Pre Scriptum : as the text below is an adaptation, unfortunately some words cannot be translated when it comes to semantics, etymology and homophony. To remedy this and keep the content explicit, we decided to put the original French word in brackets and underline it.
First of all, I would like to specify that this thesis is not part of an academic work as many automatically associate it. If we follow the definition of the word thesis given by the Larousse dictionary ; « theoretical proposition, opinion, position on something whose veracity is to be demonstrated », this presentation can receive this title without having to be validated by any ‘‘authority’’. With a limitless freedom of thought, without concessions and, above all, without being accountable to anyone, we will be able to study any subject of our choice, from any angle. The casualness can never be exchanged for any recognition of the system, it does not need it and does not care. Thanks to the culture of my intellectual independence, original ideas has been able to blossom, to bloom and to reveal itself outside the plantation in which our curiosity is usually enclosed. To be invigorated by such an open mind is a blessing and I would like, without having to be ashamed of it, to share with you the rose of its quintessence.
The genesis of this thesis took shape the day my eyes turned to the sky. At least, the night when I realized that the starry vault was turning inexorably around a fixed point, like a wheel around an axle. While contemplating this grandiose spectacle, I would never have believed that my candid reflections on the workings of the cosmos would lead me to study a pleiad of disciplines linking astronomy to the apparently immobile spheres of mineralogy.
At the dawn of my exploration, I turned to academic science, despite convincing discoveries in some areas such as quantum physics, I found many theories and very few theorems. A theory, as the Larousse dictionary specifies, is a system of hypotheses underlying the interpretation of events. A theory therefore does not define immutable rules and laws. And as surprising as it may seem, this explicit observation seems to have escaped some actors of the scientific community: those who continue to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Indeed, contemporary scientific dogma is very often based on complex theories that cannot be demonstrated outside of mathematical language, projecting the ultimate in research towards increasingly surreal horizons. Especially since in this kind of semantic architecture, equations tend to feed each other, to intertwine and to reflect each other in a closed circle, forming, by force of circumstance, an artificial body on which one does not stop building without worrying about the solidity of its foundations. In any case, theoretical science could then be compared to a tower of pisa ; the body of the edifice holds together admirably well, but nevertheless threatens to collapse under the weight of its aberrations each time a division is added. The lines of glyphs highlighted in the equations are, of course, very impressive for the average person, but as René Guénon pointed out, they are far from the sensible reality they claim to explain. At present, string theory is undoubtedly the most revealing example to confront the synthetic complexity of mathematics with the rationality of the biological environment. Why do we continue to spend energy on the study of spaces that have no reciprocity with the metrology of terrestrial life ?
Before taking an interest in domains invisible to the naked eye, in the infinitely large with astrophysics as well as in the infinitely small with particle physics, perhaps the scientific elite would gain in authenticity if it would spend more time reflecting on nature and its manifestations with the seriousness that is their due. It is paradoxical that at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the physiognomy of life still remains a tenacious enigma in a community that prides itself on being close to understand the origin of our universe, perhaps it should go down a notch and focus more on the essentials: the causes (the cause?) of life would deserve much more attention than its effects. By trying to impress us with conceptual abstractions, which can only be demonstrated by mathematics and are not based on anything concrete, the prestidigitators of the universities, in order to mask their incompetence and their lack of knowledge about the elementary principle of observable reality, are content to subjugate their audience; their students and science fiction lovers, with a smoke and mirrors that is certainly fascinating. The day science will study the law that interprets the perpendicular growth of the trunk of a tree in relation to the ground, the origin of the stimulus that orders the muscles of the heart to contract and then relax, or the polarized analogy between the bronchial tubes of a lung and the branches of a tree - the first is sheltered from sunlight, inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide, the second absorbs carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen under the direct influence of the sun - science will again be in symbiosis with the primordial universe on a human scale.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) - the visionary of invisible physics - had already warned us about the mystifying drifts of theoretical science, embodied then by Albert Einstein, to the American newspaper the New York Times in 1931: « Einstein’s work of relativity is a magnificent mathematical disguise that fascinates, dazzles and blinds people to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar dressed in purple whom the ignorant take for a king ... Its representatives are brilliant men, but they are metaphysicians rather than scientists ». Indeed, the case of the transgenerational icon of science is more than symptomatic to reveal the intellectual swamp in which we bathe ; his genius is more a matter of social engineering than genuine, because, in truth, as the most educated know, Einstein owes the main lines of his world fame to a theory (general relativity) that he borrowed from the French physicist Henri Poincaré (1854-1912). To have a spoliator as an adored reference is a sign of the times that could not be more representative. At a time when electromagnetic waves connect everyone on earth, the obvious anachronism between the technology of a cell phone and the gas engine of a car, whose basic technology is about one hundred and seventy years old, is more than laughable and raises a question to be meditated upon in all honesty: are the ‘‘scientific’’ works brought to the top by a system the only ones that do not threaten the hegemony and prosperity of its economic model ? The question deserves at least to be explored...
