Gnostic Principle of Polarity

The Kybalion was written by the three initiates which includes the seven Hermetic principles that are the magical laws that govern the universe, but these laws are almost present in all things around us and are very less exclusive to magic itself.

The fourth Hermetic principle is known as the principle of polarity wherein all manifested things showcase two major degrees. Although this should not be confused as having two different things in entirety, as this principle emphasizes the nature of a thing having two contrasting degrees. The art of mental alchemy emerges from this very principle wherein an individual can experience this transition in degrees to his/her advantage, and therefore, better their experience of reality.

For example, “thesis and anti-thesis are identical in nature, but different in degree”; “Heat and Cold are identical in nature, the differences being merely a matter of degree”; “Light and Darkness are poles of the same thing, with many degrees between them”.

“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites.” ~The Kybalion, Polarity: The Fourth Hermetic Principle

Being an individual who is heavily amused by the role of emotions in human beings, I find the connection of the principle of polarity to emotions deeply fascinating. The aspect of Love and Hate with regards to emotions are usually considered direct opposites of each other and are usually the mental states to which most are slaves. What this Hermetic principle can teach us today is that if one is able to firstly, understand that these two simply mental poles of the same thing as there are two degrees and a middle point where “like” and “dislike” reach a thin line, and hence, it becomes difficult to differentiate between the two. And secondly, if one is able to master this art of mental alchemy i.e., by will able to change and move between the two mental poles- he/she can be forever free to be the masters of their own mental states, which I believe is an achievement that would be useful when climbing the ladder to Maslow’s Self-Actualisation. The Pairs of Opposites exist everywhere, as nature of everything constitutes of two contrasting degrees on both the ends of the scale. Things that are a part of two distinct classes cannot be transmuted into each other, but only things belonging to the same class may have their polarity changed. And therefore, with this, an Hetmetist can transmute from one mental state to the other upon the degrees of Polarization as North never becomes Love or Hate, or Green or Red, but it may and often turn into South and vice-versa.

– Sanjana Singh






  1. So strange that you popped up on my radar here at WordPress. Last night I had incredible And often disturbing g visions illustrating just that. We cannot witness reality in full without detaching from the polarity and it’s affects. I was able with consciousness of my clear presence to not got emotionally and physically wrapped up in what I was seeing which was a good portion of the night. Often with the living yin yang simple moving and twirling in between us images and visions that shifted in and out from dark to light. This polarity in reality is what humans fear the most and so cling to one or the other, and therefore can never master the reality as we were truly designed to do. Thank you for your post and I look forward to more

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  2. This is interesting. Especially the part about classes. It reminds me of a sociology idea where one group hates another more if they happen to have something in common. If they have nothing in common, they don’t despise each other so much.

    But apart from the polarities you mention, we still have to deal with ethics. And on that score, I’m not sure if good and evil are just two different aspects of the same thing. Yes, we can say they belong to “ethics” but does the one side really have anything to do with the other, qualitatively speaking?

    Evil as privatio boni comes to mind.

    Not sure I agree with that but it’s one way of looking at it.

    Sorry for the treatise here. I have been thinking about this stuff for many years and still am.

    Nice to see a younger person picking up the torch.

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    1. True about the good/bad part, I think it relates to Polarity vs Duality. Polarity differs from Duality, as where duality has a positive and negative that conflict with each other, polarity has a positive and negative that attract each other.

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      1. Interesting distinction thanks. I just looked up a few definitions; it seems our current usage is somewhat variable. Also found this piece which seems to say good and evil are just mistaken perceptions or intellectual constructs.

        I might have agreed with that for a while in my youth. These days I’m not so sure. Getting closer to the grave makes one think more gravely!


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