The Law of Polarity and How to use it at your advantage

The Law of Polarity and How to Use it at your Advantage.

In Hermetism by Chris A. Parker

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”

The Kybalion.

The law of polarity is one of the seven hermetic principles. Actually it is one of the main ones because is the key to everything else.

According to this law, everything has a dual nature. Everything has poles and everything is a pair of opposites. Things that appear to be opposites are actually two inseparable parts of the same thing. Between the poles, there is a full range of possibilities from the negative to the positive.

Consider, for example, the pair light-dark. Absolute light is one pole and absolute darkness the other, the opposite pole. Between them, there are countless degrees of deference.

Nothing in this range of possibilities could exist without the existence of two ends. Moreover, each point in this spectrum is simply a different manifestation of the same thing.

The law of polarity is a mutable law. This means that we can master and use this law to create our own reality. This law is always operational and governs your life. So, if you try to ignore it or deny it, it will still govern your life, but not in your favor.

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Think for a while these pairs:

  • Up and Down
  • Hot and Cold
  • Love and Hate
  • Left and Right
  • In and Out
  • Positive and Negative
  • Rich and Poor
  • Tall and Short
  • Fast and Slow, etc.

All these seemingly opposite things are not separate at all, these things are one and the same, Just with the opposite polarity.

For example, hot and cold are the two extremes of the same thing, temperature. When we say that something is hot or cold, we only refer to the degrees of temperature. For every hot, you can think something hotter and for every cold, you can think something colder.

There is no darkness, but only the absence of light. If we want more light in a room, we do not need to remove darkness (which is something we can’t do anyway), but to allow more light to enter.

The same principle can be applied to the mental plane.

There is no sadness but only an absence of happiness. The difference between them determined by the law of vibration. Happiness vibrates on a higher level whereas sadness on a lower. Therefore, the first step to get out of sadness is to recognize its polar opposite, happiness. Then we must gradually begin to bring more acts of happiness into our lives.

Duality versus polarity

Polarity and duality are not the same. In we find the following definition:

Polarity is the separation, alignment or orientation of something into two opposed poles while duality is a classification into two subclasses or opposed parts.

While polarities may be dual in nature, they are not a duality.

Duality demands when one of the poles manifest, the opposite to remain suppressed. It is one pole against the other.

In polarity, each pole needs its opposite in order to manifest. Each pole has the nature of the other contained within it. There are degrees of each pole within the other but the poles are inseparable.

In fact, each pole has the beginning of the opposite already inside.

The perfect depiction of this is the Ying-Yang symbol. A spot of white in the black (Ying) and a spot of black in the white (Yang).

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In polarity, the opposites cannot exist without each other. They work as a background for each other. So, we can feel happiness in contrast to its opposite, sadness. Polarities are co-creators of reality.

Duality, on the other hand, brings clarity to our desires. It helps us discover what we want against what we do not want. But because dualities are oppositional they are not create something.

Any attempt to deny or suppress one of the poles results in catastrophic consequences, as we can see in history and in many other contemporary cases (politics and religion are great examples in both cases).

How to Apply The Law of Polarity.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the law of polarity, let’s discuss how to apply this law in our lives and how it can help us to maximize our chances to manifest our intentions.

In our daily lives, we manifest a combination of polarities to varying degrees. All the Conditions, circumstances and events we experience daily are subject to this law. The law of polarity exists in every aspect of our lives and operates on a regular basis. (Further reading: “The Law of Gender – The Process of Creation in all Planes“)


Acceptance acts as the polar opposite of resistance. If we resist to an unpleasant situation, we put our predominant focus on that negative experience. That means that we continue to vibrate at the frequency of the experience we do not want.  As a result, we move closer to the negative pole and experience more of what we resist.

So, recognizing and accepting that your current state of life is the result of this principle is the first step in learning how to use this law. It is an essential part of your transformation from mere subject to the law, to co-creator of your life. (Further reading: “The Law of Cause and Effect – Create the Life you Want to Live“)

Switch your thinking between polarities

The law of polarity is neutral, it exists without judgment and makes no determinations for what you will experience. As mentioned before, this law is mutable, which means that you can influence it.