So beware, if you want to wear the square hat (symbol of the limits your thinking cannot cross), display a degree in your office and make a career, it is better to avoid certain subjects. Conducting your research outside the framework imposed by regal conformity, especially when it attacks the theories of the unchallengeable gods of the scientific pantheon, is a mistake not to be made. In spite of the obvious impasses, it is unthinkable today to question the structural beliefs of the scientific church, refusing to bow down before its idols would sign your excommunication from the circle, the loss of your credibility and your respectability.
Since we have nothing to lose, it is easier to be honest and highlight the frivolity of extraterrestrial physics with respect to the primary interest of this study, that of the movement of the stars above our heads. Although astrophysicists are still light years away from revealing the mechanics underlying these revolutions, they have persisted for centuries in confusing researchers with Isaac Newton’s (1642-1726) universal law of gravitation. The equation of this theory allows to calculate the fall of an object on the earth and gives a mathematical solution to explain the equilibrium between two celestial bodies, but does not specify at all the reason of their regular motion. Since the President of the Royal Society pronounced himself on the law of gravity, no member of the establishment has attempted to elaborate, with applied seriousness, on the main cause of the rotational force vectored by f in the illustration below, where the orbital path of the Moon around the center of the Earth is taken as an example. This force, to use the common nomenclature, is never taken into account and this is precisely where the problem lies.
If no answer to the origin of the force f can be formulated, gravity cannot be validated as it is presented by contemporary cosmology, not to mention that no device can detect it and no scientist can reproduce its field in the laboratory. Of all the fundamental interactions, and because it escapes our understanding the most, this so-called cohesive force remains one of the thickest mysteries of physics today. Consequently, one should not be afraid to admit that the lack of scientific rigor surrounding this concept is not reassuring for the quality of the expertise and weakens the pillars on which its reputation rests. In spite of everything, speculations, each one more improbable than the other, continue to flourish on the scientific scene, but in truth, since the theory of the curvature of space-time and the hypothetical subatomic particles of the quantum world called gravitons, we have not advanced one iota. Why not ? Simply because the origin of this natural phenomenon still remains unfathomable with the science of our peers. They are content to explain that the kinetics of celestial bodies is the reminiscence of a hypothetical original explosion: the vaporous ‘‘big-bang’’, presented to the world by the Jesuit Georges Lemaître at the end of the nineteenth century. The Newtonian gravity poses another major problem because it prevents the unification between quantum mechanics and the theory of general relativity. Either these two theories are incorrect, or one of them is.
