The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
The foundation of the Great Work is the Emerald Tablet and thus reveals the art and science of Alchemy. There are many translations of it from well known people such as Issac Newton and Madame Blavasky. Newton’s being the most renowned(the pic shown above is not Newton’s translation.) Many esoteric thinkers have their interpretations of it and the upcoming one in particular is credited to Dennis William Hauck.
“The first rubric simply sets the tone of the documents and asks us to come into higher awareness and become open into deeper truths. The second rubric presents the Doctrine of Correspondences, which describes a vertical relationship between the realm of Spirit Above and the realm of Matter Below. This is the so called Vertical Axis of reality, which the alchemists felt they could enter in their meditations. The Horizontal Axis is our normal material world. A wonderful example of experiencing the Vertical Axis is a work in the Corpus Hermeticum called "The Divine Pymander” (or “Divine Mind”). It is allegedly written by Hermes Trismegistus and describes his meeting with the Divine Mind and what it taught him about the nature of reality.
The third rubric elaborates on the nature of the One Thing, which is the subject on the tablet. The alchemists have usually interpreted the One Thing to mean the First Matter or Universal Life Force, and this rubric describes its characteristics. The first two sentences of this rubric presents the Four Elements in order of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Associated with each of these elements are the first four operations of alchemy: Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, and Conjunction.
The fourth rubric is the most mystical part of the Emerald Tablet and seems to be telling us how to enter the spiritual realm Above. It also describes the result of previous conditions which is the purified Quintessence. The sixth rubric suggests that the previous rubrics have described a previous a specific universal pattern that leads to transformation on all levels of reality. It is not only the formula that the alchemist follows in his work, but also the overall pattern of nature in perfecting matter.“