Hermes Trismegistus – Quotes – Who Was – The 7 Principles

Who Was Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes Trismegistus or Trismegistos was the alleged teacher the magical system known as Hermetism. High magic and alchemy are thought to be twin branches of it.

The name Trismegistus means thrice greatest Hermes. It is the title given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Thoth or Tehuti, a lord of wisdom and learning.



At one time the Greeks thought two gods inseparable. Thoth governed over mystical wisdom, magic, writing and other disciplines. He has an association with healing. Hermes was the personification of universal wisdom and the patron of magic.

The myths go further. Both gods have an association with sacred writings. As scribe for the gods, Thoth was credited with all the sacred books.

In various Egyptian writings his name is “twice very great” and “five times very great”. Hermes wrote 20,000 books said Iamblichus (ca. 250-300 BC), a Neo-platonic Syrian philosopher. Also, over 36,000 books by Manetho (ca. 300 BC), an Egyptian priest who wrote the history of Egypt in Greek, perhaps for Ptolemy I.

The combined myths of these gods report that both Thoth and Hermes revealed to humankind the healing arts, magic, writing, astrology, science, and philosophy. Thoth wrote the record of the weighing of the souls in the Judgment Hall of Osiris. Hermes led the souls of the dead to Hades.

The English occultist Francis Barrett in Biographia Antiqua wrote that Hermes “communicated the sum of the Abyss, and divine knowledge to all posterity”.

According to legend Hermes Trismegistus provided the wisdom of light in the ancient mysteries of Egypt. “He carried an emerald, upon which was recorded all of philosophy, and the caduceus, the symbol of mystical illumination. He vanquished Typhon, the dragon of ignorance, and mental, moral and physical perversion.”


Books of Hermeticism and Hermes Trismegistus

Surviving him is the wisdom of the Hermetica, 42 books (including the emerald tablets of Thoth). These books have profoundly influenced the development of Western occultism, alchemy and magic.

Some hermeticism Books:

  • Hermetica
  • Kybalion
  • Emerald Tablet
  • Meditations on the Tarot
  • The way of Hermes
  • Gnosis and Hermeticism from antiquity to modern times


Hermetism Seven Principles

The seven principles of hermetic are the following:


All Creation, All, Source, God is and is based on a spiritual Reality. However, this first principle is altered substantially. Insofar as it is enacted as an axiom that everything is mind, that God is mind.

And this is a fundamental error. The mind as well as everything we perceive through the physical senses is an unreality within the Reality that is the spirit. It is true that this mental unreality has the energetic concretion of the whole. So that we can lean on it with the sole purpose of our evolutionary ascent.

Therefore, God is not mental, then God is spirit.
What happens is that we live immense majority immersed in ignorance and alien to spiritual Reality, then of course in the world of the physical senses the mind is the implacable governor who can do anything.
But make no mistake. The mind and thoughts derived from it are not real. Since in essence the only thing that exists is our spirit. Nothing else!.

Let us not waste our time practicing absurd mental exercises that take us a little further away from our authentic nature. Let us meditate on the contemplation of our imperishable spirit.



This principle establishes, as we have seen in other articles, 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 in which the being is manifested. We know that we have different degrees of subtlety in our being. And that there is a connection through our energy vortices or chakras. See more in As Above so Below.



In this case, and as we already know, everything is energy, everything vibrates, absolutely everything in the Creation vibrates, nothing remains motionless or static. It is true that (see article) there are different vibratory levels, and that they correspond directly to the degree of subtlety.

In this way, the higher energies will have more vibration and will be more extensive. However, the grosser energies, as in the physical plane, will have a lower vibratory level, as well as more contracted ones.



This principle shows that everything flows and refluxes, that everything moves from left to right and from right to left, that is, everything moves like a pendulum, rhythm being the compensation of this flow and flow.

But of course this principle can only be established as valid in this physical plane, where we are continually subject to the energies of the left and right channels of our subtle system as we saw in previous articles.

Therefore, this principle is not universal at all, as they make us see, since the spiritual Creation is a continuous flow absolutely oblivious to the pendulum movement of the extremes.
We have already seen how to escape the energies of the extremes by establishing the connection with the Creator through the middle channel. Path that Buddha taught 2,500 years ago. And we return to the same thing, we must meditate and raise our consciousness above this earthly plane crossing the middle path of moderation.



This principle establishes the duality of Creation, where everything has two poles or pairs of opposites. However, the ends meet. Where the largest goes hand in hand with the smallest.
We all have the same spiritual nature “I am who I am” but with a different vibrational degree. In this way the Creation is as a cyclical where the vibrational ends touch each other to meet each other. This is pure love. Therefore, no matter how far the spirit is and how low its energetic draft is, the closer it will be to the other extreme to salvation and reunion.



We have already discussed this principle when we talked about the karma or debts contracted as a result of our actions. Here it is the fact that every cause has its effect, and that every effect has its cause.
In this way chance disappears to show the reality of this principle, establishing the causality of everything that happens.
This principle is universal, and applicable to all planes. Only with the spiritual ascent that transcends the flesh. Another subtlety produce cause and effect. Since the karma derived from the carnal experiences has been left behind.



Here is the genre of all the created energy. Masculine and feminine on a physical level. But it also happens with more subtle energies as we have already seen.

Let us remember the Kundalini energy, which, awakening in us, comforts us as a Mother to lead us with love through the middle path that leads us to the Father. And this is where the Father and the Mother meet to give us spiritual enlightenment.
This is the true essence of this principle, and not defining the sexes of man or woman, since in other higher planes sexuality does not exist.


Famous Quotes from Hermes Trismegistus

These are some of the most famous quotes from Hermes Trismegistus.


  • “True, without falsehood, true and very true: what is below is like what is above, and what is above is like what is below, to perform the miracle of the One Thing.”
  • Listen to yourselves and look into the Infinity of Space and Time. There you hear the singing of the Astros, the voice of the Numbers, the harmony of the Spheres. Fragment.
  • “What are the stars doing? And What do the numbers say? What are the Spheres rolling? Oh, souls lost or saved !: they say, they sing, they roll, your destinies! “(Fragment).
  • “The lips of wisdom remain closed, except for the ear capable of understanding.”
  • “I give you Love in which the whole Sumum of Wisdom is contained”



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