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The Emerald Tablet

It is true, no lie, certain and to be depended upon: the superior agrees with the inferior, and the inferior agrees with the superior, to effect that one truly wonderful work.

As all things owe their existence to the will of the only one, so all things owe their origin to the one only thing, the most hidden by the arrangement of the only God.

The father of that one only thing is the sun, its mother is the moon, the wind carries it in its belly; but its nurse is a spirituous earth.

That one only thing is the father of all things in the universe.

Its power remains perfect, after it has been united with a spirituous earth.

Separate that spirituous earth from the dense or crude by means of a gentle heat, with much attention.

In great measure ascends from the earth up to heaven and descends again, newborn on the earth, and the superior and the inferior are increased in power.

By this wilt thou partake the glory of the whole world. And Darkness will flee from thee.

This is the strength of all powers. With this thou wilt be able to overcome all things and transmute all what is fine and what is coarse.

In this manner the world was created; the arrangements to follow this road are hidden.

For this reason I am called Hermes Trismesgistus, one in essence, but three in aspect.

In this trinity is hidden the wisdom of the whole world.

It is ended now, what I have said concerning the effects of the sun.