What is the Emerald Tablet?
The Emerald Tablet is an ancient artifact that reveals a profound
spiritual technology, which has survived to this day despite
centuries of effort to suppress it. Encoded within the tablet's
mysterious wording is a powerful formula that works in very
specific and comprehensible steps on all levels of reality
at once -- the physical, the mental, and the spiritual --
and shows us how to achieve personal transformation and even
accelerate the evolution of our species. The source of alchemy
and the Hermetic sciences, the tablet's universal approach
made it forbidden knowledge, condemned by patriarchal powers
for thousands of years, from the Egyptian priesthood, to the
medieval Church, to our modern politicians and religious leaders.
To ensure the survival of such "dangerous" principles, which
guide people to higher states of consciousness, the ancients
concealed their knowledge in a succinct declaration that has
become a time capsule of wisdom for future generations.
Molded out of a single piece of green crystal, the Emerald
Tablet carries a prophetic message full of hidden meaning.
Although its true origin is lost in legends that go back over
10,000 years, the wondrous artifact was translated into Greek
by Alexandrian scholars and actually put on display in Egypt
in 330 BC. Around the year 400 AD, it was reportedly buried
somewhere on the Giza plateau to protect it from religious
zealots who were burning libraries around the world at that
time. Many believe the tablet still lies hidden there.
Working only with these early translations, many seekers of
truth recognized in subsequent centuries that the Emerald
Tablet contained a secret formula for transforming reality.
Many alchemical drawings (such as the one to the left called
the Azoth of the Philosophers), are really schematic diagrams
of the steps and operations of this Emerald Formula. The alchemists
used these diagrams like Eastern mandalas and meditated on
them in their laboratories to achieve altered states of consciousness.
(To see an explanation of Azoth of the Philosophers, click
on the drawing.)
The uncredited source of many of the our mystical and religious
traditions, the tablet also inspired over 3,500 years of alchemy,
a period in which some of the most creative minds in the world
delved into the intertwined mysteries of matter, energy, soul,
and spirit. Most medieval alchemists had copies of the tablet
hanging on their laboratory wall. It was the only guidance
they needed in both their meditation and practical work; it
served as their Rosetta Stone for deciphering the deliberately
obscured terminology of their art.
As we enter the third millennium, the ancient formula is resurfacing
in what people perceive as mystical or paranormal events.
Such experiences are in fact simply the continuing expressions
of the underlying alchemy of our lives. For many decades,
knowledge of this hidden pattern has been discussed only among
an elite group of esoteric scholars, but now, this amazing
science of soul is available to everyone. For those with the
courage to see beyond the illusions handed down to us by blind
tradition, the Emerald Tablet's formula offers a way to reinstate
our rightful relationship with the universe.
English Translation of the Tablet inscription