Regardless of what you may currently experience, within the spectrum of possibilities in every area of your life, you have the ability to change it. You can do this by learning how to switch your thinking between these polarities. The law still exists, but you are no longer under its dominion.

Thinking is the only thing that you have under your control. So, this is your field. If you choose negative thoughts, you will have negative results, whereas if you choose positive thoughts you will have positive results.

You can transform your thoughts from undesirable to desirable, by consciously raising your vibrations. This is the art of polarization, known from the ancient Hermetic teachings.

To experience the polar opposite of whatever unpleasant situation you’re facing now, you need to focus your thoughts on the solution. You can visualize the movement from one end to the other if it helps.

Depending on the situation, you need the appropriate time. Υou can’t do it instantly. You should try to constantly direct your thoughts to the opposite pole.

Create a clear mental picture of your intent and fix your attention upon it. Live your intention mentally as if it were a reality. Don’t turn your attention to opposing situations or pictures, imaginary or real.

Feel gratitude for everything good in your life and for the sure accomplishment of your intention. Gratitude has great power, it is like taking the divinity (God, universe, you name it) with your site.

Your thoughts and emotions will gradually become stronger and you will start to vibrate at a higher level, closer to your desired outcome. This will cause an improvement in your situation, proof that you are heading in the right direction.

Eventually, when these thoughts and feelings become dominant, you will reach your desired destination. Your vibration pattern will be completely different and the external manifestations have to match with it.

Is it simple? Yes, it is!

Is it easy? No, actually is one of the most difficult things.

“To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease, or to think riches when in the midst of appearances of poverty, requires power”.

Wallace Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich

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The Law of Polarity and How to use it at your advantage.
Let’s summarize what you can do when something goes wrong.
  1. Accept the current situation. It is happening. If you resist what is happening, you place your focus exactly on the pole you do not want. As a consequence, the situation does not change or even worsen.
  2. Ask yourself what this negative situation teaches you. What do you want to experience instead? What is the opposite polarity? Maybe it’s an opportunity to find out what you want most in your life. This mental search is the starting point to focus your mind on the desired outcome.
  3. Focus your thoughts on the solution and consider the steps you might need to take in order to change this negative situation.
  4. Don’t talk or think about this bad experience. You are moving forward now, heading the opposite pole. You don’t have time for that. Create a mental picture of your desired outcome and live it with all your senses.
  5. Feel gratitude for all that you have achieved so far and for the process you are undertaking, which will end in the desired result.
  6. Get ready to act! With your polarized thoughts the right situations or opportunities will come to you. With your action, you will benefit from them.

Developing the right mindset can help us recognize that there is always a positive to every negative in our lives. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you will be able to use the law of polarity.

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”

Napoleon Hill

To master the law of polarity requires to learn how to maintain balance in your life. Α state of harmony, when you feel everything flows with ease and not with struggle. Meditation, spending time in nature, grounding and many other ways can help you to remain in emotional balance.

Depolarization – The point of power

When you understand the law of polarity and you become balanced, it is easier to accept the polarity of opposites.

You can be in the exact place where the opposites meet. From that place, you can achieve powerful results by performing very subtle actions. This is the neutral point or the state of depolarization.

To be depolarized, it makes it difficult for others to control or manipulate you, while it is easier for you to manipulate someone who is polarized. Additionally, it can help you not react automatically to things.

In magick, there is the Middle Pillar ritual, which is designed to bring balance between the poles and depolarize the magician. Meditation, grounding exercises and other practices could help achieve the same result. (See articles on Meditation)

However, there is a flip side to being depolarized. While those who are polarized have difficulty relating to the opposite pole, those in neutrality have difficulty relating to either pole.

You can have a much better understanding of those sides and what motivates and drives them, but you will have a much difficult time relating to it, because you are not in that polarized state yourself.

A pleasant quiz that helps you to find out what keeps you from getting all that you want. (
Depolarization Pros and Cons


  • You are able to see both sides and perspectives equally.
  • It is not easy to get manipulated by others.
  • You can use polarity to attract or repel something.
  • You can be more centered and grounded.


