A society which places trivialities first has no chance for attaining gnosis. These Principles come together to form a Key, through which wisdom is unlocked, revealed, unveiled, or de-occult-ed.
Hermetic, meaning of Hermes Trismegistus, such as hermetically sealed, implying that these are natural Laws which are unchangeable, and unalterable.
Principle, which means leading, first, foremost, chief, or the most necessary, and that which matters most in understanding, before all other understanding. Thus Hermetic Principle implies the foremost elements of natural Law.
(1) The Principle of Mentalism
The All is Mind. Thoughts lead to manifestations and events. Thoughts create our state of existence and the quality of our experience on Earth. Therefore, be responsible for everything your create, by being responsible for everything you think. Everything that happens is the result of a mental state which preceded it. For anything to exist, thoughts had to form it, and it then became a reality. Thoughts create conditions. One does not change their behavior, one changes their thoughts, and their behavior becomes the result of that thinking. If you would change reality, you must change your thinking. When one wants something that they cannot achieve, it is because their thinking is not conducive to the reality they seek to manifest.
(2) The Principle of Correspondence
That which is Above is like to that which is Below. That which is Below is like to that which is Above. The Macrocosm (the very large; the totality) and the Microcosm (the very small; the individual units which comprise the whole) are reflections of each other. The universe is Holographic; it is self-similar across all scales. The universe is Fractal; self similar mathematical patterns, (look up the Fibonacci sequence). Across all strata of the cosmos the same patterns are repeated. The universe is Holistic meaning that an understanding of it is concerned with the complete system rather than with the individual components. In our holographic universe, everything is included within every single part. The individual is as a cosmos, and the cosmos is as an individual. Knowing the workings of the individual will permit an understanding of the overall working of the Macrocosm, and understanding the Macrocosm will lead to understanding individuals and consciousness. The knowledge which this society has occult-ed, is the knowledge of the Microcosm, which is to say the individuated consciousness, the atomized individuality, and how the Macrocosm works, which is natural Law.
(3) The Principle of Vibration
Nothing rest. Everything moves. Everything vibrates. At the most fundamental level, the universe and everything which comprises it is pure vibratory energy, manifesting in many different and dynamic ways. The universe has no solidity. Matter is merely energy in a state of vibration. Stillness is an illusion which exist only in perception.
(4) 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, but not in every strata. Hot and cold are simply the presence or absence of energy, and only in within perception are they opposites.
(5) The Principle of Rhythm
Everything flows, out and in. Everything has its tides. All things rise and fall. The pendulum-swing manifest in everything. The measure of the swing to the right, is the measure of the swing to the left. Rhythm compensates. Rowing against the current requires more energy than rowing with the current. Flying against the wind requires more energy than flying with the wind. While one can certainly go against the grain, the current, and the wind, it will require much more of an effort, much more WILL to do so, and as we currently exist within an ebb of collective consciousness, to motivate a change in our consciousness requires a tremendous effort, a tremendous Will, and greater still, if we would alter the overall human psyche. It will be very difficult to break down those abstractions which do not server who we actually are, blinded as the mundane are by these abstraction notions of identity, and conventional notions of self valuations.
(6) The Principle of Cause and Effect
Every cause has its Effect. Every Effect has its cause. Everything happens according to natural Law. “Chance” is a word for “not recognizing natural Law”. There are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes natural Law. We are not only subject to the consequences of our own actions, our own causes, but to the total causation of humanities actions and state of being. The state in which we exist is the outcome, or effect, of the total input or cause. Also, there are consequences, not only for action or causes, but for inaction, as well. The issue being, here, that most will acknowledge no responsibility, and take no action, regarding the state of humanity. There is free Will, but no free Will to ignore natural Law. This is the limitation on Free Will. Free Will exist within the boundary conditions of Natural Law, which Law can be broken, but cannot be exceeded without negative consequence. As such, related bodies of knowledge have been referred to as “Consequentialism” – the class of normative ethical theories holding that the consequences of one’s conduct are the ultimate basis for any judgment about the rightness or wrongness of that conduct. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right act (or omission from acting) is one that will produce a good outcome, or consequence.