Once we are aware of this nonsense and accept the fact that some theories are currently taught as truths, it is easier to recognize that science has lost the core of the beauty that defined it. The glorious hours that made its reputation are now behind it and the torches that dissociated it from religion are now diffusing a more than weak light. Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for his work on the development of quantum electrodynamics, had no problem testifying that : « Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts ». Even if the standard model of astrophysics seems to be satisfied, our apprehension of the universe still remains juvenile, incorrect and sewn with white threads. The human race will never be able to emancipate itself from its cosmic stone age if we keep on trying to build, ever higher, on the foundations of a ‘‘science’’ which has demonstrated its limits and which is more a matter of fantastic theory than of empirical theorem. It is a fact, science has sunk into doctrinal systems which it has difficulty in exorcising and the guardians of the universities, haloed by a displayed vanity, never miss an opportunity to ridicule everything that does not come from their field of possibilities. Such a mentality can never initiate the paradigm shift that the scientific world needs to evolve. The day our approach merges with the principles at the source of creation, perhaps nature will reveal to us once again the gears used by the master of its clock.
Despite this consensus, however annoying it may be, we should not fall under the spotlight of extremism and reject all theories out of hand, some of which are worthy of our interest because they emanate directly from human reflection and pure intelligence, without being exclusively carried by equations. We are thinking in particular of the somewhat obscure notions of energy and dark matter which put the community in turmoil following Edwin Hubble's observations in 1929. Since then, many astrophysicists believe that the expansion of our sidereal universe is linked to a dynamic phenomenon, invisible and intrinsic to space. Considered until then as 96% empty, this space would not be empty at all and could be filled with an energetic substance indescribable to our tangible world, but still interacting with it. The void would therefore be full and this full, more or less dense, would be animated by a kind of animated essence that nobody can, for the moment, explain, measure or reproduce. It is therefore not impossible that behind the world accessible to the senses of man hides a continuum whose existence we are totally unaware of. David Böhm (1917-1992), one of the fathers of quantum physics, declared on this subject : « Space is not empty, it is full. The universe is not separated from this cosmic sea of dark energy ».
Putting together all the elements we have just discussed, several fundamental questions about cosmology still remain unanswered :
- What does cause the earth to turn on itself ?
- What does cause the earth to turn around the sun ?
- What does cause the solar system to revolve around the center of the galaxy ?
- Why do the planets revolve around the Sun on a common plane?
- Why do the planets rotate on themselves ?
- Why can the motion and position of the stars be predicted with such great accuracy over time ?
- Why are the earth, the sun and all the planets all spherical ?
- According to the empirical law of action-reaction physics, what kind of energy is consumed in the motion of the stars ?
- Is it possible that the circular motion of our bright stars is a reaction to the action of this mysterious dark energy ?
- Could the mysteries surrounding the mechanics of universal gravity be the observable effects of an invisible cause within dark energy ?
In my humble opinion, if astronomers in short pants want to find solutions, I have the impression that our research must be directed towards the heart of this abstraction of the material world called dark energy. But, knowing that this space is invisible, unknown and unexplored, how would it be possible to go through the doors and apprehend it ? If modern science had reached its limits, where could we turn ?
The first keys that unlocked the access to the metaphysical realm of dark energy were given to me, in a totally fortuitous way, by a book written by the famous adept Fulcanelli : the Mystery of the Cathedrals and the Esoteric Interpretation of the Hermetic Symbols of the Great Work. This book, a classic and essential work in the field of alchemy, was the spark that set off the fire. Indeed, when I read it for the first time, a mysterious essence came to embalm my mind and, in spite of my impotence to fix its perfume, the aroma of this work resounded in a significant way in my inner self. I had to reread these writings over and over again before I finally understood that the language ‘‘imagé” described and used throughout these pages was more than familiar to me, because I had intuitively practiced this form of communication since I was a child, without knowing it existed.
Since immemorial time, tradition has given this means of expression a multitude of names depending on the culture that uses it. On the old continent, it is readily called the Cabal and the best definition I could find is this one : « The Cabal is a language of hieroglyphic kind, playing on all the registers of expression: images, words, letters, numbers, sounds, colors, forms, weights, etc... As well as on secret conventions, of which metaphor and emblematic rebus are the most widespread type. It does not have its own or particular form, and depends only on the culture and imagination of those who use it ».
