What is the Emerald Tablet?

What is the emerald tablet

“One of the most mysterious documents ever put before the eyes of man, and the Emerald tablet has been described as everything from a succinct summary of Neoplatonic philosophy to an extraterrestrial artifact or a gift from Atlantis”- Dennis William Hauck, author of “The Emerald Tablet.”

The Emerald Tablet is an ancient artifact with a rich history rooted in spirituality. The Emerald tablet is believed to hold the secrets to the universe. It consists of forbidden knowledge, molded out of a single piece of green crystal. The tablet is thought to reveal secrets to achieve higher consciousness levels, personal transformation, magic and even evolve the human species.

Many believe that the Emerald Tablet contained a secret formula to transform your immediate reality and reality on all levels simultaneously, meaning the changes would take place spiritually, mentally, and physically at the same time. It is also believed that alchemists used drawings made from steps that were found on the emerald tablet to achieve an altered state of consciousness by meditating while sitting on top of the diagrams’ drawings.

The Emerald Tablet, also referred to sometimes as the Smaragdine table or Tablua Smaragdine is a cornerstone of western alchemy during the renaissance and medieval periods. Inspiring 3,500 years of the practice of alchemy. A very basic explanation of alchemy is that it is the medevil practice that birthed chemistry. Alchemy is taking a basic substance and changing it into another substance using transmution.

No one knows exactly what happened to the original tablet; there is a lot of hearsay, but nothing is proven. It is thought to have been translated into Greek by Alexandrian scholars around 330 BC and put on display in Egypt. Then around 400 BC, the tablet is believed to have been buried in the Giza plateau in Egypt, where it remains till this day; but again no one really knows what became of the tablet. If it is buried somewhere, cleverly hidden, destroyed or ever existed at all.

Where did the Emerald tablet come from?

The origins of the Emerald Tablet are also shrouded in mystery, and much like the where abouts of the Emerald Tablet no one knows for certain where it originated from, how it was made or even who made it.

The most popular story is that it was found in a caved tomb under Hermes’s statue in Tyana; Hermes is considered the messenger of the Gods, and his corspe had the Emerald Tablet clutched in his hands when it was discovered. With the creator of the Emerald Tablet thought to be Thoth, the Egyptian God of wisdom, writing, magic, and science.

In this version of where the tablet came from,Thoth hid the Emerald Tablet so to ensure no human could ever find it, and when the universe is failing and the God’s have fallen, Thoth will return to earth and recover the Emerald Tablet and its code of the universe’s principles.

Another legend of the tablet’s origin is that the third son of Adam and Eve, Seth, originally wrote it. This version also says that the Emerald Tablet was on Noah’s ark to save it from the floods.

Another legend is that the tablet originated in the city of Atlantis and was gifted to humans.

No claims have been verified as to where the emerald tablet came from, who made it or where it is now. There is a lot of thoughts and opinions online, but nothing is 100%.

The oldest documented source of the tablets’ texts is the Kitab sir al-halqi, the Book of the secret of creation and the art of nature, which is a book composed of Arabic work in the 8th century AD and is attributed to Balinas.

Balinas is the person who claims to have discovered the Emerald Tablet in the caved tomb with Hermes. Balinas was said to have an interest in the meaning of life since a young child, after finding the Emerald Tablet Balinas spent the rest of his life translating the text, his interpretation is that your body is only a temporary carrier of something with a greater purpose, the universe is mirrored in each of us as our “soul” which reincarnates seeking perfect expression.

What is written on the tablet?

With the Emerald tablets cryptic message, the big question is what does it all mean?

The text on the tablet has been translated and then had its translations translated. It has inspired dozens of brilliant philosophers over the centuries to add their analysis and commentary on what the tablet text means. Some names you may recognize are Aleister Crowley, Isaac Newton and Roger Bacon.

It is believed that the emerald tablet holds the secrets about how to create the philosopher’s stone, more on that in a bit.

As mysterious as the text is, it is a good idea to read various translations. There is no shortage of translations and give them some thought. See if anything resonates with you.

The true meaning of the Emerald tablet continues to elude alchemists, mystics, and scholars everywhere. Maybe your translation will resonate with you on a spiritual level and/or on a deeply personal level.

Below is the Emerald Tablets text translated by Isaac Newton and what he thought the text meant

  • That is which is below is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
  • Tis true without error, certain and most true.
  • And as all things have been and arose from one by the mediation of one: so, all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
  • The sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
  • The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
  • Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
  • Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
  • It ascends from the earth to the heaven, and again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
  • By this means, you shall have the glory of the whole world.
  • And thereby, all obscurity shall fly from you.
  • Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrated every solid thing.
  • So was the world created.
  • From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means or process is here in this. Hence, I am called Hermes Trismegistus, having the three parts of the philosophy of the world.
  • That which I have said of the operation of the sun is accomplished and ended.

The Philosopher Stone

The philosopher stone is believed to be a substance, that is not necessarily stone, that could turn ordinary metals such as tin, lead, iron, nickel, or copper into precious metals like gold and silver.

It is also believed to be an elixir that can be used by humans to rejuvenate the body restoring it from disease and the ageing process, possibly even achieving immortality. Needless to say, creating the philosopher stone is the most sought-after goal of alchemists.

The Magnus Opus, also known as “The Great Work,” is an ancient step-by-step guide on how to create the philosopher’s stone. You can find The Magnus Opus in numerous alchemic texts. The process covers both the physical and spiritual sides of the process. Listed below are the process of the physical side and ingredients most often referred to.


  1. Celestial salt- represents the natural formation of earth and water. Salt signifies the body of the Philosopher’s stone.
  2. Celestial Niter (sulphur)- represents the uncertainty of fire and air. Sulphur signifies the fire and air of the great work
  3. Mercury- represents the formation of air and water. Mercury signifies the spirit or life of the great work


  1. Calcination
  2. Dissolution
  3. Separation
  4. Conjunction
  5. Putrefaction
  6. Congelation
  7. Cibation
  8. Sublimation
  9. Fermentation
  10. Exaltation
  11. Multiplication
  12. Projection

Some people believe that there are different types of philosopher stones and that each stone has a specific use. 3 of the common stones are:

  1. The vegetable stone- thought to stimulate spiritual growth and immortality
  2. The animal stone- thought to cure illness and physical ailments
  3. The mineral stone- thought to transmute common metals into gold

The Emerald Tablet is a fascinating piece of history. Wrapped up in so much legend, mystery, and even magic is what has kept so many people interested in the tablet for centuries. While the origin of the Emerald Tablet is not truly clear and where the Emerald Tablet is today is just as unclear. The text is available, at least many, many translated versions of the text. All the translations seem to echo the same message “as above, so below,” which is also open for interpretation. The most common belief attached to the statement is that “as above” is referring to the spiritual realm, and “so below” is referring to the physical realm. Making a connection between your spirituality and your physical being is one. They are not two separate ideas; they are one, and we are all connected.

What is your interpretation of The Emerald Tablet and its cryptic message?

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