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Exploring the 7 Hermetic Principles of the Kybalion

Updated: May 2

In the pursuit of understanding the universe and our place within it, ancient wisdom has provided us with timeless teachings that continue to resonate through the ages. Among these treasures is the Kybalion, a text that delves into the fundamental principles governing the cosmos. At its core are the seven Hermetic Principles, guiding principles that offer profound insights into the nature of reality. In this blog post, we'll explore each of these principles and their significance in our lives.

Be sure to check out my accompanying video where I give my personal take on these seven principles:

1. The Principle of Mentalism

"The All is MIND; The Universe is Mental." -The Kybalion

The Principle of Mentalism teaches us that the universe is mental; everything begins with the mind. This principle emphasizes the power of our thoughts and the role they play in shaping our reality. By understanding and harnessing the power of our minds, we can transform our lives and manifest our desires.

2. The Principle of Correspondence

"As above, so below; as below, so above." -The Kybalion

As above, so below; as below, so above. This principle highlights the interconnectedness of all things in the universe. It reminds us that the patterns and laws governing the macrocosm are reflected in the microcosm, and vice versa. By recognizing these correspondences, we gain insight into the workings of the universe and our place within it.

3. The Principle of Vibration

"Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates." -The Kybalion

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of motion, vibrating at its own frequency. This principle underscores the dynamic nature of reality and the interconnectedness of all things through energy. By raising our vibrational frequency through positive thoughts and actions, we can align ourselves with the higher aspects of existence.

4. The Principle of Polarity

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has it's opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -The Kybalion

In every phenomenon, there are two poles; opposites are merely different manifestations of the same thing. This principle teaches us to embrace the duality inherent in life and recognize that light cannot exist without darkness, joy without sorrow. By transcending polarities and finding balance, we can achieve harmony and wholeness.

5. The Principle of Rhythm

"Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates." -The Kybalion

The universe operates in rhythmic patterns, characterized by cycles of ebb and flow, expansion and contraction. This principle reminds us that change is inevitable and that we must learn to navigate the fluctuations of life with grace and resilience. By attuning ourselves to the rhythm of the universe, we can flow with the currents of existence and adapt to whatever comes our way.

6. The Principle of Cause and Effect

"Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are man planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law'" -The Kybalion

Every action has a corresponding reaction; for every cause, there is an effect. This principle underscores the law of karma and the interconnectedness of all things. By taking responsibility for our actions and understanding their consequences, we can create positive change in our lives and contribute to the greater good of humanity.

7. The Principle of Gender

"Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes." -Kybalion

The principle of gender recognizes the dual nature of existence, with masculine and feminine energies present in all things. This principle emphasizes the importance of embracing and integrating both aspects within ourselves to achieve balance and harmony. By honoring the divine masculine and feminine within, we can unlock our full potential and create a more harmonious world.


The seven Hermetic Principles of the Kybalion offer timeless wisdom that can serve as a guide for navigating the complexities of existence. By incorporating these principles into our lives, we can gain deeper insights into the nature of reality and cultivate a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment. As we embark on this journey of self-discovery and transformation, may we continue to explore the mysteries of the universe with an open heart and mind.

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