The Seven Hermetic Principles
“The Principles of the Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open”
In the pursuit of understanding and creating a solid and comprehensive understanding of the ancients view of the universe and self, it is helpful to address an ancient set of seven extremely important and timeless ‘laws’ or ‘functions’ of the universe. Of which have been elegantly outlined in the Kybalion, a famous hermetic text. The following laws are universally present within our universe.
1.THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM
“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.”This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.”It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT.
2.THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE
“As above, so below; as below so above.”This Prnciple embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life.
3. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”This Principle embodies the truth that “everything is in motion”; “everything vibrates”; “nothing is at rest”; facts which Modern Science endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify.
4. THE PRINCIPLE OF 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…”It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that “opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.
5. 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.”This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide.
6.THE PRINCIPLE OF CA– USE 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.”It explains that: “Everything Happens according to Law”; that nothing ever “merely happens”; that there is no such thing as Chance… only law unseen.
7. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles Gender; manifests on all planes”. This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything — the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes.