“True, without falsehood, certain and most true, that which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, for the performance of the miracles of the One Thing. And as all things are from One, by the mediation of One, so all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation. The Sun is its father, the Moon its mother, and the Wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the Earth. This is the father of all perfection, or consummation of the whole world. Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth.
Thou shalt separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, suavely, and with great ingenuity. It ascends from earth to heaven and descends again to earth, and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors. So thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong force of all forces, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. So the world was created. Hence were all wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner. Therefore am I called Hermes Trismegistus, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world. What I have to tell is completed, concerning the Operation of the Sun.”
The Emerald Tablet was originally translated from latin, the orgins of the emerald tablet are described to be from the west. However the precise first appearance is still unknown. The text could further be interpreted using alchemical reference of the elements.
Thou shalt separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, suavely, and with great ingenuity.
This could be interepreted as seperating the spirit from the body. Where the flame represents the energy or spirit within and the earth the shell or body. Like most occult things there is always more than one interpretation to the sacred texts. It is very rare if ever that a text of this esoteric nature can be taken at face value.
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