The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is a text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations.

It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (Hermes the Thrice-Greatest), a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. This short and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition.