The Seven Hermetic Principles of Truth

As with all wisdom, the ears must be ready to hear in order for the message to appear. If you are reading this, it is likely that you are ready to hear it. If not, then this is offered as a simple guide to the everyday happenstance of your life. These Principles date back thousands of years. They are from the Emerald Tablets of Thoth and the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, known by ancient Egyptians as ‘The Great Great’ and ‘Master of Masters’. They are as follows:


“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.”–The Kybalion

We’ve all heard the term, ‘It’s all in your mind’, at one point or another. Like most cliche’s and such, it rings true on multiple levels. This Principle explains that it really is ALL in the mind. Everything from your most inner thoughts to the vast reaches of space are part of all that is, or as referred to in these teachings, THE ALL.  This first Principle is the ‘master key’ of understanding and harnessing the others in a way that is intentional and intelligent as opposed to ‘accidentally’. One can use mental transmutation to change the entire Universe..or put another way, In order to change the world, you must first change your mind.


“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion

This Principle explains that there is always a corresponding, or harmony, that occurs between the laws of various planes, either physical, or mental, or spiritual.  What exists on this plane or dimension, as determined by Natural Laws, exist on other planes as well. There is an equal network of roots below the ground as there is a network of branches above. Just as we can use Geometry to determine the distance of far off objects in space, we can use Correspondence to explore higher planes of understanding and existence.


“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”–The Kybalion

 The truth reflected in this Principle is that nothing is ‘still’. Everything is in constant motion, merely vibrating at various frequencies to manifest into different planes. Imagine a wheel that spins faster & faster until it is spinning so fast that it appears to stop. Some things are vibrating so slow (or so fast) that they ‘appear’ as motionless. An understanding of this Principle allows individuals to become aware of and control their own vibration, and even the vibration of others!


“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.”–The Kybalion

What is represented here is that ‘there are two sides to every coin’, and that the two sides aren’t different, but rather different degrees of the same. For example, you have hot & cold. What we call ‘cold’ is just a variation in degree from ‘hot’.  There is no single spot on a thermometer where hot becomes cold as they are one in the same. It’s the same with anything: Big and small, high and low, light and dark, love and hate, fear and courage, good and evil, etc. This is where the Principle has it’s power, by applying it, we can change vibrations of any of these states to a different ‘degree’ in our minds, and isn’t that where it ALL is? So, we can adjust ourselves from hate to love, from fear to courage, from sad to happy without changing the essence of anything.


“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 Kybalion

 Here we see that, in everything, there is a flow. A rhythm that is constant. When considered with the previous Principle, this one describes the flow from one pole to the other and back. We see this Law in effect all over. The rise and fall of tides, the changing of seasons, even our daily existence requires cycles of rest and motion. What is most powerful about an awareness of this Principle is that when we begin to recognize these patterns, we can begin to ride them instead of resisting them. It is also helpful to know that the upswings are as powerful as the downswing. So, if you are ever in a really sad state, take heart & know that, when the pendulum shifts, your experience of joy will be equally intense!


“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”–The Kybalion

It is easy to understand cause and effect in physical terms (me kicking a ball is the cause, the ball rolling is the effect), but this Principle tells us that it applies to everything on all planes. The power here is, again, in the awareness of the Principle. Many go through life experiencing a series of ‘effects’ and believe that is their life. When we become ’causes’ in our life, we begin to see evidence in the ‘effect’ we have on others. To be clear, there is nothing ‘wrong’ with being effected, but in that awareness, we can guide our experience by who we allow to ‘effect’ us.


“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”–The Kybalion

 The Principle Of Gender is simple: In everything, on every plane, there is a masculine and a feminine energy. Here in the physical plane, we see that as which sex we are, but gender exists in many other forms, and in mental & spiritual planes as well. It is the Universal pull towards the ‘union’ of masculine and feminine energies to create a new, singular atom. Your parents’ union is what created you, an evolved and separate entity comprised of that union. (In this essence, you are the ascendant and your parents are your descendants!) On a mental plane, this Principle is represented by our ‘I’ and ‘me’  inner duality. The ‘I’ gives the expression and is able to observe the process as the ‘me’ creates and develops the identity. Even on an atomic level, there are ‘feminine’ nodes that bind with ‘masculine’ nodes to form the energy on which everything is built. In vibrations, there is always a frequency being sent and a frequency being received.

It is not possible to go into the depth necessary to fully understand these Principles here in this writing. This is just an overview. If you would like to form a deeper understanding of these principles, please visit this Hermetics research site for more readings.

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