Quote meaning and explanation
This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet. The quote is an explanation that embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic.
It was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus and his hermetism. It is a manifestation of the principle of correspondence of beings on life.
The significance of this quote is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to 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 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.”
The next expression of the quote is “As within, So Without, as the universe so the soul”. All 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 vortices or chakras.
Magic and Magician Meaning
To the magician the magical act, that of causing a transformation in a thing or things without any physical contact, is accomplished by an imaginative act accompanied by the will that the wanted change will occur. The magical act and 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 belief that a miracle will occur.
To bring about such a change the magician uses the conception of “dynamic interconnectedness”. This is used to describe 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. Mind and body, galaxy and atom, sensation and stimulus, are intimately bound.
Witchcraft strongly imbues the view that all things are independent and interrelated.”
These concepts pivot on the belief that all things come from the One Thing, or First Cause. “Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth.”
The purpose of all rituals in ceremonial magic is to unite the microcosm with the macrocosm to join God, or gods when invoked, with the human consciousness.
When such a supreme union is achieved the subject and 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 them. It may be said, the magician feels connected with the universe.
This feeling intensifies the more the magician successfully practices his skills. Whenever he experiences a failure, he knows that the ritual was not performed 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.
Poem about As Above, So Below
The human body is the reflection of the splendor of the cosmos, with all its jeweled stars. Here the poem “Fragment of an Ancient Tablet”:
Up- the illustrious lips, delicately depressed.
Down – beard between the thighs.
Above-your forehead, the remarkable chest of gems.
Down- the belly with its blood knot.
Above- the redolent frustration.
Down – the pulsating bomb of the future.
Up- your perfect teeth, with a fang-like sight in the corner.
Down- the landmark of two worlds.
Up- a word and a sigh.
Down- drops of blood and babies.
Above – the face with the shape of a perfect heart.
Down- the torn face of the heart.
(Above– the well known lips, delicately downed.
Below– beard between thighs.
Above– her brow, the remarkable casket of gems.
Below– the belly with its blood-knot.
Above– many a painful frown.
Below– the ticking bomb of the future.
Above– her perfect teeth, with a hint of a fang at the corner.
Below– the milestones of two worlds.
Above– a word and a sigh.
Below– gouts of blood and babies.
Above– the face, shaped like a perfect heart.
Below– the heart’s torn face).
Hughes simply carries the principle of correspondence between heaven and earth to the body, creating a hologram of eroticism, making the body the altar of the mystical in which the self-referential or fractal architecture of the universe is also recognized.
There is a deep relationship of sympathy and seduction between what is above and what is below, the invisible and the visible.
Hughes’s poem is a new version of the oldest game of naming this intrinsic relationship between the cosmos and man: “For every star in the sky there is a star in man,” said the alchemist Paracelsus. Hence, Aleister Crowley: “Every man and every woman is a star.”
This is the mystery that is revealed: the immanent company of heaven. Not only a spiritual intuition but also poetic and erotic, and that is that the cosmos, the order, has a deep aesthetic connotation … the pristine beauty that called Pythagoras, Kepler and Newton to read the book of the stars reverberates in the chambers of time – and so seduces to the knowledge of the mystery (which is always self-knowledge) with the light of the stars, which is the light of men and women.
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As Above, so Below the Movie
As above, So Below is also a movie from 2014.
Thousands of labyrinths are entangled in the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. The eternal home of countless souls. When a team of explorers delves into the unknown labyrinth of bones, they will 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).
- Production company: Legendary Pictures.
- Director: John Erick Dowdle
- Script: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle
- Distribution: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Fran�ois Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme
- Castro, Hamid Djavadan, Th�o Cholbi, Emy L�vy, Roger Van Hool, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Hellyette Bess, Aryan Rahimian, Samuel Aouizerate
- Qualification: Not recommended for children under 16
Trailer of the Movie
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