Sunday, April 16, 2017

Isaac Newton the Alchemist

I found an Etsy site that sells reproductions of the Emerald Tablet

Transcript of Isaac Newton’s Translation of “The Emerald Tablet”  
By: Courtney, Riva, Lizzy,Kelly, & Angela

Isaac Newton's Translation of the Emerald Tablet and Alchemy

Who was Isaac Newton? The Emerald Tablet Reveals the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations and contain a "recipe" for the Philosopher's Stone also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes

Thought to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus, or "Hermes the Thrice-Greatest".  Origins are lost in legends that go back over 10,000 years.
Molded out of a single piece of green emerald or crystal.  Around the year 400 AD, it was reportedly buried somewhere on the Giza plateau to protect it.  Many believe the tablet still exists

NAME: Sir Isaac Newton
OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist
BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1643
DEATH DATE: March 31, 1727
EDUCATION: The King's School, University of Cambridge, Trinity College
PLACE OF BIRTH: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
PLACE OF DEATH: London, England, United Kingdom
Isaac Newton's Translation
1. This true without lying, certain most true.
2. That which is below is like that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
3. And as all things have been arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
4. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
5. The wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
6. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
7. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
a. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry. 8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
9. By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
10. Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
a.So was the world created.
11. From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
12. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
13. That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended. Hermes Trismegistus, "Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"
  • The transformation of base metals to noble metals, specifically gold and silver
  • Royal Society believed that his manuscripts were “not fit to be printed”.
  • His papers were rediscovered in the 20th century and led scholars to believe that he was initially an alchemist/
  • His inspiration for the laws of light and theory of gravity came from his alchemical work
  • Transmuted lead into gold
  • He thought of his work as a “secret”
  • Believed in Hermetic Tradition Influence Basis of medieval and Renaissance alchemy
  • Only piece of non-Greek Hermetica to attract widespread attention in the WestSo valuable is because it contained the instructions for the goals of alchemists
  • Hinted at the recipe for alchemical gold, as well as how to set one's level of consciousness to a new degree
  • Provide key to ideas of earth, fire, sun, moon, etc.
  • Foundation of European art 

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