“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”
The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows: The Principles of: Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender.
“The ALL is MIND; the Universe is Mental.”
The Universal, Infinite, Living Mind is a mental creation of The ALL, which is subject to the laws of Created Things, and that the Universe as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of The ALL.
“As above, so below; as below, so above.”
There is always a correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. This principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe – it is a Universal Law.
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
The difference between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, results largely from varying rates of Vibration. From The ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all is in vibration – the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale. The different planes of energy and force are but varying degrees of vibration.
“Everything is Dual; everything has two poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
The duality of opposites are really only two extremes of the same thing, with may varying degrees between them. The transmutation of Evil into Good or Hate into Love is achieved by means of an application of the principle of Polarity.
“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”
In everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow with high tide and low tide. There is always action and reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and sinking between two poles. The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other pole.
Cause and Effect
“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”
Everything happens according to Law; nothing ever 'merely happens'; there is no such thing as Chance. There are various planes of Cause and Effect and by mentally rising to a higher plane one can become a Causer instead of an Effect. The Master rises to the plane above, dominates his moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding him, and becomes the Mover rather than the pawn in the game of life.
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this principle. The principle of Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation.
For those with ears, let them hear.