According to an ever-enduring mystical history, a very long time ago, in Ancient Egypt, there thrived the worship of the great God Thoth, and who later became humanized or referred to as Hermes Trismegistus, meaning Hermes the “thrice greatest”.
At first, in ancient Egypt, Thoth was regarded as the God of wisdom, who taught and civilized mankind. He was seen as the scribe to the Gods and who taught mankind all the arts, the sciences and even magic.
However, later, in Hellenistic Egypt, when the Greeks took over the rein of power of ancient Egypt, the Greek religion and Egyptian religion became syncretized, and the Egyptian God of wisdom Thoth became associated with the Greek God “of interpretative communication” called Hermes.
It would be later that Thoth, the Egyptian God of wisdom, became humanized and referred to as the great sage Hermes Trismegistus.
Nevertheless, I still believe that Thoth was probably human; he would have simply been an ancient Egyptian who achieved great intellectual feats that set the foundation for the Egyptian civilization. His great wisdom must have been what gave him the ascended status as a God in ancient Egypt.
After all, the ancient Egyptians depicted Thoth as one having the body of a man and the head of an ibis as shown in the image below. The head of an “ibis” probably signifies his exploration and mastery of the higher realm of Thought or knowledge.
So, the later reference of Thoth as Hermes Trismegistus may be more historical than myth and the teachings accredited to this great God-man are of extreme importance as they have always been to civilization.
And concerning this great historical God-man, Manly P. Hall in “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” is quoted to have referred to him as the:
“Master of all arts and sciences, perfect in all crafts, Ruler of the three worlds, Scribe of the Gods, and Keeper of the Books of Life, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus – the three times greatest, the “first Intelligencer” – was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as an embodiment of the Universal Mind. While in all probability there actually existed a great sage and educator by the name Hermes, it is impossible to extricate the historical man from the mass of legendary accounts which attempt to identify him with the Cosmic Principle of Thought.”
This great sage or archetype of the God-man is said to be the one who laid down seven cosmic principles that are referred to as the Seven Hermetic Principles. These principles are now seen as what constituted the mystical thought of ancient Egypt and her mystery schools.
These principles, even at first glance, are profoundly spiritual and they easily intuit of their cosmic origin, and in this post-modern age, which mankind has entered, they will serve as a new interest especially with regards to our interaction with the rising spiritual science.
The post-modern age is a special term for this age and it reminds us that we have fully transited into the age of science which even though had begun or coincided with the first renaissance has now become completely birthed in this second renaissance.
The one peculiar reason for this is that unlike before, science has now taken its spiritual and ascended nature. Science was completely physical and material before and for this reason could not in any way be taken as complete or as the true representation of reality.
So, today, I speak of the age of science and it is exactly what the post-modern age is all about. However, what brings the post-modern age and the seven hermetic principles of Thoth together is the profound similarity or relationship that the seven absolute laws of post-modern physics seems to have with them.
I wrote down these seven absolute principles and by that time I was unaware of the seven hermetic principles. So you can imagine how surprise I was to see that the seven absolute principles of the universe are what set-up the entire structure of post-modern physics which proves and inherently displays all the seven hermetic principles.
It was expected to be so, because when I had gone a great length in writing The Treatise, I felt this deep, unexplainable nostalgia about it all. It was like as if these seven absolute principles are not really new to me and that they are very ancient and profound principles that have been known by those before me.
So discovering the seven hermetic principles proved this unexplainable intuition right and I was really surprised at the profound similarity the seven absolute principles discovered in this post-modern world has with the seven hermetic principles of the ancient world, in that they both produce a similar spiritual and unified perspective of the universe.
This further gave me the assurance that the world is now experiencing the second renaissance which is the actual rebirth of the cultural and intellectual practices of ancient Egypt, unlike the first renaissance that I consider to be about the actual rebirth of the cultural and intellectual practices of ancient Greece.
But what is interesting about the first renaissance is that Hermeticism or its discovery was a catalyst that initiated it, however, the first renaissance did not turn out to satisfy the spiritual essence of Hermeticism as the science it birthed took a physical path instead of a spiritual one.
Historically, the surviving writings of Hermeticism known as the “Corpus Hermetica” found their way into Europe during the 15th century where they were translated into Latin by the court of Cosimo de Medici who was the grandfather of Lorenzo de Medici. The latter was the grand patron of most of the Renaissance artists like Leonardo Da Vinci.
It was during this popular period of Hermeticism in Europe that the first renaissance was born and enlightenment ensued. But a recent look at the first Renaissance and the kind of science it birthed shows that it was really physical and not spiritual like it should have been.
