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CHAPTER II

THE SEVEN HERMETIC PRINCIPLES

"The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these,
understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose
touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open."--The Kybalion.

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:

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.

These Seven Principles will be discussed and explained as we proceed with these lessons. A short explanation of each, however, may as well be given at this point.

1. The Principle of Mentalism

"THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental."--The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that "All is Mind." It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of
"The Material Universe"; the "Phenomena of Life"; "Matter"; "Energy";
and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT
which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be
considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND. It
also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a
Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and
that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its
existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we "live and move and
have our being." This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of
the Universe, easily explains all of the varied mental and psychic
phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and
which, without such explanation, are non-understandable and defy
scientific treatment. An understanding of this great Hermetic Principle
of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the
Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well-being and
advancement. The Hermetic Student is enabled to apply intelligently the
great Mental Laws, instead of using them in a haphazard manner. With
the Master-Key in his possession, the student may unlock the many doors
of the mental and psychic temple of knowledge, and enter the same
freely and intelligently. This Principle explains the true nature of
"Energy," "Power," and "Matter," and why and how all these are
subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. One of the old Hermetic Masters
wrote, long ages ago: "He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of
the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery." And these words
are as true today as at the time they were first written. Without this
Master-Key, Mastery is impossible, and the student knocks in vain at
the many doors of The Temple.

2. The Principle of Correspondence

"As above, so below; as below, so above."--The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. The old Hermetic axiom ran in these words: "As above,
so below; as below, so above." And the grasping of this Principle gives
one the means of solving many a dark paradox, and hidden secret of
Nature. There are planes beyond our knowing, but when we apply the
Principle of Correspondence to them we are able to understand much that
would otherwise be unknowable to us. This Principle is of universal
application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material,
mental, and spiritual universe--it is an Universal Law. The ancient
Hermetists considered this Principle as one of the most important
mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside the obstacles
which hid from view the Unknown. Its use even tore aside the Veil of
Isis to the extent that a glimpse of the face of the goddess might be
caught. Just as a knowledge of the Principles of Geometry enables man
to measure distant suns and their movements, while seated in his
observatory, so a knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables
Man to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown. Studying the
monad, he understands the archangel.

3. The Principle of Vibration

"Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."--The
Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is in motion"; "everything vibrates"; "nothing is at rest"; facts which Modern Science endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify. And
yet this Hermetic Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago, by
the Masters of Ancient Egypt. This Principle explains that the
differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind,
and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of Vibration. From
THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all
is in vibration--the higher the vibration, the higher the position in
the scale. The vibration of Spirit is at such an infinite rate of
intensity and rapidity that it is practically at rest--just as a
rapidly moving wheel seems to be motionless. And at the other end of
the scale, there are gross forms of matter whose vibrations are so low
as to seem at rest. Between these poles, there are millions upon
millions of varying degrees of vibration. From corpuscle and electron,
atom and molecule, to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory
motion. This is also true on the planes of energy and force (which are
but varying degrees of vibration); and also on the mental planes (whose
states depend upon vibrations); and even on to the spiritual planes. An
understanding of this Principle, with the appropriate formulas, enables
Hermetic students to control their own mental vibrations as well as
those of others. The Masters also apply this Principle to the
conquering of Natural phenomena, in various ways. "He who understands
the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the scepter of power," says one
of the old writers.

