below and above

Below and Above, Within and Without

“It is, beyond any doubt, most certain and true, that the Below is like the Above, and thereby can be accomplished the miracle of one only thing. As all things are derived from one thing, by the Will and the Word of the One who created it in His mind; likewise all things result from this unity by the order of nature. Its father is the sun, its mother te moon; the air carries it it in its womb; its nurse is the earth. Thus thing is the origin of all perfections that exist through the world. Its power is most perfect when it has been reduced to earth.

“Separate the earth from the fire, and the subtle from that which is gross; act with prudence, understanding, and modesty. It rises up from the earth to the heavens, and returns again to the earth, taking unto itself the power of the Above and the Below. Thus you will obtain the the glory of the whole world.

“Therefore, discard all ignorance and impotency. This is the strongest of all powers, for it overcomes all subtle things, and can penetrate through all that is gross.” ~Franz Hartmann

Below and Above

Almost everyone who has studied spiritual teaching is familiar with the Hermetic teaching that what is above is like that which is below, what is outside is like that which is inside. But most seem to have a limited understanding of this confining it to the material level of existence. They compare the structure of the cosmos with that of the brain, the branches of a tree with those in the lungs, etc. This is fine as far as it goes. It does show that this law applies within the levels of the material universe. But the hermetic teachings were about spiritual growth, not studies of the physical world. So when Hermes said “As above, so below” he was talking in terms of dimensions. So what he really meant is that the things that happen in higher dimensions, spiritual dimensions, trickle down to the lower dimensions of matter. We must remember, though, that things roll downhill easily, but need to be pushed uphill. The same applies here, in a sense. What happens in higher realms of spirit easily affects the lower dimensions of matter, but what happens in the world of matter has little effect on the higher realms. So then why “as below, so above?” Because Hermes is trying to tell us that we can get some idea of what is happening in higher realms by noticing what changes are taking place in the lower ones. Below and Above are mirrors to some degree. Continue reading “Below and Above, Within and Without”


As Alpha, So Omega

“There is only one dogma in Magic, and it is this: The visible is the manifestation of the invisible, or, in other terms, the perfect word, in things appreciable and visible, bears an exact proportion to the things which are inappreciable by our senses and unseen by the eyes. The Magus raised one hand towards heaven and points down with the other to earth … The first letter in the alphabet of the sacred language, Aleph, represents a man extending one hand toward heaven and the other to earth. It is an active expression of the active principle in everything; it is creation in heaven corresponding to the omnipotence of the word below.” ~Eliphas Levi

AlephI would say “spirituality” rather than “Magic” because most people today think of magic as Harry potter and friends waving their wands around and turning crows into goblets, etc. It is certainly true that everything we see I the visible or material world is a manifestation of something in the spiritual that existed before it. What this doesn’t mention is the distortion and loss of energy that occurs when a spiritual “thing’ become a physical object, or objects (often, the spiritual must be split to slow it down to the point where it’s frequency is low enough to manifest as matter).

Prophets and seers who predict future events often do so by seeing into the spiritual and observing changes that are taking place there before they manifest on the material level. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know with great accuracy exactly what will manifest when a particular node of spiritual energy devolves into matter. This means that these prophets and seers often fail to see exactly what is coming, except in a general sense, causing skeptics to doubt their abilities. It is not that they seeing things falsely, but that they don’t always interpret it correctly. It’s kind of like if you see a plane flying by and you try to predict where it is going. You may see the plane clearly, but that doesn’t always tell you where it is headed. Also, there is the problem that when a seer looks more than a year or two into the future, he may see things so different, that he doesn’t understand what he sees. He may therefore misinterpret something because he has no point of reference. Continue reading “As Alpha, So Omega”