In the light of these atypical and somewhat confusing specificities for the common man, it is more than certain that the Cabal requires an exceptional education, from master to disciple. This is why it has always been the prerogative of a caste of initiates to transmit knowledge and its without be noticed. Even if the popular initiatory circles have ‘‘forgotten’’ it since the Enlightenment, this linguistic axiom has always been dressed in a universal envelope that the gods still use as a messenger.
Today, unfortunately, the only Cabal known to the atrophy of Western popular culture and speculative masonry appeared in the rabbinic tradition in the thirteenth century in Spain through the Zohar (the book of splendors). Contrary to the actual consensus, kabbalah, or even qabbalah to serve a more effective mystification, is not an original, isolated and preponderant trend, but the simple reflection given by Jewish mysticism of a tradition that preceded it. Moreover, the word kabbalah has nothing Semitic about it, since it derives its etymology from the Greek kabbalès. This said, from the perspective of adogmatic anthropology, it becomes more and more evident, as archaeology becomes what it should always have been, that's to say, detached from the reductive doctrine of history imposed by the Pentateuch narrative, that the Cabal was already practiced by the Egyptian and Chaldean priestly castes before it became known through the whispers of Greek philosophy. In order to restore its universal power, scholars like to use the term Hermetic Cabal (in honor of the Greek god Hermes) instead of Cabal so that the latter cannot be confused phonetically with kabbale and rectifying in passing the chronological errors of the current belief.
Whatever its syntax, cabbalus in Latin or kabbalès in Greek, Cabal translates in both cases by the emblematic animal of knowledge since antiquity : the horse. If Cabalists (cabalistes) and horsemen (cavaliers) have an obvious semantic relationship, it is because they both aspire to know how to care for the mount of the Cabala in the quest for knowledge and wisdom. This ambition to reach the Holy of Holies is embodied, if God grants him with the blessing of his Donum Dei, by the valiant knight of initiatory tales in pursuit of the Holy Grail, the chalice of chalices. It is therefore not by chance (hasard) (hasard is a term of Persian origin and translates as the hand of God) that the day of the hero is emblematic of the fables on knighthood since Chrétien de Troyes and the first Templar crusades in the lands of ancient Mesopotamia in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. We will take the opportunity to develop in detail the hermetic meaning of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in relation to the firmament.
In order to understand how the spirit of the Cabal is articulated, let us take a well-known example with the word occult. This choice is not insignificant since it will help to remove from your mind the association that the vulgar culture makes with unashamed practices. The structure of the word OCCULT can be broken down into O, C and CULT. For a disciple of Hermes, the O (dotted) is one of the hieroglyphic signs of the Sun and C, in its curvature, that of the Moon. Occult thus emphasizes the CULT dedicated to these two luminaries. From an operative point of view, this reading resonates with the definition given by the Larousse dictionary : which acts, or which is done in a secret way, whose goals remain unknown, hidden : an occult influence (like solar and lunar radiations).
Before the universality of the Cabal was misled by the proselytizing Kabbalah and that it was no longer taught at School of Fine Arts, all the Artists (worthy of this capital letter) until the end of the nineteenth century used it in their works to perfect the mysteries of creation and to share them under the harmonious cover of beauty. When I understood that these aesthetes used their creation as an initiatory canvas and became fully aware of the revolutionary scope of such a practice in my relationship with Art, as much for the interpretation of the concept as for the exegesis of culture in general, my feet did not touch the ground for a few days and my excitement bordered on enlightenment. Indeed, I could never have imagined that the natural and innate predisposition to find analogies between things that, a priori, had none, would prove to be one of my greatest assets in my quest for the absolute. What I had always taken for a curse that would lead me to psychiatric hospitals now appeared to be a gift that had to be exploited, a sign had just been sent to me and I took this message with the highest of considerations : Hermeticism was speaking to me !
I knew without a doubt that I would finally be able to penetrate this mysterious kingdom of the invisible. I was 30 years old and from the sublunar world, I turned towards the rising sun.
Before continuing, it seems important to me to open a brief parenthesis in order to explain why Hermetic Philosophy and its operative applications ; alchemy, magic and astrology, are no longer respected and valued as they were by our ancient science.
