Alchemy and the Arabic Hermetic Tradition

Alchemy and the Arabic Hermetic Tradition

The English word ‘alchemy’ derives from the Arabic al-kīmiyāʾ, itself a loan-word from Syriac kīmīyā which in turn was taken from the Greek χημεια, meaning ‘the art of casting metals’. The earliest surviving alchemical texts in the West, which are written in Greek, hardly ever use the word χημεια and refer to their practice as ‘The Work’, ‘the divine and sacred…

The Book of Thoth: The Ritual of Entering into the Sea of Non-duality

The Book of Thoth: The Ritual of Entering into the Sea of Non-duality

In previous articles, we wrote how we came to the decision to do a semiotic translation of the ancient Book of Thoth. Below is the first part of the new translation of the text, offering fresh insight into the esoteric teachings of the Egyptian priests in the House of Life. With this new interpretation, we…

Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius: 2 (with quoted footnotes) 

Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius: 2 (with quoted footnotes) 

1. Nous is the invisible good; (16) soul is a necessary movement adjusted to every kind of body. (17) A body is made out of the four qualities, (18) as well as a tempered composition (19) of worm, cold, dry and wet: of warm i.e. of fire, of cold i.e of air, of dry i.e of earth, of wet i.e of water. (20) Breath is…

The Secret Wisdom of Thoth: Pt. 4 Unlocking its secrets

The Secret Wisdom of Thoth: Pt. 4 Unlocking its secrets

The Book of Thoth is a composition reconstructed from many papyri. These papyri date from the last periods of Ancient Egyptian civilization, when the Ptolemies and Roman emperors ruled Egypt (ca. 330 B.C. to 400 A.D.). Almost all of the papyri are written in the cursive form of the Egyptian script called “Demotic”. This is…

Some important technical Hermetic terms

Some important technical Hermetic terms

The Hermetica is a collection of philosophical and religious texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary figure in the Western esoteric tradition. These texts, which date back to the first few centuries of the Common Era, are a rich source of knowledge and insight into the spiritual and metaphysical worldviews of the ancient Mediterranean world….