As Above so Below Meaning
As Above so Below is a quote that comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet. The quote is an explanation that embraces all the system of traditional and modern magic. It has many meanings
It was inscribed upon the tablet in a cryptic wording. The author was Hermes Trismegistus and his Hermetism. It is a manifestation of the principle of correspondence of beings on life.
There are different meanings in this phrase. The significance of the As Above So Below quote hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic function by this formula. “That which is above is the same as that which is below’. Macrocosmos is the same as microcosmos”.
“The universe is the same as God, God is the same as man, man is the same as the cell, the cell is the same as the atom, the atom is the same as…and so on, ad infinitum“.
This message theorizes that man is the counterpart of God on earth as God is man’s counterpart in heaven. Therefore, it is a statement of an ancient belief that the man’s actions on earth parallel the actions of God in heaven. This pivots on the belief that “all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation.”
As within so Without meaning
The next expression of the quote is “As within, So Without, as the universe so the soul”. All the things are interconnected. The sky and the hell. The sky and the land.
The principle of correspondence establishes that since it is “above” it is “below” and since it is “below” it is “above”. This means that there is a correlation in the different energetic planes and the manifestation of beings.
We have different degrees of subtlety in our being. All are interconnected through our energy vertices or the chakras.
Magic and Magician Meanings
The magical act to the magician is a transformation in a thing or things without any physical contact. An imaginative act accomplishes it. It is accompanied by the will that the wanted change will occur. The magical act and the imaginative act becomes one and the same.
The magician knows with certainty that for the change to occur he must will it to happen and firmly believe it will happen. Here it may be noted that magic and religion are akin: both require the belief that a miracle will occur.
To bring about such a change the magician uses the conception of “dynamic interconnectedness”. This describes the physical world as the sort of thing that imagination and desire can effect. The magician’s world is an independent whole, a web of which no strand is autonomous. There is a bound between mind and body, galaxy and atom, sensation and stimulus.
Witchcraft strongly imbues the view that all the things are independent and that the is a relation among things.” These concepts pivot on the belief that all the things come from the One Thing, or First Cause. “Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth.”
The purpose of all the rituals in ceremonial magic is to unite the microcosm with the macrocosm. This is to join God, or gods when invoked, with the human consciousness.
When such a supreme union is achieved the subject and the object becomes one. This is because the magician feels that he is consciously in touch with all elements of the universe. Therefore, he can control all of them. The magician feels that there is a connection with the universe.
This feeling intensifies the more the magician successfully practices his skills. When he experiences a failure, he knows that the ritual did not perform correctly. When feeling unison with the universe, the magician knows he has reached his Higher or True Self. That is because he has attained mastery of himself and the universe.
Thus he feels his “skillful work ascends from earth to heaven and descends to earth again, and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors.” Therefore, he “hast the glory of the whole world therefore let all obscurity flee from thee.” Now the miracles are possible.
Some magicians, including Aleister Crowley, claimed that when the magician reaches this ultimate peak of altered consciousness the miracles are no longer important. The extreme goal becomes the direct union with God.
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The Movie As Above so Below
As above, So Below is also a movie from 2014.
Thousands of labyrinths in the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. The eternal home of countless souls. A team of explorers delves into the unknown labyrinth of bones. Then, they discover what the city of the dead conceals.
A journey to madness and terror that reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that persecute us all.
A film by the filmmaker, expert in horror films, John Erick Dowdle (The Trap of Evil, Quarantine). A ‘found footage’ starring Ben Feldman (Mad Men) and Perdita Weeks (The Invisible Woman).
- The Production company: Legendary Pictures.
- Director: John Erick Dowdle.
- Script: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle.
- Qualification: Not recommended for children under 16 years old.