In Cabal Fang the hourglass symbolizes our foundations in Hermetic concepts. What’s Hermeticism?
Well, if you made a list of the most influential spiritual traditions in human history, Hermeticism has to be in the top 25. It ushered in the Renaissance and was instrumental in the formation of the scientific method. Some notable Hermeticists are Isaac Newton, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Giordano Bruno, A. E. Watie (father of modern Tarot), W. B. Yeats, John Dee and a writer you may of heard of by the name of Shakespeare.
The most influential and widely known Hermetic writing is the Emerald Tablet (see below). In Cabal Fang we make a point of memorizing it. It’s only 14 stanzas, so the good news is that, if you approach it like a memory game, you can start with one stanza and add another one every other day and get it memorized in a month. Or you can do what I did years ago — make a recording of yourself reading it and play it on repeat while driving the car.
Once memorized, recite the Emerald Tablet once per day on an ongoing basis.
Why? Because (a) Everyone I know who has memorized the Emerald Tablet reports that deep insights appear after a few months of regular recitation, and that deeper realizations continue to unfold over time. And (b) It explains, in poetic terms, how the universe works.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #43
- Hourglass image meditation. Draw a simple hourglass on paper. Prop the image up so you can look at it while you meditate for 10 minutes. Record your experiences in your training log or journal.
- 10-Count Bodybuilders EMOM (“Every Minute on the Minute”). Set timer to beep every 60 seconds. Every time it beeps complete your target of 10-Count Bodybuilders. Beginners 2 to 3, Intermediate 4-5, Advanced 6+. Rest until timer beeps. Complete 15 rounds.
The Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus
- True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true.
- That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of one thing.
- And as all things were by contemplation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by a single act of adaptation.
- The father thereof is the sun, the mother the moon; the wind carried it in its womb; the earth is the nurse thereof.
- It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.
- The power thereof is perfect.
- If it be cast on to earth it will separate the element of earth from that of fire, the subtle from the gross.
- With great sagacity it doth ascend gently from earth to heaven; again it doth descend to earth, and uniteth in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.
- Thus thou wilt possess the glory of the brightness of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly far from thee.
- This thing is the strong fortitude of all strength, for it overcometh every subtle thing and doth penetrate every solid substance.
- Thus was this world created.
- Hence there will be marvelous adaptations achieved, of which the manner is this.
- For this reason I am called Hermes Trismegistus, because I hold three parts of the wisdom of the world.
- That which I had to say about the operation of sol is completed.