The words of the text may seem vague, but scholars have found these words rich in symbolism and metaphors of spiritual transformation.
That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, in accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing.
And just as all things have come from One, through the Meditation of One, so all things follow from this One Thing in the same way.
Its Father is the Sun. Its Mother is the Moon. The wind has carried it in his Belly. Its Nourishment is the Earth. It is the Father of every completed Thing in the whole World. Its Strength is intact if it is turned towards the Earth. Separate the Earth by Fire: the fine from the gross, gently, and with great skill.
It rises from Earth to Heaven, and then it descends again to the Earth, and receives Power from Above and from Below. Thus you will have the Glory of the whole World. All Obscurity will be clear to you. This is the strong Power of all Power because it overcomes everything fine and penetrates everything solid.
In this way was the World created. From this there will be amazing Applications, because this is the Pattern. Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes, having the three parts of the Wisdom of the whole World.
Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun.
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