(Türkçe için yorum bölümüne bkz.)
The first time when I (Nalan) read something about the concept “as above, so below” I was trying to understand Nicolas’ article about the “Wisdom of the Archetypes Method“. I was fascinated by these few words, in which I saw a deep deep meaning. Still this concept is very much appealing to me. Nowadays I am reading the book “Die Grossen Arcana des Tarot” and yesterday I finished the first chapter about the arcana “Der Gaukler / The Magician”. It was interesting to see, that The Magician is displaying the Hermetic concept “as above, so below”.
Here is a nice explanation of the concept:
These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “The which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds so that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing”.
In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, mental and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level, happens on every other. This is however more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.