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The Seven Hermetic Principles Gnostic Muse

Updated: May 22, 2021

The Seven Hermetic Principles are from the teachings of the mysterious initiate Hermes Trismegistus, often associated with the god Mercury. The Kybalion, first published in 1908 by William Walker Atkinson under the pseudonym “Three Initiates” is an exposition of these hermetic principles. In studying the cosmic principles and laws we can understand what invisible forces govern our lives, and more wisely navigate our work in the Gnostic esoteric process. Just as there are physical laws that govern the material world there are energetic and spiritual laws. The highest law in creation is the law of Love. That which is beyond all creation and even greater than love is the Agnostos Theos, the unknowable divinity beyond all words and concepts. “The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals- a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like Wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces. 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. Mastery consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher forces against the lower — escaping the pains of the lower planes by vibrating on the higher. Transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the Master.” -The Kybalion

The Principle of Mentalism

“The entire universe exists in the cosmic mind. The mental sphere of each person extends throughout the entire cosmos and reaches the furthest stars; this is the cause whereby we see, hear and feel all that is created; this is the reason we can see the most remote stars.Our thoughts are not locked up in our cranium, our mind extends throughout the entire cosmos, our mind penetrates everywhere: worlds, suns, people and things; everything is within the mind of each man.” –Samael Aun Weor

The Principle of Correspondence

“As Above so Below; as Below, so Above. This centuries old Hermetic axiom embodies one of the great Principles of Universal Phenomena. As we proceed with our consideration of the remaining Principles, we will see even more clearly the truth of the universal nature of this great Principle of Correspondence.” -The Kybalion