Universal Forms

The universal forms do not change,
just as the constellations remain the same.

But instant by instant,
the particular forms transform,
as the sphere of heaven
changes as it turns.

The sky is wet then dry,
cold then hot,
bright then dark.

But these rapidly alternating forms
are all subsumed
under the universal unchanging form
of the sky.

The Earth is every-changing,
generating, producing,
yielding different crops-
yet it remains the Earth.

Water may be standing or flowing-
but it is still water.

Hermes Trismegistus, Thoth

From, The Hermetica
translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013