Certainly, the mere mention of one of them is enough to trigger the sneers of our contemporaries. This mentality, as contemptuous as it may be, was headed by a current of thought born in the seventeenth century, which dared to divert, without any shame, the meaning and the use of the word philosophy. Let's be very clear on this subject, authentic Philosophy has nothing in common with the post renaissance philosophy, the sociological, humanistic and naturalistic speculations of the “philosophy of enlightenment (or philosophy of light)” have never been the centers of interest shared by Zarathustra (about sixth century BC), Pythagoras (570-495 BC) and Confucius (551-479 BC). They dedicated their entire lives to more salvific subjects through spirituality, wisdom and the quest for truth. It is certain that the encyclopedia editors were not animated by the same purity. Moreover, why not have called their intellectual current “the Philosophy of the Light” instead of “the philosophy of lights” ? To put the word light in the plural marks a diabolical intention to fragment what cannot be. By this manipulation, a priori harmless, the truth does not exist as such, but becomes falsely multiple and with variable geometry according to the orientation of each.
Let's not let ourselves be blinded by the worldly tartufferies of a kind of bourgeoisie and let's not lose sight of the fact that the authentic definition of Philosophy is, in its etymological excellence : the love of wisdom. Pythagoras specified : « I am a Philosopher, not someone who claims to possess wisdom, but a man who strives towards it ». Attributing to words a revisited architecture, in order to divert the power of their egregores, is part of the perversities that were used and financed by a dominating “elite”, whose aim was to destroy, in order to establish their power, all the traditional heritage of our past. Under this revolutionary impulse, wrongly attributed to the people by our history books, the society entered into an unbridled and deadly obscurantism. All that was attached to the previous culture had to be erased and as a symbol, our majestic cathedrals were sacked.
The Jacobin mentality, completed by fallacious initiations in which all kinds of upstarts have rushed in, delivered the final blow with the abject idea that man could henceforth be considered as equal to God. This dogmatic vision is a blasphemy in view of 1 Corinthians 6:19 : « Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you do not belong to yourselves ? ». From then on, the Gnostic teaching of divine transcendence no longer had a place in the temple and the operative was slyly replaced by the speculative. Indeed, why bother looking at the sky and its starry planisphere, since in the eyes of these merchants, who never really left the temple, there is no longer any truth apart from that of the eye that sees everything ?
Since the advent of illuminism, materialist and nominalist, everything that cannot be demonstrated or measured no longer exists. Like Saint Thomas, the science of the encyclopedia now believes only what it sees. The Hermetic doctrines were thus definitively put on the shelves of superstition and let's not be afraid of the evils, this triumphant rationalism is at the origin of the immobilism, the conformism and the rationalism of the scientific community of today. René Guénon specified: « Rationalism is essentially defined by the belief in the supremacy of reason, proclaimed as a true dogma, implying the negation of pure intellectual intuition, which logically leads to the exclusion of all true metaphysical knowledge. »
Parentheses closed, let us return to a more vertical approach to our considerations.
Since the secret societies have only the qualifier of initiation, the only way to find the grace so much sought after is to serve oneself. The first step consists in assimilating the mysteries of Hermetic Philosophy, and within it, the study of its texts is inevitable. For an occultist, this work is no less of a task since this literature is full of pretenses. If you did not know that the initiates always veiled their writings with the help of the Cabale in order to keep away the envious, their grimoires were of no use. Many aspirants were thus misguided. Michel Sendivogius, the famous seventeenth century alchemist, better known as the Cosmopolitan, warned us : « If Hermes, the father of the Philosophers, resurrected today, with the subtle Geber, the profound Raymond Lulle, they would not be considered as Philosophers by our vulgar Chymists, who would hardly deign to put them among their Disciples, because they would not know how to proceed with all these distillations, these circulations, these calcinations and all these innumerable operations that our common Chymists have invented for having misunderstood the allegorical writings of these Philosophers ». To this, we must add that after the tsunami of illuminism from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, the false prophets took the liberty, in order to subjugate their audience, to “enrich’’ the heritage of Hermes with texts straight out of their imagination. Knowing that these deceptions must be avoided, the essence of our exegesis must therefore focus on the texts that come directly from the oriental tradition since the conquests of Alexander the Great in the fourth century before the Christian era.
