The meaning of the word “adept,” is a person who is skilled or proficient at something. It is derived from the Latin word, adeptus. In the occult, adept has always been used to describe an expert in the science of alchemy in which the meaning of adept signifies one “who is an initiate in secret knowledge and has power over the elements.”
Alchemy is the science of the chemical energies and elements that make up our universe and the human body. The holy marriage of heaven and earth.
Hence, the alchemical quotes, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW - AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT
A true adept is an expert on the hidden knowledge (occult and Gnostic) of human affairs, and the chemical life forces that govern all life on earth. They seek to master these energies in themselves and the environments which they live, in order to serve humanity.
This science is one of the oldest on earth, and at one time was common knowledge amongst many nations. The words “alchemy” and “chemistry” were used interchangeably up until the seventeenth century.
Many of the world's secret societies now conceal these adept teachings from the ignorant masses by using exoteric misinformation to mislead truth seekers on a wild information goose chase. They purposely place false adept leaders in the truth movement and give alleged gurus the limelight in order to make sure that this information remains in the dark for those seekers who have not yet earned the right to see the true light. The reason being, is that most people would misuse this valuable hidden information for their own selfish gain which is against the laws of the occult, and why they are hidden from the profane.
33rd Degree Freemason, Albert Pike had written; "Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism, and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be mislead; to conceal the Truth, which it calls light, and draw them away from it." [Morals and Dogma, p. 104-5, 3rd Degree]
Another well know 33rd degree Freemason and master occult philosopher, Manly P. Hall had said, "that magic, either white or black - depends upon the ability of the adept to control the universal life force."