, so the soul, has evolved from the details of the Emerald Tablet, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes was considered "thrice great", having attained knowledge of the physical, mental, and spiritual planes). The Hermetic perspective embraces these planes through the operating principles of Alchemy (the operation of the Sun), Astrology (the operation of the Stars), and Theurgy/Divine Magic (the operation of the gods). These principles infuse earthly experience with the higher vibrations of the physical, mental, and spiritual planes, represented by the domains of Body, Soul (with its dimensions of emotions/mind/will) and Spirit. These factors correlate to Earth-Ascendant, Moon, and Sun in Astrology. This is holistic balance. As Rudhyar states, wholeness is the integrating principle. An excerpt from Hermes' The Emerald Tablet, which describes the Alchemy principle (operation of the Sun) can be found below:
"That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing. And just as all things have come from this One Thing, through the meditation of One Mind, so do all created things originate from this One Thing, through transformation."
Transformation is an evocative goal. It is is often illusive, and maybe even subversive. Contemplation is one tool that begins transcendence. Transcendence begins with process, the inner exploration of the Soul, which includes the emotions/mind/will.
"Do not disturb my circles!"-- Archimedes
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