When the Macedonian took over Egypt and installed one of his generals as the new pharaoh (pharaoh is a Greek term that translates as the bearer of the Sun), the horizon of this mythological land was revived by the flame of a new beacon. Most of the time, the annexation of a land sounds the death knell of the local culture, but with the line of Ptolemaic pharaohs this was not the case and rather than destroying to impose their vision, the new legislators rebuilt the country. Under the impulse of the Aristotelian philosophy, the Greek-Hellenistic instruction mixed with the millenary Egyptian culture and its mystery schools, also with the tradition of the Mesopotamian world and the richness of its heritage. Whether it comes from one of the first Persian prophets, in the person of Zarathustra (whose name means the golden star or the splendor of the Sun), or from the temples located on the shores of the Nile, initiation teachings of the priestly castes received by the Greeks is certainly not new, as it is often repeated that Plato (428-347 BC) and Pythagoras (570-495 BC) had already benefited from it.
Freshly renamed after its conqueror, the city of Alexandria then became a place of meeting and exchange highly prized by all the specialists of the Mediterranean basin in occultism. In this prodigious and marvelous mixture of scholars, Philosophers, alchemists, astrologists and magicians, Gnosis (Gnosis translates from Greek as knowledge and comes from the desire to know God and his secrets) was incredibly magnified and strengthened. But, unfortunately for the salvation of Humanity, most of the manuscripts produced during this effervescence seem to have perished in the flames of the legendary library of the Nile Strait. This ultimate barbarity against knowledge was not only the witness of a change of mentality, it also marked the entry of our civilization under the yoke of the Roman Empire. Even if the power of Rome is no longer so preponderant in its visibility, it has always known how to renew itself until today ; after having conquered the lands by the sword, the Catholic Church, direct heir of the empire and called the synagogue of Satan by the Cathars (the last defenders of the authentic Christian Gnosis), then took over the souls by the crucifix.
Fortunately for the tradition, 17 Greek manuscripts, originating from the Philosophy in the glorious era of Alexandria, resurfaced after the Crusades and were translated by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), the inevitable summit of the Italian Renaissance. Gathered under the name of corpus Hermeticum, they are considered the founding texts of Hermeticism and a beacon on the path of the wise. These writings act as a prism and break down the natural light of divine revelation into the following themes :
- Order of the cosmos
- Unity (omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence of the eternal)
- The Sun
- The demiurge
- Cohesion of the spheres
- Fusion of opposites and polarity
- The visible and the invisible
- The truth and the illusion of our reality
- Creation through the circular movement of unity
- The noῦs and the creative will
- Time, space and matter
- The body, the soul and the Spirit
- The good, the beautiful, the good and the just
- The vices and the virtues
- The creation is an Art and the notion of harmony
- The Ogdoade
- The intelligence and its relation to the God-man
- The 12/10 ratio (or 6/5)
- The zodiac and astrology
Obviously, the mention of astrology in this list may seem very surprising, but you should know that, despite the fate that has been reserved for it today, the magi-initiates have always made it the cornerstone of all the sciences of antiquity. With magic and alchemy, this esotericism gathers, under the term of theurgy, the 3 operative ways of the Hermetic Philosophy. They form a harmonious whole and are inseparable from each other. It is therefore unlikely that an alchemist could define himself as such without having been initiated into the magisterium of the other two disciplines. The importance of this trinity was very well understood by the Greeks since it is suggested in the name of the god associated with the father of the Philosophers, the well named : Hermes-Trismegistus. In fact, besides the commonly accepted translation of Trismegistus by the 3 times very great, we can, thanks to phonetics, submit to the hypothesis another level of reading, that is to say the 3 magisteria. Even if the trinitarian doctrine of the unity has crossed the time by the Pantheon of the Greek world, its historical origin is well and truly Egyptian. The splendor of this testimony is found on the Giza plateau where 3 pyramids remind the intellect of the contemplator that the divine trinity is timeless, immortal and indestructible. How not to be subjugated in front of the majesty, the greatness and the genius of this civilization? The geometrical, astronomical and energetic properties implicit in these volumes reveal to the eyes of all, but especially to those who know how to see beyond appearances, the beauty of a thought that ours has never reached.
