The Emerald Tablet is purported to be a fourteen step instruction manual for the Alchemical process of turning ordinary metals like lead into something much more valuable, like gold. If you can decipher the meaning, that is. Over the centuries, many have tried.
I believe the fourteen statements of the Emerald Tablet to be a symbolic guide to a far greater treasure…
Legend has it that this guide was written by Hermes Trismegistus, an ancient Egyptian philosopher whose discoveries were said to have transformed him, through knowledge of this world, into a god among men, so to speak. The Egyptians thought so highly of him that they equated him with their god Thoth (see front cover) and the Greeks, in similar fashion, equated him with their god Mercury.
What is the goal of the Emerald Tablet, as transmitted to us by Hermes through the fourteen cryptic statements? To transform those of us who can decipher its meaning into a higher level of human consciousness. To transform the reader, through knowledge, into what the Egyptians would have called a god among men.
Matthew Barnes is an avid learner who spent his early years in North Carolina. He was born in Greenville, NC and has lived in New Bern, Roanoke Rapids, Henderson (where he spent most of his childhood) and Raleigh, where he attended the University of North Carolina State. After obtaining degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry, he attended Chiropractic School in Marietta, Georgia, where he graduated third in his class. Since that time, he has studied acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and settled down in rural Tennessee with his wife, 3 cats, 4 dogs, a crazy mother-in-law and a partridge in a pear tree. He has been in Tennessee for over 20 years now.
His main interests are learning, exploring, exercising and writing. Most of his works so far have been on spiritual-type themes, though he has also written a book on self-investing- another one of his hobbies.