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."--The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that
have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and
antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree";
"opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of
opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and
isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half-truths"; "every
truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc.,
etc. It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite
aspects, and that "opposites" are really only the two extremes of the
same thing, with many varying degrees between them. To illustrate: Heat
and Cold, although "opposites," are really the same thing, the
differences consisting merely of degrees of the same thing. Look at
your thermometer and see if you can discover where "heat" terminates
and "cold" begins! There is no such thing as "absolute heat" or
"absolute cold"--the two terms "heat" and "cold" simply indicate
varying degrees of the same thing, and that "same thing" which
manifests as "heat" and "cold" is merely a form, variety, and rate of
Vibration. So "heat" and "cold" are simply the "two poles" of that
which we call "Heat"--and the phenomena attendant thereupon are
manifestations of the Principle of Polarity. The same Principle
manifests in the case of "Light and Darkness," which are the same
thing, the difference consisting of varying degrees between the two
poles of the phenomena. Where does "darkness" leave off, and "light"
begin? What is the difference between "Large and Small"? Between "Hard
and Soft"? Between "Black and White"? Between "Sharp and Dull"? Between
"Noise and Quiet"? Between "High and Low"? Between "Positive and
Negative"? The Principle of Polarity explains these paradoxes, and no
other Principle can supersede it. The same Principle operates on the
Mental Plane. Let us take a radical and extreme example--that of "Love
and Hate," two mental states apparently totally different. And yet
there are degrees of Hate and degrees of Love, and a middle point in
which we use the terms "Like or Dislike," which shade into each other
so gradually that sometimes we are at a loss to know whether we "like"
or "dislike" or "neither." And all are simply degrees of the same
thing, as you will see if you will but think a moment. And, more than
this (and considered of more importance by the Hermetists), it is
possible to change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love, in
one's own mind, and in the minds of others. Many of you, who read these
lines, have had personal experiences of the involuntary rapid
transition from Love to Hate, and the reverse, in your own case and
that of others. And you will therefore realize the possibility of this
being accomplished by the use of the Will, by means of the Hermetic
formulas. "Good and Evil" are but the poles of the same thing, and the
Hermetist understands the art of transmuting Evil into Good, by means
of an application of the Principle of Polarity. In short, the "Art of
Polarization" becomes a phase of "Mental Alchemy" known and practiced
by the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters. An understanding of the
Principle will enable one to change his own Polarity, as well as that
of others, if he will devote the time and study necessary to master the
art.

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
Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and
flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which exist in
accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. There
is always an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising
and a sinking. This is in the affairs of the Universe, suns, worlds,
men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is manifest in the
creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in
the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man (and it
is with this latter that the Hermetists find the understanding of the
Principle most important). The Hermetists have grasped this Principle,
finding its universal application, and have also discovered certain
means to overcome its effects in themselves by the use of the
appropriate formulas and methods. They apply the Mental Law of
Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or cause it to cease
its operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon
themselves to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the
Principle. They have learned how to USE it, instead of being USED BY
it. In this and similar methods, consist the Art of the Hermetists. The
Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires
to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which
would tend to carry him to the other pole. All individuals who have
attained any degree of Self-Mastery do this to a certain degree, more
or less unconsciously, but the Master does this consciously, and by the
use of his Will, and attains a degree of Poise and Mental Firmness
almost impossible of belief on the part of the masses who are swung
backward and forward like a pendulum. This Principle and that of
Polarity have been closely studied by the Hermetists, and the methods
of counteracting, neutralizing, and USING them form an important part
of the Hermetic Mental Alchemy.

6. The Principle of Cause and Effect

"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.

This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: "Everything Happens according to Law"; that nothing ever "merely happens"; that
there is no such thing as Chance; that while there are various planes
of Cause and Effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still
nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. The Hermetists understand the
art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect,
to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane they
become Causers instead of Effects. The masses of people are carried
along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others
stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward
causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the
Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters,
qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and
become Movers instead of pawns. They help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE,
instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment.
They USE the Principle instead of being its tools. The Masters obey the
Causation of the higher planes, but they help to RULE on their own
plane. In this statement there is condensed a wealth of Hermetic
knowledge--let him read who can.

7. The Principle of Gender

"Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine
and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all
planes."--The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything--the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the
Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as
SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but the Principle is
ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible
without this Principle. An understanding of its laws will throw light
on many a subject that has perplexed the minds of men. The Principle of
Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and
creation. Everything, and every person, contains the two Elements or
Principles, or this great Principle, within it, him or her. Every Male
thing has the Female Element also; every Female contains also the Male
Principle. If you would understand the philosophy of Mental and
Spiritual Creation, Generation, and Re-generation, you must understand
and study this Hermetic Principle. It contains the solution of many
mysteries of Life. We caution you that this Principle has no reference
to the many base, pernicious and degrading lustful theories, teachings
and practices, which are taught under fanciful titles, and which are a
prostitution of the great natural principle of Gender. Such base
revivals of the ancient infamous forms of Phallicism tend to ruin mind,
body and soul, and the Hermetic Philosophy has ever sounded the warning
note against these degraded teachings which tend toward lust,
licentiousness, and perversion of Nature's principles. If you seek such
teachings, you must go elsewhere for them--Hermeticism contains nothing
for you along these lines. To the pure, all things are pure; to the
base, all things are base.

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Comment by cymaglobe on February 11, 2010 at 1:27pm
Thank you so much.
Comment by christinaleestemaker on February 6, 2010 at 5:08pm
Need to be said, that the most important and infinite Monad we have in the heart. The Atman=Spirit
Buddhi is the higher mind or cosmic soul and Mind is divided in lower( instinctive) and higher connected with the buddhic plane.Under this planes we have the astral body and the physical body

Comment by christinaleestemaker on February 6, 2010 at 4:55pm
complicated work of Nature. HPB mentioned more then once the monadic incarnation stops at our point of the 4th round and 5 th rootrace, for it seems to be completed.( heavenly men)

The triple evolutionary sheme are the monadic or spiritual, the intellectual and the physical evolutions interwoven.'These are the finite aspects or reflections of Cosic illusion of Atman, the 7 th , the one reality:

1)The monadic is, as the name implies, concerned with the growth and development into still higher phases of activity of the monad in conjunction with:

2)The intellctual , represented by the ManasaDhyani's ( the Solar Devas or the Agnishvatta Pitris) the givers of intelligence and consciousness to man : and

3) The physical represented by the Chhâyâs of he Lunar Pitris, round which nature has concreted the present physical body.
The body serves as the vehicle for growth and transformations trough Manas and owing to the accumulation of experiences off the finite into infinite, of the transient into Eternal and Absolute.SDI 181
Lunar monads cannot progress, for they have not sufficient touch with the forms created by nature.It is the Manasa Dhyani's who fill up the gap and they represent the evolutionary power of Intelligence and Mind, the link between Spirit and matter in this Round.

Before she wrote that
SDI 175 The Monad emerges from its state of spiritual and intellectual unconsciousness; and,skipping the first two planes- to near te Absolute to permit of any correlation with anything on a lower plane- it gets directly into the plane of Mentality.But there is no plane in the whole universe with a wider margin, or wider field of action in its almost endless gradations of perceptive and apperceptive qualities, than tis plane, which has in its TURN an appropiate smaller plane for every "form" from the minaral monad up to the time when that monad blossoms forth by evolution into the DIVINE MONAD.
But all the time it is still the same Monad, differing onlyin its incarnations., throughout its ever-succeeding cycles of partial or total obscuration of spirit, or partial or total obscuration of matter- two polar antitheses - as it ascends into the realms of mental spirituality or descends into the depths of materiality.

SDI 183
Every form on earth and every speck(atom) in Space strives in its efforts towards self formation to follow the model placed for it in the Heavenly Man
Its ( the atoms) involution and evolution, its external and internal growth and development, have all one and the same object - man; man , as the highest physical and ultimate form on this earth; The Monad, in its absolute totality and awakened condition - as the culmination ot the divine incarnations on Earth.

The Dhyânis( Pitris) are hose who have evolved their Bhûta (doubles) from themselves, which Rûpa ( form) has become the vehicle of monads( 7th and 6th principles) that had completed their cycle of transmigration in the three preceding Kalpas(rounds).
Then they ( the astral doubles) became the men of the first human race of the round. But they were not complete and were senseless.
Stanza 5

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Comment by ☤Tris☤ on February 5, 2010 at 3:31pm
Yes, As Above, you may not be aware we have it as an audiobook on the homepage, give it a listen, i enjoyed hearing it as well as reading it

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