The heritage of this intelligence, coming from the mists of time, is also personified in the attributes of Djehuty-Thoth ; the Egyptian messenger of the gods, whose tradition has always liked to make the comparison with Hermes-Trismegistus. The pen of the late Jean Phaure (1928-2002) described Djehuty-Thoth as such: « He is the scribe of the divine Ennead, the brush with which the god of the universe writes, the creator of languages, the great magician of the spheres who presides over the original creation in order to call the world into existence by the word, alongside Ptah. He is above all the one who presides over the order of the world, the great calculator, the master of the cycles of time. »
It is important to specify that in the theogony of the Egyptians, Djehuty-Thoth was not considered as a god in the proper sense of the term, but rather as a neter (very close phonetically to nature); that is to say, the anthropomorphization of a force, of an action of the divine immanence in the manifested world, a kind of hypostasis, an æon as the Gnostics liked to define it. We can no longer be so charitable in offering you the key necessary to facilitate access to the 12 verses engraved on an emerald-colored gemstone, on which the entire firmament of Hermetic Philosophy is synthesized.
All the scholars who were steeped in the history of religions became fascinated by the text of the Emerald Tablet and produced a multitude of translations, more or less representative of the first version found during the Renaissance in the appendix of the book of the secret of creation (Kitâb sirr al-Halîka), written in Arabic in the nineth century. From the point of view of tradition, its Arabic affiliation is not without meaning since the Persians dislodged the Byzantine power from Alexandria in the seventh century, reviving the local culture and becoming, by necessity, the new active vectors of transmission.
I have chosen the best translation according to my sensibility, the one made by Hortulain from the Latin vulgate in the fourteenth century:
<![if !supportLists]> I. <![endif]>It is true without lying, certain and very true
<![if !supportLists]> II. <![endif]>What is below, is what is above: and what is above, is what is below, to work the miracles of one thing.
<![if !supportLists]> III. <![endif]>And as all things have been, and have come from one, through the mediation of one : so all things have been born of this one thing, by adaptation.
<![if !supportLists]> IV. <![endif]>The Sun is its father, the Moon is its mother, the wind carries it in its womb; The earth is his nurse.
<![if !supportLists]> V. <![endif]>The father of all the Telesme of everyone is here. His Force or Power is whole,
<![if !supportLists]> VI. <![endif]>If it is converted to land.
<![if !supportLists]> VII. <![endif]>Thou shalt separate the earth from the Fire, the subtle from the thick gently, with great industry.
<![if !supportLists]> VIII. <![endif]>He ascends from earth to heaven, and again he descends to earth, and he receives the Force of higher and lower things. Thou shalt have by this means the glory of all; and for this all darkness will flee from you.
<![if !supportLists]> IX. <![endif]>It is the strong force of all Force : for it will overcome every subtle thing, and penetrate every solid thing.
<![if !supportLists]> X. <![endif]>Thus the world was created.
<![if !supportLists]> XI. <![endif]>From this will come admirable adaptations, the means of which is here.
<![if !supportLists]> XII. <![endif]>That's why I was called Hermes-Trismegistus, having the 3 parts of everyone's Philosophy. What I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished, & completed.
Curiously, the verses of the emerald tablet resonate strangely with the prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, quoted below :
<![if !supportLists]> I. <![endif]>In the beginning was the Word (the Logos) , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
<![if !supportLists]> II. <![endif]>The Word was with God in the beginning.
