Hermetic principles are laws that govern the entire universe much like the magickal laws, but these are present in all things, and are less exclusive to simply just magick itself. These hermetic principles were given to us in the hermetic text of the Kybalion in which were said to be written down by the Three Initiates. The hermetic principles are a good idea for a practitioner to learn in order to understand how the universe, and magick works as a whole, so that they can use it better in order to further their practice. These are principles that cannot be broken, because they are not morals, but are much rather understandings of how the universe will work in certain ways without flaw. this will just be a very quick rundown of the seven hermetic principles of the Kybalion. These laws should always be looked into more thoroughly, because there is always more that these laws can teach you about the universe, and our existence.
The Principle of Mentalism
“THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental.” – The Kybalion.
This first principle tells us that the all of the universe is consciousness. We are all connected, and we are all of one mind. The only thing that really exists is the all of the mind. Everything is a mental creation of the all, and in this mind is where we exist. There’s no separation of mind, and matter, and the mind controls everything that we experience be it physical, spiritual, or mental. Everything is perceived, controled, and understood through the mind, and is the whole of the universe.
The Principle of Correspondence
“As above, so below; as below, so above.” – The Kybalion.
This hermetic principle communicates to us that by looking at one lower, smaller, or internal system you can understand, and see the same patterns in the other higher, bigger, or external system, and vice versa. The principle of correspondence shows that paradigms are connected, and function usually in similar ways. Correspondences can always be drawn between different phenomenon in different planes, and situations, and will usually share aspects of each other. By understanding one you can understand the other, because of the way they connect, and stimulate each other. The function of this principle will allow you to understand the unknown, by taking a look at the known, so that you can divine parts of the universe you never thought you could reach.
The Principle of Vibration
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” – The Kybalion.
The hermetic principle of vibration is the principle that tells us everything is vibrating constantly, and is in motion. Nothing stands still, and everything is motion. These vibrations are what make up the difference between all aspects of matter, mind, and even spirit. By simply changing the vibration of certain things you can turn them in to completely different things. It is these different vibrations that give essence to this universe. Matter has a very low vibration, and spirit has a high vibration, and everything else exists in between these two extreme polarities allowing the whole of existence to exist within this spectrum of vibrations.
The Principle of Polarity
“Everything is Dual; everything has 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 Kybalion.
The principle of polarity tells us there’s always at least two aspects, sides, and equations to a construct. There will always be two sides to everything that make up a greater whole that will have aspects of both sides. These aspects are even two sides of the same coin, but are not limited by binary values, but an overarching spectrum. These two extremes sides are actually the same thing just on different points on the overarching spectrum, making all opposites parts of each other. This shows that all concepts that are opposites are all one in the same just with different varying degrees. Such things as hot, and cold are exactly the same thing with hot, and cold being the extremes of the polarity. Truly one cannot separate when cold stops in hot begins. They are forever bound to each other, connected along a spectrum of polarity.
The Principle of Rhythm
“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.” – The Kybalion.
Does principle tells us everything has a rhythm to it, and there is a cycle to everything in existence. There’s always a constant motion that flows to, and fro throughout the entire essence of the universe, making the universe like a swinging pendulum that will continuously swing left to right in all aspects of its being. This pendulum’s swing will swing along the spectrum of many different extremes of polarity creating a very balanced flow throughout all these aspects of the universe. This rhythm can be seen and worked with in order for you to get the most out of certain situations, and practices. By understanding that there is a rhythm you can allow yourself to flow with it, giving yourself an advantage. The rhythm is beautiful, and ever present in all things, all you have to do is find it in order to work with it, so that you can better your existence. This rhythm is seen in everything, and is a very important part of life.
The Principle of 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.” – The Kybalion.
This principle tells us that for every cause there will be in effect. This principle is pretty self-explanatory, and you can see it in all things, and you probably have some experience working with it. Every effect has to be caused by something in order for it to happen. This law also tells us there is no such thing as coincidence just the act of a cause, and effect going on notice resulting in an effects that most weren’t expecting. This law also tells us that the higher planes will always have dominion over the lower planes, and by causing things to happen in the higher, one will always be able to affect the lower.
The Principle of Gender
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine, and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”- The Kybalion.
The principle of gender communicates that genders are ever-present on all planes of existence, and everything has masculine, and feminine qualities. No one thing is only masculine, or feminine energy, but an amalgamation of both. These energies will make up the whole of the being, and will be embodied, and manifested on every plane from the physical, to the mental, and on to even the spiritual. The connection of these energies that gives the life of all things generation, regeneration, and creation.