seven hermetic principles

The Seven Hermetic Principles

“The lips of Wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding.” – The Kybalion

In the years of old Egypt, a fundamental truth was shared, which had a profound and remarkable effect on all esoteric teachings to come, from Christian mystics and the Jewish Kabbalah, up to the secret knowledge of India written down in the Upanishads. All these occult teachings show a resemblance in their deepest and most basic ideas. The master Hermes Trismegistos, whose actual physical existence had never been proved, has been said to be the “Master of the Masters”, “the Scribe of the Gods”, and even “the God of Wisdom” himself. As a mythological figure, the greek god Hermes is equal to the roman god Mercury and to the egyptian deity Toth; god of the moon, magic and wisdom. Hermes’ philosophy has been passed on both orally and in writing throughout the last several centuries. The first written version is said to be the “Tabula Smaragdina”, a text of twelve sentences that contains all knowledge, found within Hermes’ grave. While the original Tabula Smaragdina is missing, writings about it have been found in Latin, Arabic and Greek since several hundreds of years. In 1908 knowledge from the Tabula Smaragdina and the Corpus Hermeticum (other texts by Hermes Trismegistos) got translated and further elaborated in English, known as The Kybalion. The philosophy of Hermes is the key to the understanding of all mystic teachings, including astrology, alchemy and psychology, as well as the many occult writings of different religions. The purpose of all these teachings is the same - The transmutation of consciousness into a higher vibrational state.

The philosophy of Hermes, and thus of all occult and esoteric knowledge, is based on the Seven Hermetic Principles. These laws are universal and ineradicable.

I - The Principle of Mentalism

“The All is Mind; the universe is mental.” – The Kybalion

Our material universe holds a substantial reality, The All, within itself. This All is pure spirit, a living mind, unknowable and undefinable. It is infinite and eternal in time and space. Matter is a mental creation of the All. But while all matter is illusionary from an absolute point of view, it is very real to the finite mind, and must be treated so; however, always with a clear understanding of the higher truth.

II - The Principle of Correspondence

“As above, so below; as below, so above.” – The Kybalion
Our universe consists of the Three Great Planes: the great physical plane, the great mental plane and the great spiritual plane. The Principle of Correspondence implies that there is a harmony and correspondence between each of these planes, since they were all born from the same source. All laws and characteristics are universal and apply to all three great planes and their sub-planes. The alchemist knew that once he turns metal into gold, the same transformation will be done unto his soul.

III - The Principle of Vibration

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” – The Kybalion
Everything within the All is in motion. Matter, mind and spirit are basically the same energy, but differentiate from each other by their rate of vibration. For us humans, the mental plane is eminently interesting, because all kinds of emotions, thoughts, will or desire, as well as any kind of mental condition, vibrates in its very specific mode. One can gain total control of their own mental states and moods by mastering this principle and change their own vibration, and also affect the minds of others by changing theirs. This phenomena is known as telepathy, induction or suggestion.

IV - The Principle of Polarity

“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites. Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree. Extremes meet; all paradoxes may be reconciled. Everything is and isn’t, at the same time.” – The Kybalion
Everything within the All, whether it is material, mental or spiritual, has two poles, which are but the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them. Mental transmutation can only happen by changing the vibrational rate within a thing, but a thing can never be changed in its nature. An undesired rate of mental vibration can be transformed by focusing and putting the awareness onto the other pole. As it is written in the Kybalion: “If you are possessed by fear, do not waste time trying to “kill out” fear, but instead cultivate the quality of courage, and the fear will disappear.” The tendency of nature itself is to move into the direction of a higher vibration, back to the pure spirit it once came from.

V - The Principle of Rhythm

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” – The Kybalion
Between the two poles of everything, there is a pendulum-like movement, a measured motion with equal amplitude to the left and to the right. This balance of the swing is called the Law of Compensation. This law also applies to mental states in man, balancing the capacity for pain and pleasure. The more suffering one is able to bear, the more enjoyment awaits him, and vice versa. However, Hermetics use the Law of Neutralization by changing their own vibrations to a higher plane, and thus escape the effects of the negative swing of the pendulum on the lower plane.