<![if !supportLists]> III. <![endif]> All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
<![if !supportLists]> IV. <![endif]>In him was life, and the life was the light of humanity;
<![if !supportLists]> V. <![endif]>And The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
<![if !supportLists]> VI. <![endif]>A man came, sent from God, whose name was John.
<![if !supportLists]> VII. <![endif]>This one came for a witness, in order that he could testify about The Light, so that all would believe through him.
<![if !supportLists]> VIII. <![endif]>hat one was not the light, but came in order that he could testify about the light.
<![if !supportLists]> IX. <![endif]>The Word was the true Light, which enlightens every man by coming into the world.
<![if !supportLists]> X. <![endif]>He was in the world, through whom the world was made, but the world did not recognize him.
The similarities between the two texts are more than striking, the scribes of the Church of Rome were probably inspired by the sapience contained in earlier manuscripts for the creation of their ‘‘holy writings’’. The gospel of John resembles the Gnostic gospels of Cerinthus and its prologue is largely impregnated with the breath of the Hermetic texts. His apocalypse (apocalypsis is translated from the Greek as revelation) is also the assembly of a series of sacred texts, such as the book of Enoch or the book of Ezekiel. In a sense, the willingness to incorporate ancestral knowledge into the message of Christ's favorite apostle, who is always clad in a green cloak in the iconography, indicates that Catholicism was shaped by pre-existing doctrines. Moreover, let us not forget that before the invention of printing in the fifteenth century, falsifying a manuscript was child's play and mystifiers, thirsting for supremacy, used this practice with the success we know. As far as the old testament scriptures are concerned, all exegetes know that the ten commandments, supposedly delivered to Moses on mount sinai, are nothing but a vulgar plagiarism of paragraph 1:125 of the Egyptian book of the dead. Judeo-christian theology is a pale copy of the Gnostic precepts of the neter with the one green eye ; Hor or Horus, the Egyptian light-bearer. Nothing new under the sun, the Hebrews also recycled what already existed. This is why the different biblical texts, the Torah and the canonical gospels can never be considered as historical truths or indisputable theological references.
Nevertheless, even if altered, the texts still contain initiatory treasures that should be studied, because such theosophical syncretism in sacred literature inevitably suggests a common origin, a kind of primordial tradition as René Guénon liked to characterize it.
That said, let us return to the verses of the Emerald Tablet.
At first sight, what strikes us is the totally innovative principle that a force (The Word in Saint John) would be linked to the creation of the world, to the action of the Sun (symbol of The Light) and to the mediation of unity. This ancestral conception of the genesis of matter is curiously very close to the statement of the Nobel Prize of physics in 1919, Max Planck : «All matter exists only by virtue of a Force which makes the particles vibrate and maintains this tiny solar system of the atom. We must assume behind this Force the existence of a consciousness and an intelligent Spirit. This Spirit is the matrix of all matter ». We can only be amazed by the fact that the ancients had already understood what the men of the twentieth century had just begun to discover. And let us not misunderstand, it is indeed the existence of God that is suggested by this leading figure of the scientific community. The reality of inaccessible, indescribable and immeasurable fields can no longer be looked at as the artifice of science-fiction movies* or as the ramblings of wisdom masters from the East. After long centuries of religious ineptitude, science and popular culture can finally reconcile themselves with theism, that's to say, by assimilating creation to the will of an intelligent conscience or a demiurge.
Through his revelations on The Force, the 12 verses of the Emerald Table guide consciousness to the primacy and accuracy of the vision of Hermes' disciples ; where our peers limit themselves to a science of effects ; material, our ancestors already surpassed the intelligible world and focused directly on the cause of manifestation ; spiritual, outside time and space.
* As soon as the idea of a force is mentioned, our generation automatically thinks of George Lucas' films, without suspecting that Master Yoda's description of The Force to his young apprentice ; « My ally is The Force and it is a powerful ally. Life creates it, makes it grow, its energy surrounds us and binds us. We are luminous beings, not this raw material. You must feel The Force around you, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere», is in every way similar to that in the tradition of the magi. Mastering The Force leads the apprentice, and this is no surprise at all, to the rank of knight.