It is for this reason I refer to the first renaissance as the rebirth of the physical man and not of the spiritual man. But the second renaissance which has come is the rebirth of the spiritual man and the true revival of Hermeticism, which the first renaissance can no longer be considered to be.
I now want to proceed to state and briefly discuss these seven hermetic principles and at important junctures make reference to how they find important relationships with the new spiritual science and the seven absolute principles of the universe.
1. The Principle of Mentalism
“The All is mind; The universe is mental.”
The above is the first hermetic principle which is the principle of mentalism. Some teach that according to Hermeticism, the world is divided into three planes which are the mental plane, the spiritual plane, and the physical plane. And that the mental world is the highest plane that has effects on the physical and the spiritual planes.
Well, I do not subscribe to this teaching of the principle of mentalism. The world cannot be divided into three, rather it can only be divided into two, and depending on the context of the discussion, we may refer to these two worlds or planes as the spiritual plane and the physical plane or as the mental plane and the material plane.
Thus, the principle of mentalism that states that “the universe is mental” can otherwise be said to be that the universe is spiritual. Though it depends on the context, but underlyingly both are the same.
I say this because you cannot separate the Mind from the Spiritual. In fact, it is by the study of the spiritual that we can access the nature of the Mind, for “The All is Spirit; the universe is spiritual.” This is the other way of presenting the principle of mentalism (or of spiritualism).
The principle of mentalism is a principle that presents the opposite of the material, of matter and of the physical. The mental and the spiritual are inseparable, in fact, they refer to one and the same thing depending on the context.
To further buttress my point, physical science since its inception 400 years ago has failed to give any scientific account of the mind which it can so easily discredit or disregard and has always done so. And this is because physical science disregards the first hermetic principle or the principle of mentalism, which tells us that the universe is spiritual or mental.
Physical science teaches and upholds a physical or material universe and for this reason, it has failed to grasp or come any close to unraveling the Mind or the mental nature of the universe.
But this is not the case in the new science or in post-modern physics which upholds that the universe is spiritual and as such has proceeded to unravel for the first time since the first civilization the nature of the Mind. So, I want you to see the connection between the spiritual universe and the much-needed but elusive understanding of the Mind.
This is why I choose not to demarcate the world into three, but rather into two, which are the spiritual plane and the physical plane or the mental plane and the material plane. It all depends on context, and in whatever context, there are only two planes of existence.
You must always remember that “everything is dual”. This is a hermetic principle that we will discuss shortly.
Also, the spiritual plane or the mental plane refer to the plane of truth, but the physical plane or the material plane refers to the plane of falsehood. This is why we must appreciate the new science which ascends us to the plane of truth.
So, the principle of mentalism is about the spiritual nature of the universe and which upheld can be the only means by which we can unravel the mystery of the Mind.
Now, as I have said, it is easy to see that physical science goes against the first hermetic principle. Physical science goes against the principle of mentalism as it upholds what one may call the principle of materialism.
This unspelt but influential principle of materialism is what states that ‘the All is Matter; the universe is material.’ It is on this principle of materialism that physical science was founded.
Yes, physical science is founded on the reverse of the profound hermetic principle and it is why I wonder how the classical scientists could have been influenced by Hermeticism because the resulting science does not reflect it.
The first renaissance gave birth to the physical man that went contrary to the principle of mentalism, but the second renaissance gives birth to the spiritual man that is in direction with the principle of mentalism.
It is no wonder the world has been sucked into the abyss of materialism since the first Renaissance and the spread of its influence all over the world. But now arises again from the ashes of the first civilization the second renaissance and the new hope for a spiritual world.
The post-modern age is an age that brings to birth a new science that is spiritual and that upholds the principle of mentalism, which though is not once again stated as one of its seven absolute principles, but it is presented and preserved in the entire spiritual or mental nature of the new science.
Thus, in the post-modern age, we are seeing a more direct and scientific presentation of the seven hermetic principles, unlike how they were before, when they portrayed the outlooks of religion and philosophy or could be regarded as such.
2. The Principle of Correspondence
“As above, so below; as below, so above. As within, so without; as without, so within.”
The second hermetic principle presented above is the correspondence principle. This is as we also have what I refer to as the correspondence principle in the seven absolute principles of the universe but they are not similarly stated.
I have always known about the hermetic statement that “as above, so below”, but I did not know that it was just a part of a broader and well-articulated system of principles referred to as the seven hermetic principles.
