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The Emerald Tablets ~ Tablet # 3. The Key of Wisdom.





I, Thoth, the Atlantean,

give of my wisdom,

give of my knowledge,

give of my power.

Freely I give to the children of men.

Give that they, too, might have wisdom to shine through the world from the veil of the night.


Wisdom is power and power is wisdom,

one with each other, perfecting the whole.


Be thou not proud, O man, in thy wisdom.

Discourse with the ignorant as well as the wise.

If one comes to thee full of knowledge,

listen and heed, for wisdom is all.


Keep thou not silent when evil is spoken for Truth like the sunlight shines above all.

He who over-steppeth the Law shall be punished,

for only through Law comes the freedom of men.

Cause thou not fear for fear is a bondage,

a fetter that binds the darkness to men.


Follow thine heart during thy lifetime.

Do thou more than is commanded of thee.

When thou hast gained riches,

follow thou thine heart,

for all these are of no avail if

thine heart be weary.

Diminish thou not the time of following thine heart.

It is abhorred of the soul.


They that are guided go not astray,

but they that are lost cannot find a straight path.

If thou go among men, make for thyself,

Love, the beginning and end of the heart.


If one cometh unto thee for council,

let him speak freely,

that the thing for which he hath come to thee may be done.

If he hesitates to open his heart to thee,

it is because thou, the judge, doeth the wrong.


Repeat thou not extravagant speech,

neither listen thou to it,

for it is the utterance of one not in equilibrium.

Speak thou not of it,

so that he before thee may know wisdom.


Silence is of great profit.

An abundance of speech profiteth nothing.

Exalt not thine heart above the children of men,

lest it be brought lower than the dust.


If thou be great among men,

be honoured for knowledge and gentleness.

If thou seeketh to know the nature of a friend,

ask not his companion,

but pass a time alone with him.

Debate with him,

testing his heart by his words and his bearing.


That which goeth into the store-house must come forth,

and the things that are thine must be shared with a friend.


Knowledge is regarded by the fool as ignorance,

and the things that are profitable are to him hurtful.

He liveth in death.

It is therefore his food.


The wise man lets his heart overflow but keeps silent his mouth.

O man, list to the voice of wisdom;

list to the voice of light.


Mysteries there are in the Cosmos that unveiled fill the world with their light.

Let he who would be free from the bonds of darkness first divine the material from the immaterial,

the fire from the earth;

for know ye that as earth descends to earth,

so also fire ascends unto fire and becomes one with fire.

He who knows the fire that is within himself shall ascend unto the eternal fire and dwell in it eternally.


Fire, the inner fire,

is the most potent of all force,

for it overcometh all things and penetrates to all things of the Earth.

Man supports himself only on that which resists.

So Earth must resist man else he existeth not.


All eyes do not see with the same vision,

for to one an object appears of one form and color

and to a different eye of another.

So also the infinite fire,

changing from color to color,

is never the same from day to day.


Thus, speak I, THOTH, of my wisdom,

for a man is a fire burning bright through the night;

never is quenched in the veil of the darkness,

never is quenched by the veil of the night.


Into men's hearts, I looked by my wisdom,

found them not free from the bondage of strife.

Free from the toils, thy fire, O my brother,

lest it be buried in the shadow of night!


Hark ye, O man, and list to this wisdom:

where do name and form cease?

Only in consciousness, invisible,

an infinite force of radiance bright.

The forms that ye create by brightening they vision are truly effects that follow thy cause.


Man is a star bound to a body,