Isaac Newton’s Translation of the Emerald Tablets of Thoth

Issac Newton scientist member of the Renaissance Hermetica tradition, his 1680 translation and notes on ‘The Emerald Tablet’ of (Thoth) Hermes Trismegistus (Mercurius ter Maximus)

“on account of this art Mercurius is called thrice greatest, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world, since he signifies the Mercury of the philosophers… and he has dominion in the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, and animal kingdom”

  • The Emerald Tablet
    Tis true without error, certain & most true.
    That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
    And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
    The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
    The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
    Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
    Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
    It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
    By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
    & thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
    Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.
    So was the world created.
    From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world
    That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended.

-“Inferior and Superior, fixed and volatile, sulphur and quicksilver, have a similar nature and are one thing, like man and wife. For they differ from one another only by degree of digestion and maturity. Sulphur is mature quicksilver, and quicksilver is immature sulphur: and on account of this affinity they unite like male and female, and they act on each other, and through that action they are mutually transmuted into each other and procreate a noble offspring to accomplish the miracles of this one thing. And just as all things were created from one Chaos by design of one God, so in our art all things… are born from one thing which is our Chaos, by design of the Artificer and the skilful adaptation of things. And the generation of this is similar to the human, truly from a father and mother “

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