  • Other people may find it difficult to understand you.
  • Although you may understand others, you may not be able to relate to them anymore.
  • It can lead to a sense of being cut off from society.
  • It can lead to some serious motivation problems.

Of course, no one can be 100% depolarized. The absolute depolarization is stagnation and stagnation is death. It is certainly an important tool we can use, but it can lead to some problems if we are not careful and aware of them. We need to depolarize just enough to be able to see the different perspectives, and so to use the law to our own advantage. Once again, balance is the secret.

Mass control through the Law of Polarity

The law of polarity is one of the main ways that those in the know are able to control those who are not in the know.

People are polarized, and you can see it in every case, sport, religion, racism, commerce, etc. But it is most evident in politics, either on the left or the right. Which is another pair of opposites. Same in nature with opposite polarity.

(White paper: “Overcoming Polarization by Evolving Both Right and Left” by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps)

In general, the one part victimizes the other part and this makes things oppositional rather than co-creational.

But as the law of polarity states, “all truths are half-truths”. There is no absolute truth. That means that what is good for one person may be bad for another.

So how are people controlled through the law of polarity by those in the know?

People who are polarized can easily be manipulated and controlled. All that is needed, is to introduce either an opposing force or a similar force to move them by repulsion or attraction.

So, they just got to say something to start a controversy and people react because they are polarized.

It doesn’t matter which side you are on, because both are controlled and played off against each other.

(Regarding politics, here is a Political Polarization Test from the Institute of Cultural Evolution).

When you understand the law of polarity and become balanced, it is easier to understand this whole process. You will understand the rules of the game and it will be difficult for others to manipulate you. From a balanced position, you can start to play with their rules and start turning them back on them.

They do not want that at all. They want people to be polarized, in conflict, because there they can apply their methods. This is why the media only focuses on issues that they create, issues that divide and polarize the people. They never focus on anything that unifies anybody. It is a matter of division and polarization.

Depiction of the Law of Polarity in the occult.

The High Priestess

In Tarot, we find a clear depiction of the law of polarity on the “The High Priestess” card. The two pillars of the temple, Jachin and Boaz, represent the two opposite poles. Black and white, negative and positive. The High Priestess sits motionless and calm between the two pillars. As the mother of all things, she is placed in the middle pillar, a place of neutrality and power. (Further reading: “Understanding the Esoteric Meaning of Major Arcana”)

Kabbalistic Tree of Life

In the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, we see the two poles of polarity again. The pillar of mercy and the pillar of severity. Again, the negative and the positive. The two pillars seem to support the tree of life as an indication that the law of polarity exists and supports every aspect of reality.

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Like the rest of the seven hermetic principles, the law of polarity is eternal. Whether you accept it or deny it, it will continue to work perfectly, without prejudice. You cannot escape it.

It is important to remember that all things have their own polar opposites. You can not experience the one without the other. The good news is that you can intentionally change your polarity and thereby change the outcome.

Everyone has this potential, regardless of whether you realize it or not. You create your own reality even if you do not understand that you do so.

If there is an unpleasant situation you want to change, you have to put your attention to the desired result, on the opposite pole. Think about it for a minute. You cannot desire something and focus your attention primarily on its absence.

Do nοt wait to change your environment or the circumstances surround you to begin. Begin now!

In addition, the law of polarity helps us to understand the necessity to become more balanced. To not feel anymore the need to react to a different opinion, as if our life is at stake.

Let’s repeat it to dispel any misconceptions.

Is it simple? – Yes, it is!

Is it easy?No, it is not! You need to devote your time and effort to it. But it’s worth it!

If somewhere during the reading of this article you felt somehow against me…do not worry, you are just polarized!

“The Principles of the Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open”

The Kybalion

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Cris Parker

Chris A. Parker

Since 1998, researcher and blogger in practical occultism and Mind-science, who believes that the best way to predict the future is to create it…twitter-logofacebook-logoreddit-logomedium-logo