VI - The Principle of Cause and Effect

“Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.” – The Kybalion
There is no such thing as chance; there is a cause for every effect and an effect for every cause. Chance is a term for an effect that results from causes we can’t perceive or understand. Most of us go through life being mere effects; pawns to their own creation.
Those who are able to raise their vibration to a higher plane, those who understand that not only our acts, but also our thoughts and emotions will have an effect, become Causers instead of Effects. They dominate moods, characters, qualities and powers in both themselves and in others. They do not escape from causation, but they serve on the higher plane, and rule on the lower one.

VII - The Principle of Gender

“Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.” – The Kybalion
Everything on the material, mental and spiritual plane contains the masculine and the feminine principle. Neither the masculine nor the feminine principle is capable of creating without the operative energy of the other. While the feminine principle tends to receive impressions, and generates thoughts, ideas and the full work of imagination upon these outer perceptions, it needs the masculine principle and its expressive tendency to generate and materialize original mental creations. Creation is only possible by a union of the two elements.

For the Hermetics it was not only essential to know and deeply understand these principles, but also to master, use and express them. Only then could some good come out of it for the possessor of the knowledge, and for the whole race. “True hermetic transmutation is a Mental Art”, speaks the Kybalion, “If the universe be mental, in its substantial nature, then it follows that Mental Transmutation must change the conditions and phenomena of the universe. If the universe is mental, then Mind must be the highest Power affecting its phenomena. “ The Hermetics knew that by raising their own vibration to a higher plane, and thus be able to rule on the lower one, they did not cheat, but play an important part of the game. They still served on the higher planes, fully aware that they could not destroy or avoid any principle.

“The half-wise, recognizing the comparative unreality of the universe, imagine that they may defy its laws. Such are vain and presumptuous fools. The truly wise, knowing the nature of the universe, use law against laws; the higher against the lower; and by the Art of Alchemy transmute that which is undesirable into that which is worthy, and thus triumph. Transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the master.” – The Kybalion

The Seven Hermetic Principles

1. The Principle of Mentalism — Everything is mental. All things are connected. Mentalism is the catalyst that governs our every single action. It always starts in the unseen realms before it appears in the seen realms.

2. The Principle of Correspondence —”As above, so below.” Macrocosm, microcosm. “As within, so without.” Everything taking place within our minds is a reflection of what we will experience in our physical reality. Therefore, we have to become aware that how we feel inside governs the experiences we attract on the outside. Once the relationship between the inner worlds and the outer worlds are understood as connected, there is no separation.

3. The Principle of Vibration — Nothing is static. Everything is moving; everything is oscillating. Everything is frequency. It does not matter what you say, it is the energy you speak with that matters. That is why we have to become mindful of how we talk to people, because it is not the words, it is the energy behind the words (i.e tender, kind, humorous, loving, excited vs. condescending, sarcastic, cynical, careless). We can tell our vibration by our emotion. Emotion is our energy in motion. Depression - low vibration. Love & joy - high vibration.
“If you want to know the secret of the universe think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” — Nikola Tesla.

4. The Principle of Polarity — Everything is dual; there are poles within everything. Everything has its opposites. Hot/Cold, High/Low, Light/Dark, Good/Evil. However, when we dive deeper, we find that Good & Evil are two sides of the same coin – this is what the ancient alchemists and Hermetic masters knew. They talked of mental transmutation, turning Evil into Good. In realizing that Good and Evil are two poles of the same coin, we can transform and transmute Evil into Good. By becoming more conscious of a negative emotion, we can have more harmony in our bodies, which in essence is alchemy. Instead of opposites, they are really complementary. Hot/Cold ~ complementary. Light/Dark ~ complementary. One and the same.

5. The Principle of Rhythm — There are cycles in the Universe. There are seasons. People have a natural bio-rhythm, which is intrinsic to each person because we are all unique. The principle of rhythm is movement, all things are in motion. There is no ‘time’ only movement. Understanding the whole of the Universe as a dance of energy we begin to free ourselves. We don’t have to take ourselves so seriously. Rhythm is all about getting in Divine Alignment; we can do this through Yoga, exercise that helps you move into the body’s rhythm, because our bodies are miniature Universes. The Grand Orchestra: eating healthy, exercising, getting into natural sleep cycles, and the breath is the conductor of the most beautiful song, Us. Breathing deep from the base of the spine, we develop a greater rhythm, moving us in tune with the Universal frequency of planet Earth.