(Cause and Effect – Plane of Effects) This is where manifested realities have formed due to their underlying causes. The Plane of Effects constitutes that which has already occurred. As such, no power to effect change lies here, because that which has already occurred cannot be undone, cannot un-occur; It has become that which is Truth, that which is Isness. Human consciousness seems to be trapped upon the Plane of Effects, meaning that humanity, as a whole, remains ignorant of the underlying causes, which they themselves have set into motion, and which lead to self-inflicted suffering in their lives. People trapped on this level of perception and consciousness are stuck looking at the symptoms, thus believing that abstractions are the answer to their questions, the purpose of their lives, the goal at the end of their struggles, such that religious, political, national, scientific, or monetary conventions, will cure, enlighten, or substantiate, them, while each of these abstractions actually continue to lead them to the slavery which CAUSES them to question, to be purposeless, to pursue pointless goals, to believe in nonsense, to accept false and abstract identities, and to reject natural Law.
(Cause and Effect – Plane of Causality) The Mental World (The WHY). This is where causes are set into motion prior to manifesting as formed realities. This plane of causality constitutes the causal factors which underline and precede all manifested things and events. All power to effect change lie on this plane. Human consciousness must move from the plane of effects to the plane of causality, in order for human beings to understand the causal factors of the conditions which they are collectively manifesting in their lives. Only then will humanity be able to co-create their shared reality on a conscious level, rather than an unconscious one.
(7) The Principle of Gender
Gender exist in everything. Everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles. Gender manifest on all planes. Mental Gender is the state of co-existence between the Masculine and Feminine aspects of the human mind. Our Left Brain Hemisphere largely facilitates the Masculine aspect of the mind, or the intellect (logical, analytical, and liner processes), while the Right Brain Hemisphere largely facilitates the Feminine aspect, or Intuition (creative, compassionate, and holistic though processes). Energy in this context is masculine, or positive projective, or feminine, negative receptive.
(8) The Generative Principle
The Lost Principle, is the dynamic of CARE. What we care about on a day-to-day basis act as the driving force of our thoughts and actions. Therefore, Care can be seen as the ultimate Generator of the quality of our experience. The Principle has been referred to as the Generative Principle as well. That principle which governs creation, and the causal factors which effect and bring into manifestation, which is Care. What are you granting your attention to, and thus causing to grow? What do you focus upon? Where you focus, you generate, you lend your generative energies, and you produce THAT. What we care enough to put our WILL behind is ultimately what gets generated in the world. The world is the way it is because people do not care (even if they say they do) because if people did collectively care, it would be evident in their actions, and the change would manifest in the Effect Plane.
Magian adepts know this, that reality is determined by behavior, and that behavior is the result of the state of mind, and emotions, thus if media can influence the majority of humanities emotions and concerns, and occupy their thoughts, inadvertently their behavior will be dictated, and those adepts who control the media, will ultimately control what reality IS. One must CARE to regain their emotional, intellectual, and behavioral, dominion, and from there attain their desires, from there become liberated from illusion, from there become free from laziness, cowardice, and adherence to social slavery.
Most people do not Care whatsoever, or they care about trivial and superficial issues, such that those trivial issues are produced in mass quantity, overly glorified, and granted more attention, and seriousness, than they are actually worth, thus producing laughably and ridiculously nonsensical conventions of monetary and political systems, which magian adepts have manipulated for generations, taking advantage of, and sustaining, the collective ignorance, having driven it further into nescience, that recovery of gnosis is near impossible. This is the aggregate consciousness, the collective human psyche, producing that which it CARES about, that which it is focused upon, stimulating and growing it with the collective power of their attentions generative energies.
Seed of Life
The Seed of Life symbol represents the seven Hermetic Principles, the principles of natural Law, and the eighth ‘encompassing’ circle containing them, the generative principle, from which the generative and creative ‘materials’ grow.
This outline is very basic, and becomes rather complex when considering each of these principles in the context of the others. In that regard, one should keep in mind a basic understanding that the first two, and the last two, principles pertain to the function of the Cosmos, the Macrocosm. The middle three principles pertain to yourself, the microcosm. View it at such to maintain the overall context of each.
1 The Principle of Mentalism.
2 The Principle of Correspondence.
3 The Principle of Vibration.
4 The Principle of Polarity.
5 The Principle of Rhythm.
6 The Principle of Cause and Effect.
7 The Principle of Gender.