The Se7en Hermetic Principles of The Kybalion

The Se7en Hermetic Principles of The Kybalion

The Se7en Hermetic Principles of The Kybalion

Ancient Hermetic gnostics passed down a crucial set of principles which describe how reality works.  This operation manual to the inner workings of the universe was espoused by the ‘thrice-great’ Hermes Trismegistus well before the time of Moses, and echoed in the writings of philosophers of today and times past.

About a hundred years ago a book named The Kybalion  was published by a person or persons under the pseudonym “The Three Initiates”.  Nobody to this day knows who wrote this brilliant book which beautifully paraphrases the teachings of Hermes, and probably those before him.

seven hermetic principles

The following is taken from

The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

We take great pleasure in presenting to the attention of students and investigators of the Secret Doctrines this little work based upon the world-old Hermetic Teachings. There has been so little written upon this subject, notwithstanding the countless references to the Teachings in the many works upon occultism, that the many earnest searchers after the Arcane Truths will doubtless welcome the appearance of the present volume.

The purpose of this work is not the enunciation of any special philosophy or doctrine, but rather is to give to the students a statement of the Truth that will serve to reconcile the many bits of occult knowledge that they may have acquired, but which are apparently opposed to each other and which often serve to discourage and disgust the beginner in the study. Our intent is not to erect a new Temple of Knowledge, but rather to place in the hands of the student a Master-Key with which he may open the many inner doors in the Temple of Mystery through the main portals he has already entered.

There is no portion of the occult teachings possessed by the world which have been so closely guarded as the fragments of the Hermetic Teachings which have come down to us over the tens of centuries which have elapsed since the lifetime of its great founder, Hermes Trismegistus, the “scribe of the gods,” who dwelt in old Egypt in the days when the present race of men was in its infancy. Contemporary with Abraham, and, if the legends be true, an instructor of that venerable sage, Hermes was, and is, the Great Central Sun of Occultism, whose rays have served to illumine the countless teachings which have been promulgated since his time. All the fundamental and basic teachings embedded in the esoteric teachings of every race may be traced back to Hermes.


“The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding”



The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these,
understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose
touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.

seven prinicples

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:

1. The Principle of Mentalism.
2. The Principle of Correspondence.
3. The Principle of Vibration.
4. The Principle of Polarity.
5. The Principle of Rhythm.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect.
7. The Principle of Gender.

These Seven Principles will be discussed and explained as we proceed with these lessons. A short explanation of each, however, may as well be given at this point.




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