Emerald Tablet of Hermes

The Precepts of Hermes, engraved upon the Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

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, to perform the miracles of the One Thing.

And as all things were from One, by the meditation of One, so from this One Thing come all things by adaptation. Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the wind carried it in its belly, the nurse thereof is the Earth.

It is the father of all perfection and the consummation of the whole world. Its power is integral if it be turned to Earth.

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Thou shalt separate the Earth from the Fire, the subtle from the coarse, gently and with much ingenuity. It ascends from Earth to heaven and descends again to Earth, and receives the power of the superiors and the inferiors.

Thus thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong fortitude of all fortitude, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. Thus the world was created. Hence are all wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner.

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Stephen Karcher’s I·Ching

Stephen Karcher’s Total I·Ching is Caroline’s most oft-quoted I·Ching reference.

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The Power of Great and Small by Stephen Karcher

“In following this practice, we are imitating the early spirit intermediaries who could see and hear what is occulted, giving those above (shen, the light spirits) and those below (gui, the dark ghosts) what is due to them. This imaginative generosity causes a luminous spirit to descend. As it takes up its home within, we become daimonic and clear-seeing, profoundly connected to the invisible world.”

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Oracle’s Contexts: Gods, Dreams, Shadow, Language by Stephen Karcher Ph.D.

[First published in Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, 1992, vol 53]

The oracle neither speaks nor hides; it signifies. – Heraclitus

” Yi Jing, or the “Classic of Yi,” perhaps the oldest book in the world, is a set of oracular statements on human experiences. These statements are organized through a system of 64 sixline figures or gua, usually called hexagrams: all the possible combinations of six whole (-—) and/or opened (— —) lines. Each hexagram is thought to represent a configuration of time, a dynamic cluster of images [Read more…]