DT02 As above, so below


Artist: Laresa Perlman

Medium: Photography of insects, with digital geometric transformation
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One translation of the Emerald tablet (Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century or earlier) reads:

“That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles of the one thing.”

The Emerald Tablet – translation by Isaac Newton

{Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author, one of the most influential scientists of all time}

Tis true without lying, certain and most true.

That which is below is like that which is above

and that which is above is like that which is below

to do the miracles of one only thing

And as all things have been and 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

and again it descends to the earth

and receives the force of things superior and inferior.

By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world

and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.

Its force is above all force,

for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.

So was the world created.

From this are and do come admirable adaptations

where of the means is here in this.

Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist [sic],

having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world

That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.


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