But I had an immediate personal experience of this truth that “as above, so below” after I had unified micro-physics and macro-physics. It was not a religious or a philosophical experience for me, it was a scientific experience of the exact unity of all universe.
So, in this post-modern age, the correspondence principle is a reality we now see and experience in the new science or in post-modern physics. It is also, like the principle of mentalism, what now manifest itself in the entire body of the new science.
The same goes for all the seven hermetic principles. They are no longer stated in the new science, rather the new science in its complete and entire nature exhibits and testifies of these principles. They are underlying in the new science but not explicitly stated.
Only a new set of seven absolute principles of the universe are explicitly stated in the new science and this is necessary to reflect the actual scientific nature of the post-modern age. But these new set of seven absolute principles are related to the seven hermetic principles and they are what scientifically prove the latter.
So, we now see in this post-modern age the old long truth that “As above, so below; as below, so above. As within, so without; as without, so within.” It is now a scientific reality which many before this age sought to see but couldn’t and it was simply because the old science was physical and did not really uphold or attest to the hermetic principles.
Physical science in all its glory could not reveal the unity of all things or represent the correspondence principle which the new spiritual science has now accomplished. Thus, overall, post-modern physics is the scientific presentation of the seven hermetic principles.
3 .The Principle of Vibration
“Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates.”
The above is the third hermetic principle and it is referred to as the principle of vibration (or motion). While physical science seems to uphold or inform us of this principle in its explicit statement of the kinetic theory and by its focus on mechanics, the new spiritual science informs us that it was wrong about the exact mechanism or nature of vibration and motion in the universe.
It all begins with the realization that Newton’s laws of motion are not the true laws of motion in the universe; they are unhermetic and this problem lingered and precipitated the crisis that befell modern physics.
We have to get the principle of motion right and this is where the new science comes in. Newton’s laws of motion and from which we base the kinetic theory and all our understanding of mechanics are not the true representation of the principle of vibration.
It is obvious that I am not discussing about these hermetic principles as they are usually discussed with the focus on how the mystics teach them. This is not to say that they are not important, but what is of more concern is their pure scientific nature and significance which post-modern physics for the first time captures.
Through post-modern physics, we now know the true metaphysical laws by which everything vibrates and moves in the universe; we now know the metaphysical laws of natural vibration and motion in the universe.
The whole seven hermetic principles are true and scientific and they are the central ingredients of post-modern physics which completes our understanding of the universe.
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; All truths are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled.”
What I love most about the principle of polarity presented above is the ending assertion that “All paradoxes may be reconciled.” This is profound and it is something that is missing in physical science that rather permits and exalts dualities and paradoxes.
You will find a lot of these paradoxes in physical science and its philosophy which cannot reconcile the wave and particle duality, relationism and absolutism, quantum mechanics and relativity, God and man, etc.
But in the new metaphysical science or post-modern physics, we have gone beyond these dualities and we have attained synthesis. We have shown that of a truth “All paradoxes [or dualities] may be reconciled.”
Also, we now see a new meaning to the principle of polarity and how it is responsible for the interactions of bodies, especially atomic bodies. Concepts such as the lesser and greater accelerations of light have replaced the concepts of negative and positive charges.
In post-modern physics, the principle of polarity is now placed on the aetheric field of which light is constituted. In fact, in post-modern physics, we now have the true understanding of the principle of polarity that exposes the unity and the true nature of the universe.
This wasn’t the case in physical science where our focus was on the wrong presentation of the principle of polarity which hides the true nature of the universe and the unity of all things from us.
Also, it ends that we have discovered as a result of the true understanding of the principle of polarity that “All paradoxes may be reconciled.” As a result of this, we now see the profound, spiritual unity of all things.
Thus, we now understand how the principle of polarity endorses or presents that duality exists but that beyond it synthesis can be found. This is a beautiful discovery, just to say the least.
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.”
The above fifth principle is the principle of rhythm and it informs us about the great cosmic dance and of the balance of proportion, even in motion. The idea that “everything flows” informs us of the fluidity or of the wave nature of reality, which many agree.
It is a hermetic principle that more than any other hermetic principle reminds us that the universe is pure music, what the ancients referred to as the music of the spheres. And we now understand this music or rhythm to be what the gravi-electromagnetic field manifests.
In the new science, we realize the rhythmical nature of reality as a standing gravi-electromagnetic field. Thus, the principle of rhythm is real as such. It is the by the principle of rhythm that the first essence – that is the gravi-electromagnetic field – “rises and falls”, “flows out and in”, “swings to the left and to the right”, and compensates in order to form our universe.
