This article accompanies the fable
The Emerald Tablet entered western Europe after 1000 CE in Latin, translated from an ancient Arabic manuscript which in turn was a translation of an ancient Greek manuscript, probably from Egypt. Some historians attribute it to the 4th century CE while the more romantically inclined attribute it to the legendary Hermes Trismegistus, who seems to have been a magical hybrid of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek god Hermes.
The sun is its father, the moon is its mother...
The illustration at top is from the Splendor Solis, an alchemical illustrated manuscript from 16th century Germany. This setting sun is the last of its 22 images. The image below shows Thoth on the right, the Lord of Rebirth with his ibis beak. The crescent moon is upon his head, holding a full moon, suggesting a link to the crescent moon of Revelation 12 and the Virgin Mary. Seshat (center) and Thoth are writing the young king's name on the Tree of Life.