6. The Principle of Cause & Effect — You reap what you sow. The seeds that you plant right now, they will harvest. Ask yourself, are you planting seeds of positivity or seeds of negativity? Every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. There are no accidents or coincidences in the Universe. Even when we are born, there is a divine agreement that we make, even before we get to this planet, as we are spiritual beings having a human experience. The law of cause and effect is that every action has a reaction, and every reaction is caused by an action. See that whatever we think, whatever we do creates a ripple effect. And that butterfly effect that is created will come right back to us, almost like a boomerang. Cause and effect, we can talk of karma, we can talk of reincarnation. Do you believe in reincarnation? It is said what you do now echoes on to eternity, therefore as we are energy, whatever we go through now will remain with us. That is why there is no escape, because where you left off is where you must pick up from. Whatever we do now stays with us, however we always have the opportunity to become our greatest version. We can choose to release and let go of our karma as we have 100% free will through forgiveness, through release and feeling our emotions. Through feeling and releasing our emotions, we heal ourselves. Cause and effect is about becoming aware of the radical action. And when we talk about manifesting your desires, your goals, your dreams, and your aspirations, thinking is not enough. We have to see that our beliefs shape our thoughts and our thoughts shape our beliefs. And our thoughts and beliefs subconsciously govern our actions, behaviors, habits. Thus whatever we do has a consequence, thoughts included.

7. The Principle of Gender — The masculine energy exists within you. The feminine energy exists within you. It does not matter whether you are male or female. It is a reminder that it even goes beyond human beings. We see this all throughout nature, that the masculine and the feminine exist within everything. Thus, it is a great way to see the world, that gender is the illusion, because you are beyond your gender - you are energy. Gender is the separation, however it is also essential to experience the contrast which is needed for our growth and expansion. Right now on the planet, we are living in a time where people are questioning, a time where people are manifesting.

We have to remember that focus is essential, because whatever we focus upon grows. The mind is a magnet, thoughts are magnets; they draw in that they are putting out. The mind is also a filter, a censorship. Therefore once we free our mind, we release the censorship, so we become infinite. The mind is a powerful tool, however we have to start living more from our heartspace. Once we can see that, focus becomes the catalyst for manifesting your desire. Concentrated focus. Ask yourself, are you focusing on what you want or are you focusing on what you fear? Because whatever you are tuned into you become, you turn into whatever you are tuned into. And that is why it is so powerful when you enter the realm of imagination which is “image in action.” Once you see that you don’t have to watch the television, you can if you want, but ask yourself the greater question: how is this serving me? The television tells lies to your vision. Once we start telling our own vision, we move into the principle of mentalism. That is why the artist is so powerful right now on the planet. Because the artist lives in the realm of infinite creation, where there are no boundaries. There is only pure expression. There is man-made law and this law is written down, but it is fictional because it is ever-changing, it can be re-written. However, Universal law does not change, it is versatile though. If you put your hand on a stove, it’s gonna hurt because it is a universal principle. And I have found it to be so powerful just to see how much power we have. You have power beyond measure, but you can only realize this once you start loving yourself 100%. Because once you can accept yourself 100%, you start to manifest your true desires. Otherwise, you don’t know what you really want. So we spend our times in jobs which don’t serve us, in relationships which don’t serve us. And once you start listening more to your heartspace, you start move in the direction of your true calling, of your true passion.

The mind is the software, the body is the computer. To start rewriting the program, we have to start changing the words we use, because words are the commands which govern every single action in our life. “I am no good.” “I am good enough.” “I can’t.” “I can.” We have to start using words that give us a new lease if life. We have to see that words are spells therefore we have to become the magicians of our own story. To start attracting with your mind, we also have to take responsibility that we are creating with our mind. We have to see that nobody is doing anything to us. We have supreme power. Once we acknowledge this, then we can begin to fly. We can heal ourselves. We came here to play. Once we can see that the limitations we place on ourselves are based on our tradition, how we were raised is more-so how we learn to see ourselves. The only way to change the perception of yourself is to let go of who you think you are. We have to see that to attract with the mind we have to start connecting with those who remind us who we are, kindred spirits because that is the true fusion. It is powerful. We don’t all have to be similar, we can find a great beauty in the contrast of our talents.

“I want another job.” “I want more money.” “I want to find my dream partner.” The moment you say “I want” you are sending out a signal to the universe that you don’t have what you desire therefore you will always remain in lack. We have to start using the power of visualization to see ourselves already there. Start loving yourself if you are single and you want to be with someone, that is the secret. Start becoming what you are dreaming of. See yourself already there. That is the power of the mind. The biggest secret of the Seven Hermetic Principles is that the first three govern the last four. The Principles of Mentalism, Correspondence, and Vibration, they govern the Principles of Polarity, Rhythm, Cause & Effect, and Gender. Once we can see this, we become more conscious that what we think affects how we feel and this affects what we manifest. Everything is connected. Once we can see that from the sound frequencies that we are listening to, ask yourself “how is this promoting wellness within my body?” because this will govern what you can manifest. Even from how you talk to yourself to the music you listen to. Are you living in a busy city? Or can you go to nature and hear yourself? When you go into nature, you realize how peaceful it is, you feel alive, and more-so you see the secret that you deserve abundance. We have to start changing our mental state. It all starts there. The moment we begin to doubt ourselves is the moment we begin to lose out on manifesting our deepest desires. Once we can let go of this fear which is one of the biggest programs, which is intrinsic to one extent, fight or flight, but after that ask yourself how is this serving me?

You can live the life you want, you just have to know what you want and see yourself already having it. Visualize yourself already there. The biggest revelation along my journey was to see that we don’t attract what we want, we attract what we are. Once you change your vibrational frequency, everything aligns with that same frequency, therefore the Universe cannot help but mirror back what frequency you are emitting. So we have to see that if we are miserable, that is what we attract. Once we start to become elevated in our spirit, everything aligns with that same frequency that you embody. The magic is within you and once you see it, everything becomes magical - you will start noticing synchronicities.

Realize that your mind has supreme power over your actions, and realize that your actions, your radical actions, are needed to manifest the world you desire to live in. You live in the world you are thinking of. Be aware, be present, and be happy. Choose what environment you wish to live in and co-create your reality with those you want to surround yourself with.

Peace. Love.

Namasté ॐ 🙏

“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”

- THE KYBALION

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:

THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.
THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.
THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

The Seven Hermetic Principles of Creation and The Kybalion 

I. MENTALISM
THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental
By Correspondence: The Crown Chakra and the Pituitary Gland
First gland to appear in the Human Embryo. 

II. CORRESPONDENCE
As above, so below; as below, so above.
By Correspondence: The Brow Chakra and the Pineal Gland
The Pineal gland produces “Melatonin” that controls the waking and sleeping cycles.


III. VIBRATION
Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.
By Correspondence: The Throat Chakra and the Thyroid Gland
The Thyroid gland produces “Thyroxin” to convert oxygen and food into usable energy.


IV. POLARITY
Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.
By Correspondence: The Heart Chakra and the Thymus Gland
The Thymus gland produces “T cells” for the immune system of the body. 


V. RHYTHM (The Cycles)
Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.
By Correspondence: The Naval Chakra and the Adrenal Gland
The Adrenal gland produces “Hydrocortisone” that regulates the use of food and helps the body adjust to stress. 


VI. CAUSE AND EFFECT
Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.
By Correspondence: The Spleen Chakra and the Lyden or Spleen
The Spleen produces “Macrophages” to cleanse the blood and is vital to the immune system of the body and a person’s health.

VII. GENDER
Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes. 
By Correspondence: The Root Chakra and the Sacral or Reproductive Glands of Male and Female in all Species.
The reproductive organs of “male and female” in all Life forms that exist.