The principle of rhythm is one of the central principles of creation. It is at the core of reality and it varied manifestations and we are now having the scientific understanding of this in post-modern physics. As a result, we have now come to the true understanding of the unified wave nature of the universe.
Also, we hope to practically harness this rhythm as it manifests in the gravi-electromagnetic wave, which is the wave of creation and the true constituent of matter.
For so long we searched for the true unreducable understanding of the principle of rhythm as it is the unified field theory of the universe and we couldn’t, but now we have.
We are now looking at the actual “tides” that are what constitute the seasons and moments of the continuum. The gravi-electromagnetic field is the first “pendulum swing that manifests in everything” and it is what stands as the origin of mass and as the intervening field that holds all matter so that the whole unity of the universe can come together before our very eyes.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
“Every cause has an effect; Every effect has a cause; Everything happens according to law; Chance is but a name for a law unrecognized; There are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.”
The above sixth principle of cause and effect is probably the most popular principle of science and philosophy. It is one of the central principles of critical thinking.
We all know and say that “every cause has an effect” and that “every effect has a cause.” We are well aware of this and it is how we make sense of the world we live in. The principle of cause and effect is how we interpret science and philosophy and the daily events around us; it is how we write history and also make prognostications of the future.
However, it has found its true application in the new science or in post-modern physics which now presents the true understanding of the universe which cannot follow without the truth of the principle of cause and effect.
Science at its core is founded on the principle of cause and effect which sets our belief that we can understand the universe without resorting to the proposal of God or some unexplainable intervention.
But how much of the universe did we come to understand by following this principle? The whole crisis of modern physics reflected this problem, such that it became obvious that we were missing something important about the universe.
This is the big question that has even threatened our adherence to this principle and the actual significance of it. But this is no longer the case as we have come to the true understanding of the universe.
However, to accomplish this, we had to set the principle of cause and effect on the foundation of post-modern physics which is the new metaphysical science. The laws of metaphysics are what now expose the principle cause and effect and how it applies in the universe.
The principle of cause and effect is now placed on the flow of absolute, metaphysical space and time and not on relative, physical space and time like it was before. This means that in post-modern physics, events are placed and interpreted as they occur in absolute space and time and not in relative space and time.
This changes how we have understood and applied this principle and more is to follow as we move into the future. Without the law of cause and effect, we cannot understand the universe and the events around us, and it is only by applying this principle to absolute space and time that we can really see this very elusive understanding of the universe.
The nature of science is as it satisfies this principle which when applied to physical space and time only produces irreconcilable paradoxes and makes the much-sought unified understanding of the universe more elusive.
But when the principle of cause and effect is applied to metaphysical space and time, we immediately realize the truth of this principle and the experience of all-round synthesis.
7. The Principle of Gender
“Gender is in everything; Everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
This seventh hermetic principle is the one principle that finds its actual scientific picture in the seven absolute laws of post-modern physics. In the seven absolute laws of post-modern physics, we have a principle that I refer to as the universal equivalence principle.
Though the universal equivalence principle appears on the surface to be a principle of physics, a deeper philosophical look shows that it is actually a cosmic principle of gender.
The seventh hermetic principle has been informing us for so long that there is gender in the universe. That the masculine and the feminine principles do not just apply to biological life but also to what one may refer to as cosmic life.
Thus, the discovery of the universal equivalence principle which informs us that the weak equivalence principle and the strong equivalence principle are equal is a discovery of cosmic life which is the higher and truly eternal form of life.
We can now agree based on physics that “Everything has its masculine and feminine principles” and that “Gender manifests on all planes.” This would have been impossible without the transition from physical science to metaphysical science.
So, the hermetic principle of gender is what now finds its second appearance in the universal equivalence principle of this post-modern age.
And as a result of the principle of gender and how it is represented by the universal equivalence principle, we now have a better understanding of the universe as well as an ascended understanding of life.
What better way to conclude this article except by saying that the seven hermetic principles have found their rebirth and revival in a more profound scientific culture that is inherently spiritual and more attentive of the true nature of the universe.
In post-modern physics, the seven hermetic principles take inherent positions such that they are no longer explicitly stated or applied to describe a scientific phenomenon but they are however importantly noticed to be what has taken new forms as the explicit seven absolute principles of the universe.
As this post-modern age moves forward, we will from time to time and when necessary refer to the seven hermetic principles, even as we are aware that the new spiritual science is now how we once again teach and refer to these great mystical principles of Thoth.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa